Giveaway
The Book of Life
Blu-Ray

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 24th, 2015

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If you missed the Twitter party for the digital release of The Book of Life (official page here), never fear! Thanks to Fox, you now have a chance to win a copy of the Blu-Ray, which is being released on January 27th! Fox had a trivia feature that they asked us to post, but we chatted with them and have agreed to shake it up a bit by seeing if you can guess the answers!

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Events
Game Day!

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 24th, 2015

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Well, it’s not the Super Bowl, but it’s still a lot of fun! Today at the office, Toronto Thumbs is celebrating an awesome first month of the year with our first 2015 Game Day! Just a few of us hanging out, trash talkin’ and playing for the title of Master of the Universe. We will probably span a few systems today – but who cares? It’s all in good fun, right? You should make sure to take some time to hang with your family or friends for your own Game Day! Whether it’s board games, videogames, or whatever – it’s always nice to just hang out and have fun.

Big props to fellow Canadians from Bomb Energy Drink for providing us with fuel for our Game Day! Be sure to check out Dragon’s Den on January 28th, where The Bomb Nation faces off against the fiery council for backing! You can also check them out here.

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Fuel. Fuel is good.

PS: We are having Smozers.
PPS: Stay tuned to see how you can win your own Bomb Energy Drink gift pack!


Reviews
Linksys AC2400 Wi-Fi Router E8350
Stealth Router

By Seán O'Sullivan - January 23rd, 2015

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In most homes, the router isn’t something you tend to think about until something goes wrong with it. The “unplug it and plug it in again” ritual of addressing misbehaving routers has been commonplace for so long that South Park lampooned it back in 2008. If you’re looking for a router that offers a robust feature set that won’t get in your way, you’ll want to consider the Linksys E8350.

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Reviews
Clipless

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 22nd, 2015

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Photo courtesy of Clipless.

When you are out and about, where do you keep your smartphone? I tend to keep mine in either my front pants pocket or the inner breast pocket of my coat – easy to reach locations that make it a simple matter to pull out my phone when I need it. Of course, there are disadvantages to these locations: sitting down, for instance, makes it a chore to pull the phone out of my pants pocket, and both of those locations are default storage spots for spare change and keys, which is not so friendly to the screen of my smartphone. The folks at Clipless (from Port Hope, Ontario) have come up with an alternate location with the use of their new product – and that location is: practically anywhere. Toronto Thumbs checked out the Clipless kit that was sent to us from their office, and it’s a really interesting and useful gadget.

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Reviews
CineApp
Voyeur

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 21st, 2015

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Towards the end of last year, I was given the opportunity to try a new Android app called CineApp, which is an interesting concept in entertainment. CineApp is a mobile TV platform that can be personalized with interesting content. This allows an audience to do more than simply watch a story – they can be a part of it, since all of the information on your phone can become part of the narrative. It sounds spooky – and it is! Especially when the first demo of the technology features something from the Horror genre. Are you ready to play Voyeur?

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First Impressions
Prismata

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 20th, 2015

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If you like competitive strategy games but don’t like to take hours to play them, then you might want to keep your eyes on Prismata from Lunarch Studios. Pitched as a deckless turn-based strategy game that distills real-time strategy down to a turn-based format, Prismata is all about strategic resource assignment and forward-thinking. Matches in Prismata don’t last very long, and there is a very thin margin for error, making it very challenging. Even though the game is in its early development phases and doesn’t look as great as it could, it is still compelling based on game-play alone and deserves some attention from the card-dueling set.

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First Impressions
Halo 5 Beta

By Evan Bergstra - January 19th, 2015

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It won’t be news to you that 343 Industries ran a beta of Halo 5: Guardians featuring an online multi-player preview. It launched just after Christmas for gamers with a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One, and was available until January 18th. While the game won’t be released until fall 2015, gamers are getting a chance to try out the next-gen Halo experience and, more importantly, give developers a chance to crowdsource some debugging and a bit of consumer feedback. Given the cultural moment we’re going through with regards to the launch integrity of AAA releases, this is a pretty good move on the part of the studio, but I’ll get to that later. First off: the game.

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