Hate it or love it, we’re reluctant to admit our addition to this ridiculously
popular frustrating mobile game, “Flappy Bird”. That fat-lipped, troubled bird was just too much for me to handle after countless play-throughs that I knew something had to be done. I didn’t delete the app like any wise person would… Instead, I made it oddly enjoyable (original conception by SadPandaTerrabang on reddit). Behold, the adorable Doge has returned, featuring Dogecoins!
In short, I modified the texture asset “atlas.png” (show above) located within the application folder. It took me a while as this was my first time working with pixel art, so there was a bit of design process and learning. It’s not much, but it’ll make you smile.
Installation: Replace the “atlas.png” file with the above given within “Flappy.app” in its application folder. You will need a jailbroken iOS to do so. For details, check the discussion on the reddit post here or for mod suggestions and what not.
EDIT: I did not give “Dumpy Doge” and any other available apps permission to use my art for commercial use. They are infringing copyright, please note actions have been taken.
Released under Creative Commons — Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International — CC BY-NC 4.0
Sony PlayStation 4
After passing it up during its launch, I finally decided to get myself the PS4 as a personal Christmas gift. Those who are interested probably have already read numerous reviews so I won’t bother with a formal one. Instead, I’ll comment on the first thing I did before even turning it on: a harddrive upgrade.
Changing out the preinstalled 500GB HDD is fairly simple. Slide off the top, glossy cover and remove a single screw holding the HD tray in place. Then slide out the bay, remove four more screws which secure the HD and replace the drive with any SATA 2.5” HD you want whether it be a HDD, SSD or SSHD (hybrid - which I went for), as long as it’s at least 250GB in storage size. You can find the drive I got here. It’s probably the most cost efficient for speed HD you can get.
The great thing about the SSHD is that it’s the best of both worlds; part SSD for very fast memory read and write, and part HDD for affordably large storage. Benchmarks show the speed difference between a pure SSD vs this SSHD is merely a couple seconds in system startup and game loading time, which I don’t mind, yet considerably faster than the original HDD. Once done, screw and slide everything back into place.
Finally comes the easiest part: you need to configure a USB stick loaded with the system restore file to format the new drive and install the operating system. Sony provides a thorough instruction here. Be sure to place the update file into the correct folder or the system will fail to find it upon boot.
Reconnect the cables and plug in the USB. Turn the console on into recovery mode by holding the power on button for 7 seconds or until you hear two beeps and follow the on-screen instructions to setup the system. The system should reboot and you’re all done.
The PS4 is a great console. I chose it over the XBOX One specifically for the lineup of exclusive games and content that I’m looking forward to. We could argue back and forth about the different features and why one may be better than the other but that’s kind of pointless. Each console has its pro’s and con’s but I don’t care for them so much than what I’ll actually spend most of my time on the system for, and I think that’s how everyone else should make their judgement. That said, I personally think the PS4 is more aesthetic and thanks to the new hardware architecture, it provides an easier and better platform for studios to develop games for, unlike the PS3 was. To each its own and happy gaming.
Nike+ Fuelband SE Rose Gold
I’ve been planning to get the fuelband as soon as the SE, or second edition, came out but just few days later learned Nike was releasing the first of its new METALUXE Collection featuring the SE in rose gold.
The design itself is not any different from the current line of SE’s and first editions - clean, minimal design with a single button to scroll through different options. The rose gold model features PVD-coated stainless steel clasp, bezel and screws, which are handworked, mirror-polished surfaces to highlight craftsmanship and detail. It’s quite nice in person and rain/shower-proof.
It’s ergonomically shaped and made flexible to stay on your wrist comfortably all day and night, while subtle enough to be worn as an accessory item to match any style of clothing. Two additional extension links are also included to help adjust a finer fit for your wrist. I got the M/L size and it fit well without the need for them.
The USB is hidden within the clasp system (two pictures above) and plugs directly into most laptop computers for charging and syncing your data. An extended USB cord is included, of course, but it’s nice to have this wire-free option beautifully crafted into the device itself. It lasts a week and charges very fast, may I add.
The fuelband can also be synced via Bluetooth through the official mobile app (currently iOS only) which keeps detailed track of your activity and progress through standard numerical values and NikeFuel which are essentially gamified experience points for self motivation and friendly competition.
The device itself is great overall but I’d like to see two options in the future. The first being software, I think there should be an option to have the display remain on once the battery is further improved. It’s a bit unnecessary to have to press the button to see the clock every time. The second being hardware, I wish it had vibration feedback for reminders/alerts. Currently, the display creeps on with a message “Go Cheeyoon” but it’s not very effective.
I understand there are many who think this is pointless and a waste but I don’t believe so. The fuelband acts as a multifunctional smart-watch. For $150 USD ($170 for rose gold), you get a standard digital watch, fitness tracker, sleep tracker, step counter, and ultimately keeps you motivated to stay active through its competitive NikeFuel system, all in an elegant design. Wearable technology is the future and the Fuelband SE proved to be a great stepping stone.