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15 BEST LEARNING APPS FOR KIDS
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elcome to the world of digital learning, a world that offers endless learning opportunities for all age groups. Apps can turn your smartphone or tablet into a learning tool, a fun zone, or a go-to gadget for just about anything you want to know now. This time we have reviewed 15 Best Apps for kindergartners and early elementary-aged kids that not only let your kids learn something new, but also help in developing important life skills such as problem solving, concentration, patience, persistence, strategizing and creative thinking. These apps can be enjoyed by both kids and parents together! Next on our list is 8 Best Apps to Help You Build Good Habits. Achieving goals takes more than good intentions. You have to take necessary action and then systematically measure your progress. You need to develop daily habits in order to achieve your goals and stay focused. And that's where the actual challenge lies in. Apps like Coach.me, Productive, Habitica and Fabulous: Motivate Me help you develop a routine of positive, life changing habits, which eventually help you in achieving your goals. The overall idea is: Don't break the chain! Check out our Productivity section from Page 19 to know more about these apps and how they work. If you are curious by nature and love to read interesting and amazing facts in your spare time, have a look at our App of the month – Daily Curiosity. You would love it! Also, don't forget to check out our Fun Zone and New Releases section – some of the interesting apps are waiting for you there. Appy Reading
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15 BEST LEARNING APPS FOR KIDS This summer, take advantage of the best educational apps to fuel learning and creativity all summer long. You've got a creative kid, and summer break gives him or her more time to stretch those creative muscles in fun ways. Whether they want to make their own robot or want to learn the art of origami, children can explore their creative side and develop their skills whilst having endless fun with 15 apps reviewed in this column. Both kids and parents can enjoy these apps together!
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By Originator Inc. Age
3+ This app comes from the creators of Sesame Street's The Monster at the End of This Book â€“ so you know it's bound to be silly and cute. The monster-themed activities teach children number recognition, counting and simple addition. Each number features interactive sequences and equation puzzles with numbers that come alive, and a short animation that provides context and meaning to each number. The free version of the app allows children to learn the numbers from 1 to 5, letting you know how the app works and gives you a choice to unlock numbers 5 to 25 or 5 to 100 via in-app purchases. You can also try other apps by Originator Inc., namely Endless Alphabet and Endless Reader to teach your children alphabets, words and how to spell them. Available on: Price: Free (offers in-app purchases)
This summer vacation let your child unleash their inner artist with PicsArt Kids, a great drawing and coloring app for you and your young kids to play with. In the Drawing mode, kids can experiment with different brush sizes and colors as they draw and even add stamps and stickers to their drawing. And if they are not in the mood to draw anything, they can simply switch to the Coloring mode and choose from a wide selection of ready-made templates to color in, or download more from the built-in Shop. Of course, you can save all of your child's creations into the gallery. Available on: Price: Free Note: The app icon is different on the Apple App Store.
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How to make
Introduce the art of Origami to your kids, this summer. Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding is not only for fun, but it is also a valuable method for developing vital skills such as logical reasoning, cognitive development, fine motor skills, and creativity in children. How to Make Origami is a simple app that teaches kids the basics of how to create beautiful paper creations. The app features step-by-step instructions supported by 3D animations for 70+ origami figures, which include crow, flower, jumping frog, windmill, paper bag, pigeon, crane, and paper cup to name a few. Available on: Price: Free (offers in-app purchases)
Juicy Game Help Kids Learn Fractions Available on: Price: INR 190 (or $ 2.99)
By Lighthouse Learning This app is a delicious and a healthy way for younger kids to learn basic fraction concepts through a series of mini puzzles. Fruity Fractions takes place in a tropical jungle where a bunch of greedy parrots trying to share the tropical fruits fairly. And to help them, kids learn to divide and the basic concept of fractions. The app manages to teach kids everything about fractions, including part vs. whole concept, numerator vs. denominator and unit fractions, through 50 levels of gameplay. The game seamlessly progresses from fairly simple to more complex concepts â€“ starting with the basic concept of how to divide one fruit into two or more equal slices, the kids gradually learn to work with multiple fractions at the same time in later stages. Moreover, instructional support and hints are offered throughout, encouraging kids to solve the problems on their own. Not just that. To keep kids interested, the app also includes story chapters between levels, about a poor tiny bird named Quip who is always left behind in fruit parties. All in all, this app makes learning basic math skills fun and engaging for kids.
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An app for children to learn all about the human body in a fun and enjoyable way!
By Visible Body Take a rocket ride into the human body. Zoom in and out to explore the human eye. Learn how the skull bones fit together. These are just a few of the explorations you will find with the My Incredible Body app. It is a human body guide with 3D models that will be fun and learning for both parents and children. The app lets you: •
Take a ride through the human body to experience how blood flows, what lungs look like when breathing, and how the body does its swallowing and digesting. You can even stop and look around.
Zoom inside the skeleton, muscles, organs, nerves, and blood vessels to learn where everything is and how all the parts of your body function.
Watch videos that show you how your brain works, how your muscles work together, and how your heart functions.
