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Kindle Failed Tests at Several Colleges. Will the iPad do Better?

 Reed college is experimenting with students and the iPad. Read more at Wired Campus.



Help your kids learn their spelling words as they "Walk the Plank"

I love Hangman, especially on my iPad that I can take anywhere. If I have a few minutes to wait, I pull it out and play a round.
 
Custom Hangman is a bit different than some of the others I have found in that you can add your own custom word lists. You can play them yourself and share them with friends. You could even help your kids learn their spelling words by using this app!
 

Included in the app, are twenty word lists and game categories, including SAT words, which are the ones I especially enjoy. The app works with iPhone and iPod Touch. Check out the video below:



KidKeys - Special Keyboard for Kids

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KidKeys - a colorful keyboard for kids. Makes it easy for kids to write notes, e-mails, or play games using KidKeys and the iPad to connect with your computer. Works on a Mac or PC. 



Panda Hero - A Positive Solution for Our Environment

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I like positive solutions, and Barefoot Explorers has created a fun and entertaining game that provides a positive solution for our environment. For every Panda Hero game that is sold, they plant three live trees through a partnership with Trees for the Future
 
Your job in Panda Hero is to tilt, roll, swerve and jump through mazes, forests, rice fields and more in order to rescue the Panda that have been trapped by poachers. After rescuing the Pandas, you can feed, dress and play with them.


The Lorax - Entertainment or Propaganda? You decide.

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The Lorax contains adorable Dr. Seuss graphics and fun sound effects; however, in my mind, its purpose appears to be more propaganda than entertainment. The message: Big Business will destroy our land and kill our creatures unless you do something about it.



Never too old to learn

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Since getting my iPad I've been wanting to find out what my parents think about the device, so this past weekend I headed down to the coast with my son and iPad to relax and visit with my parents, and find out if they would like to try using an iPad.



Just Jigaw - No More Missing Pieces!

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Puzzles are great fun. Now I can put a puzzle together anytime and in anyplace. I don’t have to worry about lost pieces or even having my cats jump on it and mess up my hard work!



Apple Worldwide Developer Conference coming up in June

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Expect June to be another exciting time for the iPhone. That's when the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference will take place — and when the new iPhone will likely be announced. Of course, if you're a developer, you'll want to attend and get state-of-the-art knowledge about how to develop top apps for the iPhone and iPad. Click on the link above for more information.



25 things you can control remotely with your iPhone

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One of the most surprising things about the iPhone is all the incredible variety of things it's being used for. And one of those things is as a remote control. A very helpful article/slide how on Business Insider, entitled "25 Things You Can Remote Control With Your iPhone," gives you a good picture of the possibilities, from controlling your DVR to the Boxee media center software. Pictured is the ProRemote ($99) software that lets you control pro audio editing software.



30% off PINK POGO STYLUS for Mother's Day!

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My favorite stylus in my favorite color is now on sale just for Mother's Day! Read my review here.  

 



Review: Above And Below by Pastel Games

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It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned it (at least since the last time I reviewed a scrolling shooter), but I love scrolling shooters.  They don’t even necessarily have to be very original, though it certainly doesn’t hurt.  They just have to look good, sound good, and have solid play mechanics.  Oh yeah, they have to be fun as well.  I’d even be able to overlook the audio and visuals to an extent if the game played well.  Fortunately, Above And Below plays pretty well indeed.  It also looks sharp and sounds good.  Unfortunately the controls need a bit of work.  Surprisingly, I’m okay with that.



Quick Look: White & Yellow Pages

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There was a recent press release on an app called “White & Yellow Pages” by Avantar LLC. This app works on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch (I installed it on my touch and iPad). The title is pretty self explanatory. I downloaded it today and I think this is going to come in handy. It has some great features which I will list below from the press release along with some links as well. I was impressed that when I located a business name, it pulled up the information and then proceeded to give me options for mapping, going to their web page, directions, and calling them.


Code Red - Should Women be Offended?

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My friend, Marilyn, sent me this note: "I have a complaint. I read in the San Francisco Chronicle that there is an app called Code Red which allows men to track their wife/girlfriend/whatever monthly cycle so they can prepare for mood swings. Is that true? Isn't that a bit sexist? LOL."

Yes, Marilyn, it's true.  The app does exist.  Is it a bit sexist?  Should women all over the world be offended and angry?  Should we hunt down those MEN and hurt them?  No, they should be given the Nobel Peace Prize. 



Extreme Sheepdog Trials — a game you can control by whistling

If you've never seen extreme sheepherding, you've got to watch this 3-minute. I just couldn't believe it when I first saw it.



Ultimate Frankenstein: Android on an iPhone

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Porting mobile operating systems from one device to another is nothing really new and has been going on for quite a while. Many websites are dedicated to this craft, however this newest update got my attention.

It seems that someone has gone so far as to install Google's Android operating system to an Apple iPhone 2G with fairly good success. The author claims that porting Android to an iPhone 3G is not far behind.



QRANK — free daily trivia quiz

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if you enjoy trivia games, you might like QRANK, a free daily trivia quiz. Plus, it has a social component such that you can compete with your friends or try to get a high score on the leaderboards in various regions. Each day there are 20 new questions taken from current events.



American McGee’s Crooked House

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 The truth is, I am not much of a puzzle gamer, as it were. I prefer more action-oriented titles, but the review of the occasional puzzle game never hurt anyone (see my review of SPB Quads here). My problems with puzzlers are not typically the fault of the game, but the fact I’m not smart enough to figure out the puzzles. I had no such problems with Crooked House.



Adorama announces winners of iPhone photo contest — really awesome photos

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These photos are must-see. I had no idea that the iPhone was capable of such great images. The lucky winner (shown here) was titled "Good-Bye & So Long," was by Neville Black, who won $1,000 in the Adorama iPhone Photo Contest. According to Adorama, this annual Award was created to spotlight the rapid rise in popularity of the iPhone as a new platform for digital point-and-shoot photography.



Everything you wanted to know about Apple vs Adobe Flash

CNet has a great article that thoroughly explains the fracas between Apple and Adobe. This matters to you because, as you know, when you point your iPhone or iPad at a web page that uses Flash animation or video, you don't see it. You only see an empty space. The fracas heated up when Steve Jobs said this past week that Flash will never be available on the iPhone or iPad. The article explains why. And it explains why in the future, with the forthcoming HTML5 standard, Flash may not be necessary. 



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