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Which are the best free iPhone apps?

Looking for the best free iPhone apps? We're here to help, with our guide to the best free apps for iPhone, covering the best news, photography, entertainment, work and social apps.

Nobody likes spending money if they can avoid it - even those who've just spent a fortune on an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s. In fact, you've probably got less cash to spare than the rest of us after settling up with Apple. Luckily there are masses of free apps on the App Store, many of which are just as good as the paid-for alternatives, enabling you to expand your device's capabilities in a myriad of exciting ways.

In this feature we're focusing on non-gaming apps, but if you're interested in gaming, take a look at our dedicated roundup of the best free iPhone games. (We also have an article listing the best free iPad games.) On the other hand, if you're interested in the dark side of the free app business model, check out Freemium is the worst thing in the history of gaming: a rant and Why apps need to be more expensive.

Reddit

The newest entry to our round-up of the best free iPhone apps is Reddit. It replaces the old Alien Blue Reddit app, which until April 2016 was the closest to an official Reddit app we'd seen so far after Reddit's acquisition of the company in 2014.

But now, Reddit has used what it learned from Alien Blue to come up with its own app built from the ground up. You'll see the latest news, trends and memes available to browse, search and discover within the app's clean, easy-to-use interface.

You'll also be able to access your inbox to stay up to date with messages, comment replies, post replies and mentions.

Buffer

Buffer is a neat tool that lets you easily post - or share pages you've found - to multiple social media accounts (although only a single account per social network, unless you upgrade to the paid-for version) at scheduled times.

It's fantastic for media and business types who've used analytics to find out the optimal time to send out tweets and Facebook updates; you can set up a series of strong posting times, and updates will automatically be queued up for the next window. 

Best free iPhone apps: Buffer

 

Facebook

If you're on Facebook - and if we're honest, most of us are - then this is probably the first app to download on a new iPhone. It's free, it looks good (and fits in with the design aesthetic of iOS 9) and does a good job of getting out of the way and letting you find out where your ex-girlfriend has been on holiday.

Find My Friends

Find My Friends had a pleasant make-over following the release of iOS 7, and those still interested in stalking their friends, checking up on their wife's whereabouts and making sure they don't end up in the same pub as their dad will find it as useful as ever. For those that haven't tried it, it's free to download and well worth exploring.

Gmail

If you're reliant on Google's mail service the Gmail is an obvious one to try. It's free, it looks good, and it's tightly integrated with other Google services.

Gmail for iPhone iOS 7

Messenger

Facebook introduced Messenger to the world in 2011, when they enabled the functionality of sending and receiving messages by an app, rather than via a browser. In order to use the app, you are required to sign into your Facebook account. Read next: Best iPhone Keyboards.

Periscope

This is one of those super-hot ideas that threatens to upend an entire industry. It remains to be seen whether 2016 will see all news reports delivered via live Periscope broadcast, but either way, this app has made waves.

It's a little like Snapchat, but for live video: you start a broadcast, which any of your followers can view as it happens, and the video remains viewable for 24 hours after you finish - and then is erased from existence. Thrillingly immediate, utterly nerve-wracking for journalists who used to have the best part of a month between filing an article and seeing it on the shelves, and lots of fun to try out. 

Best free iPhone apps: Periscope

Skype

Superb and versatile alternative to FaceTime for when you want to video-call friends and relatives who aren't on Apple devices. Features a slick, user-friendly interface and the ability to make calls over 3G, although call quality issues and data limits mean we'd recommend this as an occasional indulgence only. 

Skype for iPhone iOS 7

 

Twitter

Like Facebook, Twitter's free native iOS app is simple and effective. It's intuitive to use and ideal for the more basic aspects of using the service - which is what you want from the iPhone app.

WhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp is one of those apps that divides people into camps: the ones who haven't heard of it, and the ones who won't shut up about it. (See also: The best apps for messaging on iPhone)

It's superb for keeping in touch with groups of friends without spending a groat, allowing you to send text messages, videos, pictures and audio to your friends or family at no cost. The app is easy to use and in our experience totally habit-altering. It has also recently been announced that the app will now be completely free, removing its previous 69p subscription fee. 

WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone

Adobe Photoshop Express

Originally called Adobe Photoshop Mobile, Photoshop Express for iOS was first launched in 2009 as a cut-down, free version of Adobe's dominant image-editing software. Its limited palette of features was expanded with the second and third versions, adding packs of effects and camera effects which can be purchased from within the app, private online albums for ease of sharing and, of course, iOS 7 optimisation. 

Dubsmash

Want to have fun creating voice-overs or miming popular internet videos/sounds? Then Dubsmash is the perfect app for you! We find this app a lot of fun and is a nice way to pass-by time with your family and friends. You will need a login to use the app, but it’s free and easy to do so.

Flickr

If you’re a photographer and often upload your photos to Flickr, then this app is a must-have. If however you’re just a passer-by, and just like looking at beautiful and often professionally taken photographs, Flickr is a fantastic app that will make you stare at your screen for just that little bit longer. In order to use the app, you’ll need to have a Flickr account created. If you’ve not got one already, you can do so straight from the app.

Instagram

There are two main areas of Instagram: the photo editing and the social side to it. Editing photos is very simple: existing photos can be selected from your photo roll, or you can capture a new image within the app itself. Once you've chosen a photo, the Filter panel enables you to tweak the look of your photos using different effects.

 

But it's the social side of Instagram that really sets it apart. You can share your photos on your Facebook, Flickr and Tumblr accounts as well as with Foursquare, which enables you to tag a photo with its location. Instagram also works as a social network in its own right.

Musical.ly

A lot of people use this app to ‘Do it for the Vine’ – in other words, they lip sync a famous song whilst making fun, yet utterly pointless hand gestures to give their songs some flavour. It’s a fun app and who knows you might just end up as the next Beyoncé…at least that’s what the app will make you feel like.

Pinterest

Best free photo & video apps for iPhone: Pinterest: Often used to view the latest fashion and inspiring artists, Pinterest is a fun way to pin your favourite interests in one place. The app is well designed and fun to use. To use the app, you’ll need to sign in using a Pinterest or Facebook account.

Snapchat

Want to send a quick picture to your friends or family? Well Snapchat took the world by storm when it released back in 2011, and ever since it has grown from strength to strength. With various different functionalities and filters to choose from it’s a fun way of sharing your life moments with those close to you, without it actually being a stored photo – rather a quick photo that you set a timer on, once the timer is expired your contacts aren’t able to view it any more (unless you send it to your ‘Story’, where it is available for replay for 24 hours). Be warned though – Snaps, like other photos can be saved by those that receive it – so make sure you don’t send any sensitive material.

Snapseed

Snapseed might be free, but its tools and enhancements rival those of many paid-for photo apps on the iPhone.

From single tap Auto Correct and tools for cropping and straightening to more creative options such as Retrolux, Grunge and Tilt-Shift, Snapseed is packed with features and worthy of a place on your home screen.

Tumblr

This fantastic microblogging platform app is used by numerous users to procrastinate and share stories with each other. The app is simple to use and you’ll need a login in order to use it.

 

VSCO Cam

A must-have iPhone photography app, even in its free form.

Offers a solid choice of everyday editing tools along with striking, evocative photo presets. VSCO Cam also includes a social aspect in the form of VSCO Grid, a photo-publishing platform that allows users to submit work, find and follow photographers and view a curated selection of appealing images.

Best free iPhone apps: VSCO Cam

Best free work/office/business/productivity apps for iPhone

Adobe Acrobat Reader

On your iPhone you'll already be able to view and synchronise PDF documents via Safari and iBooks, but if you're looking for that extra bit of functionality, Adobe Acrobat Reader adds that zing - in other words, allows you to edit and annotate PDF Files.

Any.DO

Any.do is a free productivity app for iPhone that delivers in just about every way. It's great to look at, easy to use, and effective at helping users get stuff done. In either the category or schedule view, the task list is presented in a clean, spare format, and Any.Do has many layers of organisation. It's both easier to use and more pleasing to look at than the native Reminders app in iOS.

Any.do for iPhone

Dictionary.com

Sometimes we forget how to spell a word and other times we want to know the meaning or origin of a word. Dictionary.com’s app enables you to find any word you desire and has a fantastic user-friendly interface that makes it easy to navigate on your iPhone.

Documents 5

Documents 5 is, as the name suggests, an app for keeping your documents in one convenient place, particularly when on the move. Those documents include text, audio, music files and web and email content. It's been awarded 'Editors' Choice' by Apple in more than 70 countries, which is a fair reflection of the app's quality and usefulness.

Dropbox

Dropbox's cloud service lets you store and sync files online, so they’re accessible from multiple computers. And with the company’s free iPhone app, you can access your Dropbox files on the go. (See also: iCloud vs Dropbox comparison review)

It’s a reliable and user-friendly offering. But Dropbox has an ace up its sleeve in the form of Photo Uploads. Install the Dropbox iOS app and switch this on and any pictures snapped in your iPhone will be copied to your Dropbox cloud storage, making it easy to quickly view the files and share them with other people.

Dropbox free app for iPhone

Evernote

This note and snippet managing service lets you type text notes and take photo notes with your iPhone's camera. After you capture a note, Evernote automatically uploads everything that you put into it to the company's servers, where your notes are indexed for easy search and retrieval, and become available for syncing to all your devices. Fast, smooth and extremely functional.

Google Translate

Having a translator at hand can be expensive. Thankfully Google created Google Translate, a free app which provides you a basic translation to almost every language imaginable. It’s a useful app to have on your phone, especially if you like travelling abroad and need to quickly and roughly know what something says.

Microsoft Excel

Excel is used all over the world to view and edit spreadsheets, it’s available on your iPhone too – a worthy recommendation. However, you’ll only be able to view spreadsheets via the app, as if you want to edit or create them you’ll need an Office 365 subscription. Read next: Best iPhone Keyboards.

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint is used all over the world to view and edit presentations, it’s available on your iPhone too – a worthy recommendation. However, you’ll only be able to view presentations via the app, as if you want to edit or create them you’ll need an Office 365 subscription. Read next: Best iPhone Keyboards.

Microsoft Word

Word is used all over the world to view and edit documents, it’s available on your iPhone too – a worthy recommendation. However, you’ll only be able to view documents via the app, as if you want to edit or create them you’ll need an Office 365 subscription. Read next: Best iPhone Keyboards.

XE Currency

Having the ability to convert money on the fly, using the latest exchange rate (provided you’ve connected to the internet at some point) is extremely handy. The app is useful especially when you’re abroad and want to know the conversion rate or even how much the currency exchange booth is ripping you off by.

Amazon Mobile

Amazon's iPhone app lets you do exactly what you'd expect: search for products, read user reviews, compare prices, track packages, view and cancel orders, and actually buy stuff.

Brilliantly, however, the app takes things further into the realm of future-shopping . You can scan barcodes using your iPhone, or take photos of things you like while out in other retail establishments, and Amazon will do its best to provide you with price comparisons of the same or similar products on its own books. Clever stuff.

eBay

The first rule of online auctions is that you need to be constantly connected - if not, how will you be able to bid on a desired item last minute if you’re away from your computer?

Thanks to eBay's iOS app, you don't have to worry about ever missing an auction. This fully fledged app allows you to do just about anything eBay's full website does.

Groupon

If you’re looking for an app that provides you with discounts and coupons to events, restaurants among other places, the Groupon app is a must have on your iPhone. The beauty of this app is that it’s free and can save you up to 70% off the retail price of a product or service – it’s a win-win!

Gumtree

Selling that present that you never wanted and the shirt that you haven’t worn in a decade couldn’t be easier with Gumtree. The local-shoppingapp is fantastic as it connect you with local sellers or buyers. With Gumtree’s re-branding in early 2016, it has refreshed its complete look and made it even sleeker to look for used (or even new) goods. You’ll need a Gumtree account to sell and buy gear – but can still browse the app without an account.

JUST EAT

Everyone is hungry at some point during the day, and often we’re quite lazy, be it for genuine reasons that involve work and family versus you not willing to get off the sofa and cook a meal for yourself in the kitchen. No matter the reason, JUST EAT, as per its name allows you to…well you guessed it: EAT! This app gives you the power to order takeaway food from a choice of over 20,000 restaurants. The convenience of the app is its design based on location. It’s nifty and if you’re hungry whilst reading this, give the free app a go.

Tastecard

We can’t think of anyone that doesn’t like a deal, especially if it’s a restaurant and you’re strapped for cash. The tastecard app presents you with many 2 for 1 deals and 50% coupons at popular restaurants all over the UK. This includes fan favourites, such as Prezzo, Zizzi, Strada and even Pizza Express. This app is extremely useful for getting a cheaper meal on-the-go and better still not having to print out any vouchers – it’s all done straight from the phone.

Audiobooks from Audible

A lot of us now don't have time to read all the books that we want, and Audiobooks have grown in popularity. Audiobooks from Audible is a fantastic little app that allows you to listen to your books on the go, an extremely useful app if you commute a lot.

Chromecast

If you don’t have Apple TV, you'll know one of the many, a cheaper alternative is the Chromecast. If you happen to have a Chromecast or Chromecast 2 dongle at home, then this app will be extremely useful if you want to stream content from your iPad to a TV.

Netflix

If you have a Netflix account, this is a no-brainer. The app is useful to watch your favourite on-demand TV shows and films. You will of course need a Netflix account to use the app.

GarageBand

If you're a serious musician you might find the iOS version of GarageBand a bit gimmicky (although it's much more likely that you'll appreciate it as a handy portable notebook). However, for those who can hear it all in their heads, but have no training whatsoever, and never felt confident enough to try and lay it down, the interface of GarageBand for iOS is nothing short of a miracle.

It's free, but only for download to certain new models of iPhone - if you view its listing in the App Store in the browser on your Mac, for example, you'll see a price of £3.99.

Instapaper

Macworld is funded by advertising, and it's therefore debatable whether I should be recommending Instapaper, which offers a charmingly user-friendly way of consuming advertising-funded content without having to look at the adverts. Still, at least Instapaper users briefly glimpse the adverts when they visit the page they're interested in, unlike adblockers.

And make no mistake, Instapaper is really charming, and really user-friendly. You set up a Read Later button in your desktop browser, then whenever someone on Twitter links to an article that you want to read, but it's too long and you're at work, you just hit that button and then load it up - laid out beautifully and cleanly, with (most of the time) the images from the article in the correct places, or near enough, but none of the adverts - on your iPhone while you're commuting home.

It's perhaps the single biggest change that smartphones have made to the way I read, and a neatly designed app. Just a shame about that ad revenue.

