Six great apps for hobbies and leisure
Make the most of your free time with these hobby and leisure apps. You'll be searching out your family tree or looking after a virtual dog in no time.
Expand your horizons with these leisure apps
Family Tree History and Genealogy Coat of Arms of Last Names Records
This snappily titled database lets you trace your family tree through a choice of one million surnames. You might even find a coat of arms that belongs to your family. £2.99, iOS
Garden Planner Pro
Plan your perfect vegetable, herb and fruit garden on your iPad or iPhone. The chaps behind the successful online garden planner growveg.com have made this app, combining expert plant knowledge with simple tools such as plant directories, and pest and disease info. £5.49, iOS
Related: Stock up on seeds
Sky Guide: View Stars Night or Day
An astronomy app that has been reviewed as being ‘close to perfect’. Hold your iPhone or iPad up to the sky to be shown where the various stars and constellations are. You can even track satellites as they pass overhead. Simple and beautiful, and no need for a web connection. £1.49, iOS
For the avid golfer, this GPS, scorecard, rangefinder and yardage app has just about every fairway in its global database. Aerial imagery, real-time scoring and statistics make it popular with clubbers. Free, iOS
The classic board game translates surprisingly well to smart devices, and with the bonus of not having to refer to a dictionary to check if ‘crombulent’ actually exists. Play solo against the app or challenge pals via Facebook. Keep up to 50 games going at a time (if your brain can take the strain). Free, iOS, Android
Dogs can be tremendous company, but not everyone has the space or mobility to look after a pooch. This Dogs Trust app lets you look after a virtual canine, taking it for ‘walks’, playing games and grooming. You can also donate to the charity from the app. Free, iOS
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