12+ apps, gadgets and websites for a safe and memorable New Year's Eve

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It's hard to believe, but 2016 is almost here. You'll want to make it a fun and safe year for your family and you, including when you ring it in on New Year's Eve.

Whether you are heading out to a party, your favorite restaurant, or staying home with your kids or grandchildren, you'll want to make sure that everyone is having a good time. That includes making a lot of noise, watching the rest of the world celebrate their New Year's Eves, and sharing a toast with the people you love.

To help you do that, we've compiled a bunch of apps, gadgets and websites that'll ensure your New Year's celebration is loud and stylish. You can make cocktails, fill your home with music (and maybe disco lights), and then ensure everyone gets home safely.

So, let's get started with apps, gadgets and websites to ring in 2016, and make it fun and safe.

Watch New Year's Eve celebrations

No matter where you ring in the New Year, it doesn't feel official unless you watch the ball drop in New York City's Times Square. You might watch it on TV, like you've been doing for years, but that's not always convenient.

If you're out at a restaurant, they might not show the Times Square ball. If you're spending the evening with your kids or grandchildren, they may not even watch broadcast TV anymore (although you can always bring along an HD antenna to pick up free HD broadcasts).

Fortunately, you can watch the raucous celebration in New York City, including the partying before the ball drops, and experience the countdown to midnight. With the Times Square Official New Year's Eve Ball apps for Android and iOS, or from its official website, Times Square Ball, you can watch the celebration from your phone or tablet.

Or, you can watch worldwide celebrations on EarthCam's site and apps. They'll be streaming live video and audio from webcams around the United States and world, including a few in Times Square. (Watch this clip from EarthCam's 2013 Times Square ball drop.)

Have fun

What's a party without some noise? If you're thinking, "noisemakers" and envisioning horns you blow into, or loud toys you spin around, you're not thinking about New Year's Eve celebrations in the Internet era.

Today, noisemakers are apps you download to your smartphone. If you've got an Android smartphone, you can install this New Year's Eve Noise Maker for free. It's a quick and easy installation. Plus, you won't get lightheaded blowing into the real deal. If you've got an iPhone, try the Happy New Year's Ringtones & Sounds for just $0.99.

Of course, you're going to need music. To get people in the mood for a good time, start with the Lava Lite Mini Mirror Ball light on Amazon for just $10.

Then, use your smartphone and a powerful wireless speaker to fill your house with your favorite music. If your party heads outside, or if you head back indoors when it gets cold, you'll want to be able to take your tunes with you.

That's when the Komando Connect Bluetooth Speaker really comes in handy. It uses Bluetooth technology to wirelessly play music from your smartphone. At just 1.5 pounds, the Komando Connect Bluetooth Speaker is easy to move around, but it makes a powerful sound. You can even add a second speaker for incredible stereo sound.

