TH Apps – The Last Day on Earth; Survival

Happy Sunday Folks, lets review a game to end the weekend;  The Last Day on Earth; Survival

 

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What is it?

The Last Day on Earth is a mobile game developed by Andrey Pryakhn for iOS and Android devices (Kefir! looks like the developer for the Android version). It’s a free to play game that pits you, a survivor trying to build shelter and survive in a zombie apocalypse against zombies, mutations, ‘The Big One’, and other survivors in post apocalyptic world.

How much?

I know right?  Last Day on Earth is free to play, however to get some extras to get you a little farther in the game you of course have to spend a couple dollars here and there.  The developers periodically give you deals for various things such as full body S.W.A.T armor,  weapons that you cant build until you’ve leveled up to at least 60, and (why wouldnt they?) extra coins.  Depending on how you feel about freemium models, you can play this game without spending any money,  although it may be a little harder for you to make it through the game.

How does it play?

The game is not completely intuitive, however the game is still in beta therefore the final version of the game could have a completely different move system.  You control your character by the joystick button at the bottom right of the screen.

When you go out to the world map you can go to different areas, including bunkers, forests, limestone ridges, and other survivor camps.  You have to watch your energy level of course and you cant always move as fast as you want to from place to place.

From time to time I tried pinching in and out on the screen to try and zoom out and zoom in on the map, to no avail.  Hopefully the developer brings in a pinch-to-zoom function to get a better view of the screen.  The map on the upper right side of the screen is quite helpful when trying to dodge zombie attacks, kill deer, and find the crates needed to pick up items to build with.

Aside from the not very intuitive controls and the sometimes buggy gameplay (the sound does not cute up with attacks, and I tend to fly from time to time).  The game actually plays pretty well overall.  Getting past the learning curve isn’t terribly difficult, and once you get past you can find yourself playing the game for hours.

Zombies?!

You can only imagine there are multiple types of zombies in this game.  From the easiest zombie, the ‘Roaming Zombie’ to ‘The Big One’ (I saw this and didn’t even attempt to fight this one I just ran away)  the Zombie art is definitely detailed, and pretty intense.  I would say realistic except we are talking about Zombies here so intense works just fine.  There are probably more Zombies in the game, but I only managed to check out the Roaming Zombie, the Fast Biter, the Floater Bloater (sounds like a last of us reference), the Toxic Abomination, and the Big One (I just ran, I wasn’t going to attempt that failure).

So, should I download?

Last Day on Earth; Survival is a zombie survival MMO where you can join friends in conquering zombies and other survivors,  creating army level gear to take control of the post apocalypse world.  You can build ATV’s, choppers, AK-47s, and gun turrets to protect your base, and you can go to enemy survivor bases to steal their gear and weapons.  If this type of game play seems fun to you, go for the download.

If you are interested in the zombie takeover that kicked off with the Walking Dead, why not give it a shot?  If you are bored with the typical Candy Crush/Bejeweled type game play and are looking for something different to pass the time by,  play this.  If neither of these options fall in your wheelhouse, maybe you can skip this one.  Play Geometry Dash, maybe?

Download the game for iOS here,

Download the game for Android devices here,

Check out video on the game here,

TH Thoughts – Do you like your phone?

Saturday is always the best day for random thoughts about technology, right?   Here at the Tech Homie, we like to make sure that peoples lives are made easier through understanding technology.  In order to do so, we need to see where you guys stand as far as your feelings towards technology.

Your smartphone is an incredibly important part of your life.  You use calendars, you connect with your friends and family, and capture memories of important times in your life.  Smartphones are also very expensive, so of course that plays an part in the lifetime importance thing.

But your smartphone can only serve as an important part of your life if it works to your liking.  So the question stands;

Do you like your phone?

What do you think about your smartphone?  How do you feel about the phone you’ve spent so much money on?  Is it an important part of your life?  Or is it nothing more than a phone?  Do you utilize the notes, the calendar, and other utilities?  Or do you mainly just use the phone, and that’s it?