Best free iPhone apps: Instapaper

iPlayer

With its large catalogue of television programs and radio shows, all streamed without commercials, the BBC iPlayer app enables you to watch any show broadcast in the last seven days on the move.

The BBC iPlayer app should be a stock download for all iOS device owners in the UK. The ability to cache shows for 30 days - added in version 2 - will make it a vital component for anybody going on long journeys without reliable connection, and also make it less data intensive for watching television shows.

iPlayer free app for iPhone

iPlayer Radio

BBC iPlayer Radio brings together the corporation's vast and varied radio output into one dedicated, convenient app for computers and iOS devices. It's a sensible approach, complementing the BBC's popular iPlayer while emphasising audio over visual content. The BBC has a lot of audio content to offer - both live and archived via catch-up and podcasts - which clearly can get overlooked in the search for the latest episodes of popular TV shows like EastEnders, Top Gear and Doctor Who.

BBC iPlayer Radio

Kindle

How do you judge a reading app? We demand an app with a pleasant reading experience; benefits like a built-in dictionary, easy and fast navigation and search, and customisation options; and a store with a massive ebook selection, and one that's easy to browse from an iOS device. Amazon's Kindle app shines on all those fronts. That's why - despite competition from no less a giant than Apple and its iBooks offering - it's still the best e-reading option in the App Store. 

Kindle free app for iPad and iPhone

Podcasts

Apple's first stab at its Podcasts app didn't support playlists, didn't sync podcasts between devices, and its Now Playing screen was split into two pieces. But since version 1.2 - Podcasts is on version 2.2 - it's been a different matter. Playlists (called Stations) have been added, iCloud syncing has been implemented to ensure synchronisation between devices (and with iTunes on your computer), and the Now Playing screen is a single unit that blessedly lacks the old tape-deck interface.

Podcasts free app for iPhone

Radioplayer

Founded by various broadcasting heavyweights, including the BBC, Global Radio, Guardian Media Group, Absolute Radio and RadioCentre, Radioplayer bills itself as a not-for-profit company with a single purpose: 'to serve radio and its audiences by making listening easy'. The app delivers on that promise.

If your musical map doesn't extend beyond the UK, then Radioplayer really is an excellent choice, with plenty of favourite channels available despite the geographical limitations. Its 'Recommended' option, much improved by logging into Facebook, also helps discover new channels and broadcasters for when you want to broaden your horizons a little.

Radioplayer

Shazam

Shazam started life before the advent of smartphones and tablets but has essentially been refining one idea, the ability to identify the music all around you, over the last 10 plus years. Users simply tap the Shazam button to identify tracks they like the sound of - or indeed want to avoid ever hearing again.

For music fans, Shazam really is an essential app, one that should also appeal to casual users who simply want to identify which song is being used to soundtrack a new ad or drama, without resorting to a trawl through the internet. Its ability to identify even the most obscure of tracks is very impressive.

Sky+

Sky's free Sky+ app puts you in full control of your Sky+HD box from the sofa in front of it to the other side of the world.

Most useful is the ability to set your Sky+ box to remote-record your favourite TV programmes away from home and on the move. Forgotten to set the final episode of Games of Thrones to record? Getting round Sky's bug of recording that second back-to-back episode via series link? The free Sky+ app sorts all that out for you from the comfort of your smartphone or tablet.

Sky+ free app for iPhone

SongKick Concerts

Another neat and ingenious free app, SongKick noses through the artists in your music library, then creates a calendar of upcoming concerts in your area. Simple but radically convenient.

SongKick Concerts free iPhone app

SoundCloud

Finding the latest music trends or even some of the best DJs around the world can be sometimes hard to listen to. SoundCloud brings music lovers together to enjoy and listen to songs for free. Sometimes you're even able to legally download the songs you listen to. Via the app you'll be able to follow friends and artists, discover podcasts, comedy and even listen to the news. You aren't required to sign into a SoundCloud account to use the app, but in order to fully benefit from the functionalities, we recommend creating or signing into your SoundCloud account.

Spotify

Arguably one of the most popular music streaming services, Spotify allows users to listen to 20 million tracks for free (although peppered with ads) or ad-free via the £12.99-per-month Spotify Premium service.

A neat trick is that tracks can be stored locally on the iPhone. This means you can listen to tracks even when you haven't got a data connection, or when you're out and about and don't want to waste your 3G data contract. In this sense, Spotify becomes an almost complete replacement for (or at least an effective addition to) the Music app built into the iPhone.

TuneIn Radio

Possibly the best app to listen to radio from across the world; provided you have an internet connection, TuneIn Radio provides an easy way of listening to music no matter where you are. There are pop-up adverts through the app, which can be annoying after a while, but you are able to get rid of them if you purchase the Pro version of the app for £7.99.

Twitch

Games are always fun to play, but sometimes we like to watch others play it too. Twitch is the go-to app for watching streams or people ramble on about games (or even technology streams). You won’t need an account to watch the streams, but can create an account to mark your favourites. Read next: Best iPhone Games.

Google Maps

It's time to take sides: are you Apple Maps or Google Maps?

Actually, the joy of free apps is that you can hedge your bets and try both as much as you like. Apple Maps is now used by far more iPhone users, but this is obviously influenced by Apple's own app getting preferential treatment - location links from the Mail app, Safari and so on will always default to Apple Maps. And Google Maps has a lot to recommend it.

Indeed, while Apple Maps has done a good job of catching up over the past few years, adding public transport directions when iOS 9 launched, for example (Google Maps had that features before Apple Maps existed), most users reckon Google is still ahead, and we'd strongly recommend that you download Google Maps and test it out for yourself. What people need from a navigation app is accuracy, and we still feel that Google is more reliable.

London Bus Live Countdown - FREE Bus Stop Checker

Bus checker apps, such as this free example for Londoners, fit into the category of apps that quietly improve your life. Stuck at a Barnet bus stop late at night with no idea if it's worth waiting for the next 184? Hook yourself into the TfL mainframe and see a ticker of approaching buses and their approximate times. (With the emphasis on approximate - look out for the crushing disappointment of the very occasional 'phantom bus'. But that's down to glitches in the system, rather than the fault of the app builders.)

There are adverts - such is the price of free. You can remove them for £2.29, which incidentally is the same price you'd pay for the rival bus checker app we tend to favour, London Bus Checker.

London Bus Live Countdown

National Rail Enquiries

Having the ability to know when and where your next train is can be extremely useful. Whereby using the National Rail app allows you to plan your journey and even check for delays. As we all know there are always delays on public transport…so this app comes in very handy!

Navmii GPS UK & ROI

Navmii is a free satnav app available for the UK, Ireland, USA and other countries from the App Store. It operates just as a TomTom or Garmin satnav would: you enter a postcode or an address, and it provides a quick and effective route to get you where you need to be. Additionally, you can also carry out a Google search for a business name then navigate to that business based on the results fed back to the app. It may be free, but it gets the job done.

Trainline

This extremely useful app allows you to arrange your travel plans with greater ease. You can check live train times (including delays and cancellations), check the platform as you rush out of the taxi or bus and event buy UK rail tickets on the fly. What more could you ask for? An app that produces coffee? This free app is fantastic for? travellingby train around the UK.

TripAdvisor

This app provides fantastic information for those that like travelling, by providing users with the chance to view and read reviews, find photos of iconic places and restaurants and even see the map of a city. The app is a must-have when you want to go on holiday and have access to an internet connection.

Tube Map London Underground

As someone who commutes and works in London, having a map handy with service information is really useful. The Tube Map for the London Underground does just that and gives you the vital information at a touch of a button. Furthermore, if you happen to get lost on the Tube or unable to find a map, the app will allow you to see the London Tube map even when you’re offline.

Wheely

Wheely is a free app that adds convenience to the cab-booking process, and may even save you money. Because the journey fee is agreed before you step in to the vehicle, you know exactly how much you're going to pay regardless of how long the journey will take. Given London's notorious traffic, that can only be a good thing.

And if you do get stuck in a jam, all of Wheely's vehicles offer free onboard Wi-Fi so you can keep working as you wait. Or, let's face it, you can send emails, surf the web, tweet about your predicament and generally faff about as only the internet allows you to faff about.

Wheely free app for iPhone

Yelp

Apple's Maps service features built-in Yelp reviews of Local business, but if you don't like Maps - or just want to get straight to the reviews - the company's own app is free. The information available (especially on restaurants and bars) is pretty detailed. As well as reviews, you get pricing, nearest transport options, photographs, opening hours, and even information on ambience, noise level and expected attire.

Yelp is certainly worth downloading. It's a good way to find local listings, and a good tool for business owners too.

Yelp free app for iPhone

BBC News

BBC's News app provides the latest news from around the world, and offers push notifications to alert you to breaking news as it happens. You can tailor the news categories to your preferences, and there are video reports on most of the top stories.

BBC Weather

BBC Weather is a useful, attractive addition to the wealth of weather-related apps, and while there are more detailed and varied alternatives available, the BBC's offering wins out for ease of use and clarity.

BBC Weather

Flipboard

We've popped the mighty Flipboard in our news and reference section, but it could have easily appeared with the other social apps - because social networks are where it sources its articles. According to the team behind the app, Flipboard "is on a quest to transform how people discover, view and share content by combining the beauty and ease of print with the power of social media".

Flipboard is a must-have app. Beautifully tactile and responsive, it makes reading anything on your iPhone an absolute pleasure, one ideal for exploring both favourite news sources and discovering new and inspirational content, including wonderful user curated personalised magazines.

Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine

Yahoo Weather

After BBC Weather, here's another brilliant and free alternative to Apple's own Weather app for the iPhone - is Apple doomed?

Well obviously not, but armchair meteorologists have plenty to enjoy on the App Store. 

Yahoo Weather is a vast improvement on Apple's (Yahoo-powered) preinstalled Weather iPhone app, combining plenty of weather-junkie data with attractive views of the UK and beyond. Apple was impressed enough to award Yahoo Weather an 'Apple Design Award 2013' award, proclaiming that the app "stands apart with its simple, uncluttered, and beautiful visual design". High praise indeed for what amounts to a direct rival.

Yahoo Weather stands out amongst the crowd thanks to accurate forecasts, good balance of information and an attractive yet simple design.

Yahoo! Weather for iPhone

BBC Sport

When it first launched, we criticised the BBC Sport app for its bugs and lack of ambition, but the offering has been polished and improved in the intervening years. And the vital simplicity and ease of use remains.

They've also added a feature called My Sport, which allows you to create a personalised page that will supply the latest scores for the teams you support (or strongly dislike, if you're into the whole schadenfreude thing) as well as news that involves them.

Best free iPhone apps: BBC Sport

ESPNcricinfo Cricket

Obviously this one's a bit more niche than the BBC's general-sports offering, but when your niche is the world's greatest sport - "battle and service and sport and art" - then you're probably doing okay.

Like the best website-to-free-app translations, ESPNcricinfo offers essentially the same content and offering that you'd find on its website, but arranged in an easier-to-consume and mobile-friendly format. You can swipe easily between the most important sections - scores (leading through to deliciously stat-heavy ball-by-ball live commentary), news, and a section called Editor's Picks where the site's best long- or longish form journalism appears.

The only thing that's missing right now is an Apple Watch companion app to give you a wrist tap when a wicket falls, a niche that's currently only filled - to our knowledge - by the English Cricket Board's official app, which is all right but (other than this killer feature) a bit uninspiring.

Best free iPhone apps: Cricinfo

Reuters

Knowing what’s going on in the world is always useful, and Reuters is a well-designed app which allows you to quickly see breaking news, analysis and even market data.

The Weather Channel and weather.co.uk

Arguably one of the best apps to check the weather on the iOS App Store. Its pleasant and easy interface allows you to quickly check the weather. It can also be used within the Notification Centre in the Today view.

Yahoo News Digest

A beautifully designed news app from Yahoo has earned the app several design awards. We really love the app: it's sleek and stylish and provides the information you want to know at a glance. It naturally uses Yahoo's in-house news to offer a digest of the day's big stories.

Chrome

Google's Chrome browser for iOS is well made and a pleasure to use, particularly if you're deeply entrenched in Google's ecosystem. If you use Chrome on the Mac, for instance, you can sign into Chrome on both and sync your tabs.

Like Dolphin (below), Chrome includes a voice-search mechanism, but this time it's bundled with the browser for free; and we all know how good Google is at voice control.

Chrome's tab management is excellent, if currently quite similar to Safari. You can quickly create new tabs, rearrange them and move between them in a 3D manager view; unlike in Safari's equivalent, swiping any tab to the right closes it.

The general interface is strong, too: back in the main view swiping right takes you to the previously viewed tab, and we like the user-friendly 'drag down to refresh' that you get on all web pages.

As with Dolphin, it's easy to invoke 'private browsing', although in this case it's called Incognito Mode. And like Opera Mini, Chrome offers to cut your data usage with a Data Saver optimisation mode. According to Google the reduction may be as much as 50 percent.

Best free iPhone apps: Chrome

Dolphin

Dolphin is a feature-rich alternative to Safari with impressive gesture support.

Dolphin supports tabs (just as Safari does) but we find it easier to navigate between them. Swipe from the righthand edge to bring up the tabs page and pick an option: an approach we prefer to the showier but generally less informative and intuitive '3D view' offered in Safari on the iPhone.

A horizontal swipe from the lefthand edge allows you to access bookmarks and navigation shortcuts.

Dolphin's gestures can be used to navigate to a page or refresh the current one, or open a new tab, among other things. The app lets you draw your own custom gestures directly on the screen, and we've found its gesture recognition consistently accurate.

Dolphin's range of features is hugely impressive, although this can be overwhelming for new users.

Best free iPhone apps: Dolphin

Ghostery

If you don't like advertisers tracking the websites you visit - and this is a widespread practice - then Ghostery is the browser for you.

The app is designed with anonymity as its primary aim. The app collects no user data, and there are no cookies and no signups. And if the web page you're on is using any ad trackers, Ghostery will spot them and warn you with a red icon.

Best free iPhone apps: Ghostery

Opera Coast

Compared to Opera Mini (below), Opera Coast's attitude to data usage is positively profligate, and it's quite happy to slow things down (very slightly) by introducing the odd fancy animation. Whereas Opera Mini is a stripped-down browser for speed freaks, this is a heavily designed browser that's designed to look good. It also likes to recommend online content it thinks you might like, based on the terms you search for.

