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Best Nutrition Apps for Sticking to your Diet

Posted by Andrea Drag on Apr 26, 2016 10:10:36 AM

For some, the beginning of 2016 set the starting line to begin a new and improved life of balanced nutrition. Unfortunately, sometimes creating the healthy habits and sticking to them can be a struggle, especially if you have a busy lifestyle that throws temptations in your face every chance it gets.

Luckily, the world of technology is growing each and every day, constantly making life easier on us with the touch of a button. For smartphone users looking to improve their eating habits to make up for the first few months of the year, have no fear - there are plenty of apps that can guide your way to sticking to a well-balanced diet that can ultimately benefit your overall health and well-being.

Here are some of the best nutrition and diet apps for smartphone users.

Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal

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Some believe counting calories is the most effective strategy for losing weight. If you agree, the Calorie Counter app by MyFitnessPal is the app for you. Available for free on both iPhone and Android devices, Calorie Counter does exactly what the name entails - it counts your calories throughout the day! With a database of over 5 million foods to choose from, Calorie Counter lets you input your meals and enter your time spent exercising throughout the day to track your progress. Known as the fastest and easiest nutrition app, you'll be shedding those pounds you acquired over the holiday season in no time.

Fooducate Weight Loss Coach

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Need a little motivation in your life to get a kick-start on your improved nutrition? The Fooducate app will do a lot more than count your calories. Available for free on iPhone and Android devices, Fooducate helps you lose weight by educating you to choose the right foods and perform the perfect exercises for your ideal body weight. It basically works like a personal nutritionist that's always at your disposal. According to Google Play, this app has been recommended by doctors, fitness trainers and dieticians across the country - so it's a trusted choice. What's holding you back? Your Fooducate weight loss coach is waiting for you.

Waterlogged

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Maintaining a healthy diet by eating the right foods is an important part of nutrition, but it's not the only one - drinking a substantial amount of water throughout the day is crucial, too. While remembering to drink enough water is sometimes a tasks that's overlooked, it should be a No.1 priority. To make it easier on yourself, download the Waterlogged app, available for free on both iPhone and Android devices. This app will make certain you're fully hydrated every day by logging the amount of water you've drank and reminding you to keep drinking until you've reached your goal. Logging your water intake may be as simple as the touch of a button, but it's a task that's extensive enough to prevent dehydration and cleanse your body, making a huge impact on your overall health.

ShopWell

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Eating well starts with cooking well, which all begins with shopping well. Do you often feel blindsided at the store when you buy a product that looks healthy, then ends up being loaded with sodium, calories and unwanted sugars and fats? Say goodbye to those days with the ShopWell app, available for free on both iPhone and Android devices. This app allows you to scan food labels to find out just how healthy of an option the product actually is. It allows you to see if it's the right choice for weight loss, if it's gluten-free, and if it could result in a food allergy reaction. ShopWell can also offer nutritional suggestions and shows if certain products are sold in a store near you. Show your family you know how to shop with your trusty sidekick, ShopWell.


HealthyOut

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Did your friends ask you to go out to the hot new bistro in town, but you're afraid you'll break your diet if you go? No need to decline the invitation, just download the HealthyOut app to help you order a healthy meal while you're out! Available for free on both iPhone and Android devices, this app allows you to experience the delicious foods while dining at a restaurant instead of opting for the usual salad. HealthyOut will guide you to view low -calorie options that match your nutrition preferences. Don't be the friend that says no to a night out just because of the diet stipulations, you can indulge in the finer - or diner - things in life, too!

Diet Point

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Looking for a new alternative to your usual go-to diet strategy that hasn't been working for you anyway? Say no more - the Diet Point app has plenty of options for you to choose from. Available for free on both iPhone and Android devices, Diet Point lets users pick and choose from more than 130 diets in different categories, all with available meal prep guidance and mealtimes to help you curb those cravings throughout the day.

