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Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at natestera.drupalgardens.com or e-mail him at nate@iphonelife.com.

Destructopus FREE for a limited time!

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If you are in the market for something mind-numbing yet enjoyable on this long Labor Day weekend, go snag Destructopus: Total Ramage! (spelled that way on the AS). Hearkening back to the days of 16-bit nirvana, this Rampage-like scroller is more fun than a triple somersault cannonball off the high dive (which I hope you will attempt sober this year)! Read on for the full PR skinny, and please, folks...destroy responsibly!



NuVue Anti-Glare Screen Protector - Break time for your eyes!

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One complaint I have about the iPad's screen is the beautiful, glossy surface. Sure it looks great, until you actually touch it. I'm tempted to wipe it with something 10 seconds after turning it on. The glassy surface is also not optimal for quick and constant finger dragging when gaming, and glare and reflections can be be distracting. The NuVue Anti-Glare protective screen guard will diminish these issues.



What I played this week - My favorite games with the JOYSTICK-IT!

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Out of town on business, and didn't have much time for games, but when I returned this weekend (to be greeted by Hurricane Irene) I had finally received a package with 2 JOYSTICK-IT Arcade stick game accessories (bought one for my daughter) from my fav geek site ThinkGeek.com! So, after battening down the hatches, I wasted no time trying one out on several of my favorite games (Galaxy on Fire 2, Jet Car Stunts, and Paper Racer), and wow is this a simple yet worthy add-on! Read on for more info and to check out my action videos...



Tiny Heroes trailer released!

Coming soon to the app store, a tower defense (or treasure defense in this case) game that caught my eye, mainly because the trailer is so well done. Truly, TD can actually get on my nerves sometimes (except for the 3D Monster Trouble, which I love). Anyway, I hope the game is as fun as the trailer makes it look. More information to be forthcoming, I am sure... Tiny Heroes PR blurb excerpt follows...



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)...



What I played this week - PanAmp music player!

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This week in "What I played" news, I got in some Reno Air Races but not much, as it's that time of year when the Buyer's Guide is in production, so working mainly on writing up my year's top picks. I did however find time to squeeze in a review of the Clever & Son music player app called PanAmp. An original and efficient way to find and queue up your tunes.


Sonos Play:3 Review - Wrap Up

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In my previous review thread on the Sonos Play:3, I covered unbox and setup minutiae. In this wrap-up post I'll cover setting up dual Play:3 speakers in a left/right configuration, the new Sonos iOS control app, and consider the strengths (and a few weaknesses) of the new wireless speaker system!



What I played this week - Here a clock, there a clock!

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Clock apps are popping up all over, and though I didn't have much time this week (pun intended) to play my 2 current fav games in the app world--namely Jet Car Stunts, and Pinball Magic (alas, I completed all the tracks in Paper Racer)--I did have time to check out 2 new clock apps and a cool flying game. Globaclock is an interesting way to keep world time zones straight, and Talking Jelly Clock is just, well weird. Breitling Reno Air Races is mucho 3-D racing fun...!



Breitling Reno Air Races FREE on iTunes!

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Do not ask why you should (unless you have a fear of flying), just go get this game. Free, with high-quality graphics and superb flying action, Breitling Reno Air Races is free, and newly updated with bug fixes and many new features to buzz over (see what I did there?)... Ok, that was lame, but the game is great... Read on for full release info...



What I played this week - Pinball Magic and my3D!

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This week's "What I played" column is a bit different in that I went and grabbed some "app"-cessories from my favorite gadget site (ThinkGeek.com) for this review. Both products are gaming gimmicks, and some of the software content might generously be described as a "work in progress". Still, Pinball Magic (New Potato), and my3D (Hasbro) are affordable gadgets that can spice up your gaming experience, somewhat old school style.


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