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The apps you must download immediately

Here's a breakdown on apps you should download immediately to get started with your iPhone, iPad, tablet or Android devices. Also enjoy apps such as Pinterest, LinkedIn, Netflix, emojis and messaging and more. There are also various apps to download for the latest music and hottest radio stations across the country. We also shine the spotlight on back-to-school apps.

justWink Greeting Cards

This innovative app from American Greetings sends a
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This innovative app from American Greetings sends a greeting card that looks exactly like one you buy at a store. Send your card for free immediately via email or you can have the app send a real, printed card to anyone in U.S. the old-fashioned way through the mail for $3.49. There is a wide selection of categories to choose from, including Mother's Day cards from thoughtful kids or really thoughtful pets. Be forewarned: Not all cards are G-rated.

iScore Baseball and Softball Scorekeeper

For those of you at you scoring at
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For those of you at you scoring at home... This novel app brings the old-time fun of charting and scoring a game to the digital age. Virtually every type of play can be tracked and recorded, and your scorekeeping data can be saved and shared. Inputting rosters must be done manually, but you can save the data for easy access in the future. The app is also perfect to score softball and Little League games.

Home Design 3D

Maybe after all the looking, you've finally found
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Maybe after all the looking, you've finally found the perfect home - and it's the one you're already living in. Many home seekers end up not moving at all but decide to remodel their current home. This innovative app helps you get a good idea of how a new kitchen, bathroom and a host of other upgrades will look - before the construction dust is everywhere.

Moving Organizer Pro

As stressful as buying or selling a house
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As stressful as buying or selling a house can be, it's sometimes not nearly as traumatic as moving. Moving Organizer Pro, priced at $0.99, can make packing and unpacking a little easier and help you think outside the boxes. The app's photo inventory system and search functions can help you locate boxes easily. There is a free "lite" version, but its functionality is limited.

MagicPlan

Will your dining room table fit into your
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Will your dining room table fit into your potential new home? Is there a place for that big armoire in the bedroom? With this app, you can create floor plans to match the dimensions of each room and piece of furniture. A few caveats: The app is a little tricky to master, especially on phones, and you may have to spend on in-app purchases to unlock some items and save your plans in various formats.

GetHuman

If you're trying to call customer service, you'll
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If you're trying to call customer service, you'll likely have to deal with an annoying phone tree -- the term for the endless automated menus you must climb when calling customer service at major companies. This app can help ease some frustrations by giving you the best phone numbers to reach a real live human at thousands of companies.

Miitomo

Miitomo was recently named Top Trending App, which
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Miitomo was recently named Top Trending App, which means it's hot and getting hotter. Developed by Nintendo, Miitomo is a somewhat strange mashup of a social media communications app with characters from the game maker's Wii system. Nintendo says the characters "act as social go-betweens" between you and other Miitomo users.

My Little Pony: Harmony Quest

This latest entry from the My Little Pony
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This latest entry from the My Little Pony franchise was named Best Family App. Goal of this game, which is aimed at kids 8 and younger, is to "spread the spirit of friendship across Equestria" while making sure to rid the territory of the evil minions. The game includes relatively expensive in-app purchases beginning at $4.

Violin: Magical Bow

There are simulators galore that let you play
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There are simulators galore that let you play keyboards, guitar and drums, but this app can make you feel as if you're ready for the Metropolitan Opera. Choose a selection from the included songbook and play along with a violin or cello -- the "magical bow" makes it easier. Google Play picked Violin: Magical Bow as the year's Most Entertaining App.

Prisma

Named Best App of the Year by the
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Named Best App of the Year by the editors at Google Play, Prisma stands out in the crowded photo-editing field by allowing you to release your inner Picasso -- almost literally. The app lets you transform your pictures by using filters that overlay the styles of great masters like Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gough and Edvard Munch onto your photos.

Family Locator by Life360

This app can help you keep tabs on
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This app can help you keep tabs on your young trick-or-treaters. After you input your "circle" of family members, the app uses GPS to locate their smartphones and you can view where they are on a map. You can also set up real-time alerts to let you know when a person in your circle arrives or leaves a certain destination or is overdue.

The Waking Dead: Dead Yourself

Don't have time to dress up as a
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Don't have time to dress up as a zombie this Halloween? This novelty app from the popular AMC series "The Walking Dead" can zombify you in seconds. Take a new photo or import an existing picture and add horrifying eyes and snarling teeth. Not gruesome enough? Add a knife to the eye or a hatchet to the head. You can share the photo, albeit with an ad for "The Walking Dead" emblazoned on your creation.

