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App Picks of the Week: Reaper, 60 Minutes, BillGuard and Gunner Z

This week's roundup of hot apps that we've found include some games, an information app based on one of the longest-running news programs on television, and a handy consumer protection tool.

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Skype to add synchronized messaging, battery conservation in coming months

Microsoft's Mark Gillett - the vice president responsible for Skype - describes improvements coming to the popular communication service in the coming months. Those changes include synchronized chat messages, improvements to battery management on mobile devices and more.

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RealNetworks unveils RealPlayer Cloud

RealNetworks has launched RealPlayer Cloud, which is billed as the first integrated video player and cloud service. You can save, watch, and share videos across multiple devices.

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Redesigning Vesper, Party Monster, and WeddingDJ for iOS 7

As exciting as iOS 7 is all on its own, what's even more exciting is what developers are, and will be, doing with it. A few cases in point: Vesper, Party Monster, and WeddingDJ. First, Dave Wiskus has an incredibly in-depth look at the design process and thinking behind Vesper 007. From the Vesper blog:

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Apple introduces volume purchase program for Mac App Store

Apple's volume purchasing program which currently lets developers offer discounts to businesses and educational institutions who buy large amounts of their apps, is being extended to the Mac. Apple sent out the following note to developers enrolled in the Mac program:

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Apple reportedly acquires personal assistant app Cue

Apple has reportedly acquired Cue, a personal assistant app. The Cue service has been shut down, and the app pulled from the App Store. Cue worked much like Google Now, displaying context-aware information about a user's day from email, calendar appointments, reminders, and others. Cue could hook in to Google, iCloud, Dropbox, Evernote, and others to find what it needed. Apple was cagey in their comments to CNET:

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Sunrise Calendar 2.0 for iPhone review: Now with support for iCloud calendars!

Sunrise Calendar for iPhone has always been an extremely unique alternative calendar app as it manages to combine all your calendar events with weather forecasts for the day. Previously, you could only use a Google account with Sunrise but as of version 2.0, there's support for iCloud built right in. If you aren't happy with the native Calendar app in iOS 7, which many of you don't seem to be, Sunrise Calendar is a very viable alternative.

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1Password 4 for Mac now available with new interface, 1Password mini, shared items, Wi-Fi sync, and more!

1Password 4 for Mac is now live and available. The popular OS X security application was updated this morning, and completely rewritten with a simple new interface and a host of new features. You can now set up multiple vaults that can be shared with family members or coworkers, and each vault gets their own sync preferences. You can even set up a demo vault to show off 1Password to others. Open the demo vault from the app's lock screen with the password "demo". Switch between vaults by tapping the keyhole icon next to 1Password's traffic lights. You can also share individual items.

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Rdio aims at iTunes Radio, Spotify with free streaming radio

Digital music streaming service Rdio is launching a free version of its Internet radio service to go toe to toe with offerings from Spotify and iTunes. The service will be available both on the Web and through the free mobile app, according to The Verge

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Original Plants vs. Zombies game finally gets updated to support the iPhone 5, and obviously the iPhone 5s

The original Plants vs. Zombies game by PopCap has been updated a few times in the past year and it's been maddening to me that not one of those updates contained support for the larger display of the iPhone 5. Luckily, the original game has finally been updated with support for the larger iPhone models. This is great news for people like me who don't particular care for the freemium model of Plants vs Zombies 2. Better late than never, right?

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