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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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August 14, 2015 • Editorials, Health and Fitness

I Love The Garmin VivoActive … So Why Did I Dump It?

Back in April I reviewed the Garmin VivoActive GPS Smartwatch, listing five reasons I loved it and three concerns. After a couple of months I started drafting a follow-up about how I STILL loved the VivoActive – but stopped when an update caused issues. The next update resolved the issues, but by early July I …

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August 12, 2015 • Gaming, News

Divinity: Original Sin 2 Kickstarter Launching August 26th!

One of my favorite recent games is Divinity: Original Sin from Larian Studios, who developed my ‘Top 5 all-time’ RPG Divine Divinity. The game released on Mac & PC about a year ago to much acclaim, and is getting an enhanced edition and console release this fall. Now Larian has announced that they are working …

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June 25, 2015 • Music Diary, News

Mark of the Unicorn Shipping Digital Performer 9 for Mac and PC!

Last year Mark of the Unicorn announced Digital Performer 8 at NAMM in January but didn’t ship until late September. This year they have turned around the new version much more quickly-Digital Performer 9 is now available with loads of new and updated features to make this an essential upgrade for all owners!

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June 25, 2015 • Gaming, Reviews

G5’s Game of Dragons Brings Fiery Magic to iOS!

The latest hidden-object puzzle adventure from G5 Entertainment, Game of Dragons follows the path forged by many others, but innovates with a storyline that takes you between parallel worlds, from one reality to another filled with dragons and other fantasy creatures as you discover you’re a princess and work to defeat Simon and rescue the …

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June 24, 2015 • News

Ello Is Available for iPhone…But Does Anyone Care?

Late in 2014 the social media site Ello launched as a sort of ‘anti-Facebook’; no ads, no tracking, no user mining, just user-centric social interaction! The launch generated hype and interest, which quickly dwindled once people started using it! The features continue to grow, and now Ello has launched an iPhone app! Will you try …

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June 2, 2015 • Crowdfunding, Gaming

Bard’s Tale IV on Kickstarter-Free Games for 24hrs!

I’d planned to write about the launch of The Bard’s Tale IV on Kickstarter anyway, but today I’ve learned of an incentive that makes it a ‘must pledge’ recommendation! InXile Entertainment announced that backers in the first 24 hours of the campaign will receive a free copy of Wasteland 2, CD Projekt’s The Witcher, or …

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June 1, 2015 • Gaming

G5’s Inbetween Land Is FREE on All Platforms This Week!

When I reviewed Inbetween Land for iPad more than two years ago, I echoed sentiments from the Mac review-it was a game I liked but did not love, a fun experience that didn’t match the quality of other G5 releases. But it is still a solid and fun game, and this week it is FREE …

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May 29, 2015 • Music Diary, Reviews

Rediscover Classic Soft Machine with Newly Remastered 1974 Live Recording

It is hard for me to think that it has been nearly 37 years since I was first awed by the guitar playing of Allan Holdsworth on the album ‘Feels Good to Me’ by Bill Bruford. His style was first shown with Soft Machine, and now we get to see it develop as part of …

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May 28, 2015 • Gaming, News

Announcing Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition Including PS4 & XBOX One

One of my favorite games of 2014 was Divinity: Original Sin from Larian Studios. The game from the Divine Divinity studio brings in all of the elements of classic RPGs while also featuring drop-in/out multiplayer, cross-platform interaction, cloud saves and other modern features. Now they have announced an Enhanced Edition of the game including ports …

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May 27, 2015 • Music Diary, News

IK Multimedia Introduces iKlip Grip, Video Stand with BT Shutter Control

IK Multimedia has many products that bridge the gap between work and play, putting the ‘fun’ in functional! iKlip Grip is the latest, a four-in-one accessory that is a selfie-stick but also SO much more! You can also use it as desktop tripod, monopod, or grip handle! Add Bluetooth shutter control and you have a …

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