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Review: Proporta’s Maya II Sleeve

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Proporta sent me their new iPad Pouch, the Maya II Sleeve, to test out.  This is basically a large slip case for your iPad. I have used slip cases in the past, but not for a device this large (compared to handheld devices). The slip case comes wrapped in a cardboard strip. It’s very basic, but gets the job done with the product information.



iThoughtsHD Product Review

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I have been a big fan of mind mapping software since my good friend and former co-worker Glenn Ferrel introduced the concept to me nearly 10 years ago.  He showed me how a complex project or process with multiple relationships could be easily described and managed using the mind map approach.  This allows relationships to be clumped together to help show relationships between concepts and activities.  These ideas branch out from a centralized theme or objective and fluidly show the connections between the thoughts, ideas and objectives identified.  Unlike more strict and discrete project management tools like Gantt charts,  mind maps allow free association/disassociation as ideas formulate, shift and re-synthesize into a more crystalized state.  The best us



Another great feature of iPhone OS 4: real(!) suspension in the background (demo video & source code!)

As I've been selected to lead the iPhone training courses for a big lecturing company, I've been really busy preparing my own material for it and leading initial test courses to get the material right and well-taught. (At the moment, I'm around at page 700 and have already discussed a lot of stuff like Xcode's secrets, graphics, networking and the like. I've prepared all the sample programs and screenshots in English so that I can, when there is need for it, more easily translate the entire stuff into English.)



My Deal of the Day

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 I have been looking for a small functional bag for the iPad. I do not mind spending the money for a quality bag but for something like that, I would prefer to see it and handle it first. I have been checking best Buy but they have not cut it for selection. I also checked Target because they are local and sometimes have some nice bags. So, I went to some tag sales yesterday (a.k.a. yard sales, garage sales) and found a brand new Swiss Army bag that I thought may work. The price I paid; $5.00. I figured I had nothing to lose. If it did not fit, I would use it for Geocaching. 

        Sure enough, I got it home and it fits great. The retail links are below for one site where you can get further information on it.



Tilt To Live Lives up to the Name!

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You gotta give props to a game where the enemies form a giant version of Pong to kill you. The retro-gamer gag is clearly on me, as I can't seem to survive more than about a minute and a half in this game. Tilt To Live is a well-done, and engaging enemy avoidance challenge not too un-like Spirit (see my review here). The game's difficulty seems to ramp up exponentially, and trying to squirm around and between the angry red dots quickly becomes all but impossible!



Projecting a good image - AAXA Micro Projector Plus review

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Keynote on the iPad might encourage you to take your show on the road and present without a traditional computer.  In preparation for a talk I’m giving at the local Apple Users Group, I have been experimenting with Keynote and the M1 Micro Projector Plus from AAXA ($299 to $339 at www.aaxatech.com).

 



I Hate Sneezies - The Addiction Is Back

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The second game I reviewed on my iPod Touch was Sneezies (published by Clickgamer, developed by Retrodreamer, review here).  Back then I didn't have a ton of games, so anything I got I kept on my device.  The problem was, while I didn't play Sneezies for hours at a time, it was still way too tempting for me to launch the game and play it for a while instead of playing some game that I was supposed to be reviewing or beta testing.  I finally had to remove the game from my iPod so I could move on with my life and become productive again.  For a long time I was good.  And then it happened.



Shredding iRig Style on your iPhone!

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In our current print issue, I shared some examples of the unique and not un-cool ways you can use your iPhone or iPod to master your own music recordings. One of my musician buddies recently pointed me to the PRS Guitarbud, and now IK Multimedia is releasing the iRig. An audio plug adapter that turns your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch into an amp and effects system...read on for more press release info...

iRig Plug Interface Adapter



Mondo Solitaire - You won't get bored with this one!

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If you like solitaire, you'll want to check out Mondo Solitaire. The app includes more than 100 different solitaire games, as well as 200 different combinations of playing.



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