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The android market is growing. You can’t ignore the fact that the Android smartphones is here to stay. Over 80% of smartphones are powered by the Android Operating System. And the reality becomes how can there be better user experience for users.

You need the right apps to get the best out of your Android smartphone. And there are several categories you should be concerned about, from backup browsers, security, communication, launcher and entertainment. Now you can transform your device from being simply an interesting gadget to an indispensable aide.

Here are 6 apps that would make your Android device better than ever.

1. Viber

This is one app that is not only free but allows you to send free messages and make free calls from your Android phone to other people who are on the Viber network. So yes, your device can make a free call to other Viber-enabled phones as long as you have data or Wi-Fi connection. You could also send messages and share videos and photos to your Viber contacts for free.

2. Mobikin Assistant

This software stands out from the many other Android PC Suite software out there. The good thing is that you do not need to search the internet for device drivers that can be installed or downloaded on your PC for it to work. The Mobikin Assistant for Android is installed on your computer and you can connect it to your PC via usable.

Why this app is great for your device is that with it you can manage your Android device better and export contacts, files, and text messages from your Android mobile phone or tablet into your computer. Doing this will not only free up more space on your smartphone but will also make it more efficient for use. From managing your contacts and backing them up to weeding out junk text messages, this assistant helps your device to be more useful.

3. Cabinet BETA

While plenty of apps can help you navigate through folders, from deleting to moving and sharing your files. What makes the CabinetBeta stand out is that it has a clean and modern Material Design-based user interface. With this app you can take advantage of the Android’s greatest assets which is its unrestricted file system access.

CabinetBeta helps you have better control over your folders and files, zip and unzip archives, and sharing your files to other services such as social media, cloud storage, and so on.

4. AVG Antivirus

You have to consider having an antivirus app to secure your Android device. With this app you won’t simply be securing your Android phone from threats, viruses, and malwares; you would also be able to secure your phone from theft. By enabling the Find/locate Option, you would be connected to Google maps and can always know the location of your device. The AVG also has other features like locking and wiping data to protect privacy, and scheduling scans.

5. Google Keep

Yes you need an app that can help you record, share, and manage your activities. The interface is easy to use and you can snap photos to include with notes. You can keep track of thoughts, lists, and tasks.

6. Expensify

You certainly could be on the road and monitoring your expenses can become a tough task. However, with Expensify, it becomes easy to track your miles, invoices, receipts, and also your time. Any receipt can be scanned and vital information is kept for your records. You don’t need to be online all the time as this app offers offline functionality. Expensify is free but it also optional premium plans which could provide you with additional features.

Source : http://www.lifehack.org/

Auhtor : Casey Imafidon

Categorized in Science & Tech

This week, researchers revealed that a strain of malware hit at least 1.3 million Android phones, stealing user data as part of a scheme to boost ad revenue. Called “Gooligan,” it got into those devices the way so many of these large-scale Android attacks do: through an app. Specifically, an app that people downloaded outside the comfortable confines of the Google Play Store.

For criminals, the malicious Android app business is booming. It’s easy for a hacker to dress software up to look novel, benign, or like the dopplegänger of a mainstream product, and then plant it in third-party app stores for careless browsers to find. Once downloaded, these apps may even seem normal (if a little janky) but they can spread ransomware or types of malware that exploit system vulnerabilities to steal data or take over a whole device. Don’t want this drama on your phone? The key to protecting yourself is staying away from sketchy app stores, and only downloading software from Google Play.

Android’s open-source status makes it easily accessible to developers, but also leaves the door open for malicious apps. (Apple’s App Store isn’t immune from this issue, but it’s much less severe.) Google carefully vets the products in Play to make sure they’re safe. Rotten apps do slip through on occasion, but the company is fairly quick at removing anything problematic. “Google Play automatically scans for potentially malicious apps as well as spammy accounts before they are published on the Google Play Store,” Google said in a statement to WIRED. “We also introduced a proactive app review process to catch policy offenders earlier in the process and rely on the community of users and developers to flag apps for additional review.” There’s usually no way to know whether third-party app vendors offer this (or any) type of oversight. And malicious apps aren’t a minor threat.

“We work three to four cases a week around apps that have been seeded within the secondary app store market that conduct a variety of attacks from stealing money to rooting a phone for information stealing purposes,” says Dan Wiley, the head of incident response at Check Point, the security firm that discovered Gooligan. “When you buy or download an app from the genuine store a number of controls are in place to detect the fake and hostile apps. When you get your apps from somewhere other than the official stores, well, instead of just not getting the real thing you could lose your money, lose your personal information.”

One problem confronting Android in particular is the broad range versions, and manufacturer-imposed “skins” on top of those versions, in the wild. Nearly half of current Android users are on devices running Android 4.4—which came out three years ago—or older. This puts devices at risk because hackers can continue to successfully exploit known Android bugs for years even though they have been patched in more recent firmware updates, a strategy malware (like Gooligan) often relies on.

The most important way to ensure that your apps are legitimate is to navigate to the Google Play Store first, then search for what you want and download it there instead of using a search engine (or email from a coworker you barely know) to find a random link that may or may not lead to a legitimate source. By intentionally going to the Play Store first, you give yourself the best chance of downloading safe apps. “I definitely recommend getting things from the official sources,” says James Bettke, a counter threat unit researcher at the security intelligence firm SecureWorks. “Think before you click. Google Play establishes trust. You can trust that that app is made by a certain vendor or individual. With a third-party store you don’t know what you’re getting.”

One exception may be Amazon Underground, an app store which the retail giant created to work in parallel with Google Play so that Amazon wouldn’t have to share revenue, and could experiment with non-traditional app business models. Though staying in Play is the safest option for now, reputable third-party stores are possible, they’re just rare, because vetting apps to ensure security requires significant investment.

That’s true today more than ever. As desktop browsing declines and more people spend time on their mobile screens, apps are an increasingly appealing and lucrative target for hackers. “More and more critical functions and transactions are being executed through the apps,” says Sam Rehan, chief technology officer at the mobile security firm Arxan. “At the rate that online transactions are growing, things will only get more intense.”

