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Our Review of the MyCharge Razor Platinum, Portable Charger for MacBook

mycharge-razor-platinumOh yes, I have reviewed many MyCharge products in my time, and the last one was the All-Terrain 3000mAh rechargeable portable charger. This time, it isn’t just your average mobile battery, but this one is capable of charging a laptop.

I am told that this is the first portable charger that can do a laptop, which is 8 times as powerful as a battery. The USB-C port delivers a 36 W output can charge a MacBook in about 100 minutes. On the reverse side, you can recharge the Razor Platinum via the MacBook 29 Watt adaptor in just two hours. By the way, it also charges any tablet, smartphone, or other device Razor Platinum standard USB-A port.

So, is there a power trade-off going on here? Just to let you know, the size of this thing is about the size of your hand. I figured that you can’t tell from the picture, and you also can’t tell that it is made from anodized aluminum.

If you want to get this, it is available on the MyCharge site for $99.99.

Posted by on September 28th, 2016 No Comments

Speculative Fiction Saturday: Kung Fu Panda 3

kung-fu-panda-3I have to admit the Kung Fu Panda took me be surprise when I first saw it. It was a typical story of a complete underdog who must overcome obstacles, kind of like Rocky and The Karate Kid. The only difference is that it is done with a computer-generated panda in an interesting and fantastical anthropomorphic world.

The issue with the first film is that it was self-aware. It seemed to know that it was following in the footsteps of these films, and knew that it wasn’t really offering anything too new to the table. The issue is that Jack Black had become an A-list star, and it was interesting to see him in a role that appeared to be written with him in mind.

The second film in the series was even better than the first. Not only that, it featured a very dramatic turn as Po’s origins were revealed. Not only that, Gary Oldman was a terrific and multi-faceted villain as Shen.

This is always the blessing of making a better sequel, as it becomes a curse to have a third. Kung Fu Panda was sadly not able to overcome this curse, and it produced a third film that wasn’t really very good. It is at worst mediocre, but in comparison to the second film, it is downright horrific.

The plot to this film had some potential. It starts off in the spirit world, which is this odd place where land floats, and the inhabitants are capable of superhuman feats. It is here where we are introduced to Kai, a yak (of buffalo, I’m not sure), who is trying to defeat Master Oogway, the wise turtle mentor who died in the first movie. Kai needs to take Oogway’s chi (or life energy, but that is an over-simplification) to get into the material world, and he does.

So it is interesting that Po is being set up with a supernatural foe for the first time. There has always been kind of a mystical element to these films, but Kai certainly is Po’s most powerful enemy.

There is also an issue of Po becoming a teacher. This is some odd order from Shifu, who steps out of the picture so Po can take command. Po then goes into fail-mode, as his teaching somehow cause the Furious Five to botch everything.

At that point, I realized what was wrong with the movie. The jokes within are simply not funny. The other films were at least clever with its dialogue and action, but this film felt…lazy. I honestly believe that there is a good idea for a film here with Kai and Po becoming a teacher, but it feels like the writers thought they had it on the first draft.

To the film’s credit, the third film attempted to tie-in the second by showing Po’s father somehow sensing his son is alive. There is an actually explanation for it, but Po’s father is sadly slowing down the film. There is a very good scene where Po and his father Li discuss the mother, and it is pretty heartfelt.

Sadly, Kung Fu Panda 3 suffers from hard-core sequel fatigue, and it would be smart to either discontinue the franchise or make a fourth one that really rocks, but that could be a tall order.

Posted by on September 24th, 2016 No Comments

Pelican Protector Case for the iPhone 7

pelican-protectorWell, we had a chance to review yet another Pelican product, which is in addition to the Voyager case that we reviewed the other day. I’ve already talked about how Pelican makes some very interesting products that are very durable, and trusted since 1976.

So, it has all the drop resistance, shock protection, as well as the non-slip grip. What is interesting is how this particular case feels a bit smoother than the Voyager, but it doesn’t come with the screen protector. Oh, by the way, it has the same guarantee for life that is associated with Pelican products.

Apparently , there is an absorbing TPR rubber lining that can protect the device. Just squeezing it without the iPhone 7 feels like I have a stress ball in my hand.

It is a pretty great case, and it comes in Black/Gray, Pink/Gray, or Aqua/Gray. I found it on Amazon for about $39.99, and it is also available at Best Buy and the AT&T store.

