Category: Mobile Tech

Today’s Poll: Project Shield vs. Razer Edge vs. Steam Box

Posted on January 14th, by raymond padilla in Mobile Tech, PC Gaming, Videogames. 5 comments

Although CES 2013 lacked many of technology’s heavy hitters (Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc.), the show’s gaming content was getting lots of buzz. Nvidia’s Project Shield took many gadget geeks by surprise. More details were revealed about Valve’s Steam Box, which many pundits feel has the potential to radically change the gaming landscape. Lastly, Razer’s Edge tablet (which started out as Project Fiona) got a lot of attention from gamers looking for a powerful and versatile Windows 8 solution. (Personally, I can’t think of the product without thinking … continued


Vaping Diaries #30: Gaming, Tech, and the Janty MiD

Posted on January 10th, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Mobile Tech, Vaping Diaries. No Comments

As e-cigarettes become more and more advanced, mods that feature enhanced software and services will be more common. The Ovale eVic showed how devices can be used with PC software to enhance the vaping experience. The Janty MiD Series takes things to a whole new level. In addition to being able to work with Android and Windows software, the MiD has software add-ons you can purchase that extend its functionality. It also features user profiles and a community aspect. In many ways, the MiD has features that are new to … continued


Coffee Talk #557: Is Nvidia Project Shield a Game Changer?

Posted on January 8th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Mobile Tech, PC Gaming, Videogames. 5 comments
Two days ago at CES 2012, Nvidia announced a new gaming device called Project Shield. It's a bold initiative that combines elements of console, PC, and portable gaming. As a verbal entertainer and a tech nerd, I love it, simply because it's a conversation starter. That said, I'm not yet convinced that Project Shield is a game-changer. I've thought about the device several times over the last couple of days and it's still more "interesting" than "must have" for me. Naturally, I want to know what you think about Nvidia's gambit. Let's go over the pros and cons...more

Coffee Talk #556: The Best Value in Mobile Tech

Posted on January 4th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Mobile Tech. No Comments
With their powers combined (Captain Planet TM), the Google Nexus 4 and T-Mobile's $30 unlimited data plan are the best value in mobile tech. On the hardware side, you have a high-end phone that's unlocked, yet sold at a subsidized price ($299 or $349 depending on configuration). On the service side, you have a dirt-cheap plan that gives you unlimited texts and 5GB of high-speed data per month -- without a contract! All that said, it's not a perfect combination for everyone...more

Coffee Talk #555: 2013 Consumer Electronics Wishes

Posted on January 3rd, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, iPhone, Mobile Tech. 13 comments
Continuing our discussion of nerd hopes and wishes for 2013, I was wondering what you wanted to see in the consumer electronics space. Are you hoping for advancements in PCs, mobile phones, tablets, or software? If so, what specifically are you having gadget dreams about? As for me, I'm hoping to see Apple take some bold steps with iOS. Don't get me wrong -- it's a simple and powerful operating system that is the gold standard and has certainly gotten better over the years, but many of the recent changes have been subtle. Meanwhile, the competition has been catching up and, in some cases...more

Warren Ellis, Gun Machine, and the iPad

Posted on December 18th, by raymond padilla in Comics, iPhone, Mobile Tech. No Comments

Renowned comic-book author Warren Ellis wrote a blog post on how he used the Apple iPad to write a large portion of his upcoming novel Gun Machine. The post was a response to another one of my favorite comic-book scribes, Greg Rucka. Ellis used the iPad along with a “Logitech Zagg Keyboard Case for iPad,” PlainText, iA Writer, QuickOffice Pro HD, and the outstanding Dropbox cloud service.

There are a few takeaways here. First, I’m reminded of tech pundits that dismissed the iPad as … continued


Coffee Talk #546: Best Gadget of 2012

Posted on December 12th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, iPhone, Mobile Tech. 11 comments
Out of all the "Best of 2012" picks, this one required the least amount of thought. The third-generation iPad was easily my favorite gadget of the year. Like my iPad 2, I love it for being an incredibly diverse entertainment device that allows me to read web sites, read comic books, watch movies, play games, and more. The third-generation iPad kicks things up a notch by offering an incredible 2,048 x 1,536 screen that's absolutely gorgeous. It's actually hard to look at the iPad 2 after...more

Coffee Talk #542: Your Cyber Monday/Black Friday Loot

Posted on November 29th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Mobile Tech, PC Gaming, Videogames. 4 comments
For many Americans, the Thanksgiving holiday has become as much about discount shopping as it is giving thanks. Millions of people love Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals. (Amazon's Cyber Monday deals are still going on this week, btw.) Today's column is simple: I want to know what you scored on Black Friday and Cyber Monday...more

Kickstarter: Tony La Russa’s Baseball with Fans

Posted on November 19th, by raymond padilla in Mobile Tech, Sports, Videogames. No Comments

Legendary baseball manager Tony La Russa is teaming up with legendary game designer Don Daglow for Tony La Russa’s Baseball with Fans. The two have collaborated several times in the past on the popular Tony La Russa Baseball games for PC. This time around, the dynamic duo is working on a mobile game with a strategic slant. Here are some details from the game’s Kickstarter page:

  • A new kind of Baseball game that lets you challenge your friends to see who really knows how to handle those tough
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Pokemon Pokedex Hits Japanese iTunes App Store

Posted on November 16th, by raymond padilla in iPhone, Mobile Tech, Videogames. No Comments

Well look at that — an official Nintendo gaming product on a competing platform. I’ll be damned. That’s right boys and girls, The Pokemon Company has launched Pokedex For iOS. The app is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users through the Japanese iTunes App Store. While it’s not exactly a game, it’s certainly a gaming product. And a Nintendo gaming product released for a non-Nintendo platform is a pretty huge deal, don’t you agree?

Do you think this is the beginning of Nintendo releasing more products on … continued