Besides, no bubble-bursting game is worth leaking your personal data or a stolen identity. And it’s not like you don’t have millions of safe apps to choose from.

Source : https://www.wired.com

Author : LILY HAY NEWMAN

Categorized in Science & Tech

Can you believe we’re less than a month away from 2017? New Year’s Eve is just four short weeks away, but we’ve still got plenty of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free to share with you before 2016 comes to a close. Today’s list features 12 different apps on sale, and some of them are almost never made available for free so you’ll definitely want to check them out.

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.

Onion Browser

onion-browser

Normally $0.99.

Onion Browser is the original Tor-powered web browser that helps you bypass censorship and access the internet with more privacy.

“The best Tor-related offering on iOS right now is Onion Browser” – The Daily Dot, October 14, 2015.

Featured in: The New York Times, The Guardian, Salon, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Boing Boing, Lifehacker, Macworld, The Daily Dot, & others.

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• Internet access tunneled over the Tor network:
– Websites do not see your real IP address.
– ISPs and insecure wireless networks cannot see your browsing.
– Access .onion websites: anonymous “hidden service” sites only accessible through Tor.

• Defeat internet filters and censors with “obfs4” & “meek” traffic masking. (See DISCLAIMERS below.)

• Fight online tracking: use a new IP address and clear your cookies/history/cache in one button.

• Block third party cookies or all cookies.

• Disable scripts and multimedia content that can be used to track you.

Download Onion Browser

GIFit

gifit

Normally $4.99.

The ULTIMATE GIF experience; create, view, save, edit, personalize, and share gifs with everyone. You are now a GIFit creator.

App Features:

– convert photo or video to gif
– preview any gif on your camera roll
– share gifs to your social media with just a click
– save gifs to your device or send to a friend
– customize gifs with over 10 different settings (dimensions, frame delay, loop count, aspect fit/fill, etc.)
– rearrange gif frames by clicking and dragging
– landscape and portrait mode
– and MORE!

Start GIFit! Convert images and videos into gifs, then customize them to your perfect settings. Preview already made gifs from your camera roll or create custom gifs on-the-go. Share to social media or simply save to your own device. With GIFit, your animations are LIMITLESS!

As you may already know, it sucks that gifs saved on your device appear as a normal picture– GIFit allows you to see which gifs are on your phone, preview them, and CUSTOMIZE them. We are done with the desktop to phone shifting– have all your gifs and gif tools in one place!

Live EDITOR lets you be in control! Edit your own gifs; drag and drop the frames in the order you want. No more dealing with unorganized uploads.

Customization is key! With over 10 different settings, GIFit allows you to make the masterpiece you’ve been visioning. Change the SIZE of your animation, the frame DELAY, loop count, aspect fit/fill, preserve transparency, CROPPING, and more. All this GIFit power right at your finger tips.

SHARE to your favorite SOCIAL networks! Easily press on the share button and send to friends, save the gif to your device and upload to social media, iMessage, email, and more.

For All iPhones and iPads

Download GIFit

WOOSIK

woosik

Normally $6.99.

WOOSIK is the ULTIMATE music player for any Soundcloud user that finds their native app to be too clunky! WOOSIK is simple and intuitive, allowing the user to focus on the music. With completely AD FREE listening, WOOSIK is the only music player to offer exclusive access to Soundcloud with no cost and no ads. Don’t waste your time skipping Soundcloud ads… Just get WOOSIK!

WOOSIK is the best way to search for millions of free music and audio tracks via Soundcloud… AD FREE!

Listen to any song, album, podcast, or audio recording that is available on Soundcloud for absolutely free, no strings attached.

No sign up required.

WOOSIK Key Features:
– ENTIRELY AD FREE
– Explore trending music by genre and playlists
– Search unlimited free music, audiobooks, and anything else available on SoundCloud
– Create and Manage your Playlists
– Keep track of all your recent songs
– Use unique colors to customize your WOOSIK experience
– Background Play & Select music from the lock screen
– Simple Music Player is available on all pages for convenience

Compatible with iPhone and iPad, all versions.

Download WOOSIK

Web Recorder Pro

web-recorder-pro

Normally $1.99.

This application is a solution for those who want to record browsing tasks. If you find out interesting things on the webs and like to share it with your friends, or you want to instruct them doing some manipulation on webs, “Web Recorder Pro” will help you by the fastest way.

How to use this app:
Click (Start) button to go to the web browser screen, and then type a website address. Click on the phone symbol to start recording, and hit this button again if you want to stop.

Recorded files will appear on the list, and are always ready for you to share!

“Web Recorder Pro” will bring to you the best video quality, run smoothly and very easy to use.
We hope this app will be useful for you.

Download Web Recorder Pro

Faux Browser

faux-browser

Normally $9.99.

Let’s say you are browsing some adult web site.

Your girlfriend, spouse, coworker, roommate or your mom walks into your room.

Don’t panic.

Just press Home button.

Pressing Home button wipes the page clean.

Even the multi-tasking screen is cleaned out.
Firefox browsing mode
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Faux Browser does Desktop browsing mode. Find the Desktop browsing mode setting at.

1) Open Settings -> Faux Browser -> Firefox Desktop browsing
2) Tap it to turn it on.

Use it to browse the Firefox only websites.
Privacy Browsing

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Faux Browser does not use Google, who records your searching keywords and sell them to unknown third parties.

We use DuckDuckGo, a private search engine which does not record anything about you.

Moreover. all online tracking cookies are removed when you are done. Traces of all sites you visited are wiped clean.
Analytics Opt-Out
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We respect our users privacy, and we understand that it is an individual choice.

With Faux Browser, you can now Opt-Out from Analytics.

To do so.

1) Open Settings -> Faux Browser -> Allow Google Analytics
2) Tap it to turn it off.

Download Faux Browser

Tomatodo

tomatodo

Normally $1.99.

PomodoroToDo combines Pomodoro Technique and traditional task management (GTD), PomodoroToDo make you easy to collect & arrange tasks in your work&life. You can use the Pomodoro Technique to complete task efficiently, PomodoroToDo makes your work&life more productive!

