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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

                  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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                                                                                                  Best 10 Keyboards Under $90 on Amazon

                                                                                                  Best 10 Keyboards Under $90 on Amazon

                                                                                                  There are different reasons why you might need to buy an extra keyboard. Your keyboard may be wearing out and one can only imagine the frustration you get each time you type ‘O’ when you actually wanted to type ‘P’.

                                                                                                  Apart from your keyboard wearing out, desiring more comfort and flexibility and reducing pain in your wrists and fingers as you type might be your main reason. You may also want to maintain the recommended minimum distance of 40cm away from the screen[1] or just want to have some additional functionalities on your keyboard which are not available on most keyboards.

                                                                                                  Whatever the reason, we all want to have the best keyboard that will suit our needs.

                                                                                                  Here are the 10 best keyboards under $99 available on Amazon. They were picked based on their ergonomic design and extra functionalities.

                                                                                                  Why You Should Trust Us

                                                                                                  We checked Amazon to find the keyboards that have multiple functionalities, promises comfort, have received several reviews, and rated at least 4-star from real users. At a price below $100, we believe that you can find the best keyboard for you on this list.

                                                                                                  1. Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard and Mouse Combo

                                                                                                  4.3-star, 8950 Reviews

                                                                                                    The Logitech MK 550 keyboard has a constant curve layout and integrated palm rest to reduce stress, eliminate lower wrist fatigue, and help you type more naturally.

                                                                                                    If you want something that allows easy navigation, then this might be the best keyboard for you. It has 18 programmable keys that you will find pretty useful if you frequently use apps that require rapid navigation.

                                                                                                    It also has an accompanying precision laser mouse that makes screen navigation much easier and faster than using your touchpad.

                                                                                                    One of the things that set this keyboard apart from the rest is its long battery life. You can continue to use your keyboard and mouse for 2 years without thinking of changing the battery; the keyboard’s battery can even last up to three years.

                                                                                                    If you are a programmer, secretary, writer, or you do something that requires typing a lot, this is a product you might want to consider.

                                                                                                    Pros:

                                                                                                    • Long battery life
                                                                                                    • A combination of keyboard and mouse
                                                                                                    • Wireless keyboard
                                                                                                    • Integrated palm rest to reduce wrist fatigue

                                                                                                    Cons:

                                                                                                    • Only compatible with Windows-based PC. Additional set up might be required to use with Mac or Linux.
                                                                                                    • The keyboard can be a little noisy when typing

                                                                                                    You can buy this from Amazon for $46.99.

                                                                                                    2. Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Wired Keyboard 4000 for Business

                                                                                                    4.3-star, 5388 reviews

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                                                                                                      This is an ergonomic keyboard with a cord (about 6ft long). It has a comfortable design that enhances your natural hand, wrist, and forearm positions when in use. It also has a cushioned palm rest which helps maintain a neutral wrist position, eliminating wrist pain.

                                                                                                      The keyboard has 5 customizable buttons that you can assign specific commands to make your work easier and faster. This may be the best keyboard for you if you love ergonomic keyboards.

                                                                                                      Pros

                                                                                                      • Works on Windows, Mac, and Linux
                                                                                                      • Relatively quiet
                                                                                                      • Sturdy, doesn’t swivel around

                                                                                                      Cons

                                                                                                      • The keyboard is a little bulky
                                                                                                      • Spacebar might be sticky at first
                                                                                                      • It doesn’t have a wireless version
                                                                                                      • Not good for gaming
                                                                                                      • Some letters and characters might begin to wear off with use

                                                                                                      You can buy this from Amazon for $59.95.

                                                                                                      3. Razer Huntsman Gaming Keyboard

                                                                                                      4.6-stars, 1442 Reviews

                                                                                                        If you are looking for a superfast keyboard, the Razer Huntsman gaming keyboard is one to consider. Its new Razer Opto-Mechanical switches utilize optical technology for unmatched speed.

                                                                                                        The keyboard’s Razer Chroma syncs fully with popular games, and its Razer hardware supports 16.8 million colors on backlit keys. It has fully programmable macros that allow for the execution of complex commands through all keys and keypress combinations.

