Our Review of the Audiofly AF78M

Audiofly AF78MI have reviewed products from Audiofly before, such as the AF56m and the AF45. So, I was quite pleased when I had a chance to try out the AF78M.

The AF78M comes with Hybrid Dual Drivers with some well-defined response to mid and low frequencies. It has some foam ear tips to mold to the ears so you are going to have some great sound in your ears.

Did I mention that there is a mic attached to it? Perhaps I didn’t really have to, as the mic is kind of a standard feature when it comes to earbuds these days. In the case of the AF78M, the Clear-talk Mic and Control allows for making calls, using voice prompts to control music playback via the microphone and button.

In addition to the great sound and microphone, the cable is also braided and made with some serious CORDURA fabric. An additional feature is this really cool storage tin with and Audiofly “A” on it.

If this is something that you want to get a hold up and get in your ears, then I will just go ahead and recommend it. It is available currently on the Audiofly website for about $199.99 to $209.99.

#IStandWithAhmad and the boy who build a clock, and everyone thought it was a bomb

AhmadSometimes I have to remind myself what decade that I live in. This story has been making its rounds, and I can’t believe that this story happened any time one month after 9/11.

If you haven’t heard the story, a 14-year-old boy named Ahmed Mohamed arrived at school with a digital clock that he built from scratch. He was very proud of it, and it was probably a job with a circuit board, power supply, and digital display.

By the end of the day, his school principal showed up in his class with a police officer, and Ahmed was arrested for building a bomb. He claims that he was interrogated by five different officers, and his fingerprints were taken.

I’m guessing this is probably unconstitutional, and if this had been some kid without a Muslim-sounding name, we wouldn’t hear this story. I’m assuming that those that thought Ahmed should be arrested without proving that he had even built a bomb watched too much episodes of 24.

Yeah, there’s a lot of people who support Ahmed, hence the #IStandWithAhmed in my title. I can’t believe that we are paranoid about this, and it has been almost fifteen years since 9/11. And in all that time, has there been another attack? Please tell me that this will not happen again.

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Facebook is getting a “Dislike” button! Thank you?

facebook-dislike-button-640x360I suppose that it has been coming for a while, but I think we all thought that stupid “Like” button on Facebook should be given a friend. I’m not talking about the “Comment” or “Share” button, I’m talking about that “DisLike” button.

Yeah, just think of all the Internet trolls out there who will be able to express their basic angst on everything that is on Facebook! And hey, everything is on Facebook, so man, there will “DisLikes” everywhere.

Hey, there’s no such thing as bad publicity, right? So if my book can get 2 million Dislikes and 1 million Likes, will that mean that I get some attention?

Yeah, I think we are in for some interesting changes when Facebook finally put that DisLike button up. Yeah, it won’t be that bad, honestly, but it will just be some new method of marketing.

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PlayStation’s Project Morpheus changes its name to PlayStation VR

PlayStation VROkay, I’m going to make this short and sweet, as I did not have time to do a post yesterday.

There isn’t really much to say, really, as at the Tokyo Game Show Sony announced that they will rename their PlayStation Project Morpheus VR device PlayStation VR.

Why would they do this? Well, to corner the market on VR, of course! Well, we are seeing a lot of VR headsets coming out in the market, so wil Sony corner the market? We will see.

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The Backwards Brain Bicycle and how the human mind works

This is one of those times where I just couldn’t think of what to post today, as I just could find anything tech to write about, honestly. At least, not from my usual sources.

I went to church the other day and discovered this video that I thought was just very interesting. It is about a guy who had to learn to ride a backwards bike. Essentially, the bike would go left if you turned right, and vice versa.

At first it sounded easy to ride, but it is not. The man in the video above challenged people to ride 10 meters, and they couldn’t do it. However, as this man continued to practice, eventually, he got it. Somehow, something just clicked and he could do it. He said that it took him months, but the funny part is that he has a son who did this in weeks.

