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Five to Try: Not Hotdog is a perfect July 4th gag app, and Futurama: World of Tomorrow opens up

 

We’re only a few days away from the Fourth of July, and if you plan to celebrate Independence Day at a party with pals, then you might want to grab HBO’s Not Hotdog app. You don’t have to be a fan of Silicon Valley to appreciate this neural network-powered gag, which manages to be both weirdly brilliant and impressively pointless.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for something a bit more useful, then Adidas’ new All Day fitness and health app might help you stay on track amidst holiday shenanigans. And if you just want to have fun on your Android device, then Futurama: World of Tomorrow and Oxenfree are both worth a look, along with the feature-boosting new Twitch update.

Not Hotdog

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I didn’t have a real hot dog handy, but the app still nailed it.

Are you having trouble determining if an item is a hot dog… or not a hot dog? This uncommon conundrum could derail a meal, let alone your entire day, but finally there’s a solution: Not Hotdog. This app lets you snap a photo or pull an image from your camera roll, and then it uses the power of a neural network to determine whether what’s pictured is a hot dog or not.

Yes, it’s obviously a joke app—and yet it’s a surprisingly complex one. Not Hotdog is based on a storyline from this season of HBO’s Silicon Valley (here’s the relevant, NSFW clip), which has been turned into a fully functional app that uses AI to determine what’s being shown. In fact, here’s an incredibly extensive article about how it was made. Not Hotdog’s limited functionality means it probably won’t become Shazam for food, but it might crack up some pals at your next BBQ.

Futurama: World of Tomorrow

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Gradually fill your world with Futurama nonsense.

Futurama may be done as a TV show, but the franchise lives on in the world of mobile games. After last year’s very solid Game of Drones, now we have Futurama: World of Tomorrow, essentially the show’s take on The Simpsons: Tapped Out and Family Guy: Quest for Stuff. In fact, it’s developed by the same company as the latter.

World of Tomorrow lets you build up your city of New New York with familiar landmarks and items from the show, giving you an endless amount of busywork tasks to complete in exchange for currency. But at least this game adds a bit more action in the form of battles, which shift to a retro pixel aesthetic. For the most part, it’s a familiar freemium diversion, but with new animation bits and writing from the creative team (including Matt Groening), it could be a pretty funny one, at least.

Adidas All Day

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