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Anki Overdrive - Fast and Furious Edition

Apple TV 4K

Google Home Mini

Fitbit Flyer

Fitbit Ionic

Huawei P10

Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular

2018 Toyota C-HR

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Nomad leather case for iPhone 8 Plus

Alcatel A50

Tile Pro Sport smart tracker

27-inch Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display

Anki Cozmo programmable robot

Microsoft Surface Laptop

Motorola Moto Z2 Play

Google Home

Sennheiser HD-1 in ear wireless headphones

Motorola Moto E4

Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch

BlackBerry KEYone

Philips Hue Smart Lighting System

insta360 nano 360 camera for iPhone

2017 Cadillac CT6 Luxury

UAG Rugged Case for Surface Book

Motorola Moto G5

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

Linksys VELOP Whole Home Mesh Network

Fitbit Alta HR

2016 Range Rover

2016 Ford Flex Limited

Timex IQ+ Move fitness tracking watch

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature

2016 Mazda MX-5

Sennheiser PXC-550 Bluetooth headphones

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4MATIC Sedan

Sudio Regent Bluetooth headphones

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier

VisionTek SoundTube PRO Bluetooth speaker

Fitbit Charge 2

2017 GMC Acadia Denali

Apple AirPods

Apple MacBook Pro (Late 2016)

808

Game of Thrones Season Six Blu-Ray

Michelin Premier all-season tires

Tom Tom Spark 3 Cardio +

Google Daydream View VR headset

ASUS ZenBook 3

Jaybird X3

JBL SoundBoost Speaker Moto Mod

Moto Insta-Share Projector for Moto Z

Google Pixel XL

Apalon's My Alarm Clock app

Lenovo Moto Z

Apple Watch Series 2 and watchOS 3

iOS 10

Monday
Oct122009

Eee PC 1005HA Seashell Netbook- Review

seashell seashell by Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla Netbooks have come into their own as small but exceedingly practical portable computers. Next up, the promise of the all-day netbook. Enter the new Asus Eee PC 1005HA Seashell. Asus has consistently evolved their Eee PC line of netbooks from the toy-like 7 inch models it produced two years ago to larger, more powerful and functional netbooks with 10 inch screens, bringing big time features and all-day battery life along with it. As a variant of the earlier Eee PC 1008HA sealed-battery clamshell, the thinnest netbook in the 10 inch form factor in its day, the new 1005HA is slightly thicker than its predecessor, but it rocks a bigger, removable 6-cell battery that will reportedly power the device for 10.5 hours. Real world usage is a little less than that, but still impressive. The 1005HA can easily squeeze out 6.5-hours out of its battery, thanks mostly to Asus' Super Hybrid Engine power management application. Powered by a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom processor with 1GB of upgradeable RAM, the 1005HA runs Windows XP, and will likely do a good job with Windows 7 should you choose to upgrade the operating system (OS). Asus has also made sure that this netbook is well connected, too, with built in 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth V2.1 - premium features normally found in more expensive laptops. The trackpad on the Eee PC 1005HA sports the Multi-Touch gesture input feature for pinching to resize and whatnot. It's also unusual in that it sits flush with the unit's wrist rest, yet it's intuitive and accurate thanks to a grid of small protruding studs. Also packed within its dimunitive form factor, you get a digital array microphone as well as a built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam, ideal for video-conferencing, Skype and voice chatting, things you might want to do out on the road without the hassles of lugging around a bunch of USB peripherals. Aside from the capacious 160GB hard drive, the Eee PC 1005HA comes with 10GB of online storage is you want it. This is helpful for storing files and back ups in "the cloud," retrievable from anywhere. The most engaging feature of the new, more powerful and more feature-laden 1005HA over the old model is its price; it's cheaper. In the realm of sub-$500 portables, providing you have unpretentious expectations befitting a netbook computer (as opposed to a notebook or desktop PC), you currently can't do much better than the Eee PC Seashell.

