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Some thoughts on viewing 3D content at home
While the 3D TV fad may have come and gone, gdgt team member Frank shares his experiences with watching 3D content at home. Unfortunately, even though he's had some enjoyable moments, it was hampered by an inability to be properly immersed in the movie -- not to mention his discomfort from eye strain. If you own a 3D set, have you had a similar experience, or do you actually enjoy it?
The Play:1 is smaller, cheaper, and fits better on a bookshelf than any of Sonos' other speakers, and it won't let you down on sound either. The Play:1 retains the company's proclivity for exceptional sound and stylish engineering and, due to its smaller footprint, it's ideal for a wider variety of locations than its larger siblings. At $199, the Play:1 is the cheapest way to dive into Sonos' wireless music ecosystem, or a great way to complement an existing Sonos setup.
How do you take notes in the digital age?
In school, at work, or just in the course of our daily lives, we may have to take notes to remember things that are important to us. In the past, we usually accomplished this with pen and paper. But now, with cloud-based notes just a tap away on our smartphones and tablets, note-taking habits have changed. Are you a fan of a tablet app with a stylus, or do you type out notes on your computer? How has the digital age changed the way you take notes?
Part portable console, part tablet -- the 7-inch Wikipad tries very hard to be a prime destination for gaming on the go, but misses the mark. Its screen may be passable, but the body and specs fall short of ideal, with cheap build quality and seriously deficient battery life. At $250, you'd be better off buying a Nexus 7, which succeeds in places where the Wikipad fails.
Nintendo is doing just fine and doesn't need to make games for mobile, thank you very much
With sluggish Wii U sales and a recent 23.2 billion yen operating loss, it's become a common theme among pundits to lament Nintendo's imminent demise, or suggest that it change tack and make games for other systems -- namely iOS. However, with strong 3DS sales and Nintendo reaffirming its exclusivity to its own hardware, that's not going to happen any time soon. We take a look at the numbers to see how this strategy holds up for Nintendo, as well as the historical reasons it would choose to stay the course and eschew what Apple has to offer.