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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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                                Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                                25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                                Imagine if you could use 5 simple shortcuts while working in Excel, and increase your productivity without wasting time for searching information in huge tables, writing long formulas, and sorting the data.

                                Or even better:

                                What if you would get 25 useful shortcuts… and each of them could simplify your work, so you could do much more every day?

                                You’d definitely feel excited to read about them.

                                Today is your lucky day because we are going to share with you in this article 25 great Excel shortcuts you can use in your work every day! This is your lucky chance, so go ahead and become a real professional in Excel without wasting your time.

                                How important are Excel shortcuts for you?

                                The most effective thing to check out if people really need something is to release a survey and look at the results. So, according to the anonymous survey, 99% of people said Excel shortcuts are critical or important for them.

                                In general, there are more than 200 shortcuts in Excel. But when we have analyzed the data about how many shortcuts people know, we got the next results:

                                • 26% of people know 10 or fewer shortcuts;
                                • 61% of people know 10-50 shortcuts;
                                • 10% of people know 50-100 shortcuts.

                                As you can see, not so many people know a lot of shortcuts. Probably, some of them never think about increasing their productivity in such a simple way.

                                Of course, it depends on how deep you use Excel. Some people use this powerful application just for making simple tables or graphs, others use it for everyday work to count something.

                                Most of the accountants and businessmen use much more Excel functions for more complex tasks such as creating VBA macros, managing PivotTables, recalculating huge workbooks, outlining data, etc.

                                But even those people who work with Excel every day very close may know a few shortcuts. Needless to say, they can do their job without shortcuts, but it usually takes for them much more time. T

                                his sounds not funny, especially if you must finish a huge amount of work urgently. There is a great opportunity for you to increase your productivity in Excel and do your job faster with our useful shortcuts.

                                5 Main reasons to learn excel shortcuts

                                Many people don’t understand why they should use shortcuts if they can work without them. Of course, if you use Excel twice per year to make a simple table or a graph, it is probably not so important for you to know many shortcuts.

                                But if you work in Excel every day, sorting huge tables and managing with tons of data, then shortcuts will help you to reach the next five goals:

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                                1. Work efficiently and faster in Excel
                                2. Manage big amounts of data easily and fast
                                3. Stay calm and concentrated even while doing a tedious job
                                4. Make your work accurately and properly without errors
                                5. Get a better understanding of Microsoft Excel

                                Who can use Excel shortcuts?

                                There are a lot of people who can simplify their life with Excel shortcuts, and here are the groups that will definitely love using them:

                                • People who work in banks, finance organizations, etc.
                                • Businessmen who make tons of various reports and presentations in Excel for meetings and briefings.
                                • Students who usually are lazy and impatient to make their homework because they don’t want to waste a lot of time working in Excel.
                                • Private entrepreneurs who keep various data in Excel tables.

                                Whether you are a student who hates Excel because it seems a time-wasting and boring application, or you are an accountant who must recalculate huge worksheets every day without making errors, we recommend reading and learning these Excel shortcuts to make your work simpler and save some time.

                                With these simple but useful tricks, it is so easy to finish your job and get more time for yourself.

                                25 Excel shortcuts to increase your productivity

                                Here are 25 great Excel shortcuts you should learn and use for work or studying to make your job faster and simpler. Try to use them all and you will realize you were totally blind before while working in Excel:

                                1. Format whatever object fast with Ctrl+1

                                If you select any object in Excel – a cell, a chart, a chart axis, a drawing object – then press Ctrl+1, and you will get the Properties dialog for the certain object. This shortcut offers a very quick and easy way to format whatever object you’re working with.

                                2. Use range names with Ctrol+G or F5 key

                                If you use range names (which we strongly recommend to do) and you want to choose the range with a specific name references, press either Ctrl+G or the F5 key, which launches the GoTo dialog.

                                If the name is simple, you can click on it in a list in that dialog. But if it’s at all unusual, Excel won’t list it; so you will need to type in the name. Then press OK.

                                3. Use a range name in a formula with =sum( and F3

                                Suppose you want to use a range name in a formula. For example, you want to sum the Sales range. Enter…

                                =sum(

                                …and then press F3.

                                When you do so, Excel launches the Paste Name dialog. Just choose “Sales” from the list, press the OK button in the dialog, then enter the SUM function’s closing “)” to complete the formula.

                                4. Launch Function Arguments dialog easily with Ctrl+A

                                Suppose you want to check the help topic for a worksheet function. For example, you want to read about the MATCH function. In a cell, type…

                                =match(

                                …and then press Ctrl+A, or click the Insert Function (“fx“) button to the left of the formula bar.

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                                When you do so, Excel displays the Function Arguments dialog, which might offer all the help you need.

                                But if you still want to see the complete help topic, click the blue “Help on this function” hyperlink in the lower-left corner of the dialog. This technique works with all documented Excel functions.

                                5. Copy stuff down the column without scrolling with Ctrl+D

                                If you added a formula in a new column on the right of a huge dataset, and you want to copy that formula down without scrolling, do these steps:

                                • go to the right to the column that has data (the column to the left of the new column with the formula);
                                • press Ctrl+Down – to get to bottom;
                                • move one cell to the right (with arrow key naturally);
                                • press Ctrl+Shift+Up to select the new column, at the top of which is the formula you just created;
                                • press Ctrl+D to fill down the formula.

