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Get Dracula... before he gets you!

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If you have an iPad and appreciate a good horror story, go and get Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition.  As you might guess from the name, there are several "book" apps entitled Dracula but this one actually has the blessing of Bram Stoker's family, and once you run the app, you'll see why.  The story comes to life with an amazing number of animations and sound effects.  There are over 600 illustrations alone. This is no eBook... it's more like book ported to an adventure game engine.  You might think you know the story of Dracula, but the details from Bram Stoker's original 1897 novel are probably new to most of us.



Quick Look: Medieval HD

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I spend a lot of time every day riding the train….a lot of time.  As in, two hours a day, each way.  That is quite a bit of time to spend alone with my iPad…and the iTunes App Store.  So, anytime I come across some kind of hidden gem in the app store, I like to take a minute to share it here with our readers.  Not long ago, I came across Medieval HD, a truly gorgeous take on the tower defense genre.  A few emails later, and the fine folks at Brisk Mobile were kind enough to send along a copy of the full version of the game for review.



Tap Disc Brings Some Quirky Fun!

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Tap Disc is a a semi-quirky tap game featuring the challenge of rounding up bouncing and flying disks, but with the added twist of having to time and place your taps at just the right moment and screen spot. I warn would-be tappers that this game is not easy to master quickly (IMO), but presents unique, tap-elicious gameplay that is both pleasing to the eye, and engaging enough to keep you coming back for more. Read on for the full review...



Mophie Juice Pack Air and Powerstation Review

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Just in time for my trip for writer’s conference in New York, I received the Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone and the Mophie Powerstation to review. These two accessories will definitely travel with me everywhere I go.

  



Quick Look: Instant Lyrics

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Stop me if you have heard this one before.  You are driving in the car or taking a shower, or just about anywhere else where you typically sing along to music.  Your favorite song comes on the radio and you start singing along…badly, of course.  Somewhere around the third verse, you lose track of the words and just starting mumbling or whistling along.  Worse yet, you sing something along the lines of what you wish the words might have been.  The whole time, you keep thinking to yourself, oh if only I knew the words to this one.  Now, with the iPad…there is (finally) an app for that.



Review: Krypton Screen Armor and Dreamcoat Case

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Krypton Products is a company who is and wants to be environmentally friendly and who also loves to accessorize our electronics.   They recently released two products for the iPad, the Screen Armor screen shield and the Dreamcoat case.

The Screen Armor comes in two flavors: Anti-Fingerprint and Ultra-Clear.



After Angry Birds, what game should you get next?

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Like millions of you, I have downloaded, enjoyed and even finished all the levels of Angry Birds, at least so far... more levels, please!  So what is a user to do?  Sure, Chillingo (which EA is buying) has released another Angry Birds version for Halloween and you should definitely get that.  And they also released Cut the Rope, another pick-up-and-play game with cute graphics.  But it's not the same in terms of controls or even orientation (landscape versus portrait).  Fortunately, with any successful app, there are other vendors stepping up to the plate.



Cut The Rope: The Game App that will dominate 2010

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I was pretty shocked that no one has yet blogged here about the latest game app that has taken hold of my kids for the past few days and reportedly ‘sold 1 million apps in 10 days’.



Selecting the best iPad data plan -- Verizon, AT&T, Virgin, or Clearwire Rover?

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Macworld has posted a helpful overview of some of the choices for iPad users who want a data plan. As you likely know, a data plan lets you access the cell phone network to get access to the Internet without having the be in the vicinity of a Wi-Fi hotspot. Your options include buying the iPad 3G, with a cellular transceiver built in, and getting a data plan through AT&T, or using a small, shirt-pocket size device to receive a data signal from a cellular network and then broadcast it to your iPad. The device is itself a highly portable wireless router.



Review: Fabrix Cases Booklet Case for iPad

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Fabrix Cases just recently released their version of a book style iPad case called the "Booklet Case for iPad." This is a book style case that is hand sewn and seems to be very well constructed.  You will receive the case in a plastic box. Just remove it and you're ready to go. As soon as I slid the case out of the packaging, I knew I was going to enjoy this. The case has texture to it, and I have been trying to think of a way to describe it. But for the life of me, I just can't find the appropriate words.



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.