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For the past month or so, we’ve been compiling lists of what we think are the best apps of 2013. Divided into specific categories, each list is composed of 10 apps handpicked by iDB editors. For each category, iDB readers were able to vote for their favorite app, helping us come up with what we believe to be the best of the best apps of 2013.

In order to be eligible, apps had to have been released in 2013. This ensured that we were putting new apps under the spotlight, rather than always seeing the same ones at the top.

With your help, we present you the best of the best apps of 2013…

If you’ve been reading iDownloadBlog for a while, you probably already know that iPhone photography holds a dear spot in our hearts, as we often review photography apps, or share photography tips with you. As a matter of fact, we’re so into it that we created a dedicated iPhone photography page on iDB, featuring tutorials, tips, and our favorite apps.

Best photo app: ProCamera 7

Runner up: Tadaa SLR

The best weather app of 2013 won’t really come as a surprise as it is a free app that has been iPhone users’ favorite every since it launched earlier this year. It must be noted that the runner up was a distant second favorite, barely gathering 6% of total votes.

Best weather app: Yahoo Weather

Runner up: NOAA Weather Radar

With the end of the year come good resolutions for the twelve months ahead, and if getting in shape is part of your 2014 goals, then you owe it to yourself to check out these apps that iDB readers consider to be the best of the year.

Best health & fitness app: Nike+ Move

Runner up: Moves

If your new year resolution is to get more organized, maybe you need to pick up a few apps to help in your daily endeavors. Having a better assistant might just be the sidekick you need. We had four very strong contenders for this category and they all came very close to each other, but only one can claim the top spot.

Best productivity app: Donna

Runner up: Fantastical 2

With iOS 7, Apple gave a complete facelift to the stock music app, but it apparently wasn’t enough for our readers who picked two music players as their favorite music apps of 2013. Once again, the two favorites were really close to each other, only separated by a handful of votes. Interestingly enough, both apps are free.

Best music app: Beat

Runner up: Listen

Whether you’re into Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or any other social network, there sure is an app out there that will fit your specific needs. This category’s readers’ choice will come as no surprise, gathering almost half of all votes.

Best social networking app: Tweetbot 3

Runner up: Vine

The games category is probably the largest one in the App Store, making it even harder for everybody to have one particular favorite. This was pretty clear looking at the results of this poll where the top 2 games both gathered about one quarter of total votes.

Best game: Infinity Blade III

Runner up: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

No matter how you prefer to consume content, chances are there is an app for that in the App Store. While some prefer the comfort of a good old RSS reader, other might want to experiment with new ways to get their news delivered straight to their iOS device. If anything, the death of Google Reader earlier in 2013 allowed the News app category to see an influx of brand new apps and come up with new ideas.

Best news app: Reeder 2

Runner up: Sylfeed

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6 Of The Best Rss Readers For Android

This post was first published in 2024 and was updated in April 2023.

RSS feeds aren’t as popular now as they were before. There are many apps available now that provide curated and customizable content to help you stay updated with the latest news and trends. However, there are still many users that opt to use RSS feeds for news and to follow their favorite blogs. With so many RSS feed reader apps out there on the Play Store, it’s always a tough task to choose the perfect one. To make this task easier for you, we have shortlisted some of the best RSS Feed Reader apps that are available on Android.

1. Feedly

The whole navigation between different feeds and articles is based on gestures. It might take a few minutes to understand how it works and get the hang of it. There’s even a team version where you can collaborate with coworkers and curate content.

2. Inoreader

If Feedly is for everyone, Inoreader is for everyone including the geeks. Inoreader tries to be a reading service that’s backed by RSS instead of just being an RSS reader. And it’s built that way. You start by choosing sources from categories you like, and Inoreader does the job of populating the feed for you.

Inoreader’s best pull is its app itself. While not gorgeous, it’s utilitarian – clean and feature-rich. Many RSS feeds are truncated, and you can’t get full-text feeds even after using hacks. In Inoreader just swipe up, and the app will show the full text. That combined with finely tuned reading/sync settings and the automation stuff makes Inoreader the perfect app for the RSS geek. If you have around 50 to 100 subscriptions, look into Inoreader.

3. Palabre

The “Reading” section is clean and distraction-free by default. You can choose to view the article in its original form. There’s also a text-to-speech feature to hear the news while using headphones. A nice little feature that I personally like is “History” which keeps track of all the articles that you’ve read.

