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Gerty and Marvin: The best iOS ebook reader apps you're not using

Earlier this year, on the recommendation of former TUAW lead Megan Lavey Heaton, I gave iBooks the heave-ho and installed Marvin on my iPad. A US$3.99 app, Marvin, Megs insisted, was the ebook reader I'd been waiting for, and one that I could easily fall in love with. She was right. ...

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Flare 2 is a solid photo effects editor for your Mac

Flare 2 for Mac (currently on sale for US$9.99 regularly $14.99) is a well thought out and executed app for photographers who want to get beyond the basics in photo effects. The app comes with dozens of filters, and each can be adjusted by the user, making the options almost infinite. In addition...

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Cast your net and catch Bottom Feeders on the App Store

As a fisherman on rough seas, players must trawl for a variety of fish while avoiding enemies that cost players' nets in Bottom Feeders (free with in app purchases). There are a few power-ups players can use to help them get all of the fish in each level. This will help them get more Sandollars,...

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New in Yosemite: Mail Drop, signatures and annotations in OS X Mail

Mail in OS X hasn't gotten a lot of love over the last few years, with its feature set remaining pretty inert. Finally, with the release of Yosemite, Mail has received some very nice and useful updates. One of the most compelling features in Mail is a feature called Markup. Once you add a...

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Bloxland Story: an engaging game about blocks

Bloxland Story is an arcade-style game for iOS with a classic look and feel. The object of the game is to complete as many puzzles eliminating similar blocks to eventually rescue Blox, whatever that is. There's a standard Story mode with 40 stages - 8 levels in 5 worlds - to complete and a...

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Installing and living with the new Sonos Boost

I've been a long-time fan of the Sonos whole house music system. When it was first introduced about a decade ago, it provided high quality music to several rooms in my house, and later updates allowed me to have complete control of the system from my Mac, iPhone or iPad. The only issue I ever...

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New in Yosemite: Dark Menus

You might not have noticed it, but hidden away in the System Preferences General tab in Yosemite is a new feature called 'Dark Menu Bar''. What it does is simple; it darkens the menu bar and the dock, making icons and text really stand out. It does the same to any menus in any applications. I...

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Pro HDR X is a solid advance in High Dynamic Range photography

I reviewed Pro HDR many years ago when it was among the first High Dynamic Range apps and best of the camera apps for the iPhone. In short order, Apple added HDR capability to its own software, but in general the third-party apps do a better job. Pro HDR X (US$1.99) is a new app that has...

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Sixty Vocab: unfathomably slow way to learn a new language

Sixty Vocab is a tool for learning foreign languages that incorporates a mixture of study sessions and games to help train your brain. Its purpose is not to learn the entire language, but rather just the most common vocabulary words so it's easy to build sentences on your own given the words you...

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LetterPop gets an "A" for awesome

In LetterPop players compete against other players in turn-based matches to create the longest words from a random assortment of 15 letters. There are three rounds lasting 90 seconds each, that players compete to get the highest score from before the data is sent to the other player and it...

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Find the fish with iFishEarth Fishing Reports

As the seasons change and we move away from the hot summer days into cooler autumn days and nights we change our habits. The same thing happens with fish and iFishEarth Fishing Reports can help you locate where all the fish have gone. This free universal app requires iOS 7.0 or later. The...

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The only OS X Yosemite review you need to read

Over the past 10+ years, John Siracusa of Ars Technica has been delivering comprehensive OS X reviews that put all others to shame. The level of detail provided in Siracusa's reviews is astounding, the breadth of topics covered impressive. Siracusa's review of OS X Yosemite is no different....

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The Boy and the Bears Read Out Aloud: More sight than sound

An interactive story for children ages 6-8 about a boy who visits a treehouse home to four bears fills the screen in The Boy and the Bears Read Out Aloud. The storybook features microphone support which lets children practice reading the story and they can tap on the words to hear the narrator...

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Make a mess of your contacts with Business Card Reader Free

OCR - Optical Character Recognition is a very difficult thing to do right. Scanning pages of text can now be done fairly successfully, but business cards have always been a mess. Some are loaded with design elements, weird fonts, and non-standard placement of information. Business Card Reader...

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Cerasis Quest: More story than game

Cerasis Quest, a story based compilation of mini games, follows the traditional storyline of a damsel in distress needing saving. Except instead of a damsel, the prince is the one needing saving. Currently, the game features two different mini games, but promises more in a later update. Cerasis...

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