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TechTarget, Inc. (Nasdaq: TTGT), the global leader in B2B technology purchase intent data and services today announced that its Priority Engine™ platform won a 2023 SIIA CODiE™ Award in the Best Sales and Marketing Intelligence Solution category. The prestigious CODiE Awards, hosted by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), recognize the companies producing the most innovative business technology products across the country, and around the world. TechTarget’s Priority Engine previously won the Best Sales & Marketing Intelligence Solution award in 2023 and has been named a CODiE finalist or winner in the category for 4 consecutive years.

TechTarget’s Priority Engine, the industry’s only opt-in, prospect-level purchase intent intelligence platform, gives technology sales and marketing professionals direct access to the most active accounts and prospects researching technologies that their companies provide. The platform delivers essential insights on the topical interests of accounts and prospects, the recency and relevancy of their activity, the vendors they are considering and the technologies that they currently have installed. With this intelligence in hand, sales and marketing teams can vastly improve ABM performance, drive more sales productivity & effectiveness, and maximize qualified opportunities in their market.

“We are very proud to once again be recognized by SIIA’s CODiE Awards for our leadership in Sales & Marketing Intelligence,” said Michael Cotoia, CEO, TechTarget. “As marketing and sales organizations transform to meet the needs of buyers who are increasingly digital, they need the right tools and data to identify and pursue opportunities with in-market buying teams. Our continued investment in the decision-support content that attracts highly targeted, opt-in audiences of technology buyers is what drives the unique strength of the real purchase intent data within our Priority Engine platform. We provide modern sellers and marketers with essential intelligence to find and engage buyers, and the actionable insights to convert them to real opportunities and pipeline.”

The SIIA CODiE Awards have been recognizing product excellence for 36 years and are the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program. The first-round review of all nominees is conducted by software and business technology experts with considerable industry expertise, including members of the industry, analysts, media, influencers, bankers and investors. The scores from the expert judge review determine the finalists. SIIA members then vote on the finalist products, and the scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners. 46 awards were given this year for products and services deployed specifically for B2B software, information and media companies. TechTarget joins other important companies recognized at this year’s awards such as: Red Hat, IBM, Accenture and LogMeIn.

“The 2023 CODiE Award winners continued to innovate, pivot and grow to develop truly remarkable products during a historically challenging year. Winners maintain the vital legacy of the CODiEs in spotlighting the best and most impactful apps, services and products serving the business tech market. Congratulations to this year’s winners on this well-deserved recognition,” said Jeff Joseph, SIIA President.

TechTarget is a leader in the market because of its continuous innovation & growth and the significant value and ROI its customers achieve. TechTarget purchase intent intelligence is uniquely powerful because of how it is made and how it is delivered to B2B tech marketers and sales professionals. The actionable insights for clients within the Priority Engine platform are achievable because of the depth of original decision-support content spanning TechTarget’s expansive network. Our customer success is further bolstered by our robust suite of marketing, sales engagement and go-to-market services.

About the SIIA CODiE Awards

The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence.  For more information, visit siia.net/CODiE.

About TechTarget

TechTarget (Nasdaq: TTGT) is the global leader in purchase intent-driven marketing and sales services that deliver business impact for enterprise technology companies. By creating abundant, high-quality editorial content across more than 140 highly targeted technology-specific websites, TechTarget attracts and nurtures communities of technology buyers researching their companies’ information technology needs. By understanding these buyers’ content consumption behaviors, TechTarget creates the purchase intent insights that fuel efficient and effective marketing and sales activities for clients around the world.

Enterprise Strategy Group™ (ESG®) is a division of TechTarget and BrightTALK Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TechTarget.

TechTarget has offices in Boston, London, Munich, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Singapore and Sydney. For more information, visit chúng tôi and follow us on Twitter @TechTarget.

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Marketing And Sales Alignment For Grown

Marketing and Sales Alignment for Grown-Ups Lisa Dennis

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This post is part of our “Smarter Sales and Marketing” series, a regular feature where technology marketing and sales experts will be sharing insight, tools, and best practices to help today’s leaders better integrate marketing and sales strategies for maximum success.

