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Fresh Android Apps for Jan. 5: CNET TV, Pomodroido, Perfect Task Switcher

by Ian Black

My smartphone makes me want to be a better person. That’s what I’m going to work on in this New Year. While I’m at it, I’ll work on you too. These fresh Android apps will self-help us both.

CNET TV (Free)

The first step toward recovery is admitting you’re a nerd. Get your tech news on the go with the new CNET TV. Browse and play CNET’s regular shows, product review and daily video content from this app. Sort by new releases, most popular, or featured. Or, drill down into your favorites like Crave, Tap That App, and CNET Top 5. The app streams live shows or plays archives of older episodes. You’ll also find how-to videos and tips for many current electronic products.

Pomodroido (Free)

The second step: Stop procrastinating. Ever hear of the Pomodoro Technique? No, it’s not a pasta sauce, it’s time management, and this app guides you through your own real tasks in time-boxes to help get your work done. You’ll learn some common sense tips – like eliminating all distractions from your desk – along the process.

Perfect Task Switcher (Free)

The third step is to work toward perfection, at least in terms of your phone use. Perfect Task Switcher lets your flick through running apps and jump to them or force quit them with a single touch. The app integrates into your home screen button (tap "Home" twice to go to the original launcher screen) and works with some existing home screen replacements like LauncherPro and ADW. Best of all, you don’t need to root your phone to run it.