Key features:

• Organize your tasks for life, work and everywhere in between in with Projects
• Show progress of projects, and every project workload in detail.
• You can set the number of Pomodoro, deadline, reminder, repetition, note&subtasks.
• Integrated Pomodoro Timer, you can work more efficiently by use it.
• Detailed reports, you can check your number of completed tasks, number of completed pomodoros, and the general trend in the number of completed tasks and the number of completed pomdoros.

Download Tomatodo

Sneezies HD

sneezies-hd

Normally $2.99.

Grab a cup of tea, relax on your favorite beanbag, and enjoy the soothing, melodic gameplay and fantastic HD graphics in remastered version of the iPhone’s most addictive, casual viral game, Sneezies – an overload of cuteness!

Sneezies HD is now a universal app, including iPhone, iPod, iPad, & Apple TV support.

Drifting around the touchscreen are a host Sneezies with a tickle in their nose, ready to cause a chain reaction as their fellow balls of floating fluff sneeze, taking viral gameplay to a very literal new height.

Touch the screen to drop a burst of sneezing powder into the field of floating Sneezies and watch as they sneeze themselves out of their bubbles in a marvelous chain reaction. Try to rescue as many Sneezies as you can in one go by setting off the chain reaction at just the right place, and at just the right moment.

Play through 45 relaxing levels of Sneezies in the Classic Mode, or unleash your skills in the 15 Challenge Mode levels and post your high scores online to see how you stack up against other Sneezies players around the world.

THE MEDIA HAS CAUGHT THE SNEEZIES BUG

“Sneezies is a great, fun, and amazingly cute puzzle game. 4.5/5.”
– 148apps.com

“Sneezies is a game that is extremely easy to pick up and play, not to mention lots of fun and addictive as well. Grab it!”
– TouchMyApps.com

HIGH DEF SNEEZIES SPREADING ON THE BIG SCREEN

•Simple, relaxing, single-finger gameplay that’s highly addictive.
•All new high definition version of the hit iPhone game.
•Over 60 different levels of increasing difficulty to play through.

FOLLOW A CHAIN REACTION OF SNEEZIES STUFF

Download Sneezies HD

Short Menu

short-menu

Normally $1.99.

In times of social networks and smartphones we use URLs all day. But they can be really long – too long! They neither look pleasant on our small screens nor in longer texts on big screens. They take away space – important space.

Short Menu solves this problem. It sends your long URL to a service of your choice, which then returns a short URL you can use instead.

Short Menu, its 2 Action Extensions and Today Widget support 18 different services (5 require sign-in) and is extremely easy to use. On launch it will automatically take the URL from your clipboard. You only have to press one button, then Short Menu will shorten your URL and automatically copy the short URL for you.

After shortening, Short Menu saves both the short and long URL in your history, which will be synced with iCloud to ensure you got all your short URLs on all your devices (even on your Mac if you’re using the macOS version).

Short Menu perfectly integrates with bit.ly, Rebrandly, Google, Hive, tiny.cc, Droplr and CloudApp (for using Rebrandly, tiny.cc, Droplr or CloudApp, an account is obligatory). You can easily manage all your accounts in Short Menu’s settings and, if you added multiple accounts for the same service, activate the account Short Menu shall use.

Got your own URL service? Short Menu can handle it. You can add as many custom services as you like. Short Menu can send both GET and POST requests, add HTTP headers and supports different encodings for POST requests. To avoid the need of entering the same information about your custom services again and again, they will be synced with iCloud.

TL;DR

– Lightning fast URL shortening with 18 services supported by default
– 8 of the default services and all custom services support custom keywords
– Use the two Action Extensions to shorten URLs system-wide
– Shorten URLs from anywhere using the today widget
– Add as many bit.ly, Rebrandly, Google, Hive, tiny.cc, Droplr and CloudApp accounts as you want
– Add an unlimited number of custom services
– Copy and share any URL from your history
– Your history and custom services will be synced with iCloud
– Supports x-callback-urls for Launch Center Pro

Download Short Menu

Treble Radio

short-menu

Normally $4.99.

Great music discovery is effortless and free with TREBEL Radio. Just start with the genres and we will do the rest. It’s easy to stream personalized radio that play only music you’ll love.

Tap into an entire world of music, including almost a century of popular recordings – new and old, well known and obscure. Create up to 30,000 radio stations with your free account.

Not sure where to start? Explore hundreds of music and comedy genre stations with new stations added weekly.

Download Treble Radio

RepostToStories for Instagram

reposttostories-for-instagram

Normally $3.99.

Now you can share Instagram posts with your followers on Instagram stories.

When you find an interesting post, repost it to your stories so that your audience can also enjoy it.

Don’t want to mess up your perfect Instagram page by re-posting random content? Well now you can repost them all to IG Stories.

WHY REPOST TO STORIES?

+ Easily provide valuable content to your audience by reposting
+ Be visible to your audience and others
+ Gain more followers by staying on Stories feed
+ When you post constantly to your stories you will be discovered by many new users on discover page on IG.
+ No need to repost random content to your Instagram page.
+ Keep your Instagram page clean.

FOR BRANDS:
+ This could be a great way to feature your customers. Showcase your customer’s photos on Stories daily and inspire others.

FEATURES:

+ No login required
+ Just Copy Share URL and open the app to Repost
+ Auto detect copied Instagram post share URLs
+ Three Layout styles
– Repost pictures with caption
– Centered
– Color Fill – Automatically detects matching background color and fill the empty space
REQUIREMENTS:
– The app is to be used with Instagram

Note:
– RepostToStories App is in no way associated with or endorsed by Instagram.
– Currently supports only picture reposts only (Video repost coming soon)
– Sharing private posts not supported
– This app is not for Reposting Stories it is for reposting posts to stories.
– Make sure to ask permission to repost if required

Download RepostToStories for Instagram

Live Memories

live-memories

Normally $0.99.

Enjoy your Live Photos
– You can see your Live Photos.
– Your Live Photos will be played automatically.

See Every Single Moment
– You can see all frames of your Live Photo.
– You can save the frames as photo.
– You can also save the video.

Download Live Memories

dB meter

db-meter

Normally $0.99.

dBA Meter app well calibrated with professional noise meter tool OKTAVA 110A-PRO.

