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10 Best Apps for Android: 2014 Edition

10 Best Apps for Android: 2014 Edition

Google finished 2014 with millions of Android applications on its Google Play store, and each app, ranging from games to productivity tools, made great additions to the Play Store. Of these apps, the year 2014 also saw a notable set of high-quality Android apps, from lifestyle and entertainment apps through to productivity tools, and these apps gained enough admiration that they may be sustained for years.

Last year, we covered Must-Have Free Apps From A–Z! This is the companion article, wrapping up the best non-game apps for Android smartphones and tablets of the year. In this article, we have listed some applications that were announced as the ‘best stuff of the year’ on Google Play for 2014 and other award winning apps from the Play Store and other Android marketplaces that are must haves for your Android Phones. As in the previous piece, each app’s title has a download link.

If you think something is missing or shouldn’t be here, or you have spotted an excellent app that should be on the list, let us know about it in the comments section! We would love to hear from you!

1. MoboMarket

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    The Google Play Store comes as the default app marketplace with each and every Android based smartphone. Many users, however, are quite unaware of the other stores that can be used as a substitute to this default store.The application MoboMarket, developed by Moborobo, is an one-stop application store for Android mobile users. It is basically a third-party Android Market Application with a lot of applications that are not available on Google Play. The newer version of the app features Geo-location and content pushing systems that help users find all the relevant apps based on their geographic location, such as events, offers, discounts, etc. MoboMarket comes with a wide range of apps and games with a nice and easy user interface.

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    2. Afterlight

    Afterlight

      Afterlight, a powerful photo editing app, and one of the most loved iOS apps, is now available on the Google Play Store as well. This application comes with dozens of powerful photo editing tools such as cropping, rotating or the addition of borders for tweaking your pictures. Afterlight features nearly five dozen filters, special effects, and lots more surfaces that can make your photos really stand out.

      3. Mailbox

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        Mailbox, the most popular email application for iPhone, is now available on Google Play Store for Android lovers. This application is so popular that it was bought by the cloud storage company Dropbox few months after the launch for about $100 million. Mailbox is an alternative way to cope with spam emails. This application is compatible with Gmail and iCloud email accounts. Mailbox enables you to manage emails more effectively in a SMS-like chat system. Features like swiping, annoying senders, reminders and more put this amazing tool among 2014’s most impressive apps released so far.

        4. SwiftKey Keyboard

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        SwiftKey

          SwiftKey is a free, award-winning keyboard application for Android Phones that learns from the user and delivers the best next-word prediction autocorrect feature, over 800 emoji (emoticons) and much more! It’s the most useful smart keyboard for Android Smart Phones for fast messaging, chatting, texting and emailing, becoming the default across all your apps. The Swiftkey keyboard has perfect features including over 30 colorful themes, different layouts for different devices screens, and supports over 80 languages.

          5. Flipboard

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            Flipboard is one of my favorite apps because it’s a tailored miniature magazine for internet content. Flipboard also won 2014 Tabby Awards competition in the News & Magazines Users’ Choice category.This useful app takes top stories from the web and re-formats them into an app through text and images, so you can easily read them by swiping up and down. Flipboard also lets you plug in your Twitter or Facebook profiles so that you can pull links that people talk about on social media.

            6. Google Keep

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              If you want a quick way to pen down your thoughts, Google Keep is certainly worth having. It allows you to create notes with text, by voice (automatic transcription) as a list or with photos. These notes will then appear in chronological order. The amazing thing is that these notes will be saved online automatically, so you can access them on your computer’s web browser.

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              7. Microsoft Office Mobile

              Microsoft Office

                The most useful tool for students and business people is Microsoft’s office suite. It used to cost $99 per year, but, thankfully, it’s free now. The free Microsoft productivity suite for Android users allows you to view Office documents and make edits. This app also lets you save all your documents on OneDrive cloud storage, so you can access them on your computer.

