It’s just too late: Microsoft reveals Office for iPad

Does anyone else think that this simply took way too long?  The iPhone version of Microsoft’s Office suite launched last June, and many hoped that the company was working on an iPad version. Well, they were, and it’s finally here. (more…)

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1Password for Mac and Windows currently 50% off

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1Password — my favorite password manager for iOS, the Mac, Windows, and soon to be Android — is currently available for 50% off for the desktop versions. This means that you can grab the best password manager app for Mac or Windows right now for $24.99. At the price, it’s a steal, particularly if you already have it for your iPhone or iPad. The price won’t last forever, as the reduction is to celebrate MacWorld kicking off.

[AgileBits]

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Fantastical for iPad coming soon

FantasticalMy personal favorite calendar app for the iPhone is about to make its debut on the iPad. Fantastical, currently available on the iPhone and on the Mac, is now being teased for those interested in the iPad version.

Those interested can sign up for an email announcement. The app will be a separate app from the iPhone version, meaning that you’ll have to buy it — if it’s anything like the iPhone version, it will be well worth the price.

[Fantastical]

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UK iTunes and App Store prices may rise soon

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Due to new laws, digital retailers such as Apple, Amazon, and various others may have to increase their prices by up to 20% to comply with new VAT laws. According to The Guardian:

The budget document said: “As announced at budget 2013, the government will legislate to change the rules for the taxation of intra-EU business to consumer supplies of telecommunications, broadcasting and e-services. From 1 January 2015 these services will be taxed in the member state in which the consumer is located, ensuring these are taxed fairly and helping to protect revenue.”

Large companies currently get around the UK’s 20% VAT rate by selling their digital goods from countries within Europe that have lower rates. That trick, under the updated law, would be illegal.

[MacRumors]

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Play and learn with Vocabulary.com

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Vocabulary.com is a website, but it’s also a newly-released iOS app. The app has a few interesting features, as it helps you learn SAT and ACT words by playing a game. Vocabulary.com (a questionable name for an app, I will admit) also provides a fantastic dictionary. The app is well designed, and runs smoothly. For $2.99, it’s a great way to brush up on your vocabulary skills.

[App Store]

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Behind the sales numbers of Badlands

Behind the sales numbers of Badlands

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Badlands is one of my personal favorite games on my iPad, and on mobile devices in general. The game features simple controls, and beautiful art. Gamasutra went behind the scenes, and spoke to its developers about how it has sold on the various platforms. (more…)

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Flappy Bird is coming back

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Flappy Bird is going to return to the App Store (and Google Play Store) at some point, according to the developer. Gawker discovered the statement on the developer’s Twitter feed, in response to the question of a fan.

At this point, the whole situation feels ridiculous. Still, if you somehow missed out on the Flappy Bird drama before, you may yet be able to experience the thrill of the game, at some point.

[Gawker]

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Colors of the iOS 7 App Store

Colors of the iOS 7 App Store

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Brandisty has created an awesome infographic containing the most popular icon colors by category of the iOS 7 App Store.

Have you ever wondered what the most popular colors are in each category of the iOS store? We did.  So we crawled the iOS app store and grabbed the top 5 app icons in each category and ran a histogram analysis on each one to find which colors were used most often.  What we found was very interesting.

Blue is still incredibly popular, but neon colors have also come in to the mix of late thanks to the color palette of iOS 7.

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