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15 Local Happenings Apps That Find You Fun Things To Do This Weekend

15 Local Happenings Apps That Find You Fun Things To Do This Weekend

Everybody loves it when weekends arrive. There are plenty of hopes for having a great weekend. All of us want to have a vibrant, joyful and relaxing weekend. But as it happens normally with the plans for most of us, the weekends that arrive with great promises leave us void and with the feeling as if the weekends never arrived in the first place.

The reason for dull weekends in most cases is that we don’t find fun ways to spend them. We don’t have a clue about the possibilities around the corner. Weekend leaves us with empty feeling. But that could change considerably with the 15 local happening apps given below that open you the door full of possibilities. With them, you are but a push of button away from a great weekend.

1. Circle (Hawthorne Labs)

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    ‘Circle’ proclaims itself as being able to find best things to do in town. It suggests free events, concerts, meetups, hiking and other budget-friendly things happening nearby a place. One does not need to login and can start immediately entering into the app. The app can be downloaded for free from Play Store as well as iTunes Store.

    Pros: Login is not required and it shows fun things to do in an area along with the starting time and address.

    Cons: The most recent version of the app has removed the option to select the events according to the mood.

    Download Link: (Android|iOS)

    2. Eventbrite (Eventbrite Inc.)

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      With Eventbrite, you can discover popular local events, get recommendations for events and also see the events to which friends are going. Its main purpose is to create, promote and sell tickets for events. Eventbrite can be used both as an event-goer and an organizer. As a goer, one can discover popular and recommended events nearby while the organizer can create events, monitor attendees and also check out sales. It’s available for free for both iOS and Android.

      Pros: Anyone can use it to promote their events and sell tickets. Payment can be done virtually and QR codes can be used as tickets as well. So there’s no need to print tickets with this.

      Cons: The distance is very limited as the app can only discover events within 100 miles.

      Download Link: (Android|iOS)

      3. Like a Local (Local Guide OU)

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        Like a Local is meant to help travelers find fun spots to hang out in a place, just as a local would do, from restaurants and bars to art galleries and holiday parks. The app works completely offline and features cities like Munich, Brussels, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Vienna. Both Android and iOS store versions of the app can be downloaded for free. However, one has to pay additional charges to buy guide for every city.

        Pros: The app is assembled by local writers and as such, is the best way to learn the places not to miss in a city.

        Cons: Extra charges are required to buy city guides. There have been several complaints of bugs in the app. And, the places are limited as well.

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        Download Link: (Android|iOS)

        4. Plancast (Active Network)

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          Plancast is a great tool to decide the events one is going to. It syncs a person’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and offers the list of events the friends and those they follow are going to. Their website lists the events according to their locations as well. The app can be downloaded for free in the Apple Store.

          Pros: The app is easy to use and searches throughout the network. The events are displayed in chronological order as well.

          Cons: The app is not available for Android. There is lack of availability to search nearby events. It’s rather limited to our social network.

          Download Link: (iOS)

          5. Goby (GobyGoby)

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            Goby is a great way to find events-based fun. It provides information on new and interesting things happening in an area. Facebook likes can be synced and interests can be input manually too. The app provides with automatic notifications on upcoming events and we can search events based on their dates, localities and types as well.

            Pros: The user interface is great and it doesn’t infuriate with advertising banners.

            Cons: The alarm is not very loud. The app currently finds things to do only in United States.

            Download Link: (Android|iOS)

            6. Now (Ben Cera)

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              Now is the app to use when you’re looking for something to do now. It pulls real-time photos and videos from Instagram, Facebook, Vine and Google+ to create a map display with drop pins indicating trending location alongside the photos and videos. One can simply click the image that interests him/her and know the exact location where the event is happening. It can be downloaded at Apple Store for free.

              Pros: The app constantly updates itself every time we check in. So the experience is really good.

              Cons: The app is useful only in big cities. It doesn’t show much of the things to do in small cities. Sometimes, due to delay in social updates, the event might be already over when we reach the place.

              Download Link: (iOS)

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              7. Thrillist (Thrillist)

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                Thrillist is not actually an event discovery and recommendation application however it can be used that way also. It started originally as a website that provides entertaining description of the newest venues of a city. The apps for Android and iOS are the readers for the website. Thrillist is really rich in terms of its content. It is available for free on both the platforms.

                Pros: The guide is very authentic as the information is created by the Thrillist writers and editors themselves.

                Cons: The information carried on to the apps is significantly less than that contained in the main website.

                Download Link: (Android|iOS)

                8. Time to Enjoy (uTemporis)

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                  Time to Enjoy is a really cool tool which provides us fun things to do at the exact time we can actually do them. This taps into your smartphone’s calendar and shows events in the current city you’re living in, but only during the time you’re free. There’s no need to be overwhelmed with long lists of events, only to realize you don’t have time for them at all. It’s available for free download on iOS.

                  Pros: Fun things to do at exact times of our availability can be discovered.

                  Cons: There’s some issue with personalization. The suggestions cannot be personalized according to personal interests.

                  Download Link: (iOS)

                  9. Localmind (Localmind)

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                    LocalMind is a unique service which uses location-based social media such as Foursquare to answer queries about a place. With this app, you can ask people who have checked into a place of your interest any question such as price, functionality of Wi-Fi, scenery and just about everything. The questions will be answered by the people and you’ll receive them instantly on your device. It works in any city. Both Android and iOS apps are free.

                    Pros: The queries about the locations will be answered in real-time.

                    Cons: The Android version is significantly below par than the iOS version.

