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Plants vs. Zombies 2: Top 10 tips, hints, and cheats to pass levels faster

Plants vs. Zombies 2 is the sequel to Popcap's original, amazing, mega-hit, but it's also a completely new, completely different thing. It's freemium now, which means it's free to play, but it tries to encourage you to pay for extras via in-app purchase (IAP). Some people love that model. Some people hate it. We're not here to judge. We're just here to help you make the most of Plants vs. Zombies 2 no matter how you choose to play... or pay. And that means, of course, we're giving you our absolute best tips, tricks, and out-and-out cheats!

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Best iPhone and iPad apps for elementary school: MathBoard, Super Speller, Intro to Letters, and more!

The start of the school year is just around the corner and that means school shopping, textbooks, and all of the other rituals we all do before sending kids off for another year of learning. Whether you have a child in elementary school or you teach at an elementary level, there are lots of education apps available in the App Store for both iPhone and iPad that can help both student and teacher make learning fun this school year.

Here are the ones I've found to be the best in helping elementary level students...

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iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac: 2013 back to school buyers guide!

There's nothing more stressful for parents or students than the annual back-to-school insanity that prefaces the actual return to educational institutions across the land. From kindergarten to grade school to high school to college, from clothes to supplies to books to gadgets, there's so much to get done and so little time to do it. We feel your pain. It's our pain too. And while we can't help you with all of it, we can absolutely help you with the gadget part. Whether you're a parent shopping for your child, or a student trying to decide what to get yourself, here's every iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Mac made by Apple, and our buyer's guide for each and every one!

Important note: Apple will almost certainly release new iPhones, iPods, iPads, and Macs (with the exception of the Air) this fall. If you have to buy now, now, now, ignore that and get whatever's best today. If you can wait, however, you'll typically pay the same amount for better technology come September/October.

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Bejeweled Blitz: Top 8 tips, hints, and cheats to get your highest scores ever!

Bejeweled Blitz by Popcap has been a long time favorite for many iPhone and iPad users. Collecting coins and hitting multipliers can quickly become an obsession. Along the way you have the opportunity to use boosts, bonuses, and multipliers. If you aren't smart about it, you can deplete your coin bank, and potentially your actual wallet, quicker than you earned it. I've been playing Blitz for years and here are the tips, tricks, and hints I've found to be most useful in helping fly by your friends in the leaderboards in no time!

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The Simpsons: Tapped Out: Top 8 tips, hints, and cheats for donuts, cash, and XP!

Simpsons: Tapped Out can take over your life and replace it with a Homer Simpson and donut filled cartoon replica faster than you can say "D'oh!" But if you're going to spend all your waking - and some sleeping - hours helping rebuild Springfield, we're want to help you do it as fast, as easily, and as cheaply as possible. So, I've collected some of the very best tips, hints, and flat out cheats I could find, and loaded them up here. So, keep reading, and get ready to take your Simpsons: Tapped Out gaming from "haha!" to "woohoo!"

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Despicable Me: Minion Rush tips, tricks, and cheats

Despicable Me: Minion Rush is highly addicting and if you're anything like me, you've probably spent several runs trying to collect bananas, Gru tokens, and more in order to advance.

From the mysterious Disco Room to gift code combinations and more, here are some tips and tricks we have found helpful when playing Despicable Me: Minion Rush.

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Best iPhone and iPad apps to celebrate the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is upon us and that means cookouts, fireworks, bonfires, and all the other fun activities we do with close friends and family for those of us celebrating Independence Day in the States. Whether you're planning a cookout or heading to the beach to watch fireworks, we've rounded up some iPhone and iPad apps that will help you enjoy your Fourth of July holiday to the fullest.

From grilling tips, to drink recipes, to American history, follow along for some app recommendations to help you celebrate this year.

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Best cross-platform messaging apps every iPhone owner should know about!

What will it take to get every app on every platform? That's the question we're asking on Talk Mobile today. When it comes to messaging solutions, there's definitely some fragmentation present. Odds are you have friends that don't have iPhones, but Androids or BlackBerries instead. Since iMessage is exclusive to iOS and OS X, you'll have to find another option to communicate with friends and family on other platforms. While texting is always a viable option domestically, international messaging is still an issue for many.

Here are the messaging apps we think you should check out if you need a better way to communicate with all the Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone users out there.

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Best apps every iPhone owner should download right now!

While we do tons of app reviews and weekly app picks, over and above all of that there are apps that we think are simply best in class. These are the ones that we download on our iPhones immediately and use all the time.

These are the best apps for iPhone, as of the summer of 2013.

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iTunes Radio vs. the competition: Which one should you use?

Yesterday at WWDC 2013 Apple announced the long rumored iTunes Radio service which will come bundled as part of the default Music app in iOS 7.

iTunes Radio will be free for all users since it's ad supported. Those who subscribe to iTunes Match will be excused from ads. This can make it a tempting option for many but how does it compare to existing streaming services such as Pandora, Slacker, Rdio, and Spotify? Let's take a closer look...

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