US National Potato Day

Dec2013 18

 
Star Wars: Attack Squadrons is a free-to-play online space combat game where players customize iconic ships and engage in high-velocity 16 player dogfights in fabled locations.

It's currently in closed beta, but if done right, could be very cool.

Nov2013 11

Today, I received my AfterShokz Sportz 2 Bone Conduction Headphones and I proceeded to put them through the paces. The AfterShokz Sportz open ear headphones were designed with safely in mind for joggers, bike riders, skateboarders, hikers and other athletes.

The headphones feature *cough* military special ops bone conduction technology and sit in front of the ear, thereby bypassing the Outer Ear and Eardrum, and permitting users to hear ambient noises such as oncoming traffic, car horns, ambulances or other warning noises.

Unfortunately, I was hoping to use these headphones on my daily commute. In this scenario, being on a train, these headphones are an utter fail. The noise of the train on the tracks drowned out the voices of the podcast I was listening to. I had to put the iPhone on max volume and the AfterShokz's own standalone volume control to full and then I was able to make out what the people were saying on the podcast. I'm sure, so could the other passengers on the train, so I tried to keep this to a minimum.

Walking with the headphones in worked just fine. I could hear all the traffic noises and still listen to my music or podcasts, though I've never had any trouble with this and standard ear buds in the past. I could imagine running with this product to be very good as the headset helps keep them on your head and not fall our like the ear buds.

The main thing I have noticed is, the noise coming out of the headphones; I can't be sure it's actually using bone conduction and not just my ears picking up the sound as the headphone's speakers are in close proximity to my ear. The only way I could be sure was to put my fingers in my ears to block them and then the sound was very clear and even had more bass. So, I'm guessing I would have to use them with earplugs to get the best sound out of them -- there being the problem, they would no longer be open ear and provide any safety.

AfterShokz Box


Still, in a quiet office or home environment, they work just fine. I can hear everything in the office, along with my tunes while no one else can, but once again, I'm wondering if my ear is actually picking up the noise not the bone conduction. The previous mentioned AfterShokz's amplifier box requires charging (2 hours for full charge and lasts about a week) and features it's own standalone volume control. Unfortunately, no control over the iPhone to stop/start and control it's volume. Also no microphone, though there is a later version AS321 that does include a microphone.

Rating: star.gif star.gif star.gif

Nov2013 09

Nike have released a new free app called Nike+ Move that takes advantage of the iPhone 5S's M7 Motion co-processor. This piece of hardware's sole job is to collect sensor data from integrated accelerometers, gyroscopes and compasses and offload the collecting and processing of this sensor data from the main central processor.

Nike's app is a gorgeous way of displaying this data in the form of their fitness format - NikeFuel. This is the same metric they use with their Nike FuelBand product and what I use to use with the Nike app back in the day with a wireless chip in the shoe and then again with the iPod Nano's pedometer capabilities.

Being an iOS app it also takes advantage of Game Center and can use this to show Local Leaderboards as well as the friend connection (Top Movers) from the Nike+ account. What's even cooler is Nike have an API for the Nike+ accounts, which means you can use this data in anyway you see fit - ala home dashboard.

All and all Nike+ Move is a must if you have an iPhone 5S and I look forward to more improvements and more importantly, more stepping in the future.

Oct2013 29


Director Bryan Singer is back to the X-Men franchise, doing one of the most beloved story arcs from Marvel's Uncanny X-Men comic. No sentinels yet, but a good look at how the story will unfold.

Oct2013 24


Oh man, it looks filth !

Sep2013 18


New TV Ad for the iPhone 5c and iOS 7.

Sep2013 01


Who doesn't love minifigs !

Aug2013 21


"I have had a bloody gutful !" Classic.

Star Wars Downunder is a 30 minute Star Wars fan film which finally answers the age old question, that has confounded many a film buff before: What would happen if you crossed Star Wars with an Australian beer commercial ?

Aug2013 01

Honda "Hands"

Posted In Tech |

 

Celebrate 65 years of Honda's innovations with this great video.

