CES CES 2013

CES 2013: "UnOfficial" Day 1 (CES Unveiled 2013)

*Please Note that January 7th 2013 was Pre-CES 2013 and not an official Day at CES

There were so many things to choose to talk about in this post for the very first “unofficial” day of CES 2013 but sadly I’m not actually at the Show so I can tell you my hands on impressions but however I can explain to you some of the things that were announced today starting with.

Nvidia Tegra 4: It combines 4 A15 CPU Cores and about 72 GPU Cores and has a integrated 4G LTE Modem, which makes the Tegra 4, the Fastest Mobile Processor so far.Next we have the unexpected, Nvidia Project Shield, where on first glance you might thing that its a modified Xbox 360 Controller with a touch screen. However, it is actually a portable gaming device that combines a 5 inch touch screen, the new Tegra 4 Processor and running on Stock Android. This device, can stream games from your PC to your Device and then you could output to a HDTV via the device’s HDMI port. The device also has a MicroSD Card Slot and can all the regular games from the Google Play Store just like any latest Android Smartphone.

Lenovo 27 inch IdeaCentre Horizon, combines the best of a All-In-One, a Laptop and a Tablet to create a “Table Top Computer”. With this computer, it combines great Hardware and Software. And plenty of games could be played in the Table Top position like “Air Hockey”.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Hybrid: It is a new Laptop/Tablet Hybrid that can serve as a 11.6 inch Tablet and a Powerful Business Ultrabook with the detachable Keyboard dock.That about does cover just some of the stuff announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. 

LG showed its new OLED TVs with WRGB techology, wide viewing angles, infinite contrast ratio, realistic colours etc.  LG also put forth a 100-inch Mega Smart TV, which isn’t just a prototype or for demo, but will be available for purchase. The company’s new line-up of 4K TVs will be Smarter with 2.2 channel sound and Cinema 3D; the company is working with industry partners like Activision, Google and Disney to produce more 4K content. The Search feature has been made intuitive for recommendations based on your history of viewing and search habits and the new LG magic remote has been designed to understand “natural” language so you can speak comfortably and not like a robot with the voice control on the remote and not TV. LG is also showcasing Google TVs and 3D TVs. Moreover, LG plans to go 100 percent LED and no more CCFL.

Vizio unveiled two Android tablets.  The first is a 10 inch tablet powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor, which means it’s faster than the latest version of Apple’s iPad and will be running Android 4.2 (a.k.a. Jelly Bean).  It also features 32GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi, front and rear cameras, and a standard set or ports connectivity.  The second is a 7-inch tablet that features a Tegra 3 processor, a 1280 x 800 IPS display, 16GB of storage, a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, and stock Android Jelly Bean.


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It’s (NOT) the End of the World as We Know It

If you are reading this right now, then you probably are on of the people that knew the world wasn’t going to end just yet. So today is 12.21.2012, otherwise know as Dooms Day 2012 but nothing has happened and nothing bad is going to happen to the world today. 

In other news, the music video for the K-Pop Star Psy’s “Gangnam Style” has become the very first YouTube video to hit 1 Billion (Yes, the one with nine zeros) It only took 160 days – give or take a few hours which that works out to 6.25 million views a day, 260,416 an hour, 4,340 a minute and 72 a second. Congratulations to Psy and let’s see if his video can make it to 2 Billion.

And for your listening pleasures, here is R.EM.’s “It’s the end of the World as we know it (and I Feel Fine) “

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VIDEO GAMES – The Canadian Techie Holiday Gift Guide 2012

 Nothing can beat the feeling of tearing some gift wrapping paper to reveal the most must-have gadget around. From waiting in line on Boxing Day (Here in Canada) and scoring a awesome deal on a tablet or TV to trying to figure out what to get certain “Techie” in your life. You have come to the right place. In the next few posts, i will have a helpful graphic with some products to help ease your gift decisions.

Now onto the gamer in your life, below are just some of the awesome games that have come out this year that your recipient will surely appreciate. This list includes games ranging from first-person shooters to action adventure games. It also includes some “NEW” game consoles such as the all-new Nintendo Wii U.