Opera Coast can be baffling initially: it takes a while to grasp what's going on and even how to access a new web page (there's no conventional URL bar, for instance - you enter the name of the website in the 'search the web' field and it will attempt to autocomplete its address). But that's an inevitable side effect of the app's bold design.

Every aspect of the user experience has been re-evaluated from a mobile point of view; instead of trying to replicate a desktop experience on a smaller screen, Coast starts from scratch. The result is a highly mobile-optimised, beautiful one-thumb browser.

Best free iPhone apps: Opera Coast

Opera Mini

Opera Mini takes the approach that speed is key. By some clever trickery involving proxy browsers returning static pages (don't worry about it), Mini is quicker than the most popular browsers.

In (very unscientific) tests it appeared to return pages in about half the time it took Safari and Chrome (oddly enough, Dolphin was the slowest, although it has the habit of returning a page fairly quickly but then sitting with the progress bar virtually finished for another 10 seconds, so the experience isn't significantly worse). It's also an economical browser, reducing your data usage significantly.

Opera Mini makes compromises to achieve these savings, but you are able at least to choose how extreme you want these compromises to be. There are three settings - Mini, Turbo and Off, of which the fastest, confusingly, is Mini - and you can choose to load or not load images, and at what quality you want them to appear.

The tab manager view is 3D, as is apparently industry-standard now, and like Chrome allows you to simply swipe a tab to close it. The tabs are arranged horizontally, though, and therefore swiped upwards. This horizontal layout also means (in this user's humble opinion) that it's a little easier to see at a glance what's on each page.

Opera Mini's keyboard, meanwhile, is masterly - the best of any browser in this roundup. It includes two handy shortcut buttons: one to input a QR code, and another to switch between default searches in Google, Wikipedia, eBay and Amazon. But its triumph is the central slider/rocker switch that deftly moves the cursor in the URL bar and, if you hold it down for a moment, selects text too. The only thing missing is a '.com' or 'co.uk' autocomplete button.

Author:  David Price

Source:  http://www.macworld.co.uk/

Categorized in News & Politics

In a world where everything which your computer can do, can be done on your smartphone, hacking cannot be left behind.

The world is full of smartphones these days. Most people rely on their smartphones and other portable devices to carry out their day to day activities. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that smartphones have taken over laptops in terms of productivity. Thus, it becomes extremely important to know about the (ethical) hacking tools available on your android phone. Who knows, you might need them one day!

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Hacking, nowadays, is not something which is the exclusive domain of the “experts”. With the help of a few applications and basic knowledge of the true capabilities of your android phone, you, too, could delve into the world of hacking. So, let’s discuss some of the apps for your android phones which will turn you into a hacker!

1. AndroRat

AndroRat stands for Android Remote Administration Tool. As the name suggests, it is a remote administration tool which is used to control another device even if you have no physical access to that device! Manipulating other devices can be easily done using the app which is quite useful in case you’re away from your device and need it to perform some task. It is also useful in inducing some giggle and amazement amongst your friends and family members!

2. DroidSheep

The word “hacking” for many is hacking into your friend’s social media account for giggles. Or it may be used for even something useful like extracting some important information from someone’s social media accounts. DroidSheep does the job for you. It hijacks the sessions of social media activities carried out on your network. You need the knowledge of the basics of hijacking and by installing the app on your android device you’re all set to ‘hack’ your friend’s online social life!

3. Kill WIFI

This open source ethical hacking app is one of the most popular ones in this field. Similar to the net cut app in Windows, this app is capable of cutting off anyone’s WiFi over your network. Kill Wifi is extremely useful when you have an open WiFi not protected by a strong password. You can cut off the WiFi of the intruder by just a few clicks on your device. This app is easy to use owing to its lucid and interactive interface and easy-to-use tools.

4. SpoofApp

Won’t it be wonderful if you could place a call to your friend phone, but instead of showing your phone number different number flashes on your friend’s phone? SpoofAppis exactly what this app does. Apart from changing your phone number, this app can also change your voice and record your entire conversation! However, you will need SpoofCards to use this app. Overall a nice app for bringing smiles on your and your friend’s face.

5. WiFi Mac Changer

One of the most useful ones, Wifi Mac Changer app changes the MAC address of your device you make your activities almost untraceable. With your rooted android phone, you can change the MAC Address of your device temporarily so that your online activities cannot be traced back to you. The app provides you two methods of changing your MAC Address. One is the easier way which reflects no change in your WiFi settings. The other method is a bit tougher which allows you to enter apps which are password protected and this will reflect the changed address in your WiFi settings.

Conclusion

These apps may not seem very productive at a first glance but with prolonged use, you will certainly realize the potential that these apps possess. Who knows someday you may need to spy upon your friend’s/significant other’s social media account? Or you may need to kick off an intruder from your network. Thus, gear up for the path untraveled and watch your world in an entirely different light using these apps!

Source : www.hackread.com

Author : Ali Raza

Categorized in Social

Android has had some exciting new additions to its device line-up this year. From Google's new Pixel phones to Kodak's first move into the smartphone market, Android is continuing its dominance as a leading OS.

Android does, however, seem to have a security problem – even if its reputation isn't entirely accurate, and especially compared to how people view iOS. This is one of the reasons Android is so hot on security, and why Google has made it a key feature of all Android apps thanks to its “Application Sandbox”. This means that even if malware is accidentally opened, it is forbidden to access any other apps on a device.

Android's Adrian Ludwig recently revealed more about the software's security features in a series of blog posts and during a talk at this year's inaugural WIRED Security event.

And if you want to boost your device's security even further, we round up the top Android apps to do just that below. Alternatively, if you have an iPhone or iPad, here are the best iOS apps for data protection.

1Password

If there's one simple way to stay safe, it is to change your passwords, though it can get confusing remembering the different passwords to each account. 1Password does the hard work for you by remembering everything. All data is encrypted, so the app keeps the information safe and allows you to sign into your favourite sites with one click. Free

Applock

Applock is a secure Android-specific app which locks all your important apps up, including Facebook, Whatsapp, Gmail and Settings, to prevent unauthorised access to private data and guard privacy settings. Free

Find Your Phone

Should you ever lose your Android device, Find Your Phone is a new feature. By searching ‘find my phone’ on any Google browser, you can locate your phone, lock and call it, secure your account and leave a callback number on the screen for the person who finds it.

Google’s director of Android Security, Adrian Ludwig, explains how it works.

my Secure Mail

This universal email client allows people to manage an unlimited number of mail accounts from various providers. My Secure Mail keeps all your emails in one place and ensures they are safe using encryption and password-protected sign ins. Free

NordVPN

If you've never used a VPN before, it is a way to keep all your online activity private by encrytping all the data coming in and out of the device and securing all internet traffic. The new NordVPN Android app re-routes and encrypts all internet traffic to make the connection private and secure. Free

Signal

The encrypted messaging and voice-calling app Signal is a sure-fire way to communicate safely on an Android device. It provides end-to-end encryption to secure all communications and the app can also verify the identity of who people are messaging, as well as the integrity of the channels they are using. Free

Tor Messenger

Similar to Signal, Tor Messenger is a safe and encrypted way to have private conversations. It's a cross-platform chat app that is secure by default and sends all messages over Tor Network. The ChatSecure app allows you to send communications across Tor. Free

Source : wired.co.uk

Author : AMELIA HEATHMAN

Categorized in Social

Elasticsearch is an open source distributed full text search engine built on top of Apache Lucene. We recently connected with Gaurav Gupta, VP of Products for Elastic, the company behind Elasticsearch to chat about how search is being used to significantly boost both user adoption and improve the bottom line.

He also shared with us what he believes are the three biggest trends in app development and how developers can take advantage.

 ADM: Can you explain how Elasticsearch is used in mobile app development?

Gupta: It helps to start from why Elasticsearch was created in the first place. In 2004, Shay Banon, CTO and Co-Founder of Elastic, began working on a project that become Elasticsearch at a time when AWS didn’t exist, mobile apps were in their infancy, few had even heard the “Big Data” phrase, and search was designed to make money (lots of it) from keywords, not as a tool for developers. What started as a ‘seemingly’ simple problem -- to build a recipe application for his wife attending Cordon Bleu cooking school -- uncovered the many intricate details and challenges behind  modern search. For example, how do you collect data from multiple sources? How do you combine both unstructured and structured data? How do you retrieve data in real-time across hundreds to thousands to millions of variables? How do you store and index the results and use the information to constantly refine those results? Shay saw the need to build a next-gen search engine with all the features we expect today—distributed computing, hybrid cloud support, ease of adoption, scalable, and designed with standard APIs on REST/JSON.

Quickly, because of the virility of open source, Shay learned that Elasticsearch could be used for more than “search”. After being downloaded more than 75 million times since 2012, Elasticsearch has become a de facto element in almost any type of application across multiple use cases for mission critical security systems, logging platforms, analytics, and more.

As the company behind the Elasticsearch project, Elastic today provides a set of open source products called the Elastic Stack -- Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats, and Logstash -- and commercial extensions called X-Pack for security, monitoring, alerting, reporting, and graphing. The Elastic Stack plays a key role in many popular mobile apps and sites we interact with on a daily basis from Dell, eBay, eTrade, Goldman Sachs, Groupon, Guardian, HotelTonight, Mozilla, MSN.com, The New York Times, Spotify, Uber, Verizon, Yelp, Wikipedia, and much more.

ADM: What are some of its common use cases for mobile app developers?

Gupta: Developers use Elasticsearch when they need to integrate real-time data, search, and analytics into their mobile apps.

A common mobile use case is to utilize Elasticsearch in mobile apps so they can react in real-time to user actions, create a more personalized user experience and lead to greater engagement and more effective monetization. Beyond search, another use case is using the Elastic Stack for logging and analytics, using Beats and Logstash to ship data into Elasticsearch and Kibana to visualize and analyze log data in real-time.

ADM: What are some examples of mobile apps that utilize Elasticsearch?

Gupta: Yelp's search and recommendation engine is powered by Elasticsearch to help 23 million monthly mobile app and 69 million monthly mobile web users find just what they want.

The New York Times put all 15 million of its articles published over the last 160 years into Elasticsearch, allowing readers to quickly access relevant information from any device and to see recommendations for other related content.

BlaBlaCar uses Elasticsearch to help 20 million members find ride shares in less than 200ms with its mobile app. Elasticsearch matches drivers and passengers based on any dimension (car type, amenities, favorite drivers, number of passengers, etc.) leading to more rides and revenues.

ADM: What are the key benefits of using search in the context of mobile app development?

Gupta: Speed. Getting to market and or into production as fast as possible is one of the biggest benefits. Depending on the use case, mobile apps will help drive new revenues or cost savings, and more and more their rollouts have visibility at the highest levels.

Innovation. Developers should be focused on developing showstopping or value-added features that drive new and expanded usage of mobile apps, not building and maintaining custom plugins and features

Scale to Millions, Billions of Documents. Consider the Wikipedia app. Although its ~5 million docs is not a large number relatively speaking, they cannot all be loaded on a mobile device. You have to rely on servers that expose a limited subset of the data more intelligently, and you have to give them the right subset quickly. Hierarchical navigation, like you use on your desktop, just doesn't work once you have millions or billions of items and thousands of levels of hierarchy. Search allows you to expand the accessible set of items quickly. Moreover, high-quality full-text search, good result-ranking (people often only look at the top 6-10 results of their search), and speedy results (so people don't sit around waiting) are especially important.

Scale to Millions of Users. Good mobile search is scalable both vertically and horizontally so lots of users can hit your search at the same time. It's fast not just with one active user searching, but with hundreds or thousands of concurrent searches.

ADM: How can adding search into the mobile app experience help drive monetization strategies, user adoption and personalization?

Gupta: Users today expect everything to be searchable instantly from a single search box. Great search used to be a differentiator. Now it’s essential. We think search has to do something more to drive real engagement that can unlock new revenue and user adoption opportunities.

Home Depot is doing some interesting things in this area. The company wants its search to understand the different relationships across more than a million products online to trigger cross-sell and up-sell opportunities. It provides suggestions of comparables and alternatives, automatically determining complementary products and limiting choice to reduce returns. It alerts the user of potential issues to avoid, e.g. “If you buy different brands of roofing shingles, you may void the 30-year warranty.” And it provides real-time updates of availability from your local store -- down to the aisle and bin -- or whether products are only available online.

ADM: Context has been one of the key areas of innovation with mobile apps. How can developers improve the context in their search results?

Gupta: The combination of context-rich search, including personalization, geolocation, filters and more, is natural and a must-have for so many mobile app developers. The same goes for any other data that can drive the optimal consumer user experience or monetization strategies, e.g. recommendations, ads, etc.

Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta is Vice President of Product
Management at Elastic

For example, context is vital if you're someone like HotelTonight. We want to think of search terms as being signals that provide color to a user’s intentions, so we can bias the results, filter them or both. In terms of geolocation, you don't want to try to offer a hotel in Boston to a user who is in San Francisco, unless you know the person is explicitly looking for it. In terms of personalization, you don't want to push the most expensive items in your inventory to a user who is looking for "low end" and "cheap".

ADM: What kinds of innovations suld mobile app developers look forward to seeing in search in the future?

Gupta: We see three big trends taking place in this area.

- First, one is the growing importance of “geo-aware” capability, especially in context of the search that's being performed. For instance, if I search for "suspension bridge" while standing next to the Golden Gate Bridge, my app could (or arguably should) use my geolocation context to influence results and bubble a result relating to the Golden Gate Bridge higher. Some apps like Uber and Yelp are built so much around this concept that you could argue a significant portion of their business model is dependent on it.

However, many apps haven't even started being geo-aware or are significantly underutilizing this information. We see geo-context-aware search being a really important element in mobile app development in the future. That puts pressure on search developers to have a system that easily incorporates geo information in the search and result ranking efficiently -- without engaging a separate geo database that may be out of sync. This is something Elastic has been spending a lot of time on, including geo in results and enabling the developer to bias results by distance from a geo point. We also have added the ability to even index complex shapes (think delivery zones, states, city borders, cellphone signal zones, etc) so you could answer mobile-important questions directly using a single search solution like "is the mobile user currently in my delivery zone?" or "is my trip going to leave me where I won't have cell coverage?" if you had this data available in your app.

