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It’s Super Bowl Sunday and you may be scrambling to figure out how you are going to watch the big game tonight. If you have an iPad or a Mac, you have access to a live stream of the game and both its pre-game and post-game programming. The streaming options for iPhone owners are limited, with only one app providing live content to users who are on Verizon Wireless.

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iPhone

iPhone owners have one and only one option for watching the Super Bowl on their smartphone. Due to licensing agreements, the NFL Mobile app is the only app authorized to provide a live stream of the game to the iPhone. The app is available only to Verizon Wireless customers and requires a subscription. If you are in Canada, you can use the Bell TV app, which is available to Bell subscribers and requires a subscription fee. UK watchers can download the TVCatchup Live app.

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iPad

iPad owners in the US can fire up the Fox Sports Go app to watch the Super Bowl on their iPad. The stream is available to all iPad owners, regardless of cable provider or wireless provider. Once again, licensing agreements limit the stream to only the iPad version of the Fox Sports Go app.

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Mac

Mac users can point their favorite web browser to the Fox Sports Go website, where coverage of the Super Bowl starts at noon time. Pre-game as well as post-game coverage will be available live to all desktop users. Folks in the UK can watch on Channel 4 website, which will have a live stream: watchlive.channel4.com.

NFL Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks officially kicks off this Sunday at 6:30pm ET in chilly New Jersey

iPhones. iPads. Android. Windows Phone. We’ve updated all of our essential apps lists to include a few forgotten favorites, some long awaited arrivals and, as always, even more amazing apps. Check them out!

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The Best iPhone Apps February 2013

The end of the month is here, and that means it’s time to do a little housekeeping on our list of the absolute best iPhone apps. Which ones were tops?

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Sunrise: Sunrise pulls both Facebook and Google Calendar data into one beautifully-designed app, that does the job of several. See the weather summary for each day, send a friend a birthday note from right within Sunrise, and get directions to an event that are updated if the location changes. Free

Timbre: Want to see live music and find new bands? Timbre will find you shows in your area, and let you listen to stuff you’ve never heard from within the app, so you can sample sounds before you go. Free

Albumatic: Want to share photos with your friends in one batch? You can start and share entire albums that your friends can see and add to if they’re nearby. Free

Qwiki: Quiki takes your photos and videos, selects the best ones, and with a couple of clicks makes them into beautiful short movies. So if you want to make a highlight reel of your trip to Hawaii, it takes simple tapping and swiping to give you something memorable. Free

The Best Android Apps February 2013

It’s a new month and that means new apps.

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Swiftkey 4: The Android keyboard sucks, but SwiftKey is a really good replacement. The newest version introduces something called Flow, which lets you slide to the space bar so you don’t have to pause your typing, ever. $2

Snapchat: Ready your expiring photos, your creep shots, your dick pics. The photo-sharing app has and Android version with video features included. Free

Tamagotchi: It eats! It poops! It walks! It longs for your love and affection, just like the Tamagotchi you used to have attached to your Lisa Frank backpack in middle school. Free

MoviePass: Movies are expensive as hell. But MoviePass helps ease that pain a bit, by letting you in on every new theatrical release for a monthly fee. Subscription

Visit our updated list of the Best Android Apps right here


The Best iPad Apps February 2013

Here are the iPad apps you should download to play on your new iPad.

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Audible: Like being read to? Audible has hundreds of thousands of audiobook titles for you to listen to on your Apple tablet. Free

America’s Presidents: The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery combines art, history, and one of my personal favorite topics-U.S. presidents. Learn every single one of our commanders-in-chief, and see their iconic pictures, which hang in the DC museum. $5

Sound Uncovered: Why does the sound of a car door make you want to buy one vehicle over another? This app-new from the San Francisco Exploritorium-lets you play with sound in a very unconventional, game-like way, in order to understand the every day noises around us. Free

Visit our updated list of the Best iPad Apps right here


The Best Windows Phone Apps February 2013

It’s been a pretty busy few months for Windows Phone and there are new titles worth featuring. Here are some new apps worth downloading to your device.

