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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 23:08
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    iSkin SOHO Macbook Sleeve Case
    Manufacturer: iSkin
    Site: Buy from iSkin
    Price: $59.99 (For 13" MacBook or Similar Sized PC Laptop); $64.99 (For 15" MacBook Pro or Similar Sized PC Laptop)


    Overview :
    It's what's inside that counts.
    On the go with your laptop means keeping it safe and the iSkin SOHO does just that. With elegant style and cool colors, SOHO features a multi-layered design to absorb the hits and dings that would normally damage your laptop.

    MacBook, meet your match.
    Made for the MacBook and Macbook Pro, the SOHO's distinguished good looks, coupled with legendary iSkin fit and finish, makes it the perfect accessory for your laptop and your outfit. It also fits PC's with similar dimensions.

    Right down to the zipper.
    Zipping around town means you need quick access to your computer. The SOHO features an iSkin designed ergonomic zipper that's easy to grab and pull. It also looks great!

    Look good anywhere.
    Combined with the iSkin ProTouch Keyboard Protector, the SOHO is ideal for students, business users and just about anyone who prefers to be anywhere but at a desk. It also makes a great heat barrier when using your MacBook on your lap.

    Features:
    • Specifically made for Apple MacBook / MacBook Pro
    • Works with similar sized PC laptops
    • Slim two-tone design
    • Colored stitching
    • Simulated premium leather finish
    • Reinforced, durable, outer shell
    • Color-matching, plush padded lining
    • Sure-grip custom iSkin designed zipper pull
    • Clam-shell design for easy access to laptop
    • Inner elastic screen straps
    • Multi-layered construction
    • Stylish yet elegant
    • Reinforced spine
    • Available in a variety of color styles

    Specifications:
    For MacBook or similar PC
    Length: 13" (33cm)
    Width: 9" (23cm)
    Depth: 1" (4cm)

    For MacBook Pro or similar PC
    Length: 14.1" (36cm)
    Width: 9.6" (25cm)
    Depth: 1" (4cm)


    Available in a variety color combinations:
    • Amazon: Black with Pink
    • Graphite: Black with Grey
    • Magnum: Black with Red
    • Sahara: Black with Orange
    • Azure: Black with Blue

    Quality/Usability : I have been on a hunt to find that perfect notebook sleeve to carry my Macbook instead of lugging around my North Face laptop backpack. I didnt want anything too bulky and simple but at the same time, being stylish. iSkin's SOHO seems to fit the bill. iSkin is known for the iPod cases and their PSP carry cases.

    The iSkin SOHO is made of black "premium synthetic leather" with colored stitching and colored lining all around. The outer hard shell and inner lining protects your precious laptop from everyday hazards such as minor scratches, bumps and spills. The sides where the zipper is located does not offer much protection like the outer hard shell but dont worry, the zipper does not touch laptop either as it is also lined. The zipper contains a iSkin logo but it would have been nice if it included two zippers instead of one. The SOHO also protects your lap from the heat coming from the bottom of your notebook.

    What I also like about the SOHO compared to some other sleeves on the market is that you can use your notebook while its in the sleeve since it has two elastic bands on the top of the case. So when you open the SOHO, the lid of your notebook also opens at the same time. The inner lining is the same color as the zipper and stitching and also has "iSkin" imprinted all over.

    The SOHO fits perfectly around the Macbook without adding much bulk but still giving ample protection at the same time. You can also place this into a carry bag or backpack without a problem. But I feel that the SOHO is mainly aimed towards Apple laptops rather than PC laptops.

    CAUTION: Remove the laptop from the SOHO while connected to an external monitor or when used for extended periods of time. iSkin is not responsible for damage caused to your laptop when used with this product.

    Conclusion : Overall, the iSkin SOHO Macbook Sleeve Case is great for any college student or a freelancer like me who meets clients every so often. Its elegant and nothing too flashy or fancy on the eyes. Since this is a sleeve case, there are no additional pockets and no strap, so holding it may cause you to drop it. So if you carrying a mouse, charger and other accessories with you, you'll need to carry a bag with you. I no longer have to expose my Macbook to potential damage and its easier to use on public transportation. Its so convenient...just unzip and open. No more removing laptop from sleeve and having to shove it back in when I'm done or rushing to get off train/bus. Just close and zip it up. Although its probably the best looking and best protecting case, the price will hurt your wallet compared to others out there. Its either spend a little bit extra and know you're getting protection or take the risk of buying something cheaper and potentially damaging your laptop and having to buy a new one later on.

