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Grab The Quora e-book that Answers over 100 Popular Questions

Grab The Quora e-book that Answers over 100 Popular Questions

The Quora team have created a thank-you gift for you to download. It’s a collection of over one hundred of the best answers from the top writers on Quora. You can grab the “Best of Quora 2010-2012” PDF for free from their website. Here are the complete list of questions contained in the book. Enjoy!

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Food

  • Yoav Perry’s answer to Food: Why is it safe to eat the mold in Bleu Cheese?
  • Brian Lee’s answer to Food Industry: How do supermarkets dispose of expired food?
  • Jonas M Luster’s answer to Cooking: If there were ten commandments in cooking what would they be?
  • Madeline Puckette’s answer to Wine: Why do American winemakers produce mostly varietals, while French winemakers produce blends?
  • Andrew Roberts’s answer to Food: Why are the chocolate chips in chocolate chip ice cream generally “chocolate-flavored chips”?

Education

  • Jae Won Joh’s answer to Medical School: What is one thing that you regret learning in medical school?
  • Joshua Engel’s answer to Education: Are general requirements in college a waste of time?
  • Melinda T. Owens’s answer to Choosing Colleges: How does a star engineering high school senior choose among MIT, Caltech, Stanford and Harvard?

International

  • Wael Al-Sallami’s answer to Iraq: Is Iraq a safer place now compared to what it was like during Saddam Hussein’s regime?
  • Anon User’s answer to Misogyny: Is Islam misogynistic?
  • Kaiser Kuo’s answer to Chinese Culture: Do the Chinese people currently consider Mao Zedong to be evil or a hero?
  • Mark Rowswell’s answer to Learning Chinese: Why do so many Chinese learners seem to hate Dashan (Mark Rowswell)?
  • Navin Kabra’s answer to Indian Diaspora: How do Indians feel when they go back to live in India after living in US for 5+ years?
  • Adrianna Tan’s answer to Travel and Tourism in India: Is it safe for a single American woman to travel in India?
  • Yair Livne’s answer to Investing: If developing countries are growing faster than developed countries, why wouldn’t you invest most of your money there?
  • Ryan Romanchuk’s answer to North Korea: What is it like to visit North Korea?
  • Domhnall O’Huigin’s answer to Irish People: What are some common stereotypes about Irish people that are largely untrue?
  • Patrick Collison’s answer to Irish People: Do Irish immigrants to the Bay Area feel guilty for living in such an amazing place?

Law

  • Ryan Lackey’s answer to 99 Problems (2004 song): How valid is the implied legal advice in Jay-Z’s “99 Problems”?
  • Ani Ravi’s answer to Iron Man (2008 movie): In the movie Iron Man, could investors sue Tony Stark for acting against the interest of the shareholders?
  • Ti Zhao’s answer to China: Is it true that in China, you can hire someone to serve your prison sentence?
  • Antone Johnson’s answer to Attorneys: Why are lawyers so expensive even with the excess supply of lawyers?

Life Advice

  • Lee Semel’s answer to Human Behavior: What are some stupid things that smart people do?
  • Kat Li’s answer to Dating and Relationships: What are the disadvantages of dating highly intelligent men?
  • Alison Stone’s answer to Love: How do you know if you’ve found “the one”?
  • Dave Cheng’s answer to Dating and Relationships: How do I convince my girlfriend (possibly future wife) that a diamond engagement ring is a waste of money?
  • Lex Cooke’s answer to Dating and Relationships: How do boys feel about girls who don’t expend much effort on appearances (e.g., clothes, makeup)?
  • Brandon Gregg’s answer to Security: What should you do if you suspect a car has been following you?
  • Alecia Li Morgan’s answer to Motherhood: What is some advice every new mother should know?
  • Jimmy Wales’s answer to Parenting: My kids (11 and 8) have started learning chess. Is it a good idea to let them beat me sometimes to encourage them?
  • Matt Dotson’s answer to Economics: How would you explain to a five-year-old that higher taxes on the rich don’t fix everything?
  • Andy Johns’s answer to Bereavement and Mourning: When should someone be finished grieving?
  • Matthew Manning’s answer to Tips and Hacks for Everyday Life: How can you overcome your envy of people who are your age but are far more successful than you?

