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Android App Pick - Bad Piggies

We have just started into our second year of Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are getting our game on with the new Rovio title - Bad Piggies.  This is a physics-based construction game where you have to build vehicles-of-sorts to collect map pieces and stars.  It's a timed game, so don't take too long to figure out how to build.  If you like fun mind-games, this one should keep you busy for a while - and it's free!

Please post your thoughts, comments, questions and suggestions for next week's Android App Pick of the Week!

Episode #180 - Microsoft Makes a Phone... Really.

We have just posted up Episode #180 of Weekly Tech Update.  In this episode we are discussing Microsoft plans to open pop-up stores, smaller iPads are coming & Microsoft is making their own phone. We have those stories and more.



Samsung Galaxy Note 2 - Bigger is Better

We reviewed the Galaxy Note phone/tablet device a while back and Samsung is never content to just let things alone so they have come up and crafted the Galaxy Note 2.  This has an even larger screen at 5.5-in, but does so without making the device much larger at all.  In fact, the Galaxy Note 2 is thinner.  It also packs in a quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and a lot more.  Engadget has the full review and it looks pretty sweet... if you want a device that large in your pocket.

Both global versions of the Note II are capable of 21.6Mbps HSPA+ (850, 900, 1900 and 2100MHz) along with quadband GSM / EDGE. They also boast dual-band (2.4 and 5GHz) WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n with WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and NFC.

Epic Video-Game Band

Not that I'm into marching bands so much, but you have to hand it to the Ohio State Marching band as their half-time performance hit on video games in an awesome way.


Gaming Laptops that Rock

Not everyone wants a desktop PC for gaming.  While they are usually more upgradeable, the truth is they are a lot harder to pack around to your favorite LAN party.  Laptops have come a long way, and while they will never replace the power and prowess that a high-end desktop machine can offer, they are still pretty decent.  TweakTown has a look at the Gigabyte P2542G Gaming Laptop and shares their thoughts on this 15.6" Quad-Core, GeForce GTX660M packing monster.

MSI knows how to make an affordable gaming laptop as well.  Vortez takes a look at the GT70 ONE and shows off how some of the fastest mobile hardware combines to make this unit fly.  16GB of DDR3, GTX 680M and a pair of 128GB SSDs in RAID 0 make it absolutely amazing.  Take a look and see why you could actually leave your desktop behind.

Windows 8 Scaling Fails

Windows 8 is just around the corner and while Windows 7 actually has some issues scaling properly on high PPI (pixels-per-inch) displays, TechReport has been hoping that Windows 8 would fair better.  After a bit of testing with different applications, they come out feeling pretty let down.  This is done with the RTM build of Windows 8 - so it's the same thing you'll see next month when you buy a brand-new PC.

This is the exact same build of Windows 8 that's going to show up in stores and on pre-built PCs next month, so our experience should be representative of what you'll see then. Has Microsoft made substantial improvements to high-PPI display support as we hoped, or did the company drop the ball? Let find out.

T-Minus 29 Days

It's now less that 30 days until Halo 4 lands on store shelves and in the tray of my Xbox 360.  If you are a fan of the Halo franchise, IGN has a lot more information for you to enjoy.  If you're not - well, become one and add me on Xbox Live - Gamertag BCCZeus.  Just saying.


How Much Does It Cost to Make an iPhone?

Asymco has a look at the cost structure of building an actual iPhone 5 and they cover everything from the Bill of Materials to Transportation, Manufacturing Costs and even Warranty Expense.  In the end, the actual amount that Apple pays people to build this device is a mere $30 - that's about $1.78/hour.  Overall cost is about $200, and if you buy an iPhone, you're supporting modern slavery.  It's a scathing look at the industry that we all support in some form or another.

One data point recently published is that the iPhone takes 24 hours to be built. Of that 6 to 8 hours is spent in “burn-in” to install and test the software and components automatically. This leaves about 17 hours unaccounted for in the throughput time. Could this time be spent in labor intensive operations?


Mobile Mayhem

If you are looking for a new Smartphone, there are a lot of great choices on the market right now.  They include stuff for everyone - except those waiting for a Windows Phone 8.  If you want this OS, you'll have to wait a bit more, but if not, there are some great choices.

HardwareSecrets gets comfortable with the Nokia Lumia 900 and shares their thoughts on this WP7 device while HardwareHeaven shows off some Samsung Galaxy Note 2 action.  This of course is the successor the to original Galaxy Note which we reviewed here.

What mobile phone review roundup would be complete without the Apple iPhone 5?  TweakTown has a look at this device and finds out if it's worth cancelling your contract for.


Edifier Spinnaker Bluetooth Speakers

The Edifier Spinnaker Bluetooth Speakers are pretty eye-catching.  We saw these at CES earlier this year and instantly became a fan.  Techgage has a look at these odd-but-oddly-attractive speakers and find out if their sound is as unique as their looks.


It's been a long time since we reviewed anything from Edifier, but with the recent release of the Spinnaker speakers, they were hard to resist. We decided to grab the bull by the horns and take them for a spin. With an eye-catching design, puns out of the way and wireless to boot, will these speakers catch your ear as well as your eyes?

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