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CALIFORNIA – After launching a new update to the Photos web app on the iCloud beta website earlier this month, Apple has now rolled out the update to all users (via Mac Generation).

The overhaul to the app on iCloud.com introduces a macOS-like Photos experience with a sidebar that can be toggled on and off, and a scrollable thumbnail view of every photo in an album at the bottom of the site when looking at individual pictures.

Also of note is a new horizontal scrubber to scroll between pictures taken before and after the current photo you’re viewing. Like some of the other new interface elements, this change makes the new app line up more closely with the experience in the current native Mac Photos app.

Author : Mahmood Idrees

Source : https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/technology/apple-launches-redesigned-icloud-photos-app/

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The proliferation on online censorships from dozens of countries around the world has prevented numbers to access limitless sources of information from the internet; countries such as China, Iran, North Korea, Egypt, and United Arab Emirates have successfully blocked a couple of websites in their area and limited the flow of information to government-sponsored sites only. But encryption app Signal discovered ways to fight and win against the online censorship regime.

Open Whisper Systems, developer of the Signal app, discovered the most clever ways to fight against censorship by mirroring traffic and web address request via search engine giant Google. This way, if the government-sponsored censorship tools want to block the request, it has to block the entire Google system. It can also shut down its internet connectivity from the world, isolating the country from the global online community.

The Signal app, which is now available in Google PlayStore, can circumvent from censorship tools, while hiding itself within the encrypted connections of major internet services like Google. In a nutshell, using the Signal app is just like using Google. It turns the search giant into a proxy site for Signal users, while bouncing its traffic to the requesting party and fooling the censors.

Dubbed as domain fronting technique, Signal has already become a favorite tool within the security and cryptography community. Other encryption and anti-censorship tools such as Tor, Psiphon, and Lantern are already using the app.

Moxie Marlinspike, the founder of Open Whisper Systems, said that Signal app showcases a feature that sidesteps censorship in countries like Egypt and UEA after it was blocked days ago. Updating the app, users can regain free access to censored sites. While Signal app is available for Android users only, Marlinspike said that an iOS version will be coming in days ahead.

"It's possible that these countries will respond. But the endgame is that we'll win," said Marlinspike as quoted by Wired.

Watch the video below to know how secure the Signal app is:

Author : Jun Pasaylo

Source : http://www.mobilenapps.com/articles/25256/20161222/signal-app-win-against-internet-censorship.htm

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Apple's devices might get more of the spotlight, but when it comes to market share, there's no denying Android's dominance.In the third quarter of this year, Android phones made up 84.3 percent of the worldwide smartphone market, according to IDC. They offer a variety of style choices and prices and a much greater ability for users to customize their experience.

They're also loaded with several software options that aren't available to iOS users. And if you're beginning the process of loading up your new Android phone with apps, here are a few that are definitely worth considering.

Avast Mobile Security and Antivirus

Avast Mobile Security and Antivirus — The first thing you're going to want to do with an Android device is get a good antivirus program. Avast is one of the top ones on the market, and it's free. Beyond basic protection, it also keeps track of what your apps are doing and includes a web shield to help you avoid malware. There's also an antitheft component, allowing you to locate, lock or wipe your phone clear if it's lost or stolen.

Solid Explorer

Solid Explorer — File management programs are always helpful, especially if you load up your phone's hard drive. Solid Explorer not only helps you organize your files, but protect them with an additional layer of security, adding fingerprint scanning if your phone supports that. You can also transfer files between cloud storage accounts. And the app's interface is simple and intuitive.

Greenify

Greenify — Sometimes, the more apps you have open, the slower a phone will run. Greenify puts an end to that, identifying apps that are running in the background and either slowing down your phone or sucking up battery power. There are even aggressive modes that further extend battery life for those times when you're on the road or need to stretch a little bit longer before you can find a plug for your charger. 

Helium

Helium — Backup is always a good idea on phones, given how fragile they can be. Helium protects and restores lost apps and data. And for a $4.99 premium version, you can sync apps between several Android devices and restore them from cloud storage. As an added bonus, it's all done without having to root your phone (which can open you up to viruses). 

AirDroid

AirDroid — Contrary to what it may seem sometimes, most of us don't use our phones as our sole means of computer interaction. AirDroid, though, will let you bypass jumping from one device to another, giving you remote access to everything on your phone via a web browser — even text messages. That could be especially handy if you're at work and it's frowned upon for you to text with a friend. It's a feature that's so useful, you wonder why it's not a standard feature in Android. 

Pander

Pander — Don't feel like cooking? Pander not only lets you order delivery food, it does the heavy lifting of helping you decide what you're in the mood for with a series of questions about your tastes. With its restaurant locator service, it's especially useful if you're away from home. And if you're feeling extra lazy, you can order a mystery meal — as the app will choose your food for you, based on its knowledge of your preferences. 

LastPass

LastPass — Despite the urgings of security experts, too many people don't use different passwords for different sites — or input very basic ones. LastPass is a password manager that boosts your security but saves you the bother of having to remember complicated strings of letters, numbers and symbols. It works across devices and adds a layer of security to sensitive information you might input, such as bank account numbers or insurance information. 

