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Thanks to Siri and, more recently, Amazon Alexa, most people are familiar with AI-powered personal assistants, yet few utilize them. That’s unfortunate, as AI personal assistants can perform many actions that save you time, including getting quotes for rides, sending messages, checking the weather and your email, making lists, and scheduling tasks. If you’d like to experience this yourself but you don’t have an iPhone and aren’t in the market for an Echo, try out one (or all) of these AI assistant apps for Android.

Ozlo

If you’re familiar with Siri or have ever used a chat bot to perform a task, you’ll have a good idea of how Ozlo and most of the apps below work. With Ozlo, you can ask questions and, depending on the question, view results directly on your phone, where they can then be further refined to include specific things.Upon first launching the app, you’ll be asked to give Ozlo your zip code, a necessary step so that it knows which weather forecast to report and similar things. From there, you can type a message to Ozlo the same way you’d peck out a text message to a friend. The assistant always suggests a couple dozen things from which you can choose, such as figuring out where to eat for dinner.

You can ask the app many of the same things you could with, for example, Siri or Alexa. For example, you can ask what movies are playing nearby and get a list. Or, to be more specific, you can ask what time a particular movie is playing nearby and receive a list of theaters with showtimes. The topics are vast, and include things like finding recipes, viewing the news, and ordering an Uber car.There are some limitations, though — you can’t use it to send someone a message, for example, and its ability to manage your schedule is pretty much non-existent. The app also requires you to type your questions and requests rather than speak them. The app is free to download.

Cortana

You’re likely familiar with Cortana by now, particularly if you’re running Windows 10. The app that was once reserved for Windows Phone is now available to download onto Android devices, bringing the same assistance found on desktop to your phone or tablet. Cortana has more abilities than Ozlo, and indeed ranks up near the top of the AI-powered assistants list.

Cortana doesn’t just provide you with information, but can also help manage your days and help perform actions you’d otherwise need a couple hands to do. One example is scheduling meetings — with Cortana, you can schedule your planned meetings and she’ll then know how to handle them.Cortana can also be used to send someone in your contacts a message. You can, for example, say something like, “Cortana, text John Doe,” followed by your message. If you’re frequently on the receiving end of packages, you can also ask her when your packages are arriving, and she’ll scour your email to find the info for you.Perhaps the biggest limitation is that you’ll need to have a Microsoft account to sign into the app, and the email functionality will be limited if you don’t use Outlook.

Hound

If you’re not a fan of Microsoft and you find Ozlo too limited, you may enjoy SoundHound’s Hound personal assistant app instead. Hound can be used hands-free by saying “OK Hound,” followed by your question. The company says you can speak naturally with its app, and that includes using natural phrases rather than clunky collections of keywords.

Users can use Hound to send text messages and make phone calls, and to perform searches in the form of questions. You can ask where the nearest cafe is, for example, and get a suitable response. The assistant supports GPS and navigation related requests, can order an Uber ride, find and book hotels, set alarms, calculate figures, present movie showtimes, and more.

Dragon Mobile Assistant

Nuance’s Dragon software is perhaps most popular for its voice to text abilities, and few know about the company’s foray into the world of mobile personal assistants. Dragon Mobile Assistant is, relative to its competition, a fairly sophisticated app. You can perform many of the things listed for Hound and Cortana, as well as submit posts to Facebook and send tweets using the app.

The personal assistant can likewise help manage your schedule via things like setting reminders for events and adding appointments to your calendar. You can then later ask about any appointments you have going on that day to get a reminder. The company says its app learns your “voiceprint” so that it will only accept spoken commands from you and no one else.The app also supports what Nuance calls an ‘Attentive Mode,’ which wakes the assistant up and has it listening even if your device’s screen is turned off. This is particularly useful while driving or sitting at your desk. Like the apps listed above, Dragon Mobile Assistant is free to download.

Jarvis

The personal assistant app Jarvis has proven popular, and that popularity is likely due in part to the household name associated with it. Who doesn’t like asking Jarvis to do something for them? Plus the app uses the kind of voice you’d expect to be associated with a virtual assistant named Jarvis, adding to the fun.As far as practical usage goes, Jarvis can hold its own amongst the best of the AI-powered personal assistant apps. Jarvis has access to your phone’s functions, speeding up certain rote tasks on your behalf. You can, for example, ask Jarvis to turn on your device’s flashlight or to open Chrome. Just as well, you can ask Jarvis to play a particular song and to do so over Bluetooth.

The app also has support for setting alarms, sending messages and making calls, and relaying information like your device’s battery status and the local weather. Unlike some other personal assistant apps, Jarvis can perform unique actions: you can, for example, link a reminder to a specific contact so that you see the reminder only when you call them or get a call from them.You can control Jarvis via a Bluetooth headset if you use one, set both nighttime and office hours to avoid interruption, and you can use him from your Android Wear smartwatch. The personal assistant is also quite witty, and has more than a couple wisecracks and fun responses to your less serious questions.While Jarvis is free on Android, it does include a small on-screen banner ad. You have to pay a bit over a dollar to get the ‘Mark II’ upgrade.

Wrap-up

This is a small slice of the personal assistants currently available for Android, but they’re a collection of the highest-rated ones, and many of them offer the same features. Certain apps are more useful for some users than others, however. Ozlo, for example, can only be used by typing, and so it isn’t terribly useful for young children. Jarvis can be used with a Bluetooth headset, and Cortana can search your Outlook email account, assuming you have one.

Author: Brittany A. Roston
Source: https://www.slashgear.com/top-ai-personal-assistant-apps-for-android-2017-09471259

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As the year draws to a close, there’s just enough time to squeeze in one last list of the day’s best paid iPhone and iPad apps that are currently on sale for free. Just like 2016, these deals won’t last much longer, so be sure to take advantage while you still can.

These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

File Manager

file-manager

Normally $1.99.

