Level Up Your Kitchen Prowess With These Apps

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Turkey Day cometh. Make sure you’re prepared to make and serve and awesome Thanksgiving feast with the most useful kitchen apps. Or maybe you have a date coming up and you want to make a delicious homemade meal, but you don’t know where to start. Check out DailyAppShow’s guide to the top apps for improving (or maybe improvising) your kitchen and cooking.

 



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Grocery iQ makes shopping quick and easy with the features you expect from the #1 grocery shopping list app. Build lists from the extensive product database using text, barcode, or voice search, sync and share lists with other devices and the GroceryiQ.com website, find related coupons and more.

 



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Featured on the Today Show and used by millions, Yummly puts every recipe in the world in your pocket. The most powerful recipe search, the recipe sites you love, your digital recipe box, recipe recommendations just for you, and a smart shopping list – all with you wherever you go.

 



Timeless
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A timer is a must for any kitchen, but often a single timer won’t do (just ask anyone in charge of a Thanksgiving dinner). Timeless is a countdown timer and stopwatch application that combines a very simple and fast interface with powerful features like multiple timers, labeling, gesture based controls, Focus mode and color themes.

 



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Cups allows you to convert between weight and volume in a few finger taps. Simply select the ingredient, the origin and the desired unit of measure. Then, slide to reach the weight you wish to convert too and you are done!

 



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Have you ever found yourself halfway through a recipe only to discover that you’re missing an ingredient? It happens, and when it does, don’t panic and launch Substitutions. The app not only helps you find alternatives for ingredients you’re missing, but also substitutes for foods that you might have allergies to, or things you’re trying to avoid like carbs or salt. If you cook for multiple people with any regularity, Substitutions is a must-have for your app pantry.

These Apps Solve Problems That Don’t Exist

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There are lots of awesome apps that solve niggling problems many of us have. A good banking app is indispensable. Google Maps in your pocket? Awesome. Sending money to the other side of the planet instantly? No problem. And yet, there is a frenzy of apps that solve problems that…frankly don’t exist. Yours truly has gone to the deeps of the app store to find some of these ridiculous apps. Check them out below:

 



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Did you watch the pixar movie Wall-E? In the movie you find that all humans have gone aboard a giant galactic cruise ship that does everything for them. They don’t even have to walk. After some years of living on this ship, all the humans have become fat, utterly disabled blobs of flesh and laziness. I feel like Umbrella is just another step to a similar dystopian future for society. Umbrella solves the age-old problem of deciding whether or not to take your umbrella out with you. The two dollar app opens up and gives you a straight up yes or no. And some weather text. And a picture. What happened to…you know…looking out the window?



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Yo gained widespread infamy after finding out that the company who made it secured rather a lot of funding despite it’s simplistic premise: You load the app with your favorite Yo app users, at which point you can pick any of them and they will get a notification saying Yo. That’s it. You can’t customize the message, send pictures, or do any of that other fancy stuff that “complicated” messaging apps can do. It’s like poking on Facebook, but with even less relevancy.

Also, yes, that is the real app icon up there. The app might fool you into thinking they’re hip to the trend of flat design aesthetics, but I’m calling shenanigans and saying it’s just out of pure laziness.



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Another photo sharing app? Oh boy! The idea of Tiiny is that you take a photo or video and submit it through this app, at which point everybody gets to see a tiny (tiiny, get it?) version of it on the feed. No enlarging. No saving. Everything gets deleted after 24 hours. I don’t know about you, but I feel like Instagram photos are small enough. I just don’t feel up to squinting to see mediocre-at-best iPhone pictures from people you don’t even know.



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Continuing the trend of useless apps named after colloquial greetings, Sup lets you connect to your friends’ cameras so that you can see what they’re seeing. You can even tell them to turn a certain way using on screen controls so you can see what you want. BRB while I connect with my girlfriend and tell her to point down…down…down…

Wait, hold on, what was wrong with FaceTime or Skype?



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I’ve saved the best for last, because I’m still not one-hundred percent convinced this is a real thing. And I’m not going to download this free app to find out.

So…I guess the point of this app is kinda like Tinder on steroids. Using 3nder (we’re still not sure how you actually say that) you find other people who would like to participate in a consensual threesome. And I guess in an attempt to “encourage people to meet offline” (and probably get an STD) the app limits you to talking to the other two people in your group for three days. After that time you have to fork over money to continue talking.

