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30 Killer Apps that will Make You Smarter

30 Killer Apps that will Make You Smarter

Nowadays you can have more than just fun with your apps – you can also use them to become smarter. Here are 30 apps you can use to help your memory, challenge your IQ, and help you to expand your brain.

Tools To Lead A Smarter Life

1. Casual

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    Casual helps handle tasks and projects in a new way: the app is amazingly visual. You plan your tasks just by drawing them as a flowchart. Casual is a unique app that helps visualize dependencies between tasks. You don’t have to click on tabs to find out about certain aspects of projects, such as who is doing which tasks. You can try this app for free to see if it works for you.
    Download links: Web-Based

    2. Fooducate

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      Why is it that good food looks so terrible and junk food looks so good? With this free app, you can find the good food that actually tastes good, so you can eat healthy and like it. Scan items for nutritional information, and find out which foods are the best for you, the best buys, and of course, the most enjoyable.
      Download links: Android | iOS

      3. Cloudswave

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        Become a smart spender: get all of the software and web applications for your business and your personal life. This free app directory allows you to get the best deals on all of the software and apps you need. On Cloudswave you will also find the Cloudscore, a rating based on carefully selected Expert Reviews computed to help you capture the essence of critical opinion in a single number.
        Download links: Web-Based

        4. Owl

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          Do you love to astound your friends with oddball facts? Get all of the fun and off-beat trivia you can handle with Owl, a free app that gives you one fun fact each day. Become smarter with interesting facts you never heard of.
          Download links: iOS

          5. Atlas by Collins

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            The Atlas by Collins lets you travel all around the world, with a flick of your finger. As well as seeing new places, you can also discover incredible information about the world’s most important places and artifacts. Learn about the world using nine globes, a variety of maps, and other fun tools for just $0.99.
            Download links: iOS

            6. iBooks

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              Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own. But you may think you don’t have time to read. Do you ride the train to work? Read on the train. Do you have breaks? Read on your breaks. There really is no excuse when you have the free iBooks app, with a huge library that is constantly growing.
              Download links: iOS

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              7. Flipboard

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                Are you always the last to know what is going on in the world around you? Start being the one who tells others what is going on by using the free Flipboard app, with tap and touch controls that makes it easy to get news as it’s happening.
                Download links: Android | iOS

                8. SmartThings

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                  A smart home for smart people. Control all of the devices in your home with the easy-to-use SmartThings app that turns your smartphone into a remote.
                  Download links: Android | iOS

                  Mind Games

                  9. Circles Memory Game

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                    Your memory affects your ability to quickly and easily retrieve and apply stored information in situations when you need to solve a problem – and your ability to solve problems is often defined as intelligence. Therefore, memory and intelligence are almost like two sides of the same coin. Not only can you improve your memory, but you will also be supporting Alzheimer’s research by getting this $0.99 app. You’ll have fun too.
                    Download links: Android | iOS

                    10. Lumosity Mobile

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                      Train your brain to become smarter, and have a blast doing it! Side effects of using this app include improved memory, a longer attention span, and better work performance through fun games and puzzles, and it doesn’t cost anything to use.
                      Download links: Android | iOS

                      11. Personal Zen

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                        Smart people can control their stress. Personal Zen is clinically proven to reduce stress by JUST playing a fun game. Built by a team of leading neuroscientists and mobile developers, playing Personal Zen actually retrains your brain to lower stress and anxiety.
                        Download links: iOS

                        12. Fit Brains Trainer

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                          Research shows that online training is an effective way to build cognitive reserve and increase brain performance. Fit Brains Trainer is free and you can increase your short-term memory by as much as 40% in less than three weeks. Wait…what were we just talking about? Obviously, we need this!
                          Download links: Android | iOS

                          13. Brain Workshop

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                            If you are like some of us who still don’t have mobile phones, don’t despair. There are apps for us too. Brain Workshop is a free desktop app that you can use to improve your brain power, and no cell phones are necessary. But for those who has an Android phones, there is an app on Google Play!
                            Download links: Android

