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Every iPhone User Needs To Have These 22 Incredible Apps to Make Life Easier

Every iPhone User Needs To Have These 22 Incredible Apps to Make Life Easier

The mobile app industry is a huge global entity, with the European sector alone expected to be worth in excess of 63 billion Euros by the end of 2018. This growth will be driven by continual innovation within the sector, which creates a wider diversity of applications that make everyday life easier and more enjoyable.

While the number of apps available through the Android operating system may have increased considerably in recent times, it is Apple’s iOS platform that offers the most variety to users. With this in mind, let’s take a look at 22 of the best iPhone apps and how they can improve your everyday life: –

1.Slice

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    Do you find that the speed, efficiencyand convenience of online shopping can be outweighed by the time consuming nature of tracking and receiving those deliveries? If you do then the Slice app can take the hassle out of your online shopping by automatically tracking them on your behalf and sending real-time updates.

    2.Amount

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      Thissingle clever little app can take the stress out of your cooking, shopping and even the calculationof your fuel consumption. Okay, so maybe it cannot take all the stress out of these activities, but you can use it to quickly and easily convert a whole host of different units for you and access vital data.

      3.Waze

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        Traffic can be the bain of our lives, as it makes us late for our meetings and, lets face it, it can leave us feeling more than just a little frustrated. Well not anymore as, thanks to Waze, you can join forces against traffic with your local community by easily sharing real time traffic information including accidents and hazards that will ensure you can all take routes that avoid the jams.

        4.Open Table

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          Open Table is an incredibly useful app for those that love to have spontaneous dinners out with friends but are put off by the hassle of booking a last minute table or, worse still, waiting around for one to open up. This app provides you with everything you need to quickly and easily choose a local restaurant, from independent reviews, available times and the menu to local restaurants.

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          5.HiFutureSelf

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            Have you ever forgotten to be somewhere or to do something until you receive a text message checking where you are or seeing if you have completed the task in hand? Well thanks to HiFutureSelf, you’ll be able to send yourself one of these prompts, only this will be to remind you about a specific date or activity ahead of time.

            6.Pocket

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              If you want to relieve the tedium of your daily commute whilst keeping up to date with the latest news, events and funny videos, then this app can help you. It enables you to store any interesting articles, websites or videos in one place where you can quickly and easily access them, without an internet connection and whenever you find yourself with a spare minute.

              7.Audible

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                A way of relieving the tedium of travelling to work for drivers, the Audible app offers you instant access to best-selling novels and non-fiction titles in the marketplace. With this app you will no longer feel the stress of being caught up in traffic jams as you will be being entertained by your favorite books or pieces of literature.

                8.AroundMe

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                  This app is great for the lost, the indecisive or the plain forgetful as it will pretty much locate anything you might need to find within a short space of time. It enables you to search for anything, from your nearest coffee shop or cash-point to a petrol station or cinema.

                  9.Fastcustomer: Fast Customer Service

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                    Who these days has the time, never mind the patience, to waste attempting toautomated systems and being placed on hold? Certainly not us! Thankfully, this app means you will no longer have to. Simply select the company and the department you need from the drop down menu, enter your number and the app will get the company to call you.

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                    10.Genius Scan

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                      If you have ever felt the frustration of having taken a photo of a document on your phone only to upload it onto your computer to realize that it is illegible, then this is a handy app for you. It enables you to actually scan an image with your phone and then upload it to your computer as a PDF, providing an accurate and useful image!

                      11.Songkick

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                        Thanks to this app, you will never have to feel the crushing disappointment that comes with finding out your favorite artist is coming to town only to realize the tickets sold out weeks ago. Songkick connects to personaliTunes and Spotify accounts and tracks your musical preferences, before automatically prompting you whenour favorite artists announce a new set of tour dates or album releases.

