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Loot.co.za and MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet Partner Up! #newbestfriend
[Partner Content] 23 JUN 2016

The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet initiative has always been a great idea – simply swipe your card with any purchase from one of their retail partners and in doing so, one of your three chosen charities automatically receive a small percentage from your purchase as a donation. So you pretty much do nothing and charities benefit – how is that not a brilliant initiative?!?

loot.co.za and myschool join forces

Pleasingly, my favourite online retailer Loot.co.za (favourite because their office is right next to mine in the Westlake Business Park, making pickups a breeze!), has now joined up as a new retail partner for the MySchool MyVillage My Planet programme – as the campaign says, #newbestfriend indeed!

(This means that thanks to the increased footprint of 14 mllion products across 17 departments all in one digital store, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet now has the potential to do even more good above and beyond what it is already doing!)

Also, to celebrate the launch of this great partnership between the two, 2,300 new tutudesks have been handed over to the foundation for distribution to schools without resources!

Anyway, I gave the process a spin to see how simple it is to use in this new online shopping format, and as you might have guessed… it remains pretty simple.

Browse Loot.co.za as you normally would, drop a few items into your shopping cart (like the above adorable Lego Duplo), and head over to the checkout process. Just above the “Select a payment menthod” box you’ll see a section for “Loyalty partners”. Click on the checkbox next to the MySchool MyVillage My Planet image and enter your MySchool card number in the text box that appears.

It is literally as simple as that – it doesn’t cost you a cent but at the same time ensures that some much needed donations heads off the way of your selected charities! Brilliant.

(For instance, if you are based in the Helderberg like I am, then consider nominating Heartlands Baby Sanctuary – based in Somerset West/Strand – as one of your charities, as they desperately need the donations to continue doing the amazing work that they do in caring for abandoned, abused, neglected children and children diagnosed with life limiting and life threatening illnesses!)

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So yes, #newbestfriend Loot.co.za and MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet is definitely great news!

(Oh, and just a footnote. Existing Loot.co.za customers who don’t have a MySchool card just yet, can sign up online at www.myschool.co.za to get their free card delivered right to their door!)

Hooking up an old Xbox 360 to the Wi-Fi using a Wireless Bridge Hardware 31 MAY 2016

For the last couple of months, my shiny new Xbox One has been lounging under the TV in the lounge, while my old battered Xbox 360 has comfortably remained beside me at my work desk. However, the downside of this arrangement is that the Xbox One mostly gets used as a Netflix, YouTube and media player, somewhat of a waste for it. So a swap around was needed, but here’s the thing – my Xbox 360 is one of the older models without built in Wi-Fi – and I don’t have a network point anywhere near the lounge TV!

I could of course purchase the Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter, but that’s a painfully expensive purchase for a pretty old device.

Instead, I turned my attention to wireless bridge devices, eventually turning up the TRENDnet TEW-640MB Wireless 4-Port Media Bridge from loot.co.za (for R594). Although a currently discontinued product (I didn’t realise this at the time of purchase), The TEW-640MB is a four port wireless bridge, that allows me to connect to a Wi-Fi network and then share that connection to four networked devices – in this case my Xbox 360, my old Samsung Blu-ray player, and the old PC I utilize as a Kodi media server for when I want to save on the bandwidth cost of my girls incessantly watching the same old episodes of Peppa Pig on Netflix.

The best feature of this actually quite decent wireless bridge is the fact that it supports One-touch Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) wireless connection – brilliant because my relatively new TP-Link TD-W8970 modem router has WPS as a feature, meaning that setup was literally pressing a button on the router followed by a button press on the TEW-640MB!

Oh, and the Internet connection itself works like a charm. The Xbox 360 is now happily on the network thanks to it plugged into the TEW-640MB that sits all innocuous next to my TV, streaming Netflix pretty much all evening long!

Problem solved.

TRENDnet TEW-640MB Wireless 4-Port Media Bridge

Related Link: TRENDnet

Goodbye my Faithful Rechargeable Battery Pack Games Notes 18 NOV 2014

microsoft xbox 360 wireless controller rechargeable battery packGoodbye my faithful rechargeable battery pack… you have indeed served me well.

I joined the XBOX 360 game quite late, purchasing my first (and only to date) XBOX 360 console back in December 2009. I very quickly purchased an official Microsoft Charge and Play rechargeable battery pack for my wireless XBOX 360 controller, and this evening as I was about to play some Gears of War 3 online co-op with Ryan, it became quickly apparent that my very long lived rechargeable battery pack has indeed now finally gone the way of the dodo.

