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Sony Xperia Ion Now Available Via AT&T

Written on June 24, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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Xperia Ion is Sony's first 4G LTE smartphone with HD

Sony’s Xperia Ion hits the U.S. through AT&T.

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Game Review: L.A. Noire, a Ride to the City of Angels

Written on June 11, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Playing a good cop of the LAPD, and solving crimes during the dark times of Los Angeles, makes L.A. Noire one hell of a ride from start to finish.

It was in 2006 when Rockstar Games released a trailer of L.A. Noire, depicting what Los Angeles in 1940’s looks like. After five years, Team Bondi partners with Rockstar Game to release L.A. Noire as a dark and gruesome detective thriller. You will play as Cole Phelps, a former Marine that is heading back home from World War II and is looking for a fresh start in Los Angeles. The City of Angels in 1940’s was having an economical boom, but war veterans are struggling to adapt to changes.

Starting off as a regular patrol cop, you’ll learn more about the game mechanics and how it works. Starting easy, L.A. Noire will hold your hand in learning how to find clues, investigating the evidences carefully and interrogating people involved in the case. After that, you’ll proceed to Traffic cases, Homicide, Vice and then to Arson. Once you’re done with the training, it’s up to you to decide whether the person you’re interrogating is being honest, doubtful to you or just plain lying. But beware that missing certain clues or having the wrong answer won’t open up new leads, and it will possibly make things bit more difficult.

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Review: Lomo LC-Wide, the Answer to Hipstamatic

Written on June 05, 2011 by Adam Eve

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For £350, it seems a bit much for a Lomo LC-Wide camera -- particularly as film processing doesn’t come cheap.

Lomography cameras are the analogue’s answer to Hipstamatic. The new flagship, Lomo LC-Wide camera, is a blocky, vintage-looking camera that picks up where LC-A+ left off.

With its shutter button sitting exactly where you’d expect it, the Lomo LC-Wide camera is a straightforward device to operate. On the right is a dial where you can wind your film. However, there’s a switch under the camera that enables you to take several shots on the same frame. There are three focus options: Close-ups, Long shots and Medium. All of them are controlled by a lever on the front of the camera, which can be very annoying. The lever is so close to the lens, that your fingers often sneaks into shot.

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Review: Samsung Replenish, the Underwhelming Green Phone

Written on May 28, 2011 by Adam Eve

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The green phone is making a comeback with Samsung Replenish! But is worth a great deal?

About two years ago when ‘green’ phones like Samsung’s Blue Earth and Sony Ericsson’s GreenHeart started popping out in the market. This year, the green phone returns with Samsung Replenish. However, the first eco-friendly smartphone can be very underwhelming. True to its identity, the Samsung Replenish’s materials are free from Polyvinyl Chloride, Phthalates, Beryllium and Brominated flame retardants. The handset meets the European Union’s Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances Directive, and 34.6% of its casing is made of post-consumer recylced plastic content.

The Samsung Replenish is not ugly by any means, but it’s not the prettiest phone either. With its piano black face and chrome details at the back, the handset looks like a plastic case. The front has a 2.4-inch display and a full QWERTY keyboard, separated by four hardware buttons: Standard Meny, Home, Back and Search. The QVGA screen is decent for using basic apps, reading e-mail and texts, browsing for certain websites, but it’s not ideal for watching videos. The full QWERTY keyboard, on the other hand, is good enough for sending SMS and short emails. However, users with larger hands might have difficulty using the keyboard.

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Review: MX vs ATV Alive

Written on May 15, 2011 by Adam Eve

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GADG takes a peek on THQ's fifth motocross racing game: MX vs ATV Alive.

MX vs ATV Alive is THQ’s fifth motocross racing franchise game. Moreover, it is also the first THQ game launched with a new hybrid pricing model, where you can buy the initial game for a cheap price and then download your desired additional content.

Before a race, you can choose whether you’ll go for a MX bike or All-Terrain Vehicles and customize it. MX vs ATV Alive features more than 50 licensed professional riders, including two-time AMA Supercross Champion, James Stewart. When you’re done personalizing your rider and vehicle, you can now select either the single player or multi-player mode. MX vs ATV Alive allows two players for local game and 12 gamers for online. For the single player mode, there are three categories to choose from: Nationals, Short Track and Free Ride. Furthermore, each category has two races.

