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One of the most exciting CES 2011 news for me wasn’t even about technology.
We all love Angry Birds. You see them everywhere! They’re invading our phones, tablets, computers, heck, there’s even a rumor that a movie about them would be out. So I couldn’t help smiling when Mattel announced that they’re working on an Angry Birds Board game! It’s called “Angry Birds Knock on Wood” and so far, the prototype looks fabulous.
How do you play? Basically, it’s a two player game where you have a stack of cards to pick from. One person picks a card and the other player builds the structure on the card. At the bottom of the card is which and how many birds Player 1 can use to knock down the structure. Player 1 takes the slingshot and birds and try to knock down all the pigs. On each card is a number. Knock all the pigs down and that’s how many points you receive. First person to 1000 points wins.
The game is said to come out May 2011. Until then, I’ll keep crafting up my own Angry Birds toys. ;)
I was inspired this weekend and created this crafty Angry Birds 3D display. You can make your own too by following my steps! Enjoy!
Still working on your holiday shopping list? Here are a few last minute geeky gift ideas for those hard-to-buy-for friends!
The Guild Season 4 DVD
Got a gamer in the family? Make their wish come true with this very funny web series about a group of gamers who meet in real life. Season 4 is about the ups and downs of a geeky romantic relationship, if you can call it that. Very funny and full of extra clips. The DVD will be released Dec. 21, 2010.
Purchase: The Guild Season 4 DVD
Angry Birds Plushies
Got an Angry Birds fan on your shopping list? Why not get them their very own Angry Bird to throw around the house (or office)?! Just imagine them throwing the birds across the room and getting a kick out of it. ;) You’ll have to give them an IOU though. Due to popularity, shipping for items start in January.
Purchase: Angry Birds and Angry Pigs ($14.99 each)
Why buy controllers when you can use your whole body as a controller? Get the gaming console with the newest and hottest technology yet! You may also want to pick up games like Dance Central ($39.99) or Kinect Sports ($44.54) as well.
$210 with free $25 Amazon Gift Certificate. This is the best price anywhere for the iPod touch, $185 after the value of the gift certificate. Two cameras, FaceTime, 8GB of storage space, and an entire library of iPhone/iPod apps to choose from.
With the money you saved, you can pick up an iTunes Gift Certificate as well!
This is the perfect gift for the bookworm on your Holiday list! The new E-Ink Pearl technology display on this device is amazing. It’s almost like reading on a real book, except much lighter and more portable! Carry up to 3,500 books on one single device! The battery life can last up to one month. Best of all, it’s the lowest price it’s ever been. A 3G version is also available for $189 if you think they’ll want to download a ton of books on the go. :) And if they have a Kindle already, consider getting them a Amazon Gift Certificate so they can purchase more books!
- Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6″ Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology ($139)
- Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi + 3G ($189)
- Amazon Gift Certificate
Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle
Best Compact Camera. Perfect to fit inside a purse. I purchased this camera a few months ago and have been really happy with the quality of the photos, especially in low light.
Purchase: Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera ($429.00)
Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera – Good Compact camera for $108. This camera was originally over $170, so its an excellent deal at $107.99. Features 2.7 inch screen, 28-112mm 4x zoom lens, and image stabilization. Comparable to cameras in the $150-200 range.
Purchase: Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera ($109.00)
Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP CMOS APS-C Digital SLR Camera
Best starter SLR camera with HD video. Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP CMOS APS-C Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD screen. $799 with lens. This camera features true HD video recording in a SLR camera. 1080p recording at 30 frames per second. One unique feature for a camera this price is a microphone-input jack, which allows you to connect a professional microphone such as the Azden High-performance (SMX-10) Stereo Condenser Microphone. Purchase: Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP with Lens ($799.00)
SD Memory Cards
And don’t forget the memory cards for the cameras! Here are few budget SD cards:
- Kingston 4 GB Class 4 SDHC Flash Memory Card – $6.88
- Transcend 8 GB Class 6 SDHC Flash Memory Card TS8GSDHC6 – $14.
This card is fast enough for HD video recording.
