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NuTouch Touch Screen Gloves

Friday, December 21st, 2012

nutouchgloves1A problem I’m sure is common to most people who live in colder climates in this day and age is that it’s quite frustrating when you’re shovelling snow or waiting for a bus and you can’t use your smartphone without taking your gloves off and risking losing feeling in your hands for the rest of the day.  While there are several touch screen glove solutions floating around out there to ensure our hands live for another day, most will either run you between $20-$30 for a single pair or be of such poor quality that they’re essentially useless.  This is where Newer Technology comes in with their $9 NuTouch conductive touch screen gloves.  Do these gloves keep your hands toasty-warm while letting you use your touch devices, or do they leave you out in the cold?  We’ll touch on our time with them after the jump.

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This Is Not an App (iOS)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

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Progress: More or less completed all 50 pages

An author and illustrator named Keri Smith has put out a successful series of books including Wreck This Journal and This Is Not a Book in which many of the pages are largely blank and the reader is encouraged to do different creative things on each page.  Attempting to harness the creative potential of iOS devices, Penguin Group has released app versions based on these books and we were given the opportunity to put This Is Not an App through its paces.  Does the app open up a creative wonderland on your iOS device or is it just one of the many apps out there of questionable merit?  Read on to find out if we think it really is an app in spite of its claims to the contrary.

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Official Word on Nuketown 2025 on Wii U

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

The day the Wii U came out I attempted to contact Activision regarding the Nuketown 2025 map that was promised for Wii U, but then unceremoniously pulled and swept under the rug at the very last second.

This evening I finally received official word from Activision’s tech support, and unfortunately it’s not great news, but I’m sure it’s what most of us expected:

Thank you for contacting Activision Customer Support. I can understand how annoying and confusing that must have been. We’re sorry but unfortunately we are not able to offer Nuketown 2025 on the Wii-U platform at this time. Sorry for the inconvenience and once anymore information about that comes out, it will be announced on our official channels ( like the support website or https://twitter.com/Treyarch ) so please check them out from time to time.

There you have it. It’s basically tough crap for Wii U owners for the foreseeable future and makes you wonder just what Nintendo’s doing behind the scenes that’s forcing all of the third parties to delay or cancel their Wii U DLC.  Whatever it is, I hope they fix the situation soon, we’ll keep you posted if anything changes.

Newer Technology Power2U

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

It seems like every electronic device that you get these days is supposed to be charged via USB.   Most of them come with USB/AC adapters, but these can take up a lot of wall outlet and power bar space.  This is where NewerTech comes in with their Power2U wall outlet that features 2 USB ports in addition to the usual pair of AC outlets.  We were able to put a black unit through its paces recently, so is the Power2U the revolutionary space-saver it sets out to be or should it be charged with inadequacy?  Read on to see what kind of electrifying experience we had with the Power2U.

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Wii U Impressions and Secrets

Friday, November 30th, 2012

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Well, it’s been almost a full two weeks since the Wii U came out and we’ve poured tons of time into playing around with many of the Wii U’s system features and launch games.  It’s been a surprisingly great time overall, so check out our initial impressions and some secrets about the Wii U we discovered along the way after the jump.

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The Last Of Us (PS3) Preview

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

When did the end of the world ever look so beautiful? Immerse yourself in a gripping post-apocalyptic world in this PS3 exclusive title from Naughty Dog entitled The Last of Us. Throughout the game you travel to abandoned places reclaimed by the power of nature and survive not only monsters but all the dangers that roam in these cities.

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Halo 4 (Xbox 360)

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Developer: 343 Industries
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Genre: Sci-Fi FPS
Players: 1-2 for campaign, 2-4 for single-console multiplayer, 2-16 online
Console: Xbox 360
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
Hours Played: 6 hours 47 minutes in campaign, 14+ hours in multiplayer
Progress: Completed the campaign doing the first 3 chapters in Heroic and the last few in Normal. Reached SR 19 in online multiplayer.  Played a good deal of local multiplayer including a lot of Grifball.

The reins for the famous Halo series were handed over to 343 Industries from Bungie after their polarizing release of Halo Reach in 2010.  The release of 343’s first main series Halo game was met with considerable hesitation from the gaming community, which is understandable considering how this is one of the first AAA game series to completely and permanently switch development studios in modern gaming history.  Some people were worried that 343 might tarnish their beloved series falling short of Bungie’s original magic, while others were hopeful that the switch might cure the Halo series of the stagnation it was experiencing in the hands of its creators.  Is Halo 4 a step in the right direction for Microsoft’s flagship game series, or does it fall short of the glory of the series’ earlier entries? Perhaps we should just lose faith in the series and start a poker binge on partycasino.com, or whatever it is us gamers do in our spare time instead.  Read on to see what we thought of our latest jaunt with The Chief. 

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WordTag (iOS)

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Genre: Social Word Game
Players: 2 online
Progress: Reached level 13

Social games and word games on iOS are a dime a dozen. Social word games? Maybe a dime per a dozen and a half. Juxta Labs’ WordTag is one of the more recent entries into the social word game fray and promises to be like the popular app Draw Something except with words instead of pictures.  Does it do enough to differentiate itself from the crowd or does it fall by the wayside as so many other apps often do? Read on to see what we think about WordTag.

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