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42 Best Life Enhancing iOS Apps for 2013

42 Best Life Enhancing iOS Apps for 2013

Now that we have ushered in 2013, we are at a point where we should look back on the applications that have been gracing the home-screens of many iOS users over the past year. 2012 as a whole was a year of social media advances: developers everywhere found amazing ways to improve and extend the way that we are using social networking websites, and moreover, users who were fed up with social networking being seen as useless have been finding educational ways of making use of social networking and iOS applications in general. Let’s take a look at applications old and new that have made their mark over the past year.

Upgrade your Productivity

Evernote

    Evernote (Free)

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      Evernote has been a favorite of many Apple users for a while now. Despite growing into other markets, like Windows, RIM, and Android, Evernote’s big break came in 2012 with the application’s first major update. The Evernote update in December resulted in the application having a design and feature overhaul.

      First off, Evernote—being one of the first applications to be iPhone 5 compatible—focused on a design that resembled cards or folders. This makes note taking and retrieval easier to undertake. Why is it our favorite for this year? Because of the productivity application’s strong presence across platforms, the best updates I’ve ever seen on any application, and the varied amount of ways individuals have hacked Evernote to work for them (from holding restaurant menus to holding important notes to self—like I do), Evernote is a must-have if you don’t already use it.

      30-30 2

        30/30 (Free) – Great, free application that makes use of the Pomodoro-like technique of productivity—time your tasks.

        dropbox

          Dropbox (Free) – Keep track, add, and view the files that are apart of your various Dropbox folders on your iOS device.

          awesome note

            Awesome Note ($3.99) – All aspects of note-keeping, journaling, list keeping in one space. The best note taking app for iOS.

            Eisenhower

              Eisenhower ($2.99) – New app that allows you to easily organize tasks based on importance, getting urgent things done quickly.

              24me

                24me (Free) – One of the few true personal assistants for iOS. Not only alerting you of what needs to get done, also getting some things done for you on your behalf.

                Build Your Network

                path

                  Path

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                    One issue individuals have been having with Facebook from the start was privacy. Individuals didn’t know who truly saw their posts, and even worse, didn’t know how they were being shared. As we still see, this hasn’t deterred individuals from joining and staying daily. So how does a social network appeal to a group worried about privacy, but unwilling to move to a new network? Build one for their inner circle! Path does this perfectly.

                    Instead of focusing on who doesn’t see your posts, Path starts exclusive and allows you to set how inclusive you want to be. Path allows you to share all aspects of your life, from setting when you sleep/awake to what music you are enjoying currently. Fed up with how limited the like button is? Path allows you to “Smile”, “Frown”, “Love”, or even “Gasp” at a post. With the ability to import your posts from various websites and even post to other websites within Path, the application allows you to easily get acclimated with the network.

                    Why Path for 2013? The ability to extend sharing while still creating an exclusive environment is very appealing to those wary of Facebook’s privacy activities.

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                    snapguide

                      Snapguide (Free) – Snapguide is a simple way to view and share step-by-step how to guides.

                      quora

                        Quora (Free) – Social networking is useful again with a q&a community that allows you to learn and educate.

                        skout

                          Skout (Free) – Skout is a global network for meeting new people. You can instantly meet people near you or around the world.

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                            Tweetbot for Twitter ($2.99) – Skype for iOS allows you to keep in touch with family members through WIFI or cellular from anywhere.

                            Into

                              IntoNow (Free) – Music and television enjoyment is social with IntoNow – share what you are enjoying with friends on IntoNow for iOS.

                              Improve your Finances

                              Mint.com Personal Finance

                                Mint

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                                  Keeping track of your finances is quite important in this economic time. However, many programs that hope to track and improve your financial state cost a ton, promise a lot, but offer very little. Mint is a free financial application that any tech savvy individual should at least look into. The ability to add everything from your PayPal account to your bank accounts to even your investment accounts (for example, E-Trade) allows you to get a bigger picture of your financial state.

                                  Mint allows you to add budgets to ensure that whatever money-saving goal you have is achieved, and that limits are kept. Plus, you are always in the know with the ability to also keep track of your finances online through the Mint website. Mint is our financial tracking pick for 2013 because of how financial tracking is brought into the mainstream, in a simple and clean way.

                                  Did we mention a favorite application of yours? Let us know in the comments section below and also share with us any applications you enjoyed in 2012 and recommend for 2013. Happy New Years!

                                  paypal

                                    Paypal (Free) – The money transfer/payment service of the masses—now on your iPhone.

                                    Pageonce

                                      Pageonce (Free) – Keep track of your bills and pay on time.

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                                      MoneyTron - Expense Tracker -

                                        MoneyTron ($1.99) – Not focused on bank accounts and credit cards, but on the money that seems to get spent the easiest—pocket money.

                                        Money by Jumsoft

                                          Money by Jumsoft ($1.99) – Stay in control of your money. From bank accounts to investments.

                                          Adaptu Wallet

                                            Adaptu Wallet (Free) – “The Wallet of the Future”: keep track of your money and get advice on whether or not a product you want is truly affordable for your budget.