Measure sound SPL level/noise:
-Current average SPL level
-Peak SPL level
-Average maximum SPL level
-Absolute maximum SPL level

Graph histogram for (change in settings):
-Current average SPL level
-Peak SPL level

Additional features:
-Save measurements
-Upside down orientation to easy use.

Download dB meter

Source : http://bgr.com/

Categorized in Science & Tech

One of the major causes of business failure is poor money management and/or inadequate financing. In fact, according to the NYTimes poor accounting is one of the top 5 reasons small businesses go belly up.

It’s easy to overlook something when you’re trying to keep track of expenses, send out invoices, filing taxes, doing the payroll, etc. Little mistakes start to add up overtime, and before you know it, you’re in a heap of financial trouble.

Luckily, the app explosion in recent years and the simplification of mobile testing has lead to the development of numerous money management applications and tools.

Here is an overview of some of the “must have” apps:

Wave – These handy apps have been used by more than two million users to manage bookkeeping, accounting, invoicing, and payroll. The Wave iOS app can be used to send out an unlimited number of invoices. The Android app, Receipts by Wave, helps simplify record keeping by allowing users to scan receipts and upload copies to the cloud. While the software itself is free, there is a “pay as you go” option for services such as credit card and payroll processing.

Freshbooks – This “cloud accounting” application gives freelance entrepreneurs and small-business owners a simple way to perform invoice management. It’s available in both the Apple Store and Google Play Store and comes with various pricing options, ranging from “Lite” to “Premium”. All plans are guaranteed to have 100% security and automatic backups for data.

Quickbooks – A variety of apps are available for Quickbooks small business and accounting subscribers. The company has done extensive test automation to ensure that its applications run smoothly on iPad tablets, iPhones, and Android devices. Data syncing with 400+ popular apps such as Square and Expensify (more below) is also included with the features. A vast member community and library of tutorials help users learn to use the apps and features.

Expensify – Track expenses and reimbursements for your company and employees with this useful application. Add items as you go. Pricing ranges for free to $9 a month. The free plan is ideal for startups who just need the app and up to ten “SmartScans” a month. When you or an employee SmartScans a receipt, Expensify codes and reports the expense before auto-submitting it for approval.

Digit – Being aware of your spending habits is a vital part of money management. The Digit app actually helps small business owners save money they were not even aware existed by analyzing spending patterns. It works by gathering a tiny amount of your capital and transferring it into a no-interest savings account, which can be accessed for withdrawal anytime. No fees are included, and all funds held within the Digit account are insured with FDIC up to a balance of $250,000.

EZ Financial calculators for Apple and Google Play – This app package includes every type of financial calculator any business could ever need:TVM, ROI, Currency Converter, Loan, Adjustable Rate, etc. There are literally dozens of virtual calculators programmed to help you with any financial aspects of your business.

While there are literally thousands of apps relating to money management and accounting, these are among the more useful and popular.

Author:  Michael Peggs

Source:  http://pctechmag.com/

Categorized in News & Politics

Serious about landing your dream job this year? Or at least, landing a more fulfilling and higher paying job than the one you’re in now?

If you said, yes, then let’s do it! My last article in Huffington Post,2016 Hottest Jobs, Highest Paying Companies and Fastest Growing Industries, helped many of you identify the job role and industry where you want to work.

Now let’s focus on the next step which is how to find your dream job.

As you probably know, it can be daunting navigating through a kajillion career websites, job boards and niche communities touting the latest and greatest job openings. As a career coach, I even get overwhelmed! Never-the-less, every year I conduct loads of online research and capture the lessons learned and best practices from my clients to create a list of my favorite (and what, I believe, are some of the most effective and best) career apps and websites that can help you find your dream job -

Salary.com published10 Best Job Hunting Apps to Get You Hired“ which features apps to help make changing your career a snap including helping you stay organized, write your resume, and ace your interview.

One of my favorite on this list is JobMo which lets you search by location using Google maps in over 20 countries, find and apply for jobs listed on sites like Indeed, Simply Hired, The Ladders and Monster, as well as allows you to research companies and compare salary information.

SWITCH app - I love this cool, easy app! Available in the apple store and Google play, this app makes job searching fun by allowing you to search for jobs quickly from your phone. Simply swipe right if you’re interested in a job, or swipe left if you’re not interested. Employers and recruiters are automatically notified when a candidate is interested in their job. And, when recruiters and employers are interested in you(!) they’ll use the on-line chat feature to connect with you, set up an interview, etc. It’s simple, fast, and even eliminates the need for that annoying cover letter. :)

JobR app - another cool app that allows you to set up a profile, create and upload your resume and then search for jobs. This job search and resume app also has one more great feature - a personal “career concierge” to answer all your questions and point you in the right direction!

Want to know which career websites are best for job hunting? Forbes did all the heavy lifting by researching over 2,000 career websites, and then publishing their list of 10 Best Websites for Your Career.” This master list is not a ranking, but rather a roster that Forbes’ staff believes can be useful to all sorts of job seekers at varying stages of their careers - from executives to managers to interns.

I have three (3) favorite career sites from this list which include -

1.LinkedIn - Recruiters and hiring managers use LinkedIn more than any other website to connect with job candidates. LinkedIn is the largest professional social networking site and has more than +400 million members in +200 countries. People are signing up at approximately two new members a second! It is free to become a member and post a summary of your career and work history.

To find job openings, you can go to the LinkedIn Jobs web page and search by job title, keyword or company. You can also do an advanced search to include additional search criteria. On the Jobs page, you can also look for jobs under the sections for “Jobs You May be Interested In” and “Jobs in Your Network”.

For more tips on how to use LinkedIn for your career change I’ve found the LinkedIn - Jobs and Professional Services web page full of great tips and helpful recommendations.

2.Indeed - I’ve had many clients get hired off of Indeed. This is a Google-like search engine for jobs and one of the most efficient sites for surveying listings, since it aggregates information from job boards, news sites and company listings. An advanced search function allows you to drill down on a location, keywords and salary range. Indeed says it has 180 million unique visitors month. It’s available in 50 countries and 26 languages.

