Smartphones have become such an essential part of our lives that it is getting rather difficult these days to find something that the phones don’t do. The classic phrase “there’s an app for that” has never been more true. A smartphone can pretty much take over your brain with something like Evernote and become an extension of your arm, taking care of your every need.
So today we are going to take a ride through the App Stores and find 8 things that you maybe don’t realise that your smartphone could do for you.
Anyone who is religious will find this one invaluable (obviously not all religions, who have their own separate book). You can brush up on your disciples, have a different verse every day, or you can dive right in [iTunes | Android] and choose what you want to read.
This is obviously a HUGE app, so expect a slightly longer download/installation time. The app also crashes occasionally, when you open it. Apart from these slight disadvantages, this is the perfect app for anyone wanting to read the Bible.
How To Tie a Tie
Don’t worry boys. You don’t need to run to your mother anymore to get your tie tied. Even better, this app doesn’t only cover tying a tie. It also covers other important style problems such as tying a bow-tie (useful if you are suddenly invited to a James Bond theme party), scarves, Ascot ties, and pocket squares. Now you can look your stunning best and walk out the door with confidence.
However, some of the tie instructions are locked and can only be unlocked after making an in-app purchase.
There are quite a lot of art apps available for the smartphone. So you can take a quick look and then impress your friends at the dinner party about Van Gogh or Rembrandt.
A good one is Artkick iTunes [No longer available] | Android [No longer available] which enables you to send the artwork shown on your smartphone to your television set. A lot of art galleries also have their own apps, such as the Lourve [iTunes [No longer available] | Android [No longer available], which is fantastic. Other good ones to try are the Hermitage [iTunes | Android [No longer available]], and the Metropolitan Museum of Art [iTunes [No longer available] | Android not yet available].
How To Kiss
As Monty Python was fond of saying, now for something completely different. Learning how to kiss is a radical departure from such lofty subjects as reading the Bible, or brushing up on your art (no pun intended). But kissing is still a life skill which must be mastered. We humans are born to mate, and kissing is the first step to first base.
The Kissing Test is a “perfect” app for practising your kissing. You start with choosing your gender, and then the big lips come up on the screen.
Simply pucker up your lips and kiss the lips baby. As sexy as you can. Get that tongue in there. Move it around. That’s it.
You will then get your results. Here’s mine :
Ahem….well what can I say? This is a fun app, and intended for entertainment only.
Now for those of you who like to know the difference between your tibular and your fibular. Medical students, and anyone with an interest in the human body will love Essential Skeleton 4. Using the zoom in and zoom out function with your fingers, you can look up really close at a section of a skeleton. You can tap on a particular bone and it will light up, with the name of the bone underneath. Pressing “isolate” will bring up that bone only, along with a detailed description.
[iTunes | Android]
How To Make Origami
Now it’s time to make something. And what could be better than paper folding? Don’t trash the waste paper lying around; turn them into neat paper crafts with a fold here and a fold there.
How to Make Origami gives you all the plans you need to make cool stuff like snowflakes, boxes, boats, and birds. You’ll never be bored again.
Learn To Fly
“I believe I can fly….I believe I can touch the sky…..”. Ooops sorry, I fell into my R.Kelly mode there. Truth is, your smartphone can also teach you how to fly with Private Pilot Learn to Fly Test Prep Course.
A course like this has its free sections and its paid sections. The free sections are enough for you to get a taste of what’s on offer. Watch the videos while the nice pilot man tells you all about airplane call signs and what a wing is. Then decide if you want to open the wallet to unlock the paid sections.
[iTunes [No longer available] | Android]
How to Hypnotise
We finish this fine article with something to blow your socks off – hypnotising someone or yourself. Imagine making someone suggestible – “you WILL take out the trash, and wash the dishes!“. How to Hypnotize has lots of information on how to hypnotise. Don’t let the above screenshot make you think that the app is crap. It’s actually very good.
[iTunes ($0.99)] [No longer available]
Your Favorite Picks?
Are there any other apps for the smartphone that show you how to learn an essential life skill? With 1.2 million apps on the iTunes App Store alone, we are spoilt for choice. But what else could we install?
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