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I don’t have time to read the news anymore; I barely have time to listen to my favorite news podcasts. It’s hard to stay informed, but I want to know what’s going on in the world. It’s just that trying to stay on top of all of the latest happenings is a lot of work.

Cool new kid Wibbitz is making it a lot easier to get the news. It reads out news summaries, links you to articles and basically makes getting the news a really easy and dynamic experience. (more…)

Earlier this year, I adopted a seven-month-old Miniature Dachshund named Darwin. Sadly, Darwin did not have the best start in life, and arrived with no knowledge of basic obedience cues. Needless to say, I immediately enrolled Darwin in a six-week training course but since then, I have also discovered Dog Training Academy, which I plan on running alongside the course.

Dog Training Academy promises to help teach your dog to do just about anything, eliminating the need for expensive training courses and complicated literature, which is a very bold claim indeed. But can Dog Training Academy actually replace the structure and socialization of an obedience class? Find out after the jump. (more…)

If you are planning a trip to Hawaii — specifically the island of Maui — those who have traveled before you are going to recommend touring the Road to Hana. The scenic, 68-mile stretch of highway is full of hairpin turns, but also features gorgeous scenery such as beaches, waterfalls and exotic plant life.

These are the sights of tourists’ dreams! But if you don’t want to shell out the cash or devote the time to taking a tour through a bus company, you may want to rent a car and let the Road to Hana GPS Driving Tour be your guide. The app — which is one of the GyPSy Guide GPS Driving Tours — navigates excursionists through the eye-catching scenery at their own pace.

Is this discounted approach to seeing one of Hawaii’s most touted attractions a tourist trap or one of its best-kept secrets? Find out after the jump. (more…)

I can’t keep on top of all of the deals sites out there. I’ve tried, but the sudden influx of email was more than I could deal with, and my inbox has only just started speaking to me again. No one wants to pass up big savings, though, especially when it’s not just a Brazilian blowout or laser hair removal but something you actually want.

Instead of bookmarking ten different sites and swimming through at least as many emails every morning, looking for a good price on a new Blu-ray player, I’ve been trying out Dealsplus, an app that wants to put all of those deals in one place and keep me from doing all of the leg work. I’ll take a look and let you know how good of a job it did. (more…)

I’m sure most of you have heard the saying, “everyone loves a comeback story.” They often take place in the realm of athletics, but are also common in the world of tech. Many individuals believe that Yahoo! is trending upwards after a long and painful downward spiral. AOL can also be considered a comeback story. After losing the majority of its subscribers once DSL and broadband Internet became more readily available, AOL changed gears by running many well to-do news properties, including Engadget, The Huffington Post, Joystiq and TechCrunch.

Digg is attempting to become another successful comeback story, after losing many of its users in 2010 after the release of Digg version 4. Just over a year ago Digg was bought by Betaworks, and the site went through a new redesign, bringing with it a much cleaner and friendlier interface. With the announcement of Google Reader’s eventual demise earlier this year, Digg jumped at the opportunity to add their own reader functionality — dubbed Digg Reader. After toying around with Digg Reader in the Digg app, I’m ready to share my experience. (more…)

Welcome to Weathertron, an effortless way to create interactive infographics of your weather. Save the infographic as an image and share it with your friends, too. You may think an app like Weathertron is just for looks, but with high wind advisories, a reliable minute-by-minute forecast for the next 48 hours and weather reports for the entire globe, this one has the brains to back up its beauty. I’ll take a look at this unconventional weather app and see whether it’s got the features we’ve come to expect. (more…)

Just like pretty much every single smartphone user around the planet, the first thing I do when I wake up (after I’ve come around, of course) is check my phone. Usually, it’s an endless list of notifications: e-mails, mentions on Twitter and pointless messages from apps such as appsfire saying that some generic freemium game is now offering me a complementary bag of gold or whatever (note to self: turn these off).

But besides all these notifications, I like to get a dose of what’s happening for the day. As a Brit, I need to know what the weather will be doing (as my life is based around it) and what appointments I’ve got coming up for the day and so on. Of course, I could check my calendar app (which is currently Agenda Calendar — highly recommended), my weather app and so on, but Top of the Morning from App Distillery lets you do this all from one screen. The developers very kindly provided me with a promotional code for the purposes of this review, so let’s dive straight in and see what it’s got to offer. (more…)

Monitoring one’s health and fitness via gadgets and gizmos has become a hot trend as of late, but Argus is surging past all the other contenders. This app is incredibly comprehensive, allowing you to track your steps, workouts, runs, yoga sessions, diet, sleep, water and coffee intake, weight, and more.

Set personal goals, connect with friends, and view your history and trends. All this information is sophisticatedly displayed in your timeline as a web of beautiful, sophisticated and engaging honeycomb icons. Click “more” for an overview. (more…)

I’ve made it no secret that I love the new Flickr. I think it’s a great way to share photos. I use it for my business all the time to privately share photos with my clients using Flickr’s Guest Pass feature, and so far they’ve all loved the experiences, too.

But nothing is perfect. It’s nice to see alternative takes on a product we love, so I was really excited to see Pure for Flickr. It’s a lightweight, minimalist way to browse Flickr photos. Naturally, I downloaded it right away. Read on to find out more. (more…)

Recently, I have been experiencing some technical issues with Podcasts, so I figured that it was about time I check out some of the other podcast apps to see how they compare. One of them was Stitcher Radio, an on-demand service boasting over 15,000 shows and stations.

Originally released in 2008, Stitcher Radio has since gained quite a following and is now a firm App Store favorite. But is this app worthy of such stature? Let’s find out!

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