With over 1.5 million apps available on the app store alone, it can be confusing to determine which ones you should download and which ones you should ignore. There’s just too much noise out there today.

Not only are there more apps than we can fathom, but there’s only so much time and mindspace we have to consume all of them. This is why it’s increasingly important to filter out the apps and websites that will have the biggest impact in our lives, with the least amount of effort.

This post is dedicated to delivering that value. Here are 17 apps and websites that can change your life.

1. Headspace

Need a peace of mind? Facing stress or anxiety? Or maybe there’s just not enough time of the day to smell the roses.

Headspace may be the answer for you busy bees. With only 10 minutes of your time, this app will guide you through a simple, yet powerful, meditation practice that is guaranteed to help you smile more, sleep better, and love better.

Don’t have 10 minutes?

You may need this more than you think. As the popular Zen proverb goes, “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day — unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.”


2. Codeacademy

Coding has become so in demand these days that understanding the basics of coding — such as HTML, CSS, or Javascript — is as standard as knowing how to use Microsoft Powerpoint.

Lucky for us, there are great websites like Codeacademy that are 100% free and are able to guide you through each step of the way — even if you start from scratch. They include practical projects that you can build to apply what you’ve learned, and give you immediate feedback to correct your mistakes. Talk about immersion!


3. Rype

Have you heard of Netflix? Well, think of this as Netflix for language lessons.

Rype offers unlimited one-on-one lessons (in Spanish only right now), live online classes, and premium video lessons, for a simple membership fee.

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If you’ve ever wanted to learn Spanish (I’m looking at those of you who live in hispanic-dominant cities) to take your career to the next level, build a deeper relationship with friends or family, or for travel purposes, this is your opportunity.

Booking a lesson takes less than 15 seconds, and lack of time will never be an excuse for you again. Take a look.


If you want to dip your feet into the pool, Rype also offers free live Spanish classes that you can attend. Check out the upcoming live classes.

4. Uber

This app probably needs no introduction.

Despite some sketchy and questionable lawsuits that Uber has been through, you can’t question the convenience and value that this app provides. Whether it’s providing a side hustle for struggling artists and entrepreneurs, or saving us all a major hassle of calling a cab, Uber is a game changer.


5. F.lux

If you’re like me, then you probably spend a majority of your day staring at a screen, whether it’s your desktop, tablet, or mobile. Eye strain is one of the most common problems we face, and F.lux has solved this issue.

This free widget adjusts the lighting of your screen, depending on the time you set in the preferences, so you’re no longer staring at a flashlight pointing towards your face. Say goodbye to tired-looking eyes!


6. Spritz

When Bill Gates and Warren Buffet were asked what superpower would they want to have, in two different interviews, they both said the ability to read faster. While superpowers may not exist, Spritz can be the next best thing.

This app scans the web page you’re on and displays single words to you in a speed of your choosing. It takes some time to get used to, as our eyes are accustomed to scanning a page from left to right, but with a little bit of patience, you may have just discovered your first superpower! Test it out for yourself!


7. TED

TED, which stands for Technology, Education, and Design, requires no introduction. This global event attracts some of the finest leaders across the world, from Tony Robbins, to Bill Gates, to North Korean refugees. Real people, heartfelt stories, and eye-opening insights are shared on stage.

The best part is that you don’t need to pay $5,000 for a ticket to watch these talks — they’re all available for you to see online for free.


8. Scribd

Speaking of knowledge, if TED sparked your attention, then Scribd will be another popular choice.

Similar to Rype, Scribd is the Netflix for Ebooks. With a simple monthly payment, you can get read as many books as you would like in their library, where they have hundreds of thousands of books available.


9. CreativeLIVE

Want to learn from the best for free? CreativeLIVE is your answer.

This one-of-a-kind business model provides free live classes online that you can tune into, and if you want the full recording, you can purchase it for a one-time fee.

CreativeLIVE has attracted world-class entrepreneurs, Pulitzer Prize winners, and New York Times Bestselling authors to teach topics like photography, business, marketing, and more.


10. Two Foods

As the saying goes, “we are what we eat.” Every day we make dozens of decisions on what we eat, and therefore what we become. We can decide to save money and eat healthier by waiting an additional 30 minutes to cook at home, or we can pass by the nearest McDonalds.

While some choices are easy when it comes to determining what’s healthier, some are hard. This is where Two Foods comes in.

This simple website allows you to type in the two different food you are debating, and they provide you with the nutritional information for each dish.


11. Wunderlist

It seems that as the day goes by, the bigger our to-do list seems to get. Sometimes we don’t have the time to write it down or organize it into different categories.

Wunderlist solves this problem. This free app allows you to create multiple to-do lists and categorize your different to-do’s. For example, I have one for my business, my personal, my upcoming book, my goals, and more.


12. Memrise

Memorizing things can be hard. Memrise provides an easy solution to make memorizing things fun through gamification.

For example, if you’re learning a new language, learning the most common words is key to picking up the language fast. You can use Memrise to quickly run through the words you want to learn and retain them through memorization techniques.

This can also apply to anything you want to remember, whether it’s the periodic table, parts of the human body, or countries.

13. Mint.com

One of the biggest tasks we tend to procrastinate on is our personal finances. Who’s with me?

Mint aims to solve this procrastination. By integrating our bank accounts into this website, it analyzes our spending, income, and budget in one place for us to see.

You can also set personal budgets for different categories — rent, travel, food, entertainment — and make sure you don’t go over it by tracking it all on Mint. My personal favorite is to be able to see all my spending for the month in a visual pie chart.


14. Kiva

So often, we think that we need to be amass large quantities of wealth before we give back. This couldn’t be further than the truth.

Most of us can spare a $25 loan to an entrepreneur who is making a difference across the world. And here’s the thing, it’s not a donation that you don’t get back, it’s a loan!

As described on Kiva’s website, here’s how it works:

  1. Choose a borrower
  2. Make a loan
  3. Get repaid
  4. Repeat!

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15. Quora

Ever had a crazy question that you were curious to know the answer to?

Chances are, you can find the question and answer on Quora. Unlike most Q & A forums, Quora has managed to attract the best of the best, giving you real answers from real people.

For example, if you want to know what it’s like to work at Facebook, someone from Facebook can give you a direct answer. No BS, no fluff.

Quora has additional uses that go beyond than beating your curiousity. Entrepreneurs can use it to acquire potential customers, and anyone can use it to build an audience. What you do with the website is up to you!


16. Investopedia

Ask an average person on the street and they can tell you more about what’s happening with the Kardashians than they can tell you about their personal finances or what’s happening in the global markets.

Investopedia is the “Webster Dictionary for Investors.” Now you don’t need to be a stock investor to gain benefit from Investopedia. It can useful for general learning about finance, understanding how the markets work, and discovering how you can make or save more money at the end of the day.