Remote • Drive turns your iPhone or iPad into virtual USB drive, and allows you to easily transfer any file between it and your Mac.

Use Remote • Drive to utilize constantly increasing storage space on your iPhone or iPad. Take photos, videos, documents and other files anywhere you go. Using built in document and photo viewers, and video player, you can view files directly from your Mac, or download them to your device for offline usage. Stop loosing and buying new USB drives, and stop worrying about your sensitive information getting to the wrong hand.

FEATURES:

  • Photo viewer for all photos stored on your Mac or any of its external drives
  • Video player that supports virtually all popular video formats
  • File vault with passcode protection for your sensitive files, photos or videos
  • Transfer files to and from your Mac using Wi-Fi with no limits
  • Document viewer that supports Microsoft Office documents, PDFs and more
  • “Open in” feature allows you to open files in other apps on your iPhone or iPad
  • Super easy setup

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY:
Free version is available that allows you to try it before you buy it.
http://tiny.cc/free-drive

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Mac computer with macOS 10.7 or newer (Mac Mini, Macbook Air, Macbook, Macbook Pro or Mac Pro)
  • iOS device with iOS 8.0 or newer (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch)
  • WiFi connection shared with your computer (Wi-Fi or Personal Hotspot of your iOS device)
  • Helper app installed on your Mac (Instructions in the app and here: https://bit.ly/mac_helper)

Download File Manager

Bantay

bantay

Normally $0.99.

Bantay is a time lapse watchdog for home security:
Have a spare iOS device? Use Bantay to watch over your home. Using your device’s cameras, Bantay will monitor changes in images taken over a set time interval pointed to hot spots like your front and back doors. Images with changes can then be saved to your Photo Library. The sensitivity and resolution of image change detection can be calibrated for different situations. Alternatively, images with human faces can be detected using face detection features that come with iOS and saved. A Device Motion option also allows for instant capture of photos with the front camera if the device is moved for additional security.

Remotely access images over wireless:
If wireless is available on all devices and iCloud Photo Library with automatic “Upload to My Photo Stream” is enabled, then images can be monitored remotely and securely with any device logged into your iCloud account. No subscriptions or additional access is required. Please note images cannot be uploaded to iCloud if connected over wireless to a GoPro.

Bantay is also a time lapse camera:
Bantay can be used in time lapse photography with intervals as short as 5 seconds just up to 24 hours. It can intelligently save only images with significant changes, such as a flower blooming or snow falling. Saved images can then be played back and saved to a movie file. Bantay can also connect to and control a GoPro Hero 3/3+ over wireless to take pictures at specified intervals, as well as alternate with cameras on your iOS device. Please note the GoPro Hero 4 is currently not supported.

Bantay as an automatic camera:
Have no one nearby to take a picture of you? Use Bantay with the front camera as your automatic photographer. Group jump shots are simple with Bantay.Download Bantay

Fractal Space

fractal-space

Normally $0.99.

Live the memorable experience of Fractal Space, a unique first-person adventure & puzzle game by the French indie developers team Haze Games!
Will you solve the mysteries of this station and get out alive? This, my friend, is up to you…

Jump over lasers, avoid terrible moving saws, dodge giant crushers and use your jetpack and taser gun to think your way through the puzzles of this mysterious space station.

KEY FEATURES
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  • Control your Jetpack to fly freely around space!
  • Use your Taser Gun to activate switches remotely
  • Find lost recordings to solve the mystery that lead you to this station
  • Observe and act upon your environment to move forward
  • Full Gamepad support

SOLVE BRAIN ENGAGING PUZZLES
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While surviving the adventure through the space station of Fractal Space, dexterity is not the only challenge; activate switches, complete 2D minigames, use cubes to reach higher grounds, go through portal teleporters, orient light mirrors, search for clues to guess access codes… Your brain and mental resources must constantly be stimulated if you want to solve Fractal Space’s puzzles!

TASER-GUN: PRECISION IS PRECIOUS
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Shoot your taser-gun to power-up electric devices remotely. When you’re alone in the universe, this weapon is your best friend!

JETPACK: ENJOY FLYING
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Defy laws of physics and gravity by firing up your Jetpack to fly freely through space and avoid deadly traps in the station. You cannot risk falling into the void of space, so use it wisely and make sure you have enough fuel to make your journey!

SPACE EXPLORATION AWAITS
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Explore and pick up hidden recordings throughout the station – they will help you solve certain puzzles, recall what happened to you and solve mysteries about your past, present and future.
Pick up health and ammunition packs as you explore space to help you get through this adventure.

ACHIEVEMENTS & LEADERBOARDS
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Show the entire world what a puzzle mastermind you are by unlocking achievements, and sharing your Fractal Space speed run scores with your friends!

FULL GAMEPAD SUPPORT
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Play this game as if you were on console! Compatible with most wired & wireless gamepads!Download Fractal Space

LEDhit

ledhit

Normally $1.99.

LEDhit converts your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPAD into a dot-matrix L.E.D. display.

LEDhit is great to SMS a LED greeting card such as “Happy Birthday” or “I Love You”, say something to people when they can’t hear you, such as at the disco, in class, in business meetings etc. All you have to do is type your message and hit the ‘Display Message’ button and LEDhit will scroll your message on the screen.

What makes it even better is that if offers the possibility of vibrating when the message has finished scrolling, so you know when it’s done (vibration is replaced by a beep on the iPod Touch).

LEDhit enables you to SMS & Text your messages in seconds, share your messages with friends and family via Social media, YouTube, Email and you can now translate your message into over 40+ languages to always impress your audience.

