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Without the aid of specialised tools, everything you do online (and plenty of things you don't realised you're doing) is being tracked. Desktop browsers have the benefit of extensions and add-ons that block pages from tracking you, but mobile browsers tend to be a little less advanced. That's what makes Focus, Firefox's privacy-forward iOS browser, so refreshing.

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If you're wanting to go beyond the basic stuff everyone does with their phone — either by extending its capabilities or by taking more control over what it already does — we've got just the collection of tools for you. These automators, taskers and shortcut makers can quickly hack Android or iOS to do your mobile bidding.

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You don't necessarily need the help of a wearable or a smartwatch to help track your steps and monitor your activity — most modern-day smartphones have all the sensors and hardware you need to keep an eye on how much (or little) exercise you're getting. Here are nine apps up to the task of improving your fitness, no extra devices required.

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Even if you get the privilege of a rather clunky entertainment system built into the seat in front of you, having to sit inside a aerial tin can for a stretch of several hours is always a struggle. Thankfully, your most dependable gadget can help the time to (quite literally) fly by, even without Wi-Fi.

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The world's most popular compressed file format doesn't play all that nicely with smartphones. Try and open a Zip file on iOS or Android and you're likely see a polite error message or worse. But all it takes is a well-chosen third-party app or two to ease the Zip pain, and we've picked out a handful of the options worth considering.

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The number of smart devices is skyrocketing, so it was really only a matter of time before the internet of things invaded our dining rooms. Enter the SmartPlate, which, if used diligently, will ensure you never eat another meal without first knowing its full nutritional breakdown.

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The best way to get along in a foreign country is to know the local lingo. But if you don't, your smartphone can help you cheat your way through. The instant picture translation feature rolled into Google Translate last month is only a tap away, though you shouldn't take everything it says at face value.

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"Rational expectations" is a term commonly thrown around by economists trying to work out why people do stuff. It's based on the idea that individuals weigh up the pros and cons of a certain action, and use that to make a decision. It's one of the fundamental underpinnings of a free market economic model, but as this app proves in miniature, it's also bullshit.