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Mini Piano ®
Mini Piano ®

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound, 25 April 2014
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Great sounding piano simulation - keyboard is broken over two layers - allows you to change the sounds attached to the keys.


Protest, Inc
Protest, Inc
by Peter Dauvergne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly insightful look at the corporatisation of Activism, 24 April 2014
This review is from: Protest, Inc (Paperback)
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Protest Inc. is a broad-reaching and highly relevant book in today's world. As the radical activism and 'mind-bombing' of the 60's & 70's has faded away, activism or counter-movements are being increasingly diluted by the institutionalisation of their structure - even the very word activist has negative connotations today. For these organisations to be heard and have true influence it is necessary for counter-movements to have legitimate corporate entities (e.g. Amnesty International, WWF) and as the legitimacy of these movements grows, so does their funding requirements. Companies offering partnerships seem like the best way to achieve their respective goals, the net effect is the NGOs that partner with companies are lending their legitimacy to those companies at the cost of their integrity.

Protest Inc. also highlights the increasingly blurred line between state's police forces and the military as police are increasingly equipped, trained & operated like a paramilitary force. These forces then treat protesters as rioters and act in ways that breach civil rights with increasing impunity. The book also highlights the alarming increase in legislation used to restrict civil freedom of assembly in the western world - detailing the exact pieces of legislation in the respective country (America - 2001 PATRIOT act, Canada - C-35, C-36 & C-42, the UK Terrorism Act 2000). This reduction of civil liberty is often hiding behind fear-inducing anti-terrorist rhetoric but having the net effect of increasing the right of the police to stop, search and detain members of the public at will with little to no repercussion.

The book goes on to warn of the way that today's culture means we are living alone more frequently, in more segregated & fractured communities that reduce the power of any collectivism and public consensus of civil unrest, further strengthening the status-quo. Highlighting how today's culture means it is easier to engage in 'Slacktivism' - liking something on Facebook for example - rather than actually picking up the baton and fighting for a cause, allaying personal guilt of inaction without actually making any meaningful commitment. Protest Inc has great insight into the corporate involvement, endorsement and dilution of activism noting "The relentless ability of contemporary capitalism to commodify dissent & sell it back to dissenters" - Page 103. Well-meaning organisations such as Free Trade shift blame from companies, involved in the environmental destruction to begin with, on to the consumer as it is becomes our fault for not buying enough ethically sourced products - introducing the concept of 'Philanthrocapitalism'.

It is not all doom & gloom however, despite the alarmist nature of some of the subjects it is an incredibly well-written and well-referenced read. It is not a call to arms to blow the whole system up and start again, but it is meant to be a warning shot across the bows that by participation in some of today's activism we are actually endorsing and reinforcing the inability to change the direction of things we are concerned about. For that reason, I think this should be a compulsory read for even the slightest of skeptics.

I would like to finish with a quote from the book;

"... we are arguing that the corporatization of activism is reinforcing the capacity of the world order to suppress and subsume social unrest and counter-movements. Corparatized NGOs and consumer activism stabilize and legitimize the structures of this world order, pulling anti-capitalist and anti-globalization activists into the mainstream, taming some, disillusioning others. Militarized police and intelligence agencies deal with those unwilling to moderate. The effect is to weaken grassroots activism and further enhance corporate power." - Page 136.

Well-argued, bibliographed and highly recommended.


Durex Comfort XL (12 Pack)
Durex Comfort XL (12 Pack)
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Price: £4.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product, 24 April 2014
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Contrary to the overtly boastful packaging - these condoms are only a little bit larger than the regular sized one. The ring at the base is almost exactly the same size, there is just a little bit more room in the body. I was expecting a wind-sock in truly elephantine proportions but in actuality I think these should fit most guys. If you find regular condoms a little on the tight side, then give these a whirl.

Clear, no ribs, a straight-up low-odour condom - just a little bit larger.


Pin-O-Ball 2
Pin-O-Ball 2
Price: £0.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic Pinball app, 24 April 2014
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This is simply a wooden pinball table presented in two dimensions - the only control you have on it is how hard you let the ball go and then you sit there and wait as it bounces between the bumpers and eventually lands in a slot. There are no flippers - it's just fire & forget - it doesn't respond to tilt or anything.

As a result, it's incredibly boring and is constantly asking you to upgrade the table (adding things to the bumpers) and what a surprise; you can buy the coins with real money... Avoid this piece of dross like the plague.


Box Cat
Box Cat
Price: £0.65

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Simple '8-bit' car-dashing game, 23 April 2014
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You are Box Cat; dash across the road hitting cars in this 2D game. Reach a fixed number of cars to complete each street then move on. You can choose to tilt or use buttons to control box cat and you can unlock and also buy (yes, with real money!) different cats that are exactly the same but have a different appearance; Hat Cat, Squirrel Cat, Zombie Cat to name a few. I have a feeling that a rampant feline destroying hundreds of cars at a single intersection may cause traffic to pile up, but in this 8 bit flat world, it's all good.

