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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.

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.

 



LUXA2 H5 Car-Mount Product Review

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With the iPhone 4's built-in GPS features, navigating as well as selecting music to play while driving can a dangerous proposition.  Fortunately, iPhone accessory maker LUXA2 has created a car mount that makes such a task much less risky.



Land Air Sear Warfare HD Review

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If you are looking for one of the best Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games for the iPad, look no further than Land Air Sea Warfare HD.  Graphics and sound combine with gameplay that in many ways is better than the original game that launched the RTS genre, Command & Conquer.



Fruit Ninja HD Game Review

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Every so often, a game for the iOS comes along that captures that addictive "just one more round" quality to keep players locked to their devices well past bedtime.  Halfbrick Studios' Fruit Ninja is just such a game.

The objective of the game is as obvious as any classic arcade title.  Shoot (or in the case of Fruit Ninja, slash) the bad guys (in this case, fruit) while avoiding the bombs.  Increase the number and speed of targets and bombs with each progressive level.  Miss three targets and the game is over.



iCircuit Review

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Readers of my reviews may recall my enthusiastic review of Electronic Toolbox HD.  While that product provided a good deal of depth on basic electronic parts and calculations, it lacked a simulator to assemble such parts into a functional design.  iCircuit fulfills this need exceptionally well.



Puzzle Agent HD Game Review

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The White House needs its erasers and calls upon U.S. Department of Puzzle Research agent Nelson Tethers to solve the mystery of why the supplier, the Scoggins Eraser Company, is unable to deliver them.



Miriel the Magical Merchant HD Review

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I have been an electronic game player since the early '80's, and I find the aspect of game genre evolution fascinating.  The category that 10tons Ltd's Miriel the Magical Merchant HD fits in is a time management style game known by many as a 'Diner Dash' type, since that game was the title that firmly established the genre.  And like most titles that draw their inspiration from the defining source, enhancements, variants and improvements take the new game beyond the original concept.  This is the case with Miriel the Magical Merchant HD (MTMMHD).

 



Seline HD Product Review

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Looking for a creative musical composition and improvisational audio instrument that will keep your inner composer busy for hours on end?  Then check out Amidio's Seline HD, a new approach at turning the iPad into a synthesizer optimized for the iPad's screen and touch interface.

Fingering the ioGrid on-screen keypad that triggers notes takes some practice, just like learning any new musical instrument for the first time.  Odd notes are positioned for the left hand, while even notes sit on the right side of the split screen.  Pitch bends and vibrato effects can be incorporated into the playback by manipulating the circle inside middle diamond shape on the screen.  Notes can be stepped up or down using the up and down on-screen arrows accordingly. 



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