SwiftKey Keyboard

SwiftKey Keyboard — This is one of the most popular Android keyboard apps and it's easy to see why. It has a highly accurate predictive technology for both words and apps and learns your typing habits fairly quickly. A strong privacy policy safeguards things like your credit card or log-in information. And you can switch between 100 languages as you type.

DashClock Widget

DashClock Widget — Another old favorite, this app boosts the amount of at-a-glance information available to your phone's home screen. Whether you want to stay updated on the forecast or see how many emails you have waiting (or many other tasks), you'll easily be able to do so. 

SwipePad

 

SwipePad — If the process of clicking to the home screen, then locating an app icon and tapping it seems to take an eternity in your mind, SwipePad can be your best friend. With a single swipe, you can launch an app from within another app. Other options include heading directly to a bookmarked website or reaching someone on your contact list. Best of all, it doesn't have much of an impact on your phone's battery.

Author:  Chris Morris

Source:  http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/21/10-must-have-apps-for-your-new-android-phone.html

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It’s getting difficult to figure out who to believe. When US President Obama blames Facebook for the proliferation of fake news online, it’s cause for concern. How do you know that the things you’re reading are true, and not just propaganda?

The unfortunate news is that there isn’t a simple way to know. Avoiding fake news is complicated, and depends a lot upon your smarts. But just like technology is responsible for the spread of lies, technology also has ways to stop them.

From extensions that flag notorious fake news outlets to websites that bust hoaxes and myths, here are the five resources you need.

1. Melissa Zimdar’s Tips (Web) and Fake News Alert (Chrome): How to Spot Fake News

The first step to not falling for fake news is to be more skeptical. How do you do that? Melissa Zimdar, an assistant professor of communication and media, has some pointers in a Google Doc she shared.

Zimdar started compiling a list of outlets whose “news” you shouldn’t believe, but for the time being, has stopped that exercise. However, the Google Doc remains active with tips to easily spot falsehoods.

Avoid Fake News Online -- Avoid Fake News Online -- Melissa Zimdar

Some of it is common sense, like the tips to avoid fake jobs and scams on the internet. Some is more specific, like distrusting sites that end with “.com.co” domains, or the use of capitalized words. Those aren’t things that a legitimate news organization would use, according to Zimdar.

There’s some good news as well. Zimdar plans to re-upload her database of fake news outlets, and posts updates about that plan in the Google Doc.

A journalist took Zimdar’s list of illegitimate news sites and turned it into a handy Google Chrome extension. Download Fake News Alert to get a notification every time your Facebook wall is citing an unreliable source. But remember, these are only from Zimdar’s list, so the extension’s reach is limited.

2. PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter (Web): Verify U.S. Politics News

In the age of social media, a politician’s words need to be carefully weighed. Yet some political parties and representatives blurt out half-truths or lies. PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter is the best place to check whether a statement is true or false.

Avoid Fake News Online -- Politifact

The Truth-O-Meter has different levels, from “True” to “Pants on Fire”, which represents something that is widely read but completely false. Helpfully, PolitiFact also points out when the statement was made, and cites the sources used to say whether it’s true or false.

PolitiFact is generally a good website to follow regularly, so you stay up-to-date about half-truths being peddled by political forces. While you’ll be entertained by fake politicians and world leaders on Twitter, you should follow @PolitiFact for the real news.

3. Snopes (Web): Everyone’s Favorite Hoax-Buster

One of the original hoax-busting and fact-checking websites on the internet, Snopes is widely recognized as a reliable source of information on the internet. So if you’re unsure about something you read online, check it out on Snopes.

Avoid Fake News Online -- Snopes

Snopes specializes in debunking rumors that spread online like wildfire. Viral photos and news have a tendency to be shared widely regardless of how true they are. You need to specifically be concerned with the “Fact Check” section, but Snopes also works as a reliable source of news.

In case you want to have a rumor checked, Snopes lets you submit such items. Just add the link where you saw it, and as long as many people are clicking on it, Snopes will try to verify or debunk it.

4. Truth or Fiction (Web): Constantly Updated With Latest Rumors

Truth Or Fiction has been around since 1998, making it one of the oldest sites on the internet to debunk rumors. It has got the whole ordeal down to a science.

Avoid Fake News Online -- Truth or Fiction

Visit the site and you’ll see a chronological list of the latest rumors floating around on the internet. Scroll down and you’ll see the most-asked rumors in the recent past, so you know which questions are plaguing people’s minds the most.

Truth Or Fiction focuses on email scams and social media mistruths. That makes this is a good place to check the truth behind your friend’s Facebook wall post or verify urban legends and scams.

5. FiB (Chrome): Smart Extension to Analyze News

Verifying any news requires lot of cross-checking and reverse-lookups. You may not always have the time or inclination to do that. Can artificial intelligence (AI) do the due diligence and help you avoid falling for lies?