What do you like about your phone?  What do you hate about your phone?  What do you wish you could change about your device?

Let me know what you think in the comments, so we can have a conversation!

Info on the RED Hydrogen Phone, the random expensive device that screams WHY.

No, really, I really want to know what the point of this device really is.

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RED, the camera company known for high end camera products that have extravagant prices, has surprised us all with a new Android phone called the RED Hydrogen (or Hydrogen One). The pre-orders began yesterday.  RED is a company that is known for camera products such as the RED Weapon X, the Camera that costs more than most peoples yearly salary, and other insane 4K and 3D cameras in Hollywood.  The prices of RED camera typically cost 50,000 dollars and higher.  With those prices, we can only imagine that the RED Hydrogen One will have a wildly extravagant price.

So knowing this, its safe to say that the RED Hydrogen will have an equally as ridiculous price tag.  Details are pretty light on the device, however The RED Hydrogen is being touted as ‘The Worlds first Holographic Media Machine”.  The 5.7″ display uses nanotechnology to move “between traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games”.  The press release was extravagant at best.

The press release is relatively aggressive, and the phone is known as the RED Hydrogen One in the press release.  Save for the name and a bunch of unfounded claims regarding the display and other features, not much is known about the device.  From what we do know, the phone will be unlocked, with no carrier bloatware.   Additional accessories will be available at launch for an additional price.  Knowing the price of the actual device, and the company as a whole,  the accessories will be relatively insane.

As stated by the press release, the RED Hydrogen will be modular as well. In the press release, the company promised that the RED Hydrogen One will be compatible with its camera products and an “ever expanding modular component system”.  The device will have a headphone jack, microSD expansion for storage, multi-dimensional audio tech, and the phone will have USB-C plug for charging.

The RED Hydrogen is currently taking pre-orders for the Hydrogen, and it will ship in early 2018.  The RED Hydrogen One will come in two variants, the ‘Titanium’ version will cost $1595, and the ‘Aluminum’ version will cost $1195.

Ironically, did anyone catch the pre-order information that states that “Current pricing is available for a limited time only”?  That can only mean these rather expensive phones may be even more expensive.  I’m just not sure what the actual point of an extremely expensive device really is.  Also, why would they launch pre-orders and not give any actual specifications of the device?  I’m highly intrigued about the device.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specs leaked! UPDATE:  a new render appears!

Update: a new render found by popular tech review site Trusted Reviews has appeared!


The render found by Trusted Reviews was posted on twitter by Jonathan Endicott, CEO of Slickwraps, a company that specializes in making phone skins for many popular phones today.  The image is a CAD render, used to design smartphone accessories in time for the phone launch. The caption below the picture states,   “Working Hard on the Note 8”.  

The render does match up to the specifications that have been leaked about the Note 8 pretty much to a T.  While it does resemble leaks around the internet, and another design render as mentioned in the article,  it still may be too early to say whether the renders are real or not.  Who knows? 

This blog talks about current Galaxy Note 8 leaks made public ahead of the August launch.

We have now reached the time where the rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note flagship come full force.  After the Galaxy S8 the Note 8 will be the most important Samsung device to launch in 2017.  The Galaxy Note 8 will be an incredibly important release due to the complete and utter failure that was the Galaxy Note 7.

For those who happened to be living under a rock in 2016, the Note 7 had multiple issues with batteries exploding, and causing fires for the short amount of time the Note 7 was available.    The Galaxy S8 launched with huge success, and still sells in the millions to this date.  With August just a month away, it only makes sense that we are hearing more about the Note 8.

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Renders of the Note 8 have been revealed last week, and now we have specs leaked along with those renders.   According to sources found by BGR, the Note 8 will have a  2K resolution 6.3″ Super AMOLED Display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, either Samsung EXYNOS 8895 or Snapdragon 835 Processors (depending on where you live) , 6GB of RAM,  a dual 12MP Camera with Optical Image Stabilization, and a 3300 mAh battery.  DeX support, an enhanced S Pen Stylus.

