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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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            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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                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                Joe’s Goals

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                  Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                  Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                  Daytum

                    Daytum

                    is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                    Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                    Excel or Numbers

                      If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                      What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                      Evernote

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                        I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                        Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                        Access or Bento

                          If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                          Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                          You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                          Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                          All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                          Conclusion

                          I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                          What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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