Saturday, December 13, 2014

Silk is next to provide their lineup of protective cases for the iPhone 6

Next in the category of cases for the new and improved iPhone, comes three cases from a company, new to MashButtons, Silk. The cases received are the Vault Slim, the Stealth Armor tough case, and last but not least, the PureView clear case. Each case provides a unique feature and look for the phone appealing to wider range audience. A nice feature that appears on each of the cases is the screen protector and the low profile lip that protects your screen for those times when your phone needs to be placed face down.
 I will begin with the Vault slim wallet case, whose stand out feature is the ability to store up to three cards plus cash. What I preferred with the Vault over the previously revised Q Card Case is the quick access slot that makes it a whole lot easier to retrieve cards from their secure slot. The build also has a raised area, which places tension on the cards in the case so I always had a sense of security that the cards won't fall out whether storing one card or three with cash. The material used in the design of the case uses a soft touch surface to also prevent the emptying of pockets when removed. 
Next up is the Stealth armor case, which is a rugged and slim case for the phone that has removable colors to go with whichever colored iPhone you decided to go with. Silk provided military-grade protection to protect the phone from unfortunate falling incidents. Since it does not have a place for storing cards, the case is much slimmer and results in comfortably fitting in most pockets. While the case looks simple the inner workings are what provide great protection with shock absorbent core using a dual-tred design and elevated 360-degree corners.
Lastly, we have the PureView clear case that is more like a bumper and has a clear plastic window on the back. The window makes this a glass bottom case allowing you to make your own custom flair by way of included template. The PureView provides the same protection used in the Stealth armor case. I liked the ability to change up what you show off on your phones backside, but be sure not to keep anything else in your pockets with the phone as the back she'll gets scratched easily

Sunday, December 7, 2014

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays, comes the difficult gift shopping for friends and loved ones. Since it is that time of year, I have listed a few items that should help with taking care of those on your NICE list. With the athletes, outdoor, and drone drone enthusiasts in mind, I bring you in no particular order, my wish list gift guide.

Swann: Xtreem QuadForce HD Video Drone

  • Shoot 720p HD video and 3MP images to a Micro SD card
  • 2.4GHz control for a working wireless range up to 330ft
  • Designed to fly in any direction with its 4-axis and lightweight yet durable construction
  • Easy-Fly Gyro Technology provides stability and makes flying a breeze
  • Powered by built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery & recharged via remote control
Price: $89.99

Zepp Labs: Zepp 3D Multi-Sport Motion Sensor

  • Sensor wirelessly transmits data to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth after every swing
  • Users can review and replay their swing in 360 degrees
  • Baseball: track bat speed, path, timing, angles at impact, trends and more
  • Golf: track speed, tempo, club plane, hand path, backswing position, hip rotation and more
  • Tennis: track shot type mix (serve, forehand, backhand, smash), power and spin (topspin, slice, flat) and more
Price: $ 149.99

X-Doria: KidFit 

  • One size fits all slap bracelet
  • KidFit motivates through consistent encouragement and fun, challenging goals for real world awards
  • Parents set activity goals and see stats and trends via the KidFit app
  • Scores of 100 for easy understanding
  • iOS and Android compatible
Price: $49.99 Pre-Order (Ships August 15th)

Divoom: Voombox-Travel 
  • Palm Size, Rechargeable, portable Bluetooth speaker designed specifically for rugged conditions
  • Splash-resistant case that protects its components from splashing water and dust
  • Wirelessly stream audio from tablets, smartphones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices
  • 6-hour rechargeable battery and a 2’ driver and 2” passive radiator
  • Included metal carabiner design lets you clip it on to your belt, jeans or backpack

Price: $49.90

Swann: SwannSecure Wi-Fi Monitoring System
  • Shoots real time 720p HD video or still images to a 7” monitor
  • SwannEye app for viewing on PC, Mac, tablets & Smartphones including iPhone, iPad & Android devices
  • See in the dark up to 50ft with built in IR cut filter
  • Built-in microphone captures audio
  • Expandable up to 4 cameras

