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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Although now fairly outdated (we predict Snapchat’s filters will soon do something similar!), Santa Booth is a great app for some family-friendly holiday fun.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!

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.

Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.

As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.

In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.

Projects and Tasks Management

1. Monday dot com

    Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.

    The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.

    The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.

    The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.

    Check out the software here!

    2. Asana

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      The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.

      The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.

      Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.

      Check out the software here!

      3. Trello

        Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.

        Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.

        Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.

        Check out the software here!

        4. Jira

          The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.

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          The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.

          The Atlassian Cloud does not support multiple separate domains, subdomains or domain aliases in Google Apps.

          Check out the software here!

          5. Evernote Business

            Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.

            The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.

            Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.

            Check out the software here!

            Communication

            6. Slack

              Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.

              Check out the software here!

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              7. Spike

                Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.

                Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.

                Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.

                Check out the software here!

                Creation

                8. Office 365

                  Microsoft’s Office 365 could not be excluded from the conversation and especially as it pertains to productivity software.

                  Of course we are all familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. But there is more capabilities that come with it.

                  You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.

                  Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.

                  Check out the software here!

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                  9. Grammarly

                    Grammarly helps to cut down time on editing. Professionals in several industries like law, healthcare, academia, marketing, engineering and journalism use it to provide instant feedback on the accuracy of writing in English.

                    Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.

                    Grammarly is AI powered and it’s a wonderful tool to have to check spelling and grammar before a presentation.

                    Check out the software here!

                    Team Analytics

                    10. ActivTrak

                      ActivTrak is a business intelligence tool that allows you to access team behavior analytics. In other words, it is data-driven.

                      The pros include two-factor authentication with active directory integration. You can also automate your alerts and it has an intuitive interface with easy-to-use admin controls.

                      Furthermore, it comes with Google sign-in, iOS app, productivity track, and more. The bottomline is the product offers employee productivity metrics along with team behavior analytics.

                      Check out the software here!

                      The Bottom Line

                      Depending on the size, budget, resources, and immediate needs of your company, not all productivity software will exactly solve your problem. You will have to contact any of the providers above and probe extensively to find the right product that is made for your business.

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