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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.

Griffin Stylus + Pen + Laser Pointer Review

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Even though the iOS devices are stylus-free, there are growing numbers of artists, note takers and business users who are more comfortable using a stylus when navigating and creating data and imagery with their iPhones and iPads. But given the single purpose-built functionally of such rubber-tipped styli, its yet another item that has to be carried around. Griffin Technology, a company that knows all about iOS accessories, has combined a tablet stylus with a pen and a laser pointer. It's three separate pointing devices melded into a standalone multi-purpose product. Read on for the full review.



Callet iPhone Case Review

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If you're an iPhone user, you already know the convenience of combining functionality into a single package. The iPhone is a phone, a music and video player, a computer and a camera all rolled into one. So for those who prefer multi-functional design in a single, small package, the Callet case combines a protective rubberized slip case with two slots on the back to house credit and identification cards, cash, bus passes and more. Is this enough of a differentiator for the Callet compared to the catalog of other iPhone case options? Read on to find out.



Facebook Photo Album Review

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Among many other things, Facebook offers its members an easy way to upload and share photos. But the browser interface that Facebook uses to display those photos isn't the greatest, especially when using Safari on an iPad. Developer Lifelike Apps felt the same way and created the Facebook Photo Album as a result. Does it succeed at its goal of a cleaner, more iOS-friendly interface to your friends Facebook photos? Read on to find out.



Just Mobile AluPen+AluCube and Horizon Reviews

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Just Mobile, a company that is on a prolific iPhone and iPad hardware stand accessory roll, recently released their newest members to the iOS lifestyle family. The AluCube is a stylish rubberized-tipped aluminum pen with matching stand, and the Horizon is a wall mount for iPad and iPad2 devices. Read on for more details on each.

Just Mobile AluPen+AluCube



V-MODA Crossfade M-80 Headphone Review *Revisited*

Readers may recall my initial review of V-MODA's Crossfade M-80 Headphone and the less than stellar reception it received. Consequently, V-MODA founder Val Kolton contacted me about his authentic concern regarding my listening experience and graciously sent over several competing on-ear headsets to compare to the M-80. Here are my results.

In addition to the M-80, the other headsets Val sent (all of which were either as expensive or more expensive than the M-80) were:



PodPlayer Review

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The apps that Apple bundles on their iOS devices are slick, polished and almost perfect. But for those power users who need just a bit more tweaking to attain an even higher level of perfection, they have to turn to Apple's App Store to seek out programs that scratch that particular itch.



Griffin StompBox Review

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Griffin is no stranger to the guitar iOS accessory market, having released their GuitarConnect cable over a year ago (check out the product review). GuitarConnect was so enthusiastically received that Griffin has branched out to help make guitarists outfitted with iOS devices even more functionally appealing with the release of the StompBox. Coupled with the iShred LIVE (free with in-app add-ons) available from the App Store, the StompBox promises to make the lives of performing guitarists easier.



V-Moda Crossfade M-80 Headphone Review

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Most discerning listeners of music emanating from an iPhone or iPod Touch prefer lightweight earbuds. But for many, wearing them is uncomfortable as their one size fits all never quite fits them. There are also times when the more traditional on or over-the-ear headphones are appropriate, such as in noisy environments and times when you don't want to fuss with earbuds falling out such as when vigorously exercising. Whether these were the primary design tenants in mind when DJ-centric V-MODA crafted their Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Headphones is hard to say, but one thing is for certain - these headphones are the most durable I've ever placed over my ears.



Mahjong Towers Touch HD Review

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One of my favorite computer games is Mahjong. I choose it over Solitaire any day. I recall the first time I played Shanghai, developed by Brody Lockhart and published at the time by Activision, back in 1987. It was one of the first Mahjong titles that captured the beauty of the game in the now iconic tile selection interface. I played it on an Atari ST back in 1987 on a monochrome monitor and thought it was one of the most beautifully executed and original titles I had played for that or any platform at the time. Seems the rest of the world agreed, since even after nearly 25 years since its release, it is still as relevant and strongly sought after as ever. Case in point - Big Fish's latest interpretation on the iPad of this popular tile matching game.



Griffin Beacon Review

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Being the home automation enthusiast and restless technologist that I am, I built my own universal remote control months ago using an Arduino, an IR LED and a Ruby on Rails application running on my computer. My app works great over WiFi and I can even turn on and off these devices when I'm off-site. I even pre-programmed cascading functions so that when I press the "All Off" button on my app, my TV, stereo and video game console also turn off.



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