There seems to be an app for just about everything, and some of the most popular ones were created right here in North Texas. From games and entertainment to news and travel – grab your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and start downloading these locally-developed apps. They are sure to make DFW life a little bit easier, or at least provide you with a fun distraction.

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Words With Friends

Developed by McKinney video game company Newtoy, this turn-based crossword game lets two buddies battle it out online while chatting. It is social gaming at its finest. Place a word on the board and pass play to your opponent. You’ll be alerted when it’s your turn to play again. Not convinced yet? Try downloading the free version to see why this addicting word game is sweeping the nation.

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The Dallas-based telecommuncations company is the exclusive carrier for the iPhone and iPad, and they have created a number of apps to work on both devices. Alert AT&T about network issues with their ‘Mark the Spot’ app. Get voice-guided maps and directions with the ‘AT&T Navigator’ app. Watch TV shows and schedule DVR recordings with the ‘U-Verse Mobile’ app. And manage your account — even pay your bills – with the ‘myWireless’ app. That’s just a handful of what AT&T offers.

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American Airlines

Travel information sits in the palm of your hand. The American Airlines app lets you book flights, check in at the airport, view flight information and even check on the flight’s status. You can also set parking reminders from outside of the airport, and play sudoku while waiting for your flight to depart.

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Southwest Airlines

Looking for the best travel deals? Southwest Airlines has an app that lets customers view and book DING! deals and otherflights. You can also check in for a flight at the airport, get flight status updates, access your Rapid Rewards account and book car reservations. It’s all you need to roam about the country.

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This app is the perfect companion for students at Texas Christian University. An interactive campus map offers class locations and directory information. Check sports scores and team information. Get the latest campus news and event information. Search for available courses. Whether you’re a first-year freshman or a fifth-year senior, this app has all the tools to help you graduate.

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Students at Texas Woman’s University will never be lost again, as long as they have this app on their iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. The app features a satellite view of campus with detailed building information, and a list of campus news and announcements to make sure that students are always informed.

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The One O’Clock Lab Band

Established in 1947, this University of North Texas ensemble jazz band has been nominated for a Grammy Award six times. Now, you can get their music streamed directly to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch using this app. You can also stay up-to-date on the band’s latest happenings. The app shows band news, concert dates, photos and videos.

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Pizza Hut

Still ordering your pizza over the phone? That’s so 2006. Download the Pizza Hut app and build your order on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Tap, drag and tilt the toppings onto your pizza. Check for coupons and deals. When you’ve built the order you want, submit it to your local Pizza Hut location. While you wait for the pizza to arrive, save your favorite orders to make things go faster next time. Yum!

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Planning to make it a Blockbuster night? Use the rental company’s app to select a title from their library of more than 95,000 movies, television shows and video games. Get detailed information about each title and check for nearby stores that have the title in stock. If you’re not sure what to rent, use the app to check for top rentals at each store. And if you have a Blockbuster By Mail account, you can manage your queue from inside the app.

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The Chili’s app has everything you need to enjoy a nice dinner out. Find your nearest Chili’s location. Check out the full menu. Get suggestions from a virtual waiter who can answer your questions and offer personal recommendations. And, if there’s a wait when you arrive at Chili’s, play the Coaster Flip game on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

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Dallas Zoo

Downloading this app is like putting a Dallas Zoo tour guide directly in your pocket. Check Dallas Zoo hours and admission prices before arriving, and get directions to the zoo. Once there, use the interactive map  to schedule your day. Check out events and activities, which are updated daily. Get more information about the animals you see. Want to see a certain animal? Look it up in the app and find its zoo location. After your visit, you can continue to enjoy the animals with ZooTube videos.

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Texas Instruments Calculator

The standard calculator app that comes on the iPhone is okay, but it cannot compare to the ultra-powerful devices that are synonymous with the Texas Instruments name. The BA II Plus is a financial calculator that can perform cash-flow analysis, generate amortization schedules, evaluate bond prices and yields, solve time-value-of-money calculations, determine the number of days between two dates and more. It is perfect for those in the accounting, financial, marketing or real estate industries.