I've been spending a lot of time in New York and New Jersey lately, and these apps were recommended to me by friends and colleagues as must-haves for the New York metropolitan area

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If you have a smart phone or tablet, time management can be a snap. I'm a mom of two, and have an awful lot on my plate. I rely on several time management tools that help keep me effective and on-task. I thought I would share them with you so that you can benefit, too

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Whether it's for turn-by-turn navigation in a restaurant finder or tracking a jogger's route, maps are an increasingly common -- and important -- feature for mobile apps

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Item-locator apps help consumers find what they want -- and help retailers and product manufacturers reach their target audience

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  • Integrated development environments (IDEs) aim to boost programmer productivity. Increasingly, those offerings are pushing into mobile development. Here’s an overview of the latest on open-source IDEs

  • Popular web browser Mozilla Firefox is beefing up its technology to increase the speed of its JavaScript with a technology called IonMonkey

  • Outdated Android devices can create challenges for developers and users. With so many of these devices on the market, though, Android app developers need to minimize that risk

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  • Although BlackBerry 10 devices won't hit the market until early 2013, developers have been using it for months. Here's what they say about its features, the learning curve and why other developers should consider the OS

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  • NoSQL databases are getting loads of attention, but does this technology really meet IT needs?

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  • Ubiquitous computing is moving out of the lab and into the mainstream. Bo Begole, head of PARC's Ubiquitous Computing Area, explains what it means for enterprises and consumers

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  • Many of today's smartphones feature photo functions, and some are good enough to warrant leaving your old point-and-shoot at home. The iPhone leads the pack in photo apps, with several hundred available for download. Android and BlackBerry offer fewer apps, but their selection is growing. Here are some of the coolest photo apps

  • A recent Apple patent application could flatten the iOS learning curve to the point that even novices can crank out apps. Here, three developers weigh in on how the proposed tool could affect the iOS ecosystem

  • Getting your app into online app stores can be difficult. Fortunately, you can easily clear the hurdles with a few tips and workarounds

  • The hurdles of creating a retail app are unlike many other spaces. Try these tips from SmartHawk and take your retail app beyond brochureware

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  • Drew Garcia, SugarSync's vice president of product management, recently shared his views on developing in the productivity space

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  • If you're focused on making sure your NFL fantasy team has a shot to finish in the money -- or if you just want the latest info on your real-life NFL hometown team -- stay yards ahead of the next guy with the latest apps that put this season's biggest sport in the palm of your hand

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  • Yes, Windows 7 had not even hit the market yet. But that didn't stop a fog of myths from enveloping the newest version of the much loved -- and much hated -- PC operating system from Microsoft. With so much misinformation swirling, we've sorted through seven points that are confusing consumers

  • Building cloud-based apps requires expertise not associated with premise-based ones. Here are some tips for creating apps in the cloud

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