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Thursday: December 10, 2009

David Pogue reviews the Barnes and Knoble  Nook e-reader.David Pogue reviews the Barnes and Knoble Nook e-reader.

Unfortunately, we, the salivating public, might be afflicted with a little holiday disease of our own: Sucker Syndrome. Every one of the Nook’s vaunted distinctions comes fraught with buzz kill footnotes.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Gadgets @ 1:45 PM | Tags (5) | nook | ereader | review | nyt | davidpogue |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 129 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Apple decides to kick a thousand apps out of the app store for gaming the system.Apple decides to kick a thousand apps out of the app store for gaming the system.

It turns out that all of the thousand applications in question were actually from the same developer. The developer was trading promotional codes in exchange for five star reviews. Apple was none too pleased hence the swifty expulsion from the app store island.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 8:57 AM | Tags (11) | appstore | expel | cnn | apple | kickout | developers | iphone | suspended | expulsion | promos | reviews |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: December 7, 2009

You can now preview entire albums in the iTunes Store with just one click.You can now preview entire albums in the iTunes Store with just one click.

A neat little feature that will spin through the previews for entire albums rather than having to go through track by track which is certainly a time-saver. Apparently Amazon's MP3 service has had this feature for quite some time.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 3:46 PM | Tags (5) | album | all | itunes | preview | store |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: November 16, 2009

Ars Technica reviews the New Super Mario Brothers game for the Nintendo Wii.Ars Technica reviews the New Super Mario Brothers game for the Nintendo Wii.

Their verdict? You should buy this game if you're a fan of the original exploits of Mario and Luigi as they romp through the Mushroom Kingdom. Ars calls it a 'magical experience' and they expect this be on the sales charts for a long time.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 7:36 AM | Tags (9) | ars | bros | gaming | mario | nintendo wii | reviews | super | technica | videogames |  | Discuss (2) |  | facebook | twitter | 17 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: October 16, 2009

Ten essential skills that every graphic designer should probably have.Ten essential skills that every graphic designer should probably have.

One  of the more underrated design skills today is typography, however in truth, typography is one of the key things top advertising firms review in a design portfolio. It is usually the difference between a good and excellent designer.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Design @ 7:25 AM | Tags (7) | graphics | skills | designers | design | set | essential | designreviewer |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 33 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: October 14, 2009

Ars Technica reviews Brutal Legend, calls it heartbreaking near-miss.Ars Technica reviews Brutal Legend, calls it heartbreaking near-miss.

That's a shame, I was really rooting for this game. The demo was thoroughly fun to play from start to finish but apparently some of that gameplay was the best it had to offer.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 8:04 AM | Tags (6) | ars | brutallegend | gaming | review | timschafer | videogames |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: October 9, 2009

Touch Arcade gets some hands-on time with Rock Band: iPhone.Touch Arcade gets some hands-on time with Rock Band: iPhone.

playing the tracks in the iPhone Rock Band works just like its console big brother in that every note you miss causes the music to be interrupted. This seems to add so much more to the game than just tapping along to a song like other similar games on the platform...

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 3:05 PM | Tags (10) | gameplay | gaming | iphone | music | preview | rockband | simulation | toucharcade | video | videogames |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: October 6, 2009

Positive reviews of blogger freebies may constitute as fraud according to FTC.Positive reviews of blogger freebies may constitute as fraud according to FTC.

Decisions about violations will be made on a case-by-case basis, but if someone receives cash or an in-kind payment to review a product, it's considered an endorsement.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in FYI @ 7:31 AM | Tags (7) | bloggers | freebies | reviews | positive | ftc | fraud | endorsement |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: September 8, 2009

A video review of the soon to be released Beatles: Rock Band game.A video review of the soon to be released Beatles: Rock Band game.

I'm itching to try this game out, the visuals look fantastic. Apparently my Guitar Hero World Tour controller will work just fine for this game (which is nice).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 7:30 AM | Tags (6) | beatles | gametrailers | gaming | review | rockband | videogames |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: September 2, 2009

Ars Technica reviews Guitar Hero 5.Ars Technica reviews Guitar Hero 5.

It still seems a little inappropriate that Kurt Cobain is included as a playable character. And even more so after watching this YouTube clip. Wow.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 7:38 AM | Tags (7) | ars | cobain | gaming | guitarhero | review | silly | videogames |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: August 17, 2009

Wired takes a first look at Windows 7, ends up very happy with what they see.Wired takes a first look at Windows 7, ends up very happy with what they see.

