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Huawei Honor U8860 Android Smartphone

We live in a world where branded phones matter.  Apple, HTC, Samsung and Nokia make pretty good hardware and it's hard to go and choose another name that doesn't have the same recognition.  NikKTech Looks at the Huawei Honor smartphone and gives us the low-down on this phone that isn't as popular here in North America and finds out if it's worthy hunting down and picking up.

We've had the U8860 Honor by Huawei in our possession for well over a month during which we used it the same way as our own smartphones (best way to find bugs) and i have to say that it impressed us all with its flawless and bug-free operation (even the LG Optimus 2X has quite a few glitches) and smooth slide of just about everything from its menus up to the web browser.

ASUS' Transformer Pad Infinity

If you're in the market for a tablet, you have to balance several things including features, price, battery life and storage.  One thing that many tablets lack is a decent screen resolution.  Processors are plenty powerful.  They come with enough RAM and storage, but at 1024x600 - they are just a little week.  The ASUS Transformer Prime Infinity changes all that with a 1920x1200 resolution.  It's awesome - mostly.  TechReport has more details.

On paper, the Transformer Pad has all the makings of an iPad killer. The base model has 32GB of built-in storage, doubling the capacity of its iPad counterpart. The Infinity is thinner and lighter than the new iPad, too. It also has more connectivity options and an optional keyboard dock packed with extras.


Peripheral Pile

As we wrap up the news for this gloomy Tuesday, we've got a great bunch of peripheral reviews to share with you.  Enjoy!

Windows 8 RTM in July

It appears that Windows 8 might be on time as the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) build (8500) is set to be shipped off here before long.  This is good news and while I haven't used the beta a bunch lately, I've been pretty happy with the performance of it so far.  There are a few functionality things that take a bit of time to get used to, but with the classic desktop displayed - it's all there.  More information over at Neowin.

Windows 8 has been noted to be Microsoft's biggest gamble yet. But, with the hardware/software that was just announced (Microsoft Surface and Windows Phone 8), the entire ecosystem around the platform is coming together. If true, July will be yet another busy month as the company takes one giant step towards Windows 8 retail availability.

PSU Roundup

NZXT HALE82 N 650-Watt PSU - TweakTown --=-- Xigmatek Centauro 1000W PSU - TechPowerUp --=-- Xigmatek Tauro 700-watt PSU - TweakTown --=-- FSP Aurum Xilenser 500W - TechPowerUp


Video Game Releases and Reviews

ShackNews comes though week after week with the list of video game releases and this week there are a couple of titles that look interesting.  If you want to have some social fun, check out the new Olympics game, or if you want to test your tactical skills, try out the new Ghost Recon.  Full list below.


  • London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games
  • McPixel (download - $10)
  • Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 (download - $5)
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • The Race for the White House
  • Thomas Was Alone (download)
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier


  • Dead Island Game of the Year Edition
  • Jeremy McGrath's Offroad (XBLA - $10)
  • Just Dance Greatest Hits
  • London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games
  • Sledge Hammer
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • The Amazing Spider-Man


  • Dead Island Game of the Year Edition
  • Jeremy McGrath's Offroad (PSN - $10)
  • Just Dance Greatest Hits
  • London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games
  • Record of Agarest War 2
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • The Amazing Spider-Man


  • The Amazing Spider-Man


  • The Amazing Spider-Man


  • Unchained Blades (PSN - $30)
  • Farm Frenzy Pizza Party (mini)


  • Escape the Virus: Swarm Survival (DSiWare - $2)
  • Flip the Core (DSiWare - $2)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man


If you'd rather read a review before you buy a game, check out Steel Battalion:Heavy Armor for the Xbox at HardwareHeaven.  If you'd rather play on a PS3, Tokyo Jungle and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier reviews are up at TweakTown.  eTeknix gives the PS3 some love with Dragons Dogma.

On the PC Gaming side of things, there is a Ghost Recon Online beta analysis at eTeknix as well as their full-on Max Payne 3 review.

AMD Radeon HD 7970 Launch Reviews

AMD is not resting on their backsides and have once again managed to pull off a great card to keep NVIDIA on their heels.  Check out some of these launch reviews of the new 7970 single GPU card.


Although AMD is not calling the 7970 GHz Edition a response to the GTX 680 – instead choosing to focus on it being Tahiti’s 6 month birthday – for all intents and purposes this is AMD’s response to the GTX 680. A higher clocked 7970 with AMD’s take on GPU turbo intended to make a run at the GTX 680 and that performance crown. So how does AMD fare?

Sony Xperia TV Spot

It's not often that Sony has a phone that launches with any sort of fanfare here in the USA (you may notice it's not a Sony Ericsson).  This phone is powered by Android and Sony is pitching it as a multimedia and entertainment device.  It looks interesting, but this is a very crowded market.

Samsung NX200 20.3MP ILC Camera

NX200 CameraWe have just taken a look at the Samsung NX200 20.3MP ILC Camera.  This is a compact mirror-less interchangeable lens compact camera that offers a full APS-C size sensor in a little body.  This camera boasts very high resolution and excellent image quality - especially for a small camera.  Please check our review for all the details.

A couple of years ago, I never would have recommended a Samsung camera to a person who was serious about photography, but things have changed.  The NX200 is proof that Samsung is getting serious about photography and they have really stepped up their game with the NX200.  This camera body is not much bigger than a compact non-interchangeable lens camera (body only) and with a pancake lens, it could easily fit in your pocket, bag or backpack.

Why video games are becoming so easy?

Undoubtedly if you've been playing video games for more than a decade you've probably noticed that games are becoming much easier than they used to be. In some older games save points were rare or non-existent and beating a game was nearly impossible. Today, most games are pretty forgiving and even a novice gamer can finish the game without too much difficulty. The Sydney Morning Herald takes a look at this shift in gaming over the past few years and tries to figure out why games have become so easy.

Recently, I was playing Nintendo's newest Mario offering, "Super Mario 3D Land", on the 3DS handheld system.

It was incredible, with beautifully designed levels and addictive gameplay. It's maybe the best handheld game I've ever played.

At one point, I died several times on a tough stage.

Then came a surprise.

When I returned to life, a pop-up box offered me an item that granted permanent invincibility. Essentially, the game was letting me stroll unimpeded through the rest of the level.

Come again?


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