Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Linkin Park's iPhone game brings camp, chiptunes

Linkin Park's iPhone game brings camp, chiptunes: "
Bands getting into the world of gaming is nothing new in the time of rhythm games, but the trailer for the upcoming iPhone game centering around Linkin Park is delightfully screwball, and it seems to realize just how silly the whole thing looks. Even the name, LINKIN PARK 8-BIT REBELLION! is campy. You'll work with the band to keep the world safe for 8-bit games, fighting off the powers of Pixxelkorp and their evil high-definition ways.

The game features a good amount of songs by Linkin Park, and by beating the game you'll unlock a new track to listen to. Whether or not that's exciting depends on whether you're a fan of the band—I've seen them live twice and bought the T-shirt—but the overall look and feel of the game is nicely screwball. Take a look at the trailer.

It's hard not to smile at the fact that the hooks, and sometimes entire songs, have been translated to eight-bit versions to make things sound like a classic game. With songs, artwork, social networking, and what looks to be at least a somewhat fun side-scrolling action game, this could be a fun little experience for fans of the band; let's hope we see more people take their image a little less seriously.

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Review: Nintendo DSi XL

Review: Nintendo DSi XL: "
Short version: Nintendo’s new DSi XL is aimed squarely at the older generation of casual gamers. People that appreciate something that’s a little easier to read. The people who wear their reading glasses while they sit down for their morning glass of fiber and read their copy of the AARP Journal. And heaven help me, I like it.


  • A larger screen
  • Full size stylus
  • Comes pre-loaded with Brain Age Express: Math and Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters
  • MSRP: $189.99 (regular DSi is $169.99)


  • Large screen is easy to read
  • Games still look great
  • Case size easier to hold


  • Large size reduces portability
  • Nowhere to put stylus
  • Uncomfortable for people with small hands

I like Nintendo’s portable gaming consoles. I had a Game Boy, Game Boy Color, DS phat, and a DS Lite, but I never saw the point in the DSi. So when Nintendo sent me a DSi XL to review, I was pleasantly surprised by the functionality. Would I buy a DSi XL to replace my DS Lite? Probably not – but I do like the DSi XL, and would recommend it to someone looking to get into portable gaming.

Build quality is as you would expect it to be. Nintendo knows these things are going to be knocked around, and build them so they can take it. The unit I was sent is the bronze color, with the majority of the device having a matte finish. The top of the cover, however, is glossy and picks up finger prints. Not fingerprints like you’d see on a PSP but they are present.

I’m not going to reinvent the wheel here as far as reviewing the DSi functionality. Yeah, it’s a DSi, only bigger. It’s designed for the older crowd that play those little $10 blackjack games from Radio Shack, and if they market it properly it’ll be huge. I have large hands. I like the DSi XL because I like the larger form factor, and the larger screens. My wife isn’t as much of a fan. She’s got smaller hands and found that the DSi XL made her left hand start to cramp after playing Zelda: Phantom Hourglass for about 30 minutes. I saw another review mention issues with screen clarity. I definitely didn’t notice this issue. I love playing RTS games like Civilization Revolution, and if the screen was fuzzy I’d definitely notice it. The screen was crisp and clear, and it didn’t feel like the games were designed for a smaller display at all, which was one of the things I was concerned about when I first read about the DSi XL.

Should you buy a DSi XL? Sure, if you don’t already have a DSi. I’d just suggest that you check one out at your local game shoppe first to be sure that the size won’t be an issue. Is it a reasonable upgrade from the DS or DS Lite? Absolutely. Should you buy one for your mom for Mother’s Day? Only if you are a huge geek and you’re sure she’ll like it.

Product Page: Nintendo DSi XL


The PQI H566 USB 3.0 external hard drive is a looker

The PQI H566 USB 3.0 external hard drive is a looker: "

PQI was one of the first companies to out a USB 3.0 flash drive back in 2009 and it’s back again with a 2.5-inch USB 3.0 external hard drive. You should know the drill by now. Nearly all of these hard drives are the same. The H566 comes either in 320GB, 500GB, or 640GB flavors and utilizes USB 3.0 to transfer files at speeds that max out at 5.0Gbps while providing backwards compatibility with USB 2.0. The drive dons a rather sexy metallic silver casing and ships with data encryption tools for the aluminium hat-wearing folk.

