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The 16 Best Free Apps that will help you stick to your 2018 resolutions

16 Best Free Apps That Will Help You Stick To Your 2018 Resolutions

2018 is here and this is the time of the year when you commit to take the best resolutions that will make you become a ‘better you”. This genuine intention is exciting but can also become a burden that you don’t feel able to complete by yourself. Studies showed for example that 50% of people joining a gym in January are likely to abandon within the first 6 months of the year. No worries, we got your back. Whatever your 2018 goal is, there is a free app to help you stick to it.

1.     Lose weight / Exercise more / Eat healthy

One of the recurring New Year resolutions is either to lose weight, to exercise more or to eat healthier which are quite related to each other.

ZOMBIE RUN GAME (iOS and Android)

Here is the app you need to add some fun to your running session. Imagine you are in the middle of a zombie invasion and you have to save your life as well as others. Motivating, right?

CHARITY MILES (iOS and Android)

Here is a great way to hit two birds with one stone. Charity miles allows you to walk, bike or run with a purpose. Each step you make will help the charity of your choice. This allows you to make your body and heart healthy!

CharityMiles App

MY FITNESS PAL (iOS and Android)

MyFitnessPal tracks the calories you are eating with a database of over 6 million food choices.

MyFitnessPal app

FOODUCATE (iOS and Android)

As eating healthy is part of the package to lose weight, Fooducate will provide awareness on your food intake, calorie count and give you diet tips from experts. The app boasts of being the best nutrition and health tracker. Give it a try and let us know!

Fooducate app

2.     Save money

MINT (iOS and Android)

This app helps you manage and track all your finances in one place: bank accounts, credit cards, bills and investments. It has been around in the market for a while now and has had a quite a few good reviews, perhaps it will help you as well?

Mint app

3.     Stop smoking

LIVESTRONG MY QUIT COACH (iOS)

Finding the right support and motivation are essential tools to quit smoking. MyQuit Coach will help you want to quit at once or smoothly cut down the number of cigarettes taken in a day. It tracks your smoking and cravings, analyse your progress, provide community support and goal-based achievements. Android users can use Quit Smoking for the same purpose.

app to quit smoking

4.     Be more eco-friendly

OROECO (iOS and Android)

Oroeco connects your daily life actions to climate change and helps you take the right decisions. Fun, easy and rewarding for everyone willing to make a change.

Oroeco app

GONUTSS (iOS and Android)

If one of your goals is to become a vegan, GoNutss will help you find alternatives to non-vegan food such as eggs, meat, milk—this will surely be a hit with health-buffs!

Gonutss vegan app

5.     Be organized

EVERNOTE (iOS and Android)

Organize your life and put everything in there: checklists, reminders, events, agendas, notes in all kind of format. Evernote is one of the popular apps few years back, and it seems to have maintained its industry status gaining steady followership.

6.     Read more

POCKET (iOS and Android)

With the Pocket app, you can save the articles (but also the videos) that you want to read later on and even improve your reading experience with a distraction-free and customizable layout.

Pocket app

7.     Learn a new language

DUOLINGO (iOS and Android)

Learning a language has never been this fun! Duolingo offers speaking, reading, writing and listening lessons for 20+ languages from Spanish, French to Korean. You will easily get hooked to this app—you earn points as you master a few new words and allows you to unlock premium features as you get each stage correctly.

8.     Learn how to play an instrument

YOUSICIAN (iOS and Android, free with Premium features)

Yousician app listens to you playing with a real instrument (guitar, piano, bass or ukulele) and gives feedback on your performance and step-by-step tutorials that fits your level. It’s like having a music teacher in your phone!

SIMPLY PIANO By JoyTunes (iOS and Android, free with Premium features)

This app also gives feedback while you are playing but it will also turn your screen in keyboard if you don’t have a piano yet. Nifty!

SimplyPiano App

9.     Find a better job

LINKEDIN (iOS and Android)

You’ve most probably heard about LinkedIn before but you may never have done the effort to register. Well, it’s about time you do it as it is the best way to connect with your network, create new professional contacts and look for a new job, it would be a shame to not give yourself the opportunity to land your dream job!

