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Tower Defense: Lost Earth hooks RTS fans

A screengrab from Tower Defense: Lost Earth.

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Looking for a great real-time strategy game for your mobile Apple device? Well look no farther than Tower Defense: Lost Earth. You are the commander of a defense grid set on protecting your outpost from a slew of different scary alien monsters hell-bent on your destruction.

Because the developers focused more on game play than plot, the game shines as a great action puzzle game. There is some...

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Chillingo: Puzzles, platforming — zombies?

Screenshot Rope Rescue

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Developers Chillingo and EA recently rolled out their newest line of mobile games for the iPad, iPhone and iTouch, and there happened to be some interesting titles among the pack. Here’s a little something on each one, along with my initial impressions:

Rope Rescue

Rope Rescue is a puzzle game that may seem similar to fans of Angry Birds. Players use their bird to string...

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Apple security breach – are you at risk?

Two women compare iPhones in front of Manhattan's

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The and the Wall Street reported today that a German technology watchdog group called the Federal Office for Information Security alerted Apple that malicious software may allow hackers to spy on credit card information, phone calls and other personal information through various Apple devices. This virus is obtained by clicking on PDF files, which can carry the virus and affect almost all Apple mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad and iTouch.

This problem is compounded by the fact that there are no available antivirus programs for these devices, leaving users vulnerable to infiltration.

For a long while, Apple device were believed to be the safer alternative for surfing the web, as they were thought to be less susceptible to viruses and other invasions while downloading and browsing on the internet.

However, this recent slip-up in Apple’s security has the possibility to damage the company’s reputation as having better protective software than PCs. Worse still, Apple has not issued a patch for the security breach, leaving users to fend for themselves until a solution is found.

This recent hacking follows the now infamous Playstation hack in April, when that entire gaming network was brought down for weeks while Sony sought to fix the security problems.

Is your faith in Apple shaken by this breach in security? And how can companies stop hackers from infiltrating the private information of their users in an age where it seems like anything can be hacked? Let us know your thoughts below.

Get ready for Bumpy Roads

Simogo's new game, Bumpy Road

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Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and MacGenre: Action, Sidescrolling, Platform

Games that take creativity to a new level are always of interest to me. The developers at Simogo, makers of Kosmo Spin, are no strangers to clever gaming. Simogo has only one game in its lineup, but there's another in the works, Bumpy Road. Check out the debut trailer, below.Bumpy Road debut trailer...

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A faster, lighter iPad 2 will be out March 11

An attendee looks at the GarageBand program as

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Apple's second generation iPad was just announced and will be available in the United States on March 11 via the Apple Store. As expected, the iPad 2 will be faster and lighter than its predecessor, but there are some features that the blogosphere called for that have been left out.

The iPad 2 will sport a 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom cpu. Cosmetically changes are minimal. It will...

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Comparing iPad 2 with competitors

The second generation iPads are displayed during Apple's

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Now that the iPad 2 is out, Apple lovers are claiming this is the iPad they've been hoping for, but in reality, Steve Jobs didn't announce anything groundbreaking. And the comparisons with its competitors have begun pouring in.

We’ve already seen dual-cameras, dual-core processors, HD recording and HDMI connectivity. It turns out the iPad 2 is a bit faster and has a thinner...

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Report: iPad 2 unveiling March 2

Tech blog, All Things Digital, is reporting that  Apple will be unveiling the iPad 2 at a March 2 press event.

Apple hasn't officially confirmed this, but the potential announcement does follows a promotion cycle similar to  the first generation iPad, announced in late January 2010.

Tech insiders have been abuzz on the new features of  iPad 2. Most believe it will be thinner,...

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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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