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December 30, 2015 • eBooks, Editorials, Gaming

5 Biggest Letdowns from the Star Wars Canon “Purge of 2015”

Like millions of others I have seen and LOVED Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As a long time fan of films and games and books, I loved seeing things from or derived from the ‘Expanded Universe’ that were immediately familiar. In fact, everything about this great new entry was awesome … but since then I …

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December 23, 2015 • Music Diary, News

The Beatles Catalog Comes to All Streaming Services December 24th!

It has been more than five years since I wrote a post stepping through the Beatles musical catalog, which I wrote just before their music came to iTunes. Since then the Beatles music has been available for purchase, but not for streaming. Tonight at midnight that ends, as the entire Beatles catalog comes to streaming …

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December 22, 2015 • Deals, Gaming

G5 Holiday Sale: Get 10 Gripping Games at up to 80% off on All Platforms!

The Holiday Sales in the iOS, Windows and Google Play app stores have kicked in this week – just check out any of the stores for amazing deals. Amongst these deals are some great adventures from G5 Games at up to 80% off – and one of my favorite hidden object games for FREE!

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December 7, 2015 • Editorials

Saying Goodbye to Mailbox App: As DropBox Shutters It and Carousel in Early 2016

When a small app company is gobbled up, there are only a few options: the app fits well and expands the breadth of the parent company, or there is technology added to a core product and the product is eventually killed off, or the app just languishes while the new employees are tasked with other …

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November 17, 2015 • Reviews

Moshi Kameleon iPhone 6 Case Review

The notion of a kickstand phone case is intriguing to me as its such a new development: only in the last few years have we had the screen size and camera resolution to make it useful. The Moshi Kameleon for iPhone 6/6s is a kickstand case for your iPhone that hides it’s utilitarian nature in …

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November 16, 2015 • Reviews

Moshi iGlaze Armour iPhone 6 Case Review

I tend to carry my phone ‘naked’, but have always demanded that my kids and my wife use a case. Since discovering thin and light cases can provide excellent protection we’ve used several, and the iGlaze Armour for iPhone 6/6s is a solid option for when you need a case that is unobtrusive and reasonably …

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November 16, 2015 • News, Reviews

10 Quick ‘First Impressions’ of the Apple iPad Pro

Several of us have said before that it is hard to truly assess a ‘daily use’ item in a quick review done in a day or two of use immediately after a product launch. Maybe there are updates coming so we are less critical in that area, or maybe we can accommodate a behavior change …

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November 12, 2015 • Health and Fitness, News

Runtastic Introduces ‘Results’ App Focused on Personalized Training for Success!

While some people can simply include exercise as part of their healthy lifestyle, most people need more incentive: they need goals, motivation, and a PLAN. Simply tracking isn’t enough, something that Runtastic gets and has implemented in their new Results app. Results delivers focused training plans to help you reach your goals! Online training programs …

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November 6, 2015 • Editorials

Livescribe Acquired for $15 Million-End of the SmartPen Era?

Back in 2007, Livescribe introduced a product that bridged the analog and digital worlds-you use a physical pen and real paper, but everything you do is digitized and stored to be searchable and categorized. It was awesome, and just got better-in 2014 Dan reviewed the Livescribe 3, which I continue to love.

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October 30, 2015 • Deals, Gaming

Amazon Appstore Offering $70 of Games and Apps FREE for Halloween!

Halloween is a great excuse to express yourself artistically by wearing fun costumes, carving up pumpkins, and decorating your house. For game retailers, it is yet another excuse for a great sale! And Amazon is doing what it usually does instead of a sale – it is offering a load of games and apps for …

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October 27, 2015 • Health and Fitness, News

Garmin Introduces the VivoSmart HR: Fitness Tracker with SmartWatch Aspirations

I never finished my review of the Garmin VivoSmart, partly because the VivoActive arrived and I ran to that, but partly because it took a few firmware updates for everything to stabilize with the Bluetooth functionality. But I really loved the VivoSmart, and if I didn’t prefer GPS to smartwatch capabilities, I’d probably still use …

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October 21, 2015 • Gaming, Reviews

Lost Souls: Timeless Fables for iPad Sends You Searching For Your Lost Brother

We have all experienced dreams that seem very real, and often those dreams haunt us even after we wake up. But what if a dream is just too real, connecting you to a mystery in real life? That happens to Bella in Lost Souls: Timeless Fables and sends her into the alternate reality of classic …

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It’s Wednesday, So It Must Be Time for New Garmin GPS Watches?!?

Doesn’t it feel like I was just writing about the Garmin Forerunner 225 announcement? While it has actually been 5 months since the FR 225 reveal, since then they also added the FR 25 entry level GPS watch and each slowly trickled into availability. This year has been all about big new launches and slow …

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September 20, 2015 • Gaming, Reviews

Retro Gamer Review: Star Wars Jedi Academy (2003, PC)

I have a continuing love affair with the Jedi Knight game series, and tend to replay them almost every year. This year I’ve replayed them all starting with Dark Forces, and now I move to the last game in the series! So let’s look at Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy.

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September 15, 2015 • Gaming, News

Award-Winning Story Games “80 Days” and “Steve Jackson’s Sorcery!” Coming to PC and Mac This Fall

If you play mobile games you may already know ickle, the developer of Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! and 80 Days. Over the past couple of years I have reviewed both Sorcery! and 80 Days, and am a huge fan of both games. Now they are getting ready to launch on PC and Mac this fall!

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September 14, 2015 • Editorials, Rants and Raves

Amazon Officially Kills Fire Phone-5 Reasons it Was the WORST Smartphone I Ever Owned!

Phones come and go every year, and nobody notices very much. Generally they are superseded by a new model, the Galaxy S6 replacing the S5 or the iPhone 6S replacing the 6…but sometimes they just disappear. Such is the case of the critically slammed and commercially failing Amazon Fire Phone, permanently killed off after less …

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September 8, 2015 • Music Diary, Reviews

IK Multimedia’s iRig UA Audio Interface Brings Zero Latency to Android

IK Multimedia has been a mainstay of iOS music making from the very beginning, and on the vanguard of Android music making since the OS began offering capabilities to make it feasible. Now they are taking the next step with iRig UA, an audio interface that brings the classic iRig/AmpliTube combination to Android devices at …

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September 6, 2015 • Outdoors, Reviews

OxyLED MD50 Flashlight Review

For many years we would go to the local department store each summer and buy a simple flashlight, extra C or D batteries and a spare bulb to last us through summer camping trips, never really thrilled with what we got. Now we have awesome flashlights like the OxyLED MD50 flashlight that more than meet …

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September 4, 2015 • Health and Fitness, News

Runtastic Announces the Moment Fitness Watch!

I was a big fan of the Runtastic Orbit – a simple fitness wearable that met my ‘just work’ criteria for these devices: it fit well, tracked well, and instantly connected to my phone via Bluetooth and never failed to sync. Now they are announcing the Moment, which takes their solid fitness tracking and wraps …

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September 1, 2015 • Crowdfunding, Gaming, News

Game Developer Launches Retro Gaming Hardware on Kickstarter!

I love RobotLovesKitty, who created the fun and funny ‘Legend of Dungeon’ game that I adored and which recently got a huge expansion. They are a fun and small team, and now they have launched a hardware project on Kickstarter called GameKid!

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August 26, 2015 • Gaming, Reviews

Paranormal Agency: The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion Arrives to Haunt Mac Gamers!

I wasn’t a huge fan of the original Paranormal Agency but I adored the sequel, finding it delivered a tense and engaging experience that is on par with some of the best games in the genre! Now it arrives on the Mac!

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