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[22 May 2014 | No Comment | 3,522 views]
Retron 5 set for June 6 release

Back on May 25, 2013, First Arkansas News published an article about the Hyperkin Retron 5. Go ahead and click the aforementioned link for more details, but here’s a summary — the Retron 5 is designed to play games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the Japanese and European versions of those consoles and some Nintendo Game Boy games.
Oh, and the console is designed to upscale all of those games to 720p so they will look great on HDTV sets. Anyone who has hooked up a classic …

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[14 May 2014 | No Comment | 2,760 views]
EaseUS — file recovery software that works

Back in the old DOS days, file recovery was sorely needed but the applications that allowed for it were more than a bit primitive. We’re talking about the late 1980s and early 1990s when a 40-megabyte hard drive was considered massive. It was common to get rid of files regularly in order to make room for more space on limited drives.
I had purchased a file recovery package because I’m the type who tends to delete a bunch of files and discover later that I had gotten rid of some that …

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[23 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 3,476 views]
Hyperkin announces Retron5 delay, price increase

About this time last year, First Arkansas News ran an article waxing poetic about the forthcoming Hyperkin Retron5. The Retron5 has been promoted as just the machine a lot of us people who love classic console gaming have wanted for a long time. The problem with a lot of classic consoles is that they look terrible on HDTV sets and the Retron5 is supposed to solve that problem by upscaling games to run in 720p high definition through an HDMI port.
Anyone who has ever plugged, say, a Sega Genesis into …

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[5 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 9,666 views]
VeryHelpful.net — an Epinions replacement?

It didn’t take long — Epinions contributors were told last week that the 15-year-old site was no longer accepting reviews, but that news was followed with an invitation to a site meant to be a replacement.
Epinions, an eBay property, has spent the last 15 years paying writers for reviews of everything from Ramones albums to Ford Mustangs. Those days are over, but a new site — VeryHelpful.net — was set up by Andy Hillal. He was an Epinions staffer from 2000 to 2007 and wrote under the monicker of Andyman …

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[4 Mar 2014 | One Comment | 5,295 views]
So long, Epinions

Epinions members got a bit of a shock last week when logging into their accounts and learning the 15-year-old consumer reviews site is effectively shutting down as of March 25.
Epinions was a site that paid contributors to review products, based on the notion that reviews of products from unbiased consumers have value. The site started in 1999 back when everyone and their dog was trying to figure out how to make a buck or two on the Internet and actually did pay its members cash for submitting reviews.
The reasons Epinions …

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[19 Sep 2013 | No Comment | 7,281 views]
Hyperkin announces Dec. 10 release date for Retron 5

At last, the folks at Hyperkin have broken their silence by announcing the Retron 5 will be released on Dec. 10 in the U.S. and Europe. We at First Arkansas News have waxed poetic about the Retron 5 since first learning of the existence of the game console this spring and did promise to mention when Hyperkin announced an official release date. So, there you have it.
What is the Retron 5? In a nutshell, it will cost $99.99 according to a press release from Hyperkin¬† and will feature five cartridge …

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[6 Sep 2013 | One Comment | 7,133 views]
Hot rodding that netbook (Part 2)

A few weeks ago, we mentioned a free, simple tip that should make that aging netbook infinitely more useful (in a nutshell, install a lightweight Linux distribution).
Now, Linux is a free operating system and most of the applications for it — including a full-featured, Microsoft Office-compatible office suite — are also free. While some folks may believe Linux is difficult to use, that’s simply not the case these days as the most popular distros work well right out of the box and feature interfaces that are as easy to navigate …

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[1 Aug 2013 | 3 Comments | 12,946 views]
Retron 5 draws a competitor

So far this year, Nintendo has replaced its Wii console with the Wii U and we know a couple of other major consoles are on their way — the Microsoft Xbox One and the Sony Playstation 4. Ah, but what of people who still love those old eight and 16-bit games?
Well, 2013 is bringing some systems for them, too. We’ve already reported on the forthcoming Hyperkin Retron 5 which may be out later this summer and available for $100 or less. That one will come equipped with five cartridge slots …

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[29 Jul 2013 | One Comment | 5,484 views]
Yes, there is still life in that old netbook

Just a few years ago, netbooks were very common, largely because they are dirt cheap. A netbook, of course, is simply a scaled down laptop and the most common configuration appears to be a 10.1″ screen, a 1.6 GHz, single core Intel Atom processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM and a 160-gigabyte hard drive. Most netbooks came bundled with Microsoft Windows XP (not bad in terms of performance) or Windows 7 Starter.
While new netbooks are still available, they’ve been largely replaced by more powerful ultrabooks and tablets like the Apple iPad …

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[27 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 2,549 views]
Barnes & Noble waving white flag in tablet war

It’s a sad day for fans of Nook tablets — Barnes & Noble has announced it will cease manufacturing color tablets because the company is losing a lot of money on them.
It’s no secret that Barnes & Noble has been getting its teeth kicked in by the Amazon Kindle Fire since the Nook Tablet was released in 2011. How badly has Barnes & Noble fared in the tablet market? The company posted a loss of $222 million for fiscal 2013 as its current lineup of tablets — the Nook HD …