Tech Corner: 5 Tools and Apps For Gadget Fiends

This ones for you, ladies!

by SHFamily | Tue, October 24, 2017

It's always exciting to have tools and apps we can use for our every day lives. We've made a list of our favorite ones at the moment. 

Thanks Alexa! 

Echo Dot

A simple device with a built-in voice responsive speaker, The Echo Dot has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to connect to your devices. By playing music, making calls, providing news, weather reports and receiving messages, it's perfect for anyone with their hands full – all you have to do is ask. Dot connects to the voice service Alexa, so whether you’re asking her to find an Italian restaurant or turn on the lights, there’s not much this lady won’t do to make your life easier. Turn your house into a smart-home with a simple download. ¥580 at

Snap Happy

Polaroid Camera

Take your photos back in time! The Polaroid Snap Digital Camera mixes nostalgic Polaroid instant photography and modern minimalist design, to perfectly fit into your pocket and your budget. Capture great shots and instantly print colorful, black and white, or vintage photos on the spot. Additionally, the camera has a microSD card slot which allows you to transfer all of your pictures onto your computer in less than a minute. You can purchase the Polaroid Snap Digital Camera in Pudong, for ¥599 at

Period Tracker Lite

While your menstrual cycles may not always be easy to manage, this app that helps you keep track and navigate them definitely is. Period Tracker Lite (or P Tracker as it shows up in your phone) helps you keep tabs on your body. With the option to record your moods, abnormalities or any cramping, the deluxe version (¥13) even allows you to export data to show your doctor. If you're pregnant, it also sends weekly articles to guide you through your growing bump.

Relax: Stress and Anxiety Relief

Between work, your kids and the general stresses of living abroad, finding time to breathe might not always seem like an option. But five minutes of mindfulness a day makes all the difference, and Relax: Stress and Anxiety Relief by Saagara is just the tool to get you there. Through music, auditory cues, structured cumulative courses and guided meditation, this free app is the first step towards creating a space for yourself, a gift that only you have the power to grant.

Kitchen Stories

Winner of the Apple Design Awards 2017, Kitchen Stories (free) is sure to become your new favorite cooking app. With HD how-to videos, lists of easy-to-follow recipes and 20-minute meals, whether you're in a pinch or looking to kill some time, this little download has you covered. Did we mention they also cover dietary restrictions? Totally gluten-free friendly. They upload new content every week, so you're bound to be using Kitchen Stories for months to come.


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