Archive for March, 2010

Released at the CTIA 2010 in Las Vegas, the HTC Evo 4G is our favourite phone released from the conference in Nevada, let alone our favourite phone released in 2010 so far. It is the first 4G smartphone released in America, plus it has some outstanding components when compared to any other Android phone on the market. It features an 8-megapixel camera on the rear plus a 1.3 megapixel on the front, a large, crisp 4.3 inch touch screen display, and a 1GHZ processor which is also used as a video chipset. More amazingly, this Snapdragon chipset can be used to record 720p HD video with the built-in 8-megapixel camera, plus, video can be played back on a full size TV utilizing the mini HDMI jack, using the 720p format. Also, software wise, the Evo runs the new 2.1 Android OS featuring the Sense UI. Physically, the aspects of the phone resemble many of the other HTC phones with similar buttons and layout, but the extremely large screen and the amazing multimedia features this phone is capable of, makes it stand out from the crowd of any Android phone released so far.


Since its early days in 2001, Wikipedia has gone through a series of small user experience changes, but nothing big. Announced in a recent blog post, the non-profit online encyclopedia is going to have a large user interface redesign, sometime in the near future. Wikipedia said they are switching over to a new theme, “Vector”, which allows for easier access to the most used features and a more elegant page. Wikipedia also claims they will make a slight change to the logo and make it easier for users to participate in articles. This new facelift has been tested by beta users for a few weeks, and is said to be released to the public by late april. Hopefully, this’ll attract more users and make it easier for readers to contribute to the community.

Ever tried emailing a video or application that’s fairly large? Most email servers don’t allow attatchments exceeding 100, 50 or even 25 MB, so how are you going to send that birthday video to your cousin? Well, there’s many alternatives, some even free.

Dropbox allows you to store up to 20GB os data on their servers for free, plus this can be upgraded to 50 or even 100 GB for 10 to 20 dollars. The uploading service on their website limits each upload to 300MB, but if you use their desktop client, you can take advantage of all your storage. Once you have data uploaded, you can share it with anybody you want.

Not fancy enough? Try Glide, which allows up to 30GB of free storage space, and let’s you upload this data with a fancy virtual operating system, that’s accessible with any internet browser. Again, the online uploader limits you to 200MB per upload, but if you download their utility, this limit is taken off.

Still not big enough? That’s what she said. SendThisFile has no limit on your file size, but some browsers only allow 2GB of upload at once. Also, this is no online storage, as your data gets deleted after three days.

Along lines of temporary online storage, WeTransfer caps you at 2GB but is the easiest way to share your data online. Just select your file, enter an email address, and it’s off. Similarly, FileDropper limits you to 5GB but keeps your files forever at a unique URL, plus it requires no registration.

These are just a few online services that allow you to share larger files online, but there are dozens more. Hopefully though, this’ll help you the next time you need to share that large something ;).

iPhone 3Gs – The iPhone 3Gs is Apple’s re-entry into the cellular market, a year after their large release of the iPhone 3G. The ‘S’ in 3Gs stand for speed, which comes in a couple ways; firstly, the processor is twice as fast as the previous one found in the 3G model, and provides smoother browsing and a faster general loading time. The third generation of the iPhone also expects better networking speeds, with carriers changing over to a HSDPA connection, capable of up to 7.2 mbps. In all aspects, the iPhone 3GS is a strong renewal of a great phone with noticeable improvements in speed.

Motorola Droid – The Droid is Motorola’s entry into the Android smartphone market, and it was their best release of any gadget since the Razr in 2004. This multimedia smartphone definitely puts Motorola to a head start in the fast developing smartphone race, with a great keyboard, an easy-to-use, very sensitive large touch screen and a beautiful design, both internally and externally. With a bigger screen than the iPhone’s, a better pixel-per-inch number and an astonishing 16:9 HD aspect ratio, videos look amazing and browsing is crystal clear. Overall, the Motorola Droid is a fully featured, multimedia, gorgeous smartphone, which can do more than you need, in both style and ease.

Blackberry Bold 9700 – The Blackberry Bold 9700 or simply Bold 2 is RIM’s remake of the very successful (at the time) Blackberry Bold. It basically addresses all of the issues that have developed over the past year including the problematic trackball, the bulky size and the not too impressive camera. The 9700 is being sold with Blackberry’s new 5.0 operating system which has improved many aspects, and also the trackpad is quick to being favoured over the previous trackball. This smartphone is finally a perfect mix of multimedia with formal enterprise business, making it the best revision of a phone so far.

