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7 iPhone Apps for a Delightful Christmas

7 iPhone Apps for a Delightful Christmas

With the ubiquity of your iPhone and how just about everyone you know now-a-days has one, it would be a shame if you didn’t use it to make your Christmas more enjoyable. Here are 7 apps that you can get right now that can help you make your Christmas delightful.

    1. NORAD Tracks Santa (Free)

    Who could ever be in the spirit of Christmas without knowing exactly where The Big Man is at as he showers gifts all over the world. Maybe you are a Grinch, and don’t really care where Mr. Claus is at (that’s me), but, I can guarantee that the young ones at your Christmas Eve parties will.

    Not to mention that the official NORAD apps comes with a handy Elf Toss game that you can use to bide your time until you can start tracking Santa.

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      2. Camera+ ($.99)

      Camera+ may be one of the best Camera apps that are available for the iPhone. It allows the user to quickly take many pictures and then gives them access to the Lightbox where the user can view, resize, crop, and edit the effects of the photo. There are some other great features of Camera+ like a very simple to use white balance mode and also you can enable the power up button on your iPhone to take photos.

      Pictures are super important during Christmas festivities, so it’s a good idea to go into them with a great Camera application.

        3. Christmas (Free)

        A nice free app to get you in the holiday spirit. Christmas for iPhone is a kind of “app pack” that gives you access to Christmas ringtones, streaming music, Christmas emoji, and even some nice HD wallpapers to spice up your iPhone for the holidays.

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        I usually think that this type of thing is corny, but with the inclusion of the Grinch ringtone, I had to recommend this one.

          4. Evernote (Free)

          It’s easy to recommend Evernote for everything because, well, it does pretty much everything. Have to get a last minute gift tonight with the maddening crowd at Target? Snap a picture of where you parked so you don’t forget. Want to make sure you have gift receipts? Scan them in or snap a photo with Evernote and tag them.

          Or, my favorite, create a tag ‘xmas-2011-return’ and take photos of all the things that may not be exactly what you wanted for Christmas. After the holidy hubbub you search for you tag and have a nice list of the things you want to take back, or worse, have a list of people that you have to call for gift receipts.

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            5. Pandora (Free)

            This is a good one especially if you are going to be a party entertainer this year. You can start creating a Christmas station tonight and hone it so you will have it ready for your party tomorrow. You can do this a couple of ways, either by Christmas songs you really like, or even choose an artist that you like singing a Christmas song. Pandora is pretty smart about selections, and if you work on it for a couple of hours you can get a great station for Christmas Eve and Day.

              6. Capture ($.99)

              Mr. Mike Vardy opened me up to this app for the iPhone and at a mere $.99 you can’t go wrong. Ever miss a moment of your child or drunk uncle Chester doing something at Christmas that you wished you would have caught on video? Well, with Capture you don’t have to worry about it.

              It’s pretty easy to use. Pull out your iPhone, tap the Capture icon on your homescreen, and you are instantly recording. Press the home button when you want to stop and save. Pretty easy and definitely a Christmas moment saver.

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                7. Instacast ($1.99)

                If you are like many Americans then you are going to be doing some traveling over the next week or so. There is absolutely no better way to spend your time than listening to some enlightening podcasts with what I will call simply the best podcast streamer/manager for iOS. Instacast allows you to search and subscribe to your favorite podcasts, download them over WiFi, or even stream them on the go. The quality of this app is excellent (it actually feels like an Apple app).

                Need some podcast recommendations? Here you go:

                With the inclusion of these 7 apps on your iPhone, you are setting yourself up for one of the best Christmas’s yet. Any other apps that you couldn’t live without over the next few days? Leave them below.

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                10 Smart Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

                10 Smart Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

                Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.

                Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.

                As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.

                In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.

                Projects and Tasks Management

                1. Monday dot com

                  Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.

                  The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.

                  The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.

                  The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.

                  Check out the software here!

                  2. Asana

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                    The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.

                    The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.

                    Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.

                    Check out the software here!

                    3. Trello

                      Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.

                      Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.

                      Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.

                      Check out the software here!

                      4. Jira

                        The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.

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                        The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.

                        The Atlassian Cloud does not support multiple separate domains, subdomains or domain aliases in Google Apps.

                        Check out the software here!

                        5. Evernote Business

                          Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.

                          The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.

                          Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.

                          Check out the software here!

                          Communication

                          6. Slack

                            Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.

                            Check out the software here!

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                            7. Spike

                              Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.

                              Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.

                              Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.

                              Check out the software here!

                              Creation

                              8. Office 365

                                Microsoft’s Office 365 could not be excluded from the conversation and especially as it pertains to productivity software.

                                Of course we are all familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. But there is more capabilities that come with it.

                                You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.

                                Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.

                                Check out the software here!

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                                9. Grammarly

                                  Grammarly helps to cut down time on editing. Professionals in several industries like law, healthcare, academia, marketing, engineering and journalism use it to provide instant feedback on the accuracy of writing in English.

                                  Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.

                                  Grammarly is AI powered and it’s a wonderful tool to have to check spelling and grammar before a presentation.

                                  Check out the software here!

                                  Team Analytics

                                  10. ActivTrak

                                    ActivTrak is a business intelligence tool that allows you to access team behavior analytics. In other words, it is data-driven.

                                    The pros include two-factor authentication with active directory integration. You can also automate your alerts and it has an intuitive interface with easy-to-use admin controls.

                                    Furthermore, it comes with Google sign-in, iOS app, productivity track, and more. The bottomline is the product offers employee productivity metrics along with team behavior analytics.

                                    Check out the software here!

                                    The Bottom Line

                                    Depending on the size, budget, resources, and immediate needs of your company, not all productivity software will exactly solve your problem. You will have to contact any of the providers above and probe extensively to find the right product that is made for your business.

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