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General Mills Pokemon TCG Promotion Review February 7, 2019

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The cereal makers over at General Mills are running a special Pokémon promotion between now and mid-March. They’re offering packs of three random cards from the Pokémon TCG in every one of their specially marked cereal boxes. That includes cereal like Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Lucky Charms. At least thirteen different TCG cards can be gotten in this promotion with five special foil cards among them.

Today, we’re going to look closer at this promotion (while it is still going on) and give out all the information we can about it. Watch the video below to find out where can you shop to find a participating box of cereal, how to spot a participating box on the shelf, and what we got when we opened the box!

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The Best Nintendo Switch Accessories January 31, 2019

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Since the Nintendo Switch can function as both a home and portable game console, and many new players may have gotten a Switch in the post-Christmas shopping season, I thought the time was perfect to talk about some of the best accessories for the console. In this video, we’re going to review many of the Nintendo Switch’s accessories, why you should or shouldn’t get them, and where you should get them from.

There are a few ground rules to this list. First off we acknowledge that people will not use the console in Tablet (Portable) mode, and any accessories we list as being only useful for Tablet mode will be mentioned in the video. With that all said, let’s take a look at the best accessories for the Nintendo Switch!

Let’s Play Spider-Man on PS4 Pro Part 7 and 8 January 24, 2019

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We are back to our live stream of Spider-Man on the PS4 Pro. In Part 7, we decided to wrap up all the leftover side missions we had been neglecting all over NYC. In Part 8 we resume the game’s story and play through one of the most emotionally difficult parts of the entire game. All footage was recorded off a PS4 Pro with full video commentary.

Spider-Man is out now exclusively for the PS4.

Let’s Play Spider-Man on PS4 Pro Part 6 January 22, 2019

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Maniac is back in the boots of Spider-Man as he gets to play through the level originally shown at E3 2017. Maniac was actually at that event and got to see the demo for the first time live on stage. Let’s see how he feels about the finished version of the level.

All game footage is provided with full video commentary.

Spider-Man is out now exclusively on PS4.

Let’s Play Spider-Man on PS4 Pro Part 5 January 17, 2019

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We are continuing our Let’s Play of Spider-Man on the PS4 Pro. In this part we check out some of the game’s research stations, battle with the Shocker (who shocks people), get evicted, and try to find a place to crash for the night.

All gameplay footage includes full video commentary.

Eagle eyed viewers may notice this part has a resolution drop from previous parts. That is due to the fact we were unhappy with the framerate we were getting at higher resolutions. We will be tweaking the resolution over the next few parts to see what we like best.

Spider-Man is out now exclusively for PS4.

Let’s Play Spider-Man on PS4 Pro Parts 3 and 4 January 16, 2019

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Yesterday, we resumed a Let’s Play we had left hanging for several months, Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4. In this video we take a closer look at NYC at night, and Maniac shares his insider information about movies that are thirty years old. All gameplay is captured in 1080p. Full video commentary is provided.

Spider-Man is out now exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story 3DS Unboxing January 11, 2019

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Today, Nintendo has released two major games for their dedicated handheld and home consoles. For the 3DS/2DS owners out there, Nintendo rereleased the DS Classic Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story. Let’s take a look at what’s inside the box.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story is out now for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Unboxing January 10, 2019

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Earlier today, Square Enix officially announced that the HD remaster of Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, is coming to Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in April. Since it is already available on the PlayStation 4. We picked up a copy of the game with the intention to unbox it for all of you.

Final Fantasy XII is out now for PC and PS4. It is coming April 16th, 2019 to Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

How to Upgrade the PS4 Pro Hard Drive December 18, 2018

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Happy Holidays everyone! Sony’s PS4 Pro currently ships with a stock internal storage capacity of 1TB. After owning one for nearly a year, that amount of storage just wasn’t cutting it anymore. We need to upgrade the internal storage of the PS4 Pro! Thankfully this is permitted by Sony, and this procedure can be performed without voiding the system’s warranty.

So how do we upgrade the PS4 Pro’s internal Hard Drive? You’ll need:

  • The PS4 Pro
  • A PC or Mac
  • A 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (exFAT Formatted)
  • A 2-4GB USB Thumb Drive (FAT32 Formatted)
  • A Phillips Head 00 screwdriver

The PS4 Pro accepts 2.5″ SATA 6.0GB/s Hard Drives, so you’ll have to get a drive that meets those specifications. We are going to do this procedure with a 2TB mechanical drive. You can also install a Solid State Drive (SSD) using this method, provided it fits the 2.5″ form factor.

We broke this procedure into two parts to make it easier for all of you. In part 1, we focus specifically on the prep work. Everything you need to do BEFORE taking your PS4 Pro apart is in this video, please watch before starting the process. If you would like a direct link to Sony’s PS4 firmware download page, you can click here. Regardless if you plan to back up your data or not, you WILL need the PS4 firmware to get your PS4 working after replacing the internal storage.

With prep out of the way we will now move to Part 2. This is what you’ll need to know to take the PS4 Pro apart, replace the internal drive, and get the PS4 working again after the drive has been replaced. We follow it up with how to restore all your data from the old drive using a backup.

Tales from IT – That Time I Unboxed and Updated 50 iPads in One Day December 17, 2018

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If you’re here because of the title, it pretty much speaks for itself. One day while working on a long-term IT assignment, I was asked at the last minute to set up iPads for fifty people. They had to be unboxed, put into cases, and updated. Since these devices were arriving system locked, preventing unauthorized users from setting them up and accessing the home screen, they could only be updated with iTunes. I was told all fifty iPads had to be ready by 7am the next morning. How did I do? What did it take? Did I make it? Watch and find out.

With the exception of maybe Louis Rothman, has anyone ever done this?