As I was thinking about the topic of marketing and sales alignment, I wondered if everything hasn’t already been said…

There are literally piles of technology solutions that claim to do the alignment for you. There are hundreds and hundreds of articles on the top five, ten, twenty ways to “align” the two teams. Good research data abounds from all the industry experts on how alignment, and misalignment, will impact the business. There are a thousand opinions about the age-old tug-of-war on lead generation, passing and conversion. Yet this is still a major challenge for too many companies.

Maybe it is just time to grow up.

We are trying to fix a challenge that is really organizational in nature. Most of the time, they are separate departments who are trying to hit the same goal. Think about it: same goal, two departments – going at it from different perspectives, opinions, and skill sets. Am I over simplifying the problem? Maybe. But the fact remains, even now when the buying premise has changed so dramatically, marketing is one department and sales is another. It doesn’t work as well as it should. And it’s a very old organizational model. Period. An entire industry has sprung up trying to address this basic challenge. One goal – one target – two departments. If you think about it, most of the tools, processes, and technologies are about the “hand-off.”   How do we streamline, fix, integrate, upgrade, aggregate, consolidate, manage, measure, and motivate the hand-off?

What if there was no hand-off?

So let’s grow up and admit that “blurring the boundaries” , and “aligning the teams” are challenges that keep bumping up against the reality that having two separate, organizational functions isn’t working. I have talked in the past about how selling is a partnership but I think now that what has changed is that we must focus on partnering with the buyer  which means fundamental changes in how we fuel their initial journey, listen for their experiences,  share what we know and communicate how we can assist.

Partnering with ourselves should be a given.

That means really thinking about and actualizing what marketing and sales alignment is really about. Chipping away at what it isn’t might be a good place to start:

It is not about technology.

It is not just about the sales function.

It is not just about the marketing function.

It is definitely not about more content.

It is not about more tools or less tools.

It’s not about any of these things. It’s about being ONE.

There is one buyer between us and a sale. So let’s really go one-to-one. Let’s combine marketing and sales into a single entity. Remove the organizational barrier and redefine the strategies, tasks and activities. Be one in the way it matters to a potential customer. It should be seamless, collaborative and relevant. The customer should not feel or notice the hand-off – because there should no longer be a hand-off.

One head is better than two.

As I was working on this post, I did a bit of preliminary review of what has been written on alignment. I found an article in the Harvard Business Review written back in 2006 that made a great point:  “All too often, organizations find that they have a marketing function inside Sales, and a sales function inside Marketing.” What does that tell you? Nine years later, this is even more true with the use of field marketing teams and  sales enablement teams all trying to work in the field. Maybe we should stop trying to kind-of work as one team and just be one team. If we did that, what should the imperatives be? Consider these:

Jointly define the customer value conversation and build all interactions around that. It should no longer be about orchestrating two integrated conversations. It’s about the only conversation the customer wants to have – which is about their needs.

Install leadership who have served in BOTH marketing and sales roles and make it a condition of employment at the director level up.

Make sure everyone on the team has joint experience, whether they come in the door with it, or they acquire it during their tenure with you.

Redesign the compensation structure for everyone, with individual and team performance metrics tied directly to revenue generation and meeting quota. Move from marketing team and sales team to Revenue Team.

Redesign communications so that everyone on the team knows what’s happening in the field, and how prospect/customer interactions are going.

Be transparent with metrics so everyone is looking at a clear set that defines the entire group’s performance on a monthly basis.

Coordinate prospect and customer outreach so everyone knows what is going out and how it reached or didn’t reach the targets, and how the prospect engaged.

If you looked at redesign from some of these imperatives, what might your ONE organization look like? Let’s just grow up already, and redesign the function to reflect the current reality out there defined by our prospects and customers. It isn’t about aligning with ourselves, it is ALL about aligning with them.

An experienced salesperson and marketer, Lisa Dennis is president and founder of Knowledgence Associates, a sales and marketing consultancy. Pairing hands-on marketing and selling of information and high technology products and services, she understands what the customer imperative needs to be for communicating information about products and services to varied audiences. Lisa’s philosophy is that the core of successful marketing and sales initiatives is “doing the homework” – making sure that the information side of programs and campaigns are solid.

