Fitness bands have been all the rage for a while now, but most of the time I find that most people, once buying a Fitbit or a Nike+ Fuelband, adhere to their newly discovered interest in getting into shape for a short time, and eventually start to “forget” their new wearable tech on the top of the dresser. I, personally, have never been into the bracelet-style of fitness tracker. When Polar sent us their A300 to check out, though, I was far more receptive to trying it out due to its more traditional aesthetic. Of course, it is a lot more than just a watch, and now I am addicted to it.
For the record, this review was written after the site closed. However, due to some shipping shenanigans, I didn’t receive it until the second last day – definitely not enough time to review it. So I am back-dating this post because I am anal retentive and I promised I would review this piece of tech. – ed.
Degauss Labs has been on the mark with their Android-friendly headphones. The last pair that I reviewed, the Dual Driver, was impressive – especially at the price point it occupied. Degauss’ latest product, the Noir, demonstrates their continuing commitment to quality and great sound. These headphones are a little bit more expensive than their Dual Driver cousin – but they are worth every cent of that small jump in price.
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?
When I was younger, I used to burn a lot of time playing Arkanoid: Revenge of Doh II (aka Arkanoid 2) on my Commodore 128. I had played breakout games before that, of course, but there was something magical about Arkanoid 2 that hooked me right away. There have been many Breakout clones since then, on many different platforms – with some being more entertaining than others. Isotope 244 recently released their own entry in to the breakout genre with Acky’s Breakout Reloaded – Brick Breaker for iOS and Android devices. While not the most modern-looking game, Acky’s Breakout Reloaded is definitely a fun game with an 80’s arcade feel that won’t break the bank.
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!
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…
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.