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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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                11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

                11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

                Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

                Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

                Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

                1. Lumosity

                This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

                Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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                  2. Fit Brains Trainer

                  This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

                  Free.

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                    3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

                    Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

                    First four games free, then $13 a month.

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                      4. Brain Fitness Pro

                      The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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                      Buy for $3.99.

                      5. Happify

                      If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

                      Free to use.

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                        6. Clockwork Brain

                        You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

                        Free.

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                          7. ReliefLink

                          Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                            8. Eidetic

                            Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                              9. Braingle

                              Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                              Free.

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                                10. Not The Hole Story

                                If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                                Free.

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                                  11. Personal Zen

                                  This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                                  Free.

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