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A fun and sometimes frustrating puzzle adventure

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Botanicula is a colorful, interactive adventure game where you guide a band of five cute friends who are trying to rid their home of invading spider-like parasites. If that sounds strange, it’s because it is. The entire world of Botanicula is alien and difficult to comprehend on first blush. But as you touch and tap […]


More OS freedom for your Mac

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Editors’ note, October 30, 2014: This review has been updated with new features added after the release of the Windows 10 technical preview. Parallels Desktop for Mac has been letting people run Windows and other operating systems on their Macs for years. And with every major update, Parallels has added yet another feature that makes […]


An easy way to find specific photos fast

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QuickPics Photo Manager aims to make the common task of endlessly scrolling through your iPhone photo library to search for photos, a thing of the past. After playing with it for a few days I think they might be on to something. With this app you can name and tag photos, and you have sorting […]


Useful connected oven app from Electrolux supports an internal oven camera

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Along with news that it’s joining the growing AllSeen Alliance consortium to help standardize the smart home, Electrodux demonstrated a compelling take on how it might bring that connectedness to its ovens in the near future. New connected features in its Let’s Taste iOS and Android app will let you control a for now Germany-only […]


Apple Pay launches October 20, streamlines online and retail transactions with iPhone 6 handsets

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Editors’ note: This piece was updated on October 16, 2014, to reflect additional news following Apple’s October press event. While Apple enthusiasts may often find their wallets emptying out with each new product announcement, wallets may literally start slimming down, thanks to Apple’s recently announced iOS feature, Apple Pay. Launching in the US on Monday, […]


Excellent for finding activities near you

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Weotta for iOS is an app that answers the question “What should we do tonight?” But by showing you what’s happening based on location, with categories for just about every activity, it’s also a great resource for finding something to do anytime, anywhere. The name of the app itself is really a shortening of “we […]


A fun way to make video reviews of your favorite hot spots

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Tastemade (iOS|Android) is a fun app that gives you a step-by-step process for making professional-looking food or location videos. The videos are only a minute long, but they give you a great platform to sing the praises of your favorite restaurants and hot spots. Tastemade isn’t just about making video reviews; it’s also about finding […]


Great for messaging businesses and chatting with friends

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Path Talk (iOS|Android) is a companion app for the Path social network, which lets you chat and share your whereabouts with fellow Path Talk users. But a new Places feature in the app — available “first” in the US and Canada, according to the company — might be the thing to put this underused chat […]


Personalized email with a learning curve

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Editors’ note, June 23, 2014: This review has been updated to include features included in the latest version of Inbox by Gmail. Inbox by Gmail (iOS|Android) is a step toward the future of intelligent email. It uses Google’s smarts to organize your emails by topic, with the hope of making your inbox more streamlined. It […]


Fast, yet frustrating video messaging

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These days, fast, fuss-free messaging apps are edging out services like FaceTime and Skype, since they’re often easier to use on the go. Hoping to stay relevant, Skype released Qik (pronounced quick), a new messaging app for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone that only sends short video clips and does so in as few steps […]


 

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