17. Epicurious

This is the last app on our list, and perhaps the “sexiest” one. Ask someone in the streets on the top 10 skills they look for in a partner, and most will answer “the ability to cook.”

Epicurious helps you become sexier with simple yet diverse recipe ideas on healthy dishes and meals you can cook from your own kitchen. Give it a go!


Hopefully you’ve discovered something new on this list that you didn’t know before.

If you’ve gotten some value from this, please share this with your friends or family! It could change their lives.

Source:  lifehack.org

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According to Flurry Analytics, 50% of all devices activated on Christmas Day 2014 were Apple products and the amount of apps downloaded increased by 150% in just 24 hours! With so many apps available to Mac users, it’s difficult to know which ones are really worth your time or money, especially since each of us has different needs. Below are 10 apps that any one and every one who owns a Mac should download right away, from financial software to photography apps!

1. Because You’re Usually A Bit Disorganised: Use Evernote


Chances are you are already an Evernote user, but just in case you aren’t or are yet to install the app on your mac it’s crucial to include this versatile and simple brain-replacing app! Evernote allows you to store photos, website articles, and of course notes amongst numerous other facilities and enables you to sync anything you store amongst multiple devices.

The basic Evernote app is free for Mac users, however you can pay $5 a month (or %45 annually) for Evernote Premium. The Premium version allows users to annotate PDF files, store more notes and search for text in Office documents!

2. Because Your Hard Drive Is Always Full: Use Disk Doctor


Awarded the title of Best Selling Programme 2014 on the Apple Store for Mac, Disk Doctor is every avid Mac users best companion. Disk Doctor will clean up your hard drive by scanning your Mac for old or useless files and data that are stopping your Mac functioning at it’s best.

For just $2.99, Disk Doctor will keep your Mac healthy and your hard drive free of clutter!

3. Because You’ve Upgraded To Yosemite: Use Command-C


Without a doubt Yosemite is a success for Apple as far as iOS goes, however nothing is without it’s faults. Somehow, Apple users’ were left unable to copy text on a Mac and paste it onto their iPhones or vice versa. Command-C fixes this blunder with a simple, seamless patch and allows you to once again work smoothly between platforms that are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Although the app is free in the Mac App Store, it will cost you $3.99 on the iPhone. However, it is a huge time-saver and incredibly practical for anyone who requires the use of multiple devices!

4. Because It’s An Apple Staple: Use iWork

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For many years, Apple lagged behind Microsoft when it came to building software that would compete with Office. Of course, Apple did release iWork a decade ago but it is only just evolving into a substantial application. Currently, iWork includes three separate apps:

  • Pages – an application used for writing.
  • Numbers – a spreadsheet programme.
  • Keynote – fantastic for building professional presentation.

Each of these apps is easy to use and even easier on the eyes! In addition, anyone who purchased a Mac after September 24 2014 will receive works free of charge.

5. Because You Need Distraction Free Writing: Use iA Writer Pro


For anyone who is required to write often, be they a professional, author or a student, iA Writer Pro will allow you write without any distractions. For $19.00 iA Writer Pro extends a blank page to fill your entire screen covering menus, apps or any other distractions that may hinder your writing flow.

Once you’ve started to write, iA Writer Pro will also kick it’s syntax feature into action and pick out adjectives, verbs and nouns that work to make sure your sentences are the best they can possibly be.

6. Because You Have A Lot Of Thoughts And Nowhere To Put Them : Use Notability


Named App of the Year 2014 by Apple themselves, Notability allows you to capture any thought any time. For $9.99 you can record a thought, write it down, store a photo or even a sketch, as well annotate PDFs and other documents. By backing up your stored thoughts to Google Drive or Dropbox you can share them over various devices running touchscreen version of Notability via iCloud.

7. Because You Love Photography: Use Pixelmator


Despite the fact Apple users have notoriously supported Adobe Photoshop, Pixelmator is swiftly becoming a strong competitor. This $29.00 graphics software allows it’s user to retouch photographs with expert precision, paint, draw and apply 160 beautiful effects to their photos. If you use Pixelmator in conjunction with Apple’s new cross-platform application Handoff you will also be able to switch seamlessly between Mac and iPad.

8. Because Nothing Compares To Word: Use Microsoft Office

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Yes, yes. I know I said that iWork was good but nothing competes with Microsoft Word just yet, especially if you are familiar with Microsofts famous software. Starting at $139, Microsoft Office will supply you with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and OneNote. Or you can subscribe to Office 365 for $6.99 a month, which can be used across devices!

9. Because You Love Art: Use Topaz Impression


At $99 you may think that Topaz Impression is a little bit over priced, but if you are an art lover and creative than this app may be your greatest investment. Topaz Impression will convert your photographs into pieces of art like no other on the planet at over 10,000 brush strokes a second. You control the stroke style, size, volume and strength and will have access to more than 100 effects, 72 textures and 17 different types of brushes, ensuring that no two pictures will ever be the same.

10. Because You Need To Keep On Top Of Your Accounts: Use Quicken 2015


Like Topaz Impressions, Quicken 2015 is a pricey application at $72 but besides that these apps could not be more different. Quicken has been popular amongst PC users for quite a long time, however as it’s refreshed software moves to Mac many Apple-devotees will soon be using this incredible financial software. Quicken automatically categorises your accounts and transactions, ensuring you will always be on top of your bills and funds!

Source:  lifehack.org

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build or buy? Microsoft has faced that choice with each new fad in software, from spreadsheets to search engines.

The Redmond company has 37,000 employees who work in research and development. It's also sitting on $137 billion in cash and short-term investments, at last count.

As Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella [pictured above] has put it, that kind of firepower means Microsoft can go after virtually any market it wants to.

In the realm of chat-based workplace collaboration led by highflying startup Slack, Microsoft decided to build, introducing Microsoft Teams, a would-be Slack killer.

Here are some of Microsoft's decisions in other popular applications:

Chat: Microsoft-built MSN Messenger went head to head against AOL during that company's heyday. With the advent of voice and video chat, Microsoft went shopping, scooping up Skype for $8.5 billion. The jury is still out on the impact of that deal.

Some within Microsoft reportedly pushed for the company to buy Slack, too, but the company ultimately decided to spend 18 months building a competitor in the form of Microsoft Teams.

Office: When it comes to major applications, Microsoft has often opted to build its own, rolling out note-taking app OneNote, business analytics tool PowerBI, and presentation and web-publishing tool Sway.

But when it comes to single-feature tools, particularly on mobile devices, Microsoft has leaned toward acquisitions, buying the startups behind Acompli, Sunrise, Wunderlist and SwiftKey in the past few years.

Search: Microsoft's effort to compete with Google in search initially relied on technology borrowed from other companies, and an effort to buy Yahoo.

