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10 Must-Have Apps for Your Teen’s Smartphone

10 Must-Have Apps for Your Teen’s Smartphone

If you parent a teen and your teen is a proud owner of an iPhone or iPad, you have probably noticed the amount of time that he or she spends on their device is ridiculous.[1] Of course, all of their friends, all those snaps, all those memes, and all that buzz keep your teens rather occupied with their preferred smart phone devices. Have you ever wished to make these hours a week more beneficial? Did I hear ‘yes’? All right, then! Instead of taking their device away from them completely, look into integrating these must-have apps into their devices:

Darkroom

The terrific cameras of iOS devices indulge teens’ compulsive need of snapping and sharing picture after picture after picture. What they lack, though, are the advanced editing tools. To make the whole process a bit more creative and, maybe, instill some good taste when it comes to visual design, you can get Darkroom for your teen’s device. It’s not just another app with preset filters and stickers – it has curves, color settings, split tone tools, etc. Photo editing gets real!

Color Therapy

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    The name speaks for itself. Most of us love doodling and find it to be a calming activity. Teens often suffer from high anxiety levels and this adult coloring app will have a beneficial effect on their mind. Don’t let the word “adult” mislead you – it only means that the pictures for coloring are cool and artsy!

    iPoe

    This interactive and beautifully illustrated collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s works is just right for teens because it is appropriately spooky and entertaining enough to make it up for overwhelmingly archaic texts. It can definitely come in handy for English lit classes. This made-over experience of the macabre classic did not change a single word! Thumbs up for eerie music, though!

    Duolingo

    I’ve never seen an educational tool that would be so engaging. This app feels like a game, but its goal is to teach you languages in an entertaining and undemanding way for 5 to 15 minutes a day (and the app’s motivation system makes sure you visit daily). The app even has some in-game purchases and gambling – but do not worry, you can only spend and gamble your own experience points in order to customize the experience and buy some additional skills to learn.

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    Autodesk Sketchbook

      If your teen is seriously into art, then instead of a coloring book, get them this magnificent professional tool for sketching and painting – the very best of what you can get for a smartphone! Intuitive interface, full-screen working mode, multiple layers, a variety of brushes and customizable pens, pressure sensitivity, transformation tools – everything for creativity to thrive on!

      Evernote

      This highly praised note-taking and organizing app is worth mentioning here for two reasons. First, it’s really great and multi-functional. Second, thanks to the seamless integration with blog platforms, it allows easy blogging on-the-go, and if you want your teen to learn writing something longer than 140 characters (or better still, 80 as in a Snapchat caption), you’d better incite them by providing the adequate tools.

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      Pumpic Parental Monitoring

      If you read the news now and then, you know that despite all the scandal and warnings, teens still regularly cause an uproar with another cyberbullying tragedy or sexting shenanigans. They may be tech-savvy, but they definitely ought to learn some responsibility and educate themselves in the province of the law. Until they do, you have to make sure that their online activities stay within the reasonable limits – and Pumpic is the most versatile tool to do so with. You can monitor their texts, making sure there is no drug buying or sexting, track their location to know whether they really went to school, or use Instagram parental monitoring to be confident that they don’t post anything inappropriate on their social media platforms.

      High School Story

        This game is, in fact, a choose-your-own-adventure book with all the high-school drama: cliques and bullies, parties and dating, jocks and nerds. However, all the issues are handled with sensitivity. High School Story gives positive messages and teaches teens a bit more about people and difficult choices instead of just stereotyping.

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        TED Talks

        TED Talks is a great collection of lectures and a perfect way to learn more about humanity and the world around us – all aspects of life and science are wrapped in short, informative, funny, and inspiring talks by remarkable professionals. The app allows access to the vast library of videos, bookmarking and downloading them for later view, and suggests playlists based not only on the topics of your favorite videos, but also their duration. This last feature is very apt for impatient and easily bored teenagers.

        Find My iPhone

        If your teen loses their phone (or any smart device for that matter), you are in for some big drama. Luckily, you can always make sure that it won’t happen by securing their treasured possession with this simple and handy app that allows the owner to track down their misplaced device. Alternatively, the app at least allows you to lock it remotely and protect the sensitive information the phone contains.

        Featured photo credit: e yeec/Flickr via flickr.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.

        Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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