FEATURES:

  • Original language translation (New)
  • SMS or Text in seconds
  • Share to Social Media and email (New)
  • Colour selection
  • Speed selection
  • Vibration. Know when your message has finished scrolling
  • Repeat. Leave your message scrolling, over and over again
  • Font style selection. Plain, bold, italic
  • L.E.D. shape and resolution selection
  • No message length limits
  • Easily save and load messages
  • Customise your background theme and selection buttons (New)

USAGE EXAMPLES

  • Announcing that you’re engaged on social media
  • SMS with Emoji’s just to be different
  • Flirting – Use it to talk to that cute girl or guy at the disco
  • Speak to your friends in class without the teacher noticing
  • Chat with your co-workers while in a business meeting
  • Display your message to the crowd in their language
  • Send a birthday card or message on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, iCloud or Instagram

Languages: English, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional ChineseDownload LEDhit

Silly New Year’s Wishes 2017

silly-new-years-wishes-2017

Normally $0.99.

Wish Happy New Year 2017 to your friends with this silly stickers pack!

Make messaging fun with 20 animated stickers! You can use it anywhere in your iMessage chat! Customize your conversation, make it awesome and show your emotions!

WHERE TO FIND THE STICKERS AFTER INSTALLATION:

1. Open a message with a friend in iMessage app and tap the “>” button to the left of the text box.

2. Tap the app button (this icon looks like a letter “A”) and then tap the button that looks like four circles in the lower left of your screen to open the iMessage app drawer.

3. Tap ‘Silly New Year’s Eve Wishes 2017’ icon and send stickers to your friends!

Download Silly New Year’s Wishes 2017

just SPENT

just-spent

Normally $1.99.

The housekeeping book app just SPENT is the quickest and simplest way for tracking your expenses.

Create and manage costs the most intuitive way you can think of.
Always know how much money you’ve spent today, yesterday, the month or the year with our smart bookkeeping tool.

We’ve built just SPENT on the assumption that people are regularly buying the same stuff at the same places. For example every morning Sarah grabs a cup of coffee at the same coffee shop on her way to work. Whenever she is close to the shop, just SPENT suggests her to add the past expense.

FUNCTIONS

  • Add subject, category and amount of your financial spendings
  • Edit preset categories
  • Mark the location of your expense
  • Financial statistics about day, month and year
  • Analyse your expenses via categories
  • Home-Screen Widget
  • Export your data as excel sheet and send it to yourself via email
  • Heat map: Where do you burn your money?

IN-APP-PURCHASES

  • Enter past expenses
  • Currency converter

DATA SECURITY
Your data remains untouched and stays on your mobile device. We do not collect any financial information. There is no connection to your bank account needed.

LOCATION BASED FUNCTIONALITY
Activate suggested location related expenses with a single swipe.

REVIEWS
Please support us with giving us a review. Let us know if you like just SPENT or how we can improve the app.

UPDATES
We are constantly developing the app and integrating new features to generate an efficient finance management. Please send us your suggestions to hello (at) justspent (dot) com.

NO ADVERTISEMENT
We are not planning to have any adds on just SPENTDownload just SPENT

Clear

clear

Normally $0.99.

1. REAL PRODUCTIVITY. Unlike lightweight, freebie or cutesy list tools, Todo 7 is useful when you have a deadline, NEED to focus, prioritize and get things done quickly–from home or school projects to dozens of detailed work tasks.

Includes: Projects, Sub-tasks, Start Dates, Due Dates, Recurring Tasks (with detailed recurring options), Multiple Task Alerts, Overdue Tasks, Drag and Drop, Search, Print Lists, Folders, and much more.

2. PROVEN GTD METHODOLOGY. Todo uses the popular Getting Things Done approach with Focus To-do Lists, Starred Tasks, Multi-level Priorities, Quick Entry, Context, and Projects with Layered and Prioritized Sub-Tasks—all recommended GTD approaches.

3. BUILT-IN SYNCING. Sync automatically in the background with Microsoft Outlook, Dropbox, iCloud, Toodledo, Todo Cloud 7 and to-do apps installed on your other devices. Keep everything in sync and never be locked into a specific service—your data remains yours.

4. COOLNESS

  • Geotagging. Reminds you of tasks when close to task location. This way you will remember the milk when you get near a grocery store.
  • Contacts Integration. Link your task to a contact and call, text, or email “John” with one tap.
  • Context. Organizes your task by activity or location (i.e. home, work, errands…) so you won’t be distracted with your “home” tasks while you are at work.
  • Email Task Sharing. Share your tasks via email with your contacts. Keep everyone updated.

Subscribe to Todo Cloud (The KING of Collaborative To-Do App Services ) and get:

  • Shared list, shared projects, assignments, comments, notes, multiple team support and email notifications.
  • Add tasks with Siri, plus use email Task Creation (send email to add to your task list).
  • Advanced Synchronization. Supports synchronization of EVERY Todo feature within the Todo Cloud service.Download Clear

Caramel

caramel

Normally $3.99.

Caramel is photo editor. It’s will change normal photo to be gorgeous and beautiful photo.

Download Caramel

Emoji Monsters

emoji-monsters

Normally $1.99.

What can iMessage louder than words? MONSTERS!!!

Monsters say it the LOUDEST!

Express yourself with Emoji Monster stickers!

Watch out for more monsters to come.

We truly appreciate your choosing Emoji Monsters over all of your other iMessage sticker options and would love to receive a 5 star rating from you. If you feel you’ve received anything less than a 5 star experience from our Emoji Monsters iMessage sticker pack, please please please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to help us continue to improve and provide the best animated monster sticker experience possible. We look forward to hearing from ya!Download Emoji Monsters

Shadow Samurai Fight:Fatal Fight

fatal-fight

Normally $2.99.

Samurai Fight-Fatal fight is a really classic but addictive arcade fighting game,combine the features of Action Fighting, Stage Complete and Role Playing Game, together have this exciting action fighting game!You can experience the thrilling sensation with deadly Combos! Come and fight with thousands of ninjas and monsters right now!

