2021 App REWIND! Top 10 Apps of 2021

Today, we’ll be doing a rewind of the best apps in 2021. We have a handful of apps that we’ll go through today. Some of these apps are pretty mainstream and well-known, while some are underrated and not so famous yet. Without delaying much, let’s get right into the top 10 apps of 2021.

1. TikTok

TikTok
TikTok

Starting off, we have TikTok. TikTok came and took the world by storm in the beginning of 2020, and it has dominated throughout 2021. It is an entertainment, social-network application focused on video sharing. It’s a viewer’s and creator’s platform alike, where users get to share and watch videos of 15 seconds to 3 minutes.

2. Strong

Strong app
Strong app

Strong is an amazing workout tracking app – a personal favorite of many. It has a powerful tracking system that cooks up the most accurate information. Strong can track the mass and frequency that you can lift, and it also comes with a lot of exercise guides to choose from.

3. EufyHome

EufyHome app
EufyHome app

EufyHome is a really powerful application that can swiftly control robot vacuum cleaners. The app allows you to control vacuum cleaners however you want them to be controlled, such scheduling vacuuming in advance or doing it on the go, checking the vacuum cleaner’s battery life, controlling the movements of your vacuum, and even sending the vacuum back to it’s charging station. Pretty neat, right?

4. 1SE

1SE
1SE

1SE, short for 1 Second Everyday, allows users to record 1 second of video every day. If you’ve watched the “recording my kid from 1-20 years” kind of TikTok trends, you’ll realize how the purpose of 1SE falls into place. The 1 second of video recorded every day can be chronologically edited and sticked together into a single video. So that will be more than 1 video, which can be hundreds or thousands, as a single video.

5. Wordscapes

Wordscapes
Wordscapes

Wordscapes is a puzzle video game made up with a bunch of unscrambled words. While it’s a simple creation, the fun challenges in this game have driven over 14 million people to download and play the game. It’s crazy and it has been ranked in the top 10 list of video games in Google and App Store.

6. Intervals Pro

Intervals Pro app
Intervals Pro app

Intervals Pro is a great application that can track the intervals of workout for you. It assists you in your workout by setting an interval of your choice, through which you are required to do your workout. It even has voice assistance that reads aloud the countdowns.

7. Letterboxd

Letterboxd app
Letterboxd app

Letterboxd is a pretty unique app in our list. It is a movie-reviewing application, which basically anyone can participate in. The app allows you to review every movie you watch, figure out where something is streaming, keep a watchlist, and even follow and get notified when other reviewers watch or review something new!

8. AMC Theatres

AMC Theatres app
AMC Theatres app

The AMC Theatres application is a convenient way of booking movie tickets in advance. Not only does it allow you to choose a movie to watch, but it also helps you choose your preferred available seat, track reward points to spend on concessions, and even buy food and drinks in advance that will be waiting for you for your arrival at the theatre. While this is not much of use during what we’re going through now, this app will certainly come in handy when the world starts functioning normal.

9. MacroFactor

MacroFactor app
MacroFactor app

MacroFactor is a tracking app that can track your food habits and calories. What’s great about this is, and what many people love about MacroFactor, is its judgment-free interface. Unlike other food tracking applications, MacroFactor aims just to give you a report on what you eat rather than push you harder to lose weight like what the other apps do. And this is great for the majority of people that only needs a tracker for their food and not a personal trainer.

10. CleanPhone

cleanphone

CleanPhone is basically a product that comes with an amazing in-built application. This is more suited for kids and teenagers, where parent can buy them a CleanPhone. Parents can then manage how exactly the kids use the phone with a simple yet powerful application.

Parents can manage and block apps, monitor messages and calls, schedule a limit on how long you want your kids to be able to use apps, and get screentime reports on how exactly your kid has used the phone. What’s even more interesting is that you can try out the CleanPhone for completely free!

Presents

Top 10 BEST digital presents! Check out the top 10 Cool digital products we showed off this year!

Today, we’ll be going over the 10 best last-minute digital presents that you can gift your friends or family for Christmas. Without delaying much, let’s quickly dive into a couple of these gifts, plus a bonus by the end of this article. So stay with us to the end, this is going to be merry!