Don't get defeated by your cravings and temptations - these apps can help you stick to your new and improved healthy lifestyle with ease. Whether you're looking to add more nutrition to you diet, drink more water, find healthy alternatives when out at restaurants or just looking to log your calorie intake, take the smart approach by utilizing your smartphone to help you stick to it. 

 

Topics: Mobile Apps, Fitness and health

3 Essential Apps for your New Tablet

Posted by Andrea Drag on Apr 12, 2016 10:32:38 AM

So you just purchased your first tablet. Now where do you start? Regardless of your reason for buying this convenient mobile device, you're going to need to download a number of apps before you can use it to its highest potential. Tablets can be equally fun and helpful for both your entertainment and work-related needs, so you have plenty of reason to spend some time browsing the app store. But don't let your options overwhelm you - yes, there are millions of apps to choose from, but no, you really don't need all of them.

Here are a few essential apps you should consider downloading on your new tablet today.

For tracking

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Just because you're crazy about your new tablet, doesn't mean you're not going to lose track of it every once in a while. To keep yourself from having a panic attack if it goes missing, download the Android Device Manager app for Android devices and the Find My iPhone app for Apple devices. You can download these apps on both your tablet and your phone just in case one of them decides to grow a pair of legs and wander off. You can even remotely erase all data if you just can't seem to find your mobile device.

For productivity

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If you purchased your tablet because you needed a little help getting organized, consider downloading the Google Calendar app, available for free on both iPhone and Android devices. This app makes efficient use of all of the extra space a tablet has to offer, according to Lifehacker. While looking at the calendar in week view, you can also view a thumbnail of the month as well as other various sub calendars you can create, making multitasking easier than ever.

Interested in preparing a document, spreadsheet or presentation at home the night before a big business meeting? You should download the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps for your tablet, available for free on both iPhone and Android devices. These apps make it easy to create, edit and collaborate with coworkers and clients just as you would on a desktop computer, making them essential tablet apps for maximum productivity.

For entertainment

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Even if you bought this tablet purely for work-related reasons, you should still take full advantage of its potential - that includes its entertainment capabilities. The large screen is begging you to download the Netflix app, available for free on both iPhone and Android devices. Viewing capabilities require a subscription and internet connection, but it's totally worth it. Whether you're getting ready to board a plane, sitting in the waiting room at the doctor's office or need an easy way to keep your child busy, the Netflix app is the perfect choice. It even gets to know you, recommending TV shows and movies after you've watched a few so you won't have to waste any time scrolling through options before you finally settle on something.

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Topics: Tablet, Mobile Apps

The History of VR Technology [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Andrea Drag on Apr 6, 2016 10:48:02 AM

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Virtual reality (VR) technology has done a lot of growing over the last century, but 2016 is the year it will make quite the impression on consumers. Though many of you - or your children - have been to the arcade or an amusement park and stepped inside a VR ride, how many times have you had the option to attach your phone to a headset that offers you VR technology at home? That number has probably been zero, but that all changes in 2016 - the year that introduced Samsung Gear VR.

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The History

While the future of VR technology is shining brightly, it would be nothing without its influences. Take a look at where Virtual Reality technology has been in the infographic below - and get excited for where it's going now with full immersive environments right from your smartphone screen.

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From a swimming with sharks simulator to playing 3D games and watching movies in 360 degrees, the possibilities of the Samsung Gear VR headset are endless. 

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Topics: Wireless Technology, VR, infographic

Top 4 Reasons To Invest in a Tablet

Posted by Andrea Drag on Apr 1, 2016 1:52:14 PM

The advancements in technology in the last decade have made it very simple for consumers to carry the Internet around in the palm of their hands. You can say the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 and the Android smartphone in 2008 helped launch the smartphone frenzy - since then, the smartphone industry has been growing rapidly in both market and size. According to Statistica, over a third of the entire world's population is expected to own a smartphone by 2017, totaling almost 2.6 billion smartphone users worldwide. You're likely to hold on to your smartphone for a while, but have you considered investing in a tablet too?