The specs make sense being compared to the S8+ 6.2″ Display.  The Galaxy Note Series always ends up as the largest of the Galaxy series of devices.  The specifications fall in line with other Note series of phones.  The Note 7 also had 6GB of RAM, and the 3300 mAh battery also makes sense considering Samsung’s renewed focus on battery safety.

First, as the picture above the article reveals,  Samsung has decided to leave the fingerprint scanner in the ridiculous position that the Galaxy S8 had the fingerprint scanner.  Doing this on a rather large phone like the S8 was bad enough.  Putting the fingerprint scanner on an even larger phone like the Note 8 is even more of a disaster. These Olixar case photos make me so sad for the Note 8.

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Now questionable fingerprint scanner placement aside, the Note 8 should be a very interesting device when it launches in August.  Rumors currently have the launch of the Note 8 in late August, while placing it just before the iPhone 8 (or X, or Anniversary Edition)  it will hopefully give the phone enough time to get any battery kinks out of the way before the phone hits prime time.

top photo credit: BGR

bottom photo credit:  Forbes

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How to make Podcast listening less confusing. Keep it simple kids!

Saturday is a great day to relax, and take in some information that you may not normally take during the week.  Listening to podcasts are great ways to get news information without dealing with tons of TV commercials, and without the general annoyance of trying to tune into your favorite radio station.  Most radio stations these days even have a podcast channel to make listening to content even easier for you to do.  However, finding ways to listen to podcasts can be tricky.  I’m here to let you know that it shouldn’t be.  I’m here to let you know that it should be easy!

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The Tech Homie Plays; Nonstop Chuck Norris

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Bored on a Saturday? Happens to the best of us.  From time to time I get sucked into the wide world of iOS and Android Games. . . Usually to the demise of any sort of productivity that I had planned for prior to my game play.  Today’s productivity fail leads me to the wide world of Chuck Norris beating up thugs possessed by a cat robot.

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Tech Homie Reviews: LG G6

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LG has had some interesting iterations of its flagship G series of phones.  From the 1st version, the LG Optimus G, to the G6 that we have today,  LG has had a long journey of missteps, triumphs, and innovations with their flagship series.    The LG G6 launched earlier this month to fanfare and anticipation, especially after 2016’s hiccup that was the LG G5.

The specifications of the G6 are flagship category, which is a step up from the previously launched HTC U Ultra.  The G6 Specs:

  • Dual 13MP Rear Camera
  • 5MP Front Camera
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB Storage/Expandable to 256GB with MicroSD
  • 3300 mAh Battery
  • 5.7″ Screen (light on the bezel,  and an almost 80% screen to body ratio)
  • Android Nougat 7.1

Hardware

The LG G6 throws away the modular approach that they attempted in 2016 with the G5. Instead, LG has decided on a more sleek, unibody design that feels premium in the hand.  The edges of the devices add to the premium feel due to the chamfered edge that goes around the entire device.  I currently have the “Astro Black” version of the LG G6.

The color looks almost identical to the Jet Black iPhone version.  The color makes the phone feel sleek, and good in the hand, but it also makes the phone a finger print and scratch magnet. (As we speak there’s a pretty prominent scratch on the back side of the device due to me setting the device down on a surface, of some sort.) 

Now I have a severe issue with the scratches on this device. I have had this device for less than two weeks, and I have had an insane amount of scratches on this device.  Normal usage should not give this many scratches to the point where it could be an issue with the camera. 

LG, these scratches could have been avoided.  We already went down this road with the iPhone 7 Plus. You should been more careful.

The 5.7″ screen is certainly large, but does not feel large due to the very thin bezels on all sides of the device.  The screen to body ratio is amazing in general, yet when you compare the device phones like the iPhone 7 Plus, the G6 absolutely shines.  The device has an 18:9 screen, which is certainly helpful when playing games and watching videos. 

