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April 7, 2015 • Gaming, News

‘Legend of Dungeon’ Launching Free Expansion and Massive Update!

One of the funniest and most quirky indie games I have played in recent years was Legend of Dungeon, which was cute and punishing all at once. The game grew out of a successful 2012 Kickstarter effort and launched in late 2013. Now they are returning with a FREE expansion to the game with a …

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March 26, 2015 • Music Diary, News

IK Multimedia Unveils UltraTuner for Android

Just over a year ago, IK Multimedia released UltraTuner for iOS devices, and my review summed up “It’s the Best iOS Tuner Available.” Between the accuracy, easy visibility and simple usability, there is no other tuner I have needed since. Now IK Multimedia has released UltraTuner for Android, allowing anyone with Android 4.1 or later …

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March 23, 2015 • Music Diary, News

Amazon Prime Music Gets Ad-Free Prime Stations with Unlimited Skips

Over the last couple of weeks my wife has been saying “I am really liking this Amazon Prime Music“, because of added content and features that work with our Echo ‘smart speaker’. Today Amazon unveiled an updated iOS app that opens up streaming of Prime music with unlimited skips to Prime members, making the experience …

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March 23, 2015 • Health and Fitness, News, Outdoors

Why (Running) Milestones Matter: The Monday Mile

Throughout our lives there are transitional moments, starting or ending things like high school or marriages, celebrating awards and achievements. In running it’s no different – we had to start running, and depending on whether we race or not there will be a variety of memorable moments along the way. Running milestones are worth celebrating – …

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March 20, 2015 • Gaming, News

Avernum 2: Crystal Souls Coming to iOS April 15th

In my Mac/PC review of Avernum 2: Crystal Souls, I said “as you make more and more choices in one direction or the other they add up, your reputation is altered and the world before you subtly shifts. It’s wonderful to have a game so focused on your experience as a gamer.” The iPad version …

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March 20, 2015 • Gaming, News, Reviews

Kingdom Tales 2 Brings the Toil of Kingdom Building to iOS!

Kingdom Tales 2 tells the story of a blacksmith named Finn who is love with Dahla, daughter of the king. Because of social standing they cannot be together, but the king allows Finn to compete in a kingdom expansion to prove his worthiness! Kingdom Tales 2 is a light and fun kingdom builder with loads …

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March 19, 2015 • Gaming, Reviews

Land Air Sea Warfare Brings Awesome Real-Time Strategy to Android

Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games are better suited for touchscreen than console, and in some ways are easier to control with your fingers than with a mouse! But there have not been too many RTS games of serious depth released for phones and tablets. One of my favorites is “Machines at War”, and the sequel is …

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March 18, 2015 • News

Microsoft to Battle Windows Piracy with Free Windows 10 Upgrades!

Piracy limits the revenues a software maker can collect. It also limits the ability to update security and other essential services at the operating system level. This combination can result in all computer systems being less secure and potentially compromised. To battle this, particularly in piracy-rampant China, Microsoft is “offering free upgrades to Windows 10 …

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March 18, 2015 • Music Diary, Reviews

iRig 2 Mobile Guitar Interface is a Worthy Successor to a True Classic!

It has been nearly five years since Travis reviewed the original iRig and two since I reviewed the iRig HD. Now IK Multimedia is back with iRig 2, the low-cost sequel to the best-selling classic iRig. And while this doesn’t knock iRig HD off the sonic perch, it brings in Android compatibility and a number …

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March 17, 2015 • News

Opera Coast 4.1 Launches with ‘Turbo’ Video Boost Technology!