It's safe to say that you're probably thinking: What will a tablet give me that my smartphone doesn't already? Now, there might not be much of a difference in that case, but having a tablet can be more convenient in a few ways, especially if you plan to use it in replacement of a laptop.

Consider these four reasons to purchase a tablet:

1. Tablets are great e-readers

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Instead of opting for an e-reader that's only meant for reading books, you can purchase a tablet and let that be one of it's many options for entertainment. Not to mention, unlike the tablet, most e-readers are only available in black and white, not full color, according to Tech Crunch.   

2.Tablets are a high tech and lightweight laptop replacements

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If you're all about convenience and portability, and you're not interested in lugging around a laptop, a tablet is the right choice for you. Sure, smartphones make accessing emails easy and convenient, but what if you're receiving a PDF file that needs a thorough read through? The small screen of a smartphone makes it challenging so opting for the larger screen of a tablet can increase your productivity without the need to strain your eyes or continuously scroll.  Using a tablet makes taking care of all of the work you can do on a laptop just as easy but in more light weight and convenient package.

3. Tablets are perfect for on-the-go entertainment

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Whether your morning commute consists of riding on the train or you've got a cranky child sitting in the back seat of your car, a tablet can be the perfect portal for entertainment. There's no need to squint while you watch your favorite Netflix series or worry about handing your smartphone to your little one to entertain them. Instead, a tablet can make watching those shows more comfortable and it can also supply your little one with the latest games and apps to play in the morning before daycare.


4. Tablets have impressive battery life

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Carrying around a laptop is always an option, as long as you're prepared to bring your charger along for the ride. Instead of bringing your whole home office on the go with you, invest in a tablet, as a full battery can last you without needing a recharge during the day. 

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Topics: Tablet, Wireless Technology

6 Apps for Planning the Perfect Valentine's Day Date

Posted by Andrea Drag on Feb 11, 2016 1:34:39 PM

Don't let the stress and uncertainty of what to do for your loved one get the best of you this Valentine's Day. Picking out the perfect present or potential date spot can be achieved in minutes and they're just a touch away when using your iPhone or Android.

Here are the best apps that can help prepare you and your special someone for Valentine's Day.

1. Etsy

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If you're looking for a great gift for your Valentine but you want to steer clear from the usual box of chocolates, download the Etsy app. Available for free on both iPhone and Android devices, Etsy is a marketplace where people can sell their vintage goods or even their own creations. From handmade jewelry to stylish clothing and furniture, you can find a gift to fit anyone's style whether you're searching for a boyfriend or a girlfriend. The app lets you save items in your shopping cart for later, chat directly with shop owners and you can even get notified as soon as your order ships. That way, if you order early enough, you can rest assured knowing your purchase will make it to your Valentine on time.

2. OpenTable

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There's no need to worry about getting a table at your favorite restaurant this Valentine's Day when you use the OpenTable app. This free mobile app, available on both iPhone and Android devices, allows you to browse restaurants near you and make a reservation. It filters restaurants by price, neighborhood, food and available times so that you won't have to waste your precious minutes searching for a specific time that's unavailable. Once you read up on a restaurant and decide it's the perfect date spot, pick a time slot and set your reservation. 

3. Fandango Movies

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You know that the movie theater is going to be packed on Valentine's Day, but your sweetheart wants to see the new romantic comedy flick. Luckily, the Fandango Movies app can help make the process of buying your tickets a little easier, and it won't take arriving to the movie theater an hour early to do so. Available for both iPhone and Android devices, Fandango Movies is the No. 1 movie ticketing app that lets you check the latest movie times, secure tickets and watch trailers. 

