The OUYA: More Than Meets The Eye

15 Jul 2012  1 Comment


The OUYA is an Android based box with a controller. It is supposed to be a game console but because it is Android based I think it will be much more. I think it will be an Apple TV/Boxee Box competitor with a bit more functionality. The device is designed by Yves Behar, The guy who designed the Jawbone Jambox.

The OUYA 1

When I first stumbled on the project had $300,000 and all purchasing options were available, I thought to myself that I’ll do it the morning of the next day. To my surprise, the next day news about the OUYA was all over the internet. The project had over 2 million dollars (approaching 5 millions at the moment) and all but one purchasing options are gone.

The specs of the device are:

Tegra 3 quad-core processor


8GB of internal flash storage

HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD

WiFi 802.11 b/g/n

Bluetooth LE 4.0 USB 2.0 (one)

Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), a touchpad

Android 4.0

OUYA Controller 640

The OUYA is scheduled for release in March 2013.

Via Kickstarter

How Cinescape Ruined My Weekend

15 Jul 2012  2 Comments

The weekend before last, I went not to one, but two movies. I saw “The Amazing Spider-Man” on Thursday and also took my kids to see “Ice Age: Continental Drift” on Saturday. I had a problem both times I went to the cinema and if you follow me on twitter you would know about the first problem that arose.

Out of focus 3

The new Spider man movie, that has a 2 hours+ running time was, for the most part of the movie, out of focus. Not the whole screen, but either the top or bottom half of the screen. We first noticed it with the appearance of the Warner Brothers logo. It was so severe that we thought that we entered a 3D version of the movie by mistake. Just after the hour mark I started to get a headache from the damn screen. The movie stayed out of focus until the last 20-25 minutes. What made it clear that it is a mistake by the operator and not a movie effect is that the translation was also out of focus.

That made me rethink seeing other “blockbusters” i.e. “The Dark Knight Rises” at Cinescape when it arrives in Eid.

Ice Age Reservation

My second predicament was when I took my kids a couple of days later to watch the new Ice Age movie. I entered Cinescapes website and booked my seats row F seats 3-6 (4 middle seats). I was surprised that when I went to pick up my reserved tickets I noticed that my seats shifted to the left. I its not that my new seats are suddenly awful, Its these kinds of shady practices and lack of professionalism that annoys me.

Ice Age Tickets

Can’t wait until Grand Cinemas open up and we get some decent competition going.


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