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6 Incredibly Cool iOS Accessories You Need To Buy Right Now

6 Incredibly Cool iOS Accessories You Need To Buy Right Now

Some people may say that Apple products tend to be a bit overpriced, but I like to call these people haters. There is a common image of the average iOS user in popular culture – an ironic hipster desperate to be different or a person trying boost their perceived social status – but even though people snicker and make jokes online, the truth is that the slick design and great reliability of Apple devices has made them incredibly popular.

Across the world, a big part of the mobile device market is dominated by Apple, and retailers have seen a big rise in demand for quality accessories that further enhance the user’s experience in recent years. While the basic iOS accessories are well designed and do their job well, when it comes to satisfying our inner tech junky they simply aren’t enough. If you, like me, are constantly on the lookout for unique and practical little gadgets to enhance your iPhone or iPad, then check out these six cool iOS accessories.

1. The Trick Cover iPhone case

trick case

    We can all appreciate a good sturdy iPhone case, after all these things are slim and slick, and people can get extremely clumsy at times. However, for some of us there is an inherent need to keep our hands busy, and since the government frowns upon twirling nun chucks or butterfly knives in public, a good alternative is the Trick Cover case. The sheer awesomeness of this product cannot be adequately explained through words, so I’m going to let this video speak for itself.

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    Flipping around, twisting and twirling your phone open and closed, like some incredibly cool action hero. Now, I am a bit worried that it will take quite a few drops before you get good at it, but the case is fairly sturdy, so you shouldn’t worry too much about being foiled by gravity. You can check it out here.

    2. The iRig 2 guitar interface

    iRig 2

      If you enjoy playing the guitar, then you are going to love the iRig 2. It essentially allows you to plug a guitar into your iPhone, effectively turning it into a tuner and recorder. The 1/8” TRRS output connector makes this accessory compatible with a wide range of devices, including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, while the 1/4” instrument input works with just about any guitar and bass that you want to plug in.

      It also features a headphone output, and comes equipped with a set of AmpliTube apps, making it easy to practice without disturbing anyone, so that you can hone your skills no matter where you are. You can find out more about the product on the official website.

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      3. Drop Kitchen Scale

      Drop kitchen skill

        Let’s say you want to take a quick break from the everyday life, so you step into the kitchen to prepare a quick snack. As you make the same old boring sandwich you always do, you lament the fact that you are a lousy cook and therefore lack a bit of variety in your diet. Do not despair my friend – combining the Drop Kitchen Scale with your iPad will help you to make all sorts of tasty treats, even with limit cooking skills.

        Every good cook knows that it’s all about finding the right ingredients and following a tried and true recipe, and this great little kitchen scale comes complete with a recipe app that will enable you mix everything up just right. All you have to do is follow the instructions. The app even sets a timer so you don’t forget to take the meal out of the oven on time. Check it out here.

        4. Zagg Rugged Folio

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        zagg rugged folio

          The iPad is a very practical and portable little piece of equipment, but it sacrifices some functionality to achieve the level of slimness and lightness that make it perfect for professionals on the go. There are a number of good keyboard accessories available, and while they all work quite well, the Zagg Rugged Folio is one incredibly sturdy package that will keep your iPad safe from all manner of bumps and drops. The case is great at absorbing shock and has four different modes of carry, making it ideal for outdoor use. Find out more about it here.

          5. Olloclip 4-in-1 lens

          olloclip

            The advent of smartphones with decent cameras has made it easy for aspiring photographers to take their first steps, and for everyone else to have fun and document some interesting moments and breathtaking scenery. However, the basic camera doesn’t really pack a big punch, so you are left with so-so images. If you want to up the quality of the images you can take, without breaking the bank, the Oliclip 4-in-1 lens is the perfect choice.

            You just snap it on and have access to 4 different lenses – fish eye, wide angle, 10x Macro and 15x Macro. It’s a neat little package that comes in several different color combinations, and with clips that allow it to be worn with a lanyard. Check out their official site for more info.

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            6. Incipio Wireless Smart Lamp Adapter

            Incipio wireless lamp adapter

              Say it’s been a long and eventful day and you are finally headed home. You’ve finished your guitar practice, snap a bunch of photos, made a nice dinner and are ready to have someone over. As you finish dinner and move to the couch to have some wine you pull out your phone, and dim the light down to set the mood. Sounds pretty smooth, right?

              Well, Incipio’s Wireless Smart Lamp Adapter works with standard light bulbs and simply screws into the socket, allowing you to remotely access the lights in your home via mobile app. You can even manipulate lights using Siri voice commands, which makes for some incredibly cool scenarios – just imagine yourself saying: “Siri, set the mood please”, and you get the perfect lighting. Check out this cool product here.

              There are some amazing accessory products that are coming out for iOS devices these days, the six on this list being some of the more interesting finds based on personal preference, and who knows what the future brings. It is truly a great time to be alive, so make the most of it and get some great little gadgets to make things more interesting.

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              Last Updated on December 30, 2018

              18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

              18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

              No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

              If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

              But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

              Let’s dive straight into the list…

              1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

                If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

                Download Rescue Time

                2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

                  If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

                  Download Remember the Milk

                  3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

                    This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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                    Download Focus Booster

                    4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

                      This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

                      Download Toggl

                      5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

                        There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

                        Download Dropbox

                        6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

                          Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

                          Download Evernote

                          7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                            Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                            Download Mind42

                            8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                              This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                              Download SnycBackFree

                              9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                                Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                                Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                                10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                                  This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                                  Download 1Password

                                  11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                                    When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                                    Download Pocket

                                    12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span

                                      This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                                      Download [email protected]

                                      13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                                        This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                                        Download Launchy

                                        14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                                          This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                          Download Forest

                                          15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                            This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                            Download Trello

                                            16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                              Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                              Download Wunderlist

                                              17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                                This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                                Download Time Tree

                                                18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                                  Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                                  Download Todoist

                                                  The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

                                                  Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:

                                                  40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone and 20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management

                                                  More Recommended Productivity Experts on Lifehack

                                                  • Leon Ho — The Founder and CEO of Lifehack, which he share productivity hacks to make life easier
                                                  • Carl Pullein — A renowned productivity and time management coach
                                                  • Mark Pettit — A Business Coach for ambitious entrepreneurs who want to achieve more by working less

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