                                                                                                        This keyboard is originally made for gamers, but many users choose it for its super-fast speed rather than for gaming itself.

                                                                                                        Pros

                                                                                                        • Works for Mac and PC
                                                                                                        • Stiff enough to avoid typos
                                                                                                        • Superfast and customizable

                                                                                                        Cons

                                                                                                        • Because it’s clicky, it might be disturbing in an office environment
                                                                                                        • The Synapse software is bad and might not install on Windows 10

                                                                                                        You can buy this from Amazon for $89.99.

                                                                                                        4. Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard

                                                                                                        4.5-stars, 3115 Reviews

                                                                                                          This is a membrane keyboard for enhanced performance, whether you are working or gaming. It is designed to give you pleasant gaming experience with three zones of tweakable RGB backlight.

                                                                                                          One of the features that make the Corsair K55 keyboard stand out is its dust and spill resistance, so you don’t have to worry about wiping off spills. It also has a detachable palm rest to reduce wrist pain when you are gaming or on a prolonged work.

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                                                                                                          It has multi-key anti-ghosting features so those keypress combinations are executed without hassles. You also have direct control over your audio with the dedicated volume and media control keys.

                                                                                                          Pros

                                                                                                          • Competitive at its price
                                                                                                          • No software needed for RGB lighting
                                                                                                          • Quiet keys
                                                                                                          • Programmable keys
                                                                                                          • Media buttons are included

                                                                                                          Cons

                                                                                                          • Caps Lock and Num Lock indicators might stop working intermittently
                                                                                                          • Game hangs for about 30 – 60 seconds whenever you use a controller

                                                                                                          You can buy this from Amazon for $49.88.

                                                                                                          5. Apple Magic Keyboard

                                                                                                          4.6-stars, 1328 Reviews

                                                                                                            The most remarkable thing about the Apple Magic keyboard is its rechargeable batteries and the fact that it can be used to enhance your typing experience on smaller devices such as the iPad and iPhone.

                                                                                                            This keyboard can pair with any apple device that runs on IOS 9.1 and up. Therefore you can use the keyboard to type long text messages and emails on your iPhone. This may be the best keyboard for Mac.

                                                                                                            Pros

                                                                                                            • Comes with rechargeable batteries
                                                                                                            • Though made for Mac, it’s also compatible with PC

                                                                                                            Cons

                                                                                                            • The keys are not lit
                                                                                                            • Some keys, especially the arrow keys are quite small
                                                                                                            • Be careful, refurbished items might be sold as new

                                                                                                            You can buy this from Amazon for $94.

                                                                                                            6. Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo

                                                                                                            4.1-stars, 20,735 reviews

                                                                                                              This is another great product from Logitech, especially for people on a tight budget. Like MK550, this keyboard also comes with a paired mouse and does have a long battery life as well.

                                                                                                              Although cheap, Logitech still maintained the connectivity signal of 2.4 GHz, so you can use the keyboard within a 10m range and there won’t be dropouts. It also has 8 programmable hotkeys to boost your productivity when you type.

                                                                                                              Pros

                                                                                                              • Long battery life: the keyboard battery lasts up to a year while that of the mouse lasts for two years.
                                                                                                              • Programmable hotkeys to boost productivity
                                                                                                              • Budget-friendly
                                                                                                              • Optical mouse included
                                                                                                              • Wireless keyboard

                                                                                                              Cons

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                                                                                                              • Build quality is low
                                                                                                              • The paired mouse looks cheap
                                                                                                              • There might be random keystrokes delay

                                                                                                              You can buy this from Amazon for $24.99.

                                                                                                              7. Redragon K552-RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

                                                                                                              4.6-stars, 1482 Reviews

                                                                                                                This is a mechanical anti-ghosting gaming keyboard with RGB backlighting and lettering and conflict-free keys (n-key Rollover) to provide ultimate gaming experience.

                                                                                                                This keyboard has adjustable rear feet to give you a typing angle to work fast and comfortably. It also has 12 multimedia keys to enhance gaming.

                                                                                                                You won’t have to worry about your keys in tough gaming conditions as this keyboard is built with metal alloy and ABS with plate-mounted clicky mechanical keys and switches. It comes with a high-speed USB cable and a connection to establish a firm connection so you can enjoy gaming without hassles.

