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7 Best Instant Messaging Apps for iOS Devices

7 Best Instant Messaging Apps for iOS Devices

There are around two million apps today in the App Store, and filtering out the best among all the other apps can be difficult, especially when you’re presented with a lot of choices. When choosing a messaging app, you want an app that enables you to contact people wherever and whenever you need to. It has to have good security and privacy, along with latest and most useful social trend models.

Instead of randomly downloading the next cool-looking app, I’ll help you narrow down your choices to make sure you’re getting what you really need. Here are the seven best messaging apps for your iOS device:

1. WhatsApp

As of February 2016, WhatsApp reached one billion users, making it the most popular instant messaging application. After Facebook’s acquisition of the messaging app for $19 billion a couple of years ago, WhatsApp no longer charged its $1 annual subscription, making it free of charge for users worldwide. It works across both platforms, making it easy to contact your friends with Android devices. You can also send photos, audios, and videos on individual or group chats. WhatsApp emojis are color adjustable and new updates enable users to format text and tag people.

Get the App : iTunes, Google Play, PC (WebWhatsapp)

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2. Messenger

With messenger, all your FB friends and people in your phone book are now simply a message away. Messenger has a lot of cool features such as adorable sticker packs, emoticons, and gifs you can embed in every message. Today, Messenger is more than just a chatting platform. Earlier this year, the app launched new free tools that allow users to send money through Messenger and video chat with people. It also has its own desktop client, making it suitable not only for personal but also business use.

Get the App : iTunes, Google Play , Desktop App

3. iMessage

This is seemingly the obvious choice for iOS users everywhere. Its only downfall is that it isn’t a cross platform app. But iMessage is one of the best instant messaging apps with the best cool features. In the latest versions, they’ve added stickers and “bubble effects” on your messages. Another cool feature is the “Invisible Ink” which blurs your message until the recipient uncovers it in, making it less likely to be read over somebody’s shoulder.

With iMessage, you can also send various screen effects like a downpour of balloons, fireworks and even shooting stars across your friend’s screen. You can send all your basic media as well as hand-written notes and photos you’ve drawn on. Any links you send will show up as a preview in the chat itself.

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Get the App : Apple.com, iMessage for Windows

4. Snapchat

Snapchat is unique as a social media app. This is mainly due to the fact that all messages are temporary and disappear after they have been read. This app is all about fun and casual conversations. It works on both Android and iOS.There are tons of features on this app and the developers are constantly adding more. They’re also well known for their filters that make photo sending a blast. There are also filters for your videos, enabling you to play them in slow motion or in reverse! You can send all the standard media files that you would on any other messaging app and can even send photos during calls.

Get the App : Google Play, iTunes

5. Kik

Kik is a wildly popular cross-platform app that has over 90 million users globally. Kik allows sending files, links, hand-drawn doodles, and even memes! It’s continually improving and giving users fun functions. Kik is good for anonymous messaging as it does not need your email address or your phone number to be shown to contacts. Kik only allows users to be added as “friend” by searching their username.

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Get the App : iTunes, Google Play

6. Viber

Viber is another free messenger that allows users to chat and connect with people all over the world. While this dual platform app is not as popular as the other messaging apps, it is the top app of choice in many countries. Australia, for example, uses Viber more than any messaging app. Similar to WhatsApp in features, Viber enables people to create group chats, send videos, music, photos, audio and voice notes.

Get the App: iTunes, Google Play

7. Google Allo

One of the newest free smart messaging apps on the market, Google Allo is available on all platforms. This app has a built-in text bot called “Google Assistant” that has been cleverly designed to answer queries like a virtual assistant. This app gives users the ability to search conversations and includes many features of trending messaging apps like stickers, doodles, and emoji features.

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Get the App: iTunes, Google Play

Featured photo credit: Clem Onojeghuo via unsplash.com

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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