The company claims over and over again in the official presser that it’s the world’s first 2.5-inch USB 3.0 hard drive. But the Seagate PS-110 that we reviewed months ago disagrees. No word on pricing or target market just yet.

World’s first PQI USB3.0 2.5” HDD ~ H566 officially released 10X Transfer Speed & Higher Energy Savings!


March 26, 2010

PQI’s USB3.0 2.5” portable hard drive H566 has been officially released and it is world’s first USB3.0 2.5” portable hard drive to the market. Since H566 began mass production last week, it has already resulted in a volume of inquiries from domestic and international buyers, making it the first USB3.0 device with significant sales volume. PQI’s H566 not only have spectacular bandwidth of USB3.0, its 2.5” hard drive dimensions is convenient to carry and has aesthetic looks, making it the new IT toy you just got to have!

Digital media these days are geared towards higher resolution and higher definition. USB2.0’s maximum theoretical bandwidth is 480Mbps/sec, which can no longer meet the demands of transferring digital content. H566 uses the latest USB technology to meet these demands. It features a theoretical bandwidth of 5Gbps/sec, which is about 10x that of USB2.0 and is backward compatible with USB2.0. With its faster transfer rate, it means less time required when transferring the same amount of data which translates to less time and electricity used. It provides energy saving and is green, no doubt it will soon become the mainstream peripheral connection interface!

PQI’s 2.5” USB 3.0 external hard drive H566 has a new metallic silver casing that further accentuates its fashion appeal. It is available in 320GB / 500GB / 640GB capacities for users to choose from and all come with the security software, Ur Fortress. It has the complete data encryption function including classified data protection and personal data privacy so users can safely store and manage their data efficiently.

For the latest PQI news, please visit http://www.pqigroup.com.

HDD H566 specifications

Weight: 200g

Dimension: 128×82.5×17mm

Interface: USB 2.0/3.0

Capacity: 320GB /500GB /640GB

Operating system: HDD OS System – Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7/ Mac 10.X

S/W OS System – Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7

Warranty: 3 years

Free software: Ur-Smart & Ur Fortress


A TRON trailer for 2010 (Throwback)

A TRON trailer for 2010: "

Tron Legacy comes out right before Christmas this year, but it’s probably best if you see the first movie before the sequel. This trailer should get you in the mood. It did it for me. Oh, and FYI, Tron is supposed to be released on Blu-ray in November, but there quality high-def digital copies lurking around torrent sites and usernets thanks to HDNet broadcasting the movie in high-def.


Friday, March 26, 2010

This Might Just Be the Best Looking Villa in Thailand

This Might Just Be the Best Looking Villa in Thailand: "
We’ve seen a lot of home designs throughout the years and we can say there are few those that really have everything: a fantastic location, an incredible design and architecture, so on and so forth. This particular villa is located on the beach of Kamala in Phuket, Thailand and is currently up for sale, listed at a cost of $8.66 million. We found a brief property overview which states: 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a total interior surface of 739 sq meters (7,955 sq ft) and no less than 796 sq meters (8,568 sq ft) of terrace space. These almost seem like abstract figures when compared to those of a common European or American home. Moreover, the villa features an in-ground pool, a sauna, a wine room and a home theater system. Have fun strolling through the pictures and tell us if you consider this mansion to be one of those designs that has everything.-via Twisted Sifter
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A taste of Netflix on Wii (video)

A taste of Netflix on Wii (video): "
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As I was on my way out the door today the friendly postman drove by and shoved a familiar red envelope in my mailbox. Knowing what was coming, I skipped back to the house with the Netflix streaming disc for Wii... My video missed the startup chime, but it kinda sounds like a THX startup sound, low and dramatic.

Browsing on the Wii is pretty basic, but at least more functional than a Samsung I had been using. You can add movies, browse by category, play individual episodes, and enjoy most of what you get on the Xbox but with less resolution. Having seen the 360 version, it's a bit of a bummer to see the fuzziness on my HDTV, but hey, unlike my Samsung (the WiFi dongle died) it works. Yes, you have to keep the disc in while you run Netflix, but that's not really a big deal unless you mistreat the disc.

The video below is a quick taste of our first experience with Netflix on Wii.

A taste of Netflix on Wii (video) originally appeared on Download Squad on Fri, 26 Mar 2010 11:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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