Dishonored (Xbox 360, PS3,  PC, Available Now)

3 (Xbox 360, PS3, Available Now)

Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360, PS3,  PC, Available Now)

NHL 13 (Xbox 360, PS3,Available Now)

Assassin’s Creed III (Xbox 360, PS3,  PC, Available Now)

Need For Speed: Most Wanted (Xbox 360, PS3,  PC, Available Now)

Far Cry 3 (Xbox 360, PS3,  PC,
Available Now )

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Xbox 360, PS3,  PC, Available Now)

Halo 4 (Xbox 360, PS3,  Available Now)

Medal of Honor: Warfighter (Xbox 360, PS3,  PC, Available Now)

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Xbox 360, PS3,  PC, Wii U, Available Now )

Hitman: Absolution (Xbox 360, PS3,  PC, Available Now)

New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U, Available Now)

ZombiU (Wii U,Available Now)

Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition (Wii U, Available Now)

Rabbids Land (Wii U, Available Now)

Scribblenauts: Unlimited (Wii U, Available Now)

Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth (Wii U, Available Now)


Super Slim Playstation 3 $299 (Assassin’s Creed III 500GB Bundle)

Wii U Deluxe Version is Shown

Wii U $299/349 (8GB Basic Version/32GB Deluxe Version) 

Xbox 360 $249*/299 (*4GB Kinect Family Bundle/ 250GB Kinect Bundle/
250 GB Bundle with Forza 4 & Skyrim Download / 320GB Limited Edition Halo 4 Console)

Nintendo 3DS XL $199 

PS Vita Console $249 (Console Only with Wi-Fi/Assassin’s Creed III: Libration Bundle/COD:Black Ops 2 Declassified Bundle)

PS Vita Console $299 (Console with 3G & Wi-Fi with Gravity Rush & Unit 13 Download Vouchers)

Kinect $100 (Standard Kinect System with Kinect Adventures)

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TABLETS – The Canadian Techie Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Nothing can beat the feeling of tearing some gift wrapping paper to reveal the most must-have gadget around. From waiting in line on Boxing Day (Here in Canada) and scoring a awesome deal on a tablet or TV to trying to figure out what to get certain “Techie” in your life. You have come to the right place. In the next few posts, i will have a helpful graphic with some products to help ease your gift decisions.


Tablets are the “NEW”  thing, mostly every family has one, and some may have two and possibly three. So below are just some of the better tablet options out their, from 7 inch tablets to 10 inch ones. (Note that pricing below is in Canadian Dollar)

Apple iPad (4th Generation) $499/599/699 (Wi-Fi Only) $629/729/829 (Wi-Fi & Cellular)

Apple iPad Mini $329/429/529 (Wi-Fi Only) $459/559/659 (Wi-Fi & Cellular)

Nexus 10 $409/509 (16GB Wi-Fi Only/32GB Wi-Fi Only)

Nexus 7 $209/259 (16GB Wi-Fi Only/32GB Wi-Fi Only) $309 (Wi-Fi & Mobile Data)

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity $499/599 (32GB Wi-Fi Only)

Microsoft Surface $519/619/719 (32GB Wi-Fi & Tablet Only/32GB with Touch Cover/
64GB with Touch Cover)

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Apple Gift Card RANT

Finally the best time of the year is officially here, The Holiday Season. For many people, it can be a pain to decide what to get your friends or family. So most people would go for the traditional gift card to give to someone as a gift.

However if your recipient is heavily part of the Apple Ecosystem, where they only buy products from Apple, buy media from Apple iTunes, they already have a iPhone, iPad or another iOS device that can access the Apple App Store. Your first instinct would be to buy them a iTunes Gift Card, but they will realize that they can’t buy apps for their iPhone with the iTunes Gift Card you got them. So then they wished you had got them a App Store Gift Card instead of a iTunes Card.

Apple could have avoided this mess if they had created a system where you can buy just one type of card, maybe call it the “Apple Card” and with that Apple Card, you could buy stuff from the App Store, iTunes Store or iBooks Store without having to buy separate gift card. This system would have shown less confusion and frustration to people who have a Gift Card (either App, iTunes or iBooks Store). This idea of a “Apple Card” would have gone with Apple’s simplicity idea to everything. However Apple has not realized this idea that i have clearly laid out. And that is the conclusion to my first rant on TheCanadianTechie. I hope you have enjoyed it.

