Every New Year, millions of people around the world pledge to lose weight by exercising and eating better. Many sadly do so with a piece of triple layer chocolate cake in their mouth. But we can't really blame them -- with busy schedules and easy access to junk food, it can be difficult to maintain an effective diet and worthwhile workout regimen.
Regardless of whether you’re looking to rent or buy, house hunting can be simultaneously one of the most thrilling and stressful tasks you’ll ever tackle. Between budget, location, condition, and countless other factors, there are tons of moving parts to consider when you’re scoping out a new place.
Trying to make sense of the stock market can be thankless, daunting work. To the untrained eye, tickers are an undecipherable mix of letters and numbers--and even the best investing minds struggle to keep up with the constant ebbs and flows.
There are people among us that just know a little too much. They live for trips to the local sports bar to get their hands on those TV trivia games, the gathering of friends for a game of Trivial Pursuit, and those moments where someone asks, "Wait, who was that guy in that movie?" If you're friends with that person, consider making your Game Night event on Facebook private. If you are that friend and suddenly find yourself uninvited to question-based events, you can take solace on your iOS device.
People take trips for a wide variety of reasons: Conducting business, attempting to get away, studying abroad, or maybe even being exiled from your homeland. Regardless of the reason for escape, planning for travel is often stressful. Aside from the never-enjoyable act of packing, there's the hassle that comes with trying to organize your entire trip with no guarantees, except for a string of numbers for ticket confirmation and an uncomfortable moment with an overly grabby TSA officer.
Yoga is a fabulous practice -- it's good for the mind and body, and balances other types of exercise. But, despite it's ascetic origins, practicing yoga is hardly an inexpensive hobby. With classes often starting at $20 a pop and expensive instructional DVDs that become stale after a few takes, a few bucks for an app seems like a steal. There are an endless number of apps for practicing yoga in the App Store, both free and for pay, but none of them cover quite the depth of Pocket Yoga. The app really does it all.
There are few feelings that will make a person's heart drop quicker than the dreaded swipe of the credit card that is met with a message of "Declined." If you're used to managing your budget the traditional way, you no doubt have a filing cabinet full of unorganized bank statements, pre-approved loan offers, and receipts that you can't recall why you saved. While there are a plethora of financial management tools available for your iOS device, no one has yet to come close to the Mint.com Personal Finance app.
Caring for your first baby is a lot like caring for your first car: You never want to leave its side, can’t wait to show it off to your friends (but won’t leave them alone with it), delicately wash it, and take notice of every new sound. And like new car owners, first-time parents can be a bit neurotic about every fluid leak and fill-up. Since you'll want to keep your baby as finely tuned as possible, you’ll need to keep track of everything that happens. Pencil and paper may work fine for gearheads, but parents need a bit more horsepower. For bumper to bumper coverage, Total Baby is miles ahead of the competition.
In our first The Best weekly column entry, we shine a light on SoundHound, a Shazam competitor that bests its better-known rival via speedier song recognition and the fantastic ability to ID tracks that you sing or hum.