Why Pac-Man 256 Endless Runner is more addictive than Candy Crush Saga

On Wednesday August 19th 2015, the world of Mobile Gaming as we knew it changed. Sadly, I wasn’t aware of it…..Until now.

On that fateful day, Bandai Namco released Pac-Man 256 Endless Runner (Domanico, 2015, August 24), landed on the Apple iTunes Store and the Google Play Store. More recently, it’s also available on Nvidia’s Android TV (McCauley, 2015, September 4) and makes playing the old 8-bit Video Arcade classic a super zippy stroll down memory lane.

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It’s a lot like the Pac Man games I’ve played, mostly the arcade version which is freely available online.

However, it has the elements of endless runner game like Temple Run and Despicable Me: Minion Rush, and features and endless maze that you just run along, gobbling up white pills (of cocaine?) and dodging the ghosts.

Oddly, the ghosts who mysteriously make a police siren sound while chasing you, run the other way when you’ve got the pill-popping powers and you can make a meal of them.

So what’s the game play like in Pac-Man 256 Endless Runner?

Pac-Man 256 Endless Runner – The Glitch is chasing you while Ghosts are out to get you

While that drama is happening, the world of Pac Man is also being eaten up by the Langoliers or at least the nothingness that’s gobbling up the level as you press ahead. If you get too close, that distortion will eat you up and end your run.

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This explains the 256 in the title Pac-Man 256 Endless Runner as it’s a reference to that final level in the Original Pac-Man arcade version (Hayward, 2015, September 21) that I could never beat.

The geniuses at Bandai Namco have flipped this concept of a level on its head and instead, you’re being chased by the alphanumerically-glitched level (Torres, 2015, August 19) all while trying to stay alive, Bee Gee’s Style, by pill poppin’s and Ghost napping.

Your saving grace is to focus on moving forward, eating as many dots in a row as you can and just basically staying ahead of the oncoming onslaught of glitched characters. You can make some serious progress with good planning and though and even better, kill all the ghosts onscreen by just eating 256 white pills (McCauley, 2015, September 4) in a row!

Pill chompin’’ and ghost-nyammin’ is a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it this Christmas!

This freemium game is intensely addictive and I guarantee is the perfect replacement (Deer, 2014, January 18) for Candy Crush Saga. So expect difficult levels that are near hard to beat and that temptation to draw for your Scotia VISA Debit Card (Deer, 2012, February 13) or CIBC VISA Debit Card to purchase that power-up (Hayward, 2015, September 21) that gives you unlimited credits for US$7.99.

So dear reader, Get Pac-Man 256 Endless Runner on your Apple iPhone, Google Android smartphone or even play it using the Andy App player (Deer, 2014, April 27) or Bluestacks Player (Deer, 2013, May 18) on your Desktop computer!

Hours of endless fun guaranteed as you finally face your Arcade-level foe…..running away endlessly in terror for dear life by killing the undead while high on cocaine-laced pellets!

Here’s the link:

Pac-Man 256 Endless Runner for Google Play Store

Pac-Man 256 Endless Runner for Apple iTunes Store 

References

  1. Deer, L. (2012, February 13). How to use Scotia VISA Debit Card Online. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/how-to-use-scotia-visa-debit-card-online/
  2. Deer, L. (2013, May 18). How to use the BlueStacks App Player to play Android Apps on PC or Laptop – Bluestacks App Player is The Great Gatsby for Android. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2013/05/how-to-use-bluestacks-app-player-to.html
  3. Deer, L. (2014, April 27). How to use the Andy App Player to play Android Apps on PC or Laptop – Android and Windows Live-OS swappable Project looks more possible. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/04/how-to-use-andy-app-player-to-play.html
  4. Deer, L. (2014, January 18). How to download Candy Crush Saga and play it on your Desktop or Laptop – BlueStacks App Player to the Rescue of the non Post-PC Era people. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-to-download-candy-crush-saga-and.html
  5. Domanico, A. (2015, August 24). Outrun the Glitch and avoid ghosts in Pac-Man 256 endless runner. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/outrun-the-glitch-and-avoid-ghosts-in-pac-man-256-endless-runner/
  6. Hayward, A. (2015, September 21). Freemium Field Test: Just pay for Pac-Man 256’s unlimited credits and get it over with. Retrieved from http://www.macworld.com/article/2984902/ios-apps/freemium-field-test-just-pay-for-pac-man-256s-unlimited-credits-and-get-it-over-with.html
  7. McCauley, J. (2015, September 4). Pac-Man 256 is available and optimized for Nvidia’s Android TV. Retrieved from http://www.droidgamers.com/index.php/game-news/android-game-news/9775-pac-man-256-is-available-and-optimized-for-nvidia-s-android-tv
  8. Torres, J.C. (2015, August 19). Pac-Man 256 turns historical glitch into endless runner. Retrieved from http://www.slashgear.com/pac-man-256-turns-historical-glitch-into-endless-runner-19398377/

 

How US$302 Asus Chromebook Flip C100A will make you flip this Christmas

The inexpensive Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA has a nice aluminum body, touchscreen, hybrid hinge, and more than 12 hours of battery life.

