Posts tagged tech

iOS7 [minireview] 
:: I’ve only had a few hours to tool around with the new features, but I’ve had a butt-ton of people asking for my opinion sooooooooo…
Look up, that picture, is my favorite addition. Being able to do “duh” things all from one swipe-screen. The new white/translucent layout is…nice…but feels uninspired. I said it when they first released it; it reminds me too much of an Android device (this coming from a guy who’s never used an Android device haha so take that as you will). I love simplicity, love Helvetica, and love that Apple is subtly backpeddling to it’s days of worshiping the color white. One thing that openly annoys me is the change to the dashboard. Maybe it’s because I just hit the section of Jobs’ bio where he insists on it’s usage, but that “small” change is what has me saying “we really aren’t in the days of Steve anymore”. Overall, it’s good. Needed…maybe not. But it makes my 4S feel like a whole new phone, so I’m excited to see what it’ll be like when I (someday) make the upgrade to a 5whatever. 

iOS7 [minireview] 

:: I’ve only had a few hours to tool around with the new features, but I’ve had a butt-ton of people asking for my opinion sooooooooo…

Look up, that picture, is my favorite addition. Being able to do “duh” things all from one swipe-screen. The new white/translucent layout is…nice…but feels uninspired. I said it when they first released it; it reminds me too much of an Android device (this coming from a guy who’s never used an Android device haha so take that as you will). 
I love simplicity, love Helvetica, and love that Apple is subtly backpeddling to it’s days of worshiping the color white. One thing that openly annoys me is the change to the dashboard. Maybe it’s because I just hit the section of Jobs’ bio where he insists on it’s usage, but that “small” change is what has me saying “we really aren’t in the days of Steve anymore”. 
Overall, it’s good. Needed…maybe not. But it makes my 4S feel like a whole new phone, so I’m excited to see what it’ll be like when I (someday) make the upgrade to a 5whatever. 

5s vs 5c 

:: I’ve been getting messages all day from people wondering which I’ll be getting (or at least, which one I prefer). To be totally honest, I kinda like the idea of the iPhone5c :/ 
It’s still better than my 4s, and I’ve never liked the idea of something (that should be) as simple as a phone, being so bloody expensive! Honestly though, I’m still holding onto my original iPhone, and don’t have plans to upgrade my current one any time soon (come to think of it…my plan might be up anyway) 

And for those that will ask; If I grabbed a 5c it’ be white, and if a 5s, black. 

via: The Verge

Coffee & Multitasking v.126

I’ve been outta the game for a while, so here we go…

1. NINTENDO 2DS [IGN.com]
Yesterday they announced that a new non-clamshell / non-3D version of the 3DS would be hitting stores in October. So…just a regular DS, that can play newer games, but doesn’t close to protect the screens? I can see this being really good for that smaller-children market, but other than that it’s just a blunder (remember the Gameboy Micro) waiting to happen. 

2. iPHONE 5C [gadgets.ndtv]
Normally I don’t even acknowledge rumored Apple products, but this has been getting so much press that I can’t really ignore it :/
If it’s all true, it’ll be much like Nintendo’s move; create a lower-budget version of your best selling product, thus giving the market two options. Older folk will gravitate towards the more high-end/expensive model, and will jump at the chance to get a cheaper version for their kids…who before would smash/drop/destroy the only-existing high-end model within days. Kids don’t NEED the cheaper version, but will get it simply because it exists. Spend less money to make something that will make you more money. 

3. SUPERMARIO COMICBOOK [/film]
Remember that so-bad-it’s-good 90’s movie adaptation of our favorite videogame characters? Yup, it’s getting a sequel…

4. TOP10 AFFLICKS [IGN.com]
I’ve already shared my distaste for the choice of Ben Affleck for the new role of Batman…but…he’s been apart of some alright movies. So to soften the blow, here’s a reminder of things that aren’t Gigli or Daredevil! 

5. NEW JZ/JT VID 
I obviously am not going to post it here, it’s far too foul for my page. BUT the new music video for “Holy Grail” was just released today and it’s…interesting…definitely different. Your thoughts?

Coffe & Multitasking v.125

I’m a little slow on this one, give me a break works been busy…

1. XBOX ONE-80 [TIME.com]
Just like I said would happen, Microsoft has gone back on it’s initial word with regards to the rules and regulations put in play at this years E3. All that DRM and 24hr online nonsense that everyone was freaking out about is gone; basically it just runs like a 360 now.

2. MOVIE UPDATES [ComingSoon.net]
X-Men:DoFP - May, 2014
Dawn ofthe Planet ofthe Apes - July, 2014
Assassin’s Creed - June, 2015
ID2 - July, 2015
That’s not even including ALL of Marvel/DC’s releases, sooo needless to say we’re all going to be a lot more destitute.

3. INSTAVID [Mashable.com]
Fbook/IG just slapped Twitter/Vine in the face with longer vids that you can edit on the fly! I’m posting this to get an opinion: should I stay with my Vine (where I already have a substantial presence) or switch over? What are YOU using?

