Flipping a Raw Burgers

19 Dec 2012  No Comments

Too Raw?

Man of Steel

11 Dec 2012  No Comments

Next summer, we will see a rebooted Superman movie. With Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception) and Zack Snyder (Watchmen and 300) behind the project. This finally should be a good Superman movie.

The Cat That Can Fly

9 Dec 2012  No Comments

Or maybe not.

The Google Nexus 4

6 Dec 2012  4 Comments

Nexus 4

After waiting for the Nexus 4 to be shipped from Google for a few weeks. I finally got it a couple of days ago.

Nexus 4 Reveal

The device is beautifully built and in my opinion is the best looking Nexus device to date. It still has design similarities to the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S. But the Nexus 4 is far better built device. My only gripe with the device is the glass rear. I didn’t like it on the iPhone 4/S and I still don’t like it. It looks nice but it is not practical as I already managed to scratch the rear glass after just 30 minutes of use.

Nexus 4 Unboxed

The battery life on the device is pretty good, not as great as the Galaxy Note II but still pretty decent. Still needs a little bit more testing before the final verdict. Same goes for the camera. The 8MP camera is an update from the 5MP on the Galaxy nexus but it is the standard in the market at the moment.

Nexus 4 Back

Android 4.2 is just fantastic, I‘ve been using it on the Galaxy nexus and the Nexus 7 for a few weeks now and I love it. it is an improvement on previous versions of android and especially with the release the new Gmail that allows pinch to zoom finally makes things even better.

Nexus 4 vs Galaxy Nexus

Basic Specs:

Quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.

2GB of RAM.

8MP rear and 1.3 front cameras.

4.7-inch 1280×768 display.

2100 mAh non-removable battery.

Nexus 4 Scrach

Guess Who’s Coming To Dubai?

24 Nov 2012  No Comments

VGL

I keep checking their website every couple of months to see if they are preforming anywhere close. I was hoping they’ll be doing a concert in London thinking that it is the closest place they could preform in but to my surprise Video Games Live are preforming in Dubai on December 14th. Needless to say I already booked my tickets.

Microsoft Surface Review

22 Nov 2012  1 Comment

Surface RT 01

I’ve been playing around with the a Microsoft’s Windows Surface tablet for more than a week now and I think it is more than enough time to get to know the system.

Surface RT 02

Hardware:

Surface RT Hardware

The device is very well made the build quality is of that what people associate with Apple products. Microsoft went all the way with this one. The Surface isn’t too heavy and comparable to the 10” Android and Apple tablets. The kickstand is a great idea but because it isn’t adjustable you end up adjusting your seating position eliminate any reflections or glare on the screen.

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The 10.6” 1366×768 screen looks great and the touch sensitivity is on par with the top tier tablets already available in the market. The 16:9 screen also makes it great for watching videos on the device. There is just 1 USB slot on the Surface sadly, but that is 1 more than the iPad, but I would have loved it if there were 2 slots but I guess you can use a hub to get extra slots (haven’t tried it).

Surface RT Windows Logo

The Windows Surface has a front-facing camera which had very good quality. And the rear facing 5MP camera is nothing spectacular and is there if you need it.

 

Software:

Surface RT Software

The Surface uses a hindered version of Windows 8 called Windows RT and it is basically just the Tiles interface of Windows 8. The new Windows “Metro Style” or “Tiles” or whatever they want to call it is a very good tablet interface concept, much better than a grid of icons anyway. But the problem I had with it that it was very laggy. Launching apps was a slow and a painful experience both 1st and 3rd party apps alike. But after the app launches you can jump right back to it without any delay or lag.

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Also, being a new ecosystem, the Windows store is very low on apps and is lacking in both quantity and quality of apps. But Microsoft is pushing this real hard so I think it will get there eventually. Especially that Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 all share almost the same kernel and porting apps to the other platform should be a breeze.

Surface RT Software 2

Gestures and swipes work great on the RT/Surface and the touch-sensitive windows button and the bottom of the screen jumps you to the home screen. A swipe from the right bring out the charms bar and a swipe from the left cycles through previous apps.

 

You can also make an app occupy one third of the screen and keep the other two-thirds fee to do something else. I used the Twitter app/browser combo and t was great. I wish both iOS and Android did this natively.

 

Keyboard and Touchpad:

Surface RT Touch Keyboard

There are 2 types of keyboards for the new Windows tablet. A regular physical keyboard that was really good and preferred it to the other touch-sensitive keyboard which I had a hard time getting used too but looks great. I couldn’t tell if I pressed the key or not and had to look at both the screen and keyboard as there is no button feedback. The issue is made worse by the slight lag in typing. It can be frustrating when backspace-ing when you hit it one time too many as the cursor takes a moment to catch up with your inputs. As for the touchpad, it works great. I didn’t experience any lag on it.

Surface RT Type Keyboard

Battery life:

Surface RT Power Brick

The Surface has very good battery life. I charged the device just twice in the week that had it with low to moderate use. I was very impressed with that but I didn’t do a lot processor intensive task such as gaming or video watching so that effect the battery life a bit more.

 

Conclusion:

Surface RT 01

The Windows Surface is a wonderfully built product that is being held back by the software and ecosystem. The latter will get there with time but I’m not sure about the performance of the tablet getting better with future updates.

Surface RT Boxed

My brother got his surface from Microsoft’s Store in Times Square in New York (where he actually stood in line to get his hand on one). The General Manager of Microsoft Surface Mr. Panos Panay was at the store and he managed to get him to sign hi Surface RT.

Surface RT Signed

Unreal: Healthy Candy? Can It Be?

18 Nov 2012  1 Comment

Unreal Candy

Usually, when you hear that healthy it tastes not that good. Having candy and chocolates to be both free of junk and tastes good is a different ball game. Its hard to have the stuff that is filled with artificial flavors to taste any good how will the stuff that is made with out it will compare?

Unreal: Candy Unjunked is an attempt to take all the junk out of candy like Artificial flavors, artificial colors, GMO’s, corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and preservatives. And also reducing sugar by up to 40% per serving.

Thats great but how does it taste? It tastes great I’ve tried most of what they have to offer and liked every thing. Too bad it can’t be easily obtained here in Kuwait at the moment but I’m sure it will be soon like everything else.

Their promotional video is filled with celebrities.

 

Unreal

Star Citizen: The Most Crowd Funded PC Game Project of All Time

18 Nov 2012  No Comments

You’ve got just under 36 hours to back the most crowd-funded pc gaming project of all time.

Star Citizen is a space trading/combat simulator being made exclusively for the PC. It is being developed by Chris Roberts, the guy behind classics like Wing Commander and Freelancer.

The game isn’t scheduled for release until late 2014, but backing the project now gets you exclusive access to the alpha and beta.

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Star Citizen

World War Z – Trailer

9 Nov 2012  No Comments

More and more zombie movies are showing up in recent years, the latest is staring Brad Pitt. World War Z is a 2013 summer movie that follows the story of a U.N employee that travels the world after a Zombie outbreak trying to stop it.

Jumbo Juice

2 Nov 2012  1 Comment

KDD Jumbo Juice

Everything is going jumbo, even juices. It looks like the new size that was introduced by KDD a while back for their chocolate milk was a hit. The 500ml size is now available for both cocktail and pineapple juices. I couldn’t find it for any other flavor so as far as I know this might be a testing period to see how it goes.

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