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The US$302 Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA manages to add hybrid features without driving up the price, thereby trading speed for long battery life. The Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA packs brilliant and innovative features into its compact and stylish design, including a HD camera, a 1280x 800 HD IPS display.

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The unique 360° hinge lets you use the Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA in an endless variety of ways, including laptop, tablet, stand and tent modes.

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From taking notes in class to sharing videos with friends, the US$302 Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA lets you communicate, share and play the way you want!

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Here’s the link:

US$302 Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA on Amazon

Asus Chromebook Flip C100A on Asus

References

  1. Ackerman, D.( 2015, July 09). Asus Chromebook Flip C100 Review. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/products/asus-chromebook-flip/

Why Sugar Cane Wine will be the new Flavor of the Past for Journey’s End Wine

Come October 2015, Journey’s End Wine Company will be unleashing a new flavour, which Journey’s End Wine CEO Howard Coxe teased in an interview (The Jamaica Observer, 2015, July 2) with the Jamaica Observer on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015.

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This time, they’re set to do a promotion at Megamart Portmore on Saturday August 26th 2015 and also at Megamart on Upper Waterloo Road on Sunday August 27th 2015 starting 11am until 7pm.

Journey’s End Wine Company selection of Wines can also be found at the following locations as listed on Journey’s End Wine Company website:

  • General Food Supermarket in Liguanea
  • Norman Manley International Airport in the Port of Call shop
  • Things Jamaica Stores

That new flavour, shared exclusively with the My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica and the MICO Wars: The Teacher Force Awakens blog in an email interview, is called Sugar Cane Wine.

So who exactly is Journey’s End Wine Company, exactly?

Journey’s End Wine Company – Signature Ackee Wine from Flavours From the Past

Journey’s End Wine Company, are the makers of the signature Ackee Wine that been the talk of Jamaica (The Jamaica Observer, 2011, August 4) since 2011.

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Journey’s End Flavours of the Past set of Wines will be in full force, including the Ackee Wine many have come to know and love:

  1. Ackee
  2. Sorrel
  3. Ginger
  4. Pimento berry
  5. Noni

Add to that list Sugar Cane Wine. Launching in October 2015 with the tagline “The Wine that Invented Rum ®”, Sugar Cane Wine was made from the Sugar Cane essence extracted from the Sugar Cane.

The Sugar Cane Wine’s main ingredient is fresh fermented Sugar Cane juice. This fresh fermented Sugar Cane Juice is used to create Sugar Cane Wine and is the secret sauce in the Sugar Cane Wine.

Starting out as a hobbyist during his twenty seven (27) years sojourn in the US of A, Journey’s End Wine CEO Howard Coxe perfected his craft. Ackee, the starting material for his first foray into the Jamaican Wine making business wasn’t such an easy material to make Wine from and few would have believed it possible.

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Having developed a taste for eating raw Ackee helped him to develop Ackee Wine, which was the result of multiple efforts with the different types of the National fruit.

He eventually perfected the formula and in 2012 launched Jamaica’s National Dish as a drinkable beverage, proof of his Winemaking prowess reaching a stage of maturity.

Sugar Cane Wine in October 2015 – The Next Big Launch after Noni Wine

Since December 2014 when he’d introduced another new flavor (Deer, 2014, October 31), Noni Wine on shelves of MegaMart stores, his company has grown from strength to strength.

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Now with December 2015 coming up, Journey’s End Wine Company has started early promoting their next Wine, Sugar Cane Wine.

With the hope of going mainstream with a Wine that’s based on locally fruits and berries, Journey’s End Wine Company odyssey is just set to start in a massive run promoting Sugar Cane Wine, “The Wine that Invented Rum ®”, up towards Christmas 2015.

Here’s the link:

Here’s their contact information:

Journey’s End Wine Company Website

Flavours of the Past Website

Ackee Wine Twitter Account: @ackeeWine

Flavours of the Past Twitter Account: @flavoursofthe_p

Jamaica Coffee Wine Twitter Account: @Ja_CoffeeWine

Journey’s End Wine Jamaica Facebook Page

Flavours of the Past Facebook Page

Journey’s End Wine Company Pinterest Wall

Email: journeysendWine@gmail.com

Tel: 876-401-4476

References:

  1. The Jamaica Observer. (2015, July 2). BRANDED Howard Coxe. Retrieved from http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/food/BRANDED-Howard-Coxe_19153470
  2. The Jamaica Observer. (2011, August 4). “Chilled Ackee Wine, Anyone?”. Retrieved from http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/food/Chilled-Ackee-Wine–Anyone_9365307
  3. Deer, L. (2014, October 31). Noni Wine from Journey’s End Wine Company by November 2014 – Panacea among the Flavours of the Past an @ackeeWine success this Christmas 2014. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/10/noni-wine-from-journeys-end-wine.html

 

US$75 Hello Barbie Doll to delight 6-y-o- girls this Christmas

My dear readers, whatever you do this Christmas, don’t tell your children about the latest iteration of Barbie from Mattel.