Coffee & Multitasking v.114

1. RIP GAMING GIANTS
Atari - The US branch has filed for bankruptcy, and even the iconic logo is up for sale [8bitFuture.net]
THQ - These are the last days of one of the biggest companies in modern gaming [IGN.com]

2. NEW MUSIC
Lonely Island - New video “YOLO” and announcement for a new album in 2013 [video]
Lights - Acoustic covers of Lana Del Rey and Nirvana (w/ hubby) [video]

3. TWITTER “BRANCHES” OUT [blog]
The massive microblog has started a minivid counterpart called “Vine” 
Of course I made an account, you can find me by searching for my Twitter handle @hebb or my username Boschmann

4. iOS UPDATE [Apple.com]
v.6 gets it’s first update today! 

CES2013: My Thoughts

Not a lot stood out to me at this years event. Lots of TV’s, peripherals stating they would be the next “3D experience” or “virtual experience”. Mostly just the same ol’ from companies I don’t really care about. Here are (the only) three things that caught my attention…

1. Lenovo Table PC [Mashable]
This is the only product that could make me purchase a Windows PC. I love the idea of having a fully intractable device that can be used for different purposes for different means. Table, tablet, computer, boardgames, canvas…looks fun!

2. Piston [IGN video]
I’m kind of sad that this only got the spotlight because it ended up NOT being something affiliated with Valve (and the rumored “steambox” console they’re working on).

3. MS Illumiroom [IGN video]
I agree entirely with IGN critics. I think this is a great idea for ambience, but hate the idea of having my game extend beyond the screen. The ONLY way I’d find that practical is if you’re entire room was devoted to gaming…meaning…no bookshelves, or other surfaces for the “screen” to get messed up on. But then at that point, why not just strap on a VR helmet?  

 

IGN Presents: THE BEST OF 2012 
∆ It’s that time of year again! Where geeks weigh in on their fav games, movies, shows, and eventually kill each other off through comment flame wars! 
Click the pic above to vote, voice your opinion, or just watch. 

IGN Presents: THE BEST OF 2012 

∆ It’s that time of year again! Where geeks weigh in on their fav games, movies, shows, and eventually kill each other off through comment flame wars! 

Click the pic above to vote, voice your opinion, or just watch. 

R.I.P. NINTENDO POWER 
∆ The final issue of this iconic magazine will be printed for December 2012. It’s a sad day for a guy like me, who grew up with the weekend routine of running to the local library, after Saturday morning cartoons, to learn about the newest games. This was pre-internet, when the only way to get previews of new games was to pick up a zine. There were no trailers, new leaked info, and no need to worry about spoiler alerts. Each issue would have cheats/tricks for the games you loved, a sneak peak at games to come, and killer poster featuring that months start character! I guess this is a perfect example of the changing ways of technology. If even the most influential gamer-mag is forced to close it’s pages, it’s a good indication that eBooks are here to stay. It does look like they’ll be keeping back issues available for sale online, and I’ve heard rumors of possible new issues coming out for tablets…here’s hoping.  

R.I.P. NINTENDO POWER 

∆ The final issue of this iconic magazine will be printed for December 2012. It’s a sad day for a guy like me, who grew up with the weekend routine of running to the local library, after Saturday morning cartoons, to learn about the newest games. This was pre-internet, when the only way to get previews of new games was to pick up a zine. There were no trailers, new leaked info, and no need to worry about spoiler alerts. 
Each issue would have cheats/tricks for the games you loved, a sneak peak at games to come, and killer poster featuring that months start character! 
I guess this is a perfect example of the changing ways of technology. If even the most influential gamer-mag is forced to close it’s pages, it’s a good indication that eBooks are here to stay. It does look like they’ll be keeping back issues available for sale online, and I’ve heard rumors of possible new issues coming out for tablets…here’s hoping.  

[ LAN because we CAN ] #1: My Setup
∆ Today was spent NOT watching the 100th CFL Grey Cup game, but instead, pwning many n00bs and leveling like a crazy person. Also I consumed a lot of food, too much probably…
Instagram: hebb

[ LAN because we CAN ] #1: My Setup

Today was spent NOT watching the 100th CFL Grey Cup game, but instead, pwning many n00bs and leveling like a crazy person. Also I consumed a lot of food, too much probably…

Instagram: hebb

Coffee & Multitasking v.107

1. R.I.P. TWINKIES [MontrealGazette]
It seems everyone’s initial freakout over Hostess going out-of-business might be for nothing. The company might be selling off it’s assets, meaning we’ll still have WonderBread, HoHo’s, and Twinkies…

2. GOT3 [IGN.com]
The new teasers have come out for the next season of Game Of Thrones!

3. WiiU RELEASE!!!
Today’s the day Nintendo says goodbye to the Wii (and essentially the Gamecube) and launches it’s first HD next-gen console!
KOTAKU is currently featuring a ton of content on everything you need to know.
And to balance things out [here] and [here] are some reviews pointing out it’s flaws.

ANON ASKED: What games are you excited about for the 2012 holiday season?
MY ANSWER: Well I’ll be playing Halo4 until all my LIVE timecards run out, and I still have a lot of content in WoW:MoP to explore. But during my holidays I’ll most likely be sitting down and FINALLY finishing MassEffect3 :P

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE WiiU?