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Relaxnews app selection: keep your New Year’s resolutions, follow the Grammys

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Mid-way through January many of our tipsy December 31 midnight promises to lose weight and get in shape may be starting to slip, however all is not lost with apps such as Fitocracy (now on Android), Cruise Control and Gympact there to keep you on the right track. With these apps you might even end up looking like one of the red carpet stars at this year's Grammys, which can be streamed live via the official iOS app below. Discover these and many more with this selection of some of the coolest, most interesting and downright fun applications for iOS and Android devices, as selected this month by the journalists at leading leisure newswire agency Relaxnews. 

Go on a wild motorbike ride with Danger Joe
Danger Joe (games)


Comeback stuntman extraordinaire Joe Danger has already enjoyed outings on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. "Joe Danger Touch" is a completely new game designed for iOS, and thanks to Hello Games' work, mobile proves to be a most welcoming environment for the diminutive daredevil.
$2.99: iOS 

Go-kart racing with the Nutlings
Noble Nutlings (games)
Help the squirrel-like Nutlings build the best go-kart possible, race your friends and then brag about your racing machine on Facebook. Users have numerous go-kart parts to choose from and thousands of combinations in which to join them together in an effort to build the best woodland racer. The app contains 36 levels as well as the ability to try to beat friends' high scores.
Free: iOS 

Get in shape and reach your fitness goals with Fitocracy on Android
Fitocracy (health and fitness)
The hugely popular iOS app Fitocracy has finally launched on Android. The app acts like a personal trainer giving users advice from experts around the world, helping them track their fitness achievements and giving users a chance to earn points and badges for reaching their goals. The app also supports a community of other fitness fans that can motivate you.
Free: Android / iOS

Part dance partner, part coach, Cruise Control gives you musical motivation
Cruise Control (health and fitness)
Described as "part coach, part dance partner," Cruise Control adjusts your music in real time to match the pace of your running, giving that little extra up-tempo boost when you need it most. The app can also be adjusted to play one particular tempo of music encouraging you to run at a consistent pace.
$4.99: iOS

Stick to your exercise routine or pay!
Gympact (health and fitness)
Gympact has finally arrived on Android in time to help you keep those New Year's resolutions. The app motivates users to stick to their gym plan by charging them every time they miss a workout. Users link their credit card to the app, set the amount they wish to pay per workout skipped and then try to stick to their goals. Users that are the most dedicated to their fitness plans will get the cash rewards from those who are less dedicated.
Free: Android / iOS

Send 'intelligent' text messages
ZMS (social networking)
ZMS is described as an application that will revolutionize the concept of SMS messaging. Messages can be sent according to time but also according to recipients' localization. With ZMS, users can even send their contacts audio messages for no charge.
Free: iOS / Android

Make your own iPhone case
3DPCase (entertainment)

At CES in Las Vegas, Sculpteo showcased its 3DPCase application to create personalized iPhone cases printed in 3D and four colors. Any user can create a case out of over 45 materials in stock all for €24 a case. Free: iOS

Give your calendar a literary twist
Murakami Diary (lifestyle)

Launched to mark Murakami's birthday and the paperback release of his latest novel "1Q84," the Murakami Diary app gives your iOS calendar a literary makeover with a generous sprinkling of quotes throughout your day. The app also gives access to cover artwork, and the ability to share your favorite quotes with friends via Twitter or Facebook. (Not available in the US).
€2.69: iOS 

Store your health data, remember when to take your pills, check the status of prospective partners
MedXCom for Patients (health and fitness)
MedXCom enables users to store all of their health information on one convenient app allowing them to instantly share this essential information with doctors. Users can even include their STD status allowing them to share this information with prospective partners who are using the same app, keeping them just that little bit safer. Users control what information they store, who they share it with, and who gets to see it.
Free: iOS

Follow the buzz as it builds for this year's Oscars
Oscars (entertainment)
With the 2013 Oscars taking place on February 24, this iOS app lets users follow the buzz as the big day draws even closer. Users of this official Oscars app can access information on nominees, watch movie trailers and exclusive videos. On the night itself users of the app can follow the stars and see the winners backstage.
Free: iOS / Android

Follow the Grammy Awards with the official app
GRAMMYs (entertainment)
Follow 2013's Grammy Awards with this official app. Not only can users of the app view the latest Grammy and music news but they can also view exclusive performances and videos from selected artists. On February 10, the big night itself, users of the app can stream the awards show live on their mobile device thanks to this app.
Free: iOS / Android

Retouch your videos and share them with friends
YouTube Capture (photo & video)

Google has come up with YouTube Capture for amateur videographers. This application allows users to record, adjust and edit video sequences on their device and upload a video across multiple social networks. Features include automatic color correction, stabilization and image framing as well as adding music. YouTube Capture which is available on iOS will also soon be available on Android.
Free: iOS

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