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5 apps worth downloading this week

Featuring a proper rival to Google Maps, a way to properly sort out your contacts list, and your best opportunity to get into the Game of Thrones world.

EACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.

This week includes a proper rival to Google Maps, a way to properly sort out your contacts list, and your best opportunity to get into the Game of Thrones world.

For: Android, Windows Phone (iOS version in early 2015)
Cost: Free

- So if you want a maps product, your choice really boils down to Google Maps or Apple Maps, one is incredibly dominant while the other still has a lot of catching up to do.
- HERE Maps is from Nokia and had only been for Windows Phone until now where it arrived on Android.
- Alongside the usual inclusions, it has some nice features such as tapping your location to access quick features, and you can quickly download maps for future use.
- Another handy feature is Glympse, which lets you share your travel progress and arrival time by SMS or email.
- A great alternative to Google Maps should you be looking for one.

For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

- Very little has changed with the contacts section of phones. They’re usually organised in alphabetical order with very little variation between them.
- Humin tries to group contacts in a different way, by location, previous interactions, where they work, and where you met.
- You can connect your Google and LinkedIn accounts as well, the latter if you want to use it for business purposes.
- In the beginning, you may find it to be a little unnecessary, and rely solely on the search function. The more you use it, the more it learns about your preferences and who you interact with.
- For those who just need a way of properly organising their phone contacts.

Cyber Dust
For:  iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Cost: Free

- Should you be on the outlook for a security-focused instant messaging app, you’ve quite a selection to choose from.
- Cyber Dust is a cross between Twitter and Snapchat, The main hook is that your written messages self-destruct shortly after you send them.
- Strangely for a messaging app, you’re prompted to add famous people to follow
- On top of that, you can also send photos and videos which also self-destruct.
- Go for if you’re beginning to tire of Snapchat and want something a bit different.

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For: iOS
Cost: €2.99

- Those of you who follow here would know how much we bang on about IFTTT, but what if you want a simpler way of automating things?
- Workflow is the answer to that, allowing you to create numerous combinations by dragging and dropping processes, and it does it in style.
- There are over 100 actions included in the app and if you’re don’t know where to start, there are a large number of prepared combinations for you to avail of.
- It may come across as daunting at first, but there is much scope for customisation here for iOS users, and you can add combinations as apps for quick access.
- Unless you’re committed to IFTTT, this is a fantastic app to have.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 1
For: iOS, Android
Cost: €3.99

- If you’re already familiar with Game of Thrones, then you won’t need convincing to download this
- The game is from Telltale games, the same team behind the brilliant point-and-click version of The Walking Dead, and there’s six episodes in total (Only the first one is out by the way).
- The game tells the tale of House Forrester, a noble family loyal to the Starks of Winterfell which is caught up in the events of the TV show.
- It’s a mixture of quick-time events (carried out with swipes), choices and exploration as you control multiple members of the Forrester family.
- If you’re a GOT fan, it’s a no-brainer. It’s not the best game from Telltale, but there’s enough there to like.

Read: 5 apps worth downloading this week – 6th Dec >

Read: Which games should you get for your Wii U this Christmas? >

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