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January 14, 2013

3 Free New Apps for the New Year

It's time for another tech update! Whether you want to eat healthier, accomplish new goals, or be the most informed of all your friends, these awesome apps will keep you up-to-date and feeling great. Oh, and the best part? They won't cost you a dime. 

Everest DreamEverest

 Sticking to those New Year's resolutions can be tough, especially once you head back to work and back to your busy lifestyle. With the Everest app you can keep your goals in sight and keep a tally of your accomplishments along the way. The app lists various challenges in categories such as adventure, causes, health, self-improvement, and more. Within each of these categories are specific goals. For example, in self-improvement you could choose to do anything from being radically honest for one week, to conquering a fear. Everest lets you choose the time limits, whether it be a year, a month, or a day, and it gives optional reminders to keep you on track. The app also helps you reach your goal by suggesting steps that help you to achieve it. Not only can you subscribe to challenges currently listed by the app itself or its various users, you can take matters into your own hands and create your own challenges as well. 

 

Safe sushi appSafe Sushi

When you're craving sushi, how do you decide where to get your fix in? More often than not it comes down to three things: freshness, price, and how much bang you're getting for your buck. No matter where you grab grub, you may be getting more bang than you bargained for -- and not in a good way. Fish contain a form of mercury called methyl mercury, and depending on the type of fish you're consuming, the levels can range from minimal to high risk. So if you're a self-proclaimed sushi addict, finding the fish with the lowest levels of mercury would make it that much better for you. The Sierra Club's Safe Sushi app lets you choose from a list of sushi types and indicates mercury levels on each so you can fill your tummy with fish and keep the mercury to a minimum. 

 

Rockmelt screenshotRockmelt

Knowledge is power, and with this app from Rockmelt you'll have a never-ending stream of knowledge right at your fingertips. Not only does the app feature up-to-date news from publishers such as National Geographic, Forbes, TechCrunch, and more, you can tailor that news feed to your interests. Want to know the latest news in the scientific community? You've got it. Maybe you're more interested on the newest green gadgets that hit the market? Rockmelt's got you covered. Just tap on an image or headline and the app will direct you to the corresponding article, without having to deal with all those pesky ads around the edges. And if you don't have time to read the whole article, simply save it for later. In a digital world where information is constantly being updated, you'll be glad to know that you can stay on top of all your interests in one app instead of having to spend hours browsing around your favorite sites just to stay on top of the trends.

 

 --Jess Krager/photos courtesy of the app providers

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