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LEGO Dimensions Does The First Ghostbusters Movie In 30 Minutes

The Ghostbusters Level Pack for LEGO Dimensions dropped this week, compressing the classic comedy down to about a half hour while still hitting all the beats.

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January 21st

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LEGO Dimensions Does The First Ghostbusters Movie In 30 Minutes

The Ghostbusters Level Pack for LEGO Dimensions dropped this week, compressing the classic comedy down to about a half hour while still hitting all the beats.

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January 21st

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CES 2015: Pinć VR headset for iPhone 6 hands-on and first impressions

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A few months ago, we visited Toronto-based Cordon Labs for some hands-on time with the work-in-progress Pinć VR headset case for the iPhone 6 and Android-based smartphones. Fast forward to CES 2015 and we’ve once again had a few minutes to check out a new and improved prototype of the headset, now 20% slimmer and closer to becoming an accessory that could actually be pocketable without protruding through your pants. Read ahead for my first impressions of the Pinć and a brief overview of where I think it is headed.

Despite not having a booth on the CES show floor, Pinć is actually one of the cooler products here in Las Vegas. While some VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and Gear VR have rather large and bulky designs, the Pinć is a more practical $99 solution that can fold away and double as an ordinary—albeit modestly thicker—case for your smartphone. Pinć is also not taking a gaming approach, instead focusing on improving everyday tasks like shopping with a Minority Report-style user interface. The early prototype is rough, but shows vast potential.

I was provided with a demonstration of how this virtual shopping experience could exist and believe that Pinć could be a mainstay as the wearable market continues to evolve. While I don’t expect that people will ever walk down the street with this headset on their face ordering their favorite pair of skinny jeans, it has a practical use case for in the home and can be successful if enough third-party developers commit to the platform through the SDK that will be available later this year. Learn more about Pinć in our previous hands-on post and related video below.


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Joe Rossignol

January 9th

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The PlayStation TV Does A Decent Job Of Streaming PS4 Games

The PlayStation TV Does A Decent Job Of Streaming PS4 Games

Look at me, streaming Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition to a tiny black box from a game console in an entirely different room. Truly we live in magical times.

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October 14th

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Apple iPhone 6 unboxing and first impressions (Video)

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Today we’re taking a look at Apple’s iPhone 6. Anxious fans queued up at Apple Stores across the world to get their hands on the latest and greatest from Cupertino. Apple has bumped up the display size to 4.7-inches on the iPhone 6 and also added a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus model for phablet fans. For a closer look, be sure to check out our first impressions video

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 features a resolution of 750 x 1334 (326 ppi) and what Apple calls “Retina HD.” The new display is crisp and clean as we’ve grown to expect from Apple. The overall build quality feels solid, but it’s definitely a huge change when compared to the iPhone 5/5s.

I’m not 100 percent sold on the antenna bands on the back side, but the design is growing on me. As for the protruding camera, I wasn’t a fan of it on the 5th generation iPod touch and putting it on the iPhone 6 isn’t going to change my mind. Luckily, Apple will sell you a premium leather case to make things flush again, but I would honestly rather have a slightly thicker device with a bigger battery than the protruding camera.

Check out our unboxing and first impressions video below:

On the back side, you’ll find an 8-megapixel camera, True Tone LED flash, microphone, and a shiny Apple logo. The sleep/wake button has been moved to the right side of the device to accommodate its larger size, but the volume buttons and mute switch still live on the left side. On the bottom you’ll find the speaker grille, microphone, Lightning port, and 3.5mm headphone jack.

For those worried about one-handed usage, Apple has included a new Reachability feature which allows you to access menu options within apps and the top rows of icons on the home screen. This feature is activated by double tapping (not pressing) the home button. Unfortunately, that’s where the one-handed software enhancements end. Either way, if you’re into larger displays, it’s likely that you don’t have a problem using two hands with the device occasionally.

Apple’s iPhone 6 ships with iOS 8 and along with that come a ton of new features. If you’d like to know more about iOS 8, we recently put together a top 20 favorite features article which you can view here. We’re pretty excited about the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 and curious to know your opinions about the new features and design changes that come along with these releases. How do you feel about Apple’s jump to large display devices?


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September 19th

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Moto X 2014 Hands-On: Better, Smarter, Bigger

Moto X 2014 Hands-On: Better, Smarter, Bigger

Here at last! The Moto X was one of our favorite phones from last year, and now the sequel is here. It's called... the Moto X. Guess the X+1 thing was just a codename. Labels aside, we've spent a good half day with the new Moto X, and so far it lives up to the lofty promise of its name.

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September 5th

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Wow, watch this guy nail the voices of 33 different Simpsons characters

Wow, watch this guy nail the voices of 33 different Simpsons characters

Listen to super talented voice actor Brock Baker zip through 33 different Simpsons impressions in 5 minutes. His Homer takes a little getting used to but he nails a good chunk of them. There are a few that are pitch perfect (like his Fat Tony). Anyway, it all adds up to a very fun watch.

