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Apps to get your brand new touchscreen going

Adrian Weckler, Technology Editor

Published 26/12/2015 | 02:30

Tens of thousands of Irish Independent readers will today be waking up to 'Day 2' of their shiny new touchscreen gadget. For many, it will be a case of
Tens of thousands of Irish Independent readers will today be waking up to 'Day 2' of their shiny new touchscreen gadget. For many, it will be a case of "what do I do now?"

Tens of thousands of Irish Independent readers will today be waking up to 'Day 2' of their shiny new touchscreen gadget. For many, it will be a case of "what do I do now?"

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So here are 10 must-have apps to get you started on your phone or tablet, whether it's an Android or an iOS/Apple device.

Google: For iPhone users, this is a no-brainer. It saves you a tap on your Safari web browser.

Spotify: You've heard of the music-streaming revolution, haven't you? This is the best app on which to experience it. The basic Spotify app lets you play any artist, album or playlist in shuffle mode for free.

Transport for Ireland: This app gives you live information on the movement of Bus Éireann and Dublin buses, Dart and Luas lines and Iarnród Éireann trains.

TuneIn Radio: While almost every Irish and international radio station has its own app, this one has them all and lets you switch between them.

Shazam: Tap on this app and it will give you the name of any song playing around you in the background, and tell you who is performing it and what album it comes from.

PriceSpy: Wondering whether the thing you want to buy might be available cheaper at another retailer? This app lets you check by comparing the prices on Irish shops' own websites.

Microsoft Word: Microsoft has made its cornerstone word processing app free for phones and tablet users. A paid subscription is only needed for extra, non-essential features.

If you were lucky enough to get a tablet, here are three apps that will immediately show off the power of your larger touchscreen.

Netflix: This is the online streaming service that's changing television at the moment. Most of the movies and TV shows are at least two years old, but that's what you get for €9 per month.

Sky Go: Over half of Irish TV households have a Sky subscription. And that entitles you to watch whatever you subscribe to on your tablet, outside your home. Just log in and watch, as long as you're in Ireland.

Kindle: Tablets work fine as ebook devices. Both iPads and Android tablets let you download the Kindle app, log in and buy ebooks or continue reading ebooks you have already purchased.

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