Access fun science facts about each anatomical structure.
Altogether, it is a cool app to teach your kids the human anatomy with the help of attractive visuals, 3D animated video tours and age-appropriate audio explanations. Quizzes are also included in the app for kids to test their knowledge. You must try out this app to own the wealth of human anatomic information for your kids.
Available on: Price: INR 250 - 300 (or $3.99 - $4.99)
Jigsaw Puzzle for Kids & Baby
By KirSon Age
Available on: Price: Free
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This is a great app to have fun playing jigsaw puzzles with kids. Playing jigsaw puzzles help kids in many ways, such as it helps in brain training, improving concentration, and developing fine motor skills. Featuring 100+ jigsaw puzzles in an easy-to-play interface, this app also lets parents choose the level of difficulty. The puzzle can be divided into 4/ 6/ 12/ 16/ 20/ 30 parts, so even 8 years old child can also enjoy this app. Note: This app is also available on the Apple App Store with the name Free Kids Puzzle by Oleg Sitdikov.
By AVOKIDDO Outstanding Logic Game for Kids
Thinkrolls 2 is an enlightening logic puzzler for kids 3-9 years old. In this game, kids explore physics and problem solving hands-on. Little kids are supposed to use all their wits to navigate 32 hilarious characters through 270 levels of increasingly complex mazes. With striking visuals and engaging gameplay, the app stands out as a creative platform for kids to explore various physics concepts such as gravity, acceleration, buoyancy, and electricity while developing important life skills such as logical reasoning, problem solving, concentration, patience, persistence, strategizing and creative thinking. Divided in 16 chapters across 2diffculty modes, Thinkrolls 2 excels in providing just the right amount of increasing challenge to help kids of all ages stay focused and feel rewarded throughout the game. Moreover, parents are allowed to create accounts for up to six users, customizing the challenge level for each. At the beginning of a chapter, kids meet a Thinkroll character who wants to follow another character through the maze. The gameplay demands kids to use properties of matter and basic physics to make their Thinkroll characters not only roll, but float, glide and teleport through a series of themed chapters. And the best part is that the Thinkroll characters are full of personality, which makes gameplay friendlier. As kids explore and master, through trial and error, how to navigate the twists, turns and many pitfalls, they gain confidence in their deductive reasoning and ability to solve the problem.
If you still need one more reason to download this app, here it is: Thinkrolls 2 has been awarded as the â€œBest Families Appâ€? by the Google Play Awards at Google I/O 2016.
Price: INR 190 - 250 (or $2.99 - $3.99)
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Nursery Rhymes For Kids By Internet Design Zone
The app features 80+ interactive nursery rhymes and more than 110 original educational song videos to introduce kids to fruits, animals, vegetables, birds, alphabets, vehicles, shapes, activities and more. The app offers more fun than just watching videos, as kids can also interact with characters and objects in the video by tapping on them. Filled with interactive animations and sounds, the app is totally fun for both kids and parents. The best part about this app is that it has the potential to help your kids build their early vocabulary. The app follows a freemium pricing model, which means it offers a mix of free and subscriber content. However, it also offers 7-day free trial of its subscription-based content. Worth downloading! Available on: Price: Free (offers in-app purchases)
The Robot Factory By Tinybop Inc. Age
Make any robot you can imagine! Robot cats. Robot samurais. Robot spies.
This is an exploratory app for early elementary school-age kids who love to create, design, and experience free play. Scientists-in-training can construct thousands of physics-driven robots using 100 different interchangeable parts, and then test their robots in realworld scenarios to see what they can do. Experiment with motion, color, sound and function, or make your robot dance for some extra fun â€“ choices are too many! Available on: Price: INR 250 (or $ 3.99)
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Beautiful discovery app combines Logic and Creativity Beck and Bo is a fun educational game designed specifically for toddlers and preschoolers. In this game, kids take control of what the game characters â€“ Beck and Bo and other objects can do in each scene, like making Beck swim in the ocean or go down a slide at the park. The drag-and-drop interface is easy to use, and the objects easily fall into place when guided. Kids would love building a snowman, getting fruits from the grocery store, putting the dog on the trampoline, watering the flowers in the backyard and discovering all the interactive objects within a scene (12 different scenes included). Piece by piece they bring to life colorful, fascinating scenes, full of sounds, animations and fun interactive activities. The gameplay is a combination of free play and puzzle. Each scene is gradually built as kids use both their logic and imagination to drag and place objects and animals in the environment while they listen to their names and sounds. After completing a scene, kids are also awarded with the scene's unique interactive album, where they can browse through the scene's objects and learn their names. Unlike the many preschool apps that focus on memorizing the ABCs and 123s, Beck and Bo develops creativity and logic. It also helps your kids develop early vocabulary. Must try! Available on:
Math Quiz Free: Grades K,1,2,3
| Price: INR 190 (or $2.99)
Math Games: Numbers for Kids
By Maelstrom Interactive
Fun and interactive way for kids to practice their math skills â€“ addition, subtraction, multiplication and division! Kids would love the app!