A cool mobile fighting game in the style of Samurai Shodown and Shadow Fight, but also suitable for anybody looking for a casual fighting game
The fighting game is rich in different types of martial arts such as kung fu, ninja fight, karate and etc.
High-quality graphics! Stunning special effects! Fatal Fight present you the best gaming experience!
Our game is free to download and play

BACKGROUND:
Become the mysterious, blood thirsty warrior, Samich, owner of the legendary yet forbidden sword. The sword contains godly powers as it drinks and indulges in the blood of its enemies and its wielder. By slaying the ninjas that disrupt your deep stasis and uncovering the mystery that caused them to brawl, you will satisfy the sword.

Download Shadow Samurai Fight:Fatal Fight

Author : Zach Epstein

Source : http://bgr.com/2016/12/30/best-free-iphone-apps-ipad-dec-30-ios/

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Stick to your reading goals

Bookout (iOS – free)

A common New Year resolution is a vow to read a new book every week and Bookout could keep your literary motivation high. You can set goals for how much time you want to spend reading (or how many books) and track your progress over the year. Its social features may also turn you into a bookworm bragger before 2017 is done.

Organise your writing

Bear (iOS – free)

Bear is great for anyone looking to start 2017 with a fresh page. Whether you’re writing short notes, longer pieces or even that long-planned novel, its simple-but-slick interface helps you concentrate on tapping in your thoughts, then organising them so they’re easy to come back to at a later date.

Sort out your security

1Password (Android/iOS – free)

High-profile hack attacks were a feature of 2016, so one of your more useful New Year resolution might be to improve your online security. 1Password generates strong passwords for you to use online and stores them securely, accessible through a single password (hence the name).

Stick to all your resolutions

Streaks (iOS – £2.99)

Streaks is the perfect app to keep you on all the straight and narrow paths you’ve chosen for 2017, whether it’s a daily run, drinking more water or eating more healthily. You set up to six daily tasks then let the app know when you’ve completed each one, notching up daily “streaks” as you go. A simple way to keep on track.

Practise mindfulness

Simple Habit (Android/iOS – free trial)

Meditation and mindfulness has quietly become a popular smartphone genre, with Simple Habit one of the best apps to launch in 2016. It aims to get you meditating for five minutes a day, with tracks focused on different situations such as commuting or getting to sleep. After a free trial, it costs £8.99 a month as an in-app subscription.

Learn a language

Memrise (Android/iOS – free)

Memrise is an inventive spin on language-learning apps, turning the process into part game and part story. French, Spanish, German and a host of other languages are supported, with an optional £6.99 monthly subscription providing more features and an offline mode.

Keep a digital diary

Momento (iOS – free)

If you’ve tried and failed to establish a daily diary habit, Momento may be worth trying. It does some of the work for you, pulling in your posts from Facebook, Instagram and other social apps. You can write extra notes and save important photos, building up an archive of what you’ve done, where you’ve been and what you were thinking at the time.

Go to more gigs

Dice (Android/iOS – free)

Dice is one of the best ways to jog you out of only seeing bands you liked when you were 18. It recommends concerts by emerging artists and learns your preferences over time. Plus the tickets are sold within the app, so no bits of paper to lose before your night out.

Get out jogging

C25K (Android/iOS – free)

Those experienced at keeping New Year resolutions know that a concrete goal is always best. For example, aiming to complete a 5k run is better than a vague vow simply to run more. C25K is a carefully crafted app with a program of runs that will take you from a Christmas Day turkey-coma to a 5k run by the end of February.

Track your fertility cycle

Clue (Android / iOS – free)

Clue is one of a number of apps that tracks women’s fertility cycles, aiming to help spot the patterns – whether you’re trying to get pregnant or just want a better sense of when your next period is due. It also helps you track exercise and sleep patterns – with the welcome promise of “no butterflies, euphemisms or pink”.

Get more sleep

Sleepfulness (Android/iOS – free)

A mindfulness app with a specific goal: getting you a full eight hours (or at least, however many you need) of sleep every night. It’s a collection of audio tracks designed to help you drop off, including (via in-app purchase) extra packs for specific issues such as anxiety and pain. It’s a spin-off of the meditation app Buddhify, which is also worth a try.

Find new podcasts

Pocket Casts (Android/iOS – £2.99)

If one of your 2017 resolutions is to make better use of your commuting or travel time, podcasts may be the answer. And yes, there is more to the podcasting world than Serial. Pocket Casts is one of the best ways to discover new podcasts from around the world, then download them for offline listening.

Get to grips with Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking’s Pocket Universe (iOS – £5.99)

If your New Year resolution is to finally make your way through Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, take a look at this app from his publisher, Penguin. From space-time to black holes, this is an accessible way into Hawking’s work, with visuals to help you through some of the more… difficult bits.

Learn an instrument

Yousician (Android/iOS – free trial)

A vow to learn an instrument is a common New Year resolution and a new wave of apps can teach you not only the basics of piano, guitar and other instruments, but also “listen” to your efforts and highlight errors. Yousician is an excellent mix of video lessons and game-like practising. It’s free to try, with a £14.99 monthly subscription for full access.

Learn to code

Lrn (iOS – free)

Boldly going into 2017 with the intention of becoming an expert programmer from scratch might be a little overambitious, but Lrn could be a good way of stretching your brain cells. It is one of a number of learn-to-code apps that breaks up its lessons – in HTML, JavaScript, Python and other languages – into bitesize quizzes.

Try out new recipes

Kitchen Stories (Android/iOS – free)

If you want to jog yourself out of cooking the same five meals in 2017 – and find some healthy alternatives – Kitchen Stories is a good place to start. It’s a collection of recipes with new ones to try every week and video tutorials that are an excellent way of gauging how difficult a recipe is before you start making it.

Let AI help you get organised

Gluru (Android – free)

Gluru is a fascinating spin on the to-do list genre: it claims to use AI technology to dig into your email and productivity apps, and create tasks for you, predicting what you will need to do next. It’s early days for this technology, but it is worth a try.

