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Tap here, tap there. Sometimes an app is just too many taps away and no home screen fits every app we use. If that’s a common scenario, you need something to save you taps and swipes, turning the whole iPhone experience quicker and appealing. What you’re looking for is Launch Center Pro.

Launch Center Pro lets you create actions to interact with other applications and skip taps on basic functions of your iPhone, such as calling, messaging or opening sites. The application recently delivered its second version with plenty of new features for the automation rookie and the power user.

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Text on an iPhone can be a real pain. I don’t mean writing — the keyboard is very nice, and in some ways, nicer than ever on iOS 7 — but I mean text management. Copying and pasting feels like a tedious chore involving lots of app switching and long tapping. By the time you’re done, it takes forever.

And iOS 7 sadly removes some of my favourite ways to quickly send out a tweet or a Facebook post from Notification Centre. As such, I thought I’d check out Drafts, an app that’s simply way more powerful than I need in the best way possible. Read on to find out what makes this app, which recently migrated to become an iOS 7 exclusive with its latest update, so special.

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Like most individuals, I’m all for things that make my life just a tad bit easier; it’s one of the reasons why I spend so much time researching apps. There are plenty of productivity options to be found in the App Store, but many lack a key characteristic that makes a productivity tool so incredibly handy — automation. Instead of manually setting an action into motion, why not utilize a tool that can do it for you?

IFTTT, an acronym for If This Then That, is an Internet service that launched in late 2010 that’s designed to automate tasks that you create. The service has received considerable praise since its release, even being named one of Time’s 50 best websites of 2012. Since it came out in the App Store last week, IFTTT seeks to become one of the best iOS apps in 2013. But will it? (more…)

The iPhone’s ability to connect to wireless systems via Wifi and/or Bluetooth opens up a wide range of potential devices that the iPhone can control. This functionality isn’t limited to your television or stereo but expands over a variety of electronic equipment in your home.

Today we’ll take a brief look at ten iPhone applications that are built to control elements of a home automation system. Examples include everything from video cameras and security systems to lighting rigs and automatic blinds. What will you control?

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