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The AppAdvice Week In Review: Google Reader's Demise, iOS 7's Rise And Donald Duck

This week, we said goodbye to Google Reader, and hello to iOS 7 on iPad. Along the way, we welcomed Donald Duck to our nightstand, and geared up for birthday celebrations. Here are just a few of the stories we followed during the week that was.

The end of Google Reader

[caption id="attachment_435875" align="aligncenter" width="642"]The end The end[/caption] When Google announced earlier this year that its Reader service would be ending, it probably felt like the end of a era for many. As is often the case, however, plenty of developers have stepped forward in recent months to fill the void. Just this week, Digg launched its own reader, as did NetNewsWire, AOL, and MultiPLX. The folks behind existing newsreaders have also stepped up their game. Mr. Reader and Reeder will each live on in the post-Google Reader world. So which reader app should you choose for your iPhone/iPod touch and iPad? Take a look at our special report on Google Reader alternatives. As a reminder, today, June 30 is the final day for Google Reader.

Apple launches iOS 7 on iPad

[caption id="attachment_435876" align="aligncenter" width="1059"]Newsstand on iOS 7, iPad Newsstand on iOS 7, iPad[/caption] Monday saw the release of the second iOS 7 beta -- the first for the iPad and iPad mini. As our initial walkthrough showed, the operating system looks right at home on Apple's tablet. This doesn't mean that iOS 7 is perfect. In particular, there are a few features we'd love to see Apple add to Control Center before iOS 7 is released to the public. Here's a sampling of some of our iOS 7 stories for the week:
Apple is expected to release the third iOS 7 beta to developers on July 8.

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My Favorite App Right Now

[caption id="attachment_435871" align="aligncenter" width="360"]Wake Up With Disney Wake Up With Disney[/caption] The last thing I needed was another alarm clock app. However, I was curious enough about the new Wake Up With Disney app after reading Aldrin Calimlim's post, that I had to make a purchase. The $0.99 app for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad is the perfect combination of fun and functionality. And yes, it isn't just for kids. Donald Duck has never been my favorite Disney character. However, I'm more than willing to let him start my day -- especially with new characters coming soon.


Canada and the United States are both celebrating birthdays in the coming days. Of course, this means fireworks. Enjoy!

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