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13 Useful Free Apps You Should Try Out This March

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We all want to be more productive, healthier and happier. Basically we want to be “more”. More work done, more exercise and fitness, more joy and happiness and more of living, every day.

But with the everyday stresses and strains, tensions and turbulences – we make our lives complicated, unproductive and tend to lose sight of the little big things along the way. Life is supposed to be about the journey but often, we end up making it just about the goals. Try these apps that we have collected for you – that make life easier, simpler and all that more joyful.

1. Paste 2

An impressive clipboard manager with a great user interface, the app can store unlimited things (text, tables, images, code). It can copy and store them for you in a dated way – for you to use and access any time you want to. It’s a Mac app and can be downloaded here.

2. Headspace 2.0

Need an app to reduce stress and anxiety levels as well as increase focus and concentration? Headspace 2.0 helps you do that by making you meditate for just 10 minutes every day. You can get it here

3. Panda Focus Mode

If you’re the kind that gets distracted easily while working, here’s an app that will pop up and show you your to-do-list and guilt you into completing your work!

4. Hocus Focus

Want something that keeps your screen clutter free and your mind focused on the task on hand? Try Hocus Focus, an app that that automatically hides application windows that have been inactive for some time.

5. f.lux

Permanently adjusting the brightness of your computer screen? Try the f.lux app that adjusts the brightness of the screen according to the time of the day, all by itself thus letting your eyes avoid any strain.

6. Freedom

So if the entire world and its neighbor is becoming a distraction, at least on the Internet – get your work done by blocking it by using the Freedom app. It blocks every darn thing that’s lowering your productivity thus letting you work in peace and quiet!

7. Forest

Need to sharpen your focus, but in a fun way? Try Forest, a paid app that uses gamification to help you focus on what matters most in your life – when you can focus, the tree will grow. When you can’t, the tree dies!

8. HabitRPG

Again a game-based app – HabitRPG or Habitica rewards you, once you have achieved your goals. You can input your daily goals and to-do list and once they have been completed, unlock rewards.

9. Mindbloom

Mindbloom is aptly named for it is an app that helps to keep track of your emotion and better your mental health.

10. Waterlogd

Need help with your daily eater intake? Waterlogd, as the name suggests, keeps a track of your water intake thus helping you to be healthier, inside out!

11. Gmailify

Tired of too many e-mail accounts? Gmailify helps you gather all the emails from different email accounts into your preferred Gmail inbox in a simple and sleek way.

12. Clarity Money

Need help with spending, or rather, not spending money aka saving? Clarity Money is a personal financial all that will help you curtail spending, start saving – all by using behavioral science tips.

13. Coach.me

Want to learn some new tricks? Or new skills? Coach.me will help you do just that and more…

14. Stand Up! The Work Break Timer

So we all know that sitting for long, uninterrupted hours is a bad idea. Try Stand Up – an app that will remind you to get up and take a break if you have been sitting for a long time.

So give these apps a whirl and watch them make a positive difference in your life!

Article Source: LifeHack

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Five Techy Ways To Save Time When Shopping

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Shopping can take so much time especially if you have so much to buy. Nevertheless, you can save so much time if you explore technology. This has no doubt made shopping interesting even though many people do their shopping online.  Jumia Travel shares ways 5 techy ways to save time whenever you go shopping.

Have a shopping list on your mobile

You can misplace the pad you used to list what you want to buy. But when you have your shopping list on your mobile, you can easily access it anytime. This better because your phone is always with you.

Find items with your phone

No matter what you want to buy, you will always find it when you search online. So, if you want to save time you should first do a search before you do your offline shopping.

Create alert for particular products

Google is quite versatile. You can now create alert for certain products you want which you didn’t find after doing your search. You will be alerted whenever the product is available. You get all the information like where to buy and the cost after receiving the alert.

Know where to go for daily deals

For those who addicted to shopping online, you should know where to go to get amazing daily deals. This is because there are some websites that offer these deals that come with a fantastic discount. If you can get a list of these websites, it will really save time.

Pay with your phone

Today, you don’t need to pay for your shopping with ATM card or cash. You simply tap your phone at a contactless terminal and the amount will be deducted from your account. Apple Pay is leading when it comes to settling bills with your phone as far as the contactless terminal is available.