 

Turn Your Phone Into A Pro Camera With These Awesome Additions

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The past few years have seen massive improvements to micro-sized cameras used in smartphones and tablets, causing point-and-shoot cameras to begin going the way of the dodo bird. Not that that’s a bad thing: the latest crop of high end mobile cameras have proven to be more than adequate everyday shooters for millions of people. The fact that the iPhone is the most popular camera in the world is indication enough that smartphone photography has moved beyond a useful convenience to professional quality work good enough for commercial production. And the momentum of improvement does not appear to be slowing anytime soon.

With the advent of high quality cameras in more hands than ever, a cottage industry has arisen to help those who want to take their photography to the next level. DailyAppShow has gathered and reviewed the most effective and useful of those products. Read on for awesome smartphone accessories to bring you even closer to expert level photography.



Sony QX30

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The Qx30 is a completely unique device that essentially attaches a high-quality lens to the back of your smartphone, and connects via NFC, Bluetooth, or Wifi. Once connected, your smartphone acts as the camera controls. Using your smartphone as the viewfinder, you adjust focus, exposure, shutter speed, and composition using touchscreen controls. On top of a great quality Sony lens, you also get up to 30x optical zoom and a built-in tripod mount. Feel free to stick the QX30 on top of a tripod  while holding the coupled smartphone or tablet to get the perfect shot. Combine the QX30 with one of the PlayMemories apps, and you can enable awesome camera modes like time lapse and stop-motion photography.



Gorillapod

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If you’re at all serious about photography, you’ll need a tripod. One of the most versatile tripods today is the Gorillapod, with gooseneck legs that let you mount this tripod virtually anywhere. The higher end version we have selected includes a video head, so that you get smooth panning for those perfect seamless shots.



The Camalapse

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Want to take your landscape photography to the next level? The Camalapse is a nifty little device that sits between your camera and either a tripod or flat surface and will progress 360 degrees over an hour. Use this to create beautiful time lapse photography or video.



Nova Wireless Flash

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There is no getting over it: the flash on your phone sucks. The light is harsh and too close to the camera to be effective. Luckily there is a solution, and it works great. The Nova Wireless flash connects to your smartphone via bluetooth and provides clean, diffused light for your photos. The flash has 40 LEDs that are color temperature adjustable, charged with a USB cable, and is small enough to easily fit in your pocket. The Nova flash is a must for any serious portrait photography or lowlight scenes.



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Studio Neat’s biggest claim to fame is the Glif, a slick little tripod mount that was originally for the iPhone 4 and 4S. The Glif now works with any smartphone and provides even more functionality. You simply slide your phone into the Glif and screw it onto any 1/4″ screw attachment (the standard for most tripods). Combine with the above Gorillapod and you have a kit that will enable stable mobile photography from practically anywhere.

8 Smartphones That Failed. Hard.

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At one point in the distant past (back when mammoths roamed the earth and SnapChat was just a glimmer in the eyes of teens everywhere), smartphones were not nearly as commonplace. Nowadays, most people have some sort of iPhone or Android. But the path to ubiquitousness is paved with good intentions…and failed experiments. Ever since smartphones gained popularity amongst the general public (*ahem* sometime around January 9th, 2007 at 10am), many companies have tried to bring new and (hopefully) innovative smartphone devices to the market. Many of them have failed. Hard. Even though a lot of these devices are very much a product of the moment, many of the next eight smartphones evoke the question, “What were they thinking?” Enjoy.

Motorola Atrix

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In 2011, there was a big push for ultra portable laptops. Motorola wanted to jump on the train with a laptop for which the brains were provided by an android smartphone. That smartphone was the Motorola Atrix. The phone had the ability to be placed in a “Laptop dock” that had a screen, full size keyboard, and trackpad. The idea was that you could have a device that could be a phone or laptop anytime you wanted, without losing any of your settings or data. The reality is that people don’t want a laptop that’s run using an underpowered smartphone that wasn’t meant to be used with a keyboard and mouse. Despite a major marketing blitz, the Atrix and it’s laptop accessory quickly faded from the public eye.

Samsung Galaxy Beam

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For a little while, a few companies truly believed that ultra portable projectors were going to be a huge hit. I guess nobody told them the practicality of such a device was essentially nil. How often are we in a dark place with a flat, unadorned surface where we want to project a mediocre image or video? Samsung, a company that is rather notorious for gimmicky devices, obviously thought the pico projector would be a great addition to their Galaxy family of Android phones. Adding projector meant the phone was significantly fatter than any other flagship phone at the time. The Galaxy Beam was such a flop that Samsung released a sequel.

