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Today's Best Apps: Youtopia And LEGO City My City

Today's Best Apps: Youtopia And LEGO City My City

January 4, 2014
The App Store takes delivery of hundreds of new apps per day. The overwhelming scene makes it possible to easily overlook an exciting game, valuable productivity suite, etc. However, we have a solution. Today’s Best Apps tackles this problem by providing you with a handpicked and tested list of apps that are truly worth your consideration each and everyday. Remember: Even though in-app purchases typically require your iTunes Store password for processing, you can further prevent them and other unauthorized actions by enabling local restrictions using the passcode locked iOS parental controls


Youtopia for YouTube by Lifelike Apps, Inc (Free, 5.2 MB): This slick YouTube client brings the typically iPad-only multitasking efficiency, browsing while watching, to your iPhone or iPod touch. A simple, single tap on the fullscreen video activates three panels that slide in from the bottom and sides while the video continues to play. Indeed, the amount of items on such a small screen would presumably be undesirable in terms of usefulness, although, it's actually not bad. The menu bar overlaps a very minimal space across the left, the browsing pane covers a quarter or so of the right side, and the control bar gets nestled between the two at the very bottom, sliding over about another quarter, which leaves a reasonable to good view of the video with little compromise on tool usability. Even so, not everything is windowed. Switching lists temporarily moves entirely away from the video and into a fullscreen browsing and input mode. The supported sources include featured/popular, favorites, specific channels, optionally filtered search, playlists, and previously view (history). Access to some of these requires a Google/YouTube account. In addition, links may be shared via the standard iOS options: Mail, Messages, Twitter, Facebook, and other relevant third-party apps.


LEGO® City My City by The LEGO Group (Free, 260.3 MB): Give your elementary school-aged kids some simple entertainment with this collection of city-based mini-games made of virtual LEGO bricks. From the community map children can choose to chase down criminals, either on foot or using a police cruiser, as well as be a hose commanding firefighter against a multi-story building blaze, race for the gold, fly the Coast Guard hell to save stranded boaters from swarming sharks, fly a cargo plane on a time sensitive package delivery, plus help a frustrated motorist get his tire fixed lickety-split. Every mission is repayable an unlimited amount of times with incentives to improve time completion and coins earned. The game features 3-D graphics, charming music and sound effects, single finger control, and no ads or links.

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