Talking Encyclopedia for Kids Age 8+ By KIDOZ
The app will teach your kids how to count, as well the basics of addition and subtraction.
Help your child learn about different countries, animals, human body, space, musical instruments, monuments and more in a safe and friendly audio-visual environment, designed especially for children.
Price: Free (offers in-app purchases)
Price: Free (offers in-app purchases)
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Kids Place By Kiddoware Create a safe and protected digital learning environment for your kids As smartphones are becoming smarter, so are the kids. With kids being exposed to so many learning apps, it is important for parents to keep a tab on apps that their kids are using. That's where Kids Place app comes in. Kids Place is a custom app launcher that creates a sandbox environment for your kid to play in, filled with the apps of your choice. In addition to allowing you to specify apps, Kids Place prevents your kid from downloading new apps, making in-app purchases, or even sending text messages or attending incoming calls. Not just that, there is also a timer feature that lets you limit use, with the app locking itself after a set time. Exiting Kids Place (as well as changing settings) is also blocked with a PIN. What's more, the app lets you create multiple user profiles and offers various plug-ins such as Safe Browser and Kids Safe Video Player that you can download to create a safe and protected digital learning environment for your kid. Overall, it is a must-have app for every parent reading this review. Available on: Price: Free (offers in-app purchases)
This is another kids app launcher that you can try to create a child-friendly user interface on your smartphone, letting your kid access only those apps that you've approved of. Available on:
Price: Free (offers in-app purchases)
CHILDREN PUZZLE Age
By Game Brain This is a fun puzzle game, in which kids will see an outline of an image and they will have to slide and snap the colorful puzzle pieces into place to reveal the hidden image. This app would help kids learn new words and develop fine motor skills. Available on:
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| Price: Free
Do you know CRISPR is a technology that lets scientists edit human DNA? Do you know that trees might sleep at night? Do you know that the English word "Pitch" has more than 50 definitions? If you are interested in interesting and amazing facts like this and more, then you must get this app called Daily Curiosity.
The app presents you five different interesting factoids every day â€“ hand-picked by its in-house editorial team out of thousands of topics on Curiosity. Needless to say, the app includes all areas of learning from history to technology, discoveries to lesser-known facts, and brain teasers to name a few. It's an app for the highly curious and lover of lifelong learning. The app has a fantastic user friendly interface that's designed to present information in a fun and appealing way. Each fact comes with a stunning cover photo with some interesting tidbits to give you an idea of what you'll find inside. You can tap anywhere on the cover photo to know more about that fact. The app summarizes the entire information in a video, as well as gives you an
access to the full article and related videos. The way information is presented compels the user to keep coming back for more facts on a daily basis. Of course, you can bookmark the information you like and share it with your friends and family right there. The app even asks you to set your push notification preferences, so you never miss out on your daily digest of five amazing facts. What's more, the app is completely free. There are no ads or in-app purchases â€“ just a great informative app for the ones who enjoy learning new things in their spare time.
APP OF THE MONTH
ith over 2 million active users, Roposo is India's leading fashion social network and the ultimate destination for women to socialize fashionably, discover trends, inspire and get inspired. You'll also find popular Bollywood fashion icons such as Sonakshi Sinha, Nargis Fakhri, Gauhar Khan, and Jacqueline Fernandez to name a few sharing their fashion and style on Roposo. And the good news is that Roposo has just completed one successful year of its app, and celebrated the success with the launch of its men's platform. The move is in line with the massive demand, both from its existing women users and from men themselves, to open up the social network to men's fashion, and of course, it is the next step in Roposo's evolution as the ultimate social destination for all fashion lovers in the country. With the launch of the men's platform, it is well on its way to hit its target of amplifying its user base to hit 7-8 million by the end of the current fiscal year. In an email interview with Apps Unveiled team, Kaushal Shubhank, Co-founder of Roposo talked about their USP and said, “We are, indeed, the best fashion and lifestyle search engine of India. The best thing about Roposo is that it is completely personalized and curated as per your individual design and fashion taste. For example, if you type “Little Black Dress for parties,” the search engine will share only those LBDs and brands that suit your taste and preferences. You can discover your own unique style on our platform”. Edited Excerpts:
Q. Roposo is your brainchild. How did you come up with this idea? We noticed that even though e-commerce was growing at a steady pace in India, there was no discovery or inspiration in the shopping process. At the same time, searching specifically for what you wanted was a bit of an ordeal. So, Roposo was formed as a social network which connects users, helps them search for very specific products as per their taste, get inspired by others' styles, and at the end have the ability to buy the same.
Q. What is the USP of Roposo? We are, indeed, the best fashion and lifestyle search engine of India. The best thing about Roposo is that it is completely personalized and curated as per your individual design and fashion taste. For example, if you type “Little Black Dress for parties,” the search engine will share only those LBDs and brands that suit your taste and preferences. Thus, you can discover your own unique style on our platform. Also, if you like a photo posted by a user on Roposo, we can scan the internet and help you buy the same or similar dress from across numerous fashion e-commerce portals. We provide users with content which
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is relevant to them by understanding their taste. We are in the process of continuous growth and we are growing beyond fashion such as in the field of styling, food, makeup, home décor and so on. Our users are posting stories and videos on Roposo and we are connecting right stories to the right people so that their feed is relevant.
