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Mapquest review for iPhone: Is it going in the right direction?

Map quest is one of the most popular online mapping services, but is it good enough to switch from Apple Maps or Google Maps? Depends.

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Comic: Hey Now, You're a One-Star

Ed: Welcome to this week's edition of The Pixel Project: a weekly comic from Diesel Sweeties' Rich Stevens on Apple, technology, and everything in-between. Today: Hey Now, You're a One-Star

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Space Age review: Pixel-perfect nostalgia

The games that shape you in your childhood tend to linger in your memory long after you finish playing them. I can't open an exploratory game like Gone Home or The Room without thinking of my first stumblings into Myst years before, insisting my dad not leave the room because I was too scared to go alone and too excited to not have someone to talk to.

Playing Space Age stirs a very different set of memories — ones founded in explorative delight, or frenetic frustration from just missing the final piece in a boss fight for the fifth time. They trust the player and tease them, compelling them forward with a great narrative all the while confounding them with dastardly puzzles and note-perfect timing.

It's been a long time since I played a game and failed a mission with a smile on my face and a goofy "aw, rats, I almost had it!" exclamation, but Space Age brings all that out and more.

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Google Sheets for iPhone and iPad review: It sucks

Google Sheets is Google's latest attempt at letting you access their online spreadsheets app on your iPhone or iPad. This functionality was previously handled by the Google Drive app but Google recently decided to make dedicated apps for their productivity suite the way Microsoft and Apple have done with Office for iPad and iWork's Numbers app. Unfortunately, Google Sheet, as currently implemented, isn't as good as either Microsoft's or Apple's app. And unless you're already all-in on Google's office suite — which many are — it's not worth your time.

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Get all your social network photos in one place with Pixable for iPhone and iPad

Pixable for iPhone and iPad is a social networking app that pulls in all your photos from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It's great for times when you may not want to browse through your Twitter or Facebook feeds but want to casually browse photos. While Instagram is easy to browse on its own, adding it in means you can browse all three in one single app. Considering Instagram doesn't have an iPad app, Pixable can make a good alternative.

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Feedly for iPhone and iPad review

There are lots of RSS apps available in the App Store for both iPhone and iPad. Feedly may be one of many, but it's one of the most popular for a reason. Everything from how you maneuver through feeds to it's bright and bold interface is done extremely well. Swiping actions and being able to quickly mark things as read are added bonuses. Then again, looks aren't always everything.

Upon taking a closer look, looks aren't the only thing Feedly has going for it.

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Craftsy for iPhone and iPad review

Craftsy for iPhone and iPad is an app that allows you to learn new crafts and fine tune current ones with video guides on everything from quilting, cake decorating, stitching, food crafts, jewelry making, and more. The idea is that you find a craft or topic that interests you and then you enroll in that course. You'll then have access to video content and instructions including what you'll need for as long as you want, whenever you want.

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Projectbook for iPad review: create and organize your notes and to-do's

Projectbook for iPad is a note taker and to-do app that aims to streamline how you organize your data. Instead of using a note taking app and a to-do app separately, Projectbook allows you to keep them all in one place, minimizing the need for multiple apps to stay on task. You also have the ability to take handwritten notes or even draw which makes Projectbook ideal for almost any class or presentation setting.

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MapQuest Travel Blogs for iPhone and iPad review

MapQuest Travel Blogs for iPhone and iPad is a great way to plot out your trip and then share it with your friends and family.

While Photo Stream and apps like Albumatic are easy ways to share photos with friends and family, they still leave something to be desired. If you go on a trip or vacation, you probably have things to say about your photos. Unless you leave a comment on your own photo, there's not much else you can do. That isn't the case with MapQuest Travel Blogs for iPhone and iPad.

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Good Habits for iPhone review

Good Habits by Good To Hear is an iPhone app that helps you build habits by doing something every day. It features a colorful interface that keeps track of your current and past chains of success.

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