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Monday
Oct122009

Sony Reveals upcoming PlayStation Releases

By Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla EGMSony1 Sony recently filled up a downtown Toronto loft space with wall-to-wall screens demoing the latest titles coming to the PlayStation. This annual preview event stokes the fires for the coming holiday season and is replete with new titles, sequels to old favorites and even the return of titles that have long been missing from Sony’s console. Here are the highlights of what we saw. Daft Punk DJ Hero – Activision You’ve got guitar gods galore and a bunch of rock band spin offs so what’s next? How about simulating beat matching, scratches and fades on the wheels of steel? Set to launch on October 23rd, Daft Punk DJ Hero puts users behind the turntable and offers exclusive mixes and cuts from Daft Punk as well as a bevy of popular tunes ranging from Hip-Hop, R&B, soul, disco and rock. Using a turntable controller with three stream buttons, players need to play notes while adding samples to the mix and minding the crossfader button to match onscreen symbols. Clark Gables of the turntables will be well stocked as 100 individual songs and 80 exclusive mixes come with the game. Two players can go on a mixing beatdown and the game also accepts input from Guitar Hero guitars. God of War III – Sony By far the most visually arresting and impressive game that was previewed at the Sony event was their own God of War III. Coming in March 2010, God of War III is a visceral experience not only for players but also for spectators. Running at full 1080p HD resolution, the game’s layers of action, lighting, soundtrack and immersive environments are just phenomenal. The demo showed Kratos tearing through a glorious ancient city leaving behind a trail of bodies and gallons of blood as the war of the Gods and Titans continues. Kratos decimates foes with the Blades of Athena and uses giant lion-shaped gloves to smash through rocks and buildings. He can also tear heads from bodies and impale creatures using their own horns. The speed, range and scale of user control and character movement is equaled only by the game’s brutality and violence. This is definitely the game to watch for in 2010. Tekken 6 – Namco Bandai The much beloved PlayStation fighting title Tekken is back and for the first time totally re-jigged for the PlayStation3. This latest version will be released in October 27 in North America and offers 42 playable characters, most of which will be unlocked as the game progresses. The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6, offers a lot of what Tekken fans are used to, great characters with carried martial arts styles and moves but now with even more customization to costumes and environments as well as a new scenario mode which is a co-op mode for two players and that allows them to make weapons out of objects in their environment. A new Rage system powers up players when vitality is low and now characters bounce when dropped from higher ground, allowing for even more combo-move possibilities. Tekken 6 will also be available for the PlayStation Portable and on the Xbox 360. Alien vs. Predator – Sega Another blast from the past, Aliens vs. Predator comes back after 10 years but now offers a multiplayer option aside from the requisite campaign mode. The demo offered a first-person view of a cloaked Predator moving along in a lush jungle ready to open fire on opposing players. Releasing in February 2010. Aliens vs. Predator takes allows players to play campaigns as Aliens, Predators or a Marines. The first-person shooter, suspense, sci-fi cocktail works well and the environments are gritty and accurately rendered but don’t get too caught up admiring the landscape. AVP is action packed, full of claustrophobic corridors and evil-slimy things that are out to get you in the most vicious ways imaginable. AVP will be available for PS3, PC as well as Xbox 360.

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Monday
Oct122009

Scosche kickBACK S iPhone 3G/3GS case - Review

kickBACK S By Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla Every once in a while an accessory comes along that makes you think, "well, that makes sense, why didn't they just build that in?" One such accessory is the Scosche kickBACK S HyBrid case for iPhone 3G/3GS. Scosche's KickBack S Scosche The kickBACK S HyBrid case is a slim line case that acts as armor without adding much bulk to an iPhone 3G or 3GS (same chassis, different guts). Made of plastic and rubber in all the right places, it offers fairly good protection for your expensive and otherwise naked device. The kickBACK S also sports a tripod of non-slip protruding nubs on the back, so your phone doesn't skitter about when you plop it down flat. Front side, the rubber bumper is slightly raised around the periphery so you can also place your iPhone face-down on a flat surface without worry of scratching the screen, which remains unprotected (and touchable). The snug fitting housing has openings for the iPhone's headphone jack and the charge/synch port. Oddly, the kickBACK S intentionally covers the sleep/wake and volume buttons - as protection, according to Scosche, though likely a structural consideration inherent with its design. No matter, you can push through the rubber to activate the covered nibs at any rate. If you have and iPhone dock, note that the added girth of the kickBACK S, though modest, is just enough to make a no go zone out of such cradles. Of course, the kickBACK's real kicker is its kickstand, a hinged plastic support that will prop your iPhone horizontal and slightly angled when needed, snap in flush with the housing when not. Though the iPhone 3G/3GS is a great media player, especially useful for watching videos on long commutes or flights, it's a hassle when you have to hold the thing the whole time. The kickBACK S HyBrid solves this problem, obviously, as a hands-free prop. However, the kickstand does not lock into place when fully extended, so an overzealous tap on "pause" button (or whatever) can topple the whole kit and caboodle. Aside from that little shortcoming, the kickBACK S is well-designed; there's no denying its on-the-go usefulness making for a free standing video player, juke box, or even a bedside alarm clock (with certain apps) that you can actually look at without rummaging around the nightstand to find the thing. As a two-in-one product - i.e. a protective case and iPhone stand - Scosche's kickBACK S is a pretty good deal, priced in and around the going rate for comparable iPhone wraps that sometimes only do half as much. Currently available in the US in four combo flavors, black/black, pink/white, white/grey and clear/black, the kickBACK S is also expected in Canada "soon."

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Monday
Oct122009

Pentax K-x DSLR brings HD video recording to the masses

By Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla PentaxK-X PentaxK-X Pentax K-x DSLR brings HD video recording to the masses New Digital SLR camera brings HD movie recording, high-speed continuous shooting, and user-friendly operation in affordable, lightweight chassis. Pentax may not be the first name that comes to mind when it comes to starting market trends or innovations, but its newly announced K-x DSLR camera is challenging that perception by bringing DSLR HD recording to the great unwashed. Coming in October, the new Pentax K-x features a 12.4-megapixel sensor, Live View with fast face detection for up to 16 faces and 1280 x 270 pixel HDTV movie recording at 24 frames per second (which gives recordings a more film-like quality and is the standard frame rate for motion pictures). What's more, this camera shoots 4.7 images per second and offers an 11-point sensor and in-body shake reduction, making it capable of shooting action and sports photography, just like pro and enthusiast cameras costing up to three times more. In fact, compared to other cameras in this space, The Pentax K-x looks to take the oxymoron out of "High-Performance Entry-Class" with base model pricing starting at US$649, C$699. Movie quality HD recording was introduced in DSLR cameras last year, but shutterbugs who wanted HD video capabilities on a 12 megapixel DSLR at "consumer friendly prices" had to choose between scant offerings in Nikon's $900 D5000, or Canon's more recent $1,000 T1i. In North America, Pentax will offer the K-x in classic black but also red, navy, or white to position it as a fashion or lifestyle product. The K-x also looks to push the power efficiency envelop as it's to take 1,900 images on four AA-size lithium batteries.

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