The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review

There isn’t a reason for me to go on and on about Skyrim in a review (because I’d just stop and start playing the game). There are sites dedicated to this sort of thing, like this one. Once you start off, you are bound (literally). Through some initial combat, you are then thrust into a beautiful full HD world with both dangers, disease, beauty, temples, forts, castles and castle-towns, cities, colleges, wilderness, tundras, and even the game’s version of heaven. Skyrim feels almost limitless. As the Dovahkiin (translated from the game’s dragon language as Dragonborn), you possess the soul of a dragon, but are a mere mortal. At the very beginning of the game you can specify what race, gender, and cosmetic features you will posses. I am a Nord, a hearty and tough human race in Skyrim, the lands of which you will explore in Tamriel. We Nords have the power to use a Battle Cry, which works like the first Dragon Shout you acquire in the game, but is considerably weaker. We also have the ability to withstand tough winters, but other races can breathe underwater, or be immune to certain diseases.

It’s a fascinating fantasy RPG world. And the rest of the (somewhat lengthy) LaptopMemo review is seen after the break.

Geeky Tyvek Wallet Micro-Review

It’s made out of Tyvek, a stubborn material. It won’t rip so easily or even burn so easily. And now, it’s in the origami-like form of a wallet for $15. It’s capable of holding some credit cards, business cards, and cash. And in this case, the design is all about Pi, or 3.1415926535 (and continuing, of course) for you geeks and math nerds. So it is pretty awesome.  And since it is made out of the same material of FedEx shipping packs, and is even stronger, it makes for a formidable and somewhat discreet wallet. It measures 3 3/8 inches wide by 10 inches long, open.

And best of all — it works and is now my primary wallet. Available at ThinkGeekScore: 9/10

Get Pwned — Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Sells $775 million, 12M copies in 5 days

Now this is just monstrous. Battlefield 3 and Skyrim have had sales in the millions and no doubt are the most successful titles for both publishers that make them (DICE/EA and Bethesda, respectively). But in this case, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer games, and Activision have made $775 million in 5 days with Modern Warfare 3. And while it’s not a huge step up for the game, it’s still worth the sales it’s getting. Via: BGR

Samsung Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich update confirmed

In a recent tweet from Samsung UK, there has been confirmation that the Galaxy S II will ride the Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0 wave. This means, well, that the SGS II will be pretty awesome, more so than it is now. As for the US variants, keep in mind Samsung has always been somewhat late, patchy, and undecided with getting all carriers to update that Galaxy devices on time, and because of this is it usually expected that it will come out at a later date than the international version of the smartphone. At the very least though, it has been confirmed. Via: Samsung UK (Twitter)

HP Envy 15, 17, And 17 3D Look Really Awesome As Part Of A Redesign

Three laptops launching December 7th: the Envy 15, Envy 17 and Envy 17 3D starting at $1,100, $1,250 and $1,600, respectively. What they all offer you is a really original design that has been tuned to the likes of HP quite nicely this time, and has some great specs to boot (including Beats Audio software enhancements). The Envy 15 will receive an optional 15.6-inch, 1080p Radiance IPS screen panel, built-in backlit keyboard that adjusts to light settings and a great thin design. The entire Envy line will have access to quad-core CPUs, and come standard with six speakers, a subwoofer, HP’s CoolSense technology and support for HP Wireless Audio. The Envy 17, in particular, can be configured with either a 128GB mSATA SSD or dual 1TB drives. And of course all of them have Beats Audio on-board.

As for what you were waiting for, the Envy 15 will come with the following base specs:  Core i5-2430M CPU, 6GB of RAM, a 500GB 7,200RPM hard drive, 1366 x 768 display, Bluetooth, Intel Wireless Display, a slot-loading DVD burner and AMD Radeon HD graphics (HP didn’t say which one, yet), HDMI, one DisplayPort, two USB 3.0 sockets and one of the 2.0 persuasion. As for the 8-cell, 76Wh battery, it purportedly provides up to nine hours of life. The Envy 17 starting specs aren’t much different, as they add more hard drive space and more ports.

Press release after the break.