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5 Awesome Features In OS X Yosemite That You Surely Can’t Miss

5 Awesome Features In OS X Yosemite That You Surely Can’t Miss

Apple’s latest new OS X release, OS X Yosemite, was released as a free upgrade on October 16, 2014. Since that release date, the adoption rate has been very, very impressive. Already, in just over a month, almost 20% of Mac users have taken advantage of the free upgrade, mostly upgrading from OS X Mavericks, the predecessor that was also a free OS upgrade, released in 2013.

If you are still on the fence about upgrading to OS X Yosemite, here is a roundup of the best features in Yosemite, a roundup that might just convince you enough to take the plunge and go all Yosemite!

1. Ready for Handoff?

Apple customers have always loved the fluidity of use across the Apple ecosystem, easily jumping from one Apple device to another. With the average Mac user having at least an iPhone and maybe even an iPad, it made great sense for apple to release a Mac OS that allowed Macs to seamlessly integrate with other Apple mobile devices.

The result is Handoff, the ability to start reading a web page on your Mac, say your MacBook, read some more on your iPhone and maybe finish it off on your iPad, always starting from exactly where you left off. That is the power of Handoff.

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Handoff also offers exciting functionality with Mail, Safari, calendar, contacts, numbers, pages, keynote as well as messages. Many third party applications are also now modifying their programs so you will be able to take advantage of Handoff in the future.All you will need to get Handoff to work is one iCloud account that you will use on all your Apple devices. That’s it!

Here’s a link to a very good article on how to use Handoff.

2. Your Mac goes Ring, Ring, Ring!

That’s right. You will now be able to make phone calls on your iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or any other Mac that can run on Yosemite.

If you wish, you can use Yosemite’s continuity feature to receive calls, make calls, read messages, reply to messages and pretty much use your Mac as a smartphone. Why, you might ask? Well, if you have buckled down in front of your Mac in serious work mode and want to stay focused without having to attend to your iPhone or iPad, continuity in Yosemite will allow you to do just that.

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3. Yosemite brings more privacy

Yosemite makes your browsing activities more private. Previously, if you went to clear your cache in Safari, all you saw was an option called “Clear Website History.” What about cookies, history and all that other stuff you might want to clear?

When you load up Safari in Yosemite, you will be given the option to clear up these components specifically. Thus, Yosemite gives you more control over your level of privacy protection.

Also, Yosemite has been modified in such a way that search queries typed into the address bar will now return results from DuckDuckGo, an oddly named but very impressive search engine that has become very popular, primarily because it doesn’t collect and store your search patterns, unlike Google.

4. Edit mail attachments while in mail itself

Almost everyone has been in the following situation; you have attached a file in your email and are ready to hit the send button. Then, you realize that you have to edit that attachment. Groan! Open the word document, edit, save and re-attach, right? Wrong, at least when you are using Yosemite!

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Yosemite mail will allow you to edit your attachment right when you are inside of mail, before you rocket off that email into cyberspace. You can add text and even add pictures or doodles to your email attachments if you want! Our guess is that this is a feature you will end up using even if you are the most meticulous person out there.

5. File transfer from iPhone to your Mac? No more cables!

Considering how technology has advanced, you would think that sending a file from your phone to your Mac would take just a push of a button, right? The answer, as you might know, was a big, frustrating No! You were required to connect your iPhone to your Mac with that little cable that is always just a little inconveniently short open up finder, find the file and drag drop it onto your Mac or vice-versa.

Yosemite changes that and makes file transfers with a push of a button possible, all wirelessly. The feature is called AirDrop. AirDrop actually isn’t new. It was available before but only worked between iPhones and iPads. Now, with Yosemite, AirDrop works all across the Apple hardware ecosystem, even on your Mac computers.

Of course, it is not just the above features that make Yosemite an attractive upgrade for your Mac. You also get a fantastically minimal, transparent and refreshed UI, a faster and more robust Safari browser, polished maps with 3D views, an exciting dark mode for distraction free work, a vibrant dashboard corner, advanced and more intuitive notifications and even cool things like the ability to add mail signatures with trackpad signatures.

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Considering that Yosemite is a free upgrade, it is definitely worth upgrading to right away. Despite the many goodies that Yosemite can bring to your Mac, you must also be aware that there is a small chance that Yosemite can also result in slowed performance on your Mac. However, thankfully, such problems are very fixable. Here’s a great resource on fixing Yosemite related performance issues that might come in handy if you do run into problems after the upgrade to Yosemite: Mac slow after Yosemite Update? Fix It.

Go on, go Yosemite and enjoy your Mac like you never did before! Here’s the official download link for OS X Yosemite at iTunes.

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40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone (all categorized based on their functions) to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

For Getting Things Done

1. OmniFocus

This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

Download it here.

    2. Forest

    Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

    Download it here.

      3. Things

      Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

      Download it here.

        4. 30/30

        Recently covered here at Lifehack

        , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

        Download it here.

          5. Any.Do

          A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

          Download it here.

            6. PocketLife Calendar

            This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

            Download it here.

              7. Asana

              We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

              , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

              Download it here.

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                8. ToDoist

                This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                Download it here.

                  9. FlowTasks

                  From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                  Download it here.

                    10. Calendars 5

                    This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                    Download it here.

                      11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                      A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                      Download it here.

                        12. Due

                        A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                        Download it here.

                          13. Checkmark 2

                          I use this app

                          for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                          Download it here.

                            14. TeuxDeux

                            Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                            Download it here.

                              15. Wunderlist 

                              Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                              Download it here.

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                                16. Nirvana

                                For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                Download it here.

                                  17. Priorities

                                  An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                  Download it here.

                                    For Building Habits

                                    18. Productive

                                    With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                    Download it here.

                                      19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                      You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                      Download it here.

                                        20. Streaks

                                        This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                        Download it here.

                                          21. Remember The Milk

                                          Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                          Download it here.

                                            22. Day One Journal

                                            When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                            Download it here.

                                              For Files Organization

                                              23. Evernote

                                              Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                              Download it here.

                                                24. Pocket

                                                You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                Download it here.

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                                                  25. Sync.Me

                                                  This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    26. Droplr

                                                    One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      27. Dropbox

                                                      Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        28. iDolly 

                                                        In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                        Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          29. Soulver

                                                          It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            For Working Smarter

                                                            30. Captio

                                                            A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              31. Drafts

                                                              A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                  33. Doodle

                                                                  This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                    I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                      A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        36. GoodReader

                                                                        This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          37. LogMeIn

                                                                          Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            For Improving Security

                                                                            38. 1Password

                                                                            There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                              You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                              All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                40. Truecallers

                                                                                Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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