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Avadon: The Black Fortress HD Review

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Rogue, the original grid-based dungeon crawler, inspired the Ultima series and a slew of other PC and console games.  The age of the iPad has arrived and with it, this sentimentally respected game genre has also come to the iPad courtesy of Spiderweb Software's Avadon: The Black Fortress HD. Does it deliver the kind of rabid devotion that the game giants had before it, or does Avadon dish out a tired formula from a bygone PC gaming era?  Read on to find out, adventurer!



What I played this week - Final Antivirus and Bathtime Boogie reviews!

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I like goofy games (I guess because I'm pretty goofy), but games that are interesting, weird or eye-catching, without being overly fancy are often my favs. I know what a highly-skilled team of programmers can do, and am often blown away by the high-end games. I am more impressed when a single programmer or small team create a catchy game. I would say both Bathtime Boogie and Final Antivirus fall in this category.



New FREE “App & Gear Daily” Newsletter!"

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We are excited to announce the launch of our new DAILY newsletter! Each weekday we will publish, "Apps & Gear Daily" featuring the latest press releases from top app developers and accessory manufacturers. This is a great way to keep up with what's new in the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch marketplace.

To view a preview of 'Apps & Gear Daily" Click Here



App Review- Ghostwriter Notes for iPad

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Some people say that technologies like the tablet computer will change the world, specifically education, and apps like Ghostwriter Notes only support these statements.



VIPorbit bring business class contact management to the iPhone

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Remember "ACT!" the database program?  Back in the late 1980's and 1990's, DOS and Windows users (like me) relied on it for contact management long before Salesforce.com ever existed.  Well, you can thank Mike Muhney, one of the creators of ACT, for that powerful software.  Now, Muhney brings a similar set of features to the iPhone world, where such capabilities are even more valuable, in an app called VIPorbit.



PPC Techs offer new iPad protection!

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PPC Techs has pulled my gadget problems from the fire on more than one occasion, so I am happy to give them some props, and announce their new SlateSHIELD iPad 360 case, the WriteSHIELD screen protector and capacitive Stylii. Not only does the 360 have a swivel for holding your iPad like an olympian getting ready for the discus, it also converts into a handy stand. You can read on for full info or go here for iPad products. Check out the main site for repairs and other great PPC Techs accessory products (even DIY repair kits for many Apple devices).



Companions Review - Methinks a quest worthy of iPad!

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Ok, I promise not to use further Old English phrases in this review (though I am tempted). Adventure and dungeon games are definitely a game type well suited to the iPad--a large mapped area that requires a lot of scrolling, panning or zooming can be hard to enjoy on a small screen. There is also the benefit of control placement around the iPad's larger display. Companions makes good use of the iPad to give complete command over any melee situation, has a detailed storyline, and plenty of challenges to keep oneself immersed for hours!



Griffin and Dijit turn iPad or iPhone into a universal remote!

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Covered this at CES earlier this year, and now finally the Beacon is available for purchase ($79.99). It's essentially a Bluetooth-IR hotspot for all your entertainment remote control requirements (DVD, TV, STB, etc.). You can read on for the full press release, or go to the vendor website here.



What I am playing this week - Bathtime Boogie and Companions!

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Working up reviews on these 2 apps, but wanted to get out some news since it has taken me most of the week to review Companions, and still working... The game is an engaging iPad dungeon crawler that seems to eat your time up at a horrific rate. Bathtime Boogie is a goofy kind of vertical shooter for iPhone and iPod touch that has a ton of charm (and quite kid safe). You can grab either on the App store at the links posted above...



Review: WeKreat Bento Part 2 of 3 (iPad 1)

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I’m going to get right into it. As I stated before, it is compatible with the iPad 2 and 1.

The iPad 1 can be placed in this battery pack in the glass down position. It sits in there well, just like the Zaggmate. Your iPad does need to be naked.



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.