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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

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        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

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              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

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                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

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                              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

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                                      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).

                                                                                  Featured photo credit: Sean MacEntee via flickr.com

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                                                                                  15 Great Macbook Accessories To Improve Productivity

                                                                                  15 Great Macbook Accessories To Improve Productivity

                                                                                  When looking to improve your workflow, you need to have a proper computer. And one of the most appealing computers out there is macbooks. These sleek transportable computers allow you to work anywhere at any time and provide a lot of functionality to their users.

                                                                                  But sometimes, that’s not enough. In so many cases, you’re looking for more.

                                                                                  While you could go for some productivity apps, there are actually a lot of macbook accessories available that will make your life easier in many ways. These extra accessories will allow your macbook to charge faster, hold more data, or keep it safe and protected while you travel around.

                                                                                  Beyond that, there is a wide variety of accessories to pick from as many companies have jumped onto the bandwagon of supply to macbook users. Below we’ve listed off some of the greatest macbook accessories that’ll benefit your computer.

                                                                                  What Makes For Great Macbook Accessories?

                                                                                  Before getting into the list, we wanted to go over the criteria for what makes for great macbook accessories. The items that we’ve picked from this list will have the following criteria:

                                                                                  • Reasonably priced – Accessories themselves shouldn’t break the bank compared to the large initial investment of a macbook.
                                                                                  • Usability – All these accessories are practical in various situations, however, they also have extra features that make them useful in a few situations beyond their obvious functions.
                                                                                  • Compact – Workflow is also about space in most circumstances. As such, anything that’s too bulky doesn’t help much. These accessories are either large on purpose – for storage of other items – or are nice and compact so they won’t get in the way.

                                                                                  A USB Drive To Store Files Quickly Without Accessing The Cloud

                                                                                    While you can always access the Cloud at any time, sometimes accessibility can be cumbersome or it takes time. Instead of trying to access files that way, getting a USB flash drive can save you plenty of time. Especially if your work entails providing presentations.

                                                                                    The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive is great as it offers USB-C and USB-A connectors allowing you to plug into virtually any device and transfer files and more between computers. Also, USB drives boast several hundred gigabytes these days making them solid storage devices.

                                                                                    Buy SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive here.

                                                                                    Compact Charger That Does More Than Charge

                                                                                      Your default charger that comes with your MacBook is a good option for a charger, but these days chargers can offer so much more. This can help you speed up your workflow as you can be charging other devices or using the charger for other uses beyond charging.

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                                                                                      In the case of the Anker PowerPort charger, it is more compact than the default charger. It also offers another USB-C connector allowing you to rapidly charge another gadget with it.

                                                                                      Buy Anker PowerPort charger here.

                                                                                      Port Adapter For Those With Multiple Devices

                                                                                        One of the hard restrictions with a macbook is that it only has two USB-C ports. This is manageable for people with fewer gadgets but if you’re the kind who has several, it can interrupt your workflow if you need a particular device and you can’t charge it or access it.

                                                                                        In this situation, a port adapter from Satechi can help. It offers multiple USB-C ports allowing you to use multiple devices. This can also help in organizing cords which we know can disrupt work. If the USB-C ports aren’t enough, it also comes with an SD card reader and ethernet cable port too.

                                                                                        Buy Satechi Multi-Port Adapter here.

                                                                                        A USB Cable That Isn’t As Intrusive Or Cumbersome To Use

                                                                                        The USB-C cable that comes with Macbooks is small and is used to hook to an external monitor. By adding more length to them, you can have better cable management. One option that we found to be ideal was the Nomad Kevlar cable which offers enough length to do what you want while giving you more space to work with.

                                                                                        Buy Nomad Kevlar USB-C Cable here.

                                                                                        Screen Cleaning Your Laptop To See What You’re Doing

                                                                                        Dust, particles and splotches are to be expected on laptop screens after a while. While you can work around these, sometimes they can obscure your vision at times. The same can apply to all devices these days.

                                                                                        The only problem with many solutions on the market is that they can damage screens. Fortunately, we found a screen cleaning solution that doesn’t harm screens. ScreenDr Professional screen cleaning kit comes with a spray that’s safe for screens and an antimicrobial microfiber cloth to ensure you make the most of the spray.

                                                                                        Buy ScreenDr Professional Screen Cleaning Kit here.

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                                                                                        Card Reader That Speeds Up Photo Transfer Time

                                                                                          If you’re looking for a standalone card reader for your work, getting a device designed for photo transferring and reading is essential. One of the best macbook accessories in this category we found was the Vanja card reader.

                                                                                          This one is able to read SD and MicroSD cards while also transferring the pictures to a computer with ease thanks to its USB-C and USB 2.0 port options. It’s also small making it easy to carry around and is cheap to buy making it a great choice to pick up if you deal with plenty of pictures.

