A fresh new year, and a bunch of great fresh apps to start things off with a bang. This week we saw app releases from popular broadcasters CNET and NPR, an innovative handwriting detection app, and a couple of neat system utilities to keep your Android phone purring along nicely.

Perfect Task Switcher lets your flick through running apps and jump to them or force quit them with a single touch. The app integrates into your home screen button (tap “Home” twice to go to the original launcher screen) and works with some existing home screen replacements like LauncherProand ADW. Best of all, you don’t need to root your phone to run it.