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Shawn Farner
Re: Will We Ever Reach the ‘Digital Future’ on Game Consoles? - http://www.besttechie.com/2014...
"I see Australians complaining quite a bit about how inflated the digital game prices are. I'm glad you have a way to get the game cheaper, though it's a bummer you have to wait for it." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: A Year Without Cable, Week 9: Binge Watching the Past - http://www.besttechie.com/2014...
"Mom?" - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: That Time I Owned a Windows 8.1 Tablet for 22 Hours - http://www.besttechie.com/2014...
"I was able to get mail onto the tablet without a problem. It wasn't mail that was the issue. It was Tasks. If you want a touch-based Tasks solution, you have to go third-party, and it's not something I'm totally comfortable doing with sensitive info." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: That Time I Owned a Windows 8.1 Tablet for 22 Hours - http://www.besttechie.com/2014...
"Would love to know what homework I didn't do? Is there a touch Outlook that comes bundled with Windows 8.1 I'm missing?" - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: That Time I Owned a Windows 8.1 Tablet for 22 Hours - http://www.besttechie.com/2014...
"That's obviously not what I'm saying, and that wasn't the case for iOS until 7 came out. It just feels like Microsoft is trying to have W8.1 be the OS for everything so badly that it's not focusing enough on what the experience is like for each individual device." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: That Time I Owned a Windows 8.1 Tablet for 22 Hours - http://www.besttechie.com/2014...
"If RT does come with Outlook, it would be worth a look. But again, I'd want something that is built for touch. Using the desktop Outlook seems counterintuitive to me when I can use a touch-based tasks program in iOS Reminders that syncs with Exchange." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: That Time I Owned a Windows 8.1 Tablet for 22 Hours - http://www.besttechie.com/2014...
"Exchange Tasks actually sync with the Reminders app on the iPad, so the iPad is doing something out of the box to support a Microsoft service that Microsoft's own OS isn't doing. I didn't make that up, it's fact. I don't have to buy the Reminders app to use tasks. I don't feel that I should have to buy full desktop Outlook just to accomplish that one thing. Doing so also defeats the purpose of using a tablet. I have a laptop I could carry around if I wanted to, but I'd rather go with something more portable and lightweight. And something built fully for touch. Windows 8.1, at least when you're using some apps, isn't quite there yet." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: A Year Without Cable, Week 2: Selecting Shows, Doing the Math - http://www.besttechie.com/2014...
"I did look into the Channel Master, but it's a pretty expensive investment to make. The process of getting items from that into iTunes (importing, adding metadata, etc.) would have added more work, as well. I want physical copies I can take on my iPad, so a streaming device like the Slingbox doesn't appeal to me." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: A Year Without Cable, Week 2: Selecting Shows, Doing the Math - http://www.besttechie.com/2014...
"If you're a big NFL fan, keep an eye out for what DirecTV does with Sunday Ticket this fall. The past few years, they've made it available as a streaming service online, though it's been pricey. Still, if you want access to almost every game and don't want to pay a hefty price for cable on top of that, it's something to watch for." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: A Year Without Cable, Week 1: Selecting Shows, Doing the Math - http://www.besttechie.com/2014...
"Hi Cari, I do subscribe to Netflix, and I watch a good bit of content from it, but Hulu is another story. The selection always seems iffy, there are commercials, and you have to stream shows (so I can't watch them in Wi-Fi-less locations)." - Shawn Farner
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Re: April’s Xbox Live Games With Gold Lineup Revealed [Update] - http://gearnuke.com/aprils-...
"Is this source at all reliable?" - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: Apple’s rumored new Apple TV - http://www.loopinsight.com/2014...
"Nope like, will let you know what nope means later when it does or doesn't happen." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: Review: iPad mini with Retina (2013) - http://www.besttechie.com/2014...
"You're right, and it is a concern if that's something that is especially important to you. I see this iPad more as one that can go everywhere with you, and in my time with it I've treated it as such, which has meant I've typically had the brightness down to 30 or 40 percent. I'm not really getting the full benefit of the display anyway, so the color gamut isn't that important to me." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: Nintendo Rumored to be Readying ‘Fusion’ Home & Handheld Consoles - http://www.besttechie.com/2014...
"When you compare what you see above to Nintendo's past, there's definitely cause for some skepticism. At the same time, though, it's clear the "Nintendo Way" isn't working for the Wii U, and some of the areas its been stubborn in -- graphics, networking, etc. -- are the reasons why. I don't think Nintendo is going to replace the Wii U anytime soon, but I'm also not counting out a different strategy when it finally does." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: OS X Mavericks Unleashed: A Look at AirPlay Display - http://www.besttechie.com/2013...
"Yes, there are some features of OS X that have minimum system requirements, not unlike updates of iOS where older iPhones and iPads can't use certain features (AirDrop comes to mind). It's a bummer, for sure, but at least older systems can move up to Mavericks at all." - Shawn Farner
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Re: Nintendo drops the Wii U Deluxe to $299, also announces Nintendo 2DS - http://www.besttechie.com/2013...