Q. Why one should download the Roposo mobile app? Your top three reasons for that. Roposo is a prime destination for lifestyle discovery and inspirations, where you can see what's trending, get inspired, buy what you like and at the same time share your style with other fashionistas who like your sense of style. My top three reasons for recommending Roposo app would be: •
Explore trends & style and toggle through various products of various brands.
Get inspired on what interests you.
Share your style and build a unique community of like-minded people.
Q. What makes your users happy? What really makes our users happy is the fact that they are interacting with
one another around their common love for style. Unlike typical editorial content, the users on this platform create stories on styling tips, outfit of the day, new hairstyle ideas and so on. They are real people inspiring and solving problems of many more real people. We also hold meet-n-greet sessions with fans of our star users and it motivates us to see their passion for one another. All our users are important to us and it is their support which is propelling us to grow even further.
Q. Roposo has just completed 1 year. So how's the feeling? How are you expanding? Any new features that you're working on? It's amazing to see how we have come this far in just a year and at the same time the road ahead of us is clear and exciting. We have launched the men's section on Roposo. This move was natural after having established ourselves as a successful fashion social network for women. We are also working on making Roposo personalized, i.e. your Roposo's feed will be ‘what interests you’. It's about striking that bond with our users where we offer them what they are looking for. We have introduced features such as Roposo videos and are working towards bringing in more exiting features to make the platform even more engaging.
Q. What's your take on other fashion apps like Myntra, Voonik or Limeroad? Are you facing any competition from them? There is no competition as the content on our platform is created by the users; we are a platform to share your style which you would have otherwise done within the circle of your friends. Now, there is a whole community getting inspired from us. While other platforms like ‘Twitter’ which is primarily text based media platform and ‘Instagram’ which is primarily a closed media platform, Roposo is an open fashion social network.
Q. What do you see as Roposo's biggest challenge this financial year? The biggest challenge for any startup is execution. We have the confidence of our users, an impeccable team and the expertise to do it, the execution is what which gives shape to startups like us with time.
Q. Where do you see Roposo five years down the line? We see Roposo as a channel of connected inspirations.
Q. Lastly, what would be the one liner for Roposo mobile app? Share your style!
Kaushal Shubhank Currently I'm using Nexus 5 phone
My Favorite App picks (other than Roposo): Medium and WhatsApp I am a regular user of Gmail mobile app (other than Roposo) My message for Apps Unveiled Readers – We are delighted to be the part of Apps Unveiled and magazines like Apps Unveiled helps startups like us grow. I would like to thank our readers for the support they have shown to Roposo and we promise that we will make Roposo platform even more engaging and personalized.
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There are plenty of endless runner gameplays available on iOS and Android, in which you chase for a new high score every time you play. Here comes Alto's Adventure by Snowman, with a slightly different approach. This 'endless runner' snowboarding game has 60 levels to play, with three goals per level. Completing these objectives is what will keep you hooked to the game. To put it otherwise, Alto's Adventure combines endlessly-charming endless runner adventure with chasing llamas whilst avoiding obstacles, performing snowboarding tricks to access speed boost, beautiful pastoral landscapes, and devilishly hard goals in one gameplay to keep you coming back over and over again.
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– INR 250 (or $3.99) – Free (offers in-app purchases)
GAMEPLAY: You play as Alto, a young shepherd boy trying to chase escaped llamas as you snowboard down the mountain. While on your endless snowboarding journey, you'll grind on strings of bunting flags or rooftops, perform backflips and landing tricks, collect coins and jump over dangerous chasms – exciting, isn't it? Maybe you'll crash into a rock or miss a landing, but no problem; you have an option to revive Alto by watching free ads to continue the journey from the same point where you hit the obstacle or missed a landing. Moreover, like other endless runners, you'll learn tricks and what works as you play and find yourself going farther and farther with each run. At various points along your journey you'll also come across mountain elders. These veterans of the mountains will try to chase you down on their horses and the only way to shake them is to jump over a chasm
they can't cross. Plus, the more grinding and backflips you do, the greater the likelihood of getting access to the speed boost right after to make your get away, outwitting the mountain elders. You'll also get a little help along the way with powerups (such as wingsuit, coin magnet, hover feather, etc.) you find on the mountain. You can also upgrade powerups in the game's workshop using coins collected during the journey. Though the game is called Alto's Adventure, but Alto isn't the only playable character in your arsenal. Yup! There is a secret. As you play through the game, you'll unlock a total of six new snowboarders, each with their own unique abilities. These will make it easier for you to complete certain objectives, and one new character gets unlocked every 10 levels. What's more, there is a Game Center / Google Play Games integration too, if you want to compete with your friends. You'll see your friends' names as markers on your journey, showing that you've passed their best distance.