Debatably the best internet browser out there, Mozilla Firefox tops our list because it packs top-notch features and blazing fast speed into a tidy, intuitive and easy-to-use interface that will assist you navigate the web the way you want to. Since it’s so popular, it has the most available customization published by other users, plus it has the most standout features compared to other browsers, that force them to copy Firefox’s trail.

When Google joined the internet browser industry in 2008, they pushed with full force to make an impressive entry, Chrome. Google Chrome uses a unique approach to browsing the web, taking complex features but making them compatible and easy to use. Chrome is an open source project using the WebKit engine allowing innovation to come in future releases of Chrome.

Opera endorses a different “tune” of browsing, allowing for fun and functional surfing. Opera likes to contribute social networking and favourite sites into the most accessible places, always keeping you in touch. This browser shows countless outstanding features including interactive voice command, mouse gestures and thumbnail previews. One of the best features of Opera is its endless possibilities of configuration, fitting your needs and style by arranging panels, toolbars and buttons and choosing from several unique skins and various widgets.

Safari is no longer Apple exclusive, the top-notch, luxurious browser is now available for all platforms as well. Safari provides the Mac look and experience in an internet browser. It is complete with easy to use, functional features and an overall great look. Safari mainly focuses on being lightweight and non-obtrusive rather than customizable, but the interface is still quite sleek and not bulky. Although Safari may lack some of the features other browsers have, it still competes strongly due to its lightweight and simple perspective of internet browsing.

Though the correct order of this listing is STRICTLY OPINION, for us, this is our Top 4.

Above is the new “Valhalla” motherboard for the Xbox 360 gaming console and underneath that fan is supposedly a CPU combo chip that will allow for a reduction of the overall size of the board.

When Sony released their Playstation 3 in a slimmed-down version, they breathed new life into their gaming sales, so we’d predict that Microsoft is attempting to follow its path. Cnet estimated that the 360 Slim will go for the same price as the current Elite version, which could also see a price drop in the near future.

Engadget pointed out that Microsoft is currently hiring a motherboard design engineer for the Xbox 360 Console Development Team, so you decide whether that’s under coincidence or no.

Microsoft will most likely take advantage of this year’s E3 conference to announce a console redesign, but judging by these pictures, we may just be seeing prototypes in June.

When the Nexus One was released near the beginning of the year, tons of developers and critics lined up to test out Google’s first mobile phone, running their own operating system. The phone turned out to be a nice mashup of features we’ve already seen on previous Android devices, but nothing too revolutionary. The phone features a large, gorgeous display with a very pocketable design that fits comfortably in your hand. With it’s prominent display and trackball, its design looks similar to the HTC Hero and Droid Eris. Although the Nexus One was said to be a “superphone”, it did come with numerous problems; apps had to be stored in its internal memory and the touch screen wasn’t the best we’ve experienced, just to list a few.

The Nexus One has an incredibly fast processor alongside a vastly developing operating system, all in a stunning design, but it still can’t (not yet at least) stack up to its strong competition like the Motorola Droid and iPhone 3Gs.

Top 10 Console Games of 2009

Although i’m a teensy bit late, a list is always interesting to read. These are the top 10, in my opinion, console games of 2009. (Anything released on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS and PSP)


Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time found its way onto our list as it shows a big improvement and detailed differences from its previous installment in 2008, Quest for Booty and Tools of Destruction. A Crack in Time exhibits surprisingly fun gameplay along with an interesting story line and also features new moves and possibilities for an open-world exploration type of interaction. The game definitely shows new innovation to the Ratchet and Clank series, though it has the ability to keep the traditional game formula, a perfect way to make its way onto our list.


Batman: Arkham Asylum definitely fits into our ninth place with it’s action-packed, stealth-requiring adventure. After the Batman series made an extremely epic return with their Dark Knight in 2008, a proper video game should be a requirement, and it was. Arkham Asylum received dangerously high praise from critics, holding the Guinness World Record for Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever, receiving an average of 91.67 from game reviewers. The game is played in third-person perspective, enhancing Batman’s uncountable moves used to kill villains, but the reason behind the game’s great success is because the game isn’t only about killing, Batman uses “detective mode” to discover moods and stats about his enemies, and uses mainly stealth to get as close to his enemies as possible. This certain type of gameplay gives the player enough suspense to earn it ninth place in the Top Ten Console Games of 2009.


