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Piper packs security cam, home automation hub into one slick package

Webcams were one of the forerunners of the current Internet of Things boom, allowing smartphone-toting geeks to keep an eye on the office or homestead while out and about. Piper (starting at US$239), powered by iControl Networks, is targeted at the homeowner who wants a solution that provides both...

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Windy is a pretty, relaxing app for iPhone and iPad

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...

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New study has surprising data on how we interact with apps

Localytics, a firm that tracks statistics about app usage, has released a study today that is of interest to users and app creators. The data tracks how people react to new apps, and tries to predict which apps will attract users and which won't. Here are some of the key findings: If you buy or...

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Daily App: 15 Coins challenges you to collect coins while being chased by clones

Thanks in part to the success of Flappy Bird, minimal arcade games with high difficulty are all the rage right now. One new addition to this category of games is 15 Coins from Engaging Games. You guide a ship in space, collecting coins and avoiding collisions with clones of your ship. The game...

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Apple confirms: Longtime iPhone software engineer Greg Christie to retire

Originally reported by 9to5Mac, Apple today confirmed that longtime software engineer Greg Christie will be leaving the company. At Apple, Christie served as the Director of Human Interface. In a statement provided to Tim Bradshaw of the Financial Times, Apple said: Greg has been planning to...

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Aviary updates iOS app, gives developers new tools

Aviary (free with in-app purchases) has always been an excellent iOS photo editor. On top of that, the company provides an SDK (software development kit) that allows other camera app creators to include the Aviary processing engine in their software. Both the app and SDK have received a major update...

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iPhone 101: How to lock exposure and focus in the Camera app

This feature has been around for a while, but not too many iPhone owners realize the iOS Camera app includes an exposure and focus lock feature that allows you to lock these parameters and then frame your shot. This AE/AF lock is useful when you are taking a photo with variable light conditions or...

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MediaFire slashes cloud sharing prices

The war for your cloud hosting business just heated up, as major player MediaFire has cut prices to generate more business. MediaFire is a Mac and iOS friendly cloud service that allows you to store and share files. Users can get 10 GB storage for free (ad-supported downloads) and 1 TB of space is...

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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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The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 8, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top of...

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Ask TUAW Live is on the air at 5 PM ET today!

"Ask TUAW Live" happens today, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 5:00:00 PM EDT. You can check here for showtimes in your area. We're taking your questions now via the Ask Tuaw feedback form, Twitter, Facebook or Google+. To watch the live feed and participate in the chat, jump over to the TUAW page on...

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If history repeats itself, Apple's next three months will be amazing

More so than many large companies, Apple is a creature of habit. That's why it's easy to recommend against buying a new MacBook or iPad if history says that a new model is just around the corner. But when the company has a particularly slow stretch, like the one Apple is currently in, the...

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Lepow ADD Power Bank: A pleasant surprise in a mundane product category

I'll be the first to admit that extended battery packs aren't exactly the most exciting accessory to write or read about. But every once in a while some manufacturer comes out with a product that's so different that you just have to say "wow!" despite yourself. That was the case with Lepow's ADD...

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Ever wonder what would happen if you microwaved your iPhone?

There are a lot of ways to destroy an iPhone by accident: Dropping it on a hard surface from a good distance, letting it slip out of your breast pocket and into the toilet, or forgetting it on the roof of your car are all fine choices. But nobody has ever microwaved their iPhone on accident, but...

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Daily App: Rormix brings indie music videos to your iPhone and iPad

Aspiring musicians have several ways to promote their music. One tool new to the scene is Rormix, which focuses not on music but on music videos. The app recently received a major overhaul making it easier to find new artists that match your taste in music. Rormix's biggest change is a new music...

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