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App Wrap: 'Homegating,' 'Super Bowl Ad Meter'

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

Stats. Videos. Opportunity to trash talk your friends or fans from other cities. Yes, there are loads of apps for doing all those things during the Super Bowl. Here, though, are two that focus on the two non-game-related activities that likely hold a greater interest for the non-football fan at or hosting a Super Bowl party.


The first, eating. This one is really for the party preparer. It's the NFL's official Homegating app, your one-stop shop for planning and preparing for the perfect Super Bowl-themed party.

You can send out email invitations straight from the app and order football-themed party supplies, but the big draw to this one is numerous classic football tailgate-y recipes for both food and drink. Plus, NFL Executive Chef Marc Payero serves up tips, some that are actually really useful.

The NFL's Homegating app is free for iOS and Android devices.

Super Bowl Ad Meter

For those who say the real show lies in legendary Super Bowl commercials, well, USA Today is requesting your opinion on which ones are the best. The Super Bowl Ad Meter is a yearly gauge that the newspaper uses to help determine which spots were hits and which were misses, and in order to get that gauge this year, it's asking anyone and everyone to sign up to be a critic.

Signing up means that on game day, from kickoff though to the final whistle, you'll be asked to rate every single ad shown during the game, even halftime. Don't worry if you miss some, because the website will have them for you to watch as well. Then, when Monday rolls around and you see news stations and articles all over the country referring to the Ad Meter when recounting which commercials were the best, you get the satisfaction of knowing you helped contribute to the rankings. Plus, you may actually get to see some of the commercials online ahead of time.

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