In eighth place, we have Street Fighter 4 with its street-style traditional fighting. When Street Fighter first debuted in 1999 for arcades, there were lineups for the finger-smashing game of the year. Now, the 4th edition of the arcade game is back, with additional characters and  endless combos of punches, kicks and strikes. The settings of the game are rendered in 3D, but gameplay remains in traditional 2D plane, although the camera angle moves at time of dramatic effect, thus giving the game better graphics than any other arcade fighting game. This game is also very highly acclaimed by critics, receiving a 94 from Metacritic for its Playstation 3 version, and 93 for its Xbox 360. The game has also won numerous awards including “Reader’s Choice”, “Best Production” and “Best Graphics”, earning itself eighth place in our list.


Rarely, do racing games make it to top lists of the year, only because shooters and adventure games are just that much more exciting. This racing game is different, solely because it’s not a game. It’s reality on your television and controller, unless a game could race through your veins while at top speed, and force your heart out of your throat when you stop. From the details of damaging your vehicle to the endless possibilities of customization, Forza Motorsport 3 is one the most realistic and interesting games ever released. Again, this game is highly praised by critics, with IGN calling it ‘One of the best racing games to ever be produced’, and even though i’m a huge fan of its strong competition series, Gran Turismo, I find it highly impossible to disagree.


Having won numerous ‘Best Handheld’ game awards, we had to put it into this list, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has one of the most addictive and in-depth story line ever to be released onto a handheld game. So far, games for the Nintendo DS have been, lack of better term, childish, very similar to the first year of the Wii. Although this game has a bird’s eye view and doesn’t have amazingly detailed graphics, its gameplay is extremely fun. This is no doubt the best game for Nintendo DS so far, and definitely deserved all those ‘Best Handheld Game’ awards, placing it sixth in our Top Ten list.


The Killzone series, made exclusively for the Playstation, gives gamers another reason to choose Playstation over Xbox, a highly debatable point. Killzone 2 is our fifth place because it continues the tradition created by the first installment, action, thrill and intensity. The first-person shooter is more than just regular warfare, or killing aliens; it features fantastical worlds of fictional extreme characters with a suspense filled storyline. Speaking of storyline, the plot is extremely detailed to the point that it’s possible to create a movie, because right when you’re about to get comfortable, something completely unexpected happens, making it impossible for the player to put the controller down.


Assassin’s Creed 2, known as the most “adventurous” game of 2009, must have its place on our list. AC2 continues its well known series with a perfect mix of action and adventure, a better form of “open-world” exploration and a more wide variety of missions than the first installment. The game however isn’t best known for its never-ending plot, but better known for its extreme detail to weaponry, characters and fights. This second game of the series features new ways to surprise your enemy and to use classic stealth more than just pure strength. One of the most widespread critically acclaimed games of 2009, receiving a Metacritic score of 91, Assassin’s Creed 2 deserves its prestigious spot on our top ten list.


One of the most convincing reasons to change over to Playstation, balancing out Xbox’s Forza and Halo, Demon’s Souls tops anybody’s list, especially for just Playstation. It features never-before seen style of gameplay, where you are constantly playing in another soul, retrieving information for the real body. One of the most interesting and innovative features of Demon’s Souls that make it so outstanding is the level of interaction with other players online, even when you play alone. While in single player campaign, you will see white transparent ghosts, which are actually other players online, playing their own campaign. Also, a brand new feature, giving a level of teamwork never before seen in any game, is something called bloodstains. While you’re walking around trying to complete missions, there will be scattered bloodstains on the ground, which are actually where other players online, playing the same campaign, have died, and you can walk onto the bloodstain, and ‘activate’ it, which will allow you to see the last few seconds of that players life, so you can see how they died. This serves as a warning system, automatically given out to notify other players of how you died, to prevent them from making the same mistake. The features of online interaction are countless, meaning you’re never actually playing by yourself. Nobody has ever integrated such features onto single player campaigns, giving Demon’s Souls innovation that will definitely be adapted by future gamemakers. The amount of fantasy, action, adventure, innovation, suspense, thrill, horror and intensity given to this game definitely makes it worth its spot on this list.


