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iPad Reviews

The new iPad (3) has landed and arrived at many people's doors over the weekend and if you are wondering if you should spend the money on this refreshed tablet from Apple, check out the reviews from TweakTown, HardwareHeaven and TechReviews.  It's no coincidence that I picked three reviews today.  See?  I pay attention!

What we have here, is an iPad 2S. That's all it is, this is why Apple didn't call it the iPad 3, because there are not enough fundamental changes to justify going from a 2 to a 3. I agree with Apple, but consumers will surely be confused. I stepped into my local retailer, who had plenty of stock of all the 6 variants and flavors of the iPad, where one of the employees walks next to me and says out aloud "so which one is the new iPad?"


Video Game Releases & Reviews

As we kick off spring this week, there are a few games that are coming down the pipe that may be worth staying inside for.  I'm not convinced though as some of these are re-warmed games that are just a cash grab.  Still, Ninja Gaiden 3 for the 360 and PS3 may be worth checking out.  ShackNews has more details.

PC

  • Angry Birds Space
  • Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai
  • Waveform (Steam)
  • Yesterday
  • Ys: The Oath in Felghana (Steam - $14.99)


360

  • Armored Core V
  • Dirt 3 Complete Edition
  • Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure
  • Ninja Gaiden 3
  • Rayman 3 HD (XBLA)
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Silent Hill HD Collection
  • Sine Mora (XBLA)


PS3

  • Armored Core V
  • Dirt 3 Complete Edition
  • Ninja Gaiden 3
  • Rayman 3 HD (PSN)
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Silent Hill HD Collection


PSV

  • Sumioni: Demon Arts (PSN - $20)


3DS

  • Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Paws & Claws Pampered Pets Resort 3D
  • Zombie Slayer Dios (eShop)


PSP

  • Canabalt (PSP Mini)


NDS

  • GoGo's Crazy Bones

 

If you are looking for some game reviews, check them out below.  They may save you some money if you were planning on buying one that sucks.

PSV
Lumines: Electronic Symphony - TweakTown
- HardwareHeaven --=-- Uncharted Golden Abyss - HardwareHeaven

PS3
Journey - TweakTown --=-- Jak and Daxter Collection - HardwareHeaven

PC
Magicka - eTeknix --=-- APB Reloaded (Free-to-Play) - eTeknix --=-- All Zombies Must Die! - HardwareHeaven

360
Shoot Many Robots - HardwareHeaven --=-- Mass Effect 3 - TweakTown

 


SteelSeries Desmo Snow by GUNNAR Optiks

HardwareHeaven has a look at some glasses that are designed to be work when gaming that will help you see better (even if you have 20/20 vision) and improve your game.  They have the Desmo Snow from SteelSeries that are made in fact by GUNNAR Optiks and find out if the claims of increasing contrast, enhancing detail, help reduce glare, improving endurance and decreasing eye fatigue and dry eyes actually hold true in real-world testing.

After using the glasses I can quite honestly say they have made an improvement and where I'd usually expect to be feeling tired eyes or perhaps using some 'refresh' eye drops at no point during my time with the glasses did my eyes feel fatigued. Using the glasses with over the ear headset proved no problem either, something that couldn't be said for my original 3D Vision glasses.


Odds and Ends

As we wrap up this very late edition of news for this fine Monday, we've got a few odds and ends to share with you that don't really fit into any other particular category.  Take a look and check out some of these interesting products.


The 10 Lightest Laptops

When it comes to portable computing weight is usually one of the biggest factors in play when making a buying decision. PCMag takes a look at the 10 Lightest Laptops available today and shares their thoughts on them. 

Portability has always been an essential part of personal computing, with ultrabooks and tablets making personal computing ever more mobile. For anyone computing on the go, weight is a big part of the portability equation. Whether you're a student carrying your laptop around campus or a business user carrying it on your daily commute, a lighter laptop will make it easier for you to take your PC on the go.


Samsung sole supplier of new iPad screens

Talk about an awkward business arrangement, its has been revealed that Samsung will be the sole supplier of screens for the new iPad from Apple due to LG and Sharp not being able to meet Apple's quality requirements. This would be a great arrangement if it wasn't for the fact that Samsung is Apple's #1 competitor in the phone and tablet market and basically Samsung is bashing Apple with their commercials and the two companies have traded lawsuits back and forth for the past couple years. Bloomberg has more on this story.

Samsung Electronics Co. will supply the screen for Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s new iPad after LG Display Co. and Sharp Corp. didn’t meet the U.S. company’s quality requirements, an analyst with iSuppli said.

Samsung, the world’s top flat-panel maker, currently is the sole vendor of the display for the 9.7-inch, touch-screen device that goes on sale March 16, said Vinita Jakhanwal, a senior manager at iSuppli, a unit of Englewood, Colorado-based IHS Inc. Samsung’s shares surged to a record.


Is Google+ ruining Google?

The whole Google+ experiment has been an interesting one to watch over the past few months. After a good launch where people were actually saying nice things about the service in the past few months it seems like Google+ has been struggling hard to keep any sort of momentum going (which has made it a regular topic on our podcast, Weekly Tech Update). CNN today has an interview with a former Google employee who claims that Google+ is ruining Google and has basically divided the company into two camps. If you're a fan of social media this is an interesting read.

Angry rants about the demise of corporate culture aren't reserved only for ex-Goldman Sachs employees. Microsoft-turned-Google engineer James Whittaker -- now once again a Microsoft employee -- fired off a scathing blast Tuesday on a Microsoft blog about why he left Google.

"My last three months working for Google was a whirlwind of desperation," wrote Whittaker, who headed an engineering team for social network Google+. "The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus."


Jet Pack Guy vs. Race Car

It's crazy when Jetpacks have come far enough that a guy is willing to put one up against a race car.  Obviously the car still wins, but it looks pretty cool.  I can't wait to see Jason flying one of these to a live WTU.


 

4G iPad Data Usage

CNET has an interesting article showing how much data you could use if you start streaming video with the iPad LTE.  Until the network gets saturated, LTE is pretty quick and if you are streaming high-quality video on your new iPad, this could put the hurt on when it come to data caps.  At this point, your biggest AT&T package is $50 for 5GB, and Verizon can score you 10GB for $80.  It won't take long to stream HD on your favorite video streaming service before you are paying overages.

Your first order of business with Apple's third-generation iPad: fill up that stunning Retina Display with plenty of video. But hang on--if you're getting the 4G model, better watch that over-the-air video consumption. Lightning-fast as it is, over LTE, you'll be tempted to burn through your data plan in less time than you might think.


Big Storage Showdown

As we continue through the news today, we've got a few (lots) storage reviews to share.  Take a look below if you need some place to store your files.

 


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