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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

                                      find my phone

                                        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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                                                                                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                                                                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

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

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

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

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

                                                                                  Joe’s Goals

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

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

                                                                                    Daytum

                                                                                      Daytum

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

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

                                                                                      Excel or Numbers

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

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

                                                                                        Evernote

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

                                                                                          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                                                                          Access or Bento

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

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

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

                                                                                            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

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

                                                                                            Conclusion

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

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

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