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Have a Look at 8 Killer Apps for Windows 8

Have a Look at 8 Killer Apps for Windows 8

In October of 2012, Microsoft’s Windows 8 created stir among dedicated users. A complete change in the traditional interface brought a unique image of Microsoft to the marketplace, as the company brought its first OS that is best suited for Tablets and Smartphones. Besides Metro Interface, the OS also creates room for excellent apps. However, not all of them created the same magic—below are some of the Windows 8 apps that are most loved by users:

Vimeo

Vimeo Windows 8 Apps

    Music lovers! Just open your arms for this adorable Windows 8 app. Yes, the app allows users to access content from Vimeo, which offers great quality videos. Moreover, a 9×9 grid web video lets users view, upload, and share the videos they like. This app has provided an expected market share to Microsoft.

    USA Today

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      A great interest that many people have today is to stay updated with the latest news going on around the world. This app is helpful for both today’s attentive generation as well as the older ones, with latest news about the economy, politics, and everything else that USA Today offers. It also allows users to switch to various categories as well. Users can also view and download videos and images. Furthermore, the app has scored more points than Microsoft’s Bing News.

      Bing Weather

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        Flipping through news channels to get weather information is no longer required: just turn on your computer and receive all your weather forecasts. That is what Bing Weather does—isn’t it interesting? You can see up-to-date information on the front page of the app, and turning to the back pages takes you to hourly weather forecasts. Moreover, if you plan a trip, the app helps you by displaying maps and other helpful information.

        Inrix

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          Inrix used to be one of the most important applications for Smartphone users, which is now available in Windows 8 too. Today, as traffic is an unavoidable cause of stress, Inrix is a popular traffic updates provider that enables users to access real-time traffic information from around the world. Taking advantage of Inrix will help you save money, time, and fuel, and avoid unwanted stress.

          Flip Toast

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            Flip Toast amazes today’s always-connected generation by letting users communicate online with friends and family 24 hours a day, keeping users connected in social activities on popular social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. It allows status updating, liking, commenting, and sharing. Features like “social search” and “live title” also enhance your social experience.

            musiXmatch Lyrics

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              MusiXmatch Lyrics makes all music freaks fall in love with it. Users can collect lyrics of their favorite songs, as the app features millions of songs with their lyrics, and the Metro-style interface of Win 8 is downright charming. Synchronization with your music library is also possible, and you can link the app to YouTube as well. The one problem is Metro-Style IE playback does not support YouTube videos.

              Travel App

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                If you’re crazy about exploring the world, this app is surely for you. It offers photos, travel articles and other related info on the explore-able spots around the globe. In addition to this, you can use it to plan your itinerary as it provides detailed info about cheap hotels, flights, and restaurants. You can also get hotels and air tickets booked with this app.

                Slacker Radio

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                  Music freaks are now able to play the music they love the most: Slacker Radio features more personalized stuff in comparison to other radio services. Additionally, you can play music in background while doing other tasks simultaneously. Aside from songs, this app offers comedy, radio, news, and much more.

                  To conclude, with the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft has brought its own marketplace letting users download many engaging apps, including those mentioned above. By adding a long list of applications, Windows Store has been expanded a lot.

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                  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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                        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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                                    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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