Eventually, Microsoft went all-in on building its own search engine. That path ultimately took years longer, and cost billions of dollars more, than Microsoft had anticipated.

In the time it took the company to work out the kinks in the technology that became Bing, Google was a household name. Bing, thanks in part to a deal to provide search results to Yahoo, has a foothold among desktop users in the U.S. but remains a minor player in a Google-dominated global market.

Social networking: Microsoft was among the suitors who tried to buy Facebook, offering $24 billion when the company was "itsy bitsy," in the words of former Chief Executive Steve Ballmer. Mark Zuckerberg said no.

Instead, Microsoft bought Yammer, a corporate-focused social network, for $1.2 billion. Yammer still exists as a bundle with Office tools but isn't widely known outside of technology circles.

Microsoft is taking another stab at buying its way into business social networking with its pending $26.2 billion deal to acquire LinkedIn.

Source : toptechnews

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A neural network -- and a human touch -- help Google figure out which apps belong in which categories.

Google has begun using artificial intelligence to categorize Android apps on its Google Play store, the company said Tuesday.

Using technology called a neural network, which is based loosely on the way human brains work, Google processes app names and descriptions to try to figure out which ones to show in search results. It's not hard to show the Snapchat app when people search for it by name, but the AI technology is designed to do a better job when people just type in categories like "selfie," Google AI researchers said in a blog post Tuesday

But the technology still needed a human touch. Google had to train its system by letting people assess how well the categorization worked and thus steer it toward better results.

With hundreds of thousands of apps to pick from, discovery is a major challenge for app stores. When you search or browse for apps, companies like Google and Apple have to balance new apps with popular standbys, weed out malicious apps, and curtail developer efforts to get their own apps to show up high in search results.

Source:  cnet.com

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You would think that magic, as a hobby and a profession, would have gone the way of the typewriter by now. After all, there’s no video scene you can’t create digitally these days, and audiences know perfectly well that any prop you can dream up can be manufactured.

Yet magic is alive and well. Magicians on YouTube rack up millions of views. Magic shows in Vegas regularly sell out. And every birthday, thousands of elementary-school boys (yes, usually boys) joyously open up magic kits, smitten with the idea of fooling the grownups. I was one of them. I performed magic shows at about 400 birthday parties during my teenage years — and went on to write “Magic for Dummies.”

It’s no surprise, then, that smartphones should become the latest frontier for illusions. App stores offer long lists of magic-trick apps. Sometimes, the trick happens on the phone’s screen — the app does the magic. Sometimes, the phone is part of the secret — the audience doesn’t even know that it’s involved in helping you perform.

Some tricks are free or cheap little throwaways — the equivalent of the fun, self-working, plastic beginner tricks that you get in magic kits. Others are unbelievably powerful effects designed for professional magicians, costing $50 or even $100, good enough to perform at corporate parties or on TV.

The problem with buying magic apps is the same problem with buying magic tricks: You don’t know how it works until you’ve bought it. Plenty of people buy what looks like a terrific trick only to find that it’s too hard for them to perform — and you can’t return a magic trick.

Therefore, as a public service, I have downloaded, learned, and tested 20 of the most promising magic apps online. (You can see four of them in the video above.) I’ve listed them here in order of difficulty. Please — hold your applause.

Marty’s Magic Coin (free, or $3 for the nicer version)

The effect: You rub a quarter on your phone’s screen — and it appears inside the screen, rolling around noisily as you tip the phone. When you’ve had enough, you give the phone a sharp shake — and the quarter falls off the screen and into your hand.

The review: Nobody will think that your real quarter is actually under the glass; anyone can see that it’s really a video representation of the quarter. But I dearly love this trick because it’s very easy to perform, the video instructions are fantastic and clear, and the concept is funny. (You can see the whole thing in my video above.)

The free version shows a quarter rolling around against a black screen. For $3, you get a choice of 32 different coins — or even a carrot slice — and you can install your own home screen as the background instead of the black screen. The full version also includes write-ups for some bonus tricks.

This one’s a great little goof, a good one for kids. (The hardest part of it is performing a French Drop with the quarter — but the instructions even give you an alternative way that involves even less skill.)

My only beef: The app doesn’t remember which kind of coin you prefer to use, or what your home screen looks like. You have to have to choose those settings every time you open the app.

For iPhone. But for Android, see Magic Trick #6, below.

Marty’s Magic Card ($3)

The effect: Your volunteer chooses a card from a deck. The phone reveals the selected card — by making its full-size image fade in through your home screen, like a ghostly X-ray.

The review: This one’s not quite as much fun as Marty’s Coin, because, well, I’ll just say it: You have to force the card, meaning that the spectator only thinks she got a free choice of card. (I’m not spoiling anything here — the reviews of this app on the app store make it clear that a force is necessary.)

Turns out a lot of “smartphone magic” apps are in this category: They’re fancy ways of revealing a card, but it’s your job, as the magician, to ensure that the volunteer has chosen the right card in the first place.

This one would be great for kids or total novices — forcing a card is actually easier than the French Drop — but Marty’s Magic Card needs Marty to do some updating. The look of the app is stuck in 2009-land, it doesn’t adapt to today’s larger iPhone sizes, and it crashes when you try to choose your home screen as the backdrop.

For iPhone. But for Android, see Magic Trick #6, below.

Magic Trick #1 ($3 or $4)

French magician Mikael Montier has created a series of charming magic apps, numbered #1 through #12. All are available for Android, some for iPhone.

In most cases, the toughest part is figuring out what the trick is. Most of them come without any video — not even a video showing someone performing the trick. You get only a handful of text screens that aren’t always crystal-clear.

The effect: Your volunteer chooses a card. You reach over to your phone, which has been sitting on the table, face-up and dark — and you scrub away the darkness, revealing the picture of the chosen card as though it’s a scratch-off lottery ticket.


The review: In this trick, your volunteer truly does get to choose a card (it’s not forced — much). Of course, the secret is how you tell the phone which card to reveal, without seeming to touch it or communicate with it in any way — and it’s an exceptionally clever, convincing secret.

And yet it’s not difficult at all. Fully beginner-approved.

On this one, the instructions are included in the form of a slickly produced private YouTube video, which makes learning the trick easy.

For iPhone or Android. (For some reason, Montier’s apps cost $1 more on Android.)

Magic Trick #2 ($3 or $4)

The effect: You email a link to your spectator. The link takes him to a Tic-Tac-Toe game online:

You play a normal game of Tic-Tac-Toe against your spectator — except you don’t get to see the screen. You’re standing several feet away, hands empty, back turned, even blindfolded. You can’t see what moves your opponent is making!

Yet when it’s your turn to play, you confidently say, “OK, put me in the lower-right” or whatever. And, of course, you win.

The review: I love this trick so much. There’s this one moment where it dawns on the spectator that (a) she’s about to lose, and (b) holy cow, you did it without even seeing the game board!

