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AutoTypewriter review

AutoTypewriter lets you assign certain blocks of text to hot keys, so you can fill in items you type out often with just a few taps. Select your own hot keys, and type in custom lines of text, and then let the program do the rest.

Pros

Complete customization: This app gives you the power to select the keys you'd like to use for each often-used item of text. You can select from the drop-down menu, or just type in the key you want. Handy check boxes also let you determine whether you want to press "Alt," &… Read more

Bubble Shoot Legend review

Bubble Shoot Legend combines two of our favorite arcade game schemes, shooting stuff and popping bubbles, in one free Android game. Grouping three or more bubbles of the same color causes them to drop, and the bubbles behind them, too, which occasionally leads to a chain reaction and big score. If you don't drop enough bubbles before the descending mass hits bottom, you lose the round.

Pros

Fast and fun: You can shift the color of the shooting bubble; the quicker you recognize the color change, the quicker you can target bubbles.

Bank shots: You can (and sometimes must) … Read more

groopic review

groopic is an incredibly clever app that lets you include everyone in your group photos -- even the photographer. With basic directions and an easy-to-navigate interface, groopic is a fun way to make sure that everyone gets into the picture.

Pros

Easy to use: groopic opens with a tutorial that walks you through its process, and the wizard-style interface guides you through each step as you use the app. We successfully took our first group photo with groopic in about a minute.

Fantastic results: groopic works by assisting you in taking two photos, each with a different photographer, and then … Read more

Blurred review

Blurred is a basic app that lets you add a blur effect to your images. It's limited in scope; but if a blurring tool is what you need, Blurred delivers.

Pros

Easy to use: Apps really don't get much more straightforward than Blurred. Open an image (or use the in-app camera to take a new photo) adjust the sliders, and save your image. That's all there is to it. You can also share images using the iOS sharing feature from within the app.

Cons

Minimal explanation: Blurred allows you to blur images by adjusting two sliders: Radius … Read more

LuckNews for Mac review

LuckNews for Mac is an RSS reader that you can customize to help you stay up to date on the latest news from sites and blogs you follow. With its straightforward interface, this app gives you the news you're looking for as quickly and efficiently as possible.

To begin using this app, click the + icon located in the lower left-hand corner of the interface. This will open a pop-up window that you can use to enter the URL of the site you want to add. Next, a list of feeds from that URL will show up in the main … Read more

VUDU Player review

VUDU Player gives you mobile access to your Vudu account, so you can watch movies on the go or download them to view later offline. If you don't have a Vudu account, you can open one for free to see if you want to use this convenient service.

Pros

Offline viewing: By downloading your movies and TV shows to your device, you gain the ability to watch them anytime, whether you're connected to the Internet or not. That's a real convenience, and this app makes it easy to manage which movies are downloaded to your device and … Read more

Company Name Generator review

Company Name Generator creates names for your new company or product using combinations of letters that have not been used yet. When you use this tool, you'll wind up with a name that is available as a URL with at least one of the three most popular domain suffixes without having to spend all of your time searching through possibilities and checking them, individually.

This app is accessible through a super streamlined interface, with large, clear buttons labeled "Generate" and "Save." Just above those buttons are three smaller ones for .com, .net, and .org, which … Read more

BeautyPlus review

BeautyPlus is a photo app that includes multiple tools for removing blemishes and smoothing skin tone to make portraits come out perfect. It's easy to use and works well, so you can always put your best face forward in your pictures.

This app opens a brief tour the first time you open it, which is helpful but not really necessary given its highly intuitive interface. When you're ready to start beautifying your photos, just select "Self portrait," "Beautify," or "Magic brush" from the home screen. The Self Portrait option lets you take … Read more

God's Daily Boost For A Better Life review

God's Daily Boost for a Better Life lets you access quotes from the Bible that are particularly relevant to the challenges you're facing. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, fear, stress, or any of the other pressures we feel on a daily basis, this app has some reassuring words to help put things into perspective.

The main menu of God's Daily Boost for a Better Life features three main categories including "When scared," "Verses for peace," and "Verses for staying strong." These are additionally broken down into three or four sub-categories … Read more

TaxACT 2013 Free Federal Edition review

TaxACT 2013 Free Federal Edition guides you step-by-step through the process of filing your 2013 federal tax return for hassle-free filing. Just answer the questions presented on each page, and watch your refund grow as you work your way through the program.

Each time you open TaxACT, you'll have the option of reopening a return you've already started or starting a new one. To start a return, you only need to create an account by entering your e-mail, a preferred username, a password, and a security question and answer. Once you're into the program, itself, you'll … Read more