Apps can help you work out, lose weight, set financial goals

| Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, 9:00 p.m.

Question: I want to exercise more this year, but it's tough. Are there any apps that can help?

Answer: Take a look at Sworkit Lite (Android, Apple, Apple Watch; free). It gives you access to different exercises and workout plans. The workouts can be curated into customized plans and paired with playlists, so you'll never get bored when you exercise.

Stop eavesdroppers

Q: I know wireless routers need encryption for safety, but what about wireless phones?

A: Older cordless phones had little to no security, which meant anyone with basic signal capture equipment could listen in on your conversations. Fortunately, most newer cordless phones have stronger security. Just look for DECT 6.0 on the packaging.

Stay on budget

Q: I spent way too much money in 2015. How can I keep myself from overspending this year?

A: Grab a simple budgeting program like Mint. It pulls your financial information into one spot and makes it easy to set goals and get bill notifications.

Better Apple notifications

Q: I have to keep my phone on vibrate, but I miss custom ringtones to tell me who is calling. Is there a middle ground?

A: You can set up custom vibrations for different people or notifications. Go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone > Vibration.

Or, you can go into your contacts list; hit Edit and select the Vibration option for each of your contacts. You can also have your phone's LED light flash. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on LED Flash for Alerts.

Cool Android apps

Q: I'm looking for some new Android apps to try out. A: Take a look at the game Hop Hop Hop. You guide a ball through various obstacles; it's simple but fun.

For a real look at the power of smartphones, try Google Translate. It can translate text and even pictures of text in real time.

Apps for weight loss

Q: There are apps for everything else, but are there ones for weight loss?

A: Take a look at Berry Cart (Android, Apple; Free). It helps you find healthy food in the store while giving you deals and earning discounts.

Email Kim Komando at techcomments@usatoday.com.

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