                                6. Quick access to any function with Alt+

                                By customizing the quick access toolbar, you can create simple shortcuts to commands that you would otherwise have to find in the Ribbon tabs, or macros you have created yourself.

                                The keyboard shortcut is simply selecting Alt+ (the number of the command you wish to select).

                                For example, if you have customized your quick access toolbar to have Calc Sheet, Save, Open. To calculate sheet you would hit Alt+1, for save Alt+2, and for open Alt+3.

                                A lot of people are unaware of this useful function, and it’s a great time saver.

                                7. Format cells with Ctrl+1

                                When you need to format cells, use Ctrl+1. Most people know this as the shortcut for the Format Cells dialog, but you can also use it to format almost anything in Excel, without a care about the state of the ribbon. Try this amazing and simple shortcut!

                                8. Choose visible cells with Alt+

                                When you need to choose visible cells only – use Alt+. This is the trick to copy only what you see. It is a priceless shortcut when you’re manually hiding rows and columns in the table.

                                9. Use filtering

                                Filtering – it is a powerful way to slice, dice, and sort through a huge table of information.

                                It’s amazingly effective when you’re participating in a meeting to discuss something like a sales forecast, and everyone is looking in real-time at your spreadsheet projected on a screen (or on their monitors).

                                To some people, you will be seen as the God of Spreadsheets, and this is not a joke!

                                10. Insert or delete column/row easily with the Ctrl key

                                Some people waste a lot of time even for simple operations, for example, when they need to insert/delete columns and rows in Excel.

                                Use this shortcut to insert: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl+Shift ++.

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                                To delete: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl + –.

                                11. See formula results with F9

                                If you want to check formula results within multiple formulas, highlight the formula and select F9 to see formula result.

                                Don’t forget to undo before exiting the formula.

                                12. Use ALT+Enter for more text within a cell

                                If you want to add a second line of text within a cell, use ALT+Enter.

                                13. Use EDATE to move a date on by a full calendar month:

                                Here’s how to use EDATE:

                                =EDATE(15/01/16,+1) = 15/02/2016 (15th Feb 2016)

                                =EDATE (15/01/2016,-2) = 15/11/2015 (15th Nov 2016)

                                14. Use EOMONTH to move a date onto the end of the month:

                                Here’s how to use EMONTH:

                                =EOMONTH(15/01/2016,0) = 31/01/2016 (31st Jan 2106)

                                =EOMONTH (15/01/2016,-2) = 30/11/2015 (30th Nov 2015)

                                15. Remove spaces with TRIM

                                TRIM is a useful function known by few people. It removes any spaces at the beginning of a value. This is useful if you are pulling in values from somewhere else.

                                16. Repeat commands with F4 or Ctrl+Y

                                In many cases, you may need to repeat your last action. Use F4 or Ctrl+Y; you can repeat many commands like applying the same borders, format, or insert a worksheet again.

                                17. Quick access to cells with the Ctrl key and Shift key

                                When you need to go to the first or last cell of a worksheet, no matter where you are, use Ctrl+Home, Ctrl+End combinations.

                                And here is a pleasant bonus for you: add the Shift key to select everything on the way!

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                                18. Use Ctrl+ to create a timestamp

                                If you need a date stamp and/or a timestamp in your document, there is no need to type a date and time! Use shortcuts Ctrl+ ; (date) Ctrl+Shift+ : (time). It works like a magic and helps to save your time and nerves.

                                19. Use autosum shortcut for sum function anywhere

                                Autosum shortcut – use Alt =. It is a “magic” shortcut of Excel to automatically insert a sum function.

                                You can use this shortcut to sum rows, columns, or even an entire table in one step without wasting your time.

                                20. Use data validation

                                This is an amazing but underutilized tool in Excel, which can be used for a variety of things:

                                • Create dependent drop-down lists;
                                • Create drop-down lists;
                                • Protect/restrict data input of specific cells (without the need for VBA macros).

                                21. Use conditional formatting

                                It can be used for various purposes such as color format or cell format of cells, rows or columns based on dependent cell values or formats.

                                22. Use formula auditing

                                This is a great tool to analyze and trace precedent or dependent cells, check errors and evaluate formulas.

                                The “Watch Window” is a feature to keep a snapshot of an area of the spreadsheet, and then move to another area of the workbook – particularly valuable if you’re managing large spreadsheets or don’t have a second screen.

                                23. Use Scenario Manager to generate summary outputs of a spreadsheet

                                Scenario Manager (under “What-if Analysis”) enables users to generate high-level, summary outputs of a spreadsheet – without the need to replicate the entire workbook.

                                It will present multiple scenarios of a spreadsheet in a succinct, high-level summary worksheet.

                                24. Use INDIRECT to set up large tables

                                INDIRECT makes it easy to set up tables which reference larger tables without a lot of referencing work or cutting and pasting; especially for dynamic spreadsheets.

                                25. Use OFFSET for complicated calculations or formulas

                                OFFSET can be useful for things like calculating YTD numbers or creating formulas that take data in rows and using in columns.

                                The bottom line

                                As you can see, when you have a boring or tedious job to do, the best way to do it fast is not looking for a way how to avoid it, but searching for the shortest variant to do it!

                                That is why we suggest keeping in mind these Excel shortcuts that will help you to save a lot of time and nerves.

                                If it seems hard for you to remember all them, you can print out the list of shortcuts and keep it on your worktable. Use it to search for some help when you need it, and over time, you’ll remember all shortcuts easily.

                                Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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