                                                                                          Buy Vanja Card Reader here.

                                                                                          Protective Sleeves To Protect Your Laptop From Harm

                                                                                          For those who are travelling the last thing that you want is your laptop to get damaged for whatever reason. Even though you’re not likely to drop it as frequently as your phone, having a sleeve for a laptop to be in can save you time.

                                                                                          One sleeve that we found interesting was the Native Union sleeves. They are made of tear-resistant material with genuine leather accents. Its interior is soft as well preventing scratches from your laptop. It also offers a pocket area where you can store cables and other macbook accessories easily.

                                                                                          Buy Native Union’s laptop sleeve here.

                                                                                          Car Charger For Charging On The Go

                                                                                            For the person always driving around, a car charger is always a helpful tool to have when you’re on the go. The one from Anker is particularly helpful in a number of ways. Not only can this charge your macbook, but it also has an additional port for you to charge your phone if needed.

                                                                                            It’s not the fastest charger out there when compared to the Macbook Pro adapter but it’s the highest in the market with an output power of 30 watts. For comparison, the second-fastest charging connector offers an output of 18 watts. Aside from that the charger has an illuminated LED ring for you to see it and the connectors late at night. It also has a function that ensures devices don’t experience surges or overheating from the charger itself.

                                                                                            Buy Anker PowerDrive car charger here.

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                                                                                            USB-C to USB-A Adapter Grants Access To Older Models

                                                                                            If your older macbook still works but has files you want that you didn’t back up that you want this makes it easier to access them. It also allows you to access devices that have USB-A slots only. This can save you a lot of time if you are moving between older and newer devices.

                                                                                            Buy Thunderbolt Adapter here.

                                                                                            A Hardshell Case For Added Protection

                                                                                            A sleeve is good for travel, but when you’re using it, having an extra layer of protection can be nice. Beyond that this hardshell case can also serve as additional protection from scratches and bumps too.

                                                                                            Buy Incase Textured Hardshell case here.

                                                                                            Alternative Sleeve For Those With Tighter Budgets But Want Protection

                                                                                              If you are looking for an appropriate laptop sleeve but aren’t looking to spend too much, AmazonBasics brands are a good alternative. Their sleeves are elegant and still offer good protection from scratches as well. It also has a few pockets for small essentials too.

                                                                                              Buy AmazonBasics laptop sleeve here.

                                                                                              A Hub That Accommodates Several Ports At Once

                                                                                              We’ve already mentioned a port before being a huge time saver thanks to it having various ports for different devices. This one is a great alternative as while it doesn’t offer as many USB-C ports, it offers more variety. Paired up with the design being the same color as the MacBook Air, it offers two USB-C connectors, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and SD and microSD card readers.

                                                                                              Buy Satechi Type C Pro Hub here.

                                                                                              Earbuds To Deal With Fewer Headphone Cords

                                                                                                Cords are a common problem when boosting productivity at the desk and one way to mitigate them is to go wireless. If you are thinking about that, one option to consider is the Soundcore earbuds. These are cheaper than the traditional AirPods from Apple which can save you money.

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                                                                                                Furthermore, they deliver great sound and are connected via Bluetooth. The beauty of these earbuds is they can also cancel sound despite them being so compact. They also offer touch control allowing you to pause, play, skip music and answer calls.

                                                                                                Buy Soundcore Wireless Earphones here.

                                                                                                Desktop Stand To Save Desk Space

                                                                                                  Desk space is another crucial part of productivity as things can get in the way and obstruct your work. In cases where you don’t need your laptop at the moment, having a stand where you can set it aside can be helpful.

                                                                                                  In those situations, we recommend the Twelve South Book Arc. This neat Macbook accessor can save a tonne of space since it requires you to close your laptop in order to insert it into the stand. It also keeps it elevated from the surface which can protect it from spills

                                                                                                  Buy Twelve South BookArc desktop stand here.

                                                                                                  A Comfortable And Easy To Use Mouse For Faster Working Speed

                                                                                                  The last of the macbook accessories we’ll talk about is a proper mouse. Logitech offers fantastic mouses and their Logitech MX Master 3 is one of the greatest wireless mouses out there. It’s ergonomic design, customizable buttons and insanely precise movement is fantastic. It also comes with a scrolling wheel for precise scrolling.

                                                                                                  The battery power can last for months between charges and like all Logitech devices, it comes with a USB-C connector for charging.

                                                                                                  Buy Logitech MX Master 3 Wireless Mouse here.

                                                                                                  Bottom Line

                                                                                                  There are many macbook accessories out there to improve your workflow. Taking the time to do research and invest in some of the best ones though will save you plenty of time, money and energy in the long term. At the same time, all of these accessories can help you with specific needs for whatever you are doing.

                                                                                                  Featured photo credit: Viktor Ritsvall via unsplash.com

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