Best apps for when feeling blue

Feeling the blues? We all get it, some days you just want to crawl under a blanket and mute the world for a while.

But, when push comes to shove, what do you do when feeling blue ?

Luckily, modern-day technology is lending a helping hand, offering a handful of useful apps able to set you right back on track.

From interactive and creative to educational and stimulating, here are 9 of the most effective apps to get you in a blues-free mood! 

1. Elevate

Elevate is an app designed to boost your professional and creative skills. The app is super-easy to use, and trains you to become your better self by playing over 35 different animation games, all adjusted to your particular abilities.

From learning math to improving your writing, listening and reading skills, Elevate turns traditional education into an invigorating experience that helps you track and compare your improvement.

2. MasterClass

By solely picking the brains of the most crafted masterminds of today like Garry Kasparow and Anna Wintour, MasterClass is an app like no other. Not quite an interactive, but a resourceful app, MasterClass teaches you how to grow both your business and yourself by putting theoretical knowledge to practice.

Intended for up-and-coming writers, promising musicians, striving actors, painters, filmmakers, entrepreneurs and more, MasterClass feeds you the essence of what it takes to become the chief of your own vocation.

3. Quora

If you have a specific question for a certain topic of interest, you have landed yourself in the right place. Think of Quora as your all-in-one platform for sharing information on almost any given topic.

Outlined as a social and educational forum, Quora nurtures quality knowledge and lets you ask questions, share opinions, and exchange experiences, all in a social media context.

4. Headspace

How much does it take to reshift your focus and start fresh? According to Headspace, just 10 minutes of mindfulness can do the trick. Structured to monitor and improve your daily habits, Headspace is one of the leading apps for building solid, healthy and lasting routines.

Also known as the ‘gym membership for your mind’, the science-based app helps you deal with daily distractions, stress, anxiety triggers and more – perfect for blue days.

5. Way of Life — Habit Tracker

Struggling to put your ducks in a row? No worries, Way of Life does the job for you!

As one of the best habit-building apps, Way of Life asks daily ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions, using your answers to help you create a healthy and organised lifestyle.

In essence, the app works as your personalissed journal, using habitual reminders and visual graphs to monitor your daily progress.

6. Bliss

A blissful experience, indeed!

If you are on the search for the next great app to help you build an emotionally healthier you, Bliss is here to help!

Designed as an assembly of psychological games, Bliss is an app that approaches the concept of positivity in a refreshing and brain-stimulating way.

So train your gray matters with Bliss, which gathers some of the most effective tools to lead you to self-improvement and personal growth.  

7. Lumosity

Hello, cognitive excellence!

Facilitating the lives of over 100 million users worldwide, Lumosity provides quality cognitive training in a distinguishing manner. The app’s training program is engaging and interactive, primarily focusing on pushing your brain towards whole new heights of intellectual performance.

In short, the app is an abundance of science-based games that aim to improve your memory, speed, motoric and problem-solving skills.

Although similar to the Elevate app, Lumosity offers more simple straightforward educational games including attention, memory and speed, whilst Elevate has more to offer on both math as well as reading, writing and speaking.  

8. Dplay

Available for smartphones, tablets, laptops and TV, Dplay is your main source of Discovery’s leading educational documentaries and shows.

With a goal of entertaining you, while also enriching your general knowledge, Dplay brings the best worldwide documentaries and series in one place. 

9. Netflix and Apple TV+

Lo and behold, here come the apps that need no special introduction!

As global streaming phenomena, Netflix and Apple TV+ represent a rich catalogue of series, travel documentaries, real-life experiences, movies, stand-up specials, series and other forms of storytelling. Whether you are traveling, getting cosy in front of the TV, or making the most of your lunch break, Netflix and Apple TV+ keep up with your pace, becoming your ultimate go-to stream service providers.

But, wait, something’s missing!

How about a new MacBook Pro Retina 13″ 128GB 2017 to go perfectly with your streaming experience?

Don’t hesitate to visit Friendly Mobiles today and choose the best MacBook Pro for your stream-and-chill, all-night-watching, benching-and-snacking experience!

With available discounts and promotions to choose from, Friendly Mobiles give quality tech and customer service a fabulous name.

Use the code* “BLUE20” now and get €20,- discount on the MacBook Pro Retina 13″ 128GB 2017!

* The code is valid till the 26th of January.

Ring in the New Year with a Brand New Phone!

Is boosting your phone on your list of New Year resolutions?

