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posted: 2/2/2013 7:20 AM

Applications Reviews: Temple Run, Toshl

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By Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post

Temple Run 2: They didn't mess with success

Fans of the first version of Temple Run will probably be cheered to hear that Imangi Studios hasn't messed with a winning formula. In fact, the new version of the popular mobile action game is nearly indistinguishable from its predecessor. The biggest changes come in the game's improved graphics, though it does require a little more fancy maneuvering to get through levels. In-game advertisements for gems and coins that will skyrocket you through the game are also a bit more intrusive, but not enough to push you to stop using the app. And, of course, users can make their way through the app without spending a dime, as long as they have the patience. Free, for iOS and Android devices.

Toshl: When pennies count, count every penny

It may be getting too late to get your finances in order for April 15, but that shouldn't keep you from cutting down on receipt clutter and runaway spending. Attack those problems with data and the help of Toshl, an expense-tracking app that requires you to take a proactive approach to tracking finances. Simply enter your receipts and other spending at the end of each day and tag your purchases by category to have Toshl keep track of expenses. The modern approach to the once-daily act of balancing the checkbook, this app will make sure you know exactly where your money's going. A paid version will let you export data and run more detailed reports, for $19.99 a year. Free, for iPhone and Android.

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