By Kayla Patrick – Sports Editor
Here are January’s five apps to download:
1. Trivia Crack
Trivia Crack is currently the top-rated free app in Apple’s App Store. In this Trivial Pursuit-style game, you can challenge your friends through Facebook or by searching their username, or play a random opponent. This is an international smash hit that pits friends against each other to determine who has the most trivia knowledge. The six trivia categories are science, art, entertainment, sports, history, and geography, and the game is won by being the first to obtain all six characters. Users get to spin the wheels and let chance decide which category they get. Trivia Crack is a game of strategy. Earning coins throughout the game allows you to get special advantages such as PowerUps and extra spins which you can use to gain the upper hand over your opponents. You also can face off against your opponent and steal their characters. This game includes over a hundred thousand questions, so it never gets old. This app is available in many different languages. You can share achievements, challenge friend to a duel, chat live with friends and opponents, and more.
Netflix is a free app that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. Netflix is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies on your phone. This Netflix app delivers you the best experience anywhere, anytime. In order to watch on Netflix, you must have a membership which costs $7.99 per month. This app gives users access to unlimited TV shows and movies – you can watch as much as you want, as often as you want, anytime you want. You can browse a growing selection of thousands of titles, and new episodes that are added regularly. After searching for titles, you can watch immediately on your phone or on an ever-expanding list of supported devices. Users can rate their favorite shows and movies and Netflix will then help suggest the best titles.
Pinterest is a free social networking app that can be used by all ages. This is an app filled with assembled collages of pictures, places, and items where people can share different tastes with others. This app serves as inspiration whether you’re decorating your home, wondering what to wear tomorrow, planning the perfect wedding, and more. Pinterest is a tool to help you discover and plan things you want to do. You can “pin” things that you like or find interesting as a visual bookmark. You can also organize your pins and share them with others. Pinterest can help you plan projects such as home remodels, or garden redesigns. It helps you dream your next trip like outdoor adventures, and family outings. Pinterest also lets you save great ideas such as articles to read, movies to watch, gifts to buy, fashion and beauty tips, food and recipes to cook, fitness tips, and Lifehacks.
Afterlight is an app found in the Apple Store that is able to be downloaded on Apple devices. This app is the perfect image-editing app for quick and straight forward editing. It includes a simple design and powerful, snappy tools that will change your photo to our likings in seconds. The app includes 15 adjustment tools and is uniquely made to enhance your images to perfection with ease. Afterlight has up to 74 filters, including the new Fusion filters which allow users to mix tools, filters, and textures to create their own personal filters. The app provides a list of 128 different simplistic and adjustable frames, and allows you to crop your photos with its quick and easy cropping tool. You can transform your photos with a rotating tool, vertical and horizontal flipping tools, and straightening tools. Afterlight costs $0.99 for users to install.
Facetune is a fun and powerful portrait and selfie photo editor. This app gives you the ability to retouch and add artistic flair to selfies and portraits with ease from the convenience of your iPhone. Facetune gives you the perfect smile allowing users to widen or refine smiles, and whiten and brighten their teeth. This app can smooth and rejuvenate your skin, remove temporary imperfections like pimples and blemishes or brighten dark circles under eyes. This app can change your eye color, remove red eyes, and color over grey hair, fill bald patches, and remove stray hairs. This editing app can refine jaw lines or reshape facial structure – even reshape noses. Photo enhancements include improved lighting, customized filters, and focused or blurred objects. This app allows you to instantly share and edit photos with your friends and family through social media or e-mail. Facetune costs users $4.99 and is currently the 11th-ranked paid app in the Apple App Store.
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Here are November’s five apps to download:
1. Heads Up!
In the Top 10 paid apps in Apple’s app store, Heads Up! is rated four and a half stars. The app can be downloaded on devices for $0.99. This fun and hilarious game from Ellen DeGeneres must be played with friends. Players guess the word on the card that’s on their head by watching their friend’s hints and clues before the timer runs out. You are able to play one of the 18 themed exciting categories (decks), or create a category of your own. Decks include themed cards including, celebrities, movies, animals, accents, characters, and more! This app allows you to play up to as many friends as the gamer wants. Heads Up! includes the capability of drawing a new card simply by tilting your phone. Gamers can keep videos of their hilarious game play and share them right to Facebook.
iMovie is a photo and video enhancement app for phones and other apple devices. This app is rated four stars in Apple’s App Store. This app is free for users to download onto devices. This app allows you to add a video filter, animated title, and soundtrack to any video clip, and then users can instantly save their new video clips to their photo libraries. iMovie lets users browse their video library, share favorite moments, create beautiful movies, and watch them on all their devices in iMovie Theatre. Users are also able to enhance their movie with slow-motion, fast forward, picture-in-picture, and split-screen effects. You’re able to create a soundtrack using built-in music and sound effects, songs from your music library and your own narration. These soundtracks can be fine-tuned with audio controls including trim, split, duplicate, and fade. Users can choose from 8 unique themes with matching titles, transitions, and music. Video makers can send videos with Mail and Messages and are able to publish them to YouTube and Facebook.
