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Apple's iOS platform is typically the first choice for app developers.

While Android is right behind iOS in terms of developer preference, according to a December report from Appcelerator and IDC, it still lacks some popular apps. 

Some of these iPhone-exclusive apps have recently launched, meaning that there's still hope for Android users. But some apps, like the Infinity Blade fighting game franchise, have been around for a couple of years and have no plans to launch on Android. 

Still, that doesn't mean Apple's App Store will always be the first choice for developers. 

Even though Apple is the leader in app revenue, Google Play is growing at a faster rate, according to a recent App Annie report. In fact, Google Play seems to be on track to hit one million apps in June, months before Apple, Dan Rowinski of ReadWrite recently predicted

Meanwhile, Android is dominating consumer smartphone sales with a nearly 70 percent market share compared to iOS' 20 percent.

Clear makes managing your to-do list a breeze

Clear is a very simple, yet aesthetically pleasing to-do list app that helps you stay on task. With Clear, you can create multiple to-do lists: one for work, one for your personal life, etc. 

In order to use the app, there are few gestures you need to know: pull down to add a task, swipe to the left to delete a task, swipe to the right to check an item off the list, pinch apart two tasks to add a new one, and pinch vertically to exit out of the current list. 

Price: $1.99

Fantastical is a beautiful calendar app

Fantastical puts Apple's built-in calendar app to shame. It pulls in data from the built-in calendar, but you can also add other calendars.

The app makes it super easy to see your entire calendar and appointments for any given day. It also has a pretty nifty day ticker where you can quickly see your schedule for the day and the rest of the week. 

Price: $4.99

Tweetbot is one of the most robust Twitter clients out there today

Tweetbot is a full-fledged Twitter client that is super customizable and packed with tons of shortcuts to enhance your Twitter experience.

With the multiple timelines feature, you can momentarily block out the rest of Twitter and just read tweets from people on a specific Twitter list. 

Tweetbot also recently updated the app with inline Vine and Flickr previews. 

Price: $2.99

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Denki Puzzle

Designer Yuri Suzuki wants to help us understand how our gadgets work. To that end, he's worked with Technology Will Save Us to create the Denki Puzzle kit, a collection of printed circuit board pieces whose form indicate a particular function. Pin the pieces together as a sort of physical circuit diagram and you'll be able to build working electronics, like the working radio demonstrated at the London Design Museum. Here's a video describing Suzuki's inspirations, and his other projects as one of the Design Museum's current Designers in Residence.

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photoshop

Using Photoshop to improve images for magazine covers is a widespread practice, and The New York Times looks at several examples and where different publications draw the line. From minor color corrections and smoothing crow's feet to completely changing the color of a model's top and entirely removing Tom Cruise's braces, there's currently no standard governing the ethics of photo editing. As for why the practice is so common, The New York Times cites technologies that make the retouching process easier and readers' expectations for a "heightened version of the truth." Although the article focuses on editing that happens after the images are shot, rather than in-camera editing techniques like color balance, it's a very interesting...

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Continental Post-Crash Braking

Automotive technology firm Continental has announced a new automatic post-crash braking system for cars, aiming to reduce the likelihood of "secondary collisions." Set to be integrated into its ContiGuard safety suite, the new technology uses data from the vehicle's airbag to determine that a crash has taken place before attempting to slow it to a stop. If pressure is reapplied to the accelerator pedal during the crash, the system automatically returns control to the driver.

According to figures from ADAC Accident Research, almost 25 percent of German car accidents resulting in injuries to the driver or passengers involve multiple crashes — Continental provides a comparison image (above), showing how a simple collision with a crash...

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motion tracking (oku ishikawa lab)

Researchers at Tokyo University’s Oku Ishikawa Lab — home of the unbeatable rock, paper, scissors robot — are working on another application of high-speed motion tracking, only this one’s for real sports. A research team headed by Kohei Okumura has put together a motion-tracking camera system with a tiny one-millisecond latency, allowing the camera to stay locked on even fast-moving targets — say, ping pong balls in play (video below).

While motion tracking isn’t new, an ordinary camera would be too heavy to move with millisecond-order precision, so the team decided to go with a fixed camera and two rotating mirrors — one to control pan (the horizontal axis), and the other for tilt (vertical); an array the group calls a...

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Tiny Wings 2, the sequel to one of the most popular iPhone games of all time, launches on July 12. 

It's going to be good.

While you wait, check out this excellent teaser trailer the company put together. (h/t TechnoBuffalo)

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Amazing WaterfallCame across this beautiful and stunning waterfall photo. Unfortunately I don’t know who took it nor where exactly it is, supposedly somewhere in China. HiRes Version (1920×1440)

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Gotham City 3D

The Dark Knight Rises doesn't hit movie theatres until July 20th, but Nokia has teamed up with Warner Bros. to create a 3D map of Gotham City. Available in a Flash-based mini-site, the map lets you explore the fictional metropolis and key locations such as City Hall, Gotham City Stadium and Wayne Tower I. Although it's nothing like seeing the Batmobile from Christopher Nolan's trilogy of Batman movies in person, the 3D maps are a fun interactive world for Bat-fans to get their fix ahead of the movie's release.

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google images dictionary 1400

Using Google Images and 21,000 words from your run-of-the-mill English dictionary, UK artists Felix Heyes and Ben West have created a 1,240-page visual dictionary, aptly titled Google. To create the book, a pair of PHP scripts downloaded the first image for each word from Google's service, placed them into a three-column layout, and exported the final product as a series of PDF files. West describes the hand-bound book as "an unfiltered, uncritical record of the state of human culture in 2012," in which about half of the images are "revolting medical photos, porn, racism or bad cartoons." Currently, Heyes and West plan on issuing a short run of a paperback edition of Google. Stay up to date on the book's progress by signing up at either...

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