3. SimplyHired - Like Indeed, SimplyHired is a Google-like search engine for jobs and a quick way to survey a massive number of job listings, plus provides a salary estimator. The site, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., aggregates information from job boards, news sites and company listings. At last count, it had 30 million unique visitors a month. One cool feature of SimplyHired over Indeed: Job listings will display your LinkedIn connections to each job!

JobCase is a terrific resource if you don’t have a traditional resume or four-year degree, but have some job experience. Jobcase is an online community resource and advocate for the non-traditional workforce by providing job listings for hourly work and will even connect you to mentors.

Tip - The career apps and websites listed above are great resources to help you find your next job. I highly recommend that you bookmark, and create a job search agent on those sites that have jobs which most closely match your skills and passions so that you’ll receive instant notifications of jobs that interest you.

Here’s a little known fact from SmartRecruiters.com about finding jobs - 62-percent of jobs are posted on niche job boards. Reported in this special report Best 50 Niche Job Boards“ Smart Recruiters assessed thousands of sites listing job openings. I’ve had many clients get hired off Dice, Media Bistro and other sites featured on this list, so be sure to research these sites and bookmark those that most closely align to your skills, talents and passions.

A few more career websites on my list of favorites include -

GlassDoor - This is one of my personal favorite sites(!) that allows you to search for jobs, as well as research salaries and company reviews written by employees. Simply sign up (it’s free!) and you have a bucket load of research and reference materials available at your fingertips.

The Ladders - the site offers a basic membership for free. Also, for $25 per month, you’ll be able to receive (and apply for) executive and management jobs that pay $80,000 and above salaries. The site allows you to customize your job search so that you can quickly find job opportunities and recruiters based on your expertise, experience and skills.

Finally, if you think your dream job may include becoming a consultant or freelancer, you can test the waters by posting your skills and experience on these sites and letting the jobs come to you -

UpWork.com - great website to find part-time, short-term or freelance gigs if you’re a software developer, website creator, sales specialist, marketing guru, designer, writer, virtual assistant or have a variety of other business services skills.

OnForce.com - For temporary and short-term projects, check out this cool website comprised of thousands of national and regional companies that use OnForce to fulfill their workforce needs. Fill out a quick profile, and if your skills match a company’s needs, they’ll ask you to complete the registration process.

Freelance.com has 33,000 employers including Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, DHL, and more who hire contractors and freelancers on this site for temporary projects. Just fill out a profile and the site matches you up with job assignments that you can accept or decline.

Finally, if you’re in between career gigs and crunched for cash, then you may want to advertise your skills and expertise to potential employers on websites such as:Uber, SnagaJob, TaskRabbit, and Postmates. These sites offer marketplaces for anyone wanting to get hired as a driver, mover, courier, cleaner and basic chore-doer.

In future articles, I’ll share my tips and strategies on how to leverage your network for more job leads, referrals and recommendations... but for now, I hope this article helps illuminate your career path with more possibilities :)

Source : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

Author : Sherri Thomas

Categorized in Science & Tech

How to Manage Apps on the iPhone Home Screen

Managing apps on your iPhone's Home Screen is one of the easiest and most effective ways to customize your iPhone. It's especially helpful because it allows you to put apps in the order that makes sense to you and how you use them.

There are two ways to manage your Home Screen: on the iPhone itself or in iTunes.

Managing Homescreen Apps on iPhone

The iPhone's multitouch screen makes it easy to move or delete apps, create and delete folders, and create new pages. If you've got an iPhone with a 3D Touch Screen (just the 6 and 6S series models, as of this writing) be sure not to press the screen too hard, since that will trigger the 3D Touch menus. Try a light tap and hold instead.

Rearranging Apps on iPhone

It makes sense to change the location of apps on your iPhone. You'll want something you use all the time on the first screen, for instance, while an app you only use occasionally might be hidden away in a folder on another page. To move apps, follow these steps:

  1. Tap and hold the app you want to move
  2. When all apps start wiggling, the app is ready to move
  3. Drag the app to the new location you want it to occupy
  4. When the app is where you want it, let go of the screen
  5. Click the Home button to save the new arrangement.

Deleting Apps on iPhone

If you want to get rid of an app, the process is almost simpler:

  1. Tap and hold the app you want to delete
  2. When the apps start wiggling, apps that you can delete have an X in the corner
  3. Tap the X
  4. A pop up will confirm that you want to delete the app and its data (for apps that store data in iCloud, you'll also be asked whether you want to delete that data, too)
  5. Make your choice and the app is deleted.

Creating and Deleting Folders on iPhone

Storing apps in folders is a great way to manage apps. After all, it just makes sense to put similar apps in the same place. To create a folder on your iPhone:

  1. Tap and hold the app you want to put into a folder
  2. When the apps are wiggling, drag the app
  3. Instead of dropping the app into a new location, drop it onto a second app (every folder needs at least two apps). The first app will appear to merge into the second app
  4. When you take your finger off the screen, the folder is created
  5. In the text bar above the folder, you can give the folder a custom name
  6. Repeat the process to add more apps to the folder if you want
  7. When you're done, click the Home button to save your changes.
  8. Deleting folders is easy. Just drag all the apps out of a folder and it will be deleted.

Creating Pages on iPhone

You can also organize your apps by putting them on different pages. Pages are the multiple screens of apps that get created when you have too many apps to fit on one screen. To create a new page:

  1. Tap and hold the app or folder you want to move to the new page
  2. When the apps are wiggling, drag the app or folder to the right edge of the screen
  3. Hold the app there until it moves to a new page (if that doesn't happen, you may need to move the app a little more to the right)
  4. When you're on the page where you want to leave the app or folder, remove your finger from the screen
  5. Click the Home button to save the change.
  6. Deleting Pages on iPhone
  7. Deleting pages is very similar to deleting folders. Just drag every app or folder off the page (by dragging it to the left edge of the screen) until the page is empty. When it's empty and you click the Home button, the page will be deleted. 

How to Manage iPhone Apps Using iTunes

How to Manage iPhone Apps Using iTunes

Managing apps directly on your iPhone isn't the only way to do it. If you prefer to control your iPhone primarily through iTunes, that's an option, too (assuming you're running iTunes 9 or higher, but most everyone is these days).