Yet another positive review for Microsoft's upcoming operating system. Whoever picked the standard selection of wallpapers should be given a medal.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 10:12 AM | Tags (6) | firstlook | microsoft | preview | software | windows | wired |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 31 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: June 30, 2009

Eight science kit experiments and eight do-it-yourself experiments compared.Eight science kit experiments and eight do-it-yourself experiments compared.

...we ordered nine kits on different subjects and tested an experiment from each. But homemade experiments can be just as complex and educational (while costing up to $100 less), so we found alternatives to each of the boxed kits that teach similar lessons just as well.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 3:05 PM | Tags (6) | science | kits | diy | experiments | free | reviews |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: June 26, 2009

Ars Technica reviews the new Transformers movie.Ars Technica reviews the new Transformers movie.

This is in line with the rest of the reviews I've been reading across the Interwebs. Everyone seems to like the explosions though.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Movies @ 7:25 AM | Tags (5) | movies | reviews | transformers | sequel | ars |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: June 16, 2009

Ars Technica reviews the new Ghostbusters video game.Ars Technica reviews the new Ghostbusters video game.

Ghostbusters brings what we loved about the movie to video games, with some great results. This is far from a perfect title, but fans of the movie will quickly overlook the game's few flaws.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 12:41 PM | Tags (4) | ars | gaming | ghostbuster | review |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 18 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: July 16, 2007

Date Night: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Mad and I managed to get out and see the latest Potter flick over the weekend. We call this act of seeing movies every so often as 'date night'. As a preface I have to come to the sad reality that we're both big overgrown wizarding fans. However, I also have to say that I am not totally ashamed to admit this because I blame most of my Potter fandom solely on my other half. It all started right after we saw 'Chamber of Secrets' (which feels now like a very, very, very long time ago). I hadn't read any of the books but Mad was very much into the whole series at the time (the books were up Goblet of Fire at that point). Anyway, the conversation went something like this:

Me: 'What was with that tree that attacked the flying car?'
Mad: 'Oh, thats the Whomping Willow. It's where Harry's dad and his friends used to hang out because one of them was a werewolf and needed a place to hide.'
Me: '...huh?'

Four hours later I pretty much knew the entire plot of Prisoner of Azkaban without having read the book. This backstory got me all intrigued and I had to pick up the book and it read it for myself. Luckily, Mad saved some plot twists in the book as a surprise (I totally did not see the Moody thing coming when I read the book - another 'huh' moment). Now coming into book seven, I'm still hooked. Damn you J.K. Rowling and your addictive children's literature.

Anyway, back to date night. Truth be told, we kind of forgot the plot of Order of the Phoenix since it had been so long since either of us picked up the actual book. After the movie ended everything about the book came rushing back. We began to converse about how things were left off in the book and why they didn't get put into the movie.

What was left out of the movie:

  • Kreacher being instrumental to Sirius Black's demise.
    Sorry to spoil for anyone, but this kind of irked me. Rumor has it that J.K. Rowling told the producers of this movie to put Kreacher in because he plays a larger role in the final book. However, in this movie Kreacher (very well animated too, in my opinion) only had a whopping three lines - most of which were mumbled. In the book, this house elf might as well have been one of the main reasons Sirius got 'veiled.' Why go to the trouble of including this character then if it doesn't even play a role in the movie? Hmph.
  • No visits to St. Mungos.
    This was an interesting part of the book I was hoping to see put to film but never happened. It also would have served as a great cameo for the actor who played Gilderoy Lockehart to appear once more. Sadly, it was not to be.
  • No sign of Regulus Black on the family tree.
    Come on, we all know R.A.B. is Regulus Black - how hard would it have been to work this into that scene in some way. Bah.
  • Voldemort's confrontation with Dumbledore as Harry was weak.
    The last couple chapters of Order of the Phoenix are a great dramatic read. You essentially get Voldemort possessing Harry and then telling Dumbledore flat out 'go on, kill him then'. In the movie it was a wishy-washy 'let's look into Harry's memories again.' Blah.

Overall we did enjoy the movie though despite the above nitpickings. It was visually stunning and the acting was spot on. You really get the sense that these kids are more than just actors - their a gang (which would be weird if they weren't after doing five of these movies together). I also came to the realization that adding in these plot details would have made the movie six hours too long anyway. Go figure.

Posted to Verbose filed in Movies @ 4:17 PM | Tags (3) | harrypotter | movies | review |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 0 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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