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Alfred Remote puts control of your Mac on your iPhone or iPad

Alfred, a powerful app that helps you easily control your Mac, now has a companion app for iPhone and iPad, Alfred Remote. Alfred can launch apps, perform system actions, do a web search and more, right from a simple text box, and now with Remote you can perform those actions with a tap, controlling your Mac with your iOS device.

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Hey Instagram, can we talk about your still-missing iPad app?

I've been using Instagram for a long time. I almost always post my photos to Instagram and then share from there to Facebook and Twitter. I use it enough that I've become somewhat inured to its common limitations — its rough edges and brick walls — most people run into every day. Hearing John Gruber discuss them with Ben Thompson on The Talk Show this week, however, made them all front-of-mind for me again. As such, here are five frustrations I currently have that I'd like to see Instagram tackle this year.

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Pandora Radio redesign is crisp, clean, and flat

Nothing's thoroughly changed about the Pandora service, but the app itself has had a thorough revamp. Now sporting a stark white/gray/blue color scheme that's much more in line with the new interface style introduced with iOS 7, Pandora Radio 5.7 also sports a few new features that make things a bit easier when it comes to building your own streaming radio station.

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Tweetbot for Mac returns to the Mac App Store

Yesterday Tweetbot for Mac experienced authentication issues with Twitter and was temporarily pulled from the Mac App Store until those issues could be resolved. Well, they've been resolved and Tweetbot is now back for the Mac. It might take a while to propagate through the servers, but if you haven't grabbed it already, you'll soon be able to do so through the usual link.

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Microsoft OneNote for Mac — is it an Evernote contender?

OneNote is Microsoft's answer to Evernote and other note-taking software. It's available for iOS and OS X (along with Android and Windows Phone), but I'm going to focus my attention on the Mac version. Is it a viable alternative to Evernote? Let's take a look.

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Seven nearly-perfect podcast apps for iPhone

What's your preferred podcast player for iPhone?

Apple's built-in Podcasts app covers all the basics. Audio and video, download and streaming, discovery and subscription. It also syncs with iTunes on Mac and Windows. So, if you're just getting into podcasts, it's a great app to get into them with. If and when you're ready for something else — or something more — there are several great options available on the App Store. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, so consider them all, try the ones you find interesting, and pick the perfect podcast app for you!

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1Password apps for Mac, iPhone and iPad receive major updates

Password manager 1Password has been updated, for the Mac as well as the iPhone and iPad. The iOS update focuses on making 1Password more powerful with tools like a new login creator and one-time passwords, while 1Password for Mac receives a lot of important updates to syncing, as well as other additions.

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Twitterrific 5.9 for iPhone and iPad brings multi-image support and more

Twitterrific for iPhone and iPad has hit version 5.9, adding a number of new features for media, particularly for images. There is also support for rich media previews and new video features.

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Tweetbot for Mac currently unavailable from the Mac App Store

Tweetbot for Mac, one of the more popular Twitter apps for OS X, is currently unavailable from the Mac App Store. That's led to some speculation about what might have happened. Since there's been no official word Twitter or from the developer, Tapbots as to cause, any and all of it remains just that: speculation.

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11 amazing action extensions for iPhone

iOS has let us copy, paste, and print for quite some time now, but iOS 8 shook things up, allowing developers to build action extensions right into their apps that make them more useful and intuitive than ever. With action extensions, you no longer have to copy a password from your favorite password management app or use an in-app browser; instead, you can call it up via the Share sheet whenever you need it. You can also perform translations on the fly, thanks to apps like Bing Search, or even add a delivery to your favorite tracking app with just a tap. Read on for some of our favorite apps that support action extensions!

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