If you use a smartphone, it’s easy to miss out on a great app—there are just so many. The end of the year makes a great time to catch up, though. Apple has just released its list of picks for the best apps of the year, and a few of them are pretty solid downloads.
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Have you ever been caught in a conversation with a Dothraki and been unsure how to respond to their question about what to grab for lunch? Well, fear no longer—Random House has released a Dothraki Companion app to help users avoid any social follies while interacting with the inhabitants of the Dothraki Sea.
Family Guy has been canceled again!
Well, kind of. The Fox animated comedy has entered the mobile-game world with Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, available now in the Apple App and Google Play stores. After a mysterious new Fox president cancels the show, Peter, Lois, and all your favorite Quahog residents break into all out chaos when it’s revealed to be Ernie the Giant Chicken! A literal chicken fight leaves Quahog in ruins — which is where you come in! First, watch the all-new introduction video to the game voiced by the original cast: READ FULL STORY
History class just got a little more interactive.
Ken Burns — the documentary filmmaker known for his style of using archival footage — partnered with digital agency Big Spaceship to create an app that curates his films into hour-long “mixtapes,” according to Wired.
The app, “Ken Burns,” allows users to surf a timeline year by year, seeing how clips from each film line up chronologically with each other. “Zoom in on 1869, for example, and a cloud of clips from The Civil War, The West, and The National Parks orbit in parallax formation around one another; swipe to 1930, and it’s clips from Jazz, Prohibition, Baseball, Huey Long, Thomas Hart Benton and The Dust Bowl. You can also watch its six playlists straight through – they range in length from 20 minutes to an hour long – or select individual clips à la carte,” according to Wired.
Released today, the app is free to download from the app store. The full, premium version of the app is $9.99. Check out an intro video/demonstration below: READ FULL STORY
Break out your holiday wish list: A new iPad, the iPad Air, is here.
That was the biggest revelation during today’s 90-minute Apple presentation by CEO Tim Cook and other associates. Since Apple launched the iPad three and a half years ago, 170 million iPads have been sold. “iPad is used over four times more than all those other tablets put together,” Apple claimed today. The new iPad Air will have a 9.7-inch retina display, 43 percent thinner bezel than the previous version, and weigh just 1 pound. It also contains the A7 chip, which just launched with the iPhone 5S. Retailing for $499, it’ll join others in the iPad family, including an updated iPad Mini (now with retina display!) and the original iPad Mini, which will stay on the market for just $299, helping Apple compete with lower-priced tablets from other makers.
The other big news coming out of California is more information about OS X Mavericks, which is not a callback to the 2008 election, but is the newest software upgrade for Macs, available today. Excitingly, the Apple team spoke about how they wanted to get rid of the mind-set that software upgrades should cost money — meaning that Mavericks is free, available today, and supported on devices as old as the 2007 iMac/MacBook Pro. Speaking of MacBook Pros, both the 13-inch and 15-inch are seeing a $200 price drop.
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For the second year in a row, ABC plans to feature its second screen experience “Backstage Pass” on the official Oscars app.
As part of “Backstage Pass,” EW’s Jess Cagle will be hosting the “Winner’s Walk,” where he’ll interview each of the night’s victors. Other features include a “Thank You Cam,” “Press Room Cam” and a “Control Room Cam.”
Download the app here.
In the late 1950s, a young singer called Ernest Evans began going by the name of Chubby Checker, a handle bestowed in part by Dick Clark’s wife (seriously!). Because it was a less vulgar time, nobody thought to warn young Chubby that his new moniker was just begging to be used as a lame double entendre (example: “Chubby Checker? I barely know ‘er!”).
But 60-odd years later, times have most definitely changed. READ FULL STORY
Whether surviving the zombie apocalypse, saving the world from evil-doers or, ya know, crafting clever flying contraptions for cartoon pigs, this year’s best gaming apps provided plenty of compelling reasons to let our home consoles collect dust while we gamed on the go.
The Walking Dead: The Game (iOS)
Spread across five absorbing episodes, this throwback to point-and-click adventure games favors the emotional, character-driven depth of Robert Kirkman’s comic book series over the gore-soaked excess of the TV show. Sure, it still features ample opportunity to have your entrails eaten by flesh-craving creeps, but the real frights come from its morality-taxing choices and tense character interactions.
The year’s top apps had us brushing up on America’s presidential history (“Disney American Presidents”), burning calories while surviving the undead apocalypse (“Zombies, Run!”), and turning our pets into action-movie stars. Your move, 2013!
George R. R. Martin’s A World of Ice and Fire – A Game of Thrones Guide (iOS)
Brimming with facts, info, and fan-servicing tidbits from George R.R. Martin’s high fantasy epic, this encyclopedia-like supplement serves as the perfect companion to the sprawling literary series. Featuring family trees, interactive maps, and even a cool anti-spoiler tool, this packed app will please seasoned Westeros wanderers as well as newcomers to the Wall.
Adele had a good year — again.
Though 21‘s American release came in February of 2011, the album’s sales were strong enough to put the soul singer at the top of iTunes’s album chart for a second straight year. The electronic entertainment store also reported strong showings for 2012’s usual suspects (The Hunger Games; “Call Me Maybe”) and a few less predictable picks — well done, Sherlock and Alcatraz. Here’s a rundown of what moved the most on iTunes this year:
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