Work and live smarter – not harder – with these handy apps
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Work and live smarter – not harder – with these handy apps

Want to find the perfect venue for your birthday party, skip the lunch line, get help with your math homework or visit your doctor from the comfort of your home? Click through to read about 10 must-have Vancouver-born apps that will make your life much easier.

Tangoo

Tangoo

Can’t decide where to go on a first date? Or maybe you’re looking for a new restaurant to hold a meeting with clients. Tangoo is your personal pocket concierge that tailors the perfect venue for you based on your mood, the occasion, cuisine, price, neighbourhood and geographic proximity. Once you pick the place, Tangoo makes it easy to reserve your table and invite friends through text, email and social.

Available for iPhones and web – FREE

Guusto

Guusto

A celebratory drink after work, a cake for a family birthday across the country, or just because, Guusto makes gift giving as easy a few taps on your screen. The concept is simple: in the app, you choose a gift (i.e. a drink) and its value, add a personal message and send it to a special someone. The recipient is notified via text and can redeem their gift at any of the 1000 partner locations in 250 cities across Canada. And to sweeten the deal, for every gift sent, Guusto donates a day’s worth of clean drinking water to someone in need through One Drop projects.

Available for iPhones and Androids – FREE

Rosterbot
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Rosterbot

This is a must-have app for all of the part-time athletes in Vancouver. From hockey to baseball, Rosterbot helps you rally the troops and manage your team. The app makes it easy to create a schedule, manage player attendance and select players to fill your roster for every game and practice. One of the other standout features of this app is the ability to process payments for events or team fees. It has everything you need to stay on top of your game. 

Available for iPhones and Androids - FREE

Minty Fusion
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Minty Fusion

The last thing you want to do on your lunch break is wait in line, so this app lets you skip it.  Minty Fusion is a fairly new app on the Vancouver scene, but it’s making waves by making our lives easier. The app allows users to order from local shops, food trucks, liquor stores, cafes and restaurants ahead of time and your order will be ready when you arrive.

Available for iPhones and Androids – FREE

Keycafe

Keycafe

If you use Airbnb or VRBO to rent your property, you’ve probably asked yourself this question: where do I leave the keys? Keycafe has your answer. Founded in Vancouver, this site turns neighbourhood cafes into key-exchange locations. The process is extremely simple and more importantly, safe. When users sign up for Keycafe, within 24 hours, they’re sent an RFID-enabled key fob which identifies them. In order to retrieve the keys, renters go through double authentication via a PIN number which is sent by email and tapping the key-fob as identification.

Available at keycafe.com

Latergramme
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Latergramme

Developed during a Vancouver hackathon in 2014, Latergramme is a favourite for selfie aficionados and social media managers. This app allows you to schedule your Instagram posts in advance and when it’s time to go live, you’ll receive a push notification reminder to publish your pics across social platforms.

Available on iPhones, Androids and web - FREE

HelpHub

HelpHub

Tutoring meets technology with HelpHub. If you ever find yourself struggling with a math equation or cramming for an exam, this app connects you with tutors anytime, anywhere via instant messaging and video calls. Why wasn’t this app around when I was in school?!

Available on iPhones – FREE

Control
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Control

This app makes managing payments a seamless process, and business managers are singing its praises. With Control, you can create, manage and analyze your payments on the go. From PayPal to Stripe, Control is platform agnostic so you can consolidate all of your payment information into one place. Users are provided with real-time revenue reporting and push messages to quickly handle issues, potentially fraudulent transactions or failed payments all from your phone.

Available on iPhones and Androids – FREE

Medeo

Medeo

How much time do you think you’ve spent waiting in a doctor’s office in your life? Well, Medeo allows you to visit your doctor from the comfort of your home. The app securely connects patients with healthcare providers via private video visits and secure messaging through your smartphone, tablet or computer. From general consultations to prescriptions, Medeo is a healthcare solution in your hands.

Available on iPhones and Androids – FREE

City Errands

City Errands

OK, so this isn’t an app, but it will definitely make your life easier and for that reason, it’s worth mentioning. Between work, fitness and friends, it’s hard to find time to run even the smallest errands for yourself. Enter City Errands. This company gladly takes on your “to do” list with a team of professional personal assistants and a van. From picking up groceries to washing your car, help is just a phone call away.

Available 24/7, 7 days a week