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Osmo Gaming System for iPad

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 04:42 AM PST

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Osmo is an award-winning game system that was designed for children between five and thirteen years that encourages the creative thinking as well as social interaction since it can be played by the entire family.

You simply slide the iPad onto the Osmo base and put the mirror on the camera after which the rest of the table will become your playing field. The red reflector allows the iPad to read the environment on the table and the Reflective AI technology will translate your actions and movements in real life onto the iPad.

The Osmo comes with five games: Numbers, Tangram, Words, Newton and Masterpiece. In the first one you have to count and multiply the tiles to match the numbers found on the bubbles and you can thus become a master of the numbers. The second game is Tangram where you arrange several puzzle pieces to fit the image on the screen.

Words is to guess and spell images on the screen and you can improve it with additional content such as geography or trivia to make it more challenging. Newton can be played with any object or image and you have to place that item in front of the screen after which you manipulate it to guide falling balls into their target areas.

Masterpiece is the final game and here you can choose any photo, image or painting and the program will transform it into easy to follow lines that will allow you to better reproduce it. Since three of the games can use almost any item or download many of them online, the only two that require physical pieces are Words and Tangram, so you get everything you need for them in the box.

The five games are only the beginning, with new levels being developed constantly, and once new ones are available you will be able to download them from the Osmo website, so the possibilities are quite endless and this is a way to have fun while learning something new or practicing the skills you will need in school.

Another great thing about the Osmo is its mobility since you can easily transport it to your friends' house or even in places where there is no Wi-Fi connection. The games were designed with children of ages five and up in mind, but once you get to the higher levels you might find it a challenge even as an adult, so you might be surprised to find yourself spending as much time on the Osmo as your children.

The Osmo Gaming System is compatible with iPad 2, 3, 4, Mini, Mini Retina and iPad Air and it was already adopted into many schools in 42 countries throughout the globe due to the interactive way in which it teaches children new things while allowing them to play. The innovative system received great reviews and Time Magazine even named it one of the top inventions of 2014.

The Osmo Gaming System comes in two versions: the Starter Kit, which comes with the four basic games (without Numbers), and the Genius Kit which comes with the five games as well as the two sets of number tiles and dots tiles needed for Numbers. These tiles are optional and you can still download the Numbers game with the Starter Kit. The Starter Kit costs $79 while the Genius Kit is $99.

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10 Awesome Geeky Valentine’s Day Gifts Ideas

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 12:22 AM PST

10 Awesome Geeky Valentine's Day Gifts Ideas

Valentine's Day is approaching and we have to prepare with suitable gifts for our loved ones. We geeks have quite different taste options when it comes to the things we enjoy and thus it might prove difficult to find the perfect gift, but rest easy, we are here to help.

A typical "you're my Valentine" card and some flowers would simply not do and thus we give you a choice between some more original products that would better suit the person you care about. Sometimes it is the easiest thing in the world to give a gift to the person you love, but other times it might prove a challenge so here are some options that will hopefully make your search shorter.

Geeky funny Valentines Day gift idea 8-bit Bouquet

8-bit art is something that brings us back to a time when things were quite a bit simpler, at least when it came to video games, and any true gamer will have a nostalgic reaction when seeing them. The great thing about these pixilated beauties is that they won't need constant care and are just as romantic. The bouquet is 13" tall and you can get it for $21.75, but you also have a choice for a single 8-bit rose that has brighter colors and is a bit smaller, or you can simply pick a legendary hero with three hearts to give to your princess.

 Geeky Cufflinks

Cufflinks are really useful and a great accessory for your boyfriend or husband and if he loves Star Wars then the ones inspired from the Stormtroopers will be a perfect idea. You get them in a wonderful package with a ribbon tie to make them even more festive and they are made from stainless steel, so they will last forever. The best thing is that you can also choose some inspired from the classical Pac Man game of from with the symbol of house Stark from Game of Thrones, so why settle for a single pair? Get them here.

Valentine's Day Star Wars Stormtrooper Darth Vader

This plush stormtrooper toy is really festive with the rose and candy hearts, making it a great gift for all ages and the most hilarious Valentine's Day gift. The plush toy has a size of six inches and is truly adorable due to the giant head with a small body. You can currently purchase one for $15.03 on Amazon.  As the perfect companion to the previous plush toy stands the Darth Vader model which also comes with a rose and candy hearts as well as with a red bow tie to make things even more festive. You can remove the small candies and have a great memory for the years to come and they are suitable for anyone over the age of four, so get yours here for $16.86!

 Constellation Earrings

The stars are wonderful and when they are made of white topaz with sterling silver wires connecting the constellations then they are even better, so this is quite an amazing gift for your nerdy Valentine even if she isn't particularly involved in astronomy. They come in several options with the Big Dipper and Little Dipper or Orion and Casiopeia. When it comes to putting them on, they are worn through the insertion of the back pin through the pierced hole and then rotating the piece up, so even that is quite a unique feature for them, so get them now for only $12.49

Star Wars Han and Leia Hand Towels

Although there were so many jokes made after this exchange of lines in The Empire Strikes Back, it is actually a good way of defining the difference between men and women, so it could prove a perfect gift if you're a couple with a developed sense of humor and a passion for Star Wars. You have the silhouettes of Leia and Han with their line on one side and on the other is the Rebel Alliance insignia and the towels are made of cotton and bamboo. You can get them here for $24.99.

Legend of Zelda Premium Journal

Great for both him and for her, this Legend of Zelda journal comes with a map of Hyrule on the endpaper and a shield with the Hylian symbol makes sure your notes remain safe and protected. There are 120 unlined pages in the journal so they are really great for drawing as well as for writing about your epic adventures or anything else. They cost $19.99 and you can get one here.

