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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.

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. 



Slayer Pinball Rocks HD Review

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Pinball wizards who are fans of Pinball HD for the iPad will be happy to learn that the same developer has created a pinball table for Sony Music themed with the heavy metal rock band Slayer.

Fans of Slayer's music will no doubt find the pinball interpretation of their music and visual style worth investigating, but for those of us who are not Slayer fans yet still looking for a pinball fix beyond Pinball HD will be satisfied with this game.



No, Human Game Review

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With over 250,000 titles currently available in the Apple App's Store, it can be a challenge finding the diamonds among the cruft.  And since the games category bulks the majority of App Store products, this search can be especially daunting.  However, once in a while a game title captures just the right amount of immediate gratification and strategic finesse that gives it an enduring, addictive quality.  Does No, Human have this necessary spark?  Read on time find out.



Whiteboard HD for iPad Product Review

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Whiteboard advocates should be very interested to learn that Avici Software has emulated the whiteboard experience on the iPad to a relatively successful degree.  The iPad's display size and resolution make it a strong platform for such a concept.  However, while Avici's execution of the concept is on track toward being a must-have piece of iPad software for meeting managers, designers and general brainstormers, it's not quite there yet.



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