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Review: Phatpad and 7Notes HD

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Note taking apps have gotten to be a dime a dozen these days.  That may sound a little strange to some but I’m country and proud to be.  The point I am trying to make is the app store has thousands of apps.  That can be a little overwhelming for some people.  So what I enjoy doing is writing about some of the applications I have used and think others would enjoy using.  I have recently written several articles pertaining to this subject but with the number of applications growing daily it takes some researching and perseverance to find what’s good.



Editions by AOL -- another gorgeous and free Flipboard-like app for reading news

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In the mold of the wildly popular Flipboard and Zite, Editions by AOL is a new free app that lets you create a personalized magazine on your iPad that's tailored to your interest. You can select from 16 different sections, ranging from Top News, Tech, and Business, to Entertainment, Music, and Sports. You can select the order, and you can add additional news sources. Editions also offers local news and weather, and it can sync with iCal and Facebook to create a personalized calendar for you.



What I played this week - iBlast Moki and Paper Racer!

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Weird physics puzzle game called iBlast Moki (currently free) which involves setting timed explosive charges, the force of which will propel cartoon heads toward and hopefully into a target. The jingly music has a pleasant quality and the graphics are very lucid for a cartoon-ish game. It is all strangely compelling (see trailer after the break for version 2) for a half-hour or so. In other news, still trying to beat all the Paper Racer levels on the iPod (having done so on iPad)...



Griffin StompBox Review

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Griffin is no stranger to the guitar iOS accessory market, having released their GuitarConnect cable over a year ago (check out the product review). GuitarConnect was so enthusiastically received that Griffin has branched out to help make guitarists outfitted with iOS devices even more functionally appealing with the release of the StompBox. Coupled with the iShred LIVE (free with in-app add-ons) available from the App Store, the StompBox promises to make the lives of performing guitarists easier.



Review: Split Apple by MKO Games

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When I was a kid I never really cared for gym, and this feeling intensified when I got to high school.  However, one thing I actually enjoyed was archery, even though I wasn’t very good at it.  Thanks to Split Apple I can relive those “care free” high school days, including my lack of skill at hitting a bull’s eye.  A little bit of variety and the presence of even an AI opponent would certainly help liven up things a bit, but even without that Split Apple is an entertaining little game.



Interview with an Inventor

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Back in January, I reviewed the Geminus Genius iPad case for the iPad (links at bottom). In June, Mike Riley reviewed the version for the iPad 2.

Jovan Van Drielle, the creator of the Genius Case, was recently interviewed at IdeaMensch.



V-Moda Crossfade M-80 Headphone Review

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Most discerning listeners of music emanating from an iPhone or iPod Touch prefer lightweight earbuds. But for many, wearing them is uncomfortable as their one size fits all never quite fits them. There are also times when the more traditional on or over-the-ear headphones are appropriate, such as in noisy environments and times when you don't want to fuss with earbuds falling out such as when vigorously exercising. Whether these were the primary design tenants in mind when DJ-centric V-MODA crafted their Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Headphones is hard to say, but one thing is for certain - these headphones are the most durable I've ever placed over my ears.



Back to school doesn't have to be cruel

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My daughter is entering Middle School and it can be intimidating. So I was excited to see Be Confident in Who You Are: Middle School Confidential, a graphic novel turned into an interactive, electronic book, complete with audio and visual effects. There are a variety of topics so a student is likely to find something they can relate to, whether it is bullying, body image, self confidence, etc.



App Review - System Status

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Do you want to look at your iDevice's memory usage and be able to tell if your system is running error free? How about checking how long your iDevice has been turned on and used by you during the day? With Techet's System Status -- device activity monitor app, you can. This is the ultimate iDevice system information utility -- which tracks, monitors and even assists in finding the most efficient way to run your iDevice. It does this by showing you an event log and allows you to monitor a wide range of task running in the background of your system.



Otterbox Defender Series iPad 2 Review

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Otterbox Defender Series iPad Case

 

This is the most rugged case on the market today.  When I first saw the case I thought this would be a geat case for the outdoors or children.  Why?  It provides more protection than any case I have seen so far.  The Defender Series is my favorite of all the cases Otterbox makes.  I currently have one for my iPhone 4 too and wouldn't think of using any other case. 



Everything iPad - Apps, Accessories, Reviews, Wallpapers etc | iPhone Life Magazine

What's bigger than an iPhone, smaller than a MacBook, and the most anticipated Apple product since the original iPhone? On January 27, at a special invitation only event at the San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Steve Jobs announced Apple's new "magical, revolutionary product" -- the iPad. Meant to fill the gap between the laptop and phone, Jobs said it was "way better" than either. Let's take a look at it.

Thin, lightweight, and powerful

The iPad shares many hardware features with the iPhone, including an accelerometer, an orientation sensor to switch from portrait to landscape mode, solid-state memory, and the same 30-pin doc connector. Connectivity is also virtually the same, with wireless 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR included on all models.

iPad runs iPhone apps!

The iPad will run a version of iPhone OS, and the new device can run virtually any app developed for the iPhone or iPod touch. Aps developed for the iPhone can run on the iPad in native resolution but is large enough to touch type on.

The larger screen not only makes familiar iPhone apps like Calendar, Mail, and Safari look stunning, it also provides screen real estate for more complex elements in the UI. For example, Calendar display a split-sreen view that describes the day's appointments on the left and shows you a color map of used time slots on the right. The split-screen view in Contacts displays you contacts list on the left and the full information for the contact you've selected on the right.

An ebook reader and more

Although not build into the iPad, Apple will offer a free app called iBooks, which will allow you to download and read books from it's new virtual bookstore. The new iBooks store will be accessed from and as easy to use as iTunes.

The ultimate media device?

The iPad is not the world's first tablet PC or the first eBook reader. Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer, and others sell Windows-based tablets, and Amazon has had considerable success with it's Kindle. But Apple thinks the iPad will reinvent the category by offering a vastly superior multi-touch interface an easy access to a wide-variety of apps and media via iTunes. Aple hopes to make the iPad the ultimate media device by leveraging it's existing assets which include over 100 million paying iTunes customers, established relationships with music and video content providers, and over 100,000 iPhone OS app developers.