5 Must Have Apps for the iPhone


There are literally a million apps availableapps for iPhone in the App Store for iPhones. As of October, 2013, Apple was proud to announce they had grown from their initial offering of 800 apps in July of 2008, to a total of 1,000,000 (475,000 native to the iPad).

Obviously, it will take quite a while to get through that huge list of “helpers”. These are the tools that make your phone the truly powerful tool it can be. Okay, so it can also be a great time waster with the endless amount of games and other amusements, but we’re going to stick with some of the more productive options out there.

  1. Google Maps This is the app I find myself using more than any other. Having an Atlas and GPS in your pocket at all times is a convenience it’s almost hard to believe I lived without. Google Maps is still by far the best free map app available for the iPhone.

    You can look up addresses and get turn-by turn directions in real time. There are tips to avoid traffic, and safer bike routes (in select areas). What more could you ask for? Well, plenty, probably. But it won’t be long before that’s available, too.

  2. Snapseed is the most versatile camera app available today – at least for free. It offers a nice range of editing tools and cool filters, along with strong photo correction, non-destructive editing and localized adjustments.

    Besides integrating well with all of the social networks, Snapseed is the only iPhone app that comes close to a desktop photo-editing program.

  3. LinkedIn continues to be the best business networking tool available. Whether you are very active in the professional world, or just looking for a job, LinkedIn can be a priceless aid.

    Having full access to your business associates and all their information at the ready can prove to be invaluable.

    Regardless of your field, as the smartphone and networking worlds grow so does LinkedIn. It is an important online network for anyone serious about their profession, and offers a very thorough iPhone app.

  4. Dashlane is a very simple and effective password manager app. Like with any other password app, you’ll have to create one strong password to remember for you Dashlane account. All other passwords can be generated (on another device) and saved automatically to your account.

    The app allows you access to your login credentials, and a copy and paste function for the encrypted passwords into apps and mobile websites when you need to use them.

    There are some limitations to the free version, but a premium account can be had for $4.99 a month, or $39.99 a year. The premium account includes syncing which is vital to using the iPhone app. Dashlane is extremely secure, and if you perform sensitive transactions on your phone, it is worth the extra security.

  5. Dropbox is, for many computer users, synonymous with file sharing and synching. It has been around for a long time, and as probably the most recognizable name in file-sharing, it integrates with literally hundreds of other apps and services.

    Dropbox is a great way to have access to, and share, files of all types for you and your team – whatever the project may be – and wherever you may be. If you already use Dropbox as a computer user, the app is a must. You have access to all the files, wherever you are, in your pocket.

  6. Twitter. Yes, this is a list of 5 Essential apps, and this is number 6. I debated adding Twitter, but decided to add it because of its ever-growing omnipresence in every facet of our culture.

    We all need our distractions from time to time, and there is no question that Twitter is indeed a never-ending stream of that.

    And, unlike Angry Birds, it can be legitimately used for business opportunities – or, at least that’s always a fair excuse.

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In Your Pocket: Tips for Making Momentous iPhone Videos


There once was a time when to make a good quality video you had to have the very latest camcorder. However, nowadays you need nothing more than an iPhone to produce impressive footage, whether you are filming your child’s birthday party or a video testimonial for your business.

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The problem is that the quality of iPhone videos vary greatly, even though they are shot on the same device. So how can you make sure that your videos look professional? Here are some top tips to keep in mind.

Keep It Steady

The first thing to remember is to hold your iPhone steady when you are filming. You could do this by resting your hands on a hard surface, or even filling a sock with dried beans and using it as a support. Shaky footage is never good to watch, so keep your hands as steady as possible.

Hold It Horizontally

As well as holding your iPhone firmly, you should hold it horizontally. You may be tempted to hold it vertically because this is how you most often use your phone, but the resulting footage won’t look as good.

Make Sure You Have Good Sound and Light Conditions

You don’t need professional lighting and microphones to make a good video. However, good lighting will make a huge difference. For that reason, try to film your videos outside, or at least with a lot of lighting inside. Low lighting will look grainy and will be unpleasant to watch.

As for sound, try to avoid noisy areas near to roads or in public places like restaurants where the noise levels can distract from the main subject. iPhone microphones are very sensitive and will pick up all of the background noise, so try to shoot in quiet areas.

Focus First

Tap the screen before you start shooting video on your iPhone. This will allow you to properly focus on the main person in the shot. If you want to change the focus during the filming, simply tap the screen again.

Edit Your Footage

Do yourself a favour and buy some editing software that you can use to edit your iPhone videos on your computer. Alternatively, edit your footage right on your iPhone. Either way, make sure you do edit it because the resulting videos will look a lot better with a bit of care and attention.

Once the video is finished, upload it to YouTube to show your family and friends, or even the world. They can then download your video using software like that found at sites like http://www.youtubedownloadersite.com. If your footage is more professional and therefore more enjoyable to watch, more people are likely to download it.

Film Better Videos on Your iPhone

Follow these simple tips to make your iPhone videos much better. They are simple to follow, but they are all very effective and the overall result will be much more satisfying. iPhone videos are ideal because you may have your iPhone on you all the time, so you can capture those spontaneous moments. But follow the tips above and take a bit more time and care over your videos, and you can create iPhone videos that people will actually want to watch.

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Steven Young is an iPhone enthusiast who makes many videos. He also enjoys teaching others how to make their own videos with their iPhones.