With a New Year fast approaching, we all make our resolutions, and while we go in with high hopes and every intention of keeping to the list – this time – sometimes it just doesn’t seem to work out. Here’s my list of five apps to help change all of that in 2014.
1. GAIN FITNESS. Imagine having your own personal training, right at your fingertips. This app gives you your own personal trainer, without the exorbitant cost of having to hire one. Your workout routine is designed for you, adhering to your schedule, goals, pace, and experience. Options range from classic workouts, Yoga, and Pilates to cross fit and interval. Plug in your earphones, and you’re prompted on cues, reps, and breathing techniques. The best part: an assigned physical plan sends notifications and accountability reminders for daily and weekly sessions. Available on iPhone and Android. Free.
2. Buy Me A Pie. Absent minded, stressed or disorganized personalities take note: this app could save time by creating managed and synchronized grocery lists that are bumped to the devices of the other people in your home, or to friends – and across devices as well. Its sleek interface provides ongoing, updated access to the list, so that if another person is at the store and picks up some of the items, you know it. It offers a history, a food diary, and a dictionary, including colored lists of all purchased food groups. Available on Android, iPad, and iPhone. $2.99.
3. Hinge. Hinge directly connects to your Facebook page so that you don’t have to fill out yet another profile, and it makes it easier for you to meet new friends and friends of friends. Yes, it’s a dating app, and customizes a profile based on your network of friends and their friends. There is a “romance graph” molded to tastes and background, which displays education and age. This limited pool of known associates is built to increase the chances of finding love without having to be contacted by virtual strangers. Available in NYC, Boston, DC and Philadelphia, Hinge provides personalized introductions, detailed suggestions for first meetings and – not to worry – there is a solid privacy clause. Available on IOS, iPhone, and Android. Free.
4. BillGuard. This trusty app was created to illustrate spending analytics with visual charts and colorful graphs aimed at lowering monthly expenses. It has timely updates on purchasing habits, saving alerts, protection from fraudulent charges, and other billing errors to enable one to become proactive with each dollar spent and (hopefully) saved. CNN Money and PC Magazine voted it the best financial app of this year and beyond. Its other features: it offers of coupons (without spam) based on daily purchases, along with a control panel listing all credit cards, bank accounts, user names, and passwords. Available on iPhone Touch, iPad and iPhone 5. Free.
5. Facetune. Who says that taking a selfie is easy? With facetune, one can do a bit of retouching, and easily show the world your best face, every time. Whether it’s blotchy skin, dark eye circles, blemishes, not-so-white teeth or a bad hair day, you can enhance your attributes with a box of editing tools similar to Photoshop. It can zap out zits, air brush the lightening, and add facial hair and roundness – or lack thereof – to a face. Facetune gets rave reviews for its quick and professional results. Available on iPad and Iphone. $2.99.
Get the most of your phone or other mobile devices in 2014, stick to your list and appy New Year!