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Things for Mac review

Things for Mac is a convenient program for organizing the important things in your life, whether work-related or personal in nature. You can add tags to each task to make it easier to find them later on, and you can find a list of archived tasks in your Logbook.

Pros

Great interface: This app features a smooth and streamlined interface that makes adding and managing your tasks as straightforward as possible. There is a Quick-Add button on every screen, so you don't have to stop what you're doing to jot down another note. And you can archive completed … Read more

Any.do review

Any.do is a popular free to-do list manager for Android that combines voice recognition, day planner, calendar, folder browser, missed calls, and more features inside a clean, easy-to-read interface. Using Any.do is a pleasant experience, from the Getting Started animation to the tutorials in the Help menu. You can sign in to Any.do with Facebook or Google, create a new account, or skip registration.

Pros

Speak and be heard: Voice recognition not only makes Any.do easy to use on the fly, it makes it far more likely you'll record a task, plan, or event.

Someday: … Read more

Wunderlist review

With Wunderlist's free app on your Android device and a free Wunderlist account, you can manage your life, boost productivity, collaborate with friends and co-workers, sync data, and more. Wunderlist creates Lists of Tasks under any category, such as Work, Home, or Shopping, in a smooth, well-designed interface.

Pros

Wanderlust: Multi-platform capability lets you take Wunderlist with you on Android, Windows, Kindle, iOS, iPhone, or iPad devices. The Wunderlist Web site is widely compatible with popular browsers, too.

You're invited: Invite your friends to collaborate by joining one of your lists or through Twitter or Facebook.

Support center: … Read more

TuneUp Battery & Task Manager review

AVG's TuneUp Battery & Task Manager gives your smartphone or tablet a performance boost and helps you save disk space and extend your battery life, but it requires you to perform many actions manually. This app doesn't automatically fine-tune your device with a single tap, nor does it provide enough system optimization and management features to satisfy geeks. Still, for most users it can prove useful.

TuneUp Battery & Task Manager downloads and installs before you can say antidisestablishmentarianism. It greets you with a straightforward interface, through which you can kill tasks and processes, check the condition of … Read more

Tasks review

Minimalistic and easy to use, Tasks satisfies the essential task management needs of busy professionals. However, this app has been developed to be used in conjunction with the premium apps CalDAV-Sync beta and SmoothSync for Cloud Calendar, which means that if you're not using those apps, you cannot enjoy task-syncing with your calendar. Two other missing features are task notifications and categories.

After a quick installation, Tasks presents you with a neat interface that lets you easily create tasks and sort them according to due & start dates, priority, and progress. The interface is so straightforward that no tutorial … Read more

Antivirus Free review

With its straightforwardness and effective scanning capabilities, Antivirus Free from AVG boosts the security of your smartphone or tablet without slowing down your system, proving to be a valuable app. The free version comes with all the essential security features you need.

Pros

Reliable scanner: Antivirus Free's system scanner impresses with its thoroughness. In our tests it scanned a 16GB SD card in less than three minutes, effectively identifying a few low-risk, potentially malware apps downloaded from unsecured sources. What's great about the scanner is that it can not only be set to perform system scans automatically, but … Read more

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