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6 Apps for a Better YouTube Experience

6 Apps for a Better YouTube Experience

The first movie ever made was produced in 1878. Technology has changed significantly over the last 150 years. Most movies are viewed online through YouTube, Netflix and other movie sites.

Online video sites have made watching videos easier than ever. These sites have:

  • Allowed people to watch movies without leaving their home
  • Opened the door for amateur producers to post their own videos
  • Created more social movie experiences, since people could comment on videos posted by others
  • Easily edit videos to create new takes

While sites like YouTube have changed the way we consume video content, new changes are still on the horizon. New apps are also changing the way we interact with online videos.

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Here are some of the best online video apps.

1. MyTube

MyTube allows you to watch YouTube videos from your Windows Phone and other smartphone devices. However, there are other great benefits of it.

Have you ever watched a YouTube video and accidentally closed it while browsing other ones? MyTube has a unique solution. It allows you to play videos in the background, while searching for new ones. MyTube also has some of the most seamless browsing capabilities of any YouTube app.

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2. Jasmine

Do you find that some parts of the day are better for watching videos than others? This is because most devices don’t adjust for changes in ambient light in the surrounding area. This is one of the reasons Jasmine is such an amazing app. It adjusts for lighting differences, so you can have the same, slick experience throughout the day.

Of course, there are plenty of other benefits of Jasmine. It also:

  • Enables you to create comprehensive and easily searchable playlists
  • View recently played video clips from your main dashboard
  • Doesn’t provide any additional ads (although you still need to deal with the ones that YouTube displays)

Jasmine is one of the best apps for providing a consistent, quality YouTube experience.

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3. GreenMP3

How often do you come across an amazing video that you want to save? Unfortunately, YouTube doesn’t make it easy to save videos as MP3 files. You will need to use a third-party app. GreenMP3 is one of the best apps for converting YouTube videos to MP3 files. The service is new, but it’s already challenging Jasmine and other tools that offer MP3 video conversion features.

4. Vodio

YouTube may be the most popular video sharing site, but it doesn’t have every video on the web. In fact, many YouTube videos aren’t allowed, due to the site’s strict policy guidelines. If you want to access videos that aren’t available on YouTube, you should look for a broader video viewing app. Vodio is great, because it aggregates videos from other sources, such as Daily Motion.

5. Tube Player

If you use an iPhone, Tube Player offers the best video viewing experience, hands down. Here are some reasons Tube Player is so popular among iPhone users:

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  • You can easily change the video controls with your finger.
  • You have very nimble control over the volume of your videos.
  • You can change frames in ten second intervals, which is a greater level of precision than most other video apps.
  • You can control the background audio.

Tube Player is available for free on Google Play.

6. YouTube Capture

Sharing your own videos on YouTube isn’t easy with the base app. YouTube Capture is a wonderful supplement. You can use the app to immediately share videos as you capture them on your mobile device. You can also easily share videos that you find on Vine, Instagram and other social sharing sites. It is a great app that makes video sharing easier than ever.

Conclusion

YouTube and other video sites have made it easier than ever for us to enjoy great videos. However, the functionality of these sites themselves is limited, especially for mobile users. Fortunately, there plenty of great apps that you can use to enjoy a seamless online video experience.

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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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