Amazon Kindle Oasis

Kindle Oasis, Side.jpgAmazon recently revealed that a new kindle e-reader is coming out on April, 27 2016. It looks like it will be the most revolutionary e-reader to date. It has a tapered design and an ergonomic hand grip. The new kindle is  20% lighter and it has a removable charging cover. I think that the removable charging cover adds a lot to the device. I hope this feature comes to future smartphones. However the new kindle is overpriced. It costs $289.99. What do you think of the Kindle Oasis?

Source: Amazon

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Kindle 7 Review

The Kindle 7 is one of the cheapest tablets on the market, and it is a great device for the price. I purchased my Kindle tablet for 35 dollars. My first tablet was the original Kindle Fire, and it is difficult to compare to the new kindle 7. Amazon has really spruced up their App Store. They now offer a variety of free games and apps with Amazon Underground.

The Kindle 7 does not have a very good display or sound system. The resolution is 1024 by 600 pixels, and it has one mono speaker. It is not a great device for watching movies and tv shows, but it will get the job done.

It works well for browsing emails, reading books and playing games. The Kindle 7 also has an expandable storage option. This feature should be included in all tablets. The Fire tablet has a 1.3 GHz quad core processor; it is not a slow tablet.

I am not going to compare the Kindle Fire to the iPad, because that wouldn’t be fair. It is not a great tablet for media or office work. However, it works well if you just want to browse Facebook or read a book. It is not a powerhouse, but it is a nice entry level tablet. I give the Kindle 7 a 6.5 out of 10.

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iPad Air 2 Review

The iPad Air 2 is an amazing device, in fact, I am using it right now to write this review. The new iPad is incredibly light and portable. The speakers are loud and clear. The iPad has stereo speakers. It also has a clear and crisp display. The resolution is 2048 by 1536 pixels. I enjoy using it to watch YouTube and Netflix. It is also a great device for social networking, browsing the Internet and writing.

I have the 16Gb version, so my space is limited. I can only store a number of applications. Apple should provide an option for expandable storage. This is one of the major flaws that the device has.

The iPad Air 2 is by far the best tablet I have ever owned. It is easy to switch between using the iPhone and iPad. This is because the operating system is basically the same. I have been using the Nexus 7 tablet for the past several years. One of my favorite applications on the iPad Air is FaceTime. It is a great way to communicate with friends and family.

The iPad Air 2 is great for watching videos, communicating, listening to music and playing games. It is also one of the best tablets for productivity. It is almost good enough to replace my computer. The only thing I don’t like about the iPad is the lack of storage space. I give the iPad Air 2 an 8.5 out of 10.

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The Oculus Rift Price and Release Date

Yesterday the Oculus Rift price and release date was revealed. It is coming out on March 28 and it will cost 600 dollars. However, you will need a very powerful PC to run the Oculus Rift. The box comes with a headset, a sensor, an Oculus remote and an Xbox controller. I think that the Oculus Rift is a bit overpriced considering that you need an expensive PC to use it. What do you think of the Oculus Rift’s pricing and release date?

Source: IGN

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Star Wars Battlefront Xbox One and PS4 Review

Star Wars Battlefront has finally been revived. The last main series Battlefront game came out in 2005, over ten years ago. Last time Star Wars Battlefront was developed by Pandemic Studios. This time it was developed by EA Digital Illusions. The new Battlefront game is faster paced than the original one. It is also supposed to be played in first person, although you can switch it to third person.

The three things that stood out to me include the graphics, speed of the game and the Fighter Squadron Mode. The graphics in Battlefront make the player feel like they are watching the movie. I don’t think a Star Wars game in the past has nailed it. Battlefront is fast-paced like Halo, Call of Duty and other modern shooters. This really keeps you on your toes. My favorite multiplayer mode in Battlefront is Fighter Squadron Mode. This mode allows the player to fight in an X-Wing, A-Wing, Tie Fighter or a Tie Interceptor. In the past, I haven’t been a fan of space shooters; however, the controls are excellent in this game.

There are a few things that I don’t like about Star Wars Battlefront. It only has four planets to explore, and EA didn’t include a single player campaign. The four planets are Hoth, Endor, Tatooine, and Sullust. There is also a fifth planet that is coming out as free DLC, but it wasn’t included on day one.  These four planets don’t give the player enough to explore. I also miss the option to play a single player campaign. It was one of the things that I enjoyed doing in the original games.