- Second, mobile devices are taking on more and more sensors. We used to think about mobile as laptops and cellphones. Now we have tablets and more exotic wearable devices which have mixed inputs, all of which contribute to the search context. There's a lot of research going on to try to get computers and search to understand multimedia inputs like cameras and microphones. More immediately, we have "exotic" inputs like GPS/speed, heart rate, and temperature light sensors that are tied to our devices either directly or through wireless syncing like bluetooth. All of that data can be taken into consideration with something that might be considered a "search" today, and that creates both opportunities and challenges. The advantages are potentially massive. For example, if my device knows that it's hot outside and that I'm sweating when I search for "coffee," maybe it should bias results toward nearby places known for their cold brew, iced coffees and air conditioning. The obvious challenge is making sure the right information is properly secured and available only to the people you want. As a result, security will play a greater role than has ever existed in even the most locked down of search systems in the past.

- Third, mobile devices are taking on more and more form factors. These new form factors are things like smartwatches and activity trackers with tiny screens or screens that are completely absent and running on minimal hardware. The minimal hardware underscores what we said earlier: if you can't store all of Wikipedia on your smartphone, you're definitely not going to fit it on your smartwatch. Being able to offload that workload out of the device is really important. Which, in turn, creates a need for good API design in the search layer so that developers can access the result sets in the language of their choosing in the way of their choosing. Small or nonexistent screens require really good ranking algorithms. The expected result needs to be first or second so the user can take action right away.

Author:  Richard Harris

Source:  https://appdevelopermagazine.com

Categorized in Online Research

Google has launched a new website called AI Experiments, which offers curious minds a peek into the technology that is based on machine learning.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the next big thing in the field of technology and with Google and its products like Google Allo, you can see for yourself the power of AI. The company has launched a new website called AI Experiments which allows gives you a peek into some of its most experimental projects. One doesn’t need to be a certified engineer to test the web apps. These projects are aimed at offering users a glimpse into the functioning of neural networks with the help of fun games.

The concept of artificial intelligence and machine learning which is at the heart of Internet of Things is very erudite for a regular consumer. Google intends to change that with its AI Experiments where it has multiple games and puzzles powered by artificial intelligence. The platform is open source, which means if you start exploring AI and want to build something of your own for the world to see, Google could showcase it on the website. Currently, there are a set of simple experiments which allow users to explore the technology through pictures, drawings music, language, and more.

According to Google, the idea behind open-sourcing the platform is to make the technology more accessible to people irrespective of whether they have a background in machine learning or not. It is also aimed at those curious minds who are interested in the technology but lack the technical know-how. The website includes open-source code and resources to help interested people get started.

The site currently offers hands-on demos that allow users to interact with projects which have been created by Google researchers. A project called ‘Quick, Draw!’ is a game that guesses the object you are drawing using a neural net. For example, if you are drawing a fan or a bicycle, the game tries to guess what the object could be. Another project, called ‘ AI Duet’, applies the power of AI to music. Once you play a few notes on a computer-connected keyboard, the algorithm plays a few notes of its own based on what you played to perform a duet.

There are also a couple of apps which show off Google’s progress with AI. The ‘Giorgio Cam’, similar to the guessing game, tries to identify objects which are placed in front of a smartphone camera and turns them into lyrics to a song. A second app called ‘Thing Translator’, uses Google’s translation technology to translate objects you point at into different languages. For example, if you don’t know what a glass is called in Japanese, the app could translate the object for you in the language to help you understand.

The AI Experiments website further opens into Google’s other projects including Chrome Experiments, Android Experiments, and Arts& Culture Experiments. All these experiments are user- generated creative experiments such as the Giant Emoji, which translates your facial expressions into a large emoji displayed on a screen. Under the Arts & Culture experiments, a project titled Free Fall, uses mathematical formulas to place artworks in a 3D environment, where one can choose to visualize what a cultural big bang might look like, or travel through the sea of artworks decade by decade.

The company also added a new feature to its Translate app with the use of Neural Machine Translation. The Google Translate is primarily focused on using Phase-Based Machine Translation as the key algorithm. With the Neural Machine Translation, the app will now be able to translate whole sentences at a time and not just in parts. As of now, not all the 108 languages on Google Translate will be equipped with Neural Machine Translation. The system will work only on eight major languages which include English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish. The system will soon be rolled out to the remaining 103 languages and other platforms where Google Translate can be accessed.

Author:  Deepali Moray

Source:  http://www.bgr.in/

Categorized in News & Politics

You've managed to get your hands on a new iPhone 7, and now you need to download some apps.

We've handpicked seven of the best apps that show off the new iPhone's upgraded camera and iOS 10 software. These apps will help you take better pictures, find places to eat, quickly send people money with Siri, and more.

Put the iPhone 7's upgraded camera to the test with Adobe Lightroom.

Put the iPhone 7's upgraded camera to the test with Adobe Lightroom.
Adobe
 
Not only is Adobe Lightroom an impressive mobile editing app, but it can also shoot photos in full-resolution RAW (or DNG) format, which is the same format used by professional photographers.Adobe Lightroom is free to download in the App Store.

Use Siri to get a ride with Uber.

Use Siri to get a ride with Uber.
Apple
Third-party apps like Uber and WhatsApp can be controlled with Siri in iOS 10. Once the Uber app is installed on your iPhone, just tell Siri something like "Get me an Uber ride" and you'll be on your way. Lyft also supports Siri in iOS 10.Uber is free to download in the App Store.

Get smart notifications about where to eat and drink with Foursquare.

Get smart notifications about where to eat and drink with Foursquare.
Foursquare
iOS 10's expanded notifications let apps like Foursquare send more than just text to your lockscreen.Foursquare's smart notifications, for example, can use your taste in restaurants and past visits to send custom recommendations with photos and locations when you're out and about.Foursquare is free to download in the App Store
 

Square Cash can send your friends money in iMessage or with Siri.

Square Cash can send your friends money in iMessage or with Siri.
Square Cash
iOS 10's iMessage apps can be used for more useful things than sending fun stickers. Square Cash, for example, lets you send friends money from your bank account at no charge.Square Cash is free to download in the App Store

Dark Sky's hyper-accurate weather forecasts will let you know when to bring an umbrella.

Dark Sky's hyper-accurate weather forecasts will let you know when to bring an umbrella.
Dark Sky
Dark Sky is the most accurate weather app in the App Store, and in iOS 10 it can send info-packed notifications that tell you exactly when it's about to start or stop raining. You can also add its custom widget to your lockscreen to see the forecast without unlocking your iPhone.Dark Sky costs $3.99 to download in the App Store
 

Quickly get from point A to B with Citymapper's 3D Touch shortcuts.

Quickly get from point A to B with Citymapper's 3D Touch shortcuts.

The iPhone 7's 3D Touch support allow you to press in on an app icon to quickly access shortcuts.The best public-transit app, Citymapper, shows all kinds of useful shortcuts and saved stops (like home or work) from its 3D Touch shortcut. Tapping one will open the app and begin your journey.This feature also works with last year's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.Citymapper is free to download in the App Store.

Can't wait for "Super Mario Run" to arrive in the App Store? Send your friends Mario stickers in iMessage.

Can't wait for "Super Mario Run" to arrive in the App Store? Send your friends Mario stickers in iMessage.

While you wait for Nintendo to release "Super Mario Run" in the App Store later this year, download the game's companion sticker app for iMessage and send Mario to your friends.Super Mario Run Stickers is free to download in the App Store
 
Source : businessinsider.com
Categorized in Social

Technology has been an incredible tool to help people monitor their health. We can track what we eat, our steps, our heart rate and even our sleeping patterns. But some app developers have set their sights on a more complex but equally important area of holistic health: mental wellness.

As the national conversation shifts toward the acceptance of mental health treatment, the ability to reach (and afford) professionals is as easy as visiting your smartphone's app store. These nine incredible businesses are helping to fight stigmas about mental health issues by making it easier than ever for people to access proper mental care.

TalkSpace

TalkSpace, available online and through an app, is a platform in which people are connected with licensed mental health professionals based on their individual needs. You first chat live with a Talkspace Matching Agent who will explain how online therapy works and answer any questions you have, the website says. Once you're matched, you can pick your subscription option and receive unlimited secure messaging with a therapist for $32/week (messaging only), $43/week (messaging plus one live session) or $69/week (messaging plus four live sessions).

Joyable

Social anxiety can be crippling, but with the right treatment, it can become manageable to help you live a better life. Joyable offers you a complete program based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the gold standard for overcoming social anxiety. Ninety percent of Joyable’s clients see a reduction in their anxiety, the website says. Take a quiz to decipher your level and type of anxiety, then meet with your dedicated coach via text or a phone call so you can describe what you're feeling. Joyable helps you challenge and master your anxiety to achieve goals. After a 7-day free trial, treatment is $25/month.

Operation Reach Out

Serving in the military comes with sacrifice, including mental health. Operation Reach Out is a free app that offers accessible mental health assistance to those who have served. According to the website, Operation Reach Out is aimed at preventing suicide among military personnel and veterans and encourages people to reach out when they are having suicidal thoughts. The app functions as a personal contact help center and provides activities and support to help people who are depressed stay connected to others.

Headspace

Headspace was designed with a number of programs to address sleep issues, anxiety, depression and stress through guided meditation programs. Once you've achieved your first 10 days of mediation training, you're able to access the additional programs. According to the website, by using 1 percent of your day to meditate, you will be able to see a "massive difference" in your life (but 10 minutes a day is a good starting point). You can sign up for free, then opt into $12.95/month for unlimited access to the Headspace collection for a month, $7.99/month for unlimited access all year, or other subscription packages.

IntelliCare

Sometimes mental health requires a combination of treatments, which is the goal of IntelliCare's bundle of apps created by Northwestern University and Northwestern Medicine. According to the website, IntelliCare is a suite of apps that work together to target common causes of depression and anxiety like sleep problems, social isolation, lack of activity and obsessive thinking. These apps are part of a nationwide research study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Interested users can download individual apps or the IntelliCare suite from the Google Play Store.

MindShift

Anxiety can be crippling for some. MindShift was built with the intent of coaching those individuals through their anxiety. According to the site, the app will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety. This app includes strategies to deal with everyday anxiety, as well as specific tools to tackle better sleep, dealing with intense emotions, test anxiety, perfectionism, social anxiety, performance anxiety, worry panic and conflict.

Simple Habit

Simple Habit truly is simple, five minutes a day of mindfulness to decrease stress. The app's founder Yunha Kim was so stressed at her startup, she turned to meditation. Since then, she has been meditating for a few minutes a day. The app was designed by a team of a Harvard psychologists and meditation experts, Simple Habit meditations are just five minutes and personalized for various life situations. From before going to work in the morning or preparing a difficult conversation, to even dealing with PMS, Simple Habit can help you get through your day, the site said. Sign up online and download in the App Store. 

Optimism Apps

Following your patterns can help you become more self-aware. The Optimism Apps suite, available across all your devices, acts as a springboard to detect patterns in your health and develop strategies to proactively manage depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health conditions, the site said. The Optimism Apps help you work on developing and monitoring strategies, specific to you, that help you understand warning signs and "triggers" that affect you.

BetterHelp

With BetterHelp, you can do therapy on your own time and pace. The site matches you with a mental health professional who can identify your needs and help you. Communicate with your therapists as often as you want and whenever you feel it's needed. According to the site, you can start for free to feel confident the app and treatment are right for you. Once you've answered a questionnaire and have signed up for the site, you're offered a free seven-day trial before subscribing to a $35/week plan for unlimited sessions with your counselor.

The above apps may not be suitable replacements for professional in-person therapy, and are meant as suggestions to help those looking to improve their mental health. If you find yourself in crisis, please consult help immediately from any of these resources.

Source : businessnewsdaily.com

Categorized in Internet Technology
So you’ve got a new Mac and you’re looking to make the most of the robust application environment on MacOS Sierra? Well, we’ve got you covered. There are literally hundreds of thousands of great software programs compatible with MacOS in Apple’s App Store – not to mention the thousands more that are scattered across the web. Below, we’ve compiled some of the best Mac apps available. Since there are so many apps, we pared it down to only include programs that are most likely to be useful to the average Mac user, whether you’re looking to quickly access an abundance of RSS feeds or automatically upload your photos to the proverbial cloud.

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Alfred 2

Alfred 2 App
Think of Alfred as Spotlight with a dash of Siri. It’s an application launcher, but it can do a lot more than just that. With Alfred, you can quickly perform calculations, execute web searches, and quickly find word definitions, among many other functions. It fills the gap between Siri and your Spotlight search, by allowing you to automate tasks and perform advanced functions that, frankly, Siri should be able to handle without voice input.
 

Bartender 2 ($15)

Bartender 2 Mac App
Bartender 2 is an app made for when you’re utilizing too many apps. It’s a subtle tool that’s specifically designed with organization in mind, and as such, it lets you better organize various aspects of your interface. With Bartender 2, you choose which apps appear in the menu bar and rearrange their position to your liking. You can also search for specific items, or move them into the optional Bartender Bar if you’re in dire need of more space.

Caffeine

Caffeine Mac App
 
 
Always a favorite, this one keeps your computer from going into sleep mode, starting the screensaver, or performing the auto-dim function. It’s ideal for reading long documents, or any other activity in which you don’t touch the keyboard or mouse for extended periods of time. Just give it a click.

Dropzone ($10)

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Once installed, Dropzone 3 truly feels like an integral part of MacOS Sierra. The bare-bones application functions as a shortcut tool, meaning you can use it to quickly copy and move files, launch applications, and share content through popular services such as Facebook and Flickr. You can also upload files via FTP and Amazon S3, or shorten URLs using the newly-added Goo.glshortener. It’s all housed within a tiny icon that sits in the menu bar.

f.lux

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F.lux is a tiny little utility that makes the color of your display adapt to more accurately mimic outside light. If you stare at a bright computer screen late into the evening, all that blue light from your screen can screw with the melatonin levels in your brain and can make it hard to fall asleep. Flux helps fix that problem.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome Mac App
Safari will never boast the kind of intuitive integration afforded by Google’s browser. It’s arguably the fastest browser available for desktop platforms, one that also features the ability to automatically sync all your information — bookmarks, open tabs, recent searches, etc. — across multiple computers and mobile devices. That, combined with its robust customization and instant search capabilities, make it worthwhile.

Magnet ($2)

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It’s not always easy to view multiple windows side by side, at least, not without Magnet. The app is made for the multitasker inside all of us, and thus presents a quick way to drag and arrange on your desktop. With Magnet, you can drag and snap windows to the edges and corners of your screen, which will then lock into place. It’s a terrific tool, complete with predefined keyboard shortcuts, if you want copy content from one app to another.

Unclutter ($6)

Unclutter Mac App
Unclutter is a basic piece of software that suits its name. The app is accessible with a quick swipe from the top of your screen, and, better yet, functions as a convenient place for storing quick notes, recent files, and clipboard information. Recent updates also allow for a light or dark theme, and include an option for dragging cards on top of other desktop windows. Files and notes even automatically sync across your devices via Dropbox, a suitable addition that adds to the app’s appeal.