                                                                                                                Pros

                                                                                                                • Sturdy and compact; saves space on your desktop
                                                                                                                • It has swappable switches
                                                                                                                • A good buy for its price

                                                                                                                Cons

                                                                                                                • Clicky keys and loud switches. It may not be suitable where some level of silence is required.
                                                                                                                • Some LEDs might break with continued use
                                                                                                                • Support for Mac is limited, only Windows PCs are fully supported.

                                                                                                                You can buy this from Amazon for $44.99.

                                                                                                                8. Havit Mechanical Keyboard and Mouse Combo

                                                                                                                4.4-star, 1116 reviews

                                                                                                                  This is an RGB lighting keyboard and mouse. It’s an all-metal panel mechanical keyboard with a floating design. It has 104 keys and each of the keys has individual switches with full n-key rollover.

                                                                                                                  The keyboard is ergonomic and has a detachable wrist rest to reduce stress and pain on your wrist. The mouse is also programmable and has DPI levels adjustable up to 4800 DPI. You can even customize your own lighting layouts on the keyboard and it stores and retains your configurations.

                                                                                                                  This keyboard is compatible with Windows, MAC, and Linux. If you like mechanical keyboards, this might be the best keyboard you’re looking for.

                                                                                                                  Pros

                                                                                                                  • Impressive build quality
                                                                                                                  • Great buy for its price
                                                                                                                  • Universal compatibility

                                                                                                                  Cons

                                                                                                                  • The blue switches in the keys are pretty noisy.
                                                                                                                  • Some keys might begin to malfunction with prolonged use.

                                                                                                                  You can buy this from Amazon for $62.99.

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                                                                                                                  9. Havit Mechanical RGB Gaming Keyboard Mouse Headset Combo

                                                                                                                  4.4-star, 6772 ratings

                                                                                                                    This is a complete gaming kit with an RGB lighting keyboard, mouse, and headset, all combined and synced together to give you that ‘rave’ feeling when you are gaming.

                                                                                                                    The headphone’s breathable soft fabric earpads and memory foam provide exceptional comfort. It also has a 50 mm sound driver and virtual surround sound for precision audio as you game.

                                                                                                                    Keyboard and mouse are plug and play and has universal compatibility. The headphone is also compatible with different devices and games, such as PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox, Xbox ONE, Nintendo, mobiles, tablets, and laptops.

                                                                                                                    Although the value for money lies in using it for gaming, it works well for just any other thing that other keyboards can do.

                                                                                                                    Pros

                                                                                                                    • The keyboard is well built and looks great
                                                                                                                    • Keys are solid and clicky
                                                                                                                    • Bright LEDs are bright and come pre-configured with lots of different lighting patterns.

                                                                                                                    Cons

                                                                                                                    • The keys are light but loud
                                                                                                                    • The headset is a bit bulky

                                                                                                                    You can buy this from Amazon for $90.99.

                                                                                                                    10. Logitech MK710 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo

                                                                                                                    4.2-star, 3101 Reviews

                                                                                                                      You already know that Logitech produces wireless keyboards and mouse combo with batteries that last up to three years at an estimated two million stroke per year of office use. You also know that their keyboard has a cushion palm rest for the comfort of your wrist.

                                                                                                                      What you may find interesting in this particular model is its LCD dashboard that displays the icon status of your battery, caps lock, scroll lock, and number lock all at a glance. This might be the best keyboard and mouse combo by Logitech you can find.

                                                                                                                      Pros

                                                                                                                      • The keyboard is sturdy and does not wobble on a work desk.
                                                                                                                      • Keys are solid and soft, making typing comfortable

                                                                                                                      Cons

                                                                                                                      • Letters might start wearing out after some months of use.
                                                                                                                      • Only compatible with Windows operating systems

                                                                                                                      You can buy this from Amazon for $49.99.

                                                                                                                      Bottom Line

                                                                                                                      You will always find a keyboard with good functionalities for a price of less than $100. It is advisable, however, to choose one that is compatible with different operating systems and can connect to different devices.

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