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There is not shortage of free mobile and desktop applications available on the internet. Unfortunately, most of them are either rubbish or trick you into parting with your cash via in-app purchases. But if you take the time to sort the wheat from the chaff, you'll find plenty of excellent apps that truly are free.

We're thankful every day for all the free apps out there that improve our lives (and the developers that make them!). Here are 50 our favourites.

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My mirror doesn't come to life and tell me about the rest of my day when I walk in bleary-eyed to the bathroom, as much as I wish it did. An always-on dashboard relaying to me my calendar appointments and the weather would both help me start my day with a better understanding of what I need to get done, and keep me from walking through the city in the rain. Fortunately, with a little tinkering you can turn whatever devices you have lying around into your own DIY status board.

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In a press release on the company's blog, Pinboard, the world's best social bookmarking site for introverts, announced it has acquired Delicious, the unwanted step-child of bookmarking platforms, from Delicious Media, the company that acquired Delicious from Science in 2016, the company that bought it from AVOS in 2014, the company that bought it from Yahoo in 2011, the company that purchased Delicious in 2005. Which means you're gonna have to move those bookmarks about learning how to bake a pie, shoot a wedding, or whatever you think you'll click on eventually.

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Naming things is hard, especially if the name needs to be unique. Over the years I've worked for sites named Urlesque (rhymes with burlesque, it's about memes), Slacktory (it's a factory for slacking) and Valleywag (which came scarily close to being called "Boomshank"). I always loved the evocative site names of the Gizmodo network. Sploid connotes splatter, tabloids and explosions; Deadspin promises ESPN with an unexpected angle; Kotaku puts the slightest spin on the Japanese term for obsessive nerdy interest. More famous names like Instagram, Medium and Upworthy also compactly convey multiple meanings. The same approach is popular for fictional character names: Darth Vader, Voldemort and Ebenezer Scrooge read immediately as bad guys.

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You've spotted an app, site, or service you like the look of, it's completely free to use, and so you're ready to sign up — but how can you tell the service is above-board and legit? That you're not going to be subject to nefarious dark pattern tactics or see you or your teens sensitive data shared with advertisers. Before joining a service that seems to good to be true take the steps below. Common sense and a little digging can usually save you from the shadiest apps.

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A shiny Netflix subscription or Spotify gift card may not be the most fun item on your wish list, but they and other web services you use every day can still make great, useful gifts that keep giving long after the season is over. Here are some of our favourite premium apps and web services worth gifting.

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iOS/Android/Web: Airport Wi-Fi isn't always easy. Depending on the airport and the terminal, you might be hard pressed to find a decent spot to access the internet. This interactive map can help — it locates free Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi passwords at airports around the world.