For some games and videos that aren’t made for the different screen to body ratio, LG gives you the ability to sort of stretch the screen so you can take advantage of the full 5.7 inches that is available on the G6.   The colors look accurate on the device (which has not always been the case with LG phones).  The screen does fairly well in the sunlight.

The G6 only has two buttons on the left side of the device, the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons.  On the top of the G6 you have the headphone jack, which will always be a necessity in my opinion, and not a luxury.  On the bottom of the device you have the USB Type C port, and the speaker, which is in an unfortunate place depending on whether you are right or left handed.

Fingerprint Scanner/Power Button Placement

Like other G series phones, the power button rests on the the back of the phone, below the dual cameras.  LG pioneered the idea of power buttons on the back of the phone.  If you’ve never had a device with the power button on the back of the device, it does take a little getting used to at first.

The placement ends up being fairly natural, since your finger rests in that location when you hold the phone.  The power button also doubles as the fingerprint scanner.   The fingerprint scanner for the G6 is on the back of the device directly under the dual cameras.  The placement of the fingerprint scanner feels natural,  since your finger tends to rest directly under the phone.  Compared to phones that have their fingerprint sensors on the front of the device, (iPhone, Galaxy s7/7 edge, etc)  the fingerprint sensor feels just right to me.

The fingerprint scanner is fast, which is a nice addition to a phone brand that can sometimes be bogged down by extra software.  With the G6, you have the ability to not only unlock your device, but to unlock certain content from apps like quick memo (LG’s notes app) and the gallery.    The LG G6 does not disappoint with the fingerprint now, but we will see what happens when the phone begins to show age.

Camera

The LG G6 has dual 13 MP Cameras on the back of the device. One camera is used for normal range shots, say if you need to take a picture of a particular item in front of you.  The other camera is used for wide angles.  as you zoom out from regular angle to wide angle the transition between the two cameras is almost seamless.  Regular daylight shots are nice.  The wide angle shots are quite helpful when you need to take a shot of your entire family, or all of your friends, or any other large group of people in one place at the same time.

The 5MP selfie camera could definitely have been improved upon, but if you aren’t one to take many shots of yourself, then I would not worry.  The quality of the front facing camera should be just fine for the majority of the folks who buy this device.  The main camera does well enough that I can look past the flaws of the front camera.

Software:

LG’s UI has always been a thorn in my side, due to the fact that its about the busiest software that exists in the android world.  The software on the LG G6 has improved slightly.  The Verizon version of the device has its fair share of Verizon bloatware, which luckily can be disabled to help save a bit of space.  Software on a device could become much smoother if carriers let some of their carrier apps become optional to download.  Perhaps for the LG G7 carriers could maybe lay off having so many carrier applications on the phone? Who knows.

Aside from the bloatware issue the G6 does run pretty smooth right now.  Games run pretty well on the device, yet it does run hot on occasion, which isn’t the best when you have to stop your perfect Geometry Dash session because your hands feel like they are on fire.  The phone itself won’t catch on fire, but after a few minutes of holding a relatively hot phone will surely make you wonder.

Battery:

The LG G6 comes with a 3300 mAh battery.  While a 3500+ mAh would be preferred on a device that is 5.7 inches,  the G6 can pretty easily get through a day of moderate to heavy usage without needing a charge.  I normally take the G6 off charge around 6AM, and can easily get through the end of the work day around 47% battery power.  Most folks do not go about their days with multiple chargers in close proximity, so its good to have a phone that can last as long as the G6 does without having to worry about plugging the phone into a charger.

Conclusion:

The LG G6 is a huge improvement over the disappointment that was the LG G5.  LG took the flaws of last years device to heart when they began to design the G6.  The device is sleek, premium, and even a little flashy where it needs to be.  Hopefully as time goes on, the LG G6 can hold its own against the likes of Samsung, HTC, and Apple, each of which will have devices launching this year.

What do you think about the G6?  Is it a device that you would want to use?  Or are you waiting to see what other phones are coming to market this year?  Let me know!