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The living room is full of empty boxes and torn wrapping paper. You really should clean it all up before the cat starts into it. But then again, you have a shiny new gadget that is just begging to be plugged in and set up. It's also begging for apps and games — they're basically the reason you wanted it in the first place. But what should you install?

Good question! Here are the answers. We've rounded up our favorite and most-used apps and utilities for the technology we use every day. Check out our picks for iPhones, Android phones, PCs, Macs, and game consoles. We've also listed our favorite games for iOS and Android from this year.

  • Chris Welch

    Dec 25, 2015

    Chris Welch

    The best apps for your new Mac

    So you came out of the holidays with a new Mac! Congratulations! Now, whether it’s a MacBook or 27-inch 5K iMac, we’ve got you covered with the best picks for apps, utilities, tools, and everything else to get the most out of your new computer.

    We've rounded up our favorite and most-used apps and utilities for the technology we use every day. Check out our picks for iPhones, Android phones, PCs, Macs, and game consoles. We've also listed our favorite games for iOS and Android from this year.

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  • Andrew Webster

    Dec 25, 2015

    Andrew Webster

    The best games for your new iPhone, iPad, or Android phone

    That new smartphone or tablet you just got for the holidays does a lot. It can help you keep in touch with friends and family, be more productive when you’re away from your computer, or even help you create through writing, music, and art apps. Most importantly, though, it can play games: no longer do you have to sit around on the subway or in line at the grocery store without anything to do. That device in your pocket is a window to a new world of video games, one that’s vibrant and varied, with a huge selection of titles across iPhone, iPad, and Android. Here are some of our favorites.

    We've rounded up our favorite and most-used apps and utilities for the technology we use every day. Check out our picks for iPhones, Android phones, PCs, Macs, and game consoles. We've also listed our favorite games for iOS and Android from this year.

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  • Chris Plante

    Dec 25, 2015

    Chris Plante

    The best games for your new PS4, Xbox One, or Wii U

    You finally have it! That video game console you ogled on Amazon all years has been transported at last to your living room. You were so consumed with desire for the hardware that you forgot a console is only as good as its software. It's time to choose which game to play first.To introduce you to some of the best games for each console, we've created lists for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U. Each list highlights five games, and names a eight others worth your attention. And if you have time, I recommend you browse The Verge's gaming section. Our writers have published years worth of impressions, reviews, and essays on hundreds of games not featured here.You have the console; now go enjoy the games!We've rounded up our favorite and most-used apps and utilities for the technology we use every day. Check out our picks for iPhones, Android phones, PCs, Macs, and game consoles. We've also listed our favorite games for iOS and Android from this year.

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  • Kwame Opam

    Dec 25, 2015

    Kwame Opam

    The best apps for your new Android phone

    Congrats on your new Android phone! If you're new to the platform, you'll be happy to know that apps are prolific and — most importantly — getting to be really high quality. Whether it's a Samsung or a Nexus, these apps and utilities will help you get the most out of your new phone. Some may even be pre-installed, but a few are Google's version of the apps that Samsung, LG, and HTC often replace with their own. Google's are almost always better, so give them a shot.

    We've rounded up our favorite and most-used apps and utilities for the technology we use every day. Check out our picks for iPhones, Android phones, PCs, Macs, and game consoles. We've also listed our favorite games for iOS and Android from this year.

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  • Nick Statt

    Dec 25, 2015

    Nick Statt

    The best apps for your new iPhone

    The iPhone 6S has a gorgeous 4.7-inch screen, a super-fast processor, and arguably the best mobile camera on the market. But out of the box, it won't have the apps you can't live without. Finding a good mobile app is like discovering a best-kept secret: they can change how you work, take your email from nightmarish to manageable, and forever transform your mobile photography game. But the good apps are easy to find. It's the great ones you have to seek out. We've boiled our annual list down to nine apps every iPhone owner should have, excluding mobile games and software that run better on or was designed for an iPad. You'll notice a few favorites — some things, like the best read-it-later or podcast app, never change. And while some apps are free, those that do cost money more than earn their modest price tag by working and looking far better than the rest.

    We've rounded up our favorite and most-used apps and utilities for the technology we use every day. Check out our picks for iPhones, Android phones, PCs, Macs, and game consoles. We've also listed our favorite games for iOS and Android from this year.

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  • Tom Warren

    Dec 25, 2015

    Tom Warren

    The best apps for your new Windows 10 PC

    Whether you just received a new Windows PC or spend the holiday upgrading yours to Windows 10, this is our list of our most-used and most-important apps. (And if you haven't upgraded to Windows 10, you maybe should — it's really good!) Browsing through the official Windows App Store can be a chore — sometimes a depressing one, when you start to wonder if the apps you really want exist. They almost surely do, just many of them are on the web. Once you get all those productivity apps installed, don't forget to fire up Steam and grab some games.We've rounded up our favorite and most-used apps and utilities for the technology we use every day. Check out our picks for iPhones, Android phones, PCs, Macs, and game consoles. We've also listed our favorite games for iOS and Android from this year.

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