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Runtastic Orbit: The new activity tracker on the block

It seems like everyone is getting into the wearables market these days. There's Fitbit, Misfit, Nike Fuel Band, Withings Pulse, and about twenty others I can think of. So when a new tracker shows up on the market, it has to have some redeeming value to make it stand out from all of the others....

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Percentage Calculator does the math so you don't have to

Percentage Calculator is one of those utility apps that you don't realize you need until you need it. The app is not your typical calculator with a numeric keypad and operators. Instead, it's a forumla tool that lets you calculate interest, percentages, loan payments and more. The app has a...

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The Great Photo App is not all that great

With so many folks using iPhone and iPad cameras, there is a desperate need to teach people the fundamentals of photography. I've looked at several apps that provide tutorials and some are excellent, while others are just not that helpful. The Great Photo App (US$2.99) has some good ideas, but the...

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Precision Touch Dart Stylus: From Kickstarter to your hand

I love watching crowd-funded projects make it from concept to reality. Precision Touch just recently (July 19, 2014) reached the end of a funding campaign on Kickstarter for the Dart Stylus, now available for pre-order for US$59.95 (normal price $69.95). What makes this such a unique stylus? It...

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Gifit puts a library of GIFs in your pocket without taking up space

GIFs, the animated images you see every day on the internet, have become their own odd form of communication online. A quick sweep through the comments section of most websites will show you a sea of Beyonce eye rolls, Sponge Bob appropriation, and dancing penguins used to express emotions or...

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Effects Studio for iOS takes photo effects to the max

There are so many apps for editing and adding special effects that it's pretty hard to keep track of them all. I've reviewed so many that they can become a misty blur. Effects Studio (US$0.99) takes adding effects to your photos way beyond where most apps go but still manages to offer the basics, so...

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Sharknado: The Video Game is horrible, and it costs $2.99

SyFy's Sharknado made-for-TV movie became a social media sensation (and the target of endless mockery) in part because it was intentionally cheesy and low-budget; chances are Sharknado 2: The Second One, which premieres this Wednesday on SyFy, will follow the same model. The Sharknado iOS game is...

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Waterfield Designs Cycling Ride Pouch: Take your iPhone along for the ride

Cyclists love to pack minimally, but for even a casual ride it's important to have spare tubes, tire irons, repair kits, a pump, and even your iPhone along. Waterfield Designs teamed up with cycling gear designer Eleven Vélo to produce the perfect pouch for all that equipment, and it fits...

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The Daily Beast website now offers a clever iOS app (Updated)

The Daily Beast website has been around since 2008. It's now owned by Newsweek/International Business Times IAC, focusing on politics and the arts. With a new free iOS app, readers get an easy-to-use look at the Daily Beast with a quick swipe feature that lets you skip what you don't like and...

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Pixels.com app augments reality to put artwork on your walls

If you have bare walls, the new Pixels.com app will change that -- for a moment, anyway. The official app of Pixels.com is first and foremost designed to get you to buy artwork for your living space, but its coolest feature -- an augmented reality tool that shows what various art would look like...

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PrintWorks for Mac is a one-stop publishing machine

In the days before OS X, Macs were a favorite for desktop publishing. There were a variety of applications that would let you design everything from flyers to holiday cards, from calendars to letterheads. Those solutions have pretty much been replaced by templates in Microsoft Office and some...

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imojiapp spices up your messages with custom stickers created from your photos

emoji are a wonderful way to communicate without saying a word. If you want to get creative with your stickers and move beyond the default set that ships with iOS, then you should check out imojiapp. imojiapp lets you take any image on your iPhone and turn it into a textable sticker. Imojioapp is...

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Inateck MacBook Protect felt sleeves are classy, inexpensive

If you're looking for protection for a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, but don't want to spend a lot of money, you usually end up with some generic-looking bag from OfficeMaxStaplesDepot. Wouldn't it be nice to get protection that's classy-looking, yet inexpensive? That's what you'll get with the...

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TravelCard Charger is the battery you'll always have with you

Samsung's recent "wall hugger" TV ad is, unsurprisingly, quite misleading. Many of Samsung's smartphones get their extra battery life not from better design, but from replaceable internal battery packs. In the iPhone world, those battery packs are external, so to be safe from "wall hugging" you...

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Hemingway text editor comes to the Mac with Markdown support

Hemingway started off as a web-based a text editor that offers corrections on your writing as you type. The app focuses on basic grammar, such as adverb use, passive voice, long sentences and more. Hemingway recently transitioned its app to the desktop, offering versions for the Mac and Windows...

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