Runkeeper

Whether you're an avid marathoner or just bought
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Whether you're an avid marathoner or just bought your first pair of running shoes, Runkeeper can help keep track of all of your runs and running-based statistics -- distance, time, pace, calories burned, and more.

Google Photos

Internal storage limits disappear with Google Photos, a
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Internal storage limits disappear with Google Photos, a cloud-based solution for quickly backing up and accessing your photos and videos. Additional features allow you to search by the people, places and things in your photos, and have Google automatically create videos, collages, GIFs and panoramas from your photos.

Skype for Business

Unlike the free Skype, which limits 25 people
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Unlike the free Skype, which limits 25 people to a conference call, as many as 250 employees can attend a Skype for Business conference call with high-definition video. Because it's owned by Microsoft, Skype for Business interacts seamlessly with Word and PowerPoint. Skype for Business costs $5 a month per user.

Pokemon Go

The world of Pokemon heads outdoors, as you
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The world of Pokemon heads outdoors, as you can hunt for them around your neighborhood or around the world. Join the hunt as you can use maps and your camera to find and capture various Pokemon, and then battle friends at Gyms.

Periscope

You can broadcast live video from your phone
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You can broadcast live video from your phone with Periscope, as well as watch other video feeds from around the world.

Slack

The communications app to help employees communicate easily,
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The communications app to help employees communicate easily, both in public and private channels, Slack is helpful for workers to keep in touch on projects.

Timehop

Do you want to see what you were
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Do you want to see what you were up to this date last year? The year before? Timehop pulls out your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and stored photos for you to check out and share on social media, along with a dose of pop culture.

Stubhub

Are you looking to buy tickets? Stubhub is
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Are you looking to buy tickets? Stubhub is one-stop shopping for concert, sports and other event tickets, both locally and nationwide, and allowing you to search for the best deals available as well as least expensive tickets available.

Crossy Road

Crossy Road is an adorable, free game from
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Crossy Road is an adorable, free game from Yodo1 Games. How did the chicken cross the road? Very carefully. The game will remind you of Frogger, and it's as much fun.

FlashCards + by Chegg

Flashcards+ by Chegg is a fast, free, flashcard
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Flashcards+ by Chegg is a fast, free, flashcard maker designed to help you learn things fast. If you're looking for a study assistant, consider this app.

Evernote

Write notes of all types, from short lists
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Write notes of all types, from short lists to lengthy research, and access them on any device. Also, collect Web articles, handwritten notes and photos to keep all the details in one place.

Google Maps

The Google Maps app has comprehensive maps in
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The Google Maps app has comprehensive maps in more than 200 countries and includes a voice-guided GPS navigation and live traffic conditions. It's free in iTunes and the Google Play store.

Yelp

Whether you are looking for an open pizzeria
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Whether you are looking for an open pizzeria or a coffee shop nearby, Yelp is your local guide to finding just the place to eat, shop, drink, relax and play. You can discover local businesses, search for nearby restaurants, shops and services and filter results by neighborhood, distance, rating, price and what's open now.

StockTwits

Use StockTwits to stay up to date on
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Use StockTwits to stay up to date on stocks you follow and market trends. Get insight from thousands of investors and traders.

Minecraft - Pocket Edition

Minecraft pocket edition is routinely the top-selling game
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Minecraft pocket edition is routinely the top-selling game at the App Store. Users can play in the survival or creative mode.

Words with Friends

New Words With Friends is a free social
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New Words With Friends is a free social word game where your skills are tested. Find the best opponent for you by browsing players’ profiles in Community Match, or sharpen your skills anytime and anywhere with offline Solo Play.

Kricket

Kricket is a map-based social network that allows
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Kricket is a map-based social network that allows users to post comments, emojis and more in their current location anonymously. Meant for public political discussion while remaining anonymous, each message or emoji lasts 24 hours, then is erased from the map forever.

Selfish - Selfy Camera

How bad are you at taking selfies? Real
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How bad are you at taking selfies? Real bad? Well, this app will save you and take the pictures using one of three automatic modes to choose from: Face Detection, Self-Timer and Voice Command. It worked for the fish, so ...

