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17 Apps That Will Make You Fall Back In Love With London

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1. The London Bookshop Map

This glorious and simple app is your guide to every independent bookshop in the city. Search by area, speciality, or collection to find the perfect spot to cosy up with a good book.

Get it for iOS.

2. Hidden London

Get the full-on secret London experience with the helpful Hidden London app, which highlights underrated and less-crowded attractions, parks, eateries, and more.

Get it for iOS.

3. Geocaching

 

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Join in the Geocaching game and discover hidden treasures throughout London. Like a digital treasure map, Geocaching leads you to tucked away points throughout the city, through back streets and park corners on a mission to discover things that have been left by other adventurers. You’ll never look at London the same way again!

Get free intros for iOS , Android, and Windows.
Purchase the full version for iOS and Android.

4. StrollOn London

 

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Use StrollOn to accompany you on walks throughout London. The app will guide you through the city and give you history and interesting tidbits about every area, so you’re bound to find a lovely spot you’d never noticed before.

Get it for iOS.

5. London Parks and Gardens

 

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Escape to a quite green corner of your own with this useful app. London Parks and Gardens features information and maps for London’s biggest parks as well as directions so secret gardens and courtyards throughout the city.

Get it for iOS and Android.

6. Dojo

 

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This clever app will bend London to your will, and help you keep up with and make use of your area. Dojo put its feelers out into the nightlife and social trends in your area and curates a list of events and places you might be interested in.

Get it for iOS.

7. London Coffee Network

Forget Starbucks, Costa, and Nero – London Coffee Network helps you find cosy, independent coffee shops just off your beaten path. The app functions as a locator and a rewards program – use it to find an artisan coffee shop nearby, then use your app account to collect free coffee points.

Get it for iOS and Android.

8. Feast

 

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To find the cosiest spot for breakfast and brunch, download the Feast app. Featuring the top 50 new restaurants of the year, you can search by cuisine or location, and even make a reservation directly from the app interface.

Get it for iOS.

9. Drink – London’s Hidden Bar Guide

Discover London’s underground bars for a cosy and secret spot to enjoy a drink. The app is simple, featuring pictures and descriptions so you can choose the right dive near you.

Get it for iOS.

10. London Market Guide

 

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The London Market Guide includes details on over 80 markets across the city, so when you’re bored of Borough and Portobello, you can find a cosier, more affordable place to browse close to home.

Get it for iOS.

11. MyTime London

For the latest on popups, streetfood, gigs, art, and events, MyTime is your new best friend. You’ll get the lowdown on upcoming events and popups, plus tips on upcoming trends before the break the mass market.

Get it for iOS.

12. My Real London

This user curated guide system is brilliant for discovering hidden gems and proven experience provided by other Londoners. If you’ve moved to a new area or just visiting, it’s ideal for finding local haunts and favourites and skipping the crowded tourist spots.

Browse guides here.

13. Blue Plaques

 

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You’ve surely seen blue plaques monumenting notable Londoners and events on your way to the shops or work, but following their trail all over the city will give you a unique historical view of the city. This helpful app will help you locate plaques nearby and plan routes through over 1700 plaque sites.

Get it for iOS, or check out the similar Blue Plaques of London for Android.

14. Hype

With Hype, you’re always the first in the know on upcoming events and trendy spots in your area. You can plug your preferences into the app, as well as skim other areas of you’re out for the night, and receive exclusive invites and tips on where to go.

Get it for iOS.

15. New Gourmet London

New Gourmet curates the top 50 start-up restaurants in London every year to keep you hip on fresh eats and tasty new trends.

Get it for iOS.

16. Street Stories

 

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The Guardian’s fascinating Kings Cross Street Stories app guides you through a historical tour of the Kings Cross and Angel areas, including audio and interactive maps.

Get it for iOS and Android.

17. Horrible London

Discover the dark underbelly of London’s creepier side with Horrible London. The app will guide you through London’s most haunted areas and grisliest histories.

Get it for iOS.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/chelseypippin/secret-london-apps

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5 Apps to Digitize Your Business Cards

This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

Granted, it might be easier to accept a physical, paper business card, but you still have to enter that person’s email address and phone number into your contact book. Instead, import or share business cards with two or three taps to eliminate post-event busy work.

These five mobile apps either scan paper business cards into the cloud for easy organization or shun paper all together, so you can manage contacts from your smartphone.

 

How do you handle business cards in today’s digitally inclined climate? Which app do you find the easiest? Share your tips in the comments below.

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Bluetooth Stickers Light and Beep with 100ft Range and Radar App

 

Did you hear that? It’s the sound of your keys beeping from the nether regions of your couch.
Did you see that? It’s the flashing light coming from your TV remote which is in the bathroom for some reason…

Don’t know where you cat went? Pull out your phone, load up the app and you’ll see he’s in the kitchen, sleeping on top of your cabinets. That’s the power of ultra-small bluetooth location stickers by Stick-n-Find, and their first production run should be complete in March.

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Each sticker has a diameter of 0.98 Inches x Thickness 0.16 Inches (24mm x 4mm) and a weight of 0.15 ounces (4.5 grams). They have a range of about 100-ft (30 meters) and use a replaceable CR2016 watch battery with about a 1-year battery life (based on 30 minutes a day usage). The Bluetooth location stickers use Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

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The Stick-N-Find app works iOS devices with Bluetooth 4.0 (iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, new iPad, New Touch, mini iPad) and Android devices supporting Bluetooth Low Energy, running Android 4.1 and newer.

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Virtual Leash: This feature allows you to create a virtual Leash on a sticker. If that sticker moves away more than the approximate selected distance from your phone, the app will alarm you. You can select different types of alarms for different Stickers.

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“Find It” Alerts: If you are looking for a missing sticker that your phone cannot find, or is not in range use a ‘find it’ alert. Once that sticker is in range, your phone will alert you. For example, waiting for your luggage at an airport carousel: have a seat and wait until your alarm goes off.

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The maximum recommended number of stickers per smartphone is 20. You can pair the stickers to multiple phones, and even see all the stickers in range on the radar screen from multiple phones, but only one device can connect to a sticker to make it buzz, light up or create a virtual leash.

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The Stick-N-Find Bluetooth location stickers use 3M VHB adhesive. It adheres to most surfaces and creates a achieves full strength in about 1 hour. Batteries can be replaced by twisting off the top, so you do not need to remove the sticker to replace the battery.

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The app does not show direction. The radar screen is used to show distance of the Stick-N-Find to your phone, but not direction. Once you have located a sticker on the radar screen you start walking in a specific direction and see if the sticker gets closer or farther away.

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On their website the MSRP is $49.95 for 2 stickers and $89.95 for 4 stickers. There’s a crowdfunding page on indiegogo.com where they have already raised $680,000. There you can pre-order 2 stickers for $35 or 4 stickers for $65.

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For those wanting a device with greater range than 100-ft, there is the Bluetracker with a range of 2,500 ft. (800m). The device is larger and the battery will only last about 2 months though. Engadget also reports that the designers will be offering an SDK so developers can create their own apps and uses for the stickers. This is where some new and unexpected uses will emerge.

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Sources

Official website
indiegogo crowdfunding page
Engadget: StickNFind Bluetooth stickers let you tag and locate your goods with a smartphone