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Google Cardboard Kit V2 by MINKANAK Big Lens 3D Virtual Reality Cardboard Glasses with Head Strap Nose Pad and NFC,Compatible with 3-6inch Screen Android and Apple Smartphone
Google Cardboard Kit V2 by MINKANAK Big Lens 3D Virtual Reality Cardboard Glasses with Head Strap Nose Pad and NFC,Compatible with 3-6inch Screen Android and Apple Smartphone
Offered by MINKA NAK
Price: £13.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Works a treat with the LG G4 which is quite ..., 20 July 2016
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Works a treat with the LG G4 which is quite large with a curved screen. As the product is mainly cardboard it does have a little give after some use but still holds the phone in place perfectly with help from the rubber band supplied. This could even be seen as a plus point as it isn't too rigid. The Velcro strap to hold it on your head is neither here nor there; I tend not to use it and just hold it in place. Just waiting on Google providing more apps to use it with.


HDMI to VGA, 1080P with Audio Port, Rankie Gold-Plated Active HDMI HDTV to VGA Adapter Converter Male to Female with Micro USB & 3.5mm Audio Port Cable (Black) - R1150
HDMI to VGA, 1080P with Audio Port, Rankie Gold-Plated Active HDMI HDTV to VGA Adapter Converter Male to Female with Micro USB & 3.5mm Audio Port Cable (Black) - R1150
Offered by JEDirect UK
Price: £5.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars but it is long enough for my needs and could easily be switched with a standard micro USB cable often ..., 20 July 2016
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Bought to run a second monitor along with my laptop.

Can't really fault the product so far. Plug and play setup. Minor issue is the length of the USB wire for the 5V power needed is only around 10-12 inches, but it is long enough for my needs and could easily be switched with a standard micro USB cable often found with mobile phone chargers.


Cartoon Character Animation with Maya: Mastering the Art of Exaggerated Animation (Required Reading Range)
Cartoon Character Animation with Maya: Mastering the Art of Exaggerated Animation (Required Reading Range)
by Keith Osborn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost feels like you're getting two great books for one., 26 Mar. 2016
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A fantastic book which offers much more than it seems. CG animation has taken a major leap in recent years with the likes of 'Hotel Transylvania', 'Tangled' and others almost eradicating the stiffness associated with with the medium. This book shows you how to get the most out of your poses and the techniques involved.

More importantly, and not advertised as much as it should be, this book takes you through a good professional animation workflow. From thumbnails through to final polish, he describes his methods and puts them into practice in a clear manner. The accompanying videos and rig are excellent and I recommend this book to anyone who is not 100% sure of the efficiency of their own workflow.


Trials Frontier
Trials Frontier
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mobile Game, 11 Oct. 2014
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Trials has a proven record of being an entertaining game and it has transferred very well to mobile media. The gameplay is addictive and there are constant rewards for your playing time. Your game time can be limited (20-30 mins roughly) to encourage you to buy fuel etc, but I see this as a good way to stop me from playing too much. I fully recommend this to anyone looking for a new game and fans of the older games. (Kindle Fire HDX)


Flixster
Flixster

4.0 out of 5 stars A Handy App, 25 Jun. 2014
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I mainly use the Flixster app to watch my UV movies and check movie reviews. The layout could be better (on the Kindle Fire HDX) as the stars to rate movies aren't fully on the screen and I struggle to navigate to what I want from time to time.

On the whole, a good app with minor issues.


New Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch 7" 2013 & Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 inch 8.9" 2013 (ALL Model Versions - 16GB, 32GB & 64GB Wi-Fi + 4G LTE) RED Multi-Function Leather SMART FOLIO Front & Back Case / Smart Cover / Typing & Viewing Stand / Premium SLIM Flip Case With Magnetic Sleep Sensor & Screen Protector Shield Guard & Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Tablet Red Stylus Pen Accessory Accessories Pack by efonebits® (Kindle Fire HDX 7", Black)
New Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch 7" 2013 & Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 inch 8.9" 2013 (ALL Model Versions - 16GB, 32GB & 64GB Wi-Fi + 4G LTE) RED Multi-Function Leather SMART FOLIO Front & Back Case / Smart Cover / Typing & Viewing Stand / Premium SLIM Flip Case With Magnetic Sleep Sensor & Screen Protector Shield Guard & Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Tablet Red Stylus Pen Accessory Accessories Pack by efonebits® (Kindle Fire HDX 7", Black)

4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect except for the magnets., 11 Jan. 2014
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This is a good quality cover for the Kindle HDX. The only flaw I have found is that the magnets, which keep the cover closed, turn the screen off when it is closed or tucked back in behind the kindle when in use. I managed to remove them without damaging it too much and will continue using it. There are two small magnets in the corners and another, the suspected culprit, around half way down and a third way in to the cover.


Winnie The Pooh - The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh [DVD]
Winnie The Pooh - The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh [DVD]
Dvd ~ Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Gem, 4 Nov. 2013
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I grew up on Winnie the Pooh, as I'm sure many people have, and I bought this as a gift for my Dad (he asked for it, lol). I watched it with him recently and was taken aback when I realised I was enjoying it every bit as much as I did as a child. If anything I was getting more out of it now than I did then. The animation is superb, the characters are all amazing in their own way and the script and voice acting is phenomenal, which is something I didn't pick up on in my younger days. A good example of this is the character Gopher ("He's not in the book") when he tells Winnie the Pooh, "You should do something about that speech impediment, Sonny!" while whistling through his teeth on the S's and T's.

Aside from the unrivalled work done by some of the Disney animation greats (Milt Kahl, Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas etc), Winnie the Pooh has something for kids that's rarely seen nowadays and I think it's the respect given to the them by ensuring they are getting the best possible end product. It is what has set Disney above all the others for nearly 100 years and I can honestly say 'The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh' is up there with the best animations they have ever created.


Cuthbert Was Bored
Cuthbert Was Bored
by Uli Meyer
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars As Good as it Gets, 4 Nov. 2013
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I bought 'Cuthbert Was Bored' as a gift for my nephew after a recommendation from a friend. The artwork is stunning (which was the main reason my friend suggested it as a character designer) and I was surprised at how much a child could learn from the story and how much it can inspire their imagination. You can see each character has their own distinct personality as soon as you turn the page and the backgrounds are full of life without taking anything away from the characters, as I'm sure you can see in the main image for the product.

It's a rare thing to get a book with a good story and excellent artwork to match and it's one that kids will want to go back to over and over again.


Sweet Paris: A Love Affair with Parisian Chocolate, Pastries and Desserts
Sweet Paris: A Love Affair with Parisian Chocolate, Pastries and Desserts
by Michael Paul
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A taste of Paris., 26 Feb. 2013
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I bought this for my wife after a trip to Paris. Not only does it analyse what is so special about Parisienne patisserie, it also evokes what is so special about Paris.

As baking has become more and more popular over the last year or two, some are branching out from cupcakes etc and are looking for something fresh, new, creative and of a higher standard. If you are, you won't go wrong with this book. It not only details how to recreate some of the the popular items you will find in a patisserie, but it shows you the French way of creating them which is, undeniably, the best.


Walt Disney Animation Studios The Archive Series : Walt Disney's Nine Old Men
Walt Disney Animation Studios The Archive Series : Walt Disney's Nine Old Men
by Pete Docter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £42.04

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flippin' wonderful!, 26 Feb. 2013
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When you first hold the box of flip books you know you're holding a thing of quality. To see the brilliance of Milt Kahl and the sheer amount of personality Ollie Johnson can give a character, all at your own pace, is simply awe inspiring. The books are worth far more than they are available for so if you are an animator or animation fan and you're considering buying, please do. They are worth every penny and then some.

There's just something special about seeing their work in pencil form. I think I'll go and have another look through them now.


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