Star Wars Card Trader

Topps, the famous sports card company, continues its
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Topps, the famous sports card company, continues its digital expansion with Star Wars Card Trader. Collect and trade more than 1,000 Star Wars digital cards, including your favorite characters. You'll be able to take your digital cards everywhere you go.

Kingdom Rush Origins

The addicting tower defense game has returned with
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The addicting tower defense game has returned with a new adventure, Kingdom Rush Origins. The $2.99 game is part of the Kingdom Rush series, which has collected all sorts of accolades, including the CNET Editor's Choice Award, Apple's Editor's Choice Award and a Pocket Gamer Gold Award.

Miss Hollywood Showtime - Pet House Makeover

Miss Hollywood and her friends live in an
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Miss Hollywood and her friends live in an animal shelter that has gotten a bit run down. But a little creativity could solve that problem. The young children's game is free, but includes in-game purchase opportunities.

Facebook Messenger

If you're on Facebook -- and nearly everyone
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If you're on Facebook -- and nearly everyone is on the social media behemoth -- the Messenger app has become its companion. If you're sending private messages back and forth to your friends via mobile or tablet, you will want this app.

GasBuddy

Join more than 40 million drivers who are
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Join more than 40 million drivers who are saving money every time they fill up by using GasBuddy. The app helps you find the cheapest gas near you.

2048

The fun and addictive math-puzzle game is simple
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The fun and addictive math-puzzle game is simple to use and will challenge your abilities. Swipe to move the tiles, when two tiles with the same number touch, they merge into one. When a 2048 tile is created, the player wins. Before you know it, you'll be muttering 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 around the house.

Highball

Collect and share cocktail recipes with this unique
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Collect and share cocktail recipes with this unique beverage app from Studio Neat. Import recipes or create your own to share with friends.

iHeartRadio

iHeartRadio lets you listen online to the best
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iHeartRadio lets you listen online to the best live radio, sports, news, NPR, podcast, and streaming music stations based on your favorite artists and songs. The app is also great for streaming live AM and FM radio.

JellyKing

In JellyKing: Rule the World, your goal is
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In JellyKing: Rule the World, your goal is to help Jelly bounce through mazes. The game is simple ... touch and hold down to move your jelly. Just remember, if he doesn't get to rule the world, it's on you.

Retail Me Not

For the compulsive coupon shopper, Retail Me Not
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For the compulsive coupon shopper, Retail Me Not allows you to redeem coupons directly from the app, see a map of the best deals nearby and curate a list of your favorite sales and stores.

LinkedIn Job Search

Along with the main LinkedIn app, this app
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Along with the main LinkedIn app, this app helps you find career opportunities wherever you want with location-based search, while getting automatic recommendations and notifications based on your job searches. A user can also apply to jobs directly from the app.

Pinterest

Pinterest is a visual bookmarking tool that helps
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Pinterest is a visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas. You can use the social site to plan trips, plan improvement projects or share recipes.

Disney Movies Everywhere

With Disney Movies Anywhere, you can watch your
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With Disney Movies Anywhere, you can watch your Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies anywhere you go. The app includes exclusive videos and special offers. With Disney planning another Frozen movie, it could make sense to get used to this app now.

Waze

Waze is a community-based traffic and navigation app.
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Waze is a community-based traffic and navigation app. Join drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info to save time and gas money and improve daily commuting for all. It's a free app.

Netflix

Netflix is a popular subscription service for watching
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Netflix is a popular subscription service for watching TV series and movies, including on your phone. This Netflix mobile application delivers the best experience anywhere, anytime. Get the free app as a part of your Netflix membership and you can instantly watch thousands of TV episodes and movies on your phone.

Weather Whiskers

There are plenty of weather apps, but how
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There are plenty of weather apps, but how many are dedicated to cats? Yeah, you read that right. Cats. This kitty-themed weather app includes current updates and ... a four-day Furrcast. The app is free on Google Play and Apple's App Store.

Zite

Zite is a free app that provides articles
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Zite is a free app that provides articles tailored to your interests. Just like Pandora's music site, Zite caters to readers' preferences: You get more of what you like across countless categories.

YouTube Kids

Google recently launched the YouTube Kids app, which
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Google recently launched the YouTube Kids app, which is loaded with age-appropriate videos, channels, and playlists. YouTube Kids features popular children’s programming, plus kid-friendly content from filmmakers, teachers and creators.

