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5 Things We Know About Xbox Scorpio: And Why Console Gamers Should be Excited

By on February 24, 2017 in General

Xbox has a pretty great track record for pushing the boundaries. Over the last couple of console generations, each of the three leaders have shown strength in a different area. While Nintendo is known for pushing the envelope when it comes to gameplay, Sony have been pushing the limit of hardware. Microsoft, while no slouch in the hardware, have always had the strength of their software. Not surprising, given the history of the company.

With their newest console, still codenamed Xbox Scorpio, it looks like Microsoft might be making a push to become the go-to for powerful software and hardware. Here is a list of the things any gamer should know about the upcoming Xbox Scorpio.


6 TeraflopsWhat does that mean?

Weve all heard that the Scorpio will be the most powerful console ever made. The 6 Tflop value has been touted as the graphical output of this new system, which should, in theory, blow even the new PS4 Pro out of the water. The PS4 Pro hits 4.2 teraflops.

High-end PCs will hit around 9 tflops, but keep in mind that consoles are generally able to do more with less. For this reason, many gamers are expecting close to PC levels of performance out of the Xbox Scorpio. Game-changing.

Next Generation Xbox, But Still the Same

Microsoft have said this for a while, but it looks like were finally at the point where there is no clear delineation between the new console generation and the last. This point is inevitable as graphical capability and power hita plateau. After all, once you can create an image that looks lifelike, where else is there to go?

Microsoft stated that all future games will be playable on the Xbox One as well as the Scorpio. This is analogous to the way PC gaming works. A low-end rig will still play new games, but it will just do so at a lower graphical level. The Scorpio will play the same games, just at a higher level.

This is good news for console gamers as you wont be left behind until youre able to save up enough for the newest system. And any games you bought will carry forward.

This has to be what Microsoft had in mind when they unveiled the Xbox One with such a large focus on online and digital content: they knew this future was not far off.

An Upgradeable Console

It very much seems like this could be the end of console generations. However, this doesnt mean that consoles wont still change over time. Its likely (and this is still conjecture) that consoles will take a page from PCs and be upgradeable. This is already the case with some components like hard drives, but whats to stop Microsoft from creating a console with an upgradeable video card? Or more RAM?

Or perhaps the upgrade cycle will just get shorter with MS upgrading the Scorpio constantly. Theres no more worry of leaving a gaming audience behind, so each year might bring a new, slightly upgraded Xbox.

Either way, we wont be waiting five, six, or seven years between getting the newest tech in our consoles.

Devs are Already Working With it

New hardware is only as good as the games that are optimized to run on it. Lets face it, the excitement of a new console runs out pretty quickly if there are no games that show off all this new power.

Fear not, however, as it looks like game devs have been hard at work, and they have been for some time. All the way back in August, Phil Spencer tweeted this:


Release Date

While an exact release date hasnt been announced, Microsoft have said that the new console will be available before the 2017 holiday season. Historically, new Xboxes have come out in November, but Microsoft may choose to release it at any time since its not really a new generation and doesnt need to coincide with release dates of any upcoming games.

Expect big things from Microsoft at E3 in Junetheres little doubt that Microsofts announcements will be the showstopper that everyone will be talking about.

Are Smartwatches Dead? Why Smartwatches Are Failing

By on January 23, 2017 in Technology

Do you have a smartwatch? Do you know somebody that does have one? The newest technology trend of the past few years might have missed it’s shot to go mainstream…

Smartwatches burst onto the tech scene with a bang. The pioneer in this space was the Pebble watch. Before this, no one had really thought of smartwatches and the idea of having a secondary screen on your wrist was still an idea of science fiction. When Pebble made it’s debut on the crowdfunding site, Kickstarter, its success made smartwatches a viable idea.


I was one of the few early adopters that backed the project, and after a few delays, became one of the first to strap a smartwatch to my wrist. The experience was generally a good one. I could personalize the way it looked and withouttaking out my phone, be notified of when I got a phone call or text, or change the song I was listening to. It quickly replaced the watch I used to wear.

