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4 Android apps to help you stay ahead of your game

4 Android apps to help you stay ahead of your game

All life processes are made easier with machines or apps. An incredible advantage of apps is the fact that, depending on the task you want them to perform, they have the ability to increase productivity and lessen your efforts. With the right app, you don’t need to fuss much; just put in a little input, sit back and watch your app do the rest.

The smartphone application market, due to its extremely liberal and “free-entry-and-exit” nature, has become greatly populated over the past few years. On your phone’s app store, you can find a plethora of apps that can all do the same things. While this has the advantage of freedom of choice (in that you can easily switch from one app to another if you feel the one you’re currently using isn’t performing up to your expectations), a disadvantage of this is that you have a maze of apps and choosing the right one can be something of a headache. It also doesn’t help that there are a lot of apps out there that aren’t useful in any way; some are viruses, others are filled with nauseatingly annoying ads, others just don’t work. Downloading apps like those will definitely waste your time, energy and data. Below are a few apps that are leaps and bounds ahead of the rest in their fields of speciality. These apps stand out from the hoi polloi of apps out there today and investing your money in them should prove more than advantageous.

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1. Mobile Security and Antivirus

With the realization that you can be robbed of your identity anytime by a crook who simply knows his way around a computer, it has become increasingly essential to ensure the safety of your files and data. Mobile security and antivirus provides the opportunity to do just that. The app comes from Avast, the worldwide leading manufacturer of antivirus software and file protection programs. With its top-of-the-line virus detection software which can search through every nook and cranny of your mobile phone, it easily keeps you safe from malware. It also employs anti-theft features which work without you even being in possession of your phone.

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2. Internet Browser

Internet surfing is one of the main reasons Android-operated devices are as popular as they are today. The speed and sophistication that these devices bring to internet browsing is second to none. This net surfing, though, can’t be done without the help of specific apps. Internet apps have abounded recently, with some being more nifty and economical than others. However, if you’re looking for an app that lets you surf the internet without breaking a single sweat, then look no further than Google’s very own Chrome Browser. There are a lot of reasons why this app takes the top spot for me. Firstly, it’s not just free (which is more than I can say for a lot of useless browsers out there), it actually comes pre-installed on most high-end Android devices. This means that as an Android user, you don’t necessarily have to spend additional time and data downloading another browser as you already have a great option on a platter of gold. Chrome Beta also features a sync feature that allows you to share things like files, links and documents with your desktop, provided the desktop has Chrome installed on it too. Other major selling points are unlimited tabs for browsing, firmly rooted Android integration, an awesome design and user interface, making it extremely easy to operate, and many more.

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3. Downloading Music

This has to be the most competitive category. The majority of apps on the Google Play Store are either music downloaders or have a connection to music and streaming services. A lot of them have striking similarities, and as such, it’s quite difficult to see any one of them with a distinct advantage or stand out point over the others. Nevertheless, here are a few useful music downloading clients:

  • Spotify: This app has been around for quite a while but unlike most apps that were developed in its time, Spotify has continued to reinvent itself, becoming better with each passing period. Spotify now has streaming features and with it, you can also do other stuff like search your music library for your favorite songs, search the web for old songs you’d love to listen to again, create a radio station, etc.
  • Napster: Remember this app? Napster’s stock (and popularity) took a big hit due to the shenanigans of its then-CEO Shawn Parker. However, the company took a new look a few years back and picked itself up, returning to the forefront of the music service market. Napster has over 40 million songs, which it gives its clients ad-free access to. Songs are easily downloadable and the quality is top notch.
  • SoundCloud: SoundCloud has virtually everything; music files, audio books, eBooks, podcasts and more. The app is an all-rounder and you sure won’t regret having it. It’s also useful for aspiring musicians as you can share your song and make it visible to other users.

The list of nifty music downloading apps is almost endless. However, I have shortened it to a few that I believe are the best among the many. Here is a full list of free music downloader apps.

4. File Exploration

This category will mean a lot to people whose phone memories are almost exhausted. Personally, I hate looking for things. As such, I’ve found file managers very useful. With them, you can easily search the hidden parts of your phone, manage your device, move stuff to and fro and keep your device generally organized. Among these explorers, however, I’ve found ES File Explorer Pro to be the best.This app comes as an upgrade to the original ES File Explorer which, after a few managerial struggles, became dormant and frankly annoying. The pro version eradicates the massive bloatware that reduced the capabilities of the original version, leaving you with an amazing user experience. It’s so easy to use and offers you a range of device management strategies. The only downside to this app is the fact that it’s not free. It’s not expensive, either. For the simple price of $2.99, it can be yours and I guarantee you’ll love it.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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