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11 Hidden Best iPhone Apps of 2012

11 Hidden Best iPhone Apps of 2012

Apple has released its own list of best apps of 2012, which contains the 10 most-downloaded free apps and 10 most-downloaded paid apps of the year. Rather than popular apps based on total download counts, we have collected a list of hidden gems that you may have missed out on in the app store in 2012.

#1 Khan Academy (Free)

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    Khan Academy give you free access to Khan Academy’s complete library of over 3,500 videos. Khan Academy covers a large number of topics including maths, science, finance & economics and even humanities. Spare some of your free time and you can learn about the fundamentals of computer science or prepare for SAT.

    #2 Rechner Calculator ($0.99)

    Rechner Calculator

      Rechner is a simple and elegant calculator. Rechner is the first calculator taking advantage of the finger gesture on iPhone. All you need to do is to remember a few simple swipes and then you can use this sexy calculator.

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      #3 Snapguide (Free)

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        Snapguide allows anyone to submit step-by-step guides. It covers a wide range of topics including beauty, cooking, gardening, pets and even automotive. You can create your own guides and share your interests on Twitter, Facebook or other social networks. By using Snapguide, you can discover people who share the same interests as you.

        #4 Video Time Machine ($2.99)

        Time Machine

          Time machine contains over 10,000 hand-picked videos from 1860 to 2012. You can easily waste spend your whole afternoon on specific categories including TV, Music, Sports and Advertisements. You may even find all the epic videos of your youth. Try video time machine and I am sure you will lose many hours to it.

          #5 Mr Mood ($0.99)

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            Mr Mood use a simple method to keep track of your mood everyday. If you find that you are consistently depressed or unhappy, it’s time to make some changes.

            #6 Feedly (Free)

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              Feedly is the most stylish app among all of the RSS reader apps in App store. Feedly also transforms web site content into beautiful cards which are easy to read and load extremely quickly. You can save your articles via other read it later apps such as Buffer, Pocket and Instapaper.

              #7 Showyou (Free)

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                Showyou is the best way for you to explore videos on YouTube, TED Vimeo and other video sites. The videos on Showyou are selected by your friends and people that you know. Thanks to air-play mirroring, you can now stream Showyou videos to your TV. Enjoy your new TV channel!

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                #8 Fantastical ($2.99)

                Fantastical for iPhone

                  Fantastical is the most user-friendly calendar app on iPhone. Simply type in a sentence such as “Lunch with Greyson in Cupertino on Friday” and this app will schedule it automatically. This app also supports voice dictation. If you can speak the details of your events, Fantastical will handle the rest of the input.

                  #9 Manga-Camera (Free)

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                    Manga-camera can convert whatever photos you take into a comic-like image. There are more then 20 frames built-into the app. You can also download new frames from the in-app frame store. All the frames are FREE at the moment.

                    #10 Zinio (Free)

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                      Although Zinio was first launched in 2009, the developer has been updating the apps to optimize the performance of the app. It is a better way than any other reading apps to explore, read and shop for more than 4000 magazines in the world. The interface of the app has been revamped since version 2.0 and the new UI make it easier to read your favorite magazines anytime and anywhere.

                      #11 Labelbox (Free)

                      Labelbox, launched in 2011, it has been updated most recently in December of this year. It’s still better than other photo labeling apps, and the revamped version has a label store which provides access to many more labels. The app itself, is ideal for labelling photos with an easy to use UI that has kept this app popular.

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                        Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                        How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                        How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                        Typing is a lot of fun, especially if you’re the type of person who loves to write. Whenever an idea comes to your head or you just want to communicate something, the feeling of scribbling things down in a computer is awesome.

                        Do you know that being able to type faster makes you more productive? In fact, it’ll save you 21 days every year just by typing faster!

                        Many people look up to master typists and wish that to handle a keyboard like they do. The truth is that none of them started that way, and they had to learn.

