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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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                  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

                      Daytum

                      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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