Apps you never knew you needed

It seems like only yesterday we were ringing in the New Year but 2013 is already well underway, and has brought with it a host of new apps for tablets, iPhones and Android. We check out some of the hottest new additions of the year so far.

Best apps 2013

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BBC Sport
Launched in the UK back in January, the BBC have now released an international version of their Sport iPhone app, featuring news, scores and stats for a whole range of sporting events, and live text coverage of some. Easy to use and uncluttered, it's a must for sports fans. An Android version is rumoured to be on the way too.

There's been a lot of talk about the arrival of Mailbox - an iPhone app that promises to put "email in its place". With easy swipe archiving and a 'snooze' button for inbox items that can wait are just some of the features that will allow users to easily manage their email accounts. The only problem is, once you download the app, you'll be put in a virtual queue before you can gain access.

A photo editing app that's free on Windows Phone 7.5 and 8, PhotoFunia does all the serious work via the cloud, which means your phone won't suffer as a result. Includes filters and effects, and the ability to share your works of creative genius.

Between the tablet, the smartphone and the laptop, music lovers these days have tracks spread all over their tech. With AudioBox you don't have to worry about where it's coming from - it syncs all your tunes, and happily streams from Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive, YouTube and SoundCloud, no matter where you've stored them. The app is free on iOS but you'll need to sign up for a storage plan, which start at $0.99 for 5GB.

Cordy 2
The sequel to the popular platform game has arrived and once again, it'll transport you into a world of nostalgic gaming with a shiny, 21st century gloss. It's certainly not ground breaking stuff, but there's plenty to enjoy. Available on iOS and Android.

Newly arrived from the US, this handy iPhone app recommends gigs that are local to you, and offers the added bonus of giving you a little taster of the band or artists involved so you don't end up wasting your hard-earned on a regrettable or forgettable evening out.

The TV channel goes mobile with an iOS app for iPhone or iPad, allowing you to chill out and catch up with all the 'witty banter' you might have missed during the week.

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