In the absence of a robot butler, here's a rundown of five handy (and free) apps that should fill that technology-shaped void in your life and help you smash it in 2014. 

Best app for shopping: ASOS 

If you think this is just a shameless plug for our own app, you’d be right. But jokes aside, the number of tech-savvy guys using the app to get their gear has rocketed recently, which is probably thanks to its simple, easy-to-use interface and the fact that it allows you to shop absolutely anywhere – perfect for a sly purchase at work or while walking the dog. Get it here.

Best app for play: Real Racing 3

If you’ve overdosed on Candy Crush and want a new, fun and free way to busy your thumbs on the morning commute, give this hyper-realistic racing game a whirl. Forget that you’re on the way to work and step into one of its supped-up supercars, including Lamborghinis, Bugattis and Porsches instead. Get it here

Best app for showing off: Mixology

We should state that we don’t endorse drinking, honest. However, if you’re partial to a tipple and want to show off your mixing skills, this app will help you make the most of your liquor cabinet, allowing you to search for a cocktail to shake up using only the ingredients you have at hand. Get it here. 

Best app for photos: VSCO Cam

We checked in with the lads at Apple, and they rate this bad boy pretty highly. VSCO Cam is the top dog of photo editing apps and lets you pick different filters, similar to Instagram, before giving you the option of creating slick-looking journals. Get it here.