"I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" Remember this quote from the 1976 movie Network? It sums up my feelings about the present state of pay-TV providers and forced me to do something about the ever increasing fees and poor customer service. Thanks to Aereo, I've been able to dump the [...]
Back in 1984 (geesh, I'm old) I received a wonderful Christmas present. It was my very first boom box, and it had dual tape decks and a radio, and a line-in jack to plug up a microphone. I didn't want one of those single tape deck boom boxes, no sir. I wanted to be big [...]
In today's connected home we take pictures digitally, listen to digital audio on our MP3 players, and download and watch digital movies on our HD TV’s. All of these digital media files take up a copious amount of space and the growth of these files is outpacing our ability to store and protect them. Thankfully, [...]
Is there any tech company not making a media player? This will be the fourth product of this type that I've reviewed for The Gadgeteer. The main differentiating property of the devices, besides the price, seems to be the number of file types and codecs supported. The MPLAY-HD has all the types I need and [...]
mSpot Movies lets you download and watch movies on your computer or on certain phones from the following carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and T-Mobile. You can watch movie trailers for free, rent a single movie for as little as $2.99, or get up to four movies for $9.99 if you join the Movie Club. [...]
It seems like there's a new media center/player introduced every week, so there must be some interest out there. I had the opportunity to try out the Cirago CMC2000 TV Platinum unit, one of the latest offerings from this Company. If you want to record video, stream music and photos or listen to Internet radio, this could be [...]
With all the entries on the media player market, a device has to distinguish itself to rise above the pack. Seagate's FreeAgent Theater does what the others do and then some. If you've found shortcomings with other devices, this might be your choice. I'll take it through its paces and point out what I believe to be the [...]
I recently moved to a new home that is in a communications dead zone. There's no cell access, OTA TV and most troublesome, I cannot receive antenna born FM radio. Thankfully, VTECH, the cordless phone people have introduced the IS9181 Wi-Fi Internet Radio which gives me a choice of over 11,000 Internet radio stations, plus [...]
Do you have .99 cents jingling in one pocket, and an iPhone in the other? Do you also have a wacky sense of humor? Then you might want to check out the Singing Snowman and Singing Cat iPhone apps from Gigabyte Solutions. There's nothing serious about these applications my friends, they are strictly fun little [...]
Astraware is one of my favorite software places but I admit that I have not popped by much recently. On my last visit, I noticed they had tweaked their prices, updated their PopCap Games Pack 1 to version 2.61 back in August, and are selling it for $19.95. This collection of popular Web games was a lot of fun when I first got it, so I decided to try it again- especially since my old registration code still works for them!
Electronic Arts continues to add to their already impressive list of applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. They have just added Yahtzee Adventures to their line up of classics board games brought to your electronic device. My family and I are huge Yahtzee fans and regularly play the board game after dinner or on a rainy Sunday afternoon. When my wife and I found out it was available for our Touch and iPhone we jumped at the chance to try it out.
My favorite type of games to play are puzzle games. I've been a fan of Sokoban style games for years and have installed them on every PDA or smartphone that I've carried. When software developer Bas Tossings emailed to ask if I would like to take a look his iPhone / iPod Touch puzzle game called Loopy Laboratory, I said sure!
New Palm games are getting less and less frequent. This really saddens me- I really love my Palm Centro and I get bored with games quickly, so constantly need fresh blood... er, I mean 'games'- yeah, that's what I meant.
Ashley Glenister wrote 'The Belt: 2120' in her spare time, and it compares nicely to games offered by many of the 'big boys'.
This review was not on my to-do list. But I thought this iPhone application was so imaginative, well thought out and useful (at least to me) I had to write a quick review on it. My wife and I enjoy trying different wines, rarely focusing on any particular one. And as the story goes, we can never remember what we have and have not tried. And on those rare moments we do, we have no idea whether we liked, loved, or hated it.
This is not the game I planned on reviewing. That was going to be Astraware's Westward, but I was beseiged by demons while trying it out (named Small Screen, Bad-Eyes, and Lotsa Rulez) so it will have to wait.
Astraware have been long known for making great games for both Palm and Windows Mobile. Now they are bringing their eye catching graphics and addictive entertainment to the iPhone and iPod Touch with GTS World Racing.
Electronic Arts has brought Scrabble, the classic board game to the iPhone and iPod Touch. This word building game has been around since the 1930's and is fun for kids and adults alike. Let's see if see how EA's version translates to the iPhone.
Sudoku is a hugely popular puzzle game that I've admittedly really never given much of a chance. When
Electronic Arts asked if I would like to review their new iPhone and iPod Touch Sudoku game, I knew that If I agreed, I'd finally have to try to get into this game in order to give the review a fair shot. Let's see if this game has turned me into a Sudoku fan.
Electronic Arts is one of the mainstream software companies that have contributed to the initial selection of applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Let's check out their take on the classic brick stacking game Tetris.
As I was a cruzin' for new games, I found that eSoft Interactive, the home of one of my 'All Time Favorite' games, Traffic Jam, had several titles I had not seen before, including the previously reviewed Traffic Jam 2. I also asked for codes for a couple of other games that looked interesting- Earth Day, and Spot!, They were kind enough to provide codes for all of them.
Astraware's Platypus ($19.95) is a side-scrolling shooter. Yeah, I know, *Yawn*. If you've seen one shooter, you've seen them all, right? As usual, Astraware ups the ante.
While the life of a Palm Software Reviewer at a prestigious site like The Gadgeteer may seem glamorous, in reality I have to wade through a lot of mediocre stuff to find something that rings my bells enough to write about it- whether it is because I love it or I hate it. Toyspring's 'Bike or Die' ($14.95) is a breath of fresh air in what has been a rather tedious season.
The Death of a Good Idea, A Cautionary Tale
Once upon a time, a perfectly nice little company had a perfectly nice little game- eSoft Interactive's Traffic Jam, based on a board game with the same name. It used few resources, was stable, intuitive, attractive, and fun. I would stack it up against any other company's offerings for its price of $9.95.
Suit of the suicide king in a standard deck?
Body of water where the Republic of the Maldives is located?
Don'cha love trivia? I love trivia. I played Trivial Pursuit
when it came out in the early 80's and routinely beat the pants off so many people that no one would play with me anymore. In hindsight, I am not sure if it was their humiliating defeats, or my winner's dance that they objected to the most, but I digress.
I love Games Magazine, but generally not every game in the magazine. I feel about the same way about Simon Tatham's Puzzles Pack. (Thanks to The Gadgeteer Forums poster Mark Reid for the heads-up on this one!) Some of the 27 games in this freeware collection are pretty cool (Black Box, Guess, Map, Same Game, Unequal and Tangle so far are favorites), several are variations on the theme, and a couple I still have not figured out.