                8. Pocket

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                  Many of you like to read articles on the web. Sometimes, though, when you find an interesting article, you’re at work or too busy to read it right away. By using Pocket extension or bookmarklet in your browser, you can save the story to read it later. Pocket’s Android app lays out web pages in a simple, book-like view and stores the article off-line so you can still catch up even while in a non-coverage area. Pocket was also announced as the best news application of 2014 by Evernote Platform Awards.

                  9. DuoLingo

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                  duolingo

                    DuoLingo has been chosen as the best in the education category app of 2014 by Google. It allows you to learn numerous languages like English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Irish, Dutch, and Danish. Moreover, DuoLingo is absolutely free and has no annoying advertisements.

                    10. Ultimate Study Timer

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                      Ultimate Study Timer is a dark themed, sleek pomodoro technique study timer. Like most pomodoro timers, it’s designed for students and book lovers to keep track of study periods and short breaks. The customizability and its alarm method make Ultimate Study Timer special. The app lets you hand-select the duration of each study and break period individually. The app reminds you through unique vibration patterns when it’s time to study or break. The icon in the notification bar also indicates the running time. It’s simply the most effective and useful pomodoro timer application yet.

                      Featured photo credit: close up of woman hands using smart phone at the bar via shutterstock.com

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                      25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                      25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                      Imagine if you could use 5 simple shortcuts while working in Excel, and increase your productivity without wasting time for searching information in huge tables, writing long formulas, and sorting the data.

                      Or even better:

                      What if you would get 25 useful shortcuts… and each of them could simplify your work, so you could do much more every day?

                      You’d definitely feel excited to read about them.

                      Today is your lucky day because we are going to share with you in this article 25 great Excel shortcuts you can use in your work every day! This is your lucky chance, so go ahead and become a real professional in Excel without wasting your time.

                      How important are Excel shortcuts for you?

                      The most effective thing to check out if people really need something is to release a survey and look at the results. So, according to the anonymous survey, 99% of people said Excel shortcuts are critical or important for them.

                      In general, there are more than 200 shortcuts in Excel. But when we have analyzed the data about how many shortcuts people know, we got the next results:

                      • 26% of people know 10 or fewer shortcuts;
                      • 61% of people know 10-50 shortcuts;
                      • 10% of people know 50-100 shortcuts.

                      As you can see, not so many people know a lot of shortcuts. Probably, some of them never think about increasing their productivity in such a simple way.

                      Of course, it depends on how deep you use Excel. Some people use this powerful application just for making simple tables or graphs, others use it for everyday work to count something.

                      Most of the accountants and businessmen use much more Excel functions for more complex tasks such as creating VBA macros, managing PivotTables, recalculating huge workbooks, outlining data, etc.

                      But even those people who work with Excel every day very close may know a few shortcuts. Needless to say, they can do their job without shortcuts, but it usually takes for them much more time. T

                      his sounds not funny, especially if you must finish a huge amount of work urgently. There is a great opportunity for you to increase your productivity in Excel and do your job faster with our useful shortcuts.

                      5 Main reasons to learn excel shortcuts

                      Many people don’t understand why they should use shortcuts if they can work without them. Of course, if you use Excel twice per year to make a simple table or a graph, it is probably not so important for you to know many shortcuts.

                      But if you work in Excel every day, sorting huge tables and managing with tons of data, then shortcuts will help you to reach the next five goals:

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                      1. Work efficiently and faster in Excel
                      2. Manage big amounts of data easily and fast
                      3. Stay calm and concentrated even while doing a tedious job
                      4. Make your work accurately and properly without errors
                      5. Get a better understanding of Microsoft Excel

                      Who can use Excel shortcuts?

                      There are a lot of people who can simplify their life with Excel shortcuts, and here are the groups that will definitely love using them:

                      • People who work in banks, finance organizations, etc.
                      • Businessmen who make tons of various reports and presentations in Excel for meetings and briefings.
                      • Students who usually are lazy and impatient to make their homework because they don’t want to waste a lot of time working in Excel.
                      • Private entrepreneurs who keep various data in Excel tables.

