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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App Santa offers holiday discount on iOS apps

Independent developers have banded together to offer up to 60 percent off their premium iOS apps during this holiday season.

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Second Gear acquires Glassboard private social networking app

NewsGator's private social network app changes hands to a new developer, who promises modernizing changes soon.

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The Week in iOS Apps: A wretched hive

This week's roundup of apps includes a massive update to Angry Birds Star Wars. Plus, new and improved offerings to help you manage mail, photos, and your knowledge of the entire universe.

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Light and sound

This week's roundup of gear for your iOS devices includes a Bluetooth speaker that's also an LED lightbulb for your lamp. We've also got new ways to sync, and ways to bring your iPad into the workplace.

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Instapaper is free on the App Store this week

The venerable "read it later" app has undergone a number of changes in the last year, and is currently offering new users a chance to try it for free this week through Apple's App of the Week program.

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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.