                            14. Math Genius Brain Trainer

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                              Unless you planned on working in a math-oriented field, you probably hated math classes as much as we did. Math develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills—it makes you smarter. This free app lets you play math games that will help improve your skills without making you bored.
                              Download links: iOS

                              15. Clockwork Brain

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                                Puzzles, puzzles, and more puzzles! Studies have shown that “mental aerobics,” such as solving puzzles, are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Learning was never so much fun, and you will actually get addicted to improving your brain power with this free app.
                                Download links: iOS

                                16. Memory Trainer

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                                  Puzzle games alone are not the only one that can make you smarter. If you are an Android user, you can enjoy this app that really makes you use your brain to remember things. The best part is that it is fun, and you get to play matching games.
                                  Download links: Android

                                  17. Eidetic

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                                    To show that you are smart, you need to memorize interesting and important words and facts. Eidetic is another app that will help your memory through special memory-boosting exercises, and it only costs $0.99.
                                    Download links: iOS

                                    18. The New York Times Crossword

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                                      Crosswords make you smarter. They make you think in different ways, attack problems in different ways, and expand your vocabulary. Just playing the crossword puzzles can improve your intelligence. This free app has the same crossword puzzles that are published every day in the newspaper.

                                      Download links: iOS

                                      19. mTrainer Pro

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                                        Giving your brain new experiences will keep it healthier and sharpen your mind. This is a gym that won’t make you break out in a sweat. Instead, you can try some fun brain exercises for just $1.99.
                                        Download links: iOS

                                        20. Blocks

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                                          Be a kid again and play with blocks, only these blocks will improve your brain power. You need to move the pieces to get out, and you need to use logic to do it with this app that costs only $2.99.
                                          Download links: iOS

                                          21. Brain Trainer Special

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                                            This is a collection of games that Android users can use to help them to remember phone numbers, solve math problems, and more, and it’s absolutely free to use. Available game modes: math ninja, letter sequences, number sequences, memory trainer (pictures), speedy shapes, memory letters, memory numbers, tricky colors, memorize 123, 3D CUBES, target mode, phone numbers, question mode, 18 session modes…sudoku of course and other modes like puzzle.
                                            Download links: Android

                                            22. Critical Thinking University Think-O-Meter

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                                              Get hypothetical situations, study them, and then get quizzed on what you remember with this free app that helps you become smarter.
                                              Download links: iOS

                                              Time Management Apps

                                              23. Toggl

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                                                Time management is a common sore spot among many intelligent people. Where does your time go? You can find out by using this app. You simply tell the app what you are doing, start the timer, and stop it when you are finished. You will be able to better manage your time with this app, and the basic version is free. If you want all of the features, it is just $5 per month.
                                                Download links: Android | iOS

                                                24. RescueTime

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                                                  Work is boring, and social media websites are fun. But, you may be spending too much time socializing, and not enough time working. This app, which costs just $9 per month for the premium version, lets you see how much time you are spending with various websites and applications. Track how long you spend on reading useful information and extend this time.
                                                  Download links: Android | iOS

                                                  25. My Minutes

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                                                    Wasting too much time on certain tasks? Spend your time smarter and use My Minutes for free to set time limits for everything you do.
                                                    Download links: Android | iOS

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                                                    26. Timesheet

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                                                      You don’t even have to lift a finger to type for tracking and billing work hours. Simply tell it what to do with voice commands. Great for those who love telling others what to do.
                                                      Download links: Android

                                                      27. Eternity

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                                                        Inner balance is one of the crucial features of modern intelligent person. Work, home, kids, fun –  it all takes your time, and you need to balance it. Eternity lets you categorize everything you do and create a balance for just $4.99.
                                                        Download links: iOS

                                                        28. Now Then

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                                                          Categorize things you do smartly. Now Then helps you record and analyse what you spend your time doing. Identify misused time for $2.99.
                                                          Download links: iOS

                                                          29. ATracker

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                                                            Track everything you do, so you always know what to do and when to do it with this app, for $4.99. ATracker creates beautiful reports in pie chart and bar chart which you can share via Facebook, Twitter and email. You can also export data in CSV format.

