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Kickstart Your iPhone App Development with This Swift Programming class

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I just learned of (and backed) a Kickstarter campaign to learn Swift and iOS 8 programming. It's being run by a friend and colleague of mine, named Paul Solt. He's an award-winning app developer and a great instructor. I've had the opportunity to attend live training from him, and he's offered video training before, also via Kickstarter, with great success.



Tip of the Day: How to Block In-App Purchases

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When you hand a kid an iPhone or iPad, you're essentially handing them access to your credit card. Fortunately you can adjust your device's settings so purchases require a passcode known only to you, or you can disable in-app purchases altogether.



Top 3 App Deals of the Week

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Top 3 App Deals of the Week

As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day — recently topping 900,000 — we know it’s tough to tell which ones are worth their salt. But thanks to our Weekly Scoop, you can have the best for free! Here you’ll find a weekly roundup of the coolest free or discounted apps for a limited-time only. Each week features the best and brightest from websites like Free App ReportAppsGoneFreeAppieDay, AppShopper and more.

Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!



Word Hack: Unleash Your Vocabulary Prowess

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Need to kill some time while waiting for a friend, sizzle up some competition within the gang, or just giddy to sharpen your rustic mind? Word Hack is a new iPhone word game that could easily fill your boredom and get your intellectual juices flowing with its simple yet challenging game mechanics.

Word Hack, with its clever spin on your childhood games Hangman and Wheel of Fortune, will test you in terms of speed and accuracy as you need to build the mystery words within a specified time.

Upon opening the app, you will be greeted by a puzzle board with cool colors. The puzzle is pre-filled with a few letters for you to solve, along with the category.



Apple News: Healthy Future for HealthKit

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Apple didn't introduce an iWatch or fitness band at their Worldwide Developers Conference, but they introduced technology to make it easier for others to do so.  HealthKit is a framework for developers and gadget makers that can help them integrate fitness and wearable gear with iOS.  And Apple isn't taking a backseat to see what happens.  They are actively recruiting hospitals and healthcare firms to make the next generation of health products.



Wikipedia App - Explore the Modern Oracle on your iPhone!

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I use Wikipedia to gain background knowledge on any number of technical concepts, and because of the reputation of possible inaccuracies (due to it's open system of content contribution), I always cross-check the source material with other leading technical sources. In every case, I have found it to be quite accurate. So, I am pretty stoked to be able to get quick and up-to-date access to this oracle of information on my iPad or iPhone using the newly released and official Wikipedia Mobile app! Read on for our full review of the newly minted mobile encyclopedia.



Apple News: Save the Date, this time for WWDC 2015

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Last week, we told you to save the date (September 9th) for the next iPhone announcement.  Now comes evidence that developers might want to save a whole week, June 8th - June 12th, for Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.  This isn't much of a stretch, as Apple typically uses that second week in June to hold their WWDC event and introduce their next mobile and desktop operating systems.  About 5,000 lucky raffle-winning attendees get the privilege of paying $1,300 to learn from Apple's experts.



Hungry? 5 Apps to Find a Restaurant Near You

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Whenever you're unsure of where to eat for your next meal, whether it's your typical night on the town or a special occasion, there are apps that can put you on the right path to satisfying your hunger. Here are some of the best apps to find a restaurant near you:

1. Zagat (Free)



Top 3 App Deals of the Week

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As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day — recently topping 1,000,000 — we know it’s tough to tell which ones are worth their salt. But thanks to our Weekly Scoop, you can have the best for free! Here you’ll find a weekly roundup of the coolest apps free or at a discount for a limited-time only. Each week features the best and brightest from websites like Free App ReportAppsGoneFreeAppieDay, AppShopper and more.

Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!



Angels in the Sky Review: First Unreal Engine 4 Game

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This much anticipated game from the developers at AimToG is the first game powered by Unreal Engine 4 to hit the iTunes App Store. Unreal Engine has been an incredible resource for designers and developers wanting to create one-of-a-kind graphic and animation experiences in their action-oriented games, and the newest incarnation of the engine has been much-hyped. The first game powered by it is, therefore, going to open itself up to quite a bit of scrutiny. The big question on everyone’s mind is going to be “Can Angels in the Sky live up to the buzz?” So far the answer seems to be… sort of. 



