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Warp Pipe's App of the Week

Mattel launches 'Masters of the Universe' game app

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"...celebrate thirty years of He-Man with your family and friends in the palm of your hands or raise it high above so that everyone knows you are gaming with 'POWER!' " - Warp Pipe


Warp Pipe's App of the Week honors goes to 'He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe'. It's been thirty years since Prince Adam, son of King Randor and Queen Marlena,...

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Review: The Amazing Spider-Man Video Game

The Amazing Spider-Man Video Game is available now

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Other comic book heroes have taken over this year, but a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man was the new kid on the block, after a reboot by Marvel Entertainment and Laura Ziskin Productions.

With a fresh start to the series, Activision and video game developer Beenox cast their web at the 2011 New York Comic-Con and captured an audience to promise a more grounded, more realistic approach, giving...

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Get more productive with these mobile apps

Last year at holiday time, more than 25

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Between work, family and social obligations, our lives are becoming increasingly busy. Now with the holidays coming up, there will be even more planning, scheduling and logistics to keep us occupied. Thankfully, our worlds no longer have to revolve around day planners and the Filofax. There are a ton of great smartphone applications out there to help you keep everything straight.

Take note...

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How to factory reset your smartphone

Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S, left, and Apple's iPhone

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If you’re looking to sell your old smartphone, it’s a good idea to completely wipe its memory. Here’s a guide on how to perform a factory reset on each mobile operating system.


To restore your iPhone, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed. Launch iTunes and connect the iPhone. In the left column under “Devices,” click on your iPhone,...

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Golf GPS apps for the course

Sonocaddie Golf GPS screenshot

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For those who prefer their greenery with holes instead of flowers, it's time to tee up the apps.

Several companies offer GPS programs for smart phones that can tell you where your ball is in relation to the green and the driving distance of each shot. Some are available for a flat fee, others require a subscription. Some offer trial versions.

For example, Sonocaddie Golf GPS (iPhone...

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Verizon Wireless discounting pricey Xoom

The Motorola Xoom Android Honeycomb tablet is another

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Verizon Wireless is teaming up with Motorola to bring it's popular, but pricey, Xoom tablet to subscribers.

The Motorola Xoom will be available from Verizon Wireless stores for $599.99 with a new two-year customer agreement or $799.99 without a contract. Wireless 3G data service for the Motorola Xoom will begin at $20 monthly access for 1GB. The Motorola Xoom will be upgradeable to 4G LTE...

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Angry Birds migrates off phones, onto real life

Mattel Angry Birds Knock on Wood

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Since its release in 2009, Angry Birds has developed a huge and loyal fan base across the globe with over 50 million downloads. The game is now looking to migrate from the phone onto beds, schools, clothes and gaming rooms.

(Angry Birds is a puzzle video game for the iPhone and Android smart phones in which players use a slingshot to launch wingless birds at fortresses with the goal...

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