David ChartierContributor, Macworld

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David has been covering Apple and how to get the most out of its products since 2005. Now a freelance tech writer, he runs Finer Things in Tech, jots down thoughts at DavidChartier.com, occasionally starts outlining the great American tech novel, and might still get to snowboard Breckenridge one more time.

Magic Fiddle for iPad calls to your inner fiddler

Smule, one of the biggest names in iOS music apps, is back with a virtual violin app and a few new tricks. Magic Fiddle can teach you some basics and style of playing the (virtual) violin, let you share your best performances with the world, and challenge you to earn trophies and badges.

Textastic iPad text editor supports syntax highlighting, more

There is no shortage of iPad apps for creating basic documents and jotting down notes. But a new text editor targets developers and Web designers by supporting more than 80 development languages, syntax highlighting, WebDAV for exchanging files, and more.

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Twezr gives iPhone a unified inbox for email, social media

You use multiple apps to trudge through a sea of e-mail, tweets, and Facebook posts. Twezr offers a unified inbox that collects all this correspondence and your contacts from every service, then prioritizes everything based on which contacts matter the most.

ClickyTouch brings Google Analytics alternative to iPhone

Clicky is a Website stats tracking alternative to Google Analytics. Now, thanks to a third-party developer, you can take your Clicky stats on-the-go with your iPhone or iPod touch.

DVPRemote 2.0 adds Instant Replay, keyboard support

This iOS remote app for Roku's Netflix and Amazon media player gains a bunch of new features and integration, from an Instant Replay button to on-device Netflix queue browsing and full keyboard support.

Skype 5.0 for Mac beta gets group video chat, redesign

A long overdue public beta for Skype's Mac client brings the software almost completely on par with its Windows counterpart, with Group Video Chatting, a completely redesigned interface, and better integration with Mac OS X.

Facebook adds Groups, Deals, Places to iPhone app

The social network on Wednesday released some major new features for its iPhone app, including retailer coupons for Places check-ins and access to Groups. The company's founder also offered some terse comments on how it perceives the iPad, but no closure as to why it has not released an official app for Apple's tablet.

Elements gets folders, Markdown, more

This Dropbox-powered text editor for iPhone and iPad now lets you organize your documents into folders and style your text using the Markdown language.

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Three new antivirus apps debut for the Mac

Sophos, ESET, and Trend Micro have all announced new antivirus products for the Mac. But the question remains: Is there really a threat?

Smart Pad unites tasks, calendar, notes on iPad

This new app combines calendar, task, note, and time tracking management in a feature-rich daily planner for the iPad.

Apple releases iOS 4.2 GM, solicits apps from developers

Apple has thrown open the App Store's doors and asked developers to begin submitting apps designed for iOS 4.2, the upcoming release of its mobile OS and the first version that will work across iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Apple introduces iTunes Sidebar, brings back Genius

Apple recently replaced the Genius Sidebar with activity from Ping, its new music social network. But now the company has reversed some of this decision, quietly introducing the iTunes Sidebar that combines the two music recommendation systems.

Element Case Vapor for iPhone 4

Element Case's Vapor is beautiful, but in practice it's not very practical. This block of "aircraft grade aluminum" needs to be literally bolted together, and it doesn't provide a whole lot of protection.

Incipio Edge Polycarbonate Slider Case for iPhone 4

Incipio's Edge for iPhone 4 is a hardshell case with a straightforward design and a detachable bottom, perfect for docking your iPhone.

Incipio Feather for iPhone 4

iPhone cases can't get much lighter or more minimal than this. The Incipio Feather case is thin, with a hold-able texture and access to all the necessary ports.