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It’s that time of year again when everyone starts thinking about New Year’s resolutions; whether health, work or lifestyle related. The phrase ‘new year, new you’ are often suggestive of big changes – many of which can be costly (ahem, that gym membership you use just twice!) However, there are plenty of free smartphone apps to help you stay on track, both physically and mentally, for a brand-new year - and without the added cost. Research undertaken by online smartphone

retailer Mobiles. and the South West revealed that in the last year (November 2016-October 2017) 22,0001Brits searched ‘how to lose weight quickly’ and ‘fi tness apps’ on Google per month, whilst 1,600 people searched ‘how to declutter’ and 1,000 searched ‘organiser app’. When it came to personal fi nance, 12,100 people Googled ‘how to save money’ and 8,100 searched ‘money saving tips’ whilst 6,600 searched ‘budget planner’ and a massive 165,000 people searched ‘voucher codes’. Considering


has looked into the top fi ve apps to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions. Best

for health and fi tness

– MyFitnessPal (free for Apple and Android) Whether up,


you want healthy,

to change

tone your

habits, or start a new diet, you’ll love MyFitnessPal.

This free

smartphone app and website provides tools that make it easier for everyone to live a healthier life with its database of over fi ve million foods, a barcode nutrition scanner and a recipe importer. The apps ability to track food intake and exercise helps users balance their calories daily with just a few simple steps. Staying healthy has never been easier! Best for budgeting – Money Dashboard (free for Apple and Android) Knowing exactly where your money is going is the key to good budgeting, and Money Dashboard can help you do just that. Securely connect your bank and credit accounts, then every time you spend money it will appear on the app. All your spending is categorised, so you can see just what you are splashing out on and where you may be able to cut back. You can also set saving goals to help motivate you. Best for staying organised – 24me (free for Apple and Android) If you’ve ever needed a personal

assistant, consider downloading 24me, a smart and automatic task handler that can do almost everything you’d want an assistant to do. Your calendar, to-do lists, personal accounts, and notes are centralised in one place, and your day-to-day errands are completed by one tap. Receive billing, event, and birthday reminders, or have the app pay your bills and send gifts to friends. The app even lets you know what time you should leave for your meeting based on current traffi c. Best for money saving - VoucherCodes (free for Apple and Android) The VoucherCodes app is a hub for all the best vouchers, discounts, deals, and savings. By browsing the app’s range of brands, categories, and locations, you could save money on anything from fashion to hotel breaks, day trips and meals out. With deals from over 5,500 leading stores, restaurants, and attractions, it’s bound to have some savings out there to suit you. Best for mindfulness - Happify (free for Apple and Android) When starting a New Year’s resolution, it’s easy to fall off the wagon due to life’s obstacles getting in the way. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, Happify will bring you eff ective tools and programs to help you take control of your feelings and thoughts.Happify is a library of de-stress

games, motivational

articles, quotes, and audio tracks from psychology coaches and successful business people, the perfect tool to help you switch off at the end of a very busy day. For more information please, or follow on Twitter @mobilescouk and


Students from Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryntawe reach UK-wide science and engineering fi nal

A group of students from Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryntawe have been selected to compete at the UK fi nals of a science and engineering competition after their exciting project caught the eye of

judges. The fi ve-strong

team of 17-19 year-old pupils from the school will now take their place in next year’s The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition. The team has been announced as one of the winners of the regional heats at The Big Bang Fair South Wales, with the project from the group entitled ‘A Sustainable Foul Water System for the Tidal Lagoon

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Swansea Bay Powerhouse’. As part of the project, the team designed an alternative foul water system for the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Powerhouse that both satisfi ed the sustainability requirements of the business and was commercially viable. Beth Elgood, Director of Communications, EngineeringUK said,

“The team from Ysgol

Gyfun Gymraeg Bryntawe really impressed the judges with their project and we’re excited to see how they do at the fi nals at The Fair. Going into its tenth year in 2018. The Big Bang Fair continues to be a great source of STEM inspiration

for young people, representing an amazing opportunity for young visitors, their teachers and parents to get hands-on with a wide range of activities, workshops and shows, and engage in meaningful career conversations with professionals, all designed to bring classroom learning to life and inspire the next generation.” The students will be invited to attend the competition fi nals, which are taking place at The Big Bang Fair at Birmingham’s NEC in March 2018. Here, they will vie for top prizes including the coveted title of UK Young Engineer and GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year.

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