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50 Killer Apps That Greatly Boost Your Quality Of Life

50 Killer Apps That Greatly Boost Your Quality Of Life

Here are 50 great phone apps for all your entertainment, music, news, and lifestyle needs.

News/Finance

1. Flipboard

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    Create your own personalized news source with this app. You can create content and even produce magazines to share with others.

    2. Sky News for iPad

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      See the news as it unfolds. Get links to the latest stories, watch live streams, and more.

      3. BBC News

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        Find out what the latest news with this app. It even supports video content on iPads and iPhones.

        4. The Guardian Eyewitness

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          Check out some of the most amazing images from around the world. Images are updated regularly, and there are always at least 100 images to look at.

          5. QuantShare Trading Software

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            This is the most advanced trading solution, and the most complete. If you want to stay on top of the stock market, you need this app, which includes charting, backtesting, and a whole lot more.

            Cooking/Shopping

            6. Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List

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              Find a huge selection of recipes, shopping lists, and use customized searches. This is a great app for master and amateur chefs, and everyone in between.

              7. Great British Chefs: Recipes HD

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                Learn how to cook like a Michelin Star chef with this app. You can even book tables at their restaurants.

                8. Google Shopper

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                  This awesome shopping app lets you browse, search barcodes, and more. Find everything you need with this app.

                  9. Snapguide

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                    Find guides on cooking, DIY, and a whole lot more. You can even create your own guides.

                    Entertainment

                    10. Star Walk

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                      Check out the constellations, planets, and stars in real time. Track their movements, alignments, and more.

                      11. Disney Animated

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                        Learn how Disney animation comes to life. Find all kinds of great features, including music and every Disney animated film.

                        12. iPoe 2

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                          Find all of the tales from Edgar Allan Poe in one interactive collection. Tales are also illustrated.

                          13. Netflix

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                            Watch all your favorite TV shows and movies, for $7.99 per month. New titles are added regularly.

                            14. Sky Go

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                              Watch live sports, as well as movies, any place, and at any time. Never miss a game or one of your favorite programs again.

                              Photo/Video

                              15. Action Movie FX

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                                Use special effects to make your videos amazing. You can use sea monsters, tornadoes, air strikes, and all kinds of other effects.

                                16. Mextures

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                                  This is an advanced photo editing app with more than 80 textures. You can use blend modes, and create some really cool effects.

                                  17. iMovie

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                                    Make your own movies on your iPhone and iPad. This app lets you capture footage, as well as edit and share.

                                    18. Seene

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                                      Create awesome 3D images by panning your smartphone camera in any direction. Share your images with everyone.

                                      Games

                                      19. Year Walk

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                                        Check out the best Swedish myths and mysteries. There is plenty here to keep you interested, and a few scary facts as well.

                                        20. Cut the Rope 2

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                                          This is the sequel to the original game. Meet new characters, visit new locations, and more.

                                          21. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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                                            Get over 70 hours of gameplay in this fast and fun game. New to the game are HD graphics designed for mobile users.

                                            22. Boson X

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                                              This game combines Temple Run and the Large Hadron Collider. You need to think fast to beat this one.

                                              23. Infinity Blade III

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                                                The graphics even look good on the iPad. There are two playable characters, responsive touch controls, and three new playing modes.

                                                Social Media

                                                24. Instagram

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                                                  Share smart photos to followers or to specific users. Use fun effects and frames to make your photos really stand out.

                                                  25. LinkedIn Pulse

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                                                    You can use this app to customize your feeds based on what you like. Sync with your LinkedIn account to get updates from your network.

                                                    26. Snapchat

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                                                      Send photos to friends quickly and easily with this app. Caption images, put in doodles, and more to personalize all of your photos.

                                                      27. Pinterest

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                                                        Collate content, find new interests, and more with Pinterest. You can find just about anything you are interested in, and then some.

                                                        28. WhatsApp Messenger 

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                                                          Send messages, photos, videos, and more to all of your contacts. This app is free for the first year, and only $0.99 per year after that.

                                                          29. Twitter

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                                                            Share your thoughts, images, and videos, follow hashtags, and more. Get push notifications when your Favorites tweet.

                                                            30. Facebook

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                                                              Update your status, share photos, chat with friends, play games, and so much more with Facebook. This is the most popular social media app by far.

                                                              Music/Podcast

                                                              31. Castro: High Fidelity Podcasts

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                                                                Watch podcasts that actually look and sound good with this app. You can play podcasts without having to subscribe right away, and enjoy offline playback.

                                                                32. djay 2

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                                                                  This is an app that is popular with beginner and expert deejays. There are HD waveforms, and advanced tools to help you find your groove.

