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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.

Strange Rain Review

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Some of the more jaded iPhone application critics (of which at times I claim to be one of these) complain that there are no new, truly creative interactive experiences on the iPhone anymore. With literally hundreds of thousands of applications to choose from in the App Store, hasn't every pixel pushing design already been manifested? Strange Rain answers those critics with a resounding 'No' thanks to its torrent of creativity and captivating, imaginative gameplay.



Geminus Genius iPad Case Review

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Many moons ago when I first started my professional business career right after college, my dad gave me a beautiful briefcase to match my young executive suit and tie look. I still have that briefcase somewhere in my basement, but it's a relic from a bygone era, a hold-out from the Mad Men time period of his generation.



Magic Window - Living Pictures Review

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Time is a very popular category for many iOS applications. Most of these types of apps focus on scheduling time, though a growing number have been designed to view time in an attractive and novel way. One such application adopting this approach is Magic Window - Living Pictures.



Drawn: The Painted Tower HD Review

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In the short time since its release, the iPad has quickly become the ideal portable gaming device. One of the easily discernible traits is the iPad's graphic abilities, providing rich, high resolution imagery. Combine this with a compelling puzzle adventure and the outcome is a game like Drawn: The Painted Tower HD.



iMainGo X Product Review

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There are plenty of cases and speaker accessories for iPods and iPhones, but rarely do you find these two accessory categories combined into the same product. That is what Portable Sound Laboratories' iMainGo X attempts to accomplish.  Read on to find out how well this category mash-up succeeds.

The iMainGo X appears to be designed mostly for iPod Touch owners who spend most of their time listening to audio, but would prefer to do so on the go with a compact, conveniently portable, high quality set of stereo speakers. For that specific market demographic, the iMainGo X will be as close to a perfect match one could hope to find. The iMainGo X essentially turns your iPod Touch into something about the size of two original Sony Walkmans stacked on top of eachother.



Just Mobile Lounge Product Review

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The nice folks at Just Mobile sent me their most recent deluxe stand for the iPhone to evaluate. Read on to find out how well this futuristic-looking iPhone holder designed by the respected Danish design company tools compares to other iPhone stands on the market.



Ecamm Printopia Review

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One of the most anticipated features in the recent iOS 4.2 release was the ability for properly programmed applications to print from an iOS device like the iPad. Known as Airprint, this new addition brought the idea of wireless printing to any printer on the network to many iPhone and iPad owners anxious to output web pages, iWork and PDF documents to paper hard copy. Unfortunately, due to the various technical and security issues around iOS and Airprint technology, Airprint is rather restricted in its current form.  Supporting only a handful of new printers that must be connected on the wireless network segment as the iOS user, expectations for Airprint were rapidly deflated.



CASTIV: The Guitar Sidekick Product Review

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My love of gadgets is on par with my love of playing music, whether that be transmitted from a piano, guitar, flute, recorder, whistle or a number of other tone generating instruments.  As such, I frequently combine the use of my iOS devices with my acoustic or electric guitars.  My iPhone is clipped somewhere on my body when I'm playing in a band or solo at friends, family and neighborhood gatherings.  That iOS device is there to help tune my guitar (especially helpful for those compositions that require open tunings) as well as provide instrumental accompaniment when a simple drum track or bass line can help embellish the performance.



Edito for iPad Review

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The Apple iPad App Store is rapidly filling up with a slew of various text editing applications, each featuring their own unique approach to the job of entering and editing content. Edito is one such application optimized for the entry and interpretation of Markdown, a shorthand markup language co-created by Mac enthusiast John Gruber of Daring Fireball fame. Due to the endorsements of Markdown by notable personalities in the Mac community (Merlin Mann of 43 Folders, for example), and support of the syntax by various blogging sites and programming tools, Markdown is making its mark, so to speak, on the World Wide Web.



Just Mobile UpStand Review

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With the choice of iPad stands continuing to expand almost on a daily basis, iPad owners looking for the design that best suits their functional needs and aesthetic desires is becoming increasingly differentiated.  Going beyond the simple easel, Just Mobile's UpStand takes a fixed pedestal approach and matches it with the kind of high quality aluminum frame composite material that has the look of Apple's metallic design.

 



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