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15 Must-Have Apps For Your iPhone

15 Must-Have Apps For Your iPhone

By this time next year, we could very well have over 1 million apps to pick from for our iPhone’s, as the App Store currently stands somewhere around 750k going strong. With all of these options, how can you know that you’re selecting the best apps to fill your home screen?

First of all, let’s define “must-have.” There are plenty of must-have apps you’ve probably already downloaded because you’re aware of their benefits. We’ll avoid the the obvious apps like these, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail. While these are essential (for most), you’ve probably already decided on whether or not you’re going to download them.

Here are 15 must-have apps for your iPhone that you’ll want to download.

1. Google Maps (Free)

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    Sure, you have the official iPhone navigator app “Maps.” But if you want an app that fully delivers, add Google Maps to your list. Maps has been notorious for causing navigation problems, which none of us have the time or patience to deal with. Let’s put it this way: Even Tim Cook, CEO of Apple basically told everyone to get Google Maps.

    2. BillGuard (Free)

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      I’ll be the first to admit I don’t organize my finances as well as I should sometimes. This is why BillGuard is such a handy tool for iPhone users. Though it shares some of the same functions as a major bank app (Bank of America is mine for example and works fine), BillGuard goes further by helping you manage your spending habits. It’s geared toward keeping you aware of irregular spending and bills you need to pay for down the road. It will even notify you frequent charges for services you may not even use anymore.

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      3. Buffer (Free)

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        Want to be a social media whiz? Of course you (maybe) do. Buffer works a lot like Hootsuite. You can schedule Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus posts based on when they’ll be most effective. Want to tweet something at a time when most of your followers will be listening? Buffer measures this and assigns an appropriate time. You can even see the stats of your posts and see how they’ve performed.

        4. Dashlane (Free)

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          If you like to buy things online, Dashlane is a must-have app for you. It automatically saves payment and confirmation info that would have otherwise been lost in your email. It allows you to keep track of your online spending and makes it easier for you to find your receipts (unless you’ve had the foresight to add things like tickets to your Passbook app). Dashlane is free, but the premium option is worth getting if you spend a lot online.

          5. Zillow (Free)

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            I wish someone could have better prepared me for finding a place to live. Real estate is a cutthroat business, and I’ve often found myself at the mercy of websites that hide the best properties from you for their own interest (or lack of information). Zillow is a godsend, as a result of this. The app crawls pretty much every property and real estate in your area, ranging from buying to renting. It proceeds to give you the information you need to get in touch with the property owner or leasing office, and the simple design makes all of this a breeze.

            6. Fooducate (Free)

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              I wouldn’t be doing my fellow foodies justice if I didn’t recommend at least one health app. When you’re at the grocery store, you may determine the health value of an item you’re considering based on what you recognize on the label. The problem is that most of us don’t know what a lot of the ingredients and terms we see actually mean, which leads us to gambling on food that may not be good for us.

              Fooducate helps by allowing you to scan the barcode of an item and view its “grade.” The database for the app grades food items based on everything from calories to controversial ingredients, giving you a clear picture of what you’re actually buying. It will even explain why an item has a particular grade and literally educates you on that item’s health value.

              7. Sleep Cycle ($1.99)

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                Sleep Cycle is essentially the ultimate alarm clock. Instead of selecting a time to be woken up at, you select a time frame (Say, between 7:00am and 8:00am). You then place the phone on your bed and go to sleep. The app measures your sleep cycle, analyzing how well you rested and when you hit R.E.M. sleep. It will then sound the alarm when you’re ready to be woken up, which will be at a time when you’re not feeling “groggy” or too tired to get up.

                8. Dropbox (Free)

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                  These days, there are a lot of cloud services to pick from, but Dropbox still ranks among one of the best, if only because it works so well on every platform. Dropbox allows you to save and view your files across multiple devices, including your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet, as long as you have the internet to access them. Another great cloud service app is Google Drive, if that’s what you’re more familiar with.

                  9. Vine (Free)

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                    If there’s one social media app I can’t help but recommend, it’s Vine. Sure, everyone loves Instagram and Pinterest, but Vine provides instant entertainment pretty much everyone can appreciate. Vine allows you to create and view 6 second videos via a Twitter-esque newsfeed. The fun of Vine is following great and hilarious users, but the handy “re-vine” feature allows you do find the best videos pretty quickly.

                    10. Duolingo (Free)

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                      Imagine a world where language-learning tools that are as effective as Rosetta Stone are actually available for free on your iPhone. Actually, you don’t have to imagine this because Duolingo already exists. The visionaries behind Duolingo set out to create a premium-level language app that uses free lessons to make you a pro at (insert awesome language here).

                      11. MyFitnessPal (Free)

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                        Let’s be real, here. I wouldn’t recommend an exercise app I didn’t find success with myself. I started used MyFitnessPal about 4 months ago to keep track of calories gained and burned. Since then, I’ve lost almost 50 pounds. The app works because it sets realistic goals for your fitness plan and gives you strict boundaries to adhere to. It allows you to keep track of all your meals, counting calories based on what you input (its database of food is huge) and calories burned through exercise. If you want your phone to help you stay in shape, don’t avoid this amazing app.

                        12. Onavo Extend (Free)

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                          Nowadays, limited data plans are more common than ever, which means going over the limit can be a constant worry for data-lovers like me. Onavo is built to conserve the data you use and help you keep track of what’s draining your plan. The app is especially useful if you’re traveling and using up data more recklessly.

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                          13. Shazam (Free)

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                            Have you ever heard a song in passing and wanted to figure out what it is? With Shazam, you can do this in a pinch. The app listens to the music being played and tells you what the song is in seconds. It also gives you more details and options, such as lyrics, band info and where to buy the song. I’ve been using Shazam for music discovery and even tagging commercials for years, allowing me to build a huge music library based on Shazam tags alone.

                            14. Spotify (Free-ish)

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                              The best music app in the market is Spotify. I don’t care who knows it. Though other apps beat it in radio picks (Pandora) and custom stations (Slacker), Spotify delivers the best premium service overall. Offering millions of songs and a huge friend network, Spotify boasts the most seamless experience and bang for your buck. The app itself is free, but to access your playlists, you have to have the premium version, which is a standard $10 a month. Still, the ability to listen to playlists offline makes the fee much easier to accept.

                              15. Camera+ ($1.99)

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                                There are a lot of great camera options to pick from in the App Store, but Camera+ truly delivers one of the best platforms. For a couple of bucks, you’re getting an app that pretty much covers every feature you need for taking the best possible photo with your iPhone and editing it afterward. One of its best features is a stabilizer that waits until your phone is still before it takes the photo, preventing blurred shots. If you’re serious about taking some great pics, Camera+ doesn’t what its namesake begs.

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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

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                                    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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