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Instagram’s new Layout app arrives for your collages

Instagram’s new Layout app arrives for your collages

Instagram is great for scrolling through a seemingly endless array of pics from folks all over the globe, but single snaps sometimes fail to tell the entire narrative. Collages can do a much better job of that, which is probably why Instagram is introducing Layout. The new app lets you cobble together multiple shots into one image, taken from your camera roll. Instagram has some custom layouts ready for you, and a facial detection algorithm that will make piecing pics of friends together much easier.

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Jot Touch review — sensitive stylus perfection

Jot Touch review — sensitive stylus perfection

The stylus is not necessary for your day-to-day existence, we’d bet. You may think of a stylus as something you’re just not in need of, and you might be right. Though there have been a lot of really good styli of late, it’s still a relatively niche market. In that niche, though, some champions emerge. FiftyThree has their Pencil, which works in conjunction with the Paper app. Adonit has their Jot Touch, which works in unison with Forge (as well as a few other popular apps). Do the tandem warrant the asking price, though?

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SlideMail app can help you get through email quickly & effectively

SlideMail app can help you get through email quickly & effectively

How many emails do you have in your inbox? More to the point, how many of them are sitting there waiting for you to add an event to your calendar before being tucked into a folder or trashed? If the answer is “way too many”, a new email app might actually help. Called SlideMail, the app is meant to help bad email actors efficiently sort through their digital mail. With a bit of time, SlideMail actually learns how you react to email, and encourages better habits.

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Apple Watch: Airline companies are the latest to develop new apps

Apple Watch: Airline companies are the latest to develop new apps

With the Apple Watch hitting the market April 24th, developers are rushing to get their apps ready in time, including the big airline companies. Each airline wants to make it as easy and care-free as possible to fly with them. As a frequent flyer myself, I will welcome any innovations that alleviate even a fraction of the stress of frantic air travel. Let's take a look at the new apps underway from American, British Airways, Delta, and United Airlines. Rumor is, they plan to make the most of the smartwatch's at-a-glance display.

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Atari Fit lets you play games like Centipede if you exercise enough

Atari Fit lets you play games like Centipede if you exercise enough

Do you want to play Centipede? Of course you want to play Centipede; everyone wants to play Centipede. You could download the Atari Greatest Hits app, but that offers in-app purchases for games. If you don’t want to spend a few bucks, but do want to play Centipede (remember, everyone wants that), Atari will let you earn your games the old fashioned way. With Atari Fit, you get a pretty standard fitness app, but the more you work out, the more games you get!

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Pixelmator for iPad sees massive update; new tools, tons of fixes

Pixelmator for iPad sees massive update; new tools, tons of fixes

When Apple launched the iPad Air 2, they ushered the team at Pixelmator onto the stage to showcase their new iPad-only photo editing app. If you’ve not yet used Pixelmator on the iPad — it’s about as good as it gets for mobile photo editing (and image creation!). Forgoing the list of filters many others want to feed you, Pixelmator is a bit more ‘pro’ than most other iPad photo editing tools. Today, an update brings in much more functionality, and some new tools for users to check out.

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Amazon brings Prime Now to Baltimore, Miami

Amazon brings Prime Now to Baltimore, Miami

Stuff you order online, delivered to your door in about an hour. While nobody was certain anyone could do for — well, just about everything — what Dominos did for pizza, Amazon has. In December, the company unveiled Prime Now delivery in Manhattan, which brings things Amazon deems ‘essential’ right to your door. The limited availability and app were as much beta as rollout, which obviously paid off. Today, Amazon is announcing they’ll bring their Prime Now delivery outside of Manhattan, with Baltimore and Miami joining in the one-hour-or-so delivery fun.

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Motion Tennis arrives to turn your Android into a Wiimote

Motion Tennis arrives to turn your Android into a Wiimote

In 2013, Rolocule Games revealed its fancy new Rolomotion Technology that turned data from a smartphone's sensors into accurate gestures. Back then, it demonstrated this idea by turning an iPhone and AirPlay combo into a Wii-like tennis game. Last year, it did the same, only with an Android smartphone and a Chromecast. Fast-forward to today, the game developer is finally releasing the app to the public and for free! It is even promising an interesting new feature coming soon for Android fans in an upcoming update.

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Launcher for iOS returns as mysteriously as it left

Launcher for iOS returns as mysteriously as it left

It is understandable, at least to some, that Apple exercises strict control over its App Store. After all, that is how malware and low quality apps are quickly weeded out. Sometimes, however, Apple's own rules are quite obscure and mysterious, causing no small amount of anguish, or even monetary loss, for developers. That seems to be the case for Greg Gardner, developer of the once popular Launcher app for iOS 8, whose app was pulled from the App Store with very little explanation and has quite fortunately returned, but again with little explanation.

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Facebook and Flipboard are breaking up

Facebook and Flipboard are breaking up

If you’re using Flipboard as a social media aggregator, you might have to look elsewhere to accomplish that. According to Flipboard, Facebook is changing the game on social sharing outside of their walls, and will no longer allow posts form friends and family to be seen inside Flipboard’s apps for existing users. In addition to the feed change, Facebook is also breaking up with Flipboard. If you’re not already using Facebook on Flipboard, you have until next week to start. After then, you’ll never have the option again.

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