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Channel announcement: Check out “Inside Jon’s Mind”

If you’ve been a devoted follower of Jon’s over the past several years, you might have seen him quietly launch a second channel on YouTube separate from TechnoBuffalo’s main one. It’s a place where Jon can pull back the curtain and invite fans into his personal life. After all, he’s not just a full-time geek, but a full-time husband and dad, too.As the channel’s description says, Jon created Insidejonsmind “to talk about things not technology related.” As much as Jon loves technology, it’s nice to take a break every once and a while, so if you want to hear one of your favorite tech personalities talk about anything and everything, check his second channel out.And, of course, you can always stop by our main channel to see unboxings, hands-on, tips, tricks, reviews and everything in between. If you’re a movie buff, you can also check out our movie channel here.








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Check out nearly 20 minutes of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ footage

Usually I’d expect this kind of thing to be released after a movie hits theaters—or even after it comes out on Blu-ray. But, ahead of the film’s May 15 release, nearly 20 minutes of Mad Max: Fury Road footage has come out, and it is brilliant to watch. If you want insight as to how this movie was made—all the tricks to creating a convincing post-apocalyptic wasteland—this is the video to watch.Of course, you run the risk of spoiling some of the movie for yourself. If you don’t want to tarnish what is shaping up to be one of the most unique movies this year, I’d stray away from watching. I pressed play and found it difficult to stop, so be warned. It’s so fascinating to see how a blockbuster film is put together, and the process behind it. Side note: I never realized filmmaking could be so silly.In addition to the copious amount of b-roll, there are also some cool new clips to check out, with some great footage to prep you for the film’s release in a few weeks. Even after all the trail…

Canary review: Powerful home security that anyone can use

Canary is a complete home security system in a small, discreet package; it sits about six inches tall, and kind of looks like a mini Mac Pro. When it was introduced back in 2013, the device quickly became an IndieGoGo sensation because it promised to finally provide an all-encompassing security solution in a package that anyone can use. Just set it and forget it, basically.After spending two weeks letting Canary monitor my apartment, I can comfortably say the device lives up to that promise. And it’s so easy to use that even non-techies will be able to set it up without a hassle.That’s the beauty of what Canary can offer: Providing complex technology in an easy-to-understand package. Setup took maybe ten minutes, with most time spent creating user names and tweaking settings. After the initial setup process, Canary has largely been a hands-off experience. Most of what you’ll be doing takes place on your phone.So what does Canary actually do? A little bit of everything. You basically h…

Japanese local customs and stereotypes in Legend of the Mystical Ninja

I was thinking about doing a typical Ron’s Retro Reviews for the fan-favorite Super Nintendo platformer, Legend of the Mystical Ninja. However, while pushing through it on this lazy, empty Golden Week afternoon, I noticed a whole wealth of subtle hints and jabs at local customs throughout the different regions of Japan our heroes travel to.Having lived in Japan for over 7 years now, I know some of these stereotypes like the back of my hand, especially since much of the game takes place within an hour long trip of my city of Kobe. Konami once had a studio here back before the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, and the city’s influence on the company is very apparent in this game.It is these goofy, unapologetic, cultural references I would like to talk about, level by level. Possible spoilers.Ganbare GoemonSee full gallery on TechnoBuffalo For starters though, just a quick rundown. Legend of the Mystical Ninja was not the first game in Konami’s excellent Ganbare Goemon series, but it was the…

Singtrix Karaoke: Even you can sound like a decent singer

The beauty of karaoke isn’t just in a person’s ability to belt out a Kenny Loggins’ song. We partake because it’s an enjoyable group experience—a way for friends and family to bond over the power of music. But finding a good karaoke spot is hard, and once you do, nobody wants to wait around 45 minutes before exercising the old pipes.That’s why the Singtrix karaoke machine is so darn fun. Not only can you belt out your favorite Cher song without a rowdy crowd, it actually makes you sound like a decent singer. It’s never been easier to achieve the autotune notoriety of T-Pain.Singtrix sent us a unit, and, as you can imagine, things got out of hand pretty quick. We’ve seen all sorts of gadgets pass through our office, from mobile phones to high-end cars. But nothing has been quite as enjoyable as what Singtrix offered. It’ll turn even the shyest shower singers into nightclub crooners in no time.In addition to 350 professional vocal presets, the Singtrix’s control console lets users contr…

4K/UltraHD TVs: You’re looking at it the wrong way

If you think 4K TV of Ultra HD is all about screen resolution, you are wrong. So very wrong. In fact if you sit in front of a 4K TV and proclaim that the clarity is absolutely amazing, you’re probably more than likely falling prey to some placebo effect.Isn’t 4K about improved clarity?During IFA’s Global Press Conference in Malta, Paul Gray, Principal Analyst for IHS presented some interesting findings about 4K and what it means for the industry. Think 4K is still all about resolution? Gray stated that in order for anyone to really notice a “wow” effect in image clarity you would need an 84-inch 4K display and sit approximately 1.6 meters (or about 5 feet) away to notice anything worth differentiating between 1080 and 4K. Which is probably why the marketing engine behind TV sets and mobile devices has been pushing the term “Ultra HD” quite so heavily. So when you walk into your local store and the salesperson wants to sell you a 4K set because of its amazing clarity, just brush it off…