I’m not going to tell you the secret, but obviously, the app tells you where to make your next move. It works even if you’re blindfolded and far away. You can, in fact, be milesaway, conducting the game over Skype or the phone.

Usually, you win the game; worst case, it’s a tie, just as in regular Tic-Tac-Toe.

The only drawback is that business of having to email the link to your spectator. It’s a little time-consuming and fussy.

But otherwise, this is an extremely easy, wildly creative trick.

For iPhone or Android.

Magic Trick #3 ($3 or $4)

The effect: You hand your phone to a volunteer, open to the calculator app. With your back turned, you ask her to type in any three-digit number; multiply it by any other three-digit number; and divide by any four-digit number.

You now hand her a book — a physical book — and ask her to turn to the page number indicated by the calculator’s final answer. When she does, you’re able to tell her the first and last words on that page.

The review: The “book test,” where the magician somehow knows what word you’ve chosen from a book, is an age-old mental-magic classic effect, and there are many different ways to perform it.

This one’s very easy, but not, alas, one of the greats. For two reasons: First, the amount of setup work on your end is considerable; it will literally take you hours. (It’s a one-time thing, but still.) Second, using the calculator to arrive at a random page number feels a little contrived; if you’re so magical, why can’t your spectator just name any page number she likes?

For iPhone or Android.

Magic Trick #4 ($3 or $4)

The effect: You set up a grid of physical objects on the table, three rows of three: A pencil, a ring, a paper clip, a key, and so on. You ask an audience member to put a drinking glass upside-down over one of the objects. You explain the rules: On each turn, the spectator can move the glass up or down its row or column, but can’t skip over any object that’s been taken off the table.

At this point, the phone conducts the magic trick, on autopilot. A man’s voice comes out of its speaker. “Since the glass is not on the pencil, you can remove it.” He seems to know what’s happening on the table — he always knows what object the glass is on. In the end, he knows where the glass winds up.

The review: OK, it’s fairly cool the way a prerecorded voice seems to know what’s happening. The problem is with the recording itself: It’s an American voice, but he’s reading what seems to be a Google translation from French. He says things like, “Move again two times the glass” and “It will be free the dice and capture the key.”

That weirdness, and the complexity of the rules, make this one less impressive than the others.

For iPhone or Android.

Magic Trick #5 ($3 or $4)

The effect: You make a prediction, then hand your phone to the volunteer. It’s running an app that shows a virtual deck of cards whose backs are showing. You ask him to flip through them, tapping each card to see its face; he sees that they’re all different. You tell him to stop at a card that seems worthy. He taps to reveal its face — your prediction was right!

The review: I love, love, love this trick. You can see it in my video above. It really amazes people, even though it’s ridiculously simple to perform.

In the 20 times I’ve performed this trick, twice people guessed the secret — but with a little change in the patter, I’ve eliminated that weak spot.

(In case you buy the trick, I’ll share my modification with you: Grab the phone yourself to put on top of your prediction. “I’m gonna cover up my prediction so neither one of us can touch it. …” Done.)

For iPhone or Android.

Magic Trick #6 ($4)

The effect: You make something appear inside the screen of your phone — a coin, a folded dollar, a card, a business card, a credit card. You slide it around, and then yank it “out of the screen” into your physical, actual hand.

The review: Sound familiar? This is the same concept as Marty’s Magic Coin, above, except that it works with a lot more objects than coins; in fact, you can take a picture of anything you want to appear in the screen. (Note: On some older Android phones, you can’t get rid of the black border around the object.)

Easy to use, but it’s a one-pony trick.

For Android.

Magic Trick #11, Magic Trick #12 ($3 or $4 each)

The effect: Someone chooses a card. After putting the deck back into its box, you use your phone as a sort of magic X-ray machine. It reveals the chosen card on the screen with a special animated visual-effects flourish.

The review: What’s unusual here is that these are augmented-reality apps. That is, they actually see the box of cards in 3-D space (it must be a Bicycle brand deck) and, in the video image, they superimpose spectacular graphics that move and adjust on the screen as you move the phone in space. In Magic Trick #11, you see the card rise out of a computer-generated treasure chest; in #12 — well, I don’t even know how to describe it. Some futuristic alien thing.

For $2 more, you can buy additional revelation effects within #11.

These are really just conclusions of tricks; it’s up to you to force the card that will later be revealed. They’re cute, but not especially mystifying.

For iPhone or Android.

Magic Kit ($20)

The effect: This app contains 15 magic tricks, just as the name implies. The quality varies widely.

Several of them are nothing more than visually rich revelations of a card that you’ve forced; for example, the Mystic Hand displays a mechanical robot hand that “reaches into” the deck to pull out the chosen card, and Pencil Stab is an on-screen version of the old “stab the deck with a knife and pull out the chosen card on the tip” effect.

Two of them are “reach into the screen and pull a displayed object out into the real world” tricks — one with a match, one with a bottle cap.

Another set are prediction tricks: Predict which ace someone will choose, or which color (out of three swatches).

The review: The graphics are lovely, but the actual tricks just aren’t especially mysterious. You’d be better off spending that $20 on other apps listed here.

For iPhone.

City Prediction ($16)

The effect: You ask your spectator to open up the Apple Maps app on her own phone.You pick up her phone and type something in, then turn the phone face-down on the table.

Now you ask her to name any city in the world that means something to her. When she does, you ask her to look at her phone. Sure enough, Apple Maps is now open to the city she named!

The review: This one gets into serious miracle territory. I’ll tell you this much: It does not have anything to do with voice recognition, forcing, or installing anything on your spectator’s phone. (You can see this trick in the video above.)

What’s not clear from the marketing blurb is this: To work the way it’s described here, you need a secret assistant who’s also watching.

You can perform the trick all by yourself, but there’s an extra step: Before revealing the city prediction, you pick up your own phone and Google the city your spectator has named, while making conversation about it — to check out its population, for example.

Either way, it’s a powerful, unforgettable trick. It’s not a kids’ trick by any means, though, and it requires a good Internet connection and practice.

For iPhone.

Photo Prediction ($5)

The effect: A spectator chooses or names a card. You wake your phone and open up your photos app — and there, for your spectator see, is one and only one picture of a card. It’s his card!

The review: Your spectator really does get a free choice of card. And your photo roll really does contain one photo of a card, date-stamped the day before. The only possibility is that you’re telling the truth: that you knew the card before you started the trick! That’s a disconcerting notion, and the trick is a total baffler.

You’ll need to practice for about 30 minutes to get the hang of it. (The same app also lets you reveal a predicted number instead of card, between 1 and 129. You can also customize the revelation in some sneaky ways.)

Also, note that Ghost Card, described next, sounds similar — but it’s even more memorable, because the spectator is in the background of the photo. Then again, it costs $15 instead of $5. …

For iPhone. (Similar, for Android: Foto Prediction, $4.50.

