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Altaz merges old school, natural materials with high tech goodness

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You don't have to settle for plastic or even metal accessories thanks to Altaz. I had a chance to use their latest Micro-Fi miniature speakers and they represent such a pleasant juxtaposition of today's technology and real wood speakers. The Altaz Micro-Fi is highly reminiscent of the bookshelf speakers I had in college, back when people cared about how things were made.



Save memory, and money with i-Flashdrive from PhotoFast

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As a matter of principle, I try not to buy the higher memory configurations of iPhones and iPads. It doesn't seem right to charge an extra $100 for 16GB or even 32GB of additional memory, considering SD cards sell for a fraction of that amount. But I do find myself running out of memory, especially when it comes to videos and music. Fortunately, PhotoFast has a low cost, reliable solution. The i-FlashDrive is a USB flash drive with a 30 pin connector on the opposite end. You can plug the USB end into your computer and copy files in either direction.


AutoWave's Bluetooth die cast cars could teach the auto makers a few lessons!

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I like cars. Guilty as charged. We have a couple of convertibles (an Alfa Romeo Spyder, a Fiat 2000) and now, even a Vespa. When we get a new vehicle, I try to buy a small diecast toy of that particular model. Just something to look at while the vehicles are in storage during the winter.



iWatchz offers quality wristbands for the iPod nano

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While everyone is looking forward to a smaller iPad or a bigger iPhone, I'm really interested in the iPod nano. I use mine as a watch, and love the built in pedometer for example. Using it as a watch means the pedometer is always there.

I've had the chance to try an iWatchz Timepiece watch band for my iPod nano, for several weeks now. I must say, I'm really impressed with the quality and value, considering the starting price for their various watch bands is under $25.



Review: Flying Princess by Aleph Games

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The cliché, of course, is that the knight in white shining armor rides in to save the damsel in distress and everyone lives happily ever after.  Flying Princess severely bucks that trend with a sniveling “hero”, an overly ambitious princess and a cannon!  Personally I think love might have drifted from being blind to teetering on the edge of insanity, but it makes for a great game, so who cares?



Drum Fanatics for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

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Finally! An awesome new handheld game for drum lovers!  Drum Fanatics is a new app for your iPhone, iPod or iPad that allows you to get your drum addiction in even when you are away from your drum set. Or if you’re looking to start learning the rhythm of drums but don’t have a set yet, this is a fun easy way to start!  This drum game uses your fingers in a five line music rhythm system so you can rock out to your favorite songs. 



Drawing review roundup - Set Paint Go, Grafio, Illustrator and tips for an aging iPad

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I recently reviewed a new stylus (see GoSmart review here), so figured I would swing back and repost on some of the drawing apps I used in the review. I also wanted to cover a unique "self-drawing" app created by Eric Hayes (an MIT math wiz and artist) called Set Paint Go. In this drawing roundup: Grafio, a very powerful diagramming and drawing toolset with a highly capable Lite version; Illustrator, another simple editor that can help you produce great looking graphics in like 2 seconds. I also have a few quick tips for when app crashes occur on older hardware, since I have been having some issues with an aging gadget...



Easy Words iPhone App Review

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Charlemagne said, "To have another language is to possess a second soul." Now you can have the ability to possess that second soul through an app available in the palm of your hands.  Learning a second language requires constant maintenance and practice.  The best way to learn a second (or third or fourth!) language is through repetition and continual exposure to the language.  That is the idea behind the application called Easy Words. 



Review: The Secret Of Moonwall Palace - Viva La Future Revolution HD

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The third and final chapter of the Moonwall series (originally called “The Train”) has finally arrived on the iPad, and I couldn’t wait to dig into it.  I’ve always been a fan of the series thanks to its intriguing story, even though part two had a few annoyances where the game engine was concerned.  This last episode seems to have fixed those issues for the most part, and continued to uphold the tradition of strong story and some challenging puzzles.  There were even a couple of innovative uses of the device, at least where adventure games are concerned.  My biggest disappointment, however, besides the fact that this was the end, was how it ended.  Still, up until the last few minutes of the game the journey was certainly worth it.



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