Literature

  • Cristina Hartmann’s answer to Attraction (interpersonal): What book should I read to make girls think I’m smart in a hot way?
  • Stephanie Vardavas’s answer to Jane Austen (author): Which Jane Austen heroine most embodies feminist principles?
  • Shan Kothari’s answer to Jane Austen (author): What is so great about Jane Austen?
  • Danielle Maurer’s answer to Harry Potter Book 5: Order of the Phoenix: Toward the end of Harry Potter Book 5: Order of the Phoenix, why don’t the kids just gang up on and overpower Umbridge?
  • Tyler Borchers’s answer to The Hunger Games (2008 book): Is The Hunger Games a pro-girl / pro-woman story, the way Brave is?
  • Monika Kothari’s answer to The Hunger Games (book trilogy & creative franchise): Does race or ethnicity play a role in The Hunger Games series? If so, how?

Music

  • Aaron Ellis’s answer to Jay-Z: What is so great about Jay-Z?
  • Josh Siegle’s answer to Music: Is it possible at this stage of human culture to create a new genre of music?
  • Mark Rogowsky’s answer to Mobile Phones: Why don’t cell phones work at music festivals?
  • Jess Lin’s answer to Violins: How do you know when to switch positions on the violin?
  • Daniel Rosenthal’s answer to U2 (band): Why is U2 so popular?

Professions & Careers

  • Michael Janke’s answer to Snipers: What is it like to be a sniper?
  • Tim Dees’s answer to Law Enforcement and the Police: What have you learned as a police officer about life and society that most people don’t know or underestimate?
  • Justin Freeman’s answer to Law Enforcement and the Police: What’s the best way to escape the police in a high-speed car chase?
  • Michael Shinzaki’s answer to Poker: What is it like to earn a living through poker?
  • Lou Davis’s answer to Doctors: Why does it seem most doctors are not compassionate?
  • Yank Rutherford’s answer to Aircraft Carriers: What is it like to be the commanding officer of an Aircraft Carrier?
  • Michael Forrest Jones’s answer to Hotels: How do good hotels always feel so clean and fresh?
  • Anon User’s answer to Venture Capital: What is the worst part of being a VC?
  • Anon User’s answer to Airlines: What are some things that airline pilots won’t tell you?
  • Anon User’s answer to Recreational Drugs: What’s it like to be a drug dealer?

Science

  • Matan Shelomi’s answer to Insects: If you injure a bug, should you kill it or let it live and not die?
  • Brad Porteus’s answer to Black Widow: What does it feel like to be bitten by a black widow spider?
  • Marc Srour’s answer to Spiders: How does a spider decide where to put up its web?
  • Jay Wacker’s answer to Higgs Boson Discovery and Announcement (July 2012): If I want to look smart, what do I need to know about the Higgs Boson discovery?
  • Alia Caldwell’s answer to The Universe: How has our understanding of the universe changed in the last 100 years?
  • Oliver Starr’s answer to Animal Behavior (Ethology): Would a lone adult wolf be able to take down an athletic adult human?
  • Nan Waldman’s answer to Mind Hacks: Does bouncing your leg improve cognition?
  • Bradley Voytek’s answer to Neuroscience: What is the neurological basis of curiosity?
  • Paul King’s answer to Life: Why do living things die?
  • Ben Golub’s answer to Economics: What are the economics of lying?
  • Anon User’s answer to Mathematics: What is it like to have an understanding of very advanced mathematics?

Movies

  • Mark Hughes’s answer to Superheroes: Given our current technology and with the proper training, would it be possible for someone to become Batman?
  • Mac Booker’s answer to The Dark Knight (2008 movie): In The Dark Knight, how did the Joker really get his scars?
  • Marcus Geduld’s answer to Actors and Actresses: How do actors’ spouses feel about love scenes in film and TV?
  • Oren Jacob’s answer to Pixar Animation Studios: Did Pixar accidentally delete Toy Story 2 during production?
  • JJ Abrams’s answer to Movie Making: How do directors conceive and think through monster and action scenes?
  • Richard Stern’s answer to The Godfather, Part II (1974 movie): Why does one of the goons trying to kill Frank Pentangelli in the bar say “Michael Corleone says hello”?
  • Neville Fogarty’s answer to Jeopardy! (TV game show): What is it like to be a contestant on Jeopardy?
  • Sean Hood’s answer to Screenwriting: How do screenwriters feel about bad reviews, in particular claims of formulaic writing?
  • Ashton Kutcher’s answer to Movie Making: What determines whether an actor is cast in a part in Hollywood?

