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We’re rapidly approaching the end of 2016 The Top 10 YouTube Videos of 2016 May Surprise You The Top 10 YouTube Videos of 2016 May Surprise You YouTube has revealed the most popular videos to be published on its platform in 2016. There are celebrities galore, zombies, Donald Trump, and that dumb "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen" thing. Read More . Seriously, we’re at the end of December. Before we know it, we’ll be staring down the barrel of a fully-loaded 2017.

So have you given any thought to your New Year’s Resolutions How a New Year's Resolution Check-In Can Stop You from Failing How a New Year's Resolution Check-In Can Stop You from Failing Stick to your New Year resolutions by reviewing them now. Even if you have failed to stick to your goals, it's not too late to use these tips and resume your personal development efforts. Read More ? While some might think them a waste, a resolution can be a great way to move toward some form of personal growth A Life Less Ordinary: 7 Places On Reddit For Your Own Personal Growth A Life Less Ordinary: 7 Places On Reddit For Your Own Personal Growth What better place to go to if you are starting to feel that your life is a little less than ordinary. Tell us if these subreddits help you think about your own personal development. Read More . Whether you want to get fit, learn a new skill, or spend more time with the people you love, there’s no better time to start a meaningful self-improvement journey than the new year.

Making a goal is one thing — achieving it is something else entirely. Don’t worry, though, because we’re going to take a look at some of the most popular resolutions and introduce you to some gadgets that’ll help you succeed!

Get Fit or Lose Weight

When the new year gets rolling, one thing most people tend to want to do is drop weight or get in better shape. That’s all well and good, but most people bail long before meeting their actual fitness goals. Life gets in the way, but with some gadgets, you might just be able to force your way through and meet these aims!

Fitness Trackers

A good fitness tracker won’t perform miracles, but if you use it regularly, it can help motivate you.

When it comes to solid trackers, the two that consistently come up are the Fitbit Charge 2 (UK/CA) and the Garmin VivoFit 2 (UK/CA). It’s hard to separate them, as they both have such similar features and price. It’s going to come down which one you find on sale when you do you shop.

If you want to know more about the top options on the market, check out our extensive article that digs into seven of the best fitness trackers 7 Best Fitness Trackers 7 Best Fitness Trackers If you’re an active person, activity trackers provide incredibly valuable data for logging, improving, and understanding your fitness. But among the devices out there, finding the right activity tracker can be difficult. Read More out there.

High-End Smart Scales

If weight loss is your goal, you need a scale. You can certainly get by with just a regular one, but if you want data, a smart scale will serve you much better. Yes, it’ll cost more, but they’ll provide you with your Body Mass Index (BMI), calorie tracking, water weight, bone mass and for more than you’ll get with a standard scale. Like all wearables, a scale won’t do the work for you, but seeing those numbers change is a huge motivator!

Surprisingly, there are tons of smart scale models out there, but the Withings Body (UK/CA) and Fitbit Aria (UK/CA) are popular choices. They do come with higher price tags at $129 and $119, respectively.

Low-End Smart Scales

There are some well-reviewed budget models on Amazon as well. Weight Gurus has a $60 Bluetooth model available with a 4.4-star rating and an “A” rating on Fakespot.

There’s also the Yunmai Wireless Bluetooth Smart Scale (UK/CA), which carries a $40 price tag and a 4.6-star rating. It doesn’t grade as well on Fakespot, though, as it has a “C” rating, which brings its adjusted review score down to 3 stars. Still solid for the price.

As you can see, it’s all about the smart, connected devices Future Smart Home Trends and the Products You'll Be Using Future Smart Home Trends and the Products You'll Be Using It's time to jump into your time machine. You’re about to uncover what could be the biggest trends in the smart home industry in 2021 and the products you might be using. Read More if you want gadgets that’ll help you meet those fitness goals for 2017!

Learn Something New

Mastering something new is important all year, but there’s no better time than the New Year to get it going. You can learn a new language, gather some programming skills Become a Better Coder by Keeping a Programming Journal Become a Better Coder by Keeping a Programming Journal Keep a programming journal and tap into some obvious benefits. Writing a journal can help you work through your thoughts and keep track of your programming goals. Read More , or take up a new hobby. The world is your oyster as long as you’re willing to learn!

Online Courses

We live in an age where you can learn just about anything you want online. And I’m not talking about spending your life savings on a degree, but rather, I’m speaking about services where you can take courses that are free (or quite cheap).

  • Lynda.com — There are tons of topics here, and they’re offered on a monthly subscription basis.
  • Udemy.com — Has paid and free courses on just about every subject you can think of — both tech and otherwise.
  • Khan Academy — Offers courses on tons of topics, but mostly regarded for its programming courses.
  • MakeUseOf Deals — We have lots of discounted lectures on all sorts of tech-related topics.

For more, make sure to check out our Self Improvement section, which features all kinds of articles that’ll help you find places to learn. Now you just need to decide exactly what you want to discover!

Language Learning

In the language learning world, Rosetta Stone (UK/CA) is the one name you’ll see listed as among the best. Sure it’s not cheap, but it offers tons of languages at all levels, so it’s worth spending the money, especially since we’re talking about fulfilling your New Year’s resolution.

There are plenty of free ways to learn a new language How I Finally Learned a Different Language. And You Can Too. How I Finally Learned a Different Language. And You Can Too. No single language learning app is the magic wand. The secret to learning a new language is a blended solution. With desire and motivation you too can learn any foreign language. Read More , too. Duolingo is among the best as it uses a similar method as Rosetta Stone by teaching you in a way that makes sense. Either way, you’ll be on the road to speaking whatever language you want in no time.

