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40 Must Have iPhone & iPad Apps in 2014

40 Must Have iPhone & iPad Apps in 2014

There are a myriad of must have iPhone and iPad apps – the following 40 are a selection of the very best.

To keep your year ticking over nicely, this selection encompasses: lifestyle, education, travel, culture, fun, business, and numerous other facets of life. Almost everything you could need is catered for, so select your favorites and enjoy 2014!

1. Paper

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    Facebook’s Paper offers an immersive take on News Feed activity. It effectively curates the feed into visually stunning, easily navigable videos, images, and text. (Cost: Free).

    2. Jelly

    Jelly

      Jelly is about taking images and asking questions. It’s a social way of searching: you see something you know nothing about, photograph it, ask a question, and post on Jelly. (Cost: Free).

      3. Yelp

      yelp

        You can use Yelp as a localized search tool for restaurants, bars, shops, deal hunting, and much more. The active community keeps new content and reviews flooding in. It all makes for a revealing portrait of your home city/town. (Cost: Free).

        4. Groupon

        Groupon

          A deal hunting app covering 500 cities (“located mostly on Earth”), Groupon hunts down vouchers, discount fashion, entertainment deals, restaurant savings, and more. (Cost: Free).

          5. iA Writer

          iA Writer

            An innovative writing app with a simple interface. It removes distractions and simply lets you write, whilst you can save and sync with other devices easily. (Cost: $4.99).

            6. Evernote

            evernote

              To organize your daily activities, Evernote is perfect. You can save ideas, create notes, take pictures, to-do-lists, create voice reminders and much more. Already critically acclaimed, it’s a vital app. (Cost: Free).

              7. Google Drive

              google drive

                You can save, store, edit, and access all your information via Google Drive from any device. With 15GB free storage available, it’s a secure and easy place to keep your digital information. (Cost: Free).

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                8. DropBox

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                  DropBox is an excellent alternative to Google Drive and offers 2GB of free space on download. From there you can pay for additional memory. (Cost: Free).

                  9. AirFile

                  airfile

                    If you maintain several cloud storage platforms simultaneously (including SkyDrive for Mac), you can manage them with AirFile. It’s a real time saver. (Cost: Free).

                    10. Secret Apps

                    Secret Apps

                      Secret Apps is a effectively digital safe for data. Pictures, videos, contacts, and more are disguised in a folder and password protected. Anyone attempting to enter the folder is photographed. (Cost: Free).

                      11. TED

                      Ted

                        The whole catalogue of TED conference talks. Inspirational, educational, and very entertaining – this is not to be missed. (Cost: Free).

                        12. iTunes U

                        itunes U

                          Offering access to university courses, and a catalog of free content, this app is for anyone wanting to study online in 2014. Everything, including marked essays, can be viewed here. (Cost: Free).

                          13. Personal Capital Money and Investing

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                            An award winning financial app. Your fiscal situation can be viewed at a glance: charts and graphs assist you in monitoring income, spending, and investment. You can also contact expert advisors. (Cost: Free).

                            14. Bloomberg

                            bloomberg

                              For comprehensive international business and financial news you can download Bloomberg. Market data and portfolio tools can be personalized for your account, making it essential for business owners. (Cost: Free).

                              15. The Weather Channel

                              The Weather Channel

                                An effective weather app custom made for the iPad. Keep ahead of the weather with this popular, acclaimed app. (Cost: Free).

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                                16. KAYAK

                                Kayax

                                  Travel app KAYAK makes booking holidays easy. You can compare hotel and flight prices, book, order rental cars, see baggage fees, and track flight status. (Cost: Free).

                                  17. Google Maps

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                                    The ever useful Google Maps is perfect for finding your way around new areas, as well as offering localized information. (Cost: Free).

                                    18. Hotel Tonight

                                    hotel tonight

                                      If you travel a lot then finding last minute hotels can be an issue – Hotel Tonight offers an easy to use solution. It searches for, and compares, hotel prices and quality in any given area. (Cost: Free).

                                      19. Find My iPhone

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                                        If the worst happens and you lose your iPad (or some vagabond steals the thing) you can use this app, via other products, to determine where it is. (Cost: Free).

                                        20. Lumosity Mobile

                                        Lumosity Mobile

                                          A memory and attention trainer designed by neuroscientists. Lumosity boasts fun mini-games and is used by over 50 million people! The personalized training program will help boost your faculties in no time. (Cost: Free).