Overall, Star Wars Battlefront is an exciting multiplayer game that lacks single player options. My favorite multiplayer modes include Fighter Squadron, Blast and Heroes vs. Villains. I also like the mission mode in single player. I do miss the option to change characters every time you die and control points from the original game. I give Star Wars Battlefront a six out of ten.

-MT

Nintendo Direct Updates November 2015

Nintendo had a lot of news to share on Thursday. They announced several new games and concepts. Cloud from Final Fantasy is coming to Super Smash. The original Pokemon games are coming to the 3DS virtual console and Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is being released next year.

Nintendo also announced that a new Super Smash direct would be coming in December. It is great that they keep adding to the expansive game. It is interesting to see Nintendo put Cloud in the game considering he comes from Final Fantasy. Nintendo did not reveal that this character was from the smash ballot. What do you think about Cloud being in Super Smash?

It is awesome that Nintendo is re-releasing the original Pokemon games that I grew up with. They also revealed a Pokemon Picross game and they announced Shadow Mewtwo in Pokken Tournament. I can’t wait to play the two Pokemon games that got me interested in gaming.

Nintendo also revealed that Zelda Wii U is still coming out in 2016. They really like to make Zelda remakes; it looks like Zelda: Twilight Princess will be re-released in 2016. I wish Nintendo would remake other games, for example, Mario Sunshine. What do you think of all this Zelda news? Nintendo had several other announcements and updates in the Nintendo Direct. It is great to see Nintendo get back on track, and it will be interesting to see what they do with the NX.

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What do you think of Apple’s New Product Line?

Apple recently revealed their new product line for Fall 2015. They announced a new iPad Pro, the iPhone 6S and the new Apple TV.
Apple has finally released a product to compete with the Microsoft Surface. The iPad Pro has a 12.9 inch retina display; it also has the new A9X chip and it makes use of the Apple Pencil. It is interesting how Apple is trying to re brand a stylus by calling it an Apple Pencil. The Apple Pencil is overpriced at $99 and the iPad Pro will cost $799 for 32GB. There will also be a 128GB model for $949 and it will be available in November.

Apple’s new iPhone isn’t a major upgrade, but it does have some cool new features. The iPhone 6S has the A9X processor; it also has a 12 megapixel camera and it makes use of 3D touch.This new feature allows the users to view a website or image before it is opened. It also allows the user to access shortcuts before an application is opened. The iPhone 6S can also take 4K videos; I think that the camera on the iPhone 6S is pretty awesome.

One of the most interesting products that Apple will be updating this fall is the Apple TV. The new Apple TV has the ability to download games and applications. It also comes with the Siri Remote; this remote is used to control every aspect of the system. The Apple TV is going to cost $149 and it will be available at the end of October. I really like the direction that the new Apple TV is going in.

What do you think of Apple’s new products this fall?

-MT

Starwars Battlefront Dog Fights

During Gamescom 2015, EA revealed that Starwars Battlefront would have epic sky battles. It is not the same as space battles but I do think it is very similar. I think that this was the biggest announcement during Gamescom this year. Some of the ships that were shown off in the trailer include the X-Wing, Tie Fighter, Tie Interceptors, and the A-Wing. They also revealed two special ships, the Millennium Falcon and the Slave 1. I really like how EA is slowly rolling out new details about this game. They aren’t forcing everything at once.

I can’t wait to try out the new sky battles in Battlefront. The sky battle in the trailer is taking place over Sullust. Sullust has never been seen before this game; it was briefly mentioned in Starwars Episode 6. My favorite scene in the trailer is when the Millennium Falcon destroys the Imperial transport. What do you think about sky battles in the new Starwars Battlefront?

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Windows 10 is Fighting Piracy

Microsoft recently updated it’s End User License Agreement. The update gives Microsoft the ability to remotely disable pirated software on a Windows 10 computer. However, it looks like this just applies to Windows Store and Xbox Live content. The user agreement states that Microsoft can scan a users computer for pirated games and software. It is good that Microsoft is cracking down on piracy. Windows 10 forces users to download updates. This makes the user follow the End User Agreement. In past versions of Windows there was an option to disable updates. What do you think about Microsoft going after pirates?