PRODUCTIVITY

Evernote

Evernote Mac App
 
Evernote is the undisputed king of note taking apps, and for good reason. It’s simple, organized in a highly intuitive way, and syncs with just about any Web service you can imagine. Since it’s one of the most popular apps in existence, there’s a veritable boatload of browser extensions and add-ons available for it as well.

Day One 2 Journal ($30)

Day One 2 Journal Mac App
Journals are an age-old tradition — just ask Benjamin Franklin. That said, the aptly-titled Day One 2 Journal serves a digital companion for those looking to capture life’s little moments. Aside from text, the app also incorporates photos, reminders, and tags, the latter of which helps tremendously with organization. The best part? Password protection keeps potential, prying eyes at bay.

Fantastical 2 ($50)

Fantastical 2 Mac App
Fantastical 2 is the only calendar app you’ll ever need, so long as you’re willing to shell out a cool $50 for it. The steep price grants you access to a powerful set of tools, however, as well as a full-screen calendar window that’s as beautiful as it is practical. The true hallmark of Fantastical 2 is in the way you create reminders; just type in that you have “Dinner with Alexa on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.” and watch the app schedule it with a reminder.

Pixelmator ($30)

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Mac users have an incredibly vast selection of excellent photo editing programs, but even against thousands of competitors, Pixelmator stands out as one of the best. It’s got a massive list of powerful features, and is probably the fastest program of its type that we’ve ever used.
 

Pocket

Pocket Mack App
As the name might imply, Pocket is a tool that lets you “pocket” articles, videos, and webpages for later viewing. It essentially consolidates all the content in a simple, easy-to-use interface that’s also accessible offline. The app is perfect for sharing your favorite stuff among friends or for stowing interesting articles you might encounter on your evening commute — which you can then pull up on the big screen with their accompanying text, pictures, and links when you get home.

PDF Expert ($60)

PDF Expert Mac App
Having to work with PDF files is a fact of life, and PDF Expert makes that fact a little easier. Not only does the minimalist desktop software allow you to fill out forms and merge PDFs, but it also grants you a host of tools for editing, annotating, and signing files on the fly. Moreover, it’s compatible with Apple’s Continuity and Handoff features, so you can swap devices while in the middle of a document without fear of losing your work.

REEDER 3 ($10)

Reeder 3 Mac App
Google Reader may be dead and gone, but a proper RSS reader is still a must. Thankfully, Reeder 3 is one of the best around. The desktop application sports a gorgeous finish that perfectly compliments MacOS Sierra’s semi-transparent panes, along with shared extensions, a private browsing mode, and support for most RSS services (Feedly, Feedbin, Fever, etc.). Themes, gesture controls, and a host of customization also come standard.
 

Text Wrangler

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With so many free text editors out there for Mac users, it’s tough to choose just one. Some lean toward minimalism and strip away advanced features, but Text Wrangler isn’t one of those. This program is the Cadillac of free text editors. It has every bell, whistle, and advanced formatting option you’ll ever need. It’s not a replacement for a good word processor, sure, but it’s a great choice for editing code and other plain text files.

Wunderlist

Wunderlist Mac App
Don’t let Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Wunderlist fool you — it’s still a phenomenal tool for MacOS, even without the premium feature set. The sleek application helps with creating to-do lists, each of which comes complete with customized due dates, reminders, and everything else you need to stay on schedule. The software also allows for collaborative lists, syncs your content across devices, and features the ability to save webpages and other content for later viewing (a la Pocket).

ENTERTAINMENT AND SOCIAL

Spotify

Spotify Mac App
Apple Music isn’t for everyone. Fortunately, Spotify’s official desktop app represents the perfect alternative for those looking to branch outside the Apple ecosystem. The Mac app gives you access to the entire Spotify catalog much like its mobile counterpart, letting you search and listen to nearly any track, artist, or album free of charge. You can also use it to build custom playlists, or capitalize on personal recommendations that span jazz, hip-hop, rock, and everything in between.
 

HandBrake

Handbrake App ThumbYes, DVD ripping is still a thing in the age of digital distribution. That said, HandBrake shines when it comes to converting media files and encoding videos, especially when you factor in how quick and effortless the open-source software makes the process. The software also comes with a plethora of video-editing tools designed for splicing, adjusting framerate, and adding subtitles among a laundry list of other useful actions that come second to its optimization presets.

Parcel

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Honestly, who still shops in brick-and-mortar stores anymore? Parcel is aimed at the online shopping aficionado, rendering it ideal for anyone who’s constantly expecting a package at their doorstep. The tracking app works with more than 250 services — including mainstays such as UPS, USPS, FedEx — allowing you to see where your packages are at a glance with little more than a tracking number. Push notifications and Spotlight integration is just a bonus.

Transmission

Transmission MacOS
Solid BitTorrent clients are few and far between, but Transmission ranks among the best. The lightweight app excels when it comes to download speed and blends seamlessly with MacOS. It’s not the most fully-featured Torrent client, but it’s easily the best choice for MacOS on account of its reliability and no-nonsense approach to Torrent downloads. It’s fast, light, and makes life a little easier by just getting out of your way. Transmission did have a security breach a while back, however, so make sure you only download the most recent version (2.92 or above) directly from the Transmission Project.
 

VLC

VLC Media Player Thumb App
VLC media player is better than Quicktime in nearly every facet that matters, most notably speed and file compatibility. The open-source software also supports nearly every media file you can muster, from AAC to Theora, while offering speedy video conversion, extensive subtitle support, and a host of video filters that let crop, de-lace, and general customize playback. The intuitive interface isn’t half bad, either.

Adium

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Adium is a multi-protocol instant messaging client that can bundle all of your accounts into one simple application. Just tell it which services you use — AIM, MSN, Google Talk, Facebook, etc. — and it’ll pull all of your contacts and organize them into a unified space with a clean UI.

Slack

Slack Mac App
Google Hangouts is second to Slack, a messaging client that’s recently taken office productivity and discussion to new levels. The service’s attractive desktop app pairs features all the tools available in the browser-based version of Slack — i.e. private channels, Giphy integration, themes  — along with better control over notifications and increased support for multiple teams.
 

Tweetbot

Tweetbot Mac App
Tweetbot 2 is for the power user who’d rather skip the outdated, official Twitter app for Mac in favor of something more capable. Like the last-gen version of the software, the newest iteration presents you with multiple columns and windows, along with tools to mute users, hashtags, and specific keywords. It supports third-party apps such as bitly and Paper, and showcases a streamlined interface that pair perfectly with the redesigned look of El Capitan.

1Password ($65)

1Password Mac App

Hate trying to remember every single password for every account you have? 1Password is a fantastic password manager that secures them in a fully-encrypted vault, which you then access by using your master password.

Little Snitch 3 ($35)

Little Snitch 3 Mac App
Little Snitch 3 is a permissions blocker that lets you control all of your incoming and outgoing connections. If you’ve got a program that you don’t want connecting to the Internet, the software can block it for you. You can set it to block things just once, until you quit, or forever. It’s really nice for control freaks like us who prefer to know everything our Mac is doing.
 
Chances are that you know the merits of Google Drive, however, you might not be aware that you can work on your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations offline when you can’t access the Internet. The desktop app gives you quick access to all your files and folders much like the software’s mobile counterpart, providing you with a dedicated folder where you can sync up 15GB worth of content — assuming you haven’t paid for extra storage.

Dropbox

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Dropbox makes syncing files across all your devices quick and painless. The desktop app works much like the software’s Web and mobile counterparts, giving you access to your files and folders while offering you the ability to upload photos, videos, and various documents directly from you desktop. You’ll receive 2GB of free storage just for signing up, too, and can earn more if you invite your friends or connect to Dropbox through the usual social media channels.
 
The native apps in MacOS can’t do it all, especially when it comes to compressed or archived files. Thankfully, the Unarchiver can handle nearly any format you can throw at it, whether you’re working with RAR files or older formats such as StuffIt, ARC, or Tar. The software also doesn’t require you to open a separate application, so you can access your files with a simple click in Finder.
 
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My first question from you “Are you living a Healthy Life“? Health plays an important role of happy and depression less life. its 2016 is about to end and the time is changing with lots of health issues are arising day by day. But now we’re going to change your living style and your health because you all know very well “Health is Wealth“. Luckily, today’s technology can help us achieve our goals. but did you know this technology makes us “Slaves” of their over uses. So for those who haven’t made much progress, we’re here with Download Best Health Apps Including Fitness & Workout Apps for Android & iPhone’s. these best health apps helps you to use your android and iOS device in a good manner and teach you “How To Stay Healthy with Technology”.

Why Only Best Health Apps?

Best Fitness and Workout apps helps us to connect our dull lifestyle to Digital world. In this brief article you all are thinking about why should i publish this Health related article on a tech hacks blog? Then my answer is as simple as that without your healthy life you won’t learn anything, first make your health good then you’re eligible to do other tasks. You compete virtually against everyone else using the same app and covering the same ground.

Download Best Health Apps 2017 – Fitness | Workout | Gym | Exercise Apps 

In this health section of our blog, there are many types of health apps for android and health apps for iPhone. you can download fitness apps, Work out apps, Gym Apps and also Exercise Apps . These free health apps and best workout apps will definitely change your lifestyle. so lets see which Free Health app for android and iPhone are the best for you.

Download Best Health Apps Fitness  2016-17

Here is the best fitness apps for android and iPhone. you can simply download these health apps by click on that app below.

#1. MyFitnessPal

We live in a world of full of frustration and depression —all of which can affect our diet and health. MyFitnessPal is a mobile app and website that gives you a wealth of tools for tracking what and how much you eat, and how many calories you burn through activity. Of all the calorie counters I’ve used, MyFitnessPal is by far the easiest one to manage, and it comes with the largest database of foods and drinks. You can easily download this Android and iOS App for free from Google.

#2. BodySpace

BodySpace is an app developed by the same folks. It functions as a social media network for fitness fans. Upload a photo, set your goals, and track your workouts. You’ll also get access to dozens of training programs and even more workouts.You can easily download this Android and iOS App for free from Google. What differentiates this app from others is the ability to find friends with common fitness goals and interests.This

#3. Fitbit

This is the best health app for Fitbit wearable fitness devices. It lets you track your activity and steps, monitor your heart rate, log the food you eat, set goals, monitor and analyze your sleep, and more. We like that both the app and Fitbit devices are fully customization. How you use it is up to you, and the feedback you get is based on your individual inputs.You can easily download this Android and iOS App for free from Google.

#4. Fitnet

Fitnet is the workout app for people who can’t carve out time to go to the gym. The app features an abundance of five- and seven-minute targeted workouts, so you don’t have to sacrifice time with your friends and family to achieve your fitness goals. Plus, the app uses your phone’s camera for a whole new kind of selfie—this one measures how closely you follow the moves shown on the screen.

#5. My Diet Coach

This nutrition app tries to make losing weight and eating healthier more fun and challenging by turning it into a game. Choose your avatar to represent you on your weight loss quest and start working with you diet coach. The app will send you reminders, cool motivational messages, and helpful guides. There are also regular challenges that will develop healthy habits, like putting more veggies on your plate and drinking more water.

#6. Runkeeper

This popular app uses GPS to track your routes, elevation, and more. Set goals and follow training programs to improve your speed or get yourself ready for your next race. You’ll get audio feedback during your workouts, which will save you from having to look down to check your pace and progress.You can easily download this Android and iOS App for free from Google.

Download Best Workout Apps 2016-17

Here is the best workout apps for android and iPhone.

#1. Relax Melodies

Relax Melodies promises to bring you to a relaxed state with its use of melodies, sounds, brainwave beats and meditations. Its large catalog of music and sounds might seem overwhelming at first, but its well-designed interface makes it easy for the user to customize his/her meditation experience. What’s more, the app makes creative use of bin-aural beats, which research has shown to have positive effects on the brain.

#2. Yoga Wake Up

What better way to ease into the day than with a quick morning yoga flow? This app delivers a 10-minute sequence at your designated wake-up time. Each sequence is a little different. Some focus more on meditation, while others hone in on holding poses and setting intentions. Yoga every damn day just got a whole lot easier.You can easily download this Android and iOS App for free from Google.

#3. RockMyRun

Run farther, faster and harder with RockMyRun. The app has thousands of DJ mixes with tempos that will keep you running. Its vaunted Body-Driven Music matches the music you run to with your movement. No more stopping to change your music, no more breaking momentum. Plus, RockMyRun can be synced with other tracking apps like Endomondo, MapMyRun, Nike+ and Runtastic. The app is available on the App Store and on Google Play.

#4. Nike+ Training

Nike+ Training Club comes with all the things you’d expect from a top-notch fitness app: workouts designed by professional trainers and athletes, customizable fitness programs, sharing capabilities to compare your progress with others, and a totally sleek interface. And in Nike fashion, it just does it better than the competition.You can easily download this Android and iOS App for free from Google.

#5. Lose It!

Lose the pounds with Lose It, an amazing nutrition and exercise-tracking app that’s simple and easy to use. Just enter some vital details like weight, height, and ideal weight and Lose It! will provide you with your daily calorie budget. The app’s barcode scanner and extensive meal database makes it easy to keep track of food intake

Premium Health & Fitness Apps for iPhone 2017

#1. Hot5 Fitness

Hot5 Fitness app offers high quality step-by-step workouts led by the top trainers in the industry. From abs and core to yoga and flexibility and everything in between, Hot5 contains pages and pages of 5-minute video workouts of every variety and difficulty level. Whether you’re looking for a quick 5-minute core blasting after a long run or a full 45-minute yoga session in your hotel room, this app offers something for everyone.You can easily download this Android and iOS App for free from Google.

#2. Carrot Fit

If you’re not into all the fluff and puff, this may be a good option for you. But be aware, this app is not for the feint of heart. Think less cheerleader, more fitness drill sergeant. A judgmental weight tracker, this CARROT character dishes out harsh criticisms to those wanting to drop pounds.

#3. Pocket Yoga

You can now carry around your own Yoga studio with Pocket Yoga (Android, iOS), an exercise app that lets you practice the ancient art of stretching and breathing at your own pace and time. Pocket Yoga comes with detailed voice and video instructions for hundreds of different poses, complete with write ups on each one’s proper execution and health benefits.

