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How often have you been hanging out in your drab environment — office, dorm, house, post office — and thought to yourself, “You know what would make this place more exciting? UFOs flying around my head.”

Probably at least once a day, right?

Look-Up, a new “augmented reality” game from Soulbit7, promises to shake things up by invading your space with alien attacks. Does the game deliver?

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It was more than a decade ago when I would sit in the school computer lab, building highways, managing neighborhoods and collecting taxes. It was a social gaming experience- as much as existed in its day- with a roomful of peers working on or demolishing their own cities as well.

Here we are now, in a world where computer gaming and social media have fused into recognizable names like Farm Ville and Mafia Wars. And just when online social gaming is at its height through the desktop and laptop screens around the globe, we are introduced to the iPad.

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I love a good trivia game. One of the main problems you experience with trivia though is how fast it ages. A game with questions about “current affairs” or “pop culture” easily turns into a frustrating guessing match about random facts from five years ago that no one remembers.

Qrank solves this problem by continually updating its library to provide you with questions about events as soon as a single day after they take place. But don’t worry, even if you aren’t up on your current affairs there are still plenty of history, literature and science questions to keep you interested.

Today we’ll see how to use Qrank to challenge your friends and become the social trivia champion.

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Have you ever wanted to play a specific card game on your iPhone but couldn’t find an app for it in the App Store? Wouldn’t it be neat if you could play any game, any time, with up to three of your friends?

Enter Playing Cards, an excellent little app that gives you the flexibility and features you need to play by your own rules. Below we’ll take a look at why you would want such an app, how it works and whether or not you should buy it.

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iPhone versions of popular video games tend not to go down too well. They struggle to make effective use of the touchscreen is often riddled with bugs as developers rush to get the games out for the sake of a few extra sales, often resulting in joyless ‘games’ unleashed on the unsuspecting public (I’m looking at you EA).

From a personal point of view, this had led me to shy away from buying big name games for the iPhone. However, with the release of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (CTW) I put all previous problems to the back of my mind and shelled out the ridiculously cheap $9.99 (£5.99) for Rockstar’s latest game.

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