LinkedIn app

GLASSDOOR (iOS and Android)

Glassdoor not only gives you job listings. It also allows you to see the salaries and benefits of the company as well as reviews and typical interview questions given by the employees themselves. You can also follow the companies you are interested in and get their last updates.

Glassdoor job app

10. Take care of your wellness

SMILING MIND (iOS and Android)

Being physically healthy is important—and so is mental health. Smiling Mind shows the way to mindfulness and meditation with modern modules and programs made by experts and adapted to all ages.

SmilingMind App

SLEEP CYCLE (iOS and Android, free with Premium features)

While putting your phone close to your bed or on the floor, Sleep Cycle analyses your sleep and wakes you up during your lightest sleep phase. A great way to get up rested.

SleepCycle App

For this article, we selected the best apps based on the writer’s perspective.  Though surely, we might have missed free apps that help you in keeping your 2018 goals intact and moving. Tell us about it in the comments section!

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The 5 Best Games of 2017

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When 2016 ended, there was a certain degree of optimism in the gaming community. Not only did we get a boatload of action packed, sometimes even jaw dropping games, the roster of games for the following year created a hype that meant every gamer would be counting down the clock in anticipation of their next favorite game. Indeed 2017 looked to be a triumphant year for games, and now that it’s over, let’s look at what we think were the best games of 2017.

Please remember that this is purely based on opinion, so many games that should have made the cut were dropped.

Horizon: Zero Dawn

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When Horizon Zero Dawn’s trailer launched in 2016, there was instant buzz surrounding Guerilla Games’ latest venture. After making the Killzone series, the company had garnered a deserved reputation but people were still unsure how this game would pan out, considering the company was known to make first person shooter games, instead of open world RPGs. In February 2017 when the game hit stores, the naysayers were forced to eat their words, as the game not only fulfilled its promise, it surpassed it. Horizon Zero Dawn is basically an open world adventure game, in which players take control of a hunter named Aloy, and guide her through a post apocalyptic world with giant robot dinosaurs ready to make quick work of her.

On a first glance, the game seems generic. I mean killing giant robot dinosaurs in an open world hardly seems like a great selling point (unless you are 13). However the thought provoking and gripping storyline, finely detailed combat mechanics and level designs that inspire awe make this game a far reach from ordinary. The game is not without blemish though, as it boasts lack luster side missions, and a rather clunky user interface, but those flaws are not enough to hamper your overall experience, as the superior game play makes you forget all about the minute flaws.

Dark Souls 3: The Fire Fades

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This may be cheating as Dark Souls 3: The Fire Fades is an expansion of a game released back in 2016, but I couldn’t help but sneak something developed by From Software into this list. It may seem suspect that one of the best games of 2017 is one that is not for everybody, but that’s exactly how good Dark Souls 3 is. The Dark Souls series is notorious for its exceeding difficulty, vague storylines and deaths (so many deaths!) but that just goes to show how rewarding the game truly is. Dark Souls 3 doesn’t hold your hand and guide you, rather it throws you into the centre of a battlefield  and expects you to fight back. It is not afraid to lose its consumers as the game believes in itself enough to not compromise on the game play. You will face death after death, to a point where you will want to throw your controller out the window and smash your console with a halberd, but after turning off the console (and hopefully keeping the controller) you will start to wonder why you are dying so much, and the reason will be abundantly clear. It was YOUR fault. In my opinion, this is the greatest feat of Dark souls; it is challenging, even punishing, but never unfair. The game play mechanics are absolutely superb, the game design is second to none and if you enjoy your boss battles, Dark Souls 3 will have you drooling over its roster of boss fights. Dark Souls 3 is a very smart and intuitive game, that is not afraid to lose a few consumers in order to provide the best possible gaming experience. It most certainly requires a degree of tolerance to get into, especially as it breaks the players spirit over and over, to make them realize this is just not like any other game. Once the game has won you over, I promise Dark Souls 3 is a rewarding, deep and fulfilling game that and is truly one of a kind with a storyline to match its astounding game play.

