Sunday, January 31, 2010

iPad: Why It Has Microsoft Scared

According to this article, the iPad is giving Microsoft the Heebie-jeebies. They believe, since they’ve failed with past Tablets of their own, that Apple may succeed in that territory but still we don’t know that for sure until the sales of the product are posted.

Happy reading on the
link I gave you above.






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iPhone OS 3.2 Will Support Video Calling and File Download

Engagnet had a piece in which they’ve confirmed that iPhone OS 3.2 will support video calling and file download. This is big news.

Check
it out.


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Ultra Hip Tech: Moodagent For iPhone


Written by Metalmisstress1001


Edited by Joseph Lewis Szabo III

Moodagent is an Automatic Playlist DJ for the iPhone. Once you download it, sync it, and open the App all you will have to do is move a couple slider bars up and down that matches your mood. When you finish with the slider bars then it makes a list of twenty five songs. The second way that you can enjoy this App is if you already have a song playing on your iPod or iPhone and launch the App it will auto-populate a list for you. Let's face it, with the iTunes genius feature and shuffle that is native on your iPod, iPhone, and iTunes, Apple does a really bang up job of putting together just the right playlist, this is just extra icing on the cake.


Seems simple right? To give you more of an idea here is a Youtube video giving you a brief introduction to the App.


Take a moment to view it.




Welcome back!


So, what do you think so far? Yeah, that is what I thought.


Here is a review from Revision3's hit show App Judgment.




Hello again.


Many apologies for hitting you with several videos in one post. Nevertheless, I believe that Stephanie is correct about this App. I hope for the next version to be a little more functional with how many songs can be loaded within a playlist. With the icons on the slider bars in the App sometimes you forget what they are and tend to look back at the information section. It is a really good idea with small limitations that need to be fixed in the update to the app. Like Stephanie said, little UI tweaks would not hurt either.


Check it out for yourself and like Stephanie said if you have an App that you like and want to tell me about it you can follow me on Twitter here or share the wealth with the Revision3 show here.


http://www.Revision3.com/appjudgement

Ultra Hip Music: The Forties Interview

The Forties Interview

Interview by Metalmisstress1001

Edited by Joseph Lewis Szabo III


In the search for good music that makes you move your toes and shack your ass a great person via Twitter gave me a heads up to a band named The Forties. This Columbus, Ohio power pop band is young. They introduced themselves to the musical world in 2009 and took off running. The members met while in college and never looked back.

A huge thank you to David for answering my questions and to CK Webb on Twitter for introducing me to the band (You can follow her @ reply Alexx73 to say thanks!) I hope you enjoy the interview!

1) The band seems relatively young. Can you give possible fans an introduction & description of the sound of the band?

When we started playing together we really had no idea what we were doing to tell you the truth lol, we just knew that we wanted everyone to be able to listen to our music and enjoy it. We figured what good is trying to spread your art of music if nobody is going to want to listen.

We each bring something different to the music, and it always seems to come out as a mixture between Third Eye Blind melodies, throw in with some old school U2, sprinkled in with a dash of the All-American Rejects. We try to keep our songs as modern as possible but it is very important for us to make sure we don't abandon our rock n' roll influences.

2) In comparison to the other music posted here on the All Things Repeated Blog the sound of the band is very different. There is a lot of heavy rock / alternative. How does this different sound effect your music writing & why should people / potential fans pay attention?


Well as group the four us are pretty big suckers for pop music, and we aren't afraid to admit it. When it comes down to writing our music we try to make sure it sounds as mainstream as possible, but because it never turns out that way in the end. If we had to give people a reason to why they should pay attention, it's because although our music is pretty mainstream, we feel like we have been able to develop our own unique style, that doesn't sound like your typical pop-rock bands out there. Being able to keep our own sense of originality is very important to us, which we feel that potential fans will appreciate and enjoy.


3) Who is a major music influence & why?

