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Using a Lego robot to defeat freemium game roadblocks

If current trends are any indication, freemium gaming isn't going anywhere, leaving players to make some personal choices in their gaming. Do you bite the bullet and pay premiums for in-game currency that's usually necessary to play the game properly? Do you grind for hours to scrape together...

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Mac Desks serves up design lust for Apple fans

We love Macs because they're great computers that, as the famous catch phrase goes, "just work." That doesn't mean a big part of Apple fandom doesn't have to do with the company's slick design practices. While the Apple I might have been a Frankenstein monster of parts and progress, since the...

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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth coming to Mac this year

Sid Meier's Civilization series has sold millions of copies and inspired countless sleepless nights from addicted players. Over the course of five titles the series has allowed players to experience building the greatest empires in the history of the planet Earth. This Fall Civilization will leave...

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comiXology is being bought by Amazon

comiXology has made waves over the years by providing a high quality digital solution for comic book fans. Its revolutionary Guided View™ mode allow readers to view a comic panel-by-panel on mobile devices that previously weren't suitable for comic books. Even with concerns about censorship on...

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Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff is well written but expensive

Family Guy is an easy target for snobs who think their personal tastes are universal. Despite its often maligned reputation the show has been a major part of American pop culture since 1999, spreading dark jokes across the airwaves with a gleeful lack of concern for the offended. Now the show has...

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Dropbox launches Carousel and expands Dropbox for Business

Dropbox wants to be the go-to source for sharing videos and photos online, and their new app seeks to make that familiar task even easier. Today the company launched Carousel, a fast new photo and video sharing app that allows users to quickly sort and find visual media files in their archives....

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I'd die without my phone: 5 people whose lives were saved by iPhones

We've all heard someone say "I'd die without my phone." 99 percent of the time what the person means is "Candy Crush and texting is the only thing that gets me through the day", but what about the other 1 percent. No, not the foes of the Occupy movement. We mean the people whose lives have...

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AppleCare and AppleCare+ covers much more than you may have thought

Extended warranties get a bad reputation for a good reason, since lots of them are ripoffs. They cost too much money for coverage that's either limited, or just not useful for the amount of time the warranty covers. Still they have their uses. You probably don't need one on your refrigerator, but...

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Apple's passes $70 million in contributions to (RED) and other stories from April 4, 2014

Apple has a long history of partnering with the AIDS research charity (RED). In 2006, Apple launched a line of product tie-ins branded for the campaign, including the famous U2 iPod. The money raised from these contributions adds up. How much exactly? According to (RED), Apple's participation has...

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The best apps for Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists for daily spiritual help

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life it's easy for even the most devout of religious people to forget to find time to feed their spiritual side. Thankfully the shiny phone in your pocket or tablet resting in your bag can provide a wealth of options for religious exploration regardless of...

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