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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 22:30
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    News via Nmax

    EmuCenter2 is a simplistic interface that combines the best emulators *
    cfor video game consoles with greater simplicity

    * Console emulation: enables a computer to run games like a video game console

    Highlights :

    - A simple interface that combines all your games (emulation, pc or internet).
    - Brings together the most popular console emulators for both 32 and 64 bits.
    - Sets all emulators for immediate use with good settings.
    - Brings together the most common settings for all emulators on the same page.
    - Automatically sets the controller for all possible emulators. (plug and play
    - Automatic and regular update of EmuCenter2 and its emulators.
    - Download the game covers with a few clicks.
    - Automatic seeking of description and a slideshow of the game (Work in progress to make the last 2 points automatic)

    Supported consoles :

    - Nintendo : Nes, Super nes, Gameboy, 64, Gamecube, DS and Wii
    - Sega : Master system, Genesis, Gamegear, Saturn and Dreamcast
    - Sony : PlayStation 1, 2 and PSP
    - Other : Neogeo and arcade systems (Capcom CPS, Taito, Sega model 2, Arcade LaserDisc, ...)

    version 1.5.8.0 (Complete / Full)
    - Ajourne emulateur PCSX2 (PS2) -> SVN 0.9.7 build 4271
    - Ajourne emulateur Dolphin (GAMECUBE / Wii) -> SVN R 6954 x86/x64
    - Fixed some games appearing in the wrong section

    Version 1.5.7.22 beta (partial)
    - Prevents automatic search of covers more than 3 times per day
    - Fixed various bugs
    - Improving the filter before renaming a search (pouches, descriptions)
    - Add passive mode to share games MD5 (avoids an error)
    - Add a delay of 3 sec. before applying an update
    (Supposed to fix an error when updating: s)

    1.5.7.8 (partial)
    - Allows a large amount of ROM to be displayed without problems
    (Multithread)
    - Option to display a list of games in list
    - Redisplays description when the cursor returns to the game
    - Add a search function pocket auto
    (Uses a database being created)
    (Option to share the results are output to enlarge the database)
    - Removes extension displayed in the title description
    - Attempts to correct aspet ratio pockets Nintendo DS (110px/100px)

    1.5.7.4 / 1.5.7.7 (partial)
    - Fixed interface colors applied even if cancel
    - Attempt to filter the name of the game before finding description
    - Adjourn translations (Français corrected: fredi125-> fredi8282@hotmail.com)
    - Google Images.nl for Dutch language
    - Corrects the name of a language Deutsch -> Dutch (Netherlands)
    - Improved search function description and slideshow
    - Fixed bug: Unable to delete a file storage for Megadrive
    - Add support for missing extensions (*. rom; SEGACD *. mp3, ...)
    - Fixed refresh after adding faulty games (PS2, Sega Genesis)
    - Straighten resolution does not MAMEUI modifiée

    1.5.7.3 (partial)
    - Added option to change the language interface
    - German Language added Thank tom9358
    - Allows the addition of several storage directories games section
    - Recursive Search games in their cases
    - Adds a 1900x1080 resolution 16 / 9
    - Fixed bug when adding bios when there is already
    - Try to avoid having the residue icon JoyToKey
    - Add support for missing extension (PSX, Fusion)
    - Fixed window Desmume partially hidden for small resolutions
    - Saving window position before leaving EmuCenter2
    - Compact the interface principale
    - Copy inftead move the games when adding

    1.5.7.2 (Partial)
    - Adds search function automatically description (EN) and slide show of a game
    (To function, the name of the game must be perfectly written)
    - Adds a description and a slideshow (5 images max) for games
    - Allows the addition of several games in one section of a sudden
    - Fixed location of the backup bios Saturn
    - Improves various things

    1.5.7.1 (Partial / Partial)
    - Fixed an error in the update
    - Simplifies the operation of the daphne emulator in EmuCenter2
    read:
    '.\EmuCenter2\EMULATEURS\daphne\roms\README - daphne roms PART1 (Arcade LaserDisc emulator).txt'
    '.\EmuCenter2\JEUX\Arcade\README - daphne roms PART2 (Arcade LaserDisc emulator).txt'

    http://xotob14.free.fr/viewpage.php?page_id=2 ...
    by Published on February 1st, 2011 21:15
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    Sony intends to spread the PlayStation Suite much further than Android phones - even iOS and Windows are part of the plan, and they're made by the enemy.

