Welcome to 2015. It’s time for that annual ritual known as the New Year’s Resolution.
We informally polled the editors at Business Insider about their 2015 goals involving tech and came up with an interesting list involving fitness, money, music, security and more.
I'm constantly complaining that I need to update the music on my iPhone/iPod and find more artists. But it's daunting to sift through all the music apps available.
So I tend to fall back to using my favourite streaming app, Pandora, or I just hop on iTunes to buy a specific song. There are dozens of music apps out there that help find musical gems, and I'm going to try more of them.
-- Julie Bort
I want to finally learn some keyboard shortcuts, start using Google calendar instead of a paper planner (I'm old school) and maybe also cut the cord and stop paying for cable!
My tech New Year's resolution is to read only ebooks this year.
For my entire life I've been hesitant to go full Kindle. I like having books on my shelf, etc. But it's become too cumbersome. I'm buying a Kindle Paperwhite and I'm only going to read books that way. It should help me get more reading done too.
-- Steve Kovach
Tip: a lot of pubic libraries have eBook lending programs. Thousands of eBooks to read for free with your library card. Many use this tech from a company called Overdrive.
Get one electronic task list across all my devices, and one comprehensive schedule that is easy to update. Or find one organizational app that will do both for me.
Microsoft Onedrive (the freebie cloud version of Office) or Office 365 (the paid cloud service) or even Office 2013 (the installable software) includes OneNote integrated with Outlook email and calendar.
Evernote is one of the most popular note-taking apps for any device. And you can add apps to it to integrate it with a calendar
I'm planning on buying a wearable device like a Fitbit or Jawbone, or maybe an Apple Watch, just to keep me motivated to work out on a regular basis.
I might also make some small investments through one of those P2P sites that accept small individual investors like me. Not sure if the return is better than normal bank CD rates, but I want to investigate.
-- Eugene Kim
'My tech news resolution is figuring out which cloud service to use to store all my family photos.'
-- Julie Hansen
There are a lot of options for this. You can set up your iPhone Photo Stream to automatically back up photos to iCloud. With Google Drive, Google Stories will automatically choose your best photos from a trip or event and arrange them. You can also set up an IFTTT program to automatically save photos to Box or Dropbox.
I'm going old school: I'm going to teach my son to solder and we're going to build a basic circuit board. It's a very basic electrical engineering skill. He wants to be an inventor when he grows up and needs to learn this one.
There's a ton of online resources for this including a step-by-step guide on Instructables, circuit board toys, training videos like this one from MIT and other resources. Don't forget the safety goggles.