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16 Awesome Apps That Will Wake Up And Kick-Start Your Morning

16 Awesome Apps That Will Wake Up And Kick-Start Your Morning

A recent survey on smartphone usage revealed a rather startling statistic. Apparently, 80% of smartphone users check their phone within minutes or even seconds of waking up! It is also estimated that 68% of smartphone users use at least one app, with many using a whole plethora of apps. So, considering these statistics, it made sense to compile a list of 16 awesome apps that will hopefully help kick-start your morning!

Alarm Clock Xtreme (Android)

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    Alarm Clock Xtreme is a fantastic app that lets you heavily customize your alarms. Offering features like a gentle wake up (alarm with slowly increasing volume), snooze with math puzzle solver, auto-snooze and heavily customizable alarm repeater, this app potentially allows you to spend just 5-10 minutes to take care of all routine alarms that you might need for the rest of your life if you really want to!

    Wave Alarm (iPhone)

    Wave Alarm

      The USP of Wave Alarm is about how you can use a wave like gesture to silence or snooze your morning alarm, without actually touching your phone.. With most people fumbling and prodding for their phones after being groggily woken up by their shrieking phones, the Wave Alarm provides a refreshing way to silence or snooze your alarm, before they get on with their day.

      AccuWeather (Android)

      This is one absolutely awesome weather app, capable of providing “hyper-localized” weather reports, localized right down to your street address!

      AccuWeather for Android

        With amazing features like MinuteCast, push notification alerts and the two-hour hyper-localized weather forecasts, this is the only weather app you will need to decide how to dress or to figure out how to plan your day’s itinerary.

        AccuWeather for iPhone

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        accuweather for iPhone

          With AccuWeather easily being the go-to choice of weather app for Android, it is no surprise that it is also one of the best apps for the iPhone as well. AccuWeather for iPhone offers the same features as the Android version, with the only difference being the different, clean and unique UI that you are so used to seeing on iOS specific apps.

          Wunderlist – To-do & Task List for Android

          Nothing starts off a day like an organized to-do list, one that is easy to manage and edit. Wunderlist is just that, a remarkably easy and wonderful way to keep a record of things to do for the day.

          Wunderlist to do list for android

            With the ability to sync across all your computing devices, this is one app that is always going to help you stay on top of your to-do list. Your to-do list can also be shared and collaborated with team members, giving you a great way to delegate your itinerary management efficiently.

            Errands To-Do List for iPhone

            Though there is a fantastic iPhone Wunderlist app to manage your to-do list, the Errands To-Do List app can be a better choice as app of choice if you want a to-do list manager with more oomph to offer in the UI department.

            Errands to-do list for iphone

              Featuring a simple yet exciting graphical UI, Errands To-Do List is also a very efficient and well thought out to-do list app that syncs across all your Apple devices, in addition to syncing up to iCloud.

              The task images, multiple view modes and automatic badge updating make managing your daily to-dos quite an interesting task!

              Flipboard: Your News Magazine for Android

              Flipboard is so much more than a personalized news magazine. Once you download this app, you will just need a few quick touches and a few minutes to set up the app to give you a collection of great news stories from all around the world, on a continually updated basis, day in and day out. Since you will decide what’s interesting to you, you will definitely find this news stream an exciting read in the morning.

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              Flipboard for android - news aggregator app

                Besides being a great early-morning news digest, Flipboard also allows you to view a digest of all your popular social network feeds.

                One app to let you read personalized news from all over the world and also view your Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus feeds, What more can you ask of a news aggregator app!?

                Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine for iPhone

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                  Flipboard is easily the best news-aggregator app for the iPhone as well. With the app running the same engine as the Android version, only the UI is modified to seamlessly blend into the iOS feel and look.

                  MyFitnessPal – Calorie Counter for Android

                  If you are trying to lose weight, there is one golden rule that you must follow. You must eat fewer calories than you burn. A calorie counter app solves at least part of that equation by allowing you to track exactly how many calories you consume in a day, starting right with your morning breakfast, the most important meal of the day.

                  MyFitnessPal calorie counter for Android

                    MyFitnessPal boasts the largest food and calorie database in active apps, allowing you to quickly enter the foods you have eaten to find relevant portion sizes and the corresponding calorie values. Besides letting you track calories consumed, it also lets you track calories burned, giving you a easily analyzable progress chart to help you with your quest to get in shape!

                    MyNetDiary – Food Diary and Calorie Tracker for iPhone

                    Designed as a calorie counter for the iPhone, this app also features an impressive database that lists over 590,000 food items. Besides listing calorie content for individual ingredients, this app goes the extra mile to list calorie count information after the scanning of bar codes of various foods that you can buy in the grocery store.

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                    MyNetDiary calorie counter for iPhone

                      Its exercise module, with a database of over 500 exercises, will allow you to use a few touches to quickly record the number of calories that you burn with exercise.. Every part of the app’s navigation is an absolute pleasure to deal with. Everything from your favorite foods and exercises can be marked as favorites for quick repetitive future entries.

