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30 of the Best Android Apps You Should Have in 2013

30 of the Best Android Apps You Should Have in 2013

Over the course of the past year, a lot of new Android apps came out. A LOT OF APPS! The problem is, how do you know which are good and which aren’t? In this 2012 year-end roundup, we’ll show you different categories of Android apps and some of the best or most popular apps to try in 2013.

Utility

SwiftKey 3 Keyboard

SwiftKey 3 Keyboard

    SwiftKey 3 is one of the most intuitive keyboards you can download for your Android devices. The predictive text is phenomenal, and there’s even a tablet version which offers a split keyboard for landscape mode.

    JuiceDefender Ultimate

    JuiceDefender Ultimate

      JuiceDefender is a must-have app for anyone who wants to get better battery life from their Android device. There are three different versions—one free and two paid—to give you the right amount of adjustments to fit your needs.

      Business Calendarl

      Business Calendar

        Business Calendar is the most feature laden calendar you can get. Between the widgets and easy change from month to week day view and drag-and-drop appointment changing, there isn’t much Business Calendar can’t do.

        Splashtop Remote Desktop HD

        Splashtop-Remote-Desktop-HD

          Sometimes there’s a need to access your computer after you’ve already left the office. Splashtop lets you access your computer from everywhere you can get an internet connection, and it’s the only application out there that shows the entire computer screen vs. a shrunk-down or partial version.

          Personalizing

          Paperland Pro Live Wallpaper

          Paperland Pro Live Wallpaper

            An extremely customizable live wallpaper that looks like a diorama come to life. Choose the settings for the scene, weather and  time. Each of these tabs have multiple options to change to make a really unique background.

            HD Widgets

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            HD Widgets

              HD Widgets gives you  A LOT of widget choices. Everything on the widget is customizable, from the fonts and colors to what is displayed. There’s even a huge 6×2 widget that works with larger screens like tablets.

              Nova Launcher Prime

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                One of the newer home screen launchers out there, Nova Launcher Prime, integrates gestures and has some pretty cool plug-ins available. Another cool feature that Nova has is the ability to hide application icons for apps you don’t use.

                ZEDGE

                ZEDGE™

                  ZEDGE  is a phenomenal application for finding backgrounds, ringtones, and notifications. Recently, games and live wallpapers were added to the items available to be downloaded.

                  Music

                  Spotify

                  Spotify

                    Spotify lets you listen to just about every song you could ever want to hear. Use the radio to play similar artists to what’s on your playlist,s or similar to a specific song or artist. Free and paid versions are available.

                    Poweramp

                    Poweramp Full Version Unlocker

                      Poweramp is the ultimate music player application for Android: the 10 band EQ and support for most popular music file formats and gap-less playback set Poweramp apart from the others.

                      iHeartRadio

                      iHeartRadio

                        iHeartRadio was recently redesigned and came out as a spectacular customizable radio app. Not only does it play local live radio stations, you can create customized radio stations based on your musical tastes.

                        Soundhound

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                        SoundHound ∞

                          When you hear a song playing and like it, use Soundhound to figure out who the artist is and the name of the song. When Soundhound figures out what song this, you can bookmark it for later and even see the lyrics as you’re listening to as the song plays.

                          News and Social

                          Pinterest

                          Pinterest

                            One of the most anticipated social media apps of all time, the official Pinterest app lets you upload your own Pins as well as view your Boards, Like and Repin items. This has great integration with Android devices.

                            Flipboard

                            Flipboard: Your News Magazine

                              A really great way to get your news, Flipboard pulls in information from your Facebook, Twitter and other social feeds to bring you news you will actually be interested in. News is also shown from feeds like BBC and USA Today.

                              Tango

                              Tango Text, Voice, Video Calls

                                A great video and audio calling app with a messaging option, Tango is a great alternative to apps like Skype, and communication between Tango users is free.

                                Pocket

                                Pocket

                                  This is a great app for curating your favorite articles on the web. Save pages in your Pocket account and view videos or webpages from any of your devices, including your computer.

                                  Lifestyle

                                  Ancestry

                                  Ancestry

                                    Tracking down members of your family isn’t always an easy task, especially when they’re spread out over different continents and time periods. The Ancestry app links to your Ancestry.com account and lets you create new additions to your family tree.

                                    Trulia – Real Estate & Homes

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                                    Trulia - Real Estate & Homes

                                      Looking for a house to buy or apartment to rent is a lot of work—Trulia is a big help in showing you what is available in the area you are thinking of moving to. Set your criteria, and see what’s out there.

                                      Sleep as Android

                                      Sleep as Android

                                        Knowing how well you slept is important, and by using an app like Sleep as Android, you will be able to see how long you were in a deep restful sleep vs. light sleep. Also, there’s an alarm to wake you up when you’re not in a deep sleep, thus making you less groggy in the morning.

                                        BeerSmith 2 Lite

                                        BeerSmith 2 Lite

                                          Brewing beer can be pretty satisfying in more than one way. The problem is, making a good beer can take lots of trial and error. BeerSmith 2 is your beer cookbook with thousands of different beer recipes ready for you to use.

                                          Games

                                          Granny Smith

                                          Granny Smith

                                            This is a great physics-based game where you are a elderly old lady chasing down apple thieves. With fun graphics and spectacular crashes, Granny is hell on wheels as she wreaks all kinds of havoc trying to save her apples.

