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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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Digital StrongBox simply stores securely

Digital StrongBox is a simple app to securely store personal information, notes, photos, and videos on your iPhone or iPad so that it is safe from prying eyes. It uses AES-256 encryption, which is certainly strong enough for anyone's purposes and protects your data behind a 4 to 8 digit access...

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MusicMakerJam: Great samples at a high cost

MusicMakerJam is a free looping app available for iPad. Developed by music industry veteran, MAGIX, MusicMakerJam offers an extremely wide range of looping capabilities within its free version but only includes a limited set of samples starting with the Liquid Drum and Bass style. If you're a...

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Pulse by Sengled: iOS-controllable LED lights, with speakers by JBL

Smartphone-controlled LED lights with integrated speakers are nothing new, but they've always had some shortcomings. For one thing, there was always the speakers, which seemed to be an added afterthought and never provided decent stereo sound. Sengled's new Pulse Dimmable LED lights with...

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CleanUp for iOS will quickly trash unwanted photos

CleanUp is a terrific, free utility for iOS that has only one job -- it quickly deletes photos cluttering up your iDevice. You might wonder why you'd need such a thing. The answer is that Apple's method is a bit cumbersome. You can get a thumbnail view of your photos, and check off the ones you want...

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