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5 Tools To Help You Track Your Website’s Traffic

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The aim of any website is to attract as much traffic as possible. This is one of the key metrics website owners will present to prospective investors and advertisers. In other situations, it may happen that you want to know the web traffic of your competitor.

The truth is that no organization will publish their stats publicly. Nonetheless, there are certain websites that can give you a fair idea or reliable traffic data of a competitor’s traffic.

Jumia Travel, identify some of these websites for monitoring your web traffic. Below are five online tools to help you track website traffic

Alexa

Alexa is arguably one of the most popular tools for checking a website’s traffic. It ranks your website based on the number of visits as well as give information about the location of your visitors as well as the bounce rate. You can use for free for 7 days after which you have to pay.

SimilarWeb

SimilarWeb provides 3 important websites date including the global rank, the country rank, and the category rank. This ranking is hinged on the traffic you get on your website. You can also find monthly traffic, pages per visit and even social media traffic.

Traffic Estimate

If you want to know the estimate of your website visits, then traffic estimate is the website to use. It is very simple to use as it shows you the traffic estimates daily, monthly and yearly. It sources most of its data from Alexa and SimilarWeb.

SitePrice

SitePrice is mainly focused on determining the worth of your website. But before SitePrice calculates the value of your website, your website traffic is also considered. This said you can still rely on it to know your web traffic.

 Quantcast

This is arguably one of the most accurate websites for getting web traffic. You can only find leading websites on Quantcast. This is perhaps why it is very reliable.

Did we left out any tool you can use to  track website traffic? Feel free to add them via the comment section.

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Top 5 Most Reliable Budget Smartphones in Nigeria

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In the past, the term ‘best cheap phones’ was usually a warning, rather than a tempting proposition, with shoddy build quality, sluggish performance, laughable screen resolution and woeful cameras. But this isn’t the past, this is the present, and the market abounds with top budget phones.

Sadly smartphone innovation isn’t cheap – and most of it is reserved for high-end contract handsets. There is however such a thing as a good cheap smartphone, and ever so gently all those amazing features from the flagship devices are slowly trickling down to the budget phones.

Here’s a selection of our favourite and most reliable budget smartphones that cost under ₦20k. If you’re looking to pick up a decent handset , these are the top cheap phones your money can buy – even on a budget.

Top 5 Most Reliable Budget Smartphones in Nigeria

Lenovo A1000

Network Type 2G/3G
SIM Count Dual SIM
Operating System Android v5.0 (Lollipop)
Display 4” TFT display – 480 x 800 pixels
Cameras Rear 5MP w/ flash
Front VGA
Processor 1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor – Spreadtrum SC7731
RAM 1GB
Storage 8GB
SD Card Support Yes
Battery Capacity 2000mAh

X Touch E1

Network Type 2G/3G
SIM Count Dual SIM
Operating System Android v5.1 (Lollipop)
Display 5” FWVGA display – 480 x 854 pixels
Cameras Rear 5MP w/ flash
Front 2MP
Processor 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
RAM 1GB
Storage 8GB
SD Card Support Yes
Battery Capacity 3200mAh

Mi-Tribe A500

Network Type 2G/3G
SIM Count Dual SIM
Operating System Android v5.1 (Lollipop)
Display 5” Touch Display  – 720 x 1280 pixels
Cameras Rear 8MP w/ flash
Front 5MP
Processor 1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB
SD Card Support Yes
Battery Capacity 2300mAh

Lenovo A2010

Network Type 2G/3G/4G
SIM Count Dual SIM
Operating System Android v5.1 (Lollipop)
Display 4.5” Capacitive Touchscreen  – 480 x 854 pixels
Cameras Rear 5MP w/ flash
Front 2MP
Processor 1.0 GHz Quad-Core processor – MediaTek MT6735M
RAM 1GB
Storage 8GB
SD Card Support Yes
Battery Capacity 2000mAh

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Want more? We also have another post on “5 Best HTC Smartphones: 20MP cam, 2K screen, 4GB RAM” check it out

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4ward NG – Buying Exam Scratch Cards Just Got Easier!

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The one thing that has never stopped growing in this country is small businesses and startups. Somehow, someone out there is crazy enough to come up with an idea, a solution, something creative enough to tackle an issue in the country.