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12+ apps, gadgets and websites for a safe and memorable New Year's Eve
Fireworks explode over the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: Fireworks light up the sky from The Sydney Harbour Bridge at midnight during New Years Eve celebrations on Sydney Harbour on 01 January, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)
People release balloons to celebrate the New Year during the annual countdown ceremony by the Prince Park Tower Tokyo on January 1, 2014. Some 2,000 balloons were released in the air carrying visitors's wishes. AFP PHOTO/ KAZUHIRO NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks around the Minato Mirai Building group
A Buddhist woman attaches her name card on a lantern ahead of the new year at Chogye Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Buddhists attend New Year's Eve celebrations at the Bongeun Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Fireworks explode over Juche Tower and the Taedong River in Pyongyang, North Korea to celebrate the New Year on Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
A Thai anti-government protester waves national flag as dancers perform on the stage, background, during a rally on New Year's Eve at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)
Thai anti-government protesters wave national flags as a speaker addresses the crowd on the stage during a rally on New Year's Eve at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)
Fireworks burst over the Singapore skyline during New Year celebrations on January 1, 2014. An eight-minute firework display was launched in a five-pronged formation that illuminate the skyline to welcome 2014. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks explode over the financial district at midnight, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 in Singapore. Celebrations started on New Year's Eve where concerts were held and thousands gathered on the streets to usher in the Year 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Fireworks explode as thousands of people line the streets of downtown Jakarta to welcome in the New Year in Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Balinese girls in traditional costumes gather during a parade for this year's last sundown in Bali island, Indonesia on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 31: Indonesian people set up fireworks to celebrate 2014 New Years on December 31, 2013 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A wave of pyrotechnic displays kicked off New Year celebrations in major cities around the world. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
Fireworks light up the sky as thousands of people gather to watch, in the main business district on New Year's Eve in Jakarta, Indonesia, late Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Fireworks explode near Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur during the New Year 2014 celebrations on January 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks explode at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre over the Victoria Harbor during New Year's Eve to celebrate the start of 2014 in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Fireworks explode at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre over the Victoria Harbor during New Year's Eve to celebrate the start of 2014 in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
A fireworks display is set off from the Taipei101 skyscraper during New Year's Eve celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Fireworks light up the sky as Filipinos welcome the New Year Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014, in Manila, Philippines. Traditionally, Filipinos welcome the New Year with fireworks and firecrackers and making the loudest noise possible, including indiscriminate firing of their guns which sometimes result in injuries and deaths. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Revelers watch a fireworks display launched from the Taipei101 skyscraper during New Year's Eve celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Laser lights shoot from towers during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Visitors pose for photos with model snow men after the end of a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
People dressed in traditional costumes play drums during a performance to celebrate the new year at the Great wall in Beijing on December 31,2013. Hundreds of people gathered at the Great Wall, a landmark place in Beijing, to celebrate the New Year. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
Performers gather for a group photo after the end of a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Revellers celebrate the new year following a countdown event at the Great Wall in Beijing on January 1, 2014. Hundreds of people gathered at the Great Wall, a landmark place in Beijing, to celebrate the New Year. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller takes part in festivities during a New Year countdown event at the Great Wall in Beijing on December 31, 2013. Hundreds of people gathered at the Great Wall, a landmark place in Beijing, to celebrate the New Year. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
People celebrate the new year during a 2014 New Year's countdown party in Yangon, Myanmar, on January 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU (Photo credit should read Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks explode from the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, in Dubai on January 1, 2014 to celebrate the new year. Dubai kicked off New Year with a dazzling bid for a new world record to cap those the Gulf city state already holds for its mammoth property developments. The glittering fireworks display that lasted around six minutes spanned over 100 kilometres (60 miles) of the Dubai coast, which boasts an archipelago of man-made islands and Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks explode over Palm Jumeirah in Dubai on January 1, 2014 to celebrate the new year. Dubai kicked off New Year with a dazzling bid for a new world record to cap those the Gulf city state already holds for its mammoth property developments. The glittering fireworks display that lasted around six minutes spanned over 100 kilometres (60 miles) of the Dubai coast, which boasts an archipelago of man-made islands and Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower. AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks explode from the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, in Dubai on January 1, 2014 to celebrate the new year. Dubai kicked off New Year with a dazzling bid for a new world record to cap those the Gulf city state already holds for its mammoth property developments. The glittering fireworks display that lasted around six minutes spanned over 100 kilometres (60 miles) of the Dubai coast, which boasts an archipelago of man-made islands and Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks explode over Palm Jumeirah in Dubai on January 1, 2014 to celebrate the new year. Dubai kicked off New Year with a dazzling bid for a new world record to cap those the Gulf city state already holds for its mammoth property developments. The glittering fireworks display that lasted around six minutes spanned over 100 kilometres (60 miles) of the Dubai coast, which boasts an archipelago of man-made islands and Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower. AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks explode from the Burj Khalifa, world's tallest building, at midnight to celebrate the New Year, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
People gather to celebrate the New Year on the Red Square in front of Kremlin in Moscow, early on January 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of people gathered on the Red Square to celebrate the New Year at midnight. AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks errupt from the Burj Khalifa, world's tallest building, at midnight to celebrate the New Year, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Fireworks explode over the ancient Parthenon temple at the Acropolis Hill during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Athens, on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Fireworks explode over the ancient Parthenon temple at the Acropolis Hill during the New Year's Eve celebrationsin Athens, on Wednesday,Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Fireworks explode over of Berlin's landmark the Brandenburg Gate, where one of the country's biggest New Year's parties was celebrated on January 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks explode over of Berlin's landmark the Brandenburg Gate, where one of the country's biggest New Year's parties was celebrated on January 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather in Puerta del Sol in Madrid, on January 01, 2014, during New Year celebrations. AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIEN (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks light the sky above the Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania shortly after midnight during the New Year's Eve celebrations, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Thousands of people celebrated the beginning of the New Year 2014 in the Lithuanian capital. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
People cheer infront of Rome's ancient Colosseum to celebrate the new year on January 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers celebrate the New Year's Eve on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014. The Arc de Triomphe stands in the background.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
Revellers celebrate the New Year's Eve on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
People celebrate the New Year on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on early January 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE ANDRIEU (Photo credit should read PIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather during the New Year's Eve celebration in the Old Town in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2014 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to see in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2014 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to see in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Fireworks streak around the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye during the New Year celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31: Crowds gather to celebrate New Year's Eve on the Embankment on December 31, 2013 in London, England. Thousands of people are waiting on the banks of the River Thames in central London to ring in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2014 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to see in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Fireworks light the sky above the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament over the river Thames during the New Year celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks explode around the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament during the New Year celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks light the sky over Copacabana beach during New Year's Eve celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
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Make a toast