But that’s the thing: I always wore a watch.

While I found myself wearing my Pebble everyday, even upgrading to the Pebble Time when it came out, I knew others that bought smartwatches, whether they be Android Wear or Apple Watches, that stopped wearing them after a short time. And that’s the problem. For those that don’t normally wear a watch, having a smartwatch on your wrist is just another thing to remember to put on and bring with you when you go out. It’s a gadget that doesn’t do anything different or better than your smartphone.

People were looking at smartwatches the wrong way: they are a replacement for your wristwatch, not your phone.

That’s why Android Watches and Apple Watches need to stop trying to cram in more features. They need to realize that it should be a watch, and not a wrist mounted smart phone.

Pebble were one of the few companies to get this, and they prioritized the Pebble as a watch. I believe they began to misstep when they decided to start adding in health tracking features. A watch doesn’t really need that. Not surprisingly, Pebble weren’t able to hang on much longer after unveiling their newest gen to Kickstarter. The watches never even made it into production.

Pebble’s loss of their vision on the primary focus of a watch most likely chipped in on their recent demise and ultimate selloff to Fitbit. Here’s hoping that the next generation of Smartwatches learned something. If Fitbit focuses on creating an amazing watch, then add in smart capability, they should be on track to pick up where Pebble left off. If not, I worry that smartwatch users like me will never again get the devices that we truly need.

Nintendo Switch–Nintendo’s Comeback Story? Price, Launch Date, and Titles Revealed

By on January 18, 2017 in Technology

It’s no secret that Nintendo, in the console business anyways, is on the ropes. Thanks to a confusing last gen naming debacle. most consumers didn’t even bother picking up a Wii U. Nintendo is doubling down on their newest console, the Nintendo Switch.

Last week’s unveiling of the new system brought with it a list of answers for questions that have been speculated on since the console was first announced last year. Unfortunately, the answers weren’t what many hoped for…

The biggest question was that of the price. Nintendo announced that the new system would be $299 USD ($399 CAD). Pricier than the Wii U was at launch and more expensive than many had expected.


The other announcements revolved around the launch titles. Unless you’re a fan of Zelda, this is another disappointment. The newest Legend of Zelda game will be arriving with the Switch, but little else besides that. In total, there will be an underwhelming four launch titles.

A new Mario title is in the works, but likely won’t be seen until closer to the end of 2017.

Despite these misgivings, the system could still go big. The Nintendo Switch appears as a much more premium product than the Wii U before it. A lot of engineering and thought went into the console and it’s revolutionary controller setup.

The new console will hit store shelves on March 3rd 2017.

So far, the reception has been positive. Most reviewers that laid hands on the console praise it’s comfort and quality. The console’s portability, a large selling factor, also appears to hit the sweet spot of being large enough to play on, but small enough to bring along comfortably.

The interest for the console seems promising, and it will likely perform better than the Wii U did before it. Anecdotally, online pre-orders for the console appear to be strong. While Nintendo have not released any numbers, it may be difficult to find one. In Canada, major retailers like Amazon and Best Buy quickly sold out.

Personally, I’m rooting for Nintendo on this one. While the company has a strong nostalgic following, the Japanese firm does have a strong grasp on developing quality, enjoyable games with strong, memorable characters. Let’s just hope that the new Nintendo Switch will help Nintendo hold it’s own for another round with the big players, Xbox and Playstation. Playstation released it’s newest console, the PS4 Pro, last year and Xbox will be bringing their PC-level console to market before the end of this year. Good luck, Nintendo!

New Nextbook Flexx 12 Flip Convenient 2-in-1 Tablet

By on January 2, 2017 in Technology

Later this week media and industry will take over Las Vegas looking for the newest trends in tech for 2017.  E FUN, a leading designer and manufacturer of mobile lifestyle products, has announced they will be showing their Nextbook Flexx 12 Flip 2-in-1 Tablet.   The first in a new series of Flip 2-in-1 tablets from Nextbook,  the unit comes with a  large 12.2″ screen and support for a variety of A/V formats makes it ideal for watching videos, reading, listening to music, and looking at photos. Its sleek, modern design and combination of Windows 10 and a detachable keyboard make it an effective tool for professionals on the go and students.