For all tech fanatics out there, Friendly Mobiles presents a wide range of affordable and quality smartphones to choose from.

With a little something for everyone’s budget, we have hand-selected three of the most eye-catching devices to help you kick off the New Year in style!

A Cost-Effective Solution: The iPhone (SE)

Out of the many smart devices available at Friendly Mobiles, the iPhone SE makes for the most superb and budget-friendly solution, currently available at a discount price of €179! Offering nothing short of quality and endurance, the iPhone SE enriches your tech experience, offering a through-and-through device performance with these features:

  • Retina HD Display
  • 12 MP Camera
  • 1080HD Video Recording
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Identity Sensor

A Mid-Range Budget Excellence: The iPhone 8

If you had something edgier in mind, look no further than the iPhone 8 ! Ever-popular among corporate and individual users, at Friendly Mobiles you can now purchase the iPhone 8 at a discount price of €459. This handset comes with some excellent features such as:

  • Retina HD Display with 3D Touch
  • 12 MP Camera 
  • 4K HD Video Recording
  • Splash, water and dust resistant 

Sophistication at Its Best: The iPhone XS 64GB Space Grey

With its state-of-the-art design, seamless performance, and innovative features, the iPhone XS Space Gray stands in a league of its own!

Depending on your budget, at FriendlyMobiles, this action-friendly smart device is available in three different grades:

·     Premium – treat yourself with our premium grade As New iPhone XS 64GB Space Grey, available at Friendly Mobiles at a discount price of € 609;-!

·     Excellent – available at a discount price of only € 589;-, the Excellent graded iPhone XS 64GB Space Grey is your ideal no-user-trace option, allowing you to use a super-polished device, both inside and out!

·     Good – if our Premium and Excellent graded iPhone XS 64GB is too big of a splurge for you, at Friendly Mobiles, we also offer you the Good graded refurbished model at a fabulous discount price of € 569;-!

And you know what else?

The iPhone XS 64 GB also includes Tempered Glass (retail price € 24.95) and the PU Transparent Cover (retail price € 14.95) as well as FREE shipping! 

Ready to make your New Year purchase?

Visit Friendly Mobiles today and explore the best selection of refurbished, pocket-friendly smartphones!

CES 2020: The Ultimate Tech Trends to Keep an Eye On!

On January 7, Las Vegas became the proud host of the long-expected CES 2020 show.
From artificial intelligence to media streams and virtual reality, the anticipated event brought the latest technological advances to the spotlight, marking 2020 as the year of the utmost smart growth.

Presenting their most recent tech developments and achievements, countless tech brands worldwide came into one place in efforts to become the latest tech mogul.
Below, let’s dig into the most relevant and impactful technologies presented at the CES 2020.

Privacy Protection
With an ongoing debate on privacy protection and how it impacts our everyday lives, the CES 2020 presented several panels that are currently working on the issue. At the show, big tech names from Facebook, Apple, and Global Privacy attended a live-streamed sit-down, mostly discussing famous California’s SB-327 law, which had recently required that all smart-phone devices implement a range of privacy regulations.

5G
The arrival and implementation of 5G networks largely set the tone for the CES 2020 show. Worldwide, there are around 50 different 5G networks, a number that is surely expected to grow in forthcoming years. Aside from obtaining faster tech devices speed, 5G networks were estimated to become the first generation of networks to largely contribute to the economy and tech-dependent enterprises.

Artificial Intelligence
What was once an inconceivable idea, has now turned to reality as artificial intelligence (AI) is more omnipresent in our lives than ever before. At the CES 2020, artificial intelligence is discussed in terms of drastically improving households, workplaces, and our everyday tech experience. And, sooner rather than later, experts in the area conclude that artificial intelligence will grow as far as to perform basic operations without any human interference whatsoever. Intriguing.

Digital Health
It should not come as a surprise that much like all other technological advancements, the health industry has become a popular topic of discussion at the CES 2020. This year around 150 exhibitors attended, presenting the latest from sleep technology to baby-friendly technology. Not just that, but digital health systems will transform hospitals into encrypted data centers, thus providing medical personnel easier access to all necessary patient information.

Streaming
The CES 2020 has also focused on analyzing the power of streaming outlets, such as Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, Quibi, and others. With so much competition already on the market, the big topic is to find a solution in making streaming services available to everyone. By 2023, it is expected that stream service providers will reach a profit of over $20 billion, compared to the $16.7 billion profits streaming service providers are expected to gross in 2020.

