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July 29, 2010

iPad Game of the Day: Dark Nova and Dark Nova HD

Dark Nova

I have always enjoyed turn based strategy games in general and space trading games in particular, so I was glad to find Dark Nova on the iPad. Those familiar with the space trading genre will feel right at home: you start as a struggling space captain with a small ship trying to make a buck carrying cargo from one planet to another despite the depredations of pirates, the scrutiny of the police, shifty fellow traders, and the occasional alien pest. It’s mostly all about profitable buying, selling, and passenger traffic with the occasional flyer into smuggling or piracy if you are feeling adventurous. You are free to proceed at your own pace since it is turn based and not multiplayer, and there is enough of a challenge (and multiple levels) to keep you amused for a considerable period. While I did not try it, I see there is also a Dark Nova HD specifically for the iPad which presumably has larger graphics for the larger screen, although I was quite happy with the regular version in 2x on my iPad.

Posted at 12:25 am. Filed under Apple, Brands, Companies, Games, iPad, Software

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June 21, 2010

End of Life iPod sale at Amazon

Amazon is clearing out their stock of older iPod models:

We’re selling through our remaining inventory of the 2008 iPods, including the fourth-generation iPod nano and the third-generation iPod shuffle. And right now, we have hot deals on these sleek players–find savings of up to 22% off. Don’t miss these fantastic prices. And with the money that you’ll save on your new favorite player, treat yourself to a new accessory, like a case or speaker system.

If you don’t need the latest model iPod and want to save some cash – check it out.

Posted at 9:29 am. Filed under Amazon, Apple, Bargains, Brands, Companies, iPod, MP3 Player, Portable Audio

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May 31, 2010

Confused by your iPad? Download the iPad User Guide and become an expert.

In my role as family technical consultant, the advent of the iPad has presented more than the usual challenges. I rarely deal with Apple products and find the iPad user interface more than a little obtuse.  What I really wanted was an iPad user manual and was a little surprised that Apple didn’t enclose one in the box or in electronic format on the iPad itself.

While Googling around looking up some iPad questions, I discovered that there is in fact an official Apple iPad User Guide which I have found to be extremely useful, but that you have to download it from Apple Support to your regular PC and view it there. This 154 page Adobe Acrobat PDF file cannot be viewed on the iPad itself and cannot be converted to an iPad iBooks-readable Epub file at the otherwise very useful Epub2Go website (see their front page warning about the iPad User Guide) because of some structural issues.

I recommend that you download the User Guide immediately and short of reading the whole thing, use the Adobe Acrobat search function to find the answers to your burning iPad questions that confuse the family technical consultant. Then you can become the expert!

Posted at 4:09 pm. Filed under Apple, Brands, Companies, Internet Tablet, iPad, Notebook

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