Zoobe

The Zoobe messaging app is fun for the
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The Zoobe messaging app is fun for the whole family. Send animated video messages to loved ones and celebrate things like birthdays, weddings and graduations with an all-star 3-D character cast: Paddington, Om Nom from Cut the Rope, Papa Smurf as well as Grouchy Smurf and Smurfette from The Smurfs. The app will make you smile, and it's free on Google Play and Apple's App Store.

White Noise

Do you struggle to fall asleep because of
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Do you struggle to fall asleep because of outside noise? Are hotels too loud? White Noise has a large catalog of sounds that help block out distractions. The looped sounds include rainfall, crashing waves, a train ride or water dripping. The app is $1.99 on Google Play and Apple's App Store.

Charades!

The classic party game gets an electronic makeover
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The classic party game gets an electronic makeover with this app that will keep you hopping. A player puts the phone to his or her forehead, where a word or title is displayed. Team members yell out hints or are prompted to physically act out clues. Cards are in decks grouped by several themes, including trivia, TV shows and dance moves. There are several apps using the name "Charades," but the one tested here is from developer FatChicken Studios. The Charades! app is free on iOS and Android.

Flashlight

Whether you've lost power due to a storm

Whether you've lost power due to a storm or you're walking on a dark street, this handy app turns your camera flash into a small but power emergency light source. It's free for iPhone and Android.

Longform Stories

A solid app that features free longform articles,
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A solid app that features free longform articles, magazine articles, feature stories and more.

The Weather Channel

The simple-to-use and popular app allows you to
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The simple-to-use and popular app allows you to check today's forecast, or take a look at the long-term forecast. The app is free in the Google Play and iTunes stores.

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock is 99 cents in
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Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock is 99 cents in the App Store and Google Play, and it may be worth the money if you're struggling with daylight savings time. The "smart" alarm clock tries to sense when you are in a light sleep phase before it sounds. How does it work? Don't question that, because with one less hour of sleep, you might need all the help you could get.

Spotify

With Spotify, you have access to artists and
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With Spotify, you have access to artists and albums, or you can create a playlist of your favorite songs. Want to discover new music? Choose a ready-made playlist that suits your mood or get personalized recommendations. Listen for free on mobile, or use the subscription service to listen to any song available on Spotify, anytime.

Map My Run

Track pace, distance, calories and time with audio
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Track pace, distance, calories and time with audio alerts. For a runner, this is a key app.

Sudoku

If math puzzles are your thing -- of
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If math puzzles are your thing -- of course they are -- there are a few worthwhile free Soduku games, including Super Sudoku. Take a look at the iTunes or Google Play stores to see which one you like best.

Hulu

Many popular shows are available the day after
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Many popular shows are available the day after they air with the Hulu app. If you subscribe to Hulu Plus, you can watch more than 100,000 episodes of TV, including current episodes and full seasons. Also, enjoy current and previous seasons of reality shows such as Top Chef.

Kindle App

Turn your smartphone into a Kindle by downloading
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Turn your smartphone into a Kindle by downloading this app. Any book or magazine you've purchased on a Kindle will now be in your pocket.

Shazam

Shazam is a great way to identify songs
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Shazam is a great way to identify songs and other entertainment. In seconds you’ll know the name of any song, or more about what you’re watching -- tap Shazam to start your journey. Never again will you think, "I wish I knew the name of that song."

YouTube

Get the official YouTube app for Android and
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Get the official YouTube app for Android and Apple phones and tablets. See what the world is watching, subscribe to channels, share with friends and watch on any device.

Meerkat

Want to give a live broadcast to all
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Want to give a live broadcast to all of your Twitter followers on the go? Meerkat allows you to be your own television station and broadcast whatever you're doing in real time.

Find my iPhone

This Mac and iOS application is a solid
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This Mac and iOS application is a solid safety blanket. If you misplace your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, iCloud can help you figure out where it is. If you're on the latest iOS, this should already be on your device.

Star Walk

This app costs $2.99 in the iTunes or
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This app costs $2.99 in the iTunes or Google Play store, but it turns your new phone into a mini planetarium. It's an interactive star chart in the night sky, following your movement in real time. Go outside, point the phone in the direction of your view, and be prepared to be amazed. Isn't science fun?

Flappy Nyan

Wondering if it's possible to play games on
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Wondering if it's possible to play games on your new phone? Of course it is, but start with something easy. Flappy Nyan, free in the iTunes and Google Play stores, is a fun, simple game. Have fun. Before you know it, your entire phone will be filled with games.

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