1. MasterClass

MasterClass
MasterClass

This is an online education platform that works on a subscription basis. There are hundreds of e-learning platforms out there but MasterClass stands out because of their arsenal of successful and world-known talents taking lectures. This incudes cooking classes from Gordon Ramsey to acting classes from the well-known Natalie Portman herself! Their membership starts from $15 per month.

2. Xbox Game Pass for PC

Xbox
Xbox

An Xbox Subscription for PC is a lot useful for anyone interested in gaming. While more and more people are shifting to PC, this gift becomes something that makes a lot more sense. A 3-month subscription costs $29.99.

3. Aaptiv

Aaptiv
Aaptiv

This is an online fitness and training platform that contains over 6000 virtual exercise classes and personalized training. It covers categories like running, yoga, and weightlifting. Aaptiv comes with a monthly subscription of $14.99 or an yearly subscription of $99.99.

4. Ancestry.com

Ancestry
Ancestry

Ancestry.com is a pretty interesting platform that provides access to family records for 6 to 12 months. The promotional period during the end of 2021 offers a non-renewing 6 month subscription that starts from $79. It also offers an all-access pass, which includes military records and old newspapers, that comes at a cost of $272 a year.

5. The Chef & The Dish

The Chef & The Dish
The Chef & The Dish

This is a platform that provides 2.5-hour virtual cooking classes. They have some of the most successful chefs from around the world as instructors, so it’s not a bad idea for anyone that’s looking to hone their cooking skills. The classes are $299, but they gave an option to send gift cards, which starts from $100.

6. Fender Play

Fender Play
Fender Play

This is an online teaching platform for learning Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele. It’s an app-based program and a new beta feature now makes it possible for the app to listen to your playing and provide basic feedback. The platform is available for 6 and 12 months subscription, starting from $49.99.

7. Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo Switch Online
Nintendo Switch Online

If the person you’re gifting for Christmas has a Nintendo Switch, you can perhaps try buying them the Nintendo Switch membership. It offers access to more than 100 games. The 12-month membership for Nintendo Switch Online costs $19.99.

8. Amazon Prime

Amazon
Amazon

You can never go wrong with an Amazon Prime membership. Amazon Prime offers free shipping, movie and TV streaming, ebooks, and unlimited photo storage. It’s like an all-in-one package that comes with some of the necessities most of us needs. A year of Prime membership costs $119, but you can also just gift a 3-month membership for $39.

9. Cameo

Cameo
Cameo

This is a video sharing platform, where celebrities send personalized video messages to fans. Each video will cost a fee, where you can also get 24-hour deliveries from some of the stars for extra fee. So if your friend or family admires a celebrity a lot and they’re on Cameo, you can just send them a message, make the payment, and get a personalized video message for your loved ones. The price starts from as low as $2 for some of the TikTok stars.

10. CleanPhone

cleanphone

CleanPhone is a fantastic gift for kids. It gives them the opportunity to use technology but parents get to keep a handle on exactly what they do with it. Parents can manage which apps they do and don’t get on the App Store. So if you don’t want your kids to have TikTok but they can have Instagram, you can make that adjustment.

You can also monitor their texts and messages and even schedule app usages. So you can set time for apps after which your kids won’t be able to access them. Additionally, you’ll also get screentime reports, which will give the precise information on how your kids used their phone. Also, here are 4 easy and free tips to protect your kids!

THE BIGGEST FLOP IN NFT HISOTRY!

Today, we’ll look at something extremely interesting. A new NFT platform called Quartz, partnered with Ubisoft, has recently emerged into existence but things didn’t really go as well as they planned. They’ve been getting so much backlash ever since their launch so we’ll see what’s really going on here with new flop project.

The Flopped DIGITS

DIGITS NFT collection by Ubisoft
DIGITS NFT collection by Ubisoft

The newly launched NFT collection by Ubisoft is referred to as DIGITS. These are NFTs that you can use in-game. We’re not exactly sure about what’s so different about them but it could be the fact that these NFTs with in-game use cases can be resold.

