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8 Local APPS that Will Make Life More Productive

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In this day and age, time is of the essence.  Thankfully, we’re surrounded by countless apps that not only save us time and money, but also enhance the way we interact with the world around us.

From providing free WiFi to personal, at-home massages (yes please!), the following Vancouver apps are as helpful as they are enjoyable:

8 Vancouver Free WiFi

What | Free WiFi locator

In a city filled with entrepreneurs on the hunt for makeshift offices, spaces with WI-FI are a must. Find all the hot-spots so you can continue to work from wherever you please (and not go over your data).

Cost | FREE
Website | https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appmosaic.VancouverWiFi

7 brewhound

What | Happy hour locator

Best happy hours in the city?  While you could always refer to our website you can also find the best drink deals thanks to the brewhound app.  View bars close to you, read reviews, and browse daily deals! You can also make happy hour plans in advance, and share those plans with your friends.  Cheers to that!

Cost | FREE
Website | https://brewhound.ca/

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6 FortisBC Mobile App

What | Gas and electricity account manager

Get the lowdown on your natural gas and electrical bills through the FortisBC app.  The app lets you view your current and scheduled electricity usage, provides safety info, and is a great tool for learning energy-saving tips!

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Cost | FREE
Website | https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fortisbc/id1311044553?ls=1&mt=8

5 Cowlines

What | Multimodal transportation app

Get real-time info on public transit and traffic, find the best routes, and plan your trip with the option of a multimodal journey!  A super new, one-stop, transportation shop, Cowlines lets users compare the time, cost, AND track CO2 emissions of any trip. Another cool feature is that it combines providers, so you can choose to bus, bike or ride share – or all three – and reach your destination in the most effective way possible.

Sign up for the beta now! Requires iPhone 6 or later, with iOS 9 or higher.

Cost | FREE
Website | https://www.cowlines.com/

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What | Meal delivery service

For those days when you don’t feel like cooking, or for when you’re having mad cravings for Juke’s fried chicken, but you’re stuck working late at the office (this is literally us all the time).  UberEATS has FINALLY arrived in Vancouver to hook you up with food from your favourite restaurants!  (Now, we just need Uber to make its way over.)

Features: In-app order tracking, fast delivery, and a guide to local favs!

Cost | FREE
Website | https://www.ubereats.com/vancouver/

UberEATS Vancouver

3 Parkopedia

What | Parking locator

Quit complaining about the lack of parking in Vancouver, actually find parking, AND save money through this app!  Basically an encyclopedia for parking, Parkopedia lists every available space in  Vancouver, and world-wide.  Hunt down the best spots in your area with real-time availability, find hours, prices, and payment methods, and use filters to narrow down parking preferences such as free parking and covered parking.  That’s A LOT of parking.

Cost | FREE

2 Glance Pay

What | Payment app

Hate waiting for your bill at a restaurant?  Glance Pay is the solution. This multi-platform mobile app helps you settle your bill instantly, while earning rewards towards your next foodie outing!  Calculate the tip, split the bill, and save your receipts all on your phone, without ever having to use a machine or wait in line.  Secure, easy-to-use, and fuss free!

Cost | FREE
Website | https://glancepay.com/

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1 Soothe

What | At-home massage service

Have a vetted massage therapist show up at your house with the touch of a button.  That may sound too good to be true, but it’s a reality through this at-home massage service app!

The massage therapist does all the work and creates a similar – if not better – spa experience, massage table, sheets, lotions, oils,  music and all!  You can book 8am to midnight, 7 days a week!  We ask, what could possibly be more soothing than a professional massage from the comfort of your home?  (Other than maybe an at home-massage paired with an UberEATS food delivery.)

Cost | FREE
Website| https://www.soothe.com/

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