Price: $ 379.99

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Kicker’s KPW takes a beating and does not skip a key

Kicker has released its new portable Bluetooth speaker, the KPW, a durable water resistant speaker and a convenient design. Similar to the BoomBottle from Scosche, the KPW’s design allows it to fit easily in most any water bottle holder. Dune season has started so what better way to review a durable speaker than to put it in the cup holder of a RZR XP1000 and see if 1) it stays in the cup holder and 2) still worked after three days in the sand. Let’s see how the handheld speaker stood up to the torture. Three days out in the sand dunes, the KPW was placed in the cup holder by day and campfire by night. I did not expect this little speaker to be keep up as well as it did, I only had to charge it twice and it stayed in the cup holder while jumping and when hitting hard lines. The sound quality was better than most sharing the same size and the individual passive woofers made a noticeable difference as it took the place of the car stereo we usually used without worry of waking up to a dead battery. One end twists to control the volume and a button to take calls but my only gripe I noticed was the lack of ability to change tracks.The KPW is a miniature brute in that it is durable, small, loud, and stays where you place it. With sand virtually everywhere, the KPW kept going and now that I am back home and the speaker and I got a thorough cleaning, the beast still sounds like it did when it took it out of the box with the only casualty being the volume knob has a little grind to it. The closest comparison to the KPW that I have come across is Scosche's BOOMbottle, but Kicker's portable speaker outperforms it in every way and I am now a big fan of the individual passive radiators for additional depth. The Kicker KPW is available now in black or white for the price of  $179.95.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Destiny | A look back on the launch

We never reviewed Destiny, and was the case, a lot of other outlets had trouble getting reviews out on time based on a number of factors.  The launch was met with little to no reviews.  A new genre from a proven development house you'd think would be easy to get reviews online.  But instead, gamers were left trying it out on their own.  Mind you, the successful Alpha and Betas that were played out in June and August respectively gave us a taste of what was to come.

It's been over two months, and in a few weeks time, on the 3-month anniversary, Bungie will be dropping their first planned DLC, The Dark Below (Dec 9th).  We wanted to look back and discuss the highs and lows of the massively ambitious MMOFPS.

As of writing this, I have poured over 50 hours killing Hive, Dregs, Knights, and Templars.  I've raided the Vault twice.  I've played hundreds of games and looted caves, stairs, farmed some materials and participated in nightly and weekly strikes.  I've done this with current friends and have met new ones along the way.  I've danced in the tower, danced on top of an enemy and rode my sparrow across the large maps in search of chests, and chasing bounties for XP.  My cohorts have put in over 400 hours, and have created my first online Clan via Bungie's website.  I have never spent this much time on a single game and still just need to play each night.

Destiny is not perfect.  There's limited planets to explore (Earth, the Moon, Mars, Venus) and some repetitive areas.  There's limited loot (compared to a title like Diablo, or World of Warcraft); but those games have been around for years amassing a legacy to build upon.  I think Destiny is getting there.  It's self-proclaimed "10-year plan" I'm assuming will continue to build on the foundation that is Destiny.

The missions and bounties are somewhat repetitive, no doubt.  A lot of the game is lather, rinse, repeat.  There are glimpses of greatness found in pushing yourself as a player to try the weekly nightfall on level 28, with all the (non) perks to make it more challenging (juggler, angry, void burn, etc), or taking on the Vault of Glass with 5 others forcing you to find a rhythm and work together to defeat Atheon.  All the while hoping the gear you covet most drops so you can finally make it to level 30.

As I spend the next two weeks hoping to hit 30 before the DLC, I am encouraged by the community, and the overall approachfulness of those who are still at it, day after day.  I for one am looking forward to many more long nights.  Hopefully, we'll be able to bring you a review of the DLC shortly after it launches.  Stay tuned for more.