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ABOUT GRAPHICS: What sets Alto's Adventure apart is a graphical style that's stunningly gorgeous and immersive as you snowboard down the mountain. It inhabits a gauzy, sunset-colored world where geometric mountains give way to dense forests. As you pass through randomly generated levels, your surroundings change. One minute it is sunny, the next moment it is raining. Rainbows will appear, lighting will strike and if you watch closely you might spot a shooting star or fireflies glittering in the dark. What's more, pleasant soundtrack adds to the game's appeal.
FINAL THOUGHT: While the game is simple enough, it takes time to master it. The easy-to-grasp one-touch gameplay and cleverly layered challenges make for a compulsive and engaging experience. The game costs INR 250 (or $ 3.99) for iPhone/iPad users. However, it is free (with in-app purchases) for Android users. Developers opted for free-to-play strategy on Android to tackle piracy issues. Go ahead; check out Alto's Adventure if you enjoy endless runners or looking for a new snowboarding game. Worth downloading!
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Any game can hand you a sword, but Bushido Bear pulls off a tougher trick – making you feel like an unstoppable samurai. The game offers a swipe-based action challenge in which you play a role of the guardian of your homeland – a large forest – that is being invaded by evil creatures, spirits and demons, and it's up to you to hack them down to size. As far as gameplay goes, Bushido Bear is a fast-paced, reflex-heavy action title that requires quite a bit of precision. The goal is to take down wave after wave of enemies by hacking and slashing through your enemies with two giant swords. You do this by swiping on the screen. The idea is to draw an attacking path between enemies i.e. swiping near them, near enough so that you can slice your enemies with your swords, without physically touching them. Accidentally bumping into an enemy or getting hit by their attack means the game is over.
The gameplay sounds a bit easy, but it is actually not that easy as cute looking enemies keep moving around and comes in different shapes and sizes, with plenty of twists and new attacking methods as you progress through the game, and that what makes Bushido Bear gameplay enjoyable. You'll enjoy attacking enemies whilst dodging their attacks and discovering secret abilities of your playable character as you play. Furthermore, swiping next to enemies, rather than through them is a nice change of pace though, as it requires a little more thought and precision.
As the game is wave-based, so the aim is to survive as long as possible, gaining the highest score you can. However, there are daily quests to complete that rewards you with much-needed coins and tokens. You can use these coins and tokens to unlock new bear characters and upgrade their skills.
The graphics of the game and colors used are fairly bright and vivid, breathing even more life into Bushido Bear. Talking about the touchscreen controls; well, touchgestures are easy-to-use and respond to your actions without any hitch. You tap the screen, and the bear responds to your action precisely. You swipe to attack, and the bear follows the intended path obediently.
Bushido Bear features 9 super-cute samurai bears, each has their own unique characteristics and attacking abilities. For example: Neo Bear is larger, speedier, and capable of slowing down time as he plans his maneuvers, whereas Zombie Bear revives after his first defeat. And Chef Bear… well, let's just say that he enjoys making sushi. Available on:
Overall, if you're looking for some quick actionable game with a refreshing twist, you can give Bushido Bear a try. It won't let you down. Go ahead! Slice and dice the invaders for as long as you can survive! | Free (offers in-app purchases)
DRAW YOUR PATH BETWEEN ENEMIES TO KILL THEM. NEVER TOUCH ENEMIES!
TO HELP YOU 8 APPS ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
AND BUILD NEW HABITS Achieving goals takes more than good intentions. You have to take action and then systematically measure your progress. You need to develop daily habits in order to achieve your goals. And that's where the actual challenge lies in. At times, we lack motivation, procrastinate intentionally, or always wait for the right time to do the things – and still, we have so much to do on a daily basis and our to-do list keeps growing. So, how to get things done and be more productive? The answer is simple: Do a set of activities at the same time of a day every day so that they become your habit, and eventually, a part of your lifestyle. In other words, don't break the chain! To start off, choose a daily task that is easily achievable, for example: write a journal daily, and then keep a track of it. After completing your daily task, mark that day off in the calendar. Soon, you'll find yourself working with momentum and the visual accomplishment of your marked days starts serving as a motivator. Your “job” stops being writing a journal, and it turns into “don't break the chain”. Your hard work is right there for you to see, and you wouldn't want to break that momentum. Of course, this is not a magic tool. It works only if you are serious about it. Starting with one task is ideal, but you could expand that to two or more. But never overload your daily to-do list. Plus, keep your tasks simple and realistic to achieve. Let's have a look at the apps that make easier for you to develop and track your daily habits.