                                                            Download links: iOS

                                                            30. Timely

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                                                              Who did what – when? Or who’s doing what – when? Either way, you’ll know the answer. Helps you plan for new projects, delegate work to employees and see who’s got too much on their plate.
                                                              Download links: iOS

                                                              Featured photo credit: Tom via flickr.com

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                                                              Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                                              25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                                                              25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                                                              Imagine if you could use 5 simple shortcuts while working in Excel, and increase your productivity without wasting time for searching information in huge tables, writing long formulas, and sorting the data.

                                                              Or even better:

                                                              What if you would get 25 useful shortcuts… and each of them could simplify your work, so you could do much more every day?

                                                              You’d definitely feel excited to read about them.

                                                              Today is your lucky day because we are going to share with you in this article 25 great Excel shortcuts you can use in your work every day! This is your lucky chance, so go ahead and become a real professional in Excel without wasting your time.

                                                              How important are Excel shortcuts for you?

                                                              The most effective thing to check out if people really need something is to release a survey and look at the results. So, according to the anonymous survey, 99% of people said Excel shortcuts are critical or important for them.

                                                              In general, there are more than 200 shortcuts in Excel. But when we have analyzed the data about how many shortcuts people know, we got the next results:

                                                              • 26% of people know 10 or fewer shortcuts;
                                                              • 61% of people know 10-50 shortcuts;
                                                              • 10% of people know 50-100 shortcuts.

                                                              As you can see, not so many people know a lot of shortcuts. Probably, some of them never think about increasing their productivity in such a simple way.

                                                              Of course, it depends on how deep you use Excel. Some people use this powerful application just for making simple tables or graphs, others use it for everyday work to count something.

                                                              Most of the accountants and businessmen use much more Excel functions for more complex tasks such as creating VBA macros, managing PivotTables, recalculating huge workbooks, outlining data, etc.

                                                              But even those people who work with Excel every day very close may know a few shortcuts. Needless to say, they can do their job without shortcuts, but it usually takes for them much more time. T

                                                              his sounds not funny, especially if you must finish a huge amount of work urgently. There is a great opportunity for you to increase your productivity in Excel and do your job faster with our useful shortcuts.

                                                              5 Main reasons to learn excel shortcuts

                                                              Many people don’t understand why they should use shortcuts if they can work without them. Of course, if you use Excel twice per year to make a simple table or a graph, it is probably not so important for you to know many shortcuts.

                                                              But if you work in Excel every day, sorting huge tables and managing with tons of data, then shortcuts will help you to reach the next five goals:

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                                                              1. Work efficiently and faster in Excel
                                                              2. Manage big amounts of data easily and fast
                                                              3. Stay calm and concentrated even while doing a tedious job
                                                              4. Make your work accurately and properly without errors
                                                              5. Get a better understanding of Microsoft Excel

                                                              Who can use Excel shortcuts?

                                                              There are a lot of people who can simplify their life with Excel shortcuts, and here are the groups that will definitely love using them:

                                                              • People who work in banks, finance organizations, etc.
                                                              • Businessmen who make tons of various reports and presentations in Excel for meetings and briefings.
                                                              • Students who usually are lazy and impatient to make their homework because they don’t want to waste a lot of time working in Excel.
                                                              • Private entrepreneurs who keep various data in Excel tables.

                                                              Whether you are a student who hates Excel because it seems a time-wasting and boring application, or you are an accountant who must recalculate huge worksheets every day without making errors, we recommend reading and learning these Excel shortcuts to make your work simpler and save some time.

                                                              With these simple but useful tricks, it is so easy to finish your job and get more time for yourself.

