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4 Best PC Tools for Tech Savvy

4 Best PC Tools for Tech Savvy

Slowing down of computers irritates everyone. It results in frustration, resulting in fingers drum first, and slamming keyboards then. Slowing down of system results in lower productivity of the user. However, there are number of slowness of the system starting from the restarting of the system for software updates, hard drive corrupted, not enough space on hard disk, virus or malware, too many background programs, outdated drivers, processor overheating, memory upgrade required, etc. Some people should deal with this all while using system.

There are many tools for addressing the respective problem, and I suggest, you should use these for faster processing and greater productivity. Following are some PC tools for tech savvy which you might want to consider.

1. MiniTool Data Recovery Software

MiniTool is data recovery tool developed by MiniTool Solution Limited. It is used to assist users in recovering deleted files, lost drive, and lost partition. The other features include CD/DVD recovery. This is easy to use; free file recovery software is available for home users. You need not to have technical background to use it. Few data recovery steps need to be followed to recover data and the lost data will be back.

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It doesn’t only recover data from RAID device and hard disk, but also supports DVD, CD, flash drive, memory stick, and memory card. The damaged partition recovery feature gives opportunity of deep scanning of memory in order to establish RAW files and recover corrupted, formatted, and damaged files within a partition. With lost partition recovery module, you can check for partitions which are formatted or corrupted by malware. It will look for sectors where files are situated in the partition and try to recover most of the data.

The files which cannot be recovered will eventually be saved in a folder, named “RAW Files”, and they won’t have their original names. In case of deleted file recovery, it is believed that once file is deleted in OS, some segments of the file remain in the drive of the system. Thus, this module uses algorithms to scan through sectors of hard drive and try to assemble what remains of the files.

It can also support specific media items, such as .mp3 files or .jpg pictures. This free data recovery software has standard for its deleted file recovery scanners, which helps to recover data that was deleted accidentally. Even though we call this a “recovery software”, keep in mind that results may vary depending on when file was deleted, whether or not memory drive is formatted, and the type of files.

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2. CCleaner

CCleaner tops among the list of free registry cleaners. The main reason is that it works well with all versions of Windows and is completely free. It helps to clean Windows Registry, clear out temporary files, erases browser histories, and so on. It works with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and other older versions of Windows as well.

There are two installation methods available; i.e. installer and portable versions. In the installer version of CCleaner, you can download the setup files from the official website and install it on your PC. The portable version doesn’t require any installation.

CCleaner is more than just a registry cleaner. It’s a system cleaner because it actually cleans much more than registry. It removes entries from Windows Registry which refer to programs, files, or some other resources that no longer exist. It also removes invalid registry entries such as file extensions, DLL files, type libraries, applications paths and application, help files, fonts, sound events, installers, and services that no longer exist.

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Apart from registry entries, CCleaner removes temporary browser data like history, cookies, and cache of popular browsers. One can also empty Recycle Bin, clear MRU list, remove old log files and memory dumps. It has Tools area where you can automatically uninstall programs, change and view programs on Windows startup, find duplicate files, look and remove file which are taking up much of disk space, and remove restore points.

3. Microsoft Security essential

This is a free malware protection tool which has become the most popular security package. It is well designed anti-malware tool which has capabilities of both anti-malware and antivirus. Microsoft Security Essential is part of security tool; i.e. Microsoft’s Forefront suite which is based on Forefront Endpoint Protection used on enterprise desktops. There is no slowdown observed when it runs. There will be a tiny taskbar icon that shows whether the system is protected or not. You can run scan option simply by clicking on settings tool and then run scan with choices of full, quick, or custom scan.

The installation is easy and quick. Microsoft Security Essential is replacing Windows Defender which was built in anti-spyware. Once you have installed this, it will keep on downloading and updating its malware definitions from Microsoft’s servers and scans system. It is available for Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 7 in both 64- and 32-bit version.

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The built-in tools of MSE let you to exclude specific locations and files from scanning and specific processes and file types even. There is custom scan option that will check specific drives, files or folders, and full scan option will check everything on PC. The advanced options in settings tab enable to include removable drives in scans. The History tab is used to see and remove malware, and have links to online information about it, so you can decide whether to delete or not.

4. BandWidthPlace

We all like to download stuff from internet, be it movies or music, and we all love to have good bandwidth connection. If the bandwidth is low, even the smallest file can take hours to download. But, in order to avoid that, a number of tools are available to check your upload and download speed; simplest among them is BandwidthPlace. You just need to click the start button and sit back. It will test your upload as well as download speed.

The speed will be showed on analog speedometer, and once it’s completed, you can see the speed of bandwidth connection in KBPS or MBPS for both downloads and uploads. This software is a simple tool and registration is not required.

These tools will help you gain better productivity of the system and of your time while working on the task.

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40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

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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