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In our countdown to September 17 -- the day iOS 8 will be released to the public -- we've been covering a lot of the features of the new mobile operating system. One of my personal favorites so far is "Favorites and Recents", a fast and easy way to get in touch with your friends and family from your iOS device. Let's take a look! Say...

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In the age of Retina displays and App Stores, Apple's MessagePad -- lovingly referred to as the "Newton," after its OS -- isn't a terribly capable device. It was axed from the company's lineup shortly after Steve Jobs returned to the company, but Apple would return to the personal-gadget-with-a-touchscreen market less than a decade...

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Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Province [iPad; Now free, down from $4.99] Two families vie for power as you settle a new provincial...

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Let's be honest with ourselves. We'd forget 90% of our loved ones' birthdays if it wasn't for Facebook. If you are like me and you don't check Facebook every day, you're probably still forgetting 50% them. Birthday Board Premium, US$1.99 in the App Store for iOS 6 or later, leaves you no excuse to forget them ever again. Birthday...

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Petronome is a free app that offers itself as a standard metronome with animal noises instead of the typical click sounds. This app seems to target children studying music because the noises are very playful. The incentive to download this app as a parent would be to make music practice more exciting for your child. I used Petronome...

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Some rivalries will never die -- chocolate vs peanut butter, Yankees vs Red Sox, and iPhone vs Android, just to name a few. With the announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, many Android users took to the Internet to loudly exclaim how underwhelmed they were by the devices. Its new features were things they'd already had for...

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Gunspell is an RPG where players must match three or more tiles to battle enemies in turn based combat. Players try to match tiles during 30 second turns and if they miss a chance to attack, enemies usually take full advantage of this. There are numerous weapons, spells, and items to use in the battles which allows for a variety of...

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Here are a couple more cool new features that you can expect to see in iOS 8 Mail. iOS 8 will be available for download on Wednesday, September 17, so checking our series of iOS 8 new feature articles is a good way to get up to speed on what to expect. Have you ever been part way through writing an email and suddenly realized that you...

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During the iPhone 6 announcement event Apple announced a special surprise for every iTunes user -- a free copy of U2's new album before it was available outside iTunes. It was supposed to make people happy and excited, but many users were upset to discover an album they didn't purchase show up in their iTunes without their permission....

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It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly. TUAW is not responsible for third-party deals and cannot guarantee availability or...

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The Financial Times is reporting that Apple will receive a small percentage from each transaction consumers complete with Apple Pay, the company's recently announced mobile payment platform. So more than just a means to drive iPhone sales, Apple Pay will also serve to pad Apple's bottom line. But such is the sway of the tech company...

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Most people mentally tie photo filters to Instagram. It's not what invented them, but it's what popularized them because every photo someone posts gets to have a unique touch. After a while though, the same filters eventually become stale. If that unique touch is what you yearn for in your photos, Wheelio is here to save the day. Using...

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Waiting for your 64GB or 128GB iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6 to show up on Friday? Apple's going to have a little surprise loaded on the device when you get it -- the iWork and iLife apps, which are of course a free download anyway, will come pre-installed on your new toy. According to an "internal training document" that 9to5Mac...

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Everyone's favorite sandbox game, Minecraft, is now officially owned by Microsoft thanks to a $2.5 billion deal the company made to purchase developer Mojang. The buy will see Microsoft take control of a game that is published -- and extremely popular -- across many of the platforms of its competitors, including PlayStation, Android,...

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On first looks, Kinetics from Evro Studio (free, paid level pack IAPs) should have been exactly the kind of puzzler game I love. It consists of a series of challenge packs you work through by connecting colored boxes to each other. Gameplay includes set move counts, no-pass boxes, and other obstacles you must surmount to...

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Following Apple's announcement of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Samsung is kicking its advertising into high gear, mocking Apple's new devices at every turn. The latest promo, titled "Then and Now," berates Apple for following in Samsung's footsteps by adopting the oversized iPhone 6 Plus, calling the device a copycat of the Galaxy Note.

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