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Five Apps to Help You Win at Valentine's Day


February 14 is known as the most romantic day of the year. If you want to win over your love and make Valentine's Day a success, check out these five free apps.

Will You Be a BattleKaster at Denver Comic Con?


If you happen to be attending Denver Comic Con this weekend, you will find an entirely new way to use your iPhone: as a member of your inventory as you undertake a quest.

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Rumor: iOS 9 Maps to Include Transit Directions


Details of iOS 9 are continuing to leak as we get closer to the June announcement of this new version of iOS at the Worldwide Developers Conference. 9To5Mac is reporting that Maps in iOS 9 will now include transit directions — a feature that was rumored for iOS 8 but wasn't ready in time. Now it's said to be ready and will include subway, train, and bus information. 

Into The Circle is Solid Sliding Fun!


Into The Circle (Free) is a ridiculously addictive, endless physics challenge that requires precise rhythm and proper vector throttling in order to advance to the ever higher levels. The freemium game is inspired by the sport of curling, and though I couldn't watch even five minutes of the real thing, it translates well to the hybrid platform-like application represented in this game. One try and I guarantee you will not want to stop trying to get into the circles.

Apple TV Update Appears Imminent


Ever since Steve Jobs was quoted in Walt Isaacson's Jobs biography as having "nailed" the television dilemma, and really before then, Apple watchers have been looking for an integrated Apple television set. I never thought it was practical, as the TV set market is pretty cutthroat, with newer entries like Vizio driving sizes up and prices down. It's hard for Apple to enter that market, make a difference, and charge a consistently profitable price. But where they could leverage their expertise is in user interface, remote control, home automation, and thanks to their acquisition of PrimeSense (the Israeli firm behind Kinect), gestures and gaming.

Grading Tests in a Zip With ZipGrade

What it is: ZipGrade ($1.99 2 months/$6.99 1 year subscription), an automated multiple choice grading app for teachers on the go.
Pros to using ZipGrade: 
  • Scores are returned instantaneously as the student waits.
  • You can see how your entire class did on a test from the Item Analysis screen. 
  • You can import students and classes and then export them to many online grading sites.
  • Backed up to the cloud.
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Google Apple Watch App Offers News, but Is Not as Good as CNN's


It's always a good sign when one of the top companies develops an app for a new platform. Google has just launched their first Apple Watch-ready app: Google News & Weather (free). The app offers the top 10 news headlines, drawing upon over 65,000 publications. On the iPhone and iPad, the app, which was first available last fall, offers news in categories such as Technology, Sports, and Fashion. The Apple Watch content, though, is limited to the latest headlines, and doesn't include local news and weather. With each headline you can scroll down to see a photo. However, you're not able to view the full story or to see a summary. On the other hand, a Force Touch adds the news story to your reading list in Safari. 

FiftyThree Introduces Think Kit for its Paper App


FiftyThree, the team behind various creative tools, added a few more upgrades to its Paper (Free) app for iPad. The Think Kit includes three new modeling and graphing instruments  Diagram, Fill, and Cut.

Coolors App Brings Color Palettes to iOS


Looking for a flawless color scheme? Coolors ($0.99) — an app for the web and iOS — can generate an unlimited number of color arrangements to help with your design projects.

The app was created by designer and developer Fabrizio Bianchi. In an interview with Wired, Bianchi says that “the process of creating a color scheme should be easy.”

New York Times Now Free in iOS App


A new version of the New York Times app for iPhone, called NYT Now (free), was released yesterday. And the big news is that you can now read unlimited articles without having a paid subscription. (Previously, the cost was $7.99 per month.) In addition, the new version highlights the latest news at the top of your news feed, lets you share screen shots of stories with your friends, and includes support for 1Password. You can also subscribe to the Morning Briefing and receive an alert when it's ready. 

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