So, I know that searching for cool and fantastic apps to use can be quite exhausting. For people like us who love our gadgets and like to have the best, we hate it when we have ‘inferior’ apps that don’t bring out the best in our gadgets. LOL.
So, I have compiled a list of 10 must have apps in 2017. For your PCs, tablets, phones and other gadgets, these apps must definitely be gifts they’d love. While some of these apps are paid for, trust me, they’re definitely worth it.
You ready? Let’s go!
- Greenify: Getting the most from your phone’s battery is always key. Lollipop may have its own set of battery-saving tools, and many phones now offer power-saving modes, but these should be seen as a last resort. Greenify sits in the background helping to regulate how much battery various apps are using. It freezes the apps you tell it to when you’re not using them, and instantly defrosts them when you need to gain access. This is cool, right? Imagine if you installed it now, you’d be enjoying your gadget more than ever.
- Next Lock Screen: Microsoft’s Garage project lets employees develop Android apps in their spare time, which is very fair-minded of the company. One of the best-known results of this scheme is Next Lock Screen, and this new version adds fingerprint scanning, provided your phone supports it. Smart Contacts and Smart Lock settings that let you configure how you unlock your device. And even location sensitive wallpaper that changes automatically depending on where you are. Other useful features include detailed notifications that show all your missed calls, text messages and app alerts without you needing to “wake” your phone. Because Next Lock Screen looks different to the standard Android layout, it effectively forces you to relearn your home screen, which is jarring, but it has already amassed many devotees and recently won a “best lock screen app for Android” award. Using it is almost like having a new phone without needing to pay for the upgrade.
- Palmchat (Free App): Palmchat is an instant messaging and social media application that allows you meet and connect with friends and family instantly via voice messages, texts, or images. It also allows you get up-to-date information on anything by simply following your favorite public accounts. Over time, Palmchat has expanded its reach to different countries of the world. And for the first time since its inception, Palmchat now reaches a hundred million (100,000,000) online users who are constantly using the app. So if you are not a “Palmchatter”, all you have to do is visit palmchatnow.com to sign up and become a member of the community. You can also download free apps, games, music, and eBooks from the Playstore, PalmPlay. Cool, right?
- Pocket (Free App): Found an article you like but want to read it later, when you may not have an internet connection? Pocket is the solution to your problem. Allowing you to save articles and videos to read and watch later across any Pocket-enabled device, you’ll never be short of something to read or share again. It’s the perfect distraction for Tube journeys, flights and those long train trips in signal black holes.
- Time Tracker: This extension does what it says as well: it tracks your time. What’s great about this one is that it logs every different website you go to. You can check it out in detail to see where you spend your time. You will be surprised sometimes how much a certain website sucks your time and adjust.
- Google Keep: This is a new one I just found, yet so useful. It’s available and accessible on your phone or your computer as long as you have a Google account. It’s a great way to store quick notes or voice memos. I jump to this every time I have a quick idea for an article, song, or video. This has helped me save so many ideas I would have forgotten about. What’s great about it is that it’s stored online so if you lose your phone or computer, it’s safe. It’s also accessible anywhere with Internet access. And the best part is that you can color the notes, share them, and they organize themselves in a pretty manner. It’s intentionally made to be a very simple platform with few options. Therefore, you cannot format your text in any way.
- Remember The Milk: With a name as interesting as that, you just have to read on. This is a popular productivity app that puts your tasks in a to-do checklist. It has its following of die-hard fans. It lets you share your tasks with friends and leverages the power of checklist. The book The Checklist Manifesto really explains why checklists are so useful. Check it out for further reading, but essentially, it walks through top achievers like surgeons and architects who made crucial mistakes by not using a checklist. Source: (Wikipedia Mobile: This is for iPhone users. Wikipedia finally made a revised version of its iOS app, which aims to give you better recommendations for content that you’re interested in and match you with articles that pertain to your interests. The app now offers users an “Explore” feed with a number of the most popular articles, as well as a featured article and picture of the day.
- Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker: For those looking to make some changes to their physique, MyFitnessPal’s Calorie Counter app is perfect. The app allows users to take pictures of barcodes to sync nutrition facts for any food product, and you can create goals to reach your desired weight.
- Comics: Are you tired of schlepping all the way to the comic book store? Heck, is there even a comic book store in your town anymore? Comics, the excellent app from digital comics ground-breakers Comixology, is both storefront and long box. You can browse the seemingly endless lists of titles, and then buy new books with a tap. It’s wonderfully easy! Depending on the state of your wallet, it may even be a bit too easy.
- Last Pass: Everyone knows they should be using a complex, unique password for each and every website and application. Oh, you didn’t? Thankfully, there are password managers like LastPass. With a password manager, you let the app generate unique, complex passwords for each site or app that requires one. When you need to log in, LastPass can fill in the correct information, even into other apps. A new feature lets you safely bequeath your passwords to a trusted person in the event of your demise. Though the app and service are free, using it on more than one type of device costs $12 per year, or $1 per month. Trust me, it’s well worth the price of admission.
Any other apps you feel you’d need but aren’t here? Please comment on the article.
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