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Focus@Will

Focus@Will started in Los Angeles in 2011 when founders Will Henshall and John Vitale became interested in why people like to listen to music while at work and studying.
Research showed 2 out of 3 of people like to listen to music while they work or study, but it’s difficult to find and manage sounds that consistently work well. So they created a new neuroscience based music service that helps increase your focus by reducing distractions, energizing you and helping you hit those critical deadlines.
Most people can only concentrate for a maximum of about 100 continuous minutes before needing to take a quick break to stretch, move about, maybe get a drink of water, and so on before they resume for another session. The focus@will system makes it faster and easier for you to concentrate – it brings you a focused flow state and then keeps you there.
How does it Work? Music has been used across cultures for millennia to put people’s minds in specific states: only recently have neuroscientists discovered that this effect is due to the broad impact of sound on neural circuitry across the brain – not just in the auditory cortex, but in all areas of the brain, including areas that are important for memory, analysis, and creativity. Focus@will uses the brain-shaping features of sound to keep your mind from avoiding two undesirable states: distraction and habituation. It requires android 4.1 and upper versions to be functional.

Trello

Trello is an online tool in itself for organizing anything using Kanban style cards.
The website itself provides a highly visual way for Online Collaboration. It is a simple free tool for Task and Project Management. It lets the user work in a collaborative system to get more productivity. It has boards, lists and cards that enable the users to organize and prioritize the projects in a fun, flexible, recognizable and rewarding way.
The best part of this system is that it syncs well in all the devices no matter where the user is. The user can collaborate with the team anytime and from anywhere, sitting on the bus or beach. It has a prominent clientele comprising of redhat, National Geographic, Adobe, Pixar, and more. What’s more? You can sign up for free. To know more, visit: www. trello.com.

FreshBooks -Invoice+Accounting

The all-new FreshBooks App helps small business owners to work anywhere on the go by: invoicing clients, recording expenses and tracking time.
It is an accounting software that makes running your small business much easier, faster and secured (cloud-based). It is designed with a simple and user-friendly interface, and is trusted by millions of small business owners. Some of its features are:
* Look Professional: Creating professional invoices in seconds, help you get paid in a snap.
* Accept Online Payments: Accept credit cards online and get paid quickly and securely, directly from your invoice.
o Keep Automatic Payment Records: Payments are automatically recorded so you don’t have to worry about your accounting.
* Track Expenses: Capture expenses on-the-go by snapping photos of receipts right from your mobile device. Make shoeboxes full of receipts a thing of the past.
It is easy to use and requires android 4.2 and upper versions, to be functional.
To know more about it, install and use it.

Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation

The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation came into existence as an Independent Ministry on 15.10.1999 after the merger of the Department of Statistics and the Department of Programme Implementation.
The Ministry has two wings, one relating to Statistics & the other Programme Implementation. The Statistics Wing called the National Statistical Office (NSO) consists of the Central Statistical Office (CSO), the Computer center and the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO). The Programme Implementation Wing has three Divisions, namely, (i) Twenty Point Programme (ii) Infrastructure Monitoring and Project Monitoring and (iii) Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme. Besides these two wings, there is National Statistical Commission created through a Resolution of Government of India (MOSPI) and one autonomous Institute, viz., Indian Statistical Institute declared as an institute of National importance by an Act of Parliament.

The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation attaches considerable importance to coverage and quality aspects of statistics released in the country. The statistics released are based on administrative sources, surveys and censuses conducted by the center and State Governments and nonofficial sources and studies. Under the tab of “Public Documents”, the vistor will find an array of useful documents like Result Framework Documents, Outcome Budget, vigilance cell, guidelines for conducting surveys, demand for grants, yearly strategic plan, summary of monthly activities, etc. It also has tab for “Acts and Rules”, which comprises of ISI Act 1959, Handbook on Collection of Statistics Act, 2008, Collection of Statistics Rule 2011, and more. To know more about the website and the ministry, visit: www.mospi.nic.in.

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