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January 1, 2013! Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2013 — 9:07am

Happy New Year!

I’m still sick, believe it or not. Getting better every day, but very slowly.

This seems like as good a time as any to suggest some apps for your iPhone or iPad. (If you got one for Christmas, congratulations! You’ll love it.) I try a lot of apps, if they get good reviews and are free or only cost a buck, but very few are worth mentioning.

Here are some current favorites, with links to iTunes:

Spaceteam. Maybe it’s a little bit premature to call this a “current favorite” since it’s brand-new to me, but I installed it last night and found it to be extremely fun and totally different from anything I’ve ever played. It’s free. You need 2 to 4 players, each with his own i-device. Dan and I played a couple times and then Henry and I played together; we’ll probably try a three-player session today. I am ITCHING to play again so I hope my family wakes up soon :)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spaceteam/id570510529?mt=8

Ski Safari. Not your typical “go fast and collect coins” game! Give it a few plays and you will see its charm. I’m crazy about it!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ski-safari/id503092422?mt=8

Dan gave me a wonderful pressure-sensitive Pogo Connect stylus for Christmas because I love to draw on my iPad. My two favorite drawing apps are “Paper by FiftyThree” and “Sketch Club”.

Paper is simple and sleek. I like it for doodling and quick sketches when I don’t want to fiddle around with too many choices.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paper-by-fiftythree/id506003812?mt=8

Sketch Club is a more traditional drawing app with layers, many tools, importing etc., plus a great online community with daily challenges and tons of helpful tutorials.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sketch-club/id404414176?mt=8

ƜberDoodle — Spirograph-esque, and you can make your own gears and rings!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/uberdoodle/id372062013?mt=8

Letterpress — strategic word game. I LOVE it and have been playing for months. Start a game with me. I’m KaraShallenberg on Game Center.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/letterpress-word-game/id526619424?mt=8

CRUX crosswords. I’ve tried most of the crossword apps, and this is by far the best. I’ve been using it almost daily since April 2011. You can connect your NYTimes account and play the NYTimes puzzles in this lovely app, or choose from a variety of free puzzle sources.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crux-crosswords/id409309617?mt=8

That’s enough for now. Have fun!

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