    The exciting potential is for PlayStation Suite games to be offered far and wide, rather than be restricted like produce for App Store and Windows Phone 7.

    "There are a variety of operating systems, but we're focusing first on Android," said Sony Computer Entertainment chief Kaz Hirai, in a conference translated by Andriasang.

    "There's also Windows, iOS and so forth, but we don't have the resources to make it compatible with everything from the start.

    "We're not ruling out PSS even on products like Sony Internet TV Powered by Google (Google TV) if adoption rate increases, or if it will help push adoption greatly."

    "We have a completely open stance with carriers and handset makers," he added.

    To begin with, PlayStation Suite will deliver classic PSone games to Android phone users. But in the future, Sony wants the Suite to evolve into a hardware-neutral development environment where brand new games and content are made.

    Through a PlayStation Certified seal of approval, Sony will pin-point which devices work properly with PlayStation Suite. And with a QA system, Sony hopes to avoid the Suite becoming a swamp of questionable quality.

    Final Fantasy VII on Android would tempt.

    The announcement of PlayStation Suite came at Sony's PlayStation Meeting last week. The big news there was the unveiling of Next Generation Portable (aka PSP2). Eurogamer's blanket coverage of the event has been cobbled together in one handy place.

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/20...ts-ios-windows ...
    by Published on February 1st, 2011 20:16
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    Sony looks poised to bring its PlayStation 3 motion controller Move to PC, opening up alternative uses for the device.

    The synopsis for a panel at GDC next month entitled 'Update on PlayStation Move development' includes the comment "We will discuss the new Move Server project that will make it possible for academics and hobbyists to develop software using the PlayStation Move controller on their own PCs."

    The talk is to be presented by John McCutchan, SCEA's lead of the Game Systems team in Developer Support.

    No further information on Move Server is available at present. Rumours are also swirling that Microsoft is soon to offer official support for its Kinect motion controller on PC, following a vast a number of inventive hacks for the device.

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/article...-server-for-pc ...
    by Published on February 1st, 2011 19:42
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    Dead Space 2, the dismembering space horror sequel from EA and Visceral Games, has taken the top spot on the UK chart in a week of few releases, knocking LittleBigPlanet 2 into second after just a week at the top.

    Dead Space 2 is the only new entry in a reshuffled top twenty which sees Black Ops slip to its lowest position yet of fifth. FIFA 11 and Assassin's Creed Brotherhood both gain a place at Activision's expense, sitting at third and fourth respectively.

    Interestingly, the addition of Dead Space Extraction: Move to the PS3 bundle didn't quite manage to tip the sales of Dead Space 2 in the favour of Sony's machine - 56 per cent of sales were for Xbox 360, with 40 per cent on PS3 and the remaining 4 on PC.

    Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2010 UKIE Ltd.

    Last Week This Week Title
    New Entry 1 Dead Space 2
    1 2 LittleBigPlanet 2
    4 3 FIFA 11
    5 4 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
    2 5 Call of Duty: Black Ops
    3 6 Just Dance 2
    10 7 Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
    6 8 Wii Fit Plus
    15 9 Art Academy
    11 10 Just Dance
    7 11 Mass Effect 2
    8 12 Kinect Sports
    12 13 The Sims 3
    9 14 Gran Tursimo 5
    16 15 Wii Party>
    13 16 Dance Central
    20 17 WWE: Smackdown Vs. RAW 2011
    17 18 Read Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare
    Re-Entry 19 EA Sports Active 2
    18 20 Wii Sports Resort

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/article...op-of-uk-chart ...
    by Published on January 1st, 2011 18:17
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    Platform: Windows (XP or Vista) PC
    Developer: Stardock Entertainment (official game page)
    Publisher: Stardock Entertainment
    Ratings:PEGI















    ESRB:



    The Political Machine is a turn-based strategy game where the goal is to conquer the worl... become President of the United States. You do this by flying your candidate around the country, state to state, building country awareness of you and promoting yourself on various issues, such as Gas prices or the War on Terror, all over the course of 41 turns. At the same time you manage your funds, build Election Headquarters, belittle your opponent, kiss a few hands, shake a few babies and overall make the world a better place.