Posted by on September 23rd, 2016 No Comments

Pelican Voyager Cell Phone Case for the iPhone 7

pelican-voyager-iphone-7Considering that it is essentially iPhone 7 season, that means that I am going to be reviewing a lot of the accessories associated with it. There is one company that I am familiar with when it comes to hard cases, and that is Pelican, and here is the last product that I reviewed for the iPhone 6.

To say that Pelican cases are a bit of a hard case is underselling it, as it is up there with Otterbox. This Voyager for the iPhone 7 has a slime design and a soft touch over-mold. That means that it won’t slide out of your hand so easily, and I’m not certain if that is an issue with a naked iPhone 7.

It also has a rigid polycarbonate shell, and it has a decent screen protector. If you are thinking that it is good for protection, you would be right, and I’m told that it is good for military specifications. In fact, it has a lifetime guarantee. In addition to this, it also has an easy to use holster as well as a swiveling belt clip.

All and all, it is a great product, and you can find it on Amazon for a price of $49.99, as well as places like Best Buy and AT&T. You can find out more information about it and its colors here.

Posted by on September 21st, 2016 No Comments

Speculative Fiction Saturday: Mockingjay, Part 2

mockingjay-part-2I probably should have reviewed this film a while ago, like right after it first came out. Most of you who are familiar with my Speculative Fiction Saturday stories know that I don’t often report on films as they come out, but occasionally, I do.

I usually feel a need to do some sort of plot synopsis or something, but honestly, just read my reviews of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay, Part 1. I will have to admit that I found the first part of Mockingjay to be quite boring, as it was full of a lot of war politics rather than action.

In fact, the second film starts out pretty much the exact same way, and it was actually starting to bore me, again. However, I believe that I can recommend this film. The issue is that I read the book on this, several years ago. However, I didn’t really remember it very well, only that it was pretty dark. I really don’t think I can talk about this without discussing the ending, so there is more after the jump.

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Posted by on September 17th, 2016 No Comments

TiVo Bolt + Has more Tuners and More Memory

tivo-boltOkay, I have had a great time reviewing the TiVo Bolt, and now there is a TiVo Bolt +, or Plus. It has six tuners (the ability to record six shows at once) and three terabytes of recording capacity (up to 450 hours).

Now, I don’t know about the tuners part in comparison to the old version, but my Bolt only has 1 TB. Just to compare, the TiVo Bolt + has the same dimensions as the original, and I am assuming that it is black in color (the original was white).

Also with the Bolt + is the Skip Mode, which helps to skip commercial breaks at the press of a button. I’m not certain if the original Bolt had Quick Mode, but it allows watching for shows 30 percent faster with pitch-corrected audio.

Oh yes, it also has the Mobile live TV and recorded shows on the application, which is something that I love, personally.

As far as all the ports are concerned, it has the Coax, Audio L/R, HDMI, Ethernet, and USB 2.0 ports. Again, I don’t know how this compares to the original Bolt, but it is capable of 4K TV.

As far as the price is concerned, it is about $499. As a comparison, it is $200 more than the original. Normally, I put a link on the site for how to purchase the item, but I am told that it won’t show up until September 15.

Posted by on September 13th, 2016 No Comments

Patchworks New Screen Protectors and Cases for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy Note 7

patchworks_itg_silicate_iphone_7_tempered_glass_screen_protector_thubnail_001_1024x1024Okay, it has been a while since I reviewed a Patchworks product, or any product whatsoever. Patchworks has put out some really great screen protectors, and you can read about them here. Oh, there are also some great cases too that you can read about here.

I will start with the screen protectors. I suppose that I don’t really have to explain what a screen protector is, because we all want something on our smartphone’s touchscreen that is resistant to a drillbit. It comes in many forms like Silicate (for maximum protection), Privacy (Tinted), as well as the ITG Plus and the Pro Plus. They are all available on the Patchworks site at various prices from $18 to $30. They are all available for the new iPhone 7, the new iPhone 7 Plus, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

patchworks_flexguard_iphone_7_black_protection_case_poron_xrd_thumbnail_001_1024x1024Then there is the cases for these particular products. These are the Flexguard cases, which are soft and flexible TPU, a rubber like plastic which had some great drop protection by PORON XRD extreme impact absorber.

The result is this material that is usually black, but it can be clear on some models. It makes your mobile device easy to grab without any slipping. The edges have a variety of colors including rose gold, champagne gold, silver, and black.

All of these products can be found on the Patchworks site for about $20. That is about the average price, as most of them are about $17.50.