Resident Evil 7: Bio Hazard

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Can you remember the last time you played a good Resident Evil game? For me it was back in 2005 when Resident Evil 4 came out. After that the game series has seen flop after flop, garnishing Capcom’s reputation with every title. This year, however Capcom finally realized what their fans needed from the series and broke a 12 year streak of subpar games to give us Resident Evil 7: Bio Hazard. Biohazard is the 26th installment in the Resident Evil series (yes you read that correct: 26th!) and finally manages to build on the roots set by predecessors and expands on them. The game brings back a lot of the elements that made the original great, and also tries out new mechanics that make the game seem fresh, instead of a washed up old legend. It is the closest thing since Resident Evil 4 in creating a tense and horrifying environment and a general sense of uneasiness that instills fear into the players. Compared to previous games, Resident Evil 7 is more grounded in the sense that it let go of the mindless gun totting gore fest, that led the series into the ground for a more reserved, chillier and atmospheric game.

On a side note, if you want some more intense experience, I suggest playing the game in VR. Two words: My God.

Injustice 2

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Netherrealm studios really didn’t need to put any thought into Injustice. It was a game where Batman could face off against Doomsday, or the Joker could fight Flash. It would have been an instant seller regardless of quality. However, Netherrealm being the perfectionists they are found a certain balance in the characters and came up with an incredibly engaging video game. After all, they were the ones who made Mortal Kombat (a game about obliterating your opponent in the most brutal way) into a deep and diverse game.

The story of Injustice 2 of an invasion of Earth while the superheroes deal with their own short coming to finally defeat the evil is as generic as shooting Nazi zombie, but the way Injustice pulls of the story is a wonder in itself. That being said, a video game is about game play while storylines are forced to take a back seat, and in that regard Injustice 2 shines through and through. The combat is balanced and mechanically astound, so much so that it’s hard to find a fighting game of this caliber, and that is saying something as this is from the studio that helped kick start the fighting game genre. So if you are a DC comics fan or not is irrelevant, the primary reason to buy this game is if you enjoy deep, detailed fighting games.

Super Mario Odyssey

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I know, I know, first Resident Evil and now Super Mario (there was also mention of Mortal Kombat), you might be thinking if I was stuck in a time capsule in the 90s, but be assured, I am very much living in 2017 and so is Super Mario Odyssey. As one of the most iconic gaming brands, Super Mario has always fallen short of living up to its expectations. Sure there have been great games by the franchise, but very few have managed to capture the essence of the original, while managing to find an identity for themselves. This is Super Mario Odyssey’s greatest trait, it retains the core elements that made the franchise great while adding new mechanics that felt much needed in previous games. Mario’s new friend Cappy is a much needed addition as he opens a whole list of new possibilities for Mario to explore, and the way the game jumps from 2D to 3D is mesmerizing at points. Rest assured Super Mario’s innovative level designs, endearing characters and gratifying game play make this one of the greatest games of 2017 and inject Mario with a certain degree of whimsical flair that will endear Mario in the eyes of the new generation.

 

The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of Forest Interactive.

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Google Doodle: Teaching Kids How To Code

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As nowadays opening Google is part of our daily life, many of us already know ‘Google Doodle’, a special design of Google logo made for special occasions such as seasonal holidays or worldwide celebration days.

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The first Google Doodle celebrated the Burning Man festival in 1998
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A more recent example of Google Doodle for the 19th birthday of Google

Celebrating 50 years of Kids Coding

To celebrate 50 years of children’s programming language, Google Doodle was designed as an interactive game with six levels, aiming to teach kids the first level of coding.

‘Coding for Carrots’

This game, called ‘Coding for Carrots’ is a first ever coding doodle which allows players to arrange directions to guide the bunny to collect the carrots. Each level will have a new key introduced to be used in order to guide the bunny through six progressive levels.

google-doodle coding for carrots

Directions should be arranged first, and just then the player can click the ‘Play’ button to see the bunny collecting the carrots. And if the player gets it wrong, he can change the directions to make it work, just like how coding works. A medal will be awarded if the player can use the shortest solution for each level.

“The Doodle was developed through the close teamwork of not one or two but three teams: the Google Doodle team, Google Blocky team, and researchers from MIT Scratch,” said Google Doodle team on their blog.

No doubt Google inspired many kids to become web developers by having fun with this Google Doodle. Good job!

 

The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of Forest Interactive.

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