Amazon Fire Phone

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Experiencing success with their Kindle eBook readers and Fire tablets, Amazon tried their hands at a smartphone with the Fire Phone. Amazon probably had good intentions with the features they chose to include, but pretty much everything they tried to differentiate themselves with failed. Despite being an Android phone, Amazon limited users to their own Amazon App Store and a rather hideously skinned interface. And it had no less than five front facing cameras that Amazon implemented to enable features like dynamic perspective and parallax effects. They also tried a unique way to navigate the system using flicks and tilt scrolling that ended up being way more annoying and unusable than helpful. Soon after its release, Amazon dropped the price from $200 on contract to a mere 99¢ in an attempt to dump their inventory.

Motorola Flipout

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Motorola’s smartphones likely have the best track record for phones with slide out keyboards. But very few smartphones with a square form factor have done well, so I’m not quite sure what Moto was thinking when they released the Flipout. The phone was aimed directly at the text-obsessed teen and had a full qwerty keyboard and even a navigation pad to move the cursor in a block of text. But that’s pretty much where the benefits end. The phone (and screen) was essentially square when folded and very thick, which makes for a very awkward experience to use. The screen itself was low resolution, and the software was already outdated by the time the Flipout was released.

Kyocera Echo

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While dual displays might be great for a desktop, a modern smartphone with two displays is…less than ideal. No word on whether the engineers were playing with their Nintendo DS’ when the idea struck them. The Sprint-exclusive device (points already knocked off for that) had two 480 x 800 resolution displays and used the Android operating system. The idea was that you could have two apps open at once for multitasking, or use apps that utilized the second screen in useful ways. The reality was that multitasking was slow and painful, and apps had to be specifically designed for the two-screen device (and Kyocera was extremely slow in letting developers do that). Not to mention that twice the screens means more than twice the thickness.

LG DoublePlay

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The LG DoublePlay is a rather Frankenstein-esque device that had a smaller screen built into the slide out keyboard. You can already see the problems this posed: a cramped second screen flanked by a cramped keyboard and limited usability. Despite the two screens, you could not use the second one to multitask: LG limited the second screen to only a few uses, like texting or a calendar app. The phone didn’t exactly fly off the shelves.

Asus Garminphone

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As one in a line of many companies that wanted to get into the smartphone market, Garmin teamed up with Asus to create the Garminphone. The idea was to merge the best of both worlds in smartphones and dedicated GPS devices to make the most roadworthy smartphone to date. While the phone had built-in Garmin mapping and a nice design, the small, lackluster display left something to be desired, and users were stuck with a proprietary user interface and mediocre battery life.

HTC Evo 3D

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When Hollywood (again) got the 3D itch, a lot of tech companies followed suit and released products that could shoot or display 3D video. While cell phone video quality has been making big improvements, it’s never been, shall we say, cinematic-level quality. But that didn’t stop HTC from jumping into the latest trend with the Evo 3D. The phone had a glasses-free 3D screen and stereoscopic rear cameras. While the Evo series of phones had been solid, stylish devices, the Evo 3D floundered with the gimmicky features and lack of support or content.

Top 5 Cases for Galaxy Note 4

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A new Samsung Galaxy flagship phone means a new form factor, which means a whole new crop of cases to protect your brand new device! DailyAppShow has round up the top 5 cases for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with the best features and use-cases.

 



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The Armorbox by i-Blason provides the best protection currently available for the Galaxy Note 4 (short of keeping it in a safe). With ruggedized armor shell, reinforced corners, TPU inner core, and full screen cover, this case will be more than adequate protection against most tumbles while still keeping all buttons and controls easily accessible.

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This vintage-look case combines your wallet and phone case into one convenient and protective package. The case provides spots for 3 cards plus space for cash and window for picture ID. You don’t lose any functionality of your Galaxy Note, with a camera hole and unimpeded access to all your phone’s controls.

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Keep all of your daily carry items in one convenient and protective package with the Verus Car Slot Case. The case features rubber non-slip feet on the back, room for two cards, a raised bevel to protect your screen while face down, and soft shell for drop protection.

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The i-Blason Clear Case is one of the thinnest on the market, so you don’t much of your new Galaxy Note 4’s thinness. This simple case will protect your device from the scratches and scruffs of daily use.

