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Simple, Repetitive, Calming: Personal Zen Provides Some Much-Needed Stress Relief

Personal Zen App

When life gives you lemons, pull out your phone, fire up Personal Zen, and start playing. It’s an app that aims to reduce its players’ stress levels by having them to perform simple, repetitive actions that’ll take their mind off of their problems and hopefully relieve them of the stress that life often brings.

When we get anxious or stressed, we pay too much attention to the negatives and have less ability to see the positives in life. These habits of attention reduce our ability to cope effectively with stress and can create a vicious cycle of anxiety. Personal Zen helps to short-circuit these habits and frees you up to develop a more flexible and positive focus.

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Hanx Writer is a Typewriter Simulator App by Tom Hanks

Hanx Writer

Tom Hanks is awesome, no doubt about that. He’s a great actor, a master of his craft, and it’s no secret that he loves them typewriters. So much so that he has spearheaded the development of the Hanx Writer. It’s a typewriter simulation app for your iPad so you can type on your tablet and feel as if you were typing on an actual typewriter.

The app features not one but several models of typewriters so you can switch between one or the other if you feel like a change of pace. Documents created using the app can shared, email, or printed, so it’s not a very huge departure from your typical Notes app.

You can download Hanx Writer here.

VIA [ Laughing Squid ]

Sad Tweets: Revel in the Loneliness of Your Lonely Tweets

Sad Tweets

 

Social media is all about interaction and connecting with people virtually over the internet. Unfortunately, not all posts are created equal, and some of the things you’ve posted probably got ignored or overlooked every once in a while by your network.

It so happens that an app that looks up your old, sad tweets from the dredges of Twitter’s archives exists: Sad Tweets. An apt name, isn’t it? It was built by creative agency Party NY and it basically parses through your Twitter feed to look for tweets that were never favorited, re-tweeted, or replied to by others.

Who knows? You might learn a thing or two about what to post (and what not to post.)

VIA [ C|NET ]

Share Your Thoughts, Read People’s Secrets With the ‘Secret’ App

Secret App

 

Secrets. Everyone has them. There’s a reason why they’re kept hidden–to keep a relationship going, to keep a business running, to keep a family together. But keeping it in will eventually take its toll on the secret keeper. If you find yourself in a similar situation but want to express yourself somehow, then you can always talk about it in ‘Secret.’

It’s an app that lets people share their innermost thoughts and read other people’s secrets, too. What makes it different from other apps is the fact that only people in that person’s list of contacts can see the secret.

Your secrets are delivered anonymously to the people in your Contacts who are on Secret. They can view, love and comment on your post. When friends love your secret, it will be shared to their friends. If they love the post, it can reach even further. When your secret travels beyond two degrees, it will be marked with your general location, like “California”. People beyond two degrees will be able to love your post or comments, but won’t be able to add comments to the conversation.

While it’s anonymous in the sense that it won’t reveal your name or identity, you might want to be careful about revealing too much details because some people in your address book might figure it out and realize that it’s you.

You can check the app out here.

VIA [ Laughing Squid ]

Jelly App: Don’t Ask Google, Ask Your Friends Instead

Jelly App

 

There are some questions that Google can’t provide the answers to–and for those questions, there’s Jelly. It’s an app that makes asking questions and getting answers more social, because it allows users to ask family and friends for answers instead. It’s best for questions that are framed with an accompanying image, as the app allows users to point, shoot, and ask about whatever it is they’re looking at.

In case the person you’ve asked is just as clueless as you, then he or she can forward the question to another friend who might have the answers.

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Fullscreen Anything Lets You View Stuff Up Close

Fullscreen Anything

Do you find yourself squinting at your screen, trying to make out the text and images displayed, either because your eyesight’s getting worse or because your browser is cluttered with too many short cuts and tool bars? If you use Google Chrome, then the Fullscreen Anything extension might be something you’ll find useful.

Aside from enlarging articles and other content, the extension will come in especially handy when you’re watching flash video or playing flash games on free sites that are chock full of ads that you normally won’t be able to get rid of. That’s because it lets you blow up certain elements on a page for added convenience and easier browsing.

You can download it here.

VIA [ Red Ferret ]

Su Chef App Generates Recipes Based On What You Have

Su Chef App

Anyone can follow the instructions in a cookbook and cook something. It takes a certain level of skill, a bit of talent, and a whole lot of experience to prepare full meals from scratch. In case you’ve got a refrigerator and cupboard full of random stuff and don’t really have time to run to the supermarket before supper, then the Su Chef app can help you out.

Instead of presenting recipes with the ingredients each dish requires, you’re supposed to key in the ingredients that you have. It’ll go through its database of over a hundred thousand recipes to find what dishes you can make with what you currently have. Aside from having tons of recipes built in, it also comes with a shopping list feature and lets you build menus based on a special diet, like Paleo, vegetarian, and high fiber, among others.

Su Chef can be downloaded from iTunes for $1.99.

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Sell Your Parking Space for Money with the Park Circa App

Park Circa

Do you have a parking spot you’re not using? Want to make a little extra cash? Then it’s time you got the Park Circa app. It’s essentially a peer-to-peer parking space rental service, where people who have extra spots can rent out the space for money. Likewise, those who are looking for a parking space can log on and rent one using the app.

It’s an app that can come in handy in this day and age where most cities are congested and finding a parking space can take up to an hour or more. Park Circa can help you save time and gas, which is most likely worth more than whatever you’re paying for the parking spot.

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Postifier Lets You Know When Snail Mail Arrives

Postifier

Remember the days when people communicated by wire and by post? We’ve come a long way since then, since the advent of the Internet brought about near-instant ways to send notes and messages, such as through email and SMS. Call me old-fashioned, but nothing quite beats receiving a letter in the mail. There’s just something about reading someone’s message from a handwritten letter versus an email on the browser window.

The only snail mail that most people get these days are bills and catalogs. For that reason, most people I know don’t really check their mailboxes often. However, you can change what you receive in the post by sending letters and postcards out first to friends and family from other states and continents. Wait a while, and your mailbox will be filled with letters once more. And so you won’t needlessly check your mailbox anymore, you can install the Postifier.

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