Apps of the Week

​With Google I/O only just barely behind us, the excitement is probably still running through you. Whether you just flashed some Jellybean love for yourself, or you are just overly excited about any of the announcements, odds are you want a new application to check out on your device. Let's hit the break and check out some of our favorites from this week!

Kevin O'Quinn - The Daily Show Headlines (Free)

Daily Show

It's the Daily Show. On your phone. If you're a fan of the show this app is a must have, for one main reason, the extended interviews. There are many times when the interview that gets aired is cut short with the full interview being online. The app gives you one convenient place to go for those.

It'll also give you clips from the show (sorry no full episodes here), clips from correspondents, and a list of upcoming guests.

It's not perfect, though, they could put full episodes here, and the app looks iOS-ish, but it's still a great way to get your Daily Show fix on the go. [Download from Google Play]

Chris Parsons - Magic Piano (Free)

Magic Piano

Magic Piano is another interesting title from Smule. With it, you get to treat your device like a piano meaning you need to create music with it. In order to create the music, you need to follow along and tap the beams of light as they fall in sequence of the song. If you fall out of order, the song will sound terrible and you'll score no points. There is a bunch of todays popular songs to choose from but they do tend to cost money. However, Smule does offer more songs each day some of which are free. [Download from Google Play]

Richard Devine - Basketball Shoot (Free)

basketball

I'm a big fan of casual games. The sort you can pick up for 10 minutes on your coffee break at work and just play without getting too involved. Basketball Shoot is the latest time killer for me. Its free, it's colorful, it's simple.

So, what's it all about? As you can guess from the title, you got some hooks to shoot. The controls are really simple. Dragging your finger back brings up a trajectory, releasing then shoots the ball. To keep you on your toes the ball starts from a different position each time, and there are targets to meet on each level. It's ad supported, but they stay pretty well off the court so they don't interfere. All in it's a pretty nice pick up and play way to kill some time and it gets pretty addictive after a while. [Download from Google Play]

Sean Brunett - Edmonton Oilers Mobile (Free)

Oilers

I’m a huge hockey fan and I covered many of the official NHL team apps that have been released over the past year. The problem, though, has been that not all teams have been represented. Good news for folks up in Edmonton, though, as an official Edmonton Oilers app has finally been released.

So for all you Oilers fans who want to keep up with Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Nail Yakupov, you’ll definitely want this app. With it, you can receive breaking news alerts from the organization, view video-on demand clips, access audio podcasts, see real-time statistics, lookup conference and divisional standings, look at an interactive map of the arena, plan ahead with the schedule and much more. [Download from Google Play]

Anndrew Vacca - Central Park Conservancy ($1.99)

Central Park

One of my favorite things to do here in New York is get lost in Central Park. There's no better way to spend a summer day than entering the park and losing yourself in it. With a heatwave over the city this weekend, it's the perfect time to get off the concrete and into the grass. The Central Park Conservancy app has an interactive map of the park, along with history and pictures of the park's most notable features. The coolest feature? You can set notifications to alert you when you're near the attraction of your choice. Stay cool this weekend, and see you on the Great Lawn! [Download from Google Play]