Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure Brief Review

Most especially this was not expected to arrive at my doorstep, but thereafter it was begging to be reviewed. Essentially, let me get to the point: it’s a family-oriented adventure game published by Activision (hello, MW3!) featuring Spyro, and you can load different characters into the game via a dock that uses RFID chip technology into each figurine of the characters . You can buy more figurines to use more characters  with different abilities, and the saves are cross-platform between PS3, PC, and Xbox 360. That all being said, the version I tested was the Xbox 360 version, and I enjoyed it in co-op mode on a 1080p HD screen.

As for the game itself, it’s prey appealing to kids of a younger age. My favorite character was obviously Spyro, and his ability to ram into enemies in the numerous worlds, as well as using mainly fire elemental attacks, and leveling up all the way to level 10 (the max level with all abilities for your character). It’s a great game to buy for a young gamer — even good enough to be used as their first ever game. Well done.

Verizon Wireless 3G and 4G are down, nationwide (update: returning to normal)

The most reliable network is having its reputation sullied for the second time this month. Both 3G and 4G LTE service is down nationwide. leaving us with 2G or EDGE. Pretty much every state is reporting no data: California, Rhode Island, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, New Jersey, and New York have all apparently been interrupted. And there’s no ETA on a fix. And since I’ll be out and about at that time, using either AT&T or T-Mobile, you’ll have to keep an extra eye out on this.

Update: Then there’s this one dude in Massachusetts that says he’s okay. 

Update #2: Initial reports state that service is slowing returning.

Via: Twitter

Sony purportedly sold 321,400 PlayStation Vitas in two days

In what seems to be a successful launch in Japan on Saturday, according to research firm Enterbrain, Sony sold 321,400 Vita units during the first 48 hours of the device’s availability. That’s 50,000 fewer units than Nintendo sold after the 3DS made its debut in the country, but then watered down due to lack of interesting games. The PS Vita should be available in the United States and Europe early next year, in February, for $250, and a 3G-enabled version should launch in the United States with AT&T around the same time as the WiFi version’s launch.

AT&T kicks the bucket on T-Mobile merger plans

That’s all, folks. Due to the ongoing pressure by the FCC and other carriers (hello, Sprint), AT&T has kicked the bucket, thrown in the towel, called it quits, or just about any other terminology you can use to state failure or an incomplete task, pertaining to their $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile. According to AT&T:

“The actions by the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice to block this transaction do not change the realities of the U.S. wireless industry. It is one of the most fiercely competitive industries in the world, with a mounting need for more spectrum that has not diminished and must be addressed immediately. The AT&T and T-Mobile USA combination would have offered an interim solution to this spectrum shortage. In the absence of such steps, customers will be harmed and needed investment will be stifled.”

*Takes a bow and salutes*

Nice going there, AT&T but it wasn’t meant to be. And with that, T-Mobile will continue to operate independently again. Via: AndroidCentral

Mozilla Firefox 9 released with Javascript improvements and OS X Lion scrolling

In the latest iteration of one of the best browsers out there (besides Chrome, which I personally think is a better, faster browser), Mozilla’s Firefox 9 adds increased Javascript speeds and rendering by at least 30%, as well as scrolling for OS X Lion users. As usual, there are bug fixes and improvements in other sectors of the app as well, with all of the release notes and available at the source links, including a download link for the new Firefox 9.

Via: Mozilla Release Notes, Download (Firefox 9, Windows)

RIM Just Lost $1.7 Million Worth of PlayBooks

So, if the PlayBook crisis can’t get any worse for RIM, and that the Playbook is also marked-down several hundred dollars, now some thieves have stolen $1.7 million worth of them, in Indiana. The total amount of units stolen is purportedly 5,000. Yikes. The very sad part is that even the thieves will have a hard time selling a tablet no one wants. At least it’s a few extra tablets RIM doesn’t have to worry about. Via: The Verge

BT Has Sued Google For Almost All Their Services

In the latest lawsuit against Google, British telecom provider, BT has sued Google for nearly everything they do. This mass patent infringement case by BT states that just about Google does infringes upon some older patents BT owns, which of course will result in months of dispute, back and forth. Products include Google Search, Android, AdSense, Gmail, Google+, Google Docs, Google Music, and Google Maps (yeah, it’s pretty nuts). It’s time to see where this transpires. Via: The Guardian, Gizmodo