                                            Time To Workout

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                                              Fitocracy (Free)

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                                                Fitocracy empowers and motivates you to succeed at fitness and level up in reality. It makes the addictive leveling system of games and combines them with your exercise. You can unlock achievements to visualize your workout progress. Try Fitocracy to beat quests to push yourself and take more new challenges!

                                                Endomondo Sports Tracker

                                                  Endomondo Sports Tracker (Free) – This app is ideal for cycling, running, walking and any other distance-based activity.

                                                  iFitness Pro

                                                    iFitness Pro ($0.99) – Hundreds of exercises are explained in iFitness Pro with clear pictures, videos and text instructions all within an app.

                                                    Fitness Buddy

                                                      Fitness Buddy ($0.99) – With 1700+ unique exercises at your disposal, Fitness Buddy will revolutionize your training regiment.

                                                      Yoga Studio

                                                        Yoga Studio ($1.99) – View, create, customize and schedule easy-to-follow yoga classes.

                                                        lift

                                                          Lift (Free) – You can achieve any goals by breaking it down into habits that you track on Lift. Visualizations show you your progress.

                                                          Eat Better and Healthier

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                                                          Fooducate

                                                            Fooducate (Free)

                                                            Fooducate

                                                              Lose weight, eat real food, and get healthy. Fooducate grades your groceries, explains what’s really inside each product, and offers healthier alternatives. Fooducate got the largest database of UPCs – over 200,000 unique products and growing.

                                                              the photo cookbook

                                                                The Photo Cookbook ($3.99) – The photo cookbook is like a personal cooking course in your kitchen with experienced cook. It has beautiful photography which illustrates every step.

                                                                How to Cook Everything

                                                                  How to Cook Everything ($4.99) – It contains 2,000 recipes and 400 how-to illustrations.

                                                                  GoodGuide

                                                                    GoodGuide (Free) – The Goodguide app instantly reveals whether products are safe, healthy and gren with a barcode scanning feature.

                                                                    iCookbook

                                                                      iCookbook ($4.99) – iCookbook have more than two thousand recipes and photographs and iCookbook team will carefully pick a group of new recipes at no additional cost.

                                                                      Calorie Counter PRO

                                                                        Calorie Counter PRO ($3.99) –  With over 40 screens, 475,000 foods database and barcode scanner, MyNetDiary Pro is comprehensive and yet very easy to use to help people to work toward their dieting goals.

                                                                        Capture Every Moment

                                                                        Camera+

                                                                          Camera+

                                                                          With more image-editing options than any point-and-shoot camera on the market today, Camera+ is certainly a photography application that earns its place on your iPhone for this coming year. The iPhone 5 presented us with a camera that didn’t necessarily have people clamoring over to their nearest Apple store for, but in fact it was the feature that had the least amount of changes made to it.

                                                                          Camera+ offers a great way to extend your camera in a way that isn’t already possible: from shooting-features like timer and stabilization, to post-production features like filters and enhancements, Camera+’s importation features allow you to share your work of editing art to Instagram for sharing, and even Facebook and Flickr for further enjoyment. The recent bug-fix update truly solidified this camera editing favorite as a necessity for most iPhone users.

                                                                          PicShop

                                                                            PicShop ($4.99) – Beautiful design combined with tons of editing options and dozen’s of filters make this the premier mobile editing suite on the market.

                                                                            Hipstamatic

                                                                              Hipstamatic ($0.99) – A bit expensive with add-ons, but offers high quality photo filters.

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                                                                              Postagram Postcards

                                                                                Postagram (Free) – Turn your Instagram photos into printed postcards – physically in your postal mail!

                                                                                Phoster

                                                                                  Phoster ($1.99) –  Your iPhone photos become high quality posters.

                                                                                  Pano

                                                                                    Pano ($1.99) – Not able to get panorama on your iPhone? This is your closest thing to iOS 6 panorama.

                                                                                    For Relaxing

                                                                                    Ski Safari

                                                                                      Ski Safari

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                                                                                        I first came in contact with Ski Safari a couple of weeks ago on iPad and have been addicted ever since. Ski Safari first became available in Spring 2012, with tons of similarities to the popular Tiny Wings game. Ski Safari involves having to ski at a resort while trying to outrun an avalanche. Along the way, you may encounter several pitfalls —all depending on the track you are on—from falling into freezing lakes to slamming your face embarrassingly in the snow. However, you also have some help along the way, from giant Yetis, birds, penguins, and at times, a combination of them all. Why does Ski Safari win our vote for 2012? The game is so simple, yet has so many fun things to learn along the way to spice things up!

                                                                                        pocket plane

                                                                                          Pocket Planes (Free) – Your opportunity to control your own airline. Direct flights of people or cargo as you gain profit and expand your airline.

                                                                                          Tiny Tower

                                                                                            Tiny Tower (Free) – Developed by the same team behind Pocket Planes, Tiny Tower allows you to control your own building by adding your own residential floors, stores, and more. Gaining profit allows you to add more floors.

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                                                                                              Where’s My Water ($0.99) – Find clever ways to get the water through a stream of intricate routes down to your crocodile to take a shower.