Transportation
One of the more essential presenters at the CES 2020 show also included technically advanced transportation companies. Currently, there is a rich number of existing automotive manufacturers, which at the show, have pitched their most innovative transport-related ideas and concepts, all through using smart technology to alleviate mobility.

Robots
Last but not least, the CES 2020 show finally shed some long-awaited light on robotic technology intended for numerous purposes. As of recently, robotic technology was divided into two major segments. The first revolves around tech-based systems, which will hopefully enhance performance in households and workplaces down the line. At the same time, the second sector includes actual social robots, intended for various personal and general purposes.
Aside from these, the CES 2020 also put an emphasis on a few more tech developments, including smart travel platforms, as well as TV, video technology and advanced tech sensors.

But what about Apple?
The now premier consumer electronics brand, Apple definitely lived up to its reputation at the CES 2020, presenting a handful of revolutionary and tech-savvy products.
In 2019 alone, the company launched its anticipated smartphone trio, while also introducing the innovative Apple Watch back in September, followed by the launch of two new sets of AirPods.
In 2020, however, the company announced its plans to develop the first 5G iPhone, together with a handful of other new tech devices, including 3D camera iPods, an enhanced version of the 2016 iPhone SE, and an iPhone accessory to help you locate lost items.

Among the more ambitious company plans is also the launch of the first ever smart AR glasses, as well as a service package composed of Apple TV, Apple News+ and Apple Music.

Finally, with its on-budget clientele in mind, Apple is also getting ready to develop a more affordable version of the ever-beloved Home Pod. Talk about an all-in-one brand.
As technology continues to grow, so does the interest in everything the CES 2020 has to offer. And judging by this year’s show alone, the global interest in tech-done-right is more impactful and prudent than ever.

2030 Sustainable Development Goals: How buying refurbished sustains the circular economy

The UN adopted in 2015 a set of sustainable development goals aimed at promoting the welfare of our environment and its inhabitants. An extensive programme, it encompasses all life on Earth as well as our resources with a set of 17 goals.
We at Friendly Mobiles are proud to be playing a small, yet important part of “Sustainable Development Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns”.
Here is how buying refurbished products supports this important goal leading ultimately to a reduction in CO2 emissions, sustainable consumption and ultimately a cleaner and safer environment.
Budget-friendly and Technically Optimised Products
It’s not just about using a phone, but doing so in an eco-friendly manner. By buying a refurbished product you are not only reducing waste but also ensure products are used for longer whilst also profiting economically. This is mainly because refurbished products are by whole and large up to 70% cheaper than new, original products.
Environmental Pollution
Did you know that using a brand new phone can increase pollution by a staggering 80%? To prevent this, Friendly Mobiles offer refurbished iPhones that not only favor energy consumption but your health as well!
Refurbished Works Best
The production of new phones relies on the constant use of natural resources, especially metals such as iron, aluminium and even gold. Furthermore, rare Earth elements such as europium and yttrium are crucial to your iPhone, as they’re used in the phone’s battery as well as the screen. To prevent this mining process, Friendly Mobiles reconditions your favorite phones and repurposes old models for a safer use, all whilst ensuring they look and feel as good as new!
Recycling
To contribute to the “Sustainable Development Goal 12: Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns”, Friendly Mobiles fully supports electronics’ recycling by reconditioning your favorite iPhones, iPads and MacBooks for a safer, more practical and healthier use!
What are the Benefits of Buying Our Refurbished Products
· Never having to throw away your phone, but rather reselling it in order to protect the environment and your wellbeing.
· Using a refurbished phone can help you prevent up to 80% of material waste, which means less usage of natural resources and more reinventing.
· Less transportation, as raw material doesn’t have to be sourced.
· Child-friendly products. Refurbished iPhones are not only fit for your budget, but they also protect your children from daily exposure to harmful pollution.
· It’s not just your household that benefits from sustainable consumption habits. By using our refurbished iPhones and Apple products you also contribute to creating a healthier environment at your workplace. Forget all about excessive and unnecessary box packaging and turn to conscious and thoughtful phone use!
· Lastly, by buying a refurbished product you are also supporting the circular economy and contribute to economic growth and creating new jobs.

With Europe’s great initiative to rebrand technology in a beneficial, environment-boosting and cost-optimised manner, Friendly Mobiles takes on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals through a whole new way of using technology.
Sustainability, refurbishing, and quality never looked so good!

