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Calling a customer service number and being forced to wait on hold is a form of torture. The wasted time, the awful music, the phone bills, it's just a mess. But a new app promises to do all the waiting for you.
 
Fans of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, rejoice! There's a mobile app coming to all iOS devices with Simon Jones (the original Arthur Dent) as narrator. Part interactive, the app will tell stories from the book, TV show and radio program as only Simon Jones can. Geeks, gets your mobile gadgets at the ready.
 
The magazine and newspaper business has tried all manner of stunts to get readers interested in their forays into iPad apps, but Hearst publishing may have come up with the best one of them all by merging beautiful women seamlessly with one of our favorite devices.
 
DVICE guest blogger Alan Danzis is helping us plug a hole here, writing about fitness tech as someone who uses it and loves it. There's a lot of not-so-expensive, smart gadgets and apps out there that not only help you keep track of how well you're living healthy, but talk to one another for even more functionality. Last year, I started to finally get serious about living a healthier life because of my genetically high blood pressure. Seriously, high blood pressure at 29 and now at 30? I'm a gadget person at heart, and I found that if I invested in gadgets to control and monitor my health, it would help keep me on track. If I spent X amount of money on this pedometer, for instance, odds were, I would keep using it. Below are what I think are the eight best apps and gadgets to help you lead a healthier life. I own and/or use most of them regularly; the rest are ones I'm either currently researching or am very, very close to purchasing (at least within their category).
 
So, are you hooked on Google+? Were you waiting for a social network to come along that would let you send out short updates and photos to your friends, just in a slightly different way than all the other ones? Well, now you can use it on your iPhone with the new Google+ app.
 
It isn't like Apple to stumble. The company's recent history is filled with one hit after the next, from the trusty iPod to the pioneering iPhone. Hell, even the company's "gambles" such as the MacBook Air or iPad have landed on solid ground. Final Cut Pro X, similarly, should have been a sure thing. It's as much the widely used tool to the professional video editing world as Photoshop is to graphic designers, or Excel is to, uh, whoever is still making spreadsheets out there. So what happened, and why does Apple now appear to be not stumbling, but tumbling down a steep, muddy, prickly slope in the wake of the software's release? Read on to to find out why Final Cut Pro X is the program — nay, the app — that launched a thousand complaints.
 
With NFC wireless payment technology taking its sweet time to integrate itself into anything useful, the market is wide open for some clever new system to save us all from the hassle of having to carry around and use credit cards to pay for stuff. One company has hit on a way to make payments without any fancy hardware, using music only machines can hear.

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