                                                                                              angry bird

                                                                                                Angry Birds Space ($0.99) – The classic Angry Birds, in a new place and with new challenges.

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                                                                                                  Icon Pop Quiz (Free) – Challenge your recall skills by identifying photos and icons—from Gangnam Style to Steve Jobs.

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                                                                                                  How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                                                                                                  How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                                                                                                  Typing is a lot of fun, especially if you’re the type of person who loves to write. Whenever an idea comes to your head or you just want to communicate something, the feeling of scribbling things down in a computer is awesome.

                                                                                                  Do you know that being able to type faster makes you more productive? In fact, it’ll save you 21 days every year just by typing faster!

                                                                                                  Many people look up to master typists and wish that to handle a keyboard like they do. The truth is that none of them started that way, and they had to learn.

                                                                                                  In this piece, you’ll learn how to type faster with some useful tips and techniques:

                                                                                                  1. Work on Your Workspace and Typing Area

                                                                                                  A lot of people believe that fast and correct typing will start when you can master the keyboard. But the truth is, you will need to begin with getting a workspace that is clean, properly ventilated, and comfortable. Also, for optimal typing, you will need to get a table and not out your laptop or computer on your lap.

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                                                                                                  If you will be working for an extended period, make sure that you’re comfortable.

                                                                                                  2. Fix Your Posture

                                                                                                  If you want to type well, the correct posture will be seated, straight backed, and with your feet planted a little apart, flat on the ground. You wrists should also be positioned in such a way that your fingers can cover the keyboard. Tilt your head a bit as you can look at the screen properly as well.

                                                                                                  Adjust your office chair so you’ll be able to easily play with the seat and get a proper posture.

                                                                                                  3. Hold Your Posture

                                                                                                  It is also very important that you keep this position as you type. Ensure that your posture is good, and this way, you will be able to avoid getting aches on your wrists. These aches have a way of slowing you down and keeping you out of rhythm.

                                                                                                  Keep your back and shoulders from hunching, and while relaxation should be your key goal as you work on, also be sure to stay upright.

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                                                                                                  4. Familiarize Yourself with the Keyboard

                                                                                                  The keyboard is your tool here, so you will need to get to know it. Fortunately for you, most keyboards that you see will make use of the same layout; the QWERTY layout. It is called that because of the letters that make the top left corner. You’ll also find that a lot of keyboards have keys around these main ones that do several tings.

                                                                                                  Here’s a nice video to help you familiarize yourself with the keyboard:

                                                                                                  So, work on memorizing the positions of the letter keys, as well as some of the most used punctuation marks. You will need to understand where they are without looking at the keyboard. This is the only way you can learn to type fast.

                                                                                                  5. Close Your Eyes and Say the Keys out Loud as You Press Them

                                                                                                  Another great way to get to know the positions of these letters is to look away from them and directly at the screen. Then, pronounce the keys as you press them and see if you’re correct. This step will go a long way in helping you to memorize the keys, and it can easily help you

                                                                                                  6. Start Slowly with Touch-Typing

                                                                                                  Improving your speed as you type is a matter of developing your skill over time. However, the quickest way to master typing will be touch typing. If this is your first time with touch typing, then you might spend a lot of time on this step. However, once you can type without looking at the keys, your speed will increase.

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                                                                                                  Now, this typing method might feel a bit alien, but you’ll improve with time.

                                                                                                  7. Stick with It and Don’t Look at Your Hands

                                                                                                  The whole essence of this step is to keep you from looking at your keyboard as you type, so that your fingers are made to learn how the keys work.

                                                                                                  Again, you might find that your speed reduces when you begin, but just stick to it. Touch typing will help you to reach higher speeds and master it.

                                                                                                  8. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                                                                                  Mastering the touch typing technique will prove to be a bit finicky, but once your posture is up and you get your fingers where they should be, you can only improve by practicing.

                                                                                                  Spare some time on a daily basis to practice and master both accuracy and speed. With continuous practice, you will also notice that you make fewer errors with time.

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                                                                                                  9. Check out Some Online Games

                                                                                                  There are also some websites that can help you with your practicing. They score you and record your words per minute, so you can try improving your record and competing with others as well. Here’re some of the nice sites:

                                                                                                  10. Dictation Practice

                                                                                                  If you don’t know what you can type, another alternative to getting good practice is to listen to something and try to type as you hear the words. There is no limit to the kind of things you can type, and you can even make the practice process more fun. So, get an e-book, an online lecture, or listen to a talk show and type. You could watch a TV show as well.

                                                                                                  11. Monitor Your Progress

                                                                                                  Ensure that you keep track of the progress you make as you go on. But it is important that you don’t get obsessed with how many words you are able to type in a minute. Rather, ensure that you stay comfortable while you type. With time, your words per minute will increase, and you’ll be able to clock up some high numbers.

                                                                                                  12. Get Some Formal Training If You Want

                                                                                                  There are actually a lot of specially designed courses and programs that will boost your typing ability. If you’re willing to improve your skill, get any of these and see how well they work for you:

                                                                                                  Don’t just finish reading this article and expect that you’ll type faster. You do need to work on your skills. It takes time to type fast but, practice makes perfect!

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