Apps of the week: Runkeeper | Shpock | My Baby’s Beat

Make your smartphone even cleverer with these three useful apps. Picture: Getty Images

Make your smartphone even cleverer with these three useful apps. Picture: Getty Images

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MAKE your smartphone even cleverer with these three useful apps

RUNKEEPER

The popular Runkeeper app uses your GPS (either from your phone or Apple Watch) to track all your distance activities, including hiking, running and cycling. It records your pace, total time, distance covered and calories burned, as well as allowing users to upload photos and set their own running routes. If that’s not for you, though, you can always run popular routes in your city created by other users.

Free, Android and Apple iOS, https://runkeeper.com/

SHPOCK BOOT SALE & CLASSIFIEDS

If you like the idea of local car boot sales and markets, but dislike the poor weather that often accompanies them, Shpock’s latest mobile and desktop offering is for you. With over five million downloads so far, Shpock allows you to buy and sell goods online from your smartphone screen. In-app cost upgrades are available to boost the visibility of your item, with anti-spam protocols to lessen the risk of rogue traders.

My Baby's Beat is a great tool for hearing the heartbeat of your unborn. Photo: My Baby's Beat

My Baby's Beat is a great tool for hearing the heartbeat of your unborn. Photo: My Baby's Beat

Free, Android and Apple iOS, http://en.shpock.com/

MY BABY’S BEAT – BABY HEART MONITOR APP

With several revisions made since its original release, My Baby’s Beat is a reassuringly simple app. Using your iPhone or iPad’s microphone to hear the heartbeat of your baby, the app also contains full instructions for its use and does not require any additional accessories. Currently ranked #31 in the Top 100 Apps in the iTunes Store, it is one of the few baby apps to rank higher than many games on the list.

£3.99, Apple iOS only, http://www.mybabysbeat.com/iphone/faq.html

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