To do that, sync your iPhone to your computer. In iTunes, click the iPhone icon in the top left corner and then the Apps menu in the left-hand column.

This tab shows both a list of all the apps on your computer (whether they're installed on your iPhone or not) and all the apps already on your iPhone.

Install & Delete Apps in iTunes

There are two ways to install an app that's on your hard drive but not your phone:

  • Drag the icon from the list at the left onto the image of the iPhone screen. You can drag it to the first page or to any of the other pages shown
  • Click the Install button.

To delete an app, hover your mouse over the app and click the X that appears on it. You can also click the Remove button in the left-hand column of apps.

Rearrange Apps in iTunes

To rearrange apps, follow these steps:

  1. Double click the page in the Home Screens section that contains the app you want to move
  2. Drag and drop the app to a new location.

You can also drag apps between pages.

Create Folders of Apps in iTunes

You can create folders of apps on this screen by following these steps:

  1. Click on the app you want to add to a folder
  2. Drag and drop that app onto a second app you want in that folder
  3. You can then give the folder a name
  4. Add more apps to the folder in the same way, if you want
  5. Click anywhere else on the screen to close the folder.

To remove apps from folders, click on the folder to open it and drag the app out.

Create Pages of Apps in iTunes

The pages of apps you've already got configured are shown in a column on the right. To create a new page, click the + icon in the top right corner of the Home Screens section.

Pages are deleted when you drag all apps and folders off of them.

Applying Changes to Your iPhone

When you're done arranging your apps and are ready to make the changes on your iPhone, click the Apply button at the bottom right iTunes and your phone will sync.

Author:  Sam Costello

Source:  https://www.lifewire.com

Categorized in News & Politics

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Everyone likes free apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for free for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up while you have the chance. Here are the latest and greatest apps on sale in the iOS App Store.

These apps normally cost money and this sale lasts for a limited time only. If you go to the App Store and it says the app costs money, that means the deal has expired and you will be charged. 

Nanotech

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Nanotech Notes is a simple but effective way to take notes and sketch out quick ideas and concepts. Your notes are seamlessly synced to all your devices, and are available for offline viewing and editing.

Available on:

iOS

Wonderoom

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Wonderoom is a full-featured, powerful photo editor with a clean interface, designed for quick editing. Always put your best photo forward.

Available on:

iOS

OneDay

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Anticipating a special event? With this app, you can count down the days left until you have no more left to count.

Available on:

iOS

Reco

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Author:  Lulu Chang

Source:  https://www.yahoo.com

Categorized in News & Politics

The truth of our modern times is that you probably won’t find a student who does not use innovative gadgets today. It is also true that students use different mobile applications not only for entertainment, but for studying as well. Both Apple and Android provide dozens of programs and apps for college students that can be very informative and useful if you want to keep up with the times and boost your studying process. Every student probably knows plenty of applications that fit his or her needs most, but there are still some mobile “helpers” no student should live without. We are here to tell you about 25 of them.

1. Any.do

Millions of people use Any.Do to organize their tasks. This application is perfect for students who need to create a to-do list. It also synchronize all tasks with other devices so that the list can be accessed from anywhere. Add new entries to the list with the help of touch-based interface, or use your voice to create tasks.

You can change the priority of your entry, mark a task as completed, or even shake your device to remove all completed tasks from it. The Any.Dowidget can be added to your home screen for quick and easy access.

2. Mailbox

Do you often have troubles with your email? Is it frustrating to control your inbox because it lacks features? Then it’s high time to download Mailbox to your mobile device and forget about all these problems at once.

Different swipe commands will help you keep your inbox clean, archive the emails you’ve already read, set various reminders, work with several emails at the same time, and always stay on the top of your inbox despite the constant stream of incoming messages college students often face.

3. Dropbox

No college student will be afraid of losing his notes or coursework anymore! Thanks to Dropbox, you have a chance to upload different files (documents, photos, videos) in the cloud and get them online whenever you need, even if you forget your phone at home. The only thing needed to access your files is an Internet connection.

Store your files in Dropbox, and share them with friends without any fear of losing important and useful data

4. Feed.ly

College students always want to know everything and keep their eyes on the ball, but it may be quite difficult to do because of constant deadlines, part-time jobs, overdue essays, exams, etc. Feed.ly is here to help you deal with this problem. This is one of the best RSS aggregators. It lets you consolidate all news into one feed. Just check the news you would like to receive, and get notifications every time something interesting appears. Nothing could be easier, huh?

5. Scribd

Welcome to the world’s biggest library online! Scribd helps students find millions of different documents and books that are important for your studies. All those data are shared by people from all over the world, and you can easily curate and organize them according to their topic.

Create your own library with different notes, texts, and books that you need. Share them with your friends, and find all the information with Scribd.

6. CliffsNotes

This one is perfect for those students who study literature and write papers on things they’ve read. CliffsNotes will provide you with information about every character, plot, or theme, as well as summaries of every book you read. The audio version is available here, so you can listen to all this info during walks or work to get ready for literature tests.

7. Mathway

Oh yes, your math homework or tests may be quite challenging. It is so easy to stuck trying to find the right answer. Try Mathway—the mobile application that will guide you step-by-step while you search for algebra, geometry, or any other math solution. Enter your task into the application, and check if your solution is the same with one offered.

8. iTunes U

If you’re a student who uses Apple devices, you will be happy to know that you have access to iTunes U, which gives you access to different educational courses from all leading universities for free! Did you dream of studying at MIT, Oxford, Yale, or Cambridge? This is your chance to do it from your own place: download this amazing app, and learn various subjects from the best colleges and universities in the world.

9. EasyBib

What is the most difficult stage of essay writing? The majority of college students would probably say: creating a list of citations (do not forget that you have to know MLA or APA style to format it). If you are one of these students, EasyBib is the right app for you to download. Just enter a book’s title and get the right citation! All you have to do is copy this citation into your bibliography.