Two young men created something very unique and useful recently. Something we probably overlooked all this while. It’s called 4Ward NG.

4Ward NG is a web application that sells scratch cards and result checkers online, instantly. You click on the card you want (i.e waec result checker), pay with your ATM card, receive the card details on your phone and email.

We all know you have to leave home to buy your GCE and WAEC result checkers at retail prices. 4 WARD NG sells at lower prices than Cafes and your scratch card details get sent to you immediately purchase is made. It is assured you will receive the card details as it’ll be sent via email and sms. So, if you don’t get it in one, you get it on the other or both channels (Email and SMS).

4Ward NG LOGO

4WARD NG was founded by James John and Okeke Magnus. According to them, food and product delivery is not the only thing we can automate in this country, there are other platforms out there building CBT apps and Exams practice sofwares. 4 Ward NG is here to deliver cards instantly and help make result checking easier

The cards are cheaper than prices anywhere else. You can buy the cards from your couch at Home.

All the cards are delivered to both your phone through SMS and also to your email, instantly. Signing up and usage is free, and they don’t charge any extra or hidden fees. and you don’t have to subscribe for anything. If cards are out of stock, you can request to be notified via email when they are finally in stock. You can buy the cards anytime. The site is online 24/7

How Does 4Ward NG Work?

  1. Visit 4ward.NG on your phone or computer’s browser
  2. Click on the card you’d like to buy
  3. Pay with your ATM card and have it delivered to your email and phone number instantly.
  4. The delivery is sure, as you don’t just receive the card via email, there’s also SMS, for free. See? Easy.

Check out 4ward.NG today.

Twitter: @4wardNG
Facebook: @4wardNigeria
Instagram: @4wardNG
The Web app: www.4ward.Ng

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Nokia 6 – First Smartphone from Nokia Launched in China

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Nokia 6 is the first Nokia smartphone launched since 2014 is going on sale in China for £200.

The Nokia 6 runs on Android Nougat and is manufactured by Foxconn under an agreement with HMD Global, the Finnish company that purchased the right to the Nokia brand in 2016.

The phone has a 5.5-inch screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 16MP rear-facing camera. It will only be available in China through JD.com and costs 1699 CNY (£201).

HMD hinted that its smartphone business would eventually make it out of China and said it would be announcing further products in the first half of 2017. Nokia was once the world’s best-known mobile phone company but its fortunes have slid since the debut of the iPhone in 2007. Attempting to play catch-up, the company then opted for Microsoft’s ill-fated Windows Mobile operating system for its Lumia smartphones.

In 2014 the Finnish firm’s devices division was acquired by Microsoft for $7.17 billion. Microsoft had intended to use the Nokia brand and technology on both smart and basic phones, but struggled to make the deal work. By July 2015, the firm announced plans to axe 7,800 jobs and write-off $7.6bn to focus on “a more effective and focused phone portfolio”.

That decision eventually led to HMD being granted a ten-year license to sell Nokia-branded phones and tablets. At the time the company said it would invest $500 million (£346m) over the next three years to relaunch Nokia’s ailing business.

The firm is headed by former Nokia and Microsoft mobile devices head Arto Nummela, with other senior Microsoft and Nokia employees also involved. Nokia will receive monthly payments from HMD as part of the deal to cover the use of its brand and patents.

A separate deal between HMD and Microsoft gave the former rights to use the Nokia brand on lower-end feature phones such as the Nokia 150.

Microsoft’s agreement with HMD was part of a wider sell-off of its entire feature phone business, with some assets also transferred to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of manufacturing giant Foxconn. The deal between Microsoft, HMD and FIH was valued at $350m.

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5 Website Fails Your Business Should Avoid

5 Warning Signs That Your Tech Is Extremely Outdated

Some of you might be wondering what the heck are Website Fails, wonder no more as we will be discussion some important reasons why your business website might fails and how to  avoid them.

Lets DIG in!

Businesses today now consider owning a website a necessity rather than a luxury. This is because they recognize the impact an effective website will have, not only, on their businesses but also publicity. This said, there are some business websites that never attract traffic let alone customers. This may be due to some avoidable mistakes. What are these mistakes? Jumia Travel shares some of them.