Last minute Christmas Deal

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year. We all know how fast the last month goes, especially in buying gifts for everyone, so we thought we would help you a little bit with some awesome  discounts we and Apple have to offer.

 

  • First we’ll start with our own discount. We now  have an amazing low price for the iPhone SE 32GB Silver for only €179,- .(recommended retail price of € 229,-). The iPhone comes with a 12 megapixel camera together with a 1080HD video recorder. It also has a A9 Chip and a powerful quad core processor. Did you know that Apple offers free engraving for certain products? Add a personal message to their AirPods, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Pencil (2nd generation) making your gift mean even more.
  • A gift card for Apple products or services. Or why not a gift voucher for their latest streaming service Apple TV? A perfect way to prolong the Christmas spirit!  If you use Apple card you’ll get a discount if you buy a gift at Apple. From now until December 31, get 6% Daily Cash back when you pay with your Apple Card.
  • Apple lets you design your Apple watch exactly how you want it. Check out Apple Watch Studio. Now you can pair any case with a band of choice to create the watch that reflects their style.

And if all else fails, don’t forget to buy the iPhone SE 32GB Silver for €179,- a whopping €50;- discount. Now what can beat that?

 

Merry Christmas and a Sustainable New Year from all of us at Friendly Mobiles

How to get the best deals on Black Friday & Cyber Monday

You can’t have missed it – unless your spam filter is of the nuclear kind. Tomorrow is Black Friday and with that you are bombarded with tons of offers: from toasters and coffee machines to lingerie and diet pills. You name it – tomorrow is the day conspicuous consumption is permitted and even approved of – if ever so slightly. So how do you know if that Black Friday (or Cyber Monday) deal is actually a good one?

Well there are luckily great apps that will help you getting the most out of your money. Here are some:

Black Friday 2019. Black Friday 2019 brings you awesome shopping deals, throughout the year, like the ones offered during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events. With this app, you can save BIG by staying up-to-date on what discount shopping deals are currently available. Another useful feature in this app is the inbuilt save feature. By using this functionality, you can keep track of the deals that interests you.
Black Friday 2019 Ads. This app is from theblackfriday.com enabling you to see all Black Friday Ads & Deals live on your phone.. With this app you have flyers, deals, shopping list, news and tips – just a click away.
Black Friday Price Puls. This apps helps you suss out the REAL discount by showing you the best ways to save money on Black Friday deals. Because a lot of companies pretend to have great deals, but actually the price isn’t beneficial to you at all, this app will help you scan and navigate thousands of offers in order to find the right ones.

But what about Apple? Interestingly enough Apple doesn’t give specific Black Friday deals. That’s too bad if you are looking for cool Apple products for a reasonable price. But don’t despair! Friendly Mobiles have a great discount for you:

“MacBook pro Retina 13” Space Gray 2017”

WAS: €1049;-

NOW: €949;-

Don’t miss out on this deal – only available from Black Friday until Sunday, December 1!*

* Available while supply lasts!

New iOS 13 Update: what to expect

We all know with a new iPhone comes a new update, but I think this is one of the best updates. iOS 13 is a huge overhaul to iOS, with a long list of new features so let’s take you all through it!

With this new update it isn’t just about new looks, or new features. But the features that we have now are improved as well. So what can we expect from the latest version?

First of all for all our people out there who love dark colours Apple finally thought of us! One of the new features is the dark mode. Think about new dark wallpapers, or your keyboard in a dark mode.

Next is the upgraded Photo’s tab where Apple has made it easier for us to browse through our pictures. As you scroll the Photos tab, muted live photos and videos begin playing as you scroll, bringing your photo library to life.

Another new feature is in the Notes. Not only is it the font bigger, and more like what you are used to in a document but they also improved drawing capabilities. You can now really draw things in Notes with the option to select thickness and effect such as pencil, pen or a marker. They even added a ruler in it! I just love this new update.

What I also like is how they improved the app Maps. They not only made it clearer and more intuitive, but also easier to use. If you open the app you see the option Favorites right away. Here you can add the addresses where you go the most.

One of my favorite new developments of this update is the keyboard. You can now swipe sentences so you don’t have to type the whole sentence or word. They also added new emojis and memojis including new hairstyles and accessories. You can now use these in all the apps instead of just in iMessage.

