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Thursday: December 13, 2012

The Verge reviews The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and finds some unexpected issues.The Verge reviews The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and finds some unexpected issues.

Rather than the majestic grandeur presented in the first films, the new entry looks more like a Renaissance Faire recreation shot on your brother's mini-DV camera. It's most jarring in the movie's opening, where we briefly visit Frodo and Bilbo in the moments leading up to Fellowship; we know what these characters in that world should look like, and it simply feels wrong.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Movies @ 8:24 AM | Tags (10) | 48fps | bilbo | frodo | gandalf | hobbit | lotr | movies | review | rings | verge |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: November 14, 2011

A video review of the next Legend of Zelda game due out on November 20th for the Nintendo Wii.A video review of the next Legend of Zelda game due out on November 20th for the Nintendo Wii.

GameTrailers sums up everything you would need to know about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword in under ten minutes for your viewing pleasure. I've always had a real soft spot for Zelda games. This title may force me to blow the dust off of the old Nintendo Wii and hook it up via nine-hundred multi-colored component cables once again. Also, as the review demonstrates, the Wii really shows it's age with the graphics and lack of voice acting here. In the end though, it still looks like it will be an utterly fantastic Zelda game.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 1:50 PM | Tags (12) | controls | gametrailers | gaming | motion | nintendo | review | skyward | sword | video | videogames | wii | zelda |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Engadget's thorough review of the brand new Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon.Engadget's thorough review of the brand new Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon.

Engadget covers everything here from the packaging to the performance of Amazon's first real entry into the tablet field. Engadget hails the device as quite an achievement at it's current price point ($200) but they do knock the device some by saying that it can't compete with 'normal' tablets that are currently on the market in some key factors.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Gadgets @ 10:32 AM | Tags (10) | amazon | battery | engadget | fire | interface | kindle | packaging | performance | review | thorough |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: July 11, 2011

A review of the Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR digital camera.A review of the Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR digital camera.

This is not a product plug (although it will sound like one) but I recently purchased one of these and so far I'm loving it. I've always been a big fan of Fuji's line of cameras, they last a long time and take great pictures. I've tried out some other point and shoot digicams from Canon and just have never been all that impressed. I always end up coming to back Fuji. I'll post a couple examples to the photoblog sometime this week. Two thumbs up from me if you're in the market for a new point and shoot.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Gadgets @ 9:25 AM | Tags (8) | fuji | finepix | f550exr | review | digital | camera | resource | overview |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 7, 2011

Reviews starting to come in for the very last Harry Potter movie.Reviews starting to come in for the very last Harry Potter movie.

It ends well. After eight films in 10 years and a cumulative global box-office take of more than $6.3 billion, the most successful franchise in the history of movies comes to an obligatory -- and quite satisfying -- conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Fully justifying the decision, once thought purely mercenary, of splitting J.K. Rowling's final book into two parts, this is an exciting and, to put it mildly, massively eventful finale that will grip and greatly please anyone who has been at all a fan of the series up to now.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Movies @ 1:17 PM | Tags (14) | 2 | conclusion | deathly | film | hallows | harry | hollywood | jkrowling | part | potter | reporter | review | saga | series |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


App of the Week: Instantbird

InstantbirdLately I've noticed that I've somehow found myself on a great deal of sites that have their own form of instant messaging clients.  Facebook has one, Google has one, and then there's that ancient AIM account that I can never seem to let go of. The problem is that it can be more than a little annoying having to be logged into each respective utility to do something as simple as instant messaging.  Enter Instantbird. I gave this a whirl last week and I've liked it thus far. Instantbird takes all of these IM clients and puts them into one easy to use app. You can finally see a list of your Facebook friends along with your AIM friends, it works almost a little too well. After adding my Facebook list I was overwhelmed by the number of items on my typically small AIM list.

According to the Instantbird website they currently support the following clients by default: AIM, Facebook Chat, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MySpaceIM, Netsoul, QQ, Simple, Twitter, XMPP, Yahoo and Yahoo JAPAN. That's a pretty big list of clients.

Under the hood is a lot of code from the Mozilla project. As such there are add-ons and familiar settings panes for those who are well-versed in the art of Firefox (you'll notice some similarities mainly in the control panel section). So far I've only tried the app on Windows but there is a Mac version as well. I like that the software is minimal and for the most part stays out of your way.  For those of you can't live without tabs you can have tabbed chats.  For those who are maniacal single window fans (for purposes of IM, I fall into this category) you can turn it off. Lastly, you can also theme your IM conversations with a couple different variations. Overall I reccomend giving this app a try if you like me, you grew tired of having to log in here and log into that. Consolidation of your instant messaging is a good thing. 