You know a couple of things going into New Year's Eve: You're going to struggle to open the bottles of champagne you've got chilling in the fridge. And, at some point, someone is going to ask you to make a cocktail, and you'll have no idea how to make it.

Don't worry about the champagne. Instead of handing over bottles to the strongest person at your party, and hoping for the best, try a really cool champagne bottle opener.

One we like is the Le Creuset Sparkling Wine Opener. For about $27 on Amazon, it will easily get the job of popping the cork done, and it'll look great doing it. It has a sleek, modernist design that'll certainly impress your guests. (See photo.)

Le Creuset Sparkling Wine Opener

If your guests ask for cocktails, though, you'll need to be handy behind the bar. Don't worry if you don't know the difference between a Harvey Wallbanger and a Cosmopolitan. The free Mixology app for Android and iOS will help you figure it out.

Just find the name of the drink you want to make and Mixology tells you which ingredients to put in, and when to put them in. It has more than 7,900 cocktail recipes, so you'll be covered, no matter what your guests request. Or, use Mixology's liquor cabinet function, for help making cocktails from the ingredients you've got on hand.

Bonus: If you need even more help making cocktails, Pure Imagination's Perfect Drink (Amazon, $50) is a gadget and smartphone app that guides you through each step of making a cocktail. Choose from hundreds of recipes. Then, place your glass on the Perfect Drink device, and it will tell you which ingredients to put in, and when to stop pouring. (See video.)

Get home safe

Once your party is over, make sure your guests have a safe trip home. Or, if you're going out on New Year's Eve, make sure you have plans for a safe trip home.

Make sure you have your favorite ride-sharing apps on your smartphone. Our sponsor, Uber, and its competitor Lyft are great options. Just tap the app, and have a driver show up in their car to take you home. Note: Ask about surge pricing on New Year's Eve before you book your ride because it might make it more expensive than you planned.

Bonus: To make sure you get home safely in style, why not splurge for one night? With the app RedCap, you can have a driver take you to and from your location in your car. It costs $20 to join, plus $35 per hour. It's currently available in South Florida and the San Francisco Bay area.

If you're driving yourself home, you'll want to make sure you're OK to drive. If you've had a cocktail or two, make sure you can safely get in a car. You can use a breathalyzer, like the keychain Breathometer Breeze ($61 on Amazon), and its Breathometer Breeze smartphone app.

Breathe into the Breathometer and it measures the alcohol concentration in your blood. If it's high, your Breathometer will estimate when it will come back down to a safe level.

No matter if you've had a drink or not, you want to make sure you record your trip home. If someone crashes into you, you'll need evidence to prove your innocence.

For that, the Vehicle Dash Cam and Collision Warning Device in the Komando Shop is a must. (See photo.) The Dash Cam mounts to your dashboard and records in 1080p HD for footage you can transfer to any PC. Plus, it has a collision warning system, and built-in GPS that records your speed. Note: Use the code DASH25 when ordering to get $25 off.

Vehicle Dash Cam and Collision Warning Device

Binge listen on New Year's Day

After a long night, and a long morning of cleaning up after your party, New Year's Day is your time to relax. You may want to binge on some of your favorite TV shows, now that you got a streaming media player for Christmas.

But how about binge listening? Spend the day getting caught up on the latest in technology with our free Komando On Demand podcast. It's entertaining and informative.

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