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Mac Gems: Google Earth a fun way to see the world through your Mac

Google Earth is a valuable tool for researching the world's wonders.

Must-have software for college students

Fire up the new school year with these powerful and essential tools.

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Review: See human anatomy in 3D with Zygote Body

Zygote Body shows 3D simulations of the human body's many systems in glorious detail.

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Review: DeepDyve works like a low-cost subscription to expensive journals

DeepDyve can bring a true change to professional research with its affordable rentals and free full-text previews.

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Review: Your kids will love learning with Endless Alphabet for iOS

Endless Alphabet is fun, educational, and easy to use. It is probably the best children’s app I’ve ever had the chance to use; my four-year-old son, at least, certainly thinks so.

Review: LyX is an advanced but easy-to-use document processor based on LaTeX typesetting

If you want to control the layout of your documents, LyX can help. It combines the flexibility of LaTeX with a friendly GUI.

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Review: Boost your brain power with Fit Brains Trainer for iOS

Want to keep your mind sharp as you grow older? Fit Brains Trainer provides mental exercises and puzzlers designed to help you do just that.

Review: Sound Uncovered for iPad proves there’s more to sound than you thought

Explore the world of sound with the Exploratorium’s latest interactive app for iPad.

Mac Gems: KidsMotion lets kids create fun, animated presentations

Paper, paste, and scissors are still fun, but KidsMotion lets your little ones build animated slideshows with minimal effort and parental frustration.

Review: Grammarian Pro2 X helpful but needs more tutoring

If you don’t mind paying up for a studious second opinion on your writing, you’ll find Grammarian Pro2 X a lot more useful and thorough than Apple or Microsoft’s built-in writing tools.

Review: PlagTracker finds plagiarism (sometimes even when there is none)

PlagTracker promises to detect plagiarism, making life easier for editors and teachers. Unfortunately, this early version also points the finger at innocent passages.

App Guide: iOS astronomy apps

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If the Mars rover Curiosity has you thinking about the red planet, these iOS apps can give you a greater appreciation of the stars and planets.

The Great Cookie Thief for iPhone and iPad

Despite some performance lags (which are more notable on older iOS devices), this ebook will delight preschool and elementary school-aged children.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum for iPad

This app, built for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, showcases some of the great players of an often-overlooked chapter of baseball history. But some missed opportunities keep a good app from being great.

Toca Boca sets a standard for iOS apps for kids

Spend some time with the recently released Toca Trains -- or any one of the iPhone and iPad offerings from developer Toca Boca -- and you'll quickly see why the app maker has made a name for itself in the App Store.