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1. Simplify Web Browsing

WHAT IT IS: Evernote

WHAT IT DOES: This free program, which works on nearly all devices, is a way to keep track of everything you find interesting. Save online research for your next vacation, your favorite blogs (which it cleans up to remove ads), outstanding restaurant meals, and even voice memos of your brightest ideas.

HOW IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE: Never have that "Where was that great site I saw last month?" feeling again. Evernote lets you search and, more important, easily locate individual items in your library, or groups of items related to a particular topic.

Free. evernote.com.

2. Manage Your Family Photos

WHAT IT IS: Photo Manager Pro

WHAT IT DOES: Organizes your wild mass of photos (and videos) into a tidy filing system. You create custom-colored and named folders, then tag and group images however you like, all using simple drag-and-drop gestures. And you can rate each item to make it easier to find your favorites in the future.

HOW IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE: You'll save hours of scrolling and hunting, using the tagging info to search by genre, geo-tag, favorites, or keyword. It's easy to share images, privately or to social networks, and you can also lock folders to limit access.

$2.99. itunes.apple.com.

3. Make Meal Planning a Breeze

WHAT IT IS: DinnerSpinner from Allrecipes.com

WHAT IT DOES: Find, manage, and save dinner recipes with this app. Create shopping lists and check them when you're on the go, plus scan grocery items to make supermarket trips faster.

HOW IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE: Store all the recipes you want to make in this app so you can easily scroll through them when you're picking up groceries. It's great for planning weeknight meals or when you need to prepare a special dinner.

Free at allrecipes.com.

4. Streamline Your News

WHAT IT IS: Zite and Pulse

WHAT IT DOES: Both free apps cover a wide range of topics and can help you find news feeds, blogs, and sites that interest you.

HOW IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE: If you don't have time to scroll through Twitter or scan multiple Web sites throughout the day (who does, really?), these apps will take the topics you're interested in and deliver the news to you. You might also discover new interests, too.

Both are free. itunes.apple.com.

5. Keep Track of Your Pet's Health History

WHAT IT IS: Pet Dossier

WHAT IT DOES: Keeps track of your pet's health history, medications, likes and dislikes, dietary needs, and veterinary appointments. Plus, you can take pictures and store them in a photo album.

HOW IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE: No more sifting through documents to find out the last time your cat received a vaccine or what day the dog training class starts, this app lets you store all your pet's information in one file. And you can share the information easily with your pet's sitter or caregiver through email.

$1.99. itunes.apple.com.