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Hands on with Messages for Mac beta

We are all familiar with Messages for iPhone and iPad and now Apple has brought Messages to the Mac. Messages for Mac is technically in beta, but it's a public beta which means if you're running OS X 10.7 Lion or the developer preview of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, you can download it now and give it a try.

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Messages beta for OS X brings iMessage to the Mac

Avoid carrier SMS and MMS charges and keep all your IMs in one place with iOS iMessage right on your Mac

If you have been waiting for Apple to release a version of iMessage for Mac then that day has just become a lot closer. After the release of the beta of OS X Mountain Lion earlier today, Apple has followed it up with the release of a beta version of its new Mac Messages app. Messages, which will replace the current iChat app, brings all of the great features of iMessage to your Mac while keeping many that made iChat great as well.

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Create unique photo collages with PolyMagic for iPhone and iPad

PolyMagic is a fantastic little iPhone and iPad app that lets you create interesting collages of photos. Most other similar apps only allow rectangular frames around each photo, but PolyMagic is filled with frames that are shaped like polygons, making your collages truly unique.

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NPR Music brings live concerts to your iPad

NPR's Music app has been updated with iPad support and introduces live concert streaming. The first show will be an in-app exclusive on March 7 with the Shins, who will perform songs from the anticipated new album Port of Morrow. If you have an Apple TV, you can beam these concerts to your television to enjoy on a large screen from the comfort of your couch.

Additional features include the ability to explore articles, music and videos and listen to exclusive NPR programs such as All Songs Considered and World Cafe. You can also read stories and reviews, stream live music and create playlists for offline listening.

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Localmind 2.0 review: Ask questions and get local, expert answers right on your iPhone

Localmind 2.0 uses your iPhone's GPS to help you zero-in on local experts so you can chat with them live and ask them questions about the things that are important to you in your area. If you're familiar with Foursquare and Quora, it's almost a hybrid of those services where you can questions like, "are there any good bars around this restaurant you just suggested?"

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Congress asks Apple to clean up their address book privacy policy, Apple promises tighter control in future iOS update

After the whole mess with social networking app, Path, uploading Contact data from iPhone users without asking, the U.S. Congress has started to get involved. Energy and Commerce Committee member Henry Waxman and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee member G. K. Butterfield issued an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking some probing questions regarding the iOS developer agreement.

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Fooducate review: Best food rating app for iPhone

If you're trying to change your eating habits and eat healthier with less additives and better ingredients, Fooducate contains a wealth of information and user reviews about many of the foods we consume on a daily basis.

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Unzip your files old-school style with WinZip for iPhone and iPad

Folks, this is not a joke -- your Windows 98 experience on iOS is now complete! WinZip for iPhone and iPad is here. Sure, there are plenty of other apps out there that include this ZIP and RAR functionality, including more encompassing apps like Readdle Docs and Good Reader, but come on -- WinZip is a classic. A novelty.

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Clear review: bright, bold task list manager for iPhone

"Clear is a task list app for those who don't like task list apps -- a new, gesture-based approach that's manages to be simple without being simplistic."

Clear seeks to apply new sensibilities to one of the oldest stalwarts of personal information management, the to do app. Clear does so by eschewing the user interface "chrome" of a typical iPhone app -- lots of buttons and columns, and endless amounts of tiny text to tap through -- for large lists that you swipe and push around. It also sheds a lot of features found in more expensive, more complicated "getting things done" apps, and instead focuses just on creating and managing lists. No more, no less.

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Google+ users rejoice, you can now instantly upload photos and see what's hot

If you're a Google+ user you'll want to check out the latest update available in the iTunes App Store as it now supports instant upload of images and offers a What's Hot stream.

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