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    Fast web browsers for smartphones

    Your smartphone came with an internet browser built-in, but there are many reasons you might want to consider switching to a different one, including using less data. PC Mike Wendland brings you three apps that you might want to consider using when surfing the web. Opera Mini runs flawlessly regardless of bandwidth. Pages load fast and because the app is lightweight, it cuts down on data usages. Other features includes a built-in ad blocker, native reading and night modes for readers or night owls, plus the ability to access content using private tabs. The app is free for iOS and Android. Dolphin Mobile Browser is a free, fast, smart and…

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    Apps to get things done in 2019

    With the arrival of a new year, there’s probably no greater time to make a commitment to get organized. Doing so can be a breeze with the help of the right app, as PC Mike Wendland reports. Things 3 allows iPhone users to easily get and stay organized. Create to-dos from other apps or tell Siri to remind you to do something. Create a project for each of your goals, such as family or work. And you can see your calendar events alongside your to-dos and plan time more effectively. The app is $9.99 for iOS. Do.List is another top choice that costs a bit less. The app makes it…

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    Organizer and To-Do List apps

    As the school year quickly approaches, schedules for many are about to get a whole lot busier. Keeping track of everything from school projects and sports practices to planning grocery shopping lists can be much easier with the help of some great apps, as PC Mike Wendland reports. Cozi Family Organizer is perfect for busy families. The app offers a shared calendar color-coded for each family member. You see who’s going where, and when – an especially useful feature for parents who need to know, say, what time football practice ends and more. The calendar gets synced by other members of your so-called Cozi circle. There’s lists and journals, too…

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    Apps to Measure Stuff

    Our smartphones and tablets are useful tools for tackling a lot of tasks, but did you know that they can be used as actual measuring tools for distance and dimension? It’s true, as PC Mike Wendland shows you this week in his report. AirMeasure lets users measure everything from small items, to room dimensions, to faraway buildings and structures. It has laser levels that can be added to any wall or surface, brushes for drawing or marking things in 3D, and a catalog filled with virtual furniture that can be previewed in a room. The app is 99 cents for iOS and a beta version is available for Android. Planimeter…

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    Productivity and Focus Apps

    Whether you’re distracted by summer plans, getting ready for the school year, or even too much news, PC Mike Wendland has three apps that can help you stay on track. The app called Forest makes a game of planting virtual seeds that grow when you stay on task and away from your phone. The less you use your device, the lusher your trees will become. It may seem silly at first, but it’s clearly an effective tool to see just how much time you spend on, or off, your smartphone. The app is $1.99 for iOS and Android. A more straightforward approach to staying on-track is from the app called…