Resolve to download these mobile apps in 2013

Jan 2, 2013

While we are not necessarily advocating that you use your smartphone or tablet even more in 2013, we can point you to a few apps that can improve your life. Whether you are looking to shed those pounds that you accumulated over the holidays, get your work and personal life more organized or find more meaningful opportunities to give back, these applications will help you dial into your New Year’s Resolutions.

Charity Miles (iPhone, iPod touch, Android) Free

Thank goodness for this smartphone application, which lets you multitask by fulfilling two worthy resolutions simultaneously. Charity Miles is designed to help you support your favorite charity by raising money every time you go for a run, power walk, or bike ride. The app uses GPS technology to track the distance you cover during your workouts. Thereafter, it pays out ten cents per mile for bikers and 25 cents per mile for runners and walkers. Charity Miles is endowed with an initial $1 million in corporate sponsorships. Of course, users are encouraged to share their accomplishments with friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter. After each session is complete, you can not only brag about how far you ran (or rode), but also promote the charity that you are supporting.

Juice (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) Free

Would you like to start the New Year with more energy? Join the club. The free Juice app is ready to help you on your road to well-being. Use the Juice app to track your daily activity in order to maximize your energy sources. It doesn’t take a lot of time, just a few minutes a day with Juice to log and analyze what works best over time. The app also gives healthy tips for managing stress and sleep patterns. This is a simple app that will help almost anyone stick to at least one resolution in 2013.

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Sooner: To do list & weekly planner (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Planning your weekly to-do list just got a whole lot easier with the Sooner: to do list and weekly planner app. If your resolution involves getting more done, then this productive app is perfect for you. Sooner is great for people who like to visualize their time versus just writing a few tasks on sticky notes. Set up projects for your resolutions and manage them in your life spheres on a daily basis. The sooner you get this iPhone app, the sooner you will be on the road to productivity. Maybe you will even get promoted at work or at least impress your boss!

Zombies, Run! (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android) $7.99

So we made it through the Mayan apocalypse, but that doesn’t mean the zombies aren’t still coming for us. If you want to get in shape in 2013 and prepare for a real life “The Walking Dead” scenario, then look no further than the Zombies, Run! It’s a mixture of fitness, video game, and training for potential doomsdays. Plus, you will get a real kick out of the looks you get when you run down the streets yelling “The Zombies are coming! The Zombies are coming!” Personal Finance (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android) Free and its mobile applications are simply the best tools for mainstream individuals and families to track their finances. Once you connect your bank accounts, credit cards and recurring monthly bills, will store and showcase all of your transactions in one place. Further, the app over time will alert you when you are paying for unnecessary fees or spending more on a category like restaurants or entertainment than you do during standard months. Best of all, is entirely free!

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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