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20 Must-Have iPad Apps /iPhone Apps That You May Be Missing

20 Must-Have iPad Apps /iPhone Apps That You May Be Missing

There are more than 300,000 iPad apps on the iTunes store. Even if you are an avid app hunter, you may have only come across a few thousand apps: this means that there are hundreds of awesome iPad apps and games that might have never come to your notice. Sure, there are large lists out there, but what about apps that are not among the best hundred apps of the year, but are still quite amazing? Here, we take a look at 20 mind-blowing apps that you have probably not tried, but will not let go of once you have them.

Launch Center Pro

Apple offers quite a few shortcuts that let you switch between apps and access different actions on your iPad, but if you have used the tablet for more than a few months, you might have too many apps that can do a vast number of things. When things get cluttered, getting things done on the iPad can become time-consuming and tedious. Launch Center Pro makes your life easier by allowing you to create quick shortcuts to all sorts of features that are usually buried deep within the apps. If you like customizing and personalizing your iPad, this is the best non-jailbreak app around. Here is a list of actions that it allows you to create shortcuts for.

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    CloudOn

    We may live in the post-PC world, but we are still most familiar with Microsoft Office tools. Unfortunately, Apple devices do not have full support for editing different Microsoft Office documents. CloudOn lets you add Adobe Reader and Microsoft Office to your iPad through Cloud Computing; through this app you can easily edit all your documents on the Cloud and even share them via any of your other apps.

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        iCabMobile

        Most iPad owners get used to the Safari browser: it doesn’t offer a superlative browsing experience, but it does a fairly decent job, but there are lots of things it cannot do. For instance, it doesn’t allow you to open tabs in foreground. With iCabMobile, you have a lot more control over the browser – you can arrange tabs the way you want, dd and activate URL-based filters, organize and store bookmarks, choose a full-screen mode, protect the browser with a password, configure multi-touch gestures, and do dozens of other specific tasks that are not possible with the built-in browser.

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          GoToMyPC

          Using this app, you can access your PC or Mac from any location, allowing you to control your PC remotely and transform your tablet into a powerful workspace. While there are several other apps that offer similar services, GoToMyPC has the simplest interface, and it is easy to set up, and even offers gesture shortcuts that make your task easier.

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            Camera Awesome

            The iPad is perfect for viewing images, but it is less-than-perfect as a camera. There are several advantages of using the iPad as a camera, however, and this app makes the most of it. It exploits iPad’s larger screen to simplify the task of taking snaps as well as editing photos. The best part of the Camera Awesome app is its customized set of controls that make it a lot easier for users to click pictures without wobbling. On top of that, there are several cool image editing  and sharing features that improve the camera experience of iPad exponentially.

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                Cracked.com

                Cracked.com is one of the funniest websites on the Internet. If you are one of the millions of people who visit this website on a regular basis, it may be a good idea to the get the app on your iPad. Even if you have never heard of this website, but love funny stuff on Internet, this is one app that will keep you laughing for a long, long time.

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                  Fan (previously Fanhattan)

                  Many of us spend a lot of time consuming media on the iPad, such as using it to watch videos and movies. There are very popular apps like Netflix that everyone knows about, but Fan is an app that will make it extremely easy for you to find places where you can watch movies, TV shows, documentaries, entertainment news and more. It connects to 29 services, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Crackle, YouTube, MTV, Fox, Nickledon and Cartoon Network in one place.

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                    Onavo Extend

                    It’s very easy to spend a lot of time watching videos, browsing images, video chatting, playing online games and downloading stuff on your iPad. All these, and other Internet-centric activities, can drive up your data usage and cost you a pretty penny. Onavo Extend works with a proxy compression cloud service to drastically reduce the amount of data consumed by your device. Its compression feature doest take some of the sheen off the images, but then, it can extend your data plan by a whopping 500%!

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                        Apps Gone Free

                        Avid app hunters know about this one, but most iPad users are not aware of it. If you want to install high-quality and powerful apps in your iPad without paying any money, this is the app you want to download first. As the name suggest, Apps Gone Free brings the information about paid apps that you can download for free (or cheaply) owing to a promotional offer. In order to gain popularity, many apps reduce their price or offer free versions, and this app gives expert advice on the best apps that are free or cheap for just a short period of time.