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HTC Droid Incredible 2 Review

Written on May 07, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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It's far from being incredible, but the HTC Droid Incredible 2 is a decent upgrade from the 2010 hit, HTC Droid Incredible.

With upgraded features and a revamped design, the HTC Droid Incredible 2 for Verizon Wireless is a pretty decent update from the 2010 hit, HTC Droid Incredible. However, there will come a point where users will realize that compared to the other phones that are coming out of the pockets of manufacturing giants such as Samsung and Apple, the HTC Droid Incredible S is a far cry from the best smartphones available in the market today.

Whether if it’s a good bargain for $199.99 is completely up to the users, but GADG says “nope.”

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Zenonia 2 Android App Review: Close Enough to a Final Fantasy

Written on April 22, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Although Square Enix still evades the Android Market from a Final Fantasy title (or a SquareEnix title even), gamers using Android phones search for that elusive game that can feed their RPG needs. Unfortunately, Epic Games’ Infinity Blade is still cold about the idea of bringing the game to the Android turf, bringing the game out of the equation. So that leaves us with a handful or great RPG games for Android phones.

Today GADG will be talking about GAMEVIL Inc.’s Zenonia 2, the sequel to the popular mobile app game — Zenonia. Taking off from its flaws from its prequel, Zenonia, the game improved two-folds and promises an epic adventure with action-packed fights, a sweet game progression system, and a wicked PvP mode that will pit you up against the best in the world. There are also more than 1,000 items waiting to be picked up, so that’s something to look out for as you play throughout the game.

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New Radeon HD 6790 Leaves Reviewers Unimpressed

Written on April 05, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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It’s that time of the season again for AMD to sneak in another refresh to its graphic card lineup, as they unveil the Radeon HD 6790 which will break into the market this coming spring. And although the middle-ranged card retails at $149, reviewers across cyberspace are aching for more.

The AMD Radeon HD 6790 is equipped with a graphics and shader clock speed of 840MHz, along with 1GB of GDDR5 and a data rate of 4.2GHz. Apparently, AMD is not aiming to contend this one with its single-GPU flagship – HD 6970 – and, according to reviewers, it seems it can even stand on its own when pitted against the HD 6850.

Reviewers agreed that it’s a delayed answer to NVIDIA’s already aging GTX 460. Though the HD 6790 may pick up some momentum as the GTX 460 makes an exit for the less powerful GTX 550 Ti. The AMD card may prove to be a better choice when pitted against the newer NVIDIA card.

Hit the break to see the comparison chart of the Radeon HD 6790 against other available mid-range cards.

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Android App Review: Pulse News Reader

Written on April 03, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Tired of downloading all the apps of your favorite websites to get newsfeeds? Well Pulse News Reader's got the balls to give you every RSS feed you want under one cool interface.

Keeping up with the latest news and trends around the globe and around the clock can be a tough task, even with Mr. Internet by your side. With several websites and apps available for your phone to give you that need, wouldn’t it be awesome to have just one app that will give you all the information you want under one cool interface? Well, Pulse News Reader’s got you covered.

A product of hardwork and ingenuity of three Stanford graduates, Pulse News Reader is a great app that provides access to RSS feeds from websites you want to get news hot-off-the-grill. You might say “Tch, yeah. So does NewsRob and NewsRoom, what’s the diff?” Well the ‘diff’ here is that Pulse gives you the news in an intuitive interface without being a stiff utilitarian UI that provides purely text. It’s got pictures with them!

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Android App Review: Adobe Photoshop Express

Written on March 20, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Adobe Photoshop Express has all the intuitive and aesthetic photo-editing needs of an average Joe. But if you're looking for a more hardcore photo-editing tool, then you should've used a PC/Mac in the first place.

The Android Market provides tons of free photo-editing apps that allow users to spice up their images in their own unique way. But with the deluge of photo-editing apps available, it’s a little impractical to download and try them all out.

Usually when we look into an app, we often (but not all the time) look at the name first, and then the reviews. We’re quite a sucker for free branded apps and download them immediately upon sight. Not all the times we get satisfied of what we got, but there are times also when these branded apps deliver the right amount of good stuff for our aesthetic needs; one of these is the Adobe Photoshop Express.

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