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Apps: Animal Band, ESPN SportsCenter, Logitech Harmony Control + TouchGrind Skate 2

Animal Band — Nursery Rhymes ($1) is a new music app for young children from Storytoys. Kids can interact with eight animal characters to get them to join into a song, with each animal acting as a separate instrument. The four initial songs are classic nursery rhymes, including Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and The Itsy Bitsy Spider. It’s a simple concept, and a section with a third background for extra songs is shown as “coming soon,” but younger kids might find it entertaining.

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ESPN’s ScoreCenter has just become ESPN SportsCenter (free) in an update to version 4.0.0. The popular sports scores app has a whole new clean look. It’s also easier to navigate through the app and access the scores of your favorite teams. A news section is still intact, as well as a new “now” section, which is really just a curated ESPN-centric Twitter feed. Though there are other sports scores apps out there, this is probably still your best bet, especially if you’re into more obscure sports and leagues.

Logitech’s Harmony Control (free) app has updated to version 3.0. The newest update lets users take control of Philips hue lightbulbs through the app, in addition to the Harmony Ultimate and Smart Control products it already supports. Additionally, a new tablet layout has been added, so the iPad can support a dual pane view of the app in native iPad resolution.

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Touchgrind Skate 2 ($5) from Illusion Labs is a fingerboarding game — there are no skaters on these skateboards, as you control the board with touch, just like in fingerboarding. All the expected tricks are here, and a number of game modes and skateparks are available, many of which can be unlocked by completing challenges. It’s effectively a combination of the best features of the original Touchgrind (skating) and Touchgrind BMX titles, with full universal support for iPads, iPhones, and iPods, and a BMX-style camera perspective that really shows off the 3-D courses better than the prior skating title did. Be aware that you’ll need to go through a lengthy tutorial process to learn the tricks before you can really get into the game.

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