Avoid Fake News Online -- FiB

FiB thinks it can. This Chrome extension has a backend AI that checks the facts within any post on Facebook. It verifies such posts using image recognition, keyword extraction, and source verification. It also runs a Twitter search to verify if a screenshot of a Twitter update posted is authentic.

If a post is legitimate, you’ll see a “Verified” tag on the top-right corner. It’s an astounding way to see amazing artificial intelligence in action.

Download — FiB for Google Chrome (Chrome Web Store)

Which News Sites Do You Trust?

We know that there are plenty of lies floating around on the internet, so instead of sifting through all those to find the truth, let’s give more power to truth-tellers.

Which news outlets do you trust to always give you the true or fair reportage?

Author : Mihir Patkar

Source : http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/avoid-fake-news-verify-truth-sites-apps/

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2016 was a good year for Android apps. In addition to new and innovative smartphone applications entering the Google Play Store, many iPhone-only apps like Pokémon Go finally made their way to the Android market. Below are nine game-changing Android apps that made waves in 2016.

Pokémon Go

The game that took the world by storm in the '90s got a modern upgrade by allowing players to catch Pokémon characters in the real world thanks to augmented reality on the nostalgia-fueled phone app. Pokémon Go was named the top trending game in the Google Play Store for the 2016 calendar year, which is no small accomplishment considering it released in the summer. 

The 9 best Android apps of 2016 — from 'Pokémon Go' to Prisma

Pokémon Go topped the charts for smartphone games.Source: Thomas Cytrynowicz/AP

MSQRD

Those obsessed with Snapchat's filters will certainly enjoy MSQRD. The Belarus-based app, which was acquired by Facebook in March, offers live filters and face swaps for photos and videos. The fun masks can turn a user into caricatures and animals and everything in between. MSQRD has a lot in common with Snapchat but stands apart in two ways: It lets users take longer videos and offers more variety in filters.

Signal

If you're looking for truly confidential conversations, then Signal is a must-have app. The messaging app offers advanced end-to-end encryption and does not store information about whom users communicate with or when they exchange texts or calls. Signal's popularity saw a sharp spike after the election due to privacy concerns surrounding President-elect Donald Trump. 

Prisma

After a successful iOS release, photo app Prisma — which turns photographs and videos into works of art using neural networks and artificial intelligence — rolled out its Android app in July. The free photo-editing app mimics the styles of well-known artists like Van Gogh, Munk, Picasso and Levitan.

The 9 best Android apps of 2016 — from 'Pokémon Go' to Prisma

Prisma turns photographs into works of art.Source: Prisma

Gboard

Google's Gboard app was a game-changer for iPhone users when it was released in May, prior to the iOS 10 upgrade. The app brought fast letter swiping and Google's search engine right to the phone's keyboard, allowing users to search for GIFs and look up restaurants and addresses without leaving their chat window. The keyboard app rolled out for Android devices this week and works in over 100 languages. 

Reddit: The Official App

Prior to 2016, there were a handful of unofficial Reddit apps available for smartphones. But none of these apps did a very good job at creating a user-friendly interface for the app-version of Reddit. But in 2016, Reddit debuted its official app for iOS and Android devices. The app offers redditors a clean interface to comment and reply.

Google Allo

Google introduced Google Allo in September, promising users a "smart messaging app." Features of Google Allo include "smart reply," which suggests responses to questions and photos, and an array of photos, emojis and stickers for users to express themselves. The most promising component is the app comes with Google Assistant within Google Allo. 

The 9 best Android apps of 2016 — from 'Pokémon Go' to Prisma

Google Allo integrates Google Assistant in the messaging app.Source: Eric Risberg/AP

Giphy Cam

Giphy Cam gives users the power to create GIFs from photos, drawings and other forms of media. Users can also apply filters and overlay text onto their creations. The app was previously only available for iOS, but it finally made its debut in October for Android devices.

Nuzzel

What are the stories all your friends are talking about? Now we know: Social news app Nuzzel curates personal news links based on your social media network. Essentially, the app promotes stories based on whether your friends and followers have shared or read the piece. While this formula may have its downfalls (for example: creating an echo chamber of ideas and thoughts), it does serve the purpose well for curating content preferred by like-minded individuals.

Author : Susmita Baral

Source : https://mic.com/articles/162710/the-9-best-android-apps-of-2016-from-pokemon-go-to-prisma#.HdcheIcF7

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New year’s here; time to start revving up for 2013. Year in, year out, we make resolutions to better ourselves in terms of getting rid of poor habits, picking up good ones, taking better care of ourselves and the people around us, learning to manage our lives better etc.

Quitter

The good news is that in this age of smartphones, we can actually use our smartphones to help us achieve these resolutions. We’ve compiled 40 iOS apps that you can use for free, to help out with your New Year resolutions. Some feature productivity enhancement traits, others help you to watch your finances and your health, and if you have a habit to kick, there’s an app for that too.

There’s no better way to celebrate a renewed year with the right spirit to take on the next batch of challenges. Here’s to a fruitful 2013 ahead. Onward to the list!

