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24 Ways to Supercharge Your iPhone’s Native Apps

24 Ways to Supercharge Your iPhone’s Native Apps

The iPhone is considered one of the most fool-proof gadgets out there on the market. While there are always cool, fun, and amazing secrets to unlock as you begin using your iPhone—like zooming in, the multitask tool, and more—there is always a way to increase the quality of your iPhone through the use of applications. Aside from applications that extend the applications that we like, we rarely think about applications that replace those which are already there. Today, we’ll take a look at those applications and how you can implement them on your iPhone.

Calendar and Reminders

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    The calendars and reminders application is a great program on the iPhone. For many users, it organizes the tasks that they have at hand: in terms of calendars, the iCloud feature allows them to view their events both on their Mac and through the iCloud website along with other iOS devices they may own. Reminders, while lacking as many rave reviews as Calendar, is still a good application that allows individuals to man their to-do list. Below are four applications that replace these two programs already on iPhone.

    Wunderlist: An improved to-do list that allows you to categorize them and even invite others to work on them with you.

    Clear: Simplified to-do list without all the muss and fuss.

    Things: GTD app for the serious players. If you are looking for a Reminders replacement, you have it here.

    Calvetica Calendar: Perfect Calendar replacement; keeps a similar iCal interface as well.

    Photos and Camera

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      The camera program is very simple to use: simply press the camera button to take a photo, where it’s automatically added to the photo library. The options section allows you to do more features like panorama and HDR, however, these options are far from the advanced features that other cell phones can do, and much further from what we expect from digital cameras with equal megapixel quality. The photo viewer is quite barebones as well, usually with sharing features being it’s main attraction. Below, we have three applications that are great replacements.

      Camera+: Amazing filters available; perfect for Instagram importation.

      iPhoto: Take your photos to the next level with this Mac favorite for iOS.

      KitCam: Multi-shoot, Face detection, and even video recording improvements all in this one app.

      Apple Maps

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        Chances are you may have stumbled across this application simply because of this feature alone: Apple Maps is quite infamous for how horrible it is, but we shouldn’t be too harsh on the mapping application—it’s still growing. This doesn’t mean that we have to bear through the tough growing period; there are many alternatives while Apple Maps goes through its adolescence. Here are three applications that satisfy transit, mapping, and navigation.

        Google Maps: A long favorite prior to Apple’s severed ties with Google, now back and better than ever.

        The Transit App: Get transit schedules and even plan your trip around the city according to transit stops with this free app.

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        MotionX GPS Drive: A highly inexpensive ($0.99) navigation app that is high quality and just purely amazing.

        Weather

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          The weather application is okay, but many individuals say that it is plagued with inconsistent readings and is considered very inaccurate by individuals. Also, it’s as bare bones as most other applications on iPhone. Just recently were we able to see weather information by the hour, whereas we used to have to rely on weather information by the day. Below, we have three applications that replace the Weather app and extend the way that you consume weather news and information.

          Swackett: See weather conditions as outfits; know what to wear according to the weather.

          The Weather Channel: A weather classic—one of the best free weather apps on the App Store.

          Weather+ : High quality weather app, ability to see weather in a simple yet beautiful UI.

          AccuWeather for iPhone: High quality and with many advanced information including humidity information.

          Notes

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            If your only exposure to note-keeping on your iPhone is the notes app, then you are missing out on a ton. Third party applications are considered the norm in how you do mobile note-taking; very few people use the onboard notes app. To understand why, you must dive in and try out the various note-taking applications that are available for iPhone users today. Here are four note-taking applications for iOS users.

            Awesome Note : From diaries to other note-taking features, Awesome Notes does it well!

            Evernote: Make document changes and have them automatically apply to your desktop Evernote app.

            Scratch: Simple note-taking application.

            PlainText: Note-taking + Dropbox hook up = PlainText for iOS.

            Clock

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              The clock as a whole is a part of the application that you may not entirely care about; since the current time is available on the lock screen and the top of the iPhone’s screen. However, two instances where time becomes important are during travel, and as a way of waking you up in the morning. For most people, alarm clocks are a thing of the past, and mobile phones have effectively replaced them. We have four clock applications for you that replace the current native app in time-reading and alarms.

              Alarm Clock HD: The alarm clock that I use—adjust lighting, view your social media feed, and more in a battery-life friendly app.

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              iHome+Sleep: You don’t need an iHome to benefit from this app, which lets you wake up to your iTunes playlist.

              Alarm Clock Free: View weather, the day of the week, and more with this simply-designed app.

              Alarm Clock + : Enjoy wonderful themes, and even the ability to change between analog and digital.

              Contacts

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                Finally, the contacts feature is the one that many users are hoping to see more advanced upgrades from. Contacts currently allows you to hook it up with iCloud to view contacts on your Mac and to automatically apply it on other iOS devices. You can also hook your contacts up with Facebook and Twitter to have contact images and information automatically applied. Users look for more than what Contacts for iOS can offer, so below are four applications that satisfy these needs.

                Smartr for iOS: Create the ultimate contact list, with the ability to connect your networks and emails to have a central network, with the ability to view contact history as well.

                iContactsPro: Advanced contacts, groups, and more—even with advanced synchronization.

                Bump: Share files and contact information between iPhones with a simple bump.

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                Published on September 20, 2018

                11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                Minimizing Tabs

                Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                Incognito Mode

                Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                Save Webpages as PDF Files

                Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                Open Recently-closed Tabs

                Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                Solve Mathematical Problems

                Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                Play Media Files

                Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                Stay Focus(e)d

                Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                Grammarly for Editing

                Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                Loom

                There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                Chrome Calendar Extension

                No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                Final Thoughts

                Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

                Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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