Get more active and relaxed

Spire (Android/iOS – free)

Like Fitbit, Spire is an activity-tracking gadget as well as an app. Clipped on to your waist, it measures your breathing as well as your steps, with the aim of understanding how calm you are as well as how much exercise you’re getting. The results may help you think about when you get stressed and how to address the reasons.

Give your diet a health boost

Shoptimix (Android / iOS – free)

This is a shopping-list app, but it’s also perfect for anyone trying to eat more healthily in 2017. You can use it to identify food and drink in several categories, from healthier ingredients for kids to good buys for a vegan lifestyle. It’s quick and easy to use, with sharing features to co-ordinate with your family or housemates.

Spend less time on your smartphone

BreakFree (Android/iOS – free)

The irony of a roundup of apps for New Year’s resolutions in 2017 is that many people might be trying to spend less time lost in their mobile. But BreakFree may be able to help: it tracks how much you’re using your smartphone and presents you with the evidence that (hopefully) helps you to spend more time in the real world.

Author: Stuart Dredge
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jan/01/best-apps-new-year-resolutions-2017

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Facebook & Google dominate the list of top best applications of 2016. Know the full list here!

Facebook And Google Dominate The List

Facebook (FB) might not be as cool as Snapchat in terms of its geo filters or YouTube in terms of watching tons of videos. However, it still on top as the most popular app in the US, according to a Nielsen report for 2016 published Wednesday.

"From new digital devices coming to the market (and grabbing headlines) to the growing interest in virtual reality thanks to new apps, 2016 was a big year for digital. As the year comes to a close, Nielsen looked at some of the top trends in digital, including the top U.S. smartphone apps and operating systems."

According to Tech Crunch, mobile applications from Facebook and Google dominated the new list of the year’s top apps released today by Nielsen. Not surprisingly, Facebook again grabbed the number one spot on the list, with more than 146 million average unique users per month, and 14 percent growth over last year.

In fact, Facebook scored several spots on the top 10 chart, thanks to its affiliates such as the Facebook Messenger and Instagram. The FB Messenger came in the second place this year. The app proves that it can have over 129 million unique monthly users. The third spot is YouTube, with over 113 monthly unique viewers.

The apps with the highest year over year change, Nielsen said, were Amazon App, which grew 43 percent and Instagram, up by 36 percent over 2015, as reported by Tech Wire. The survey conducted is a majority of smartphone owners use Android devices (53 percent), while 45 percent use IoS phones. A mere 2 percent use Windows phone, and the once mighty Blackberry now claims only 1 percent of users.

Top Mobile Apps Of 2016

Facebook took first and Facebook Messenger took second place in Nielsen's ranking. Instagram, which Facebook bought for $1 billion in 2012, was 2016's eighth most popular app, with 74 million average monthly users. The photo-sharing app's user number grew by more than one-third from 2015.

The search engine titan, Google, claimed five spots on the Top 10 list, with a combined 508 million users across its popular apps. There five apps are YouTube, Google Maps, Google Search, Google Play and Gmail.

YouTube, the mega-popular streaming site it owns, was Google's largest contribution, with 113 million people using the app. Google Maps followed with 105 million users. Google Search, the Play Store and Gmail had 103 million, 99 million and 88 million users, respectively.

Methodology

"Nielsen’s Electronic Mobile Measurement is installed with permission on panelist smartphones (approximately 9,000 panelists ages 18+ with Android and iOS handsets). The panelists are recruited online in English and include Hispanic, African-American, Asian-American, Native American and Alaskan Native and other mixed racial background consumer representation.

This method provides a holistic view of all activity on a smartphone as the behavior is being tracked without interruption. Data is based on Nielsen’s monthly survey of 30,000-plus mobile subscribers aged 13 and up in the U.S. Mobile owners are asked to identify their primary mobile handset by manufacturer and model, which are weighted to be demographically representative of mobile subscribers in the U.S. Smartphone penetration reflects all models with a high-level operating system (including Apple iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry)."

Author: Monica U Santos
Source: http://www.itechpost.com/articles/69647/20161229/top-mobile-apps-2016-facebook-google-dominate-list.htm

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Google claimed 5 spots in the list of top 10 downloaded apps in 2016, dominating the list which also contains apps from Facebook, Amazon, and Apple.

However, Google didn’t claim the coveted top 1 and 2 spots in the list, which go to the flagship Facebook app and Messenger app respectively. The list follows with YouTube and Google Maps beating out the Google Search app.

Google Play managed to come out ahead of GMail, while Instagram, Apple Music, and Amazon rounded out the rest of the top 10 in that order.

top apps 2016

Google is the unquestionable leader in search when it comes to smartphone apps. Bing has smartphone apps as well, but as you can see none of them managed to crack the top 10. 

Smartphone adoption is currently at 88% of US mobile subscribers, with the majority (53%) using the Android operating system. A close 45% of smartphone users use iOS, followed by Windows phone at a distant third with 2% market share, and Blackberry coming in last with 1% market share.

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Data from this report is based on Nielsen’s monthly survey of 30,000-plus mobile subscribers aged 13 and up in the U.S.

Author : Matt Southern

Source : https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-5-top-10-apps-2016-according-nielsen-rankings-report/182449/

Introduction

When Apple launched the iPhone, many people in the business world – including Microsoft's CEO at the time, Steve Ballmer – sneered at it. It didn't have a keyboard, was expensive, and didn't even have 3G in its original form. A lot has changed since then, and the numerous updates and tweaks that Apple has made have turned it into the perfect on-the-go smartphone for business.

The App Store is the main driver behind the surge in productivity on Apple's mobile devices, but it has become very crowded – 1.5 million apps, at the last count – and finding exactly the right apps can be difficult.

