5 Apps to Send Your Pictures as Postcards

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There are many mobile apps that are widely used only during summer and once summer is over their usage ceases. Summer is often related to travelling because people tend to travel more when weather conditions are in favor. Back in the past, when people were still using snail mail to send letters, they used to send postcards every time they would travel somewhere.

When people stopped sending letters and turned to emails, they also stopped sending postcards. Like everything else, now sending postcards have become available on mobile. There are mobile apps that enable you to send your pictures as postcards and let your friends and family know that you think about them when you are away.

Touch Note is a well-known app that turns photos into postcards and greetings cards for every occasion. With this postcard maker you can create personalized postcards and send them to your friends. You can send gifts with the cards and fancy envelopes or just postcards.

Postsnap is a postcard creator app with the ability to print and ship the postcard to the chosen address. You can create and send postcards from your travel destination, or make announcement or gift cards. What is more, this app doesn’t require registration.

Photocard app is a bit different because it has a gallery of beautiful photos which you can use to make a postcard. You can add your image, stamps, signature or dictate a message on the back to personalize the postcard even more.

Postagram is perfect for vacations, holidays, birthdays and other celebrations. With this app you can use your Facebook, Instagram and iPhone photos to turn them into postcards and print them on thick, glossy paper.  

My Postcard is another app for creating, printing and sending postcards to your beloved ones. Once you select a postcard style, upload a photo from your camera or social media app (Instagram). Then select a frame and type greeting text.

Most of these apps are free to create postcards from your photos but you need to pay small fee in order to send the postcard. If you don’t want to pay, you can send the postcard electronically for free. So next time you travel abroad, don’t forget to send a postcard!

 

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Best Learning Apps for Summer

Have you ever wondered what are the best learning apps you could have on your phone? Well, even if you haven’t, we have the top selection of educational apps right here. Check it out!

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Summer officially began yesterday. Although many of you are looking forward to your holidays and spending days far away from school, college or work, there is still room for some learning. Whether you are a student on a break, a parent who wants to make sure his kids will keep learning even during summer, or you may be an adult who is eager to improve his skills in a certain area, you will find at least one app here that will make this summer more productive and engaging. So lets dive in together into the exciting world of apps and find out what are the best learning apps for this summer!

Best Learning apps for children

 

In summer, there is a plenty of time for children to learn the new things or to keep practicing what they learned so far at school or kindergarten. As a parent, you need to keep track of your child’s progress not only during school days, but during summer as well. For instance, you can show your child how to have fun and learn math at the same time, how to practice writing or how to tell a story.

 

Science and math apps

 

Marble Math Junior is a math learning app perfect for kids between 5 and 8 years. With this app, kids can practice equations, addition, subtraction, multiplication etc. Marble Math encourages kids to think more and use their brain in order to practice math skills.

 

Sum Dog has 15 games for learning math. In addition to that, you can learn writing and reading. Its Progress hub engine analyze every user and shows your progress bar. In that way, parents can track the progress of their children and see what areas of learning need more time and effort.

 

Practice apps

 

Fight Write is an app that helps children improve their writing skills. A kid has to save the kingdom, by taking part in a battle and fighting against monsters with his own words. The more words a kid produce, the better chances he will have to win the battle.

 

Tommy the Turtle will only be interesting to parents who want their children learn to code. This interactive game helps kids acquire the basic knowledge of programming. Tommy the Turtle actually make moves according to the input his users give to him.

 

Storytelling apps

 

TeleStory gives kids the opportunity to create their own TV show. They can direct and star in their own TV show. It can be a reality show, music video, a movie etc. Kids can dress up in 50 different costumes and pick up from 30 different animations. There is no other way they practice storytelling.

 

FriendStrip Kids is another way of storytelling, that gives kids the opportunity to create a personalized comic strip. They would have fun and at the same time, they would practice storytelling and creativity in general.

