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The 10 Coolest Gadgets of 2016

The 10 Coolest Gadgets of 2016

So far 2016 has seen a variety of incredible gadgets.

From smartphones to projectors and headphones, we have had a lot of cool gadgets over the 9 months.

In this article, you will find a cheap PC circuit board, a high-flying drone, amazing smartphones and possibly the finest TV that we have ever laid our eyes on.

Below is a comprehensive list of the top 10 coolest gadgets of 2016:

  1. Amazon Kindle Oasis

In an era of ubiquitous tablets, smartphones and screens on almost everything, the dedicated e-readers seem to have plenty to choose from– unless you are a die-hard book junkie, where nothing but the best E Ink devices will do. In such cases, you will want the Amazon Kindle Oasis pronto.

Amazon has aimed for the top-end with this Kindle Oasis and it scores big with a fantastically sharp screen, an easy-to-use interface, amazingly lightweight build along with a leather cover depending on your preference. Even though it lacks adaptive lighting, the Amazon Kindle Oasis is perhaps the best e-reader that has ever been made.

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  1. The Swegway

Mainly due to some high-profile celebrities using them, Swegways are one of the most sought after new gadgets around today. They look sleek and many models feature on-board Bluetooth speakers.

As such, you can pair the Swegway with your phone, and then listen to all your favorite music as you cruise along. If you are the type of person who likes walking around with your phone in the hand blasting music from its speaker, then you’ll certainly like this feature.

This Swegway is not just a gadget fad as it uses some advanced technology in detecting the slightest changes in pressure from the feet to move backwards, forwards, change direction as well as spinning 360 degrees. There have been some concerns about its safety, so be careful when purchasing.

  1. Oculus Rift

After years of giddy impressions and prototypes from trade show demonstrations, a modern age of the high-end virtual reality has officially started with the release of Oculus Rift.

The Oculus Rift certainly doesn’t disappoint on performance and it offers immersive VR experiences as well as an ultra-refined fit and build.

Availability of virtual reality headsets has always been an ongoing issue due to the shortage of parts and the ill-considered retail moves. However, that should not diminish both the quality and importance of the Oculus Rift and the upcoming release of Touch controllers should also give it a very big boost.

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  1. Raspberry Pi 3

The Raspberry Pi 3 might seem in to be an odd company on a list that’s filled with expensive and highly covetable gadgets.

Nevertheless, this is truly one of the most useful tech devices in the market today. The Raspberry Pi 3 has made DIY computer projects to be approachable, accessible and affordable more than ever. Furthermore, the third-gen model is a huge upgrade from the previous models.

The Raspberry Pi 3 packs in more processing power as compared to the previous editions. In addition, it has the Wi-Fi connectivity standard. Raspberry Pi 3 is a perfect pick for any person who has a fun weekend project in mind or those who simply want to learn more about what’s inside their gadgets.

  1. DJI Phantom 4

DJI continues to rule the drone market, and although it costs a pretty penny, the Phantom 4 shows exactly why. It’s not a dramatic shift away from last year’s model, but the enhancements are numerous and meaningful and it’s still the easiest drone to pilot if you’re not a pro.

Key to that are improvements like obstacle detection and automatic flying modes, plus the ability to maintain focus on a person or thing while in flight. Add in steady and tremendously sharp 4K video shooting and the high price becomes (a bit) easier to swallow for enthusiasts.

  1. Sky Q

Given how appealing cord-cutting looks by today (thanks, Netflix), it is admittedly nice for us to see Sky fight back with a modern, big upgrade and try convincing us to stick with the dish. If you have the money for it, then Sky Q might just be worth it.

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Sky Q brings a sleek and ultra-fluid new interface, which learns from all your viewing habits and then allows you to tap easily into multi-room viewing thanks to the add-on Mini boxes. Even though it is a pricey pickup between the installation costs and monthly fee, this is basically the best version of classic Television in the market. Furthermore, the upcoming addition of 4K is only expected to sweeten the pot.

