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3 Brain-Training Apps Productive People Use To Kill Time

3 Brain-Training Apps Productive People Use To Kill Time

It’s a common scenario. You have five or ten minutes to kill as you wait for a bus, or you want something to occupy your mind during your boring commute. You take out your phone and scroll mindlessly through your social media feeds, or perhaps catch up on the latest celebrity gossip.

But what if you could use these minutes to learn a new skill, sharpen your cognitive abilities and change your brain for the better? Luckily, there are several great brain-training apps you can use to alleviate your boredom and give your mind a workout at the same time, as this act can give us great benefits by improving our work performance.

Check out the following three apps:

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Elevate – Brain Training

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (200,637 users)

When you start using Elevate, you will receive three daily challenges across five skill groups that will boost your performance in key areas such as memory, attention and listening. Elevate will keep track of your progress and recommend new activities based on your results. With over 35 activities, it is an all-in-one brain training regimen.

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      Memory Trainer

      Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (31,663 users)

      This app will definitely give your memory a boost if you use it on a regular basis. Its collection of exercises has proven to be a popular app for helping develop stronger visual and spatial memory skills. Not only that, but it will improve your concentration levels, which will have a beneficial effect in all areas of your life. Reviewers say that the app is easy to use and that the activities are enjoyable.

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          Lumosity – Brain Training 

          Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (45,720 users)

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          This app has been downloaded over 70 million times. It includes over 25 games that will strengthen your cognitive skills in a number of domains including attention and memory. The games are well-designed and offer an engaging, fun way to boost your mental capacity.

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            So what are you waiting for? Download these apps today and make the most of your time on the train or the minutes you spend in line waiting for your morning coffee.

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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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