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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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                                                                                                      10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                                                                                      10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                                                                                      The success of our day is largely dependent on the quality of our planning. Not to miss out anything in their to-dos, some people prefer to make a list of upcoming tasks in a notebook, while others have long started using digital technology solutions.

                                                                                                      Calendar applications are some of the main tools that are worth using to organize our life and plan your time carefully.

                                                                                                      Many people have switched to specific tools; however, there are still some who do not use calendars on a daily basis. They may find some applications uncomfortable to use, non-functional, or expensive.

                                                                                                      In this article, we are going to check out the best calendars apps to help you stay organized.

                                                                                                      1. Cal Calendar

                                                                                                        Cal Calendar has recently appeared on the market of mobile applications (Android, iOS). It is the brainchild of the development team of Any.do that features impressive functionality and well-thought-out design.

                                                                                                        The application comes with many great features, including support for Exchange and Google Calendar, widgets, voice recording, and many more.

                                                                                                        Cal Calendar has direct integration with Any.Do To-Do List, which gives you a unique tandem of two applications.

                                                                                                        Apart from its extended functionality, Cal Calendar is easy to use. The creation of events is very simple and fast.

                                                                                                        What is more, depending on the name of the event, the application automatically adds contacts and geolocation data to the entry description. You can even import your lists and entries from Any.do.

                                                                                                        Cal Calendar is a great option for any type of user. It is very convenient and doesn’t overcomplicate the mode of display.

                                                                                                        Another good thing is that this tool is available for free, so you can use it without spending a dime for the software.

                                                                                                        Available for iOS and Android

                                                                                                        2. Google Calendar

                                                                                                          Google Calendar is the official calendar for Android devices that has been tested out by many users around the globe. If you are right now trying to get away from it, consider changing your mind.

                                                                                                          Since this application is installed on most Android devices by default, many users think that there is nothing special in this program. They are wrong.

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                                                                                                          Google has been updating its calendar for quite a few years, and now it comes in Material Design with advanced event features, direct integration into other Google services (for example, supports reminders and Google Now), and comes with Exchange support.

                                                                                                          The program is super easy and will not cost a dime for you. It is a good thing, right?

                                                                                                          Available for iOS and Android

                                                                                                          3. Jorte Calendar

                                                                                                            Jorte Calendar is one of the most popular calendar applications in the Google Play store.

                                                                                                            The program features a wide range of configuration options, with many design alternatives. You can adjust display mode to your needs and view calendar entries sorted by month, week, or day (by hours). It is convenient for quickly picking the desired date, using task bars, and setting reminders.

                                                                                                            Apart from its ordinary information storing function, this application can be a special cloud service, Jorte Cloud, allowing you to synchronize calendars, schedules, and task lists on multiple devices. The application also supports data importing from Google Calendar.

                                                                                                            For those paying attention to the program design, there is also Jorte Store, where you can buy styles and icons to personalize the calendar. This feature makes Jorte is one of the brightest calendar applications.

                                                                                                            A basic version of the app is free of charge, so if you do not want to spend money on a calendar application, it is a good option.

                                                                                                            Available for iOS and Android

                                                                                                            4. Business Calendar

                                                                                                              Business Calendar is geared towards people who use their calendar for work purposes and business task planning. It offers different modes with wide configuration capabilities.

                                                                                                              The application gives a default view mode by months, and events can be marked in different colors. Display modes/ sorting can be adjusted to your needs (by month, day, year, or events).

                                                                                                              You can also set a multi-day viewing mode to see how things look for the next few days. Scrolling up and down moves you by month, and if you check a few days, they will be shown in a more detailed form.

                                                                                                              The day display mode offers hourly scheduling, and the schedule mode provides a detailed schedule for a single event.

                                                                                                              Business Calendar is a great tool for planning/ scheduling cases, tasks, and events. There is a support for recurring events, which can be set up in just a few clicks.

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                                                                                                              Having purchased software, you can use it to import and export other calendars, delete, copy, or move several events at the same time.

                                                                                                              Android Business Calendar application may seem somewhat chaotic, but it works fine and is easy to work with if you play with it for a while.

                                                                                                              A full version of the application is available for $4.99, but you can also find a free version for the app test drive.

                                                                                                              Available for Android

                                                                                                              5. Calendar

                                                                                                                Calendar is a relatively new app. It works as a web app and for both iOS and Android devices. It is an intelligent app that learns your contacts, schedule and tasks. It also helps you schedule and arrange meetings according to your available time slots.

                                                                                                                A good thing about Calendar is that it allows you to sync up with other calendars you use such as Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. And so you can manage all the calendars you have in one place.