Although there are many more new features and improvements these are the major and most noteworthy ones. As this release continues on the optimization trend introduced in iOS 12, you can expect an overall faster and more efficient experience.Needless to say I would suggest all of you to install this new update and enjoy the new features of iOS 13 to make your iPhone experience even more pleasurable.


iOS 13 is available for the iPhone 6s and upwards. Need to upgrade your iPhone? Then don’t forget our 10% discount using FRIENDLY10 discount code.

iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 PRO – What you need to know

The time has finally come, the long anticipated release of the brand new iPhone took place last night during the September Apple event at the Steve Jobs Theater in California. Apple announced the release of three different versions, including a new Apple watch! We have listed the different iPhones and improvements to make it easier for you.

iPhone 11
First we start with the iPhone 11. This is a cheaper version that Apple has released in no less than 6 different colors; Black, Red, Yellow, White, Green and Lavender. The casing is made of aluminum with a glass back for wireless charging. It is the successor to the iPhone XR and therefore has many similarities with the latest iPhone. The iPhone 11 has a 6.1 inch LCD screen, the same Liquid-Retina screen as last year. Other functions such as True Tone and Haptic Touch, as well as the screen resolution, remain the same.

The major new feature to look out for is the additional camera lens. The iPhone 11 namely has a dual camera which of course gives you more functions. One of the new functions is, for example, a Wide Angle Lens, which allows you to take wider pictures.

There is also a new night functionality that allows you to take better photos in the dark. Apple has also equipped its latest iPhone with a faster A13 bionic chip – the fastest CPU in a smartphone ever. But of course we did not expect anything else from Apple. The face id is also improved and you can keep the iPhone 11 up to 2 meters under water!
In terms of price, the iPhone 11 is en par with the iPhone XR.

· iPhone 11 64 GB: € 809
· iPhone 11 128 GB: € 859
· iPhone 11 256 GB: € 979

iPhone 11 PRO / PRO max
The iPhone 11 pro is available in 2 sizes: The iPhone 11 pro and Max. The pro comes in 4 colors; Black, Gold, Spacegrey and Midnight Green. The case is the same as the current iPhone X series, but I personally find this design even better as they have added a matte back to the iPhone pro. The iPhone pro comes with a lightening connector again, but with an 18-watt fast charger, equipped with a USB-C-to-lightening cable.

The iPhone 11 Pro is equipped with a new Super Retina XDR display and a specially designed Apple-designed OLED screen. This supports HDR playback for movies and other HD videos with a brightness of up to 1,200 nits. Just like with the iPhone 11, a faster A13 Bionic chip has also been added, and the battery also has a longer life of up to 4 hours.

Until now, Apple’s top models had two 12-megapixel cameras on the rear. In their new release Apple has added a third camera to both the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. With the third camera you can take neater photos and also capture more images. A third lens also provides for better zooming options. Each of the three cameras can record 4K video with a wide dynamic range and video stabilization. You can zoom with any of the three cameras. Audio Zoom ensures that the audio of the video also appears to zoom in.

The prices of the iPhone 11 pro and max comes – not unexpectedly – with a more hefty price tag.

· iPhone 11 Pro 64GB: € 1159
· iPhone 11 Pro 256GB: € 1329
· iPhone 11 Pro 512GB: € 1599
· iPhone 11 Pro Max 64GB: € 1259
· iPhone 11 Pro Max 256GB: € 1429
· iPhone 11 Pro Max 512GB: € 1659

In general, these are the biggest changes with the new iPhone. A great new release to the iconic iPhone family. Having said that, Apple has many more great products, so take a look at our website for our latest offers and we are always there for questions!

iPhone XI or iPhone Pro?

The Day has finally come. Apple is going to reveal the long anticipated new iPhone. When everyone is still speculating on what the new features are going to be, the colours and the pricing, Apple’s CEO is already answering a few questions via twitter. But still much is open to guesswork as we are not even sure what the name of the iPhone is going to be. OMG we are so excited!

We can tell you about a few new features and specifications that have been confirmed. The new camera for example. Not only is it an amazing piece of design, but functionality wise Apple is once again exceeding expectations by adding three instead of two cameras on the back. That means your pictures will be sharper than ever. In the iPhone itself a lot of things have been upgraded and rumors have it the new iPhone will be available in a few more colours. As for the price, unconfirmed sources report it will be available for in and around € 1100 – a little bit more than an iPhone XS.

Well this is as much that we can tell you right now. But stay tuned – tomorrow we will come back with an update with all you need to know for the much anticipated launch of the iPhone 11!