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Review: Elegant, flexible Timer gives your iPhone multiple timers

If the iPhone Clock app's single timer is too limited for you, check out Timer. This easy-to-use app lets you configure and customize multiple timers and quickly access any with a tap.

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.

Barefoot World Atlas for iPad

This interactive atlas has plenty of appeal for elementary school-aged kids.

App Guide: iOS apps for Independence Day

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Spend July 4 with some iPhone and iPad offerings that showcase the people, places, and ideas that represent some of the best things about America.

App Guide: Shakespeare apps for iOS

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The poet of them all who will start them simply raving is the poet that they call the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon. And these apps can help you enjoy his plays and sonnets.

TechHive: TRVL takes readers on a wonderful journey

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Fans of travel, photography, or just wonderfully designed publications need to download the free TRVL offering straightaway.

App Guide: Dinosaur reference apps for iPhone and iPad

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If you've got a kid who can't read enough about dinosaurs, the App Store is teeming with iPad and iPhone offerings featuring monstrous thunder lizards.

Two World War II reference apps for the iPad

Both World War II Interactive and Timeline World War 2 do an admirable job at using iPad features to present facts and figures about the war in an engaging way. But it's the latter app that excels at putting its own unique stamp on presenting history.

App Guide: War reference books for iOS

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The App Store offers a lot of great reference guides and ebooks covering the history of U.S. military actions.

The Night Sky for iPhone and iPad

This astronomy app makes it easy to identify the planets and stars above you, but it doesn't do much else.

World Atlas HD and The World by National Geographic for iPad

Both World Atlas HD and The World by National Geographic are decent atlas offerings for the iPad. But there are some missed opportunities with both apps to fully take advantage of the iOS platform.

App Guide: iPhone dictionary apps

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Never be at a loss for words with a mobile dictionary or thesaurus on your iPhone or iPod touch.