Which is exactly why we've compiled this list of the best and brightest apps for doing business on the iPhone.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft brought the Office suite – Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and so on – to the iPhone (and iPad) several years back, and the apps have been getting better and better ever since.

The suite, which is broken down into separate apps, initially needed an Office 365 account to do many tasks – like editing documents – but that has since changed and Office is now the best way to create, edit, and distribute documents on an iPhone.

Everything syncs to the cloud and documents created on a Windows PC or Mac can be opened and edited seamlessly. It's the best of the best for productivity and even beats out Apple's own iWork suite.

Google Docs

For those who want a more Google-y experience – or, most likely, rely on Google services – the company has a good set of apps for the iPhone which do pretty much what you'd expect.

The Google Docs app, which is free and does not require a subscription, can be used to edit, export, and view documents (among other things), making it the perfect way to interact with Google's productivity software.

The Docs suite is incorporated into one application which can be used to create word, spreadsheet, or presentation documents. Google has worked hard to make it as smooth and seamless as possible and the results are impressive.

Wolfram Alpha

The Wolfram Alpha app is a mobile version of the website and it can be used to do almost any task. Unlike Google, which can add, subtract and so on, Wolfram Alpha can work out dates, times, food, complex mathematical equations, the weather and so on. The list is endless.

The app costs £2.29 ($2.99 in the US, which is just over AU$4) – there is also a subscription option which adds extra utilities – and is a valuable asset if you need to quickly work out something obscure, like how many days away a specific date is or the physical properties of white pine wood.

Adobe Reader

Having a dedicated PDF reader can come in handy and Adobe does it best. The Adobe Reader app, which is free, can be used to make edits and comments on PDFs, and much more.

The software can also be used in conjunction with an Abode account, which adds various high-end features like the ability to export files into different formats. Apple does provide a PDF reader in most apps, such as Mail, but having a third-party app can come in handy if you look at, edit, and receive a lot of them.

Genius Scan

Speaking of PDFs (see the previous slide), one of the iPhone's biggest flaws is not being able to create them from an image. Luckily, Genius Scan – a free app – has you covered.

The app has various different options and offers guidance on the best settings – camera position, lighting, and so on – for creating crystal clear PDFs, which can then be sent via text, email, or another messaging app, or exported to Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, or elsewhere.

Genius Scan can also organise PDFs within the app by tags, titles, and so on, making it ideal for creating and then storing large volumes of documents.

Gmail

With more than 400 million users, Gmail is a goliath. Apple does offer support for the service in its own Mail app, but many users like having the Google-made app itself installed – mainly because it comes with a number of considerable added benefits.

The biggest advantage of using Google's own app is that it integrates directly with other Google services, like Docs or Calendar. Invitations can be answered right within the app while Google+ posts – for those who actually use Google+ – become interactive inside Gmail.

The app has the full range of achieving, tagging, labelling and categorisation features you'd expect, and is quite simply much better than Apple's built-in client.

Slack

Slack, the enterprise messaging app, has over three million daily active users, and is spreading to more and more workplaces around the world as companies move past email, which is now seen as slow and hierarchical, for a friendlier solution.

Having Slack on the iPhone is a big bonus and can help with staying in touch on the move, which is essentially what the app is designed to do.

Private and team chats are kept intact, notifications sync between devices, and even the read messages go across, which is especially useful if your team works around the globe and you often wake up to hundreds of new missives.

MailChimp

MailChimp is useful for anyone who wants to distribute an email newsletter to a number of people. The service, which launched in 2001, sends over 10 billion per month on behalf of its users and is free for anyone who doesn't have a massive mailing list.

The iPhone app, which is a free download, does many of the same things as the desktop client but in a miniature format. Lists can be checked, created, edited and emails sent to recipients. Analytics for emails – who opened it, where, and so on – can also be viewed, giving valuable insights on-the-go.

For those who manage a mailing list via MailChimp, the iOS app is a good thing to have installed on your device.

Things

Good to-do list apps are in high demand as the iPhone becomes more and more ingrained into our daily lives. Setting a reminder for long- or short-term goals, tasks, and objectives is an easy way to keep track of everything.

Apple recently beefed up its iOS-based offerings with a new Notes app, which features tick boxes, and a refreshed Reminders app. While these two efforts are good they don't come anywhere near Things, which has apps across the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Things is, essentially, the king of all to-do apps with a list of features that is too lengthy to go into fully, but starts at simple cross-device syncing and ends somewhere around creating tasks that are labelled and repeat every other week. For people with lots to do, Things can't be beaten.

Pocket

Saving articles for offline use is handy in so many ways. Commuting, for example, is far more tolerable with a lengthy piece from The Atlantic, London Review of Books, or any other publication that is saved offline and therefore not subject to a spotty internet connection.

Pocket can also store videos and has the ability to sync, tag, and search the full text of any article if you get the monthly subscription option.

While Pocket may not be a business app in the truest sense of the word, it's a valuable addition to any iPhone and makes the commute – or any other travel time, or perhaps your lunch break – much more interesting.

Author: Max Slater-Robins
Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/10-best-small-business-iphone-apps-1074101

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In 2016, security professionals and consumers alike became increasingly wary of mobile threats, as malicious apps continued to infiltrate app stores.

In the year ahead, malware, ransomware, and remote-access tools will grow more sophisticated, according to a report from McAfee, giving users more reason to lock down their devices and browsing activity.

“Think about how much valuable information you store on your phone,” says Ben Knieff, senior research analyst at research firm Aite Group. “You have addresses, emails, browsing history, messages, banking details—a lot of sensitive information that can cause big problems, if the wrong people get a hold of it.”

Updating your devices’ and apps’ built-in settings is the first step to staying more secure in 2017, Knieff says.

The second: Downloading secure apps—from ad blockers and password managers to private browsers and secure messaging apps—designed to add another layer of security and privacy to your devices in the new year. Here are 10 to consider.