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Maluuba: This is a voice-control app that will keep your hands free. Need directions or restaurant listings or weather info? Just talk to Maluuba. Free

Mobli: Mobli lets you share and view photos and videos with others organized in specific channels. You can search a certain topic for content, and add creations of your own. Free

Here Maps: This is a good one to have if you’re a frequent traveler, because it has offline maps for 94 countries. It has street maps and transit directions, as well as looks inside stadiums, airports, stations, and so forth. Free

Blueprints: Blueprints is a beautifully-designed Metro style Tumblr client. Without it, how else would you expect to readily find GIFs on your Windows Phone? $1

Visit our updated list of the Best Windows Phone Apps right here


Pandora

Pandora, the popular internet radio service has just announced a 40-hour monthly limit on free listening on mobile devices.

Pandora’s founder, Tim Westergren says that the monthly limit will affect only 4% of the users and the reason for introducing it was due to the rising royalty rates that have gone up by 25% in the last three years.

In a blog post, Westergren writes:

Most of you reading this will never hit the limit. In fact, it will affect less than 4% of our total monthly active listeners. For perspective, the average listener spends approximately 20 hours listening to Pandora across all devices in any given month.

That said, limiting listening is a very unusual thing to do, and very contrary to our mission so we wanted to share a quick explanation. Pandora’s per-track royalty rates have increased more than 25% over the last 3 years, including 9% in 2013 alone and are scheduled to increase an additional 16% over the next two years. After a close look at our overall listening, a 40-hour-per-month mobile listening limit allows us to manage these escalating costs with minimal listener disruption.

Users who wish to listen to more than 40 hours per month have an option to pay $0.99 for unlimited listening on mobile devices for the remainder of that month or continue listening on their computer or subscribe to Pandora One. Pandora One is the company’s premium music subscription service, which costs $3.99 per month, or $36 per year for unlimited listening and no advertising.

Via: Pandora

Disp Recorder

Disp Recorder, the useful screen recording app for iPad and iPhone, is currently on sale for 50% off. It’s down from $9.99 to $4.99.

I just did a post and a video demo of Disp Recorder (formerly known as Display Recorder) a few days ago – and I think it’s impressive to see this app back on the iPad. Before this app came along, iPad screen recording required using AirPlay Mirroring to a desktop PC and a screen recording app on the desktop as well. Now it can all be done on the iPad.

The current sale price is listed as being for a limited time, so now is a great time to grab this app if you’ve got any interest in screen recording on the iPad.

Here’s an App Store link for Disp Recorder.

The Magazine

A brief conversation I had with my daughter, Zoe, last night:

Zoe: Whatcha doing?

Me: Reading

Zoe: What are you reading?

Me: A magazine

Zoe: What’s it called?

Me: The Magazine

Zoe: The Magazine. Cool

Yes it is. The Magazine: For geeks like us, to use its full App Store title, is very cool indeed. It’s the latest creation from Marco Arment, the co-founder of Tumblr and the creator of the superb Instapaper app. And it’s a unique, refreshing approach to what an iPad magazine, or just a magazine in general, can be.

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Evernote for iPad

Evernote – the excellent, feature rich note-taking app for iPad and iOS – has been updated this week, to Version 4.3.

There’s only a single new feature listed in the change list for this update, but what a sight for sore eyes it is:

Start editing a note simply by tapping into the note body

To which I say … Hurrah! Prior to this update you had to type on a little pencil icon to edit a note. For me, that was always by far and away the most annoying feature of the Evernote app. Now you just tap anywhere in a note to start typing, just as in nearly all the other good notes and writing apps for the iPad. This makes it so much faster and nicer to work with.

Evernote was a recent (and long overdue) pick as Best Free iPad App of the Week, and it’s great to see this feature finally addressed.

Here’s an App Store link for Evernote; it’s a free app and a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.

The Daily

The Daily, the first iPad-only newspaper, has announced that it is making major staff cuts and stripping away features. The announcement comes not long after reports that the title is in danger of being shutdown – and the cuts being made are certainly significant ones.

As AllThingsD reports, 50 full-time employees of The Daily are being released – that’s nearly 30% of the full-time staff. Two other big cutbacks are these:

– There will be no more separate Opinion section – occasional opinion pieces and editorials will be included within the News section (and clearly identified) and the Sports section is being partly outsourced: “Sports reporting will now be provided by content partners, like Fox Sports, while existing features like photo galleries and the ability to track favorite teams via a customizable sports page will remain.”

– The Daily now supports only portrait mode, though videos can still be viewed in landscape.

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