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Kingdoms at War – An iPad Game Review

Here is an iPad game review for Kingdoms at War…

Kingdoms at War is a great game for the iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad.

The first thing I liked about this game was the fact that it was free.  Do I really need to say more on this subject?  There were some flaws with the game, but since this game is free I bumped up the rating a little in it’s favor.

This game feels a lot like Castle Age for Facebook.  It also has a flavor of Age of Empires to it.  The player builds cities and buildings, attacking people and performing quests in hopes of getting more gold and ruling the world.  Unlike Castle Age, Kingdoms at War does not have a bank where you can safely hide your money.  You might come back after a day and see that all your gold has been stolen.  However, you can build buildings to fortify your castle to prevent these thefts.  It could be that Kingdoms at War is in it’s infancy.  I can remember when Castle Age wasn’t as fleshed out as it now.  I stuck around and the game seemed to have a plot played out over time as the game improved and more quests were added.  Only time will tell if Kingdoms at War (KaW) will improve in the future.  I still enjoyed the game and will continue to play it when my account has enough gold to build some more buildings and hire some more infantry, etc.

So for my review, I give Kingdoms at War 4 out of 5 stars.

Here is a link to install Kingdoms at War at the iTunes website.

Until next time…

iPad Master Blog (iPadMasterBlog.com)

Dragon Dictation – Free Voice to Text Software

Dragon Dictation for the iPad – a free voice to text software

Dragon Dictation for the iPad / iPhone is voice to text software that is free.

What does that mean exactly?  It means that you can talk to your iPad and it will type out what you tell it.  Pretty amazing stuff.  Can you imagine the possibilities?  You could interview someone without having to write it down or type it.  Just for fun, I decided to dictate this blog post to my iPad and then used copy / paste to post it to this blog.  How cool is that?  Yes, you can tell that I am totally geeking out about this iPad app.  You can even write a book just by talking your iPad’s ear off, if you feel like it. After dictating a message to your iPad, you can also e-mail it or post it to Facebook or Twitter.

Now, voice to text software isn’t perfect so it’s best if you use a headset or speak directly into the microphone of your device.  People might not realize the amount of complexity involved with converting a sound into text.  In case you didn’t know, voice to text software is a form of Artificial Intelligence.  Don’t worry though, your iPad can’t take over the world like the movies would have you believe.

So what could make this app even cooler? Dragon Dictation is actually free (yes I said free).  Now, if you really like this application and want to put it on your Mac, Dragon Dictation will cost you $199 dollars when purchased at Nuance’s website.  I’m not sure if they are different versions with different features, but I am just happy to have a free voice to text software.

So for my review I give Dragon Dictation 5 out of 5 stars.

Until next time…

iPad Master Blog (iPadMasterBlog.com)

New iPad generation, soon on the market ?

According to iLounge.com, the Californian firm Apple has already designed a new iPad model that will be launched late this year or early 2011. This is a model with a 7 inch screen that can be held with one hand because of its size and weight, and it uses the Cortex-A9 processor and an IPS panel with a resolution of 1024×768.

The site even announces the availability of future iPods. A 7-inch iPad will likely cost a lot less than its first-generation brethren, as Apple is known for slashing product prices as the technology evolves.

New iPad, 7inch instead of 9inch



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