Now that you’ve survived the hustle and bustle of buying and sifting through presents, spending time with family, and devouring Christmas dinner, it’s time to make plans to ring in the New Year! There are many ways to celebrate, from being with family to hittin’ the Wobble alongside other party-goers to staying in and having a quiet toast at home. No matter your choice for the night, these apps will definitely boost your celebration.
Want to watch what happens live in Times Square without leaving home? Try Times Square Official New Year’s Eve Ball 2013 App (Free). No matter where you are, you can join the biggest U.S. celebration of New Year’s Eve with this app. Watch the show, countdown to the midnight ball drop, enter photos for possible selection to be shown on screen and learn about the history of the Times Square NYE Celebration.
Create memorable stories using Backspaces (Free). Similar to Storify, Backspaces is a mobile storytelling app that incorporates multiple photos, geo-tags, text and other captions into a short story that can be shared via web link on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere.
Curious about NYE festivities across the US or around the world in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Sao Paulo, Montreal, and Tokyo? Check out the New Year’s Live 2013 Earth Cam ($2.99). Using popular tourist cameras throughout the world, EarthCam live streams footage of crowds cheering and celebrating the coming of 2013. You can take virtual photos in costumes from around the world, and send party favors and special sound effects to help friends and family ring in the New Year.
Send a Happy New Year’s Eve eCard with Appygraph Greeting eCards (Free). Choose from hundreds of designs that can be customized by adding your own photo. Just like sending a text message, share your eCard through iMessage, Facebook, or as an image. Cards can be printed and mailed for $1.99 (US) & $2.99 (International).
Heading out for a night of partying and want to be safe? Try the Circle of 6 App (Free). Circle of 6 lets you program your top six friends or family that can come to your rescue in an instant. They can send you an “emergency” text to help you get out of a sketchy situation or you can send a drop-pin text with your exact location to be picked up. This app can also be used to keep track of friends when you’re out partying in a group and get lost. In urgent situations, Circle of 6 can dial a national rape or domestic violence hotline for you.
Another quick way to get home is Taxi Magic (Free). Use this online taxi booking service to find and pay for a taxi ride home. This app allows map view to help track the arrival of your ride and sends an eReceipt for your records.
Need answers about what the New Year will bring? Consult the New Year’s Oracle 2013 (Free). This app lets you virtually melt a piece of lead, originally shaped as symbols of luck, into a random shape. Use the accompanying list of meanings to help you interpret what you see. Share this app at parties, save the image in your photo stream, or share them on your favorite social networking sites.
Many believe that however you bring in NYE will be a reflection of what’s to come throughout the year. Start by avoiding the NYE hangover, then follow-up with a hearty meal that will ensure good health (rice), wealth (greens & cornbread), progress (ham), and good luck (black-eyed peas). If you happen to find love, online or in-person, be sure to check them out against these five red flags. Between the apps above and the tips linked in these articles, every Diva should have a fun, festive and happy New Year!
What creative way will you be bringing in the New Year?
During the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, LA over the holiday weekend – Verizon Wireless kept busy hosting several events celebrating life’s journeys starting with a celebration of women making it to the next level in life with the Verizon SuperLife Graduation.
One year ago, Chaka Khan’s The Chaka Khan Foundation in conjunction with the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies and ESSENCE partnered on the SuperLife Transformation Program™, an in-depth life and community-altering transformation process for deserving women who wished to accomplish their lifelong goals. To launch the program, these women first gathered at the 17th annual Essence Music Festival and met with Chaka Khan and author/inspirational speaker Iyanla Vanzant before embarking on an extraordinary journey of personal and community improvement. Now one year later, each of these women returned to where their journey began—on the Essence Empowerment Experience stage at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
“The SuperLife Transformation program has been an oasis of optimism as these women whom we celebrate are likely to become the entrepreneurs and leaders that this country needs,” says Chaka Khan, 10-time GRAMMY winner and Founder of The Chaka Khan Foundation. “After witnessing their transformations in the past year then to come full circle and commemorate their triumphs in this wonderful and memorable occasion will be one of my fondest days to remember.”
Photo Credit: Chris Mitchell