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More than new iPad could be on tap at Apple event

A smaller version of the iPad is expected to be announced at Tuesday's Apple press event. But could Apple also be planning an update to any of its Mac hardware and software? Philip Michaels weighs the possibilities.

BusyCal 2.0 launches with new interface, Mountain Lion support

The popular BusyCal calendar application for Mac has been upgraded with an overhauled user interface, compatibility with Mountain Lion, and improved iCloud support.

CloudOn expands app to build on 'Office as a platform'

While the world waits for dedicated Microsoft Office for tablets, CloudOn is providing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint via fresh iPad and Android apps.

Apple confirms iCloud mail outage for some users

An update on Apple's iCloud system status page says that 1.1 percent of subscribers are unable to access their iCloud mail on Tuesday.

GoodReader for Good offers PDF encryption, collaboration

Good.iWare on Tuesday announced the launch of GoodReader for Good, a secure, enterprise-focused version of its popular GoodReader PDF-reading application for iPad.

TechHive: Google Drive gets iOS update

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Google has unveiled updates to its Google Drive app for iOS (as well as for Android), a revamp that makes the service a richer competitor to other online storage offerings.

Ergonis unveils PopChar X 6.0

PopChar X, a popular app that lets users select and type unusual font characters, has been updated with all-new features.

Weekly Wrap: iPhone 5 vs. Kindles galore

This week, Apple announced an announcement, Amazon unveiled a Kindle armada, and we covered a virtual metric ton of Mac and iOS apps. Assuming metric tons even can be virtual, which is an open question.

Nuance announces Dragon Dictate 3

Nuance on Wednesday announced the launch of Dragon Dictate for Mac 3, the latest generation of its much-loved voice transcription software.

TechHive: Join Google+ Hangouts directly from Google Calendar

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When you want to schedule a hangout with someone, you no longer have to tediously type it into your Google Calendar. Instead, you can schedule and join with a single click.

Tweetbot for Mac returns in beta form

A few days after pulling the Tweetbot for Mac alpha due to new Twitter API restrictions, developer Tapbots released a beta version of its Twitter client. But the new release won't let you add or reauthorize any accounts.

Screenwriters react to new Final Draft Writer iPad app

Screenwriters and playwrights have waited a long time for an iPad version of Final Draft. The company first hinted at an app in 2010; now, more than two years later, screenwriters have an official way to work on their Final Draft 8 screenplays from the iPad. But will the mobile app catch on?

Parallels launches Desktop 8 for Mac

Parallels on Thursday announced the launch of Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac, the latest generation of its applications that lets users run Windows on Mac computers.