4. NewsTab

While NewsTab is a daily news app, under the hood it works as an RSS Feed Reader as well. It’s the best designed RSS reader in my opinion. The UI is neat and crisp. The navigation is flawless, and you’ll easily get the hang of it in no time. You can create your own sections and classify the Feeds accordingly. The search feature makes it even easier for you to add your favorite websites and blogs.

The content reading area provides a “Simplified Article Mode” which allows you to customize the content. You can change the font, color, and their size according to your liking. Apart from that, there’s even an “Offline Mode” to take the content offline. You can take an entire section of feeds for offline reading.

5. gReader

gReader is one of the oldest and most-used RSS Feed Reader apps on Android. The best thing about this app is that it gives you full control over how the app should work. You can completely customize the app and the display of the content. If you like to quickly analyze and read the headlines, then there’s an option to automatically mark an article as “Read” as you scroll which will reduce the clutter of feeds. Want to quickly switch between your read and unread articles? Well, there’s a quick toggle button for that, too.

There are various services available in the app like “Voice reading,” “Translate” and many others. If you feel some services are unnecessary, you can simply turn them off in the settings. There’s also a separate section to change how the content caching on the app should work. You can even backup your preferences in your phone storage if you’ve done lots of customization. This can be helpful in case you uninstall and reinstall the app.

6. RSS Reader by Svyatoslav Vasilev

RSS Reader is one of the best lightweight RSS readers available on the Play Store. Despite being lightweight, it’s loaded with all the necessary features. The interface is completely customizable. The layout of the feeds can be changed and sorted by “Newest,” “Oldest” or the “Favorites.” You also get a widget for the homescreen that shows unread articles in the form of a counter.

The content reading area also comes with a good pack of features. You can swipe left and right to go to the next or previous article. There’s even a Mobilizer integrated to fully extract the articles from the feed. Similar to gReader, you get options to change the Synchronization and Cache settings of the app. A quick button to take the Feeds offline is also available.


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Abhishek Macwan

Abhishek is a Freelance Tech blogger and an avid coder. He’s an Android Freak and loves customizing and fixing all things digital. You might also want to check out his blog where he shares his love for Tech.

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February 2013: Best Of Search Engine Journal

Here’s the SEJ posts that brought in the most traffic last month. We thank our hardworking guest writers for their contributions! 

This post goes over the top docs that every person that’s in the SEO world needs to have access to.  These tips, strategies, and tools will help you to do your job better.  Post goes into the following areas:

Hundreds Of Tools For Marketers

SEER Interactive SEO Toolbox

Ultimate Link Building Query Generator

Content Strategy Generator Tool

Managing Projects in Google Docs

Find Local Nearby Locations







3rd Party Sites

Additional Domains

This is an amazing post that everyone should read about the top SEO tasks that are wasting your time. There are so many things in the World that are more important than these SEO time wasters. Here they are:

Checking Your Traffic Every Day

Buying Backlink Packages

Monitor Keyword Density

Submitting Articles to Directories

Checking Your Rankings Obsessively

Spinning Articles

Sculpting Your Site’s PageRank

Responsive design, do you know what it is?  The world is moving toward mobile.  What does this mean for website owners, it means that you should read this post!

Last year, Google launched the Knowledge Graph aimed at helping users find relevant information easily and fast. This search model is referred to as an “intelligent” way to find the right results for queries with different meanings. It is also an attempt by Google to help users better understand a topic by summarizing important facts and relevant content about the search query.

This post goes into five different rules that startups should live by in order to get your startup ranked.  Here are some of the top tips for SEO Startups:

Make Sure Your Site Can Be Indexed

Focus on Both Industry and Branded Keywords

Choose Keywords Based on Search Intent and Other Metrics

Make Link Building a Priority from the Start

Publish Awesome Content

This goes into three different link building techniques that are scalable that you wouldn’t normally think of.  No, content isn’t one of them.

This goes into four different SEO techniques that new site owners have to understand about SEO.  These aren’t new, but they are crucial for every site owner out there.

SEO is Long Term

Always Put Your Visitors Before Search Engines

There is NO Secret to SEO Success

Link Building is Forever

This post goes into the different tactics for link building in 2013.

