It’s no secret that the number of minutes the average American spends talking on his or her home phone has been in steep decline in the last few years. The truth is that for most of us, the landline is more neglected than one of Octomom’s children.
Despite that trend, many of us still cling to the comfort of a dial tone at home. That’s where Ooma’s Telo comes in. Offering a stand-alone VoIP service that’s essentially free (other than the taxes to the Man), this sleek device is a home phone alternative that lets you flip the bird at Ma Bell.
Nothing illustrates our problem with MSI’s E350IA-E45 mobo (reviewed last month) better than the Mvix Minix 890GX-USB3.
Manufactured for Mvix by J&W, the Minix pretty much solves the primary issue we had with MSI’s Fusion-based mother-board: While the MSI board featured a soldered-on CPU in the form of a Fusion E-350, the Minix is far more traditional in that you pair your board with the processor that best suits your needs.
Like Origins, Dragon Age II is a 50-plus-hour epic with a deep, complex combat system and a well-defined supporting cast. But it also wears its mythology proudly, confident in its goal of charting the rise of a complete and utter badass: you.
The first time you control Hawke—the hero—is in an opening flashback to your family’s escape from the Darkspawn attack on Lothering, which occurred in the first game. Dragon Age: Origins’ free battlefield camera is now gone, but at least the mouse-wheel scroll still grants the zoom you need to see the full field. Pausing, issuing a set of orders, then sitting back and watching the chaos unfold remains a joy that never gets old.
Bulletstorm is a big-armed, bigger-brained contradiction. On one hand, it’s about a band of hulking space pirates who can’t go two sentences without shouting some (admittedly hilarious) variation on a certain male organ. The game is juvenile and ridiculous, so it only makes sense that it’d have game mechanics to match, right? Wrong. Behind Bulletstorm’s barrel-chested bravado is a quiet brilliance—a reinvention of the FPS genre as we know it. It’s just a shame that—despite what its title may imply— Bulletstorm doesn’t quite manage to completely pull the trigger.
Earthquakes. Volcanoes. The dead rising from the grave. Human sacrifice. CoolIT and Corsair working together. You get the point. If you had asked us last year whether the two would ever bury the hatchet, we’d have laughed. And we’d have been wrong. At CES this year, Corsair announced a partnership with CoolIT, and the Corsair H60 is the first fruit to come out of that collaboration. Whether Corsair’s embrace of CoolIT drove Asetek into the loving arms of Antec, or the other way around, is a matter for speculation.
By now, Intel’s Sandy Bridge CPUs need no introduction. Since their debut late last year, the procs have been on the hot list of every red-blooded power user. But getting at them hasn’t been easy. Particularly the mobile parts, which hadn’t even hit the market in new notebooks before the now-infamous SATA 3Gb/s port issue brought product flow to a grinding halt.
I’ve seen the light, and it’s dark. Intel’s new Thunderbolt technology, formerly code-named Light Peak, is making its debut as something more like Copper Peak. Instead of the futuristic fiber-optic cables we were promised, we’re getting plain old copper cables that would be passably familiar to Thomas Edison.
If it weren’t for the branding on the Kühler H20 620’s fan and water block, you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for a Corsair product. Its mounting bracket is the exact same one used in Corsair’s Hydro H50 and H70 coolers, while its radiator looks like the H50’s and the pump unit looks like the H70’s. Is this a case of industrial espionage?
From the outside, the Enermax Hoplite doesn’t really stand out. Its generic industrial look has been done before, and better—it owes a lot to Cooler Master’s HAF series, by way of example. What it lacks in the looks department, however, it makes up for with ease of use. Couple that with a $100 price tag and a pretty spiffy LED-enabled front fan, and you’ve got yourself a deal. Kind of.
"Hey kids! Wanna cheese off Mom? Then play an M-rated video game!”
That’s the juvenile, completely irresponsible message of EA’s “Your Mom Hates This” advertising campaign for Dead Space 2, which was inexplicably approved by the ESRB. Whenever gaming begins to earn a modicum of mainstream acceptance and respectability, something remarkably stupid and pointless comes along to make us look like twits and make a farce of the ratings system.