Collect coins, reach objectives, even turn into Super Box Cat (it's the same, but larger!) - but ultimately it gets old fast as you alternate between tapping left and right - that's about the extent of the game-play. A total dud.


Alpha Wave
Alpha Wave
Price: £1.25

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic arcade-style shooter, 21 April 2014
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Much like Space Invaders, you control a ship at the base of the screen that constantly fires upwards. Blast the asteroids falling down towards your ship, pick up upgrades for your laser - split beams and multi beams and use the rechargeable bomb to clear the screen. This fast-paced space-shooter is great fun and beautifully animated. A great little app. Recommended.


WiFi Overview 360 Pro
WiFi Overview 360 Pro
Price: £2.14

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Additional WiFi data tool, 19 April 2014
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Assess the strength of available WiFi networks before you join them, see the results plotted on graphs or even a location based 'radar' - gives lives statistics of signal strength in - dBm and also gives you full IP/Netmask/Gateway information for each network.

A quality little (4.6mb) tool to monitor/assess your wifi network, also enables you to get live stats about the optimal position for your router as you move about the house.


Numolition
Numolition
Price: £0.72

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Numbers + Demolition = Numolition, 17 April 2014
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...is a fantastic numbers game that will make you think. Set in a comic style world; help the boss and C-4 the robot blow up numbered squares. Tap adjacent squares of the same number to blow them up, drag squares on top of each other to add them together and then match them with other numbers. The screen shakes as you detonate the tiles with a neat little comic-style 'Ka-Boom' - great sound effects and feel to the app.

Take on the Boss's Tower Challenges to try a different game-play style, add the tiles up to 10 to generate a bomb tile and detonate the bricks in an endless stacking flow of number tiles (similar to Tetris) when the column fills up with bricks, the game's over. Fun, challenging and has a surprising amount of strategy for such a simple premise. Highly recommended!
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Orrery
Orrery
Price: £1.18

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful visualisation of the Solar System, 15 April 2014
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This orrery is a really well done app, zoom in or out and tilt the plane of view to see the entire solar system, use the settings to change your focal planet - choose asteroids on or off, the Sun causes lens flares as you pan past it. Click on each planet to bring up information about it and even see the view from the surface!

You can change the speed of rotation right up to hundreds of days/second and it tracks the correct date, showing the planetary alignment at any date in the future or the past (up to 1900).

You can opt to have the mechanics of the orrery visible or off (even showing the axial tilt of Earth!) and this really is about as good as it gets for an app! Highly recommended!


The Lego Movie [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2014] [Region Free]
The Lego Movie [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2014] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Chris Pratt
Price: £8.00

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything is awesome!, 11 April 2014
Lord Business (Will Ferrell) is looking to Krazy Glue the entire Lego universe together in an effort to stop people messing with his stuff - the prophecy says only 'The Special' can stop him. When regular guy, Emmett (Chris Pratt) is mistaken for 'The Special' he is thrown into a journey that will take him across the Lego universe to meet with the other Master Builders - among them, Batman (Will Arnett), WyldStyle (Elizabeth Banks) and Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) - can Emmett stop Lord Business from gluing this brick-based world together and ruining creativity forever? Time will tell...

The Lego movie is something unique - first off it's the first feature-length "stop-motion" Lego movie but it's actually heavily-embellished CGI meaning people's faces emote and the animation is a lot smoother than it would have been otherwise - but the respect for the basic movement principals and worlds of Lego are all there. This is a very smart movie - I don't mean intellectual, but you can put the kids in front of it and they will appreciate it for it's fast-paced and colourful tomfoolery, but there are also a lot of jokes for adults too that will sail over the heads of younger viewers - the corporate Orwellian feel to President Business' empire for example. The incredibly sarcastic and arrogant Batman was hilarious and by far my favourite character ("If anyone finds black pieces they're mine; I only build in black...or occasionally, very dark grey) - there are cameos from Star Wars Lego sets and numerous other popular culture references. The relationship between Superman (Channing Tatum) and Green Lantern (Jonah Hill) was very funny, a nod to their roles together in 21 Jump Street - which the directors of this movie also helmed.

It is an incredibly intricate movie, nearly every scene has things going on in the background that you will miss first time around, whether it's the set pieces or in-jokes. Most of all, I loved the nostalgia; I had a lot of these Lego pieces as a kid; the glow-in-the-dark ghost cover for the Lego men - the 1980's Space-guy - complete with the scuffed logo & broken helmet - mine was broken in exactly the same place. The only downside I felt was the final few minutes of the movie where it reverts to real-world cinema - but this is easy to forgive when the preceding hour has been filled with incredible animation, voice-acting and Lego action.

Extra Content: There is a digital copy of the film included with this disc - with Ultraviolet codings (UV is a digital locker for your media, you have to register an account and upload your unique product code, but then you can stream it or download it anywhere on the planet on any medium).

Highly recommended for the best 'U' rated movie in ages.


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