                      TuneIn Radio for Android

                      TuneIn is a fantastic radio music app that aggregates music from radio stations all over the world. Yes, from all over the world! All you need is a fairly quick internet connection to access these thousands and thousands of radio stations.

                      TuneIn Radio Music app for Android

                        With over 100,000 radio stations and more than 4 million podcasts playing at any given time, you will never run out of great music and audio content to listen to in the morning.

                        TuneIn Radio for iPhone

                        TuneIn for iPhone

                          Offering the same breadth of music and podcasts as its Android counterpart, TuneIn for iPhone is easily the best iPhone app to have if you love to listen to your favorite radio stations, playing right out of your iPhone in the morning.

                          Workout Trainer for Android

                          If you can’t afford a personal trainer in the gym or if you just don’t have the time for one, you can get your smartphone to stand in during your mornings, the best time to exercise and energize for the rest of the day.

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                          Workout Trainer for Android

                            The Workout Trainer app lets you choose from various workouts based on your goals. So, whether you are looking to lost weight, build muscle or get those six-pack abs, Workout trainer will be there to guide you, with videos, photos and detailed instructions for each and every exercise.

                            Fitness Buddy for iPhone

                            Fitness Buddy was actually recommended as a personal workout app by ESPN! Containing a database of over 400 exercises targeting every part of your body, this app can definitely assist with your fitness efforts in the morning.

                            Fitness Buddy for iPhone

                              Animated videos show you exactly how exercises are to be done. The app also allows you to target specific muscle groups with isolated workouts that produce more specific results that you might be after.

                              Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic for Android

                              If your commute to work takes anything more than 15 minutes, it is probably a significant part of your mornings. Waze is an app that is based on an incredibly ingenious idea, one that allows the apps to collect real time traffic information as thousands of people drive around in their cars. This data from thousands of drivers is then taken and crunched to give you live updates on traffic when you drive to your work.

                              Waze Social GPS Maps for Android

                                Live routing provided by the app will help you avoid traffic brought on by accidents, road work, road closure and other unforeseen circumstances. The app also lets you find gas stations with the lowest gas prices!

                                Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic for iPhone

                                The iPhone version of Waze is also as potent as the Android version. The only change is in UI which iPhone lovers will surely appreciate.

                                waze social traffic app for iphone

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                                  25 Essential Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know Now

                                  25 Essential Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know Now

                                  If you are using Windows regularly, using these Windows keyboard shortcuts will definitely increase your productivity. Compiled below is an exclusive list of shortcuts that will help you breeze through your daily work.

                                  You might know some of them, but there are certainly some hidden gems that you wouldn’t have heard of before. Once you start using them, you will notice how easy navigating and operating on Windows has become.

                                  Basic Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

                                  These are the most basic shortcuts and ones you’ll likely have heard of. They are key in moving through your work quickly and easily.

                                  1. Ctrl+Z : Undo

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                                    Irrespective of what you are doing, or where you are doing it, Ctrl + Z is a lifesaver. One possibly can’t survive without this function.

                                    Whatever program you’re running, this function helps you get back to your last input. So don’t worry about all the mistakes as this particular shortcut will save you every time.

                                    2. Ctrl + A : Select All

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                                      Again, irrespective of which program you are running, this shortcut key selects all of the text, files, folders, or elements in any given program or page.

                                      Instead of spending your time dragging your mouse all over the page, use this to grab everything in one go.

                                      3. Ctrl + C : Copy

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                                        You’ve selected what you wanted to. Now you’d like to copy it.

                                        This is probably one of the top shortcut keys people use when working on their Windows system. Easily copy whatever you like, and it stays with you until you are ready to paste it.

                                        4. Ctrl + V : Paste

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                                          Easily paste all that you have copied. It could be a text, file, image, or folder. In any case, this is a very useful feature to bring everything together.

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                                          If you would like to paste plain, simple text without original formatting, just add Shift to it, i.e. Ctrl + Shift + V.

                                          5. Ctrl + X : Cut

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                                            Don’t want a piece of text/table/image/file in a particular place?

                                            Simply select it and use the shortcut Ctrl + X. The piece gets removed and copied. Then, use the paste shortcut to paste it anywhere you like.

                                            6. Alt + Tab : Switch Screen/Tabs

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                                              This one has been around for a while and has been enhanced with upgrades in the Windows OS. Simply press Alt and then the Tab key, and you will switch to the next tab/screen.

                                              Holding down the Alt button and tapping on Tab let’s you move and choose between multiple screens. Talk about multi-tasking!

                                              7. Ctrl + Alt + Del : Start Task Manager

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                                                What happens when an application starts to lag or stops responding, or your windows OS stands still and you can’t move a thing? You summon Ctrl + Alt + Del! When you press them together, a magical box called the task manager opens up.

                                                You can then check out which programs/apps were making your PC slow and shut them down from the task manager itself, bringing your PC back to life.