Ghost Card ($15, iPhone)

The effect: You, the magician, pull a card out of the deck — and, without revealing what it is, use your phone to take a picture of it with your spectator in the background.

Now you ask the spectator to name or choose any card. You now reveal the picture you took, showing the correct card.

Your awestruck spectators are welcome to email or text themselves that photo as a souvenir — or to hunt through your other photos; they won’t find any other pictures of cards.

The review: There are two really sensational aspects to this one. First, you don’t force the card; the spectator really can choose any card, or even name one if you don’t have a deck handy. Second, the spectator is in the picture and saw you take the picture. It’s absolutely impossible.

The secret is some incredibly sophisticated technology. Practice this one a few times, and you’ll leave a trail of thoroughly mind-boggled audiences in your wake.

For iPhone.

Telefoto ($25)

The effect: You give a Web address to your spectator, who enters it on her own phone. It’s a Web slideshow of 50 Las Vegas photos. She scrolls through until she finds one she likes — and you somehow read her mind, telling her which photo she’s seeing. Over and over again.

The review: Greg Rostami is responsible for the next batch of tricks described here; most are intended for professional magicians, or at least amateurs who are willing to put some work into performing the tricks smoothly. They all come with copious, well-written instructions, and you can find YouTube videos of people performing them. (Rostami has, in honor of this column, cut his apps’ prices in half for the next two weeks; this trick, for example, is usually $50.)

I’ll be straight with you: This is my favorite. It’s part of my repertoire now. You never touchthe spectator’s phone. You can have your back turned, you can be blindfolded, you can be across the Internet from this person — and it still works.

You can also substitute anything you like for those Vegas photos. The app comes with a set of ESP-symbol “cards” as a preset, but you can also upload your own set of photos — anything you like, as many as you like.

It works exactly as you see it in my video above, and it’s an absolute stunner. It requires an Internet connection, and it requires you to spend some time learning the trick and practicing.

For iPhone or Android.

iPredict+ ($5)

The effect: Someone chooses, names, or even whispers a card. You pull out your phone, open Contacts, and ask your spectator to contact Christen, a remarkable psychic you’ve met — either by phone or by text.

If the spectator calls Christen, he gets Christen’s voicemail — where she says, “I’m not home right now — but your card is the Seven of Clubs” (or whatever). If the spectator sends her a text (it can say anything, like “What card?”), Christen responds with a text, identifying the card.

The review: This is another knockout effect, especially since the spectators can use their own phones to contact Christen. (They really do place a call or send a text.) It’s not a force, and not voice recognition. It just seems unimaginable that someone who’s not even present can identify the card.

The only downsides I can think of: The trick works only in the U.S., and it’s not really repeatable for the same audience at the same sitting. If you’re willing to practice and read the instructions carefully, you won’t find a more impressive effect for this little money.

For iPhone or Android.

iForce ($5, iPhone or Android)

The effect: You open a doodling app on your phone and, with your finger, scribble a prediction. You ask your volunteer to pull a bill from her purse. When you flip the phone screen up, sure enough, you predicted which bill it would be.

The review: Actually, you can predict anything — what coin, bill, ESP symbol, or number your volunteer will choose — as long as the universe of possibilities isn’t greater than 8.

One really cool one: The spectators put a salt shaker (or something) next to your phone, at a chosen corner or edge — and when you flip the phone over, they can see that you’ve drawn an arrow pointing to the correct side or corner!

For a long time, this was my favorite magic app, if only because the secret is so dang clever. Over time, I’ve stopped trusting it as much. Sometimes people guess the secret, and sometimes the trick misfires.

RA ($5)

The effect: It’s an update to the magic world’s classic “any card at any number” trick.

You talk about the statistical odds of finding a certain card at a certain position in a deck, and direct your volunteer to open a site called CardOdds.net on her own phone, tablet, or laptop. On this Web site, she can choose any card and enter a number from 1 to 52. The Web site calculates the statistical odds of that card being at that position in the deck (“21” would mean the twenty-first card down).

Sure enough: You hand over a deck of cards — and at position 21, there’s the chosen card!

The review: Another ingenious Rostami effect — and another one for pros, or people willing to learn, work, and practice. This time, you need both some mental and some card skills.

But the effect really smokes people’s brains — it just doesn’t seem possible.

For iPhone or Android.

iPredict Pro ($50, iPhone or Android)

The effect: Same idea as iPredict+ described above — except this time, the spectator calls your phone and gets your voicemail greeting. And you correctly identify the card!

The review: If there’s a more impossible-seeming prediction trick, I can’t imagine it. There’s no forcing, no secret assistants. The spectator uses his own phone, which you never touch, to call your voicemail, or send you a text.

Your voicemail can reveal other things besides cards, by the way. It can reveal a chosen number, or state, or, indeed, anything at all.

Clearly, this trick is aimed at pro magicians; the $100 price tag (OK, $50 for now) should tell you that. The setup is especially complex; it’s intended for people who will do a lot of work in the name of perfecting a killer effect.

The Grand Finale

The main thing is this: Right under our noses, a whole new realm of magic tricks has sprouted up. Some are for pros, some are for the rest of us, and a lot of them are dazzling.

If you’re young or new at this, start with Marty’s Magic Coin (for pure entertainment) or Magic Tricks #1, #2, or #5 (to really baffle people). If you’re an intermediate magician, try City Prediction, Photo Predict, or TeleFoto. And if you’re a pro, the time you put into Ghost Card or iPredict+ (or even iPredict Pro) will reward you handsomely in reputation points.

Yes, even in this age of cynicism, magic is alive and well — and blowing minds wherever fine smartphones are carried.

Source : yahoo

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Our tablets and mobile phones are amazingly agile in running a wide array of apps. Just head over to your app store of choice, jump on some WiFi and the downloading frenzy can begin. Your phone probably defaults to storing those little icons all over your home screens. While this is a fantastic resource, it can lead to a hot mess. Fortunately, you don’t have to live through the chaos. Here are some ideas about how to organize all those incredible applications.

1. Action Categories

If you need to look something up in Wikipedia and listen to your iTunes, why not center your organization on these concepts? All you need to do is create folders which reflect the best action word associated with the apps

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2. Color Codoing

If you are a really visual learner, your best organizational scheme might center around color. We all know Snapchat features a primarily yellow icon and facebook is largely blue. Thus we can drag Facebook next to twitter ad Snapchat alongside Apple Maps and BAM color code achieved. This is a great method for those of us who relate first to the application image rather than its function.

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3. Frequency Used

We all have a few apps we rely on almost everyday. If you want to minimize time spent searching for icons and maximize time spent getting the information you love to have, organization by frequency is a great option. One way to accomplish this is by assigning each home screen to a level of frequency. The first screen can include the items you use everyday. Swipe once and find the items used a few times a week. Swipe another time and find the lesser used apps.