While mobile devices and networks keep getting faster, most of us occasionally deal with the frustration of having video or other content ‘buffering’. It gets much worse when on slower or erratic connections, so Opera has announced a new ‘Turbo’ technology built into an update of their Coast iOS browser that compresses videos to speed …

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March 16, 2015 • Health and Fitness, Outdoors

Anatomy of ‘Extreme Sub-Zero’ Runner – $750 of Winter Running Gear

While it has been more than a week since I wore three layers over my face, I am still layered up against mornings in the teens with wind chills close to 0ºF. At the same time I am seeing big clearance sales popping up on winter running gear, so I thought it would be fun …

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March 13, 2015 • Gaming, Reviews

Questerium: Sinister Trinity for iPad Review

When a meteor lands in a small town, it seems too good to be true – tons of energy and no side effects. Or so people thought! Playing as a police investigator you need to explore the destroyed town and find the lost children who were trapped and left behind, and unravel what happened and …

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March 12, 2015 • Music Diary, News

Check Out the ‘808’ Trailer – a Movie About a Drum Machine

I remember the Roland Rhythm Composer TR-808 at music stores in Boston and thinking it was cute and fun but not very ‘drum-like’, which was the prevailing opinion. Then songs like ‘Planet Rock’ and ‘Sexual Healing’ landed and suddenly it was THE sound – and has made a comeback in recent years. Now it gets …

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March 12, 2015 • Gaming, News

Playstation Mobile Closing Storefront in July 2015, Shutting Down November

Playstation Mobile was the initiative Sony launched in late 2012 allowing ‘certified’ Android devices to play certain Playstation games. It started with Sony-Ericsson and the XPeria Play, and later extended to a number of HTC devices. However, in 2014 version 2.0 of the service was limited to the PS Vita and TV, and now the …

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March 11, 2015 • Editorials, Rants and Raves

10 Reasons I Found the Apple Watch Event a Snooze-Fest

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Greg’s take on Why I’m Considering Getting an Apple Watch, more than I enjoyed yet another over-long, under-delivering Apple ‘event’. Part I can understand, as I was listening to the audio stream through my car for a half-hour, but I found this the biggest Apple snoozer I can recall. Let me …

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March 11, 2015 • Gaming, News

BoxPop Game for Apple Watch Officially Announced, from SongPop Developer!

For a while my family was entranced with SongPop, the fun and addicting song identification game from FreshPlanet. They also have released MoviePop and other engaging social competitive games. Now for the upcoming Apple Watch release they have announced BoxPop, a game that challenges you to pop boxes and make your way through challenging puzzle …

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March 11, 2015 • News

Apple Stores Drive Mall Sales Higher by as Much as 10%!

It isn’t hard to find bad news about malls – in our (small) local mall, the Deb, Pac Sun, Gap, Radio Shack and a few small stores are all closing. Even the bigger anchor stores such as Macy’s, Sears and JC Penny are seeing pressure from online sales that lower traffic, also hurting smaller stores. …

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March 10, 2015 • Gaming, Gear Bits, News

Legend of Grimrock 2 Mac Beta Now Available for Owners on Steam!

Last month when I wrote about the iPad Legend of Grimrock footage and the upcoming Mac beta I forgot to ever check back. Now the beta is out and available for anyone who owns a copy of the PC game on Steam! I have had a bit to check it out, and it is awesome, …

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March 10, 2015 • News

Opera Now Allows Cross-Platform Browser Sync!

Opera has remained a favorite browser for many through the years, and has expanded to pretty much all platforms. Today they announce a new feature – bookmark synchronization across all platforms. Now you can use one set of bookmarks across Opera for computers, Opera for Android and Opera Mini for iOS so users can sync …

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March 9, 2015 • Editorials, News

Late to the iPhone 6 Plus Party? 5 Reasons I Love It, 5 Reasons I Don’t!

When a hot tech product launches, everyone rushes to get it, all tech sites scramble to review it right away … but often that is the last anyone hears about it. But with updates so easy to process now, more and more products mature nicely over time. Now 5 months post-launch I have an iPhone 6 …

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March 7, 2015 • Editorials, News

Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th! #MakeItHappen

For more than a century International Women’s Day has been held on March 8th. And it is amazing to think of the things that have happened in our country and world for women since that time. The date is derived from the women of Petrograd, Russia holding a “bread and peace” strike in 1917, but …

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