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Android 4.2 Jellybean Review

After using Android 4.2 for about two weeks now, I would have to say it is a nice incremental update over Android 4.1 (also called Jellybean). Now here is my review of the latest version of Android.

Android 4.2 brings some new features such as:

  • Photosphere (& a redesigned camera interface)
  • Lockscreen Widgets
  • Google Now Improvements
  • Gesture Typing
  • Daydream (& Other Minor Details)

Gesture Typing in 4.2 works in the similarly to Swype and SwiftKey, where a user would drag there finger to each letter to create a word. Now that has been implemented into stock Android. It works really well, and it predicted words as accurately as possible including ones added to your Personal Dictionary. It is a nice feature to have instead of typing like normally or using speech to text. Overall this feature was feature was implemented very well.

Photosphere & New Camera Interface, In Android 4.2, the camera interface gets a redesigned look from recent versions of Android but still keeps the swipe to left to get straight to the gallery, that was introduced in 4.1. What is also new is the ability to take a Photosphere, which allows you to create a 360° view of where you take it, as if you are standing there. When a photosphere is viewed, it looks similarly to a Google StreetView.

You start off by selecting a area and then you can choose to move the device’s camera up, down, left or right to start stitching together your Photosphere. One tip I learned from MKBHD (on YouTube) is when creating a photosphere, is to not move yourself when creating it, but instead just move your device in your hands, that way you won’t have awkward pictures of objects or people in you Photosphere. Another thing to notice is that you can now take Panorama photos in Portrait unlike before where you could only take it in Landscape.

Google Now Improvements, Google Now can get information from Gmail to get ideas for new cards. It can help you track packages, find movie information and it can also help you find great spots for photo-ops which is based on your location.

Lockscreen Widgets, if you ever wanted to have widgets like Gmail, Messaging, a Clock Widget in the lockscreen now in 4.2, you have that feature available to you. So far with the update you can add in a Gmail, Calendar, Messaging and a standard Clock widget. There aren’t really any other widgets you can add at the moment, as this update is fairly new. So third party lockscreen widgets are suppose to come in the coming weeks as widgets are update to support the feature.

Minor Features, some other features included in the latest update include Daydream, where you can set your phone to have a “screensaver”, and you can choose from various options like photo albums or news from Google Currents, and the flinging of “Jellybeans with happy faces on them.

Miracast Wireless display support, which means you can stream videos, movies, TV Shows and YouTube videos and anything else from your device to your HDTV if you have a wireless display adapter or the Miracast technology built-in.

+ Redesigned Camera Interface
+ Gesture Typing and well integrated
+ Google Now is improved that from 4.1

– Lockscreen Widgets Could use some more work
– The “Daydream” Feature feels unnecessary 

Stay Tuned, a Video on the features of Android 4.2 Jellybean should be up on my YouTube Channel in the next couple of days.

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Google Announces Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Android 4.2 Update

Despite Google cancelling their Android event that was supposed to occur in New York City today. The Android Team at Google revealed the latest Nexus devices plus a Android 4.2 update.

Everyone has heard the rumors for a while now of a LG built Nexus phone, now everyone who speculated are at ease. The New Nexus Phone built in partnership with LG, called the Nexus 4, it has a quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB or 16GB of storage, a 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 768 and a 8-Megapixel Rear-Facing Camera. The Nexus 4 will also support wireless charging straight out of the box (wireless charger not included). The Nexus 4 runs Android 4.2 (Still called Jelly Bean). The unlocked versions of the Nexus 4 costs $300 for the 8GB version ($309 in Canada) and $350 for the 16GB Version ($359 in Canada). This device will be available to buy unlocked in a number of countries including Canada, U.S, U.K, Australia, France, Spain and Germany on November 13th.