4. Slacker Radio

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If you and your Valentine have decided to stay in this year, consider using the Slacker Radio app to set the mood for the night. Available for free on both iPhone and Android devices, Slacker Radio has over 250 themed stations that give you plenty of options for whatever mood you're trying to set. A basic account allows you five skips per hour and it also gives you the ability to make note of songs you enjoy and tracks you'd rather not hear again. Whether you're cooking your special someone a dinner, dancing in the dining room or both, Slacker Radio's collection of music has got you covered.

5. ProFlowers: Flower Delivery

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Do you want to get your significant other a beautiful bouquet of flowers but you don't have time to stop at the florist shop? ProFlowers: Flowery Delivery app makes getting the flowers completely possible. Available for free on both iPhone and Android devices, this app lets you put together a gorgeous flower arrangement and type a custom message to go along with it. Once you've done that, you can choose the delivery date, location and time, and pay with the click of a button. This makes it extremely easy to surprise your loved one on Valentine's Day with a bouquet of flowers at work or if you're long distance from your significant other and want to send them a surprise. 

6. Hotel Tonight

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Does your loved one want to get away this Valentine's Day? With the Hotel Tonight app, you can book a room for you and your Valentine in no time. Available for both iPhone and Android devices, this free app finds you the best last-minute deals around town to help you book the best room for a great price. Planning a short getaway just became easier than ever.

Hopefully these apps will help you plan the perfect Valentine's day date for you and your loved one. For the best tech and smartphone gifts for your significant other this Valentine's Day, visit your local Wireless Zone:

 

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Topics: smartphone apps, Mobile Apps, Valentine's Day, date ideas, apps for planning a date, Helpful apps

The Ultimate Apps for Skiers

Posted by Andrea Drag on Feb 4, 2016 9:15:33 AM
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The ultimate apps for skiers

There's nothing quite like the hype that accompanies preparing for a big ski weekend at your favorite mountain with all of your pals. From sharpening your skis and loading up all of your gear, to keeping an eye on the forecast and deciding who's cooking what each night, the excitement continues to build as the big adventure nears. And now, there are a variety of top-notch apps that can make your weekend of black diamond trail runs even better.

Before the next time you hit the slopes, consider downloading one of these awesome winter sports apps.

Ski and Snow Report
The knowledge center of all things camping, hiking and winter adventure, The Clymb suggested the Ski and Snow Report app as the best place to start. If you haven't had a chance to check the forecast, conditions or trail information, this is your one-stop-shop for a complete mountain guide. Available for both iPhone and Android devices, this app provides all of the crucial information on the mountain you're headed to, including snow conditions and an accumulation timeline, trail closings, weather reports and lodge notifications. It even gives you access to trail maps, live webcams and more.

Trace Snow - Ski + Snowboard Tracker
You've got a wristlet device or smartphone app that counts how many steps you take in a day, so why not have an app that records all of the awesome backcountry trails, moguls, jumps and gnar you shred during a full day of skiing? With the Trace Snow - Ski + Snowboard Tracker app, available on both iPhone and Android devices, you can! This intuitive app is capable of tracking everything from your total distance, speed and vertical drop, to your airtime, jumps and more. It also measures calories burned and time spent on chair lifts so you know exactly how well your day went. This app is incredible for keeping track of your stats all season long.

For the optimal mountain experience, download one of these top apps for all things snow, conditions and competition.For the optimal mountain experience, download one of these top apps for all things snow, conditions and competition.

Liftopia
A full season of snow gear, lodging, lift tickets and passes can add up quickly. According to Tom's Guide, there's one app that can help save you money this year when it comes to one of the most expensive winter sports out there. The Liftopia app, available for iPhones, allows you to pre-book lift tickets, ski or snowboard lessons and equipment rentals while providing exclusive deals and discounts. What's more is that in-app booking takes away the stress of trying to find a hotel room or lodge at the last minute. So, all you have to do is show up!

