🌱Pay It Forward🌱

With all the chaos that’s going on in the world, sometimes you feel like the world has sunken into a hopeless bog. Anytime you turn on the news or scroll through social media, another calamity seems to have occurred somewhere in the world.

It’s simple. We can’t fix everything in the world just yet but we can start with what’s around us.

A little kindness can go a long way.

Here are 5 apps that can spread the love:

 

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What is it?

Nobly is a fun and social place for creating and interacting with acts of kindness. It will allow you to see how one deed can be a catalyst for far-reaching change, and allow you to connect with others through the common interest of doing good.


With Nobly you can:

• Capture acts of kindness happening around you, share them with friends, and inspire goodwill.
• View a focused, ad-free feed of the latest RAKs performed by friends and users across the world.
• Receive updates when someone follows you, is inspired by your Deed, makes a comment, and much more.
• Share Deeds with apps like Facebook and Instagram.
• Connect with Nobly users all over the world to see the good happening both locally and abroad.

Review

I’ve never really seen an app like this but I like what it’s going for. With broadcasting acts of kindness from across the world, this spreads that awareness of kind acts through a social network system. I find it to be intriguing and will definitly be utilizing it in the future.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

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What is it?

Ripil is Social Media for Good. If you want to do good, see good happening around you and the world, Ripil is the place. The platform was built with every tool possible to keep people engaged and inspired to do and spread good around the World. A newsfeed of all that is happening around the user, ‘Deeds nearby’ to connect you with those in your community doing good, a ‘follow’ function to help grow your impact on the world. Create a public group for anyone across the globe or a private group just for your company or school.

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A Kindness Leaderboard will show you the kindest users, kindest groups and kindest cities in the world and a “Deed gauge” will give you up to the minute stats of how many deeds have happened today and throughout the year. A direct messaging feature will allow you to speak with people you have connected with the inside of Ripil and the “Good news” section brings the user in contact with every piece of good news published, each day, throughout the world.

Review

This app has similar elements to the Nobly app. It creates a local community that once again displays all of the good deeds that have been done in the area. The interface for this one can be a bit off sometimes but none the less it is still an app for good.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

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What is it?

Tired of social networks that make you feel worse about yourself? Empath is all about sharing how you actually feel and building deeper connections with people you really care about. Every feeling you post is anonymous, but when a friend hearts one of your posts, Empath tells you who is showing you love. Then if you feel comfortable, you can open up and let that friend know it was you all along.

 

Empath tracks all your posts in an emotional journal so you can see how your feelings change over time and remember important moments. When we share our feelings, the world feels a whole lot friendlier.

Review

This app has similar elements to the Nobly app. It creates a local community that once again displays all of the good deeds that have been done in the area. The interface for this one can be a bit off sometimes but none the less it is still an app for good.

Check out the iOS version here!


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What is it?

ShareTheMeal is the charity app that allows you to feed a child in need with one tap on your phone. Every year, hunger kills more people than malaria, HIV and tuberculosis combined. But it costs only $0.50 to feed a child for one day. There are 20 times as many smartphone users as hungry children. If every one of us gives just a little, we can make this world a better place!

Use ShareTheMeal to:

  • Share your meal with hungry children: wherever you are, whenever you want
  • See exactly where your donation goes and who you are helping
  • Create a team and fight hunger together with your friends
  • Learn more about how we can build a world without hunger

Review

How can a small app such as ShareTheMeal create such a huge impact? This app follows the guidelines of if you take a picture and post it, it will donate $0.50 to children in third-world countries. Yes, I was skeptical at first but I did some research here and they are completely funded by United Nation’s World Food Programme.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

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One Today makes it easy to support the nonprofit causes you care about. Make it your very own generosity app. Get a real-world photo, short story, and simple explanation of what your dollars actually make better. Choose from a number of causes, browse new projects, and get inspired by others’ generosity. Quickly give $1, or more. Double your impact by inspiring others to match your donations. Generosity is contagious. So, share your projects. Spread random acts of kindness by paying it forward. You can even pay for someone else’s donations.

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Review

This is another great app that I found today, sponsored by Google. It follows the deed format where if you tell your story through photos, that you will be donating towards an organization of your own choice. It’s pretty cool that you should try it when you get the chance.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

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🎵Slave to the Rhythm🎶

Music. We listen to it. We dance to it. We fabricate conspiracies around it. We even make memes out of it.

Rhythm games have become on the rise, challenging their player’s sense of rhythmic action. Not to mention you can also discover some new music.

Here are 5 rhythm/music apps that will make you feel groovy:

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What is it?

