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Do You Really Need All These Apps?

Do You Really Need All These Apps?

There are millions of apps available for download just for iOS alone. All of them are supposed to make your life easier, more convenient, more fun – but do they really? Or, at least, do we really need all the apps that an average modern person has installed? Here are some telltale signs that may give an insight on how you can declutter your phone and, by extension, your life.

1. Check How Much Energy and Space It Uses

Even the most inconspicuous apps sometimes turn out to be eating up your phone’s battery and free space like crazy. If you feel that their usefulness doesn’t justify these excesses, feel free to remove them immediately. iPhones don’t boast holding a charge for a long time as they are, and every app that drains energy forces you to recharge them more and more often.

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2. You Haven’t Used This App in a Month

If you haven’t opened the app in question a single time within a month, chances are you won’t do it ever again. And even if you will, this fact shows that you can just as well do without it. If you want to see the list of essential apps that can actually improve your life without eating up your time and money, you may find it at this website – it will save you quite a lot of time and effort you’d otherwise waste scoring the AppStore for useful apps.

3. It Is More Fuss than It Is Worth

By definition, apps are supposed to make our life more convenient, save our time, make certain tasks easier and in general increase our efficiency. However, quite often what we get as a result is quite different from what is advertised. Many apps tend to use up more of our time and effort than they save, which is especially funny in case of time-tracking and efficiency apps that are supposed to force us use time more responsibly. If you feel that an app demands too much of your attention without providing visible returns for it, it may be better to get rid of it.

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4. Apps That Waste Your Time

There are apps that waste your time inadvertently, due to poor design or your own addiction to efficiency tracking. And there are apps that are created for the specific purpose of wasting your time, distracting you and turning using them on a regular basis into habits. All these little games, puzzles, social media apps and suchlike don’t do you any good – they just leech out your time and attention, not to mention battery charge and free space.

5. Apps That Duplicate Each Other

Sometimes you download a whole lot of similar apps to see which one you will like best, but then cannot settle upon any one of them. As a result, you have a number of apps you either don’t use at all or use sparingly, sitting uselessly on your phone. So look closely at all the apps you have installed and check if some of them have the same features, or are used for similar purposes. If you find those, decide here and now which ones you are going to use and which ones go to the dustbin.

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Deciding whether you need an app or don’t may be tricky – sometimes an app should sit on your phone for quite a while for you to understand whether you are going to use it or not. But when it comes to decluttering your phone and your life, less is usually better than more – so if you are not sure, better delete the app in question and be through with it.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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