Best Free iOS Apps of 2013 (Part 2 of 3)

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Few days back, we had the first part of our list of the best free apps of 2013. It features some of the more popular apps in the market today including Dropbox, Evernote and Facebook. Now, we showcase the second part of the list to further help you wind down 2013 app repertoire with a bang. Enjoy!

Dragon Dictation

Are you looking for an easy-to-use voice recognition app to be used on your iOS device? Dragon Dictation might be the one for you. Although Apple already has its very own Siri ito handling voice-enabled tasks, Dragon Dictation improves on the technology and allows you to dictate text or email messages, status updates, notes and reminders all using your voice.

IM+ Instant Messenger

Personally, I am not a big fan of curating many different IM clients in my mobile phone or tablet. It’s just inefficient to maintain and counter-intuitive. Personally, I just don’t get the point of having a multitude of chat applications. And emoticons doesn’t just cut it for me. Anyway, if you’re one of those who love to use WeChat, Line, Skype, Yahoo! Messenger, Viber, etc all on the same device, IM+ might help you streamline a bit.

TuneIn Radio

As standalone AM/FM radios go out of the market for good, apps such as TuneIn Radio provides a great interface for us to continuously enjoy all those digital FM radios that continue to pump out free great music to the masses. Also featuring AirPlay support and an alarm clock feature, this app, plugged into a decent set of speakers, might just be your next boombox.


Now the king of social photo sharing, Instagram provides a great means for you to share all those selfies, food porn photos and travel snapshots to the whole wide world. And of course, you can browse a ton of filter-filled photographs from all over the world should you find yourself bored.

Google Translate

Ever found yourself literally lost in translation? Do you ever wonder how common phrases sound like in another language? The Google Translate app is a handy tool to do just that. Powered by one of the world’s most powerful tech companies, learning French to impress that sexy girl next door should not be that difficult now.


One of my great online discoveries for the year is TED, which is an app that delivers solid educational and inspirational videos right at the comfort of your mobile devices. If you find yourself having nothing to do, just browse through the many different offerings on TED and you’ll not only entertain yourself, you’ll be learning a lot too.


Are you an avid traveler but can’t seem to find the best airfare bargains out there? The Skyscanner app helps out with that. Powered by the already powerful Skyscanner web service, the app version almost does the same thing but on a more portable form factor. Just input your starting point and destination and the app gives you the best options available across all airlines.


┬áLast on our lineup for the day is Flipboard, one of the pioneers of social magazine reader apps that have really come to popularity this year. Available on the iPhone, the iPod Touch and the iPad, the app reads through the RSS feeds of many of today’s popular news, lifestyle, sports and technology websites and formats their content into an easy-to-read, intuitive, digital magazine layout.

Stay tuned for the last of our three part offering of the best free apps of 2013! Happy new year everyone!

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