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April, 2010 Archive

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April 30, 2010 • Reviews

Review: WirelessGround iPad Silicone Skin

So you just dropped a couple of hundred dollars on your new iPad right?  While there aren’t a ton of case options for your new device yet (many are starting to pop up, but the iPad is still new after all) those that are available are expensive.  You still need protection for your iPad though …

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April 30, 2010 • Reviews

Review: Uniden Wireless Power Charging System

Though I’ve never had the opportunity to use a Palm Pre, one thing I know I would like from it is the optional Touchstone charger. The ability to just put down the phone and have it start charging, then pick it up when a you want to use it without having to disconnect cables is …

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April 30, 2010 • eBooks, Editorials

Don’t Mess With Amazon

Lately book pricing is a better drama than daytime soap operas. While the publishers have thrown their undying love and affection towards Apple, Amazon has been quietly maintaining their dominant position. Time and again, the publishers complain bitterly about ebook and book pricing, but the reality is they need Amazon far, far, more than they …

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April 30, 2010 • Gaming, Reviews

FastCrawl (2006, RPG): The Netbook Gamer

Got any plans for lunch hour? Let me show you one of the best dungeon crawlers you can start and finish before going back to work! It seemed that 2006 was the ‘year of the casual game’ … everyone was attributing the success of the DS and the allure of the Wii to the desire …

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April 30, 2010 • Gaming, Reviews

Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess Review

The Hype: Take control of the aristocratic demon known only as The Duke in an upwards-scrolling platformer and chase down fleeing monsters. The Reality: Let’s face it – if the title of the game “Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess” doesn’t immediately intrigue you … you need to inject more whimsy into your life. And once …

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April 30, 2010 • News

Truth In Advertising Meets Photopshop

(image courtesy Businessweek) We all know certain pictures, like the mouth-watering shot of Cocoa Puffs on the box, are retouched to look better. But do you ever think about the shot of that bargain hotel you found through Google? Does it really have an ocean view, or is it just bordering a street called Ocean …

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April 29, 2010 • Reviews

The Wicked Lasers Blu-Ray Sonar Advanced 100mW Violet Laser Review

I am not sure exactly why, but lasers fascinate me. Maybe I’ve watched too many Jedi movies over the years or maybe it’s a by-product of the times in which I grew up, but lasers, and the idea of what some of them are capable of doing, give me a thrill. Wicked Lasers, a company …

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April 29, 2010 • Reviews

Review: Draw It! For iPad

There are no less than a ton of drawing applications currently available for the iPad.  It’s far and away the one application category that the iTunes App Store isn’t in need of filling. So how do you differentiate between all of the draw on the screen apps currently at your disposal? Simple, you pick the …

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April 29, 2010 • Reviews

Rhapsody Just Got Me Back As a Customer… Rhapsody For iPhone Review

I used to have a subscription to Rhapsody. At the time I was using a Creative Zen music player. (It was in the days when my motto was “Anything But Apple’s Products”. It seems like a lifetime ago.) The deal the company offered wasn’t bad. For $10 or $15 a month I could listen to …

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April 29, 2010 • Reviews

Review: iParadise for iPhone/Touch/iPad

Need a vacation, but just cannot get away?  Maybe you are single and just wish for a romantic trip to paradise with a significant other.  Either way, your iPhone can now take you away with your love to an exotic island.  iParadise offers a truly unique and deep iPhone experience.  Almost any activity that can …

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April 29, 2010 • News

Cub Scout ‘Video Game’ Loop/Pin: Pandering or Better Preparing Kids?

The joke of the day seems to be that the Cub Scouts are redefining ‘outdoor activities’ to include sitting in front of the TV playing video games. The reality is that the Boy Scouts of America are now offering a belt loop and pin to Cub Scouts (i.e. kids generally 6-11) related to Video Games. …

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April 29, 2010 • Editorials, Gaming

I Don’t Know If It’s Art, but I Like It!

Image courtesy of WebMuseum I love Jackson Pollock … but there are many who despise his work and would argue that his technique, described as “”all-over” painting, pouring paint rather than using brushes and a palette, and abandoning all conventions of a central motif”, isn’t art at all. I also love Derek Bailey … but …

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April 29, 2010 • Editorials

The Daily Show On GizmoGate… A Few Days Late

Yes Jon Stewart and the Daily Show have taken on the plight of poor Jason Chen and the folks at Gizmodo. The bit had a few good chuckles… like when Jon said, “The cops had to bash in the guy’s door??? Don’t they know there’s an app for that?” And with that they showed this …

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April 28, 2010 • Reviews

The LandAirSea TrackingKey Pro Micro GPS Tracking System Review

I’ve reviewed at least three different GPS Dataloggers.  There were the two loggers from Qstarz which are okay and can perform the function very well, and then there was my favorite logger, the Visiontac VGPS-900.  LandAirSea has brought out one that would probably be much easier to hide than the Qstarz since it is waterproof and has …

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April 28, 2010 • Reviews

Review: Etón FR360 Emergency Preparedness Digital Radio

It is starting to be that time of year.  What do I mean?  Thunderstorm and Tornado Season that’s what I mean.  That is followed by the Hurricane season.  The best thing to do to st?ay safe dur?ing this season is to take time to prepare now before the worst happens.  One device that will help …

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April 28, 2010 • Reviews

Video Review: Virtual Pool HD for iPad

The iPad’s big and glorious screen is touted as being great for gaming.  I have personally found however that only a certain genre of game plays well on the device.  For me it’s one which don’t require me to pick up the iPad which seem to work best.  I just don’t feel comfortable picking up …

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April 28, 2010 • Editorials

What Is Google’s Tablet Strategy?

Apparently Google is offering a sly wink to Archos 5 Internet Tablet owners who hack their devices to include the Android Marketplace; the newest firmware update opens up the marketplace to paid as well as free apps according to Liliputing. What’s interesting here is that it means either the Archos is presenting itself as an …

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April 28, 2010 • Editorials

Is the ‘Netbook Era’ Drawing to a Close?

According to a report from CNET, an IDC report this week will show that sales of Intel’s Atom processor – which is dominant force in the netbook space – represent a smaller overall share of the company’s mobile processor space. The implication in the article is that since the Atom powers most netbooks, netbooks themselves …

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April 27, 2010 • News

Study Shows Link Between Depression and Chocolate Consumption. World Responds ‘No Duh?!’

Image courtesy of Saturday Morning Central If you were to name a ‘comfort food’ – something that you will reach for when you’re feeling down – chances are that chocolate would be in your top 3, if not the first thing out of your mouth. Now a study out of University of California, Davis, and …

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April 27, 2010 • News

Happy Owl Studio iPad Cases are Now Available for Order

It’s not every day that someone successfully reinvents the wheel, but when it happens it can be a sight to behold … and that is essentially what Happy Owl Studios has attempted to do when it comes to iPad cases. Rather than coming out with a simple sleeve or even a back-covering shell, Happy Owl …

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April 27, 2010 • Gaming, Reviews

Serious Sam Gold (1st & 2nd Encounter) (2001/2002, FPS): The Netbook Gamer

I was amazed in early 2002 when I came across a jewel-case FPS game at my local EBGames for $19.99 called ‘Serious Sam: The Second Encounter’. The images on the back looked quite nice and the description of a fast-paced action romp sounded like a complete blast – and somewhat of an anachronism. The funny …

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