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                            Comic Flow

                            Touted as the only open-source comic reader, this is a serious, iPad-only app that doesn’t have many bells and whistles but allows you to sync your comic using USB and iTunes. It has an intuitive and clutter-free interface, and it lets you sort your comics by series, name, date and status. The best thing about this app is that it offers a plain experience that lets you focus on reading comics. Comic Flow supports all formats, has the ability to handle large collections, and doesn’t need to pre-process the comics before you can start reading them.

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                              Pulse

                              Pulse is one of the more beautiful newsreaders out there. It simplifies the task of organizing new stories, sharing them and discovering more place to find the kind of content you like. You can add thousands to sources through the app, including RSS and social networks, and you can save stories in Pulse to read offline. The syncing feature enables you to access the same feature on your all your Apple devices.

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                                  Zite

                                  There are several personalized magazine apps out there, but Zite offers a better or comparable experience to most, and it’s free. This app keeps close tabs on what you like to read, learns from your choices, and does a very good job of suggesting the best stories, magazines and articles for you. In addition to using the thumbs-up and thumbs-down feature, you can also let the app access and learn from your social accounts and also from your Pocket account. What sets this app apart from most competitors is its ability to deliver stories of your taste in a format you like.

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                                      The Act

                                      This app is on the list because it’s a unique game that stands at the intersection of role playing game, cartoon, and drama. It is one of the most beautiful games for iPad, but as it is rather unconventional, it has not been able to make a big splash on the iTunes Store. The gameplay is not too challenging, but it is fun. You control the emotions and actions of the game’s protagonist and make him interact in a certain way with other game characters.

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                                        Soundrop

                                        This minimalist game/music app generated a lot of buzz when it was launched, but it did not stay in the public eye for a long time. If you want to be playful and creative using your iPad, this is an app you must download. Soundrop is simple: you draw lines after dropping balls, thus producing melodies based on the angle and length of lines. If you play it right, you can create music instead of random sounds, which is the real beauty of the game.

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                                            Letterpress

                                            There are tons of word games for the iPad, and quite a few of them are awesome. Letterpress is one such game that has not found as much popularity as it should have. The game uses an uncluttered, minimalist design, and it has simple controls. It is an asynchronous multiplayer game, and the objective is to spell words using a five-by-five grid of random letters. But that is just the starter: what makes it way cooler than a general word game is the combination of word skills with strategy – you can arrange the words to trap your opponent and do several non-word-game things!

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                                                Life is Magic

                                                This is probably the most innovative game for the iPhone or iPad. Life is Magic is a location-based fantasy that turns the real world around you into a world filled with dungeons, treasures and fights. You can compete with other players, choose between different character types, and compete against real players for dominating real locations. The most amazing thing about this game is that it the magical world in the game meshes neatly with your actual physical surroundings!

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                                                  Snapguide

                                                  The Internet has made us all DIY fans, but if you have looked for guides on the web, you know that most of them have too much fluff and too little value. Snapguide is based on a very simply concept – sharing how-to guides using only images or videos and captions. So, if you want to find out how to perform a certain activity, you can simply open the app and see a step-by-step slide or a video.

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                                                      Garageband

                                                      This is one-of-a-kind app that has spawned a number of copycats, none of which can offer as much as it does. Garageband has the power to turn your iPad into a recording studio equipped with all sorts of music instruments, including piano, guitar, and drums. You can play dozens of instruments by touching the image of the instrument on your iPad screen. The app replicates real-world music experience really well, and by using this app, you can make the kind of digital sounds that you can never make on real instruments. Not only can this app be used for fun, it can actually be used for composing music.

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                                                        Things

                                                        This app is a little pricey, but the features and functionalities it offers make it a must-have. Things, as the name indicates, lets you manage all the small and big things in your life. It is a fast app that helps you organize your day, assign different levels of focus and importance to tasks, create different categories of tasks, use tags to assign priority and contexts, tap in new ideas any time create repeating tasks, review completed tasks, and almost anything else that you may need to organize your work and life.

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                                                            Visual Budget Expense Tracking

                                                            There are several iPad apps that help you manage money, and they all do a decent job, but Visual Budget is simpler to use and offers more features and facilities than similar apps. This app can turn your iPad into a machine to analyze your (and anybody else’s) accounts. You can manage several accounts that same time, and create categories and create groups for different accounts. It tracks expenses, income and also allows users to define and mark a budget plan.

