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Numerics: A customizable business dashboard app for iOS

What's a dashboard app? It's designed for business users so they can display different bits of institutional information on a single screen. Think of it like the dashboard of your car, or an informational flat screen at an airport. Numerics (US$19.99) lets you mix and match data from a variety of...

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China ID's iPhone as a security threat

Apple holds just a small fraction of China's smartphone market -- and since the company only officially entered the fray earlier this year, that's not entirely surprising -- but having the country's state-run TV station label the iPhone as a security threat probably isn't going to help matters. As...

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VoxyPAD: Clever iOS tool for real-time sharing of photos and docs

VoxyPAD (free) is an innovative and easy to use app for sharing and annotating documents, photos and web pages with others while talking about those shared items in real time. VoxyPad features instant messaging and you can send a message to another user even if they are not running the app. I can...

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Apple is becoming an increasingly major player in enterprise

The sun has long since set on the days of enterprise users walking around with BlackBerry smartphones on their hips, but what is taking the place of those keyboard-clad handsets? According to a new report soon to be released by Apple-focused IT management app maker JAMF Software (publisher of...

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Oh look, a developer is making Nintendo's money without them

I've pointed out apps taking advantage of popular IP before, but Poppy Kart is different. Rather than stealing established characters or franchise names to attempt to lure in unsuspecting buyers, Poppy Kart is filling a demand that Nintendo could, but so far refuses to. While clearly inspired by...

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Adobe Voice for iPad creates audio, video presentations quickly and easily

​Adobe has released a nice story-telling app called Adobe Voice for iPad. It's available for free from the App Store, but a Creative Cloud account is required to use it. Adobe Voice lets you easily create animated videos for personal use or business presentations. You can include your own...

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How quickly does Apple turn acquisitions into products?

"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." That is Apple's boilerplate response to just about every publicized acquisition the company makes, like the recent buy of micro LED company LuxVue. It's a great catch-all whenever...

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PDF PROvider for iOS is an excellent tool for creating and sharing PDF documents

PDF PROvider (US$6.99) for iOS is a rather complete solution that can turn just about anything into a PDF document for storing or sharing. PDFs can be annotated easily, and you get quick conversions of Office documents, Apple iWork documents, photos, contacts, maps and web pages in Adobe's Portable...

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How Apple eventually delivered on Gil Amelio's promise

Nobody really talks about Gil Amelio any more. Serving as CEO of Apple for just over a year, his tenure is overshadowed by the return of Steve Jobs and the eventual rise to greatness that the company is still enjoying today. But Gil Amelio was a smart man, and he identified a lot of what was wrong...

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PDF Printer for iOS turns any document into a high quality PDF

PDF Printer does what its name implies and more. The US$2.99 app allows you to open and read any document and turn it into a Portable Document Format (PDF} file. Even better, the app can convert email, photos, notes, and even web pages to PDFs. Once you have captured the PDFs, you can save them,...

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ZapVM creates visual messages on your iOS device for story telling, giving instructions, whatever you can imagine

ZapVM is a free app (with some desirable in-app purchases) that lets you create and share messages with sound, still photos, captions, stickers and freehand sketching tools. I can see ZapVM being used by PowerPoint or Keynote fans, families sharing events, for consumer reviews of places or...

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Apple would have made Forrest Gump a multi-billionaire

Everyone loves Forrest Gump, but thanks to Apple's role in the character's life being relegated to a simple letter in the mail, it's easy to forget that the non-fictional company made this fictional man very, very rich. Gump notes in the film that he "doesn't have to worry about money anymore,"...

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Soundmarks: A unique audio recorder that lets you annotate with notes, pictures and drawings

Soundmarks (free) is a fascinating audio recorder app. When you start and stop a recording, the app marks that point, making it easy to return to it. Think of it as an audio bookmark. The really creative part of using the app is the ability to add notes, drawings or even photos while a recording is...

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Zite newsreader sold to Flipboard

My all time favorite newsreader, Zite, has been sold by CNN to Flipboard for a deal reported by Reuters to be worth about US$60 million dollars. Flipboard has also struck a content deal with CNN. CNN bought Zite in 2011. In a conference call this morning, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue said Zite's...

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This is how in-app purchases should be handled

Ever since the ability to include in-app purchases was added to the App Store, the idea has divided gamers. On one side you have customers who prefer the traditional manner of purchasing a game -- pay upfront, and you have access to whatever the game has to offer -- while others see no problem in...

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