In many ways, your smartphone is more powerful than the computers of Apollo 11. While it won’t get you to the moon, you can be lightyears ahead if you use your phone to its full potential. That includes using it when you have no mobile or data connection.
Listen To Podcasts
You can listen to music to pass the time or you could go with informative podcasts. We have previously written about podcast apps for various platforms (
4 App Showdown: Which Is the Best Android Podcast App?
4 App Showdown: Which Is the Best Android Podcast App? There are great podcast apps available for Android, whether you're willing to pay for an app as good as anything you'd find on an iPhone or want a polished, free app.
Enjoy Podcasts, Music, Talk & Sport On Windows Phone With TuneIn Radio
Enjoy Podcasts, Music, Talk & Sport On Windows Phone With TuneIn Radio Aware that I should probably listen to the occasional contemporary sound, I became a convert to the BBC's 6 Music channel, which plays an astounding mix of great tunes from the 1950's to the 2010's....
One Android app we haven’t covered, yet, is
Podcast Addict. Using this app, you can search audio and video podcasts by keywords or networks, subscribe to your favorites, manually add RSS feeds or YouTube channels, import OPML files, and download episodes for listening or watching them offline.
Download: Podcast Addict for Android (free) Catch Up On Your Reading List
If you’re like most people, you hardly have time to read all the interesting articles you come across on a daily basis. Maybe you could get through some of them, if you started reading during your commute. While doing nothing or reading novels can be very
, it’s not always the best use of your time. Plenty of applications support offline reading and syncing between your desktop and your smartphone, it’s just a matter of finding what works best for you.
Free Music & Nature Sounds To Relax, Sleep, Meditate, Study & Concentrate [Sound Sunday]
Free Music & Nature Sounds To Relax, Sleep, Meditate, Study & Concentrate [Sound Sunday] Discover a vast collection of free ambient, electronic, drone soundscapes, plus nature sounds, ASMR, and singing bowls. Many hours of free music downloads are hidden in this edition of Sound Sunday. Come inside and listen.
Pocket, formerly known as Read It Later, lets you
save pretty much anything
you can view in a browser, including articles and videos. You can even email content to your Pocket. When you have some Internet downtime, check your Pocket for entertainment.
Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service
Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service As Bakari previously reported, the well loved Read It Later - which enabled users to save articles to read later from a bookmarklet or various apps it was integrated with - was discontinued and replaced...
Download: Pocket (free) for iOS, Android ( our review
), Windows Phone, Blackberry, and more.
Pocket 5 For Android: A Polished Way To Save Content To Read Later
Pocket 5 For Android: A Polished Way To Save Content To Read Later The Web is full of cats. Seriously, they're everywhere. So are other silly memes and many other things conspiring to steal your attention. So how do you make time to read the good stuff?
Do you already use the Kindle app to read books? With Readability you can
from your desktop or its mobile apps to your
How To Save Websites To Read Later On Your Kindle
How To Save Websites To Read Later On Your Kindle Our computers aren't made for reading long-form articles, but Kindles are. You can send websites to your Kindle and read them later, just like you'd read eBooks on your Kindle. This lets you use your...
favorite ebook reader and read them on the go. Simply add email@example.com to your Kindle approved email list, then send articles to your Kindle email address.
Download: Readability (free) for iOS, Android, Bookmarklets, and more.
If you’re using RSS, you can go through your feeds with this add-free Android app that supports offline reading and Feedly. You’ll find more mobile RSS apps for various platforms in our
Unofficial Feedly Guide.
Download: FeedMe (free) for Android.
Did you know the
web clipping service
Evernote had an
Why You Should Be Using Evernote As Your Go-To Place For Remembering Everything
Why You Should Be Using Evernote As Your Go-To Place For Remembering Everything Remember Everything. That’s the Evernote motto and that’s what it allows you to do best. If you aren't familiar yet with Evernote, you’re in for a real treat! If you have heard of it, but...
offline feature for mobile devices? It’s only available to Premium subscribers, but if you happen to be one, this is a feature you should take advantage of!
Download: Evernote (free, Premium option $5 per month or $45 per year) for iOS ( our review
), Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, and more.
