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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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Mind Blitz for iPhone and iPad review: Exercise your muscle memory in this classic memory game with a twist

If you like memory games, you'll love Mind Blitz for iPhone and iPad. It's a twist on the classic flash card based memory game. As you advance through the game, the grids will get larger, time will get shorter, and different obstacles will be thrown in the mix. You can also challenge your friends via Game Center to compete for different achievements and the fastest times.

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iOS 7 preview: Photos automagically filters your life into collections, moments, and more

Just like its partner, the Camera app, the iOS 7 Photos app is newly objectified, gamified, and... filter-fied?

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iOS 7 preview: Phone, FaceTime, and Messages blocking promises to put an end to annoying contacts

iOS 7 preview: Phone, FaceTime, and Messages blocking

With iOS 7, Apple is adding the ability to block people from reaching - especially disturbing or otherwise harassing - you via the phone, FaceTime, and Messages. One of the downsides of the constant connectivity we enjoy on the iPhone is constant availability, and while it's annoying when people we know expect us to respond 2/47, it's even more annoying when wrong numbers or malicious people can reach us all day, every day.

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iOS 7 preview: Lock screen gains access to notifications, controls, some confusion

The Lock screen exists in some between-space, where your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad are no longer off or asleep, but nor are they fully awake and functional yet. With iOS 7, however, Apple has greatly increased the Lock screen's functionality, mainly by giving it access to Notification Center and the new Control Center, while retaining its own notifications and fast Camera access.

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OS X Mavericks preview: Safari

While it's great to have a boatload of improvements in the operating system, few of us would be able to use Mavericks for too long without having to surf the Web for something. So it's good news that Apple is improving Safari for Mavericks as well. Many of the enhancements are under the hood tweaks aimed at improving performance, but there are some new features to talk about as well.

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Motion Tennis review: Wii style gaming with your iPhone and Apple TV!

Mirroring games from your iPhone to your Apple TV with AirPlay is great, but it's still just what's on the small screen blown up on the TV. This isn't the case in Motion Tennis. With this game, the mirrored content is something different to what's being displayed on your iPhone, which opens up a whole new experience. Think Nintendo Wii style gameplay, only using your iPhone as the remote, and your Apple TV as the console.

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iOS 7 vs. Instagram vs. Google+ vs. Twitter: Black & White photo filter comparison

I recently previewed the new Camera app Apple will be releasing alongside iOS 7 this fall, and one of the things that stood out for me the most was not so much the inclusion of built-in photo filters - everyone seems to be adding those these days - but the subtly and restraint shown in which filters Apple chose to include. Not only aren't there any tilt-shifts, frames, borders, or vignettes, but there's nothing overly aggressive about Apple's selection in any way. How does that compare to current king of photo sharing, Instagram, and to the other big social photo sharing services, Google+ and Twitter?

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iOS 7 preview: Camera gains real-time filters, and... a square

The Camera app has gotten the same objectified and gamified makeover as the rest of iOS 7, but Apple also managed to sneak in a few new features as well. First is, um,Square mode. The second is Filters. The bigger news, however, is what was taken away, including the signature shutter animation and button treatments are gone.

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OS X Mavericks preview: iBooks

Apple's ebook reader software, iBooks, was first introduced when the iPad debuted in April 2010 and later became available for other iOS devices with iOS 4's release. It's never been essential software - Apple offers it as an optional free download from the App Store rather than including it with every shipping iOS device - but it's an obvious killer app, especially for the iPad. And now, with Mavericks, we'll finally get it for the Mac.

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