There are millions of apps out there, and some of them are actually useful.

2012 was an especially busy year for developers, who churned out roughly eleventy-billion apps, including a few for Windows phones. We saw the rise and rise of Instagram, the short-lived Draw Something fad and the inauguration of presidential campaign apps.

We’ve already run down the essential apps — 413 essential apps, to be exact — and now, as the year has wound down, we run down the most memorable.

Check them out here, and tell us how much you disagree with us!

Over the last several weeks, we’ve posted our year-end roundups of the best television, top albums, and most underrated movies of 2012. We thought we made some pretty good choices, but since no list is ever going to be comprehensive in the eyes of the fan whose favorite didn’t make the cut, Wired readers had some suggestions of their own. With the help of your generous and in no way angry comments, we’ve compiled a new list of 10 TV shows, movies and albums that deserved props in 2012 — as dictated by you.


Longtime readers will be familiar with Wired/Tired/Expired, our snarky cultural scorecard that began appearing in the magazine way back at the dawn of Wired. (Actually, it started as Wired/Tired, and Expired was added in 2002.)

Not content to let a good idea sit on the shelf, we’ve asked product reviews editor Michael Calore, the office’s most opinionated loudmouth, to weigh in on the topics most deserving of this year’s honors.

…Actually, on second thought, maybe we should have let this sleeping dog lie.

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If you’re reading this, you’ve probably realized that there was no great apocalypse today. YET.

But assuming the Mayans were wrong and doomsday isn’t on Dec. 21 this year, you may be wondering how the world as we know it might really end. So, to add to the things you can stress over this holiday season, we’ve collected several scientifically valid scenarios over at Wired Science for you to worry about!


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check out the most important upcoming nasa missions from 2012, including the landing of the mars science laboratory and a spacex module docking with the international space station.