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Avery Griffin Of Roomful Of Teeth Nominated For A Grammy Award

CFA Alum’s Group Nominated for a Grammy In Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category

Avery Griffin (CFA’06) (left) with fellow members of Roomful of Teeth, a Grammy Award–winning a cappella “vocal project” nominated for a 2024 Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. Photo by Bonica Ayala

During the summer months, BU Today is revisiting some of the past year’s favorite stories. This week, we feature music.

The a cappella group Roomful of Teeth struck gold with its eponymous debut album, winning the Grammy Award in 2014 for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. Also picked up were nominations in the Best Engineer for Classical Composition and Best Contemporary Classical Composition categories. Known for its haunting vocal blend of influences, from Tuvan throat singing to yodeling, the group is nominated again this year, and again in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category, for its second album, Render, released in April 2024.

The eight singers, who refer to their group as “a vocal project,” include BU alum Avery Griffin (CFA’06). Griffin juggles group tours and recording sessions with his day jobs as a teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Program and sound engineer and website manager for Manhattan’s Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue.

Roomful of Teeth founder Brad Wells, Williams College artist-in-residence and conductor of choral activities, says the ensemble is dedicated “to mining the expressive potential of the human voice.” Composer and group member Caroline Shaw won a Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for “Partita for 8 Voices,” a piece she wrote for the group, which has performed in many national and international venues, among them Trinity Church Wall Street, Lincoln Center, and most recently, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony. Through study with masters from nonclassical traditions around the world, the group is constantly expanding its musical vocabulary and performing innovative works that create what it calls “a repertoire without borders.”

The ensemble gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MassMoCA), where the members have tackled Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, and Sardinian cantu a tenore styles with some of the world’s top performers.

BU Today spoke with Griffin before this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony. Griffin, who grew up in Belmont, Mass., studied composition at the College of Fine Arts with Samuel Headrick, a CFA associate professor, and Martin Amlin and Richard Cornell, both CFA professors. Recent premieres of Griffin’s compositions: Sonnet 75 by the Western Wind, Romantischism, for four spoken voices, by Roomful of Teeth, Sonata for solo piano at the BU Tanglewood Institute, and Old-Timey Dystopic Barbershops, for men’s voices, by the Trinity Wall Street Choir.

BU Today: How did the eight of you first get together?

Griffin: We started in 2009. We’re pretty much a bubblegum band. Brad Wells founded the organization before we had any singers, and he raised enough money to go to New York and hold auditions. He settled on the eight of us, and we’re still together.

Most musicians watching you perform probably wonder what the scores look like. Are you constantly learning new notations?

All eight of us have a lot of prior experience with singing new pieces, and 20th-century pieces, with quite a bit of notation that’s already been standardized. In terms of the less standard stuff, one of the cool things is when we get together at Mass MoCA and bring in experts in singing styles around the world, as well as composers. The first two weeks are workshops, and the composers bring in sketches with strange markings and we can say, this isn’t very clear. At this point, there’s a well-worn process.

Where did the name come from?

I’ve noticed that Brad changes his answer. He likes to keep it mysterious. I don’t know exactly when or where he came up with it, but there’s misinformation on Spotify that says it came from an old movie. That’s not true. It came from Brad thinking about teeth, about how, once someone dies, the teeth are around the longest amount of time, but the voice is ephemeral. He liked that idea of combining something permanent and something that’s here and then gone.

Can you tell us about some of the singing styles you’ve learned?

The first year, we studied Tuvan throat singing, which is based on an entirely different type of vocal production than you’re used to in classical music. In classical music, you’re taught to have an open throat, but the bass sound of Tuvan is restricted. It’s like the sound of electricity in a Jacob’s Ladder of metal rods, and from this sound you can create other notes. I do enjoy it, but I have to monitor myself because I do some singing outside the group. I have to make sure I’m not hurting myself. We also learned yodeling, which is created by breaking the voice. It sounds scary, but it’s not. Usually we have our chest voice and our head voice, and with yodeling, the point is not to meld them. Yodeling is one of the most bizarrely prevalent styles throughout human cultures. African pygmy yodeling, for example, is done with the same vocal production.