This latest US$75 Hello Barbie Doll (Rubin, 2015, September 16) now has the ability to respond to voice commands with over 8000 lines of pre-written dialogue, making Apple Siri, Google Now and even Microsoft Cortana look very primitive.

The Hello Barbie Doll, which can hold a conversation with any precocious 5 year old (Kim, 2015, September 17) is made possible thanks to advances in Voice assistant as well as Voice Recognition software. It had actually been made public at the New York Toy Fair in February 2015.

The Hello Barbie Doll connects via Wi-Fi to the cloud using technology created by a company called Toy Talk. Their voice recognition technology (Murphy, 2015 September 19) enables Hello Barbie to listen to the child and interpret what they intend to say in some cases. It’s activated by the child pressing the Belt buckle on the Talking Barbie Doll whenever your 6 year old gets talkative.

She’ll find herself entertained for hours at a time with a very knowledgeable and talkative Barbie. When you have worn out the batteries on Barbie, you can have her recharged via the charging Stand and change her skin tone to one of three (3) possible variations.

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Toy Talk alerts that parents have full control over the doll, with access to all account information relating to conversation your child have with Talking Barbie. Not so crazy about the children being able to share their voice conversations with Talking Barbie on Social Media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

But I love the fact that you can monitor their activity and delete their voice recording and the associated Social Media accounts if your little girl starts asking uncomfortable questions.

That is, if parent are tech savvy, as totin’ a smartphone doesn’t mean parents are concerned about what their kids are chatting about with Talking Barbie about as pointed out by Executive Director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Josh Golin, quote: “Children can play with dolls for hours at a time. It is completely unrealistic to expect that parents are going to monitor and delete all of their child’s audio files”.

Talking Barbie awakens fear about Privacy – Mattel asking and telling girls what they really want

Still, there are concerns about the fact that the dialogue with the doll may reinforce stereotypes about females, which may have a profound effect on young 6-y-o girls. Mattel may also be using Hello Barbie to gain insights into what little 6-y-o- girls like and may even predispose them to buying certain products.

Despite the makers of the doll, Mattel and ToyTalk following the guidelines of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, Susan Linn, CCFC’s Executive Director of the CCFC (Coalition for a Commercial Free Childhood), expressed in a Press Release the fear that this talking AI doll is tantamount to spying on children to sell them more Mattel product in the future, quote: “Kids using ‘Hello Barbie’ aren’t only talking to a doll, they are talking directly to a toy conglomerate whose only interest in them is financial. It’s creepy — and creates a host of dangers for children and families”.

Hello Barbie their only hope – Mattel needs to hit to be profitable against smartphones and tablets

Still, if this talking doll is a hit, then Mattel will finally be back in the black, as they’ve not been faring so well against the onslaught of kid-friendly smartphones or Tablet.

Mattel hasn’t being doing so well (Snyder, 2015, March 25) in the Fourth Quarter of 2014:

  • 59% reduction in net income to US$149.9 million or a loss of 44 cents a share
  • 6% drop in sales to US$1.99 billion
  • 16% drop in Barbie Doll sales to US$1 billion

Worse, they can’t fight against Kid friendly bumper cases that can turn your expensive Apple iPhone 6S Plus (Deer, 2015, September 20) or Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (Deer, 2015, August 19) in a kiddie safe toy.

So if you’re not worried about a Hello Barbie Doll listening in on your kids conversations so Mattel can gain knowledge about what little girls really like, then maybe this US$75 toy, coming to a store near you in October 2015 is the doll you’ve been seeking.

Your daughter is sure to like this as it’ll make them put down your smartphone and stop playing with the BB-8 Ball Robot (Deer, 2015, September 3) and actual have a conversation…with Barbie!

