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BugMe! Stickies for iPhone and iPad review

BugMe! Stickies is an iPhone and iPad app that lets you create notes that resemble the popular, square, colorful sticky notes that we're all familiar with. You can use these stickies to create text or handwritten notes, set alarms and reminders, and even download stationary-like stickies that can be used to send notes to your friends.

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Google Maps updated with Contacts search, faster local search

Google Maps has recieved it’s first updated since its launch in December. Version 1.1 includes Google Contacts search, improved local search, and the choice between miles and kilometers for distance units.

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iBooks updated with support for users in Japan and better Asian language handling

Apple has just updated iBooks to version 3.1 which will now bring the iBookstore to Japan. Outside of Japanese users now being able to purchase books, more Asian language support has also been added.

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Cyto for iPhone and iPad review

Cyto is a fun, new little game by Chillingo, the makers of Cut the Rope, and is about a little blob named Cyto who's forgotten who he is. It is your job to fling Cyto through space-like levels to collect memory fragments and piece together his story.

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Comparing iPhone calendar apps at a glance

I've compared the main screens of iPhone Twitter apps, weather apps, and podcast apps, and next on the agenda is calendar apps. While iOS contains a default calendar app, and many people find it affable enough, it never seemed to get as much high level Apple attention as some of the other core apps. Maybe that's why a plethora of canny developers and designers have managed to reverse-Sherlock (Moriarty?) Apple and put out good look, great working calendar apps that go above and beyond the default. For this piece, I'm taking a quick look at the standard view of 11 of them, including the built-in iOS Calendars app, for a total of 12.

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Chrome for iPhone and iPad updated, share web pages via Messages

Google's Chrome browser for iPhone and iPad has been updated with the ability to share web pages via Messages. You can also now quickly access any page in your tab history by holding down on the back button.

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Convert units of measure, currency, and more with Amount for iPhone

There are lots of conversion apps for iPhone in the App Store that allow you to convert measurements such as currency, weight, distance, and more. The problem is that you couldn't always use a single app in order to convert what you need, when you need to. Amount for iPhone supports all kinds of conversions in one single app not only easily, but quite beautifully.

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Baby Names for iPhone and iPad review

If you're a parent-to-be, then you have been given the difficult task of choosing a name for your child, and with Baby Names for iPhone and iPad, you can keep a running list with you at all times. You can also look up thousands of names, mark your favorites, check their meanings, and more.

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Coding custom multi-color map dots for the Transit App

Sam Vermette of The Transit App wanted multi-colored versions of the little pulsating blue dot Apple uses to show your current location in maps, and Apple doesn't expose a public way to do that. So, he had to rebuild it from scratch. Or, in more technical terms, according to Vermette's blog:

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Project Amy integrates app.net messaging into Apple's Messages for Mac

Developer Steve Streza, best known as part of the Pocket team, has taken his Apparchy joint from last year -- the one that let you post to app.net (ADN)'s micro-blogging service via the official Twitter client -- and upstaged it with Project Amy, a way to post to ADN's messaging platform with Apple's Messages app for Mac. Streza writes on Informal Protocol:

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