                                            Nun Attack

                                            Nun Attack

                                              Nun Attack is a good way to eliminate some of that pent-up Catholic guilt. Take on the forces of evil by controlling four nuns with guns and special powers—you can even use miracles to your advantage.

                                              PITFALL!

                                              PITFALL!™

                                                Not the PITFALL! you remember playing on your Atari: the basic combination of running and jumping and using the web is still there, but it’s a lot more graphically-intensive and challenging.

                                                Zen Bound 2

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                                                Zen Bound 2

                                                  Zen Bound 2 is one of the most unique puzzle games of the year: using a rope, you must try to cover as much of the surface of the 3D wooden sculptures as possible. This seems like an easy task, but takes a bit of strategy and forward-thinking to accomplish the task.

                                                  Photography

                                                  Instagram

                                                  instagram

                                                    Instagram is the most well-known of the camera apps on the list. Its claim to fame is the way you can filter the image and share your camera art with the Instagram community.

                                                    LINE Camera

                                                    LINE-camera

                                                      Add cute little touches and stencils to the pictures you take, and then share your images with over 17 million users all over the world or on your favorite social network with LINE Camera.

                                                      Camera360 Ultimate

                                                      Camera360-Ultimate

                                                        Camera360 is a super-powerful camera application for Android devices with high-resolution cameras. Camera360 is also front-facing-camera compatible. It’s great for taking self-portraits on phones with higher quality front-cameras.

                                                        Pencil Camera

                                                        Pencil-Camera

                                                          Transforming your image into a drawing can really add a unique look, and Pencil Camera does just that. You can take a picture and immediately see what the pencil-sketched version of the picture will look like in the preview.

                                                          Actioncam

                                                          actioncam

                                                            With action photography, timing is everything. Using Actioncam lets you take several pictures right in a row to make sure you capture just the right pose, plus it has a variety of frames and filters to enhance the photos further.

                                                            Silent Camera

                                                            Silent-Camera

                                                              Sometimes, to take the perfect picture, you have to take it as silently as possible. Silent Camera eliminates the shutter noise all great cameras make when you take a picture—with no noise, it’s easy to take continuous pictures without being noticed.

                                                               

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                                                              How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                                              How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                                              Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                                                              Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                                                              So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                                                              6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                                                              When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                                                              1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                                                              Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                                                              To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                                                              In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                                                              • Microsoft Excel
                                                              • Microsoft Access
                                                              • Statistics
                                                              • Data Analytics
                                                              • Adobe Campaign
                                                              • Quickbooks
                                                              • XML Database management system
                                                              • Filemaker Pro
                                                              • MATLAB
                                                              • Hive
                                                              • FORTRAN
                                                              • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                                                              • SAS

                                                              2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                                                              Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                                                              Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                                                              • Content Management System (CMS)
                                                              • Google Analytics
                                                              • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                                                              • Email Marketing
                                                              • Web Page Design
                                                              • WordPress
                                                              • Digital Media
                                                              • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                                                              • Campaign Management Software

                                                              3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                                                              A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                                                              • Adobe Photoshop
                                                              • Adobe InDesign
                                                              • Adobe Illustrator
                                                              • AutoCAD
                                                              • CorelDRAW
                                                              • Microsoft Visual Studio
                                                              • Maya
                                                              • Microsoft Word
                                                              • Microsoft Publisher
                                                              • Operating Digital Cameras

                                                              4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                                                              The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                                                              To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                                                              • HTML
                                                              • C/C++
                                                              • Java
                                                              • Python
                                                              • XML
                                                              • UI/UX
                                                              • LINUX
                                                              • CISC and RISC architecture
                                                              • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                                                              • Memory Management
                                                              • PCB Layout
                                                              • SQL

                                                              5. IT Troubleshooting

                                                              Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                                                              So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                                                              • Backup management
                                                              • Diagnostics
                                                              • End User support
                                                              • Client-Server management
                                                              • Installation and configuration
                                                              • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                                                              • System administration
                                                              • Tech support

                                                              6. Enterprise Systems

                                                              Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                                                              Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                                                              The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                                                              Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                                                              Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                                                              Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                                                              1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                                                              a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                                                              Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                                                              Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                                                              b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                                                              This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                                                              c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                                                              Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                                                              Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                                                              2. Rule the Social Media World

                                                              a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                                                              Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                                                              From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                                                              b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                                                              This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                                                              c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                                                              Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                                                              Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                                                              3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                                                              a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                                                              From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                                                              b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                                                              Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                                                              The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                                                              c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                                                              The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                                                              4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                                                              a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                                                              It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                                                              From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                                                              b. Canva Design School

                                                              From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                                                              c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                                                              62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                                                              d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                                                              The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                                                              Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                                                              5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                                                              a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                                                              IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                                                              It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                                                              b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                                                              The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                                                              Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                                                              The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                                                              • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                                                              • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                                                              • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                                                              • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                                                              • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                                                              • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                                                              • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                                                              Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                                                              Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                                                              1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                                              It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                                                              Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                                                              2. Work on Your Efficiency

                                                              Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                                                              For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                                                              3. Look for Shortcuts

                                                              Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                                                              4. Apply for an Internship

                                                              Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

                                                              By the late, it’s never too late to be an intern or grab whatever opportunity to learn something new! Here’s how:

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                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                                                              So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

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