The four of us each have our own individual influences, but as a group we all really look up to Coldplay. We are huge fans of them and respect their ability to constantly make timeless music that so many people love album after album. They are also more than just a musical influence to us as well. We really admire the way they handle the business side of things, giving a percentage of their earnings away to charity, and also how they split everything equally between each member of the band. This may not seem like much to a lot of people, but it shows the type of people they are, and that can't go without mentioning.

4) What are your major musical goals?

Our major “To-Do” is to be able to tour the entire world meeting all the different types' people and cultures, and be able to share our music and life experiences with them.


5) What is your first musical memory and music purchase that you remember?

I don't know if this is exactly what you are asking, but my first musical memory would have to be destroying my older sister's “Thriller” tape when I was a kid. She always used to play it and there was that scary laugh at the end that just freaked me out. So one night I guess I just decided to take matters into my own hands, and unwound the tape, let's just say she was not happy lol. As for my first musical purchase, I think that would have to be when I bought my first CD, “Razorblade Suitcase,” by BUSH. I used to idolize Gavin Rossdale, and I guess I still kind of do.

6) Describe your experience sharing a stage with some other artists that are a little more well known?

It is one of the best learning experiences you can have as an artist. We try and soak up everything we can from start to finish. Everything from how they perform on stage, interact with their fans and road crew, as well as carry themselves off the stage. It is one big learning experience for us every time. These are the people whom we are working to be like, so we try and learn as much as we can, and use it to make ourselves better artists.

7) When the band started you guys were attending Ohio State University. Did any of you graduate & what was your major(s)?

I graduated in spring of 2009 with a major in International Business. The rest of the guys are still planning to graduate; Beau - Sociology, Alex L - Marketing, and Alex W - Actuarial Science.

8) Is there any advice you would give to others that are trying to break into the music industry or just starting a band?

The best advice we have ever gotten, and we have been told this by numerous people, is to just keep writing and working hard. The harder you work, and the more you write, the better and better your music and band is going to get. We live by this and never stop trying to improve ourselves as musicians, performers, businessmen, etc. all aspects of the music industry.

9) Where do you guys see yourself in five to ten years as far as music?

Continuing to grow as a band and as individuals. We will still be the same “Boy's Next Door”, just by that time we will be touring the world spreading our passion and love for music. We are in this for the long haul, and have absolutely no intention of stopping this train anytime soon. We are just going to continue to work like crazy and hope for continued good health and fortune.

10) Is there anything else that I should add and is there any final statements?

Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to interview with you, it really means a lot to us for you to help us get our name/music out to people. If there is ever anything that we can do for you please don't hesitate to ask us. Just promise us that when you're a huge famous blogger/interviewer you give us another shoutout!

A big thanks to the band again. I hope that all of your musical endeavors are good ones and keep on rocking! To learn more about the band, tour dates, and to listen to a little bit of what the band is about please visit there web page.


www.myspace.com/thefortiesmusic

www.facebook.com/theforties

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheForties





Ultra Hip Book Reviews: January

Books allow us to venture into the dark souls that in the real world would do us harm but on paper only entertain. They show us the evils of mankind where we may learn from their deeds without actually putting ourselves in danger. Some of us actively seek these forbidden fruits, for some of us that is all we read, to see the alternative to good and with a little luck witness those events that would otherwise make our day dark and malevolent. If you're interested in such books then I have good news my friend, I found them. So, here is yet another installment of:

Three Good Books I Recently Finished That Will Pleasure Your Eyeballs.

One: Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin.


Set in 19th century America, Abner Marsh is a clipper boat captain asked to take on a very important mission of giving transport to a man named Joshua York who offers in return to build Marsh his own boat for which the captain calls Fevre Dream. Along the way Marsh learns the real reason for undertaking the task of hauling this man up the Mississippi: to hunt creatures that would do this world great harm…vampires.


Known as one of the early classics by the writer of A Song of Ice and Fire series, George R. R. Martin keeps the reader tightly glue to every page of this novel. In fact, after I was through reading the book I almost certainly wanted to turn the pages back and read it again because it was so damn thrilling and potent.


If you want a light read with lots of action, that turns the vampire legend into something different and fresh, you will find it here.


Two: American Gods by Neil Gaiman.


