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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.

Lifelike Craig HD Product Review

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Nearly a year ago, I reviewed Early Edition for the iPad so favorably that the application has continued to remain on my iPad home screen dock. The winning combination of RSS reader presented in a traditional newspaper layout made the app a keeper. And yet, one important aspect of the old ink on paper analog was missing - the classified ads section. However, thanks to the arrival of Lifelike Apps' Lifelike Craig HD, this deficiency in my analog reference has been addressed.



Haunted Manor HD Review

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Big Fish Games is rapidly becoming the Infocom of the object hunting puzzle adventure iOS gaming arena. Their latest interactive story, Haunted Manor HD, places gamers in a typical Victorian-style haunted house scenario, learning clues about the ghosts occupying the house as the various hunt and peck puzzles are solved. How does Haunted Manor compare to other Big Fish titles? Read on to find out.

Haunted Manor HD follows the simple story of Stan Riddle who is inexplicably trapped in an elegant, spooky mansion filled with a cornucopia of objects. Consisting of over 90 tasks spanning 18 different locations throughout the mansion, players eventually re-assemble pieces of a broken mirror to reach the story's resolution.



SuperTooth DISCO Product Review

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Bluetooth audio products have been on the market for years, though their momentum didn't really accelerate until the commercialization of the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) specification. Devices that support this uni-directional stereo channel streaming audio technology can wirelessly connect to a A2DP-compliant source. While most of these devices are phone headsets, a growing category is high-quality external speakers. SuperTooth's DISCO is one such product. Let's take a closer look at what the DISCO has to offer.

 



iRig Mic with Vocalive and iKlip Product Reviews

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IK Multimedia, a company with the tag line "Musicians First" has recently released two products geared toward the aspiring and professional musician market. The iRig Mic is billed as "the first handheld microphone for your iPhone" and the iKlip is a microphone stand adapter for the iPad. Do these two products truly make creating and performing music easier? Read on to find out.

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Teach Me Sushi iPad Edition Review

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Ever wish you could make your own sushi for a dinner party or a more colorful meal than hamburgers and hotdogs? Teach Me Sushi iPad Edition can show you how. Does this video-rich teaching experience deliver the goods? Read on to find out.

I have been a fan of sushi since a former co-worker introduced the delicacy to me nearly 20 years ago. Even though I enjoy this Japanese meal category, making my own has eluded me… until now. Thanks to Jake Davidow's encouraging and highly enthusiastic video presentations in the iPad edition of Teach Me Sushi, I am at least no longer apprehensive about making my own Maki and hand rolls.
 



Hunters: Episode One HD Review

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Hunters: Episode One for iPad Review

The turn-based gameplay that Hunters incorporates is reminiscent of classic PC titles like Omnitrend's Breach 2 and MicroProse's XCOM: UFO Defense, but unlike those pre-Internet titles, Hunters benefits from both the network and the touch interface that iPad gamers take for granted. Do these new modalities make Hunters a better game as a result? Read on to find out.



noteplex for iPad Review

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Innovative music apps are starting to appear on a fairly regular basis for the iPad, and for good reasons. Apple has had a long standing relationship with musicians, harkening back to the days of MIDI on the Apple IIe and original Macintosh computers. As the interface has changed over the years, so too have the means of interacting with musical data.



PuppetShow - The Mystery of Joyville HD for iPad Review

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Big Fish Games, publishers of critically acclaimed games like Everest: Hidden Expedition and Drawn: The Painted Tower comes a similar title that employs the familiar finger tapping search for objects on screen, this time wrapped within the story of mystery and intrigue set in a 19th century town encumbered with a secret shrouded behind what appears on the surface to be sinister overtones.

 



SG Project Pro for iPad Review

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Given the broad number of Office-related productivity applications available on the iPad, especially those focused on time management, it's about time that a professional-grade project management application has been released. Developed by FourthFrame Technologies, SG Project Pro has delivered an application that will make iPad-owning project managers very happy.



GuitarToolkit Review

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I love playing guitar, whether for people at parties or in the quiet solitude of my home. I also enjoy learning new pieces, whether from traditional sheet music or from the wide range of guitar tabs available on the Internet (most of which are not that good). Yet after years of playing, I still occasionally come across a weird chord that I haven't played in ages.  Like many students of the instrument, I learned a majority of chords from Mel Bay guitar chord books. The drawback of these books is that there is no sound accompanying the strum, so it is hit or miss whether your fret fingering is correct. However, with the release of portable music apps like Agile Partners' GuitarToolkit, chord formation and sound are no longer a mystery.

 



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