Known as the most epic and successful media release ever, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was one of the best selling and most critically acclaimed video games of 2009, selling over 4.7 million copies in under 24 hours. It’s campaign, although terribly short, has the most epic and jaw-dropping moments in any video game i’ve ever played. The reason behind the game’s success isn’t only because of the compelling campaign, its actually more because of the unparalleled depth of the multiplayer. A total of 70 levels and 10 prestiges, countless challenges, fully customizable callsigns containing emblems and titles, fully customizable kill streaks are just part of the reason Modern Warfare 2 has one of the best multiplayer sections ever. Though its place on this list is highly debatable, personally, i think Modern Warfare 2 legitimately deserves 2nd on our top ten list.


The year of 2009 included some pretty badass stuff, with the release of the top grossing movie of all time and the death of the king of pop, but when it comes to games, there can be only one at the top. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves fits at the top of our list for countless reasons, but to list a few; this multiple time ‘Game of the Year’  winner has one of the most attention to detail, explosive, deep and visually stunning campaigns ever to be released onto a video game. The story line in this game has left a milestone in the history of video games, with countless magazines and reviews giving it a PERFECT score, if not even better. Critics calling it more than just ‘Game of the Year’, but one of the greatest games of all time. Receiving so many awards, the only con i can list for this game is that it has an ending. With graphics next to reality and countless ways to finish the campaign, its story seems like it was taken directly from a movie. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, in my opinion, deserves more than just the Game of the Year or Stunning Graphics, it is, by far, the best game for Playstation 3, deserving it’s prestigious placing on our Top Ten list.

What is 4G?

4G is a new generation of wireless technology for cellular devices, and it is basically capable of doing everything 3G can, twice as fast. The tree of developing technologies for cell phones is just an upgrade of speed, as 2G was faster than the first generation, and 3G is faster than 2G and so forth. As 4G becomes more and more popular and demanding on today’s smartphones, a proper understanding could definitely help in deciding if you really need it for your next phone. There are different types of 4G, as there were different types of 3G (UMTS, HSDPA and EV-DO). The two main divisions of 4G are WiMax and LTE, but you don’t need to go into the deep technological details of the two.

LTE, which stands for long term evolution, is when the cellular devices transmit everything, even voice, as data. This is a completely new way of receiving and sending data, which is why it’s an “evolution”. Many of the large U.S carriers, including AT&T and Verizon Wireless have announced they will be using LTE for their future 4G technologies, and testing has shown LTE is capable of speeds up to 50mbps.

WiMax, which stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, isn’t considered an “evolution” because it’s way of transmitting data, is very similar to today’s Wi-Fi. WiMax is capable of speeds up to 10mbps, much slower when compared to LTE, which is probably why Sprint is the only carrier in the U.S so far that is supporting WiMax.

Currently though, WiMax has much more of an availability than LTE as it’s still being tested, but by 2011, carriers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless will be introducing 4G phones and 4G coverage all over the map.

The Apple iPad, one of the most anticipated products from Apple in the past year, with rumours, leaks and predictions from the most famous sites, paves a clean path of disappointment for the year 2010.  After Apple finally announced the release of the Apple iPad in late January, this upcoming gadget ignited tons of debate and report on its many problems and disappointments including the absence of Flash, a proper operating system and a physical keyboard. Personally, i was genuinely excited for the announcement on January 27th, as i expected a proper tablet computer from Apple, meaning its form factor like a laptop, except the screen would be touch capable. Apple, obviously loving to surprise people, announced a giant iPhone clone served for a different purpose. Personally, I’m a huge fan of Apple as they like to express their ideas advanced but simple, and always seemed to amaze people with revolutionary products. This however, was one of the biggest disappointments since the first Blackberry Storm. The mobile OS restricts the device to function like a regular computer, what a tablet should be able to do. A tablet should also be able to allow typing, with this device, the keyboard is onscreen, which isn’t too bad if it was a phone as you can use your thumbs, but because this device is mid-sized, if you place it flat surface, typing would KILL your wrists.

The Apple iPad is a very debatable device, mainly because it can serve as so many different purposes, but none of them reasonable. All this, obviously is personal opinion.