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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

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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

              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

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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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                                                                                  11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                                                                  11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                                                                  In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                                                                                  Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                                                                                  In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                                                                                  Minimizing Tabs

                                                                                  Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                                                                                  Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                                                                                  Incognito Mode

                                                                                  Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                                                                                  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                                                                                  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                                                                                  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                                                                                  This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                                                                                  Save Webpages as PDF Files

                                                                                  Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                                                                                  Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                                                                                  Open Recently-closed Tabs

                                                                                  Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                                                                                  One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                                                                                  The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                                                                                  Solve Mathematical Problems

                                                                                  Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                                                                                  For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                                                                                  Play Media Files

                                                                                  Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                                                                                  In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                                                                                  Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                                                                                  With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                                                                                  Stay Focus(e)d

                                                                                  Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                                                                                  Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                                                                                  With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                                                                                  This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                                                                                  Grammarly for Editing

                                                                                  Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                                                                                  You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                                                                                  Loom

                                                                                  There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                                                                                  There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                                                                                  With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                                                                                  Chrome Calendar Extension

                                                                                  No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                                                                                  Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                                                                                  Final Thoughts

                                                                                  Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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