What are some of the strangest styles you’ve sung in? What styles are heard on the new album, Render?

We’re asked that a lot, and our stock answer is that you can’t point to specific styles with each song. On Render we have Sardinian singing, we have Inuit stuff, but it’s very rare that a composer will hear a style and say, I’ll write that. Usually a composer will pick up on a sound and create something based on it. But there isn’t a moment in the album where I would say that now we’re doing overtone moments, now we’re doing this or that style.

Is there a song on the album that prominently features your voice?

The one that I would say features me is “Beneath.” There’s a beautiful line of the singer Eric Dudley and me.

How did winning a Grammy Award two years ago change things for the group?

I don’t know. I blessedly don’t have to deal with that world. It seems like we have more gigs now, but we have a wonderful booking agent.

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The Best Fitbits For 2023

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Updated Mar 20, 2023 4:58 PM

For many tech and health enthusiasts, Fitbit is the first brand that comes to mind when you say “fitness tracker.” It had, in some circles, briefly achieved that level of cultural ubiquity where people referred to all fitness trackers as “Fitbits.” The market is now saturated—with options from Garmin, Apple, Polar, and Amazfit, just to name a few—but there are still plenty of pros when it comes to devices made by Fitbit, or that use the company’s technology. These fitness trackers and watches deliver outstanding levels of functionality, and each one has its particular benefits. With six types of Fitbits—not to mention multiple generations of each version—it might not be readily apparent which one makes the most sense for you. To that end, we’re looking at the top options for a range of intentions, so you can work out (or swim, or even sleep) with confidence knowing that these are truly the best Fitbits.

How we chose the best Fitbits

I selected these Fitbits through first-hand testing and reviews from real buyers. I tested these alongside fitness trackers, both from Fitbit and other leading brands, such as the Polar Ignite 2 Plus and the Garmin Venu 2 Plus. I specifically tested to determine core functionality like tracker accuracy and battery, as well as the relative ease of use

The Fitbit versions that didn’t make the cut were not always significantly different from those included above, but our picks usually stood out for a reason. You can choose yours from these Fitbit reviews knowing that these truly are the best options available right now.

The best Fitbits: Reviews & Recommendations

While the features offered by the various models tend to overlap—most build up from a base of 20 health and fitness metrics—each individual package tailors itself to a specific set of needs or parameters. To that end, here are the best Fitbits for most people.

Best overall: Fitbit Versa 4

Why it made the cut: With its broad range of fitness tracking capabilities, smartwatch functions, and lower price, the Versa 4 is a balanced fitness watch that plays to Fitbit’s strengths.

Specs

Heart rate monitor? Yes

GPS? Yes

Battery life: 6 days

Premium membership: 6 months

Pros

Plenty of fitness tracking functions

Detailed sleep-tracking information

Wide range of smart features

Cons

Higher price than most Fitbits

Short premium membership window

Relatively short battery life

For all practical purposes, the Fitbit Versa 4 can do everything that most users want from their fitness tracker. It provides info about steps, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, calories burned, and sleep tracking. It’s also water-resistant down to 50 meters, in case you’re a swimmer. It even buzzes to let you know when you’ve entered your personalized target heart rate for exercise, which it refers to as your “active zone.”

At the same time, the Versa 4 includes plenty of smart functions. You can use it to take calls and receive notifications from your phone or ask Alexa about the weather. Fitbit also features an app ecosystem that’s smaller than iOS or Android but includes apps for music, payments, and more. The Versa 4 and more powerful Sense watch bring a lot of value to the table, but the Versa does so at a lower price, making it a slightly more accessible pick. If you’re looking for a less expensive version, read our review of the Fitbit Versa 3.

Best fitness tracker: Fitbit Charge 5

Why it made the cut: With its expansive suite of fitness trackers and detailed workout insights, the Charge 5 is a gym rat’s best friend.