Recently, a senior character artist at Apex Legends, tweeted about the new NFT platform and their NFT collection. After doing her research, she figured out that Quartz, partnered with Ubisoft, only sold 15 total NFTs of the DIGITS collection in total. This too was worth only $1700 in real money.

Taking this into account, it’s obvious that the new project was pretty much a flop. In contrast, a helmet available in the sale required 600 hours of playtime to be able to use it, which equals 25 whole days.

Although we can really see the project has initially flopped, you can’t really hate on a company for trying to innovate. So this one of the interesting news about NFTs that we’ve recently seen, which really is underwhelming when it comes to Ubisoft’s NFT collection.

CleanPhone – The Ultimate Parental Control System

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Taking that out of the way, let’s take a moment to acknowledge how amazing our CleanPhone is. CleanPhone is an incredible phone that you can give your kids or family members, which lets you keep track of exactly what they’re doing with it.

You can also manage which apps they do and don’t install on their phone, as well as monitor their texts, messages, and calls. So here’s how you can block porn on Google to keep your kids safe.

Additionally, you can schedule the time for apps they use so they won’t be able to access a particular app past the schedules time limit or time period. CleanPhone also provides screentime reports, which will provide you the data of how your kids or family spends their time on the phone.

5 Ways to Make Social Media More Uplifting

At this point, almost all of us have heard of the Facebook effect: the more time you spend on social media, the more likely you are to feel envious, discontented, and depressed. But for many of us, giving up on social media means feeling disconnected with the world and missing out on a window into our loved ones’ lives. What should we do?

 

This year, 2016, can be the year that social media works for you! Combat the Facebook effect and make your social media experience more uplifting with these five simple tips.

 

1) Pare down your friends list

How many people do you know intimately and care deeply about? Ten? Thirty? Fifty? Probably not 338, which is the average number of “friends” on Facebook. As we move through various stages of life, we accumulate social media contacts from various schools, clubs, church congregations, etc. But rarely do we go back through and clean out our social media profiles as we begin a new chapter of life.

The more people we follow on social media, the more social media has the power to suck us in. Think about it: does it take more time to scroll through thirty followers’ posts or three hundred? Following more acquaintances also makes it more likely that there will always be someone’s red letter day (like engagements, weddings, baby announcements, vacations, promotions, etc.) in your face. Too many Cancun beach pictures in February could make anyone envious and discontented.

Purge your friends list, and be ruthless. Ask yourself, “Do I engage with this person off-line? Do I even engage with this person on-line (other than admiring/coveting their Cancun pictures)?” If there is someone whose social media presence is particularly obnoxious to you, but you are worried about giving offense, Facebook provides an “Unfollow” option that will hide a friend’s posts but keep them on your friends list.

 

2) Choose your social media platform carefully

It’s called the Facebook Effect for a reason. Some social media platforms are just more likely to make us angsty. Research has some data on which social media platforms inspire more happiness (spoiler: Snapchat won), but think about which sites make YOU happy or stressed. Does Pinterest inspire feelings of inadequacy or serenity? Do you love seeing your friends’ pictures (consider Instagram), or do you prefer their pithy remarks (Twitter)?

 

3) Follow inspiring accounts

And be honest. Do you really enjoy politics on your home page? If it excites and wakes up your mind, keep it! If your “fitspiration”, though, just makes you want to go back to bed, quit it. Some people love memes and quotes, others roll their eyes. Know thyself!

 

4) Avoid the comment section

Intelligence, kindness, and politeness are rarely found in the comment section of any part of the Internet. Disappoint the trolls and find something better to do with your time.

 

5) Don’t forget to live!

The most effective antidote to the Facebook Effect is to live a full and exciting life. If social media too often depresses you and fills you with “FOMO” (fear of missing out), perhaps social media is not the problem. The way you feel on social media may only be a symptom of a larger problem. Lurking online feels flat for a reason– it is quite literally a two-dimensional experience! If your life feels drab and unfulfilling in comparison to the world of social media, find something off-line that excites you. Remember that life is made of stages; perhaps this stage has limitations, but the next one may have more opportunities. Stay hopeful, and keep your eye out for a new adventure!

