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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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                        8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

                        8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

                        Computers and cell phones have become an integrated tool in our professional and personal lives that the original methods of using pen and paper may not be so common anymore.

                        Although our old-school methods of note taking may not have entirely left us, technology is advancing with no intention of slowing down; iPads are moving into service industries, video calls are taking the place of in-person interviews, and store receipts are making its way into our email inbox – all of which requires the skill of typing.

                        Learning a new skill doesn’t have to be boring and never had to be. Thankfully, there are effective games and apps that can help you learn to type fast with swift precision and accuracy.

                        Why Typing Fast Matters?

                        Learning how to type fast is a game changer. In fact, you can save 21 days per year by typing fast!

                        Although shaving several minutes from curating a long email or texting paragraphs in a text message may not seem to be of great significance, the minutes soon do eventually add up and the long list of tasks then evolve into frustration. By the end of the day, time is being wasted, and the work pile is stacked high over your head.

                        Why not alleviate some of those frustrations through practice and dedicating your spare time to build muscle memory?

                        Learning a simple skillset like speed typing can drastically improve other essential areas in life including time-management and prioritization. Not only does it help you efficiently complete tasks at work and in your personal life, but it also boosts your productivity.

                        8 Most Effective Typing Games and Apps

                        Everyone learns at different speeds and uses various methods. While some work better under pressure and tight deadlines, others thrive when given ample amounts of time to learn and soak in the knowledge that is being provided. Despite the number of resources that are available in the hollow corners of the internet, it’s all about finding one source that helps you learn at your fullest potential.

                        Whether you’re a keyboard ninja or not, here are some effective typing games and apps that allow you to test your speed, accuracy, and maybe shoot some spaceships along the way.

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                        For Beginners

                        1. Speed Typing Online

                          What’s more fun than to type to the story of Alice in Wonderland or the lyrics to “Hey Jude”? Speed Typing Online is an online typing game that allows you to dive into the creative and familiar world of famous books, fables, songs, and even hone your skills in data entry.

                          The bright blue frame holds the text, which then turns green after punching in the accurate keystrokes. After the end of the personal timer, a statistics page appears to show you your typed words per minute, accuracy, correct and incorrect entries, and error rate.

                          2. Typing Trainer

                            Typing Trainer

                            is another online platform suited for beginner typists looking for step-by-step lessons. Learning the keys on a keyboard can confusing especially for those who aren’t as familiar or getting adjusted to typing on a computer keyboard.

                            Typing Trainer has a collection of step-by-step tutorials that covers everything from sentence drills, introduction to new keys as the lessons progress, and skills test. The Typing Trainer specifically highlights unique features in each lesson including a warm-up section where the user begin to build muscle memory and learn to type without looking at the keyboard.

                            The website is also programed to identify difficulties the user is facing when typing specific words or sentences.

                            3. TapTyping – Typing Trainer

                              There is the feeling of physically typing on a keyboard and then there’s the feeling of typing on a touch screen mobile device.

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                              Since the use of cell phones has become closely integrated into our everyday lives, learning to type on a mobile is much of a skillset as it is to type on a computer. The mobile typing app, TapTyping – Typing Trainer, allows users to practice while on-the-go making it perfect for commuters who want to practice typing during their down time.

                              The app allows you to challenge other typists around the world with TapTyping’s global leaderboard and test your skills by taking advanced lessons. There’s always room for improvement and with the app, you’ll be able to find your mistakes by watching a heat map of your finger strokes.

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                              4. The Most Dangerous Writing App

                                Suitable for writers facing a creative block or on a tight-deadline, the Most Dangerous Writing App is a website that forces your fingers to type as quickly as your ideas.

                                If you stop longer than 5 seconds, everything you had written will slowly disappear from the screen.

                                Sessions are timed from 3 minutes to 20 minutes, or can go from 75 to 1667 words. This online app is perfect to brain dump ideas, write a chapter of a manuscript you’ve been stuck on, or help with procrastination.

                                If you’re up to the challenge, try the hardcore mode – an alternative option where a single letter appears on the screen at a time. This level prevents you from seeing the entire word, sentences, or even correct any spelling or grammatical mistakes until the timer is complete.

                                If you’re wondering, copying and pasting is not an option until each the end of each session.

                                5. The Typing Cat

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                                  Looking to upgrade your typing skills? Also working as a personal tutor, the Typing Cat has a list of regular typing courses with the option to try other lessons with more complexity such as HTML. Learning to type code is a another valulable skillset worth adding.

                                  Even with disregarded interest in the coding world, using the code course enhances your typing skills and allows your fingers to familiarize itself with uncommon word combinations and placement of punctuations on a keyboard.

                                  The coding course can be difficult even for typing whizzes, but it’s all a part of muscle memory. According Psychology Today,[1] only a handful of people actually learn how to type by looking at an actual keyboard, while a majority of the population locate specific keys intuitively through muscle memory.

                                  Available courses include EcmaScript 6, HTML 5, and CSS 3.

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                                  6. ZType — Space Invaders Meet Webster

                                    Remember playing the iconic 70’s game that allowed you to shoot tiny purple and green aliens from one end of the screen to the other with a two-bullet laser? It’s hard to believe that Space Invaders just turned 40 , but you can still get the same adrenaline rush with ZType, a typing game with the same shooting concept.

                                    Ztype works in waves – stages that must be cleared but instead of aliens, you must type out the words before the missiles destroy your ship at the bottom of the screen. Every so often, longer and mor complex words would appear and if the words are not typed in the allotted time, a series of letters will disperse like missles.

                                    The game is quick on the fingers and will still have your heart pumping until the very end.

                                    7. Epistory – Typing Chronicles

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                                      Although this game does cost money to purchase, it is worth the investment if you’re looking for a refreshing and alternative mode to learning how to type fast.

                                      Epistory – Typing Chronicles is a role-playing action and adventure game of a young girl riding a fox in a magical and fictional realm; together they combat enemies in the shapes and forms of words.

                                      Once you’re starterted, you almost forget you’re playing a typing game. The paper craft art aesthetics of the game has you captivated by the vibrant colors and character’s storyline, while having you build your typing skills.

                                      8. Daily Quote Typing

                                        Need some inspiration? Say no more.

                                        Daily Quote Typing is one of many gammes available on Wordgames.com – a website that offers a variety of typing games ranging from different levels based on your experience.

                                        With Daily Quote Typing, users are able to type out inspirational quotes by famous leaders, inventors, and innovators such as Mark Twain and Albert Einstein.

                                        Bottom Line

                                        At the end of the day, discipline and patience is what teaches to type faster. It comes down to making that commitment to improving not only your typing abilities, but in a lifelong skill that benefits other areas in life.

                                        By practicing daily and using effective games and apps, it’s only a matter of time before keystrokes will become second nature and your brain will adapt to learning other skills faster.

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