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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 February 15, 2019

                                                                    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                                                    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                                                    Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                                                    Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                                                    Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                                                    So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                                                    Joe’s Goals

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                                                                      Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                                                      Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                                                      Daytum

                                                                        Daytum

                                                                        is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                                                        Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                                                        Excel or Numbers

                                                                          If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                                                          What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                                                          Evernote

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                                                                            I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                                                            Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                                                            Access or Bento

                                                                              If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                                                              Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                                                              You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                                                              Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                                                              All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                                                              Conclusion

                                                                              I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                                                              What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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