Check Out: 5 Website Fails Your Business Should Avoid

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It is not mobile friendly

What is the essence of a website if it is not mobile friendly? Mobile phones that are internet savvy are widely used now. It is, therefore, highly possible that mobile users will spend more time on their phones. In addition to this, mobile friendly websites are responsive and the conversion rate is very high. In order to ensure that your website is mobile friendly, use a responsive design, keep your layout simple and test it using tools like Google’s Search Console Mobile-Friendly Test.

Also See:  How to Choose the Perfect WordPress Theme for your Website by Saminu Eedris

Lacks basic information

Your website should contain important and valuable information or content that will help your customers when they have issues. It should have a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that provides practical solutions to some of the problems your customers are likely to have. Also, contact numbers on the website must be available. If it lacks this basic information, no one will visit your website.

Takes forever to load

Customers always want to perform an online transaction as fast as possible. If your website is too slow, you will lose customers. This is because there are other online platforms they can patronize. So, ensure that your website is fast. You can test the speed of your website with tools like Pingdom and GTmetrix.

No clear call-to-action

The secondary reason for owning a website is to convert customer visits to sales. This is why your website must have a clear call-to-action. Give your website visitors clear instructions by creating a conspicuous call-to-action. For example, sign up for free and get a certain % off your first hotel booking in Lagos.

You do not guide users to different pages

Many businesses restrict their traffic to their website’s homepage rather than sending the customer to the actual page they want. This may be due to the fact that they don’t consider it relevant. But, the fact is that the homepage is not as important to overall web traffic as the other pages besides the homepage.

BONUS TIP! To avoid these website fails, make sure you hire the right designer/developer for your business website. If you enjoyed this article kindly click any of the share buttons below to share with your friends because there is always love in SHARING! 😀

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6 Tips To Help You Prep Your Smartphone For Sale

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It is a New Year and you may probably want to replace your smartphone you have been using for several years. Beside this, you may need money to deal with an emergency. You may decide to get rid of your phone. Whatever the case maybe, you have to prepare your phone for sale so as to get the best deal from the sale. Jumia travel shares some tips to prepare your smartphone for sale.

Backup your smartphone

Phones can automatically back up your data as far as they are connected to the internet. However, you should still check to ensure that you backup all your pictures, videos, and other important files before you sell your phone. With the backup, you can access your data whenever you want. In addition, don’t forget to remove your SD card.

Delete personal information

After backing up your device, do not forget to delete your personal information from your phone. Sensitive information like your ATM card details, contact numbers and emails should be removed. This will prevent whoever is buying your smartphone from using the information against you or to defraud Friends and family.

Find out the value

The street value for different phones depends on the brand. So, before you sell it, you should find out the street value so that you don’t sell it at a giveaway price. This is very important if you want to get the best price.

Where do you want to sell your phone?

Do you want to sell your phone online or offline? The most likely offline platform to sell your phone is computer village in Ikeja where you will never get a good bargain. There are also quite a number of online platforms where you can also sell it. So, you have to weigh your options.

Clean the device

A clean and neat smartphone is likely to be bought quicker than an ugly looking one. You can use white spirit to softly clean or wipe the phone.

Decide what to do with the accessories

In Nigeria, fairly used phones are never sold with accessories. But if you want more money, you may include chargers, earphones, and cases. So, decide on what to do with the accessories.

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The 7 Fitness apps to get you moving in the new year

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Have a New Year’s resolution to get in shape but abhor the gym? Fitness apps may be the solution.

Technology has advanced greatly, and current fitness apps provide people with much better access to information, said Jeana Anderson Cohen, a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor who founded and operates the fitness website www.asweatlife.com.

“These apps and programs, videos and tools allow them to be efficient with their time and their bodies,” she said.

And a gym membership isn’t needed, either. “If you have a body, you have a gym,” Cohen said.

While there aren’t as many new fitness apps being created because of the rise of wearable fitness devices like Fitbit, which create their own motivations and experiences for users, fitness trainers picked their favorite new and established apps to help anyone with a smartphone get exercising.

7 Fitness apps to get you moving in the new year

Cody.

This new subscription-based app has videos of certified trainers leading classes. Many of the classes focus on flexibility and strengthening exercises like yoga and Pilates, but it also has weightlifting and nutrition classes, with single classes and series available. Cohen is especially pleased the videos show trainers with varied body types, and the videos are accessible to people of all fitness levels.

