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The Most Useful Android Apps You’ve Probably Forgotten About

The Most Useful Android Apps You’ve Probably Forgotten About

In a sea of over 700,000 apps in the Google Play Store, it’s pretty easy to lose track of what apps are useful and which weren’t worth the download. Many time you will find a flashy new app because it has a feature we think will make our lives easier. The problem is, a few months down the road you may not remember the name of the app it replaced.
What we are going to do here today this list some applications that aren’t new, but have proven their usefulness over the course of time.

iSyncr for PC (USB & WiFi)

    The amount of people who use of iPods regularly is pretty staggering. The problem is, once you jump ship and stop using an iPod, your music and playlists are kind of held hostage. iSyncr helps free your music from iTunes by letting you sync your songs. You can even the playlists you’ve worked so hard to put together. While there’s a free version, it’s pretty limited in what you can sync to an Android device. In most cases, you’re much better off paying a few dollars to get the paid version because the limitations are removed, as well as being able to sync it over Wi-Fi.

    Download iSyncr for PC
    OR
    Download iSyncr for Mac

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    JuiceDefender

      The way devices are handling the Android OS is incrementally getting better. This means Android battery life is slowly getting better. However, Androids are still battery vampires. Using an application like JuiceDefender can almost double your battery life. JuiceDefender achieves better Android battery life by shutting off services such as the background syncing of information, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
      Where JuiceDefender is different than the competition is the available configurations. Depending on how much configuration you need, there are three different versions of JuiceDefender to choose from. See which version fits your needs best before you spend the money using this comparison chart. In the Ultimate version, you can choose which apps you want to sync when the data intermittently turns on. This means you only have the apps with the data most important to you, like email or Facebook, come through when data syncs.

      Download JuiceDefender

      ASTRO File Manager / Browser

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        ASTRO is arguably the most popular file manager in the Google Play Store. Sure, most Android devices have some sort of file manager built into them these days. But ASTRO takes file management a step further. ASTRO File Manager not only searchs for files on your device, you can also search your cloud storage accounts like Google Drive and Dropbox. Another search feature of ASTRO lets you search for files on computer attached to the same network.
        Download ASTRO File Manager / Browser

        TweetCaster Pro for Twitter

          TweetCaster is one of the best and easiest to use Twitter applications for Android. TweetCaster has a lot of features falling somewhere in between a desktop application and a basic mobile Twitter application. One of the most useful features is one they call Zip it. What Zip it does is let you silence a particular person from showing up in your Twitter stream. You don’t unfollow them, they just don’t show up. This is extremely useful if you’d like to follow someone who updates their Twitter account all of the time and just keep them on a list or a group instead. When using Zip it, the person is only silenced in your Tweetcaster feed, not in any other app or on Twitter.com.
          Download TweetCaster Pro for Twitter

          Business Calendar Free

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            Business Calendar is a hard Android email app to top. The free version has a lot of features the most of the built-in Android calendar applications. Features like having the actual words visible on month view instead of bars, the unique way of changing from month view to week view then further adjusting the amount of days shown. All of these changes are done with a swipe of a finger.
            Business Calendar has14 different widgets. All of them are highly configurable. Another configurable option is the appointment templates. By pre-configuring appointments with the location, description, reminder time, privacy settings, attendees, and even which calendar you’d like the appointment to appear on. You’ll save a lot of time in the long-run using a template when possible.
            Download Business Calendar Free

            3G Watchdog Pro

              3G Watchdog is a must-have application for anyone a limited or pay-as-you-go data plan. By setting up the amount of data you have available to you and the beginning date of your billing cycle, you can easily and accurately keep track of how much data you’ve used over the course of the month. The free version sends you a warning letting you know when you’ve reached a predetermined data limit. The defaults threshold of data is 75% of your data allotment. The Pro version gives you more ways to see where you’re using your data and more configuration options. If you’re just curious on how much data you using on a monthly basis, the free version is great.
              Download 3G Watchdog Pro

              App 2 SD (move app to SD)

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                Once the feature of moving application to the microSD card became part of the Android operating system, many people stopped installing a separate App 2 SD app. A great reason to install a totally separate application to do this process is because most of the time you forget to move the newly installed application to your external storage. Installing a third-party App 2 SD application like this one will notify you as soon as a new application is installed to move the new application to your memory card.
                Download App 2 SD (move app to SD)

                Llama – Location Profiles

                  The problem with most location aware applications is there continually using GPS which drains your battery. Llama changes the settings on your Android devices based on your location, but it notes your location by the wireless tower you are near. This method uses considerably less battery power. Using Llama, you can automatically change settings like ring tones, notification and ringer volumes, wallpapers, screen brightness and Wi-Fi settings to name a few things when you get home or to work.
                  Download Llama – Location Profiles

                  Just because these applications aren’t on the first page in the Google Play Store this week doesn’t mean they are worth the download. If you look, most of these applications have tens of millions of downloads. Being a time tested app with lots of downloads and great reviews has to count for something

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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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