EpicMix
For an outdoor app that will truly optimize your mountain experience, download EpicMix on either your iPhone or Android device. As one of the premier social apps for all things skiing and snowboarding out west, EpicMix allows you to compare lift line times, track vertical feet, save pictures, find friends and get updates on specific mountains. If you're ready for it, this app challenges friends on nearby slopes and puts you up for consideration on the Leaderboard.

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Topics: Android Apps, iPhone apps, smartphone apps, Mobile Apps, Apps for Skiers, skiing and snowboarding, Winter sports

The Best Yoga and Meditation Apps for All Levels

Posted by Andrea Drag on Jan 27, 2016 9:01:16 AM

At first mention, yoga and technology may sound as opposite as chocolate cake and weight loss but there are actually a number of highly-rated meditative apps available. While those engaging in the ancient practice of yoga long ago may have never dreamed that it would one day be connected with smartphone technology, in today's world apps for yogis are one of the best tools out there. Check out these popular apps for the meditative practice.

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Simply Yoga

If you're new to the world of deep breathing, ascetic discipline and herbal teas, attempting to master the advanced Lord of the Dance pose in front of an entire class of experts can seem daunting and intimidating. With Simply Yoga app, free on both iPhone and Android devices, you don't have to worry about that. According to Healthline, the app's mission is to keep the meditative practice simple. Consider it your own personal yoga instructor that you can take with you wherever you go. The app contains workouts for beginners with 20, 40 and 60-minute increment options. Thirty different poses are demonstrated with video for easy understanding, viewing and learning. Master the poses in the comfort of your own home.

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Daily Yoga

It's not always easy to find the time to get to the studio for that one or two hour Hatha, Vinyasa or Bikram yoga class. Whether it's one of those three styles, or any of the hundreds more that you prefer, the Daily Yoga app allows you to practice with certified yoga instructors from your own relaxation space. Considered the most favorite and advanced mobile yoga studio worldwide, according to iTunes, the app provides a library of over 3,000 poses, videos and voice instructions. Focusing on everything from flexibility, weight loss, fitness and strength this app also provides access to a social community of yogis. Daily Yoga is free for both iPhone and Android devices.

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FitStar Yoga

Internationally recognized yoga expert Tara Stiles teamed up with the FitStar Yoga app to ensure that no matter where in the world you are, you never have to miss a routine. When you can't make it to a class, just roll out your mat wherever you are and select a virtual class of your choice and follow along. From beginner levels to advanced, options allow you to pick your own duration and intensity level. According to Tom's Guide, the app is truly in sync with your rhythm, level and style thanks to the evaluation from your introductory session. From there, the app alters the difficulty of future sessions based on feedback you've provided. Available on iPhone devices, FitStar Yoga allows you to track your milestones and progress and even earn badges to unlock more classes.

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Insight Timer

Meditating just got even more relaxing. If you're someone who likes to spend specific time durations meditating, the Insight Timer app is for you. This timer app softly and gently lulls you in and out of meditation with Tibetan singing bowl chimes so that you'll never have to interrupt your relaxation to check the clock. The stats, journal entries and milestones offered are just the beginning. Insight Timer boasts more than 600 guided meditations with well-known instructors Eckhart Tolle, Pak Merta Ada, Thich Nhat Hanh, Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, as well as many others. There are guides for yoga, meditation, chanting, prayer, healing, breathing, tai chi and walking. Available for both iPhone and Android devices, you'll be instantly hooked to this worldwide, dynamic community.

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Universal Breathing - Pranayama

Now that you've gotten your yoga poses and mediation down, you can use this app to focus on improving your breathing. According to Tom's Guide, mindful breathing is just as important to the spiritual practice of yoga as stretching is. Pranayama breathing specifically, is a style of breathing that is diaphragmatic and calming. Controlled breathing is taught through basic, structured courses. According to the app, practicing slow breathing for just 15 minutes each day can have impressive benefits. It has been shown to reduce stress-related illness, help you fall asleep faster and bring down blood pressure levels. Use Universal Breathing - Pranayama, available for both iPhone and Android devices, to gain better focus as well as increased energy and stamina.

