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September 27, 2014 • Gaming, News

KNeoWORLD Arcade – Stimulating Workouts to Exercise Your Brain

Brain Training games gained popularity with the Nintendo DS and ‘Brain Age’, and have remained popular for two simple reasons – they work, and they’re fun! But after playing games that feel a little too close to taking a test, it is nice to step back and immerse yourself in something more game-like. That is …

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September 25, 2014 • Gaming, News

Defense Grid 2 Now Available for PS4, XBOX One, PC, Mac, and Linux!

Back in 2008, Hidden Path Entertainment released Defense Grid: The Awakening, which catapulted the popularity of the resurgent ‘tower defense’ genre into the mainstream. In 2012 they launched a Kickstarter project to help fund the sequel, and this week it arrived! Defense Grid 2 is available on PlayStation®4 and Xbox® One and Steam (PC, Mac, Linux).

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September 8, 2014 • Gaming, News

Avernum 2 Crystal Souls – Officially Announced for for Mac, PC and iPad

Spiderweb Software alternates between releasing games in the Avernum franchise and a different game. First it was Geneforge games, and more recently Avadon, his first iPad release. In 2011 he brought the original Avernum to the iPad, and modernized and revamped it along the way so it was worth replaying for everyone. This fall we …

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September 8, 2014 • Gaming

G5 Gives Away Red Crow Mysteries on All Platforms

Last year I reviewed the iOS and Mac versions of Red Crow Mysteries: Legion and found it managed to wrap together solid adventure game elements and a story worth following. More than a few hours of gameplay, plenty of content, varied locations, a great story, and a fun adventure. And now it is FREE … …

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July 6, 2014 • Editorials

What eWallet Needs to Do to Stay on Our Devices

Judie and I were huge fans of eWallet from its earliest days, back when we used Palms; we synced the info on our Palms to the eWallet program on our desktop PCs. Later on we used eWallet on our Pocket PCs. Once the app became available for iOS, we loaded it onto our iPhones and eventually also on our Macs.

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June 11, 2014 • Gaming, News

The Secret Society – Hidden Mystery Charms Mac App Store Today!

Just over a year ago I reviewed the iPad version of The Secret Society – Hidden Mystery, noting I “would have reviewed it sooner … but I just can’t stop playing the darn game!” It is a game that constantly sends a ‘rush of good feelings’, but with the annoying hard-sell of in-app purchases. Now …

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May 18, 2014 • Gear Bits, News

Evernote Tops 100 Million Users! #Evernote

Evernote just topped 100 million users; that’s pretty impressive. Even more impressive is the fact that those 100 million users can be found in any of 190 different countries. Taken together, the two numbers speak to the fact that the popular and powerful service meets a truly international need; this milestone reminded me that many …

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April 30, 2014 • Gaming, Reviews

Mystery of the Opera Plays Its Opening Theme on the Mac!

My review of the iPad version of Mystery of the Opera noted that it employs the common ‘woman in peril and romantic interest left to solve mystery’ trope; rather than bogging the game down, it makes for an excellent launching off point! Now the game is available for the Mac, and it remains a fun and compelling experience.

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April 18, 2014 • Gaming, Reviews

‘9 Clues – The Secret of Serpent Creek’ Slithers Most Excellently to the Mac

G5 Entertainment and Artifex Mundi has a great recent track-record of hidden object puzzle adventure games, and they continue with the release of 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek, now available for the Mac! The game tells the story of a reporter lost in a mysterious town in the 1950s and the friend who …

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April 1, 2014 • How to Do It Yourself!

Make Awesome Slideshows and Movies with FotoMagico 4

If you want to bring your pictures and videos to life, but you don’t want to got to school to learn how to create a presentation that doesn’t look like a five year old did it, then you’ll want to check out FotoMagico 4. At $99 the application is pricey, but the ease-of-use and output …

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March 4, 2014 • News

Nuance Dragon Dictate for Mac Version 4 Is Bigger, Better, and Faster Than Ever

Nuance has just announced a brand new version of Dragon Dictate. Nuance Dragon Dictate for Mac Version 4 offers voice recognition that is faster and more accurate than ever. In addition, Dragon Dictate includes powerful audio file transcription prowess. I’ve been using the new version of the voice recognition app for Mac for the last week, …

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February 14, 2014 • Gaming

Eschalon Book III Launches on Steam, GoG, and Official Site!