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Apple’s iPhone is the most popular smartphone in the world, and we want you to get the most out of yours. From dating apps to QR scanners, your phone is capable of nearly anything these days, and some apps just rise above the rest. We’ve recently cut our list of the best iPhone apps in half, bringing you the true cream of the crop: 100 apps, sorted by category, that will make your life simpler, easier, and more enjoyable.

iOS essentials

Google

google-app

Want to find nearby restaurants or track a package using your voice? Well, the official Google app allows users to have full-fledged conversations with their phone. It’s just like Siri, except it connects with your Google accounts.

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Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Google Chrome is an upgrade from the default browser, Safari. The app can sync your history and bookmarks across devices, and includes features like search bar autocomplete and unlimited tab functionality.

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Facebook

Facebook

Facebook is the social network. If you want to make your phone Facebook official, you should download this app. A must-have for nearly anyone, as many other social apps connect through Facebook to acquire vital information.

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YouTube

YouTube

YouTube used to come with your phone, but with iOS 6, Apple removed it. Luckily, Google brought it back. If you need to know what YouTube is, please meet us back in 2005. Now featuring Youtube Red, a monthly subscription service that allows downloaded playlists to be used offline and playback with no ads.

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Wikipedia Mobile

Wikipedia

Wikipedia finally made a revised version of its iOS app, which aims to give you better recommendations for content that you’re interested in and match you with articles that pertain to your interests. The app now offers users an “Explore” feed with a number of the most popular articles, as well as a featured article and picture of the day.

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Instagram

Instagram

It may be owned by Facebook, but Instagram is still the best social network for sharing pictures and ruining them with silly filters. We say ruining, but we put X Pro II on just about everything.

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COMMUNICATION AND MESSAGING

Messenger

FB Messenger

Facebook now offers its messenger service as a standalone app, enabling you to chat with your Facebook friends and anyone in your contacts with the app installed, without having to be signed into Facebook. We recommend this app for the sheer volume of messaging that happens via Facebook, though it’s a little frustrating that the Facebook app itself no longer includes messaging functionality.

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Skype

Skype

The de facto VOIP service that is owned by Microsoft, Skype is used by more than 250 million users worldwide. Offering free international voice and video calls is a tough deal to pass up.

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Hangouts

Hangouts

It’s also a standard texting and messaging app, but Hangouts was merged with Google Voice. It now gives you the ability to make video and voice calls, giving you a nifty all-in-one solution.

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WhatsApp

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a great choice for anyone that doesn’t have unlimited texting and spends a lot of time connected to Wi-Fi, letting you send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages.

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Slack

Slack

Slack is the premier messaging app for teams and companies, allowing for clear communication throughout every level of your organization. Slack instantly syncs across all devices and is compatible with dozens of other apps and services (like Dropbox) to make your job simpler and easier.

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DATING

Tinder

Tinder

Tinder is a terrible app if you want to date. It only shows you someone’s picture and age. But it’s super fun to swipe people away as Hot or Not. If someone thinks you’re hot, you can chat.

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Bumble

Bumble

Bumble flips the web dating paradigm on its head by forcing women to make the first move. Match with someone (the app functions pretty much exactly like Tinder) and the woman has 24 hours to send a message or the match expires.

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Hinge

Hinge

If you would prefer to do your dating with people your friends can vouch for, check out Hinge. It hooks you up with the best matches in your extended network, connecting you with friends of friends for more familiar dates.

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OKCupid

OKCupid

OKCupid gets the job done. It’s not great, but it’s free. It will give you matches based on how you answer questions. You can browse profiles and chat with those you’re interested in dating.

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eHarmony

eHarmony

If you’re serious about finding a relationship, we recommend eHarmony. The subscription service can be pricey for some, but it has the most robust feature set. There’s a separate app for LGBT called Compatible Partners.

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FOOD AND COOKING

Big Oven

Big Oven

This has 250,000+ recipes, and will give you grocery lists based on them, let you add your own, or import recipes from your friends. If you like (or want to like) to cook, start with Big Oven.

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Food Network In the Kitchen

Food Network

Food Network’s official app combines the recipe-browsing functionality of BigOven with the shows and chefs you love, allowing users to search by chef or ingredient to fit your favorite tastes.

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Yummly

Yummly

Similar to BigOven, Yummly offers access to thousands of unique recipes. On top of recipe and grocery list functionality, Yummly takes user preferences into account to provide recipe recommendations, for when you just can’t decide what to eat.

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GrubHub

GrubHub

If you’re like us (read: lazy), GrubHub will get used far more than any app that requires you to cook for yourself. It works almost anywhere and lets you order delivery or pickup from most restaurants.

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Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker

Calorie Counter

For those looking to make some changes to their physique, MyFitnessPal’s Calorie Counter app is perfect. The app allows users to take pictures of barcodes to sync nutrition facts for any food product, and you can create goals to reach your desired weight.

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GAMING

Xbox

Xbox SmartGlass

Microsoft’s mobile companion app for the Xbox One allows the user to navigate the Xbox menus using their smartphone. The Xbox app offers compatibility with otherwise tedious Xbox apps like messaging and achievements.

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The PlayStation app

PlayStation app

The PlayStation app offers the same basic functionality as SmartGlass, except for your PlayStation 4. View trophies, compose messages, and browse the PlayStation store with this app. Some games also include second-screen functionality for a deeper play experience.

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Steam Mobile

Steam app

The Steam app’s standout feature is the ability to purchase and download games to your PC remotely, directly from your smartphone. Steam Mobile also offers much of the same functionality as the Xbox and PlayStation apps, such as messaging and news browsing.

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Twitch

Twitch

Twitch’s mobile app brings the wide world of game streaming to your fingertips. Chat with other Twitch users, view your favorite streamers’ channels, or watch recorded video of top gamers and events. The Twitch app is AirPlay and Chromecast compatible.

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Instant eSports

Instant eSports

For fans of League of Legends, Instant eSports has you covered with live scores, breaking news, and match recaps for even the most MOBA-crazy consumer. The app also features the ability to follow teams or players to keep up with statistics, and the ability to chat with other fans.

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GOING OUT

Yelp

Yelp

Yelp is good for looking up almost any location, be it a restaurant or hardware store. Yelpers write in-depth reviews and you can read all their nasty and nice comments. It has a helpful map view, too.

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AroundMe

AroundMe

AroundMe identifies your location and provides you with a list of businesses and services nearby. Whether you’re looking for a gas station or a five star restaurant, AroundMe can find what you’re looking for.

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Fandango

Fandango

If you want to browse showtimes and/or buy movie tickets in advance, Fandango is the best. The iPhone app works well and can mean the difference between making a sold-out show or going home broken hearted.

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FoodSpotting

Foodspotting

This is food porn. If you like looking at pictures of food from friends and random Internet strangers, then this is the app to do it. It’s a social network focused on finding great dishes around town — putting the food before the restaurant, so to speak.

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StubHub

StubHub

Want to buy or sell tickets for the next game, concert, or any other event? This app is perfect for you. While it won’t wow you with its looks, the interactive maps and huge marketplace will.

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HEALTH AND FITNESS

Zombies, Run!

zombies-run

Turn your grueling workout into an exhilarating fight for survival with an app designed to simulate a zombie attack. Build your base by collecting supplies and avoiding the deadly horde — all by running around town!

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FitNet

fitnet

FitNet features a huge catalog of quick workouts that are perfect for busy individuals that don’t have time to drive to the gym and back. If you throw down some extra dough, you’ll also get hooked up with a personal trainer via text and video coaching.

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Full Fitness: Exercise Workout Trainer

full-fitness-app

The Full Fitness app has it all. There’s a plethora of different workouts and exercises, targeted at specific body parts and goals. You can also use it to easily track all your workout statistics and notes, essentially allowing you to create a full-on workout plan.

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Nike+ Training Club

nike-app-screenshot

Nike’s free workout app is, unsurprisingly, full of familiar faces. Celebrities and world-class athletes — such as Ellie Goulding and Ashton Eatonare — use the app to present their favorite workouts. The app also allows you to track your exercise habits and sync them with various social media sites.

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Yonder — Outdoor Adventures

Yonder Outdoor Adventures

Yonder is a free app that features more than 20,000 different outdoor destinations and 25 activity types. You can check out posts by hikers and kayakers from around the world, or craft your own weekend adventure with Yonder’s help.

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Daily Yoga

daily-yoga

Daily Yoga features several different ways to get in touch with your inner yogi. Short courses with accompanying music are free, but more advanced users can shell out some cash to get more poses, routines, and ‘tunes.

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MUSIC

Spotify

Spotify

Spotify is changing the game for the entire music industry. It’s free on PCs and tablets, but $10/mo if you want to fully use it on iPhone. It’s worth it. You can listen to full albums, and create playlists.

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Pandora

Pandora
If you haven’t used Pandora by now, go turn your AM radio back on. Pandora uses music science to create stations out of a song or artist. You tell it what you like and what you hate. It learns.

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Soundcloud

soundcloud

SoundCloud is the audio player that has become a favorite of musicians and talk shows and podcasts alike. The iOS app gives access to favorites, playlists, trending audio, and lets you follow and listen with friends.

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Tidal

Tidal

Tidal, the subscription-based music service backed by Jay-Z, offers high fidelity sound quality and high definition music videos along with access to exclusive tracks and albums. Subscribing to Tidal also nets you free music downloads across all devices.

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Amazon Music

Amazon Music iOS app

Amazon Prime members have access to more than just free, two-day shipping. With Amazon Music, you can stream popular songs or download your favorite albums for offline playback.

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Tabs & Chords by Ultimate Guitar

Tabs & Chords

Aspiring guitarists will have their hands full with this app. With Tabs & Chords, you can quickly find sheet music for almost any song you can think of. Users can even upload their own versions of songs, which are then available for download with ratings and reviews.

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NEWS NYTimes

New York Times app

The biggest newspaper in the world comes to the small screen, offering breaking news alerts, morning briefings compiled by Times journalists, and the ability to save articles for offline access.

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AlJazeera English

Al Jazeera

For those looking to get fair, unbiased news on a global scale, Al Jazeera English brings a curated collection of top news stories and video from across the world, and 24-hour access to live video and background audio streaming.

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BBC News

BBC News

The BBC News App offers an alternative for those not looking to spend money to access all the features available through the New York Times. Pin top story threads for quick updates, or download stories to read offline later.

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SmartNews

SmartNews

SmartNews has partnered with dozens of reputable news affiliates to provide the most streamlined and comprehensive news aggregate service available on mobile phones. Re-order categories according to what matters to you.

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Reddit: The Official App

Reddit app

Categorizing the Reddit app under ‘news’ may undersell it a bit. Reddit, with over 36 million subscribers, is one of the largest Internet communities out there. There are ‘subreddits’ for nearly every subject you can imagine, and many of them are dedicated to news.

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PAYMENT AND MONEY MANAGEMENT

PayPal

PayPal

Use PayPal to check up on the transactions in your account, send or request money, and photograph checks or credit cards to add them to your account without messing with the details.

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Venmo

Venmo

Venmo is the payment app for the people. Connecting directly with your debit card, Venmo offers free person-to-person money transfers. Credit transfers charge a percentage fee. Compatible with many shopping apps for easy checkout.

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Mint

Mint

It takes some time to set up, but once Mint can track all of your spending and create a sensible budget for you. You can monitor all of your credit card purchases and banking through Mint, created by Intuit (of TurboTax fame).

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Spendbook (iOS exclusive)

Spendbook

Spendbook combines a simple, intuitive interface with a diverse suite of features to create one of the best budgeting apps on the market. Spendbook tracks your income and expenses, and provides you with vibrant charts to explain exactly where all your money keeps going.

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Splitwise

Splitwise

Designed with college students in mind, Splitwise helps you keep track of debts owed between friends and connects seamlessly with Paypal and Venmo so you can settle up at any time.

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PHOTOGRAPHY AND PHOTO EDITING

Camera+ (iOS exclusive)

Camera+

Even with the robust iOS 9 update, Apple hasn’t done a whole lot with it’s default camera app. This is the full-featured photo taking app that you’ve always needed and wanted on your iPhone.

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Pro HDR X

Pro HDR

The tenth edition of Pro HRD brings even more functionality, increasing the base quality of photos taken with your iPhone along with a huge suite of frames, sliders and filters to give your pictures a professional look.

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VSCO

VSCO

VSCO is like a super-professional version of Instagram, allowing users to shoot high-quality stills with advanced camera controls and post them to their VSCO profile. The community features original content from VSCO as well as a curated collection of user work.

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Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe brings the most popular image editing software to the mobile platform, with all the tools you need to create award-worthy compositions on their iPhone. Auto-fix, crop, and blemish removal are just some of the features available.

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Facetune

FaceTune

Unhappy with your selfies? Don’t blame the camera — blame the face! With Facetune, you can whiten teeth, erase blemishes, and anything else you might want to do to fix the subtle imperfections that drive you crazy.

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READING

iBooks

iBooks

Though it hasn’t been updated since 2013, we had to include Apple’s native ebook reading app. The app connects with social media platforms like Facebook so you can share your thoughts on your favorite novel.

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Kindle

Kindle

Amazon rules the ebook reader world, but you can also get its Kindle app just about everywhere else, including iPhone. Kindle features one of the largest literary selections in the world, and you can even subscribe to Kindle Unlimited to read as many as you want for $10 a month.

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Nook

Nook

What’s the difference between Amazon’s Kindle app and Barnes & Noble’s Nook app, you might ask? Well, there isn’t much of one. Nook, though, does offer over 1 million free titles. So there’s that.

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Goodreads

Goodreads

Goodreads is similar to Yummly, but for books, providing recommendations based on books you like and books your friends like. The app lets you connect to book clubs and discussions with readers across the globe.

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Audible

Audible

Prefer listening to books over reading them? Audible has you covered with more than 180,000 titles that you can download for offline play. Speed up or slow down narration speed to fit your preferred listening experience.

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SHOPPING

Amazon

Amazon app

Amazon is the number one online retailer for a reason. Browse Amazon’s vast collection of products quickly and easily. Plus, you can enable notifications for daily Amazon Gold Box deals so you never miss out on a discount.

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eBay

eBay

There’s very little that you can’t buy or sell on eBay. The app is full-featured and much easier to use than the website. Bid on items, track your orders, and sell all of your unwanted stuff right here.

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Etsy

Etsy

Feeling arts-and-craftsy? Etsy has you covered with their diverse marketplace featuring homemade and vintage goods from millions of creative people. The app works with Apple Pay or PayPal to ensure safe transactions.

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Groupon

Groupon

The free Groupon app is perfect for all the coupon clippers out there. Save money and paper in one fell swoop, as Groupon presents you with incredible deals that often total up to 70 percent off a meal or outing.

