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5 Summer Apps That You Need To Download on Your Smartphone Before the Heat Spell Hits

5 Summer Apps That You Need To Download on Your Smartphone Before the Heat Spell Hits

Imagine you’re on a beach enjoying a lovely afternoon with your family, playing beach soccer, skinny dipping in your knickers, and having the time of your life. Now, let’s have a reality check. You are stuck in office during lunch, since it is too hot to go outside and you are afraid that the burning sun would suck the remaining juice that is left in your mortal frame.

So wouldn’t you like something that could help in putting your mind at ease with things that could take you in a small imaginative sojourn down the beach once again? Well, even if that seems like a kid’s fantasy, some smartphones applications are available that would be perfect for this year’s summer. Let’s cover the best smartphone summer apps that you need to download before the sun begins its angry spell.

1. 8tracks

Music buffs love 8tracks—period. The developers call it an “Internet radio created by people, not algorithms,” which is why this amazing app, which has the best cross-platform compatibility available on the market, comes on top of my list. 8tracks lets you choose a theme or genre for discovering new music, artists or bands. Furthermore, this summer app creates a special mix depending upon your music taste every day along with new features and updates. Summers are great for light music. Don’t you think?

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Best Summer apps this season - LIfe Hack

    Best Summer apps this season - LIfe Hack

      Download it for Android, iPhone and Windows phones.

      2. Mixologist Drink & Cocktail Recipes

      What do we do if we have to beat the heat? Doctors usually advise staying hydrated by drinking lots of liquids. Well, I’m no doctor but still have a better and more fun way of dealing with the summer heat: cocktails baby! The Mixologist Drink and Cocktail Recipes app is here, and it lets you create awesome cocktails that could make your summer party a smashing hit among your peers and friends. Go crazy with your own custom cocktails and search for the best drinks of the season, popular bars and other happening places with this summer app.

       

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      Best summer apps this season - Life Hack

        Best summer apps this season - Life Hack

          Download it for Android and iPhone. Windows phone users will soon get this application.

          3. Bingo Summer Splash

          Everybody likes Bingo, and if you can play that in your free summer time, then what can beat that. The Bingo Summer Splash is arguably the coolest casino game on Android that lets you play free slot machine games in addition to the great old-school bingo. In the words of this app’s developers, “Bingo Summer provides the most fun and social game experience like you will experience in heaven!” I personally like the brilliant use of vibrant graphics, pseudo casino-like user experience and easy playtime. This is one of the most highly regarded summer apps in my opinion.

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          Best summer apps this season - Life Hack

            Get it on your Droid from the Google Play Store here.

            4. Ultraviolet UV Index

            The Ultraviolet UV Index could become a real blessing, especially for those who need to labor out in the sun because of work or something else. This exquisitely designed UV index app gives a real-time account of the UV situation outside, and that too for any location across the globe. Quite handy, isn’t it? Therefore, it is best to take a quick glance at the external heat before going out during the scorching hot day sun. Summer apps like Ultraviolet have their perks—they can help you avoid sunburns, damage to the eyes, wrinkles, skin cancer and other health hazards. Prevention is always better than cure!

            Best summer apps this season - Life Hack

              Download it for iPhone here. Android users can check out this alternative app.

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              5. Waze

              Imagine being equipped with something that can outsmart the routine office hour traffic during summer. Can’t imagine? Well, not an issue. With this freak of an app called Waze, you can do just that! It is the world’s largest community-based traffic reporting and navigation application, aimed at saving your precious time, energy and fuel spending by helping you avoid traffic jams. The idea is simple: to actively contribute real-time traffic situations and road information to your local driving peers by simply driving around with the app open. Don’t just avoid traffic jams and save money on fuel, but also find the cheapest fuel stations and find friends going on a route similar to yours. Waze leaves behind other summer apps by a great margin.

              Best summer apps this season - Life Hack

                Download it for Android, iPhone and Windows phones.

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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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