Top Picks: Lonely Planet apps, cookbook for apple lovers, new Daryl Hall CD and more

Lonely Planet Travel Guides now on iTunes, new cookbook perfect for apple pickers, Daryl Hall releases new solo album, and more top picks.

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An inflatable pink pig, which was made famous on the sleeve of the 1976 Pink Floyd album 'Animals', and flies once again over Battersea Power Station in south west London, Monday, Sept. 26 2011, 35 years later, to announce the launch of the reissue and collector's edition of "Why Pink Floyd....?".
Laughing Down Crying by Daryl Hall

Soul man
Still maintaining his signature soulful style, legendary singer Daryl Hall released Laughing Down Crying on Sept. 27, his fifth solo album. This new offering feels fresh and current while still giving a nod to his Philly roots. Hall is anything but "Out of Touch."

Shoot to the Moon
We Choose The Moon (, a website created by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to honor the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon, lets you experience the trip every step of the way. Beautiful graphics, audio, and a transcript of communication between Mission Control and the astronauts during the journey bring the historic journey to life.

Pigs fly again
If you love you some Pink Floyd, October is definitely your month. Beginning with the megasmash Dark Side of the Moon, all 14 Pink Floyd albums will be rolled out in regalia, separately, or as six CD/DVD boxed sets, including remastered CDs, with loads of outtakes and live performances in both audio and video. All 14 albums will be available on high-quality vinyl as well. Shine on.

Guten app!
Lonely Planet travel books are well loved and relied upon by many of us out there in the great unknown. Their phrasebooks are handy and intuitive. If only they could talk to us! Now they can. The Lonely Planet Travel Guides are now available on iTunes as apps for your iPhone or iPad, with maps, walking tours, top sites, and audible phrasebooks.

Front row seats in 1812
The War of 1812 examines a war that most in North America and Britain have long forgotten. Yet, the 2-1/2-year conflict shaped much of the political fate of the young United States and Canada, and the native nations. This two-hour PBS special on the approaching 200th anniversary of this critical war is narrated by Joe Mantegna. Many viewers may be surprised to learn that such icons of American history as the phrase "Don't give up the ship" and the national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," originated in this war. Airs on Oct. 10 at 9 p.m.

How about them apples?
Fall in northern regions invariably means a trip to the apple orchard. But how often are you staggering home with too many apples, wondering how to use them? Let The Apple Lover's Cookbook by Amy Traverso ($29.95, W.W. Norton & Company) be your guide. Fifty-six apple varieties are organized into firm-tart, firm-sweet, tender-tart, and tender-sweet categories with accompanying recipes. Traverso also includes interesting history, science, and current best practices for apple growing so you can impress friends with your apple knowledge as you serve up homemade cider doughnuts.

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