                                          21. Coolson’s Artisanal Chocolate Alphabet

                                          Artisanal Chocolate Alphabet

                                            This award winning word game offers a fast paced adventure mode with over 66 levels, as well as online multi-player options. (Cost: $3.99).

                                            22. Flipboard

                                            Flipboard

                                              A “personal magazine”, with Flipboard you can via social media, and website, content in the form of a magazine. Via your iPad, you can navigate through the stories easily. (Cost: Free).

                                              23. Homestyler

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                                                Homestyler offers tips and current trends on home designs. Brilliantly, you can take a picture of a room and, via the app, add 3D designs, paint, furniture, and experiment with a look before committing to it. (Cost: Free).

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                                                24. Avokiddo Emotions

                                                Avokiddo Emotions

                                                  Vivid entertainment for children. They discover emotions by dressing up a selection of wacky characters, learning about complex social and emotional awareness as they progress. (Cost: $2.99)

                                                  25. Sky Guide

                                                  Sky Guide

                                                    If you want to learn about the Universe in 2014 Sky Guide’s ideal – it’s lauded as the best Astronomical App available. Holding your phone to the sky will automatically locate stars, constellations, planets, and plenty more. From there the features will dazzle everyone. (Cost: $1.99).

                                                    26. Paper

                                                    Paper by FiftyThree

                                                      This isn’t a repeat of Facebook’s Paper. FiftyThree created this artistic app several years: you can sketch, write, draw, outline, easily correct errors, and create wonderful images. (Cost: Free).

                                                      27. Tayasui Sketches

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                                                        Designed by artists, but made for everyone, Tayasui Sketches offers a fun drawing experience. It offers pencil, rotring, watercolours, eraser, editable colors, and much more. Another great way to be creative this year. (Cost: Free).

                                                        28. Urbanspoon

                                                        Urbanspoon

                                                          Using GPS, Urbanspoon suggests restaurants to consider near you. It acts as a time saver, with the bonus of potentially discovering new favorite restaurants. (Cost: Free).

                                                          29. The Whole Pantry

                                                          The Whole Pantry

                                                            For a healthy lifestyle in 2014, this app offers wholefood, healthy recipes to keep your daily eating refined and nutritious. (Cost: $2.99)

                                                            30. Cooking Light Recipes: Quick and Healthy Menu Maker

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                                                              31. Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker

                                                              Calorie Counter

                                                                With 3,000,000 foods in its database, Calorie Counter informs you of calorie totals in meals you make. Keeping a diet on track is boosted further with exercise advice. An enormously popular and acclaimed app. (Cost: Free).

                                                                32. NBC

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                                                                NBC

                                                                  The NBC iPad app offers all your favorite shows in one place.  (Cost: Free).

                                                                  33. Netflix

                                                                  Netflix

                                                                    Netflix: streaming films and TV programs at a cheap price. An essential app. (Cost: Free)

                                                                    34. YouTube

                                                                    YouTube

                                                                      The enormously popular streaming video site is available in app form. An absolute must download. (Cost: Free).

                                                                      35. Shazam

                                                                      Shazam

                                                                        If you hear some music playing around you, Shazam will identify it. After this, you can then head to YouTube or iTunes to listen to the whole song. Discovering new musicians has never been easier. (Cost: Free).

                                                                        36. Spotify

                                                                        Spotify Music

                                                                          You’ll immediately be linked to “a world of music” if you download Spotify. There’s a comprehensive list of music here unmatched by other services. Updating to premium also makes for ad free listening. (Cost: Free).

                                                                          37. Kindle

                                                                          Kindle

                                                                            With this you can read books, eBooks, magazines, newspapers, and more. All of it from Kindle’s library.  (Cost: Free).

                                                                            38. Amazon App

                                                                            Amazon App

                                                                              Amazon’s iPad app makes shopping even more convenient. (Cost: Free).

                                                                              39. Etsy

                                                                              Etsy

                                                                                Etsy offers all manner of unusual, vintage, cute, and adorable products from independent retailers. Want to get someone a unique present? Head right here. You can also start your own store via the app. (Cost: Free).

                                                                                40. Flashlight

                                                                                Flashlight

                                                                                  Last of all we have a simplistic app with one function – to turn your iPad into a flashlight. You never know when this could be useful. (Cost: Free).

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                                                                                  10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                                                                  10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                                                                  The success of our day is largely dependent on the quality of our planning. Not to miss out anything in their to-dos, some people prefer to make a list of upcoming tasks in a notebook, while others have long started using digital technology solutions.