Top 3 App Deals of the Week

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As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day — recently topping 1,000,000 — we know it’s tough to tell which ones are worth their salt. But thanks to our Weekly Scoop, you can have the best for free! Here you’ll find a weekly roundup of the coolest apps free or at a discount for a limited-time only. Each week features the best and brightest from websites like Free App ReportAppsGoneFreeAppieDay, AppShopper, and more.

Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!



4 Quirky Photo Editing Apps for the Instagram Obsessed

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It’s safe to say that we live in an Instagram-obsessed society, where capturing the perfect shot is of utmost importance. From finding the perfect filter to adding text and awesome doodles, taking great photos is no longer as simple as pointing and shooting. With so many photo-enhancing apps on the market, it’s downright impossible to keep up with them all. But don't worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are four fun photo-editing apps for those instances when an Instagram filter simply won't do. 



Back to School Apps and Tips

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School is almost back in session and that means many kids will be looking for back-to-school help. Here are some apps and iDevice tips to help make this school year easier on you and your student. 



Battle Fleet 2 Adds New Game Modes and 3D Graphics!

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We reviewed the original Battle Fleet naval warfare strategy game back in 2012, and gave it high marks for its authentic details and realistic gameplay aspects. Now you can experience the even more immersive Battle Fleet 2 ($4.99) with 3D graphics, a new combat system and campaign modes. Get a taste with the embedded trailer or head over to the Battle Fleet home page. More details on the new version follow the break...



Master of Craft Review: Social Town Sim with Fantasy Flair

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Just when you think that social network town-building sims have run out of new ideas, someone comes along to prove you wrong. Master of Craft (free) is a new SNRPG (social network RPG) from IdeaBoxGames, and it’s turning convention on its head in the cutest possible ways.  This fantasy town building sim lets players dabble in the world of role playing by incorporating dungeon quests. And yes, you actually get to see and participate in combat; it’s not purely text based! But the meat of the game is building a perfect, quaint, fantasy town on the monster-threatened frontier, which the player accomplishes by starting a weapon-smithing monopoly to generate gold. Of course, responsibilities and opportunities to expand continually arise from there.



Horizon 2.0: Making Your iPhone A Horizontal Video Recording Powerhouse

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The wildly popular and award-winning Horizon app has just gotten better and bolder. The app development studio, Evil Window Dog has just announced Horizon 2.0, a free update that not only expands on the app's capabilities but truly transforms the app into a true powerhouse.



3 Apps for Navigating an Unfamiliar City

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Have you ever gotten lost in an unfamiliar city? Public transit systems can be difficult to navigate if you don’t know your way around, but a few apps can help you find your way in major urban areas across the nation.

Here are some of the best apps to guide you as you navigate a new area and help get you on your way.



Top 3 App Deals of the Week

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As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day — recently topping 1,000,000 — we know it’s tough to tell which ones are worth their salt. But thanks to our Weekly Scoop, you can have the best for free! Here you’ll find a weekly roundup of the coolest apps free or at a discount for a limited-time only. Each week features the best and brightest from websites like Free App ReportAppsGoneFreeAppieDay, AppShopper and more.

Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!



Evaluating iTunes' Impact on the Music Industry

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When it was first introduced, iTunes seemed to be the most logical answer to the heated controversy caused by widespread online illegal music downloads. According to NPD estimates, iTunes is currently responsible for 63 percent of all digital music sales, and is undeniably the United States' top music retailer.



ComiXology Celebrates 5 Years of Digital Comics Anniversary Special: 100 Books For 10 Bucks

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If you want to enjoy work from some of the emerging writers and artists that will be at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, but you can't make it to the show, comiXology is celebrating their five-year anniversary by offering 100 books from their comiXology Submit self-publishing program for just 10 bucks U.S.,— a savings of 94 percent off the cover price.



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