                        12. Oddschecker

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                          If music is not your thing, you may instead enjoy the thrill of gambling or real-time gameplay. If this is the case, then you will need access the best live odds to ensure that can make your money go further and get the most from your recreation time. Oddschecker is therefore the app for you, as it will compare real-time prices across a host of online brands sports, and casino games. So whether you want to choose from alist of regulated poker sites in New Jerseyor place a soccer accumulator bet, Oddschecker will let you do this quickly, cheaply and effectively.

                          13.Kayak

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                            The Kayak, by bringing together flights, hotels and car rental companies all under one easy to use app, takes the stress out of booking the best price for your holiday or business trip. There is even a handy explore feature for those lacking inspiration and a sense of direction.

                            14.TripIt

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                              If you take lots of trips, whether for business or pleasure, this app can make your life easier by helping you to never a miss a train or flight again. All you have to do is email your travel confirmations to the app and it will create your own detailed itinerary for you.

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                              15.MyFitnessPal

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                                My Fitness Pal is pretty much what its name suggests; it is like having a fitness buddy in your pocket. It helps you to keep your diet on track by enablingyou to set goals and count the calories that you consume, while also monitoringany garnered nutritional data on your behalf. All you have to do is scan the barcode or search for the food that you have eaten, before counting your calories and factoring in daily exercise regimes.

                                16.Mint

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                                  What MyFitnessPal does for your health, Mint does for your bank balance. It takes the hassle out of managing your money by combining all of your balances and investments into one place so that you can easily keep track of your spending and set yourself savings or spending goals.

                                  17. Quick Scan

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                                    Another way of using your phone to take the hassle out of saving money is with the Quick Scan app. Simply use the camera on your phone to scan the barcode of an item that you would like to buy and it will bring up all the places that you can purchase it from and their cost. No more trudging from shop to shop to find the best deal with this app, as you can save money from within the comfort of your own home!

                                    18. My Co2 Calculator

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                                      With the average energy bills having risen from £800 to just over £1,300 in the last five years, there is a pressing need for home-owners to reduce their energy consumption. This makes it more important than ever that we manage our Co2 emissions for the good of the environment, and this handy iOS helps us to achieve this. By providing an overview of our energy consumption and offering advice on where cut-backs can be made, this app can also help us to save money over time.

                                      19. 1Password

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                                        If you have difficulty thinking of, never mind remembering, the tons of unique passwords that you need for all of your accounts, then this app will create and remember them for you. As it is even Touch ID compatible, you can log into the app and then you into your chosen account with just a couple of taps.

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                                        20. BabyMonitor HD

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                                          Anyone who has ever had a newborn baby will testify, the agonizing pull between needing two minutes to themselves and not wanting to leave their little one with even the most trusted of babysitters is one of the most challenging aspects of parenthood. Although this app may not relieve the guilt of leaving your little one for the first time, it will certainly make you feel more secure as it will allow you to see and hear your sleeping baby on their baby monitor on the go on your phone.

                                          21.Sleep Cycle

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                                            Nothing improves our productivity like a good night’s sleep; the problem is that such a goal is not always easy to attain. That is where Sleep Cycle, the alarm clock like no other, can really help. It analyses your sleep and wakes you up, within a specified 30 minute window, at the lightest part of your sleep and ensures that you are refreshed onceyou are stirred.

                                            22.Find My iPhone

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                                              With all of these cool and handy apps on your iPhone, the last thing you will want to do is lose it! This is where our final app comes in. It allows you to remotely locate your iPhone, lock it and even set up a message on the locked screen asking whoever has came across it to call you.

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                                              Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                                              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                              Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                              Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                              Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                              So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                              Joe’s Goals

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                                                Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                                Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                                Daytum

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                                                  is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                                  Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                                  Excel or Numbers

                                                    If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                                    What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                                    Evernote

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                                                      I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                                      Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                                      Access or Bento

                                                        If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                                        Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                                        You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                                        Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                                        All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                                        Conclusion

                                                        I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                                        What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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