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Coach.me What do you want to be coached in? Mindfulness
Fitness Saving Money
Hire a Coach Starting at $14.99
The secret of building up a new habit is Consistency and you get consistency with accountability. And to get accountability, you should get a coach. That's an idea behind the habit building app called Coach.me. How it works: The way it works is actually quite simple. Add a habit(s) you want to cultivate into the app and set your preferences (such as how many days a week you want to perform it, when to be reminded about it, whether you want to make your goal public or not, hire a coach or not, etc.) accordingly. The home screen of the app shows you a list of your chosen goals/habits and a simple “tick” mark that you are supposed to check off to let the app know that – “You've accomplished that goal today”. You can even add notes (if you wish to) to describe the way you feel after accomplishing your tasks for the day to keep yourself motivated in the long run. Reach Milestones Get Hi-fives
The app keeps a track of how many times per week and month you’ve checked in. It is convenient that you can see your habit results as both frequency per week and frequency per month simultaneously on the same screen. You also get a hand to high-five when you meet a certain criteria. What's next? The app also has a strong social focus as it believes that peer encouragement works for a lot of people to help stick to their goals and works towards achieving them. Thus, you've an option to connect the app to your Facebook or Twitter account to invite your friends and encourage each other in developing good habits. Add to that, you'll find an active Q&A community for almost every habit especially popular ones within the app where you can not only ask questions you may have, but you can also help other members by sharing your inputs such as what works for you, what motivates you not to break the habit streak, etc. What's more, you can also go for one-on-one chat coaching by hiring a coach who will work with you (via a text-based chat window within the app) on your goal by developing a customized routine that works exactly right for you, step-by-step. Though the personal coaching costs you $14.99 per week (per coach), but the app also offers 3-day or sometimes 7-day free trial option, so you can try a coach before actually paying for his/her services. Overall, Coach.me integrated habit tracking tool, personal coaching and social community into one app, so you never give up on working towards your goals. If you're serious about building up new good habits and quitting the bad ones, give this app a try. You never know it might work for you! Available on: Price: Free (offers in-app purchases)
20 June 2016
Fabulous: Motivate Me
Unlock your potential
It's not easy to have a routine in your life, especially if you're in a job with erratic work timings and uncertain schedules. But it's a routine that keeps you energized, motivated and focused on goals that are important to you, and this app called Fabulous: Motivate Me helps you start just that – a routine. It is a science-based coaching app that will help you build healthy morning / afternoon / and evening rituals into your life step-by-step, just like an elite athlete. It will help you unlock your potential, by embarking you on a fabulous journey.
So how does it work? The moment you open the app, it asks you to choose a goal from the given four options that read ‘Feel more energized’, ‘Lose weight’, ‘Sleep better’, and ‘Focus and concentration more’. As soon as you choose the goal, the app will first create a morning ritual for you, and then gradually adds afternoon/ evening rituals to your routine in order to instill healthy and productive habits in your life. The habits can be at a very granular level, may be as small as starting to drink water every morning. Then there are daily challenges, personalized letters, motivational messages and more for you to unlock one-by-one during your journey. The app refers the entire process as a scientific journey and also maintains your timeline where you can see how
you have been going across all your habits. The overall idea is to repeat the exact chain of activities every day at the same time, so that they become part of your lifestyle. The home page of the app also features a small icon that looks like a spaceship; tapping on which takes you to the ‘Make Me Fabulous’ page. There you can follow yoga instructions, take a motivated power nap, access 7-minute workout plus 5 to 10 minutes guided meditation programs. Overall, you must give this app a try if you are looking for a tool that help you reset your habits, rewire your brain and transform your life. It is very simple, colorful and lively app with no complexities. Available on: Price: Free (offers in-app purchases)
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PRODUCTIVE Available on: Price: Free (offers in-app purchases)
For some tracking habits on a daily basis could be boring, but at the same time, they want to build a routine of positive, life changing habits. That's where Productive mobile app steps in. It provides you a simple, clutter-free yet effective user interface that groups habits by time of day, so in the morning you'll see only those habits that are due for that part of the day, and afternoon or evening habits will show up later in the day. It also means when you are doing your morning routine, you don't have to worry about the 6 other habits due later in the day. Thus, Productive app makes habit tracking less stressful.
HOW IT WORKS
SCHEDULE EVERY HABIT
BUILD MOTIVATING STREAKS
No sooner than you launch the app, you'll see a message on the home screen that says “Pull down to add”. That means you need to simply pull down the screen to start adding habits. You can either write down your own habits that you want to make part of your daily routine or simply pick from the choices given by the app. You can add as many habits as you want, but one-by-one.
The app gives you convenient and flexible choices to schedule your habits. You can easily plan how often you want to repeat that particular habit – whether you want to do it daily, or four days a week or just at the start of every month. Then you can also schedule when you would like to do it – in the morning, afternoon, evening, or any time of the day, or even all three times of the day. Thus, flexible scheduling options really help you instill healthy habits in your life with ease.
Once the habits are added and scheduled, you can see the habits that are due for the current part of the day on the home screen of the app. There is also an option to set timed reminders for individual habits, but to access that feature you need to upgrade the app via in-app purchases.
Swipe Right to mark that habit as done or Swipe Left to skip that habit. Simple. Then track your progress in the Life Log Section of the app. The idea is to build the streak of perfect days and not to break the chain. The day is counted as a perfect day when you mark all the habits that are due for the day as 'done'. The longer your streak of perfect days, the more motivated you will be to keep getting things done. You can even upgrade the app to get more detailed stats.