Read More

There’s only one device you need to start reading more, and that’s an eBook reader. For most people, that’s going to be a Kindle, though there are other devices on the market that offer similar features.

Check out this post for a detailed breakdown of the best e-readers The Best Ebook Reader: 7 Models Compared The Best Ebook Reader: 7 Models Compared An ebook reader is a must-have item for book lovers. You can carry thousands of books in your pocket and recharge once a month. But what's the best ebook reader out there? Read More on the market. Ultimately, it comes down to choosing between one of the many Kindle models (UK/CA), Kobo readers, or the Nook.

Kobo e-Reader Device

If you want to take your reading a step further, you can also get Kindle Unlimited, which lets you read an infinite number of books for $9.99 a month. Unfortunately, this doesn’t get you every single book on Amazon (that would be awesome, though), but it does give you lots to choose from. You’ll have no excuse not to read more!

Spend Time With Family

When you’re a kid, spending time with your family is easy. After all, children can’t go on a road trip with their buddies.

But as we move into adulthood, life gets in the way. Your parents, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and everyone else has their lives. People move around the world, and those moments when we get together are fleeting.

That’s why we recommend you run out and grab a teleportation device The Star Trek Tech We Hope to See in Our Lifetimes The Star Trek Tech We Hope to See in Our Lifetimes Look around. Life imitates art every day. Star Trek inspired technology – from communicators to a speaking computer are already common facts. But are there some more we can get to see soon? Read More so you can see everyone instantly!

Just kidding.

Sadly, there’s no gadget that will let you physically spend more time with your family (aside from a car How to Buy a Car on eBay Safely, Securely, and Without Losing Money How to Buy a Car on eBay Safely, Securely, and Without Losing Money eBay is a great place to look for money-saving deals on cars, but you should know what you're doing before embarking on this process. Read More , presuming they live within driving distance). You can get stuff that will make it easier to communicate with them, though!

Webcams


Obviously, a webcam is a great tool for this. There are tons of webcam models out there, and anything branded Logitech tends to receive good reviews. There’s the HD Pro Webcam C920 (UK/CA) for $60, the C922x Pro Stream (UK/CA) for $100, and for the budget conscious, there’s the Logitech C270 (UK/CA) that sells for under $20.

The more expensive ones will offer better video quality, but if you just want to say “Hi” to your family, you probably don’t need 60 fps and 1080p resolution.

Video Games

Another great way to “spend time” with your family is through video games. This won’t work for all family members (my dad won’t touch a video game with a 10-foot pole), but online games can be an excellent way to hang out, even if it’s just in a digital space.

The Xbox One (UK/CA) and PS4 (UK/CA) are the current console models, and they both start at $250. It sounds expensive, but when you consider that it costs less than most plane tickets How to Snag Cheap Airline Tickets Using Google Flights Newest Feature How to Snag Cheap Airline Tickets Using Google Flights Newest Feature The newest feature in Google Flights will help you save a lot of money by capitalizing on deals before they expire. Read More , it’s not too bad.

If you already own a PC, you can pick up a basic chat headset and download a free copy of Skype or Discord and play games that work with the power of your computer Switching From Console To PC Gaming: 8 Big Differences Explained Switching From Console To PC Gaming: 8 Big Differences Explained PCs and consoles may be closer than ever -- after all, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are basically just gaming PCs -- but there are still huge differences. Read More .

If your plan for the New Year is to spend more time with friends and family, there’s no reason to let distance be a problem!

Enjoy Life to the Fullest

Another common resolution is to enjoy life thoroughly. It’s pretty tough to recommend a particular gadget that’ll help you do that, as we all like different things. My version of enjoying life to the fullest is playing video games, watching pro wrestling Love Men In Tights? 8 Pain-Free Ways to Watch Wrestling Online Love Men In Tights? 8 Pain-Free Ways to Watch Wrestling Online Put on your tights and strap up your boots, because it's time to make your way to the squared circle. Not as a wrestler yourself, but as a viewer of online wrestling services. Read More , and going to the hockey rink to play. Yours might be knitting sweaters and reading comics. Or participating in underground street fights and making soap. We’re not here to judge.


What I can advise you about are devices that’ll make your life a bit easier. You could grab an Amazon Echo (UK) or Google Home Amazon Echo vs. Google Home vs. Apple HomePod Amazon Echo vs. Google Home vs. Apple HomePod In this article, you'll learn the differences between the Amazon Echo and Google Home. We'll also take a look at what features an Apple speaker may include. Read More to automate your home and look stuff up easier. You can get one of the many reliable portable battery chargers out there to power devices while you live your joyous life. Grab a Tile (UK/CA) and stop wasting time looking for your keys 7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With a Tile Tracker 7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With a Tile Tracker These are great reasons to have one (or a few), and I use my Tile to find my keys regularly. Using it frequently made me think: what else can I use these awesome trackers for? Read More .


Do you want to get crazy? How about a door that unlocks from your phone? A camera that lets you play with your dog?

If you’re creative, you can get lots of stuff that’ll streamline your life Smart Home Starter Kits That Make the Perfect Gift Smart Home Starter Kits That Make the Perfect Gift The following DIY home automation starter kits and smart home hubs make great gifts regardless of the season for someone on your list or yourself. Read More . It’s up to you to get out there and do what makes you happy, though!

What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions?

To call 2016 an interesting year would be an understatement. But it’s over — let’s make 2017 the best year yet. Let’s make it your best year yet!

Do you have any gadget ideas that’ll help with New Year’s Resolutions? Jump to the comments section and sound off!

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