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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.

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.



Griffin Stylus Product Review

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The iPad redefined the way people interact with computers.  Prior to its commercial arrival, tablet PC's had attempted to recreate the pen and notepad metaphor with mixed results.  It took an innovative company like Apple to scrap that approach and go for the gold.

However, some iPad users (artists and designers especially) have an itch that only a stylus can scratch.  Griffin Technology, a company well established in the art of taking Apple hardware to new vertical heights, sees enough of a market need from those styli-seeking customers.  As such, the Griffin Stylus attempts to answer this call.



Puzzlicious Game Review

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Puzzlicious from GiantCrayon Games is a new puzzle game for the iPhone and iPod Touch available for $0.99 from the Apple iTunes Apps Store.  The game is a straightforward rectangular piece re-assembly objective to reconstitute a random photo pulled from your iPhone's photo library or from the developer's Picasa web album account. 



Secure iPhone Screen Protection

3M recently sent me a sample of their new 3M Mobile Privacy Film, a twelve dollar adhesive screen protector with "microlouver technology" (essentially what looks like a polarization filter). When applied, this layer makes the screen appear dark and fuzzy when not looking directly at the screen. The margin of angle is fairly tight and the filter does what it advertises. Of course, this also means that watching videos on the iPhone can become a challenge due to the exact nature of the viewing angle necessary to watch without blurring the image.


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