“With a hearty 12.2″ IPS touchscreen and 1920×1200 high-definition resolution, the Flexx 12 Flip 2-in-1 tablet delivers exceptional image quality for watching videos, reading, working or any task that is viewing intense,” commented E FUN managing director and VP of sales Jason Liszewski. “Plus, the detachable Pogo pin keyboard easily flips the unit into a convenient laptop.”

E FUN's Nextbook Flexx 12 Flip

The Flexx 12 Flip will come with Intel’s new seventh-generation core processor, Kaby Lake, along with an Intel GEN9 LP graphics processor, and the ability to be configured up to 256GB of combined internal and external (microSD card slot) storage capacity.   A stylish metal case supports the device during use and protects the device when not in use.

Built-in Bluetooth 4.0 and 5G Wi-Fi 802.11ac/b/g/n connectivity options allow the unit to be used virtually anywhere. It will also have a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery that will provide users up to eight hours of power, plus a Type C port allows for an easy, reversible connection. To ensure you can capture that special moment quickly, the Flexx12 will have a  front camera and 5M rear camera with autofocus.  E FUN has also preloaded apps such as Vudu movies and TV, Flixster to find movie theater schedules and locations, Barnes and Noble Nook, and more.

LG’s Levitating Speaker to Debut at CES

By on December 27, 2016 in Technology

With the ever changing world of technology evolving every day, companies are always trying to redesign the wheel.  LG Electronics announced on Monday it will launch a futuristic Levitating Portable Speaker.  It’s not enough that it’s Bluetooth and that it offers great sound, but it will wow your visitors by floating in the middle of its platform.  In addition to its striking looks, the versatile speaker provides users the ability to seamlessly play music, podcasts and other audio content in the home as well as outdoors.

LG Levitating Portable Speaker

“The PJ9 wireless speaker is an exciting combination of audio design and innovation, offering the perfect balance between performance, beauty and versatility,” said Tim Alessi, head of product marketing at LG Electronics USA. “This latest addition to our growing lineup of premium wireless audio devices will not only turn heads, but it makes the bold statement that LG is committed to exploring new concepts and pioneering innovative audio designs for consumers around the world.

Using powerful electromagnets housed within the Levitation Station, the PJ9 achieves a stunning visual effect of floating in mid-air, untouched by any surface or wires. At its core is a 360degree omnidirectional speaker with turbine blade-inspired design and deep bass courtesy of the subwoofer embedded inside the Levitation Station. The PJ9 also features Dual Passive Radiator technology to reproduce flush mid-range tones and crisp highs for enhanced sound quality.

When the PJ9’s 10-hour batter begins to run low, the smart portable speaker automatically descends to the Levitation Station and begins to charge wirelessly with no intervention required from the listener and no interruption in music playback. To add to the excitement, LG has made the  PJ9 weatherproof so it’s able to withstand adverse weather conditions. If that wasn’t enough, the PJ9,  has a Multipoint technology, which enables the speaker to connect to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously!

Interesting, New Technologies That Define Our Generation

By on February 26, 2016 in Technology

Our generation, also known as the Millennials, have grown so accustomed to new, interesting and advanced forms of technology.  I mean just look at us – I don’t know anyone between the ages of 13 – 30 that doesn’t own a cell phone.  So with new technologies comes new forms of spreading knowledge and education.  What’s weird is that children are even caught up with the new gadgets and gizmos.  For Christmas this year, my little nephew asked for a tablet, an underwater drone, and a video game.  He’s 10.  I found it so crazy that a 10 year old wanted a tablet and drone.  He’s so in with the new technology.  I still thought kids at that age wanted toys and sports equipment – man was I wrong.  He ended up getting the video game and the best quality rov ever for their entire family to play with.  Isn’t it cool that nowadays technology is used for professional and entertainment use?  I remember back in the day that super advanced technology was primarily used to further development and knowledge.  Now, it’s used for basically anything!  There are so many start ups and businesses that strictly design tech for entertainment, which I guess, is how we got to this point.

