New things happening at TeenTechBlog February 22, 2008Posted by Eli Blumenthal in : Misc. , add a comment
As some of you may have noticed, we started changing some things for the better around here, and here is just a quick summary for some of the things we did and are planning to do in the near future.
We changed the name from Tech4Teens to TeenTechBlog and have moved the sites name from tech4teens.wordpress.com to just teentechblog.com (We are still running the same blog). We also added some new people to help us reach our goals of helping teenagers with technology, and those new people are some of our fellow students at our school- Charlie Wollman and Tzvi Solomon. Charlie will be working as our new editor, and Tzvi will be helping us expand our site on the business side to bigger and better things.
Ask TeenTechBlog February 18, 2008Posted by Eli Blumenthal in : Announcements , 3comments
We feel that another way we can accomplish that goal is to ask you, our readers, what questions, problems and opportunities with technology that you are facing. We hope to then research the ones that are most interesting or requested and make those questions the focus of our blogs.
As we are students just like you, please allow us some time to do the research and report back to you.
So start sending in your questions by posting them in the comments section below (and who knows maybe someone else reading the comments will know the answer as well and help you).
Eli and Chaim
Best new Tech from CES: Video Games February 18, 2008Posted by Eli Blumenthal in : CES and Macworld, Video Games , 2comments
There were a lot of new video games and related materials announced at CES, here are the interesting ones that we saw.
For the heavy computer gamer: If you are a heavy computer gamer then CES was a good week for you. Three of the top gaming computer makers announced pretty cool new products. We’ll start this list with Alienware who announced a very nice new gaming computer screen. This is not the average screen you have at your home computer, rather its a monster curved gaming screen. This screen has a resolution 2880 x 900 (for those who don’t know what that means, let’s just say it will play you video games in very nice quality), and is over 3 feet wide. It is not out yet but is listed for the second half of this year for price unknown as of now (start saving now- this will most likely cost a lot).
Alienware curved gaming screen
Fancy Pants Adventure 2 February 14, 2008Posted by Chaim Gartenberg in : Video Games , add a comment
There are a variety of Flash games on the internet that I’ve played recently, but none quite as good as Fancy Pants Adventure 2. The basic premise is that a rabbit has stolen your ice cream and you journey throughout several platforming worlds to retrieve it. However, like most Flash games, plot is not the central core of the game. What is the point, and where the game truly excels, is in playing it. The gameplay is simple, yet your flamboyantly dressed stick figure manages to keep you entertained and involved with jumps, flips, slides, and rolls that are incredibly fun to use. A perfectly fitting hand drawn art style accompanies it. But as I said, the gameplay is the most fun. You run through forests, cities, upside down, flipping off spiders onto springs, sliding down hills, all at breakneck speed, extravagant maneuvers, and incredibly cool pants. Sure, there are secrets and side quests (unlocking different color pants), to prolong the game, (it’s short – about 20 mins for the main levels, and about another 30 if you want to get all the secret rooms, trophys, and colors), but it really is one of the most fun online games I’ve ever played.
New tech from CES: Mp3 Players February 9, 2008Posted by Eli Blumenthal in : CES and Macworld, Mp3 players and iPods , add a comment
There were many new Mp3 Players announced at CES, and here are some of the interesting ones that we saw.
From iRiver: iRiver announced several new products including the Clix+, B20, and W7. The Clix+ is an update on the original Clix. It’s features include the original styler of navigation of menus by clicking the screen up, down, right and left to move the respective direction. It also has the same 2.2 inch screen, video player, ability to play Flash based games, voice recorder, and an FM tuner. The big changes here is the slimming down of the size, and lowering the price to $149 for 4 GB and $199 for 8 GB. The B20 is also a update on the Clix, but this Mp3 player’s updates focus more on features than design. Its design is the same as the original Clix, but the features include an FM tuner, video player, a micro SD card slot for adding memory, white or black color choices, and a TV tuner wen the product is released in Europe (it is not known whether the tuner will be there in a different form when its released in the US). Just like the Clix+, the price for the B20 is $149 for a 4 GB model.The W7 is a completely new Mp3 player that includes several cool features, that were so cool that they earned the W7 the Cnet Best of CES Award for Mp3 players. Those include a 3 inch touch screen, FM tuner, electronic dictionary, micro SD slot for adding more memory, video player, ability to play Flash games, and something completely new for a Mp3 player: GPS capability. The GPS isn’t included, but can be bought as a car mount which would enable the GPS. It is available in 4 GB and 8 GB, but the price is unknown for when it comes to the US.
iRiver B20, Clix+, and W7 (more…)
iPod Touch/iPhone Updates February 5, 2008Posted by Chaim Gartenberg in : Cell Phones, Mp3 players and iPods , 3comments
Today, Apple announced memory updates to the iPod Touch and iPhone, the iPod Touch now available in 32 GB for $500, and includes the new applications, as well as the iPhone now being available in a 16 GB variety, also for $500. I just got an iPod Touch, and I’ve been using it for about a week, and i happen to really like it. For one, it is insanely cool. Flicking through music and tapping the screen and everything is really cool, and even entertaining. Also, it happens to operate excellently for watching movies, especially widescreen ones. If you’ve ever tried watching something on a video iPod, you know what i mean when I say that the screen, although not bad, isn’t so great for watching some videos on, especially in widescreen. The Touch rectifies this with a much larger, 3.5 inch widescreen display (although not complete widescreen). It also is nice and thin, about the same thickness of the original Nano. I found that the lack of speakers like on the iPhone was a little annoying, especially when watching videos on Youtube, but I suppose you can always use speaker for that. However, I fell that it is a really nice product and the added memory and applications only enhance it.