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3 Apps to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

A trio of iPhone and Android apps—Hours, Lift and Workflow—to improve make getting things done faster and more fun

By Kevin Sintumuang

Lift

Don’t know what your New Year’s resolutions should be? Browse Lift. Not only does the app offer a menu of self-improvement goals—going paleo, meditating or simply learning to set priorities for each day—it also will guide you through one-on-one chats with a personal coach at a cost of $15 a week. (Lift encourages you to try different mentors until you find the most inspiring one for you.) In addition to having someone nudge you and hold you accountable, the app breaks your goals down into actionable steps, so that you can start to build healthier habits. Change takes time, after all. Available for Android and iOS. Free, lift.do

Workflow

If you often find yourself doing the same multi-step tasks on your smartphone—like opening your calendar app to check your next appointment, then launching a map to find directions—Workflow has the potential to save you a lot of time. It automates tasks across different apps, streamlining what would normally take a lot of swiping and pecking to just a few taps. The ambitious user can create custom shortcuts for Instagram and Twitter, but the app also provides ready-made workflows for handy tasks such as shortening a URL when you copy and paste it, or texting someone with your estimated time of arrival home—leaving you more time to plow through your other resolutions. Available for iOS. $3, my.workflow.is

 

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End of 2014 Laptop Special

Lenovo ThinkPad L412’s

I’m sure you know the saying, “Out with the old, in with the new.”. In some cases, this may be true but here, at SecondChanceIT, we tend not to have that frame of mind. How about, “Lightly used but like new.”?

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What do people in your state buy the most?

The Most Popular eBay Item In Every State

by Ashley Lutz – August 26, 2014

E-commerce giant eBay has revealed the most popular item in every state. Californians favored high-end women’s accessories, while men’s cologne ruled in New Jersey. Some states were more practical. People in Ohio purchased outdoor equipment. North Carolina residents spent their money on baby products, while Connecticut customers bought batteries. Texans ordered “tactical and hunting goods,” while New Yorkers favored firearms. Here’s the full graphic.

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Amazon takes on eBay … sort of

December 9, 2014: 8:00 AM ET

Amazon is the new eBay … sort of.

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Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) has a new feature called “make an offer” that allows customers to place bids, rather than buy outright. But unlike Ebay, (EBAY, Tech30) it’s a one to one bid where the customer haggles privately with the seller.

“The ‘make an offer’ feature is not an auction format,” said Amazon, in a press release. “The intention is to lower prices, and a customer negotiating with a seller will never pay more than the listed price.”

This works in the opposite of an auction, where the price goes up as multiple customers bid on an item.

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