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Belkin updates WeMo app with new WeMo Light Switch features

Belkin has updated their WeMo home automation apps for iOS and Android with a few new features. Chief among them is a long-press option for their Light Switch, which is recognizable through the popular IFTTT service. There’s also new controls to recognize sunrise and sunset, and an away mode which flips the lights on and off randomly to make it look like someone’s home, and programmable backlight dimming.

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InDesign alternatives for Mac: Can anything unseat Adobe for page layout?

Adobe's switch to software as a service has sent budget-minded creative professionals looking for alternatives to the Creative Cloud apps that don't cost them a monthly fee. As the Mac App Store has grown in popularity, alternatives have cropped up. Pixelmator serves many users' needs for a Photoshop replacement. Sketch 3 is an excellent alternative to Illustrator. But where's a solid alternative to InDesign?

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Dropbox to fold photo sharing app Loom into Carousel

Loom, the cloud storage and organization service and app for photos and videos, has been bought by Dropbox. Loom allowed you to quickly and easily share photos from your iPhone and Mac through the cloud, and was about to face some tough competition from Dropbox and their recently-announced Carousel app.

Carousel integrates with Dropbox's cloud storage and can automatically upload and organize your photos. While the terms of the deal weren't disclosed, Loom did announce that they are no longer accepting new users and will be shutting down their service in one month.

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Evernote Business Notebook lets you share while keeping your personal notes private

Evernote has introduced a rather interesting new notebook in conjunction with Moleskine. Users can now capture digital images of notes written on custom-made paper notebooks and enjoy a wealth of extra features over your usual text recognition apps. The Evernote app recognizes notes you want to keep for your own personal reference in the cloud, others to share with colleagues, whether you want an item to be prioritized with a reminder, and where to file notes thanks to a selection of smart stickers. As always, text from uploaded notes is fully searchable.

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Breeze, by the makers of RunKeeper, aims to keep you moving in style

There's a new motion tracking app in town, and it's from the developers of the highly popular RunKeeper app and service. Breeze, by FitnessTracker, utilizes the M7 motion coprocessor in the iPhone 5s to monitor your movement and provide you with updates and motivation throughout the day. That M7 data is constantly and consistently being tracked by iOS anyway, so you can install Breeze now for free and have a week's worth of data right off the bat.

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Pixelmator previews impressive advanced image repair tool

An upcoming update to Mac photo editing app Pixelmator will include a rather impressive repair tool. With it, you’ll be able to remove entire objects simply by painting on them and letting the software do the rest. The same tool will be able to remove blemishes and dust with ease. A similar feature has existed in Adobe Photoshop for several years, but Pixelmator is generally much more user friendly and always significantly more affordable.

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New and updated apps: PDFpen Scan+, Pinnacle Studio for iPad, Twitterrific!

Every day dozens and dozens of new and updated apps and games hit the iOS and Mac App Stores. It's impossible to keep up with them all, but it's not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! Today we've got an update to a great scanning app, a moviemaking app rebuilt for iOS 7, and a cool new feature in a popular Twitter client.

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Skala Color brings awesome, elegant color picker to the Mac

Skala, Bjango's next generation interface design tool for Mac, is still under development but a component of it, Skala Color, has just launched — and it's free for everyone. Skala Color is pretty much everything you want in a color picker.

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Best hotel apps for iPhone: Hotel Tonight, Airbnb, Jetsetter, and more!

Looking for the best iPhone apps for finding great hotels and booking the best reservations? The iPhone can make finding, booking, and paying for a hotel room or rental property simple, but that doesn't mean all booking and reservation apps are created equal. Whether you're traveling for business or looking for a rental property on the beach for a family vacation, the App Store has a lot to offer. But which hotel apps are the very best?

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New and updated apps: Real Racing, Netflix, Gmail and more!

Every day dozens and dozens of new and updated apps and games hit the iOS and Mac App Stores. It's impossible to keep up with them all, but it's not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! Today we've got iOS game updates, new Borderlands 2 DLC for Mac users, a Netflix update and more!

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