Specs

Heart rate monitor? Yes

GPS? Yes

Battery life: 7 days

Premium membership: 6 months

Pros

Workout intensity map

Stress management tools

Provides recommendations for workouts, mindfulness, and challenges

Cons

Reply to calls and texts function for Android only

If you’re looking for the utmost in fitness-tracking power, the Fitbit Charge 5 delivers. With a full range of fitness and health trackers, it records all the stats you need. What makes it stand out, however, is its workout intensity map, which leverages GPS and various physical data points to highlight when you’re getting the most and least out of your workout. Between workouts, it sends guidance to maintain mindfulness and workout optimization.

Though it’s primarily fitness-focused, it also features a smattering of basic smart functions that allow you to manage payments, plus receive calls, texts, and calendar notifications. Some of these functions only work with Android phones, however.

The one drawback to the Charge 5 is its reliance on a subscription. Like the Whoop 4.0 and other recent high-end fitness trackers, Fitbit gates off many of its most detailed workout insights unless you pay for its Premium membership. You get six months of free access to see if it’s worth the $9.99 a month, but you should probably decide whether or not you’re even open to such an arrangement in the first place.

Best watch: Fitbit Sense 2

Specs

Heart rate monitor? Yes

GPS? Yes

Battery life: 6 days

Premium membership: 6 months

Pros

Fitbit’s largest suite of smart apps

Includes ECG monitoring and EDA Scan for tracking heart health and stress

Works with Alexa

Cons

The most expensive Fitbit

Relatively short battery life

Large

If you want a fitness tracker that really leans into smart features, the sleek Fitbit Sense 2 delivers. With the largest suite of smart apps on any Fitbit device, as well as most of the key fitness and health tracking functions, it is the most powerful Fitbit we recommend. Most notably, the Sense includes an ECG for detecting heart health, as well as an EDA Scan app that monitors electrodermal activity and then provides a graph of how your body responds to stress. It is also the only Fitbit to come with a 6-month free trial of the guided meditation app Calm to support any stress management goals you might have.

Given all that, it’s worth noting that the Sense is the most expensive device you can get from Fitbit right now. If you want all the features, the Sense may be the best choice, but it is bigger and more expensive than the rest of the pack.

Best for women: Fitbit Luxe

Why it made the cut: The Fitbit Luxe is a great option if you want a fitness tracker that can double as a piece of jewelry. 

Specs

Heart rate monitor? Yes

GPS? No

Battery life: 5 days

Premium membership: 6 months

Pros

Stylish design

Heart tracking

Stress management tools included

Cons

Need to connect to phone for GPS

Doesn’t let you play music

If you’re looking for a fitness tracker that looks more like a bracelet than a military-grade smartwatch, the Fitbit Luxe is a good option. The slim design, polished stainless steel case, and bands available in a range of hues make this an option that works for both work and working out, and one of the best Fitbit watches for women. The Luxe also tracks heart rate, sleep, and breathing rate, plus provides some stress management tools. You can also text and receive call notifications, but you can’t access music or make calls. 

This tracker is water-resistant up to 50 meters and has a battery life of up to five days. Unfortunately, you’ll need to connect to the GPS in your phone to see your pace in real-time.

Best for men: Google Pixel Watch

Why it made the cut: This sleek watch can double as a sophisticated timepiece and a high-end fitness tracker. 

Specs

Heart rate monitor? Yes

GPS? No

Battery life: 

Premium membership: 6 months

Pros

Tracks heart rhythms 

Comes with emergency SOS system

Sophisticated design

Cons

Only works for Android users

Google bought Fitbit in November 2023, and some of Fitbit’s fitness trackers feature the integration of the parent company’s features. Conversely, Google’s Pixel Watch uses Fitbit’s tracking technology to monitor activity, calories burned, and sleep patterns. It also provides in-depth tracking of the heart rhythm with the ECG feature and has an SOS feature that allows users to contact 911 in the case of an emergency. And the Android-compatible device pairs with Google’s Wear OS system, Pixel phones, and Pixel buds for running.

