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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.

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.

 



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.



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