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You’ve heard the old saying, Familiarity breeds contempt? When it comes to technology, it may work better if you switch the word Indifference for Contempt, but you get the general idea.

For example, when was the last time you really appreciated how incredibly you smartphone is? Describing it to someone from the 1700s would’ve seen you locked up in a loony bin, and someone from the 1900s would have called it magic. It’s no big deal to us though, although these little hacks may amaze you and change your indifference.

You Can Rewind the Past 

We’ve all had moments when we are sure we misheard what someone said, or heard something hilarious that we wish we’d recorded. Well, now you can. Heard, for iPhone, is constantly recording, using the microphone on your smartphone. You can go back 5 minutes in time whenever you like!

Start Sleeping Better 

Many of us blame technology for how badly we sleep. Constantly staring at a screen muddles your mind regarding whether it’s day or night, and your phone is always a-buzz with new notifications, waking you up throughout the night. If you play lots of games on your device, including the fabulous real money entertainment sites like River Belle casino provide, you could also just be forgetting what time it is, and staying up too late!

Be Aware of Your Surroundings 

Listening to your favourite music or watching a film on your device is a wonderful way to pass the time, and is a great idea for those of us who have relatively long commutes. The downside, however, is that earphones block surrounding noise. This is great for removing distractions, but not awesome if a car is hooting at you, or the bus driver is announcing your stop.

Awareness, an app for iPhone and Android is the answer, keeping track of the noise around you at all times. Any sounds much louder than regular background noise will get sent to your headphones, so you will hear a car honk, a bus stop being announced, or someone talking to you, but won’t miss anything from your music of video.

Measure Up

Advice says to measure twice and cut once, but even if you aren’t cutting anything, measuring properly can help you prevent costly mistakes. You don’t have to stash rulers or tape measures around anymore either, thanks to Advanced Ruler Pro for Android, and Visual Measure for iPhone.

All you need to do is take a picture of a room or object that you you want to know the dimensions of and then follow the directions given on the application. It will then be able to figure out the correct dimensions for you. From a dining room table through to a mansion, you can now measure almost anything quickly and easily.

iPhone users also have the option of using the incredible Acoustic Ruler Pro, which reflects sound to measure distances, in much the same way that bats detect obstacles and bugs.

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