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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 July 10, 2019

11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

1. Lumosity

This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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    2. Fit Brains Trainer

    This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

    Free.

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      3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

      Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

      First four games free, then $13 a month.

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        4. Brain Fitness Pro

        The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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        Buy for $3.99.

        5. Happify

        If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

        Free to use.

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          6. Clockwork Brain

          You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

          Free.

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            7. ReliefLink

            Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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              8. Eidetic

              Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                9. Braingle

                Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                Free.

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                  10. Not The Hole Story

                  If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                  Free.

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                    11. Personal Zen

                    This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                    Free.

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