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5 labor-saving apps

On Labor Day most Americans enjoy a much-deserved day off. This work-free tribute to America's workers comes just once a year, but you can keep its spirit alive year-round with our five labor-saving apps. When you wrap up tasks quickly, you can get back to what really matters: R&R.

IFTTT ( Android, iOS, Webware)

IFTTT stands for "if this, then that," and that's exactly what the app does: build connections between apps to trigger automatic actions and save you steps. Just create a trigger, such as "Every time my boss' name is mentioned online,&… Read more

9 apps for the 4th of July

We celebrate the Fourth of July with backyard BBQ and "Independence Day" reruns. But the holiday's about honoring America's fiercely independent spirit and the patriots who fought for our enduring political freedoms. Nothing symbolizes the spirit of independence better than fireworks, which have been part of Fourth of July festivities since 1777. To find, photograph, or even play with fireworks, check out our picks for the best fireworks-themed apps.

Eventful

Not sure where to go for the best view of the fireworks? Eventful (iOS) is like Yelp for local activities. Get alerts and search for nearby … Read more

Day One review

Day One is a journaling app for OS X that allows you to write entries, add photos, tag locations, and categorize your entries.

Pros

Beautiful, streamlined design: Day One is extremely intuitive from the start, with an interface that is crisp and modern. Writing an entry is similar to posting on Web services like Tumblr and WordPress. The sidebar icons are clear and scale well for Retina displays, and aside from a couple action items, Day One makes most writing options color-neutral to keep you focused on writing.

Cross-platform support: iPhone and iPad owners can also buy and use Day … Read more

8 Father's Day apps for Dad

Call us sentimental, but we think Father's Day gifts should be meaningful. So before you pick up that typical tie or boring bottle of cologne, check out these eight fun, free (or low-cost) apps to keep your pappy happy and create lasting memories. For some gadgets to go with those apps, check out CNET's Father's Day Tech Gift Guide.

Golfshot Clubs bring people together, and that includes those of the golf variety. Spend a day bonding with Dad on the golf course. Show up with Golfshot and you'll get GPS distances for hundreds of thousands of … Read more

18 apps for Mom on Mother's Day

Your mother loves you, but she probably counted the days 'til you turned 18. So, in honor of Mother's Day -- coming up May 11 -- we have 18 iOS and Android apps. Treat yourself and your mama to some handy, affordable tools that every mother should have. And for gifts with power buttons, check out CNET's Mother's Day Tech Gift Guide for cameras, wearable tech, home theater, and more.

For new moms:

Baby Monitor App

Concerned about the tyke being safe in the crib? Worry no more with this app, which turns a second smartphone into … Read more

Colorful Day Locker Theme review

Colorful Day Locker Theme makes nice wallpaper, but everything you need to do to set it up may make you think twice. Not only do you have to pay to unlock the app, but you need another app to make the most of it. If that doesn't bother you, and you really love how this looks, give it a try.

This app gives you an iOS-like lock screen full of information, texts, weather, and other details about your phone. Before you can use it, you have to download GOLauncher, because this is really only a theme for that app. … Read more

Hay Day review

Hay Day takes you on an adventure in the countryside when your uncle suddenly decides to retire and hand his farm over to you. This is conveyed in the little introduction sequence, and you can begin to play almost immediately as some helpful neighbors and farm equipment get you started.

Pros

Lots of options: You'll always have something to do out on the farm, whether it's seeding, harvesting, caring for animals, building a bakery, or just about anything else you can imagine. Since there are so many things to do, you can alternate between them and keep busy … Read more

DayCalc for Mac review

DayCalc for Mac calculates the number of days between two dates and then shows you the weekdays, weekend days, and the total count of days. It's a small utility that can be helpful if you want to check how far away a specific event is.

DayCalc's installation requires you to run an installer, something odd for a basic application such as a calculator. It has a basic interface, not too appealing but easy to figure out, and almost no options beside its main function. It doesn't have any preferences to change, no alarm or dynamic countdown to … Read more

Pi Day celebrations kick off with a 'pi in the sky'

With everybody's favorite holiday around the corner -- Pi Day, of course -- celebrations have already begun to take place around the US.

Sky gazers in Austin, Texas, may have noticed something interesting happening with skywriting airplanes on Thursday -- namely, a "pi in the sky."

To celebrate Pi Day and honor the great mathematical constant of 3.141592 etc., AirSign aircrafts took to the skies to attempt to spell out the infinite pi sequence across 100 miles of sky in Austin.… Read more

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