Etch-a-Sketch iPad Case – Relive your childhood with the new Etch A Sketch iPad Case by Headcase! Inspired by the original Etch A Sketch from Ohio Art, this favorite toy can be brought back to life by your iPad! This is a great iPad case if you want to make their iPad look even more awesome. Itâ€™s a great conversation starter, and a great reminder of a classic toy. Imagine the big smile on their face when they open the gift! This case is also available for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3G/3Gs.
Purchase: Etch-a-Sketch iPad Case ($39.00)
Best speakers under $25 – On a tight budget? Tired of listening to music on laptop speakers? The Logitech S220 2.1 Speaker System with Subwoofer is a great choice! I’m using this on my desk and it works well for the money ($23). The bass won’t hit really low like the higher-end Logitechs, but is an improvement over standard 2 channel setups. Great for listening to podcasts and YouTube videos.
Purchase: Logitech S220 2.1 Speaker System with Subwoofer ($23)
Roku XD Streaming Player 1080p
Watch over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, Hulu Plus and more. Listen to music on Pandora, or listen to your own iTunes playlists. Watch major sports, news, or original Internet programming. It’s all available whenever you want it. This offers an affordable way to get HD internet content onto your HD TV. Purchase: Roku XD Streaming Player 1080p ($79.99)
Logitech Illuminated Ultrathin Keyboard with Backlighting
Looking for the best corded keyboard? This is one of the best with its backlit keys, laptop keyboard style, and solid construction.
Got an artist, photographer, or graphics enthusiast in the family? The Wacom Intuos4 tablets are excellent for Photoshop, Illustrator, or other artwork. The medium size tablet works well on a 24″ monitor setup.
Toys for the Young Geeksters
Who ever thought that getting germs could be so much fun! Plushie germ toys that is. These unique stuffed animal toys are great gifts for the science fans. Get one, get them all! They’re adorable.
Purchase: Germ Toys ($7.95 – $11.95)
Simple video camera for a child to operate. Takes 2 megapixel photos and 640×480 videos. 1.8″ screen. Great for kids to capture those funny moments. They might even become our future podcasters!
Purchase: V Tech Movie Magic Digicam ($29.99)
It’s like two toys in one! Take Barbie out to parties and capture moments right right on her video camera! Perfect gift for young girls.
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Watch out, Angry Birds may be coming to a… home near you! That’s right, they first invaded our iPhones and iPod Touches. Then hit the top of the charts in the app store on the iPad, and now they’re getting ready to win your hearts at home!
New Angry Bird plushies will be coming soon! RovioMobile tweets, “Sign up for info about the cool new Angry Birds plush toys. We’ll give away some now and then!” So sign up if you’re interested in getting your very own angry bird! You might even win one!
You can also read a full review of the iPhone game as well. Angry Birds is available on the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad. The iPhone version will be updated with Game Center very soon.
iPhone/iPod Touch Full Version (99 cents) | iPhone/iPod Touch Lite Version (Free) | iPad Version ($4.99)
If you don’t know already, this is how Angry Birds came to be…
Size: 9.8 MB
Requirements: iPhone / iPod Touch
Rate: 5 out of 5 Stars
One day, a few very happy birds were celebrating the addition their new eggs in the nest. During their celebration, these hungry pigs stole their eggs! The birds then became angry and fought the pigs…
Angry Birds is by far, the most popular game on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It’s a nice casual game where the birds seek revenge on the pigs. Catapult the birds and knock over all the pigs and dwellings to advance to the next level. Each bird also has its own unique power. Some can fly super fast, some can be set off like a bomb, some can be split into 3 birds. When the bird is in the air, simply tap on the screen to release the special power.
Angry Birds uses the Crystal SDK to connect with friends and display leaderboards. Unlock achievements, add friends via Facebook, Twitter, email, and username search, and compare scores globally, nationally, and locally. (My username is ‘daynah’ if you want to add me!)
The game has a simple concept, but is quite addicting. There are over 100 levels of bird-flinging-pig-smashing fun! The most impressive parts are the beautifully well-polished graphics and animation. The characters quite adorable and the music and sounds effects are very amusing. Best of all, this game is super jammed-packed to be just 99 cents. It’s quite a bargain! Not sure if it’s a game for you? Try out the Lite Version where you get 6 random levels to play. After playing the lite version, it won my heart. Hope it wins yours too.
For more information on Angry Birds, please see their official website.