I certainly can’t complain though. This battery pack was the power source for my primary controller for just short of five years, an achievement that for some or other reason makes me rather proud, not to mention the further bolstering of my faith in rather purchasing genuine manufacturer-produced add-ons instead of generics whenever possible.

However, that said, I am now in the need of a hasty replacement, and seeing as I’m pretty sure that my XBOX 360 will be upgraded to a new generation console sooner than later, this time around I don’t necessarily need a solution to last quite as long.

In other words, generic solution time.

A year ago (July 2013) my order with Loot.co.za for a Nitho Charge and Play Kit for the 360 was cancelled due to stock shortages, so I guess this time around I’ll need to hold thumbs that they can actually sell me something that they advertise on their site!

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Android Gaming Update (Part 3) Games | My Reviews 24 JUN 2013

I recently purchased a Proline Smart AK888-13 9.7″ Dual-Core Tablet from Loot.co.za for the low price of R2,099, featuring a 1.6GHz Cortex A9 Dual-Core CPU, a 10 point multi-touch capacitive screen with a resolution of 1024×768 (4:3), 1GB memory backed up by a 16GB NAND memory capacity, and running the fantastic Android 4.1 Jellybean OS. No 3G but obviously Wi-Fi and BlueTooth capable.

In other words, not a high-spec tablet like your Apple iPad or your Samsung Galaxy Tab, but a very serviceable, extremely well priced, Chinese manufactured (Proline simple imports and brands them) mid-range tablet with a nice solid and fashionable design, good handling and the surprising ability to play 3D games rather well.

So with the wonderous Google Play store at my finger tips, this is part 3 of the list of games I find myself currently playing (and enjoying) on my new entertainment device: (You can find Part 1 of the list here and Part 2 of the list here).

dungeon hunter 4 android game

Note that all of these follow the so-called ‘Free-mium’ model, i.e. they are free to download and play, but do feature advertising and do offer additional in-app purchases that allow you to progress through the game faster or gain access to better equipment or abilities. You get what you pay for in the end…

Heroes of Destiny (2013): This action RPG sees you directing a team of upgradeable heroes, each with their own unique strengths and skills, through a fantasy world of woods, towns, forests and dungeons, taking on foes and collecting loot in the process. Their quest: free the Kingdom of Lerona and beyond from the corrupting influence of the mysterious evil known simply as the Darkness. The visuals are slick and the gameplay quite enjoyable, making this a worthy action RPG to spend some of your valuable free time on!
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.glu.epicheroes

Aces of the Luftwaffe (2013): This smoothly animated, vertically scrolling shoot ‘em up puts you in the seat of an heroic Allied fighter plane, taking on horde after horde of evil Axis fighters. The gameplay is fast and relentless (as expected from this genre), as you frantically dodge bullets and planes that seem to be coming at you from all directions, all the time! Addictive fun that saw me wasting more than just a few hours away on this one!
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hg.aotl

Drunk Vikings (2013): This is an interesting one, in essence a tower defence game which puts you as a dragon atop your nest which rests on a rocky spire. Unfortunately for you, drunken vikings are rather keen to mess with you and knock your home down, meaning you need to move your fingers fast to flick and toss away the marauding vikings, who seem to be coming at you from angles. Luckily you have some pretty useful powers and potions to help in the struggle, but bear in mind, this is NOT going to be an easy task! Its comical and surprisingly difficult, but I have to be honest, it didn’t hold my attention for very long. That said, it certainly was something a little different, so well worth checking out based on that alone!
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alawar.DrunkVikings

Dungeon Hunter 4 (2013): A very polished, slick and visually excellent hack and slash action RPG from the development team over at Gameloft. Dungeon Hunter 4 features a suitably epic storyline (as expected given the high quality of the previous games in the series) and is a superb quality dungeon crawler that will have you killing all types of enemies, building up your stats, and happily collecting loot as you trudge through gloomy environment after gloomy environment. If Diablo style games of sword swinging and spell casting chaos are up your alley, then Dungeon Hunter 4 will certainly not disappoint!
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameloft.android.ANMP.GloftD4HM

KungFu Rabbit (2013): This enjoyable platformer places you as the only surviving rabbit who manages to escape the temple of rabbits during the Universal Evil’s deadly purge. Now it is up to you to take revenge, as you jump from roof to roof, slide gracefully along walls, sneak up on your enemies and rip them to shreds! It’s cute, features a well implemented platforming control scheme, and has enough logic-draining puzzles to make for an entertaining time waster.
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bulkypix.KFR

