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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.

SuperTooth HD Review

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SuperTooth is making quite a name for themselves in the Bluetooth audio arena. Their standalone SuperTooth DISCO speaker was well received. Their SuperTooth HD audio product is designed for use in the automobile and features hands-free phone operation and audio playback. How does this unit compare to other in-car Bluetooth visor-mounted speakerphone extensions? Read on to find out.



Geminus Genius Case 2 Review

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I was a big fan of the original Geminus Genius Case when it was released for the first generation iPad. However, with the release of Apple's iPad 2, case requirements have changed. The addition of the iPad2 front facing and rear cameras combined with the iPad 2's thinner design need to be accounted for in a more modern case design. Fortunately, Geminus has not only re-engineered their Genius Case for the iPad 2's dimensions and features, the company has also added some really smart enhancements that keeps this case on the top of my iPad 2 accessory recommendations list.



Shine - Weather At A Glance Review

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Weather applications are as popular as sound board and Sudoku programs in the App Store. Is there room for yet another weather app? AppThat, the creator of Shine - Weather At A Glance, thinks so. Read on to find out what I think.

Shine delivers exactly what the name of the application says it does. Rather than overload users with screens filled with radar maps, bar charts, histories, videos and dancing icons, Shine is as easy and almost as fast as the native iPhone Weather application. However, unlike the Apple-bundled Weather program, Shine offers 36-hour weather forecasts so you know exactly how to plan your day.



Emerald Chronometer HD Review

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A variety of clocks and timers for the iPad are pervasive in Apple's App Store, though few offer the beauty and sophistication that Emerald Sequoia's Chronometer HD. This brief review takes a look at this high resolution version based on the already popular iPhone release.

Emerald Chronometer features 15 accurately depicted watches with 26 total front and back watch faces, featuring day and night versions. Many of the watch faces also offer a variety of astronomical capabilities such as relative position and the rising and setting times for the sun, moon and the inner solar system planets, lunar and solar eclipse predictors and more.

 



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.



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