                                                                                  Calendar applications are some of the main tools that are worth using to organize our life and plan your time carefully.

                                                                                  Many people have switched to specific tools; however, there are still some who do not use calendars on a daily basis. They may find some applications uncomfortable to use, non-functional, or expensive.

                                                                                  In this article, we are going to check out the best calendars apps to help you stay organized.

                                                                                  1. Cal Calendar

                                                                                    Cal Calendar has recently appeared on the market of mobile applications (Android, iOS). It is the brainchild of the development team of Any.do that features impressive functionality and well-thought-out design.

                                                                                    The application comes with many great features, including support for Exchange and Google Calendar, widgets, voice recording, and many more.

                                                                                    Cal Calendar has direct integration with Any.Do To-Do List, which gives you a unique tandem of two applications.

                                                                                    Apart from its extended functionality, Cal Calendar is easy to use. The creation of events is very simple and fast.

                                                                                    What is more, depending on the name of the event, the application automatically adds contacts and geolocation data to the entry description. You can even import your lists and entries from Any.do.

                                                                                    Cal Calendar is a great option for any type of user. It is very convenient and doesn’t overcomplicate the mode of display.

                                                                                    Another good thing is that this tool is available for free, so you can use it without spending a dime for the software.

                                                                                    Available for iOS and Android

                                                                                    2. Google Calendar

                                                                                      Google Calendar is the official calendar for Android devices that has been tested out by many users around the globe. If you are right now trying to get away from it, consider changing your mind.

                                                                                      Since this application is installed on most Android devices by default, many users think that there is nothing special in this program. They are wrong.

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                                                                                      Google has been updating its calendar for quite a few years, and now it comes in Material Design with advanced event features, direct integration into other Google services (for example, supports reminders and Google Now), and comes with Exchange support.

                                                                                      The program is super easy and will not cost a dime for you. It is a good thing, right?

                                                                                      Available for iOS and Android

                                                                                      3. Jorte Calendar

                                                                                        Jorte Calendar is one of the most popular calendar applications in the Google Play store.

                                                                                        The program features a wide range of configuration options, with many design alternatives. You can adjust display mode to your needs and view calendar entries sorted by month, week, or day (by hours). It is convenient for quickly picking the desired date, using task bars, and setting reminders.

                                                                                        Apart from its ordinary information storing function, this application can be a special cloud service, Jorte Cloud, allowing you to synchronize calendars, schedules, and task lists on multiple devices. The application also supports data importing from Google Calendar.

                                                                                        For those paying attention to the program design, there is also Jorte Store, where you can buy styles and icons to personalize the calendar. This feature makes Jorte is one of the brightest calendar applications.

                                                                                        A basic version of the app is free of charge, so if you do not want to spend money on a calendar application, it is a good option.

                                                                                        Available for iOS and Android

                                                                                        4. Business Calendar

                                                                                          Business Calendar is geared towards people who use their calendar for work purposes and business task planning. It offers different modes with wide configuration capabilities.

                                                                                          The application gives a default view mode by months, and events can be marked in different colors. Display modes/ sorting can be adjusted to your needs (by month, day, year, or events).

                                                                                          You can also set a multi-day viewing mode to see how things look for the next few days. Scrolling up and down moves you by month, and if you check a few days, they will be shown in a more detailed form.

                                                                                          The day display mode offers hourly scheduling, and the schedule mode provides a detailed schedule for a single event.

                                                                                          Business Calendar is a great tool for planning/ scheduling cases, tasks, and events. There is a support for recurring events, which can be set up in just a few clicks.

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                                                                                          Having purchased software, you can use it to import and export other calendars, delete, copy, or move several events at the same time.

                                                                                          Android Business Calendar application may seem somewhat chaotic, but it works fine and is easy to work with if you play with it for a while.

                                                                                          A full version of the application is available for $4.99, but you can also find a free version for the app test drive.

                                                                                          Available for Android

                                                                                          5. Calendar

                                                                                            Calendar is a relatively new app. It works as a web app and for both iOS and Android devices. It is an intelligent app that learns your contacts, schedule and tasks. It also helps you schedule and arrange meetings according to your available time slots.

                                                                                            A good thing about Calendar is that it allows you to sync up with other calendars you use such as Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. And so you can manage all the calendars you have in one place.

                                                                                            Calendar also gives you analytics of your meetings, giving you a clear picture on how you can improve your time management.

