Watch Out! Too Much Candy Crush Can Break Your Tendons!

Are you playing a lot of Match-3 games? Like every day of the week? Is it Candy Crush? If the answer to all previous questions is ‘Yes’, then you might want to know that you may already suffer from ruptured tendons or will do so in the near future!

According to a medical report from JAMA (via Pix11), a 29-year old man suffered from a ruptured tendon after playing the Candy Crush Saga game all day for about 6 or 8 months in a row.

” A 29-year-old, right hand–dominant man presented with chronic left thumb pain and loss of active motion from playing a Match-3 puzzle video game on his smartphone all day for 6 to 8 weeks. On physical examination, the left extensor pollicis longus tendon was not palpable, and no tendon motion was noted with wrist tenodesis.” the observations from JAMA state.

Ouch! that must have hurt. But wait, it didn’t? The physicians stated in their conclusions and observations that the more he played, the less pain he suffered. What?

“Future research should consider whether pain reduction is a reason some individuals play video games excessively, manifest addiction, or sustain injuries associated with video gaming.”

So if you got your thumb ruptured by the mobile game named Candy Crush, then it’s safe to say that the medical condition can be called ‘Candy Crush Thumb?’. Well, according to a report, that’s what people are calling it now.

This is a scary thing to consider. How about you, are you playing a lot of puzzle games on your smartphone and do you feel any pain (or don’t feel anything at all)?

Thank you Pix11 for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of AppGuru and video courtesy of YouTube

Buffalo Unveils New Compact USB3.0 Flash Drive

Compared to USB2.0 flash drives, the faster and more spacious USB3.0 drives are typically still a lot bigger than their older siblings and due to their size, they are not always the most convenient items to have around. As a solution to the problem we saw USB2.0 drive shrink right down to the nano scale a year or two back, meaning that they can be left plugged into a USB port on a notebook system for example and almost forgotten about. Their small size means that the worry of knocking them and consequently breaking them is no longer around.

Until now though USB3.0 drives have not had the benefit of the compact form factor, however this is now about to change as Buffalo announce the launch of their RUF3-PS series of USB3.0 drives. Protruding out only 5.2mm from the host system, the tiny drives will offer read speeds of up to 121MB/s in capacities ranging from a budget friendly 8GB, right up to a healthy 64GB. Additionally the drives will be available in red, black and silver to match in with your notebook system, or stand out in red if that is what you fancy. Initially the drives will only be available in Japan at the end of this month, starting at around $21 USD / 2,100 Yen for the 8GB drives, rising up to around $87 USd / 8,900 Yen for the 64GB model. Availability outside of Japan is yet to be announced at this moment in time.

Source: Press Release


Lexar JumpDrive P10 32GB USB3.0 Flash Drive Review


In the world of flash storage, there is a multitude of big names on the playing field and for those who hold the highest reputations, they are either built on a long standing existence for example Sandisk and for some other vendors, the reputation they have built up from producing high quality products. Lexar is a company that in a sense falls into both categories and built as a spin-off company from Cirrus Logic in 1996, Lexar started off in developing flash controllers. Further down the line, Lexar was overtaken in ownership by Micron in 2006 and has since then been merged with Crucial as a subsidiary of Micron. Since then there has been a long line of flash storage products roll off the production line with the Lexar branding and moving forward to today we have the fastest and best looking flash drive that they have ever made.

The P10, as mentioned is quoted to be one of the fastest flash drives available to buy at this moment in time, offering up to 24x the performance of USB2.0 drives, The drive also features a sleek metal alloy body and come in capacities ranging from 16-64GB as it headlines Lexars USB flash drive lineup.

The JumpDrive P10 comes in a rather bulky pack when compared to other flash drives that I’ve looked at, however it does look rather sleek with its all black appearance with white writing printed on the front. Lexar are keen to show off not only the drives capacity, but also its expected read and write speeds. When it comes to the high-street retail channels, getting lots of information on to the front of the pack is key when trying to maximise sales. The clear packaging also gives us a full on view of the drive itself.