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Android Gaming Update (Part 2) Games | My Reviews 18 JUN 2013

I recently purchased a Proline Smart AK888-13 9.7″ Dual-Core Tablet from Loot.co.za for the low price of R2,099, featuring a 1.6GHz Cortex A9 Dual-Core CPU, a 10 point multi-touch capacitive screen with a resolution of 1024×768 (4:3), 1GB memory backed up by a 16GB NAND memory capacity, and running the fantastic Android 4.1 Jellybean OS. No 3G but obviously Wi-Fi and BlueTooth capable.

In other words, not a high-spec tablet like your Apple iPad or your Samsung Galaxy Tab, but a very serviceable, extremely well priced, Chinese manufactured (Proline simple imports and brands them) mid-range tablet with a nice solid and fashionable design, good handling and the surprising ability to play 3D games rather well.

So with the wonderous Google Play store at my finger tips, this is part 2 of the list of games I find myself currently playing (and enjoying) on my new entertainment device: (You can find Part 1 of the list here).

frontline commando d-day android game

Note that all of these follow the so-called ‘Free-mium’ model, i.e. they are free to download and play, but do feature advertising and do offer additional in-app purchases that allow you to progress through the game faster or gain access to better equipment or abilities. You get what you pay for in the end…

Angry Birds Star Wars (2013): By now pretty much everyone on the planet has been exposed to the addictive and enjoyable casual gaming experience that is Angry Birds, basically a game that allows you to catapult different types of birds (each with their own special abilities) at some nasty pigs and the structures that they inhabit. Well Angry Birds Star Wars is the next evolution of the title and marries the gameplay of the first game and the follow up Angry Birds Space into one, heavily Star Wars referenced game. To be honest, unless you’re a Star Wars fan then you’re not really going to enjoy this one, as a lot of the charm is lost in space, and I must admit, the Jedi powered and laser pistol equipped birds seemed to reduce the difficulty of the game, meaning that I didn’t quite get as much enjoyment out of it like I got out of the first.
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirdsstarwars.ads.iap

Candy Crush Saga (2012): In the same vein as Bejeweled and the countless variants before and after that, Candy Crush Saga is a surprisingly enjoyable and addictive puzzle game that sees you switching and matching board after board of brightly coloured candies, trying desperately to unlock the powers of a long string match in the hopes of beating whatever winning condition needs to be met before your allotted moves run out. Very addictive and I found myself particularly enjoying this one!
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.king.candycrushsaga

Frontline Commando: D-Day (2013): Frontline Commando is an impressive third person shooter that is set in World War II and sees you controlling a commando taking on the D-Day battle of Normandy, making the beach landing, clearing the trenches and ultimately taking the fight right up to the Axis soldiers. The 3D graphics and sound are fantastic if you consider that this is a mobile game, and this third person shooter makes for a very enjoyable break from the more simpler games currently populating the mobile gaming world.
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.glu.flcn_new

Dragon Slayer (2013): Dragon Slayer is another polished hit from the excellent mobile game producer Glu Mobile, and this around you are tasked with travelling around a fantasy world and slaying troublesome, mountainous dragons, reptiles and wyverns! Basically the game is made up of a series of battles, where your character model faces off against a fearsome creature and you have to dodge and time your attacks, learning the beast’s unique attack pattern in order to defeat it before your health bar can run out. Gorgeous 3D graphics and action-packed gameplay makes this quite the enjoyable action title to pick up!
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.glu.dragonslayer

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Still to come: Heroes of Destiny, Drunk Vikings, Dungeon Hunter 4, Aces of the Luftwaffe, and KungFu Rabbit…

Android Gaming Update (Part 1) Games | My Reviews 16 MAY 2013

I recently purchased a Proline Smart AK888-13 9.7″ Dual-Core Tablet from Loot.co.za for the low price of R2,099, featuring a 1.6GHz Cortex A9 Dual-Core CPU, a 10 point multi-touch capacitive screen with a resolution of 1024×768 (4:3), 1GB memory backed up by a 16GB NAND memory capacity, and running the fantastic Android 4.1 Jellybean OS.

No 3G but obviously Wi-Fi and BlueTooth capable.