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4. Themed Rows

Remember back in college when your favorite club would have themed meetings? Everyone would come dressed in their pajamas or favorite Hawaiian shirts? Well, you can relive some of those fond memories by organizing your apps around central themes. Instead of pajama days, you can assign each row its own theme. For example, you may have a maps row, a social media row and a knowledge base row.

Themed Rows

5. Break out the Widgets

Widgets, primarily used on Android, are a great way to quickly access a lot of information. By plopping a widget onto one of your home screens, you can creatively manage space. Widgets are a great organizational tool for those who want to collect key information without additional clicks.


6. One Central Home Screen with Folders

One of the great things about modern phones and tablets is their flexibility with number of home screens. If you like to swipe a lot, you can have multiple screens. However, if you prefer a simpler start point, you can center everything on one screen and fit everything in via folders.

One Screen with Folders

7. SmartBar

This android tool combines several features in an easy to access centralized manner. Rather than having to click through to find the app you need to perform the needed task on your phone, you can simply access it in a click or two with SmartBar. With this tool set up on your homescreen, you can organize the applications you want around this powerful feature.



8. Hand Position

Another simple method of organizing your applications is ease of use when holding. Everyone prefers to hold their phone in a slightly different way. Given this particular position is likely to be the configuration used to open most applications, it can be a useful organizational tool. Simply place the apps you use most often closest to the finger you use most of operate the phone. Whether this is your thumb or index finger, this organizational scheme can increase the speed at which you operate your phone.

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Whether you are getting stuck on the go and want to convey a message to your team members, or trying to remember something you have forgotten, your phone has become a formidable tool for success. It offers convenience, reliability and more work done in less time. Here are 10 things you will find in the phone of successful people.


Flipboard helps you to stay on top of the news. With Flipboard you have all the stories from around the world collated on your phone, from travel hotspots to magazines to stunning photographs to fun GIFs. Flipboard offers successful people the opportunity to stay ahead of the industry news they are interested in.


DropBox is similar to Google Drive as it helps you to access files, send documents and share links. Many entrepreneurs and business leaders have great things to say about this app as it helps them get work done when they are on the go. DropBox is simple to use, playful and informative.

Dragon Dictation

This app improves the productivity of many successful people because it remains the best-working dictation app. While on the go, with this app you can speak into your phone and have your typing done by it. You can send a text message, write an email, or post to Twitter or Facebook with it. Although you need to be connected to the internet while you use it, it remains efficient for keeping in touch and processing your written messages.


What Mint does for successful people is to manage their finances. With Mint you can keep your eye on all of your personal finances while on the road. Mint consolidates all of your online banking, investment accounts, debts and expenses. If you are leaking money or running into tight financial situations, Mint will suggest ways for you to save.


Evernote provides you with a workspace that allows you to store your notes, personal information, files, documents, photos, audio recordings, web pages, images and much more. Evernote also has powerful search features and is beneficial on the go when it comes to referencing information. A premium account provides you with 1,000 MB for just one month.


With LinkedIn successful people can build their personal brand, make connections, and stay informed on personalized news. Added to these features are also opportunities to get advice and inspiration from industry leaders and influencers, get in the loop about the best jobs available and find people you may know.


You don’t need to clutter your workday by reading through an entire story on Bloomberg Business or Washington Post. With Pocket you can simply save such stories and read it at your own convenience.

Casual Project Management

With Casual Project Management you become more visual and collaborative with your work team. CPM is a business tool that makes projects easier, simpler and portrays a more casual tone when connecting with other members of your team. You can keep them in the loop and get to be visually connected at the same time.



Slack is very beneficial for teams because it alters annoying attachments that comes from other Chat services. It offers a smooth communication for many employees. With Slack you can get everyone on board, search through conversations and never miss a thing. It helps your team to be more productive, as well as offers an easy platform in the process.

The Swizzle

Swizzle helps you put a stop on junk mails that you are tired of receiving but are too busy to unsubscribe from the mailing list. With Swizzle you can unsubscribe and gather up all the bulk mail you receive into a single digest message while you can sift through tthe ones you are interested in at a later and more convenient time. 

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Categorized in Internet Technology

The mobile app industry is a huge global entity, with the European sector alone expected to be worth in excess of 63 billion Euros by the end of 2018. This growth will be driven by continual innovation within the sector, which creates a wider diversity of applications that make everyday life easier and more enjoyable.

While the number of apps available through the Android operating system may have increased considerably in recent times, it is Apple’s iOS platform that offers the most variety to users. With this in mind, let’s take a look at 22 of the best iPhone apps and how they can improve your everyday life: –



Do you find that the speed, efficiencyand convenience of online shopping can be outweighed by the time consuming nature of tracking and receiving those deliveries? If you do then the Slice app can take the hassle out of your online shopping by automatically tracking them on your behalf and sending real-time updates.


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Thissingle clever little app can take the stress out of your cooking, shopping and even the calculationof your fuel consumption. Okay, so maybe it cannot take all the stress out of these activities, but you can use it to quickly and easily convert a whole host of different units for you and access vital data.



Traffic can be the bain of our lives, as it makes us late for our meetings and, lets face it, it can leave us feeling more than just a little frustrated. Well not anymore as, thanks to Waze, you can join forces against traffic with your local community by easily sharing real time traffic information including accidents and hazards that will ensure you can all take routes that avoid the jams.

4.Open Table

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Open Table is an incredibly useful app for those that love to have spontaneous dinners out with friends but are put off by the hassle of booking a last minute table or, worse still, waiting around for one to open up. This app provides you with everything you need to quickly and easily choose a local restaurant, from independent reviews, available times and the menu to local restaurants.



Have you ever forgotten to be somewhere or to do something until you receive a text message checking where you are or seeing if you have completed the task in hand? Well thanks to HiFutureSelf, you’ll be able to send yourself one of these prompts, only this will be to remind you about a specific date or activity ahead of time.


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If you want to relieve the tedium of your daily commute whilst keeping up to date with the latest news, events and funny videos, then this app can help you. It enables you to store any interesting articles, websites or videos in one place where you can quickly and easily access them, without an internet connection and whenever you find yourself with a spare minute.


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A way of relieving the tedium of travelling to work for drivers, the Audible app offers you instant access to best-selling novels and non-fiction titles in the marketplace. With this app you will no longer feel the stress of being caught up in traffic jams as you will be being entertained by your favorite books or pieces of literature.


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This app is great for the lost, the indecisive or the plain forgetful as it will pretty much locate anything you might need to find within a short space of time. It enables you to search for anything, from your nearest coffee shop or cash-point to a petrol station or cinema.