 

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“Removed” series highlights our attachment to mobile devices

Photographer Eric Pickersgill has published a series of photographs that highlight just how attached our society is to mobile devices.

 

The series, titled “Removed,” depicts people in ordinary situations using smart phones or tablets. However, Pickersgill has removed the mobile device from the finished photograph. The finished result depicts men, women, and children looking down at their hands.

 

The photographs, one of which is pictured above, evoke feelings of emptiness and loneliness. The irony, of course, is that many of us consider ourselves more connected to friends, family, and society by virtue of the internet. However, in “Removed,” it’s easy to see what we are really missing out on: time with loved ones, moments of everyday life, and the beauty of the world around us.

 

To view the rest of the “Removed” series by Eric Pickersgill, click here.

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4 Ways to Celebrate ‘Back to the Future’ Day

Tomorrow is October 21, 2015! If that date does not look familiar to you, it may be time to re-watch “Back to the Future.” In the second installment of the series, Dr. Emmett Brown, Marty McFly, and Jennifer Parker travel forward in time to save Marty and Jennifer’s future kids. The date they arrive, of course, is none other than October 21, 2015. Here are a few ways to celebrate this (fictional) day in history with your family.

 

1) Watch the “Back to the Future” series.

Of course, your celebration should begin by re-watching the movies. Since the movies contain no superheroes, your kids might not have even seen them yet! If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can stream them for free! If not, you can rent them for $2.99 apiece.

 

2) Re-visit October 26, 1985 and maybe even November 5, 1955.

Gather your kids around old photo albums and yearbooks. If you kept a journal, turn to October 26, 1985 and see what you were doing. Tell your kids about how the world was different, and about what your life was like. What were your hobbies? What did you wear? What music did you listen to, and what movies did you watch? Give your kids a taste of your former self. If you have a parent or grandparent around, ask them about 1955!

 

3) Talk about the present.

In 1985, what did you think the world would be like in 2015. What did you think you would be doing? Have you achieved any of your goals from 30 years ago?

How do we view 1985 today? How similar or different to the ’80s Cafe are our memories of 1985? Ask your kids what they would put in an ’80s Cafe.

 

4) Jump to the Future

30 years from now is 2045. Make a family time capsule to open on this date in 2045. What do you think will have changed in 30 years? How will you have changed? What goals do you hope to have achieved in 2045? Have each member of the family write down their answers and include them in the capsule

What will the people of 2045 consider iconic about the “20-teens”? Which movies, songs, and books will be remembered? Put your predictions and your favorites in the capsule too.

Don’t forget to record your family in 2015: ages, hobbies, goals, funny stories!

 

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How to Give a Meaningful Compliment

In our culture, compliments are fairly common, but a meaningful comment can brighten someone’s entire day! It costs so little for the giver, but the recipient will remember the words for days, weeks, or even years to come.

So, what makes the difference between a really stellar compliment and a mediocre one? Here are a few pointers to help you hone your skills.

Be specific

“You look nice,” is…. well…. nice, but not particularly memorable. For extra impact, try to put into words what is so “nice.” Is it the clothing? The carefully styled hair? The fresh-from-the-shower look? The confident demeanor?

Just a little more thought on your part could positively shape a person’s self image permanently! It’s worth the effort.

Be sincere

True enthusiasm is easy to spot. Insincerity can be masked, but the effect just isn’t the same as genuine intent. Also, an insincere compliment is often intended to be manipulative, and this gives all compliments a bad name. Don’t do it!

Be personal

What traits does this person value? On what does he or she focus time and effort?

Someone who is struggling to lose weight may really appreciate an image-related compliment. Others may take a compliment on their physique as an insult to their appearance on previous meetings.

A first-class compliment will make the recipient feel personally known and cherished.

Think back to particularly meaningful compliments you have received. What do they have in common? How did they make you feel?

A compliment is one of the best gifts you can give. Make each one count!

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Beyond SMART: 3 more ways to evaluate a goal

We are almost halfway through 2015. How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions?

If thinking about the goals you set six months ago makes you cringe, you are not alone. According to a study by University of Scranton, less than half of those who make New Year’s resolutions are still keeping them six months later.