    The most obvious aspect of this game is the graphics. Bubble-head characters very similar to Nintendo's Mii's. The country is depicted in a 3D cartoon style and each state pops out of the country when highlighted. This adds a flavour of parody to the game and gives the impression that this game isn't going to take itself too seriously. The music of this game isn't noticeable. It's possible to play through the game without noticing music was even playing.


    When you begin the game it becomes apparent that there is no interactive tutorial to guide you on your first couple of weeks. There is a tutorial on the main menu and its purpose is to tell you what everything on the screen is and what buildings do. The opening help screen upon starting the game tells you how to move around and some general details. What neither assistance does is tell you what to do to actually win. Once you click past the opening help screen, you're on your own.

    The main screen gives the player options to display a plethora of information, little of which is defined or explained. You are given no help during the game in the way of strategies or tips and as a result a first time player will lose their first games badly whilst they work out, through trial and error, what it is they're supposed to do to win.

    At the end of the game each of the states lights up in turn in either Blue or Red to represent the candidate they vote for. This will create confusion to some players as many of the states they were most popular in voted for the opponent instead, this is because the popular vote and the electoral vote aren't the same. Americans should know this, non-American's won't.

    One of the most customisable areas of this game is the character creation. This allows you to create custom candidates, you could create yourself or go so far as to make a blue skinned eyeless alien. Choosing your appearance and position on topics is very easy to do. However knowing what these topics are will require reading through them, this will presumably affect an American player less as they will already have an understanding of the meaning of some these issues, such as Federal Government. A Foreign player however will need to read them carefully. Some of the issues are ambiguously named and you're left uncertain as to which side is 'For' and which is 'Against'. One important issue here is selecting your party of either Democrat or Republican, who both favour one side or the other of a topic. The player is left in the dark as to which party favours what viewpoint.

    Overall this game has a learning curve like a mountain, one which could have been avoided with giving the player more assistance. Calculating votes and popularity in states is very math heavy and although calculations are done for you, you still need to understand what the numbers mean and how to improve each in order to gain ground in a state. As the game is very heavily based upon American Politics and terminology, it's likely to alienate foreign players from even picking it up.

    The inclusion of custom characters gives the game a bit more of a foothold outside of the USA, as at the very least, a player can create themselves in the game as opposed to playing as Barack Obama or George Bush. Also the Quick-Play option, despite the very misleading name, allows the player to play a Custom Scenario in a comedy style Europe , Civil War USA or an alien planet whose denizens are hell bent on Galaxy Conquest. The alien planet is particularly amusing with their issues of alien destruction and artificial slaves and terror star building. I'm just disappointed I can't have Darth Vader as my Vice-President.


    The most important question to ask is: Is it fun?

    The answer is not really. It's a frustrating game to get to grips with, working out the maths is tedious and the only reason you'll keep playing is because you're stubborn enough to want to beat your opponent. After you beat him however, you realise you now ...
    by Published on January 1st, 2011 18:17
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    Platform: Windows (98, ME, 2000, XP or Vista) PC
    Developer: Stardock Entertainment (official game page)
    Publisher: Kalypso Media
    Designer: Brad Wardell
    MSRP: £29.99
    Ratings: PEGI






    ESRB: Not rated (European Release, although all previous Galactic Civilizations II games received an E10)
    Note: This is a standalone version of the Dark Avatar and Twilight of the Arnor expansions to the original Galactic Civilizations 2.

    Short Overview: Planet/starship centered Turn Based Strategy game. Very mature due to it's lineage (second expansion to a second game in a series all made by the same core group). You can spend anywhere from a few hours to a few months on a single game. My favorite thing was most definetly the humor, which drives the gameplay and gives needed respite from the epic nature of the game. Only flaw is the absense of a number of features that make the game difficult to micromanage or macromanage.

