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The honey-do-list meets technology

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No more notes on the refrigerator — now there’s HoneyDo for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

It’s easy, fun, and effective! Simply host a HoneyDo group and invite your spouse, kids, relatives, friends, or anyone else who will be helping with the task. (Perhaps you are remodeling your home or planning a family reunion.)



Review: Super Laser by EpicForce

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When iFighter Lite came out and I saw the screen shots I thought to myself “I’m buying the full version when it comes out”.  The full version came out, I bought it, and even though I had forgone trying the lite version first, I didn’t regret my purchase at all.  When I saw the screen shots for Super Laser I thought “I want to get this game”, and the feeling was cemented when I realized it was from the same developers that made iFighter.  After spending some time with Super Laser I can only hope that this isn’t the last scrolling shooter we’ll see from EpicForce.  Super Laser not only ups the ante from iFighter, but it feels like the game Assault Squadron should have been (minus the horizontal scrolling levels, though).



You want more time? Now there's an App for that!

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 If you ever wished for a genie to give you a longer life, there is now an App for that!  Skyclock shows you how to get your day's worth, each and every day! 

When I first saw this App I thought "So what?" but then as I started using it I rapidly discovered what a useful and rather amazing tool it was. I never thought about the daily changing skylight conditions that we take for granted. It just doesn't get light or dark at the same time every day!



Oh, the fun you will have with Drawing Pad!

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I’m not an artist (as you can see), but with Drawing Pad, I can have hours of fun pretending I am one.  



Working with documents is a snap with ReaddleDocs for iPad

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ReaddleDocs was good on the iPhone, but ReaddleDocs for iPad is even better. The iPad’s larger screen and the easy-to-use ReaddleDocs app, together, make document management a snap.



Get Your Quest On with Princess Fury!

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Princess Fury is a blast, but I thought there was a bit more strategy to controlling the different squads. Mostly you run around slashing the crap out of enemies, and collecting new weapons and troops to advance through the different levels. You can control your avatar--the Princess her bad self--and can muster or disperse her minions during combat. The game has a good mix of challenges, and the bosses get progressively harder (I had trouble getting past the first ogre).



Review: Cubed Rally Racer by No Can Win

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I’ve always been more of a top down or isometric view racing fan than a first / third person view one, so Cubed Rally Racer should be right up my alley.  The truth is that in some ways it is.  On the other hand, I find it quite frustrating.  The problem is, even when I get completely frustrated I find myself having to play just one more time.  Oh the irony of it all.  It’s a good thing this game requires two hands, or I’m not sure I’d have any hair left after a few sessions.



Making pictures out of text...

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Asciigraphy lets you take a picture, sort of. When you start it up and go to take a picture the image you see in your iPhone is a myriad of Asci text that forms your image. Right now all you can do is take a picture using the effect. Later versions promise to be able to import photos you've already got. The first (and so far only) picture I've had a chance to take is one of my computer's desktop. Unfortunately, it's difficult to even make out what it shows. The text is too clear. Hopefully, when I get outside to take some pictures it will look better. Can't complain since it's for free. Try it. Here's my desktop...sort of.



Giveaway -- five 1-year and five 3-month Slacker Radio Plus subscriptions

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In a recent column I wrote about the Slacker streaming music service that lets you create "stations" that stream only your favorite type of music. And I highlighted a new feature of their Slacker Radio app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad: the ability to cache songs for offline listening. But the caching feature requires a Slacker Radio Plus account. I have good news: I'm giving away five 1-year and five 3-month subscriptions to Slacker Radio Plus.



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