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Britannica - It is concise

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The definition of concise is: expressing or covering much in few words; brief in form but comprehensive in scope. 



Review: Icarus-X by Quadsphere

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It’s been a least a week since I’ve mentioned it, so let me start by saying that I love shooters.  Vertical, horizontal, 360 degrees – they’re all good to me as long as they are fun.  That being said, I’d probably argue that vertical shooters are my favorite.  As luck would have it, Icarus-X is a vertical shooter.  It’s not a bad little game either.  Sadly, it suffers from lack of some of the things that I really enjoy in shooters, but I’ve enjoyed it none the less.  Now if I could just get past level 4…



Call anyone in the US from anywhere in the world absolutely FREE on your iPad

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Do you Whistle (free)?  I guess I'm still a bit tongue tied with my latest VoiP app for the iPad, yes you're hearing me right a VoiP phone for the iPad (and other devices too).

 The WhistlePhone Service is interesting for a number of reasons; 1) it designed an app for the iPad, 2) it utilizes an add you have to listen to before each call to make your voip call free in the US, or from anywhere else to the US.



Review: The Forgotten Part 5 - Defender Chronicles

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The first thing you’ll notice about Defender Chronicles is the orientation of the game. Where most tower defense games are played from a top down perspective, Defender Chronicles uses a side view to tell its tale. It’s a nice change that allows more detail to be displayed.  The next major difference is that all building locations are pre-determined. Instead of dragging a building where you want to construct it, you simply click one of the many flags littering the landscape and then select the troop type whose barracks you wish to have constructed there. The game starts out with only archer and swordsmen barracks as options, but as the game progresses other choices become available.



Tonos Español free in honor of Cinco de Mayo — create Spanish language ringtones

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Fellow blogger Todd Berhard has created a number of apps that let you make customized, text-to-speech ringtones for specific callers. And today, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, he has made TONOS Español totally free. It lets you create Spanish language ringtones using with male and female voices. You can also combine 200 sound effects to 'get your attention' before your custom message is spoken.



Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité FRANCE 24

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Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité are not the only things I love about France, though I deeply connect to these concepts. I remember my time in Paris some years back very fondly, the amazing culture, food & wine and a people who in general seem far more interested and understanding of what is happening in the world than my friends here.



iPad and Fine Arts

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I've been enjoying the Art Authority for iPad ($9.99) from Open Door Networks for some time now, initially just exploring the the various artists, periods and styles and then exploring it as a coffee table book of sorts.  Though at a recent dinner party where there was some lively discussion about the iPad versus Kindle with a side by side comparison (no comparison) most everyone agreed that the iPad with Art Authority isn't a coffee table book, it has a different purpose. 



News apps on the iPad — I like the iPhone versions better than iPad versions

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I was really looking forward to downloading the iPad versions of my favorite news apps — AP News and the New York Times. But now, having used them, I've decided I prefer using the iPhone versions on my iPad. Take AP News. The home page has a lot of eye candy, but I don't see what it adds.



Review: The Forgotten Part 4 - Snake Galaxy

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First released in the mid-70’s, Snake is a video game that challenges the player to move around the playing area “eating” objects and avoiding the walls and other objects. As the snake “eats” it grows longer and it becomes harder to avoid the obstacles. I was never a fan of this type of game until Snake Galaxy came along, adding 3D graphics to the game and making it more fun.



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