Solid as a Rock
This week’s roundup includes a couple of apps designed to encourage you to meet your goals—including a “motivational alarm clock” from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Read on!
The Rock Clock
The Rock Clock is a “motivational alarm clock” for your iPhone—set your alarm and wake up every day with a word of encouragement from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Do you smell what The Rock is cooking? It’s probably breakfast. (For more seemingly pointless celebrity apps, check out our list of favorites.)
The $1 BodyLite is pretty simple—it lets you track your weight and see your body mass index, offering motivational messages along the way.
Email-Easily Do Mail
Email-Easily Do Mail does more than send and receive your mail—it’s designed to help you organize your life, letting you unsubscribe from newsletters with one tap, track packages, and get real-time alerts when you’re traveling. It supports Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, and IMAP email accounts.
Heuristic Shakespeare - The Tempest
The $6 Heuristic Shakespeare - The Tempest is the first of 37 apps to help guide users through the works of Shakespeare. This edition features Sir Ian McKellen and Professor Sir Jonathan Bate as they explore and explain The Tempest, natch.
By far the most expensive app we’re featuring this week, check out the $30 Model 15—an electronic recreation of the beloved synthesizer that first appeared in 1973. (And a cheaper version at that: Hardware models reportedly cost $10,000 or more.) Love some groovy old-school keyboard sounds? This is your app. Warning, though: Only 64-bit devices are supported.
GoPro has released a couple of video-editing apps: The free Quik app “analyzes your photos and video clips to find the best moments, adds beautiful transitions and effects, and syncs everything to the beat of the music.” Splice, also free, is less automated, letting you choose clips and make cuts to create your videos.
Rex is a mix of Yelp, Goodreads, IMDB, and Facebook—basically letting you recommend anything you like, from books to movies to restaurants—to your friends, and see their recommendations.
WordBrain is a freemium iOS game that mixes Scrabble and Tetris—find hidden words, slide your finger over them, and the puzzle collapses. It starts easy but quickly gets more difficult, and there are 580 levels.
Others of note
Netflix is giving users more control over how much streaming data they use… Google Slides has a new Q&A feature to enable interaction between presenter and audience … Fullscreen is a kind of bargain version of Netflix or Hulu, available for $5 a month. Pocket is letting users “like” and repost other users’ story recommendations.