                      Whether you are a student who hates Excel because it seems a time-wasting and boring application, or you are an accountant who must recalculate huge worksheets every day without making errors, we recommend reading and learning these Excel shortcuts to make your work simpler and save some time.

                      With these simple but useful tricks, it is so easy to finish your job and get more time for yourself.

                      25 Excel shortcuts to increase your productivity

                      Here are 25 great Excel shortcuts you should learn and use for work or studying to make your job faster and simpler. Try to use them all and you will realize you were totally blind before while working in Excel:

                      1. Format whatever object fast with Ctrl+1

                      If you select any object in Excel – a cell, a chart, a chart axis, a drawing object – then press Ctrl+1, and you will get the Properties dialog for the certain object. This shortcut offers a very quick and easy way to format whatever object you’re working with.

                      2. Use range names with Ctrol+G or F5 key

                      If you use range names (which we strongly recommend to do) and you want to choose the range with a specific name references, press either Ctrl+G or the F5 key, which launches the GoTo dialog.

                      If the name is simple, you can click on it in a list in that dialog. But if it’s at all unusual, Excel won’t list it; so you will need to type in the name. Then press OK.

                      3. Use a range name in a formula with =sum( and F3

                      Suppose you want to use a range name in a formula. For example, you want to sum the Sales range. Enter…

                      =sum(

                      …and then press F3.

                      When you do so, Excel launches the Paste Name dialog. Just choose “Sales” from the list, press the OK button in the dialog, then enter the SUM function’s closing “)” to complete the formula.

                      4. Launch Function Arguments dialog easily with Ctrl+A

                      Suppose you want to check the help topic for a worksheet function. For example, you want to read about the MATCH function. In a cell, type…

                      =match(

                      …and then press Ctrl+A, or click the Insert Function (“fx“) button to the left of the formula bar.

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                      When you do so, Excel displays the Function Arguments dialog, which might offer all the help you need.

                      But if you still want to see the complete help topic, click the blue “Help on this function” hyperlink in the lower-left corner of the dialog. This technique works with all documented Excel functions.

                      5. Copy stuff down the column without scrolling with Ctrl+D

                      If you added a formula in a new column on the right of a huge dataset, and you want to copy that formula down without scrolling, do these steps:

                      • go to the right to the column that has data (the column to the left of the new column with the formula);
                      • press Ctrl+Down – to get to bottom;
                      • move one cell to the right (with arrow key naturally);
                      • press Ctrl+Shift+Up to select the new column, at the top of which is the formula you just created;
                      • press Ctrl+D to fill down the formula.

                      6. Quick access to any function with Alt+

                      By customizing the quick access toolbar, you can create simple shortcuts to commands that you would otherwise have to find in the Ribbon tabs, or macros you have created yourself.

                      The keyboard shortcut is simply selecting Alt+ (the number of the command you wish to select).

                      For example, if you have customized your quick access toolbar to have Calc Sheet, Save, Open. To calculate sheet you would hit Alt+1, for save Alt+2, and for open Alt+3.

                      A lot of people are unaware of this useful function, and it’s a great time saver.

                      7. Format cells with Ctrl+1

                      When you need to format cells, use Ctrl+1. Most people know this as the shortcut for the Format Cells dialog, but you can also use it to format almost anything in Excel, without a care about the state of the ribbon. Try this amazing and simple shortcut!

                      8. Choose visible cells with Alt+

                      When you need to choose visible cells only – use Alt+. This is the trick to copy only what you see. It is a priceless shortcut when you’re manually hiding rows and columns in the table.

                      9. Use filtering

                      Filtering – it is a powerful way to slice, dice, and sort through a huge table of information.

                      It’s amazingly effective when you’re participating in a meeting to discuss something like a sales forecast, and everyone is looking in real-time at your spreadsheet projected on a screen (or on their monitors).

                      To some people, you will be seen as the God of Spreadsheets, and this is not a joke!

                      10. Insert or delete column/row easily with the Ctrl key

                      Some people waste a lot of time even for simple operations, for example, when they need to insert/delete columns and rows in Excel.

