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Best Free iPhone, Android Apps: Our Top 10

As we reflect on 2015, we look back on the iPhone and Android mobile apps that made our lives easier. Here are our top picks.
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'Tis the season to be thankful, spread some holiday cheer, and search for the perfect gifts for everyone on your shopping list. It's also a time when we reflect on the year and think about the good and bad of 2015.

Today I'm going to focus on the good. Like most of you, I'm grateful for the mobile technology we use every day to communicate, stay organized, and get from place to place.

Has mobile technology been an entirely positive presence in our lives? Well, no. Smartphones, social media, and other mobile tech has caused the human attention span to plummet 25%, from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 seconds in 2013, according to a report issued earlier this year from Microsoft Canada.

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Fortunately, mobile app stores are booming with tools designed to make our lives easier. We may have shorter attention spans, but we also have more capable apps to organize everything from schedules to finances.

Here, we put together a collection of useful apps from 2015 that will be handy additions to your mobile devices through the end of this year into 2016. This roundup consists of a range of apps you want on your smartphone, including a contact organizer, smart keyboard, photo editor and how-to guide.

If you're still feeling the effects of this year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping sprees, you're not alone. In the spirit of the holiday season, all of the apps in this roundup are free to download.

Which mobile app did you find most useful this year? Feel free to share your recommendations in the comments section below.

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Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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12/7/2015 | 7:25:18 PM
BillGuard
I love this feature. I should get this in to my phone to keep a track of my credit card charges. Will this capture both POS and online transaction charges?
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shamika,
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12/7/2015 | 7:24:53 PM
Slice
Amazing feature.  As per my understanding people prefer online shopping now. This will make their life easy to understand the status of their products.
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shamika,
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12/7/2015 | 7:24:25 PM
SwiftKey
I love this feature. This will minimize the time I use for typing short messages. The best thing is it has the ability to type in multiple languages.
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12/6/2015 | 11:35:04 PM
7 Minutes workout App
"Johnson & Johnson 7-Minute Workout -No matter how busy you are, you can spare seven minutes to do your body some good. All you need is a bit of time, a wall, a chair, and some floor space."

Did, anyone using this app; is it useful? Would like to get a real user feedback, so that I can also start using it. Used many such apps, but nothing useful

 

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12/6/2015 | 11:29:12 PM
Re: new productive apps
"I used the map applicationn quite often. It's very handy and can guide your walk as well. This is important when travelling aboard."

Li, map and GPS based apps are very much useful for navigation and guidance system, especially when you are travelling through unknown places.
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Li Tan,
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12/4/2015 | 11:59:42 PM
Re: new productive apps
I used the map applicationn quite often. It's very handy and can guide your walk as well. This is important when travelling aboard.
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12/4/2015 | 10:51:09 AM
new productive apps
The best app is the 7 minute work out and snapguide.  I reside in the Northeast once snow comes, it will be a hassle to go outdoors, I better start planning what project I should do to keep me busy until spring arrives.
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