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Upcoming Smartphones to Check Out in 2013

Upcoming Smartphones to Check Out in 2013

It seems that 2013 will be giving us a lot of exciting smartphones! Here’s a list of some that we’ll be seeing this year:

Apple iPhone 5S

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    Apple will be back with the iPhone 5S, so for those who just bought the iPhone 5, don’t get in a tizzy because there’s no iPhone 6 this year. The iPhone 5S is expected to have a faster A6X processor, an amazing 15MP camera, and a longer battery life—those are the rumors thus far. So, why is this smartphone worth the wait? Well, despite the same old physical design, we just can’t get enough of the iPhone and it’ll be great to see all the new features when it arrives.

    HTC M7

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      A follow-up to the HTC One Series, the M7 is expected to have a 4.7-inch HD SoLux display with a 467 PPI pixel density. Rumored to run on Android 4.2, this new smartphone from HTC will also have the latest version of Sense, 5.0. It will have a quad-core Qualcomm processor and a 32GB internal storage capacity, and other rumored features include: 2GB of RAM, 4G network, 3G Network, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other standard connectivity options. It is also expected to have a 13MP camera and a 2MP front camera for video chat.

      Samsung Galaxy S4

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        Of course, 2013 would be incomplete without a new addition to the Samsung Galaxy series. Last year, the Galaxy S3 became the bestselling smartphone in the market. The Galaxy S4 will definitely entice many consumers once it is released this year. It will have a 5-inch full HD display with an impressive 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution and a pixel density of 440 PPI. Rumor has it that it will be released in the first quarter. It will probably run on Google’s latest Android operating system; Jelly Bean.

        The Galaxy S4 is rumored to be powered by a 1.4 GHz Cortex A9 Processor and an ARM Mali-400MP quad-core GPU. Although it only comes with a 16GB storage capacity, it also has a microSD slot.

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        Why is this exciting? Well, Samsung already gave us the S3, which was phenomenal, and then the Note 2, which was better, thanks to its larger screen. This Korean company has given us amazing smartphones, so there’s no question that the S4 will be explosive. Besides, improving the already-great S3 is like heaven’s gift to techies.

        Blackberry Z10

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          Although there was a gradual decrease in the hype for a BlackBerry phone, it seems that Research In Motion is going to build it up again this January. No longer a rumor, this upcoming phone will be released on January 30. The first BlackBerry smartphone to run on the latest operating system for BlackBerrys, it has a 4.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 by 768 pixels that has a pixel density of 356 PPI. Its rear camera offers 8MP while the front one offers 2MP for video chat. Although it only comes with a 16GB storage capacity, it supports a microSD card, so that’s a huge plus. I’m pretty sure that BlackBerry fans, who have been waiting for new BlackBerry smartphones, are excited for the Z10.

          Conclusion

          This year seems to be full of promises as it is filled with smartphones that have innovative hardware and software. Other than the mentioned upcoming phones, Samsung has also developed the Youm, which is a flexible touchscreen.

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          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

          Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

          Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

          So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

          Joe’s Goals

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            Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

            Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

            Daytum

              Daytum

              is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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              Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

              Excel or Numbers

                If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                Evernote

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                  I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                  Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                  Access or Bento

                    If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                    Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                    You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                    Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                    All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                    Conclusion

                    I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                    What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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