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Hacking the freemium model with a Lego robot while the gamer sleeps

If you’ve ever felt freemium city-building games on iOS were a little repetitive, you may want to employ a robot to your aid, like Uli Kilian has done with Lego Technic and an Arduino. He’s set up his game of Jurassic Park Builder so that 11 dinosaurs that you tap regularly for rewards are close to one another, and programmed the arm to tap each of them at their designated timer intervals. For example, one dino offers up rewards every ten minutes, and another every fifteen minutes. By putting his iPad on a series of Lego wheels which move the screen around as needed, and an arm that taps the target areas and can also hold to pan around the park, Uli can have his game collecting resources 24/7.

You know the phrase "I could do this in my sleep"? Uli actually does.

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Office 365 Personal subscription plan launched, includes iPad editing

Microsoft has today unveiled a cheaper subscription option for Office 365 – Personal. Previously, consumers had to fork out $10 a month for the Home package, allowing up to 5 installations of Office. With the new iPad suite now available, the company has launched a package that limits installations, but opens up support for iPads and comes with a more affordable price tag.

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It’s now possible to control playback of the Pandora app on iOS from your Pebble

If you've been longing for the ability to control your Pandora streaming music from your Pebble officially, you can now do that provided you're an iOS users. Pandora and Pebble announced today that the Pandora app is available for download in the Pebble store, making the Pebble the first wearable technology Pandora is available on.

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Screens 3.0 makes the best Mac VNC app even better

I've been using Screens VNC since it first launched and year after year, update after update Edovia keeps making it cleaner, quicker, and just plain better. Such is absolutely the case with Screens VNC 3.0 for Mac which launched today in both the Mac App Store and on Edovia's website. VNC (Virtual Network Computing), if you're not familiar with it, allows you to view and access a remote computer from your current computer. That means, with Screens VNC, you can be sitting by the pool with your MacBook Air and connect to the Windows machine at the office or the Linux server at the data center, see the screen, and use it almost as if you were standing in front of it. All your computers are simply available to you everywhere. So what makes Screens VNC so good, and Screens VNC 3.0 in particular so much better?

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New and updated apps: Refesh, Amazon Cloud Drive Photos, Calendar 5, 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 a refreshing way to gain more insight into social, an update for Amazon's photos on the cloud, and some calendar goodness to keep you on time!

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auki brings iOS 7 style quick reply and more to your iPhone, available in Cydia now!

auki is a new jailbreak app for iPhone that packs some serious punch when it comes to quick reply and quick compose. With a great design and features like stealth and silent modes, it could become the new messaging app to beat. Announced at JailbreakCon 2014, auki is available for purchase in Cydia today.

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Printer Pro for iPhone by Readdle gets updated, goes free for extremely limited time!

Readdle's Printer Pro for iPhone is usually $4.99 but right now you can grab it absolutely free for the iPhone. I'm not sure exactly how long the sale lasts — iTunes says 24hrs, Twitter says 48hrs! — but act fast because either way, it won't last long. If you like it, you can also get the iPad version for just $2.99 as a way of saying thanks to the fine folks at Readdle!

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Billguard now available in Canada

Billguard, an app and service for tracking charges across all of your credit and debit cards, is now available in Canada. The app watches your purchases, keeps you on top of your spending, and can alert you to potentially fraudulent charges.

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Priority Hub brings BlackBerry 10 style notifications to your jailbroken iPhone

Priority Hub is yet another jailbreak tweak for iPhone that focuses on customizing the Lock screen. This time, it takes its cues from BlackBerry 10 and feeds you only the notifications you want, one app at a time.

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You can now pre-order a Kolibree, the first connected electric toothbrush

Kolibree, the world’s first connected electric toothbrush, is now live for pre-orders on Kickstarter. Funds raised from Kickstarter supporters will be used to manufacture and distribute Kolibree’s connected toothbrush, starting with a limited rollout in June and wide distribution worldwide starting in the U.S. and Europe in late Q3/early Q4 2014. We got a chance to see it in person Thursday night.

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