Save More Money

Can’t seem to save enough money to buy yourself all those awesome geeky stuff you really must have? Looks like you need your very own financial advisor, like the ones below.

Toshl Finance

This all-in-one finance manager syncs with all your devices with an account on their website. You can track your expenses and view your budget to ensure you’re not overspending. It also has the option to add bills so that you get reminded of those due dates.

Toshl Finance

Concur

For a more business-focused app, Concur can help keep track of and manage travel expenses. Set different currencies and manage hotels or flight plans for overseas travel. You can then generate an expense report when you return home.

Concur

Expensify

With Expensify, you can sync your credit cards and bank accounts to track purchases with real-time updates. It’ll be able to track transactions via eReceipts; otherwise you can take pictures of paper receipts, and with that information be able to generate a expense report.

Expensify

HelloWallet

HelloWallet allows you to track multiple bank account balances. It also gives you a summary of your budget progress and can average out your spending trends based on categories you’ve created.

HelloWallet

Mint.com Personal Finance

Mint allows you to add multiple type of bank accounts to your account on their website. You can add your personal bank, credit, loan and retirement account to Mint and it’ll automatically retrieve transactions as you make them.

Mint.com

Bills & Accounts Manager

When you have many little ‘accounts’ like rent, phone or cleaning services, then you can manage them with this app. Manage bills for each of these little accounts and remind you when it’s time to pay via SMS or email.

Bills Monitor

With Bills Monitor, you can easily categorize and manage your bills. You can view weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly reports on your spending in each category and view due dates on the in-app calendar.

Bills Monitor

MoneyPad

MoneyPad is a simpler way to manage your budget and expenses. You can set a monthly budget for each category and be able to view if you’ve exceeded your expenses.

MoneyPad

Pageonce – Money and Bills

Pageonce not only allows you to to connect your bank, credit card and investments accounts, but also allows you to pay bills with their app. You can track your spending and bills then get reminders to pay those bills within the secure app.

Pageonce

Shoeboxed Receipt Tracker

If you want to keep track of your spending through receipts, Shoeboxed allows you to take pictures of your receipts where it will automatically extract the store and expenditure information.

Shoeboxed

Visual Budget

Visual Budget allows you to manage expenses of different accounts simultaneously and sort them into different groups at the same time for easier management. You can also set recurring transactions such as your Internet or phone bill.

Visual Budget

Eat And Live Healthier

Not too long ago, we featured health-related apps you can download on your iPhone. Here are more apps to add to that list.

Sworkit – Circuit Training Workouts

For easy to do home workouts, Sworkit comes with a few moves and instructions for both strength training and yoga. You then set the amount of time you want to work out for, and it’ll provide a simple workout program for you.

Sworkit

Whole Foods Market Recipes

If eating healthy is the goal of your New Year, then this app will give you the information and recipes you need to start eating healthy. It features diary free, fat free, gluten free and many other healthier-than-usual recipes to suit your needs.

Whole Foods

The Eatery

Want a reason to take pictures of your food? This app encourages you to do so and allows your friends to rate what you’re eating. It also keeps track of what you eat and ensures you’re on a good overall diet.

Eatery

Restaurant Nutrition

If you’re not one to cook at home and find yourself eating out a lot, this app will give you the nutrition information of food you can get in popular restaurants.

Restaurant Nutrition

My Diet Diary

With this app, you can track your weight loss by inputting food, exercise, weight and water consumption information. It will then take these information and determine if you’re on the right path to losing weight.

My Diet Diary

40.30.30

If you’re closely watching what you eat, this app suggests that you have a 40%-30%-30% ratio intake of carbohydrates, protein and fat in grams. Keying in this information from the packet of food you’re eating will determine if what you’re eating is nutritious or not.

40.30.30

Juice

Juice allows you to track your sleep, diet and exercise to help you change the way you use your daily supply of energy. It gives you tips to help better the usage of your energy and has weekly reports to track how well you’re progressing.

Juice

Calorie Counter by FatSecret

This app has a barcode scanner and a database of all the nutritious info of food with barcodes. It helps you keep track of your meals, exercise and weight to help you get healthier faster.

Calorie Counter

DailyBurn Tracker

DailyBurn features a combination of tracking your food and calories, and also provides workout and training plans to help you achieve your health goals.

DailyBurn

Make Or Break Habits

During this New Year, if your goal is to break a bad habit like smoking or drinking, we’ve got some apps to help you. Need to pick up a new habit? We got that too.

Habit Maker Habit Breaker

All you have to do is add a habit and then decide if you want to ‘make’ it or ‘break’ it. You then start tracking by tapping the happy or sad face – happy if you succeed, sad if you do not – then watch your progress with charts and graphs.

Habit Breaker

Kickit

Kickit is an app designed to help you quit smoking by showing you financial incentives. By saving up on the cigarettes you are not buying, you can see an estimate of how many more days are left before you can buy that thing you have been eyeing.

Kickit

Quitter

Quitter is an app to break bad habits that cost you money. It could be smoking or a constant craving of junk food. You can see how much you’ve saved each day, add pictures to motivate you and share your progress on social networking sites.