                    Download Link: (Android|iOS)

                    10. Gravy (timeRAZOR)

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                      With Gravy, you can find the best events to do in your area. The suggestions are based on your mood. The app suggests events according to your locations. Whenever you’re in a place, the app populates all the events based on your mood, which are available within walking distance and even wider radius, if you choose it to be that way. The app is available for free on both Android and iOS.

                      Pros: The app is easy to use and since it uses your location, you can travel and still use it.

                      Cons: Users have reported several bugs with the app crashing suddenly. The app also consumes a lot of battery.

                      Download Link: (Android|iOS)

                      11. Eventsions (JRS Inc.)

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                        Eventsions finds you events in your area based on the interests of you and your friends. The events then can be added to your calendar. You can also buy tickets for the event and share information regarding the event with friends living in your destination. The events are categorized into more than 30 categories and so, there’s hardly any trouble finding the event that particularly interests you. Eventsions is available for free for iOS users.

                        Pros: You can even give an app event up or thumbs down, based on whether you liked it or not.

                        Cons: The events are currently limited to US and Canada only.

                        Download Link: (iOS)

                        12. Field Trip (Google)

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                          Field Trip is the product of tech-mogul Google. As such, we expect a lot from it, like we do with their every product. However, it doesn’t leave you awestruck as it used to do at other times. But still, it’s pretty cool and efficient app. It runs in the background of our phone and uses information form publications like Thrillist, TimeOut, Flavorpill and SongKick. The app is for free and works on iOS, Android and even Google Glass.

                          Pros: The app notifies you when you are in the proximity of something that might interest you.

                          Cons: In spite of being a Google product, it comes with too many bugs. The guide is also not very good and users find it very difficult to use at first.

                          Download Link: (Android|iOS)

                          13. Eventful (Eventful Inc.)

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                            Eventful can be used to find local events occurring at theaters and clubs in your town. It eliminates the need for traditional searching for events via newspaper, in the place where you live. It also provides us notifications based on our interests. Both Android and iOS versions of this app are available for free.

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                            Pros: It helps you easily find everything happening in entertainment world in your area.

                            Cons: The events are not listed in chronological order. Specific date wise searching is available on their website but not in the app.

                            Download Link: (Android|iOS)

                            14. Spotsetter (Simple Rules Inc.)

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                              Spotsetter is another must-have app for travelers. The app signs into our social media accounts and discovers whatever our friends have said about bars, restaurants, concert venues and other fun places. The opinion they’ve shared on any platform is considered by the app. This easy-to-se and elegant looking app helps to decide what to do based on the suggestion of our friends. Only iOS version is available and can be downloaded for free.

                              Pros: The app allows us to tag certain friends as experts about specific topics and places.

                              Cons: There’s a bit of trouble while using the app at the beginning. It takes more than an hour to launch the app before recommendations are prepared.

                              Download Link: (iOS)

                              15. Vamos

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                                Vamos is essentially the event section of Facebook. It collects and arranges Facebook event data describing the events your friends will be attending. The app grabs details of the event including photos, time and price, and also shows which one of your friends are attending the event. This one also comes only for iPhone users, as of now and can be downloaded for free.

                                Pros: The app is visually attractive and the format is very much easy-to-use.

                                Cons: The entries are rather limited.

                                Download Link: (iOS)

                                Featured photo credit: A group of friends having fun with smartphones in the street via shutterstock.com

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                                How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                                Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                                So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                                6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                                When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                                1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                                Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                                To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                                In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                                • Microsoft Excel
                                • Microsoft Access
                                • Statistics
                                • Data Analytics
                                • Adobe Campaign
                                • Quickbooks
                                • XML Database management system
                                • Filemaker Pro
                                • MATLAB
                                • Hive
                                • FORTRAN
                                • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                                • SAS

                                2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                                Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                                Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                                • Content Management System (CMS)
                                • Google Analytics
                                • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                                • Email Marketing
                                • Web Page Design
                                • WordPress
                                • Digital Media
                                • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                                • Campaign Management Software

                                3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                                A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                                • Adobe Photoshop
                                • Adobe InDesign
                                • Adobe Illustrator
                                • AutoCAD
                                • CorelDRAW
                                • Microsoft Visual Studio
                                • Maya
                                • Microsoft Word
                                • Microsoft Publisher
                                • Operating Digital Cameras

                                4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                                The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                                To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                                • HTML
                                • C/C++
                                • Java
                                • Python
                                • XML
                                • UI/UX
                                • LINUX
                                • CISC and RISC architecture
                                • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                                • Memory Management
                                • PCB Layout
                                • SQL

                                5. IT Troubleshooting

                                Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                                So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                                • Backup management
                                • Diagnostics
                                • End User support
                                • Client-Server management
                                • Installation and configuration
                                • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                                • System administration
                                • Tech support

                                6. Enterprise Systems

                                Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                                Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                                The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                                Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                                Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                                Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                                1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                                a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                                Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                                Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                                b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                                This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                                c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                                Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                                Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                                2. Rule the Social Media World

                                a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                                Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                                From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                                b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                                This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                                c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                                Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                                Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                                3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                                a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                                From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                                b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                                Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                                The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                                c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                                The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                                4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                                a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                                It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                                From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                                b. Canva Design School

                                From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                                c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                                62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                                d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                                The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                                Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                                5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                                a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                                IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                                It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                                b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                                The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                                Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                                The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                                • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                                • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                                • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                                • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                                • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                                • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                                • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                                Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                                Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                                1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                                Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                                2. Work on Your Efficiency

                                Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                                For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                                3. Look for Shortcuts

                                Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                                4. Apply for an Internship

                                Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

                                By the late, it’s never too late to be an intern or grab whatever opportunity to learn something new! Here’s how:

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                                The Bottom Line

                                Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                                So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

                                Featured photo credit: Glenn Carstens-Peters via unsplash.com

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