Trying to Get Pregnant? Check Your Cellphone

The screen of your iPhone takes on the look of a checkbook ledger -- the same thing you used a generation ago, except that it does the math for you.

The market's down; maybe you'd better hold off on the shoes.

iFitness

So you can't afford those Nikes? For $1.99 (a lot of these programs have similar prices at the Apple App Store), iFitness will suggest workout routines to keep you in shape. Flabby arms? Touch "arms" on the menu and find the best exercises. Worried about your abs? The program will suggest a routine.

It will also keep you honest. You can keep a log of what you've done, get an idea of your progress, and if you don't like it, you can try Fit Phone.

Or, if you're like so many of us when it comes to New Year's resolutions, you can stop and feel guilty.

In which case, you may want to download...

Fast Food Calorie Counter

This is an app for those of us who choose to drown our sorrows with a burger and fries. Tap in any of 4,700 items from 41 chains, and it will tell you the calorie count, amount of fat, number of carbs and everything else you need to know to go back and buy those running shoes. $2.99 via Apple from Concrete Software.

This is the part of the story where we remind you that mention of these particular apps does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of them. Each has many competitors, and you're invited to weigh in with suggestions in our comments section. Many apps have features you will love or hate -- and the only way to find out for sure is to try them for yourself.

But most of the apps are either free or very cheap, which means a barrier has been crossed. There are a million things you can now do, with very little effort, on what you used to think was only your cell phone.

Unless, of course, you prefer to do them on paper, or a computer, or even -- what a quaint idea -- in the flesh.

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