Evernote: A Must-Have App for the iPhone and iPad [iOS]
Evernote: A Must-Have App for the iPhone and iPad [iOS] In the last several months, the iOS versions of Evernote have undergone a significant overhaul of their user interfaces, closely mirroring the design and features of the counterpart web and Mac applications. We have added...
Improve Your Foreign Language Skills
Whether you’re a bloody beginner or have some basic skills, practicing a foreign language has many benefits. Apart from being able to eventually speak a few sentences or even have a conversation, it’s also a great way to sharpen your memory and expand your horizon. With new words and phrases come new insights.
The question is, can you learn a new language using your phone? Absolutely! If you’re lucky, the language you’re interested in is offered by Duolingo. You can learn Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Portuguese with the most engaging, fun, and best tool out there. And it’s completely free!
Download: Duolingo (free, our review
) for iOS or Android.
Learn A Language And Translate For Practice With Duolingo (Now Open To All!)
Learn A Language And Translate For Practice With Duolingo (Now Open To All!) The internet has given us some fantastic tools for language learning, and Duolingo is the latest site to give it a go. It's just come out of closed beta and is now available for everyone...
If you’re not so lucky, give Babbel a try. Here you can currently pick from 13 different languages. You can try the tool for free.
Download: Babbel (try before you subscribe, our review
) for iOS or Android.
Study a Language From Your PC, Phone or Tablet With Babbel
Study a Language From Your PC, Phone or Tablet With Babbel There are all sorts of reasons to study a new language. For learning to write and speak conversationally, an online tool like Babbel provides some obvious benefits.
Play Games To Improve Your Memory
Is it possible to have fun and be productive at the same time? Kill two birds with one stone by playing
games that sharpen your memory
. Be sure to set an alarm, as time will fly as you are drawn into these brain teasers.
Get Smarter With Android: 5 Apps For Improving Memory, Math Skills, And More
Get Smarter With Android: 5 Apps For Improving Memory, Math Skills, And More "You won't always have a calculator on you!" That's what my math teachers told me all through high school. Little did they know we'd all be carrying around miniature computers in our pockets within the...
Download: Lumosity, SEQ ( our review
SEQ Is A Puzzle Game That Will Push Your Brain To The Limit [iOS]
SEQ Is A Puzzle Game That Will Push Your Brain To The Limit [iOS] A bit like connect the dots for grown ups, SEQ is a minimalist puzzle game that involves linking sequences of numbers. If you are the kind of gamer who enjoys a puzzle game that actually...
ON/OFF ( our review
), all free for iOS.
ON/OFF: One Of The Hardest iOS Puzzle Games You Will Ever Play
ON/OFF: One Of The Hardest iOS Puzzle Games You Will Ever Play When you play a game on your iPhone, are you looking for something relaxing and easy-going that will just kill a few minutes? If so, ON/OFF is another quick blast you should download.
Download: Mind Games, Memory Trainer, or One Touch Drawing, all free for Android. Edit Your To Do Lists
You can be all low tech and do this on a digital or even physical notepad or you can employ an app. If you pay for Premium, you could
use Evernote to manage your TO Do list while your phone is offline. A free alternative that offers unlimited offline editing and one free sync per 24 hours is Remember The Milk.
Download: Remember The Milk (free, Pro option for $25 per year) for iOS ( our review
), Android, and more.
Remember The Milk - A Beautiful, Feature-Rich To-Do App For iPhone
Remember The Milk - A Beautiful, Feature-Rich To-Do App For iPhone Do you have a lot on your plate? Sometimes the things we need to do between work and home can feel overwhelming, and nearly impossible to remember. That is where applications like Remember the Milk...
How Do You Kill Mobile Downtime Productively?
There is so much more you can do to pass the time in a constructive way. Sometimes,
can be the best thing do do and it doesn’t require an app! If you need to stay buy, however, you can find many more
Meditation Made Easy: Tools & Resources To Aid Your Well-Being
Meditation Made Easy: Tools & Resources To Aid Your Well-Being If you have come to the conclusion that meditation is a method to calm your mind and achieve well-being worth trying, then we can help you with resources and tools.
free productivity apps for Android and iOS on our respective Top Lists.
What else do you do with your smartphone?
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