Learning apps for students

 

After exams and finals are over, students tend to have fun and do nothing. However, having fun often requires money so students need to find summer jobs or other ways of earning. Fortunately, there are apps for that as well. Those apps help students learn new skills and earn money at the same time. Other students might need to work on their research papers during breaks and they will need all the help they can get. 

 

Learn to earn money

 

Trigger of the Day Stock Game is a finance app for students interested in the stock market. It gives different challenges to respond to, and every correct answer earns 50 points, whereas you can lose 30 points for incorrect responses. This app will help you monitor stocks and decide what stocks you will sell and what stocks you will buy.

 

Campus Books is a place you can use to sell the books you don’t need any more. There is always a younger student who needs that books, and why to store them on a dusty shelf when you can sell them and earn extra money. The app works like that it offers you the highest prices for your books.

 

Apps for research and writing

 

Merriam Webster dictionary is a popular dictionary especially its hardcopy version, but now you can have it on your mobile phone or tablet. It can be convenient when you want to do some writing for your research paper, and you can use in a park, on the beach, wherever you like to spend summer.

 

EasyBib is a citation and bibliography app, and it can easily speed up your work. When you want to include citations in your work or to write bibliography, this app will automatically create citations for you.

 

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Khan Academy is a learning academy app built for your phone. It is perfect for summer learning, when you are somewhere in the nature, and you have extra time and will to learn something new and sharpen your skills.

 

This app is only for students who have chemistry classes or those who want to have more knowledge. It is called Periodic Table and its name explains everything if you are familiar with chemistry at all. With this app you can learn how elements change when temperature increases, and to see how elements are applied in real life.

 

Learning apps for adults

If you are a grown-up you are often overwhelmed with work and you should use your vacation to relax and learn new things. Learning new things can help in your private life and career, and summer is the best time to  learn, when you are fresh and rested. So, next time you are on the way to your vacation destination, while waiting for a plane or bus to catch, use some of these apps and prove that you can still learn and improve upon yourself.

 

Word Brain is for exercising your brain and vocabulary. Learning new words and expanding your vocabulary is a very strong asset to your career and personal life. You can use it every day when you have 5 minutes of spare time or just need to chill out, and learn a couple new words.

 

Duolingo is a well-known app for learning a new language and it can come in handy when you go to your holiday destination. You can practice the new language while you are on the beach and at least learn how to order coffee and food.

 

Udacity is a lifelong learning academy available in your pocket. If you choose to have this app on your phone, you will see how easy it is to learn new skills and fully use your personalized experience. When knowledge is within your reach and available all the time, you will have no excuses to skip the learning.

 

Programming Hub is a special app for those adults who got interested in programming. We know how well paid is that job and it is never too late to change your career and start coding. Maybe this app will be your start.

 

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Top Music Genres for Better Productivity

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Listening to music while working, studying, driving or fulfilling any kind of a task, has proven to increase productivity. The thing is, our brain has two attention systems and they are both turned on all the time. While one system is focused on the task you are carrying out, other subconscious system is still turned on and threatening to harm your productivity. For instance, you are reading a book and someone is coughing in the same room or talking on the phone. Your brain cannot ignore such things, and as a matter of fact, it can disturb your primary attention system. In other words, you can easily lose focus and be less productive.

That’s why music helps you focus. It neutralizes that second attention system that can easily be distracted by the noise made nearby. The sound of music makes you relax and gives you a pleasurable feeling. However, not all types of music can help your brain stay focused. And the music choice at the same time depends on an individual. Whereas some prefer liquid or soft sounds, other would rather listen to industrial or hard sounds.

So, the music you like will actually suit you best. Since there are music genres that are more popular than others, and songs that are more listened than others, it is possible to create a top list of songs for better productivity.

