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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 November 5, 2019

    5 Best Language Learning Apps to Master a New Language

    5 Best Language Learning Apps to Master a New Language

    Learning a new language is no easy feat. While a language instructor is irreplaceable, language learning apps have come to revolutionize a lot of things and it has made language learning much easier. Compared to language learning websites, apps offer a more interactive experience to learn a new language.

    The following language learning apps are the top recommended apps for your language learning needs:

    1. Duolingo

      Duolingo is a very successful app that merged gamification and language learning. According to Expanded Ramblings, the app now counts with 300 million users.

      Duolingo offers a unique concept, an easy-to-use app and is a great app to accompany your language acquisition journey. The courses are created by native speakers, so this is not data or algorithm-based.

      The app is free and has the upgrade options with Duolingo Plus for $9.99, which are add free lessons. The mobile app offers 25 languages and is popular for English-speaking learners learning other languages.

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      Download the app

      2. HelloTalk

        HelloTalk aims to facilitate speaking practice and eliminate the stresses of a real-time and life conversation. The app allows users to connect to native speakers and has a WhatsApp like chat that imitates its interface.

        There is a perk to this app. The same native speakers available also want to make an even exchange and learn your target language, so engagement is the name of the game.

        What’s more, the app has integrated translation function that bypasses the difficulties of sending a message with a missing word and instead fills in the gap.

        Download the app

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        3. Mindsnacks

          Remember that Duolingo has integrated gamification in language learning? Well, Mindsnacks takes the concept to another level. There is an extensive list of languages available within the app comes with eight to nine games designed to learn grammar, vocabulary listening.

          You will also be able to visualize your progress since the app integrates monitoring capabilities. The layout and interface is nothing short of enjoyable, cheerful and charming.

          Download the app

          4. Busuu

            Bussu is a social language learning app. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS. It currently supports 12 languages and is free.

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            The functionality allows users to learn words, simple dialogues and questions related to the conversations. In addition, the dialogues are recorded by native speakers, which brings you close to the language learning experience.

            When you upgrade, you unlock important features including course materials. The subscription is $17 a month.

            Download the app

            5. Babbel

              Babbel is a subscription-based service founded in 2008. According to LinguaLift, it is a paid cousing of Duolingo. The free version comes with 40 classes, and does not require you to invest any money.

              Each of the classes starts with with a sequential teaching of vocabulary with the help of pictures. The courses are tailor made and adapted to the students’ level, allowing the learning to be adjusted accordingly.

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              If you started learning a language and stopped, Babbel will help you pick up where you started.

              Download the app

              Takeaways

              All the apps recommended are tailored for different needs, whether you’re beginning to learn a language or trying to pick back up one. All of them are designed by real-life native speakers and so provide you with a more concrete learning experience.

              Since these apps are designed to adapt to different kinds of learning styles, do check out which one is the most suitable for you.

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