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The Book of Life – Twitter Party
#BookOfLifeFiesta

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 9th, 2015

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So, The Book of Life is out on Digital HD and Fox wants to have a little bit of fun with folks that have purchased it. Later today (January 9) at 20:00 ET/17:00 PT, there will be a Twitter viewing party hosted by the film’s director, Jorge Gutierrez. Folks that want to tune in can join @BookofLifeMovie and join a real-time conversation during the viewing with tons of fans and journalists! If you are participating, be sure to use the hastag (#BookofLifeFiesta) so you can make yourself heard and have fun!

You can purchase the digital copy of this film from iTunes or Google Play.

Enjoy!

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Reviews
Parrot Zik 2.0 Wireless Headphones

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 6th, 2015

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Back at the end of 2013, I reviewed a set of Parrot Zik headphones and was duly blown away by their audio awesomeness. Since then, more than a few different listening devices (both wired and wireless) have come through our doors, with very few being able to top the Ziks in terms of audio quality and functionality. So how much better is the Zik 2.0? What does it bring to the table? Well, Parrot sent us a set to try out so we could answer those questions. In short, I found them to be amazing – most likely better than Parrot’s previous outing into this space. However, there are some caveats that need to be mentioned…

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Reviews
The Counting Kingdom

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 1st, 2015

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When a game can combine fun and education, it’s a sure bet that I’ll like it – for a number of reasons. First of all, as a parent, I love to have games on hand that I can feed to my kiddo when she’s in the mood to game – so that she’s not necessarily playing addictive garbage without any redeeming benefits. Secondly, I love games that force me to think – nothing like giving the ol’ noggin a workout to keep the mind fresh. The challenge to developers is that it is a tough tightrope to walk: too much on the educational side, and the game ceases to be as fun; conversely, focusing too much on the fun removes any educational benefit. The Counting Kingdom, developed by Little Worlds Interactive, is one of those games that strikes the perfect balance between the two – simple, fun, and educational, this is a PC game (also available on iTunes) that I would recommend to anyone from 6 to infinity.

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Reviews
Kingdom Rush: Origins

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 28th, 2014

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I have to hand it to Ironhide Studio; not many developers are as adept at publishing several titles in the genre of tower defense without things getting stale – but they have done so again with Kingdom Rush: Origins. Released last month for iOS and Android, Kingdom Rush: Origins is the prequel to the original Kingdom Rush. Ironhide has brought back their signature sense of style, great game-play, and role-playing game sensibility to the title, once again treating players to a very fun and addictive experience.

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Happy Snoggletog!
Dragons: Rise of Berk
Christmas Review

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 25th, 2014

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Earlier this year, Smallest Thumbs and I went to the movie theater and saw How to Train Your Dragon 2. It was one of those movies that one would fully expect to be just “okay” (as most sequels tend to be), ‎but it was far better than we expected – and we enjoyed it immensely.‎ Recently, at the Canadian Videogame Awards, I noticed that Ludia, a Canadian developer from Montreal, released a free-to-play game called Dragons: Rise of Berk for Android, iOS and Facebook. This hand-held title is based on Dreamworks’ high-flying sequel, and it won the 2014 Fans’ Choice Award. After I congratulated them for their victory, they encouraged me to give their title a try; and after spending some time with it, it is not difficult to see why Ludia took home the prize.

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Interviews
Ludia
Dragons: Rise of Berk

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 19th, 2014

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One of the nominees at this year’s Canadian Videogame Awards was Ludia, a Montreal-based developer. Their handheld title, Dragons: Rise of Berk (iOS and Android), went on to win the Fans’ Choice Award for 2014 – and deservedly so.

We are still working on our review of the game (the battle mode was just recently released); in the mean time, we posed some questions to some of the staff at Ludia and they provided us with some answers! Big thanks to Coralie Munier (Producer), Fred Bibet (VP of Production), Mike Kitt (Game Designer), Terry Maranda (Lead 2D Artist), and Matthew Macaskill (Community).

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Reviews
WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set
Belkin

By Sharad Hirjee - December 18th, 2014

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Belkin has continued toward the lofty goal of full home automation with the WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set. With a solid modular portfolio that includes wall switches, heaters, a humidifier, cameras and even a coffee maker, the Starter Set seems like a natural progression. I really like the concept of this product as it allows the IP-enablement and remote control of hard-wired electrical light fixtures in your home, without the trouble of rewiring the physical wall switches.

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