Politics

  • Jennifer Miller’s answer to U.S. Presidential Elections: How early do politicians and presidential political campaigns begin quietly promising/planning cabinet seats and vice president positions?
  • Peter Marquez’s answer to Air Force One: What’s it like to fly on Air Force One?
  • David Hood’s answer to 1968 U.S. Presidential Election: What if Richard Nixon had won the 1960 Presidential election? How would history have been different?
  • Craig Montuori’s answer to U.S. Immigration: Should highly skilled international students (including Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate) be given Green Cards?
  • Paul Ryan’s answer to Economics: What are the chances of a debt crisis on the scale of Greece hitting the United States?

Prison Life

  • Tommy Winfrey’s answer to Murder: What does it feel like to murder someone?
  • James Houston’s answer to San Quentin State Prison: Do inmates in San Quentin have access to computers and the Internet? What kind of access?
  • Kenyatta Leal’s answer to Incarceration: What does the first day of a 5+ year prison sentence feel like?
  • David Monroe’s answer to Incarceration: Do you remember when the gavel dropped in court with the verdict and what that felt like at that moment? Flash forward to today looking back on that moment — how have you changed your life behind bars?

Sports

  • Peter Cipollone’s answer to Olympic Games: What is it like to be an Olympic athlete after winning (or not winning) the Olympics?
  • Carly Geehr’s answer to Olympic Games: Do Olympic or competitive swimmers ever pee in the pool?
  • Daryl Morey’s answer to 2012-13 NBA Season: Why is Jeremy Lin so turnover-prone and how can he fix this?
  • Drew Housman’s answer to Jeremy Lin: What’s it like to play on the same basketball team as Jeremy Lin?
  • Hung Lee’s answer to UEFA Euro 2012: What makes the Spanish national football team so dominant right now?
  • John DeMarchi’s answer to NFL: How effective would sumo wrestlers be as NFL linemen?
  • Anon User’s answer to Professional Wrestling: Is wrestling fake?

Technology

  • Paul DeJoe’s answer to Startups: What does it feel like to be the CEO of a start-up?
  • Steve Case’s answer to 1995-2000 Dot-Com Bubble: What factors led to the bursting of the Internet bubble of the late 1990s?
  • Kevin Systrom’s answer to Instagram: What is the genesis of Instagram?
  • David Cole’s answer to Video Games: Am I missing out by not playing any video or console games?
  • Ramzi Amri’s answer to Steve Jobs: Why did Steve Jobs choose not to effectively treat his cancer?
  • Tim Smith’s answer to Steve Jobs: What are the best stories about people randomly meeting Steve Jobs?
  • Peter Clark’s answer to Silicon Valley Company Culture: Which of the Hogwarts Houses does each of the Gang of Four companies correspond to?

Women

  • Anne K. Halsall’s answer to Physical Appearance: What does it feel like to be an unattractive woman?
  • Gayle Laakmann McDowell’s answer to Pick-Up Artists: Why are women so negative about the “picking up women” school of thought?
  • Shannon Larson’s answer to Attractiveness and Attractive People: As a young woman, how can I shake the feeling that being good-looking is the primary thing that males will acknowledge and praise my existence for?
  • Rebekah Cox’s answer to Women in Technology: What is it like to be a woman working in the tech industry?
  • Nora Mullaney’s answer to Women in Technology: What advice would seasoned women in tech give to younger girls deciding to make a tech career for themselves?

The United States

  • Ashton Lee’s answer to 9/11: What did it feel like to be inside the World Trade Center at the time of the 9/11 attacks?
  • Marq Hwang’s answer to Asian Americans: What does it mean to be Asian American?
  • Matt Schiavenza’s answer to New York City: Why is NYC so great?
  • Max Cohen’s answer to Travel and Visiting in New York City: What are good tips for hailing a taxi in Manhattan?
  • Laszlo B. Tamas’s answer to Lincoln Assassination: How likely would Abraham Lincoln be to survive his wounds today?
  • Chris O’Regan’s answer to RMS Titanic (ship): How could the sinking of the Titanic have been prevented?
  • Anon User’s answer to Hipsters: What do hipsters know that I don’t know?
  • Ben Newman’s answer to Burning Man: What facts about Burning Man do virgin burners not believe until they go?
  • Gary Teal’s answer to American Culture: Why does the USA insist on doing things differently than the majority of other developed nations?

