Macworld|iWorld 2013

Macworld|iWorld is not the event of old, where Steve Jobs put sneaker to keynote stage and introduced us to everything from the iPhone to the MacBook Air, and where Apple's massive booth, and the massive booths of countless accessory makers, filled Moscone to capacity.

Apple holds their own events now, at a time and place of their own choosing, and CES has made a concerted effort to steal away the accessory booths, and now has more iPhone and iPad cases in their halls than any person, sane or otherwise, would ever want to walk through at any one time.

But neither has taken the heart from Macworld|iWorld, all they took were the bigger keynotes and bigger booths. Macworld|iWorld's heart, it turns out, was never in either of those things. It was in the community. It was in us. And it endures.

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Office² HD tracks all the changes at Macworld|iWorld 2013

While iPad software continues to get more and more sophisticated, one of the holy grail's of great tablet software continues to be great office software. Office² HD keeps getting closer with their all-in-one package for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. At Macworld|iWorld 2013, Stuart Prestedge of Byte² , the developers of Office² HD showed us just how far they've managed to take track changes on the iPad, and it's impressive.

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Readdle talks Documents at Macworld|iWorld 2013

If you use an iPhone or an iPad for work, you've almost certainly heard of Readdle, and no doubt have several of their apps in your collection. From scanners to annotators, calendars to note takers, they've spent years making iOS more productive for more people.

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Kashoo shows off simple online accounting at Macworld|iWorld 2013

I'd put off procrastinating if I could, never mind far more onerous tasks like expenses, taxes, and... oh, never mind, I'll finish explaining it later. Where was I? Oh, yeah, Kashoo. A simple, online accounting service, Kashoo aims to take "out of sight, out of mind" and make it so quick, so easy, it's faster just to get it done than put it off.

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PinYinPal makes learning Mandarin fun for kids

It's the lunar New Year, so what better time to look at PinYinPal, and app that hopes to make learning Mandarin fun for kids. We had to a chance to talk to Jen Gross about PinYinPal at Macworld|iWorld 2013, and if it looks like Words With Friends meets Chinese 101, that's not by accident.

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iCookbook dishes up CROCK-POT recipes at Macworld|iWorld 2013

This year we went straight from Macworld|iWorld 2013 to Mobile Nations Fitness Month, but who says we can't have some overlap? iCookbook was on the show floor with their new CROCK-POT app, and while not everything you slow cook may be healthy, it will come from home, and that means you can choose to make it healthy! Just pick great ingredients and let the flavors do the work.

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Editor's desk: Happy year of the water snake!

Gong Xi Fa Cai, Gong Hey Faat Choi, 恭禧發財! Happy year of the water snake! I spent most of my early twenties surrounded by Chinese culture, and spent many a Chinese New Year in China Town (or China block as it's probably better referred to in Montreal), on stage, taking part in the festivities and demonstrations. I even got to spend one in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. The people, the food, the fireworks, and lion dancing, all if it holds a special place in my heart and my memories.

This year I'm going to get some Dim Sum, give out some red envelopes (hey, the new iPod nano fits perfectly in those!), and pay lots of respect to those who came before and have taught and given me so much. Then I'll probably watch a bunch of martial hero movies and blog the day away. Meanwhile...

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Talking HockeyApp with Thomas Dohmke at Macworld|iWorld 2013

HockeyApp for iOS has nothing to do with the sport of hockey and everything to do with maing developers' and beta testers' lives easier. Time was, in order to beta test an app, you had to tether to iTunes and manual transfer over the provisioning and app files, and you had to do it every time the beta updated -- which could be often. Then services like HockeyApp showed up, and they allowed for direct, on-device, over-the-air (OTA) installation and updates of both provisioning files and apps. Hockey will even alert you when updates are available. Moreover, for developers, HockeyApp provides crash reports, feedback, and analytics.

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Adonit shows off the new Jot Touch stylus at Macworld|iWorld 2013

Adonit was one of the first to launch a pressure sensitive Bluetooth stylus for the iPad back in July of last year. That original Jot Touch had quite a lot to like about it, including Adonit's trademark mechanical pencil-style construction and clear capacitive disk, but the new one takes it to the next level. Raphael Gomez of Adonit gave us the story at Macworld|iWorld 2013

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Ecamm shows off PhoneView and Printopia Pro at Macworld|iWorld 2013

We met up with Glen Aspeslagh of Ecamm at Macworld|iWorld 2013 to talk about PhoneView, their iOS device backup and file explorer utility for Mac, and Printopia Pro, their bigger, more enterprise friendly printing software.

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Flexibits talks Fantastical at Macworld|iWorld 2013

Flexibits didn't have a booth at this year's Macworld|iWorld, but what they lacked in structured location they made up for in the big personality of designer Michael Simmons, the ninjary of coder Kent Sutherland, and pure event-based awesomeness that is Fantastical.

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