                                                                  33. Soundwave Music Discovery

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                                                                    This app tracks what you listen to, so you receive only the music you like. You can also follow friends and celebrities, and see who is listening to what.

                                                                    34. Spotify

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                                                                      Create playlists, or use playlists that are already there for you. Find out what is popular now, and download tunes so you can hear them when you are offline.

                                                                      35. Shazam

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                                                                        This app can identify songs after playing for just one second. All you have to do is hold your iPhone up to the music, and the app will search the database.

                                                                        Travel

                                                                        36. GuidePal City Guides

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                                                                          Find maps for 50 major cities all over the world. Find the best restaurants, clubs, shopping, sights to see, and a whole lot more.

                                                                          37. Google Translate

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                                                                            Get translations for 80 languages, both spoken and written. Now you can order food in any language.

                                                                            38. Airbnb

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                                                                              Find just about type of accommodations in more than 34,000 cities, from rooms to rent to sublets and more. You can also list your own place as somewhere for vacationers to stay.

                                                                              39. Google Earth

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                                                                                See anything you want in the world, from tropical islands to your own home. You will find maps that show hiking trails, and there is even a tour guide feature that allows you to take virtual tours.

                                                                                40. TripAdvisor Hotels Flights Restaurants

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                                                                                  Search for hotels, flights, restaurants, and attractions. This is a travel companion you should never travel without.

                                                                                  41. AroundMe

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                                                                                    Find any local amenities you need with this app. Whether you need to find a banking machine, or a place to eat, this app will help you find it.

                                                                                    Weather

                                                                                    42. The Weather Channel

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                                                                                      Find detailed maps, video feeds, and much more. The Travel Watch feature lets you see what the weather will be like along your route, so you can plan for alternate routes if necessary.

                                                                                      43. BBC Weather

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                                                                                        This is a great weather app that gives you hourly updates on current weather conditions. You will also find pollen and pollution counts for the UK.

                                                                                        44. Yahoo Weather

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                                                                                          This app uses beautiful images from Flickr to show you what the current weather conditions are in your area. Find weather conditions for any location in seconds.

                                                                                          45. WeatherMob

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                                                                                            You can add your own text, photos, and location to contribute to this app. You can even make your own weather channels so you will only receive the updates you want.

                                                                                            46. Weatherwise

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                                                                                              This app uses fun animations and reactive backgrounds to deliver weather updates throughout the day. Find details about precipitation, humidity, and more.

                                                                                              Education

                                                                                              47. The Elements in Action

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                                                                                                This educational app brings the periodic tables to life with 79 video experiments. This app makes learning fun.

                                                                                                48. Duolingo

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                                                                                                  This is a great app to help students learn different languages. The games make it fun to use, and you can compare scores with friends.

                                                                                                  49. TED

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                                                                                                    Technology, entertainment, science and design. Get free lectures and watch talk-based shows.

                                                                                                    50. DK the Human Body

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                                                                                                      Learn how the body works, with drawings of all of the inner workings. Video content is also available.

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                                                                                                      Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                                                                                                      11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                                                                                                      11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                                                                                                      Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                                                                                                      Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                                                                                                      Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                                                                                                      In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                                                                                                      1. ScheduleOnce

                                                                                                        ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                                                                                                        ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                                                                                                        ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                                                                                                        Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                                                                                                        Available on Web

                                                                                                        2. Calendly

                                                                                                          Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                                                                                                          You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                                                                                                          3. Assistant.to

                                                                                                            For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                                                                                                            From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                                                                                                            While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                                                                                                            Available on Web

                                                                                                            4. Acuityscheduling

                                                                                                              Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                                                                                                              It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                                                                                                              Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                                                                                              5. Pick

                                                                                                                Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                                                                                                                At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                                                                                                                6. X.ai

                                                                                                                  For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                                                                                                  This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                                                                                                  Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                                                                                                  Available on Web

                                                                                                                  7. YouCanBook.me

                                                                                                                    is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                                                                                                    They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

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                                                                                                                    8. Doodle

                                                                                                                      Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                                                                                                      It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                                                                                                      You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                                                                                                      While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                                                                                                      Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                                                                                                      9. WhenAvailable

                                                                                                                        WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                                                                                                        Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

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                                                                                                                        10. Rally

                                                                                                                          Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                                                                                                          Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

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                                                                                                                          11. NeedtoMeet

                                                                                                                            Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                                                                                                            NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                                                                                                            While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

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                                                                                                                            Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                                                                                                            In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                                                                                                            To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                                                                                                            Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                                                                                                            A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                                                                                                            Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                                                                                                            If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                                                                                                            Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                                                                                                            With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                                                                                                            The Bottom Line

                                                                                                                            Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                                                                                                            Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                                                                                                            Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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