Concepts, Lifeline and other awesome apps of the week

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Have an 'appy weekend.
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It’s a lazy winter’s Sunday, which means it’s the perfect day of the week to try out a few of the hottest new apps currently hitting Apple’s various App Stores. But which ones to sample?

Whether you’re looking for a great Apple TV media player, an engrossing text-based game for your Apple Watch, or a great iPhone app to plan your first 2016 adventure, we’ve got you covered!

Check out our picks below.

How to use VLC to watch any video on Apple TV

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Get the big game on the big screen this Sunday.
Get the big game on the big screen this Sunday.
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So you’ve got a fourth-generation Apple TV (the one with Siri Remote and all the apps) and you’ve just downloaded VLC, the “play everything” video app that was just ported to tvOS.

The last few versions of Apple TV haven’t included any storage for video files, and the same is true of the latest model: All the device’s storage is for apps and associated media files. Getting your own videos up on the big screen using VLC takes a little finesse.

Here’s how to watch any video (with a few caveats) on your Apple TV via VLC.

‘Play any video’ app VLC comes to Apple TV

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VLC on the Apple TV will make your video playback easy.
VLC on the Apple TV will make your video playback easy.
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Finally, the play any video everywhere convenience of super-video app VLC is coming to your new Apple TV.

As the go-to video player app on OS X and iOS, it’s about time we see it on the big screen, considering it was planned last September.

Once you search for and download VLC on your Apple TV, you’ll be set to play any videos you can possibly throw at it, whether stored locally, on a local media server, or even right from your browser.