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Five apps for Father's Day


It's Father's Day weekend, which means it's time to look at those apps that'll appeal to the Dads in our audience. I solicited suggestions from the guys on our team at TUAW and came up with a list that will help the Dads grill in style and take control over their TV (not that they need any help with that one, right ladies?). If you have any additional app suggestions for the Dads out there, please share them in the comments. At Bat 2012 (Free; subscription required for some features)

At Bat 2012 is the official iOS app for Major League Baseball. It works on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and lets you keep up with the 2012 baseball season while on the go. Users can read breaking news, track player's stats, view game highlights and watch current games as well as archived games from the previous season. At Bat requires a subscription, but the pricing is very reasonable. You can get a full season of access for $15 or pay $3 each month.

Weber's On the Grill ($4.99)

What guy doesn't like to grill? They all love the smell of burning meat over a fire, which is why I added Weber's On the Grill to my Father's Day list. This app is an excellent companion for grilling fans looking for some cooking tips or a new way to prepare a steak. It has 280 grilling recipes and 40 recipes for rubs, marinades and sauces. You can favorite the recipes, share them with friends, and even use them to make a grocery list.

National Park Maps HD ($3.99)

Though they might not like asking for directions, guys do love maps and a useful mapping app for travelers is National Park Maps HD from National Geographic. The app has detailed trail maps and other point-of-interest information for 20 National Parks. It uses GPS to track your location and lets you find nearby campgrounds, picnic benches and other facilities. You can even use it to mark your camping site so you can find your way back easily after a long day of hiking.

Logitech Harmony Link (Free)

Think of the Logitech Harmony Link for the iPhone as a digital dashboard to control all your electronics. You'll need a Logitech Harmony Link device, but once you have it, you'll be in remote control nirvana. The Harmony Link app for the iPhone lets you control up to 8 devices from 5000+ brands of electronics. It uses gestures for common commands and has a customizable interface you can tweak to your liking. There's even support for activities so you can select "Watch a Movie" and everything is switched to the right device with all the correct settings.

Send a Tip: Grooming Lounge (Free)

We've all been there, done that. You have a friend and you don't know how to tell them that their breath stinks. You make a polite gesture and offer them gum, but nothing works. Your hair still curls every time they turn to talk. No worries, because, now, there's an app for that. Just download Send a Tip: Grooming Lounge and send your friend an anonymous tip that'll alert them of their social gaffe. You can read more about the service at the Grooming Guys website. It's hilarious, yet uncomfortably useful.

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