                                                                                                                Calendar also gives you analytics of your meetings, giving you a clear picture on how you can improve your time management.

                                                                                                                Available for Desktop, and iOS

                                                                                                                6. aCalendar

                                                                                                                  aCalendar opens our collection of top 10 calendar applications available on the market today. With its appealing design, easy navigation, and great functionality, it is one of the most popular calendar apps in our list.

                                                                                                                  Some of extra functions include color schemes for each case type (48 colors to choose from), different types of demonstrations, different widgets, moon phases, and much more.

                                                                                                                  Taking into account it functionality, aCalendar is a reliable calendar application that has an easy-to-navigate interface with three display options. Scrolling from side to side allows you to switch between the display modes of the month, week and day.

                                                                                                                  When scrolling down and up, you are moving through the calendar at intervals in accordance with the selected display mode.

                                                                                                                  Apart from its time planning feature, aCalendar synchronizes photos from contact lists or social networks to remind you about birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special dates.

                                                                                                                  The program also supports data transfer through NFC and full-screen widgets, which eases your work with any data.

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                                                                                                                  The program is available for free, but you can also get even more features if you buy the extended version of software for $4.99.

                                                                                                                  Available for Android

                                                                                                                  7. DigiCal Calendar

                                                                                                                    DigiCal Calendar is very similar to Cal Calendar in the fact that the application focuses on design more than on its functionality. However, this doesn’t mean that the application doesn’t serve the purpose.

                                                                                                                    With this calendar application, you can synchronize all your calendars and view them in different ways.

                                                                                                                    Along with the basic functions, this program comes with support for Google Calendar, Outlook, and includes some unique and interesting features. You can match keywords to the image or set up a dark theme.

                                                                                                                    The app can even show you the weather forecast for three days. There are many other features that deserve the attention of people who really like to use calendar applications.

                                                                                                                    Available for Android

                                                                                                                    8. SolCalendar

                                                                                                                      SolCalendar can be called a universal application. It claims to be an all-in-one digital solution having a basic calendar functionality combined with some other advanced features, such as weather forecast for a specific day.

                                                                                                                      The application supports Google Calendar, as well as tasks, widgets, lunar calendar and even Foursquare.

                                                                                                                      Those searching for a calendar application to cover just everything in its functionality, SolCalendar is a program to consider. There are a lot of interesting things in this application; the program does an excellent job working in “all-in-one” mode.

                                                                                                                      Test SolCalendar – the application is available for free. You can test it out without purchasing the service.

                                                                                                                      Available for Android

                                                                                                                      9. Today Calendar

                                                                                                                        Today Calendar is one of the most hip and edgy calendars in our list. The solution was one of the first ones that really embraced Material Design and remains one of the few that adhere to the neat style.

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                                                                                                                        The calendar application offers bold colors, simple controls, and great functionality. This is not as heavy an application as many others; it will not eat all the memory of your device.

                                                                                                                        If you are not searching for something complicated and over-functional, Today Calendar is what you need. You can always test the application before paying for it – the program is available for free.

                                                                                                                        Available for Android

                                                                                                                        10. Calendar Widget: Month

                                                                                                                          Sometimes people do not need a heap of calendar applications. They would prefer to have one efficient calendar widget.

                                                                                                                          Calendar Widget: Month perfectly fills this niche and meets all the needs of a modern user. It has some features of an ordinary calendar, but the real great thing about this software is that it has 80 or more themes in its library.

                                                                                                                          The design of the application is great; the themes are perfectly tuned. There are options for almost any theme of your smartphone. The only drawback is the fact that the widget memory is not too large, and you should be ready for it.

                                                                                                                          This simple calendar widget was created in the image and semblance of widgets from Yahoo. The widget window displays one calendar month with the ability to go to the previous and move to the next one.

                                                                                                                          If you need a simple and affordable calendar to plan your tasks and affairs for one month, this widget is ideal for you. Calendar Widget: Month is so simple that it does not even have Google Calendar support.

                                                                                                                          At the moment, it does not have the function of connecting any third-party calendars and services. Developers allow the possibility of introducing support for Google service as an addition to the widget, if users request to have this opportunity.

                                                                                                                          Available for Android

                                                                                                                          Our Verdict

                                                                                                                          Searching for the right application to manage your various calendars and plan your busy day can sometimes turn into a streak of obstacles.

                                                                                                                          Most of us need flexible applications that can be easily used to manage our tough schedule. The application should have all necessary time planning functions and be intuitive.

                                                                                                                          Stylish design and limitless compatibility also matter. It is not always easy to find such a program.

                                                                                                                          The above digital calendar solutions fall under the category “worth” of being used. They are modern, multifunctional, easy, and easy. Pick the one you like!

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