    Overall Score:
    Rating:

    Click HERE to see the full review. ...
    by Published on January 1st, 2011 17:51
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    Platform: Windows (XP or Vista) PC
    Developer: Haemimont Games (official US game page)
    Publisher: Kalypso Media
    MSRP: £29.99
    PEGI: 7+ (Based on box art, PEGI site has no info)
    ESRB: Rating Pending

    Scheduled for release on 09 March 09

    What they had to say about it:
    GRAND AGES ROME is the long awaited sequel to the best-selling strategy game "Imperium Romanum".

    You are a Governor of a Roman Province in the time-honoured Roman Empire, its fortune very much lies in your hands. Choose one of five Roman noble families such as Caesar's Julii with different abilities to accomplish the comprehensive missions.

    Defend yourself against barbarian tribes, trade with other cultures, build a wealthy economic environment and fullfil the needs of your people in a huge single player campaign or with up to 3 human players in the multiplayer mode!

    And remember - even Rome was not build in a day!

    What I have to say about it: click here ...
    by Published on January 1st, 2011 16:57
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    BioShock Review

    Developer: 2k Games
    Publisher: 2k Games




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    Intro:

    A new FPS has shown up with promises of great gameplay and great story without needed muitplayer to make it successful (unlike halo :P )

    We will see how true to those claims the game really is...

    ==========================================

    Notable Awards:
    • 2007 PC Game of the Year
    • 2007 Xbox 360 Game of the Year
    • 2007 FPS Game of the Year
    • 2007 Overall Game of the Year


    =========================================

    Genre:

    A regular First Person Shooter, nothing out of the ordinary here.

    =========================================

    Players:

    The game is a 1 player only.

    =========================================

    Overview:

    The game begins with you in an airplane in the late 1950's when it suddenly crashes and our the only survivor or so your lead to believe ...

    You then come across this big tower in the middle of no where in the ocean, you enter and soon take a sub down to the city of Rapture...

    You soon get ambushed and eventually found out it was a bad idea to come down here. The first plasmid is introduced (think of it as magic in a RPG) after your encounter with a Big Daddy, even though you dont actually fight it, its still a pretty sight to take and dont want to mess with.

    And soon your tangled up in this rescue operation for atlas and...

    Well im not gonna spoil the story for you,
    you will just have to play and find out,
    its such a great story

    =====================================

    Gameplay:

    Game is typical among all FPS except for the plasmid system, which allows you to strike enemies with electricity, fire, and a few other elements.

    The way you combine these powers with your surroundings is up to you.
    For example you could shock an enemy in the water for extra damage, and it will shock all other enemies in the water also.
    You could light a propane tank on fire then use telikenieses to throw it at your enemies for extra damage , ect...
    its all up to you.

    You will also need powers to melt ice, or freeze things to advance in the game.

    The weapons are nice with upgrades and all the works and make you fell invincible at times.

    Another pretty cool thing was the hacking minigame which is a remade version of the PC classic PIPE:


    Multiplayer would have been good in this game, whats better then shotting your friends and complete strangers with plasmids?
    But its still very good without it as you can see from the awards.


    There was no lag or anything in the game that I experience, everything ran smoothly

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    Graphics:

    The graphics on this game are very well done.
    From the glossy look to the water, everything looks very nice compared to other FPS's.


    Some Pics to show its "awesomenesses"






















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    Audio / Sfx:

    The game contains a rich classical score and well as may songs popular from that time era that sometime play in the background.

    Such songs as:
    Papa Loves Mambo
    Waltz of the Flower
    How Much is that Doggy in the Window
    Oh Danny Boy

    and a few other as well...

    Also there whole classical score is free to download from their site:
    http://downloads.2kgames.com/bioshoc...hock_Score.zip

    Over all its very well done and pulls it off with the game well.


    The voice acting it also extremely up to par.
    They have a real emphasis to them from the Irish talking Atlas to the little sisters and as well as the Big Daddy sounds are pretty creepy.

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    Replay Value:

    The game doesnt exactly have a replay value to it.
    After you finished, you will want to put it away until you fell like play it again a couple of month later, like me.

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    Conclusion:

    This game is really something to look at on how new games coming out these days instead of the usual rubbish we get today should be. This game is extremely good and is recommended to anybody who has a 360 or even PC (and soon PS3 also )

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    Pros:
    • Excellent story
    • Voice Acting
    • Weapons and upgrades
    • Many plasmids to choose from
    • Graphics
    • Musical score


    Cons:
    • No Multiplayer


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    Final Score: