The holidays have officially ended for me. My family has gone home, the decorations are mostly packed away, and my New Year’s hangover is almost gone. Now, it’s time to focus on the next year and all of the things I want to improve on.
Whether you are looking for an app to help break bad habits, a way to make your wallpaper finally fit on your iPhone, or a console game you can take on the go, we have a list of apps and games we think you will enjoy…
When it’s time to make a big change in your life, oftentimes, the thing that keeps you from moving forward is your own feelings. It can be hard to rummage through all of your fears, desires, and needs to try to weed out the useless feelings and focus on what is important. This app takes care of limiting your feelings to just what is important to the decision at hand, and helps make an unemotional choice based on your emotions. Whether you are looking for a new house, or deciding on what to eat for dinner, Feels takes your feelings about your options and makes it easy for you to see how you feel about each one. This app is available for $0.99.
This is my favorite new find of the week. Maybe I’m more annoyed than most people about Apple’s awkward zoom-in on pictures when setting them as background wallpaper for the Home and Lock screens, but I am so happy to have found out about an app that takes care of that irritation. Instead of getting the perfect composition on a picture of the sunset, only to have iOS 7 zoom in and make it impossible for you to display your masterpiece on your Lock screen the way you want to, this app fixes it by putting a big black border around the outside. Now, when the picture is selected as a wallpaper image, it will zoom to the size you want it to be. This app is available for $0.99.
One resolution people sometimes come up with in the New Year is to write more. Whether you want to document your daily life, learn to tell stories better, or have a wealth of fiction stored up in your head, writing is good for the soul. This app lets you capture and organize your thoughts and ideas with notes, reminders, journals, diaries, and more. Store your documents as HTML, PDF, MS docs, iWork docs, web pages, and more. Sync your files through DropBox or WebDAV for easy sharing. You can even create eBooks and convert PDFs. This app is available for $9.99.
Google Earth may be pretty awesome for finding out how far away something is, seeing user-uploaded pictures, and getting some insight on the best places to visit on your next vacation, but it doesn’t have detailed information regarding depth and elevation of important landmarks around the world. This app features information for more than 300 locations from highest and lowest points, to underwater trenches and locations of shipwrecks. Did you know that the deepest oceans are deeper than the tallest mountains are tall? You can change the color of different terrain to see the elevation of specific areas and rise and fall of tides. This app is available for $2.99.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
There is probably a snowball’s chance in hell that we will ever see the likes of Mario Cart on iOS. Luckily, SEGA isn’t so protective of its games and has been happily launching our favorite titles in the App Store for a while. This week, this racing game sequel featuring that sly blue hedgehog made its way to iPhones and iPads everywhere. In Transformed, players pick from 10 characters, each with different vehicles, to race against the clock and each other. While racing on dynamically changing tracks, your car turns into a boat and your boat turns into a plane. This game is available for $4.99.
January is the time of year for setting new goals and making new resolutions. Unfortunately, it is very easy to forget what you originally set out to do, and by the end of the year, you may not even remember what your New Year’s Resolutions were. This app makes it easy for you to set goals, big and small, and keep track of your progress. If you want to ride your bike to work more, drink eight glasses of water per day, or finally read the entire Song of Ice and Fire saga, you can track your progress and see how much more you need to do. This app is available for $2.99.
If you have ever played the word game Letris, you will know the basics of this numbers version. It is somewhat similar to Tertris, only instead of making blocks disappear based on color, you are getting rid of them based on number designation. Blocks fall from above and your goal is to place them strategically so that you can match the same numbers together and make them disappear. Remove blocks by matching the number (three number three blocks, four number four blocks). If you accidentally line up the wrong numbers, they will generate a new block with the numbers that are connected (a number 2 and a number one block create a number four block). This game is available for free.
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