  1. LG OLED55C6V 4K TV

While 4K revolution still remains in an early adopter mode, we are starting to see lower-priced hardware and enough content to believe that it is just about to hit the mainstream. However, if you are looking to spend a lot on a marvelous set, then look no further than the LG’s 55C6V.

This curved, 55-inch OLED display is certainly remarkable. Besides handling 4K footage (either by streaming or from connected 4K Blu-ray players) with grace, it also supports HDR standards for ultra-vibrant lighting as well as contrast. The asking price is obviously not cheap but this dazzling TV is set for the future.

  1. Apple iPhone SE

Did you feel left behind when Apple decided to shift to large handsets with the release of iPhone 6? Is a 4-ichn display your sweetest spot for a smartphone? If yes, then you are lucky because iPhone SE has made the small phone sexy once again, even if it’s essentially an upgraded iPhone 5s.

Within that familiar shell comes a huge speed boost, with iOS 9 and similar chips as the iPhone 6s with TouchID and a stellar battery life.

  1. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

If we are being practical, the standard Samsung Galaxy S7 is the smarter choice of the Samsung’s latest flagship duo, offering incredible perks and performance at the relatively lower price point. However, if we are giving in to our deepest urges, then we cannot help but pick the unrivaled look and beautiful curves of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge resembles last year’s phone to a certain extent. However, the enhancements aren’t less; along with the performance boost, the smartphone itself is just a bit larger.

In addition, it adds waterproofing features and a microSD support. Beyond that, it is every bit the stunner that we saw with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, thus making it one of the coolest phones on the planet today.

  1. Apple iPad Pro 9.7

Say goodbye to iPad Air and welcome the smaller iPad Pro. Instead of refreshing the old line after a relatively longer-than-usual wait, Apple has opted to shrink down 2015’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro to a more travel-friendly 9.7-inch while keeping all the enhancements that came with the previous big model.

That means it still features support for the Apple’s Pencil with a Smart Connector that fits the Smart Keyboard. There are more peripherals ahead and the tablet sees a huge power boost with the TrueTone screen that impresses. You will pay a bit more as compared to the previous model but you will not find a better tablet today other than Apple iPad Pro 9.7.

Featured photo credit: Pixabay via pixabay.com

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40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

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Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

Productivity apps to help you get things done

1. OmniFocus

This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

Download it here.

    2. Forest

    Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

    Download it here.

      3. Things

      Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

      Download it here.

        4. 30/30

        Recently covered here at Lifehack

        , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

        Download it here.

          5. Any.Do

          A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

          Download it here.

            6. PocketLife Calendar

            This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

            Download it here.

              7. Asana

              We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

              , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

              Download it here.

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                8. ToDoist

                This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                Download it here.

                  9. FlowTasks

                  From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                  Download it here.

                    10. Calendars 5

                    This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                    Download it here.

                      11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                      A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                      Download it here.

                        12. Due

                        A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                        Download it here.

                          13. Checkmark 2

                          I use this app

                          for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                          Download it here.

                            14. TeuxDeux

                            Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                            Download it here.

                              15. Wunderlist 

                              Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                              Download it here.

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                                16. Nirvana

                                For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                Download it here.

                                  17. Priorities

                                  An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                  Download it here.

                                    Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                    18. Productive

                                    With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                    Download it here.

                                      19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                      You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                      Download it here.

                                        20. Streaks

                                        This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                        Download it here.

                                          21. Remember The Milk

                                          Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                          Download it here.

                                            22. Day One Journal

                                            When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                            Download it here.

                                              Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                              23. Evernote

                                              Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                              Download it here.

                                                24. Pocket

                                                You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                Download it here.

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                                                  25. Sync.Me

                                                  This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    26. Droplr

                                                    One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      27. Dropbox

                                                      Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        28. iDolly 

                                                        In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                        Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          29. Soulver

                                                          It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                            30. Captio

                                                            A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              31. Drafts

                                                              A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                  33. Doodle

                                                                  This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                    I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                      A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        36. GoodReader

                                                                        This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          37. LogMeIn

                                                                          Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                            38. 1Password

                                                                            There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                              You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                              All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                40. Truecallers

                                                                                Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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