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Topics: Fitness Apps, smartphone apps, Mobile Apps, best apps for meditation, yoga apps, meditation apps, Yoga, 2016 goals, what are the best yoga apps

How to Design a Fitness Plan with your Smartphone [Infographic]

Posted by Andrea Drag on Jan 20, 2016 4:58:40 PM

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Did you know that your smartphone could be your new best workout pal? Each year, new and improved fitness, nutrition and health apps for smartphone devices make it easier and easier to take control of your fitness and get in shape from the palm of your hand.


Fitness apps make it possible to train wherever and whenever - that's the glory. Forget about the stress of busy evenings at the gym, making it to that boxing class on time or squeezing in a workout on your business trip. From the screen of your smartphone you can follow poses from a trained yoga instructor, perform body weight circuits on your living room rug, follow professional stretching instructions and track a jog in realtime. 

 

 

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Topics: Fitness, Fitness Apps, smartphone apps, Mobile Apps, infographic, New Year New Me, Get fit with your smartphone

Top 4 apps for following through with your New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Andrea Drag on Jan 11, 2016 3:06:42 PM
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It's not always easy to keep up with your new year's resolutions, but these apps can help you stay on track.

Another holiday season has come and gone, and the start of another new year is upon us. 2016 is an opportunity for setting new goals and establishing resolutions as well as the chance for a fresh start. From quitting bad habits, losing weight, and reaching career goals, to aspirations of travel and volunteer work, conversations following the holidays quickly turn to hopeful changes for the year to come. The first few weeks of January typically see an influx of people at the gym, more booked flights and increased acts of kindness.

More often than not however, people begin to lose that determination that seemed so abiding in those magical hours leading up the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. A number of apps are hoping to change the new year's resolution game by motivating and helping people stay on track. Here are the best apps for achieving your goals and remaining focused in the new year.

1. Track your goals with Strides

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One of the best apps for holding yourself accountable for each of your new year's resolutions is the Strides app, available for free on iPhone devices. This progress-tracking app is designed to remind you of any and all of the goals you have set. Whether you're looking to add more mileage to your running, read more books or save money in the new year, the Stride app has four different kinds of trackers to help you reach those goals - target, average, milestone or habit. Each feature logs your progress, provides reminders and tracks your goals. According to the New York Times, the app design is both elegant and versatile.

A similar app for staying on top of your new year's resolutions called Goal Tracker is available for Android devices.

2. Work on wellness with Lose It!

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One of the most common new year's resolutions involves some form of diet, weight-loss or exercise. It may be easy to use new year excitement and adrenaline to eat healthy and hit the gym every day, but as January starts to wane it may become more and more difficult to stay on track. That's when an app such as Lose It! comes in handy. Available on both iPhone and Android devices, Lose It! helps you to create a personalized weight loss plan and stick to it. Once you've set your daily calorie intake limit, the app helps you track your food consumption and daily exercise. Features such as the barcode scanner and recipe builder make it easier than ever to log calories. The Tech Times reported that Lose It! also has challenges available for those who need a boost of competition to get going, as well as several social features that allow users to share their weight-loss journey.

3. Quit a habit with Smoke Free

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According to Time magazine, the goal to quit smoking on the first day of January is among the list of top ten most commonly broken new year's resolutions. Quitting the extremely addictive habit of smoking is certainly no easy feat to accomplish. However, it may have just gotten easier with the Smoke Free app, available on both iPhone and Android devices. The app boasts more than 20 different evidence-based techniques to help you live a life without smoking. Concrete facts such as how many days you've been smoke free, how much money you've saved and the number of cigarettes you haven't smoked. The app can also tell you how your life and health has improved by eliminating smoking from your daily routine.