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The Ringke slim case provides all around protection for your device without losing the slim form factor of the Note 4. The case provides extra grip for your phone and includes a screen protector for complete protection.

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Top 5 Photo Editing Apps for iPhone

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While the iPhone is the most popular camera in the world as well as one of the best cameras you can get on a phone, there is also something to be said about how easy it is to edit and share your photos right from the same device you took them on. With this massive influx of photo sharing ushered in by the iPhone and social media, photo editing and filter apps have massively grown in popularity. DailyAppShow has found 5 of the best photo editing apps available for the iPhone on the app store.



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Snapseed remains one of the highest quality and most useful apps in the app store, let alone among photo editing apps. The app will get you closer to desktop-quality photo editing than almost any other. In addition to filters and frames in a variety of categories that you expect from photo editing apps, Snapseed includes selective adjustments, automatic and manual image tuning, intuitive straighten and crop tools, and a near-magical sharpening and structure adjustments.

 

 

 



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Photoshop Express makes photo editing fun, fast, and easy. Touch your way to better-looking iPhone pictures using slide bar adjustments, or let automatic one-touch fixes do it for you. Share with friends and family on Facebook, Instagram, or text/email.

 



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Fotor has made professional-level photo editing accessible to everyday users through a clean, intuitive interface and workflow. Fotor strives to provide the highest quality tools in the most accessible manner and continues to improve with each new version.

 

 



PicShop
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Beautiful design combined with tons of editing options and dozen’s of filters make this one of the best photo editors on the app store. With support for HD images up to 8MP, PicShop is great for serious photographers as well as casual. With integrated social sharing right into the app, you can to post to Facebook, Twitter or Email with a single click.

 


 
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Pixlr Express is a fun and powerful photo editor that lets you quickly crop, rotate, and fine-tune any picture, all in a completely ad-free experience. Edit using dozens of effects, overlays, and borders to further personalize your image. Pixlr Express makes your photos look  professional, even if you’ve never edited a photo before.

 

 

Top 5 Photo Filter Apps for iPhone

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While the iPhone is the most popular camera in the world as well as one of the best cameras you can get on a phone, there is also something to be said about how easy it is to edit and share your photos right from the same device you took them on. With this massive influx of photo sharing ushered in by the iPhone and social media, photo editing and filter apps have massively grown in popularity. DailyAppShow has found 5 of the best photo filters apps available for the iPhone which you can read about below.

 



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Afterlight is a photo editing app aimed directly at the Instagram user, featuring silky smooth  and adjustable filters, photo frames, and other useful photo editing tools like the double exposure editor, in addition to other basic editing tools that you’re sure to be familiar with.



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Retrica provides a slightly different take on a photo filter’s app. The app starts up in camera mode, but right from the camera, you can customize your picture before you even take it. This enables you to perfectly match your photo with filters, frames, tilt shift, and more. From there, you share your photo however you like.



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Add beautiful typography, apply stunning filters and photo effects, and add an ever-growing collection of shapes, light FX, textures, borders, patterns, and more to your photos and share them to your favorite social networks!



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Add gorgeous, film-inspired tones to your photos in seconds. Additionally, Litely allows you to adjust crop, exposure, sharpness, vibrance & vignette for perfect photos. Litely also has non-destructive editing, so you can change or undo any adjustments. Your original photo is always preserved.



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Mextures is another great app for applying film grain, textures, light leaks and beautiful gradients to your images in seconds. You can can make or undo changes at any time during your editing process, fine tune your edits with photo adjustments and then save and share your edit for future use. Also included are over 200 presets created by notable iPhone photographers.

 

 

Top 5 Camera Apps for iPhone 6

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There is little wonder why the iPhone is the most popular camera on the planet, as Apple’s iPhone has ushered in the dawn of high quality mobile photography. Apple has encouraged this trend by providing ever-increasingly high quality cameras with every iteration of the iPhone. With iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has given more control than ever before for photography control and editing. Daily App Show has round up the best 5 camera apps that push iPhone photography to the max with sophisticated features and approachable interfaces.



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Camera+ is on it’s sixth major release, and is one of the oldest professional-grade camera apps. Camera+ contains a complete photography workflow solution, from snapping a great photo, to editing with fine grain adjustments and filters, to sharing in tons of useful ways. The app features a beautiful design, effortless workflow, “world-class” photo editing capabilities, and incredible developer support.

