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Reviews
Dual Driver Earphones
Degauss Labs

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 26th, 2014

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Most of the headsets with three-button remote controls that I have seen on the market are geared more for iOS devices than for Android ones. While it may not sound like it is inconvenient, until you have used a three-button remote to control your hand-held device you don’t know what you are missing. Degauss Labs, makers of the Pocket Couture, have created a set of decent-sounding earbuds that have a three-button remote that can be used with Android devices. It is called the Dual Driver, and it is a pretty slick set of earphones.

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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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Reviews
Feel-A-Maze

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 9th, 2014

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Have you ever played Operation? Did you ever try guiding a marble through a tilting wooden labyrinth? Well, Feel-A-Maze (Five Archers Corporation) is a devious combination of these two physical games that will test your hand-eye coordination, as well as your patience. This PC title (now available for iOS and Android) is definitely a very challenging game that will help you pass the time – just make sure that you choose your locale carefully, lest you make the game even more challenging for yourself.

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Reviews
Anki DRIVE

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 5th, 2014

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When I was a kid, my dad had a Tyco slot racing set. It was a beautiful setup, with supercars that traversed a long track with a spiral section supported by glow-in-the-dark struts. When I became older, he let me play with the set on my own – but pulling out the box from the cupboard was always a calculated decision based on the amount of playtime that I had (it took a while to assemble). Later on, Santa gave me my own Tyco set, complete with cars that could swivel on their front track pin and go in the opposite direction. I enjoyed that set a lot – but it eventually lost its allure when the set stopped working.

Fast forward to 2014. When I first looked at the Anki DRIVE Starter Kit, I was reminded of my youthful days of slot-racing – but Anki DRIVE ups the ante with a few notable differences – the most prominent being that you control the cars with an iOS or Android device. Even Smallest Thumbs really got into the set that Anki sent us to review!

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Reviews
Parrot
Rolling Spider

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 18th, 2014

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There is nothing quite like piloting a quadricopter. Parrot’s AR Drone 2.0 is a lot of fun to fly – but for a good number of people, it’s hard to justify the purchase, as it is a little expensive. It also makes some people nervous; even though it comes with a protective shell for indoor use, it’s relatively large, making it an intimidating prospect to play with inside one’s house – especially for beginners. Thankfully, Parrot has another option for those people who are jonesing for a chance to play with a remote-controlled helicopter without breaking the bank (or that vase you got as a gift from your aunt Betty): the Rolling Spider.

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