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If you are looking for an app that simply lets you track your habits in a neat and clean user interface, helping you build a routine of positive and healthy habits, then Productive app is the right choice.
Habitica is a free habit building and productivity app that treats your real life like a game.
Life's a game with Habitica, an app that follows a unique approach to help you build daily habits and be more productive. The app is modelled on role-playing games, and aims to gamify the process of building new habits and sticking to them. The app rewards you with gold and experience points for completing the tasks, just like a game. The idea is: when even the smallest successes provide you with an immediate reward, you're less likely to procrastinate. So, how does it work? Get the app, sign up, create your custom avatar, and then input your habits, your daily tasks, and your todos. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock new features or say motivational tools such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests! Fight monsters with friends to keep each other accountable, and use your gold on in-game rewards. The app also makes sure you never skip your tasks, because if you skip the task you'll lose the health of your avatar and even the progress you've made. Habitica's community aspects are also gamified, including the option to create or join a party where you can collaborate and compete with others. To sum up, with in-game rewards and punishments to motivate you and a strong social network to inspire you, Habitica app can help you achieve your goals to become healthy, hard-working, and happy.
Available on: Price: Free (offers in-app purchases)
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Tata Group launched its e-commerce platform – Tata CLiQ to make a difference! Tata Unistore, a Tata Industries incubated business venture, launched its e-commerce platform named Tata CLiQ. “TataCLiQ.com, the first-ofits-kind multi-brand PHYGITAL e-commerce marketplace will seamlessly blend online and in-store shopping experience for discerning customers,” the company mentioned in its press release.
Why it named as Tata CLiQ “Clique and Click came together to form the perfect name for our platform, which curates authentic and exclusive products for customers with impeccable taste. A name that says shopping online is now so easy and trustworthy, that all it takes is a click. The 'Q' in the logo represents a magnifying glass—a visual representation of the brand's focus on curating only the best brands and products,” said Ashutosh Pandey, Chief Executive Officer, Tata CLiQ.
Get PHYGITAL with Tata CLiQ Tata CLiQ seamlessly combines the best of the PHYsical (in-store) and diGITAL shopping experience. You can order the product online via the website/mobile app and choose to get it delivered to your doorstep or pick it up from a partner store. Right now, the PHYGITAL experience will be available with Westside, Croma, Killer, Jack & Jones, Vero Moda, Only, Metro and Mochi, collectively over 500 stores. The app comes integrated with store locator feature to let you locate Tata CLiQ's partner stores near your location.
Tata CLiQ only sells C.A.M.E.L.s Shop from a wide range of C.A.M.E.L.s (Certified Authentic Merchandise Everybody Loves) and get great deals across apparel, footwear, mobiles, tech gadgets and appliances. According to Ashutosh, Tata CLiQ will follow a “curated marketplace model”. This means Tata CLiQ will carefully choose the kind of products that it puts up for sale on its platform to make it more exclusive in nature. Additionally, the platform also presents a unique brand-forward browsing experience. Each brand has an online storefront akin to exclusive brand stores (EBOs) that stocks the full range of a brand, its latest and fresh merchandise and many exclusives. This strong partnership and curation process makes every product on Tata CLiQ a C.A.M.E.L.
Shop Exclusive International Luxury Brands There are a host of international fashion and luxury labels, offering products that are not easily accessible online. Tata Group formalised a strategic partnership with Genesis Luxury Fashion, which will enable Tata CliQ to offer a wide range of international luxury brands, exclusively. “Genesis is the marketing and distribution partner for more than 14 international brands that include Coach, Burberry, Furla, Tumi, Hugo BOSS, Jimmy Choo, Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Armani Jeans, Bottega Veneta, Canali, G-Star RAW, Michael Kors, Paul Smith and Villeroy & Boch in India. Partnering with Genesis will help Tata CLiQ get some of these brands online in an authentic and authorized manner to the consumer, which will be a first of its kind in India,” mentioned by the company in its press release.
SPACES Google's latest app, Spaces, aims to simplify group sharing!
24 June 2016
Google launched a new app called Spaces to make group messaging simpler and more focused. “With Spaces, it's simple to find and share articles, videos and images without leaving the app, since Google Search, YouTube, and Chrome come built in. You can create a space with just one tap for any topic and invite anyone via messaging, email, a social network, or whatever way you like” said Luke Wroblewski, Product Director in a blog post. With a specific focus on small group conversations, Google foresees the app being used for activities like book clubs, study groups, discussing TV shows, or planning weekend trips.
UC News Mobile internet company UCWeb, a unit of Alibaba Group, launched its news integration app called UC News – developed exclusively for India.
