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Apps of the week: Rise, MacTracker, Robot Unicorn Attack 2 and more!

We're at that time of the week again. Fresh from the iMore teams favorite media picks during the week, we're now back to the subject of apps, and some of which we've been using the most this week. We've got a few different games for you this week, along with something for your Mac, and something to help get you up in the morning. Let's take a look!

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Disney Animated reveals all the magic of the movie kingdom right on your iPad

Disney Animated for iPad is epic in every sense of the word. Whether you're a fan of their cinematic accomplishments or an aspiring animator yourself, packed into this nearly 1.8GB download is a virtual treasure-trove of Disney's greatness. It will very literally show you how Disney's animated movies come to life, both in the old (and sorely missed!) days of hand-painted cells, to the most modern of computer modeling.

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Google adding local advertisements into mobile Maps apps

Google has outlined a new advertising strategy for their mobile Maps app for Android and iOS, that sees local, "relevant" ads displayed at the bottom of the search window. Following the recently launched overhaul to Google Maps which included an iPad version for the first time, Google is now looking at how they're going to continue to monetize it. But, as Alex Dobie at Android Central points out, this isn't anything new.

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Sony PlayStation All-Stars Island hits the App Store as a giant Coca Cola ad

A new and free game from Sony has hit European App Stores, that so far brings Drake from the hugely popular Uncharted series to your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Sony PlayStation All-Stars Island will eventually bring together characters from other franchises by way of a free update, but the first game to play sees Uncharted meet Temple Run as Drake chases a Coke. Oh, that's the other thing; this is one huge, giant advertisement for Coca Cola Zero, and according to IGN is only available right now in Europe:

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Google Play Books for iPhone and iPad updated with support for rented textbooks

Google Play Books has had an update pushed out that lays the way for their textbook rentals. Back at the Nexus 7/Chromecast event in San Francisco, Google confirmed that textbooks would be coming to their own Google Play Books selection. A direct competitor to Apple's own textbook selection available through iBooks, Google also stated that their textbooks would be available on a rental basis and this update adds support for them.

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Boundless brings text book alternatives and study materials right to your iPhone

Boundless is a a new service that offers alternatives to pricey textbooks along with study materials. Start by choosing your subjects or searching for your required textbooks. Boundless then offers alternatives that you can buy as an in-app purchase. The iPhone app then let you take your material with you everywhere.

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MixBit for iPhone lets you record and create stitched together videos of up to one hour in length

MixBit, a new video stitching app by the founders of YouTube, lets you record and create videos from several different clips that can be as short as one second or as long as one hour. Similar apps such as Vine or Instagram limit videos to only a few seconds. For larger projects and more editing tools, MixBit takes video stitching to a new level.

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Trello for iPhone and iPad: Content planning, task management, work groups, and more!

Trello by Fog Creek Software is a customizable planning and task management service that lets individuals and work groups get things done in a more organized and productive fashion. The Trello app for iPhone and iPad lets you receive notifications of added tasks, status changes, and more. Whether you're managing a group of contractors, working on projects yourself, or tracking sales, Trello is a great option.

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1Password 4 going on sale, 55% off for a limited time!

1Password 4 is one of our absolute favorite security apps, and for a limited time the developer Agilebits is putting the iOS version of the app on sale with a massive 55% price reduction. The app, which usually runs for $17.99 can now be had for just $7.99.

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Instagram updated with video import, auto-straightening, and more!

Instagram, everyone's favorite Facebook owned social photo network, has just been updated to version 4.1. New features include importing existing video from the camera roll, as well as auto-straightening. Can I get a "finally"? From the Instagram blog:

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