Quitter

Since iQuit

If you have a bad smoking habit, then this app may be able to motivate you through each day by showing you how much time and money you’ve saved since you quit smoking.

Way Of Life

This is a habit-building app to help you identify and track your habits with charts and notes. You can then share these charts with others to ensure you’re on the right path of building a good habit.

Way Of Life

Bloom

Bloom will inspire you to create good habits and make better choices as it reminds you to do productive things throughout your day. You can also add pictures and it’ll show them to you via reminders as a way of self-motivation.

Bloom

Be More Productive

With only 24-hours in a day, these apps could help you be more productive by better managing your time and daily to-do tasks throughout each day.

30/30

30/30 is a simple app that helps you keep track of the tasks that you should be doing. You set up a list of tasks and allocate a specific time for each task. Once the timer for the first task starts, it will tell you to move on to the next task once the time of the first task finishes.

30/30

Any.DO

We’ve done an in-depth look of Any.DO before, but it needs to be on this list. Having a to-do list and setting deadlines for each list item can help you manage your time better and not miss out on any important tasks. Not only does it work across iOS and Android devices, it’s now integrated into Gmail and you can set reminders right from your mailbox.

Any.Do

Cozi Family Organizer

If most of the members on your family have an iOS device, this app will be able to share family calendars, shopping lists, to-do lists and family journals. Everyone logs in to one account with their own email address and will be able to see daily tasks that each person has to do.

Cozi

Errands To-Do List

Here’s a simple to-do list that enables you to plan out the entire month ahead of you. It also comes with a wide range of image icons to be used together with individual tasks. You can also email individual tasks or folders of tasks as a way to share the information with others.

Errands

Intuition: Mom’s Assistant

If you’re a busy supermom and need to get a million things done in a day, this app will help you organize a to-do list which you can share with family members via email. You can also get reminders and notifications of nearby locations which can help you complete your errands.

Mom's Assistant

Organizer To-Do

Another to-do list organizer that will help you manage your daily tasks easier. You can color-code tasks, sort by priorities or due dates, organize tasks by folders and show a number badge on the home screen icon to easily tell how many tasks you have each day.

Organizer

RE.minder

A reminder app that allows you to set an alarm that repeats each minute, hour or day until you actually complete the task, kinda like having a mom-style virtual assistant who can’t stop nagging you to get your stuff together. You can also share reminders with others via email.

RE.minder

Remember The Milk

This app works really well with the features on their website. With an account on their website, you can set reminders via email, SMS and instant messenger. It also syncs and backs up whatever information you add to your mobile device to the web account.

Remember The Milk

Todoist

Todoist is a productivity app that helps organize your tasks and works well with your desktop browser or Android device. It also works well with services like Gmail and you can get notification reminders via SMS or email.

Todoist

Schedule Planner

This to-do app allows for integration with the iOS calendar or Google Calendar. You can easily plan your day by color-coded categories. At the end of the day, you get a colorful diagram that tells you how you spent your time each day.

Schedule Planner

Look For A Better Job

Feel like you’ve hit a brick wall in your career? Maybe these job search apps can help you get a new, better job you want to get up out of bed for.

LinkedIn

If you’re looking for a job and want an online presence of your skills, then go to LinkedIn and create an account immediately. This app will help you get job-related notifications wherever you are.

LinkedIn

Interview Skill

This app has resources for interview skills to help you get through different questions that the interviewer might ask. You get tips via text, audio and video which you can listen and even watch on the app.

Interview Skills

Job Search

Based on the job search site Indeed.com, this is the iPhone app where you can look for jobs wherever you go.

Job Search

Jobsite Jobs

Here’s one for UK readers. The UK website Jobsite.co.uk app allows you to search for jobs by skills, location or job type. Results can be sort by relevance, date or salary which you can save into your account. Job applications have to be done via the website.

Jobsite Jobs

Author:  Brian Voo

Source:  http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/new-year-resolution-ios-apps

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Many will make New Year’s resolutions, but few will actually keep them.

According to the research published in the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, 25 percent of us will give up on our goals in just one week. By midyear, over half will have shrugged off what once seemed so important. And if past performance is an indicator, only 8 percent will see those pledges all the way through.

So what does it take to be part of that 8-percent club? Motivation? Dedication? General stick-to-itiveness? Probably.

But if you’re lacking in any of those areas, a little help in the form of apps perfectly suited to your chosen resolutions certainly couldn’t hurt.

Here’s a list of six annual objectives and six oh-so-apt apps:

1. Get moving

Resolution : I’m going to focus on fitness.

App solution: C25K

C25K

If you feel like 2016 is finally the year to get fit, there are plenty of app options to help you. But few take you from completely out of the race to really running.

C25K, the smartphone version of the popular Couch to 5K workout plan, does just that with guided daily programs that alternate between short bursts of walking and running until you’re ready to go the distance. To keep the run fun, you can listen to your choice of music (from your drive or other apps) while the a digital trainer chimes in to tell your what’s next.

Free in the App Store | Google Play

2. Count your calories

Resolution: I’m going to lose weight.

