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Saturday, December 14, 2013

10 Must-Have Apps for 2013

Best News App: Pulse

With thousands of news sites on the Web, you could spend all day cruising their home pages for interesting articles and still miss out. Pulse organizes your favorite feeds into an attractive, grid-style interface that makes it easy to keep up with the headlines using a custom feed of all your favorite sites and topic areas.
Platforms: Android, iOS
Price: Free
MORE: 5 Best News Apps

Best Cloud and Sync App: Dropbox

What happens on your phone shouldn't stay on your phone. Dropbox automatically syncs files between your computer, phone and tablet. When you save a document or photo to the Dropbox folder on your mobile device, it immediately downloads to the Dropbox directory on your PC. You can even configure the app to sync photos to the cloud as soon as you take them.
Platforms: Android, BlackBerry, iOS
Price: 2GB (Free), 100GB ($9.99/month)
MORE: What's the Fastest Cloud Storage Service?

Best Game: Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour

This first-person shooter will literally blow you away with its gorgeous graphics and dramatic storyline. Like the "Call of Duty" series, "Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour" involves a tense military mission where you're a soldier trying to stop a dangerous terrorist plot. You can either play through the game and try to save the president or enter multiplayer mode and fight against your friends.
Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone
Price: $6.99
MORE: Top 12 Android Games

Best Fitness App: Lose It!

These days, your smartphone is a lot more than just a communications device; it's a digital companion that can help you get in shape. With Lose It!, you can keep a food diary and know just how many calories you've been consuming, and then track your exercise to see how much you've burned off. The app even lets you know how many calories your friends have burned so you can try to match or beat them.
Platforms: Android, iOS
Price: Free
MORE: 10 Best Fitness Apps

Best Music App: Spotify

Whether you're looking for the latest Katy Perry single or some obscure disco ditty from 1977, you'll be able to find and play it with Spotify. The music service has an extensive library of songs to choose from, and even allows you to download your custom playlists for offline listening. The fully functional app costs $9.99 per month, but you can use the company's online, ad-supported radio channels for free.
Platforms: Android, BlackBerry 10, iOS, Windows Phone
Price: $9.99/month, Free (radio only)
MORE: 12 Best Music Apps

Best TV/Video App: Netflix

There's a reason why Netflix is the Internet's most popular streaming service. For $7.99 a month, you get unlimited access to a library filled with thousands of popular TV shows and movies, ranging from black-and-white films to original series produced this year. The Netflix app allows you to stream directly to your mobile device while maintaining your place in any videos you began watching on your TV or PC. It also features a strong search engine, detailed recommendations and an attractive user interface with images, plot descriptions and user ratings of each title.
Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone
Price: $7.99/month
MORE: 10 Best TV Apps

Best Note-Taking App: Evernote

Think of it as your digital memory. With Evernote, you can jot down your notes for work or school, and edit them on any device, including your tablet, phone or laptop. You can do a lot more than just take text-based notes with the Evernote mobile app; it takes dictation and lets you photograph documents or record sound directly into your notes.
Platforms: Android, BlackBerry 10, iOS, Windows Phone
Price: Free, $5/month (premium version)

Best Productivity App: Quickoffice Pro

When you're working on your laptop, you probably use Microsoft Office for all your word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. When you want to edit those documents on your Android or iOS device, Quickoffice Pro is your best choice. This powerful productivity suite allows you to create or edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, as well as PDF files. Quickoffice even lets you edit formulas in your spreadsheets, make presentations from your phone or save directly to Dropbox, Evernote or Google Drive.
Platforms: Android, iOS
Price: $14.99, $19.99 (HD version)
MORE: 13 Essential Android Apps for Business

Best Photo App: Snapseed

Whether your phone shoots brilliant high-res photos or mediocre snapshots, you'll want to edit your images before sharing them. Snapseed makes it easy to do a lot more than just basic sizing, rotating and cropping. Seven different filters -- including black and white, vintage and grunge -- can add a dose of style or make your brand-new photo look like you took it on an old-school camera.
Platforms: Android, iOS
Price: Free
MORE: 10 Best iPhone Apps You're Not Using

Best Messaging App: Viber

Our favorite SMS alternative, Viber not only allows you to send messages to anyone with a phone number and conduct free VoIP calls with other members. The app also syncs with your contact list to let you know which of your friends are already part of its network.
Platforms: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone
Price: Free

By Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director — Last Updated: May 21, 2013


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