App Central rounds up the best apps, gifts and gadgets for the holidays, Dec. 6 on BNN

Premiering Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET on BNN, APP CENTRAL’s first holiday special is loaded with apps and gadgets for all occasions.

To help cope with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, APP CENTRAL co-hosts Amber MacArthur, Michael Hainsworth and reporter Kris Abel have tested and selected the best apps to make holiday cooking, shopping, travel and even greeting cards easier than ever before.

With all of this holly jolly in one show, viewers can kick back and relax, and for goodness sake, do that Christmas shopping thing online or with an app! Encore broadcasts of APP CENTRAL’s holiday special air Sunday Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m. ET on CP24, and on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m. ET on CTV and 6:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two.

Wherever the holidays are, they are sure to include eating, drinking and being merry! Amber MacArthur baked some sweet cookies with the help of the Martha Stewart Cookies app ($2.99). Michael Hainsworth makes the perfect pick every time with the Hello Vino wine app (free). Finally, chef and resident reporter Kris Abel recommends cooking for success with the Belkin Chef Stand & Stylus and picking festive favourites from the Jamie’s Recipes app (free to download; with $1.99 recipe packs).

Also on theme with the episode is the first edition of a new segment – Old vs. New – a face-off between techno-optimist Amber MacArthur vs. techno-pessimist and APP CENTRAL producer Michael Bancroft. They find out if the digital divide wins or loses when it comes to making a holiday shopping list. Who will win? Paper and pen? Or will the Evernote app (free) wipe the floor with tried and true methods? Find out how to send a greeting card from a smartphone or tablet, find the perfect tech gift from toddlers to teens, and much more.

Additionally, co-pilots MacArthur and Hainsworth and navigator Abel go from the hanger to the cockpit to demonstrate apps that make travel a breeze. Canadians that are travelling during the holidays can find out how to get instant recommendations of what to do in a new city and ways to keep friends and family close using the Trippy app (free). As a well-travelled tech expert, MacArthur also has a gizmo from luggage maker Heys that can weigh luggage anywhere to avoid paying extra fees. Hainsworth is hot on the MobilyTrip app (free), an e-trip journal that sends email updates including pictures, videos, and notes to friends and family on-the-go. He’s also found the perfect app for those expecting company in Plane Finder AR ($2.99): simply point a Smartphone to the sky to track their arrival. Finally, up in the air Abel recommends the Ask a Nomad app (free) to get bearings on whatever city becomes home for the holidays.

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