Cytus is a rhythm game developed by Rayark Games, an independent game developer in Taiwan. The main gameplay of Cytus features the Active Scan Line, a black line that moves up and down across the screen. The player taps circular objects, referred to as Notes, as the Active Scan Line passes over them, following the music.

App Features:

  • 200 songs and 400 variations, including many from famous composers around the world
  •  Beautiful hand-drawn art style (as illustrated in the screenshots)
  • Easy, intuitive Active Scan Line system and 3 types of notes
  • Different display modes allow player-friendly previewing of notes
  • More than 9 difficulty levels for more fun and challenges
  • Various music genres: Pop, Jazz, Trance, Hardcore, Drum N’ Bass and many more

Review

Gosh, how much describe my utter love and affection into a game like this one? I’ve always been a fan of games like DDR and StepMania but this game is on a whole other level. This app gives you over 100+  songs (including Cytus II which is an add-on to the game) to play and each level has a different gaming mechanic.

 

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

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What is it?

From the same team that made Cytus, Deemo is a hybrid of music rhythm game and the story of urban fantasy, with hand-drawn art, story-telling gallery and real instrumental feedback of piano key sound.

App Features:

  • 60+ Free songs in story mode
  • More than 220 songs in various music genres, many of which from famous composers
  • Simple and intuitive gameplay
  • Twitter and Facebook score sharing function

 

Review

Similar to Cytus, this game provides an interactive rhythm-narrative that guides you through a beautiful journey of instrumental emotional turmoil.  It’s not only a fun rhythm game to play but you also get attached to the characters that they based this entire app around. It’s a pretty great experience that makes you want to come back for more. Don’t even get me started on the gorgeous artwork that is inhabited in there!

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


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What is it?

Geometry Dash is an arcade app that provides Prepare for a near impossible challenge in the world of rhythm. Push your skills to the limit as you jump, fly and flip your way through dangerous passages and spiky obstacles.

App Features:

• Rhythm-based Action Platforming
• Lots of levels with unique soundtracks
• Build and share your own levels using the level editor
• Unlock new icons and colors to customize your character
• Fly rockets, flip gravity and much more
• Use practice mode to sharpen your skills
• Lots of achievements and rewards

Review

I have one fatal warning before playing this game. Do not play unless you’re ready to except instant failure the first few tries. This game does not hold any mercy towards anyone. It will take you at least the first 20 times before you can actually finish the first level.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

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What is it?

The Nightwave Plaza – a place to indulge yourself with the top aesthetic musical talents of the Vaporwave genre.Featuring a beautiful, constantly updated database of Vaporwave artists across the globe, the 24/7 radio station prides itself with its no after-track advertisements and full support page for all artists and producers trying to find an audience.

App Features:

  • 58+ different aesthetic background gifs to choose from.
  • Simplistic, nostalgic user interface
  • No advertisement breaks between tracks

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Review

If you’ve ever had the experience of Pandora radio, then this app is similar to that. This app is for those peeps who want to venture out into the new world of vaporware. It’s an infinite radio that plays music unless the majority of listeners decide to change it. This isn’t a rhythm game of sorts, which makes it the odd one of the 5, but this a pretty cool place to curate some vaporwave tunes.

Check out the Android version here!


 

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What is it?

Dynamix is a mobile music game that integrates arcade gaming experience into a mobile device. With triple-dropping track design, you feel like playing different instruments while hitting different sides.

App Features:

  • 5 level options that suit your level
  • Rank Up to unlock more tracks, more than 20 tracks is avaliable for free version
  • Collect characters to help pass the difficult levels
  • Over 100 tracks by composers all over the world, including Taiwan, Japan, South
  • Wide range choice of music including J-Pop ,Trancecore, Chiptune, New Age and more

 

Review

This a real oldie yet goodie for those who are huge DDR fans. I couldn’t keep the app long but this is a pretty fun experience. Not only is the music bumping, but the different levels fluctuate the beat and stacks on more rhythms.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

😴 Good Night. Sleep Tight.💤

Sleep is for the weekend. At least, that’s what we want to believe. Unfortunately, sleep doesn’t come to some people when they tuck themselves in for the night. Whether it’s a bad case of insomnia or you just find yourself falling into some night owl habits that you want to break, there’s something out there that can bring you a good night’s rest.

Here are 5 apps that can help you sleep better at night:

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What is it?

SleepTown is an app from the developers of Forest app. Its sole purpose is to help you attain a healthy, regular sleep schedule. Construct buildings just by achieving your bedtime and wake-up goals every day.