Jul2013 23

 

I just came across this and my mind was blown ...

Download the track "Mindtunes" here: http://bit.ly/10zvhvi. Proceeds go directly to the Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for disabled people. Find out more about QEF on http://qef.org.uk/.

Jul2013 10


I just couldn't stop laughing ... and if you're not watching Attack on Titan (Shingeki No Kyojin), then you should.

Jun2013 28


Check out this 25 minute documentary about Danny Byrd's latest personal dnb UK garage LP, Golden Ticket, out now on Hospital Records.

At least this helps to explain the album and his inspiration for the tunes. Not a fan, I miss the old stuff.

Jun2013 06


Bain sets up the heist ... and guess where ? First World Bank, of course.

May2013 27


They might have cancelled the show, but we still get a RPG styled game that actually looks pretty good.

May2013 23


Amazing. You can actually sit in it ! 5.3 million bricks.

May2013 03


And here's one of them ... amazing.

Apr2013 30


Now here's a game I can 100% get behind ...

Apr2013 09


Looks filth !

Apr2013 02


Last week during the Game Developers Conference, Jake Solomon, designer of last year's XCOM: Enemy Unknown sat down with host Adam Sessler to chat with Julian Gollop, designer of 1994's X-COM: UFO Defense.

The interview goes for about 17 minutes but is great hearing from both these guys.

Mar2013 27


Classic !

Mar2013 27

 


The official trailer for the second Wolverine movie is out now.

Mar2013 19

 

New aircrafts, cleaner menus, custom ammo belts and more.

Mar2013 08


Learn how to make these great Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cupcakes with all your favourite turtle heroes. Cowabunga, dudes!

Mar2013 05


Dale and Phil are back, together with a live studio audience at Casa del Godbold, this time with another Chilli Willies called Rectum Wrecker.

The boys are expecting it to be hot, being Bhut Jolokia based, however Chilli Willies previous sauce wasn't as hot as they liked. What will the outcome be ?

Feb2013 28


Two brand new 2013 Audi RS 4 Avants with bonnet mounted paintball markers go head to head in a military aircraft hangar.

And here's the behind the scenes footage ...

Feb2013 19


Mix of my favourite dnb tunes from 2012 with a video I made using HD space footage from NASA and Hubble Telescope.

Feb2013 05


"Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar®-nominated short, Paperman."

EDIT: Unfortunately, the powers that be at Disney saw a way to make money off Paperman and made this video private. Pity. Maybe, I'll get to see it again one day, maybe I won't.

Jan2013 30


A Volkswagen spot slated to air during Sunday’s Super Bowl is getting a thumbs down from some critics who accuse it of exploiting racial stereotypes.

What do you think ?

Jan2013 22


Classic Dick !

Jan2013 22


Absolutely amazing stop motion video.

Jan2013 21


The latest from Danny Byrd is out ... this time with dnb grandmaster Roni Size. Personally, the track didn't do anything for me and if I didn't know it was by Danny Byrd or Roni Size, I probably wouldn't have even listened to it.

As for the B-side ... Love You Like This, is a much better track. It even sounds like something that didn't make it onto his Rave Digger LP, which isn't a bad thing.

Jan2013 16


Friends of the Too Hot Crew were kind enough to bring back from San Francisco, USA, a great little hot sauce; The Stinking Rose's Garlic Hot Sauce Batch #37.

Jan2013 14


PE are back for 2013 ...

Jan2013 01

Rated RITWire reports  "On New Years Day Australia’s new R18+ adults-only video game category came into force. Games with the new rating can only be bought or rented by people over 18.

Despite the uniform rating system across the country, differences still exist between the states. Only South Australia and Western Australia have conditions on how R18+ games are displayed for sale or hire, and penalties for breaching the classification rules vary considerably."

Mixed result but overall it's good news. Finally, Australia is out of the dark ages in gaming censorship. Game developers won't be banned or have to make special "cut" versions for our market and can just concentrate on providing the best gaming adult experience money can buy.



blog comments powered by Disqus