Apps that make you happy
This week’s roundup will help you form new habits, track your productivity, and teach your kids about the world. Read on!
Audm (free with in-app subscription, iPhone) takes your favorite pieces of long-form journalism—from magazines like The Atlantic, Esquire, Foreign Policy and more—and converts them into short podcasts, with each story “performed” by a “world-class narrator.”
When the original BeatMaker app launched in 2008, we called it “a killer iPhone app that any beat maker would be proud to own.” BeatMaker3 ($20 download with additional in-app purchases available; iPad) has arrived for the tablet now, but it’s still tricked out with an amazing array of tools that let you “record and chop live, assemble, mangle, and resample” music to your heart’s content.
Convoz (free, iPhone and iPad) is like SnapChat for pundits: Have an opinion about something? Make a recording of yourself spouting off, then share it with the world.
Autohabit (free, iPhone) lets you “specify habits that you want to establish and Autohabit will automatically remind you about these habits and track your progress.”
Wicked Brainstorm (free, iPhone and iPad) “lets you brainstorm with the people you iMessage. … When done, you can turn the brainstormed list into a checklist and even vote as a group on the best ideas!”
jS Run Pro - Running, Walking and Step Tracker
jS Run Pro - Running, Walking and Step Tracker ($2, iPhone) lets you customize the metrics you track—steps, calories, distance, duration and more—set targets, review your personal best, and even review your routes via GPS. It also includes safety features, like sending a text message to a loved one at the beginning and end of your run.
WWE Tap Mania
WWE Tap Mania (free with additional in-app purchases available; iPhone and iPad) lets you create “teams” from the WWE’s roster of wrestlers—pick from The Rock, John Cena, Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Triple H, and more—or create your own personalized character, complete with signature move, as you battle for the championship belt.
Focus – Time Tracker for Remote Work
Focus – Time Tracker for Remote Work ($2, iPhone and iPad) is built for the freelancer or independent contractor in your life. It lets you track the time spent on individual projects, annotate that record with comments, and even add in your hourly rate so you know how much to bill.