In this Weeks Show, Andy and Justin talk about Alexa and the New Google Home as personal assistants. Justin installs Ring and tells us why he couldn’t completely love the experience. Battlefield 1 and Civilization are covered as titles for the holiday season.
Slick and Andy talk about Sling TV and how cutting the cord is becoming easier and offering more choices. Also covered are some new options for cord cutters for local programming. Antennas for local programming are discussed and how to easily transfer your VHS Tapes to DVD with the New Roxio Easy VHS to DVD 3.
Website of the Week from Slick is Next Door an App that connects your neighborhood.
In this Weeks Segment from 09/17/2016 – Andy, Slick and Justin talk about the Note 7 and the Recall of the device – (Since this show was recorded the Recall was Official)
The guys talk about the threat of charging devices and why your devices should be monitored when charging. With the thought in mind, the guys share some ideal charging suggestions and why they shouldn’t be plugged in overnight. Why Samsung had to shift marketing focus quickly and why Lenovo is focusing on Skipping the 7s.
Slick shares what grinds his gears when it comes to batteries in smartphones. Next to using a smartphone as a phone, the guys share what are the most important features for the team.
Andy Taylor talks about the Lenovo MotoMod from Hasselblad, True Zoom which can help turn the smartphone into a feature filled digital camera for the end user. Slick challenges Justin on a comment regarding iTunes Digital Rights Management of music purchased through the iTunes Store.
Andy Taylor discusses the idea behind The Digital Dark age and why we shouldn’t get rid of our paper, photos, music CD’s, DVD’s. Tivo is bought out by Rovi for 1.1B and changes
its name to Tivo. The new Tivo Bolt with 4k and 3TB of Data storage is talked about. What do you need to make the Tivo Bolt work on your Cable System. How do you find out what to sell your used hardware for? Listener Gilbert asks. What should somebody do with a Hard Drive in their system before they donate or sell it. Dban Dariks Boot and Nuke is noted as a program to make drives unrecoverable.
App and Website of the Week is a simple tough game from potoandcabenga from Armor Games
This is one of the coolest ideas we’ve heard of in awhile. VR Coasters. With this concoction you aren’t just sitting in an easy chair with some VR Gear strapped on to your head – This is taking an environment and enhancing it with Virtual Reality. Riders wear the Oculus powered Samsung Galaxy Gear VR and take a real roller coaster ride while enjoying a world around the ride designed by Animators.
This has been created in partnership with Samsung Electronics America and features an amazing 360 loop and interactive game play during the ride
Virtual Reality on Ninja Facts:
Riders wearing Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus headsets, find themselves in the copilot seat of a fighter jet as they take on aliens in a battle to save the world;
This 360°, fully immersive, virtual battle takes guests flying through 2,430 feet of track at up to 65 mph;
The fighter jet darts between buildings, completing intense aerial acrobatics while guests travel through the 360°loop and corkscrew of the coaster’s steel track;
Sensors and proxies along the coaster track sync the movement of the coaster to the video riders are watching on their Samsung Gear VR headsets;
The experience begins as soon as riders leave the station house and start up the lift hill. While climbing the lift hill or going through the launch pad, guests can shoot at targets with a touch pad on the side of the headsets, making this the first game play ever used on a roller coaster.
I have to wonder what RockStar Games is doing to me! Releasing a highly anticipated game title with one day left for the Tax Deadline! I wonder how many gamers will flip the coin today!?
When you hear the title “Grand Theft Auto” You generally know this is a game that has a history of violence and situations that should only be operated by an adult. The very successful franchise continues to this day and technically it is not just a thrown together schlock fest, it couldn’t be – Gamer’s wouldn’t go for it.
A successful Video Game Franchise will come from the loyalty of the gaming crowd that in turn will expect high end graphics and fluid game play and that is what the good folks at Rockstar Games are handing out. Today the company announced the availability of Grand Theft Auto V for PC at Retail or Digital Download through Steam and Rockstar.
I had the chance to talk to some friends from SteelSeries today about some of the products they will be sharing on the show floor when E3 Officially opens tomorrow. The Electronic Entertainment Expo opens its doors to the crowds of industry representatives and the media June 10th and runs through the 13th at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
SteelSeries continues to develop accessories for the PC and Console Gamer with everything from Keyboards, Gaming Mice and awesome headsets. One product announced that can help your game play which is different from the traditional products in the company line is the SteelSeries “Sentry” Eye-Tracker
The SteelSeries “Sentry” Eye-Tracker has been developed in conjunction with Tobii Technology. Gamers benefit with this device with a tracking of eye movements and shares that data with the user as bench-marked and compared to the movements of professional gamers. The SteelSeries press release explains it easier:
“The SteelSeries Sentry Eye Tracker brings players an entirely new way to train for competitive gaming, by allowing the player to analyze a wide range of statistics based on where and how long a user focused, or fixated, on the screen. Fixations per Minute (FPM) tracks how often a user moves his or her eye gaze and attention around the screen; low values indicate that the gamer is able to process a lot of information. For comparison, FPM in eye tracking is the same type of correlation as APM or the total numbers of actions per minute a player can perform.” While we could say it’s all in the wrist, obviously from this addition to E3, it’s also in the eyes.
