10 Apps to Make Your Life Easier

November 11, 2015 9:55:14 AM PST

There are apps to assist with pretty much everything. That’s why we asked around, did our research and tested the best “life-hack” (free!) apps that we find most helpful with day-to-day obstacles. From keeping track of finances to booking tables at restaurants, we tested ten apps to cover the essential parts of life, including: finance, transportation, health and resources nearby. Consider these apps as your mini-personal assistants that help make your life easier.



Monny is an app designed to track your spendings and assist with keeping your finances in order. The app records a daily or monthly report for all of your transactions and creates monthly reports to show where your money is being spent. Just remember to add each expense every time you spend! 

CheckBook is an organizational finance tool created to help keep track of your expenses. You can add your daily, weekly and monthly expenses into one calendar, and the alarm will remind you when the bills are due. CheckBook lists all your accounts, reoccurring expenses and gives a report of your spendings in a percentage graph.



Waze is a GPS app to help you avoid traffic. The app crowdsources traffic and suggests routes that are the fastest to arrive at your destination. While using Waze, the app will report accidents, road closures, police around you and more. The app uses various factors to create the fastest route to your destination.

“Ubbs, Call an Uber, Took an Uber” are familiar phrases you may have heard associated with this app. Uber is a revolutionary ride-share app that makes it easy to get from point A to point B. From rides to friends’ houses, restaurants, or even work functions – Uber is a convenient app to we like use compared to taking a taxi.



SkinDeep is a beauty app that scans the chemicals in your everyday beauty and house hold products. Simply scan the barcode on your products and the app will list a hazard score from 1 to 8 based on the products ingredients. The app rates the products in three categories: cancer, developmental/reprotoxicity and allergy. Using this app may help you avoid certain chemicals that could be harmful for you and your family.


SleepTime uses your body’s natural sleep cycle to wake you up feeling rested and energized. If you were to wake up during a period of deep sleep, you could start your day feeling drained, sleepy and groggy. SleepTime is a sleep-tracking app that monitors your sleeping patterns and level of movement throughout the night. The app also customizes your sleep data in easy-to-read charts, helping you to wake up when your body and mind is at a full night’s rest.


Dining Out

Yelp is a resourceful app that lists businesses around your current location. The app searches for any business you are looking for, from restaurants to the nearest movie theatres. Ratings about the business, photos and customer reviews are included to help the user find the best business they are looking for.

OpenTable is an online restaurant-reservation service. The app helps assist booking restaurant reservations with the number of people in your party, and once you accumulate a certain amount of points, you are eligible for a discount on your next meal booked through the app. OpenTable lists the address, phone number and pictures for more information about the restaurant.



WhatsApp is a great messaging app to use internationally. If you’re planning to travel around the world, WhatsApp is a free messaging app that can help you stay connected to family and friends back home.

The blue light on your electrical devices has shown to interfere with a person’s sleep cycle and throw off regular sleeping patterns. The BlueLight app adjusts the lighting to the time of day, allowing a cooler color during the day and a warmer color at night. The changing light will decrease eye strain and assist in getting a better night’s sleep.


We hope the apps will make your life easier as they have helped us throughout the years. Be sure to comment on our Facebook & Twitter pages for the ones you like the most and if any of these apps have made your life easier!

Comments | Posted By Eugenia Leung

What Can You Do with 1GB of Data?

November 11, 2015 9:50:30 AM PST

Megabyte (MB) and Gigabyte (GB): what do those terms mean and how much data do they offer? The process of figuring out the details can cause quite the headache. That’s why we offer a variety of wireless data plans that best fit individual usage needs. Standard phone data plans have a variety of options ranging from megabytes to gigabytes – how do you pick the right data plan for your needs? Check out the infographic below for a breakdown what you can do with 1GB of data.


According to TechTarget.com, “A gigabyte (GB) is a measure of computer data storage capacity that is roughly equivalent to 1 billion bytes.” That leads to our next question: what is a byte? A byte is a unit of measurement used to measure data. For light smartphone Internet users, 1GB can be the perfect amount of data to view up to 5,000 web pages, send 20,000 emails, post 10,000 social media updates or listen to up to 30 hours of music. Watching an hour worth of videos per day could take up to 8GB of data in a month, so let’s think about an upgrade on data plans before watching the next season of Game of Thrones!

For prepaid wireless users, the Internet will stop working when the customer’s data runs out. They will need to top-up or buy more data, simple as that. We recommend that you to look at your monthly data usage and pick a plan based on that amount. This information can be found on the monthly bill or by logging into an online account. Casually surfing the web should use about 100MB of data per month, but using a smartphone for heavy Internet browsing will most likely use over 1GB of data per month.

If you spend a lot of time using the Internet on your phone, hours of web surfing can go by in a blink of an eye and all your data could run out (if you are not monitoring carefully.) That’s why we recommend that you connect to Wi-Fi when possible. Using Wi-Fi, when it is available, will save your smartphone data usage for when you need it most! If you enjoy media entertainment such as playing videos, games or streaming music, staying connected to a strong Wi-Fi source is a strategic move to avoid using your data. This trick will help you stay within your monthly data limits, which will leave enough data on your phone to check emails, browse the web and use apps on the go.

As we stream into the wireless world, we’ll leave you with a few points to consider when buying data for your phone:

  • Am I a light or heavy internet user?
  • How much am I willing to spend on data per month?
  • How many hours am I online?

Those are the some of the questions we should keep in mind when it comes to purchasing data. At TruConnect, we’ll always try to guide you in the right direction when choosing prepaid plans.


Comments | Posted By Eugenia Leung