There are a few developers who have driven indie RPG development for the past several years – Spiderweb Software, Soldak Entertainment and Basilisk Games. Basilisk released the stunning Eschalon Book I in 2007, and followed up with Book II. Now they are back with the finale, available on, Steam and Basilisk.

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February 4, 2014 • Gaming, Gear Bits

Depths of Peril is now available DRM-Free on for only $9.99

One of my favorite indie developers is Soldak Entertainment, and perhaps my favorite game (I actually like all four) is Depths of Peril. DoP is a game where your choices have consequences, and the rest of the world continues even if you ignore your quests. This ‘indie classic’ Depths of Peril is now available DRM-Free …

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January 18, 2014 • Gear Bits, How to Do It Yourself!

Mac OS X Quick Tip: Manage Notifications in Mavericks

This morning I opened my Mac for the first time in … a while, since I mostly use my iPad. I had a series of birthday and holiday alerts I needed to dismiss before moving on. A bit later Dan asked how to get notifications in Mavericks to automatically go away. So I took a look, …

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January 9, 2014 • Gaming, Gear Bits Celebrates 5 Successful Years with Retrospective Video

Has it REALLY been FIVE years since opened up to the public? Actually it’s been longer – it was mid-November 2008 when I bought Fallout 1 & 2 and fully embraced the site and its model and began amassing what has become a 200+ game collection on the site. Because they have great games, …

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December 13, 2013 • Gaming, Reviews

Brightstone Mysteries: Paranormal Hotel Apparates on the Mac!

Brightstone Mysteries: Paranormal Hotel takes you on a journey with Detective Bridget “Biggi” Brightstone as she explores a hotel that holds many mysteries. This is a classic Cateia game, like many others G5 has published before, and I love the way they put together games that combine hidden objects and puzzles in a story-based adventure.

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December 9, 2013 • Gear Bits

Eschalon Book III Announced for February 14th Release!

While I never reviewed Eschalon Book II beyond my first impressions, the series remains one of my favorites of the last several years. I declared Book I ‘Indie RPG of the Year’ for 2007 at another site, and have been anticipating Book III for quite a while. Now Eschalon Book III has a release date: …

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December 9, 2013 • Gear Bits Launches New 100% Guarantee Program on Digital Games

If you have been gaming for long enough, chances are you have come across a game that wouldn’t install or that you couldn’t keep running for more than a few seconds without a crash. You used all the tricks you know, consulted support and forums, and ultimately had to face the reality that the game …

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December 4, 2013 • Gear Bits

Deathfire: Ruins of Nethermore RPG Final Days on Kickstarter

For fans of traditional computer role-playing games (cRPG), there has been a bit of a drought of games the last couple of years. There have been some really good games, but they have been few and far between. Now there’s a Kickstarter for a new RPG that is something RPG fans can get excited about …

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November 6, 2013 • Gear Bits

Sandisk’s Cruzer Fit and Cruzer Force Will Bulk Up Your Laptop Storage Without a Lot of Bulk

My MacBook Pro has 512GB of flash storage. That may sound like a lot, but once you begin editing videos and loading up essential files the space gets consumed rather quickly. SanDisks new Cruzer Fit and Cruzer Force are a great way to add up to 64GB of storage on the go. Capacities top out …

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October 30, 2013 • Gear Bits

Drox Operative: Invasion of the Ancients Now Available

Drox Operative is a starship action RPG featuring warring alien races, fierce space battles, as well as dynamic, evolving galaxy, and co-op multiplayer for Windows and Mac. It is fantastic indie RPG that breaks from the standard fantasy RPG genres. Today Soldak games launched the first expansion, Invasion of the Ancients, with loads of new …

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