You can download Instantbird from their website: http://instantbird.com/.

Posted to Verbose filed in Apps @ 12:27 PM | Tags (13) | aim | appoftheweek | apps | facebook | instant | instantbird | mac | messaging | mozilla | review | twitter | verbose | windows |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: April 6, 2010

Apple sends out invites for iPhone 4.0 preview event.Apple sends out invites for iPhone 4.0 preview event.

The month of Apple continues to roll on as the media will surely continue coverage of the iPad, iPhone, iPod now that this little event has been announced. The new software update is rumored to have some interface refreshes and some possible multi-tasking in there as well.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 6:58 AM | Tags (9) | apple | four | invites | iphone | macrumors | press | preview | software | version |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: April 5, 2010

Mr. Plinkett's review of Star Wars Episode 2:  Attack of the Clones now online.Mr. Plinkett's review of Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones now online.

It's finally here! If you enjoyed the first seventy minute review of Episode 1 than you'll definetly have many a laugh with the ninety minute review of Episode 2. At least... that's what he said.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Funny @ 6:44 AM | Tags (8) | aotc | attack | clones | episode2 | movies | reviews | starwars | video |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 121 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: April 1, 2010

Walt Mossberg's review of the Apple iPad now online.Walt Mossberg's review of the Apple iPad now online.

It's qualitatively different, a whole new type of computer that, through a simple interface, can run more-sophisticated, PC-like software than a phone does, and whose large screen allows much more functionality when compared with a phone's. 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 7:10 AM | Tags (7) | allthingsd | apple | device | ipad | laptop | review | waltmossberg |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 28 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: March 17, 2010

Ars Technica reviews Sony's much-anticipated motion control scheme for PlayStation 3.Ars Technica reviews Sony's much-anticipated motion control scheme for PlayStation 3.

It's bad news when you reveal a product this large, with so much riding on it, and within an hour people are putting down the controller and walking away from the demos.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 7:07 AM | Tags (10) | arstechnica | controls | gaming | motion | move | playstation | ps3 | review | sony | videogames |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Microsoft pulls the curtain back on Internet Explorer 9.Microsoft pulls the curtain back on Internet Explorer 9.

The good news is that there will be better support for web standards and a brand new JavaScript engine that promises to improve overall speed and page loading times. Bad news is that it's still Internet Explorer. You can take an early version of IE9 for a test drive on the other side of the click.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 6:52 AM | Tags (11) | microsoft | interwebs | version | browser | explorer | html5 | test | drive | sample | platform | preview |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: March 9, 2010

A review of the Final Fantasy XIII experience, thirty minutes in.A review of the Final Fantasy XIII experience, thirty minutes in.

After reading this quick review I now find myself sitting here staring at my newly purchased copy of of Final Fantasy XIII and asking the box questions I know it can't answer. I'll let you know how this all turns out.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 2:23 PM | Tags (8) | finalfantasy | gaming | hellforge | linear | minutes | review | rpg | videogames |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 17 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: March 8, 2010

A review of Final Fantasy XIII via the folks over at Wired.A review of Final Fantasy XIII via the folks over at Wired.

Long story short: some of the elements you've come to know and love in Final Fantasy are simply gone in favor of a much, much more linear story. That aside, I'll still be buying it when it comes out tomorrow. Chocobos!

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 6:49 AM | Tags (8) | finalfantasy | gaming | linear | ps3 | review | videogames | wired | xbox |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: January 8, 2010

A video review of the transparent display of the future.A video review of the transparent display of the future.

Wow, that's pretty cool. The display is forty percent transparent at all times yet has a 100,000 to one contrast ratio. Perhaps we will see that interface from Minority Report come to life after all.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 6:54 AM | Tags (10) | wired | video | review | transparent | display | interface | opacity | contrast | ratio | ces |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 32 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: December 21, 2009

A seventy minute video review as to why The Phantom Menace was absolutely horrible.A seventy minute video review as to why The Phantom Menace was absolutely horrible.

For those of us who consider the the original trilogy the gospel of movies this review is a great and entertaining watch. It's also funny as hell. Now sit back, grab some blue milk, and enjoy.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Comedy Gold @ 10:08 AM | Tags (13) | arc | examples | fanboy | geek | georgelucas | menace | phantom | plot | protagonist | reviews | starwars | story | video |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 50 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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