Saturday, May 26, 2018

Review of Detroit: Become Human

Published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Detroit: Become Human is a narrative-driven new game directed by David Cage and developed by his studio, Quantic Dream.

As with previous games by the developer, Detroit puts players in the shoes of multiple protagonists, this time a trio of androids existing twenty years in the future.  In the vein of Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, players are met throughout the game with choices that have timeline-altering impacts on the course of the story.

The game is visually impressive and well polished, a cinematic adventure in which every choice, however mundane, is given to the player so that they might mold the experience to their exact liking.  The social commentary of the plot touches on several topics, with mature themes like racial inequality factoring in heavily as the focal point.

Detroit: Become Human is a science fiction drama that bends itself around the player's choices in unique and unprecedented ways, and for that alone, it is a worthwhile experience.

Review of the Apple Pencil for iPad Pro

The Apple Pencil, compatible with the iPad Pro, is a pressure-sensitive stylus that's perfect for artists as well as writers looking to get more out of their tablet.  Apart from drawing pictures, it also works well for taking notes, making charts, and signing documents.  The Pencil is lightweight and half a foot long, very closely resembling the weight and feel of a traditional pencil.

It pairs flawlessly with the iPad, with a Lightning jack located underneath the removable rear cap for fast charging.  A full charge will last you roughly twelve hours, and while the Pencil itself has no indicators for how much battery is remaining, you can find this information on the screen of your device.

Inside the box, you'll find the Apple Pencil and charger, along with a replacement tip.  Now at a reasonable price tag, the Pencil is an invaluable tool for artists and the best Bluetooth stylus you can choose for your Apple tablet.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Review of the hOmeLabs Portable Ice Maker Machine

The hOmeLabs Portable Ice Maker machine is a premium but affordable ice maker for your kitchen countertop.  It has a compact and lightweight design and emits minimal noise during use.  It can produce up to 25 pounds of ice daily, with an automatic shut-off function when full.

There is no installation required—simply plug in the device and watch as it starts instantly making ice cubes that are ready to use within minutes.  It comes with an ice scoop and removable bucket and is also perfect for use in backyards and RVs.

Be warned that this ice maker is designed to dispense ice cubes on demand, but it is not optimized for use as a chest to store large batches of ice for long periods of time.  Make certain to run a few batches through the filter first before consuming.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Is the Samsung Galaxy S9 the Phone For You?

If you're in the market for a new mobile phone, we would strongly advise considering the latest in Samsung's Galaxy S series.  Released earlier this year, the Galaxy S9 is a premium buy, presented with a sleek, aluminum frame that feels just as nice to hold in your hand.

The phone inherits its predecessor's stunning Infinity Display.  As per consumer request, Samsung has moved the fingerprint sensor to below the phone's camera for convenient access.  Samsung Pay allows you to make purchases instantly from your phone at any terminal.  And while the battery life could yet be improved (expect up to sixteen hours of use), the device does support a wireless charging option.

Get the S9 at a reasonable price tag or pay a little bit more for the S9+ upgrade.  Both models come with an 8 megapixel front camera and a 12 megapixel rear camera, capable of 4K video recording at sixty frames per second, a microSD slot allowing for up to 400 GB of additional memory, improved facial recognition, and an octa-core processor giving you far greater performance than the S8.  In the minds of most consumers, the Galaxy S9 is the Android phone to own in 2018.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Should You Buy the Amazon Echo?

Amazon's Echo gives you the power to play any song, Google answers to your questions, or shop online simply by voice command.  Amazon's voice system Alexa is your genie in a bottle, allowing you to do everything from check the weather to dim the lights in your home without the need for a screen or touchpad.

Whether you're asking a question or giving a command, the new generation of the device is more responsive than ever.  Just say the magic word, "Alexa," and whatever you ask of it will be analyzed by Amazon's cloud AI.  You can also program the Echo to operate a wide variety of electronics, from air conditioning to home security.

As of 2018, Google and Apple are still lagging behind with their Home systems, while the Echo continues to revolutionize smart home control.  The device's signature cylindrical design can also be customized with a skin of your choice, ensuring that it will not clash with your home's decor.  And the new generation of Echo is even more affordable than before, truly rendering it a gadget that belongs in every home.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Beef Wellington

Four pound tenderloin well salted and seared in oil, with sauted mushrooms.  Wrap the roast in layers of sliced proscuitto.  Roll up the entire thing in pastry dough and seal up the ends.  Cooks in the oven in under one hour.  Brussel sprouts optional.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Japanese Raccoon Dog

Yes, the flying raccoon costume from Mario is real.  Look how fat.  #TrashPanda