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Introducing: The Ballerina Monsters

Are you missing Freewaregenius and wondering what we’ve been doing for the past several months? One project I’ve been working on is: “The Ballerina Monsters”; written and illustrated by my friend Kate Ledogar. What it is is a series of children’s book apps for Android and iPad that your children (and yourself) will love! Elspeth, 

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Hopscotch for iPad makes learning to program fun for kids

Want to give your kids an early advantage in life? You can do it by exposing them to the concepts of programming and logic that lie underneath everything digital, and what better way to do it than to make it an easily accessible, fun game? This is what Hopscotch, a free app for iPad, tries

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Three great apps for COUPLES that you should know about

I hope my wife is not reading this, but it has been said that being in a relationship is kind of like running a business. You have to make sure that the money coming in every month is not less than that being spent, you have to make sure that the kids (and pets) are

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The Football Playbook: an addictive tactical soccer puzzle game for iPhone

There are two kinds of people: those whom soccer completely captures their imagination, and those who don’t. Both types, however, will like ‘The Football Playbook’. This is a freemium game of tactical soccer that accomplishes something remarkable: transforming soccer into an enjoyable and quite addictive touchscreen puzzle game. ‘The Football Playbook’ employs some very interesting game

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Viber comes to Windows and Mac, allows free calls and texts from the desktop

Watch out Skype, for Viber just might eat your lunch. Viber’s simple innovation was to combine VOIP with your contact list on your mobile, letting you make calls and SMS’s for free over WIFI (or a data connection). The obvious next step: a Skype style desktop client that can connect you with your mobile contacts

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Create and publish your own personal polls, with InstaPoll for iPhone

Which is it: Android or iOS? Barca or Real? Coke or Pepsi? Blue or Red? If you’d like to design your very own such dichotomous poll and send it out for people to answer via SMS or email (and to iPhone users who have installed a certain FREE app), then read on. InstaPoll is a

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zeZebra: right-click to share extremely large files on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android

Two things we love: powerful functions in the Windows right click menu, and easy ways to transfer large files. ZeZebra is free software that combines both, but it is not your typical file file hosting ‘upload’ service; rather, it installs as a desktop client and lets you connect with other ZeZebra users directly without uploading

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Get that ‘retro’ image look on your desktop, iOS, or Android, with XnRetro

If you want that ‘Instagram’ retro photograph look for some of the many images on your destkop, then check out XnRetro, a free program available for Windows, Linux, and Mac, as well as mobile desktop apps for Android and iOS. XnRetro is as as simple as can be: load up your picture, then choose from

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Create a text adventure and publish as a desktop or mobile app for free, with Quest

Do you remember games like Zork, Beuracracy, Infidel, and all those other great text adventures? Remember choose your own adventure novels? Ever wished you could create awesome interactive stories like that, and better? If so, you should check out Quest, free software that can help you out in looking back on those games and looking

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Yahoo launches a beautiful FREE weather app for Android and iOS

‘Yahoo Weather’ is a free weather app that displays beautiful pictures from Flickr for the place you are checking the weather for, and that reflect the weather and the ‘mood’ of the moment. The app displays the kind of information you would expect: temperature highs and lows, the general state, as well as the projected

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iPhone has largest share of mobile security vulnerabilities, study finds

A new study entitled “25 Years of Vulnerabilities” by security firm Sourcefire released in March attributes 81% of instances of mobile malware to the iPhone and iOS, compared to 9% for Android, 6% for Windows phones, and 4% for Blackberry. It draws on two sources: the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) as well as Common Vulnerabilities

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Will ‘The Minuum Keyboard’ live up to the hype?

It’s a simple concept: take the three rows of letters that constitute the QWERTY keyboard and consolidate them into one, then touch-type as you normally would.The software will then guess your intent, so you don’t actually have to hit the right letters. It apparently works, and it saves a lot of on-screen real estate. But