                      Use this shortcut to insert: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl+Shift ++.

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                      To delete: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl + –.

                      11. See formula results with F9

                      If you want to check formula results within multiple formulas, highlight the formula and select F9 to see formula result.

                      Don’t forget to undo before exiting the formula.

                      12. Use ALT+Enter for more text within a cell

                      If you want to add a second line of text within a cell, use ALT+Enter.

                      13. Use EDATE to move a date on by a full calendar month:

                      Here’s how to use EDATE:

                      =EDATE(15/01/16,+1) = 15/02/2016 (15th Feb 2016)

                      =EDATE (15/01/2016,-2) = 15/11/2015 (15th Nov 2016)

                      14. Use EOMONTH to move a date onto the end of the month:

                      Here’s how to use EMONTH:

                      =EOMONTH(15/01/2016,0) = 31/01/2016 (31st Jan 2106)

                      =EOMONTH (15/01/2016,-2) = 30/11/2015 (30th Nov 2015)

                      15. Remove spaces with TRIM

                      TRIM is a useful function known by few people. It removes any spaces at the beginning of a value. This is useful if you are pulling in values from somewhere else.

                      16. Repeat commands with F4 or Ctrl+Y

                      In many cases, you may need to repeat your last action. Use F4 or Ctrl+Y; you can repeat many commands like applying the same borders, format, or insert a worksheet again.

                      17. Quick access to cells with the Ctrl key and Shift key

                      When you need to go to the first or last cell of a worksheet, no matter where you are, use Ctrl+Home, Ctrl+End combinations.

                      And here is a pleasant bonus for you: add the Shift key to select everything on the way!

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                      18. Use Ctrl+ to create a timestamp

                      If you need a date stamp and/or a timestamp in your document, there is no need to type a date and time! Use shortcuts Ctrl+ ; (date) Ctrl+Shift+ : (time). It works like a magic and helps to save your time and nerves.

                      19. Use autosum shortcut for sum function anywhere

                      Autosum shortcut – use Alt =. It is a “magic” shortcut of Excel to automatically insert a sum function.

                      You can use this shortcut to sum rows, columns, or even an entire table in one step without wasting your time.

                      20. Use data validation

                      This is an amazing but underutilized tool in Excel, which can be used for a variety of things:

                      • Create dependent drop-down lists;
                      • Create drop-down lists;
                      • Protect/restrict data input of specific cells (without the need for VBA macros).

                      21. Use conditional formatting

                      It can be used for various purposes such as color format or cell format of cells, rows or columns based on dependent cell values or formats.

                      22. Use formula auditing

                      This is a great tool to analyze and trace precedent or dependent cells, check errors and evaluate formulas.

                      The “Watch Window” is a feature to keep a snapshot of an area of the spreadsheet, and then move to another area of the workbook – particularly valuable if you’re managing large spreadsheets or don’t have a second screen.

                      23. Use Scenario Manager to generate summary outputs of a spreadsheet

                      Scenario Manager (under “What-if Analysis”) enables users to generate high-level, summary outputs of a spreadsheet – without the need to replicate the entire workbook.

                      It will present multiple scenarios of a spreadsheet in a succinct, high-level summary worksheet.

                      24. Use INDIRECT to set up large tables

                      INDIRECT makes it easy to set up tables which reference larger tables without a lot of referencing work or cutting and pasting; especially for dynamic spreadsheets.

                      25. Use OFFSET for complicated calculations or formulas

                      OFFSET can be useful for things like calculating YTD numbers or creating formulas that take data in rows and using in columns.

                      The bottom line

                      As you can see, when you have a boring or tedious job to do, the best way to do it fast is not looking for a way how to avoid it, but searching for the shortest variant to do it!

                      That is why we suggest keeping in mind these Excel shortcuts that will help you to save a lot of time and nerves.

                      If it seems hard for you to remember all them, you can print out the list of shortcuts and keep it on your worktable. Use it to search for some help when you need it, and over time, you’ll remember all shortcuts easily.

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