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Olloclip Telephoto Lens for iPhone review: Bring distant objects into focus without using zoom

Olloclip's Three-In-One Lens System for the iPhone was a game-changer - an adapter that clipped on to the corner of the iPhone or iPod touch to provide you with separate wide-angle, macro and fish-eye lenses. There was one thing missing, though - a telephoto lens. Olloclip recently announced its Telephoto Lens for iPhone and iPod touch. I've been using it for the last few days and I think it's fantastic.

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iOS 7 preview: Big improvements for big business

iOS 7 continues Apple's tradition of consistently improving and extending Enterprise support for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Previous years introduced such basic, core functionality as Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, and hardware encryptions.This year offers more specific additions that, never-the-less, might make a big difference to big business, both those who manage devices in IT, and who use them, in corporations and SMB alike. Today's Enterprise day on Talk Mobile 2013, so let's talk iOS 7 and Enterprise...

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iOS 7 preview: Activation lock aims to keep out the crooks

Find my iPhone - also referred to as Find my iPod or Find my iPad on those devices - has always been a great way to help you find your phone or tablet under a sofa, in another room, or even at a restaurant, coffee shop, theater, or similar public place. It's been great for lost devices. Stolen devices, not so much. Now, with iOS 7, Apple is addressing theft with what they hope is a powerful new deterrent - activation lock. With Talk Mobile 2013 security week underway, lets see how it stands up...

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iOS 7 preview: iOS in the Car hints at the future of iOS everywhere

iOS in the Car isn't arriving this year with the rest of iOS 7. It's currently scheduled to arrive in 2014 instead, and that's because it requires the support of car companies, who have to enable the ability to receive it into their in-dash display systems. Traditionally Apple hasn't done as well when they have to depend on other companies, but the potential of iOS in the Car seems to go further than just the car. Indeed, it could provide our first hints of iOS everywhere, and that's incredibly exciting for 2014, and beyond. However, Apple touts 95% of car makers already include some form of iPod/iOS device integration, so what better place to start?

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OS X Mavericks Preview: Safari Power Saver cuts Flash off at the knees

With the rise of HTML 5 and the dominance of the iPad as a web surfing tool, use of Adobe Flash is on the wane, but it's still used by thousands of sites. Apple's done its part to try to move progress forward by leaving Adobe Flash out of the default configuration of newly shipping Macs, leaving it to customers to decide if they want to enable the technology on their own systems. But once it's on, Adobe Flash can cause other issues on your Mac. Now Apple's doing something about it, thanks to Power Saver, a feature coming to Safari with OS X Mavericks' release.

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Evomail for iPhone and iPad review: Full email folder support for the organizationally obsessed!

Evomail is an alternative email app for iPhone and iPad that takes a lot of the same features we love from Mailbox, Dispatch, and more but adds certain highly wanted features that a lot of others unfortunately lack, such as folder support. Evomail currently supports Gmail, iCloud, and Yahoo! accounts which makes it a pretty relevant option for almost everyone.

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Riptide GP 2 review: One of the best damn iOS games you'll play this year

Riptide GP 2 is here, and as with the original the folks at Vector Unit have delivered something stunning for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Hitting the App Store today as a long awaited follow up to the original Riptide GP, what we have is something more beautiful, more fun to play, and an all round fantastic mobile game.

For those not familiar with the original; Riptide GP is a water based racing game that sees you pilot powerful Jet Skis around a variety of circuits with differing difficulty. It's appeal goes beyond those who like racing games, because this isn't your typical racing game. The waves affect your lines into corners, throw you up in the air, and it takes a different all round strategy to finish first. So, let's take a look.

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Ember review: Mac digital scrapbooking made easy

Realmac Software on Tuesday released its newest Mac application, Ember. It's the successor to Realmac's screenshot-grabbing tool Littlesnapper, building upon that app's foundation but adding digital scrapbooking functions that make gathering digital images quick, easy and fun.

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Plants vs. Zombies 2 preview: More plants, more zombies, more fun, some freemium crap

Plants vs. Zombies 2 is here! Well, sort of. It's in Australia and New Zealand only for right now, but I managed to get my hands on a copy from the Australian App Store. It may not be the finished product that Popcap unleashes on the world in general, but it's what they've given the land down-under so far, so it's fair game to take a look and see what just might be in store for the rest of us. And the answer is, more plants, more zombies, a lot more fun... and some annoying freemium crap as well. Here's the deal...

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iOS 7 preview: Siri gets a new look, access to settings, more services, still no predictive results

Apple introduced Siri, their personal digital assistant, in iOS 5 as a secondary, natural language interface for the iPhone, and later iPad, and iPod touch. With iOS 7, Apple has continued to add new partner-based services, but also given Siri its first redesign. Gone is the linen and beautifully rendered sports, movie, and other widgets, and in their places is the starker, more objectified and gamified look and feel that permeates the rest of system.

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