SteelSeries has also continued with its development of products for the mobile gamers and introduced the StratusXL Wireless Game Controller for iOS. Now, users can immerse in the gaming experience on the iPad or iPad Mini and play a game title as they would on the console.
Today was the kickoff of the E3 – Electronic Gaming Expo in LA, California. The Entertainment Software Association presents this annual event for the media, vendors and retailers which will benefit from the enormous sales potential from Consoles, PC and Mac hardware upgrades, instructional manuals, accessories and of course the titles themselves.
At the Microsoft Press Event this morning, Xbox Grand Poo Baa Phil Spencer thanked Gamers and Developers for growing the user base of the Xbox One and the staff at Microsoft for its development. Phil reeled in the gaming crowd with his dedication to the community and began with the trailer of what Phil called the largest franchise for the Xbox console, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. This new title takes place in the future of 2054 and will be available for the Xbox One. The Games DLC, Downloadable Content will also be available for the Xbox One as soon as they are ready.
Sledgehammer Games and Activision made sure of letting gamers know, the Call of Duty franchise will continue to develop and introduce new ways to play.
Through May 25th 2014, Spirit Walkers: Curse of the Cypress Witch (Full) will be available for free on: iPhone, iPad, Google Play, Kindle Fire, Nook, and Mac.
Spirit Walkers: Curse of the Cypress Witch unravels a mystery of a ghost of the young woman captured in these woods. You play as Maylynn who, with two female friends, goes on an innocent hiking trip and soon finds trouble befalling the group.
Things get creepy and scary, and on top of it, a ghost of a woman starts showing up in mysterious places and then one of your friends gets seriously hurt. Looking for help you end up at a beautiful and majestic cypress tree and there you meet the witch herself who offers to help you save your friends. In return however she asks for a favor: you’ll need to travel to a different time and dimension and undo a thing that once went wrong.
You’ll have to travel between times and dimensions, explore the world of ghosts and lost souls and overcome an ancient evil.
There are 32 locations, nearly 20 puzzles, and graphics are available in 3D.
It seems that people like vampires…and the vampires they find our prevalent in theatrical movies (Dracula, Twilight, Near Dark), Television shows (True Blood, Vampire Diary’s, Dracula) and of course books…
There has always been a sort of romantic nod to Dracula, sure he might give a tremendous kiss on the neck but lets remember, that kiss usually brings about death – or at least towns people all reeking of garlic. Either way, that romanticism with The Vampire is a 10 billion dollar revenue creator to the economy according to the article from 2011 at DailyFinance.com – This during the Twilight Saga wrap up but the genre continues
And now, Gaming for the mobile devices resurrects the vampire genre with the game “Vampires: Todd & Jessica’s Story” is free from March 17 to 23 for iOS (iPhone/iPad), Android (Google Play and Kindle Fire), Nook and Mac.
According the Game Creators The Vampires: Todd & Jessica Story gives you the ability to take on a role of a vampire who longs to be human again. Todd is in the middle of proposing to Jessica, his one true love, when he’s kidnapped. Worse, Todd discovers that his close friend Zack, a charismatic and dangerous vampire, has sinister plans for Jessica. Now this desperate young lover must find his fragile fiancée and protect her from a terrible fate. Explore eerie locations, meet mysterious yet friendly characters, collect useful objects and solve brain-teasing puzzles as you experience an immortal love story with bite!”
The Title comes from Adore Studios, Check out more information here
There are some Video Game titles out there that just scream the need for a movie Boot up. I would gladly fork over the 8 bucks to see a Big Screen Version of the story lines and characters found in Call Of Duty.
In the world of Game to Movie Tie-ins, One of the titles that has been talked about heavily is the big Screen version of Need For Speed!
The Film co-produced by Electronic Arts is Coming to Theaters March 14th 2014. The film version of Need For Speed Stars Aaron Paul (Jesse – Breaking Bad) as Tobey Marshall, a recently released jail inmate that was setup by his business partner and wrongfully convicted and put away for the crimes. His release means revenge against Dino, his ex partner, played by Dominic Cooper. The actor most recently seen as Ian Fleming in the BBC presentation of “Fleming”
The Race is on with producers promising big action and great stunts. The Film is directed by Stunt Man turned Director Scott Waugh.
I received a copy of Call of Duty Black Ops II yesterday from Activision, actually the good folks sent me the Xbox360 Hardened Edition which includes a ton of extras for those chomping at the bit for more Call of Duty.
We also received the PC version which is available as a Steam Download. I’m still one of those that likes to have the title on DVD and for the television segment on KMSB Fox 11 always great to show the Box! Either way, I fired up the title last night and while I had a little confusion getting into the game, specifically to play the Zombie version of the game but eventually got in to play the campaign which featured a well produced story line. The game play is fluid and the characters are unlike I have seen before in detail! I completed a couple of missions which included calling in Air Support as well as firing big guns off a boat.
I would recommend the Hardened Edition for those fans of the Call of Duty series. The Box set includes a Collectible Limited Edition Game Case with special artwork, Limited Edition Challenge coins, Access to Nuke town Zombies game which puts you in a 1950’s Era Nuclear ravaged neighborhood and the Official Soundtrack by Jack Wall with the theme from Trent Reznor.
The game play is fun and action filled but certainly not geared at the “Young Un’s” with expletives peppered in throughout the game.
Checkout the Trailer for Call of Duty Black Ops II