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iLuv TimeShaker Micro Radio / Pillow Shaker Review

We have just posted up our review of the iLuv TimeShaker Micro Radio. This is a Bluetooth alarm clock/radio that features USB charging and a "pillow shaker" to help you get up without waking your partner. If you have a hard time getting out of bed, strap this to your forehead before you go to sleep and you'll wake up with a start and get to work on time. You might think you're having a stroke as well, but that will just make the day better when you find out you're healthy! Take a look at our review for all the details.

The shaker feature of the clock is spectauclar. For the first couple of mornings I put it under my pillow as recommended. After that I would gently slide it up the sleeve of my girlfriend and watch her freak out in the morning as I yelled "spider" when it started to vibrate. It was a very effective wake-up call.


Kinect Sensor + Music = Awesome Video of the Day

In their first collaborative work „MOMENTUM“ the user and his surroundings transforms into a fluid creature in an ever-transforming system of particles. A virtual reality, in which movement becomes sound and music and matter seems to dissolve.

Far Cry 4 Benchmarked on PC

If you want to know if your system is up to the task to run Far Cry 4, make sure you head on over and find out before you drop $70 on this new title. It is tested on a very decent PC with a whole bunch of graphics cards to show you how it scales. You should find everything you need as far as information at 1680x1050, 1920x1200 and 2560x1600 using DX11. Enjoy!

For benchmarking we used fraps to record 60 seconds of gameplay. The section of the game used for testing was the first objective to take the tower offline. At the start we jumped into a car with auto-drive enabled so it would take us on the same path to the tower each time. This made each run easy to repeat accurately and allowed us to record the kind of frame rates you should see when playing Far Cry 4.

Source: TechSpot

Loon Baloon Crashes in Africa

If you think that having your internet crash is a bit of a pain, be thankful that you are not depending on Google's Project Loon just yet. As part of the testing process, there were a lot of these baloons deployed and not all of them were met with success. One didn't work out well over Africa and a sheep farmer discovered one of these crashed on his property. Thankfully, no sheep were harmed.

Botha didn’t know what to make of the balloon, especially since it contained several electronic components. His 20-year-old daughter, Sarita, was just as intrigued, and took photos of the balloon on her smartphone, sending them to her brothers John, 30, and Benny, 27. The brothers identified the words “Made in the USA” and “Google X” on the pictures, and so Googled “Google X” and balloons.

Source: WSJ

Nearly All Top 100 Apps Have Been Hacked

When it comes to getting Apps from sources other than the official markets, you're taking serious chances. Last year just over half of the Apps available on both iOS and Android platforms had been hacked, infected with malware and then released on less-than-reputable sites, and today those numbers climb up  to over 87%. That's not great news - if you like to pirate applications for your device. There are other apps affected of course, but the Top 100 are always the biggest target. PSA: Pay for what you get. It will be cheaper in the long run.

As a specialist in application protection, Arxan has an obvious vested interest in talking up the threat from poorly protected mobile apps. However, that's not to say it isn't onto something. The recent discovery of the WireLurker iOS malware provides evidence that the issue of tampered apps is a real and present danger.

Source: TheRegister

Destiny Trial & Demo

If you weren't a part of the beta demo for Destiny, you are still able to try out the demo - or a trial here right away. The good news is that the progress and characters you develop in either of these test versions will carry on into the full game if you decide to pull the trigger and pick one up. This is pretty cool and I'm glad to see more and more companies take this approach. It makes the decision a little easier and starting the full game a little less painful.

Beginning November 18th, 2014, players will be able to try Destiny for free via Trial or Demo. Both experiences offer a sampling of character creation and progression, story mission content, along with cooperative and social activities.
  • The Destiny Trial is available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
  • The Destiny Demo is available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Source: Bungie

Xbox One Sales Catching PS4

Right off the bat, Jason Schneider stated that the Xbox One needed to be priced the same as the PS4 in order for it to compete in sales. Although Microsoft stated that they have a lot of extra value on their console (and rightly so) this didn't change the mind of consumers that had to shell out an extra $100 for the Xbox One. With the price now about the same, sales for Microsoft have really picked up and according to an EA executive, Microsoft is "quickly catching up". 

Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft's corporate vice president of devices and studios, said at the time that Xbox One sales had "skyrocketed" since a new price point took effect in the US on November 2. "Compared to the previous week, Xbox One sales in the US have more than tripled, he added. "As we head into the busy holiday season Xbox One led generation 8 console sales in the US for the past two weeks."

Source: CVG

Smash Bros. for Wii U Is All Kinds of Awesome

Nintendo has been looking for the "killer app" for their Wii U that will drive sales and if you believe everything you read about the new Super Smash Bros., they may just have struck gold. In time for the holidays, the latest installment in the Smash Bros. legacy arrives this Friday - a week before the infamous Black Friday sales next week and you can bet that you'll be able to pick up a Wii U & Smash Bros for a steal. What makes it so great? Tons of gameplay as well as some insane 8-player multiplayer action. If I can snag one of these for cheap, I may finally upgrade my console - to a Wii U. Really.

I can't believe I just said that.

The Wii U version of Smash Bros. is very similar to the version that launched on 3DS back in October. The series' portable debut was a surprisingly solid outing; but with its fast pace and huge stages, Smash Bros. isn’t necessarily the best fit for a handheld, and when you play on Wii U the difference is obvious — Smash Bros. can finally breathe again. Playing the game on a television feels like stretching your legs, as you can finally test the limits of a level without having to worry about the camera zooming out and characters shrinking down to minuscule proportions.

Source: TheVerge

Firefox Chooses... Yahoo?

After years of Firefox having Google as the default search engine, Mozilla has brokered a deal to use Yahoo for the next few years. Of course you can always specify what search engine you want, but many users just use "whatever comes in the box" and in this case, the contents of the box have changed. I'm not sure if this is a good move for Mozilla or not (in the long term), but I'm sure that Yahoo outbid Google, so for the next few years, they will have that money rolling in.

  • Under a new five-year strategic partnership announced today, Yahoo Search will become the default search experience for Firefox in the U.S.
  • Starting in December, Firefox users will be introduced to a new enhanced Yahoo Search experience that features a clean, modern interface that brings the best of the Web front and center.
  • Under this partnership, Yahoo will also support Do Not Track (DNT) in Firefox.
  • Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, eBay, Amazon, Twitter and Wikipedia will continue to be built-in as alternate search options.

Source: Mozilla.org


An Update Is in Your Destiny

You might have already been psyched about the new update for Destiny but you will even be more so after reading this next bit. Hidden within the patch is some info on some new things to expect from upcoming DLC. On Reddit, user sgtfrankieboy has broken down a list of the upcoming additions and as you will see there is plethora of nice stuff!

The new destiny updates brings new stuff to the database! This includes 35 new Activities, 7 new Activity Types and around 230 new items! These items are related to the upcoming DLC expansion. Don't want to click on every single item? Try using the DTR tooltip extension for Chrome!

Source: Reddit

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