The app also serves as a voluntary scientific experiment if you choose to take part. You can still download the app without participating and for those who do choose to take part, all data will remain anonymous and you have the option of deleting it at any time. The hope is that scientists will discover how to help others quit smoking. Log your cravings and access the notes and graphs section that identifies patterns and areas where cravings congregate. Perhaps most important, the Smoke Free description on iTunes says that the mission of the app has been proven to double one's chance of quitting.

4. Manage your money with Mint

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This free money-managing app is one of the best ones out there and has been around for quite some time. Best of all, it's free and available on both iPhone and Android devices. Bringing all of your accounts into one accessible place enables Mint to organize your expenses, create bill reminders, provide money-saving tips and create a budget based on your spending habits. The app categorizes each of your transactions, making it easier to manage your finances and notice any problems before they become too large. If your goal is to save money in the coming year, this app is for you.

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Topics: Android Apps, iPhone apps, Top apps, Mobile Apps, Track your goals, New Years, New Years Resolutions

Capture Every Holiday Memory with One of These High-Performance Smartphone Cameras

Posted by Andrea Drag on Dec 16, 2015 5:00:48 PM

With the end of the year comes no shortage of postcard-worthy photo opportunities, especially on days when the entire family is together under the same roof. For most folks short of professional photographers, the chore of lugging around a digital camera has been made obsolete by the popularity of the smartphone. Each year, smartphone cameras become more powerful and sophisticated, meaning it's easier than ever to snap great shots from your mobile. 

The good news is that phone manufacturers as an industry have focused on camera development, so great cameras can be found across the price spectrum. The following devices make up the top tier of smartphones for shutterbugs currently on the market and are the perfect request for your holiday wish list.

Samsung's Galaxy S6 delivers crisp details in low light

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London features some of the bleakest, murkiest weather in the world, making it a perfect testing ground for the latest generation of smartphone cameras. Following a direct picture quality comparison performed in London on a cloudy day, U.K. tech blog PC Advisor ranked the 16 megapixel camera aboard Samsung Galaxy S6 (and, subsequently, the S6 Edge and Edge Plus, which use the same camera) as the best in the market by a long shot, especially with regard to delivering highly detailed photos in minimal lighting. If you absolutely must have the best camera phone available this holiday season, Samsung's latest and greatest devices are the way to go.

 

iPhone fans will enjoy taking sharp, colorful photos

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The Apple faithful won't be disappointed with the 12 megapixel camera equipped on the iPhone 6s. The tech giant added new sensors, signal processors and image stabilization technologies to considerably improve performance over previous iterations of the iPhone. iCloud connectivity also makes it a breeze to access the pictures you take on your phone from the rest of your Apple devices. This is especially convenient for smartphone photographers who typically edit their photos on their laptop or desktop. The iPhone 6s also includes Live Photos, which owners can use to bring their favorite snapshots to life in a whole new way.

 

Expandable storage makes the LG G4 a good choice for shutterbugs

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You might not want to get the hottest pieces of mobile equipment on the market just to snag a reliable camera phone for the holiday season. Thankfully, you won't have to face that ultimatum. Options like the LG G4 have plenty of perks for camera phone lovers without the top-notch price of the new iPhone or Samsung Galaxy models. Not only is the LG G4's 16-megapixel camera a noticeable upgrade over LG's former flagship, up to 2 TB of upgradable storage makes the device ideal for saving days or weeks worth of photos, according to CNET.


The HTC One M9 delivers great pictures on a budget

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HTC's One M9 won't make as big of a dent in your pocketbook as other high-performance smartphones, but that doesn't mean you'll get the short end of the selfie-stick. This chrome-accented device boasts a 20-megapixel camera and the ability to simultaneously take photos with the front and rear cameras. The HTC One M9 comes packaged with the Zoe app, which makes it easy to share photos directly with friends and family with the same device. If you've got a house full of smartphone photographers, then the low-priced HTC One M9 may be the right choice for your next family plan update.

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