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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.
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.
This interactive atlas has plenty of appeal for elementary school-aged kids.
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.
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.
Fans of travel, photography, or just wonderfully designed publications need to download the free TRVL offering straightaway.
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.
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.
The App Store offers a lot of great reference guides and ebooks covering the history of U.S. military actions.
This astronomy app makes it easy to identify the planets and stars above you, but it doesn't do much else.
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.
Never be at a loss for words with a mobile dictionary or thesaurus on your iPhone or iPod touch.
Jeffery Battersby takes a look at a pair of information-packed birding apps -- Peterson Birds of North America, which runs on all iOS devices, and the iPad-only iBird Pro HD.
From field guides to bird calls, these apps can help you keep tabs on our fine-feathered friends.