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Make Summer Reading Fun with the Reading Game from LegendApps.com

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This summer (or anytime), when your youngsters say "I'm bored", have them check out The Reading Game from LegendApps.

The app itself is not something you read.  Rather, the app encourages kids to read their favorite books and come back to the app to mark off how many pages they have read.  As milestones are met, rewards (funny sounds, animations, etc.) are unlocked.

The app's custom graphics are beautiful and even though the app is not compiled for the iPad, they render well in the 2X mode.



Penultimate - for drawings

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Penultimate is another version of a note app for the iPad and iPhone. The difference in this one is that you write with a stylus or your finger, rather than type. The big plus with this app is the Wrist Protection mode, where you can rest your wrist as you write. This makes for a much better writing experience – no stray marks! I like that.



Managing your iPad 3G data plan

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If you get an iPad 3G and are faced with the choice of buying a 250MB or unlimited data plan, my advice is to go for the cheaper 250MB at $14.95 per month. If you find that you use up the 250MB in less than two weeks, and it seems like your usage will continue at about the same level, then when your 250MB runs out, go for the $29.95 unlimited.

But in every case if your 250MB lasts longer than two weeks, you're going to be better off buying 250MB at a time.



Preserve Your VCR Tape Collection with Elgato Video Capture

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So you are looking for an easy way to convert all those home movies you have on VCR tape or camcorder? Want to carry those keepsakes around with you on your iPad? I’ve got just the accessory for you, then. The Elgato Video Capture device. It connects to a Mac (or PC*), and allows you to record from your analog sources quickly and easily. I had a chance to try out the device, but my son actually did this review on his Mac… As I’m still a “PC” I tried it out on my home computer as well.



More from Macworld — 10 essential games for iPad

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I'm not sure why a game would be an essential app — maybe if you're bored. But this list of 10 top iPad games from Macworld is definitely worth checking out. I couldn't resist buying Pinball HD. I'm not really into gaming, but i spend so much time having to show my iPad off to interested people that I thought this would be a good one to let them see the sort of cool things it can do. 



Google to create web TV. Yeah right.

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I expect innovation, not regurgitation from Google.  While enthusiastic about Google's deal with AdMob finally going through, I'm less than impressed with their new proclamation of partnering with Sony for a Google web TV.  Don't get me wrong, I love Google and Sony, but talk about being late to the party.

Why am I annoyed?  Aside from Google wanting to do things other than what they're really, really good at?



Awesome Game: Land Air Sea Warfare now on iPhone!

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You may or may not read or agree with my game reviews, which is okay, but do yourself a favor and check this RTS game out (regardless if you agree with me). App store link is here. It is called Land Air Sea Warfare, by Isotope 244. I will be posting up a full review next week, but I have to say it's predecessor (Machines At War) is probably one of my all-time mobile favs. Stay tuned for my review, and a full press release later from the developer, but I warn you that you will lose hours and hours of time if you play this game...



Shrek Forever After digital book released for iPad, iPhone!

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"iStoryTime, a company dedicated to bringing children’s stories to the iPhone and iPad, just released their 31st children’s book today – “Shrek Forever After”. The new book, which is available on iTunes for $1.99, times with the nationwide release of the movie tomorrow." Read on for a video preview, and full press release...



Free iPad apps — nine you should have

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Macworld has posted a helpful article on nine favorite free apps for the iPad. Since some of these also have iPhone versions, you may want to check this out even if you don't have an iPad.



Review: NinjaGrips

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Here is a neat product for the iPad that I want to tell you about. This will appeal to those who may like to keep their iPads naked but want to add an accessory that will help prevent slips from the hand. It may also appeal to others who want to add some design to their device. I present to you NinjaGrips. This is a “gripping” system that basically sticks via adhesive to the back of your device. NinjaGrips sent me over a review sample to try out.



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