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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)

alarm app for android

    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

                flipboard for iphone

                  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

                                  Featured photo credit: Morning Conversation via flic.kr

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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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