App solution: MyFitnessPal

In addition to helping out with that general get-fit resolution, MyFitnessPal excels as a diet tracker and calorie counter that figures out just how many calories you require each day (given your current weight and your goal weight) to drop pounds at your chosen pace.

As you enter your meals consumed so far, MyFitnessPal updates your remaining calories available for the day so there’s never any guesswork.

Free in the App Store | Google Play

3. Make bank

Resolution: I’m going to save money.

App solution: Mint: Personal Finance and Money Manager

Intuit's INTU -0.40% Mint makes it possible to track income and expenses, sync up with your existing financial accounts, set up a budget and start saving now. It even breaks down your current spending habits by category, to make savings opportunities clear.

You can access your information from multiple mobile devices, as well as your desktop or laptop computers.

Free in the App Store | Google Play

4. Get it together

Resolution: I’m going to be more organized.

App solution: 24me

24me

Miss a bill deadline here or a meeting there? Forget all about a birthday or your kid’s softball game? Maybe it’s time for a pocket-sized personal assistant.

Getting organized gets easier with 24me, the to-do app that takes a peek at your calendars, contacts, notes and lists and manages it all with at-a-glance day plans and smart alerts.

Free in the App Store | Google Play

5. Work smarter, not harder

Resolution: I’m going to get ahead in my career.

App solution: Quip

Until Time-Turners and TARDISes are real, you can’t be in more than one place at once. But Quip, the team-player business suite, offers the next best thing.

No matter where you are, you can keep in close contact with your boss, employees or project mates. You can chat, dive into an active group document or just add a few essential points to a spreadsheet from anywhere.

Free in the App Store | Google Play

6. Be at home in your head

Resolution: I’m going to practice mindfulness and meditation.

App solution: Buddhify

Buddhify

Buddhify has over 80 guided meditations suited for just about any occasion you can think of, from waking up to sleeping to just surfing the Internet. Select the mindfulness exercise that best applies to you at any given moment, and nirvana — or a slightly less stressed moment — is just a few breathing or blinking techniques away.

But note, unlike all the freebies on this list, bliss comes at a price.

$4.99 in the App Store | $2.99 on Google Play

Author:  Ree Hines

Source:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/reehines/2015/12/30/6-iphone-and-android-apps-to-help-you-keep-your-new-years-resolutions-in-2016/#5aa391259496

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Christmas is almost upon us, and chances are you haven't even made a dent in your shopping list yet. Fortunately, there's a whole bunch of apps designed to help you. Counting down the days until the 25th won't just help you get in the spirit, it could also help you organise yourself a little better.

NORAD Santa Tracker

There are lots of these now, but NORAD (Yes really the North American Aerospace Defense Command) has been tracking Santa for 60 years. Lots of fun watching the big man make his way around the world. Available on Android and iOS.

Inkly

Create and send Christmas cards in under three minutes this year with app, Inkly. There are hundreds of designs to choose from or you can even create your own by uploading your favourite family photos.

To give a personal touch, Inkly uses handwriting technology. Write your message on a piece of paper, take a picture of it with your phone and transfer your handwriting (and even sketches too!) inside your chosen card. Available on Android and iOS.  

Fire Place 3D lite

Fireplace 3D Lite from iTunes will make you feel cosy this Christmas. If you don't have your own fireplace, there's no need to worry as this app will make you feel like you're sitting in front of a warm wood fire in the comfort of your own home.

There are three different fireplaces to choose from: rustic, traditional and Victorian, each of which have realistic images to make you feel cosy and festive. This app is free and available for Apple iPhones and tablets.

Manage Christmas – Christmas Gift List manager

There's no need to worry with this Manage Christmas app, which helps you stick to your budget, keep track of what you've already purchased and log any gift ideas that might spring to mind.

Create your own shopping list by adding in your family and friends, setting a budget for each and adding in the gifts that you've bought or intend to buy. There is also a continuously updated gift ideas section, so if you're out of ideas, you might find one of the recommendations useful. This app is free and available for both Apple and Android.

Price Spy

A price comparison app that helps you find the best bargains available online and on the high street. Users can search for a product, filter by categories, and create lists of items to monitor their prices.

It also features a barcode scanner, which will instantly display product information, reviews, and the best web price. Perfect for the ‘oh God, I haven’t finished my Christmas shopping’ phase of the month. Available on Android and Apple.

StreetLink

Christmas is the season of good will and as the cold weather kicks in, StreetLink provides a way for members of the public to inform local authorities about rough sleepers in their area and help get them off the streets.

Over the last year there have been almost 11,000 alerts to local services, and StreetLink has directly helped 4,000 rough sleepers in the first year since its launch. Get it on iTunes or Google Play.

Good Food Festive Recipes

The BBC's Festive Recipes app features a collection of over 180 tried-and-tested recipes to get you through Christmas and New Year’s. There’s something for every course, plus drinks and canapés and a diverse selection of vegetarian options.

All recipes have clear instructions and photographs to help you get the best results. There is also a selection of videos to help you improve basic skills, like chopping onions and making mayonnaise. Get it on iTunes.