Powered by big data technology, UC News caters to trending and curated news content covering all popular categories (such as news, cricket, technology, entertainment, lifestyle, health, etc.) with 20+ featured channels. The app tracks trending keywords/topics on Facebook and Twitter to recommend them to the users, and also allows users to customize content subscription. This move to launch a dedicated content aggregation app was fueled by UC Browser's usage data. According to the company, 73% of its 80 million MAU (Monthly Active Users) are tagged as 'News Feed Customers'. “On an average, each UC Browser's Indian user consumes six pieces of news per day,” said the company in the press release. According to Kenny Ye, MD of UCWeb India, “The company has two strengths that can make the UC News app stand out in the market. One, the company has a huge user base for the UC browser, which gives access to the UC News app right from the UC browser – without actually having to download the UC News app. Secondly, the strong tech support from its parent company Alibaba would give the UC News app an edge over its rivals”. Available on:
Privacy Knight Privacy Knight, launched by Alibaba Group, is India's first free app-lock with Face Lock feature that enables users to unlock their phone through a 1-secondselfie and completely works offline.
Besides Face Lock feature, other features include App Lock, Photo Vault, Privacy Clean, Themes, Intruder Selfie, Fake Cover, Fake Icon, and more. • Multiple App Lock Options – Offers smooth switch to Pattern/PIN lock or fingerprint sensor in case of insufficient/low light condition. • All-day Protection – Features like Intruder Selfie, Incoming Call Lock and Notification Lock keeps you worry-free when you are not near your phone. • Hide and Fake Settings – Privacy Vault feature helps you to hide your private photos and videos, and Fake Cover/Fake Icons prevents any possible intrusions. • Privacy Clean – This feature quickly cleans your browsing history in just one click. According to Ebrahim Popat, Country Manager of 9Apps, an Android marketplace within Alibaba Mobile Business Group, “Face Lock is set to change the way people protect their privacy. It's the next big thing after fingerprint lock. The age of Face Lock is here.” Available on:
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all-time FAVOURITE APPS UEFA EURO 2016 Official App Get this app if you want to follow UEFA EURO 2016 – get to know about the teams, players, matches, fixtures, standings and much more. iPhone | iOS 8.0 | Free Android | OS 4.1 | Free
Sony LIV Download Sony LIV app to enjoy LIVE streaming of UEFA EURO 2016 right on your smartphone. Service is available for free. iPhone | iOS 7.0 | Freemium Android | OS 4.1 | Free
Daily Yoga The app features more than 50 yoga training sessions designed for all skill levels and 400+ yoga poses.
The app offers infotainment content for kids by giving them access to Live kids TV channels, movies, nursery rhymes, poems, and educational videos. iPhone/iPad | iOS 7.0 | Freemium Android | OS 4.1| Freemium
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Yoga Studio This app offers 65 ready-made yoga and meditation classes ranging from 10 to 60 minutes, sorted on the basis of level of intensity and focus. iPhone/iPad | iOS 8.0 | Paid Windows | Paid
Photofy This app wraps up dozens of photo editing features and a theme-based typography gallery of over forty thousand graphics in a highly intuitive interface. iPhone/iPad | iOS 8.0 | Freemium
ClearTax This 2G optimized app lets you e-File your income tax returns in minutes. You can also check your refund status, calculate taxes and generate rent receipts to claim HRA benefits. Android | OS 4.1| Free
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Cricbuzz Follow live cricket scores and everything else related to Cricket. iPhone/iPad |iOS 8.0 | Freemium
The app lets you overlay playful, animated live filters over your face using your phone’s front camera. It’s kind of like Dubsmash but instead of adding audio, you’re animating your face. iPhone/iPad | iOS 8.4 | Free
CamScanner It is a must-have app to easily scan, store and share documents on the go! iPhone | iOS 7.0 | Freemium Android | Varies | Freemium Windows Phone 8 | Free
Signeasy SignEasy is the simplest and most convenient way to electronically sign documents from your phone and tablet. It even allows you to sign PDF documents. iPhone/iPad | iOS 8.0 | Freemium Android | OS 4.0.3 | Freemium
Clash Royale It is a real-time multiplayer, cardbased, head to head tower defense battle game set in the Clash Universe in which two players face off on a tower-laden battlefield with a custom deck of eight cards. Totally addictive! Android | OS 4.0.3 | Freemium iPhone/iPad | iOS 7.0 | Freemium
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Access riveting talks from some of the world’s most fascinating people – wherever you are. A wide collection of TED talks videos inspires you to do big in your life and achieve your goals.
Android | OS 3.0 | Freemium
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InShorts This app summarizes day-to-day news from all over the world in just 60 words or less. It also supports Hindi language.
SHAREit SHAREit app is cross-platform transfer tool that lets you share huge file between any iOS, Android and Windows PC/Phone devices in the room over Wi-Fi direct. iPhone/iPad | iOS. 7.0 | Free
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Smash Fu Developed by Bit Free Games, Smash Fu is a high-paced tiletapping game that requires quick reflexes and some practice. Fun to play! iPhone/iPad | iOS 7.1 | Freemium
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ViralShots Get this app and never miss out on anything going viral on the web, 24x7! iPhone | iOS 8.0 | Free Android | OS 4.0.3 | Free
DayCap The app lets you turn all your photos from the day into a looping GIF that is worth sharing with friends on Instagram, Facebook or elsewhere. iPhone | iOS 7.0 | Free
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