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Dress up your Android and iOS for productivity

Apart from the usual suspects on your phone, such as Instagram and Snapchat, many other apps exist that can help you keep up with your schedule and manage your social life. Check out these lesser-known apps to ring in the New Year.


Advertised as a suite of programs that “make modern life manageable, by letting you easily collect and find everything that matters,” the flagship Evernote app has a very neat interface that lets the user create all sorts of notes. It can be used as a Dictaphone—allowing you to take audio notes—or you can capture images and text to create a more visual reminder.

Regular text notes are an option, but the other features are what make this app truly stand out from the flood of work management apps on the market. Syncing with your home computer and other devices like tablets is a breeze, making organization a little more fun.


From former developers at Unit 8200—the Israeli military’s tech division­—this app promises to keep the lazier or more forgetful members of our society on their toes. With its extremely simple design, the app allows users to plan their days with a feature known as “Any.do Moment.” This prompts you to schedule tasks and stagger them throughout the day. Any.do also has other useful functionalities, such as reminding users of missed calls and setting call back times so that you never fall behind in communication.




Impressed by your photographer friends whose pictures always look better than yours? Fear not—Aviary aims to bridge the gap between the amateur and professional. It’s like Photoshop on your mobile with an extensive set of features for enhancing and creating artistic snaps out of your everyday captures. With the ability to alter warmth, saturation, focus, and contrast, including the ever-trending ‘Instagram-styled’ filters, Aviary offers lots of options to put a fun spin on mobile photography.




Also from the developers of Any.do, Cal supports all the regular functions that you can expect from a good calendar app along with a strong integration with Any.do that makes your entire planned day available in a single neat interface. Like most apps from this company, the focus is on a simplistic yet visually stunning design that encourages use of the app.





With so many online publications, Currents comes to the rescue to keep you up to date with your favorite picks. The app has organizational sections ranging from technology to business. It aggregates articles from the publications that you add as subscriptions and then delivers them to you in an easy-to-read format. This app is a must-have for anybody who likes to stay afloat in today’s ever changing world.



These apps are available to download for free for iOS and Android devices.

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