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50 Best Android Apps

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If you've been debating switching from Apple's ubiquitous iPhone to a device powered by Google's Android operating system, it can be a relatively painless process. While Apple still dominates the smartphone market, phones like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 have been making significant inroads.

One of the main concerns iPhone users usually have about moving to a new operating system centres around the apps they've grown accustomed to using. For many of the popular apps out there, you can find an Android version. Even for apps that are specifically created for the iPhone, typically there is an app that has similar functionality available in the Google Play store.

If you're already an Android user or if you're thinking about making the switch, Time.com has put together a list of the 50 Best Android Apps. From Key Ring, which creates a digital collection of all your loyalty cards, to Kicksend, which lets you easily batch up and send photos to friends, this is a handy list of the top apps for both new Android users or those who are just looking to get the most out of their smartphone.

 

15 Great Canadian Rappers Who Aren't Drake

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Grammy-winning rapper Drake is a divisive figure in the music scene. The former teen actor is either praised as a trendsetting artist or torn apart for his emotive, self-absorbed style. While Drake may be the most high-profile hip-hop artist in Canada, there are plenty of other mic-slingers worthy of your attention. From Edmonton's former poet laureate Cadence Weapon to CBC's Richard Terfry (a.k.a. Buck 65) to veterans like Kardinal Offishall, this country has a wealth of hip-hop talent. Drake will be at the MTS Centre on Oct. 3.

 

Video of the Week: A Summer with Richie Hawtin

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Outside of Berlin and increasingly Las Vegas, Ibiza is one of the main destinations for electronic music lovers. The Spanish island has been a hot spot for electronic music since the '80s and continues to set trends and attract the best DJs in the world. Last summer, Canadian techno icon Richie Hawtin set up shop on the island and produced a weekly party called Enter. Along with bringing together some of the planet's top techno and house artists, including Vancouver's Grimes, Hawtin criss-crossed Europe in a private jet, playing nearly every major European music festival you can think of. Here is a short documentary of Hawtin's seemingly never-ending summer tour.

 

MP3 of the Week: The Seed Organization

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Although he has relocated to Montreal, that doesn't mean you can't get your fix of dub and reggae from Balanced Records' the Seed Organization. The former Winnipegger and past host of CKUW's long-running radio show Quadrafunk recently loaded a bunch of DJ sets to Soundcloud.

 

Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at anthony.siteunseen@gmail.com or follow him at twitter.com/anthonya.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 11, 2013 ??65519

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Updated on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM CDT: adds video, adds links

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