"Hi Paul, I don't doubt there's a market for the device. But I'm not sure the slate form factor was the way to go. Even discounted at $130, if a kid plans on taking this anywhere, the parent would be wise to buy a case due to the exposed screens. Buy a case and you might as well have bought a 3DS. And it's less portable, to boot." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: Best Buy might not be wiping open box Macs completely - http://www.besttechie.com/2013...
"Because if the store advertises a service and tells customers that they are wiping the system, I think it's fair to expect that it's done correctly. Once that laptop was returned, it became Best Buy's responsibility to clear it and they didn't." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: Best Buy might not be wiping open box Macs completely - http://www.besttechie.com/2013...
"I'm happy to hear that this isn't something that happens at every location. Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment, Lisa!" - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: The Ouya could become the next Atari Jaguar - http://www.besttechie.com/2013...
"That's a possibility. Those are the only reason I could see myself turning the Ouya on again anytime soon. I'd probably be in the same boat with the Nvidia Shield, too, though that's at least portable and can at least stream PC games." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: iOS 7 beta 4 could drop today, but don’t hold your breath - http://www.besttechie.com/2013...
"That's an interesting take, but will we see it today? It feels a bit in jeopardy at this point." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: At $349, the Microsoft Surface RT is suddenly worth a look - http://www.besttechie.com/2013...
"The way streaming works, you don't necessarily have to have the portable be as powerful as the console. The Vita, for example, is nowhere near as powerful as the PlayStation 4 will be, but you'll be able to stream and play PS4 games on the Vita. It's technology that is similar to OnLive -- the major processing is done on a remote machine (in this case, the PS4) and the visuals are streamed over the network to your portable. If Microsoft were to implement something like that, the current Surface tablets would do just fine." - Shawn Farner
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Re: Apple is about to become a serious contender in gaming - http://www.besttechie.com/2013...
"You're right about the PC as a gaming platform, but the PC is in a category by itself when compared with consoles that offer a completely different experience. As far as mobile (smartphone/tablet) gaming, I can't say I disagree with you about it being unfulfilling when compared to consoles or PC, but I think that's because of the input channel -- touch -- more than the mobile nature of the devices. I've had great gaming experiences on Nintendo portables, after all. The controller is a big deal. Apple knows it's important to the future of gaming on iOS devices. That's why the support is there. When an iPhone becomes a more-powerful 3DS or Vita, gamepad in tow, I think people will change their tune." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: Apple is about to become a serious contender in gaming - http://www.besttechie.com/2013...
"I'm sure the end to Mass Effect 3 is more BioWare's fault, not EA's." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: iOS 7 beta introduces control with head movements - http://www.besttechie.com/2013...
"It actually seems to be three home presses. I've tried it a few times on my iPhone 5 and it's worked every time. I'll update the article with the appropriate number of presses." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: iOS 7 beta introduces control with head movements - http://www.besttechie.com/2013...
"Easy fix -- press the home button four times quickly. That should turn it off." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: Xbox One DRM reversal leaves some gamers disappointed - http://www.besttechie.com/2013...
"I don't think I mentioned cloud processing at all in the article, but to clarify, that doesn't go anywhere. It's not a requirement but developers can use it if they want." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: Xbox One DRM reversal leaves some gamers disappointed - http://www.besttechie.com/2013...
"The concern about the ability to play games being "turned off" one day is one that a lot of gamers shared. Personally, I think Microsoft might have just patched the system to disable the need for that daily check-in once it moved on to a new console, but I guess we'll never know. I think Microsoft's whole plan for the Xbox One would have been seen in a move favorable light with better communication. Microsoft also didn't do itself any favors by pricing games at the same $60, even though the move from physical disc to digital download meant that a game's perceived value to gamers was lowered. But now that we're back to discs, I doubt anyone will complain as much about the price tag. Thanks for the comment, Jason." - Shawn Farner
Shawn Farner
Re: Apple is about to become a serious contender in gaming - http://www.besttechie.com/2013...
"EA has released quite a few titles for iOS that would be more enjoyable with a controller -- ex. Mass Effect Infiltrator, Dead Space, FIFA 13. And that's just one publisher. Keep an eye on it." - Shawn Farner
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Re: PS4 price, hardware specs, and games detailed: The anti-Xbox One - http://www.extremetech.com/gaming...
"You'll need PS Plus to play online with the PS4. So that point is gone." - Shawn Farner
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Re: How buying and selling pre-owned Xbox One games will work - http://www.besttechie.com/2013...
"No arguments there. I think what makes me uncomfortable is that the market currently dictates the price of a used game, and I don't like the idea that Microsoft or a publisher could potentially step in and artificially inflate the price with some kind of pre-owned system." - Shawn Farner
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