Posted by on September 8th, 2016 No Comments

Speculative Fiction Saturday: Millennium Actress

millennium-actress.341I would appear that I am celebrating the anime extravaganzas of Satoshi Kon, and this time it is Millennium Actress. I’ll go ahead and get this out of the way and say that it is very similar to Perfect Blue, in that I’m not really certain what is reality when I watch this movie.

This is kind of why I like watching Kon’s films, because they are deliberately disjointed to the point where I have to look up the Wikipedia entry just to get a semblance of the plot. Often, it is difficult with films like these because I don’t know if this is just me not paying attention to the film or the filmmaker’s writing.

Here is the basic semblance of the plot: a reporter named Genya tracks down an actress named Chiyoko Fujiwara. She is an actress from when film was just becoming a great industry. Before she became an actress, she met a revolutionary who is also a painter. She helped this man to escape the authorities, and he gave her a key. Chiyoko becomes an actress in hopes that this mysterious man will see her again and track her down. I guess she loves him, or something.

So, the meeting with Genya and Chiyoko, that serves as a framing device for what would normally be a flashback storyline. What is strange is that Genya and his wisecracking reporter friend are mysteriously transported into Chiyoko’s flashback. They don’t seem to be surprised by this whatsoever.

From there, we see Chiyoko’s movie career and the films that she stars in. The strange thing is how these realities overlap each other and it is very difficult to tell what is reality, or at least the movie’s representation of it. The same technique is used in Perfect Blue, but instead of dealing with the topic of losing one’s mind, Millennium Actress is about dealing with memory.

If you have ever stopped and thought about your life, you might discover that there are a lot of inconsistencies to it. You might also discover that there is a purpose to it. In the case of Chiyoko, her purpose was chasing this mysterious man, and she never was able to properly settle down. This is one of many themes in the film, another being how life is often about the chase to get a reward, and not necessarily the reward itself.

Something tells me that more can be gained by watching this film again, and perhaps I will do that again.

Posted by on August 27th, 2016 No Comments

No Man’s Sky is an Apparent Disappointment

If you are not familiar with No Man’s Sky, it was one of the most anticipated games of the year. It isn’t every day where someone comes out with a game where the viewer can explore about 18 qunintillion worlds. Seriously, there is no way that you can do that in your own lifetime. Is it too good to be true? Apparently, it is.

As you can see from the Angry Joe review that I put here, the game has a powerful set-up, but is ultimately disappointing. The issue is that this game is too ambitious, and many things that were promised upon the game’s announcements were not given.

At first, the player can explore a world, see new lifeforms, and leave for other planets. However, gamers were promised that there would be large space barges and factions and the player would have to choose which faction to join, but this just isn’t happening. Also, the spaceships are not as diverse as it was thought.

Then there are issues with it crashing, like all the time. This is something that I predicted when the game was about to be released, before it was delayed. It appeared that the delays didn’t help this game.

Now it is possible that hello Games, publisher of No Man’s Sky, is working hard to fix these problems. With a little DLC updates, it could be pretty good. However, is it worth the full price for something not finished?

Posted by on August 25th, 2016 No Comments

Speculative Fiction Saturday: Perfect Blue

Perfect BlueOkay, I often don’t review anime, and I can’t say that Perfect Blue is speculative fiction. However, this is one film that is just so very interesting that I have to write about it.

Perfect Blue was directed by Satoshi Kon, who passed away in 2010, and left behind many great animated films. I haven’t seen them all, but I remember seeing Paprika many years ago and still not getting it.

I believe that these are the films I need to see right now. The ones that are very confusing, and have no sense of closure. I think we as audiences have adapted to a certain method of storytelling, and if any movie can get away with going against it, that is good. Unless every film ends up like this.

Perfect Blue is about a Japanese pop star named Mima, and she has decided to transition into being an actress. Like most pop stars that try this, she overcompensates and shows up in some “dark” films.

This is where the film gets really confusing. Mima then begins to appear on a show which is about a murderer with a dual personality, which actually describes her to a T. If this is what is happening, in all honesty, I can’t really tell what is real and what isn’t in this film. The storyline of the film is structured in such a way that it is really difficult to tell, honestly.

This film bears a strong resemblance to another film known as Black Swan, which I haven’t reviewed, but it is about a ballerina who is losing her grip on reality. This film came out before that in 1997, and I guessed this because it shows a world just being introduced to the the Internet. So yeah, it is a little dated, but there is something about this film that just works.

Posted by on August 20th, 2016 No Comments