Articles by Perry Brauner

College Students Have a Chance to Win a Free Round Trip Flight FromTurkish Airlines

Are you in college?  Is money tight?  Don’t worry, many of us have been there before.  Turkish Airlines wants to help with their “World Travel 101 Sweepstakes”.  The monthly promotion gives students the opportunity to win round-trip tickets to any of Turkish Airlines’ more than 200 destinations. See the information below for sweepstakes details: Who: U.S. college and university students How: Enter via Facebook or the sweepstakes website listed here: Facebook app: https://www.facebook.com/TurkishAirlinesUSA/app_317121841734307 Website: http://www.turkishairlinessweepstakes.com/ * Website is mobile-capable Prize: One (1) round-trip ticket to any of Turkish Airlines’ 200+ global destinations. Two (2) tickets will be given away each…


unu – Tablet, Game Controller, Smart TV Dock in One, Unveiled at CES

Coming a long way from the public’s first glimpse at the device, the unu tablet has been debuted at CES.  The device, called “snakebyte eins” during its production and development, has been given a new name and a warm welcome in sunny Las Vegas at CES this year.  A pre-release version of the device is playable on the conference floor throughout CES. According to the company, Snakebyte, unu is completely different from all Android-based gaming platforms currently available to the public.  And I would have to agree.  unu comes with a docking station, gaming controller, and an air mouse, which…


In the Midst of Some iPhone Rumors, Here is my iPhone wishlist.

I’m not picky.  All I wanted in an iPhone before I finally made the switch from Android to iPhone was a bigger screen and 4G capability.  The iPhone 5 had both; I jumped all over it and haven’t looked back since.  But those were my requirements for jumping the Android ship; others might have had different reasons for switching or upgrading from a previous iPhone model.  Some might just want the newest iPhone simply because it’s the newest.  I don’t think anything besides a massive overhaul will make me upgrade from my iPhone 5 to the rumored iPhone 5S, but…


Raspberry Pi Hacked to Allow Siri to Open Your Garage Door

What a world we live in – We now have computers that fit in our pockets, gorgeous televisions that are 1″ thick, and a dude who skydived from the edge of space.  Continuing along that vein, now you can program your credit card sized computer, otherwise known as the Raspberry Pi, to open your garage door for you using Siri’s voice commands on your iPhone.  Seriously. RaspberryPi.org forum user “DarkTherapy” was able to code his Raspberry Pi saying he used “SiriProxy running on the Raspberry Pi, along with wiring Pi to access the Pi’s GPIO pins and turn a relay…


Speck WanderFolio Luxe for iPad Review

Truth be told, I’ve always been a fan of Speck’s product design, though I haven’t owned any of their products for any of my devices.  So I was very excited when I got the opportunity to review their WanderFolio Luxe iPad case. The WanderFolio Luxe is made with top-grain leather and has pockets for your travel needs, like passports, cash, cards, etc.  It also has the always nice magnetic sleep/wake function that we all like to see on our iPad cases.  Speaking of magnets, there is also a magnetic latch that keeps your iPad closed.  Speck calls this a “smooth-close”…


Ibattz Mojo Hi5 Powerbank Case Review

My first reaction when I received the ibattz mojo Hi5 Powerbank Case was underwhelming.  Here you have a plastic shell that you slap on your phone like most cases, and a separate battery pack that clips onto the plastic shell that needs to be plugged into your iPhone with a lightning cable. Here’s the rub:  You have to provide your own lightning cable, plus, you have to carry said lightning cable around with you if you plan on using the battery pack to charge your phone. The fault here can not lie solely on ibattz, however.  A lot of the…


Building a Budget-Friendly Home Theater PC

Hello again, friends and tech-lovers.  Today we are going to talk about building a Home Theater PC or HTPC for short.  More importantly, building a budget-friendly HTPC.  In one of my previous posts, I talked about the Ceton inifiniTV 4 tuner, a great way to turn your PC into a set-top box for your cable TV.  But, what if you don’t have a PC lying around to use?  What if you don’t want to spend a bunch of money to buy a PC?  I’m going to show you how you can build an HTPC for around $300. Why build an…


Bike Baron on iOS Gets an Update and a Sale Price!

Remember my Minigore 2: Zombies post where I told you that Bike Baron is one of my favorite games on iOS, ever? Well, it was just updated to version 3.0 and it got even better! Bike Baron is in the “physics motorcycle race” genre. Did I just make that up? There are four buttons: Left, Right, Stop, Go. You lean back and forth and use the gas and brakes to make your way through over 100 different levels and 300 challenges. The premise is simple, the game itself, is not. Once you get into the Hard and Extreme levels, the…


Could This Be the Alternative to CAPTCHA That You Never Knew You Wanted?

You know those human verification challenges that pop up when you try to buy a ticket on Ticketmaster or complete some sort of online registration form?  The ones that show you the image of scrambled text and you have to decipher the secret code in order to continue.  They are all over the web, and they can be seriously annoying. Sometimes, the code is impossible to figure out because the image is too blurred.  Sometimes, the challenge includes a character that doesn’t even exist on your keyboard!  They often take multiple attempts and it’s been said that these challenges can…


Deepworld Is Available for iOS now!

Hello again iPad gaming fans, I’m here to give you a quick tip; kind of like when your doctor tells you that you should exercise more often.  Check out Deepworld, out now on the iTunes for free.  It’s a 2D minecraft-type sandbox MMO game that focuses a lot on its hand-drawn art and a cool steampunk vibe.  Also, did I mention that the game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world?  Its true. You mine different kinds of ore blocks in order to build various items like doors, chairs, lanterns, and many, many more, all of which help you to survive…


The Ceton infiniTV 4 – The Better Way to Watch TV

Photo courtesy of Cetoncorp.com If you’re like most Americans, I’ll bet you watch TV on occasion.  Probably more than occasionally.  In my household, we watch TV everyday.  We have hours upon hours of shows that we record on the DVR and we don’t want to be tethered to just one TV in the house.  If you’re like me, you have a multi-room HD DVR hooked up so that you can record shows on one cable box and watch them throughout your house.   You can watch the game in one room and your wife can watch last night’s installment of Honey…


The I-mu Magic Audio Frequency Singer Review

It’s been almost five years since I reviewed the Soundbug, a suction cup-based “speaker” which would utilize whatever surface it was attached to in order to produce sound while hooked to an audio source. Today I am going to look at the i-mu Magic Audio Frequency Singer, a device that similarly uses whatever surface it is resting upon to produce sound. The suction cup is gone as is the slightly cheap and cheesy silver plastic body, but the parallels are still there. This is not a traditional speaker, the sound produced will depend upon the surface upon which the i-mu…