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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: Organize your tasks and projects with TodoPlus Portable

TodoPlus Portable lets you organize and track the progress of tasks, projects, and, of course, to-do lists. If you've been using paper as your primary organizational tool, there will be a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, ToDo Plus Portable proves to be a fairly effective tool to see what you need to do and which of the tasks are complete. The biggest issues are the lack of options to add due dates and share your files.

You won't need to install TodoPlus Portable; just unzip its folder and open the executable to get … 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: Organizer To-Do is a home-focused to-do list and calendar manager

Organizer To-Do is a to-do list, scheduler, and calendar app with stay at home moms and dads in mind. The app features three major functions -- a to-do list creator, a shopping list manager, and a calendar that can either sync with your other calendars or work independently to keep track of everything you have to do. While the app is designed with moms and dads in mind, it works for anyone with a lot of around-the-house chores to do.

When you start Organizer To-Do you're shown a screen with all of your options. There are six, but three … Read more

What is Google Schemer?

Schemer is an underrated, underexposed Google app that helps you plan and discover plans based on your location. It'll integrate with your contact list and display what's essentially a social to-do list, or "schemes," that might be interesting or fun to do.

For example, if there's a particular food truck that you've been dying to try, you can add it as a "Scheme" and keep track of your social bucket list. Schemer will also scrape other friends' schemes based on shared locations.

Each user profile displays some pretty useful info., like the … Read more

Review: Any.DO is a wonderfully designed to-do list alternative for your iOS device

Any.DO is one of the most attractive to-do list apps we've seen in a long time, and it works as well as it looks. With Any.DO's stylish swipe function and very streamlined menus, it is a joy to use, organizing your information in an intuitive way and making adding new things quick and easy.

From the moment you start Any.DO you'll be given step-by-step directions on how to use the app, but it is intuitive enough that you'll rarely need them. On any screen, swipe down to enter a new to-do item. No … Read more

Opt out of Pinterest's personalization feature

Pinterest just announced that it will now support the Do Not Track feature if it is enabled on a user's Web browser. However, the Pinterest Web site will still be collecting data on users to help "personalize" their experience.

A personalized experience means that when you are visiting other Web sites, this data will be used to show pins that may be of interest to you. So if you've been looking at cupcake recipes, you'll start seeing boards full of cupcakes when you log in. If you don't want that, fortunately there's a … Read more

Review: Create a multitouch, friendly task list using coTODO

A good task list is a must for your iPhone. The portable device is a perfect tool for carrying a calendar and task list with you wherever you go, but those lists need to be well constructed, easy to access, cloud friendly, and quick and easy to access and edit. That's why coTODO is both a very good app and a frustratingly incomplete app in need of some additional work.

When you open coTODO you are presented with a tutorial that walks you through basic editing of a handful of different things you can do, from adding tasks to … Read more

Review: Prioritize your task list using TodoPlus for Mac

Busy users may need an efficient way to track their tasks. TodoPlus for Mac has all of the functions necessary for organizing to-dos, but the cluttered interface makes it difficult to use.

Download and installation of this free program completed quickly, as did initial set up. No technical support was available and the tutorial was of little help. After moving through the tutorial menus, TodoPlus for Mac began to slow the test computer down, lengthening the time spent switching between different menus. The program's main interface has a cluttered row of buttons along the top of the window. Users … Read more

Synchronize note-taking with recordings, with Pear Note for Mac

For students or professionals who often have to take notes during lectures, organizing them can prove difficult. Pear Note for Mac works well to track audio and typed notes in one program for later reference and organization.

While the full program costs $39.99 to purchase, a free, 14-day trial is available. Download and installation of Pear Note for Mac were fast, and startup occurred without any user interaction beyond accepting a licensing agreement. No instructions were easily available, but the interface is fairly easy to interpret and use. The program's basic graphics were a disappointment, but the layout … Read more