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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.

PodPlayer 1.1 Update Review

This is just a quick follow-up on my original review of PodPlayer. This new release brings several awesome features, one of which is my personal favorite. I asked the developer about adding it and he readily complied.

In addition to all the capabilities of the original 1.0 release, PodPlayer 1.1 adds the ability to automatically start playing selected podcasts when the app launches. No more fumbling around the screen or headset buttons when starting the app for the first time.



Scosche boomCAN Review

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Scosche designed one of my favorite headsets, so I was looking forward to hearing what their inexpensive external rechargeable battery-powered speaker sounded like. Does the boomCAN do audible justice to projecting high-fidelity sound for portable devices like the iPhone and iPad? Read on to find out.

Let's face it — the external speakers on iOS devices are adequate for short bursts of close proximity listening, but they're not the best when sharing the sound with others. The audio quality is pretty good, but volume is a problem.



iKlip MINI Review

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IK Multimedia have crafted a bracket for iPhone owners who are musicians and/or students of music. Like its iKlip for the iPad big brother, the iKlip MINI is designed for vocalists, guitarists and anyone else who uses the iPhone or iPod Touch for their digital set lists, lyrics or effects controller. Read on to find out if the iKlip MINI is something you'll need.



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.



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