7 apps to beat your bad habits

Each new year brings new opportunities to quit vices like smoking and binge drinking and to cut back on indulgences like excessive carb intake, online shopping sprees, and food deliveries. Begin a journey toward better health and wealth in 2015 with these seven apps.

Quit smoking

QuitNow (iOS, Android) Smoking causes one in five US deaths, according to the American Heart Association. The good news is that quitting is possible. Ease withdrawal with QuitNow, a highly personalized app that tracks the minutes since your last smoke, the number of cigarettes you've avoided, and the amount of money and time … Read more

Neil Young's PonoMusic hits $2M on Kickstarter in one day

Well, that didn't take long. Less than 24 hours after legendary rocker Neil Young launched a Kickstarter page for his long-talked-about Pono music service, the campaign surpassed its goal of $800,000.

As of this writing, the PonoMusic Kickstarter campaign has more than $2 million in pledges from more than 6,200 backers.

One of the reasons this Kickstarter campaign blew through the roof is that music fans and sound aficionados are eagerly looking to get their hands on the Pono music player, or PonoPlayer. The player has been in development for years and will use the Free Lossless … Read more

Apple at work on full 4K display support in Mavericks, report says

Apple may be making Mavericks a bit more 4K friendly.

In Apple's OS X Mavericks beta 10.9.3, users are given the option to run the operating system in native 4K resolution on 4K/Ultra HD monitors attached to their Macs, 9to5Mac discovered on Friday. Apple is calling the 4K support "Retina" in Mavericks, the site claimed.

Although Macs currently support 4K monitors, they simply use the extra lines of resolution to display larger windows and interface elements. According to 9to5Mac, the new Retina feature correctly scales the operating system to the Ultra HD display, making … Read more

Acer 27-inch monitor offers extreme resolution for a moderate price

Though its name reads more like a cryptic Captcha password than a monitor display, the Acer K272HUL is a high-resolution 27-inch monitor with a budget-friendly price. Starting at $449, the Acer display boasts a 2,560x1,440-pixel-resolution WQHD display, also known as extreme definition.

It has purported 178-degree viewing angles and 16.7 million colors, with a 6ms response time. The Acer monitor houses dual built-in speakers and connectivity options are limited to DVI and DisplayPort, as well as two HDMI ports. The VESA wall-mountable K272HUL also comes with Acer ComfyView, which lowers reflection and glare.

When it comes to … Read more

HiFiMan's advanced headphone tech at CES 2014 improves sound quality

HiFiMan is premiering two new models of audiophile headphones at CES 2014. At first glance the new models resemble HiFiMan's HE-400 and HE-500 full-size planar magnetic headphones, but closer inspection reveals an entirely new headband design, and these two models are considerably lighter and more comfortable than the headphones they replace.

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I was treated to an advance preview in NYC and auditioned the headphones at home. The sound is more open and clearer than ever before. Some experienced audiophiles may think these two new HiFiMans' sound is close to what you … Read more

Staying healthy with technology

Hundreds of thousands of people make resolutions to start the new year off right. Given today's society, which puts a lot of emphasis on appearance and self-image, the most popular resolution deals with losing weight or living a healthier lifestyle. Every January the treadmills and ellipticals are filled with eager gym-goers. Like clockwork, however, after a couple of weeks the gym returns to its normal state of isolation.

Resolutions are hard to keep (I didn't maintain any of mine from last year) and living a healthy lifestyle is even harder. With the demands of work, raising a family, … Read more

Tech to keep your resolutions on track

CNET Update is making goals:

In this special edition of CNET Update, learn how technology can help with your New Year's resolutions.

- Need an extra push to get fit? Wear a fitness-tracking bracelet like the Fitbit Flex or Fitbit Force for a constant reminder to stay active.

- Turn gym time into game time with the Goji Play and an iPad.

- Workout at home with personalized videos on the FitStar app.

- Keep things tidy with the Neato XV Signature Pro robot vacuum cleaner. And stay on top of household chores with reminders and tips on the … Read more

Apps for keeping New Year's resolutions

A new year brings new goals, new aspirations, and new opportunities to grow financially, physically, and mentally. Instead of breaking your resolutions as soon as you make them, start the year off strong with these helpful apps -- and make the most out of 2014.

"The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them."

Android/ iOS tops the list for any productivity enthusiast, thanks to its ease of use, powerful autofill, and clean design. digs deep to integrate your task with your phone's capabilities. For example, if your task is … Read more

5 apps to help you stick to your New Year's resolutions

Lose weight, stop smoking, save for a new house, organize your life: Your resolutions are set, and you have every intention of keeping them -- at least until life gets in the way. Don't give up on your goals before February, instead download a few apps that can nudge you in the right direction and coach you to stay on track.

I've rounded up five apps that can help you keep your resolutions, from quitting smoking to whipping your budget or body into shape. Share your favorite goal-oriented apps in the comments below.

Mint (Free) For managing your … Read more

What's up with Neil Young's Pono high-resolution music system?

The Gigaom Web site reported on December 20 that Pono announced it won't be showing at the CES show in Las Vegas in January.

I first heard about Neil Young's Pono music system more than a couple of years ago, and it was supposed to roll out a few months later. Rumors continued to circulate about an imminent debut, then fade away. Young showed a Pono music player prototype on the David Letterman show in September 2012, and it seemed like the launch was within reach.

Like everybody else I'm still unsure about how the Pono music … Read more