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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.

                                                                                                      Featured photo credit: albyantoniazzi via flickr.com

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                                                                                                      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                                                                                                      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

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                                                                                                          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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