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Picturesque for iPad

This interactive iPad canvas aimed at kids has some limitations. But it should delight children with its colorful backgrounds and easy controls.

Left to Spend for iPhone

This app offers a simple look -- perhaps too simple for some users -- at your daily budget. It's an easy way to get a quick visual reminder of how much you're spending on a given day.

App Guide: Academy Awards apps

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It may be an honor just to be nominated, but installing these apps on your iOS device will ensure that the big winner on Oscar night is you.

TiVo for iPad

If you've got a TiVo Premiere or Premiere XL DVR and an iPad, make sure to get this excellent remote control app from TiVo.

Movie Night Out for iPhone

Don't let the unremarkable interface fool you. Movie Night Out is perfectly suited for helping you plan out a night at the cinema that includes dinner, drinks, or other activities.

Corel Paint It Show for iPad

This fun little app lets you choose, mix, and match your photos for a unique slideshow in which your photos are converted, stroke by stroke, into a painting. The results are entertaining to watch.

You Need a Budget for iPhone

This companion app to the well-regarded desktop personal finance offering doesn't offer a lot of features, given its steep price tag.

Mickey's Spooky Night Puzzle Book for iPhone

In Mickey’s Spooky Night Puzzle Book, younger kids can tap through a mildly creepy story. The book also features a couple activities to keep them busy along the way.

AmpliTube2 for iPhone

With welcome new features and refinements to what was already a fun and capable application, AmpliTube 2 for iPhone deserves a place in all guitarists' app collection.

Money 4.0 for iPhone

This finance app provides a nearly endless array of options for tracking and organizing your finances. But unlike a number of free competitors, all the work is left to the user.

iPhone Halloween apps: Games and sound effects

Eight holiday-themed games and sound-effect makers will help you have a ghoulishly good time.

Magic Window for iPad

This app uses time-lapse photos to turn your iPad into a virtual picture frame with moving images and ambient noises. It's a clever app that would have been even more effective if the quality of some of the images was improved.

Toshl for iPhone

This mobile expense manager shows some promise. But it needs some bug fixes and has a few noticeable omissions from its feature set.