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Tech Review: MonkeyOh

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Tech Review: MonkeyOh

While mobile phones are getting smarter, they still require power to run. Plugging your smartphone in before bed has almost become just as important as brushing ones’ teeth. And one thing to be said about charging devices: it never looks pretty.

Generally you’ll find a power strip overloaded with a metric ton of chargers and a mess of wires. That’s where the MonkyOh from felix swings in, promising a little humor and slick design to offset the madness. Now how does this device hold up on the general day-to-day? Is it the ultimate tool for smartphone charging?

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[PlayStation 4] Un-Boxing and Hands-On Impressions

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[PlayStation 4] Un-Boxing and Hands-On Impressions

After months – or years, based on your particular fanboy quotient – of waiting, the night is finally here. At 12:01AM EST the PlayStation 4 released and we’re bringing you up-to-the-minute coverage of both the PlayStation 4 and the maiden voyage of Sony’s wildly revamped PlayStation Network.

 

Click BELOW FOR SONY’S GLORIOUS SHINY BLACK BOX OF JOY!

 

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[PlayStation 4] Hands-On with the DualShock 4 – UPDATED

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[PlayStation 4] Hands-On with the DualShock 4 – UPDATED

Console launches are strange days – conjecture and speculation run rampant from dingy basements to crowded bars to the highest halls of media. Opinions are hurled about recklessly by everyone from the most well-informed expert to the most wildly ignorant blowhard – and often, the accuracy of both is roughly comparable. Until a console actually releases into the passionately energetic hands of the consumer, it’s often hard to separate truth from rumor from propaganda.

 

DualShock4

Here at Pixelated Geek, we know how much you care about your gaming. We also know how much you care about your dollar. So over the next month, we’ll be giving you detailed information on the details of the next-generation of gaming consoles, without any of the nonsense, bias, or personal motivation that you’ll find in a lot of alternative sources.

So, what’s the verdict on the DualShock 4? Read on to find out!

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PS4 vs. XBONE – The NextGen Console Showdown – UPDATED

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PS4 vs. XBONE – The NextGen Console Showdown – UPDATED

 

Console launches are strange these days. Conjecture and speculation run rampant from dingy basements and crowded bars to the highest halls of media. Opinions are hurled about recklessly by everyone from the most well-informed expert to the most wildly ignorant blowhard. Often the accuracy of both is roughly comparable. Until a console actually releases into the passionately energetic hands of the consumer, it’s often hard to separate truth from rumor and propaganda.

Here at Pixelated Geek, we know how much you care about your gaming. We also know how much you care about your dollar. So over the next month, we’ll be giving you detailed information on the ins-and-outs of the next-generation of gaming consoles, without any of the nonsense, bias, or personal motivation that you’ll find in a lot of alternative sources.

 

Despite what you may have heard down at your local game store, or on your social media site of choice, the showdown between the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox ONE is far from decided. There’s no question that Microsoft has taken some serious body-blows very early on, due largely to some very poor communication and unpopular – either revolutionary or selfish, depending on who you ask – policies.

But it’s hard to call the winner of a dogfight before it starts. Both companies are delivering a compelling product with a strong launch line-up to a hungry fan-base with a combination of devoted fans and a large percentage of undecided parties. It’s an atmosphere that could make for a very interesting holiday, especially with so many of the vital details – product scarcity, unforeseen hardware issues, hype vs. truth – still up in the air.

The intention of this article is to create a hub that will present the fairest, most honest, and most pertinently detailed analysis of the most important details, strengths, and weaknesses of the two opposing consoles. We’ll be updating this article over the course of the next month, and would greatly appreciate any points or feedback you feel motivated to present.

 

 

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Tech Review – Pogo on the Go

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Tech Review – Pogo on the Go

With the sudden flux of the artistic stylus hitting the market for tablets. It’s been interesting to see how they all compare. Wacom has the most recent addition with its Intous Creative Stylus.

Now it seems like a good time to visit the stylus that in my opinion started it all: Ten 1 Design’s Pogo Connect. While I’ve had experience with previous models Ten 1 shipped me the latest model with exchange tips, promising not only a unique way to do your artwork but a more realistic feel.

So how does the latest Pogo Connect hold up? Are the nibs the ultimate answer for the mobile artist?

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Tech Review: Olloclip on the Go

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Tech Review: Olloclip on the Go

Mobile photography continues to take off. What once was a elite club with huge cameras is now just anyone that has a smartphone. The iPhone has been proven one of the most popular devices to shoot on, but sadly there are a few drawbacks. This is where Olloclip has stepped in, taking a generally solid camera and making it a bit more pro.

Having had previous experience with the 4s version, it was time to take the iPhone 5 out for a spin. What does the Olloclip provide your mobile photography? Is this the ultimate device on the go?

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Tech Review: Wren V5

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Tech Review: Wren V5

I’m not sure how much you listen to music, but in my house we are always jamming to something. The difference has been the overall setup on how to play music. Depending on how old you are, you may remember the Cassette, or even the 8 Track. When I really started to get into music, it was at the boom of the MP3 Napster days, I was rocking a Sony Mini Disc player with over 13 hours of music on each disc. I considered myself to be the pinnacle of modern technology. Plenty of wires and converters to play my Mini Disc Player on the AUX of my Stereo, which not only contained 2 Cassette players but also had a 3 disc CD Player. Everything changed with the advent of the iPod. Fast forward many years, and there is this thing called Airplay. Wireless music? Get off my lawn.

While streaming via Bluetooth and Airplay is quite–I’ll use the term “magical”, there is just one issue. That’s actually finding a device that supports them, at least one that you can afford. I made it my mission to locate the best of the best in Wireless systems, ones that could handle the streaming better known as AirPlay. That’s of course when I came across a device by the name Wren V5 offering a dreamy looking device with solid sound and Airplay. So how does the Wren V5 perform? Is it ready to handle my iTunes Library?

 

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Tech Review – Intous Creative Stylus

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Tech Review – Intous Creative Stylus

One of the toughest parts of being an artist is staying up to date on all the latest tech. This couldn’t be illustrated better then the 90s, where every artist I knew was making the migration to digital. This was far from the easiest transition, but there was a company helped take the sting out of it. They developed what was known as a graphic tablet, better known as Wacom. Measuring in at a mere 4 x 4 inches square, it came with the promise of being able to draw in a program called Photoshop 4.0.

Fast forward to today and a lot has changed, Wacom is still at the forefront of the Digital Art medium. The tablet market is certainly taking off, and the word itself makes people think of a device like an iPad. I’ve been waiting for Wacom to make a leap into this new medium. And leap they have, developing the Intous Creative Stylus.

How does this stylus compare to others that already exist on the market? Is this the ultimate in tech for the mobile digital artist?

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Review – Mophie Juice Pack Air

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Review – Mophie Juice Pack Air

Sadly, San Diego Comic Con International comes but once a year. And with it officially behind us, it’s time to remember the fun. Or remember why we had so much fun, being that my iPhone had enough battery power to make it through.

Since having a kid last year, it’s been a while since I’ve covered a convention that spanned so many days. I was more than a little concerned about battery life for our devices, with our teams schedules packed tight with back to back interview madness. But in our hour of need, Mophie certainly came to the rescue with an offer to review their Mophie Juice Pack Air, an extra battery case for the iPhone 5. I took the Mophie out for what I would consider the ultimate test: full-time  SDCC coverage, including video, constant photos, and streaming video.

How did the Mophie fare?

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