Apple names its picks for best apps of the year

The best of the best
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On Tuesday, the App Store editors announced 2016’s best apps and games for iOS platforms, alongside popular music, TV, and movie picks from Apple Music and the iTunes Store. Looks like 2016 was quite the year for Apple entertainment. Did your favorite apps and games make the list? Here’s the full rundown.

Prisma
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Prisma (free, iPhone) burst on the scene this year as everybody’s favorite photo app, letting users transform their photos into images that look more like paintings and drawings, with dozens of different styles to choose from. Want to see how your selfie looks as an impressionist painting? As medieval Japanese art? As a bit of psychedelia? This app is for you. Apple’s App Store editors say this is the App of the Year—and call it “too cool for words.”

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Facebook’s Year in Review for 2016 isn’t just fun and games

In November, John Oliver “called it early,” declaring 2016 a truly terrible year. On Thursday, Facebook pretty much backed up that claim, releasing its Year in Review that reveals the most-discussed topics around the world on the social network. Facebook put together its year in review by ranking the most frequently mentioned topics in Facebook posts between January 1 and November 27. That data was then analyzed (and anonymized) to get a sense of the year’s most discussed issues in 2016.

It probably comes as no surprise that with just a few exceptions, the list includes one controversial and sad topic after another. Topping off the chart is the U.S. Presidential Election. Regardless of which candidate you were pulling for, almost everyone was glad to see this year’s overly long, overly divisive campaign drift into the history books.

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Apple in talks with the NHL to put the iPad at center ice

In early 2016, Apple struck a deal to put the iPad Pro in dugouts throughout Major League Baseball. Now, Apple wants to put the iPad on ice—no, not like that. TSN, Canada’s version of ESPN, is reporting that Apple and the National Hockey League are in “late-stage negotiations” to bring the iPad to the league’s 30 teams—31 by 2017.

One aim behind the deal is to equalize the use of technology for each team. An unnamed source told TSN that currently, the more affluent teams have iPads for use in their facilities, while others don’t. The deal is “about having a consistent platform that every team can use in every rink,” the source said.

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The Week in Mac apps: Organize your email with Spark’s smart sorting tools

New Mac apps of the week
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This week’s roundup of new Mac apps includes an update from Spark, Readdle’s awesome email client. Plus, Fantastical just got a bit more... fantastical, and more apps continue to get Touch Bar support. Read on!

Artistry Photo Pro: Studio FX & Effects Editor 2.0
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Turn even the dullest photo into a great shot with It’s About Time Products’s $20 Artistry, a great utility that comes with a vast selection of adjustments and filters.

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