What to play this weekend: Lifeline

What to play this weekend: Lifeline

The last time I texted Taylor, he was walking towards the plumes of smoke. He estimated they were about an hour away, but depending on the force of gravity wherever he is, that could be off. He said he'll text back when he arrives. In the meantime, I'm thinking about him.

Anticipation is part of the fun of Lifeline, ($2.99, universal, with support for Apple Watch), an interactive fiction game from 3 Minute Games. 

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Twitterrific update makes multi-account tweeting easier

Twitterrific update makes multi-account tweeting easier

Ollie, the little blue bird who serves as Twitterrific's mascot, has learned a new trick. In version 5.11.1 for iOS (universal, free with in-app purchases), you can now post from any account directly from the compose screen. Just tap your avatar go get a list of available accounts, select at and presto! You're good to go. 

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Hours for iOS goes free, Hours for Apple Watch teased

Hours for iOS goes free, Hours for Apple Watch teased

I wrote about Hours for iPhone a few months ago and found it to be a useful, legible and easy-to-use time tracker. Now the folks at Tapity have teased Hours for the Apple Watch. 

The app simplifies the act of starting and stopping timers as needed. Instead of pulling your iPhone out of your pocket, you simply tap the timer you want to make active. Pretty darn simple. Changes sync instantly to the iPhone app.

It looks great and we'll have a look at it as soon as we can. 

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Microsoft updates Outlook for iOS with new address book, calendar improvements

The busy iOS developers at Microsoft have released an update to Outlook that features a new address book and improvements to calendar. 

First off, the People section now displays all contacts, not just the top few. Those who use Office 365 or Exchange Server at work can now search the global address list from the app. 

Meanwhile, the calendar now offers a three-day view in landscape mode and an improved day picker. Additionally, you can now easily remove cancelled appointments. 

Go and grab it and enjoy the newness now.

Todoist 10 for iPhone, iPad is the best paper replacement yet

Todoist 10 for iPhone, iPad is the best paper replacement yet

The folks at Todoist have released Todoist 10 for iOS, their most ambitious update yet. The changes further solidify my decision to go all-in on Todoist, and make me feel confident that I'll keep my promise to 5by5's Jordan Cooper to not use another task manager for 12 months. Why? Because data entry is so easy now, it's almost equal to the speed of using paper and pen. Here's my look at Todoist 10 for iOS. 

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Mail Designer Pro 2 is perfect for the in-betweeners

Mail Designer Pro 2 is perfect for the in-betweeners

For many of us, email is a way to quickly share information with a distant party. For example, a sweet message and a birthday photo will make grandma's day. For others, it's serious marketing that's managed by a director, an art department and a copywriter. Mail Designer Pro 2 (currently on sale for US$49.99, regularly $89.99), a WYSIWYG email designer for the Mac, is for everyone in between. 

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Fantastical 2 for Mac is a full calendar replacement

Fantastical 2 for Mac is a full calendar replacement

Fantastical 2 for Mac (currently 10 dollars off at $39.99) is now available and it embraces OS X Yosemite with a nice, warm hug. The software, which I first reviewed way back in 2011, has grown quite a bit in the last four years. Fantastical 2 includes a full calendar window, a detachable menu bar calendar, a Today widget for Notification Center and so much more. Fantastical has received steady attention and development, and it shows. Here's my look at this great calendar app for Mac.

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Launcher for iPhone returns after six months

Launcher for iPhone returns after six months

In September 2014, developer Greg Gardner received a call from Apple about his app, Launcher. "The short story is," Greg told me, "[Apple] told me to remove the widget or they'd take down the app. They also told me that they are usually restrictive when it comes to new functionality and that they sometime loosen the restrictions over time." Apparently that time has come, as Launcher returned to the App Store this week after a six-month absence. 

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Bushel: This week's sponsor of Apple World Today

Bushel: This week's sponsor of Apple World Today

Our sponsor this week is Bushel, an incredibly easy-to-use cloud-based Mobile Device Management solution for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Bushel is focused on those organizations that may not have a dedicated IT staff,  instead relying on individuals who take on the mantle of responsibility to keep those Apple devices up-to-date and safe. For free for the first three devices and just US$2 per month per device above that number, here are some of the features of Bushel:

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Math Shake is an effective math app for young students

Math Shake is an effective math app for young students

Years before I became your friendly neighborhood tech blogger, I was a teacher. In 2015, my wife celebrated* her 20th year as a teacher. All this to say we know our pedagogy, which makes it difficult for us to find education apps that we're satisfied with. While Math Shake for iPad (free with in-app purchases) isn't long on looks, it's got it where it counts.

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Microsoft releases Office 2016 for Mac preview

Microsoft releases Office 2016 for Mac preview

Microsoft has released a preview of Office 2016 for Mac that includes several firsts for the platform, including a revamped ribbon and tighter consistency across platforms. The release will let users get their hands on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and One Note before the final release comes out in the second half of 2015. 

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