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Kindle for iOS finally gets X-Ray Smart Look-Up

Amazon's Kindle app is a wonderful alternative to Apple's iBookstore, and its latest update has introduced two incredibly useful new features. The most basic improvement is quick access to a book's table of contents in the app's left-hand navigation area. Simply swipe left to find it, complete with...

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Before Macintosh there was Lisa and its incredible demo video

Sitting in the shadow of the revolutionary Apple Macintosh is the Mac's lesser known sibling, the Lisa. The Pete Best of the Apple world, Lisa was released in 1983 and discontinued three years later, left behind in the dust of the Macintosh's overwhelming popularity. Its major failing was the...

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Find Tinder too ambiguous? Heavenly Sinful is here to help.

People use apps like Tinder presumably to find love, whether just for one night or forever. The problem is, you never know a user's motives until you've met up. Your date goes wonderfully, laughs are had, hands are held, smooches are exchanged, and (redacted: this is a family website). A lovely...

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Spoiler Shield is the first line of defense against spoilers

Chances are good that if you've followed a big hit show -- say Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, or Scandal -- at some point the internet has ruined a big plot twist. You've got the episode DVR'd at home, waiting for you while you live your life. Then, while checking your Twitter or Facebook...

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How to turn a dead iPod into an upgraded budget music player

When a beloved piece of technology dies, it's often hard to let go. We've all seen basements and closets cluttered with the corpses of burned-out hardware that once served us well. Perhaps you've got a drawer somewhere with your dead USB sticks or an iPod that's given up the ghost. Well, there's...

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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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