Pocket Trains [App o the Mornin']

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Pocket Trains (Android/iOS: freemium) is insidious. It’s insanely addictive, just like NimbleBits’ previous games, Tiny Tower and Pocket Planes. Pocket Trains follows the formula of Pocket Planes, but does it even better. You begin the game with a simple map of Europe and a couple of major cities. These are connected by train tracks, with [Read More...]

The Rivals For Catan [App o' the Mornin']

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Klaus Teuber’s two-player version of Settlers of Catan went through a much needed streamlining and revision a couple years ago, creating a more balanced, user-friendly game. The Rivals for Catan (USM, iOS: $4) uses the themes and setting of Catan, such as quasi-medieval village life; gathering rock, wood, wool, gold, brick, and stone; and spending [Read More...]

Lost Cities [App o' the Mornin']

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The original tabletop version Rainer Knezia’s Lost Cities, originally released in 1999, found a loyal following, and even migrated to the Xbox about 5 years ago. The premise and design of Lost Cities is very simple. There are five archaeological “expeditions”, each represented by a different color: white, red, green, blue, and gold. Within the [Read More...]

Pandemic [App o' the Mornin']

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Four diseases are spreading across the planet, and your goal is to find the cure for each in this adaptation of the award-winning co-operative boardgame. Pandemic (F2Z/Z-MAN Games, iPad: $6) is a tense game, with many ways to lose and one way to win: cure four diseases by matching sets of cards. Along the way, [Read More...]

Drafts [App o' the Mornin']

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I hope to write small reviews of my whole mobile productivity suite over the next few weeks (alternating with entertainment reviews), and concluding with a post on how it all ties together. I’ve tested a vast array of software over the past couple years, trying to rebuild my work system from scratch, first going wholly [Read More...]

This Christmas…

From Catholic Vote. Nicely done (he said, sharing it on his blog after watching it on his phone). I will be partly unplugged in the upcoming weeks, returning to full duty in January with a new daily feature. [Read more...]

Watch What This Artist Can Do With An iPad

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Morgan Freeman: you know him, you love him, he could inform you that he’d annihilated a small village and that soothing voice would make everything seem okay. Here’s his face: Know what’s impressive about that image? It’s not a photograph. Artist Kyle Lambert made it with his finger, and iPad, and the Procreate app. Watch [Read More...]

Amazon MatchBook: Get Kindle Versions of Your Purchases

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Remember when Amazon AutoRip went live and almost every hard-media CD you’d ever bought from Amazon (even those you’d bought as gifts for others) was automatically available as an MP3 download or cloud streaming file? For free? That was great. Amazon MatchBook does something similar for books and Kindle. Books you’ve bought in hard copy [Read More...]


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