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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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                                                                    Last Updated on July 29, 2020

                                                                    19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                                                    19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                                                    Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                                                                    There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                                                                    This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day:

                                                                    1. Todoist

                                                                      Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                                                                      Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                                                                      If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                                                                      Download: Todoist

                                                                      2. 1Password

                                                                        You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                                                                        1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                                                                        You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                                                                        Download: 1Password

                                                                        3. Bear

                                                                          Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                                                                          It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

                                                                          Download: Bear

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                                                                          4. Hazel

                                                                            Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                                                                            For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                                                                            Download: noodlesoft

                                                                            5. Alfred

                                                                              Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                                                                              For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                                                                              It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                                                                              Download: Alfred

                                                                              6. TextExpander

                                                                                TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                                                                                For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                                                                                An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                                                                                Download: TextExpander

                                                                                7. Backblaze

                                                                                  If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                                                                                  Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                                                                                  Download: Backblaze

                                                                                  8. Keyboard Maestro

                                                                                    Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                                                                    Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                                                                    9. Snagit

                                                                                      There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                                                                      Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                                                                      10. Bartender

                                                                                        Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                                                                        If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                                                                        Download: Bartender

                                                                                        11. Otter

                                                                                        Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                                                                        Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                                                                        Download: Otter

                                                                                        12. Flux

                                                                                          Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                                                                          Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

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                                                                                          Download: Flux

                                                                                          13. PDFpen

                                                                                          If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                                                                          PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                                                                          Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                                                                          14. OmniFocus

                                                                                            OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                                                                            It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                                                                            A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                                                                            Download: OmniFocus

                                                                                            15. Franz

                                                                                              It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                                                                              Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                                                                              Download: Franz

                                                                                              16. MindNode

                                                                                                If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                                                                                The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                                                                                Download: MindNode

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                                                                                                17. Focus

                                                                                                  The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

                                                                                                  This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                                                                                  Download: Focus

                                                                                                  18. CleanMyMac

                                                                                                    Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                                                                    Download: CleanMyMac

                                                                                                    19. Grammarly

                                                                                                      A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                                                                      This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                                                                      A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                                                                      Download: Grammarly

                                                                                                      The Bottom Line

                                                                                                      These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                                                                      Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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