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Conquer the Classics in 20 Minutes a Day

Apps are bringing back serialized fiction

(Newser) - As daunting as it may seem, you can read Crime and Punishment—20 minutes at a time. Serial Reader is a free iOS app that breaks down dozens of the classics into manageable chunks that are sent to your iPhone or iPad each day at a time you choose, Chris... More »

That Giant Drain on Your Phone Battery? Facebook App

Holds true for iPhone, Android

(Newser) - Users of the Facebook mobile app have long complained that it drains smartphone battery life, even when it's not being used, and now it's been revealed just how true that is. Guardian journalist Samuel Gibbs recently conducted his own experiment and found that after deleting the Facebook app... More »

Donald Rumsfeld Develops 'Diabolical' Solitaire App

He's behind a new iPhone, iPad app inspired by Winston Churchill

(Newser) - Meet Donald Rumsfeld, app developer. Yes, the 83-year-old former defense secretary is behind Churchill Solitaire , available on iPhones and iPads as of last week, the Wall Street Journal reports. Rumsfeld says that while he was US ambassador to NATO in Brussels in 1973, he learned the version of solitaire Winston... More »

Kim Kardashian Now Has Her Own ... Video Game

Coming soon to a smartphone near you

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian: The Video Game? No, this is not a joke. "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" is coming next week to the App Store and Google Play, Kardashian announced yesterday , along with a video preview of the game. Based on the trailer, it appears to involve walking red carpets and runways,... More »

iPhone App Wakes You With Smell of Bacon

But you have to win an Oscar Mayer device to make it possible

(Newser) - The sizzle. The smell. The promise of bacon is enough to get most of us out of bed. And Oscar Mayer knows that. So it's created an iPhone dongle that plugs into your phone's headphone jack, and with the help of a companion iPhone app, releases the sound... More »

App Maker Is Trademarking the Word 'Candy'

Other developers get warning letters

(Newser) - Hey, developers: If your next game title features the word "candy," you may want to rethink it. The company behind hit mobile app Candy Crush Saga has a provisional trademark on the word, the San Jose Mercury News reports. A Florida developer is among those who have reportedly... More »

Apple CEO on Tax Shelters: 'I'm Not an Unfair Person'

Defends practices, company's contributions to US economy

(Newser) - Tim Cook is on Capitol Hill today to answer criticism that Apple uses overly creative—but legal—accounting practices to avoid paying billions in taxes . The highlights amount to Cook defending the company's practices, while critics such as Carl Levin and John McCain accuse it of shirking its tax... More »

Google's Now Steps on Siri's Toes

Google Now comes to iPad, iPhone today

(Newser) - "Siri, are you worried about the debut of Google Now for iOS?" Reply: "We were talking about you, not me." And we won't be talking about her for the remainder of this story, at least. Google today ventures further into Apple territory with the release of... More »

NRA's New Shooting App Perfect for Ages 4 and Up

Lets users practice with M16s, AK47s

(Newser) - The NRA is catching more than a little flak over the marketing of its new free app, "NRA: Practice Range." The virtual shooting-range experience isn't appropriate for 3-year-olds—but those ages four and up can fire away, per its 4+ age-rating in Apple's App Store. The... More »

'Bad Piggies' Soars to Top of App Charts

Rovio releases sequel to Angry Birds

(Newser) - Just a few hours after being released, Bad Piggies, the long-awaited follow-up to Angry Birds, is topping the app charts for both iOS and Android, reports CNET . In Bad Piggies, you change teams, manipulating the pigs instead of birds—players use umbrellas, wings, propellers, and other tools to find pieces... More »

Twitter Redesigns Profile Pages, Mobile Apps

iPad app 'rebuilt from the ground up'

(Newser) - Twitter has undergone an overhaul, Mashable reports: Get ready for an updated profile page and reworked apps for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. The profile page is now more graphics-heavy, with an image reminiscent of the Facebook profile banner at the top, notes Today . User avatars are now smack... More »

YouTube Launches Own iPhone App in Apple Spat

New iOS won't have built-in YouTube program

(Newser) - The next version of iOS is on its way, and this time, it won't include a built-in YouTube app. So YouTube is releasing a new app of its own for iPhone and iPad—one that it says will be an improvement. The move comes after Apple and Google failed... More »

New App Helps You Get Around Voter ID Laws

The 'Election Protection' app provides info about election day

(Newser) - New voting laws could restrict millions of Americans from casting a ballot this fall—but an iPhone app aims to help voters navigate these rules and regs, writes Erika Eichelberger at Mother Jones . Designed by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and other voting rights groups, the "... More »

Obama, Romney Battle in New iPhone App

'VOTE!!!' is available today

(Newser) - Sure, you can support the presidential candidate of your choice—but wouldn't it be more fun if you could make President Obama and Mitt Romney smack each other around a bit? Download "VOTE!!!" on your Apple device this week and you can do just that. The mobile... More »

Apple Dumps YouTube App

iPhone's iOS 6 won't bundle it anymore

(Newser) - Looking forward to iOS 6 on your iPhone? Hope you don't love your YouTube app, because Apple announced today that it's ditching the pre-packaged app from its software, CNET reports. The official reason: "Our licensing to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended." That's... More »

Romney to Announce VP Pick Via App

App can gather info on his supporters

(Newser) - Want to be the first to know Mitt Romney's running mate? There's an app for that. The Romney campaign has released a new "Mitt's VP" app, which it's billing as a way to "be the first to know the second member of America’s... More »

Oosp: Romney's New App Misspells 'America'

(That's a joke in our headline)

(Newser) - There are typos, and then there are typos, and then there's the gift Mitt Romney just handed his online detractors. Romney's campaign just launched an app that was supposed to let people show their support by taking pictures, overlaying stirring messages on them, like "American Greatness" or... More »

Facebook Unveils Its Own Photo App

Facebook Camera looks a lot like Instagram

(Newser) - Facebook is launching its own photo app—despite having just spent $1 billion to buy Instagram . The new program, called Facebook Camera, is separate from Facebook's main app. It's much quicker than browsing photos in the main app, and it offers full-bleed pictures that fill your iPhone screen,... More »

Sexting Solution? App Kills Image After 10 Seconds

Snapchat might help prevent post-text embarrassment

(Newser) - Good news for naked celebrities: A new app lets people send sexts with less chance they'll leak online. Snapchat allows users to set potentially embarrassing photo messages to delete themselves within seconds. It even warns senders when a recipient tries to take a screenshot of a message, the website... More »

Angry Birds Won't Tick Off Nokia After All

Rovio will create a version for Windows Phone platform

(Newser) - Good news for Nokia and fans of Angry Birds who use their phones: Game-maker Rovio says it plans to make a version of the new Angry Birds Space for the Windows Phone 7 platform, despite earlier reports to the contrary, notes Mashable . The game sequel launched on iOS and Android... More »

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