References:

  1. Snyder, B. (2015, March 25). Activists fight release of new high-tech Barbie doll from Mattel. Retrieved from http://fortune.com/2015/03/25/barbie-privacy-susan-linn/
  2. Murphy, D. (2015, March 29). Wi-Fi-Friendly ‘Hello Barbie’ Arrives This Fall for $75. Retrieved from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2479225,00.asp
  3. Deer, L. (2015, August 19). How Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Keyboard Cover Nostalgia wins Applause. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/how-samsung-galaxy-s6-edge-plus-keyboard-cover-nostalgia-wins-applause/
  4. Deer, L. (2015, September 3). US$149 BB-8 Ball Robot from Star Wars awakens Midnight September 3rd 2015. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/us149-bb-8-ball-robot-from-star-wars/
  5. Rubin, B.F. (2015, September 16). Barbie breaks her silence after more than half a century. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/barbie-breaks-her-silence-after-more-than-half-a-century-hello-barbie/
  6. Kim, S. (2015, September 17). Here’s What It’s Like Playing With the Talking ‘Hello Barbie’. Retrieved from http://abcnews.go.com/Business/playing-talking-barbie/story?id=33806499
  7. Deer, L. (2015, September 20). Why Apple iPhone 6S, Apple TV, Apple iPad Pro with Pencil spells Success. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/why-apple-iphone-6s-apple-tv-apple-ipad-pro-with-pencil-spells-success/

 

 

How to upgrade to more Apple iCloud Storage for a lower price

Apple, eager to capitalize on the feel good atmosphere of the Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus launch (Deer, 2015, September 10) on Wednesday September 9th 2015, has dropped the price of their Cloud Storage once more.

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The price drops, which came into effect on Wednesday September 16th 2015, the same date (Tibken, 2015, September 16) that Apple launched Apple iOS 9.

The new iCloud Prices are as follows:

  • Free 5GB
  • $0.99 per month for 20GB to 50GB
  • $2.99 per month for 200GB
  • $9.99 per month for 1TB

Please note that Apple has total remove the 500GB option; that’s just too small for serious cloud storage enthusiasts!! Also, add to these prices VAT (Value added Tax) if you live (Tung, 2015, September 17) in any of the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

Apple iCloud – Free is small and Paid is still expensive

Apple is also still clinging stubbornly to its 5GB free option (Statt, 2015, September 16), which is 10GB lower than Google Drive (Deer, 2013, May 19) and even Microsoft’s OneDrive (Deer,2014, June 24) but better than the 2GB offered by Dropbox.

Also some of the paid Cloud storage alternatives from Microsoft and Amazon are way cheaper (Fleishman, 2015, September 20) as the table below clearly states:

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How to upgrade your Apple iCloud Plan

Upgrading is dead simple on your Apple iPhone as well:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select iCloud
  3. Select Manage Storage
  4. Select Change Storage Plan or Buy More Storage

You can make the change via your Apple iCloud Account on your Desktop computer (Deer, 2015, February 19) as well. Once your Scotia VISA Debit (Deer, 2012, January 23) or CIBC VISA Debit card has cash on it, my fellow Jamaicans, you can upgrade or downgrade your Cloud Storage options straight from your Apple iPhone.

References

  1. Deer, L. (2012, January 23). ScotiaBank’s VISA Debit Card – Jamaica’s Online E-Commerce Renaissance. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/scotiabank-visa-debit-card-jamaica/
  2. Deer, L. (2013, May 19). Google Drive, the Dropbox clone, now ups the ante to 15GB of Free Storage during Google I/O. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/google-drive-15gb-of-free-storage/
  3. Deer, L. (2014, June 24). Microsoft rewards OneDrive users with 15GB Free Storage – How Office 365 users can get 1TB Free Storage as they Chase Google Drive. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/06/microsoft-rewards-onedrive-users-with.html
  4. Deer, L. (2015, February 19). Apple iWorks for iCloud Beta now Free for Windows, Linux OS and Google Chrome OS. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/apple-iworks-for-icloud-beta-free-windows-linux-google-chrome-os/
  5. Deer, L. (2015, September 10). Why Apple iPhone 6S, Apple TV, Apple iPad Pro with Pencil spells Success. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/why-apple-iphone-6s-apple-tv-apple-ipad-pro-with-pencil-spells-success/
  6. Tibken, S. (2015, September 16). Apple’s iOS 9 arrives, while Watch OS 2 faces delay. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/apples-ios-9-is-now-here-though-watch-os-2-faces-delay/
  7. Statt, N. (2015, September 16). Apple’s cheaper iCloud storage plans are now available. Retrieved from http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/16/9341083/apple-icloud-storage-plans-cheaper
  8. Tung, L. (2015, September 17). Apple rolls out cheaper iCloud Storage prices across the globe. Retrieved from http://www.zdnet.com/article/apple-rolls-out-cheaper-icloud-storage-prices-across-the-globe/
  9. Fleishman, G. (2015, September 20). Comparing iCloud’s new lower prices to the competition. Retrieved from http://www.macworld.com/article/2984743/storage/comparing-iclouds-new-lower-prices-to-the-competition.html