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10 Apps to Organize Your Life

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We use our phones for most everything—sharing photos, staying in touch with loved ones, reading the news—so why not turn your go-to device into an all-around assistant for #adulting? These mobile apps will keep you organized in all aspects of your life, from consolidating your financial information to saving that A+ interview outfit for your next big meeting. You'll feel better organized after just a few downloads.

1. MANAGE YOUR FINANCES WITH MINT.

Owned by Intuit (the financial services firm behind TurboTax and QuickBooks), this secure app is like a digital financial planner. After entering your banking and credit card information, Mint keeps tabs on your transactions and sorts all your purchases into categories. Tabulate budgets with a few clicks, set goals for savings (pegged to, say, a vacation), and even keep an eye on your credit score.

Get it: Apple, Android

2. MAKE NOTES YOU WON’T LOSE ON EVERNOTE.

Simple and streamlined, Evernote began as a notepad of sorts, but it’s expanded to include the ability to set reminders, snap photos (and store them with notes you’ve made), record audio, and sketch diagrams or jot down quick notes with your fingertip. Plenty of professionals use Evernote as their primary organizer, and for a monthly fee you can upgrade to the Plus or Premium levels ($3 and $6, respectively) for additional perks.

Get it: Apple, Android

3. SATISFY YOUR CRAVING FOR A CLASSIC TO-DO LIST WITH ANY.DO.

For those who get a kick out of crossing items off a paper to-do list, Any.do will give you that same sense of accomplishment. Each time you complete a task, simply swipe right and the app strikes through the item and moves it to the bottom of the list. Just shake your phone for completed tasks to disappear.

Get it: Apple, Android

4. NEVER FORGET A PASSWORD AGAIN, THANKS TO LASTPASS.

This mobile app stores all of your passwords in one place, so you need only remember one code—your last pass—to access virtually anything. Add any password-protected sites, apps, or accounts to the vault, and LastPass will automatically log you in with the new, unique passwords the app creates. (Note: Your master pass better be on point … and one you won’t forget.)

Get it: Apple, Android

5. AVOID DATA ENTRY ON WORK TRIPS WITH SHOEBOXED.

Business travelers can snap photos of receipts, keep track of mileage, and even put together expense reports with this mobile app, which has legs far beyond the office, too: Self-employed folks can easily keep track of purchases and save records for tax time. Or, if you’re traveling with a group, this is an easy way to keep tabs on who bought what, so you can level the bill later on.

Get it: Apple, Android

6. BECOME A KNOW-IT-ALL IN THE KITCHEN WITH HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING.

Ever wondered, as you surveyed the fridge after a long day, “How should I cook that?” Don’t just Google it—you’ll waste time scrolling through results and likely come across plenty of sub-par ideas. Instead, turn to How to Cook Everything, the app based on Mark Bittman’s bestselling cookbook. Search for broccoli or chicken if that’s what you’ve got on hand, or explore tried-and-true techniques and preparation ideas.

Get it: Apple

7. SAVE OTHER DINNER IDEAS—AND MORE—ON PINTEREST.

You probably already use the site to pin crafts you’ll never make or outfits you’ll never have. Try using the app for saving totally doable recipes, which you can pin to specific boards you need, like “On-the-Go Breakfast” or “Quick and Easy Dinners.” This way, you can actually find them when the time comes. (And, sure, you can pin those aspirational home design ideas, too.)

Get it: Apple, Android

8. BOOKMARK STORIES YOU WANT TO READ LATER WITH POCKET.

Don’t have time to read that article or watch that video—but want to make sure you can find it later? This mobile app lets you do just that with links, videos, and news articles, saving the content in the app so you can access it when you have time (like on your commute or while you’re waiting for friends at a restaurant). 

Get it: Apple, Android 

9. AUTOMATE YOUR WARDROBE WITH STYLEBOOK.

Stylebook Closet App Introduction from Stylebook App on Vimeo.

For those who look in their closet and think “I have nothing to wear,” this $3.99 gem puts your clothing to work. It does take a little legwork—you snap photos of each item of clothing you own and sort them into categories—but then you’ll have a snapshot of your entire closet at your fingertips. Save outfits you love, or plan what to wear on a calendar. If you go through the trouble of entering information for certain items, the app also calculates cost-per-wear—an easy way to see which pieces you should invest in and justify spending a little more on, for instance, a fab new work bag.