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                                                                1Password

                                                                Perhaps you already have this app in your iPad, but it had to be included here because too many people have dozens of accounts and still do not use a password manager. With 1Password, you need to remember only one password, i.e., the master password for the app itself. All your other passwords will be stored inside the app and you can automatically open any website without filling any forms twice. The app has rock-solid security features (including military grade 256 bit encryption), allows you to generate powerful passwords, and it auto-locks and protects your data in case your mobile is stolen.

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                                                                    These apps are enough to make your iPad more useful, efficient and fun, but there are still several apps out there that are not as popular as they should be. Do you use a relatively lesser-known iPad apps that offer something special to the general iPad user? Please share your favorites in the comments below.

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                                                                    Published on November 9, 2018

                                                                    How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                                                    How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                                                    Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                                                                    Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                                                                    So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                                                                    6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                                                                    When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                                                                    1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                                                                    Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                                                                    To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                                                                    In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                                                                    • Microsoft Excel
                                                                    • Microsoft Access
                                                                    • Statistics
                                                                    • Data Analytics
                                                                    • Adobe Campaign
                                                                    • Quickbooks
                                                                    • XML Database management system
                                                                    • Filemaker Pro
                                                                    • MATLAB
                                                                    • Hive
                                                                    • FORTRAN
                                                                    • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                                                                    • SAS

                                                                    2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                                                                    Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                                                                    Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                                                                    • Content Management System (CMS)
                                                                    • Google Analytics
                                                                    • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                                                                    • Email Marketing
                                                                    • Web Page Design
                                                                    • WordPress
                                                                    • Digital Media
                                                                    • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                                                                    • Campaign Management Software

                                                                    3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                                                                    A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                                                                    • Adobe Photoshop
                                                                    • Adobe InDesign
                                                                    • Adobe Illustrator
                                                                    • AutoCAD
                                                                    • CorelDRAW
                                                                    • Microsoft Visual Studio
                                                                    • Maya
                                                                    • Microsoft Word
                                                                    • Microsoft Publisher
                                                                    • Operating Digital Cameras

                                                                    4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                                                                    The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                                                                    To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                                                                    • HTML
                                                                    • C/C++
                                                                    • Java
                                                                    • Python
                                                                    • XML
                                                                    • UI/UX
                                                                    • LINUX
                                                                    • CISC and RISC architecture
                                                                    • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                                                                    • Memory Management
                                                                    • PCB Layout
                                                                    • SQL

                                                                    5. IT Troubleshooting

                                                                    Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                                                                    So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                                                                    • Backup management
                                                                    • Diagnostics
                                                                    • End User support
                                                                    • Client-Server management
                                                                    • Installation and configuration
                                                                    • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                                                                    • System administration
                                                                    • Tech support

                                                                    6. Enterprise Systems

                                                                    Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                                                                    Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                                                                    The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                                                                    Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                                                                    Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                                                                    Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                                                                    1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                                                                    a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                                                                    Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                                                                    Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                                                                    b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                                                                    This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                                                                    c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                                                                    Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                                                                    Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                                                                    2. Rule the Social Media World

                                                                    a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                                                                    Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                                                                    From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                                                                    b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                                                                    This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                                                                    c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                                                                    Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                                                                    Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                                                                    3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                                                                    a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                                                                    From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                                                                    b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                                                                    Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                                                                    The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                                                                    c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                                                                    The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                                                                    4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                                                                    a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                                                                    It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                                                                    From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                                                                    b. Canva Design School

                                                                    From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                                                                    c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                                                                    62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                                                                    d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                                                                    The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                                                                    Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                                                                    5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                                                                    a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                                                                    IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                                                                    It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                                                                    b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                                                                    The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                                                                    Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                                                                    The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                                                                    • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                                                                    • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                                                                    • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                                                                    • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                                                                    • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                                                                    • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                                                                    • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                                                                    Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                                                                    Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                                                                    1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                                                    It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                                                                    Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                                                                    2. Work on Your Efficiency

                                                                    Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                                                                    For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                                                                    3. Look for Shortcuts

                                                                    Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                                                                    4. Apply for an Internship

                                                                    Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

                                                                    By the late, it’s never too late to be an intern or grab whatever opportunity to learn something new! Here’s how:

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                                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                                    Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                                                                    So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

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