9.Fastcustomer: Fast Customer Service


Who these days has the time, never mind the patience, to waste attempting toautomated systems and being placed on hold? Certainly not us! Thankfully, this app means you will no longer have to. Simply select the company and the department you need from the drop down menu, enter your number and the app will get the company to call you.

10.Genius Scan

If you have ever felt the frustration of having taken a photo of a document on your phone only to upload it onto your computer to realize that it is illegible, then this is a handy app for you. It enables you to actually scan an image with your phone and then upload it to your computer as a PDF, providing an accurate and useful image!


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Thanks to this app, you will never have to feel the crushing disappointment that comes with finding out your favorite artist is coming to town only to realize the tickets sold out weeks ago. Songkick connects to personaliTunes and Spotify accounts and tracks your musical preferences, before automatically prompting you whenour favorite artists announce a new set of tour dates or album releases.

12. Oddschecker

MOBILE-IPHONE-5-SCREENSHOT-01If music is not your thing, you may instead enjoy the thrill of gambling or real-time gameplay. If this is the case, then you will need access the best live odds to ensure that can make your money go further and get the most from your recreation time. Oddschecker is therefore the app for you, as it will compare real-time prices across a host of online brands sports, and casino games. So whether you want to choose from alist of regulated poker sites in New Jerseyor place a soccer accumulator bet, Oddschecker will let you do this quickly, cheaply and effectively.


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The Kayak, by bringing together flights, hotels and car rental companies all under one easy to use app, takes the stress out of booking the best price for your holiday or business trip. There is even a handy explore feature for those lacking inspiration and a sense of direction.


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If you take lots of trips, whether for business or pleasure, this app can make your life easier by helping you to never a miss a train or flight again. All you have to do is email your travel confirmations to the app and it will create your own detailed itinerary for you.


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My Fitness Pal is pretty much what its name suggests; it is like having a fitness buddy in your pocket. It helps you to keep your diet on track by enablingyou to set goals and count the calories that you consume, while also monitoringany garnered nutritional data on your behalf. All you have to do is scan the barcode or search for the food that you have eaten, before counting your calories and factoring in daily exercise regimes.


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What MyFitnessPal does for your health, Mint does for your bank balance. It takes the hassle out of managing your money by combining all of your balances and investments into one place so that you can easily keep track of your spending and set yourself savings or spending goals.

17. Quick Scan

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Another way of using your phone to take the hassle out of saving money is with the Quick Scan app. Simply use the camera on your phone to scan the barcode of an item that you would like to buy and it will bring up all the places that you can purchase it from and their cost. No more trudging from shop to shop to find the best deal with this app, as you can save money from within the comfort of your own home!

18. My Co2 Calculator


With the average energy bills having risen from £800 to just over £1,300in the last five years, there is a pressing need for home-owners to reduce their energy consumption. This makes it more important than ever that we manage our Co2 emissions for the good of the environment, and this handy iOS helps us to achieve this. By providing an overview of our energy consumption and offering advice on where cut-backs can be made, this app can also help us to save money over time.

19. 1Password

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If you have difficulty thinking of, never mind remembering, the tons of unique passwords that you need for all of your accounts, then this app will create and remember them for you. As it is even Touch ID compatible, you can log into the app and then you into your chosen account with just a couple of taps.

20. BabyMonitor HD

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Anyone who has ever had a newborn baby will testify, the agonizing pull between needing two minutes to themselves and not wanting to leave their little one with even the most trusted of babysitters is one of the most challenging aspects of parenthood. Although this app may not relieve the guilt of leaving your little one for the first time, it will certainly make you feel more secure as it will allow you to see and hear your sleeping baby on their baby monitor on the go on your phone.

21.Sleep Cycle

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Nothing improves our productivity like a good night’s sleep; the problem is that such a goal is not always easy to attain. That is where Sleep Cycle, the alarm clock like no other, can really help. It analyses your sleep and wakes you up, within a specified 30 minute window, at the lightest part of your sleep and ensures that you are refreshed onceyou are stirred.

22.Find My iPhone

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With all of these cool and handy apps on your iPhone, the last thing you will want to do is lose it! This is where our final app comes in. It allows you to remotely locate your iPhone, lock it and even set up a message on the locked screen asking whoever has came across it to call you.

Source : lifehack

Categorized in Internet Technology

It's pretty amazing to think that Apple's mobile operating system is already nearly 10 years old, with the recently released iPhone 7 shipping with iOS 10. The first iPhone couldn't even run third-party apps, if you can imagine that, but since then those apps have been paramount to the phone's success. There are now roughly 2 million apps available, ranging from the excellent to the awful.

New users of Apple's smartphone looking for a list of the first dozen third-party apps they need to install have come to the right place. The iPhone comes with many very capable and useful apps pre-installed, including ever-improving Maps, Messages, Music, News, and Photos apps. Be sure to take advantage of these built-in apps, as well as of the ever-smartening Siri voice assistant, the Find iPhone, and the Find Friends utilities. But do note that we don't include those in this roundup.

The apps on this list cover the basic functions most of us perform with our phones: communication, entertainment, and finding information,

whether local or general. In addition to being among the most widely used and most useful examples of mobile software, most share another welcome attribute: All of them are free to use, though a few have optional subscription pricing for added functionality.

Of course, for each app included here, there are plenty of competitors, but those we include are the basics that everyone should at least know about and check out. For example, Jill loves fitness apps, and Michael is a photo-app aficionado, but we recognize that those genres are not everyone's cup of tea. In contrast, this list aims to hit the most important apps that are applicable to just about everybody. For a more-in-depth list of wonderful apps that may not be quite as universal, see our Top 100 iPhone Apps feature.

We also recognize that most iPhone owners want to play the occasional game, whether that's an intense car-racing title like Need for Speed or a cerebral word game like Words With Friends. But again, this list covers the basics. If you're looking for games specifically, check out our iPhone games roundup.

Below are the 12 apps we deem essential for most iPhone users. Don't agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments.


Without the Evernote app for iPhone, we'd be a lot less productive while we're away from our desks. This free, straightforward note-taking app outdoes the competition thanks to its strong search capabilities and effortless organization. But the real key to its success and popularity is that Evernote synchronizes all your files by saving them to a cloud service, meaning anything you create or alter on your iPhone will be there waiting for you when you log into any other version of Evernote.


The social network of record has come out with quite a few apps, but this one remains the most essential. If you watch strangers using their iPhones, there's a good chance that Facebook is the app they're using. And there's a reason for that: No other communication app offers the richness of interaction possibilities. (Of course, one of those communication types was stripped from the main app, and that's the next on in our list.) With the Facebook app, you can not only respond to friend's posts, but also upload photos, and even broadcast live video.


Flipboard, an app initially designed for the iPad that curates content from your social networks and Web partners (think periodicals, blogs, etc.) based on your interests and turns them into stunning magazine-like digital pages, is now available on the iPhone. The app is free to download and requires a free user account. Flipboard absolutely shines on the iPad, taking advantage of swiping gestures with both visual and interactive grace, and it's still elegant on the iPhone, despite the smaller screen.


