Joel MathisMacworld

Joel Mathis is a regular contributor to Macworld and TechHive. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and young son.

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Surprise Beyonce album, Beatles bootleg tracks help iTunes keep streaming at bay

The "visual album" release comes days before Apple will reportedly release 59 previously obscure Beatles tracks. Does the aging download service have some life in it yet?

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Christmas controversy: Are iPads bad for kids?

Fisher-Price is under fire for its toddler seat that helps young children use an iPad. The New York Times is advising parents to skip the tablet at Christmas. Is giving an iPad to your kid the latest taboo?

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The Week in iOS Apps: Grand Theft Angry Birds

Two of the most popular game franchises in the world have fresh offerings this week. Plus, apps for listening to podcasts and writing, and updates to all your favorite social media apps.

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The Week in Mac Accessories: Batteries up!

This week's roundup of Mac accessories includes batteries that let you keep computing long after the your MacBook is ready to call it a day. We've also got speakers, sleeves, headphones, and more.

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Gold syncer

This week's roundup of iOS accessories includes a little bit of gold to go with your new iPhone 5s. Of course, we've also got speakers, bags, and more items to make your gear more useful.

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Apple retail stores to host coding event on Wednesday

The company is participating in the nationwide Computer Science Education Week, offering customers free hands-on programming workshops at its retail stores.

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iBeacons brings in-store 'hyperlocal' selling to Apple Stores

Apple launched the iBeacons location-aware sales system at all 254 of its U.S. stores on Friday morning. The system, though, isn't quite as frictionless as it sounds.

The Week in iOS Apps: The Final-est Fantasy!

This week's roundup of apps includes the latest generation of a beloved game series and the beginning of a new Disney franchise. Plus, ways to organize your email and your gifts this holiday season.

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Apple, China Mobile reportedly close to a deal

China's largest telecom could single-handedly boost iPhone sales by 20 percent.

The Week in iOS Accessories: Stand and deliver

This week's roundup of iOS accessories includes several new ways to let you display and use your iOS device, hands-free.

The Week in iOS Apps: App.net spreads its wings

This week's roundup of new and updated iOS apps features some of those "other" social media services.

The Week in iOS Accessories: Wood makes everything better

This week's roundup of accessories includes several speakers made more beautiful by using natural materials, as well as docks, keyboards, stands, and more.

iPads in schools: The right way to do it

The Los Angeles public school district's troubled iPad rollout has been billed as a security fail, but experienced educators say that locking down iPads isn't the answer.

The Week in iOS Apps: A thousand ways to organize your life

The advent of iOS has brought a number of ways to help users get organized. This week's roundup includes a few new and updated ways to do so.

The Week in iOS Accessories: Bluetooth, Bluetooth everywhere!

This week's roundup of iOS accessories includes Bluetooth speakers, more Bluetooth speakers, and then, to top it off, some more Bluetooth speakers.