Momentum, Fresh Air, Vurb and more are our favorite iPhone apps of the week.
It seems like hundreds of new iPhone apps pop up every week, but which ones should you bother trying? We explored the App Store and found some apps actually worth downloading.
We all know how hard it can be to develop positive habits — most people are still trying to find a way to fit flossing into their bedtime routine. Momentum uses iOS 8’s Today feature to help track your habits. You can use it to set goals for yourself and program reminders so that you can proactively work toward your goals.
Fresh Air creates a handsome graph that tracks developing weather patterns, giving you a better sense of how the day will develop — just because it’s sunny when you roll out of bed doesn’t mean your suede shoes will be safe from those afternoon showers. Moreover, Fresh Air sends notifications to your phone in the mornings, which feels a lot like having a butler on your phone to help you plan accordingly.
National Geographic’s app breaks down the magazine’s best stories, images and video of the day with a sleek interface to make it easier to digest — ideally as you watch lions digest some prey. And because it’s all National Geographic content, the app gives you access to some of the most fascinating stories and stunning photos in the world. In short, it’s a good way to keep up with the other, oft-overlooked side of the daily news machine.
Vurb is sort of a preemptive Foursquare. Instead of tracking where you’ve been, you can use it to organize a list of places you’ll go on any given day — from restaurants to bars, movies, and events. Vurb’s most useful feature, though, is the ability to share your agenda with your friends. It makes the whole restaurant-to-bar-to-bar-to-bar-to-late-night-eatery debacle a whole lot easier to keep track of if someone wants to meet up with you later in the evening.