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10 Apps That Make Your Life Easier - Technology Tips

Have you stuck with your New Year’s Resolutions? Whether your goals this year are to develop a personal budget, or to lose weight and finally get in shape, there are a number of apps that can help you achieve success. To assist you in staying on track this year, featured here are 10 fabulous apps that will make your life easier.

With the right tools and technology, we can become more efficient, conserve on time, and stay organized. Using apps developed for your smartphone and tablet can help you stay on schedule, multi-task, handle projects better, and communicate more with the people that matter most.

10 Apps That Make Your Life Easier

Efficiency Apps

Genius Scan: Genius Scan turns your iPhone into a pocket scanner. It enables you to quickly scan documents on the go and email the scans as JPEG or PDF. The Genius Scan scanner technology includes smart page detection, perspective correction, image post-processing. It allows you to build PDF documents with multiple scans. This app comes in handy for both business and schoolwork. Whether you’re traveling for work and don’t have all your documents with you, or you need to quickly send a colleague or associate an important document, this app can help you get the job done.

1Password: Have you ever forgotten a password? We all have. With 1Password, it will never happen again. 1Password is a password manager that goes beyond simple password storage by integrating directly with your web browser to automatically log you into websites, enter credit card information, fill registration forms, and easily generate strong passwords. Your passwords, identities, and credit cards, are just some of the confidential information that 1Password stores in one secure place, protected by the only password you will need to remember. The 1Password app is available for Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Health & Fitness Apps

Lose It!: Lose It! is designed with one goal – to help you lose weight in a healthy, sustainable way. No magic pills, no crazy diets – just a simple, easy-to-use program that helps you stay in your calorie budget. The app is easy to use and very intuitive. You enter your current height and weight, as well as your goal weight and completion time. The app calculates the number of calories you can consume each day in order to lose the amount of weight desired by a specific deadline. The app enables you to enter the foods you eat throughout the day (which calculates calories consumed), as well as the exercise you do (whether it be weight-training or cardio). Lose It! is one of the most downloaded Health & Fitness app on iTunes, and is available for both iPhone and Android devices.

Jillian Michaels App: Fitness guru and celebrity trainer, Jillian Michaels, knows as a thing or two about whipping people into shape. For those of us who don’t regularly workout with a personal trainer, it’s great to know that you can get the help and encouragement you need from a super-fitness buff like Jillian, right on your iPhone or iPad. The Jillian Michaels app contains daily tips, healthy recipes, a convenient barcode scanner (to scan nutrition facts from packaged foods), a podcast, meal planner, and instructional exercise videos.

Shopping Apps

CardMobili: Is your wallet bulging with rewards cards? Or do you continually forget to bring your loyalty or VIP cards along with you when you swing by the market or a retail store? That’s where the CardMobili app can help. It´s free, simple and a convenient way to replace your physical cards so you can stop carrying all that plastic. Never forget or misplace your cards again. Access all your favorite brands loyalty cards, rewards and membership information any place, any time, always with you. You can find 2500 popular retailers within the app, such as CVS Pharmacy, Safeway, Hyatt Gold Passport, Saks 5th Avenue, and more. When you go to the checkout register at any of these stores, the clerk simply scans the barcode on your phone, which pulls up your rewards information on their computer.

ShopSavvy: Love shopping, but wish you could score the best deals without having to scour the internet for hours? You’re in luck! ShopSavvy is making shopping simpler, easier and more fun than ever before. With a super sleek design and more merchants and products than any other app, ShopSavvy can help you find the best and local prices, reliable product info, and allow to shop anywhere you want.

Lifestyle Apps

OpenTable: Tired of wondering which restaurants have available tables? The OpenTable app will help you save time by enabling you to quickly and conveniently find restaurants that have available tables for any date/time you desire. OpenTable is the only app that helps you make reservations at over 20,000 restaurants in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Explore great restaurants, find available tables, and earn reward points for every reservation.

AroundMe: Hungry and looking for inspiration? Meeting friends at a bar close by? Or just need to find the closest ATM? AroundMe allows you to search for the nearest restaurants, banks, gas stations, book an hotel or find a movie schedule nearby. This app is especially handy when traveling or visiting new locations. It syncs with an easy-to-read virtual map that helps you navigate to your desired destination (either by car or by foot).

Social Apps

HootSuite: Are you a social networking powerhouse? Love updating Twitter, Google+, and Facebook, but hate having to bounce back-and-forth between different social networking apps or websites? HootSuite can help. Save your time and your sanity. Improve productivity by managing all of your social networks within HootSuite. The dashboard is designed for you and your team to listen, engage and measure all from one simple interface.

Skype: Skype is one of the best communication apps for busy people. Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are. With Skype, you can share a story, celebrate a birthday, learn a language, hold a meeting, work with colleagues – just about anything you need to do together every day. You can use Skype on whatever works best for you – on your phone or computer or a TV with Skype on it. It is free to start using Skype – to speak, see and instant message other people on Skype for example.

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