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The 5 Apps That Need to Be On Your Desktop

You might just be doing the internet all wrong. Having apps on your desktop often means a broader range of functions, a better user interface and the obvious -easier access. We’re all looking for ways to save a few minutes, a few dollars and a few steps. Finding the apps that make your life just a little bit easier is well worth the time. Once you incorporate the apps you’re looking for into your everyday life, you’ll wonder what you ever did without them!

Spotify

Spotify is the latest and greatest in streaming music apps. You can either live with commercials or upgrade your account for a measly $10/month to forego the commercial interruptions and get some added features as well. Users can search by artist, album, genre, playlist, or record label. The coolest feature? You can connect with friends on your social networks and co-create playlists. It’s a really fun way to share your latest music finds, or take a walk down memory lane, sharing a playlist. If you’re thinking about snagging a Spotify account, the current offer is 3 months for $1. You can’t really beat that! Check out their uber pretty site for more info.

Evernote

Ah Evernote -what can’t you do?! Their tag line is “A Workspace for Your Life’s Work” and that pretty much sums it up. Evernote is essentially a suite of software and services designed to optimally capture and store information in really simple and easy to retrieve interface. Evernote is offered as a free service, but users can purchase add-ons and upgrades according to their needs, creating a really tailored users experience. At its most basic level, Evernote can be used simply as a checklist. More advanced users use Evernote to scan, store and categorize lists, receipts, emails, documents -pretty much everything in their lives. Need to get your digital, personal or work life together? Try Evernote for free.

Messenger

Sorry PC folks, this one is for Mac users. Mac recently brought the same messenger that we’ve grown to know and love, to our desktops. Before last year, you could only get messenger on mobile devices, but now laptop and desktop users can download the messenger app and text right from their keyboards. Text messages pop up on your screen in real time, so you don’t have to split your attention between devices. SnapGuide.com has a really simple guide for first timers wanting to install the app.

Flipboard

Think of Flipboard as a magazine written specifically for you and your interests. When you set up an account, Flipboard will ask a myriad of questions that will help it choose what information from all around the internet, you would like to see. Flipboard is a combination of your favorite magazine, social network and news outlet. Their software scours the internet and then displays relevant articles, stories, blog posts, videos and other forms of content, in a clean, easy to navigate format. Check out Flipboard here.

Google Chrome

So, if we’re getting technical, Chrome isn’t an app, it’s a web browser. Actually, it’s the web browser. Internet surfers are switching over to Google Chrome in droves for several reasons -Chrome is known to beat the competition in the following, very relevant areas: speed, simplicity, security, customization and easy multiple user sign in. Additionally, Chrome has add-ons for just about everything, meaning you can create a totally tailored web browser experience based on your specifics needs and interests. We highly recommend Chrome here at Friendly PC.

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