This Fitbit for men also allows users to get turn-by-turn guidance from Google Maps, make contactless payments, and get calendar alerts. Users can also make phone calls and check their inboxes. But beyond the device’s functionality, it’s also a timepiece that looks great on the wrist with its domed design, AMOLED display, case that comes in a range of colors, and an obsidian band the color of volcanic glass.

Best budget: Fitbit Inspire 3

Why it made the cut: With all the essential fitness tracking capabilities, the Inspire 3 gives you the features you need at a more affordable price.

Specs

Heart rate monitor? Yes

GPS? No

Battery life: Up to 10 days

Premium membership: 1 year

Pros

20 fitness functions

Long battery life

Long premium trial

Cons

Limited smartphone notifications

Small, hard-to-read screen

That said, this cheap Fitbit is very much an essentialist fitness tracker. It has some smartwatch functionality, including notifications for calls, text, and social media. It also offers stress management features and menstrual health tracking. These features require looking at the Inspire 3’s tiny screen, which isn’t ideal for anything beyond the quickest of glances. This is definitely a tracker for people who actively want to avoid the “smart features” and stay focused on working out. Looking to save a few dollars with an older version? Read our review of the Fitbit Inspire 2.

Best for kids: Fitbit Ace 3

Why it made the cut: Arguably the most feature-rich fitness tracker designed specifically for kids, the Ace 3 helps keep your little one moving.

Specs

Heart rate monitor? No

GPS? No

Battery life: Up to 8 days

Premium membership: Not included

Pros

Parent View safety feature

Incentivizes fitness in kids

Bedtime reminders and sleep tracking

Cons

Single wristband size doesn’t fit all wrists

Some users have reported durability issues with the buckle

There aren’t too many quality fitness trackers designed specifically for kids, so the Fitbit Ace 3 is incredibly useful and the best Fitbit for kids. It primarily tracks steps and sleep but can also set challenges to keep kids motivated and active. You can also set reminders to prompt children to get up, move, stretch, or sleep at specific times. Its features are comparatively very limited beyond the basics, but it is water-resistant for up to 50 meters, so it is durable and can stay on in the pool.

The Ace 3 supports the Fitbit app, which features separate viewing modes for parents and kids when you activate the Family Account mode. In Parent View mode, parents can monitor their kid’s activity and approve any connections in the Fitbit social community. Meanwhile, Kid View presents a child-friendly version of the fitness tracker experience, with access to stats, badges, personalized avatars, and challenges. 

What to consider before buying a Fitbit

Each Fitbit variety offers its unique features and benefits, so it’s important to keep a few things in mind when choosing which is the best one for you and if that’s the latest Fitbit or old Fitbit models. These are, for the most part, the same considerations to keep in mind when picking any fitness tracker or fitness watch. 

Health goals

To judge any fitness tracker, you must know how you plan to use it. Are you looking to track your high-impact workouts or simply ensure you get your steps in? Monitor heart health or blood oxygen levels? Or maybe sleep tracking and monitoring mindfulness? Different Fitbits come with varying feature sets that will accommodate different goals. Often, more complex trackers will be larger, more complicated, and more expensive. Finding the right balance among those three factors will set you up to use your Fitbit to the fullest.

Cost

Fitbits come in many shapes and sizes, meaning some are more expensive than others. Some models cost as little as $60. Others get as high as $400. Again, you want to find a balance between feature-set and price that works for you, but it’s also generally important to keep your budget in mind as you shop.

Smart functions

While some Fitbits act as fairly basic fitness trackers, others are much more elaborate smartwatches. Which is right for you depends on whether or not you need all those smarts.

FAQs Why trust us

Popular Science started writing about technology more than 150 years ago. There was no such thing as “gadget writing” when we published our first issue in 1872, but if there was, our mission to demystify the world of innovation for everyday readers means we would have been all over it. Here in the present, PopSci is fully committed to helping readers navigate the increasingly intimidating array of devices on the market right now.

