Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012 the year of Mobile Gaming

This year has really been the year of mobile gaming. Traditional console gaming languished while people waited for the next generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony in 2013. The number of quality games on the iOS (and Android) platforms increased rapidly as the hardware improved. I must confess to playing more games on my iPad than anything else. From "Flick Soccer" to "Infinity Blade 2", and more recently "Road Trip 2" I spent many an hour playing on the iPad. Other games like "Zombie Highway", "Road Trip 2" occupied chunks of my time on the iPhone, the latter being particularly addictive. As for traditional game consoles, I finally bought a PS Vita earlier this year, although I must confess that I've spent more time playing the Sony PSP game "GTA: Liberty City Stories" on the PS Vita than any PS Vita title. That might change now that I've got "Need for Speed: Most Wanted" for the PS Vita. I started playing it last night, or tried to. Ironically this game was a lot easier to get into on the iPhone. Once I got into the game though, this is the best racing game so far for the PS Vita. It is like a mobile "Burnout Paradise" - very good.

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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Emergency Power

Well, Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, and left a trail of destruction in its wake. I noticed a CNET article about preserving your smartphones battery life when there is a power outage - I haven't read it yet, but thought I'd give my take, since I've been without power for close on 36 hours. I am typing this on my iPhone (if one if my Android devices had data service I would be typing on it, especially one with a physical QWERTY keyboard). Naturally the one of the main tech problems is keeping a smartphone charged. My current "solution" consists of a number of rechargeable battery packs of varying vintage and capacity. I initially bought them for convenience - being able to use my smartphone while charging it is a major plus. Also when traveling they come in very handy. The first is an older APC "Mobile Power Pack" with a powered USB port which I used to use with my iPhone 3G several years back. It can top up an iPhone but I don't think it has enough juice to charge from a low battery. Then I have two 5200 mAh "Mobile Juice Pack Ultra" rechargeable batteries with single powered USB ports (both have enough power to charge an iPad, but I haven't tried that yet) and a small LED flashlight which I have found so handy I usually keep one on my bedside table. I was so impressed with the first one I bought the second one, which has a different brand name. Both of them come with various connectors and adapters, but a USB charge cable can be plugged directly into the USB port. The "PowerGen" branded one came with its own USB charger,and both have a micro-USB in port for charging. The PowerGen one also has a neat feature that it turns off once the device being charged is fully charged - this works with my iPhone 5, so I assume it would do the same with other smartphones. These two batteries are about half the width of an iPhone, an inch shorter, and at least twice as thick and fairly hefty. They have 4 blue lights which give an indicator of charge when the button is pressed. This same button also needs to be pressed to initiate a recharge when connected to a smartphone/tablet. This same button turns on the LED flashlight when pressed twice. They charge from USB, and if the power hasn't come on by this afternoon, I'll try my luck at topping one of them up from a DC to USB adapter I have for my car.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Hey Apple, my iPhone screen is shrinking

Every day my iPhone screen seems to be getting smaller and smaller. This is especially so after playing on my iPad or even reading my Kindle.

So, right on top of my list for features for the iPhone 5 would be a 4 inch (absolute minimum) screen.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Commute Tech

After commuting into the city for over four months, I've noticed some interesting Tech in use while people are commuting.

Since I travel on both a "suburban" railway as well as the (NYC) subway, there is a fairly large range of technology being used. Most of it is for entertainment, a lot for drowning out fellow commuters or the squealing of the wheels, and then there are people with deadline, or simply making use if time.

Probably more than half of the tech is for audio (iPods (from the shuffle to the Touch), iPhones, Android phones, and other devices. A new trends seems to be watching videos of some sort, usually on iPads or iPhones, occasionally laptops. People also play video games on iPod Touches, iPhones and iPads, and Android phones. Since a lot if the games are in both iOS and Android, sometimes it's difficult to tell if someone is playing a game on an iPhone or an Android phone, unless of course the phone has a 5 inch screen.

Last but not least, reading is still popular, with a large percentage of people still reading actual books. I haven't done a proper count, but there are usually about the same percentage of e-Readers - Kindles and Nooks - in sight as actual books- it all depends which train I'm on I guess. Not many people read on iPads or other color tablets. I've only noticed one or two Kindle Fire tablets, but they are difficult to pick up, having a very generic look to them.

Sometimes there are whole bunches of people with iPads. The people who work are usually on laptops, or using pen and paper. I've seen a few people reading the New York Times on an iPad, and once a very non-nerdy looking guy reading comics in an iPad. Otherwise it is books, games and movies.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New Year, New Security Suite

Well , I've finally replaced the ZoneAlarm Internet Security suite on my machine at home. Last year I was caught out by an auto renewal payment I had forgotten about. I canceled that soon after, but was stuck with another year of ZoneAlarm. Then I switched my secondary machine to Norton Internet Security and was duly impressed. On Windows XP NIS runs virtually unnoticed. Its resource hogging ways of several years ago have been changed to run in idle time.

My main gripe with ZoneAlarm was that it continuously ignored autoupdate settings, and often I'd want to do something which required a lot of system resources to find that an update was running.

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