Our verdict on Facebook's privacy retool: well ... we're tough graders. Also today, will Steve Ballmer show up at the WWDC keynote? Palm loses its mobile UI design guy to Android, which is good news for Android, but continuing bad news for Palm and WebOS. Also, introducing Darth Vader's Dog.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
If you're in the military or working in rough field conditions and need a computer upgrade, you're in luck: Panasonic has just announced the upgraded Toughbook 31, a new successor to its most-rugged Toughbook line.
With a weight and thickness that would be unappealing to anyone but those who need serious environmental armor, the Toughbook 31 comes with either an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, optional ATI HD 5630 graphics, and up to a claimed 11 hours of battery life.
A 13.3-inch LED-backlit touch-screen display has CircuLumin technology that Panasonic says will enable viewing of the … Read more
The Federal Communications Commission will consider proposals to prevent cell phone users from experiencing heart attacks when they open their monthly statements.
The agency called it "bill shock," that paralyzing, panicky feeling you get when you get your wireless bill and find out you're on the hook for something like $18,000. On Tuesday it opened a public comment period to discuss, among other things, whether or not to impose stricter rules forcing wireless carriers to give consumers more warning about pending charges.
"We've gotten hundreds of complaints about bill shock," said Joel Gurin, … Read more
Note: If you own an iPhone 4 or 4S for, please go to Top 20 tough cases for iPhone 4 and 4S. This article features iPhone 3GS cases.
How you choose to protect--or not protect--your iPhone is a matter of personal choice. Sure, plenty of people like to leave their iPhone naked, reasoning that any protective cover diminishes its sleekness. But the majority of iPhone owners realize it's probably a good idea to give your precious device some degree of armor, particularly if you don't like the idea of seeing your iPhone's lovely finish dinged and scratched … Read more
Please excuse the late posting of this week's show video, the gremlins were apparently working overtime to cause tech trouble.
This week, we give the Super Bowl a postmortem, from the on-site A/V equipment to the commercials, then debate whether Dante is spinning in his grave over his recent brush with video game fame.
Finally, iPad alternatives are popping up all over the place, and we talk about some of the models we've got in our testing Lab right now.
Following up 2007's game-changing epic BioShock was certainly a daunting task for team 2K. The original game surpassed almost every expectation one could have about the underwater dystopian city of Rapture by including original gameplay mechanics and interweaving a compelling film-quality storyline that carried the title from start to finish. Even if you didn't play BioShock for the narrative, you had no choice but to be consumed by the game's gritty atmosphere and sense of importance.
Two and a half years later, BioShock 2 brings us back to Rapture for a new adventure. But enough teasing, we've been playing the game for quite some time now and here are our thoughts:
Jeff: While BioShock 2 doesn't necessarily continue the story of first title's protagonist, Jack, it does prolong the original game's most likable character, the city of Rapture itself. Perhaps the most satisfying experience overall in BioShock 2 is digging deeper into the mythos of the fictional city. Early on, you're treated to even more Rapture lure that serves as a nod to those who've seen the city before and a crash course for newcomers to the franchise.
The game takes place 10 years after the events of BioShock and Rapture continues to crumble, making it more terrifying and even less functional than before. You play as a Big Daddy named Subject Delta and are tasked with discovering why a monster named Big Sister is kidnapping little girls from the surface. The story is told again through scattered audio recordings, cut scenes, and announcements made over Rapture's public address system.
All of the action we've come to love in BioShock remains intact in BioShock 2, with a few noticeably awesome improvements.… Read more
Historically speaking, the months following the holiday season usually spell disaster for those gamers in the market for new titles. While January gave us Dark Void and Mass Effect 2, February is packed with even more high-profile releases.
The saga of Rapture continues as BioShock 2 hits store shelves February 9. This time around you'll suit up as a Big Daddy as you chase the creature known as Big Sister. For a sneak peek at one of the early levels in BioShock 2, make sure to check out this week's episode of preGAME!
That same day marks the … Read more
Film critics have decried the disease of sequel-itis since the Hollywood blockbuster era began more than 30 years ago. They bemoan the lack of originality, the reliance on popular themes and characters, and the sheeplike masses who flock to repeated installments of their favorite franchises. Video games have been onboard with the idea of sequels almost from the very start (remember Ms. Pac-Man?), but the idea of creating cash-generating franchises has taken on new importance in an increasingly hit-driven environment.
So, it's only natural for some industry watchers to bemoan the likes of Mass Effect 2, Halo 3, BioShock 2, Assassin's Creed 2, and others. But, judging from recent experience, the real problem is not that these games share too much with movie sequels, it's that they're not enough alike.
Having played nearly every notable recent and upcoming video game sequel, it's clear that the hubris of game developers and publishers is having a potentially audience-sapping effect--their unquestioned assumption is that you not only played the original game a new sequel is based on, but also finished it, and can clearly remember every plot twist up to two years later. This blindness to anything but the uber-fan audience is a disservice to the very mainstream game buyers who keep the entire industry afloat. … Read more
Today, we get to see the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor in action and we hear from a Ford engineer about some of the design and detail that went into creating what is arguably the best American off-road vehicle that money can buy. Today's Web clip comes from an entity that might know a thing or two about trucks, PickupTrucks.com, as they delve into the many splendid features on the 2010 Raptor. This time, we get a peek inside as well as outside of this kick-ass automobile.
I know there's going to be some overlap in information … Read more