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Amazing Uses For Your Tablet You Probably Never Realized

Amazing Uses For Your Tablet You Probably Never Realized

So you got a sweet tablet, but now what’re you going to do with it? Sure it’s great for checking e-mail or checking in on social media like Facebook or Twitter, but did you really shell out all these bucks just for that? Or did someone get it for you as a great gift and now you’re just not sure what to do with the thing? Never fear—LifeHack is here with tips on some rather amazing things you can do with your tablet. In fact, you may start to wonder how you ever got along without it.

1. Second Screen

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    Use a tablet as a second screen to increase productivity at work and home. Keep text notes handy with Simplenote for Apple or FlickNote for Android. These apps keep information at the ready. Use bookmarks to quickly look up needed webpages. This tip saves time by avoiding going back and forth between screens. Simply tap on the screen to make quick calls via Skype or shoot off a quick message with e-mail.

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    2. Control Electronics Remotely

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      Certainly larger than a regular remote and easier to find, tablets can be used to control the television. The TV Sideview app is available for Apple and Android for the Sony Smart TV and Sony Blu-Ray player. The app controls the television and related electronics, while also providing program information. The apps can “learn” to recognize other televisions, DVD, or Blu-Ray players, as well as, stereo systems.

      3. Alarm And Digital Picture Frame

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        This may be far from the coolest or most exciting use for the tablet; however, it’s a good idea for making the device work for you during its downtime. Use the Daydream app for either Android or Apple to display favorite pictures when the unit is not being used. The Daydream app can be used for sharing and other sweet features. For example, the time line view can show pictures from family and friends from around the same time.

        4. A Pet’s Best Friend

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          Even Spike and Fluffy can get involved in the action with a tablet. Interact like never before with your fine, furry friends. One app allows a photo to be taken by tapping anywhere on the screen. Another answers every question with a yes or a no. Another app allows pets or their human companions to doodle or draw. Most apps are freely available for download or sponsored by pet food companies. Apps are also available to easily train the pooch to do simple tricks.

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          5. Use As A Phone

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            Both Android and the iPad support the use of Skype to stay close to family and friends. The app is free, although there is a cost for international calls. Talk face-to-face, via chat, or voice-chat through the free application. Using a tablet is a fantastic way to stay close to those who are far away. Another way to use a tablet as a phone is through Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) networks that are compatible with the tablet you own.

            6. Co-Pilot and Car Radio

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              A variety of music apps are available for tablets, such as Pandora, Spotify, and I Heart Radio. These apps allow for searches by artist, band, or genre. Apple iTunes is also a great way to find music you like. You can find your favorite music or explore new artists and bands. Listen to any type of music as you travel. Equally important is finding your way to where you want to go. A tablet makes a very convenient and reliable co-pilot. A GPS will certainly get you going. A tablet is a great travel companion when traveling alone or with family and friends.

              7. Stress Reliever

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                Think you don’t have time for meditation or time to relax? Think again. A tablet conveniently brings meditation stress relief videos or music or both right to you. Try Meditation Oasis for Android or Calm to relax after a stressful day or to prepare for the day ahead. Meditating regularly eases mental and emotional stress and has been found to relieve physical pain, as well. Regular meditation also helps improve mood and may present a better world perspective. Meditation also relieves anxiety and soothes distracting inner chatter.

                8. More Unusual but Creative Ways to Use Your Tablet

                 

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                Last Updated on August 29, 2018

                5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

                Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

                Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

                1. 750words

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                  750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

                  750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

                  750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

                  2. Ohlife

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                    Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

                    Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

                    3. Oneword

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                      OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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                      Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

                      4. Penzu

                        Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

                        With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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                        5. Evernote

                        Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

                        Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

                        For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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