                                                              25 Excel shortcuts to increase your productivity

                                                              Here are 25 great Excel shortcuts you should learn and use for work or studying to make your job faster and simpler. Try to use them all and you will realize you were totally blind before while working in Excel:

                                                              1. Format whatever object fast with Ctrl+1

                                                              If you select any object in Excel – a cell, a chart, a chart axis, a drawing object – then press Ctrl+1, and you will get the Properties dialog for the certain object. This shortcut offers a very quick and easy way to format whatever object you’re working with.

                                                              2. Use range names with Ctrol+G or F5 key

                                                              If you use range names (which we strongly recommend to do) and you want to choose the range with a specific name references, press either Ctrl+G or the F5 key, which launches the GoTo dialog.

                                                              If the name is simple, you can click on it in a list in that dialog. But if it’s at all unusual, Excel won’t list it; so you will need to type in the name. Then press OK.

                                                              3. Use a range name in a formula with =sum( and F3

                                                              Suppose you want to use a range name in a formula. For example, you want to sum the Sales range. Enter…

                                                              =sum(

                                                              …and then press F3.

                                                              When you do so, Excel launches the Paste Name dialog. Just choose “Sales” from the list, press the OK button in the dialog, then enter the SUM function’s closing “)” to complete the formula.

                                                              4. Launch Function Arguments dialog easily with Ctrl+A

                                                              Suppose you want to check the help topic for a worksheet function. For example, you want to read about the MATCH function. In a cell, type…

                                                              =match(

                                                              …and then press Ctrl+A, or click the Insert Function (“fx“) button to the left of the formula bar.

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                                                              When you do so, Excel displays the Function Arguments dialog, which might offer all the help you need.

                                                              But if you still want to see the complete help topic, click the blue “Help on this function” hyperlink in the lower-left corner of the dialog. This technique works with all documented Excel functions.

                                                              5. Copy stuff down the column without scrolling with Ctrl+D

                                                              If you added a formula in a new column on the right of a huge dataset, and you want to copy that formula down without scrolling, do these steps:

                                                              • go to the right to the column that has data (the column to the left of the new column with the formula);
                                                              • press Ctrl+Down – to get to bottom;
                                                              • move one cell to the right (with arrow key naturally);
                                                              • press Ctrl+Shift+Up to select the new column, at the top of which is the formula you just created;
                                                              • press Ctrl+D to fill down the formula.

                                                              6. Quick access to any function with Alt+

                                                              By customizing the quick access toolbar, you can create simple shortcuts to commands that you would otherwise have to find in the Ribbon tabs, or macros you have created yourself.

                                                              The keyboard shortcut is simply selecting Alt+ (the number of the command you wish to select).

                                                              For example, if you have customized your quick access toolbar to have Calc Sheet, Save, Open. To calculate sheet you would hit Alt+1, for save Alt+2, and for open Alt+3.

                                                              A lot of people are unaware of this useful function, and it’s a great time saver.

                                                              7. Format cells with Ctrl+1

                                                              When you need to format cells, use Ctrl+1. Most people know this as the shortcut for the Format Cells dialog, but you can also use it to format almost anything in Excel, without a care about the state of the ribbon. Try this amazing and simple shortcut!

                                                              8. Choose visible cells with Alt+

                                                              When you need to choose visible cells only – use Alt+. This is the trick to copy only what you see. It is a priceless shortcut when you’re manually hiding rows and columns in the table.

                                                              9. Use filtering

                                                              Filtering – it is a powerful way to slice, dice, and sort through a huge table of information.

                                                              It’s amazingly effective when you’re participating in a meeting to discuss something like a sales forecast, and everyone is looking in real-time at your spreadsheet projected on a screen (or on their monitors).

                                                              To some people, you will be seen as the God of Spreadsheets, and this is not a joke!

                                                              10. Insert or delete column/row easily with the Ctrl key

                                                              Some people waste a lot of time even for simple operations, for example, when they need to insert/delete columns and rows in Excel.

                                                              Use this shortcut to insert: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl+Shift ++.

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                                                              To delete: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl + –.

                                                              11. See formula results with F9

                                                              If you want to check formula results within multiple formulas, highlight the formula and select F9 to see formula result.

