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6 Android Hacks You Never Knew Existed

6 Android Hacks You Never Knew Existed

Although many people are much more familiar with Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android operating system actually runs on significantly more phones. Unlike the iPhone, phones that run on Android have a lot more options and hacks that you can do with them. This is because they have a much more free platform for people to use, whereas Apple has much more control over their operating system. Many people do not know some of the options that they can have with their Android, which is sad because of how incredible some of the hacks are. Here are the top six.

Open your garage

Did you know that your Android phone has the capabilities to open your garage door? No, it doesn’t come built-in with the operating system, but with a few minor tweaks and a simple app, you can open your garage door with your phone. No more annoying garage openers that never seem to work. This app will even open your garage door from up to a block away!

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Run Android on iPhone

Do you love the look of the new iPhone, but love the Android operating system? Or do you just simply want to play a joke on a friend? There is actually a way that you can upload the Android operating system onto an iPhone that you have laying around. You can even install apps that have been restricted by Apple. To do this you need a special kind of software available here.

Free apps

Yes, you read that right. A company called Lucky Patcher recently released a way to help get a lot of apps that typically will cost money for free on Android. They explain how it works on their website with a lot of technical jargon, but reviews say that it works.

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Ad blocker

Is there anybody that really likes ads? Typically when you get anything for free, it will come with ads. That is how they make their money. That doesn’t make it any less annoying, however. There are a lot of new programs now that will help Android block ads even if you have a free version of the app.

Mobile hotspot

IPhone users love to talk about how the iPhone can be a mobile hotspot. Fortunately, although it is much less well known, Android has the same capabilities. This works with all mobile carriers as well. It is an app that is called the Wireless Tether app and it is very simple to use. Just make sure you don’t go over on your data plan or you may face expensive consequences!

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Slide keyboard

A lot of people hate how hard it is to use a keyboard on any phone. It is not easy for any company to fit a full keyboard on a small phone screen, but they do fairly well. That being said, there are many apps that can make this a lot easier. One is called SlideIT Free Keyboard. This gives you the ability to never lift a finger when typing words. You just slide from letter to letter and the app figures out exactly what you were trying to type out. It is surprising how accurate this app and others like it are.

These are just a few of the many hacks that can be done with an Android phone! Many people do not realize what kind of stuff their phone is capable of doing and just stick to using it for basic things. However, there are actually thousands of things your phone can probably do that you are missing out on. Learn these six, and then search for more. Don’t underutilize one of the greatest tools ever invented!

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Last Updated on August 29, 2018

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

1. 750words

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750 words

    750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

    750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

    750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

    2. Ohlife

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    ohlife

      Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

      Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

      3. Oneword

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        OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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        Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

        4. Penzu

          Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

          With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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          5. Evernote

          Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

          Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

          For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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