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Closed ranks: Lack of open access to FaceTime and iMessage is good for users

Apple's choice not to open up its popular communication platforms has some downsides, but on the whole has resulted in a safe environment in which privacy reigns supreme.

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Bring a smile to your Macs and iOS devices by enabling emoji

Looking to spice up your social networking posts and emails with a few colorful icons? Emoji can help, and best of all, they're easy to enable on both OS X and iOS.

Bring a smile to your Macs and iOS devices by enabling emoji

Looking to spice up your social networking posts and emails with a few colorful icons? Emoji can help, and best of all, they're easy to enable on both OS X and iOS.

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GemShare is like Yelp written by only people you know

Get the best word-of-mouth recommendations from the people you (should) trust the most: Your friends and family.

on techhive.com

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First look: Create your own scavenger hunts with Phigital

This new social discovery app emphasizes curated guides that bring you to different locations.

on techhive.com

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PicFrame review: Easy app makes quick photo collages

PicFrame for Mac may not have the bells and whistles of fancier photo-collage apps, but its tools are perfect if you just want a quick collection for an email message, Facebook post, or tweet.

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Report: Spy agencies collude to gather personal data from mobile apps

The targeted apps have included the mobile versions of Facebook, Yahoo’s Flickr, LinkedIn and Twitter, according to reports in The New York Times, the Guardian and ProPublica.

on pcworld.com

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Hands-on with WerYoo: Free social networking photo app maps your moves

New GPS-based iPhone app lets you shoot, share immediately, and precisely map your location.

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Mac Gems of the Year: 2013

Our Mac Gems department aims to uncover the best in great, inexpensive software. Of the nearly 120 Mac Gems we reviewed in 2013, here are our favorites.

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Dragshare for Dropbox review: Menu-bar item makes sharing links less painful

If you share Dropbox links on a regular basis, or you're looking for an easy way to share files with others, Dragshare can save you time and headaches.

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The Week in Mac Apps: What's cooking?

This week's Mac app roundup brings you a little of everything just in time for the holidays: some encryption, a bit of extra battery savvy, contacts galore, and a few apps that can help you overcome the inevitable food coma and unleash your creativity.