I guess kids can adapt quicker as their minds are designed that way, or something. So the real question is, once that mind has been programmed to act in a certain way without even thinking, can it be reversed again?

Fortunately, this man was able to adapt to riding a bike the normal way, and he did so in a short amount of time. Not only that, the way he said it happened he cannot explain. It is as if something just snapped into place.

I can’t help but wonder what this says about the human brain and the rest of the body. Is it possible that our minds can be programmed to do things, and then just unprogram them later? If so, is it possible that change can come easier for us then we thought? I mean, there will be some time to develop, but so what?

Speculative Fiction Saturday: Zathura

ZathuraI have to admit that when Zathura came out, I saw that this was made by the creators of Jumanji. Without going into detail about Jummanji, I will have to say that I liked it. It had a cursed board game that was able to make interesting jungle things happen in the real world. The Zathura story is about a board game that can make space science-fiction things happen in the real world.

Yeah, it is the exact same frickin’ plot. Seriously, I suppose that this is how to sell something these days, make it a sequel even though the story is “original”. Actually, Zathura isn’t a sequel to Jumanji, as none of the original characters show up. Although it could take place in the same universe as Jumanji, it probably doesn’t. I suppose that this is a “spiritual sequel”, meaning that there are some elements from the first here, but no more. I personally thought that Jumanji was a hidden gem, but I didn’t think it was something that critics would love. After all, critics tend to not like stuff that is pretty crowd-pleasing.

So, how does Zathura begin? How do you think? Two kids are left alone. They get into a fight and spill some drink all over their father’s drawing of a car. So he has to leave, even though it kind of looks like he’s got the same picture of this car on the wall behind him. I don’t feel like verifying that, but honestly, why does he need a big picture of the car anyway? If he needs it for work, then he can just make a copy at work and leave it there. At least the set up is different. In Jumanji, the two kids lost their parents in a tragic backstory.

In Zathura, there is also a tragic backstory as the kids parents are divorced. It is only referenced directly once while the boys are fighting, and there is kind of a weird undertone there.

Anyway, so the boys are all alone, and one of them finds the magical board game. They start playing, and they can’t stop until it’s over because, seriously, that’s how these things work. Yeah, this would have been cool if this had been done once. I guess this just illustrates how sequels just make too much of a good thing.

One of the reason that I thought Jumanji worked is that it established a very interesting story outside of playing the game, but in Zathura, it’s all about the game. There is something neat about a house floating in space, and I would imagine that maybe this concept alone would have succeeded, but it isn’t alone, because Jumanji exists.

Oh gosh, how many times can I say that this film is just unoriginal? So what did I like about it? I watched it with my sons, and they liked it. I liked the retrofuturistic look to this game, and how it translated into real-life peril. There is a weird traveler who shows up, and there is some kind of time travel thing going on, with a twist! Unfortunately, an adult can see the twist coming pretty easily, or at least I did.

So yeah, this is probably targeted for someone who isn’t my age group, so I guess I can only recommend Zathura for that demographic.

Review of the Republique video game

République_cover.jpegI have to say that I’ve never played a video game like Republique, but I probably should have. I guess the best way I can describe this game is action/stealth, but it is better just to describe what the player is doing.

The game takes place in some dystopian world that looks like 1984, but more modern. Yeah, I’m sure that that a lot of people might not get that reference, but I’m talking about the George Orwell version. The main character isn’t really the one that appears on screen, but you are the person helping that character.

Okay, I’ll try and explain this again. The main character Hope is being arrested or being a serious freethinker in a very fascist future. For some reason, the player is someone who is hacking into the surveillance cameras, and there are many in this Big Brother world.

Now, I had a chance to play this on Steam, and I had to move my character with the W, A, S, D and use the mouse to control cameras. At any time in the game, I could pause and switch cameras. Much of the game involves switching cameras to figure out Hope’s next move, finding details that will help her along the way. I the main character Hope got too far out of the camera range, it would switch automatically.

