Monday, December 31, 2012
Think of 2013 as a fresh start — a chance to clear the clutter and amp up your productivity for the coming year. Whether that’s taking control of your finances, grocery list or schedule, here are eight apps that can get you on the right track.
Access and manage all your bills in one place with the free Pageonce – Money & Bills app.
Once you add your accounts (credit card, utility, cable, cell phone and other bills) you can set a reminder of when the payments are due so you’ll never deal with a late fee again. The app also provides users with a financial overview complete with transactions and balances, so users can see where they are spending and how they can save. Don’t worry, if your phone or tablet is lost or stolen, just log in to the Pageonce website and deactivate access from your device(s). free
This aptly-named app offers user-friendly list making and scheduling options, but with the added bonus of syncing to many of your other accounts such as Gmail and Twitter for easy task management across multiple platforms. Not to mention, if you have an iPhone 4S or 5, you can create a list on Remember the Milk via Siri. Sort tasks by priority, due date or name, and then swipe to check them off your list as you go. free
Those of us with full closets can have a hard time remembering what outfits we have for certain occasions, making getting dressed a long, frustrating fiasco. The Cloth app is the clothing lover’s best friend, providing a simple way to save, organize and share your favorite outfits. Just snap a photo of your outfit and sort them by occasion (work, evening, everyday, etc.) to keep a record of your best-dressed moments.
Upgrade the app to take advantage of the weather features, which use real-time weather data to give you one-touch access to the best outfits from your wardrobe for the current conditions.
The in-app upgrade also gives you built-in photo editing and filters so you always put your best face forward. Free or $0.99 with weather update
This all-inclusive organization app allows users to take notes, capture photos and videos, create to-do lists and record voice reminders – and makes these notes completely searchable and shareable, whether you are at home, at work or on the go. When your best ideas strike, jot them down on Evernote and email them to friends and colleagues in seconds. free
We’ve all been there. You try to attach a large file to an email and it just won’t go through.
The Dropbox app allows you to store things to your heart’s content, giving you an easy platform to share photos, videos or any other file without the hassle of storage space. Once you install Dropbox on your computer, any files you save to your Dropbox will automatically be available on your iPhone, iPad and even on the Dropbox website. The free version offers an ample amount of space, but if you need more, Dropbox also offers paid storage upgrades. free
Keeping dinnertime simple (and tasty!) can be a daunting task for many families. Find, manage and save dinner recipes with DinnerSpinner, so you’re never left woefully dialing out for pizza. Create shopping lists with ease and store all the recipes you want to make for the week, so you can scroll through them when you’re picking up groceries. If you need help with ideas, just open up the app and give your phone a shake for some inspiration. free
No more endless scrolling through a jumbled mass of photos and videos to find that one cute baby picture from 1995. Photo Manager Pro allows users to create custom-colored and named folders, in which they can tag and group images however they like, all using simple drag-and-drop gestures. You can also add captions to give yourself a reminder of where and when the photo was taken, and easily share your photos privately or over social networks. Cost: $2.99
How many calories were in that maple bacon doughnut?
With MyFitness- Pal, you can find out with the swipe of a finger, easily navigating through the largest food database of any calorie counter (more than 2 million foods). The app also allows users to log their workouts and calories to help track their progress and lose weight the right way – no fad diets required. free