                                                              Don’t forget to undo before exiting the formula.

                                                              12. Use ALT+Enter for more text within a cell

                                                              If you want to add a second line of text within a cell, use ALT+Enter.

                                                              13. Use EDATE to move a date on by a full calendar month:

                                                              Here’s how to use EDATE:

                                                              =EDATE(15/01/16,+1) = 15/02/2016 (15th Feb 2016)

                                                              =EDATE (15/01/2016,-2) = 15/11/2015 (15th Nov 2016)

                                                              14. Use EOMONTH to move a date onto the end of the month:

                                                              Here’s how to use EMONTH:

                                                              =EOMONTH(15/01/2016,0) = 31/01/2016 (31st Jan 2106)

                                                              =EOMONTH (15/01/2016,-2) = 30/11/2015 (30th Nov 2015)

                                                              15. Remove spaces with TRIM

                                                              TRIM is a useful function known by few people. It removes any spaces at the beginning of a value. This is useful if you are pulling in values from somewhere else.

                                                              16. Repeat commands with F4 or Ctrl+Y

                                                              In many cases, you may need to repeat your last action. Use F4 or Ctrl+Y; you can repeat many commands like applying the same borders, format, or insert a worksheet again.

                                                              17. Quick access to cells with the Ctrl key and Shift key

                                                              When you need to go to the first or last cell of a worksheet, no matter where you are, use Ctrl+Home, Ctrl+End combinations.

                                                              And here is a pleasant bonus for you: add the Shift key to select everything on the way!

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                                                              18. Use Ctrl+ to create a timestamp

                                                              If you need a date stamp and/or a timestamp in your document, there is no need to type a date and time! Use shortcuts Ctrl+ ; (date) Ctrl+Shift+ : (time). It works like a magic and helps to save your time and nerves.

                                                              19. Use autosum shortcut for sum function anywhere

                                                              Autosum shortcut – use Alt =. It is a “magic” shortcut of Excel to automatically insert a sum function.

                                                              You can use this shortcut to sum rows, columns, or even an entire table in one step without wasting your time.

                                                              20. Use data validation

                                                              This is an amazing but underutilized tool in Excel, which can be used for a variety of things:

                                                              • Create dependent drop-down lists;
                                                              • Create drop-down lists;
                                                              • Protect/restrict data input of specific cells (without the need for VBA macros).

                                                              21. Use conditional formatting

                                                              It can be used for various purposes such as color format or cell format of cells, rows or columns based on dependent cell values or formats.

                                                              22. Use formula auditing

                                                              This is a great tool to analyze and trace precedent or dependent cells, check errors and evaluate formulas.

                                                              The “Watch Window” is a feature to keep a snapshot of an area of the spreadsheet, and then move to another area of the workbook – particularly valuable if you’re managing large spreadsheets or don’t have a second screen.

                                                              23. Use Scenario Manager to generate summary outputs of a spreadsheet

                                                              Scenario Manager (under “What-if Analysis”) enables users to generate high-level, summary outputs of a spreadsheet – without the need to replicate the entire workbook.

                                                              It will present multiple scenarios of a spreadsheet in a succinct, high-level summary worksheet.

                                                              24. Use INDIRECT to set up large tables

                                                              INDIRECT makes it easy to set up tables which reference larger tables without a lot of referencing work or cutting and pasting; especially for dynamic spreadsheets.

                                                              25. Use OFFSET for complicated calculations or formulas

                                                              OFFSET can be useful for things like calculating YTD numbers or creating formulas that take data in rows and using in columns.

                                                              The bottom line

                                                              As you can see, when you have a boring or tedious job to do, the best way to do it fast is not looking for a way how to avoid it, but searching for the shortest variant to do it!

                                                              That is why we suggest keeping in mind these Excel shortcuts that will help you to save a lot of time and nerves.

                                                              If it seems hard for you to remember all them, you can print out the list of shortcuts and keep it on your worktable. Use it to search for some help when you need it, and over time, you’ll remember all shortcuts easily.

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