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Mike Riley is a frequent contributor to several technical publications and specializes in emerging technologies and new development trends. Mike was previously employed by RR Donnelley as the company’s Chief Scientist, responsible for determining innovative technical approaches to improve the company’s internal and external content services. Mike also co-hosted Computer Connection, a technology enthusiast show broadcast on Tribune Media's CLTV.

PodPlayer Review

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The apps that Apple bundles on their iOS devices are slick, polished and almost perfect. But for those power users who need just a bit more tweaking to attain an even higher level of perfection, they have to turn to Apple's App Store to seek out programs that scratch that particular itch.



Griffin StompBox Review

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Griffin is no stranger to the guitar iOS accessory market, having released their GuitarConnect cable over a year ago (check out the product review). GuitarConnect was so enthusiastically received that Griffin has branched out to help make guitarists outfitted with iOS devices even more functionally appealing with the release of the StompBox. Coupled with the iShred LIVE (free with in-app add-ons) available from the App Store, the StompBox promises to make the lives of performing guitarists easier.



V-Moda Crossfade M-80 Headphone Review

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Most discerning listeners of music emanating from an iPhone or iPod Touch prefer lightweight earbuds. But for many, wearing them is uncomfortable as their one size fits all never quite fits them. There are also times when the more traditional on or over-the-ear headphones are appropriate, such as in noisy environments and times when you don't want to fuss with earbuds falling out such as when vigorously exercising. Whether these were the primary design tenants in mind when DJ-centric V-MODA crafted their Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Headphones is hard to say, but one thing is for certain - these headphones are the most durable I've ever placed over my ears.



Mahjong Towers Touch HD Review

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One of my favorite computer games is Mahjong. I choose it over Solitaire any day. I recall the first time I played Shanghai, developed by Brody Lockhart and published at the time by Activision, back in 1987. It was one of the first Mahjong titles that captured the beauty of the game in the now iconic tile selection interface. I played it on an Atari ST back in 1987 on a monochrome monitor and thought it was one of the most beautifully executed and original titles I had played for that or any platform at the time. Seems the rest of the world agreed, since even after nearly 25 years since its release, it is still as relevant and strongly sought after as ever. Case in point - Big Fish's latest interpretation on the iPad of this popular tile matching game.



Griffin Beacon Review

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Being the home automation enthusiast and restless technologist that I am, I built my own universal remote control months ago using an Arduino, an IR LED and a Ruby on Rails application running on my computer. My app works great over WiFi and I can even turn on and off these devices when I'm off-site. I even pre-programmed cascading functions so that when I press the "All Off" button on my app, my TV, stereo and video game console also turn off.



Pioneer SE-CL331 Water Resistant Headphones Review

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Summer is here in the Midwest, and it's been an especially hot week so far. Outdoor sporting activities like biking, hiking and jogging during such weather conditions produce copious quantities of sweat. And on those rare occasions when getting caught in a sudden downpour is a thankful cooling off experience (as long as your electronics are not affected as a result). These are just some of the conditions that Pioneer's SE-CL331 headset was designed to handle.



Reckless Getaway Review

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Every so often, a game comes with a simple premise that keeps casual iOS gamers engaged for hours on end. Reckless Getaway is just such a game. What makes it so addictive? Read on to find out.



Puzzle Agent 2 HD Review

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Players start the sequel to Puzzle Agent with Agent Nelson Tethers back in Washington DC staring up at the moon. But in short order, he finds himself once again in the familiar Scoggins, Minnesota territory for this second installment of his story brought to life on the iPad.

I reviewed the first Puzzle Agent game nearly a year ago and found it to be a cute, stress-relieving form of entertainment to unwind with after a long day at work. It sometimes taxed (though never overheated) my mind with puzzles that ranged from grossly obvious to mildly challenging.

 



Flick Golf HD for iPad Review

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Based on the original Flick Golf for iPhone, Flick Golf HD brings this finger slashing aim-for-the-bulls-eye projectile targeting game to the iPad. While the screenshots may give the somewhat misleading appearance of a minigolf-style course, Flick Golf HD consists of 5 'courses' which really are just five different environments with different tee-off and target locations. Additionally, it's not really golf but more of a flick the ball with your finger and control its angle of direction with a flurry of finger flicks to direct the ball as closely to the center of the bulls-eye as possible. You can continue to swish your finger on the screen once the ball hits the ground but only for a limited time.

 



Bracketron All-Weather Soft Case Bike Mount Review

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Avid bicyclists rejoice! Bracketron has created a case for your iPhone, iPod Touch and various other mobile devices that securely mounts on your bike handlebars. Does the bracket hold up against a rugged day-long road trip? Read on to find out what shines and what, if anything, needs more polish with this bicycling enthusiast mobile digital lifestyle accessory.



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