Stay focused on writing with iA Writer [50 Essential iOS Apps #27]

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iA Writer is perfect for bloggers and others writing on the go
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50 Essential iOS Apps: iA Writer appThere are dozens of ways to write on iOS. Apple’s own Notes app offers a simple writing platform, while Pages allows for elaborate documents – complete with pictures. While both are good for certain tasks, more serious writers typically want something a little different. iA Writer offers more while doing less, making it the perfect text editor app.

MacBook battery cases, graphene power packs and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

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MagC Boost for MacBook
Use your MacBook for 24 hours in between charges.
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Crowdfund Roundup bugIf you’re not getting enough use out of your MacBook in between charges, you need the MagC Boost, the world’s first MacBook battery case. This baby will keep you going for more than 24 hours before you need to plug in again.

It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We also have an amazing graphene battery pack, carbon fiber webcam covers, and more!

Writer Pro: The Ultimate Writing Tool For Mac, iPad And iPhone Is Here

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In the world of minimalist text editors that do geeky things like support Markdown, iA Writer is one of the best. Made by Information Architects in Tokyo, the app has sold over 1,000,000 copies in the App Store since its release in 2010.

The followup to iA Writer has been released today on Mac and iOS. It’s a jaw-dropper. Talk about the perfect balance of a lightweight interface and awesome feature set.

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Ten Must-Have iPad And iPhones Apps For Small Business Owners [Feature]

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With the right apps the iPad and iPhone are the best tools available for small businesses.
With the right apps, the iPad and iPhone are the best tools available for small businesses.

Much of the discussion about the iPhone and iPad in business focuses on larger enterprise companies and organizations. While the devices are clearly have a lot to offer in the big business arena, the iPhone and iPad are also excellent tools for smaller companies. The versatility of iOS devices, the iPad in particular, lets small business owners perform many crucial tasks like tracking expenses, generating invoices, and planning new projects quickly and easily from a single device.

The App Store is full of apps that can help launch, manage, and grow a business of any size. Many business apps useful to small business are fairly well-known. Square’s mobile payment system (and PayPal’s competing solutions) get a fair amount of coverage in mainstream and tech media stories, for example. There are, however, many great apps for small business users in the App Store that don’t get that kind of publicity.

If you’re a small business owner (or employee), here are ten amazing apps that you may not know about which can help you run your business more easily and efficiently.

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Don't be fooled by this horrible knockoff (left) that costs more than the real thing.