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iOS 7 preview: Gestures controls, consistency, and collision

iOS 7 continues Apple's long history of gesture-based controls, some system-wide like the new swipe up from the bottom bezel to open Control Center, and some app (or multi-app) specific, like the new swipe right from the left bezel to travel back to the list views in Mail or Messages. Gesture controls can be tricky, however. If not direct they can be hard to discover, if not consistent they can be hard to habituate, and if not carefully considered they can collide and conflict with each other, both system-wide and app specific.

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Agenda Calendar 4 for iPhone review: One of the best alternative calendar apps just got better

We took a look at Agenda Calendar for iPhone and iPad back when they were first released and this time, the guys over at Savvy Apps are back with Agenda Calendar 4. This time around they've managed to make a great app even better by cutting unnecessary UI items and adding easy to use gestures.

I've had some time over the past few weeks to use the iPhone version of Agenda Calendar 4 and I have to say that I've come away more delighted than I was with the original version, which was also quite good.

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Logic Pro X review: Great for podcasters, great period

Logic Pro X is the latest in a line of re-imagined software from Apple, something they started doing years ago with their video apps, iMovie and later, Final Cut Pro X. This new, more mainstream-friendly direction hasn't been without controversy, especially among professionals. So what does it means for Logic Pro users - and potential Logic Pro users - in general, and for podcasting in particular?

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Belkin Charge and Sync Dock for iPhone 5 review: A stylish and practical addition to your desktop or nightstand

For years, Apple made an official dock to accompany a wealth of their products in the iPod and iPhone line. With the replacement of the 30-pin dock connector in the iPhone 5 with Lightning, many – myself included – would have hoped, perhaps expected a new dock from Apple to go with it. That never happened, and so we must look towards the third-party manufacturers, like Belkin. I recently picked up one of their Charge and Sync Docks, and it's a pretty nice little accessory to have sat on my desk. It's good, but by no means perfect. Let's take a look.

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iOS 7 preview: Photo Streams finally get truly social sharing

While technically part of the new, upcoming Photos app, the iOS 7 update to iCloud's Photo Stream is significant enough that it deserves special mention.

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Marco Arment releases Bugshot for iOS, small app to quickly callout glitches of any size

Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper and The Magazine, has just released Bugshot for the iPhone and iPad. It's a small, highly focused app that lets you quickly, easy mark up images with arrows and boxes. The intended purpose is to take screenshots and callout graphical glitches, typos, and any other visible errors, and then report them back to the developer and/or designer so they can get fixed.

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Sprinkle Islands review: All the awesome of the original, and more!

Sprinkle has long been a favorite of mine, since the very first time I played the Tegra exclusive version on Android. Despite being a casual game, the attention to detail was fantastic, and the water physics just superb. The good news is that Sprinkle is back with an all new title; Sprinkle Islands. I say all new in the sense that this is a sequel, not a reinvention of the original. It's definitely more of the same, but that's not a bad thing. Not at all. What the developers have done is taken everything that made the original a great game – basically everything – and added to it. There's more interaction in levels, there's more of the levels, generally there's more. Let's take a look.

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Any.Do Cal for iPhone review: Want an iOS 7 calendar experience now? Cal is it.

Any.Do has just released their Cal app and it doesn't disappoint. WIth a great interface that's very on par with what we'll see in iOS 7 bundled with the ability to handle reminders through using Any.Do's existing reminders app, it's a great solution for anyone already using Any.Do for task management.

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iOS 7 preview: AirDrop lets you easily share your stuff, no bumping needed

With iOS 7, Apple's peer-to-peer, ad-hoc Wi-Fi file transfer protocol, AirDrop comes to the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Originally introduced on the Mac with OS X 10.7 Lion, and attached to the Finder to allow anyone to beam any file or folder to anyone else with in range, the iOS version doesn't have a user-facing filesystem to work such universal wonders with, but it does have a great-looking interface, and incredibly easy point of access thanks to Control Center and Share sheets.

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Head for Facebook: Access Facebook on your Mac anytime, no browser required

There are lots of apps out there that give you quick access to many different services including Facebook and Twitter. Head for Facebook gives you instant access to your Facebook account directly from your desktop on your Mac. The cool thing about Head for Facebook is that it actually looks good, doesn't get in your way, and actually works great.

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