Space Invaders Necklace

A handcrafted jewel made out of solid gold will certainly impress anyone and this one has an 8 bit robot motif that is ideal for the old school gamers that want to make a statement. The gold is 9k, 14k or 18k and you can choose from a white, yellow or rose finish and the best thing is that you can add custom engravings to make it quite unique. They come wrapped in a gift box so you don't have to worry about this but it will take around two to three weeks to craft them, so hurry up and get one here for $395.

Bacon Body Wash & Bacon Soap in Tin

If you have a Valentine who really loves bacon then the idea of constantly smelling like one might seem attractive and now you can give them a gift they always wanted without knowing it. This soap can be used by a girl who wants to smell yummier for her boyfriend but you should be careful around dogs after using this soap! To accompany the classy vintage looking soap you also have access to the accoutrements bacon body wash to make your day complete. The soap costs $7.81 and the body wash is $7.15

Zombie Plush Slippers

No matter the age, these are certainly going to be loved by everyone who visits your home. Each slipper looks like a zombie head with the brains and eyes coming out and you just slide your feet into the mouth of the zombie for a comfortable stroll through the house. Undead footwear is something everyone should try and since we all love zombies they are certain to be a big hit. You can get them for $10.37 so it’s a no brainer to get a pair for your Valentine!

Star Wars I Love You – I Know Necklace

Following the same theme as the towels in our list, the quote from The Empire Strikes Back is a great gift for those who love Star Wars and instead of a heart necklace the Rebel Alliance insignia is a really good choice. The two shapes make up the Phoenix starbird and are made of stainless steel with a 28"ball chain that cab be trimmed it it's too long. You can get it for $39.99.

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Microsoft’s Word Flow Is Coming to iOS and Android

Posted: 17 Jan 2016 02:25 PM PST

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Word Flow is making its way to other platforms, as Microsoft has started working on an iPhone version of its Swype-like keyboard for Windows Phone.

Microsoft has been known to support compatibility of many of its hardware and software products with more than its own platform. This really sets the Redmond company apart from many of its competitors, who often decide to lock down their product. After bringing Cortana to both Android and iOS and making its Universal Mobile Keyboard compatible to these platforms, Microsoft is now looking to speed things up in the texting department for the users of its competitor operating systems. In the very near future, the Word Flow keyboard will be made available for iOS, and soon after that, Android users will be able to use it as well.

Below is the content of the e-mail Microsoft has sent to beta testers registered in the Windows Insiders program:


Do you own an iPhone (5S or newer)? Do you think your native iOS keyboard could use improvement?

Word Flow keyboard has long been one of the highly praised features on Windows Phone and was used to break the Guinness World Record for fastest texting. We are now working on extending this keyboard to other platforms, starting with iOS.

Before publicly releasing this keyboard to the App Store, we’d love to give Insiders like you a preview. With your feedback, we’ll build a roadmap of improvements to the keyboard over time.

If you’re interested in participating in this beta program, just send an email to wordflow@microsoft.com with subject line “I want in!” and we’ll be in touch!

The Windows Insider and Word Flow teams”

If you are a Windows Insider and own an iPhone 5S or newer, you might want to give Word Flow a try. Microsoft seems to be aware of its smaller app ecosystem, and has probably decided to show, on one hand, that what few apps Windows Phone has are excellently built, and on the other hand, that it can improve on what others haven’t perfected, yet.

Handing over some of Windows 10 Mobile’s unique features has caused anger and frustration in some of Microsoft’s users. While they agree with sharing Cortana and the Office suite, they don’t really see why Word Flow should be shared, as well. After all, these are some of the essential aspects that make Windows 10 Phone unique. More than that, some are taking such announcements as clear signs that Microsoft has given up on Windows 10 Mobile. Such reactions are a bit exaggerated, as people don’t seem to know how these apps work. Cortana gets better the more people use it, and predictive keyboards such as Word Flow are not that far behind. One good point some users made is that Microsoft would bring Word Flow to other platforms, rather than adding more languages, which really doesn’t seem fair.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Best Selling Game of 2015

Posted: 17 Jan 2016 11:54 AM PST

Call of Duty Black Ops III

The numbers are in, and they’re not very surprising: Call of Duty: Black Ops III, is the best selling video game in 2015 across all platforms.

The Activision first person shooter series, now into its 12th installment, keeps on shattering records. the franchise has sold over 250 million copies thanks to its latest release, which came out in November 6 on the PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and XBox One.

The title made more than $550 million only three days after its initial release according to Activision, who celebrated the achievement on a blog post. Overall video game sales last year, more and more focusing on Xbox One and PS4 titles, made $13.1 billion, pretty similar to 2014 numbers.

In Black Ops III, the player is taken to the future, specifically 2065, 40 years after the events of Black Ops II. Climate change has spawned fierce competition over scarce resources. Highly effective anti-aircraft systems mean fighting takes place on the ground, often in covert or “black” operations. The campaign in Black Ops III is designed to support 4-player cooperative gameplay, allowing for bigger, more open level design and less corridor shooting. The multiplayer introduced a new momentum-based movement system, which utilizes thruster packs to allow players to perform slow boosts into the air, as well as perform wall running and sliding, all the while giving players complete gun control.

Besides Black Ops III, the top 5 in sales is made out of Madden NFL 16 (EA Sports), Fallout 4 (Bethesda), Star Wars Battlefront (Electronic Arts) and GTA V (Rockstar), mostly thanks to its late release on the PC. The console version was released back in 2013 for the older generation and 2014 for the latest generation of consoles.

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