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

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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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                How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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                How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

                There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

                Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

                  What Does Private Browsing Do?

                  When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

                  For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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                  The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

                  The Terminal Archive

                  While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

                  Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

                  dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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                  Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

                  Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

                  However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

                  Clearing Your Tracks

                  Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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                  dscacheutil -flushcache

                  As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

                  Other Browsers and Private Browsing

                  Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

                  If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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