 



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Manual is a newer addition to the stable of incredible photography apps. The app takes advantage of new capabilities provided by Apple to app developers for manipulating and using the iPhone’s camera. Manual can be used just like a full-fledged DSLR, with the ability to adjust shutter, ISO, white balance, focus, and exposure compensation. The camera also includes professional-quality features like live monitor of automatic exposure values, live histogram, and viewing EXIF data.

 



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Visual Supply Co. brings its professional quality filters and photo manipulation to the iPhone in their own VSCO Cam app. This free app lets you shoot and edit your photos to perfection to create vibrant and powerful images. VSCO Cam also lets you browse and view other beautiful photos shot with the app, and includes a publishing platform to curate and display your photography prowess.

 



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ProCamera 8 is a photo, video, and editing app that utilizes the best in iPhone technology. ProCamera has been setting the standard for photo apps since the very beginning of mobile photography. With its powerful and intuitive user interface, ProCamera 8 now enables you to shoot stunning HDR photos and precisely control exposure with gestures.

 



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POMELO provides you with beautifully simple, yet incredibly powerful tools to create gorgeous-looking photos in seconds. It comes loaded with a great collection of high-quality filters that will take your photos to a professional level with ease.

 

 

Top 5 Games for iPhone 6 Plus

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2014’s new Apple iPhone 6’s come in two new (and bigger) sizes, and thus more space to play awesome iOS games. Check out these awesome games updated for the 5.5 inch screen of the new iPhone 6 Plus.


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From game industry veterans Midoki and the rampant scallywags behind Angry Birds comes an addictive real-time strategy adventure like no other! Build a 3D island, recruit a pirate crew and set sail for uncharted waters.


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pr_source.256x256-75Discover the award-winning Asphalt series’ first spinoff with Asphalt Overdrive, an intense experience packed to go! Outrun the cops in an exciting game set in a “new ’80s” version of California.

 


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mzl.miydnwye.256x256-75In Monument Valley you will manipulate impossible architecture and guide a silent princess through a stunningly beautiful world. Monument Valley is a surreal exploration through fantastical architecture and impossible geometry. Guide the silent princess Ida through mysterious monuments, uncovering hidden paths, unfolding optical illusions and outsmarting the enigmatic Crow People.

 


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mzl.llhqmvmb.256x256-75Deus Ex: The Fall is the start of a new journey in the award winning Deus Ex game series. Set in 2027– the golden era for science, technology and human augmentation. Ben Saxon an augmented former British SAS Mercenary, is desperate for the truth behind a global conspiracy threatening his life.

 


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mzl.ykilcdmq.256x256-75A mesmerizing, calming, zen-like experience that quickly evolves into a devilishly challenging puzzler.
Meditation + Panic. It’s a fantastic combo.

Top 5 DC Comics Games for iPhone

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DC Comics has been a juggernaut ever since the dawn of the comic book industry with franchises like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. DC Comics has been more than just comics though, the company has been expanding their franchises into movies, tv, and games, and the iPhone and iPad is no exception. Daily App Show has selected the top 5 DC Comics games for iOS.


 

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mzl.qylgutlu.256x256-75Man of Steel is a must-have iOS game! Try the innovative combat style, check out the unbelievable graphics, fly through the air, knock your enemies into the interactive environment… the possibilities are endless!

 


Injustice: Gods Among Us
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mzl.icwahusk.256x256-75Build an epic roster of DC heroes and villains and get ready for battle! INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US is a free-to-play collectible card game where you build a roster of characters, moves, powers, and gear and enter the arena in touch-based 3-on-3 action combat.

 


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mzl.thwzlqlo.256x256-75Legends Unite! Batman and Robin join forces with other famous DC super heroes including Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and more to stop the notorious villains Lex Luthor and The Joker from destroying Gotham City. Batman fans everywhere will enjoy this original story that’s filled with classic LEGO videogame action and humor as players fight to put the bad guys back behind bars!


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mzl.choffrfy.256x256-75Teen Titans Go Arcade features two games starring your favorite superheroes from the Teen Titans Go show on Cartoon Network: “Titans’ Night Out” and “Meatball Party.” In “Titan’s Night Out” help Starfire and Raven escape the police on a madcap chase through Jump City. In Meatball Party, help Cyborg feed the hungry citizens and super heroes by shooting his favorite food–Meatballs!


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mzl.wyjppfrw.256x256-75Prove your worth as Gotham’s Dark Knight when you face-off against a slew of ruthless assassins and their thugs in Batman Arkham Origins!