Source: Windows Central

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Windows 10 First Impressions

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I downloaded Windows 10 yesterday, and so far I like the experience. Yesterday, July 29th, was the first day that Windows 10 was officially released to the public. Windows 10 feels a lot more like Windows 7 and a lot less like Windows 8. I really like the appearance of Windows 10. It has a black task bar on the bottom and this task bar includes the start menu, a search bar, a task view button, applications and some notifications. It also includes the time and a desktop button. The new search bar and task view button are very useful. The task view button allows the user to easily switch between Windows, and the search bar makes it a lot easier for the user to find what they are looking for.

Microsoft also released a new web browser called Microsoft Edge; it is very fast compared to Internet Explorer, and I think Microsoft is going in the right direction with the new browser. I also got to try out the new Xbox app and it worked well. The new Xbox app allows users to stream Xbox One games to the computer. This is probably my favorite feature so far in Windows 10. It was a little bit laggy but the games are still playable. The Xbox One is hooked up via Wireless; I bet it would be less laggy if it was hooked up via Ethernet.

The only concern I had was downloading apps off of the Windows store. It wasn’t working for me at first, but once I installed some updates it worked fine. Windows 10 has been a great experience so far, and I can’t wait to see how they continue to tweak and improve it.

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Super Smash for Wii U Review

Nintendo is well known for two multiplayer games that come out every generation. These two games are Super Smash and Mario Kart. What makes these games special? Is it the characters, the customization, the courses, or is it the joy that comes from defeating your friends? I would argue that it is a combination of these things.

Super Smash is Nintendo’s staple fighting game and the hype behind it is real. I first played Super Smash on the N64, and it was truly the first game I fell in love with. Super Smash for Wii U builds upon the previous Smash games. It takes the best characters and stages from Smash 64, Melee and Brawl.

The game also brings in some new characters and stages. Super Smash Bros for Wii U is the first game to include Pac-man, Mega Man, Bowser Jr., Rosalina, and Villager from Animal Crossing. The game also introduces several other new characters from Nintendo’s archives. Some of the new stages include Mario Galaxy, Coliseum and Skyloft. These new characters and stages really add a lot of variety to the game.

My favorite character is Roy; he returns from Super Smash Bros Melee. I really like his speed and his fiery attacks. The cool thing about Roy is that he was released as DLC. This opens the possibility for future DLC characters and stages. So far, Nintendo has released four DLC characters and three DLC stages. The characters that they have released include Roy, Lucas, Mewtwo and Ryu from Capcom. I want King Boo from Super Mario to be in the game!

The latest Smash Bros is the first game in the series to be released in High Definition. It looks amazing, and it really brings Nintendo’s history into focus. The game has great characters, a lot of customization and incredible stages. Every time I defeat one of my friends in Super Smash it brings me back to my childhood. This game makes owning a Wii U totally worth it. I strongly recommend Super Smash for Wii U.

9.5/10

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What I liked at E3 2015

Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony showed off a variety of games at this years E3 Conference. There were several games that stood out to me and I can’t wait to play them.

Microsoft showed off Halo 5: Guardians, and the gameplay looks great. The trailer makes it seem like the player will be hunting Master Chief. It definitely seems like a different take on Halo and I can’t wait to jump into the action. There is also a new multiplayer mode called Warzone. This new mode allows ups to 24 players; in the past Halo games have only supported 16 players.

I also liked what I saw from Starwars Battlefront. The visuals and sound effects are superior to the original Battlefront games. One of the trailers showed multiplayer battles on Hoth and they include AT-AT’s and AT-ST’s. They also include X-Wings, Tie Fighters and Snowspeeders. It is great that vehicles are returning and I can’t wait to get into the action. The game play footage also showed that players can play as Jedi and Sith when they activate a power up. Everything looks really polished and this is my most anticipated game of 2015. However, I am disappointed that there is no campaign mode.

Many Nintendo fans were not impressed by Nintendo’s E3 Direct. However, I liked several of the games that they showed off during their direct. I liked what I saw from Star Fox Zero. It looks like the player can transform their ship into several different vehicles. This new mechanic looks really cool and I think that it will add a lot to the gameplay. It has been a while since Nintendo has released a main series Star Fox game. I also thought Mario Maker looked like a lot of fun. Nintendo is giving the user a ton of different assets and tools to use. It looks like the player can randomly drop Bowser in the middle of any level. This game looks crazy and I can’t wait to see what other people create. I am also pretty excited for the new Mario Tennis game. The player can get a power up that makes them grow huge. I have always enjoyed the Mario Tennis games and hopefully this one delivers.

What was your favorite game at E3 this year and what games are you excited for this year?

-MT