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American McGee’s Crooked House

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 The truth is, I am not much of a puzzle gamer, as it were. I prefer more action-oriented titles, but the review of the occasional puzzle game never hurt anyone (see my review of SPB Quads here). My problems with puzzlers are not typically the fault of the game, but the fact I’m not smart enough to figure out the puzzles. I had no such problems with Crooked House.



Ping

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I’ve been using Ping for the iPhone since its initial release date, and I’ve been extremely happy with it.  

Ping is a text-messaging app. There is no monthly charges and no roaming charges to Ping someone, but they must also have a Ping account. This is great for your family and friends and saves a bundle.



How To Be a Cool Grandparent

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How To Be a Cool Grandparent

Step 1: Purchase an iPad

Step 2: Install all your “bragging” photos on the device

Step 3: Install the Jack and the Beanstalk app

By taking these three steps, your friends will be seriously envious of your “Bragging Album;” your kids will be overjoyed at how well you “babysit;” and your grandchildren will think you’re the coolest Granny or Grandpa on earth. Jack and the Beanstalk almost makes me ready for Granny-hood!



Pianist plays Flight of the Bumblebee on an iPad

This is another "you-gotta-see-this" video. At an orchestral concert the guest pianist plays Flight of the Bumblebee on an iPad.



Review: Radio Flare Redux by Chillingo

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When I played the original Radio Flare, I guess I didn’t “get it”, because while the game was okay I wasn’t overly impressed with it.  Now we have Radio Flare Redux, and while I’m still not sure I “get it”, I think this is a marked improvement over the first game, and I really like this version.  It still has moments where it can get as hectic as a traditional shooter, but by its very nature it’s a much more relaxing type of game.  The visuals are odd, the music is good, and the overall feeling of the game is not quite like anything you’ve played before (unless, of course, you’ve played Radio Flare).  It’s definitely an experience for those who feel they’ve played it all when it comes to vertical shooters.



Opera Mini — speed test shows free browser loads pages 4 times faster, but loses to Safari in other tests

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I came across some speed tests on Lifehacker for the free Opera Mini browser. When it comes to loading web pages it's over 4 times faster than Safari. But the testing shows that it's slower than Safari in a couple other respects. The review says this is likely due to Safari's privileged position as the default browser and the fact that this is first version of Opera Mini.



HoloToy: The closest thing to a real hologram on your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone!

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Ah the good old days.  When the app store was new, everyone rushed to download apps that could show off what was unique about the iPhone.  iSteam was a great app to demonstrate both the touchscreen interface and the accelerometer, as well as the microphone to 'steam' up the screen.  Now that the iPad is here, we need to round up similar apps that we can use to evangelize this new platform.



Free Game of the Day — free app brings you a free game each day

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Free Game of the Day is a free app that highlights a free game each day. You download the game app from within the Free Game of the Day app. This is because many of the apps that they make available are ones that you'd normally have to pay for. It's an interesting marketing model: they convince developers to make their game available for a day for free. This brings attention to their game, and downloads soar, boosting their ranking. In the case of the Stair Dismount game, it went from 5,000 daily downloads to 32,000.



Review: Saving Private Sheep by Bulkypix

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Saving Private Sheep is the harrowing tale of an abandoned, scared flock of woolen comrades and the one ram that can bring them all safely out of the clutches of the nasty wolves.  You are that ram.  Can you handle the truth?  Have I veered from the topic at hand?  Why sheep?  All – or possibly none – of these questions and more (or less) will be answered by the time this review is over.  Now buckle in and read on to find out why you, too, should be saving some sheep…



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