Ruffl

It's Boxing Day and after all those frantic Christmas preparations you simply can't face cooking another meal. With the Ruffl app you are only three ‘taps’ away from finding a local restaurant with a free table.

You can choose your price range, and the app will even provide a map with directions to your selected restaurant. Some establishments even offer extra incentives to entice you through the door. Available on iTunes and Google Play.

Deliveries

A package tracker: Sick of that one troublesome gift which is unavoidably going to be delivered too late for Christmas? Never again!

Deliveries keeps a watchful eye on all of your packages ordered from multiple retailers, tracking everything within a single app and spelling the end of accidentally missing a delivery time. Available on Apple and Android.

Hello Fresh

If it’s the supermarket assault course that’s getting you down, apps like Hello Fresh will send weighed measurements of all necessary ingredients as well as handy recipe cards, promising a Christmas dinner with minimal fuss. Available on iTunes.

GoFantastic

Fantastic Services is offering a helping hand to stressed out workers by introducing a new service – Fantastic Elves, a team of helpers bookable by the hour to take care of Christmas chores such as cleaning, shopping, wrapping and decorating. Available on iTunes.

Top10

If you've decided to get away from it all this year, hotel app Top10 offers a stress-free way to book a bespoke Christmas getaway, using your preferences to recommend ten stunning hotels at the best available price. Available on iTunes.

Auhtor : Kevin Lonergan

Source : http://www.information-age.com/automating-change-growth-and-disruption-through-internet-things-123460674/

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Startups have a unique technological challenge: they've got to run their businesses by using enterprise-level tools without being able to spend enterprise-level budget. Unfortunately, they've also got to make sure they're capable of enabling on-the-go productivity without the oversight of a large IT department and expensive mobile device management (MDM) software.

Fortunately, there are a host of excellent, free mobile applications available that can help startups compete against bigger and richer competitors, regardless of industry. In this article, we've listed 11 free mobile apps your startup should deploy immediately. The apps focus on everything from communications and recruitment to storage and customer relationship management (CRM). This list is by no means complete as new free mobile apps are launched every day that are designed to serve this exact purpose. If you think we've missed one or if you hear of a new one after you read this, let us know in the comments section at the end of the article. If you're not a startup but you're still interested in free mobile apps, then check out this list.

1. Microsoft Power BI

Power BI offers numerous chart types in this sample gallery.

As your startup finds its footing, you'll need to analyze data and disseminate information to employees in palatable ways. Microsoft Power BIFree at Microsoft gives you access to a wide variety of ways to monitor real-time data and trends for marketing campaigns, business performance, overall spending, and more. Best of all: the desktop and mobile software is free up to 1 GB. To view and update these interactive charts on your smartphone, download the mobile Android or iOS app.

2. X-Cart

X-Cart

If you plan on selling any of your products online, then you'll need a solid e-commerce tool. X-Cart$29.95 at X-Cart offers a free plan that lets you build a website with responsive design, a search engine optimization (SEO)-friendly catalog, and a host of add-on modules that you can pay for a la carte. With X-Cart's iOS app, you can check your dashboard for sales stats and current orders, send messages to customers, and more. Unfortunately, X-Cart is not available on Android devices.

3. Evernote Scannable

Evernote Scannable

As much as most of us would love to live in a paper-free world, not all of us have gotten the email memo. Evernote ScannableFree at iTunes Store lets you quickly scan business cards, documents, meeting notes, and any other paper-based file via your smartphone camera. You'll be able to share the file, upload it to LinkedIn, upload to the cloud, and upload it anywhere else your smartphone can access. The tool is completely free and available on Android and iOS.

4. Zoho CRM

Zoho CRM--Gamescope

Keeping track of your sales leads and your sales staff can be tricky. Thankfully, customer relationship management (CRM) tools exist to help you manage all of the sales and service data your business produces. Unfortunately, these databases can be quite expensive. Zoho CRM$20.00 at Zoho aims to solve that problem. This free CRM tool isn't robust by any means, but it offers your startup access for 10 users, basic sales lead, marketing, and customer-support automation as well as limited reporting and forecasting tools.

5. LinkedIn

LinkedIn HQ

If your startup isn't using LinkedInFree at iTunes Store to search for new talent, then you're seriously remiss. You might be one salesperson, one developer, or one business partner away from conquering your vertical. The iOS and Android apps feature easy contact and connection management as well as solid push notification customization.

6. Zoho Recruit

Zoho Recruit - This is a view of the home screen.

Once you've scouted candidates on LinkedIn, you'll need software to help you manage the hiring process. Zoho RecruitFree at Zoho is a solid applicant tracking (AT) tool, especially if you already use other Zoho Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) apps (such as the aforementioned CRM app). The free plan offers access to one administrator who can manage up to five jobs. The tool is available on both Android and iOS devices, and lets you input, publish, and track jobs. You'll also receive five custom email templates for starters.

