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30 Killer Apps that will Make You Smarter

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Nowadays you can have more than just fun with your apps – you can also use them to become smarter. Here are 30 apps you can use to help your memory, challenge your IQ, and help you to expand your brain.

Tools To Lead A Smarter Life

1. Casual

Casual helps handle tasks and projects in a new way: the app is amazingly visual. You plan your tasks just by drawing them as a flowchart. Casual is a unique app that helps visualize dependencies between tasks. You don’t have to click on tabs to find out about certain aspects of projects, such as who is doing which tasks. You can try this app for free to see if it works for you.
Download links: Web-Based

Why is it that good food looks so terrible and junk food looks so good? With this free app, you can find the good food that actually tastes good, so you can eat healthy and like it. Scan items for nutritional information, and find out which foods are the best for you, the best buys, and of course, the most enjoyable.
Download links: Android | iOS

3. Cloudswave

Become a smart spender: get all of the software and web applications for your business and your personal life. This free app directory allows you to get the best deals on all of the software and apps you need. On Cloudswave you will also find the Cloudscore, a rating based on carefully selected Expert Reviews computed to help you capture the essence of critical opinion in a single number.

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Download links: Web-Based

4. Owl

Do you love to astound your friends with oddball facts? Get all of the fun and off-beat trivia you can handle with Owl, a free app that gives you one fun fact each day. Become smarter with interesting facts you never heard of.
Download links: iOS

5. Atlas by Collins

The Atlas by Collins lets you travel all around the world, with a flick of your finger. As well as seeing new places, you can also discover incredible information about the world’s most important places and artifacts. Learn about the world using nine globes, a variety of maps, and other fun tools for just $0.99.
Download links: iOS

6. iBooks

Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own. But you may think you don’t have time to read. Do you ride the train to work? Read on the train. Do you have breaks? Read on your breaks. There really is no excuse when you have the free iBooks app, with a huge library that is constantly growing.
Download links: iOS

7. Flipboard

Are you always the last to know what is going on in the world around you? Start being the one who tells others what is going on by using the free Flipboard app, with tap and touch controls that makes it easy to get news as it’s happening.
Download links: Android | iOS

8. SmartThings

A smart home for smart people. Control all of the devices in your home with the easy-to-use SmartThings app that turns your smartphone into a remote.

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Download links: Android | iOS

Mind Games

9. Circles Memory Game

Your memory affects your ability to quickly and easily retrieve and apply stored information in situations when you need to solve a problem – and your ability to solve problems is often defined as intelligence. Therefore, memory and intelligence are almost like two sides of the same coin. Not only can you improve your memory, but you will also be supporting Alzheimer’s research by getting this $0.99 app. You’ll have fun too.
Download links: Android | iOS

10. Lumosity Mobile

Train your brain to become smarter, and have a blast doing it! Side effects of using this app include improved memory, a longer attention span, and better work performance through fun games and puzzles, and it doesn’t cost anything to use.
Download links: Android | iOS

11. Personal Zen

Smart people can control their stress. Personal Zen is clinically proven to reduce stress by JUST playing a fun game. Built by a team of leading neuroscientists and mobile developers, playing Personal Zen actually retrains your brain to lower stress and anxiety.
Download links: iOS

12. Fit Brains Trainer

Research shows that online training is an effective way to build cognitive reserve and increase brain performance. Fit Brains Trainer is free and you can increase your short-term memory by as much as 40% in less than three weeks. Wait…what were we just talking about? Obviously, we need this!
Download links: Android | iOS

13. Brain Workshop

If you are like some of us who still don’t have mobile phones, don’t despair. There are apps for us too. Brain Workshop is a free desktop app that you can use to improve your brain power, and no cell phones are necessary. But for those who has an Android phones, there is an app on Google Play!

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Download links: Android

14. Math Genius Brain Trainer

Unless you planned on working in a math-oriented field, you probably hated math classes as much as we did. Math develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills—it makes you smarter. This free app lets you play math games that will help improve your skills without making you bored.
Download links: iOS

15. Clockwork Brain

Puzzles, puzzles, and more puzzles! Studies have shown that “mental aerobics,” such as solving puzzles, are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Learning was never so much fun, and you will actually get addicted to improving your brain power with this free app.
Download links: iOS

16. Memory Trainer

Puzzle games alone are not the only one that can make you smarter. If you are an Android user, you can enjoy this app that really makes you use your brain to remember things. The best part is that it is fun, and you get to play matching games.
Download links: Android

17. Eidetic

To show that you are smart, you need to memorize interesting and important words and facts. Eidetic is another app that will help your memory through special memory-boosting exercises, and it only costs $0.99.
Download links: iOS

18. The New York Times Crossword

Crosswords make you smarter. They make you think in different ways, attack problems in different ways, and expand your vocabulary. Just playing the crossword puzzles can improve your intelligence. This free app has the same crossword puzzles that are published every day in the newspaper.

Download links: iOS

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19. mTrainer Pro

Giving your brain new experiences will keep it healthier and sharpen your mind. This is a gym that won’t make you break out in a sweat. Instead, you can try some fun brain exercises for just $1.99.
Download links: iOS

20. Blocks

Be a kid again and play with blocks, only these blocks will improve your brain power. You need to move the pieces to get out, and you need to use logic to do it with this app that costs only $2.99.
Download links: iOS

21. Brain Trainer Special

This is a collection of games that Android users can use to help them to remember phone numbers, solve math problems, and more, and it’s absolutely free to use. Available game modes: math ninja, letter sequences, number sequences, memory trainer (pictures), speedy shapes, memory letters, memory numbers, tricky colors, memorize 123, 3D CUBES, target mode, phone numbers, question mode, 18 session modes…sudoku of course and other modes like puzzle.
Download links: Android

22. Critical Thinking University Think-O-Meter

Get hypothetical situations, study them, and then get quizzed on what you remember with this free app that helps you become smarter.
Download links: iOS

Time Management Apps

23. Toggl

Time management is a common sore spot among many intelligent people. Where does your time go? You can find out by using this app. You simply tell the app what you are doing, start the timer, and stop it when you are finished. You will be able to better manage your time with this app, and the basic version is free. If you want all of the features, it is just $5 per month.

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Download links: Android | iOS

24. RescueTime

Work is boring, and social media websites are fun. But, you may be spending too much time socializing, and not enough time working. This app, which costs just $9 per month for the premium version, lets you see how much time you are spending with various websites and applications. Track how long you spend on reading useful information and extend this time.
Download links: Android | iOS

25. My Minutes

Wasting too much time on certain tasks? Spend your time smarter and use My Minutes for free to set time limits for everything you do.
Download links: Android | iOS

26. Timesheet

You don’t even have to lift a finger to type for tracking and billing work hours. Simply tell it what to do with voice commands. Great for those who love telling others what to do.
Download links: Android

27. Eternity

Inner balance is one of the crucial features of modern intelligent person. Work, home, kids, fun –  it all takes your time, and you need to balance it. Eternity lets you categorize everything you do and create a balance for just $4.99.
Download links: iOS

28. Now Then

Categorize things you do smartly. Now Then helps you record and analyse what you spend your time doing. Identify misused time for $2.99.
Download links: iOS

29. ATracker

Track everything you do, so you always know what to do and when to do it with this app, for $4.99. ATracker creates beautiful reports in pie chart and bar chart which you can share via Facebook, Twitter and email. You can also export data in CSV format.

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Download links: iOS

30. Timely

Who did what – when? Or who’s doing what – when? Either way, you’ll know the answer. Helps you plan for new projects, delegate work to employees and see who’s got too much on their plate.
Download links: iOS

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