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ScanLife

ScanLife

ScanLife offers you a wealth of information about nearly any product, using your iPhone camera to scan the barcode or QR code. The app links you to product reviews, price comparisons and even nutritional facts for food products.

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter

Twitter

Twitter helps you keep your finger on the pulse of the world — and find out who’s worth listening to. Follow friends, celebrities or companies’ official feeds to get instantly notified when something big goes down.

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Pinterest

Pinterest

Pinterest is the ultimate repository for creative concepts and photographs of food. Users can ‘pin’ stuff they find on the web, searching using tags to find what they’re looking for, from recipes to fashion ideas.

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Periscope

Periscope

Twitter’s answer to Meerkat, Periscope lets users live stream on Twitter. Your followers can interact by commenting on the view. Finally, a way for your friends to respond to your live stream of the bus ride home.

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Snapchat

Snapchat

Hands down, Snapchat is the best app to use if you want to send naughty pictures to someone. Every picture or short video you send deletes itself forever after about 10 seconds. Watch out for screenshotters!

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Vine

Vine

Looking to get famous quickly? The Vine app allows users to to film and edit quick, snappy videos that can be uploaded and shared directly, and the most popular users have millions of followers — and views. Like Twitter, but with less words.

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Musical.ly

musically

Musical.ly allows users to create their own lip-sync music videos by adding effects and music to the footage. The app, which received a $500 million valuation this summer, represents one of the fastest-rising social platforms on the planet.

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LinkedIn

LinkedIn

For iPhone owners with serious careers to consider, LinkedIn provides the most complete networking app out there. Connect with coworkers and acquaintances, communicate with recruiters, and manage your professional profile.

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SPORTS

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN has a monopoly on this sports stuff. Its official app is the best place to keep up to date with sports scores from all your favorite professional or college teams on the go. The ESPN app also now allows mobile streaming of WatchESPN and ESPN3.

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TheScore

TheScore

If you’re tired of ESPN, TheScore is a good alternative. It keeps track of scores, news, and everything much like ESPN’s app, but with a different look and feel that we prefer (at times).

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Team Stream

TeamStream

Bleacher Report’s Team Stream app features a highly customizable feed that provides you with up-to-date scores and stats as well as more traditional long-form sportswriting. More written work than ESPN, but no streaming capability.

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Yahoo Fantasy Sports

Yahoo Fantasy Sports

For those who can’t get enough of fantasy sports, Yahoo’s app is the best in the business. Track stats for baseball, football, hockey, and basketball here, as well as participating in mock drafts and reading expert opinions.

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Coach’s Eye

Coach's Eye

More athlete than fan? This app lets you record your golf swing, tennis serve, or anything else you would want to analyze in slow motion. You can provide commentary, make annotations, and compare two videos.

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STREAMING VIDEO

Netflix

Netflix

The ubiquitous, super-popular Netflix app nearly made our list of essentials. If you don’t know what Netflix is, we’re surprised you found our website. Stream movies and television shows for a monthly fee.

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Hulu

Hulu

If you want to keep up with TV shows, but can’t stand cable, Hulu is the best place to go. It has most major network and cable channel shows. A Hulu Plus subscription costs $8 per month.

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HBO Go

hbo-go

Need your Game of Thrones fix? HBO finally caved and created a subscription-based streaming app, no cable subscription required. It now works with Chromecast, too, so you can stream it on the big screen. Be prepared to spend $15 a month for it, though.

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CrunchyRoll

CrunchyRoll

For $7/month, CrunchyRoll is like the holy grail of streaming for anime fans. Featuring over 25,000 episodes in its database, the app adds new episodes just one hour after their live premiere in Japan.

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TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION

Uber

Uber

If you need to get somewhere and don’t have wheels of your own, hop in someone else’s ride. Uber’s ‘private taxi’ service offers the privacy and safety of a stranger’s car as an alternative to public transportation.

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Lyft

Lyft

Lyft offers a slightly less expensive, slightly less professional version of Uber’s private cab service, allowing you to get from Point A to Point B — even if you’re not in a state to drive (or walk). Lyft offers ride discount credits upon registration.

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Up Hail

up-hail

Ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft can be expensive if you catch them at the wrong times. Up Hail lets you compare prices for several different modes of ground transportation, based on your location. The app also features filters so you can find a handicap-accessible ride, for example.

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Viator Tours

Viator Tours

Looking to explore a new city or country? Viator Tours’ mobile app includes over 20,000 selectable activities in over 1,500 locations worldwide, and features stuff like ‘skip-the-line’ passes and coupons for popular tours.

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Booking.com

Booking.com

Booking.com is like Airbnb but a little more classy. You simply search where you want to go, and you can specify certain criteria like amenities, neighborhood, star rating, and more. The app also includes travel guides, so you know what to check out on your trip.

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Waze

Waze

Why waste time in traffic or pay more than you have to for gas? Waze solves both of these problems by supplying you with access to community-generated real-time traffic info and gas prices.

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MISCELLANEOUS UTILITIES

Dropbox

Dropbox

One of the first big cloud services on the scene, Dropbox is still a good way to share files across devices and back them up in the cloud. DropBox Pro subscribers receive up to 1TB of web storage.

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WolframAlpha

wolframalpha

Now, if Siri only were a genius. WolframAlpha, a knowledge engine that disingenuous college students often use to cheat on homework, provides an answer for nearly any scientific, mathematic, or fact-based query you can come up with. Just type in your question and start learning.

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Google Drive

Google Drive

Google Drive is the natural choice for anyone invested in Google’s apps and services. The streamlined app lets you store up to 15GB of files, which you can access from wherever you choose to. Google Docs and Google Photos are also worthwhile additions to your Google suite, and combined with Drive, they represent Google’s answer to Dropbox.

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AdBlock

adblock

The AdBlock app comes with a lot of customization options — you can set your own list of blocked domains, for instance, and filter it through any device that uses iCloud. Its key feature, however, is its ability to completely rid your screen of unwanted advertisements. Regardless if they’re in an app or your mobile browser, AdBlock will take care of them.

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Google Translate

google-translate

Speaking someone else’s language has never been so easy. Thankfully, Google Translate puts the power of communication — and more than 100 languages — at your fingertips. You can even translate between half of the languages without an internet connection.

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BLOGGING AND WORD PROCESSING

Tumblr

Tumblr

The app version of Tumblr is just as easy to use as its web-based counterpart. You can post content to multiple blogs, save drafts for later, and schedule posts, all of which can be done offline.

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WordPress

Wordpress

While not an exact mirror of its web-based version, this app instead chooses to focus on quickness. It lets you quickly publish posts while also giving you the ability to moderate comments, view stats, and upload media on the go.

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Squarespace

Squarespace

Beauty might be in the eye of the beholder, but Squarespace’s gorgeous mobile app makes sure everyone is a beholder. Its convenient, modular design is only matched by its powerful, intuitive toolset.

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Pages

Pages

New iPhone owners can download it for free, but even at $10, Apple’s flagship word processor is tough to beat. Packed with templates, editing tools, and change tracking, there isn’t much it can’t do.

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Documents To Go

Docs To Go

Create, edit, and view your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with this handy office suite with cloud sync support. (Supports PDFs as well as files for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

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Apple’s iPhone is the most popular smartphone in the world, and we want you to get the most out of yours. From dating apps to QR scanners, your phone is capable of nearly anything these days, and some apps just rise above the rest. We’ve recently cut our list of the best iPhone apps in half, bringing you the true cream of the crop: 100 apps, sorted by category, that will make your life simpler, easier, and more enjoyable.

iOS essentials

Google

google-app

Want to find nearby restaurants or track a package using your voice? Well, the official Google app allows users to have full-fledged conversations with their phone. It’s just like Siri, except it connects with your Google accounts.

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Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Google Chrome is an upgrade from the default browser, Safari. The app can sync your history and bookmarks across devices, and includes features like search bar autocomplete and unlimited tab functionality.

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Facebook

Facebook

Facebook is the social network. If you want to make your phone Facebook official, you should download this app. A must-have for nearly anyone, as many other social apps connect through Facebook to acquire vital information.

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YouTube

YouTube

YouTube used to come with your phone, but with iOS 6, Apple removed it. Luckily, Google brought it back. If you need to know what YouTube is, please meet us back in 2005. Now featuring Youtube Red, a monthly subscription service that allows downloaded playlists to be used offline and playback with no ads.

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Wikipedia Mobile

Wikipedia

Wikipedia finally made a revised version of its iOS app, which aims to give you better recommendations for content that you’re interested in and match you with articles that pertain to your interests. The app now offers users an “Explore” feed with a number of the most popular articles, as well as a featured article and picture of the day.

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Instagram

Instagram

It may be owned by Facebook, but Instagram is still the best social network for sharing pictures and ruining them with silly filters. We say ruining, but we put X Pro II on just about everything.

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COMMUNICATION AND MESSAGING

Messenger

FB Messenger

Facebook now offers its messenger service as a standalone app, enabling you to chat with your Facebook friends and anyone in your contacts with the app installed, without having to be signed into Facebook. We recommend this app for the sheer volume of messaging that happens via Facebook, though it’s a little frustrating that the Facebook app itself no longer includes messaging functionality.

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Skype

Skype

The de facto VOIP service that is owned by Microsoft, Skype is used by more than 250 million users worldwide. Offering free international voice and video calls is a tough deal to pass up.

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Hangouts

Hangouts

It’s also a standard texting and messaging app, but Hangouts was merged with Google Voice. It now gives you the ability to make video and voice calls, giving you a nifty all-in-one solution.

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WhatsApp

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a great choice for anyone that doesn’t have unlimited texting and spends a lot of time connected to Wi-Fi, letting you send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages.

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Slack

Slack

Slack is the premier messaging app for teams and companies, allowing for clear communication throughout every level of your organization. Slack instantly syncs across all devices and is compatible with dozens of other apps and services (like Dropbox) to make your job simpler and easier.

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DATING

Tinder

Tinder

Tinder is a terrible app if you want to date. It only shows you someone’s picture and age. But it’s super fun to swipe people away as Hot or Not. If someone thinks you’re hot, you can chat.

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Bumble

Bumble

Bumble flips the web dating paradigm on its head by forcing women to make the first move. Match with someone (the app functions pretty much exactly like Tinder) and the woman has 24 hours to send a message or the match expires.

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Hinge

Hinge

If you would prefer to do your dating with people your friends can vouch for, check out Hinge. It hooks you up with the best matches in your extended network, connecting you with friends of friends for more familiar dates.

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OKCupid

OKCupid

OKCupid gets the job done. It’s not great, but it’s free. It will give you matches based on how you answer questions. You can browse profiles and chat with those you’re interested in dating.

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eHarmony

eHarmony

If you’re serious about finding a relationship, we recommend eHarmony. The subscription service can be pricey for some, but it has the most robust feature set. There’s a separate app for LGBT called Compatible Partners.

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FOOD AND COOKING

Big Oven

Big Oven

This has 250,000+ recipes, and will give you grocery lists based on them, let you add your own, or import recipes from your friends. If you like (or want to like) to cook, start with Big Oven.

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Food Network In the Kitchen

Food Network

Food Network’s official app combines the recipe-browsing functionality of BigOven with the shows and chefs you love, allowing users to search by chef or ingredient to fit your favorite tastes.

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Yummly

Yummly

Similar to BigOven, Yummly offers access to thousands of unique recipes. On top of recipe and grocery list functionality, Yummly takes user preferences into account to provide recipe recommendations, for when you just can’t decide what to eat.

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GrubHub

GrubHub

If you’re like us (read: lazy), GrubHub will get used far more than any app that requires you to cook for yourself. It works almost anywhere and lets you order delivery or pickup from most restaurants.

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Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker

Calorie Counter

For those looking to make some changes to their physique, MyFitnessPal’s Calorie Counter app is perfect. The app allows users to take pictures of barcodes to sync nutrition facts for any food product, and you can create goals to reach your desired weight.

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GAMING

Xbox

Xbox SmartGlass

Microsoft’s mobile companion app for the Xbox One allows the user to navigate the Xbox menus using their smartphone. The Xbox app offers compatibility with otherwise tedious Xbox apps like messaging and achievements.

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The PlayStation app

PlayStation app

The PlayStation app offers the same basic functionality as SmartGlass, except for your PlayStation 4. View trophies, compose messages, and browse the PlayStation store with this app. Some games also include second-screen functionality for a deeper play experience.

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Steam Mobile

Steam app

The Steam app’s standout feature is the ability to purchase and download games to your PC remotely, directly from your smartphone. Steam Mobile also offers much of the same functionality as the Xbox and PlayStation apps, such as messaging and news browsing.

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Twitch

Twitch

Twitch’s mobile app brings the wide world of game streaming to your fingertips. Chat with other Twitch users, view your favorite streamers’ channels, or watch recorded video of top gamers and events. The Twitch app is AirPlay and Chromecast compatible.

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Instant eSports

Instant eSports

For fans of League of Legends, Instant eSports has you covered with live scores, breaking news, and match recaps for even the most MOBA-crazy consumer. The app also features the ability to follow teams or players to keep up with statistics, and the ability to chat with other fans.

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GOING OUT

Yelp

Yelp

Yelp is good for looking up almost any location, be it a restaurant or hardware store. Yelpers write in-depth reviews and you can read all their nasty and nice comments. It has a helpful map view, too.

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AroundMe

AroundMe

AroundMe identifies your location and provides you with a list of businesses and services nearby. Whether you’re looking for a gas station or a five star restaurant, AroundMe can find what you’re looking for.

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Fandango

Fandango

If you want to browse showtimes and/or buy movie tickets in advance, Fandango is the best. The iPhone app works well and can mean the difference between making a sold-out show or going home broken hearted.

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FoodSpotting

Foodspotting

This is food porn. If you like looking at pictures of food from friends and random Internet strangers, then this is the app to do it. It’s a social network focused on finding great dishes around town — putting the food before the restaurant, so to speak.

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StubHub

StubHub

Want to buy or sell tickets for the next game, concert, or any other event? This app is perfect for you. While it won’t wow you with its looks, the interactive maps and huge marketplace will.

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HEALTH AND FITNESS

Zombies, Run!

zombies-run

Turn your grueling workout into an exhilarating fight for survival with an app designed to simulate a zombie attack. Build your base by collecting supplies and avoiding the deadly horde — all by running around town!

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FitNet

fitnet

FitNet features a huge catalog of quick workouts that are perfect for busy individuals that don’t have time to drive to the gym and back. If you throw down some extra dough, you’ll also get hooked up with a personal trainer via text and video coaching.