Our writers and editors have combined decades of experience covering and reviewing consumer electronics. We each have our own obsessive specialties—from high-end audio to video games to cameras and beyond—but when we’re reviewing devices outside of our immediate wheelhouses, we do our best to seek out trustworthy voices and opinions to help guide people to the very best recommendations. We know we don’t know everything, but we’re excited to live through the analysis paralysis that internet shopping can spur so readers don’t have to.

Best Detective Games For Iphone In 2023

1. Criminal Case – Editor’s Choice

It’s the year 2049, and crime is spreading rapidly. Your task is to help the police by analyzing crime scenes, collecting clues, and finding the culprit. Do you have what it takes to crack the criminal case?

Price: Free

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2. Find Differences: Detective

If you loved the classic “spot the differences” games as a child, you would enjoy this light-hearted detective game. It’s got 36 cases to be resolved and 360 levels with over 2000+ differences to spot. This ensures that you’re always challenged to something new.

As each case involves a smart fugitive, your job as a detective officer will be filled with hurdles and, of course, an occasional burst of surprises. You need to find five clues in a short time to solve a case. Don’t worry; the game offers some hints to help you get rid of hurdles. But make sure not to overuse them.

Price: Free (In-app Purchases start from $0.99)

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3. Criminal Case

Help the police by working your way through investigating crime scenes in a grim and corrupt city. Examine clues, interrogate witnesses and suspects, and bring the killer to justice.

Price: Free (In-app Purchases start from $0.99)

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4. Clue: The Classic Mystery Game

Here’s a mystery board game that will keep you digging for clues. You can play by yourself against players worldwide or with friends and family in private multiplayer mode.

Work your detective skills and puzzle your way to the solution. The aim is to roll the dice to make your way around the mansion and ask the right questions to figure out who murdered Mr. Boddy.

Price: $3.99

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5. Adventure Escape: Cult Mystery

It’s time to go undercover and get the scoop on a mysterious cult to save your friend in this popular escape game. You will have to use your smarts to solve puzzles and break into the cult.

Along the way, you will encounter other cult members and decide who is friend or foe. Explore the cult grounds and uncover the mysterious past that will lead you to rescue your friend.

Price: Free (In-app Purchases start from $1.99)

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6. Time Trap: Seek and Find Games

Immerse yourself in the mystery of the post-apocalyptic world and investigate why a journalist went missing. There are 55 realistic post-apocalyptic scenes to explore and 37 game locations to find hidden items and solve puzzles.

Price: Free (Ads Free – $0.99)

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7. Detective Jackie – Mystic Case

Here’s an addictive detective game for iPhone and iPad that involves a mythological painting with ominous secrets. You’re Detective Jackie and have to dive into the details to solve a young girl’s murder.

You will have to put your detective’s instincts to the test and follow the trail of clues through 60 story levels. Infiltrate eight exciting locations. Interrogate the suspects and determine who is truly guilty.

Price: Free (In-app Purchases start from $1.99)

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8. Detective Story: Jack’s Case

An exciting storyline awaits you in this mysterious game in which the goal is to solve quests and look for hidden objects. But be careful and don’t try to rush because some of the quests are tougher than you’d think.

The game boasts detailed pictures and textures for an engaging experience. The objects look realistic, and even small details like hidden figures are easily discernible. You can interact with more than 30 characters, and your communication skills will be crucial for cracking this case.

Price: Free (In-app Purchases start from $0.99)

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9. Mystery Manor

Step into a stunning yet spooky world with this hidden objects game that will spark your interest from the get-go. Your task is to explore the manor and find the different objects to solve the mystery.

Along the way, you’ll meet fascinating creatures and uncover hidden artifacts. There are also secret rooms to explore and intriguing puzzles to crack. The best part is that the game works offline, too, so you can enjoy it on the go. Several mini-games add to the fun!

Price: Free

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Best Astrophotography Apps For Iphone In 2023

Can you do astrophotography with an iPhone? I wish shooting moons & stars were as easy as turning on the camera and hitting that shutter button. Alas, it’s not! But don’t worry, I have you covered. There are several tips to capture the night sky in all its glory, and one of them is having the right app. Thankfully, there are plenty of helpful iPhone apps for astrophotography, and here are some of the best apps that you must download.

