Looking for some educational ways to pass the time while you find yourself waiting in lines or taking a break at work? History buffs will find all sorts of apps to feed their curiosity and test their knowledge of moments of history from all over the world.
The History Channel App: The History Channel’s free app allows users to watch their favorite History Channel shows and specials on their smartphone or tablet, from “I Love the 1880s” to “Revelation: The End of Days.” The network also offers secondary app, History Here, that offers interactive travel guides to destinations all over the world, spotlighting historical attractions you’ll want to see along the way. Free for iOS and Android. http://www.history.com
Learn World History: Use your spare time to learn the history of the world, starting with the beginnings of civilization and running all the way through modern times. Test your knowledge with “Which came first?” and “When did it happen?” quizzes, and learn about important cultural, sociological, political and scientific moments in history from around the world so you can impress your friends. Free for Android. http://www.xenotrophic.net
History in Pictures: Take a look at the history of the world in photographs with this app from Bryce Canyon Productions. Sort through images depicting some of the most important moments from history: See photos of important people, groundbreaking works of art, major wars and epic moments. If you come across one that you find especially compelling, you can share them with friends via Facebook, Twitter or email. Free for iOS and Android. http://bit.ly/1wcteZg
Today in History: Though the most popular Today in History apps are made by different developers (Banjen for Android and Downshift for iOS), both contain similar offerings — check the app every day to find out interesting and exciting moments in history from that date. Both contain databases of thousands and thousands of events, and both allow users to submit their own historical events as they come across them. Free for iOS and Android. http://www.downshiftit.com and http://www.banjen.com
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Zombies, Run!: Looking for some motivation to put on your running shoes? Zombies, Run! is an exercise app for iOS and Android that creates a story based around your workout, using a pedometer or GPS tracker. The app also brings in songs from your music library, so you can pass the miles with ease and survive the zombie apocalypse. $3.99 for iOS and Android. http://www.zombiesrungame.com
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