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Microsoft dives into the Office for iPad design process

Microsoft has provided a look behind the scenes on how they developed Office for iPad and highlighted an impressive 27 million download milestone. They made plenty of smart moves, such as designing for the iPad, rather than simply porting a desktop version to a tablet. The devs considered core usage scenarios, like making last-minute changes on a presentation, or powering through a draft to meet a deadline. Subtle touches like a lightweight but customizable menu ribbon, and tweaking the standard iOS 7 design principles with their own spin helped make Office the app it is.

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New and updated apps: djay 2, Castro, Flipboard, 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 music mixer, a podcast player, a personalized magazine, and more.

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Pixelmator 'Sandstone' update now available with hot new Repair tool

Pixelmator's previously previewed 3.2 update – known as 'Sandstone'– is now live in the Mac App Store bringing with it among other features the brand new, and very hot Repair tool. With it you can simply 'paint' over areas of the image you're working on to remove blemises, even entire objects with ease.

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Tim Hortons launches new mobile payment service

Canadian coffee shop chain Tim Hortons has just launched a new mobile barcode payments system that allows you to pay using the TimmyMe app. The payment option has been in testing over the last few months, and is now available for all users in Canada and the United States.

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djay partners with Spotify, adds 20 million tracks, takes iPhone and iPad mixing and matching to the clouds

djay, the Apple Design Award-winning music mixing app for iPhone and iPad, has just been updated to version 2.5 and the game-changing news is this — they've partnered with streaming music service Spotify and their 20 million track library and, what's more, created technology that lets you quickly, perfectly mix and match all of it. Imagine an old school DJ crate filled with vinyl. Now image it's bottomless. Now imagine a selection of perfectly matched songs is always on the very top just waiting for you to grab and spin. That's djay 2.5.

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Any.do task manager for the web is here, launches today

Any.do has been around for some time now keeping our to-do lists in perfect order – and sync – across our mobile devices. Today sees the release of the service's very first fully fledged web application – there is already a pretty decent extension available for Google Chrome – bringing your productivity to whichever computer and whichever browser you're using at any time.

We've had a little sneaky peek at the new app already, so head on past the break to take a look.

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Sonos Controller app for iPhone and iPad review

Sonos finally updated their Sonos Controller app to version 5 and not only matched the interface and design of iOS 7, but gave it a better, more streamlined and fluid experience. Other than making the software match the ease and elegance of their hardware, however, how well does it work?

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New and updated apps: Uber, Southwest Airlines, Google Maps 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 bunch of updated travel apps. some games and more!

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Facebook will make it even easier to tell your friends what you're watching or listening to

There's an update coming down the pike for the official Facebook app that will enable users to automatically tag the music and TV that they're listening/watching in their status updates. As demoed in the video above, the system works by tapping a button when creating a new status — not unlike the "moods" feature Facebook added last year, and then it uses audio ID software to identify the music, TV show, or movie that is blasting its sounds into your vicinity, and then tags your status with that information.

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HBO shows start arriving in Amazon Instant Video, just as promised

The first wave of HBO shows on Amazon Instant Video just went live, including big-name shows like The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, The Wire, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, Big Love, and Rome. Prime subscribers are getting access to a whole bunch of other great shows that will never be coming to Netflix, as Amazon has locked down HBO as an exclusive as far as online-only streaming services go. HBO Go will be coming to the Fire TV later this year. And while Amazon still doesn't have an Instant Video app for Android, they mercifully do make one an Amazon Instant Video app for iPhone and iPad

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