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Essential Apps for Android & iPhone

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ONCE a year, Lifehacker updates its list of essential apps for both the Android and Apple operating systems. Whether you are an Apple fanatic or a devoted Android user, now is a good time to take stock of what apps you are using and what you may be missing out on. If you aren't a power-user, it doesn't hurt to see what the most useful apps out there may be. It will save you time and money as the trial-and-error approach isn't always useful in this situation. See what other people are using on their smartphones, including apps that can increase productivity, help you connect to your music collections or keep you fit.

Unroll.me

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SICK of your bloated inbox? Inundated with newsletters that you don't remember signing up for, but can't be bothered to unsubscribe from? Unroll.me offers an easy solution to your email woes by making it super simple to remove yourself from anything email-related you signed up for. Then use their daily Rollup feature, which packages all the subscriptions you want to keep into an easy-to-read digest that will significantly cut down on the number of junk emails you deal with.

Timberman Is The New Flappy Bird

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IF getting frustrated by easy-to-pick-up but hard-to-master games like Flappy Bird is one of the ways you like to waste time on your phone or tablet, Timberman may be your new addiction in waiting. Deceptively difficult with an 8-bit soundtrack and old-school graphics, Timberman is gathering serious steam after being released in May.

Already a top 5 hit in 20 countries, its addictive gameplay has users from around the world furiously tapping away at their screens while it becomes harder and harder to put down.

Video of the Week:

Shimmering Stars -- Role Confusion

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IN town July 28 to perform at the Windsor Hotel with the Hours, Vancouver's Shimmering Stars have just released a video for the next single from the group's recent album, Bedrooms of the Nation. Steeped in lo-fi, shoegazy pop, Role Confusion is a great introduction to the band's sound. The show at the Windsor is also the official afterparty for the Modest Mouse concert taking place at the Burt earlier in the evening.

Stream of the Week:

Blunderspublik -- Kittens & S :

Blunderspublik's Homage to '90s Winnipeg

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If you went to shows in the '90s in Winnipeg, chances are you'll recognize all the acts that electronic producer Blunderspublik (a.k.a Curtis Walker) has chosen to cover on his homage to the local music scene. From the pop-punk of the Bonaduces to the crushing sounds of Kittens, Walker and special guests including Jason Churko (Chords of Canada, Transister Sound & Lighting Co.), Brendon Ehinger (Mikimoto, Bucko, VaGiants), Chris Bryan (Blasphenaut, 3x3is9) and Dave Neufeld (Velodrome, Husk) serve up unique interpretations from some of the bands that were making noise back in the day. An interesting release both for fans of the bands covered or those just stumbling on to Winnipeg's rich musical history.

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 24, 2014 C16

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