Category Archives: Product Review

Our hands on opinion of the gadgets we use everyday.

The Settlers Online RTS, the Ultimate Free To Play Tablet Friendly Time Vaporizer…

Tablet friendly RTS games are a new breed of evil time consuming amusement that will vaporize any spare time you may have. Think of them as Candy Crush Saga with a point.

The Settlers Online is such a game, but it has managed to fly under the radar so far, quietly it has been building to become the ultimate free to play (with paid premium options) real time strategy game that can be played anywhere, anytime.

After a year of constant play and development The Settlers Online is now more than ready to take over the world, it is ready to become the best kind of entertaining diversion from the daily grind.

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The Surface Pro 2, the PC Reborn in Tablet Form…

Upgrading that trusty old laptop or desktop PC is a risky and exciting adventure. Full of expectation, spending large wads of cash and anticipation that eventually wanes giving way to business as usual.

Here at Highpants we recently found ourselves in this very situation, in the market for a new PC. Working in the IT industry this requires a machine that can handle developing databases one minute and writing on the go the next.

Presented for your reading pleasure is the account of our latest adventure in gadget hunting. Sit back, get comfortable and enjoy the ride.

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Microsoft’s Project Siena, Metro Apps in a Flash and the Return of the Programming Enthusiast…

App Builders have come a long way over recent years, web based tools are now available that allow anyone to quickly build code free apps for iOS, Android and Windows 8. Microsoft has this week released its contribution to the field with Project Siena, and she may just be a game changer.

Project Siena is a blindingly fast, obscenely simple yet surprisingly powerful way to build Metro apps that run on all Windows 8 platforms, from Smartphone to x86. Simple enough that no programming experience is required, if you can use PowerPoint or Excel then you can use Project Siena.

The beta of Project Siena is now available for download from Microsoft’s Store on all Windows 8 platforms, finally a use for those RT tablets, Metro developer? And could Project Siena herald the return of the programming enthusiast to Windows?

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App of the Week: TuneIn Radio the App that killed the Video Star…

Music, some say it is food for the soul while others claim it tames the angry beast, even in this fast changing digital landscape it is as essential as it has always been.

Leading this revolution of the audio kind are a number of well known services, Pandora and Spotify being the most popular, there is however a third name that is on the brink of becoming the new name in radio, TuneIn Radio.

Wanting to become the YouTube of the Radio World TuneIn is slowly taking over the airwaves, taking their easy to use interface and 70,000 stations worth of music to every internet connected device in the world.

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Audio for the People: Caustic 2, Windows and Android Music Production Made Easy…

The touchy feely tablet revolution is spawning a new wave of audio applications, putting the power to make music in every tablet owner’s hands. Single Cell Software are riding this wave of change with Caustic 2, bringing affordable music production to Android tablets and Window PC’s everywhere.

Caustic 2 is far more than a virtual synthesizer or rack-mount simulation, with its touch screen interface and affordable price tag ($10) it is the gateway to success, add talent and time for best results.

Highpants in-house audio expert ‘Norbut Verse the World’ has put on his headphones and dived head first into a tablet full of Caustic. Turning out the tunes with a swish and a tap here is his take on this audio app.

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Audio for the People: AudioTool, the Incredible Web Based Audio Production Machine that’s Free…

Driven by the dual revolutions that are the internet and mobile devices there is an explosion of audio applications occurring around the World. Applications that are bringing a simplified and more accessible audio revolution to life. Bringing audio to the people this is the democratization of making music.

Fresh out of the Highpants Review Labs for your reading pleasure we are proud to present our first next generation audio app review, AudioTool the audio production app that can make you smile.  A free to use Flash based web app that will have you expressing your inner voice in no time at all. Stay tuned for more to come as well, this is just the first article in our new series on next generation audio applications, Audio for the People.

In the not too distant past (a decade ago) if you wanted to start that first chart topping electronica track you would get yourself a PC or Mac (very large cheque in hand) then choose from the dozen or so sequencer applications. How quickly things change, desktop applications have now been joined by Web, Android and iOS applications. Apps number in the hundreds and collectively musicians have the power to choose how they want to work.

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Motorola RAZR HD The Review. a day in the hands of a maniac…

Motorola are launching a new offensive on the fast emerging 4G LTE handset market with a masterpiece of design and function, the Kevlar and glass wrapped RAZR HD. With the rich heritage of the RAZR family it was only a matter of time till Motorola got the formula right once again, randomly changing design has that effect.

The sleek design, smooth ICS interface and incredible speed of 4G combine into the perfect storm of a handset. This phone may be even better than the original RAZR flip phones.

In the Technoid Labs here at Highpants we were lucky enough to receive a brand new RAZR HD for testing this week. This was the first unboxing in quite a while that had a crowd gathering, generating many oww ahhh moments. The RAZR HD was quickly put into service, first impressions universally concluded that this is one sharp looking and sleek handset.

In the 4G handset market the iPhone 5 has quickly taken position as the number one handset while the Samsung SIII has taken the 3G market by storm, and these are just two of the fierce competitors in the mobile phone handset market. HTC have been providing 4G LTE handsets from the outset, they now have high end 4G models; the One X and One X HD are HTC’s super phones. LG has their new Optimus G super phone as well. The handset market has to be one of the most competitive and fast changing markets in the world, a tough battlefield.

At the moment Motorola has a serious chance to win market share through the shakeup that is the 4G transition, if they have the right weapon, which the RAZR HD may just be.

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