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    The App Store is renowned for all the great applications and games that call Apple's digital app catalog home. Many new applications are first developed for iOS before being brought to other platforms, and a healthy serving of those applications are gorgeous. All that aside, what are the best applications in the App Store for getting stuff done and taking care of business? We could rattle off dozens of well-know applications we've heard of a million times by now – Evernote, Dropbox, Drive, Quick Office, SkyDrive, Springpad, etc. But what about the lesser-known applications which deserve ...

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    Productivity applications are a dime a dozen, and most of the same productivity apps are available on both iOS and Android, if not Windows Phone and BlackBerry, too. Applications like document editors, cloud storage services, PDF readers, and the like are mostly cross-platform. But what are the best productivity applications for Android, specifically? Android is unique in that it's flexible and, if you put your mind to it, you can do just about anything under the sun. In this video, we detail some of the more unique and advantageous productivity apps around. Watch the top 5 productivity ...

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    There's no denying 2013 was an impressive year on the software side of things. Both Android and iOS underwent major UI overhauls, and both the respective application catalogs broke the 1 million application mark. Back in January, the App Store was growing by approximately 20,000 applications per month. It's reasonable to suggest that number has since doubled, since the App Store was at 900,000 apps in June and hit 1,000,000 by late October. It's also not unlikely that Android's rate of growth is even higher, considering it caught and surpassed the App Store this year alone. Sifting through ...

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    It's that time of year when we all reflect on how this year has been, how we've exceeded (or failed to meet) our goals and expectations, and how we can do better next year. I'm not a huge fan of the resolution rush at the turn of every year. Although I understand the significance and symbolism which appeals to many, I don't need to turn the page of a manmade calendar to force myself to do … better. I'm a firm believer in recognizing problems and implementing a change at that exact moment. That said, when it comes to technology, my life could always use a little more structure and ...

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    Easily, one of the coolest features brought along with KitKat – or Android 4.4 – on the Nexus 5 is the Phone application. In retrospect, it's something which should have existed since mobile phones married mobile broadband connections. Nearby businesses are discoverable straight from the dialer. Open the Phone application and tap the search bar at the top of the display. Speak or type any general or specific term, such as "coffee." The three nearest results will appear in the Nearby Places section. Tap the thumbnail to open the details, or simply tap the name to call the business. ...

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    I'm a bit of an app addict. Each time I setup a new phone, I install somewhere in the ballpark of 50 applications. That number varies, and over the year it has grown. The more apps I buy, the larger the number inevitably gets. That also means I've spent a lot of money on applications. Between iOS and Android alone, I've probably spent upwards of $600 on applications, games, and other digital content. That may seem like a lot of money, but it's been spread out over five years. And not everything was purchased at full price. In fact, a lot of the games, applications, books, and movies I ...

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    If there is one thing the iPad has on all its tablet competition, it's the sheer amount of development and, more specifically, all the great games developers make for Apple's massively popular tablet. Angry Birds, Words With Friends, Cut The Rope, and countless other titles are immediately recognizable. But what about the classics? There are plenty of those, too. While you're cooped up with your loving (read: loud and likely a little crazy) family over the holidays, check out some of these classic board games for iPad! Oh, and if we miss your favorite board game titles, be sure to share ...

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    Yesterday, at long last, Microsoft released an application it promised to Windows Phone users months ago: Xbox Video. Xbox Video functionality was present in Windows Phone 7, as a standard feature. But said feature disappeared in Windows Phone 8. Now, aside from the Music + Video Hub, Xbox Video and Xbox Music exist as standalone applications, available only for Windows Phone 8. The application itself is pretty straightforward with a fairly basic set of features. It also has a handful of limitations or … missing features, straight out of the gate. One, it doesn't save your place in video ...

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    One of the undisputed best features of Android is its ability to be tweaked, manipulated, and molded into practically whatever the user sees fit. Through custom ROMs and heavy theming, the sky is the limit for what users can do with their Android handset's UI. However, not everyone wants to deal with hacking, modding, and destroying warranties. Likewise, not everyone likes how their phone's UI looks out of the box. Third-party launchers are the middle ground – they allow enough changes and tweaks to get the look and feel you want, without having to deal with terminal, root access, and ...

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    Both Google Play and Apple's App Store are home to over one million applications each. While that's nothing to complain about, it does make new application discovery tricky, and it makes finding the best applications out there somewhat difficult. Over the years, however, I've managed to hone in on the best applications around, and I've come to rely on many. Each time I setup a new device, there are dozens of applications I feel I must download. But of those dozens, only a handful are applications I can no longer go without. In the below video, I briefly detail my must-have applications. ...

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    Windows Phone is finally filling the gap and stepping into the role as the third ecosystem. For those not wooed by the vast app and digital content selection in Apple's App Store or Google's broad range of web services, Microsoft is a viable alternative. Windows Phone is maturing (albeit slowly) and Microsoft's ecosystem is growing at a similar pace. Still, it's impossible to overlook the attention the platform has garnered in just the last six months. This is likely thanks to new, innovative hardware, a big purchase from Microsoft, and the recent firmware update, which brought support for ...

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    SwiftKey is, undoubtedly, one of the best third-party keyboards for Android around. It's all of the great features you could ask for in a soft keyboard, packed into a single keyboard – gesture typing, word prediction, cloud sync, themes, etc. Today, the company released the SwiftKey 4.3 public beta, called the Layouts for living update. As the nickname suggests, this SwiftKey update comes with various, user-definable layouts, as well as several other helpful features. Watch the video below to see the 4.3 beta in action. And if you'd like to try it out yourself, check out SwiftKey's blog.

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    Since Friday, I have spent a total of six hours and eight minutes driving. I traveled 181.7 miles, averaging 32.7 miles per gallon. And the total amount of money I've spent driving since Friday is $19.10. But I can get even more detailed than that. I spent $0.69 driving to the office yesterday morning – a trip which was 7.3 miles. The trip to IKEA on Saturday cost me $0.99 and was 9.4 miles. I stayed under 70mph, hit the gas a little too hard once, and slammed on the brakes once, too. I know all of this because I plugged a module into the OBD (on-board diagnostic) port in our car on ...

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    Last night, I spent the better part of two hours setting up the Galaxy Note 3 review unit that arrived yesterday morning. During that time, I was downloading all the applications that I typically install on a new or freshly restored device. How many apps, exactly? 71. Yes, there are 71 applications in my must-haves, and many more that I will typically install as I need them. When you have more than 71 applications on your phone, there's something you can count on happening several times each week: a flood of app updates. When it rains, it pours. Our own Stephen Schenck explained last week ...

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    Mobile users, in general, are pretty stingy. "$2 for a calendar app? That's crazy! I'll use this free one." There's an argument to be made for free apps, sure. But the pricing scale of mobile applications has largely skewed our views of the value of said apps. The millions of applications which make our mobile devices … useful are typically much cheaper than their desktop counterparts. Where Mac and PC apps may cost anywhere from one to several thousand dollars, the vast majority of the most expensive mobile apps still cost less than $20. Most would assume the average price of mobile ...

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