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Blippar may be the future of mobile advertising #CES

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This time of year, people get excited about the Super Bowl, if for nothing else, than the commercials. But still, even the best commercials are one-way and non-interactive. At CES, I got a chance to meet with Blippar, an augmented reality mobile advertising firm.



The most flexible iPad case is the iPadFlex from UZBL #MacWorld

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When I saw the iPadFlex from UZBL (as in usable) at MacWorld, I wasn't sure what to make of it. Is it an iPad case, a stand, a handle, a tripod, a suction mount, or a carrying strap? The answer is, all of the above. You can add and subtract elements to make your iPadFlex perform exactly as you wish!



Review: Petri-Dash by Distorted Poetry

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Petri-Dash is one of the new generation of “dodge everything” games that realizes a game can always use something more to do than just dodge things.  In this case you are some sort of sub-species that lives in a Petri dish, and all you want to do is survive.  In order to do that you’ll either have to dodge all the other organisms or take them on in a battle of butting heads in order to dominate the dish.  Everything comes at a cost, however, and in this case you are constantly losing life just by swimming around.  You are also weakened if you collide with another organism without dashing them.  When your life is spent is back to the primordial pond for you.  You can collect energy pellets to refuel your health, and there are also little versions of yourself that will attach to you when you run them over and give you bonus multipliers to your score.  You lose these friends when you hit one of the bad guys.



Cover that keyboard with KB Covers #MacWorld

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My family and I use the Apple Bluetooth wireless keyboard, both with our iPad and Mac mini, and it takes a beating. There are fingerprints, smudges, etc. I've been meaning to clean it, but when I saw KB Covers at MacWorld, I realized I could just cover it up! So I bought the rubber film that covers up the entire keyboard and adds a few advantages.



We jammin with House of Marley headphones #CES

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At a certain point, probably around $100, any set of headphones is going to be just fine for the majority of listeners. So at that point, it comes down to quality, comfort, style, colors, and branding. And if the House of Marley, founded by the legendary Bob Marley's family, has anything to say about it, a manufacturer's ecological footprint and philanthropic efforts should also be considered.



Catch your tablet by the tail with Octa #CES #MacWorld

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Wen you first see their product, you will think they made a typo with their company name and instead of Octa, they should be called Orca. But it's no mistake.  Octa's TabletTail is a vacuum-based suction mount that sticks to your flat backed tablet, ideally an iPad 2, and can give it a tail. The tail makes it easy to both grip the tablet and can be used as a stand to prop the device up.



Angry Boo App Review

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The angry boo app is a game where you have to shoot a ghost to different platforms using a slingshot like launcher.  This is similar to Angry Birds, but without the end goal of having to knock down anything or kill any enemies.  Moving from platform to platform without falling to the ground is the main aspect of the game.  Each platform is a spider web, which you then pull down to ‘shoot’ the ghost on to the next web.  Collecting gold coins while navigating through each level is another important part of the game, earning more points for each gold coin collected.



Get a grip on your iPad with Wrapsol's non-slip grip pad and it's made in the USA #CES

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Not everyone wants to keep their iPad or similar tablet in a case. The iPad 2 is wonderfully thin and to put it in a case is almost sacrilegious. Apple's Smart Cover is a nice enhancement but it doesn't always help you keep a good grip on the iPad. In fact, some users have found out the hard way that the iPad 2 can fall to the ground if you grab it by the Smart Cover!



VISBYH is a stylus for a fashionista #MacWorld

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The VISBYH LHOPE stylus is a comfortable and cute stylus that can be color coordinated to match your attire, as long as you're wearing bright colors!


In fact, the stylus and packaging remind me of a makeup kit. It even comes with two caps, of different colors, and if you were to purchase multiple styluses (stylii?) you could have a bunch of color combinations.


Review: Terra Noctis by BulkyPix

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I have nothing against progress, and in fact I’m thrilled whenever someone interjects a cool new mechanic into the genres I love.  The truth is, however, that truly original ideas are almost nonexistent these days.  So if I can’t have something new and dazzling I’m perfectly content with a solid game that takes old school concepts and implements them well, and that’s exactly what Terra Noctis from Bulkypix does.  The story is silly and mostly superfluous, the levels are familiar yet well designed, and money has morphed from coins to fairies, but in the end the most important thing is that it’s simply a whole lot of fun.



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