The point of the game is to get Hope out of areas in spite of all the guards. You can hide in lockers or tight corners, and occasionally use pepper spray disable the guards, temporarily.

I suppose that we’ll be seeing games like this premise, like Watchdogs. That is, beating the game is about hacking rather than movement or shooting. The biggest challenge is just finding all the secret Easter Eggs in this, and it involves a lot of fancy camera tricks.

Anyway, you can get it on the Steam Store for about $24.99 and Republique Deluxe in $34.99. I believe that there is about three episodes for now, but there will be five total.

Our Review of AR-K: The Great Escape

ARK The Great EscapeThere is nothing like doing a review of a point-and-click game from Steam, and this one of AR-K: The Great Escape is a good one. Before I go any further, I just want to say that this game is not related to ARK: Survival Evolved. I got them mixed up as I was getting press info on both o them, and maybe we will have to do that ARK review some other time. I get the feeling that the game AR-K changed its name so it wouldn’t be confused with Survival Evolved, and that’s all I want to say about that before I get them mixed up again.

I am told that AR-K: The Great Escape is a third in a series, and it is written by Greg Rucka, who is an acclaimed comic book writer. When I started playing, it did one of those “previously” things, and it did it with this weird screen that was really getting bad reception.

I honestly couldn’t tell what the story of AR_K is based on what I saw. I believe that it has to do with this mysterious glowing gold orb, but it doesn’t seem to feature itself in this third part. I’m going to explain this story of this game, but I’m going to warn you that there could be spoilers, which is why I’m giving you the option to click on more.

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Sword Coast Legends brings Dungeons and Dragons back to the video game arena

Sword Coast Legends 2While I was at PAX Prime, I did something that I hadn’t done in over twenty-five years: play Dungeons and Dragons. I have mentioned before how I quit playing simply because I just grew out of it here, but my Christian friends would surely not approve me starting D&D back without at least a lecture. But let’s focus on the here and now, as I have no problem with anyone playing Sword Coast Legends.

Sword Coast Legends is a video game version of a massive story campaign that takes place in the Forgotten Realms, a storyline from Dungeons and Dragons that is decades old. The story involves characters going to the titular Sword Coast.

The game can be played in single and multiplayer, and it is possible for the party to join certain NPCs (non-player characters) who have incredibly rich backstories. The player can choose from many races and several classes of characters to set out on their way.

Sword Coast LegendsIf you have any feelings that this is just another MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) that bloomed after the popularity of WOW (World of Warcraft), it isn’t. You can only play with up to four other players, but here’s the real difference, a Dungeon Master can join.

I’ve never seen a game that does this, but there is a possibility of a player essentially adding elements on to a ready-made dungeon like traps and monsters. This would be the Dungeon Master, and you would have to know Dungeons and Dragons to know what that is. I don’t know if there are any other games like this, but if not, then Sword Coast Legends really is original. By the way, there is an option for the Dungeon Master to play as an opponent.

I had a chance to play it, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I played as an elf and I had to use MMO skills to play certain attacks. It reminded me of the old video arcade game Gauntlet, and that is a very good thing. There is a video of it here, and you can pre-order it as well.

TYLT ENERGI Sliding Case for the Samsung Galaxy S6

TYLT Energi GS 6It hasn’t been long since I have reviewed a TYLT product, the last being the FLIP-DUO AND THE Y-CHARGE (QUIK). Now I had a chance to review the TYLT ENERGI, made for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

The purpose of this product is to plug it in to the S6/S6 Edge, and you can slide it in. Then if you need a charge, you just push the button, and this 3,400 mAh battery will give you some juice, cutting you off when you don’t need it.

The good thing is that the ENERGI case is Qi compatible, so you can use it on one of those cool wireless chargers like the Powermat and other related products.

So, you have protection and power, not to mention the easy of Qi as well. I could find a third that starts with a “p”, but I will recommend the TYLT ENERGI if you have the S6 or S6 Edge. It can be purchased on the TYLT site for about $99.99.