New phone, tablet this Christmas? First 10 apps you should download

If you unwrapped a shiny new smartphone or tablet for Christmas, you're probably browsing app stores and trying to figure out the first things you should download.

Here are a few favorite, FREE and most-used apps:

1. The 10News app: Get the latest local news, weather, traffic and more. If you have it already, make sure you've updated -- it's a whole new experience. (And the iPad app is now free, too!)

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2. Facebook: Keep in touch with your friends, post photos and share the latest in your life.

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3. Yelp! My favorite listings app -- find restaurants, shops and other businesses nearby, read reviews and tips from other customers and use the cool "Monocle" feature -- point your lens at a business and Yelp pulls up its listing!

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4. Google Maps: A great maps app with turn-by-turn navigation and voice controls.

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5. Spotify: Now free for mobile devices (with ads), this app allows you to stream any song in its huge library on demand, share music with your friends or let it build custom radio stations for you.

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6. Pocket: Formerly Read It Later, this app collects the articles and web pages you don't have time to read this second and saves them for you when you can catch up. You can add pages to your Pocket from browsers or apps and access them from your device or your desktop.

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7. Instagram: A great photo-sharing and editing app for mobile that makes anyone look like a pro. You can crop, add a filter, turn up contrast or add tilt/shift to your photos and share them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram's own social network.

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8. Google Keep: Another gem from Google, this straightforward, clean app lets you write lists and sticky notes on your desktop and access them from any device - or vice versa.

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*Note: I loved this app when I had an Android, but they have not developed one for iOS (I'm ready when you are, Google!). Wunderlist is a great alternative, especially if you're not a Google Cloud user.

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9. Flipboard: A beautiful way to view news on your smartphone or tablet. Create an account and Flipboard will present articles that may interest you, Tweets, stories from your Facebook feed and more in a magazine format. You can also build a magazine with articles you'd like to read and go back to it later.

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10. Candy Crush: You've got to have fun, too. I apologize in advance for recommending this and any relationship problems it may cause when your loved ones get sick of you staring at your smartphone instead of looking at them while they're talking. This game is completely addictive and costs money after the first few levels, so think before you download. #sorrynotsorry

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