10. Studious

How often do you forget about the date and time of your test? Do you always know the deadline of your homework, the time of your next lecture, and the subject of your next class? Thanks to Studious, this problem will be solved once and forever. All you need to do is to enter all information about your class, time, professor, location, etc., and this cool application will remind you about it just in time!

11. Dictionary.com

This is the perfect application for words enthusiasts and everyone who has to read many books on different topics, where you might come across some tricky words. Dictionary.com makes it easy to find the definition of every word you are not sure about. One small bonus for those students who like spying on their classmates: this application allows them see what words people around are them looking for.

12. The Oxford Dictionary

This is one more application for your mobile device that will help you understand English words better. It’s easy and quick to use: just enter the needed word into the app, and get its detailed definition at once. Rare words, both with British and American variants, audio pronunciations, all new words—all this will help you understand the English language better, even if it is your native one.

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13. SelfControl

College students are so easily distracted from the studying process! They can’t live without social networks, they always need to check new photos of their friends on Facebook, or share their mood with the world during a lecture. To avoid such distractions, the SelfControl application has been created: it blocks certain websites that can distract you from studying, and it does it for a set amount of time. So, when a lecture is finished, you are welcome to come back to your fave websites again!

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14. TED

All the famous and most fascinating people are in your phone now! High-quality videos of different conferences from all over the world are waiting for you in TED—an application that has all business experts, educators, computer geniuses, music legends, and many other interesting people in it. Open your mind to something new!

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15. RealCalc Scientific Calculator

The name of this application itself perfectly describes its features and functions. If you are a math student, and you always need a calculator to solve equations quickly, you are welcome to download RealCalc Scientific Calculator. Now you will never be afraid of forgetting your calculator at home (well, you can still forget your phone, but anyway).

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16. JumpCut

How often do you use copy and paste buttons while writing your essay for example? Some students simply add a couple of their own thoughts to that copied material, and here it is—a new essay! Sound familiar? Then JumpCut is your savior here: this application saves you a lot of time, giving you access to all texts that you have copied and pasted before, even if a new text has been copied by you again since then.

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17. Chegg

When a new semester comes, and you have to buy many new textbooks to continue your study, do not be in a hurry to sell your soul and spend all your money. Download Chegg, a free application which lets you find rentals of textbooks you need! Just search for a book, and if they have it, put in an order. And when you no longer need a textbook, you can easily rent it again via Chegg. Easy to use and useful to try.

18. Google Drive

Being a college student in 2014 means having a large number of Google Docs (and big chances are, that this number will be much bigger than you could even imagine). It’s logical, that you will need access to all these documents from everywhere; so, the best decision here would be Google Drive application for your mobile device.

19. Viber

If you study far away from home, Viber will be your best helper to connect with your family and friends. Free talks and calls let you stay in touch with close people, share all news, photos and videos with them, and feel their presence even when they are not in the same city with you.

20. Duolingo

If you are one of those lucky students who study foreign languages, then you definitely need Duolingo, the application that will help you learn new words, get ready for tests and exams, and complete various tasks to improve your knowledge. It is free to download, and it is available for all users of Apple and Android devices.

21. Snap2PDF

What could be better than converting any file into a PDF with a single click? College students will definitely like Snap2PDF application which is very useful, though easy to use: just take a picture of a need text, and then convert this picture into a PDF file. Simple like that!

22. Clear

How many to-do lists do you have in college? One for essays, another one for exams, the third one for parties… So, why not synchronize them all in order to get access from anywhere? Choose Clear for this goal, an application which syncs all your to-do lists with other devices and makes it easier for you to open them wherever you can find Internet access.

23. Venmo

Venmo is a free application that links your device with your bank account to make it easier for you to pay back money without having to deal with cash. With its help, you can share your payments with friends, collect money from people who owe it to you, pay your bills, and much more.

24. Lemon Wallet

How many times did you lose your wallet in campus? While you are thinking, we are ready to represent you Lemon Wallet, an application that will help you avoid this unpleasant situation, or find your lost wallet quickly at least. Lemon Wallet brings you an access to identity theft protection, and it will become your most convenient mobile wallet ever.

25. Mint.com

College students often have problems with money. And even if you have enough savings, they always tend to disappear. Do not let this happen, and download Mint.com to control your budget and see what your money is usually spent on. Who knows? Maybe you will become more responsible.

Do you have all these cool apps for college students in your mobile device already? Or maybe you can name any other useful applications we’ve forgotten to mention about.

Source : http://www.lifehack.org

Author : ALEX STRIKE

Categorized in Social

With over 1 million apps in the Apple App Store, finding useful, must-have iPhone apps can be a difficult process.

The following is a list that showcases 21 of the best, must-have iPhone apps that you may not be familiar with, and includes iPhone applications for news, weather, productivity, games, photography, and finance.

If your favorite iPhone app isn’t on the list, tell us in the comments below!

News/Weather

#1: Umano

Too busy to read? With Umano, you can listen to articles from the world’s best publishers and bloggers narrated by professional voice-actors. Whether commuting, working out at the gym, or cooking at home, let Umano accompany you and enrich your day.

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#2: Prismatic

Prismatic is the home for all your interests. You select your interests and topics and Prismatic will curate and find stories based on the popularity of the post. You can comment on stories, talk with friends, and share the articles via Twitter and Facebook.

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#3: Feedly

Without Google Reader, Feedly has taken over as the de facto king of RSS news readers. You can import your Google RSS feeds into Feedly and easily share content on Twitter, Facebook and Google+, either directly or using Buffer. The app also integrates with Pocket, Instapaper and Evernote.

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#4: theCHIVE

theCHIVE is the world’s largest photo blog showcasing original galleries of funny photos & videos, epic fails, beautiful girls, groundbreaking photography, and art from all over the world.

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#5: Effing Weather

Tired of the same old weather app? Well, download the Effing Weather app and get over 100+ funny phrases that tell you the current weather such as:

– Are you Effing kidding me?
– Why don’t you tell your friends on Facebook how Effing hot it is
– For today’s Effing forecast, look outside

Productivity

#6: TalkTo

With TalkTo, you can text message with millions of local business in the US and Canada. You can see answers to other shoppers’ questions, and can ask your own.