Put the Focus on Brand Recognition

Use Press Releases for Exposure

Comment Marketing for Familiarity

Forum Marketing

Q&A Sites

Guest Blogging for Traffic

Infographics as Proof of Authority

Content Marketing With a Unique Selling Proposition

The Rise of Co-Citation

Leveraging Past Success

Goes into different eCommerce strategies for websites in 2013.

Understand Why People Use Social Media

Build Relationships With Influencers

Be Shareable

Go Where the Community is

Understand Conversions Directly From Social Media Rarely Happen

6 Of The Best Camera Apps For The Iphone

There’s little argument that the iPhone camera is one of the best in the smartphone industry. Capturing photos is as easy as a press of a button, and the built-in app does a fine job. However, if you really want to take your photos to the next level, you need third-party software.

Here are some of the best third-party camera apps for iPhone.

1. Camera+ 2

The sequel to the wildly successful Camera+ app, Camera+ 2 is a go-to option for millions of iPhone owners. Launching the app feels somewhat similar to the default app which makes it easy to pick up and learn. However, one tap of your finger, and you have access to a whole new world of features.

Basic functions like continuous flash, 6x digital zoom and a timer make it an attractive option for beginners. More professional camera types will love extras like RAW shooting abilities, grid lines, and a variety of shooting modes. These modes enable popular functions like detecting smiles or a slow shutter for long exposure. If you want to grab a series of rapid shots, burst mode is waiting for you.

2. Halide

A perennial favorite online, Halide is a fantastic choice for photographers looking for more control over the camera. The price tag is well worth it, given just how easy Halide makes it to control a variety of settings.

3. Obscura 2

While some camera apps keep you bogged down with confusing functions, Obscura 2 is the exact opposite. Built from the ground up to be minimal, this camera app is a favorite among photographers looking to make the jump into a more professional feature-set.

Support for RAW captures exists alongside Apple’s default HEIC format as well as JPEG and Live Photo. In addition, there’s even an option for depth capture mode. Basic features like grid overlay, flash control and manual controls are present for just about any tweaks you’d want to make. With nineteen different filters included, there are plenty of presets to help make post-editing a whole lot easier.

4. Moment

Created by manufacturers of some of the popular camera accessories for the iPhone, the Moment camera app is as great as their other products. For any photographer wishing to find an app that mimics the feel of shooting manually, you’ve found it.

There are plenty of manual controls available including ISO, white balance and shutter speed adjustment. RAW capture is unsurprisingly included as are Apple-focused image formats HEIF and HEVC. If you’re not already sold on Moment, using the Apple Watch as a remote shutter button will push you over the edge. Additionally, pair the app with the company’s lens accessories and leave the DSLR at home.

5. ProCamera

Packed with every feature its developers could include, ProCamera has been at the top of the paid App Store charts for years and for very good reason. Simply stated, there’s a ton of camera goodness here including manual mode that adds a histogram for additional control.

Perspective correction helps capture the ideal photo, as do settings for ISO, exposure, tint and so much more. That the developers managed to pack in a whopping seventy filters is awesome. ProCamera gets even more enticing with support for 4K video capture and Apple Watch control for remote shooting. There is a small initial purchase alongside and a small in-app subscription. Opt for the monthly subscription, and you’re rewarded with an eye-popping set of editing tools.

6. Focos

If you’re the owner of an iPhone with dual lenses (or the iPhone XR), head to the App Store and download Focos. The app promises to bring you into the future with computational photography. While that might sound fancy, the results speak for themselves.


David Joz

David is a freelance tech writer with over 15 years of experience in the tech industry. He loves all things Nintendo.

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5 Of The Best Educational Apps For Kids Of All Ages

Swift Playgrounds

In “The Fundamentals of Swift ” users are taught concepts such as commands, functions, loops, and so much more. As your character, Byte, progresses through the world, more difficult concepts will need to be learnt to overcome certain tasks. Once a foundation is built, you can move on to more complex modules and even code for toys like the Lego Mindstorms or Parrot drones.


Duolingo is a fantastic app for picking up a new language, available on Android, iOS, and the browser. The app is broken into small pieces of learning material, meant to take up just about fifteen minutes of your day for each session. With this, a variety of mini games allows you to more easily learn and maintain the material.

As you progress through the material, previously learnt material is interweaved into the lessons. Stay motivated through a streak count which is logged when you spend time each day. In addition, missing too many questions and “losing” hearts will require restarting the lesson. This prevents you from breezing through the information without retaining all of it. All in all, Duolingo is more personable and a lot better than learning in grade school.