Get it: Apple

10. ORGANIZE TRAVEL ITINERARIES WITH TRIPIT.

Compile all your on-the-road details in one place with this mobile app. All you have to do is forward your flight confirmation, car rental and hotel reservations, and whatever else you’ve planned to plans@tripit.com and the app will piece together a day-to-day itinerary for your vacation, which you can access anytime. You’ll never dig through your bag for print-outs or stress about that lost confirmation number again.

Get it: Apple, Android

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This Cuddly Robot Is Designed to Lull You to Sleep
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For people seeking all the benefits of a human sleeping companion without the human part, there’s a new Kickstarter-backed product. As Mashable reports, Somnox, the self-proclaimed “world’s first sleep robot,” is designed to give you a more comfortable, energizing night’s rest.

The bean-shaped cushion is the perfect size and shape for cuddling as you drift to sleep. Beneath its soft exterior is hardware designed to get you to deep sleep faster. Somnox rises and falls to mimic the movements of human breathing. Lay with the pillow long enough and the designers claim your breath will naturally sync to its rhythm, thus prepping your body for sleep.

Somnox can also be set to play sounds and music. Some content, like guided mediation, lullabies, and gentle heart beats, come built-in, but you can also upload audio of your own. And you don’t need to worry about shutting it off: Once you've customized its breathing and audio behaviors through the app, the device does what it's programed to do and powers down automatically.

Having a robotic sleep aide will cost you: You need to pledge about $533 to the team’s Kickstarter to reserve one. Even with the steep price tag, the campaign surpassed its funding goal.

[h/t Mashable]

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What Could the Repeal of Net Neutrality Mean for Internet Users?
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What could the repeal of net neutrality mean for the average American internet user?

Zouhair Belkoura:

The imminent repeal of net neutrality could have implications for Americans beyond the Internet’s stratification, increased costs to consumers, and hindered access to content for all. Net neutrality’s repeal is a threat to the Internet’s democracy—the greatest information equalizer of our time.

With net neutrality’s repeal, ISPs could be selective about the content and pricing packages they make available. Portugal is a good example of what a country looks like without net neutrality

What people may not realize is that a repeal of net neutrality would also give ISPs the ability to throttle people’s Internet traffic. Customers won’t likely have visibility into what traffic is being throttled, and it could substantially slow down people’s Internet connections.

What happens when this type of friction is introduced to the system? The Internet—the greatest collective trove of information in the world—could gradually be starved. People who experience slower Internet speeds may get frustrated and stop seeking out their favorite sites. People may also lose the ability to make choices about the content they want to see and the knowledge they seek.

Inflated pricing, less access to knowledge, and slower connections aren’t the only impact a net neutrality repeal might have. People’s personal privacy and corporations’ security may suffer, too. Many people use virtual private networks to protect their privacy. VPNs keep people’s Internet browsing activities invisible to their ISPs and others who may track them. They also help them obscure their location and encrypt online transactions to keep personal data secure. When people have the privacy that VPNs afford, they can access information freely without worrying about being watched, judged, or having their browsing activity bought and sold by third-party advertisers.

Virtual private networks are also a vital tool for businesses that want to keep their company data private and secure. Employees are often required by their employers to connect to a VPN whenever they are offsite and working remotely.

Even the best VPNs can slow down individuals' Internet connections, because they create an encrypted tunnel to protect and secure personal data. If people want to protect their personal privacy or company’s security with a VPN [they] also must contend with ISP throttling; it’s conceivable that net neutrality’s repeal could undermine people’s freedom to protect their online safety. It could also render the protection a VPN offers to individuals and companies obsolete.

Speed has always been a defining characteristic of the Internet’s accessibility and its power. Net neutrality’s repeal promises to subvert this trait. It would compromise both people's and companies’ ability to secure their personal data and keep their browsing and purchasing activities private. When people don’t have privacy, they can’t feel safe. When they don’t feel safe, they can’t live freely. That’s not a world anyone, let alone Americans, want to live in.

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