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Launch Center Pro requires fewer steps for most common actions

Are you tired of the repetitive tap dance that completing simple tasks on your iPhone sometimes requires? If so, then Launch Center Pro may just be the best app you've probably never heard about.

What it does is let iOS users automate repetitive tasks such as "send an e-mail to my boss," and other common actions that only require a tap of your finger. No, it's not glamorous, but it simplifies the actions you do most, and in the process, saves you a ton of time. At $4.99, Launch Center Pro is expensive, but once … Read more

What can a red balloon tell us about self-control?

As video games go, Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART) is probably one of the least compelling ever created. There are no zombies, no deserted hospitals, no slick race cars. All it has is a red balloon on a white background that users pump up by clicking a button that looks like it was developed for (and maybe with?) the original Windows operating system.

Still, BART may have some interesting things to tell us about how the brain works, specifically in terms of risk-taking behavior.

You see, the game works by having you click that boring button to shoot a burst of air into the balloon. For every click that inflates the balloon without it popping, you "win" 5 cents (I still haven't figured out how to collect my stash from the developers). Pump up the balloon too much though, and you lose the cash you've accrued in that round.

So how does this provide information about our gray matter? … 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."

Any.do

Android/ iOS

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

Review: Record, play, and compile macros with TinyTask

Vista Software's TinyTask is a neat, little macro recorder that can automate just about any process or sequence of actions on your PC. It not only records and saves macros but also compiles them, turning your recorded macros into executable programs. At just 33KB, TinyTask truly is tiny. It's portable freeware for Windows that doesn't need to be installed; just extract the program and click it to run it from any folder or drive, including portable storage devices such as USB thumb drives.

TinyTask's user interface is tiny, too, with a slim window displaying six icons: … Read more

Review: Organize Me Personal Task Manager & To Do List is option packed

Organize Me Personal Task Manager & To Do List is a powerful organizational tool for your iPhone that allows you to keep track of various tasks, save photos and voice to a note, and more. While there are some issues, namely with the interface and the lack of labeling amid so much iconography, the app works very fast and offers a large number of options -- surprisingly so for a free app.

When you open the app for the first time, you are greeted with a tutorial screen that offers to show you how to use the majority of the … Read more

Review: TaskBoard makes task management easy and intuitive

TaskBoard for Mac eases task management by allowing you to view and manage running tasks in an iOS-like layout. As a well-built app, it's a welcome improvement to the standard task/application management available in OS X.

TaskBoard for Mac installs quickly and runs unobtrusively in the background. Using the five-finger multitouch gesture, or pressing keyboard shortcut "command + option + esc" opens the application. Running tasks are displayed in an iOS-like layout in a pane beneath the OS X dock. If you are familiar with the application management system on iOS devices, then you will have no trouble … Read more

Paying to skip iPhone 5S launch lines

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This year, the lines for Apple's iPhone 5S will be more tense than usual. No early preorders means fans need to visit a store to have the phone on launch day. And with reports of limited supplies, it also could be a challenge to get the color you want.

But hundreds of customers are avoiding the lines by hiring someone to hold their spot. TaskRabbit is a popular service for finding someone else to wait in line. So far about 250 TaskRabbit users have hired someone to wait in line for the iPhone 5S, … Read more

Review: Task Till Dawn for Mac makes application and task management easy

Task Till Dawn for Mac's intuitive interface makes it easy to manage tasks and applications on a schedule, and its functionality makes it an impressive freeware option for many different needs.

After unzipping the app, Task Till Dawn for Mac opens to an unobtrusive window and welcoming user interface, making it easy to add new tasks and edit existing ones. The program's interface features five buttons, allowing users to create and run tasks, as well as edit and delete existing tasks. Clicking the new task button opens a dialog box displaying action, schedule extended settings, and error handling … Read more

7 great Android apps for notes and tasks

From day one, Android has provided a number of applications to help users stay more organized. We bought these expensive devices to keep us on track; it's a smartphone, so we expect it to do things we can't always remember to do.

Thanks to the beauty of the Google Play store, there are new and much more sophisticated tools popping up on a regular basis. But with so many to choose from, how does one get started?

Catch Notes and Astrid are popular apps for managing such needs, but with the future of both services in the air (… Read more

Create, manage recipes with IFTTT for iPhone

If This Then That (IFTTT) is a free service that helps you connect unrelated apps and services across the Web. As we've shown you in the past, you're able to get really creative with recipes.

On Thursday IFTTT released its official app, IFTTT for iPhone, for free in the App Store. Until today, the only way for users to create, edit and share recipes was by visiting IFTTT.com. With the app, users will have all of the same options and features found on the Web site, but in addition to the services integrated with the site, users … Read more