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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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                                                                                                  19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                                                                                  19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                                                                                  Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                                                                                                  There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                                                                                                  This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day:

                                                                                                  1. Todoist

                                                                                                    Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                                                                                                    Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                                                                                                    If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                                                                                                    Download: Todoist

                                                                                                    2. 1Password

                                                                                                      You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                                                                                                      1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                                                                                                      You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                                                                                                      Download: 1Password

                                                                                                      3. Bear

                                                                                                        Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                                                                                                        It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

                                                                                                        Download: Bear

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                                                                                                        4. Hazel

                                                                                                          Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                                                                                                          For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                                                                                                          Download: noodlesoft

                                                                                                          5. Alfred

                                                                                                            Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                                                                                                            For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                                                                                                            It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                                                                                                            Download: Alfred

                                                                                                            6. TextExpander

                                                                                                              TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                                                                                                              For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                                                                                                              An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                                                                                                              Download: TextExpander

                                                                                                              7. Backblaze

                                                                                                                If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                                                                                                                Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                                                                                                                Download: Backblaze

                                                                                                                8. Keyboard Maestro

                                                                                                                  Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                                                                                                  Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                                                                                                  9. Snagit

                                                                                                                    There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                                                                                                    Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                                                                                                    10. Bartender

                                                                                                                      Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                                                                                                      If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                                                                                                      Download: Bartender

                                                                                                                      11. Otter

                                                                                                                      Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                                                                                                      Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                                                                                                      Download: Otter

                                                                                                                      12. Flux

                                                                                                                        Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                                                                                                        Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

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                                                                                                                        Download: Flux

                                                                                                                        13. PDFpen

                                                                                                                        If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                                                                                                        PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                                                                                                        Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                                                                                                        14. OmniFocus

                                                                                                                          OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                                                                                                          It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                                                                                                          A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                                                                                                          Download: OmniFocus

                                                                                                                          15. Franz

                                                                                                                            It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                                                                                                            Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                                                                                                            Download: Franz

                                                                                                                            16. MindNode

                                                                                                                              If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                                                                                                              The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                                                                                                              Download: MindNode

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                                                                                                                              17. Focus

                                                                                                                                The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

                                                                                                                                This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                                                                                                                Download: Focus

                                                                                                                                18. CleanMyMac

                                                                                                                                  Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                                                                                                  Download: CleanMyMac

                                                                                                                                  19. Grammarly

                                                                                                                                    A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                                                                                                    This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                                                                                                    A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                                                                                                    Download: Grammarly

                                                                                                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                                                                                                    These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                                                                                                    Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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