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Archive for June, 2010

iPhone4 reception problem: stupid users should know better

by pcchan on Jun.25, 2010, under Products to avoid, Tech company misbehaving

The widespread reception problem with the iPhone4 which will cause signal to drop from 4 bars to no signal in some cases are apparently a user error according to Steve Jobs. Stupid users! Steve Jobs not only knows best in terms of how you should use your phone and what you can run on it but now he’s purposely design the iPhone4 to force users to hold the phone a specific way for your own good! It is definitely NOT a design flaw!

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My top picks from E3 2010

by pcchan on Jun.23, 2010, under Trade Shows, Video Gaming

After going over everything from E3 2010 my overall feeling is that this was one of the best E3’s in a long time and it is really a great time to be a gamer, no matter what platform you’re playing on. There were so many good games announced that it was hard to narrow down the best. I’ve done my best to come up with a list of games that impressed me the most, in no particular order: (continue reading…)

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My E3 2010 Report on the big 3

by pcchan on Jun.20, 2010, under Trade Shows, Video Gaming

Many people may well remember E3 2010 as the beginning of the end for the Xbox 360 platform. Other than die hard Xbox fanboys most gamers were disappointed with what Microsoft presented. As I mentioned previously “Kinect” was a big disaster but even aside from that there was nothing all that exciting in the exclusive contents/features department. Sure there’s the next installment of Halo, Gears of War, and Forza which were all good but just more of the same. The gamers who enjoyed the current version of these franchises will no doubt buy and enjoy the next versions but these games does not make the Xbox 360 a compelling platform for anyone else. Maybe Microsoft was hoping that “Kinect” will fill the void there but sadly I don’t think it’s up to the task. Obviously “Kinect” does not offer anything for the serious gamers for reasons I’ve already discussed previously but even for the casual or non gamers (which by definition probably don’t already own an Xbox) I see no reason why they would buy the Xbox instead of a Wii based on “Kinect”. I understand that after losing so much money year after year on the Xbox (probably has to do with all the money MS had to spend to “convince” developers to develop on it’s platform) MS is desperately trying to get a piece of Nintendo’s money-printing formula by going after casual gamers. Unfortunately I don’t think they’ll get anywhere in that market while they alienate their core fan-base of serious gamers.

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Project Natal = Kinect = Epic Fail

by pcchan on Jun.15, 2010, under Product spotlight

Back in October of last year I wrote a piece on Microsoft’s Project Natal (you can read it here if you haven’t already). Fast forward to today at E3 2010 where Microsoft changed the name to “Kinect” (okay this is a really bad name but still better than Natal) and showed off 14 software titles using this “new” technology. I put “new” in quotes because as I’ve said before this is just an updated version of Sony’s Eye Toy from years ago. Just as I’ve predicted the games showed off by Microsoft today is no different than those that were available for the Eye Toy back then. Sure the graphics and presentation are updated (sadly not even by that much) but the nature of the games are still the same. Once again my analysis and predictions from 8 months again were spot-on. Too bad I haven’t figure out how to use my powers to make money.

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The new iPhone 4: giving credit when credit is due

by pcchan on Jun.07, 2010, under Product spotlight

I’ve said before that I have nothing personal against Apple or their products and what I’m about to say is perfect prove of that: The just announced iPhone 4 has some great features that I’m excited about: (continue reading…)

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The Motion Computing LE1700 makes the iPad look like a toy

by pcchan on Jun.07, 2010, under Product spotlight

As I mentioned previously, while shopping for a Tablet PC that is actually useful (unlike the iPad) I came upon the LE1700 from Motion Computing and was amazed at how much better it is compared to everything else out there. It’s really in a class by itself. While the iPad and all the other upcoming Android/Windows tablets are aimed at mainstream consumers, the LE1700 is designed for working mobile professionals out in the field.

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The search for a useful tablet PC

by pcchan on Jun.03, 2010, under Uncategorized

After the huge disappointment that is the Apple  iPad, I had to look elsewhere to find a tablet PC that would actually be useful. You would think that would be an easy task given that everyone and their dog seems to be launching their own Android or Windows 7 tablet these days. Unfortunately all the announcements seem to be just talk as none of them have yet to produce a real product that is available for sale even months after the iPad is already available. To add insult to injury, HP even canceled their HP slate after it has already been demo-ed at CES 2010 a day before the iPad was even announced. It makes me think that all these other companies must be run by monkeys.

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