Work Advice

  • Ambra Nykol Benjamin’s answer to Recruiting: What do recruiters look for in a resume at first glance?
  • Ian McAllister’s answer to Product Management: What distinguishes the top 1% of product managers from the top 10%?
  • Kah Keng Tay’s answer to Productivity: How can you increase your productivity on side projects at the end of the day when you’re tired from work/college?
  • Michael O. Church’s answer to Management: How do you fire an employee that just isn’t good enough?
  • Michael Wolfe’s answer to Business: What are telltale signs that you’re working at a “sinking ship” company?
  • Edmond Lau’s answer to Career Advice: How do you know when it’s time to leave your current company and move on?

Personal Experience

  • Faisal Abid’s answer to Trains (transportation service): What is it like to be in a train crash?
  • Flemming Funch’s answer to Scientology: What is it like to leave the Church of Scientology?
  • Anon User’s answer to Kidnapping and Ransom: What is it like to be kidnapped?
  • Dan Holliday’s answer to Drug Addiction: What does it feel like to be addicted to drugs?
  • Karen Opas’s answer to Alcoholism: What is it like to be an alcoholic?
  • Alex K. Chen’s answer to Asperger Syndrome: What does it feel like to have Asperger’s Syndrome?
  • Laura Copeland’s answer to Asperger Syndrome: What is it like to be in a relationship with someone who has Asperger’s?
  • John Clover’s answer to Family and Families: What does it feel like to have your sibling die?
  • John H. Hillman, V’s answer to Wealthy People and Families: What’s it like to come from a billion-dollar family?
  • Anon User’s answer to Intelligence: What does it feel like to be stupid?
  • Anon User’s answer to What Does It Feel Like to X?: What does it feel like to be both very physically beautiful and very academically intelligent?
  • Anon User’s answer to Attraction (interpersonal): What does it feel like to be unattractive and desired by none?
  • Anon User’s answer to Sex: What’s it like to pay for sex on a regular basis?
  • Anon User’s answer to Weddings: What does it feel like to cancel your wedding?
  • Drew Young Shin’s answer to Heroism: What is the most heroic thing you have ever done?

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40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

Productivity apps to help you get things done

1. OmniFocus

This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

Download it here.

    2. Forest

    Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

    Download it here.

      3. Things

      Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

      Download it here.

        4. 30/30

        Recently covered here at Lifehack

        , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

        Download it here.

          5. Any.Do

          A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

          Download it here.

            6. PocketLife Calendar

            This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

            Download it here.

              7. Asana

              We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

              , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

              Download it here.

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                8. ToDoist

                This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                Download it here.

                  9. FlowTasks

                  From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                  Download it here.

                    10. Calendars 5

                    This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                    Download it here.

                      11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                      A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                      Download it here.

                        12. Due

                        A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                        Download it here.

                          13. Checkmark 2

                          I use this app

                          for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                          Download it here.

                            14. TeuxDeux

                            Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                            Download it here.

                              15. Wunderlist 

                              Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                              Download it here.

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                                16. Nirvana

                                For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                Download it here.

                                  17. Priorities

                                  An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                  Download it here.

                                    Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                    18. Productive

                                    With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                    Download it here.

                                      19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                      You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                      Download it here.

                                        20. Streaks

                                        This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                        Download it here.

                                          21. Remember The Milk

                                          Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                          Download it here.

                                            22. Day One Journal

                                            When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                            Download it here.

                                              Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                              23. Evernote

                                              Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                              Download it here.

                                                24. Pocket

                                                You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                Download it here.

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                                                  25. Sync.Me

                                                  This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    26. Droplr

                                                    One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      27. Dropbox

                                                      Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        28. iDolly 

                                                        In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                        Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          29. Soulver

                                                          It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                            30. Captio

                                                            A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              31. Drafts

                                                              A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                  33. Doodle

                                                                  This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                    I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                      A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        36. GoodReader

                                                                        This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          37. LogMeIn

                                                                          Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                            38. 1Password

                                                                            There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                              You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                              All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                40. Truecallers

                                                                                Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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