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Appidemic: Solve the explained in Secret Files Tunguska for iOS

When Russian scientist Vladimir Kalenkow disappears while investigating the “unexplained” Tunguska Event of 1908, his daughter steps into action. Along with Vladimir’s assistant, Max, she will attempt to outrun both Russian intelligence and a secret society to unravel the mystery and hopefully find her dad in Secret Files Tunguska.

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Back-to-school giveaway: UE Boom – Jettison Edition wireless speaker

Is it too early to think about going back to school? Yes? Maybe? Regardless, it’s not too early to think about new speaker equipment, and that’s why we’re giving away an Ultimate Ears UE Boom wireless speaker to one lucky AppleTell reader. The specific model is the UE Boom – Jettison Edition, a limited run designed by skateboard artist Don Pendleton, worth $199.99.

The iPad passé? I think not

The latest meme circulating, gathering momentum after Apple’s fiscal 3rd-quarter financials were announced showing a second consecutive quarter of negative sales iPad sales growth, is that tablets—our beloved iPad included—are passé. The IT market is once again proving to have the attention span of a fruit fly.

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Hands-on with the OS X Yosemite beta, 24 hours in

Yosemite represents the most drastic Mac OS interface shift since the original OS X Aqua interface with its pinstripes and lickable buttons. I guess it’s appropriate that this version be opened up for beta testing just like its predecessor. Here are my impressions from my first day using the new OS X.

Would a 30% thinner iPad mini “Air” revive sales?

I’m not sure the world really needs a 5.25mm thick iPad mini. It would be interesting technologically, but he current mini seems comfortably small, light, and thin enough for me. However, if Apple indeed does launch an iPad mini Air, I hope enough people will disagree with me on that point to make it a success for Apple and secure the mini’s future.

Appidemic: Blackwell 3: Convergence for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

A chance encounter leads Rosa Blackwell and her ghostly sidekick Joey Mallone to a series of unexplained events—an actor haunts the last scene of his movie, an art gallery prepares to open, and a grieving father watches over where his son died. Are they connected somehow? Find out in Blackwell Convergence.

Could you do 80% of your computing on an iPad?

Last week, Tim Cook told the Wall Street Journal that he does 80% of his computing work as Apple CEO on his iPad, and he thinks you should too, maintaining “There’s no reason why everyone shouldn’t be like that.” But it’s that last 20% that’s the sticking point, preventing the iPad from displacing a laptop or desktop PC as a completely satisfactory general work platform.

Appidemic: Autumn Dynasty – RTS for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Real time strategy gamers are a special breed. I’ve had numerous conversations with developers about the rabid RTS crowd, and how critical they are of each change that comes their way, while also being the most dedicated and loyal game fans they are. So, how will fans take to Autumn Dynasty – RTS? I suppose that depends upon what you felt about it when it was just Autumn Dynasty.

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Texting while driving is worse than driving drunk, so why no equivalent social stigma?

While 4x increased crash risk with cellphone-gabbing drivers is plenty bad enough, texting while driving raises the risk ante by factors between 6x to 20x (depending on whose metrics you’re reading) more dangerous than driving over the legal blood alcohol limit. Logic would dictate that if people driving drunk outrages you, to be consistent, driving while cellphone gabbing and driving while texting should outrage you 4x and 6x to 20x more, respectively.

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Making the switch to satellite Internet – latency and reliability

A month and a half ago, I switched to a satellite Internet service from the tower-based wireless broadband service I’ve been using since 2009, and which I would still be using were it not for reliability issues. Here are my early-days impressions of satellite service as an alternative to land-based networks.

Appidemic: SBK14 Official Mobile Game for iOS

I have absolutely no interest in motorcycles or motorcycle racing. And yet, of all the games I’ve had on my iPhones, the one that’s survived the longest is Freeverse’s (RIP) Wingnuts Moto Racer…or MotoChaser, I guess it’s called now. It doesn’t matter, because it no longer appears to be available. What is available is SBK14 Official Mobile Game, and I have a feeling motorcycle racing fans will be happier with that, anyway.

Appidemic: Blackwell 2: Unbound for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Manhattan has a ghost problem that only Lauren Blackwell and Joey can solve. A construction site has a series of unexplained accidents and saxophone music can be heard on Roosevelt Island. With a little investigative work and a lot of talking, the ghosts can be sent to their eternal reward.