7. Google Drive

Google Drive mobile notifications

We're all familiar with Google DriveFree at iTunes Store. But did you know that this productivity suite, file-syncing, and online storage service is free up to 15 GB? That's basically the size of an entry-level iPhone 6. Also, files you create by using Google Docs, Sheets, and other in-Drive apps (in Google's proprietary, online formats) don't count toward that quota nor do files shared with you. With Drive, you gain access to real-time document management for remote collaboration, which is perfect for last-minute updates to your business plan. With the mobile apps, available on iOS and Android (obviously), you can create, edit, and share documents, see details of your files, and mark them to be stored offline on your device.

8. Zenefits

Zenefits - Dashboard

ZenefitsFree at YourPeople, Inc is one of the best human resources (HR) software and management tools on the market. It's ideally suited for startups, and it features a gorgeous user interface (UI) and integrates well with most major payroll processors. With the free plan, you'll be able to make employee updates, enable employees to view and update their own information, and get access to an employee directory. Zenefits is only available on iOS.

9. Slack

Hacks for Slack

Slack$8.00 at Slack is the ideal business collaboration and messaging app for your startup. You can chat with employees in large, open groups or you can create small groups or one-to-one Slack channels for private conversations. Slack's Lite option is free and comes with 5 GB of file storage. With the Android, iOS, and Windows apps, you can stay connected to your employees 24 hours a day. The best part about Slack is that its GIF and emoji functionality offer a startup-like collegiality that you won't find on more zipped-up, corporate communications tools.

10. Join.me

Join.Me

Don't let your geography limit who you can hire. Join.me$15.00 at LogMeInoffers excellent mobile video conferencing for free, for up to 10 meeting participants and five video feeds. This gives you the tools to work closely and remotely with rockstar employees around the world. You'll be able to share your screen and make internet calls to audio conferences. The tool features a modern UI that's easy to use and offers plenty of features to enhance your online meetings. These features include easy meeting creation, solid video consistency, and online chat functionality. You'll get all of this on free Android and iOS apps.

11. MailChimp

MailChimp Email template

Your startup is going to need a solid email marketing tool regardless of what your business is attempting to sell. MailChimp$10.00 at MailChimp offers a "Forever Free" plan that lets you send 12,000 emails per month to less than 2,000 accounts. MailChimp also offers a pay-as-you-go plan that's designed for businesses that discover the free plan isn't enough but for whom the monthly plans aren't quite right, either. Under the pay-as-you-go plan, you pay for each email. This plan's rates vary by volume: the more you buy, the lower the price. For example, 300 credits cost $9 or $0.01 per email, while 200,000 credits cost $1,000 or $0.05 per thousand emails. MailChimp's Android and iOS apps let you manage your lists, add new subscribers, send campaigns, and view reports.

Auhtor : JUAN MARTINEZ

Source : http://www.pcmag.com/article/350291/11-best-free-mobile-apps-for-startups-of-2016

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What is the New Deal? What does "jackanapes" mean? Who shot J.R.? In years past, we would've consulted a dictionary, encyclopedia, or some other reference tool to wrangle up answers. Nowadays, we carry smart phones capable of fetching information within a few keystrokes. And when one thinks smartphone, it's difficult to overlook the Apple iPhone's industry-changing impact. So too has the iPhone changed the way we access information. If you have the appropriate iPhone search app, it's a snap to find the answer to just about any question, no matter where you are.

We've taken a look a handful of iPhone search apps for those times when you need a question answered quickly: Ask.com (Free, 3.5 stars), Bing (Free, 4.5 stars), Dragon Go! (Free, 4 stars), and Google Search (Free, 4 stars). Ask.com, in addition to traditional search, leverages the power of its community to help you get answers. The Editors' Choice award-winning Bing has excellent text, voice, and barcode search. Dragon Go! lets you control of your other installed apps. Google Search implements the search giant's Instant Results. Three of the four-Bing, Dragon Go!, and Google-even let you perform visual searches using the iPhone's camera.

Have an urgent question? Give these iPhone search apps a go and see if they can serve as your modern day Oracle of Delphi. Let us know which is your favorite in the comments section below.

Ask.com (for iPhone)

Ask.com (for iPhone)

 

Free 

Featuring fast searches, accurate voice recognition, and a price that can't be beat, Ask.com for iPhone is very solid mobile search engine that leverages the power of the Ask community.

Bing for iPad

Bing (for iPhone)

Free

Featuring capable text, voice, and barcode searching, Bing for iPhone is a solid information tool for mobile users. The Bing Vision search, however, could use some work.

Dragon Go!

Dragon Go! (for iPhone)

 

Free

You can already search by voice on your iPhone with Bing and Google apps, but Dragon Go! lets you do more with the results, taking advantage of other apps and a nifty sliding tab "carousel" interface.

Google Search for iPhone

Google Search (for iPhone)

 

Free

The Google iPhone app brings voice and visual search on your Apple mobile or iPod touch, as well as Instant results as you key in your query. Bing's app is slightly more useful, however.

Author:  JEFFREY L. WILSON, MICHAEL MUCHMORE

Source:  http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2391337,00.asp

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