 

Classical music

Classical music is believed to be one of those that increase productivity more than other due to its harmonic sounds and relaxing and thought provoking themes. Many studies have shown that people who listened to Mozart or other classical music artists such as Beethoven, Bach and others, are usually more productive. Some studies show that music without lyrics is less likely to distract you from work. So next time you have a work to do, try listening to Vivaldi’s Four seasons or Mozart’s symphony no 40.

Video games soundtracks – Chiptune

Whether you like video games or not, it is widely known that music from the video games is highly recommended for this occasion. Music from the video games is stimulative and strategic and helps your brain concentrate better. One of the most known are Blade runner soundtrack and Zelda’s Lullaby.

Reggae music

This Afro-Jamaican music was influenced by jazz and swing and its beat helps you feel relaxed and mellow. You should listen to it when you feel nervous or your day is stressful. Its offbeat rhythm makes you ignore your coworkers laughing and totally shut down. You can start off with Rude boy Jamaican by Eek a Mouse or Roots Reggae music by Rebelution.

Liquid DnB

Whether you like drum n bass or not, you should give a chance to this liquid subgenre. It helps you relax but at the same time it gives you an uplifting sensation and makes you awake. Next time you feel sleepy, maybe this will help. The quality of the sound is good and it simply has a positive vibe, but not distracting.

Deep house

A combination of jazz-funk and soul music, with just a bit of vocals, is a perfect mix for your working environment. If you are not so fond of reggae, blues and you like house music in general, deep house may be your top choice for your next working day. It’s deep bassline and slow rhythm are great for when you need a relaxing sound to take you away.  Examples: Faded- ZHU, Ferreck Dawn and Redondo- Love too deep.

Instrumental blues

Blues without lyrics is another good choice if you are having troubles concentrating on your work. The sound of saxophone and electric guitar can be pleasing to the ear. Blues music has a very recognizable sound which is very easy to fall in love with, and it definitely differentiates from other music genres mentioned above.

Old skool jungle

Some research shows that sound of nature can also be listed as a productive music. Listening to different sounds from the nature, such as birds singing or roaring of the sea. Old skool jungle is actually another subgenre of drum and bass music with sampled jungle sounds thrown in the mix, along with an MC often covering the track.

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You can find music from all these genres on YouTube and find out what genre suits you best. Maybe one genre will be a better choice when you have to do a repetitive task and you are sleepy, for instance liquid dnb or jungle music. In other situations, let’s say when you are under a lot of stress, reggae music will make you feel relaxed and more eager to concentrate on your tasks.

If you want to download music on your mobile phone, and you are having troubles with audio file formats, download one or our audio apps and convert your music to mp3, mp4 or other music file formats.

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Top Online Tools for your Next Business Trip

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When going on a business trip, you probably have mixed feelings. You are happy about traveling somewhere and seeing new places. But at the same time you have meetings or seminars to attend, and all that responsibility makes you nervous.

Presenting your company in another city or a country is a challenge and no wonder it requires additional preparedness. Even though your company might have booked a flight and a hotel for you, you still have to take care of other travel-related things such as making an itinerary, checking the flight, finding a transfer from the airport and wifi area, and so on. Moreover, you need to organize business documents, communicate with your colleagues and check emails.

 

For all these activities you can use a specific online tool or a mobile application. Given that many of you bring a laptop on a business trip, we compiled a list of online tools that can be used on laptops. Save mobile battery for taking photos, chatting with your friends or checking in at a fancy cafe, and use laptop to deal with organizing your business trip. One thing is sure, these online tools can make your business trip go flawlessly.

Before You Go

Flight checker

Although your flight is booked and you are packed to go, it wouldn’t hurt if you check the status of your flight. You can even set up flight alert to receive reminder or notification about your flight. It will notify you if there are any delays or what are the weather conditions. You can even track the flight on the map with FlightStats online tool.

Travel itinerary maker

Making plans in advance is always a good idea. When you reach destination you will have no time to search for sightseeing tips and local advice. That’s why it’s better to create itinerary prior to arrival. Travefy is a tool for custom-made travel plans. You can add places and notes, such as hotel booking information, landmarks, flight reservation etc. The tool also has ability to search recommended restaurants and activities for you.