1. Stellarium Plus – Best app for planning night photography

The award-winning astronomy app shows an accurate simulation of the night sky, complete with stars and planets. Just point your phone at the sky, and the app will label the constellations, satellites (such as the ISS), and other deep sky objects in real-time.

But what works in your favor, as an astrophotography enthusiast, is that you can also view the night sky simulation for any date, time, and location. This definitely helps them plan upcoming trips & shots they would like to capture.

Imagine knowing exactly where to point your telescope and place your iPhone to capture that rare planet/star sighting.

Price: $9.99

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2. Sky Guide – Best app to enhance your astronomy knowledge

In-depth knowledge of the sky can make all the difference. In my personal opinion, the right knowledge about a topic can enhance your performance & productivity. And most importantly, it will continuously fuel the fire of your passion.

Designed for stargazing, Sky Guide uses rich graphics & vital information to educate you about your overhead sky, from constellations, planets, to satellites. Furthermore, with cinematic time controls, you can voyage into the past or the future as per your will.

This also means that you will know the exact location of the moon/stars/planets in the sky and can prep your camera and equipment accordingly. Sky Guide can work with or without GPS, cellular service, or Wi-Fi, which literally works anywhere and everywhere.

Price: $2.99

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3. NightCap Camera – Best app for low-light photography

NightCap is a powerful camera for night-time or low-light photography. It boasts an AI camera control that automatically sets optimum focus and exposure to ensure a brighter, clearer shot.

Additional features like 4K time-lapse, ISO boost, long exposure mode, noise reduction mode, 8x Zoom control, and more, allows you to explore and experiment with your captures.

The best part of the app is its four dedicated astrophotography modes. A Stars Mode that is designed to capture starry sky or Northern/Southern Lights. The Star Trails Mode records the moments of stars as they paint circles in the sky.

And then there are the International Space Station (ISS) & meteors modes, specially crafted to capture the satellites and shooting stars.

Price: $2.99

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4. PhotoPills –  Best app for legendary night sky photos

A handy app for any and every photographer, whether Astro, wedding, or landscape photography. It is basically a photo plan manager that helps you discover the Sun, Moon, and Milky Way’s exact location at any given time.

What’s unique is that it employs Augmented Reality to show you the probable scenarios in a few hours. You can use this info to frame the shot beforehand and ensure that moment doesn’t slip from your hand.

The app also has built-in calculators for long exposure, spot stars, star trails, timelapse, hyperfocal table, DoF & FoV. And in addition to upcoming photo plans, the handy widgets also lend information about all the Sun, Moon, and Milky Way events for your location and date.

Price: $9.99

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5. Satellite Tracker by Star Walk – Best ISS and Satellite tracking app

As the name clearly suggests, this app enables you to track human-made satellites, including SpaceX’s Stalinks, communications, and weather forecasting satellites. Along with monitoring the satellite’s exact location, it lends you detailed data about the flyby time & pass predictions.

And all you have to do for this information is to select the satellite from the list. Moreover, you can set a timer until the next flyby and accordingly plan and prep for the shot.

The app also incorporates a Satellite View that shows you a 3D-image of a satellite flying over Earth with real speed and location. In all, this one is a great asset for every satellite aficionado, whether they want to photograph or gaze at them.

Price: Free (In-app purchases starting from $0.49)

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6. Compass∞ – Best app for navigating to the right spot

How can a compass app help in astrophotography? Well, location is everything; you would want to miss the prime seats for an astronomical event, would you? And what better way to ensure that you are at the right spot and looking in the right direction than a compass.

What’s great about this one is its accuracy and special features like cardinal direction, altitude reading, speedometer, flashlight, latitude/longitude display, temperature reading, voice option, amongst other things.

Price: Free (premium version for $9.99)

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Top astrophotography iPhone apps to capture the twinkling night sky

Astrophotography is undoubtedly one of the most typical and patience-testing streams of photography. And if you are a night owl with a special connection with the stars and other celestial bodies, I hope this list could help you explore & master the craft of iPhone Astrophotography.

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