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  • Must-have apps for music festivals

    By Leah Yamshon | 16 April, 2014 04:01

    Grab your sunscreen, high-rise cutoff shorts, and favorite satchel: Coachella kicked off this week, which marks the unofficial ushering in of music festival season. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to music fests all around the country, and for some, summer just wouldn't be the same without attending one of these mega events. With beautiful weather (most of the time), camaraderie with other attendees, an interesting array of food and art, and of course killer bands, there's a lot to experience.

  • The Zen productivity guide: tools and tips for distraction-free work

    By Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | 21 February, 2014 14:14

    You suck at multitasking. Don't take it personally – everyone does. According to a 2009 Stanford study, chronic multitaskers can't concentrate, have bad memories, and are terrible at switching from one task to another. And you don't look more efficient to your boss and coworkers, you just look unfocused, overcommitted and generally not in control.

  • Facebook coughs up $19bn to buy WhatsApp, draw younger users

    By Sharon Gaudin | 20 February, 2014 19:54

    Facebook may be shelling out $19 billion in cash and stock for the messaging company WhatsApp to stanch the departure of younger users from the social network.

  • Staff Picks: iOS apps you should check out now

    By Serenity Caldwell | 07 February, 2014 15:45

    It's no surprise that the App Store has gotten a wee bit crowded over the last few years. With millions of iOS devices activated every year, and tens of thousands of app developers itching to make software for those devices, there's new and cool stuff (along with new and not-so-cool stuff) arriving on the Store every day. Trying to keep up with it all is a fool's errand, as we at Macworld know all too well.

  • Why smart users are the key to secure online banking

    By Taylor Armerding | 23 January, 2014 20:37

    Online banking is not 100 per cent secure -- nothing is. That is not expected to change in 2014. But a number of security experts, along with an industry official, say it is reasonably safe, if users take reasonable precautions.

Interviews
  • Minecraft's Notch revealed in behind-the-scenes tale

    By Elizabeth Heichler | 27 November, 2013 15:52

    The wildly popular game "Minecraft" is a lot like its creator, Markus "Notch" Persson: modest in style and origin and apparently still true to its roots despite phenomenal success. In their new book just published in the U.S., authors Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson go behind the scenes to tell the story of how their shy fellow Swede became the indie games industry's first real rock star.

  • INTERVIEW: Bringing Aastra back to relevance in the channel

    By Allan Swann | 22 October, 2013 11:51

    Aastra’s Tony Warhurst has been managing director of the unified communications company’s A/NZ operations for just over a year, but has already overseen the company resurgent in the Channel. Boosted by the launch of a several key products, he sat down to discuss the company, his mission and the trends emerging in the UC market.

  • Apigee’s new API looking to push the A/NZ channel into mobile

    By Allan Swann | 02 September, 2013 11:03

    Silicon Valley-based, Apigee, recently opened its offices in Australia, picking up three new clients running its application program interface (API).

Opinions
  • Brace yourself, here comes the mobile appsplosion

    By Mike Elgan | 12 April, 2014 21:20

    Companies are engaged in a kind of arms race with competitors to see how many apps they can get everyone to use. But this aggressive push for more apps is going to end up giving users app fatigue.

  • Jonny Evans: So WhatsApp, Facebook?

    By Jonny Evans | 27 February, 2014 18:23

    At the heart of the $19B WhatsApp acquisition may be Facebook's continuing desire to take over your mobile phone.

  • How mobile apps are changing fast food

    By Mike Elgan | 15 February, 2014 12:07

    The world of fast food is getting faster - and redefining the future of mobile payments. Just look at what several US fast food retailers, including Taco Bell and Chipotle, are doing.

  • Opinion: Predicting the tech future

    By Mark Gibbs | 15 February, 2013 23:19

    For my recent column of predictions for 2013 I polled a huge number of IT people to see what they are expecting, and ended up getting more than 400 responses.

  • What do 100% of mobile users want? No fails!

    By Mark Gibbs | 05 November, 2012 05:58

    The rush to make everything mobile has generated new ways to do business, new ways to organize ourselves and new ways to communicate, but mobile apps aren't your father's mainframe, desktop or laptop applications.

Reviews
  • Word for iPad: The new standard for Microsoft's word processor

    By Jeffery Battersby | 04 April, 2014 08:22

    It took less than 5 minutes of using Word for iPad to have an overwhelming first impression: I hope Word on every platform becomes what Word on the iPad is. Sleek, uncluttered, well organized, and beautiful, Word for iPad is impressive. An app that encompasses everything great about the desktop application, with none of the clutter. If Word for iPad is in your future, it's an app I expect you'll love to use.

  • Excel for iPad: The best spreadsheet app for the iPad

    By Rob Griffiths | 04 April, 2014 06:16

    There are any number of spreadsheet apps available for the iPad, but recently the market changed dramatically when Microsoft released the full Office suite for iPad, including a version of Excel. While you can argue that Excel is many years late to the iPad party (and I wouldn't disagree), the iPad version of Excel is a solid entrant, and instantly changes the landscape for competitive apps.

  • iTunes Radio: Poor reception

    By Christopher Breen | 05 March, 2014 14:17

    With the approach of iTunes Radio's six-month anniversary, now seems as good a time as any to take a second look at the service.

  • Staff Picks: Forget Flappy Bird, you want to play Threes

    By Serenity Caldwell | 12 February, 2014 21:27

    We love iOS apps, but there's a lot of junk and cruft out there. Our Staff Picks column separates the great from the mediocre, offering our expert advice on the best apps, games, tools, and programs in the iOS App Store.

  • Paper: It's the best way to use Facebook

    By Caitlin McGarry | 04 February, 2014 20:34

    Facebook gave itself a much-needed makeover for its 10th birthday , but you won't see a change unless you know where to look. The overhaul is part of Paper, a stand-alone iOS app that's part News Feed, part newsreader.

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