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#7: Glympse

Don’t text and drive. Glympse is the easiest way to safely share your location with someone in real time. Recipients receive a link allowing them to view your location in real-time.

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#8: Sunrise Calendar

Sunrise Calendar is by far my favorite calendar app. Some of my favorite features include the ability to see faces and profiles of people you are meeting with using LinkedIn, the weather forecast based on your location, and smart icons based on the topic of your meeting.

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#9: Clarity

Are you struggling with a certain part of your business? Clarity makes it easy for you to find, schedule and pay for expert advice over the phone to grow your business. Experts are categorized based on their specialties and you can see reviews for each expert before booking a call.

Games

#10: Fun Run

I don’t play too many games on the iPhone, but Fun Run is one that both my 5-year-old son and I enjoy. Fun Run is an online, real-time multi-player game where you can play with up to four players simultaneously. Play with your friends or get matched with random players from around the world!

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#11: Your Extra Life

YourExtraLife is a real-life game. You can progress by completing challenges in cooking, nightlife, romance, culture, altruism.

The app comes with pre-crafted challenges. To complete a challenge, you must submit a picture to prove it and judges within the community verify that your picture does match with the challenge.

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#12: Revel

Revel is a real-time, multiplayer, photo scavenger game. It combines game elements of bingo and a scavenger hunt where you hunt for and photograph people, scenarios and objects. Once you get 5 in a row – you win!

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#13: Lumosity

Designed by neuroscientists, Lumosity trains your memory and attention. Used by over 50 million people worldwide, Lumosity creates a Personalized Training Program that challenges your brain.

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#14: Find a Way, José

Find a Way, José is a great puzzle game where you attempt to move blocks in an effort to get the main character, José, to his bottle of tequila.

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Photos

#15: Cut Me In

Cut Me In is an easy to use app that allows you to crop yourself out of your original photo and superimpose yourself on a funny or unique background.

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#16: Momentage

With Momentage, you can craft and experience moments through combining photos, videos and SoundImages into a single post to create a vivid storytelling moment on your iPhone. Share your moments with the world or with just your friends.

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#17: Frontback

Frontback takes a unique spin on the photo taking experience. Take a photo with the front camera, another with the back camera, and share them both in a single image.

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#18: POP – Prototyping on Paper

Do you have an idea for an iPhone app? POP is one of the easiest way to quickly make a prototype. Draw your idea on paper, take a picture of your drawings, and finally link each screen in POP. You will have a working prototype within minutes.

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#19: 4 Snaps

Created by 16 year old teen, Michael Sayman, 4 Snaps is a social picture snapping and guessing game where you pick a word and take four pictures that best represent your chosen word. Then it’s your friend’s turn to guess the word based on your pictures.

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Finance

#20: Toshl

Toshl is a simple to use personal finance manager. It easily tracks income and expenses, organizes your bills, and allows you to manage your budget. New York Times says “of all the apps for monitoring spending, one of the hardest to beat is Toshl Finance.”

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#21: Level Money

While a lot of finance apps show you a myriad of information (mostly meaningless), Level Money shows you exactly how much money you have left to spend given your budget. All you have to do is connect your bank account

Author:  Steve Young

Source:  http://www.lifehack.org/

Categorized in Science & Tech

Which are the best free iPhone apps?

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

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

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

Reddit

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

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

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

Buffer

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

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

Best free iPhone apps: Buffer

 

Facebook

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

Find My Friends

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

Gmail

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

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Messenger

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

Periscope

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

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

Best free iPhone apps: Periscope

Skype

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

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Twitter

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

WhatsApp Messenger

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

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

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Adobe Photoshop Express

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

Dubsmash

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

Flickr

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

Instagram

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

 

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

Musical.ly

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

Pinterest

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

Snapchat

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

Snapseed

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

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

Tumblr

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

 

VSCO Cam

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

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

Best free iPhone apps: VSCO Cam

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

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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

Any.DO

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

Any.do for iPhone

Dictionary.com

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

Documents 5

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

Dropbox

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

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

Dropbox free app for iPhone

Evernote

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

Google Translate

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

Microsoft Excel

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

Microsoft PowerPoint

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

Microsoft Word

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

XE Currency

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

Amazon Mobile

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

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

eBay

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

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

Groupon

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

Gumtree

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

JUST EAT

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

Tastecard

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

Audiobooks from Audible

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

Chromecast

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

Netflix

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

GarageBand

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

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

Instapaper

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

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

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

Best free iPhone apps: Instapaper

iPlayer

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

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

iPlayer free app for iPhone

iPlayer Radio

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

BBC iPlayer Radio

Kindle

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

Kindle free app for iPad and iPhone

Podcasts

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

Podcasts free app for iPhone

Radioplayer

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

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

Radioplayer

Shazam

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

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

Sky+

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

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

Sky+ free app for iPhone

SongKick Concerts

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

SongKick Concerts free iPhone app

SoundCloud

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

Spotify

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

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

TuneIn Radio

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

Twitch

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

Google Maps

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

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

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

London Bus Live Countdown - FREE Bus Stop Checker

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

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

London Bus Live Countdown

National Rail Enquiries

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

Navmii GPS UK & ROI

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

Trainline

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

TripAdvisor

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

Tube Map London Underground

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

Wheely

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

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

Wheely free app for iPhone

Yelp

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

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

Yelp free app for iPhone

BBC News

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

BBC Weather

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

BBC Weather

Flipboard

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

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

Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine

Yahoo Weather

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

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

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

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

Yahoo! Weather for iPhone

BBC Sport

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

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

Best free iPhone apps: BBC Sport

ESPNcricinfo Cricket

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

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

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

Best free iPhone apps: Cricinfo

Reuters

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

The Weather Channel and weather.co.uk

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

Yahoo News Digest

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

Chrome

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

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

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

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

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

Best free iPhone apps: Chrome

Dolphin

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

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

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

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

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

Best free iPhone apps: Dolphin

Ghostery

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

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

Best free iPhone apps: Ghostery

Opera Coast

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

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

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

Best free iPhone apps: Opera Coast

Opera Mini

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

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

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

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

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

Author:  David Price

Source:  http://www.macworld.co.uk/

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