“They also have body-weight workouts that are accessible to anyone no matter where they are,” she said.

Stepbet.

One of the easiest ways to start a new fitness regime is to simply walk more. Dr. Bridget Scott, of Scott Chiropractic, recommended a new walking game app from the founders of DietBet called StepBet. Users bet against themselves on personalized targets, and they can win money when they reach their goals. The competition angle can be a catalyst to get sedentary people moving, she said.

“When there’s money and competition involved, there’s motivation. And you can’t cheat because the Fitbit tracks your progress,” Scott said.

Sworkit.

Cohen and Scott said Sworkit’s videos are good for beginners, although they’re accessible to anyone with fitness goals. Scott said it’s her favorite recent app. “It’s free, simple and can be customized to your body type and specific needs. I love the variety of strength, stretching, cardio, Pilates and yoga options, all with no gym or necessary equipment. It also syncs with MyFitnessPal and Google Fit, among others.” Scott said. Free and subscription versions are available.

Spotify Running.

The music app Spotify has been around for a while, but recently it added a section devoted to runners. It uses an algorithm to create special playlists based on the user’s movement. Tracy Chudnow, chief sweat officer at WheelPower Studio, swears by it.

“This app measures your running pace and then finds songs with a beats-per-minute to match it. For me, it’s all about being on the beat and losing myself in the music. This app helps with that,” she said. Free or subscription versions are available.

Zombies Run!

Need some distraction while exercising? Christian Koshaba, owner of Three60fit Gym, says this interactive game app is fun and offers a high-intensity workout. Users listen to a story and pick from 200 “missions” or create their own interval training. “(Users) gather supplies, plot rescues and survive in the end times while getting in a great workout,” he said.

Daily Workouts Free.

For beginners who don’t know where to start and aren’t ready to commit funds, Lisa Payne, a personal trainer who works with private and corporate clients, likes Daily Workouts Free, a no-frills app. “It’s just 10 workouts and covers the basics. It’s very short. It’s great for people who want to get up early in the morning and get something in,” she said.

Fitness Buddy.

For people who want to know the “why” behind their exercise, Payne recommended subscription-based app Fitness Buddy. Not only does it have a multitude of exercises, it shows users the muscle groups being worked and other exercises to compliment the moves, making it very educational. Plus there’s a community where users can discuss what they’ve been doing.

“They may tell you how to do a squat, but also the biomechanics behind it and what I need to improve on, and it gives proper form. Form is really huge, so people don’t get injured. It’s like having a personal trainer in your house without having to hire one,” Payne said.

Debbie Carlson is a freelance writer.

The article Fitness apps to get you moving in the new year appeared first on ChicagoTribune

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60 Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Make You More Productive

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Seconds add up. If you can find ways to shave off a few seconds here and there, you’ll be well on your way to being faster and more efficient at your job.

That’s what’s so great about keyboard shortcuts. They make you way more productive.

Every day your work probably requires you to navigate lots of different operating systems, browsers, and software. That’s why I’ve previously shared some brilliant hacks to make your life simpler — especially if you use Gmail, Excel, Word, Twitter, and Google search.

Think about it. All that time you take hunting around through pulldown menus with your mouse adds up.

Where the heck is that thing you’re always looking for? Is under File, Edit, View, or somewhere else?

This way of doing things if for the donkeys. Don’t be a donkey!

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a “cheat sheet” that compiled the most essential keyboard shortcuts?

Lucky for you, someone has done just that. Essay Writing Service Pro has created an infographic that compiles 60 essential keyboard shortcuts every office worker needs to know.

Whether it’s Windows, Mac, popular Microsoft programs (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Google Chrome, or Gmail, this infographic has you covered.

Check out all these invaluable keyboard shortcuts that will boost your productivity, including how to:

· Create a new folder in Windows.

· Take a screenshot on a Mac.

· Insert a new slide in PowerPoint.

· Find something in Chrome.

· Add bolding, italics, or underlines in Gmail.

Take advantage of as many of these awesome keyboard shortcuts as you can every day. Be more productive — and be a unicorn in an office of donkeys!

Keyboard Shortcuts Infographic

Originally published on Inc.com

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