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Dianna Dilworth

Dianna Dilworth is Editor of Mediabistro's digital publishing blog AppNewser and a contributor to GalleyCat. As a freelance writer, she has been covering technology, design and digital marketing for the last decade for publications including: The Architectural Record, The Believer, Businessweek, California Home & Design, DMNews, Dwell and PRWeek. She is also the author of the upcoming book, Mellodrama: The Mellotron Book, from Bazillion Points, a book that will change the way you hear the flutes at the beginning of The Beatles' song "Strawberry Fields Forever."

Angry Birds Star Wars II is Top Free iPhone Apps List

angrybirdsAngry Birds Star Wars II is the top free iPhone app this week. The sequel to Rovio’s popular game got 44 new levels and 3 new characters this month.

Below, we’ve listed the top free iPhone apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information.

Every week we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

Feltboard is Recommended Children’s App of the Week

feltboardsFeltboard is our Recommended Children’s App of the Week.

This playful app lets kids build their own virtual characters and post them on virtual felt boards. The $2.99 app is available from iTunes. Here is more about the app from its description:

Design scenes, dress up characters and let your imagination soar as you invent your own stories with Felt Board. Especially designed for imaginative play, storytelling and learning, Felt Board is perfect for children, families, teachers and therapists. Create characters by selecting skin color, hair and facial features. Choose from a wide variety of costumes, settings and props for hours of magical make believe play. And because it is an app, the pieces will never get lost.

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Angry Birds Go! Leads the Top Free Android Apps List

angrybirdsAngry Birds Go! has joined the top free Android apps list this week to No. 5, according to research from Google Play. The new game in the popular franchise from King.com is also leading the charts on the top free iPhone apps list this week.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

We spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

‘Angry Birds Go!’ is the Top Free iPhone App of the Week

angrybirdsAngry Birds Go! is the top free iPhone app this week. The new game from Rovio challenges players to race their birds and piggies down tracks.

Below, we’ve listed the top free iPhone apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information.

Every week we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

Math Matthews is Recommended Children’s App of the Week

mathmatthewsMath Matthews is our Recommended Children’s App of the Week.

This imaginative app turns narratives into animated math problems. The player must solve problems in order to help characters progress on their missions. The $1.99 app is available from iTunes and Google Play. Here is more about the app from its description:

“Multiplications with Math Mathews ” is a (serious) game made to allow children and adults to practice multiplication tables in a fun environment.Join the crew of Captain Mathews and dive into epic adventures ! Will you be brave enough to break the curse which turned Captain Mathews into an octopus?

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Clean Master Rises on the Top Free Android Apps List This Week

cleanmasterClean Master has moved up three notches on the top free Android apps list this week to No. 6, according to research from Google Play. In moving up the charts, the popular video game app from King.com knocked Instagram down a notch.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

We spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

‘The Sound of Music Live!’ Tops Nielsen’s SocialGuide This Week

soundofmusicThe Sound of Music Live! topped Nielsen’s SocialGuide this week. The guide is a weekly list that highlights the top television shows that are being tweeted about week-to-week.

The Twitter TV analytics tool measures activity across 239 TV channels. SocialGuide releases a weekly list of the television shows that are garnering the most social attention. Here is more about Nielsen’s process:

SocialGuide captures relevant Tweets from three hours before, during and three hours after an episode’s initial broadcast, local time. Unique Audience measures the audience of relevant Tweets ascribed to an episode from when the Tweets are sent until the end of the broadcast day at 5am. The data includes new/live primetime and late fringe episodes only and excludes sports events.

We’ve listed the top 5 shows from the last week after the jump.  Read more

‘Facebook Messenger’ is Top Free iPhone App This Week

fbmFacebook Messenger is the top free iPhone app this week. The social networking app has been redesigned for iOS7. Now users can chat with people in their phone book using the app. They don’t have to be Facebook friends.

Below, we’ve listed the top free iPhone apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information.

Every week we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

How to Protect Your Phone From NSA Spying

covermeEvery day it seems there is a new revelation about just how much the NSA is spying on all of us. The latest is that the NSA spies on 5 billion cell phones around the world daily.

But thankfully there are services to help you encrypt your communications and Internet behavior. The latest is an app called CoverMe, which promises “military-grade encryption” for your texts, phone calls, as well as photos, videos and documents. The app lets you encrypt messages, create self-destructing messages, host private group calls and wipe you phone free from call data.

According to the company, they have already seen more than 500,000 downloads across their iPhone and Android apps.

‘Urki, Beyond the Forest’ is Our Recommended Children’s App This Week

urkiUrki, Beyond the Forest is our Recommended Children’s App of the Week.

The video game book app from Monica Coca is a beautiful interactive story. The app takes kids through a story of a little troll who navigates the world with intelligence and kindness. Here is more about it from iTunes:

“Urki beyond the forest” is the first in a series of adventure books exclusively designed for iPad. In this first book you’ll meet URKI, a little troll who must use all his wit and courage to find his family on a JOURNEY TOWARDS THE UNKNOWN. On this journey he’ll find talking animals, fearsome beasts from another time, unique creatures, ruthless armies, winged princes…

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