Google's main email app (the company also makes Inbox by Gmail) is a wonderful communication tool, as long as you only use Google's email service. Unlike our other Editors' Choice, Outlook, it doesn't handle mail accounts from any provider. But it does make your entire email database much faster and easier to deal with than the preinstalled Mail app can. That capability alone makes it a must-have iPhone app. It could very easily become your primary app for Gmail. It's smooth and fast, as well, but note that Apple doesn't allow third-party mail apps to become the default, the one that opens when you hit a link.

Google Maps

Another one from the dominant force on the internet, Google Maps may well have the most up-to-date and detailed geographic information of any organization around. Its turn-by-turn directions by car, foot, and public transportation are hard to beat. With Google Maps, you can see estimated travel times and integration with your Google account for quick access to your home and work addresses. Offline maps, street view, and indoor maps are nifty plusses. After a shaky start, the iPhone's built-in Apple Maps now matches most of its features, however, and competitor Here Maps offers another good alternative.


Despite—or maybe because of—its limitations, Instagram has gone on to surpass Flickr as the number-one photo sharing service on the Internet. Its social discovery aspects are addictive, it offers excellent image-manipulation tools, and it now supports video, as well as still photos. The company keeps adding more features, like direct messaging, Snapchat-like Stories, and, finally, pinch-to-zoom. In keeping with the times and trends, the app now supports Handoff to switch between your Apple Watch and your iPhone

Free; $7.99 per month subscription

Netflix, like many of the other apps included here, has become a cultural phenomenon. Original, exclusive series, such as House of Cardsand Stranger Things, are viewed by many as superior to much of what's available on broadcast or cable. Add to those the host of favorite standbys in both television and cinema releases, and you've got a must-have service. Note that this is one of the few apps included here that costs money, with subscriptions starting at $7.99.

Slacker Radio

Free; Optional subscriptions for ad-free and on-demand listening

Of all the music streaming apps in the Apple App Store, Slacker Radio's beats seem to pound the hardest. The same outstanding service you'll find in Slacker Radio's online version is on the iPhone and has been for a long enough time for the company to have massaged the interface and performance to the point that you can appreciate it audibly.


Sexting and security worries aside, the visual chat app Snapchat can be a lot of fun to use—and let us emphasize "fun." Snapchat should not be used as a private and secure messaging app. Rather, it's a simple app that you can use to swap funny, ephemeral visuals with your friends. Messages sent through Snapchat disappear from the receiver's phone after a short time. The sender chooses up to 10 seconds as the limit.

Snap a picture, draw or write on top of it if you like, choose the amount of time the recipient can see it, and send away. Just bear in mind that all digital media is reproducible, and that you should never send anything illicit, private, or anything meant to be secure through this entertainment app. Snapchat Stories last a bit longer—a whole day!



For a long time, Twitter Inc., the company that owns the 140-character social network, didn't make its own app. Dozens of third parties did, however, but not all the resulting apps were worth using. So when Twitter released its official Twitter app—and it worked well and loaded quickly!—users folded the new tool into their iPhones happily. If you tweet, it's a no-brainer to have this app. If you don't tweet and have been on the fence about joining the masses, the iPhone app makes it easy and convenient to get on board.

Weather Underground

Sure, iOS has a Weather app, but you should forsake it because Weather Underground, our Editors' Choice for iPhone weather apps, is far better. It succeeds because it sticks to what it does best: clearly presenting lots of hyper-local information in a simple and highly customizable interface. The rich data in this excellent app will keep the most info-hungry meteorology geek satisfied.


The most comprehensive business-reviewing app, Yelp turns out to be an invaluable tool for finding restaurants, stores, and services nearby, especially when you're in a town you don't know well. Yelp's mobile app has helped Jill find a hairdresser when she was in a pinch in Washington D.C. and a suitable lunch while driving through Ohio. Michael finds the restaurant ratings consistently reliable. And you can find good local spots worldwide with it, not just in the US.

Source : pcmag

Categorized in Market Research

We’re in a computing era where the internet is mostly used from a mobile device. Right from waking up in the morning to falling asleep at night, we access the internet mostly from our mobile devices. With such excessive usage comes the never ending hike in mobile data plans. So, it’s no surprise if you want to keep track of the data usage on your Android smartphone. Staying within the limits of our limited data plan is a tough task for sure and thus, here is our list of the 5 best apps to monitor data usage on Android:

1. Traffic Monitor



The Traffic Monitor app is an all-in-one app that provides various in-app utilities like the Speed Test, App Data Usage Monitor, Signal Quality check and Network info. You can set a data usage limit after installing the app and it will start a Data Billing Cycle. Also, you can check data usage by location for home and work. There’d also an option to set widgets to get data usage report right on the home screen.

Install: (free)

2. My Data Manager


My Data Manager is a more advanced app to manage network usage and keep track of mobile data usage. What makes it advanced is that it lets you set your daily budget for your mobile data and if your usage exceeds, you’ll get an alert. Apart from that, it also keeps a history of the data used throughout the day. You can set multiple plans for broadband, mobile data and also for roaming network usage.

Also, it packs in some great alerting features. It can send you alerts for Forecast usage warning, Billing cycle and if there are lots of data left during the last days of your data plan. You can even set a custom alert. The persistent notification in the notification bar also comes in handy for a quick look at data usage.


Install: (Free)

3. Data Usage Monitor



If you are looking for a simple data monitoring app, the Data Usage Monitor app should be a great choice. The app doesn’t pack any other eye-catching features but it excels with its usage-centric approach. You start with setting your data limits and positioning the baud rate meter on your screen. Thereafter, you can keep track of the data usage from the home screen of the app. It shows per hour data usage and per app data consumption.


Install: (Free with in-app purchases)

4. Opera Max



Opera Max is a well-known app for data saving on Android devices, but it can also help you keep track of the data usage. Its timeline approach for data usage statistics is a great way to know which apps in the background might have consumed data. You can further go into App Management tab and turn off the background data usage for the particular app. Overall, Opera Max is a pretty handy data monitoring app and its additional data saving features are a real bonus.

Install: (Free

5. Network Connectionsnetwork-usage-monitor-5.jpg

Network Connection is one of those apps that will help you check which apps are spying on your data in the background. Normally such apps need to have root access but Network Connections requires no root. To start network monitoring, you’ll have to tap on “Start Live Capture”. It’ll show the IP address of the app servers to which the network is sending/receiving the data. Tap on any IP address and it’ll show you more information regarding any spying done by apps and where is their destination server. The Live Capture is limited to the trial version. You’ll need the unlock key for full access.

Install: (FreePro key $3.99)

Source : beebom





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