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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.

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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

                  path

                    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)

                                              fitocracy

                                                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

                                                                                      Ski Safari 2

                                                                                        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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                                                                                                  Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                                                                                                  10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

                                                                                                  10 Smartest 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!

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                                                                                                                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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