  1. 1Password

1Password, a free app available for iOS and Android, generates strong and unique passwords, stores them securely, and lets you fill them in quickly on websites and third-party apps. The password manager doubles as a digital vault and secure wallet for sensitive information, including addresses and credit card numbers. 1Password also includes a “teams” feature, which lets you share important information with select people.

  1. Adblock Browser

Adblock Browser, available for iOS and Android, blocks pop-ups and ads on sites such as Facebook and YouTube, helping pages load faster, and saving your battery and data. The app includes preconfigured filter lists, though you can create your own and choose acceptable ads to show. In addition to blocking ads, the app lets you disable most tracking and reduces the risk of malware infection. Adblock Browser is free.

  1. AdBlock Plus Mobile

AdBlock Plus disables, tracks, and blocks ads and domains known to spread malware, and lets you customize what you want and don’t want to see with filter lists and whitelists. AdBlock Plus accepts money from advertisers to show whitelisted ads, though this option can be turned off. It’s free and available for iOS.

  1. DuckDuckGo

Search engine DuckDuckGo doesn’t collect—and therefore doesn’t share—user data. That also means it doesn’t manipulate search results based on prior searches—a good thing if you find Google’s omniscience creepy. DuckDuckGo is free and available for iOS and Android.

  1. Firefox Focus

Firefox Focus, a free, secure browser from Mozilla, automatically blocks a number of trackers that follow you around the Web, and erases your history, passwords, and cookies with one touch. This can create a faster browsing experience, as some pages may require less data and load faster.Available for iOS.

  1. Ghostery

Privacy browser Ghostery minimizes third-party access to your data by blocking thousands of trackers and scripts. It gives you granular control over which trackers you want and don’t want. It also provides a one-click disconnect from all trackers, and one-click access to clear your cookies and cache, and it includes secure searching provided by DuckDuckGo. Available for iOS and Android.

  1. LastPass

Password manager and generator LastPass requires that you remember one password to log in, then lets you store and autofill passwords and sensitive information such as credit card information across devices. Other features include a password generator, emergency access, data management, and password audits. LastPass is available for free for iOS and Android.

  1. SpiderOakOne

SpiderOakOne is a private cloud service that offers end-to-end encryption, file backup, sync, and sharing for all your important stuff across all devices. Unlike other services, SpiderOakOne does not store your password along with your data; instead, it uses a strong key derivation function to generate encryption keys using your password so no trace is uploaded to the service. It offers a 21-day free trial for up to 250GB of storage; other plans range from $5 per month for 100GB to $12 per month for 1TB. Available for iOS and Android.

  1. WhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp lets you securely place voice and video calls, and securely send text, picture, audio, and video messages. Everything sent and received via WhatsApp includes its own unique lock and key, ensuring that you and the person you’re communicating with are the only ones who can view or listen to the message—not even the app can read it, a differentiating point from many encrypted-messaging services. WhatsApp doesn’t store messages on its servers. Available for free on iOS andAndroid.

  1. Wickr Me

Wickr Me is a messaging service featuring end-to-end encryption that lets you set text, photo, video, and voice messages to self-destruct after they’ve been read by your Wickr contacts. It doesn’t keep any of your messages on its servers, nor does it access its customers’ usernames; if you forget your log-in information, you’ll have to create a new account. Wickr is free and available for iOS andAndroid.

Source : https://www.the-parallax.com/2016/12/26/10-secure-apps-2017/ 

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Apple's list of the 10 most downloaded free apps of 2016 is a great place to start if you just got a new iPhone or iPad, and want to make sure you've got the apps all your friends probably already have.

One note — Apple published its list in early December, so the smash hit Super Mario Run wasn't included in Apple's list.

Facebook and Google dominate Apple's own list of the most downloaded apps of 2016. If not for Snapchat and Pokémon Go, Facebook would have the three most downloaded iPhone apps. 

Snapchat

 

Snapchat

iTunes

Free. Download from iTunes here. 

Facebook Messenge

Facebook MessengeriTunes

Free. Download from iTunes here

Pokémon GO

 

Pokémon GOiTunes

Free with in-app purchases. Download from iTunes here

Instagram

InstagramiTunes

Free. Download from iTunes here

Facebook

 

FacebookiTunes

Free. Download from iTunes here

YouTube

YouTubeiTunes

Free. Download from iTunes here

Google Maps

 

Google MapsiTunes

Free. Download from iTunes here

Pandora

PandoraiTunes

Free with in-app purchases. Download from iTunes here. 

Netflix

NetflixiTunes

Free, but requires a subscription. Download from iTunes here

Spotify Music

Spotify MusiciTunes

Free, with in-app purchases. Download from iTunes here

Author : Kif Leswing

Source : http://www.businessinsider.com/top-free-apps-of-2016-according-to-apple-2016-12/#snapchat-1

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already December. But if the iTunes App Store is anything to go by, all the Christmas-themed apps can mean only one thing – the holidays are just around the corner. From games and stories for the little ones, to recipe and planning apps for the grown ups, there’s something for everyone, to ensure that this Christmas season is a tasty and fun-filled holiday.

To get you in a festive mood, here’s a list of 10 Christmas themed iPhone and iPad apps and games, available for download for free from the iTunes App Store.

Christmas!!

Christmas!! [iTunes link] is an iPhone-specific app with all sorts of goodies packed into one little app. With a Christmas countdown, an Advent Calendar filled with surprises that you can unlock each day, including iPhone wallpapers, jokes and a gift list. The app is the perfect companion to get you into the Christmas spirit as you count down the days to Christmas Eve.

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Christmas Tale

An interactive Christmas story for kids of all ages, Christmas Tale is available in both iPad [iTunes link] and iPhone versions [iTunes link]- although it really comes to life on the iPad screen. Have the story read to your kids, or have them read it themselves, while also discovering little gems hidden in the gorgeous pictures on each page of the story from a Christmas wish list to helping Santa get the presents under the tree.