In other words, not a high-spec tablet like your Apple iPad or your Samsung Galaxy Tab, but a very serviceable, extremely well priced, Chinese manufactured (Proline simple imports and brands them) mid-range tablet with a nice solid and fashionable design, good handling and the surprising ability to play 3D games rather well.

An unexpected but rather nice bonus I might add.

So with the wonderous Google Play store at my finger tips, this is the list of games I find myself currently playing (and enjoying) on my new entertainment device:

guns n glory ww2 android game

Note that all of these follow the so-called ‘Free-mium’ model, i.e. they are free to download and play, but do feature advertising and do offer additional in-app purchases that allow you to progress through the game faster or gain access to better equipment or abilities. You get what you pay for in the end…

Temple Run 2 (2013): The follow-up to the original popular and successful Temple Run endless running game, and is basically a fun time waster which sees you running through an endless maze collecting coins and power-ups, all while dodging, jumping over gaps and sliding under obstacles, trying to stay one step ahead of a hairy bunch of ape monsters following just one step behind! Now I’m not a huge fan of endless running games so this didn’t hold my attention for all that long, but it is definitely worth a look thanks to great 3D graphics, presentation and implementation. Plus, it’s always nice to beat a buddy’s run distance…
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.imangi.templerun2

Nun Attack (2013): A particularly enjoyable and creative game, Nun Attack puts you in control of a customizable squad of nuns who are attempting to bring down one of their own and need to navigate their way through a number of spooky levels featuring all manner of skeletons, goblins and werewolves, not to mention menacing and explosive portals. Each nun comes with a special attack ability and a number of customizable weapons, meaning it is up to you to come up with the combination that works best for you in progressing forward. Clever mixing between modes of play and a fun cartoon style makes for an entertaining romp that is certainly worth picking up if you have some time to waste or just like the idea of nuns with guns.
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frimastudio.NunAttack

Monster Shooter (2013): A dual-stick shooter that sees cutely animated monsters do battle as your heavily (and customizable) armed monster tackles wave after wave of octopus aliens and other alien creepies, all from an engaging top down view. Good graphics, fun gameplay and a surprising large amount of alien blood and gore makes for quite the entertaining mobile gaming time waster.
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamelion.MonsterShooter

League of Heroes (2013): A bit too on the cutesy side for me to be honest, but basically this is your run of the mill top down action RPG that sees you adventuring around and hitting cute monsters, foes and bosses, all while leveling up your stats, gear, and abilities. A polished package for sure, but like I said, a little bit too cutesy for my liking.
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamelion.loh

Jetpack Joyride (2012): An endless runner type game which sees you trying to constantly beat your distance covered with every run, the hook here being that you’re a guy piloting a machine gun jetpack, meaning that there is plenty of controlled jumping, flying and dodging of obstacles to have. To spice things up, special vehicle pickups are also thrown into the mix, as well as a lucky slots machine and some nifty gadgets to upgrade your abilities. A well put together package which is polished, implements its mechanics well and is fairly enjoyable to play. Oh, and the cartoony art is pretty fun too.
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.halfbrick.jetpackjoyride

Guns ‘n Glory WW2 (2013): Basically a tower defense type game which sees you commanding either an Allied or a Axis force from a top down view, desperately defending your base from wave after wave of approaching enemy. It is a well implemented, good looking (if a little cartoony) game that feature a nice mix of units and is surprisingly enjoyable to play.
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hg.gunsandglory2free

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Still to come: Angry Birds Star Wars, Candy Crush Saga, D-Day, Dragon Slayer, Heroes of Destiny, Drunk Vikings, Dungeon Hunter 4, Aces of the Luftwaffe, and KungFu Rabbit…

Animated Arrivals My Life 15 AUG 2011

Yay, so my “Extreme Cool Edition” copy of the original Ice Age DVD has finally arrived from loot.co.za, which I’m sure Jessie just can’t wait to see with her Daddy as soon as we get a chance (hint, Chantelle is CONVINCED that this is all a ploy simply so that I can watch this classic piece of animated goodness again and again).

Even more exciting though, bundled with my Ice Age DVD was Batman the Animated Series: Volume 2 (now how did that get in there?), packing in 4 DVDs containing 7 episodes per disc, meaning 28 episodes in total, which equals something crazy like 10 hours of viewing time of some of the best Western animated television ever produced! (Can you tell I’m more than a little excited about this?)

All I know that the conversion to iPod format has already begun… those lunch time gym sessions on the elliptical trainer are about to be a whole lot more entertaining! :)