One shortcoming, though, is that if the teacher does not support or use the app in their classroom, the students will not be able to either. Recently, forms of cheating within the app (such as pressing and holding on a word and tapping to view a definition) have led faculty to try to implement apps like Canvas into the classroom instead. Even if that is the case, there is room for Edmodo as a superior educational communications and collaboration app.


While this is great and all, many students have found themselves to be using the app as a crutch to complete homework – without actually learning the material. In doing so, come exam time, it’s likely they will fail. It is just important to use Photomath as a resourceful learning tool, and nothing more.

Quizlet Flashcards

Rarely ever is there an app that encapsulates the need for a simple, easy-to-use flashcard app that just works – and yet, Quizlet Flashcards manages to do it. Create your own decks or use decks sourced from the Internet. You can use your voice to create desks and then memorize the material through mini games within the app. It is available for free on both Android and iOS. The full Quizlet experience is available online.


Corbin Telligman

I’m a junior at UT Dallas, a tech enthusiast, an adreneline junkie, and a coffee fanatic.

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5 Of The Best Running Apps For Jolly Joggers

What better way to spend a sunny afternoon or a crisp winter evening than by strapping on your Nikes, threading your headphones under your t-shirt up to your ears, and going for a nice long run? It’s a fine feeling, and it’s made even better in the company of a good smartphone running app, which can help you track your runs, listen to music, and shower you with motivational words to get you going that extra mile.

But which one to pick? We’ve made your life easier by listing our favorite running apps right here for you.

Zombies, Run!

Availability: iOS, Android

Not all the apps in this list will be as silly as this one, I promise, but if you’re a gamer like me, and want to have some kind of narrative justification for your runs, then you need to check this one out. Zombies, Run! is an experience that immerses you in an audio-story set in a zombie-ridden post-apocalypse. Your jogs become life-and-death escapes from zombies, where you try to out-run the ravenous horde while picking up “items” like medication and fuel to help you survive. The Walking Dead? More like the Running Dead! Am I right?

Run with Map My Run

Availability: iOS, Android

They could’ve just called it “Map My Run”, couldn’t they? Whatever the title, this app is a good one, uniting the running community by allowing people to upload their favorite running routes and share them with fellow joggers. Better still, you can compare your times on runs with other joggers, pushing you to make it onto the leaderboards among friends and other users around the world. Naturally, it syncs with Android Wear, Apple Watch, and other fitness trackers to give you accurate feedback on your progress.

Nike+ Run Club

Availability: iOS, Android

Call us corporate groupies, but whenever Nike releases a fitness-related item, it never fails to impress. Like a great interactive journal of everything running-related, this app stores your running data, tracks your progress, and offers coaching plans based on your running level. Like Map My Run, it also has an element of friendly competition, letting you compare runs with friends and frienemies alike. As with most things Nike-related, it has its share of sports celebrities making appearances in motivational videos including Mo Farah, Allyson Fenix, and comedian Kevin Hart. (In fairness, the guy’s in great shape!)


Availability: iOS, Android

One of the more no-nonsense running apps out there, Strava is a one-stop shop kind of running app, stripping away what some people may think of as the “frilly bits” in something like Nike Run Club. In Strava you track your runs, link up with friends to compete and even send each other messages of motivation and support (or jeering, as the case may be), and try to beat personal challenges set for you by the app. Of course, heart-rate tracking, GPS, Apple Watch and Android Wear functionality are all accounted for.


Availability: Android

It’s rare to see two apps syncing like Ghostracer does with Strava, and on this evidence you wonder why it doesn’t happen more often. Ghostracer will be familiar to anyone who’s raced against ghosts in Mario Kart, as it uses data from Strava to put you in live-action competition with your past self. So as you’re running routes you’ve run before, it dynamically shows you how you’re doing compared to your own past runs, both on-screen and with regular audio updates. It’s a great way to stay on top of your game because there’s no better motivator than the fear of losing to yourself!


Running isn’t for everyone, but sometimes the incentive of setting personal targets, competing against friends, or running away from zombies is enough to get you into it. So if you’ve tried running without an app before, try it with one of these apps instead, and you may find yourself much more into it than you ever imagined you would be.

Robert Zak

Content Manager at Make Tech Easier. Enjoys Android, Windows, and tinkering with retro console emulation to breaking point.

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