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March 1st

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Cowon Plenue Z2: US pricing, availability and hands-on impressions

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Just mention the company's name, and a pair of things come to mind: world-beating sound quality, and above-average prices. Such is life when you're Cowon, which has informed us that its Plenue Z2 portable media player will be shipping to the US of A in May. Based on details shared to us from a Cowon spokesperson, "early May" is the targeted release window, which makes sense given the unit's FCC debut back in December of 2011. We've learned that it'll ship in 16GB (white only) and 32GB (black only) sizes, with prices set for $279.99 and $319.99 in order of mention. As for specs? Glad you asked. Rather than relying on one of Cowon's proprietary operating systems, the Z2 will ship with Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), while measuring 62.8- x 116.5- x 11.8-millimeters, weighing 116 grams and boasting a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) capacitive touchpanel.

On the audio side, you'll get a typical 20Hz to 20,000Hz frequency range, 29mW + 29mW maximum outlet and a 95dB signal-to-noise ratio. There's also an HDMI output, a microSD expansion slot, built-in FM radio tuner, 802.11b/g/n WiFi module, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and an internal microphone. The outfit claims that this guy can last some 22 hours when playing back music alone, while video junkies will see 8.5 hours of their favorite Family Guy clips before needing a rejuvenation session. Not surprisingly, the Z2 also supports a smorgasbord of file formats, including AVI, WMV, ASF, MP4, MKV, MPG, DAT, 3GP -- tired yet? -- DivX, XviD, H.264, WMA, OGG, PMC and FLAC. We managed to grab hold of a unit prior to its launch here in the States; head on past the break to hear our take.

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Darren Murph

April 13th

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Hands on with Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G LTE

Sprint and HTC have been partners for years, but it wasn’t until the HTC EVO 4G launched in June 2010 that the companies realized their potential. HTC’s sleek, technology-packed flagship smartphone and Sprint’s unlimited data plans were a match made in heaven for smartphone power users, and the EVO 4G was the first handset to truly offer a complete package to Sprint subscribers. While Sprint’s EVO line of devices has remained popular for the carrier — Sprint has sold more than 7 million EVO-branded smartphones and tablets to date — the company has yet to recapture the magic introduced with the original EVO 4G. With the new HTC EVO 4G LTE that Sprint and HTC unveiled on Wednesday, however, Sprint hopes to do just that. Hit the break for our hands-on impressions of Sprint’s new flagship smartphone.


We spent some time with Sprint’s flagship device for 2012 ahead of tonight’s press conference, and we left impressed. Powerhouse Android smartphones seem to be a dime a dozen these days, and although the EVO 4G LTE is certainly a cut above almost every device currently on the market, it doesn’t quite recapture the magic created by the EVO 4G, which was among the first of its kind.

The handset’s hardware is truly unique, and it is instantly recognizable as an EVO device. The red accents are unmistakable and the kickstand made famous by the EVO 4G is back — and improved. The red aluminum kickstand on the EVO 4G LTE is now spring-loaded, so it can support the device in landscape orientation with the display turned to the left or to the right.

The case on the EVO 4G LTE is made from a single piece of anodized aluminum that has a great look and a nice, soft feel. As an added touch and a means of further distinguishing this smartphone from the pack, HTC machined the edges of the smartphone to remove the anodized coating and leave a smooth polished aluminum finish that circles the outer edge of the device.

While we weren’t able to spend as much time as we would have liked with this sleek new smartphone, we did give it a quick spin and walked away very impressed. The 4.7-inch Super LCD display with 720p HD resolution is absolutely gorgeous, and the dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor helps the Sense 4.0 user interface jump from screen to screen with ease. We fired up as many apps as we could launch on the new EVO and the phone was completely unphased.

Our biggest qualm with the handset after the short amount of time we spent with it is absolutely the styling. This is a slick smartphone with a unibody anodized aluminum case and brushed detailing on the edges, but it is completely ruined by the glossy black cover at the top of the device’s back. HTC had to use a material that would allow radio waves to easily pass through, but a matte rubber-feel plastic like the material used on the back of the HTC One S would have looked infinitely better. We’re sure there is a reason HTC chose the material it did, but the glossy plastic really does ruin the look of this otherwise sleek smartphone.

While Sprint hasn’t yet announced a release time frame beyond some time in the second quarter, the HTC EVO 4G LTE will be available for pre-order starting May 7th, and it will cost $199.99 on contract. We’re definitely looking forward to reviewing this new flagship smartphone but in the meantime, be sure to check out our hands on photos of the HTC EVO 4G LTE, which are linked above.

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Zach Epstein

April 4th

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Acer CloudMobile hands-on

You would think that, given the impressive specs of its new CloudMobile smartphone, Acer would want to place this thing front and center at Mobile World Congress. Think again. For some reason, the company decided to hide its new flagship model within the Google booth. Location aside, the handset’s specs are nothing to scoff at. A 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip powers this monster, which sports a 4.3-inch 1,280 x 800-pixel HD screen with a truly incredible range viewing angles, and a really well-engineered tooled metal exterior. The CloudMobile software itself is heavily guarded at the moment, and Acer wouldn’t give us so much as a peek at any screens related to its upcoming cloud service, but company reps assured us that we would be “impressed” when launch time comes around. Let’s hope the software lives up to the promise of the hardware. In the meantime, be sure to check out our hands-on photos, which are linked below.


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Joshua Karp

February 28th

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