                        In this piece, you’ll learn how to type faster with some useful tips and techniques:

                        1. Work on Your Workspace and Typing Area

                        A lot of people believe that fast and correct typing will start when you can master the keyboard. But the truth is, you will need to begin with getting a workspace that is clean, properly ventilated, and comfortable. Also, for optimal typing, you will need to get a table and not out your laptop or computer on your lap.

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                        If you will be working for an extended period, make sure that you’re comfortable.

                        2. Fix Your Posture

                        If you want to type well, the correct posture will be seated, straight backed, and with your feet planted a little apart, flat on the ground. You wrists should also be positioned in such a way that your fingers can cover the keyboard. Tilt your head a bit as you can look at the screen properly as well.

                        Adjust your office chair so you’ll be able to easily play with the seat and get a proper posture.

                        3. Hold Your Posture

                        It is also very important that you keep this position as you type. Ensure that your posture is good, and this way, you will be able to avoid getting aches on your wrists. These aches have a way of slowing you down and keeping you out of rhythm.

                        Keep your back and shoulders from hunching, and while relaxation should be your key goal as you work on, also be sure to stay upright.

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                        4. Familiarize Yourself with the Keyboard

                        The keyboard is your tool here, so you will need to get to know it. Fortunately for you, most keyboards that you see will make use of the same layout; the QWERTY layout. It is called that because of the letters that make the top left corner. You’ll also find that a lot of keyboards have keys around these main ones that do several tings.

                        Here’s a nice video to help you familiarize yourself with the keyboard:

                        So, work on memorizing the positions of the letter keys, as well as some of the most used punctuation marks. You will need to understand where they are without looking at the keyboard. This is the only way you can learn to type fast.

                        5. Close Your Eyes and Say the Keys out Loud as You Press Them

                        Another great way to get to know the positions of these letters is to look away from them and directly at the screen. Then, pronounce the keys as you press them and see if you’re correct. This step will go a long way in helping you to memorize the keys, and it can easily help you

                        6. Start Slowly with Touch-Typing

                        Improving your speed as you type is a matter of developing your skill over time. However, the quickest way to master typing will be touch typing. If this is your first time with touch typing, then you might spend a lot of time on this step. However, once you can type without looking at the keys, your speed will increase.

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                        Now, this typing method might feel a bit alien, but you’ll improve with time.

                        7. Stick with It and Don’t Look at Your Hands

                        The whole essence of this step is to keep you from looking at your keyboard as you type, so that your fingers are made to learn how the keys work.

                        Again, you might find that your speed reduces when you begin, but just stick to it. Touch typing will help you to reach higher speeds and master it.

                        8. Practice, Practice, Practice

                        Mastering the touch typing technique will prove to be a bit finicky, but once your posture is up and you get your fingers where they should be, you can only improve by practicing.

                        Spare some time on a daily basis to practice and master both accuracy and speed. With continuous practice, you will also notice that you make fewer errors with time.

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                        9. Check out Some Online Games

                        There are also some websites that can help you with your practicing. They score you and record your words per minute, so you can try improving your record and competing with others as well. Here’re some of the nice sites:

                        10. Dictation Practice

                        If you don’t know what you can type, another alternative to getting good practice is to listen to something and try to type as you hear the words. There is no limit to the kind of things you can type, and you can even make the practice process more fun. So, get an e-book, an online lecture, or listen to a talk show and type. You could watch a TV show as well.

                        11. Monitor Your Progress

                        Ensure that you keep track of the progress you make as you go on. But it is important that you don’t get obsessed with how many words you are able to type in a minute. Rather, ensure that you stay comfortable while you type. With time, your words per minute will increase, and you’ll be able to clock up some high numbers.

                        12. Get Some Formal Training If You Want

                        There are actually a lot of specially designed courses and programs that will boost your typing ability. If you’re willing to improve your skill, get any of these and see how well they work for you:

                        Don’t just finish reading this article and expect that you’ll type faster. You do need to work on your skills. It takes time to type fast but, practice makes perfect!

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