                                                8. Alt + F4 : Close App

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                                                  This shortcut has been around for decades now! Simply press Alt plus the function F4 key and the application you’re using will close.

                                                  However, it is smart enough to ask you to save your work before it shuts down. It also works almost on anything right from your browser to games and custom applications.

                                                  9. Ctrl + F : Find

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                                                    You know you just wrote that sentence, and now you can’t find it! Or you really need to find a particular keyword in a document or a browser? Ctrl + F is the handy shortcut that will open a quick bar where you can type in the keyword, and it will show you all the results in the document matching your request.

                                                    10. Ctrl +H : Find and Replace

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                                                      You just finished your essay, and you realize you’ve been spelling the name of that scientist wrong the whole time! Now you not only need to find the keyword but replace all uses of it with something else. Not a problem at all. The Ctrl + H shortcut comes in handy here.

                                                      Just hit the keys and a box will open. You can simply type in the word that you need to find and replace. This works for most document types.

                                                      11. Ctrl + E : Select the Search Box

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                                                        Whether you are in your file explorer or browser, pressing Ctrl+E will select your search/navigation bar, and you can directly start typing into it. This will make your life easier when you need quick search.

                                                        12. Ctrl + N : Open a New Window

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                                                          Pressing Ctrl+N together will open up a new file or a window depending on if you are working in your browser or offline. This Windows keyboard shortcut works well with most offline applications and online browsers made for Windows.

                                                          13. Ctrl + Mouse Scroll Wheel : Zoom In/Out

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                                                            Text too small? Want to see the details more clearly? Viewing an infographic that requires zooming in? This shortcut provides exactly that.

                                                            If you are in a document, this command will make your files and folders appear larger, and if you are on your browser, it will simply zoom in on the page. Talk about attention to detail!

                                                            Advanced Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

                                                            14. Win + L: Lock Screen

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                                                              Stepping away, but don’t want to shut down or put your system to sleep? Win + L is a great shortcut. It helps you lock down your screen, and unless you re-enter your password nobody can open it (assuming you have a password set for your system).

                                                              15. Win + D : Show Desktop

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                                                                This is actually a quick minimize option. No matter how many tabs/windows are open, this shortcut quickly minimizes all of them and shows you the desktop, allowing you to access files or an application in a couple of clicks.

                                                                16. Win + Tab (+ Shift) : Toggle Task View

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                                                                  This shortcut is very similar to what Alt + Tab does, but it is a more advanced level Windows app navigator. When you press it, you will see tiles of all the open programs and most used programs.

                                                                  You can scroll or jump between them by additionally pressing the shift key with the Win + Tab command.

                                                                  17. Win + C : Opens Cortana

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                                                                    Are you a fan of voice control or like using Cortana to get things done quickly? You can summon her by using the Win + C shortcut. She’ll then be available to grant your every request.

                                                                    18. Win + Prt Sc : Save Screenshot

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                                                                      While Prt Sc allows you to take a screenshot, pressing the Windows button at the same time allows you to automatically save the screenshot. There is a folder named “screenshot” in your pictures destination, where PNG files of the screenshot will get saved. No need to add another screenshot tool!

                                                                      19. Win + I : Open Settings

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                                                                        Need to quickly open the settings tab? Now, you don’t need to browse through 3-4 destinations to reach the settings tab. Just hit Win + I to open up the settings menu for Windows.

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                                                                        20. Win + S : Search for Windows

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                                                                          You will always have that file or application that you can’t find on your PC. For this, Windows introduced the search bar.

                                                                          You can easily open it by pressing Win + S and typing in the file name you want to look up. Additionally, since Cortana is integrated with the search function, you can use it to ask additional questions as well.

                                                                          21. Fn + F2 : Rename

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                                                                            Depending on the hardware manufacturer, F2 keys perform various tasks, like volume up/down or turn Wifi off/on. However, using the Fn + F2, you can quickly use the Rename file option when a file/folder is selected. Say goodbye to the right click.

                                                                            22. Fn + F5 : Refresh

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                                                                              Your PC stuck is stuck and the processor can’t keep up. Refresh is a good method to get things moving. Pressing Fn + F5 can refresh Windows, or if you are working on your browser, it can refresh that, too.

                                                                              23. Win + X : Hidden Menu

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                                                                                Did you know that windows had a hidden menu? Press Win + X and see it pop-up. It will give you access to all the essential areas of the system.

                                                                                24. Win + V : Navigate Through Notifications

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                                                                                  If you have configured notifications and alerts on your systems, this shortcut will help you easily toggle through all of them. It’s extremely useful for people who are especially popular or busy.

                                                                                  25. Win + Ctrl + B : Open App That Displayed a Notification

                                                                                    You’re working, and a notification pops up that needs your attention. Use Win + Ctrl + B, and the explorer will switch to the application that sent you the notification. Swift.

                                                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                                                    You might be excited to start using all of these Windows keyboard shortcuts right away. While I advise you to try them all out, it entirely depends on how you engage with your system and what work you do. Any number of them can be generally useful. Start experimenting today.

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