Hack Your Resolution: 5 Apps, Tips and Tricks for an Awesome 2014

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Do you make New Year's Resolutions? What are they? To stop being late for work? To remember to floss every night? To read less Internet during the day?

Here's a little secret you might not know about me: I LOVE productivity tools. The Millennial word is "lifehacking," but call it whatever you want: self-improvement, Getting Things Done, whatever. Thanks to modern technology, we have more apps and tools than ever to help us on our journey to becoming better human beings.

Below are some of my favorite apps, hacks, tips and tricks to making your resolutions really work. Got more? Leave 'em in the comments.

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The Best Gets Better: Check Out Faster, Sleeker Houston Press Best Of App

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Want to know where to go and what to do in Houston? Your essential mobile guide -- also known as our Best Of app -- just got better. You already know you can count on the Best Of app to offer restaurant, shopping and nightlife recommendations from Houston Press' expert critics. Now the app has been redesigned to be faster, sleeker, and packed with even more carefully curated local content. Not only can you find the best burger or martini in town, you can scan critics' picks and other recommended options in those and dozens of other categories. And now that we've combined our Best Of database with our comprehensive local listings, you can always find something nearby. Wherever you are in Houston, the Best Of app is your window to what's around you. It's fast, it's fun, and it's still free. Download it today.

A Houston Web Awards Daily Deal for You

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It's time for us to host our third annual Houston Web Awards honoring the best online practitioners in the Houston area - and now we're making it even easier for you to attend with our Voice Daily Deal cutting the ticket price in half.

Starting today (June 17) through Thursday, our deal offers you a chance to get a $20 ticket for just $10.

This year's festivities will be at the House of Dereon Media Center, 2204 Crawford, Thursday June 27 from 7-10 p.m. Besides the awards, your ticket gets you complimentary drinks. .

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Pine Valley Lives: All My Children Returns As an Online Soap

In a little over a month, Netflix is going to hit a switch in a room somewhere and a new season of Arrested Development is going to be available to watch. It's an interesting experiment that Netflix is attempting, one that's been written about and overanalyzed since the moment it was announced.

A less popular but more interesting experiment begins online next Monday. It involves a show that, much like Arrested Development, featured silly characters in increasingly absurd situations and had a cult following made up of fans who were outraged when they found out their favorite show was going away.

And that's pretty much where the similarities end.

Starting Monday, All My Children returns as an online-only soap opera, and I don't know how I feel about this.

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Cover Story: A Battle for Creative Control of the Video World and Its Profits

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Twenty-one-year-old Ben Vacas gained attention in the video game world as a top-ranked hunter in World of Warcraft. He moved from that to making videos about his experiences and that of other lead players. He was flattered when Machinima, a multi-channel YouTube network offered him a partnership.

They'd put ads on his videos and he'd get a cut of the revenue generated. Alas, the smart, smart gamer/filmmaker hadn't read the fine print and he came to find out that he'd signed away to whatever he made for the rest of his life and - believe it or not - beyond. His contract would never expire.

So he opted out. Said he'd never make another video if that was going to be his life.

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