The Next Device that was revealed was the Google Nexus 10. It is rocking a dual-core 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos processor, the processor includes a quad-core GPU inside to make the tablet fast. It also has 2GB of RAM, a 10-inch screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 display which has more pixels-per-inch that the iPad’s Retina display. It has a microUSB and microHDMI port. The tablet also includes a 5 Megapixel Rear-facing Camera and a 1.9 Megapixel Front-facing camera, plus it has two front-facing stereo speakers. Google claims to give users about 9 hours of video playback. A feature that is only of tablets with the Android 4.2 update, is that it allows for multiple users, so then for example it could be shared amond different family members. Each member can set up different user accounts and switch between them on the lockscreen, and each user will have their own home screens and widgets to customize their way. The Nexus 10 costs $400 for the 16GB and $500 for the 32GB model (add $10 to each one for Canadian Price). It will be available in the Google Play store in Canada, U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Japan on November 11th.

Google also announced a version of the Nexus 7 with 32GB of storage and Mobile Data (more specifically HSPA+) and it is unlocked. It will cost $300 ($309 in Canada) and will available on the Google Play Store on November 13th in the following countries, Canada, U.S, U.K, Australia, France, Germany and Spain. Google has discontinued the 8GB Nexus 7 and now the 16GB Nexus 7 starts at $200 ($209 in Canada) and 32GB for $250 ($259 in Canada).

Now onto the New features in Android 4.2. The first new feature is Gesture Typing, essentially what it is, a new keyboard feature that will allow users to swipe between keys on the keyboard and it is similair to Swype or SwiftKey. 
Another feature that i mentioned early for Tablet users, is multi-user support, where your tablet will be able to support multiple logins, each user can have their own personal homescreen, background, widgets, apps and games. A cool feature of multi-user support on Android 4.2 is that it also separates game-save progress and high scores separate, the update will also use multi-tasking to keep programs running in the background to make swapping users super fast. 

Another feature of the new Android update is Miracast Wireless display support, which means you can stream videos, movies, TV Shows and YouTube videos and anything else from your device to your HDTV if you have a wireless display adapter or the Miracast technology built-in. 

The third new feature is Photo Sphere camera, which basically means you can take spherical photos. The fourth feature is “Daydream”, which is a screensaver type of feature that will allow your device to show off useful information when idle or docked. It can show things like photo albums or news from Google Currents and more. Another feature is Actionable Notifications that allow you to access appropriate actions directly from the notifications menu. And lastly in 4.2, are some “Google Now” improvements, where Google Now can get information from Gmail to get ideas for new cards. It can help you track packages, find movie information and it can also help you find great spots for photo-ops which is based on your location.


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Grand Theft Auto 5

Rockstar Games still not have given anxious gamers and fans and bloggers (like myself), a official release date or even a release window. Until just recently, Rockstar invited a select few to be shown a demo of Grand Theft Auto 5, and possibly some more information about the game and also possibly the release date or when Rockstar will give some more information to the public.

In this post I’m going to talk about what i believe when Rockstar will official release Grand Theft Auto to gamers everywhere. First off i took a look at the past few Rockstar Titles, like Red Dead Redemption, L.A Noire and the recent Max Payne 3. That is 3 three games that have come out by Rockstar Games that are major, full games from the developer. Some other things to consider is that the games that i mentioned, were all released in May of the year they were released, Red Dead Redemption (May 18th 2010), L.A. Noire (May 17th 2011) and Max Payne 3 (May 15th 2012). 

So if Rockstar continues this trend there is a possbility that Grand Theft Auto 5 will be released in May 2013. There have also been reports that GTA 5 will be released in March 2013 because Take-Two Interactive (Rockstar Games’ Parent Company) has there fiscal year ending at the end of March 2013. So then that could place the release date of Grand Theft Auto 5 from end of March 2013 to middle of  May 2013.

That is all i wanted to talk about in this post and below i will place some links to some interesting articles about GTA 5 and when new information will be announced by Rockstar. Also will include a link to a website with all the official screenshots released by Rockstar.

UPDATE: Rockstar Games has confirmed that Grand Theft Auto 5 will be released in Spring 2013, which coincides with my predictions that I have stated in this article.