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Full Fitness: Exercise Workout Trainer

full-fitness-app

The Full Fitness app has it all. There’s a plethora of different workouts and exercises, targeted at specific body parts and goals. You can also use it to easily track all your workout statistics and notes, essentially allowing you to create a full-on workout plan.

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Nike+ Training Club

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Nike’s free workout app is, unsurprisingly, full of familiar faces. Celebrities and world-class athletes — such as Ellie Goulding and Ashton Eatonare — use the app to present their favorite workouts. The app also allows you to track your exercise habits and sync them with various social media sites.

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Yonder — Outdoor Adventures

Yonder Outdoor Adventures

Yonder is a free app that features more than 20,000 different outdoor destinations and 25 activity types. You can check out posts by hikers and kayakers from around the world, or craft your own weekend adventure with Yonder’s help.

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Daily Yoga

daily-yoga

Daily Yoga features several different ways to get in touch with your inner yogi. Short courses with accompanying music are free, but more advanced users can shell out some cash to get more poses, routines, and ‘tunes.

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MUSIC

Spotify

Spotify

Spotify is changing the game for the entire music industry. It’s free on PCs and tablets, but $10/mo if you want to fully use it on iPhone. It’s worth it. You can listen to full albums, and create playlists.

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Pandora

Pandora
If you haven’t used Pandora by now, go turn your AM radio back on. Pandora uses music science to create stations out of a song or artist. You tell it what you like and what you hate. It learns.

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Soundcloud

soundcloud

SoundCloud is the audio player that has become a favorite of musicians and talk shows and podcasts alike. The iOS app gives access to favorites, playlists, trending audio, and lets you follow and listen with friends.

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Tidal

Tidal

Tidal, the subscription-based music service backed by Jay-Z, offers high fidelity sound quality and high definition music videos along with access to exclusive tracks and albums. Subscribing to Tidal also nets you free music downloads across all devices.

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Amazon Music

Amazon Music iOS app

Amazon Prime members have access to more than just free, two-day shipping. With Amazon Music, you can stream popular songs or download your favorite albums for offline playback.

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Tabs & Chords by Ultimate Guitar

Tabs & Chords

Aspiring guitarists will have their hands full with this app. With Tabs & Chords, you can quickly find sheet music for almost any song you can think of. Users can even upload their own versions of songs, which are then available for download with ratings and reviews.

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NEWS

NYTimes

New York Times app

The biggest newspaper in the world comes to the small screen, offering breaking news alerts, morning briefings compiled by Times journalists, and the ability to save articles for offline access.

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AlJazeera English

Al Jazeera

For those looking to get fair, unbiased news on a global scale, Al Jazeera English brings a curated collection of top news stories and video from across the world, and 24-hour access to live video and background audio streaming.

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BBC News

BBC News

The BBC News App offers an alternative for those not looking to spend money to access all the features available through the New York Times. Pin top story threads for quick updates, or download stories to read offline later.

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SmartNews

SmartNews

SmartNews has partnered with dozens of reputable news affiliates to provide the most streamlined and comprehensive news aggregate service available on mobile phones. Re-order categories according to what matters to you.

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Reddit: The Official App

Reddit app

Categorizing the Reddit app under ‘news’ may undersell it a bit. Reddit, with over 36 million subscribers, is one of the largest Internet communities out there. There are ‘subreddits’ for nearly every subject you can imagine, and many of them are dedicated to news.

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PAYMENT AND MONEY MANAGEMENT

PayPal

PayPal

Use PayPal to check up on the transactions in your account, send or request money, and photograph checks or credit cards to add them to your account without messing with the details.

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Venmo

Venmo

Venmo is the payment app for the people. Connecting directly with your debit card, Venmo offers free person-to-person money transfers. Credit transfers charge a percentage fee. Compatible with many shopping apps for easy checkout.

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Mint

Mint

It takes some time to set up, but once Mint can track all of your spending and create a sensible budget for you. You can monitor all of your credit card purchases and banking through Mint, created by Intuit (of TurboTax fame).

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Spendbook (iOS exclusive)

Spendbook

Spendbook combines a simple, intuitive interface with a diverse suite of features to create one of the best budgeting apps on the market. Spendbook tracks your income and expenses, and provides you with vibrant charts to explain exactly where all your money keeps going.

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Splitwise

Splitwise

Designed with college students in mind, Splitwise helps you keep track of debts owed between friends and connects seamlessly with Paypal and Venmo so you can settle up at any time.

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PHOTOGRAPHY AND PHOTO EDITING

Camera+ (iOS exclusive)

Camera+

Even with the robust iOS 9 update, Apple hasn’t done a whole lot with it’s default camera app. This is the full-featured photo taking app that you’ve always needed and wanted on your iPhone.

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Pro HDR X

Pro HDR

The tenth edition of Pro HRD brings even more functionality, increasing the base quality of photos taken with your iPhone along with a huge suite of frames, sliders and filters to give your pictures a professional look.

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VSCO

VSCO

VSCO is like a super-professional version of Instagram, allowing users to shoot high-quality stills with advanced camera controls and post them to their VSCO profile. The community features original content from VSCO as well as a curated collection of user work.

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Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe brings the most popular image editing software to the mobile platform, with all the tools you need to create award-worthy compositions on their iPhone. Auto-fix, crop, and blemish removal are just some of the features available.

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Facetune

FaceTune

Unhappy with your selfies? Don’t blame the camera — blame the face! With Facetune, you can whiten teeth, erase blemishes, and anything else you might want to do to fix the subtle imperfections that drive you crazy.

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READING

iBooks

iBooks

Though it hasn’t been updated since 2013, we had to include Apple’s native ebook reading app. The app connects with social media platforms like Facebook so you can share your thoughts on your favorite novel.

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Kindle

Kindle

Amazon rules the ebook reader world, but you can also get its Kindle app just about everywhere else, including iPhone. Kindle features one of the largest literary selections in the world, and you can even subscribe to Kindle Unlimited to read as many as you want for $10 a month.

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Nook

Nook

What’s the difference between Amazon’s Kindle app and Barnes & Noble’s Nook app, you might ask? Well, there isn’t much of one. Nook, though, does offer over 1 million free titles. So there’s that.

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Goodreads

Goodreads

Goodreads is similar to Yummly, but for books, providing recommendations based on books you like and books your friends like. The app lets you connect to book clubs and discussions with readers across the globe.

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Audible

Audible

Prefer listening to books over reading them? Audible has you covered with more than 180,000 titles that you can download for offline play. Speed up or slow down narration speed to fit your preferred listening experience.

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SHOPPING

Amazon

Amazon app

Amazon is the number one online retailer for a reason. Browse Amazon’s vast collection of products quickly and easily. Plus, you can enable notifications for daily Amazon Gold Box deals so you never miss out on a discount.

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eBay

eBay

There’s very little that you can’t buy or sell on eBay. The app is full-featured and much easier to use than the website. Bid on items, track your orders, and sell all of your unwanted stuff right here.

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Etsy

Etsy

Feeling arts-and-craftsy? Etsy has you covered with their diverse marketplace featuring homemade and vintage goods from millions of creative people. The app works with Apple Pay or PayPal to ensure safe transactions.

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Groupon

Groupon

The free Groupon app is perfect for all the coupon clippers out there. Save money and paper in one fell swoop, as Groupon presents you with incredible deals that often total up to 70 percent off a meal or outing.

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ScanLife

ScanLife

ScanLife offers you a wealth of information about nearly any product, using your iPhone camera to scan the barcode or QR code. The app links you to product reviews, price comparisons and even nutritional facts for food products.

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter

Twitter

Twitter helps you keep your finger on the pulse of the world — and find out who’s worth listening to. Follow friends, celebrities or companies’ official feeds to get instantly notified when something big goes down.

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Pinterest

Pinterest

Pinterest is the ultimate repository for creative concepts and photographs of food. Users can ‘pin’ stuff they find on the web, searching using tags to find what they’re looking for, from recipes to fashion ideas.

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Periscope

Periscope

Twitter’s answer to Meerkat, Periscope lets users live stream on Twitter. Your followers can interact by commenting on the view. Finally, a way for your friends to respond to your live stream of the bus ride home.

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Snapchat

Snapchat

Hands down, Snapchat is the best app to use if you want to send naughty pictures to someone. Every picture or short video you send deletes itself forever after about 10 seconds. Watch out for screenshotters!

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Vine

Vine

Looking to get famous quickly? The Vine app allows users to to film and edit quick, snappy videos that can be uploaded and shared directly, and the most popular users have millions of followers — and views. Like Twitter, but with less words.

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Musical.ly

musically

Musical.ly allows users to create their own lip-sync music videos by adding effects and music to the footage. The app, which received a $500 million valuation this summer, represents one of the fastest-rising social platforms on the planet.

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LinkedIn

LinkedIn

For iPhone owners with serious careers to consider, LinkedIn provides the most complete networking app out there. Connect with coworkers and acquaintances, communicate with recruiters, and manage your professional profile.

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SPORTS

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN has a monopoly on this sports stuff. Its official app is the best place to keep up to date with sports scores from all your favorite professional or college teams on the go. The ESPN app also now allows mobile streaming of WatchESPN and ESPN3.

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TheScore

TheScore

If you’re tired of ESPN, TheScore is a good alternative. It keeps track of scores, news, and everything much like ESPN’s app, but with a different look and feel that we prefer (at times).

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Team Stream

TeamStream

Bleacher Report’s Team Stream app features a highly customizable feed that provides you with up-to-date scores and stats as well as more traditional long-form sportswriting. More written work than ESPN, but no streaming capability.

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Yahoo Fantasy Sports

Yahoo Fantasy Sports

For those who can’t get enough of fantasy sports, Yahoo’s app is the best in the business. Track stats for baseball, football, hockey, and basketball here, as well as participating in mock drafts and reading expert opinions.

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Coach’s Eye

Coach's Eye

More athlete than fan? This app lets you record your golf swing, tennis serve, or anything else you would want to analyze in slow motion. You can provide commentary, make annotations, and compare two videos.

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STREAMING VIDEO

Netflix

Netflix

The ubiquitous, super-popular Netflix app nearly made our list of essentials. If you don’t know what Netflix is, we’re surprised you found our website. Stream movies and television shows for a monthly fee.

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Hulu

Hulu

If you want to keep up with TV shows, but can’t stand cable, Hulu is the best place to go. It has most major network and cable channel shows. A Hulu Plus subscription costs $8 per month.

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HBO Go

hbo-go

Need your Game of Thrones fix? HBO finally caved and created a subscription-based streaming app, no cable subscription required. It now works with Chromecast, too, so you can stream it on the big screen. Be prepared to spend $15 a month for it, though.

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CrunchyRoll

CrunchyRoll

For $7/month, CrunchyRoll is like the holy grail of streaming for anime fans. Featuring over 25,000 episodes in its database, the app adds new episodes just one hour after their live premiere in Japan.

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TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION

Uber

Uber

If you need to get somewhere and don’t have wheels of your own, hop in someone else’s ride. Uber’s ‘private taxi’ service offers the privacy and safety of a stranger’s car as an alternative to public transportation.

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Lyft

Lyft

Lyft offers a slightly less expensive, slightly less professional version of Uber’s private cab service, allowing you to get from Point A to Point B — even if you’re not in a state to drive (or walk). Lyft offers ride discount credits upon registration.

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Up Hail

up-hail

Ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft can be expensive if you catch them at the wrong times. Up Hail lets you compare prices for several different modes of ground transportation, based on your location. The app also features filters so you can find a handicap-accessible ride, for example.

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Viator Tours

Viator Tours

Looking to explore a new city or country? Viator Tours’ mobile app includes over 20,000 selectable activities in over 1,500 locations worldwide, and features stuff like ‘skip-the-line’ passes and coupons for popular tours.

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Booking.com

Booking.com

Booking.com is like Airbnb but a little more classy. You simply search where you want to go, and you can specify certain criteria like amenities, neighborhood, star rating, and more. The app also includes travel guides, so you know what to check out on your trip.

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Waze

Waze

Why waste time in traffic or pay more than you have to for gas? Waze solves both of these problems by supplying you with access to community-generated real-time traffic info and gas prices.

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MISCELLANEOUS UTILITIES

Dropbox

Dropbox

One of the first big cloud services on the scene, Dropbox is still a good way to share files across devices and back them up in the cloud. DropBox Pro subscribers receive up to 1TB of web storage.

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WolframAlpha

wolframalpha

Now, if Siri only were a genius. WolframAlpha, a knowledge engine that disingenuous college students often use to cheat on homework, provides an answer for nearly any scientific, mathematic, or fact-based query you can come up with. Just type in your question and start learning.

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Google Drive

Google Drive

Google Drive is the natural choice for anyone invested in Google’s apps and services. The streamlined app lets you store up to 15GB of files, which you can access from wherever you choose to. Google Docs and Google Photos are also worthwhile additions to your Google suite, and combined with Drive, they represent Google’s answer to Dropbox.

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AdBlock

adblock

The AdBlock app comes with a lot of customization options — you can set your own list of blocked domains, for instance, and filter it through any device that uses iCloud. Its key feature, however, is its ability to completely rid your screen of unwanted advertisements. Regardless if they’re in an app or your mobile browser, AdBlock will take care of them.

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Google Translate

google-translate

Speaking someone else’s language has never been so easy. Thankfully, Google Translate puts the power of communication — and more than 100 languages — at your fingertips. You can even translate between half of the languages without an internet connection.

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BLOGGING AND WORD PROCESSING

Tumblr

Tumblr

The app version of Tumblr is just as easy to use as its web-based counterpart. You can post content to multiple blogs, save drafts for later, and schedule posts, all of which can be done offline.

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WordPress

Wordpress

While not an exact mirror of its web-based version, this app instead chooses to focus on quickness. It lets you quickly publish posts while also giving you the ability to moderate comments, view stats, and upload media on the go.

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Squarespace

Squarespace

Beauty might be in the eye of the beholder, but Squarespace’s gorgeous mobile app makes sure everyone is a beholder. Its convenient, modular design is only matched by its powerful, intuitive toolset.

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Pages

Pages

New iPhone owners can download it for free, but even at $10, Apple’s flagship word processor is tough to beat. Packed with templates, editing tools, and change tracking, there isn’t much it can’t do.

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Documents To Go

Docs To Go

Create, edit, and view your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with this handy office suite with cloud sync support. (Supports PDFs as well as files for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

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Source : digitaltrends.com

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