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7 Apps To Get You Into The Festive Spirit!

7 Apps To Get You Into The Festive Spirit!

The last trick or treaters had barely gobbled their last sweets before we were dusting off our Christmas jumpers and blasting Mariah Carey. Whilst we’re not hanging our lights just yet (although give it a few days), there’s no denying Christmas is on its way and we are using every resource available to get us feeling festive.

If you’re feeling like this is all a bit early and you’re still dreaming of sipping Pina Colada’s on the beach in July, here’s our favourite apps to get you into the festive spirit.

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ElfYourself

This is the first app we download once it hits November because, let’s face it, it guarantees laughs all round. A great one for families to enjoy. The app allows users to superimpose their photos on Christmas elves. A custom dancing video is then generated which can be uploaded to social media or emailed to other family members. We use it as sort of a ‘pre-Christmas-card Christmas card’, just to remind distant family members that Christmas is approaching and it’s time to start thinking about presents.

Reindeer Cam

A great one for the kids, Reindeer Cam allows users to watch Santa’s official reindeer live feed including feeding time (which is done by Santa himself!). There is nothing better to get you in the Christmas spirit than watching a group of reindeer going about their day, playing in the snow and being fed by the one and only Father Christmas. Users can get on Santa’s ‘nice list’ by writing a letter to Santa which he will respond to!

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Santa Booth

Although now fairly outdated (we predict Snapchat’s filters will soon do something similar!), Santa Booth is a great app for some family-friendly holiday fun. Users can put Santa’s image over theirs using ‘the latest technology from the North Pole’. It can be done with other characters including Mrs. Claus, Elves and reindeer, Although not as high tech or hilarious as Elf yourself, it’s easy to use, great for kids and you can even ‘Santa’ your dog.

PriceSpy

For the savvy Christmas shoppers out there, PriceSpy is one of the best apps for taking the stress out of Christmas shopping, allowing you to sit back with a glass of mulled wine and an entire wheel of Camembert. PriceSpy conducts real-time searches to make sure users get the best price online. Products can be compared side by side and there is even a barcode scanner for when you spot something in-store that you feel you might get for cheaper. Some people may call it stingy to get the cheapest version of family’s Christmas presents, we call it economical.

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Inkly

A little like Moonpig, Inkly allows users to send printed gifted cards to friends and family with their own handwriting inside. Users can create unique designs, upload photos of loved ones (because who doesn’t love a personalised card?), and create collages. The app can use photos from Instagram, Facebook or Dropbox and has a number of pre-made designs for those of us who are short on time or…creative energy. The best part about this app is that the cards can be ordered straight from your smartphone or tablet, so there is no excuse for not making someone’s day this Christmas.

Christmas RADIO

The moment that first Christmas song comes on the radio is a special one but why wait? Christmas RADIO allows users to enjoy a huge variety of Christmas music from over 50 stations including Mistletoe, Christmas Carols Radio and Kristmas Kountry. North Pole Radio broadcasts directly from the North Pole. Christmas RADIO allows users to listen to and enjoy Christmas music whenever they like. It’s an immediate mood booster and bound to get you excited for the festive season.

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Epicurious

Christmas foodies rejoice! The Epicurious app allows users to find the world’s best recipes (including Christmas dinners!), watch food videos and cook amazing meals throughout the holiday season. The app has a whole section on holidays, parties and seasonal cooking and is perfect for those who need a little extra guidance when it comes to cooking the ever-stressful Christmas dinner. The app also allows users to create shopping lists, gives users a timer so they know exactly how long to cook various foods for, and helps users with seasonal ingredients. Perfect for anyone who wants to impress their friends and family this season!

Featured photo credit: Rodion Kutsaev via unsplash.com

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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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