3. iTunes U
iTunes U is free to download to devices and is rated 3 and a half stars in Apple’s App Store. This app is the best way to create and experience courses on your personal devices. iTunes U gives you access to complete courses from universities, plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content directly on your apple product. This is a valuable tool to help you learn anytime, anywhere. Users can choose from more than 750,000 free lectures, videos, books, and other resources covering thousands of subjects. They can also browse collections from education and cultural institutions in 30 countries such as Stanford, Yale, and the Library of Congress. Teachers can also now create and update their courses using the iTunes U app freely, and provide students with a course outline, write posts, distribute assignments and much more. The camera allows you to easily capture photos or videos and upload them for course assignments. Students participating in private courses can pose questions on the course or any post or assignment, while other students can jump into the discussion and ask more questions or provide answers. Teachers and students can keep up with the conversation when they receive push notifications as the discussion progresses.
Plex is an app download on devices allowing users to bring their media with them. This app can be downloaded to devices for $1.99 and is rated four and a half stars in Apple’s App Store. Plex organizes your personal media, so users are capable to watch it on any device. With this app, you can easily stream your videos, music, photos, and home movies to any apple devices from your home computer by running Plex Media Server. Plex makes your media beautiful with descriptions, artwork, and other related. This app is essential to some users because it automatically converts your media on-the-fly to play on any device. This app makes it much easier to share your media with friends and family.
5. New Words With Friends
The New Words With Friends is sitting atop the free charts in Apple’s App Store. The New Words With Friends allows users to test their skills with their friends. This game allows solo play to practice your own skills, or allows you to compete with others when browsing profiles for opponents in Community Match. May the best friend win! The Smart Match component allows users to connect with similar players. This game gives the users the opportunity to expand their vocabulary using the Dictionary and Word of the Day features. Detailed stats let you track your performance and improvements. During the game, you can now chat with friends.
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Here are October’s five apps to download:
1. Clash of Clans
Clash of Clans is a free, epic combat strategy game. Users can build their own village, train their own troops, and battle with millions of other players online. Clash of Clans is an addictive mixture of strategic planning and competitive fast-paced combats. Gamers can raise armies of Barbarians, War Wizards, Dragons and other mighty fighters. Defeating the goblins is just the first step; your quest isn’t over until your clans reigns supreme over all others. This app is rated four and a half stars.
2. Hay Day
Hay Day is a free app to download and play. Hay Day is a farming utopia. Gamers can grow and customize their own farm. They’re able to trade crops and farm-fresh goods with neighbors and friends. You can build your own town and welcome visitors. The game includes food that grows for free, smiling neighbors, and animals that are happy to see you. This app is rated four and a half stars.
3. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
The Kim Kardashian: Hollywood app has hooked many users. The Kardashian game allows the user to create their own celebrity and rise to fame and fortune. Gamers create their own star and customize their looks with hundreds of style options. The game is a huge interactive adventure as you encounter other celebrities, dedicated fans, and paparazzi. It’s your goal to become an A-list movie actor, cover model, fashion designer and more. The Kardashian game is rated four and a half stars.
Spotify is the new best way to listen to music on mobile or tablet devices. You’re able to search for any track, artist, or album and listen for free. Alot like Pandora, this app is said to be better by users. “I actually like this better than Pandora,” one reviewer said. “Pandora doesn’t allow you to choose your own music or playlists, this app is perfect for streaming and it has the newest music.” This app allows you to make and share playlists, and you can access other apps while the songs are playing. This app is rated four and a half stars, and is a free download on devices.
Swiftkey Keyboard, for Apple products, is a smart keyboard that learns from the user. It replaces your device’s built-in keyboard with one that adapts to the way you type. This app is personalized to you! It learns your writing style and is capable of giving you accurate auto-correct and intelligent net-word prediction, reducing keystrokes, and it only gets smarter over time. Swiftkey has helpful features such as the ability to type up to two languages at once. With Swiftkey Flow, rather than clicking each letter, you type by sliding from letter to letter. Swiftkey is accurate with typos with its autocorrect based on your personal writing style. This app even inserts missed spaces for you! This app is beneficial to users, capable of predicting your next word. Autocomplete a whole word with a single tap, instead of typing letter by letter. Swiftkey Keyboard is loaded with features to make typing even easier. This app is a free download and is rated 3 and a half stars.
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