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First Look at Checkmark for iOS: Reminders on Steroids

First Look at Checkmark for iOS: Reminders on Steroids

Apple did every iPhone user a great service by adding in its Reminders app to iOS 5. With full Siri integration, it allowed them to create a quick list of tasks or simple reminders so that they’d know what they needed to do throughout their day. But it’s missing a key ingredient: location awareness.

Enter Checkmark by Snowman, which solves that problem.

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    Checkmark allows users to name locations (such as Home, Office, Grocery Store, etc.) and they can then add reminders based on those locations. Users can tell Checkmark to notify them within a certain timeframe as they approach a preset location – and they can even define how close they need to be to the location before they are notified. Better still, if you are prone to “forget the milk” when you go grocery shopping, Checkmark can remind you after you leave the location that you were supposed to pick it up. (Note: Location-based reminders are available only for iPhone 4 or 4S)

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    Checkmark is quick and the amount of time it takes to get used to is just as quick. The user interface is slick, elegant and simple, which is ideal if you’ve designed an app that is trying to usurp one that was created by Apple.

    In fact, Checkmark already has Apple’s Reminders beaten in several areas. For example, you can create location-based reminders in only 3 steps with Checkmark, compared to 11 in Apple’s Reminders app. And time-based reminders can be created in only 3 steps as well, compared to 8 in Apple’s Reminders app. So not only is Checkmark simple to use and fast, it is simpler and faster to use than Apple’s own Reminders app.

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    And the team at Snowman has also developed a pretty cool video to promote Checkmark, which you can watch below:

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    (I’ll be giving Checkmark the “30 Days With” treatment here at Lifehack, so check back here in a couple of weeks for a more comprehensive review — as well as to see how the app holds up over an entire month of use.)

    To celebrate its launch, Checkmark is only 99 cents for a limited time in The App Store – and it is worth every penny. If you’ve been looking for Reminders on steroids, then Checkmark is the app for you.

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    Last Updated on July 10, 2019

    11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

    11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

    Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

    Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

    Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

    1. Lumosity

    This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

    Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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      2. Fit Brains Trainer

      This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

      Free.

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        3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

        Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

        First four games free, then $13 a month.

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          4. Brain Fitness Pro

          The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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          Buy for $3.99.

          5. Happify

          If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

          Free to use.

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            6. Clockwork Brain

            You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

            Free.

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              7. ReliefLink

              Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                8. Eidetic

                Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                  9. Braingle

                  Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                  Free.

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                    10. Not The Hole Story

                    If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                    Free.

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                      11. Personal Zen

                      This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                      Free.

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