So back to our discussion – there are so many pieces of tech out that that truly define our generation.  The iPhone, Macbook, bluetooth speakers, Fitbit, portable headphones – these are all items that we use day to day.  These pieces of technology are built essentially to fit into our changing lifestyle, and lucky for the makers, we have grown accustomed to using them daily.  We not only have adapted as a generation to rely and depend on these products but have also built higher expectations to our standard of living.  Just look at how far we’ve come at creating a self-driving car.  Why did we do that?  Because people are constantly looking to the future and trying to change the world for the better.  In order to do that, they’ve got to compete to create genuinely unique and original technology.  Everyone wants a piece, but the competition is extremely high.  Our generation is so focused on creating change and transforming our world into a more efficient, comfortable way of living.  This isn’t a bad thing at all.  In fact, it’s fascinating at how fast our technology is growing.  This is the reason that technology defines our generation.

dtNow, onto the cool and interesting gadgets.  Deep Trekker, a company that makes cool, underwater ROVs, is creating unique drones that you play with underwater.  These machines can basically do anything you want in any sort of body of water while you control it remotely.  Another company, Swatch, has come out with a watch that you swim with underwater.  It has a 200m dive rating so you can swim on all you want.  If you’re looking for something even more techie, the new Apple watch lets you control you phone from your wrist.  You can check messages, emails, the news – similar to having your iPhone attached to your arm.  For entertainment, you can get television systems similar to Roku and Amazon Fire TV which lets you watch Netflix, control your TV wirelessly, and offers other streaming services automatically programmed on specific channels.  These make life so much easier and you have an abundance of options to choose from for when you feel like starting a new show.  Those are a couple of the new gadgets that I’ve found to be extremely useful and entertaining.  Stay tuned for more!

The Culture That Revolutionized Media

By on February 22, 2016 in Society


We look at our modern day and age and try to relate that to our culture that has changed drastically from history.  To understand the culture that revolutionized the media, we have to first go back to the Middle Ages.

You might ask how we got to this place we’re at now with the technology we have and the way we use social media along with other sources and outlets of media.  Well, back in the Middle Ages, the only form of communication was through dialogue and oral communication.  That basically meant that knowledge came to those who had experience and memory.  It would then be passed down and told through the ages.  Eventually, people developed writing and it was those that were able to read who had more access to knowledge and resources.  Most people did not know how to read or write.  Therefore, people were still told what to believe and what was true.  When the Renaissance age came, that was when people turned to science to check fact and determine what was actually proven to be true or not.  With more scientific research, more publications were printed and the development of electricity and the telephone came to use.  With those forms of communication now being evolved, people gained more access to books and papers.  Finally when we hit the 21st century, technology became even more developed with the invention of the Internet.  Now, when we need to learn something or are checking out facts, we simply turn on our computers and search it on the Internet.

cultureIt is within this era that our culture revolutionized media simply because worldwide media did not exist until now.  Sure, there were newspapers and televised news that delivered information from one country to another, but now it is done in seconds or even less.  You’re able to access every single point of information no matter where you are in the world, and it takes close to no time at all.  It is our generation that has changed the media – from print to social media.  Now, virtually all news is delivered online or through TV or radio channels.  Newspapers are getting less and less common, and our younger generation don’t even require books to study from anymore.  Everything is done online or electronically, and this is a huge change from how communication was delivered in the Middle Ages.  We have evolved drastically and have become extremely more efficient in our every day lives.  This is not to say that our lives have become better.  Sure, our standard of living has increased by a huge amount, but the way we use our minds can definitely be argued to not be used as well as we once did.  Our culture will ever be expanding and changing and so will our media.  We have to learn to adapt and change alongside with it like we always have.