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No one likes having to buy carrots/coins/crystals just to progress in a mobile game. Thankfully, a new "Pay Once and Play" section has appeared in iTunes that lets you discover/buy games you can be sure won't hold you hostage with such in-app purchases. Kids racking up a huge bill on their parents...

February 13th 2015 at 7:34am 0 Comments
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Another year, another bumper crop of new and innovative apps. Apple bloggers have a bad tendency to load a lot of apps for review purposes, then dump them almost immediately. So what has stayed on my iPhone, iPad and Macs this year? Here's my list of my favorite new apps for 2014. Workflow ($2.99)...

December 23rd 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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There are a few things you can count on when Apple releases a new iPad: it will be thinner, it will be faster and there will be a LOT of hyperbole. Amidst the claims of magical devices, record-breaking sales and "very cool stuff" there are also a lot of numbers. Here's a closer look at the big dig...

October 16th 2014 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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For a lot of people, there's no substitute for taking notes with a pen and piece of paper. You can draw, annotate, write, and organize your information in a real notebook. The problem comes when you want to get some of that information into a computer, at which time you usually have to transcribe...

October 1st 2014 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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SportsManias Sports News app, available for free on the iPad and iPhone 5 in iTunes, is an app that will polarize sports fans. It is just as useful as it is flawed. I downloaded it, and after it installed, I was greeted by an app that was easy to navigate. I was prompted to choose my favorite spor...

September 3rd 2014 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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Microsoft's productivity software finally made the long walk to iPad earlier this year, but if the relatively steep price tag of the Microsoft Office apps has prevented you from giving them a try, Microsoft thinks you might just want to pay monthly instead. The company has now added a monthly paym...

September 3rd 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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I've been a big fan and happy user of Kashoo for quite a few years now. It's a small business accounting service (US$49 per year) that has both a web service and an iPad app, and it distinguishes itself from competitors like QuickBooks in being very easy to use. Well, my small business accounting...

July 18th 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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Mobile analytics company adjust uses the term "zombie apps" to describe those that aren't visible on the App Store – to be visible, an app must "rank on any of the 39,171 App Store top lists on two out of three days over the month." That's a fairly low bar, but still, last month just one-fift...

July 10th 2014 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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We'll bet you didn't know that today is World Amateur Radio Day, which is celebrated by radio amateurs on April 18th to commemorate the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in Paris in 1925. In honor of WARD, here are five apps that seasoned hams (sounds tasty, doesn't it?) and...

April 18th 2014 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Windy (US$2.99, universal) is a relaxation app for the iPhone and iPad. It's from the people behind Thunderspace, which I love. Both apps offer compelling "3D audio," which adds directionality to the sounds you hear. That is to say, raindrops hitting a roof overhead sounds like it's overhead. The ex...

April 10th 2014 at 5:00pm 0 Comments