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May, 2013 Archive


May 31, 2013 • How to Do It Yourself!

How To Fix the Ugly MIME Headers When Using Gmail on a Windows Phone

If you have a Windows Phone and you use Gmail, then whether you realize it or not, you have sent at least one email that was received looking like this:

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May 31, 2013 • Gaming, Reviews

Star Wars Battlefront Elite Squadron for PSP – A Retro Romp Review

In the late fall 2005 after the PSP had been released for about six months LucasArts released Star Wars Battlefront II on a variety of platforms including the Sony PSP. The PSP version was a solid enough shooter but definitely lacking in depth and execution compared to other platforms. In 2007 came the PSP-exclusive follow-up …

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May 31, 2013 • Gaming, Reviews

Fuse Review on PlayStation 3

NOTE: This collaborative review was co-written with our special correspondent Wayne Beck. Fuse is an engaging four player co-operative action game with third and first person shooter perspectives. The Hype What happens when human beings access powerful alien technology they were never meant to have been exposed to? When a volatile energy source they call …

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May 31, 2013 • News

Super Stickman Golf 2 Update on the Horizon!

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve spent many hours hitting the links on Super Stickman Golf 2.  I have played countless, and I mean that literally, countless multiplayer matches.  I’ve completed all courses, found almost all of the golf bux (just one alludes me!), and collected 27 out of the 30 hats.  Just as …

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May 30, 2013 • News

Nexus Experience Coming to the HTC One

HTC has heeded the calls of the Android community: a clean Nexus version of the HTC One is coming on June 26. Based off the unlocked 32GB silver model, the HTC One Nexus Experience will be available in the Google Play store for $599. This matches the off contract price for the normal HTC One. Dispensing …

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May 30, 2013 • Reviews

Diamond Multimedia PlugnView Home Monitoring System Review

A few weeks ago, I wrote an initial post entitled The Aftermarket Smart Home – a Gear Diary Journey. The thought for the series came to me after friends told me about the various smart home considerations that were playing into their choices as they do a complete home renovation. I loved some of the …

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May 30, 2013 • Reviews

ZAGG invisibleSHIELD for HTC One Review

The HTC One’s slick aluminium design looks great, but it doesn’t take much time in the real world to pick up scuffs and scratches if you go caseless. Enter the ZAGG invisibleSHIELD, a product designed to keep the slim profile, but not leave you completely unprotected. The ZAGG invisibleSHIELD Full Body for the HTC One …

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May 30, 2013 • Gaming, News

Apparently Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic IS Coming to iPad, Now Available

A couple of weeks ago there was a supposed leak found in the header of an Aspyr newsletter pointing to the release of the iPad version of the classic Bioware RPG Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic (KotOR for short). Since we don’t do rumors here I just fished through my .Mac mail to …

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May 30, 2013 • Autos

2013 Cadillac ATS Premium Turbo

Cadillac has a new compact car. It is called the ATS and it is almost enough to forgive the luxury division at GM for that horrible first foray into the compact segment dubbed Cimarron, the turtle-like Chevy Citation knock-off of the 80s. Almost. ATS arrives as an all-new, lightweight entry luxury sedan in rear-wheel drive …

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May 30, 2013 • Gaming, Reviews

Build It Miami Beach Resort HD for iPad Review

When you read a title and see a quick game description, it is easy to make assumptions about what to expect. That is certainly the case with Build It Miami Beach Resort, which immediately made me think of the Build-a-Lot series we’ve reviewed here several times. However, while there are certain similarities, the games are …

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May 30, 2013 • Reviews

Keep Your Teeth Clean with the Cenoire Ultra Travel Toothbrush

They say that cleanliness is next to godliness. I’m not sure about that, but I do know that fresh breath is a great way to help make a good first impression. When you are traveling or have a 16 hour work day that can be a bit of a challenge unless you have something like …

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May 30, 2013 • Gear Bits

Nokia Lumia 928 First Impressions

Last week I expressed my boredom with my iPhone, and took a leap of faith by ordering a Nokia Lumia 928. It arrived last night (darn holiday weekend got in the way of FedEx delivering my phone faster!);  now that I’ve had 24 hours to get the basics of the phone down, I thought I’d share some …

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May 30, 2013 • Rants and Raves

Apple Decides to Kill Remaining Market for iPod Touch, a Rant in Two Parts

  Part 1. Dan’s Rant. I have long been a proponent and advocate of the iPod touch. Since it was first announced, I have owned and used each successive generation of the “iPhone without a phone” and currently have, and use, a 32GB current generation iPod touch. I love it. I love having tons of music …

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May 30, 2013 • Music Diary, Reviews

IK Multimedia iRig HD Guitar Interface for iOS Review

A few years ago a little company based out of Italy released a neat little accessory for the iPhone and iPad called ‘iRig’, and an app that went along with it called AmpliTube. Travis reviewed it here. Since then we have covered loads of ‘pro-sumer’ grade hardware and software from IK Multimedia. Now they are …

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May 29, 2013 • Events

Dayton Hamvention 2013 – The Hams Were There

One experience I have yet to share about ham radio is the experience of the Ham Fest.  A Ham Fest is not where you go and eat ham with your fellow radio operators.  It is a conference where you can go to learn about the rigs, get training, and buy things!  Think CES combined with …

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May 29, 2013 • Editorials

Happify Is Stressing Me Out!

Most people have some sort of stress or anxiety in their life that they would love to address – things like coping with stress, appreciating what we have, doing better with our relationships, managing our time, and more. That is the basis behind Happify, a new site and service that seeks to use research findings …

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May 29, 2013 • News

Sonos Controller Updated to Version 4.1 – Tweaks and Improvements You’ll Appreciate

I love my Sonos system. I love it enough that I have a Sonos component in just about every room of the house. I love it enough that I purchased a PLAYBAR as soon as the product was announced (our review is forthcoming), and I added a Sonos SUB a few days after that. The …

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May 28, 2013 • Editorials

Market Share and Profit Dynamics – Is Android REALLY Winning?

If you listen to most pundits, Android is absolutely DESTROYING Apple. I mean, if you look at the global smartphone market, Android has more than 70% and Apple has less than 25%. Even in the US market, iPhone and Android pretty much split the market. In the larger mobile phone market, Apple has an even …

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May 28, 2013 • Autos

Say Hello to My (New) Little Friend, the 2013 Ford Focus ST

As I sat around lamenting the departure of the fun little Volvo C30 hatchback from US soil, my friends at Ford assured me they had a new car that would make me forget all about the saucy Swedish runabout, and they were right. Goodbye C30 – hello Focus ST! Yes, Ford’s global Sport Technologies medical …

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May 28, 2013 • Reviews

Tetris Blitz for iPhone Review

The other day, my students and I were discussing how far computers have come, especially with gaming. I was telling them how my friends and I always played Tetris back in the 90’s when there was finally color and good audio on our school computers. We would play the game for hours, often surviving until …

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May 28, 2013 • Gear Bits

Analysts Say Sony Should Get a REAL Job … In Life Insurance!

If you had to guess where most of Sony’s profits over the last decade have come from, what would you say? Would you say electronics, even knowing how the giant has struggled in that area. Perhaps you would guess music and movies, as they have had some great successes in both areas. Chances are you …

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