Keep a regular sleep schedule in just 3 steps:
1) Set a challenging bedtime and wake-up goal
2) Open SleepTown before your bedtime goal and start constructing a building
3) Wake up before your wake-up goal, shake your phone to clear your mind, and see which building you built last night
4) Repeat these steps every day to keep a regular sleep schedule and create a livelier SleepTown

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With SleepTown are interesting features such as:

  • Set-up a bedtime reminder and alarm clock
  • Claim revenue from your SleepTown after every successful construction. The amount of revenue you can claim increases with the number of successful consecutive construction days.
  • Spend your earned coins to build a building of your preference.
  • Redeem tickets to significantly increase your chances of constructing a rare building
  • View your SleepTown and all your sleep statistics on the town page.

Review

SleepTown is a cute little interactive game that really engages it’s user with promoting better sleeping habits.  It keeps track of when you’re going to bed based on your phone activity and rewards you for going to bed on time with constructing a little town. It really guilts you when you don’t go to bed on time by destroying the town that you worked so hard on.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

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What is it?

Lucidity is a lucid dreamer app with innovative features to help you lucid dream, keep a dream journal, and analyze your dreams.

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• Elegant UI to enjoy writing and reading your dreams, with Android’s latest navigation and design guidelines
• Password-protected dream journal
• Tag, search and filter your dreams with custom labels
• Morning reminder: have a notification ready to immediately write down your dreams once you wake up
• Evening reminder: it’s important to read your passed night dream in the evening, to develop a better dream recall
• All Day Awareness feature: never again forget to be aware!
• Import/export all your dreams to your SD card in only one click
• Nice statistics: who doesn’t like to watch cool and colorful graphs about his data?
• Find recurrent dream signs. Lucidity can analyze your dreams and find recurrent words and patterns
• Record your dream entries by audio with Lucidity Premium

Review

I’ve always been interested in the science behind lucid dreaming. This app really explores the concept of it through your own personal dreams and trains you to grasp lucid dreaming. This also counts as a sort of dream journal that helps you keep track of your status. There are certain premium features that you don’t have access to unless you add it on, but I think all the free features have a lot to offer when you start off.

Check out the Android version here!


 

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What is it?

Tide is a physical and mental health app on a theme of nature sounds, which helps you to keep focused, reduce stress, relax and sleep better in the busy daily life. There are two primary functional modules combined with various nature sounds scenes that makeup it: “FOCUS” and “SLEEP”. It is a way you enter another peaceful time-space away from the fast-paced current moment.

  •  Nature Sounds:
    – Selected high quality sounds from nature world, create a trip through time-space.
    – With the original functionality of music fusion, you can enjoy the white noise simultaneously with music playing.
  • Sleep & Nap:
    – Various nature sounds help you get a good sleep.
    – Through day and night, you can switch between quick nap mode and sleep mode
    – Lightly wakeup makes it much easier to get up.
  • Focus Timer:
    – Efficient work mode: Based on the Pomodoro technique, we set a timer consist of a twenty-five minutes concentration followed by a five-minute break.
    – Historical focusing analysis: Review your every focused time.
  •  Daily Inspiring Quotes:
    – Selected daily inspiring quote, with respect to everyone who mindfully living.
  • Tide Diary:
    – Every moment is recorded by visible data report.
    – Fine sharing card makes the journey emerged.

Review

I probably need more time to adapt to this app but I find a lot of the features that it has to be interesting and innovative. I think it’s a lot easier than searching high and low for a Youtube video that has the various amount of soothing sounds that I need to study or work. This also can be used as a journal so that you can reflect on your journey.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

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What is it?

Pzizz delivers sleep at the push of a button. Using the science of psychoacoustics, the app’s patented system plays you “dreamscapes”— a sleep-optimized mix of music, voiceover, and sound effects that changes each night, to quickly quiet your mind, put you to sleep, keep you asleep, and then wake you up feeling refreshed.

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Review

This app is similar to the Tide app except this one focuses more on scheduling your naps and maintaining your focus during a certain amount of time. I found the focus timer to be a really helpful resource for just settling myself in. I don’t think the app is as helpful with distractions though and it’s more independent on the user’s part to maintain that focus during that scheduled time.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

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What is it?

SleepTime provides insight into your sleep patterns. By tracking your level of movement throughout the night, SleepTime generates customized sleep data in easy-to-read charts. SleepTime analyzes your movement throughout the night, graph your sleep cycles, and learns to wake you up at the perfect moment of your lightest sleep phase.

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Review

I’ve had a friend use this app and they say it’s really amazing with helping them get good sleep at night. The app analyzes your sleep schedule, from when you go to bed to when you wake up and takes note of the best time in your REM cycle for you to wake up. Sometimes it’s hard for us too when up in the morning because it disrupts during a certain part of our cycle, so this app really tries to investigate the best time to wake up.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!