first_imgQuit Smoking Making New Year’s resolutions is simple enough (hey, we make all kinds of promises when we’re drunk, right?). Keeping them past, say, March, on the other hand, is a completely different story. Thanks to modern technology, however, 2011 will almost certainly be the year you get serious about self-improvement.After the jump, we’ve got a few technology tools to help you quit smoking, loose weight, pay attention to those finances, and generally make yourself a better person. Like so many other cigarette cures before them, electronic cigarettes are more or less predicated on the notion that it’s possible to trick the body into not wanting to smoke anymore. They (kind of, sort of) look like cigarettes, create a smoke-like substance (via a vaporizer), and can even contain nicotine. They lack harmful tobacco, however, making them better for you than regular cigarettes. Apparently these things are all the rage in Europe and Asia.Lose WeightThere are plenty of high tech ways to exercise, but when I saw the Trailrunner 4.0 this week, I knew I needed to include it on the list. It’s a standard treadmill, with a few (geeky) differences. For starters, the display is actually a 10 inch Android tablet that lets to user surf the Web, check e-mail, and read the news. The Trailrunner also has built-in speakers, and since it’s connected to iFit Live, you can even check your progress online.Get out of Debt/Save MoneyFinances are always pretty high on people’s list of New Year’s resolutions–particularly in this economy. Mint.com is arguably the best online way to keep track of one’s cash flow. This Intuit-owned site lets you track your bank account, credit cards, loans, investments, and more, all in a single, easy-to-use interface. Best of all, the app is (fittingly) free, to help you get started on all of that savings.Clean Up[Above, a Roomba in its natural habitat.]The Jetsons had it right. Why clean up when you can get a robot to do it for you? iRobot‘s got all manner of helpful house cleaning tools. Roomba will vacuum your carpet, Scooba mops the floor, Looj cleans the gutters, and, if you save enough money with Mint, you can buy a pool for Verro to clean up.Get a New JobIndeed.com is a pretty great resource for finding a new gig. Think of it as something along the lines of an Orbitz or Expedia for job hunters, aggregating listings from all over the Web. Just type in a keyword and a location, and it’ll do the work for you–or, rather, it’ll help you find a job so you can start working.Learn a New LanguageIt’s not quite the Babelfish from the Douglas Adams books, but Word Lens is still pretty darn cool. Just load this augmented reality app on your iPhone and hold up in front of a sign in a different language, and it will translate the thing in real-time. The app is currently only available in Spanish, but the company says there are a number of other languages on the way.Find LoveTelling friends and family, “we met on the Internet,” used to have roughly the same effect as saying, “we met at a Star Trek convention. In recent years, however, the stigma has largely vanished (again, unless it’s followed by “…in a Star Trek chatroom”), thanks to the popularity of sites like Okcupid, which has scored pretty high in ratings of such sites–thanks in no small part to the fact that it’s free. You can start saving early for that diamond ring.last_img read more

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