THX Tune-Up

You could hire a professional to come in and tweak your home theater setup for a couple hundred bucks. Or you could just download THX Tune-Up ($Free). This simple app can help you get the aspect ratio, brightness, contrast, color, and tint of your display set correctly by taking control of your Apple TV and using the camera on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to display a special color filter. It can also help ensure that your speaker assignment and speaker phase connections are correct. Oh, and did we mention it's free?

  • ChoreMonster

    No, it's not some ridiculous Swiss Army-style household implement for mopping, dusting, scrubbing, and generally taking care of the house. Instead, ChoreMonster ($Free) is a clever little app that helps parents convince their kids to do their chores. As a parent, you can set up scheduled chores worth certain points, that you can approve once they're done. As your offspring collect enough points, they can "purchase" different rewards using their points, such as an hour of gaming, a trip to the movies, or a trip to Disney (that'd better be a lot of points).

  • Google Maps App

    Sick of Apple's less-than-perfect Maps in iOS 6? Your unlikely hero has arrived. The Google Maps App ($Free) is here to restore the big G maps you've been missing to your iPhone or iPod touch. Of course, it's not just a rehash of what you used to have, either, as it sports an all-new, improved interface, 2D and 3D views, and the holy grail of Maps, voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation. What are you waiting for? Just download it already.

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