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Amateur Surgeon Christmas Edition

It may not be entirely Christmasy but the developers behind Amateur Surgeon (the $2.99 iPhone game) have, strangely enough, put together a free Christmas edition [iTunes link] of their popular game. Rather than pull out shards of glass and nails from your patients (starting with an elf), how about Christmas lights, candy canes and crackers instead? You might never have imagined a Christmas take on the grizzly game, but they’ve somehow managed it, and are sharing the cheer for free.

christmas ipad

Christmas Sound Shelf Free

Want to get some Christmas sound effects going? The Christmas sound shelf [iTunes link] has a variety of sound effects that you can play against the background of either Jingle Bells or Silent night. From sleigh bells, to a crackling fire, kids will have fun creating all the sounds that come with Christmas. Unfortunately, recording or continuous playback are features that are sorely missing from the free app.

christmas ipad

Christmas Tree Maker

Decorating the Christmas tree is probably one of the main events for kids in any family. Why not let them practice with the iPhone/iPad app, Christmas Tree Maker [iTunes link] which lets them choose the tree, lights, and decorations. When they’re done, they can share the tree with their friends via email.

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Christmas Snow

ChristmasSnow [iTunes link] is another kid-friendly iPhone/iPad app perfect for holidays. Throw snowballs across the screen to uncover where the presents are hidden. The game is simple, and so is suitable for the much younger children in the family.

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Waitrose Christmas

From the UK supermarket chain comes an app, suitable for mum and dad – Waitrose Christmas [iTunes link]. Jampacked with Christmas recipes, tools, planners and gift guides, the app has left no stone unturned. Avoid any disasters in the kitchen this Christmas with their Turkey Timer and Canape Calculator.

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Fuzzle Christmas

Another developer to release a free version of their paid game, Candy Cane are offering Fuzzle Christmas [iTunes link] for free. The free version does have its limitations – not all levels are available – but if you want to keep your kids busy for a bit with the ornament themed game – it will do the trick. Align five ornaments next to each other to make them disappear, while making sure the board doesn’t fill up.

Yummy Christmas

If you want to get your kids involved in Christmas cooking, try some of the easy, child-friendly recipes in the free iPad app, Yummy Christmas [iTunes link]. From pineapple christmas trees to ice cream santas, the recipes are easy and will be lots of fun for the children. A word of warning, you may want to mute the music after a while, as the one song playing over and over could easily grate on your nerves.

Removem Christmas

Removem is yet another iPhone game offering a free Christmas edition [iTunes link], packed with Christmas music and pictures, from snowmen to Christmas tree to ornaments. Play the traditional removem game, removing balls from the screen of the same colour that are side by side. The aim of the game is to clear the screen, or at least get the highest score possible.

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Authot:  Nancy Messieh

Source:  http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-free-christmas-iphoneipad-apps-festive-mood

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The App Store has a great selection of Christmas apps, covering everything from holiday music to greeting cards. While these apps are not delivered by Santa and his reindeer, they are a festive addition to your iPhone or iPod touch this holiday season. Here are our picks for the best Christmas apps.

1 Dr. Seuss Camera - The Grinch Edition

The Grinch Edition of the Dr. Seuss Camera is an adorable Christmas app for kids or anyone who could use some extra holiday spirit. It includes 20 “Grinchmas” cards that you can personalize with your own photos -- and who doesn't want a picture of themselves dressed as the Grinch? The cards can be emailed to friends or saved to the app’s photo library. If you’re only going to download one Christmas app this season, make it this one.  

2 Salvation Army Christmas Music

Proceeds from The Salvation Army Christmas Music app go to -- you guessed it -- the Salvation Army. The app includes a variety of holiday music stations, including classic Christmas songs, Christmas hymns, oldies, and children’s songs. You can’t select specific songs to play, but you can skip songs within each station. 

3 The Christmas List

If you are overwhelmed with holiday shopping each year, the Christmas List app is for you. It’s a full-featured list app with email support, address book integration, and plenty of sortable categories. I especially like that it tracks your spending so you don’t exceed your gift budget. And the app is password-protected to hide your list from prying eyes. 

4 Santa's Christmas Village

Santa’s Christmas Village (Free) includes more than 13 games with fun holiday themes. It’s got solitaire, checkers, hangman, minesweeper, and more. Twenty holiday songs are also included. Even if you’re not a big game fan, Santa’s Christmas Village is a perfect kids app for keeping them entertained during the holidays. 

5 Christmas Radio

The Christmas Radio app won me over with its festive interface and collection of more than 31,000 radio stations. The app is based on SHOUTcast radio, so you can search the stations by keyword and save your favorites for quick access later. Music can be streamed over EDGE3G or Wi-Fi, but you’ll want to stick to 3G or Wi-Fi for the best experience.

6 Christmas!!

If holiday anticipation is killing you, the Christmas!! app (Free) will keep you sane until the big day arrives. The app includes a Christmas countdown, advent calendar, and a small collection of holiday songs. An in-app gift list will also help you keep track of your holiday purchases. The content in this Christmas app won't be unlocked until December 1, but you can use it year after year.  

7 Christmas Sudoku

Even Sudoku apps are getting into the holiday spirit. Christmas Sudoku has three modes of gameplay -- easy, medium, and hard -- and 30 levels within each mode, so you won’t be bored with this one for a while. You can play the traditional game with numbers or spice things up with Christmas icons, in addition to playing with friends over Bluetooth

8 Good Food Festive Recipes

The BBC’s Good Food Festive Recipes app includes more than 100 holiday recipes with step-by-step instructions and photos for each dish. Vegetarian recipes are clearly identified, and the built-in turkey timer will certainly come in handy over the holidays. The app also includes a helpful tips section where you can master basic kitchen techniques.

Author:  Tanya Menoni

Source:  https://www.lifewire.com/top-christmas-apps-iphone-1999344

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