Calculate transfer expenses

Taxi Fare finder is an online tool that provides you with taxi rates estimations. It covers more than 1000 popular international locations and help you find the most affordable price for your transfer to and from the airport.

 

When You Arrive

 

WiFi finder

When you arrive to a hotel you will probably have a decent WiFi connection. But before you leave the hotel to go sightseeing or doing something for the work, better check out what are the nearest WiFi areas in the town. Trustive can help you find WiFi hotspots and save time on wandering around in order to find WiFi zone.

Note taker

We all know about Evernote. It is one of the most useful note taking tools. But sometimes you need something simpler than that, a tool that will present your notes in a very plain layout. It is called Notezz and it only requires from you to sign with your Facebook account. Notes are presented in a clean and visible way.

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Music

Spotify web player can play music for you, make a playlist according to your mood or occasion. It is a free tool but for a small fee of $0.99 you can listen to music offline for three months. Pretty convenient, right? Especially if you are without internet access.

 

Find local events

Have you heard of Meet Up? It is an event search tool that finds events on different topics in preferred area. For instance, when you are a on a business trip and you want to stay productive and do something work-related, you can search for business events nearby.

File manager

Cometdocs can help you with storing business documents, converting them from PDF to MS Office formats and vice versa. It is completely web-based but you can download converted files and further use them in an appropriate program.

These are some of the tools and situations when you can use them to have your business trip go smoothly. Do you have any other other suggestions? Share them with us in the comments section and don’t forget to charge your laptop before you go on a business trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Make a Histogram in Excel

A histogram is a type of Excel graph used to analyze data by frequency of use. Histograms show how often one data element is used or mentioned within specific range. People who work with data and especially data analysis, should know how to make a histogram in Excel. It is particularly common when presenting demography of product users. For instance, if you want to present what is a common age of your product consumers, or from what countries people visit your website most, you can use histogram.

 

To make a histogram in Excel you need to follow the guidelines that apply to the version of Office on your computer. Guidelines differ from version to version and below you can learn how to make a histogram in Excel 2016 and 2013.

 

How to Make a Histogram in Excel 2016

 

Choose the data you want to present in histogram and click on the Insert menu. In the Charts tab click on the Insert Statistic Chart as shown on the image below.

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Another way is to click on the Recommended Charts and then on All Charts tab.

 

If you want to change the look of your histogram, right click on the histogram axes and then Format Chart Area.

histogram in excel

 

Thus, you can change the fill and the outline of the chart area, title, horizontal axis, plot area and vertical values. For instance, if you click on Horizontal axis as shown on the image below, the Format Axis sidebar will appear with Axis Options where you can set up the width of the bins, number of bins or set up category. In the same way, you can change the look of the chart of the text, in terms of color, shadow, and glow effects etc.

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If you want to change data presented in the histogram, again right click on the histogram axes and then Select Data. Change the data range by typing different data values.

 

How to Make a Histogram in Excel 2013

 

 

In order to make a histogram in Excel you need to install Analysis Toolpak first and then to select two columns. In one column you will place the data you want to present via histogram. The other bin is to put the elements you will use to measure the frequency.

 

In the first column make sure you enter numeric data and not textual, because histogram won’t work as textual data. In the second column, you need to add the bin numbers. Click on the Data menu and then Data analysis. In the Data analysis window choose Histogram option and then click OK.

 

Enter the proper values in the Bin range and Input range box. In the Output options select the location where you want to put your histogram: the same worksheet, the same workbook but different worksheet or a different workbook.

 

If you want to show the data in descending order, select the Pareto histogram. To customize your histogram you can apply similar settings as previously mentioned in the guide for version 2016.

 

Having histograms in your Excel document will definitely help with data analysis and comparison. Presenting data visually makes people remember and understand better the analyzed data.