Within: A Google Cardboard Review

within-vr

Within is a virtual reality application that was founded in 2014. It has a variety of VR videos that can be viewed with a VR headset like Google Cardboard. Some of the videos it features include music videos, documentaries, and shorts. One Republic has a really cool music video that shifts perspectives from one room to another room. Another video, called displaced, shows the struggles that 3 kids go through in Syria. It almost feels like you are there, especially if you are using headphones. It is really cool how all the videos have a 360 perspective. If you don’t have VR you can check them out here. There were some very strange videos as well. One video had a train coming right at you, and then shifted to a baby inside the womb. Another video called Invasion had a little bunny rabbit saving planet Earth. Overall, the VR experience was very fluid; the only thing that was lacking was the quality of the videos. If you are dying to swim with dolphins then I definitely recommend this application.

-MT

NES Classic Unboxing

In this video I unbox the new NES Classic. The NES Classic is a great little system that plays old Nintendo games. It has 30 playable games included, and up to two players can play. I really like the system so far. However the controller cord is very short, and I did get an extension for it. Let me know what you think of the NES Classic.

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Nintendo Switch Revealed

This morning Nintendo revealed the Nintendo Switch. They have been teasing us for weeks with the Nintendo NX. Nintendo NX was the code name for the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch is a home and portable console. The controller on the Nintendo Switch breaks apart to be used as two controllers. The system also takes cartridges; the last home system to be cartridge based was the Nintendo 64. Nintendo also showed off a variety of games. This includes Splatoon, Mario Kart, NBA 2K, Skyrim, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario. The Nintendo Switch looks like a really cool piece of tech and I can’t wait to try it out. Playing console games on the go has always been an intriguing idea. What do you think of the Nintendo Switch?

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My thoughts on Super Mario Run

Last week Nintendo was at the Apple event, and they had a big reveal. They revealed Super Mario Run for iPhone and iPad. It marks the first time that Mario can legally be played on a smartphone. The game is going to be released this December.

Super Mario Run has three different modes. In the first mode you get to play through challenging courses. In the second mode you get to compete against others using play data, and the third mode allows you to create your own levels.

I think it’s awesome that Mario is coming to smart devices, and I think it will definitely help Nintendo. I can’t wait to try out the new game when it launches. Will you be downloading Super Mario Run when it launches this December?

Source: Nintendo

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Apple Reveals the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Today Apple announced the iPhone 7. The new iPhone has a faster processor, better battery life and a better camera. I am really looking forward to trying out this iteration of the device. The upgraded camera has optical image stabilization, 12 megapixels and a Quad-Led True Tone flash. I think that the new camera is a standout feature for the device.

The iPhone 7 has a powerful A10 processor. It also has a much stronger battery. The battery on the new iPhone lasts two hours longer than the battery on the iPhone 6s. This is reason alone to pick up the new phone.

However, the iPhone 7 does have one major flaw; Apple decided not to include a headphone jack. They introduced new wireless headphones called AirPods. AirPods use Bluetooth technology to connect to all your Apple devices. With the charging case AirPods have a battery life of 24 hours. They look pretty cool, but they cost 159 dollars. I guess buying cheap headphone replacements is out of the question.

One last thing I want to mention is that the new iPhone is water resistant. This is great news for people who like to talk in the rain. What do you think of the iPhone 7?

Source: Apple

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Xbox One Summer Update


Microsoft is currently rolling out the Xbox One summer update. This update is fairly impressive. It adds a lot of new features to the Xbox One. It adds Cortana voice control, background music, dashboard improvements, and language region independence. It also adds some other smaller features like Facebook integration. The new user interface works well and feels very similar to the previous user interface. However the store is different to make way for the cross buy between Xbox One and PC. It is great that Microsoft is adding the ability to play Pandora music during a game. What do you think of the new Microsoft update?

Source: IGN

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Amazon Echo Review

The Amazon Echo is an incredible and powerful device. When I first took it out of the package I had to do an initial setup to connect it to the internet. The process is fairly simple. The first thing I had to do was download the Alexa app on to my iPhone. After I downloaded the application I booted it up and it walked me through the setup process.

What is Amazon Echo?

Amazon Echo is a personal assistant that can help you complete everyday tasks. It can play music, turn lights on, answer questions, set timers, and control the thermostat. In order to activate the Amazon Echo I had to say Alexa first. It is a very responsive device and I think it will help people transition from regular homes to smart homes. One of the Amazon Echo’s core features is the ability to order products from Amazon. If you are running low on paper towels you can quickly order more with the Amazon Echo.

What are the Specs of the Amazon Echo?

The Amazon Echo has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It’s dimensions are 9.25″ X 3.25″ X 3.25″ and it weighs 37.5 oz. It also has a 2.5 inch woofer and 2.0 tweeter. The echo has a built in microphone and volume control ring as well.

What I like about the Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo is very useful if you have a quick question. I like to ask it about the weather on a daily basis. It will give you a quick recap of the weather. You can also ask it for the weekly forecast. I also like to use the Amazon Echo to turn the lights on and off. The ability to control your lights from the comfort of your couch is amazing.

The speaker is also great for playing music while cooking. I really like how I can quickly change the song with my voice or control the volume with my voice. It connects to a variety of music apps. This includes Spotify, TuneIn, and Pandora.

What I don’t like about the Amazon Echo

One thing I don’t like about the Amazon Echo is its ability to answer personal questions. I feel like they could have given the device more of a personality. The personal answers that it does give are always short. It would be great if you could have a full on conversation with the AI.

Overall the Amazon Echo is a great device. It is really good at answering short factual questions. It can give you detailed weather information, or tell you the score of a sports game. However it is not good at answering long opinion based questions. It also has trouble with longer factual questions. The Amazon Echo is the first personal assistant that can really change the future. It is a great music player and smart home solution. What do you think about the Amazon Echo?

-MT