                                                                                            Available for Desktop, and iOS

                                                                                            6. aCalendar

                                                                                              aCalendar opens our collection of top 10 calendar applications available on the market today. With its appealing design, easy navigation, and great functionality, it is one of the most popular calendar apps in our list.

                                                                                              Some of extra functions include color schemes for each case type (48 colors to choose from), different types of demonstrations, different widgets, moon phases, and much more.

                                                                                              Taking into account it functionality, aCalendar is a reliable calendar application that has an easy-to-navigate interface with three display options. Scrolling from side to side allows you to switch between the display modes of the month, week and day.

                                                                                              When scrolling down and up, you are moving through the calendar at intervals in accordance with the selected display mode.

                                                                                              Apart from its time planning feature, aCalendar synchronizes photos from contact lists or social networks to remind you about birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special dates.

                                                                                              The program also supports data transfer through NFC and full-screen widgets, which eases your work with any data.

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                                                                                              The program is available for free, but you can also get even more features if you buy the extended version of software for $4.99.

                                                                                              Available for Android

                                                                                              7. DigiCal Calendar

                                                                                                DigiCal Calendar is very similar to Cal Calendar in the fact that the application focuses on design more than on its functionality. However, this doesn’t mean that the application doesn’t serve the purpose.

                                                                                                With this calendar application, you can synchronize all your calendars and view them in different ways.

                                                                                                Along with the basic functions, this program comes with support for Google Calendar, Outlook, and includes some unique and interesting features. You can match keywords to the image or set up a dark theme.

                                                                                                The app can even show you the weather forecast for three days. There are many other features that deserve the attention of people who really like to use calendar applications.

                                                                                                Available for Android

                                                                                                8. SolCalendar

                                                                                                  SolCalendar can be called a universal application. It claims to be an all-in-one digital solution having a basic calendar functionality combined with some other advanced features, such as weather forecast for a specific day.

                                                                                                  The application supports Google Calendar, as well as tasks, widgets, lunar calendar and even Foursquare.

                                                                                                  Those searching for a calendar application to cover just everything in its functionality, SolCalendar is a program to consider. There are a lot of interesting things in this application; the program does an excellent job working in “all-in-one” mode.

                                                                                                  Test SolCalendar – the application is available for free. You can test it out without purchasing the service.

                                                                                                  Available for Android

                                                                                                  9. Today Calendar

                                                                                                    Today Calendar is one of the most hip and edgy calendars in our list. The solution was one of the first ones that really embraced Material Design and remains one of the few that adhere to the neat style.

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                                                                                                    The calendar application offers bold colors, simple controls, and great functionality. This is not as heavy an application as many others; it will not eat all the memory of your device.

                                                                                                    If you are not searching for something complicated and over-functional, Today Calendar is what you need. You can always test the application before paying for it – the program is available for free.

                                                                                                    Available for Android

                                                                                                    10. Calendar Widget: Month

                                                                                                      Sometimes people do not need a heap of calendar applications. They would prefer to have one efficient calendar widget.

                                                                                                      Calendar Widget: Month perfectly fills this niche and meets all the needs of a modern user. It has some features of an ordinary calendar, but the real great thing about this software is that it has 80 or more themes in its library.

                                                                                                      The design of the application is great; the themes are perfectly tuned. There are options for almost any theme of your smartphone. The only drawback is the fact that the widget memory is not too large, and you should be ready for it.

                                                                                                      This simple calendar widget was created in the image and semblance of widgets from Yahoo. The widget window displays one calendar month with the ability to go to the previous and move to the next one.

                                                                                                      If you need a simple and affordable calendar to plan your tasks and affairs for one month, this widget is ideal for you. Calendar Widget: Month is so simple that it does not even have Google Calendar support.

                                                                                                      At the moment, it does not have the function of connecting any third-party calendars and services. Developers allow the possibility of introducing support for Google service as an addition to the widget, if users request to have this opportunity.

                                                                                                      Available for Android

                                                                                                      Our Verdict

                                                                                                      Searching for the right application to manage your various calendars and plan your busy day can sometimes turn into a streak of obstacles.

                                                                                                      Most of us need flexible applications that can be easily used to manage our tough schedule. The application should have all necessary time planning functions and be intuitive.

                                                                                                      Stylish design and limitless compatibility also matter. It is not always easy to find such a program.

                                                                                                      The above digital calendar solutions fall under the category “worth” of being used. They are modern, multifunctional, easy, and easy. Pick the one you like!

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