UPDATE 2 (1.31.2013): Read this article for mor info on the official release date. (This is the link with the screenshots)

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Nintendo Wii U Preview Event Recap

Nintendo had a press conference yesterday in New York called the “Wii U Preview Event”.
Here are some of the highlights what Nintendo announced yesterday

  • Wii U Pricing and Release Date
  • Some Wii U Features like Nintendo TVii
  • The Launch Title list and Game Pricing

Wii U Pricing and Release Date
Nintendo revealed that the Wii U will be starting at $299.99 for the “Basic” Version.
The “Basic” Version of the Wii U will include a white Wii U console with 8GB of storage (yes that’s right only 8GB, for the basic version anyway), a GamePad, AC adapters, a Wii U Sensor bar, stands for the console and the GamePad and a HDMI Cable. The Deluxe Version that cost $349.99 includes all that is included in the Basic Version but all in black and instead of 8GB or storage, you get bumped up to 32GB and plus you will also get charging cradles and a FREE copy of Nintendoland. The Deluxe Version will also include access to “Digital Download” credit that can be used to download some Wii U titles. The Nintendoland game will NOT be included with the Basic Version of the Wii U and will be sold separately.The Wii U will be available in North America on November 18th 2012, November 30th 2012 in Europe and December 8th 2012 for Japan.

Wii U Features (Like Nintendo TVii)
Nintendo also introduced a service for Wii U called Nintendo TVii, basically it is “a personalized programming guide” that you can use to either watch live TV or streaming video on services like Netflix and Amazon Video and Hulu Plus. These few mentioned video applications are all combined into one single hub and the GamePad is used to control the service a remote.Users (or different family members) can create different profiles and each individual user can flip through different TV channels and their favourite programming and ties it to each of their profiles. Which they then can share with their online friends. Nintendo TVii also has integration for Twitter, Facebook, IMDB and Wikipedia. Nintendo parterned up with a company called i. TV and they specialize in “designing and building second screen and social TV experiences” for Nintendo’s TVii service.The Nintendo TVii service will be available in the Canada and the United States on Wii U’s launch date of November 18th. Plus the service will be included with all Wii U consoles with no addition costs or monthly fees (except for those streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus.

Launch Titles for the Wii U
Nintendo also announced the what games would be scheduled to be released from November 18th 2012 and the end of March 2013. The titles listed below will be released between those mentioned period of time. All Wii U games will cost $59.99
  • 505 Games
    • Funky Barn
    2K Sports
    • NBA 2K13
    Activision Publishing, Inc.
    • 007 Legends
    • Call of Duty®: Black Ops II
    • Wipeout 3 Skylanders Giants
    • Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
    • Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
    • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
    • Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
    • Ben 10: Omniverse
    • Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
    Disney Interactive
    • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
    Electronic Arts
    • Mass Effect 3
    • Madden NFL 13
    • EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 13
    • Trine 2: Director’s Cut
    Gaijin Games
    • Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
    Majesco Entertainment
    • Zumba® Fitness Core
    Maximum Games
    • Jett Tailfin
    NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
    • Nintendo Land
    • New Super Mario Bros. U
    • NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge
    • SiNG PARTY
    • LEGO® City: Undercover
    • Wii Fit U
    • Game & Wario
    • Pikmin 3
    • The Wonderful 101
    • Aliens: Colonial Marines
    • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
    • Nano Assault Neo
    Tecmo Koei America Corporation
    • WARRIORS OROCHI® 3 Hyper
    • Darksiders® II
    • Wheel of Fortune®
    • JEOPARDY! ®
    Two Tribes
    • Toki Tori 2
    • Assassin’s Creed® III
    • Just Dance® 4
    • Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth
    • Rabbids® Land Sports Connection
    • Your Shape®: Fitness Evolved 2013
    • ZombiU
    • Rayman Legends®
    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    • Scribblenauts
    • Unlimited Game Party Champions
    • Batman: Arkham City™ Armored Edition
Here are some screenshots of the Wii U and Games 

Also in case you would like to see the Nintendo Wii U Preview Press Conference. The Video is available on Nintendo’s Website:
Pre-Order the Wii U (Both Versions) on Best Buy

Wii U 8GB Basic Version for $299.99
Wii U 32GB Deluxe Version for $349.99
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