Luckily, goal setting doesn’t have to be limited to the first of the year. In 2015, why not make set Half-Year resolutions on June 1?

When evaluating a goal, of course you will want to start with SMART.

                               Specific

                               Measurable

                               Attainable

                               Relevant

                               Time-bound

But you don’t have to stop there. Evaluate your goal a little further, and ask yourself these questions.

 

Do I really want to achieve this goal?

Making a change is hard. If your initial answer to this questions is, “Well, it would be nice,” you are probably not sufficiently motivated to do what it takes to achieve your goal. It may still be a worthwhile goal, but, as of this moment, you just don’t want it badly enough.

If you do think that this is a necessary goal for you, search for motivation. Do a little research to understand the benefits of achieving this goal, and the drawbacks of continuing as you are. External motivators like bribes or threats may help initially, but internal motivation will help you maintain your resolve.

Is this a good time to start working towards this goal?

It is always easy to come up with a thousand reasons not to make a change. However, there are times in life where it just is not a good idea to implement one more goal. An impending move, an emotional crisis, beginning a demanding job, a health situation, or the addition or loss of a family member might all be reasons to delay making a significant lifestyle change.

Is this goal in line with my priorities?

If training for a marathon prevents you from working enough hours to put food on the table, a marathon is not in line with your priorities. If missing school for piano competitions is severely hurting your grades, first prize may not compensate for your academic future.

If achieving a goal prevents you from achieving in more important areas, it is not a worthwhile goal.

 

What are some of your current goals? Can you believe 2015 is almost halfway over? What do you hope to accomplish by the end of the year? Comment below!

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Why Mom and Dad Should Work Out

As parents, self care often gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. Exercise in particular tends to be last priority. After all, it often requires changing clothing, more time away from the family (especially if you have small children), and maybe even a drive to the gym. But, sometimes what is good for Mom and Dad is  great for their kids, and working out is a great example of this principle. Here are just a few reasons why.

More energy

Do you ever feel like you just can’t keep up with your active three year old? Academia has found that exercise is one of the simplest ways to boost your energy level!

Monkey see, monkey do

Remember when they were babies, and they would mimic your facial expressions and your vocal inflections? Remember when they were toddlers, and you had to watch your mouth because they would repeat things at the most inopportune moments? Your kids are still watching you, and if they see you take care of your body, they will follow your example.

Longer lifespan

They say that the best part of being a parent is becoming a grandparent. Whether or not it’s true, wouldn’t you like to live long enough to find out? Being more active now will make your golden years more enjoyable and even give you more of them!

Opportunities for quality time

Exercise does not have to be a solitary activity! Go on a bike ride with your kids, explore the woods on a hike, learn to rock climb. Engaging in an activity together will give you time to reconnect with your kids and have meaningful conversations in a relaxed environment.

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6 Ways to Feel Happier Today

If hump day has you feeling blue, try these six tips to make your Wednesday a little brighter!

1) Go for a walk

As anyone who has seen Legally Blonde knows, exercise produces endorphins, and endorphins make you happy! With spring finally here, who wants to be indoors anyway?

 

2) Do one thing you have been procrastinating

We all have those tasks that have been on every to-do list for months. Just do one of them. It probably won’t take as long as you have anticipated, and you will be shocked how good it feels to get it over with!

3) Disconnect

Intentionally turn off (and walk away from) all electronic devices. Even fifteen minutes will make you feel a little more free.

4) Celebrate

Does the hum-drum everyday routine just feel too blah today? Find a way to make today special! Is it a work or relationship anniversary? Did your daughter ace a test? See you if can plan a small outing (like going to the park) or pick up a small treat.

5) Say thank you

Did you know that today is National Nurses Day? Drop a line to your favorite nurse and thank him or her for their service. If you don’t know any nurses, thank someone who has done you a good turn recently.

6) Plan a vacation

Or a holiday, or a date, or an outing…. Making fun plans will give you something to look forward to, and putting some thought into an upcoming event will prevent last minute scrambling.

 

The middle of the work week doesn’t have to be dreary! Try a couple of these tips, and finish off this week strong!