With a 1976 release, Atari's Breakout was right at the frontier of video game history -- and, it would seem, Apple's. The task of designing a prototype board with as few chips as possible fell to Steve Jobs, with an extra $100 for every chip less, and Jobs delegated it to his pal Steve Wozniak, who completed the board with just 42 chips in only four days.
Jobs, the sneaky cur, kept the bonus to himself, paying Wozniak a pittance. Atari couldn't even use the board, and ended up going with a different design that had about 100 chips.
Anyway, as interesting as all that is, you want to play Breakout on Google Image search, right? Head on over to Google and do an image search for "Atari Breakout" (or just click the hyperlink). … Read more
Good: The Pantech Breakout runs on Verizon's 4G LTE network. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is dressed up with a handy custom UI, and the phone has good call quality.
Bad: The Breakout doesn't have a flash, and it has a poor front-facing camera, jerky video, and shutter lag.
Bottom Line: If you don't give a whit about the camera or video, the Pantech Breakout is a fast and straightforward Android handset for Verizon.
Catch the video, photo gallery, and all the pros and cons in our full hands-on review of the Pantech Breakout.
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Verizon Wireless is making its 4G LTE service a bit more affordable for the masses.
Starting Thursday, the carrier will sell the Pantech Breakout for $99.99 after a $50 rebate and a two-year contract.
The Breakout marks the first reasonably priced 4G LTE phone in Verizon's lineup. Previously, the carrier had marketed 4G LTE smartphones as high-end devices. The Droid Bionic from Motorola and the Droid Charge from Samsung, for instance, cost $299.99 with a contract. Even the older HTC Thunderbolt costs $249.99.
The emergence of a more affordable smartphone underscores the rapid expansion of the … Read more
3D Brick Breaker Revolution Free is a free, eight-level preview of 3D Brick Breaker Revolution, an amped-up, tricked-out take on classic Breakout-style games, with a slick 3D look, an arsenal of cool power-ups, and a "Revolution" mode that literally blows the top off of the game--by letting you move up and down through a "tower" of screens. You move your paddle left and right with touch-screen buttons, or just by touching and sliding the paddle itself, and you pause the game by touching the center of the screen. Different power-ups drop down as you break more … Read more