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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

            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

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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).

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                                                                                  10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

                                                                                  10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

                                                                                  Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.

                                                                                  Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.

                                                                                  As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.

                                                                                  In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.

                                                                                  Projects and Tasks Management

                                                                                  1. Monday dot com

                                                                                    Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.

                                                                                    The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.

                                                                                    The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.

                                                                                    The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.

                                                                                    Check out the software here!

                                                                                    2. Asana

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                                                                                      The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.

                                                                                      The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.

                                                                                      Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.

                                                                                      Check out the software here!

                                                                                      3. Trello

                                                                                        Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.

                                                                                        Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.

                                                                                        Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.

                                                                                        Check out the software here!

                                                                                        4. Jira

                                                                                          The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.

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                                                                                          The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.

                                                                                          The Atlassian Cloud does not support multiple separate domains, subdomains or domain aliases in Google Apps.

                                                                                          Check out the software here!

                                                                                          5. Evernote Business

                                                                                            Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.

                                                                                            The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.

                                                                                            Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.

                                                                                            Check out the software here!

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                                                                                            6. Slack

                                                                                              Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.

                                                                                              Check out the software here!

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                                                                                              7. Spike

                                                                                                Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.

                                                                                                Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.

                                                                                                Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.

                                                                                                Check out the software here!

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                                                                                                8. Office 365

                                                                                                  Microsoft’s Office 365 could not be excluded from the conversation and especially as it pertains to productivity software.

                                                                                                  Of course we are all familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. But there is more capabilities that come with it.

                                                                                                  You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.

                                                                                                  Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.

                                                                                                  Check out the software here!

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                                                                                                  9. Grammarly

                                                                                                    Grammarly helps to cut down time on editing. Professionals in several industries like law, healthcare, academia, marketing, engineering and journalism use it to provide instant feedback on the accuracy of writing in English.

                                                                                                    Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.

                                                                                                    Grammarly is AI powered and it’s a wonderful tool to have to check spelling and grammar before a presentation.

                                                                                                    Check out the software here!

                                                                                                    Team Analytics

                                                                                                    10. ActivTrak

                                                                                                      ActivTrak is a business intelligence tool that allows you to access team behavior analytics. In other words, it is data-driven.

                                                                                                      The pros include two-factor authentication with active directory integration. You can also automate your alerts and it has an intuitive interface with easy-to-use admin controls.

                                                                                                      Furthermore, it comes with Google sign-in, iOS app, productivity track, and more. The bottomline is the product offers employee productivity metrics along with team behavior analytics.

                                                                                                      Check out the software here!

                                                                                                      The Bottom Line

                                                                                                      Depending on the size, budget, resources, and immediate needs of your company, not all productivity software will exactly solve your problem. You will have to contact any of the providers above and probe extensively to find the right product that is made for your business.

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