America is a country of immigrates, so why can their Gods of old also come to the land of opportunity with its people.

The story is centered around a man called Shadow who has been released from prison early so he may plan the burial of his wife Laura who has died in a car crash. On the outside now, Shadow's been asked several times if he is interested in taking up a job as a bodyguard for a man named Mr. Wednesday who, Shadow is about to find out, has a very interesting past: he is the God Odin.

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Award, American Gods is one of those books that gets better with a second reading. Some have complained it is too fast paced but I've learned that is only because people found interested in it when they read the book that they can't put it down.


I'm guessing you'll feel the same way when you pick it up. It's wonderful.


Three: Ghost Story by Peter Straub.


This is the book that got the world's attention to Peter Straub, a fascinating author who has scared the hell out of me with his books and for which this one is no different. With multiple characters, multiple storylines, Straub takes all the classic ghost story from mankind's past and tries to explain them in a book that will keep you awake nights, not only because it's interesting but because it's unnerving.


In the town of Milburn there are many secrets, sins and crimes. The Chowder Society, a gathering of elderly men, have just lost one of its key members. They get together and tell each other ghost stories from their past. Strange events are happening in the town and they are at a loss to solve them so they called in a nephew of the man who dies, Donald Wanderly, a writer of a occult novels to help.


Thus, a battle against evil begins.


Read!
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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Five Best Email Clients

Lifehacker has a list of the five best Email Clients. I use the web-based Gmail myself through there is nothing wrong with others on this list.

Check
it out.



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Ultra Hip Classic Movie Review: Dune

Dune

Rating: *

Thinking back to when I was a teenager, reading Frank Herbert's magnus opus Dune for the first time, it pains me now to think this wonderful book was turned into something so bland, confusing, and boring. David Lynch, and I've said this many times in the past, has a gift for atmosphere and story. His other material is certainly far better then this holy mess. In fact, he protested to the Directors Guild of America for his name to be taken off this project back in 1984. If I'd made something this bad I'd be upset too, yet I don't think I'd ever apologize for it or remove my name from the credits.


There are limits to my shame.


But let's be fair, the story is pretty much like in the book although some things are different.

This adaptation didn't give us time to take in the vast amounts of information in the novel to sink in and did a terrible job of presenting characters and situations by using internal monologues and cut scenes. After awhile we really don't care if we understand what is happening in the movie we just want it to end.


In the year 10, 191 , Arrakis, Dune, a desert planet is the home of countless and enormous Sandworms where they create a special substance known as Melange or Spice. Three Houses are currently seeking control over Dune and its precious export. Without spice the Bene Gesserit, a female religion, cannot exact their powers over the mind and the Spacing Guild cannot bend space to travel instantaneously over great distances.
At the start of the film House Atreides (the good guys) has control over Dune but little do they know House Harkonnen run by the Baron Vladimir Harkonnen has conspired with the Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV to win back the planet from the Atreides. Furthermore Paul, son of Duke Atreides, is on the verge of being a messiah for the Fremen, the tribes of Dune.

Now if you think this sounds too hard for this particular media trust me, you're not the only one. As a book it's fine, more then fine actually, it's exciting, but for a two hour movie with so many characters, so many subplots it just doesn't work. You thought Spider-Man 3 was crowded with too many villains and storylines, think again; in fact don't think too hard on this stuff, it's not worth it, I quit thinking about it an hour and five minutes in. I'm sure people are still confused by this film twenty six years after the movie was released.


Dune has never been made into a good, stand alone, pop corn munching motion picture ( Mind you I said motion picture not miniseries, John Harrison's version done in 2000 was okay because it was better paced and longer).

The book is so vast in scope, so huge in term of plot and character development that to be made into a good film would require someone who knows exactly what they're doing, like a Peter Jackson or maybe a James Cameron.

David Lynch, as talented as he is at story, is not best equipped in taking this tale, a monster of a book in terms of scope and creating something not only understandable but simple for those who've never picked up the novel.

Moreover, some of the worst shots of the film are the major battles set at night in which the winds of the desert are blowing sand everywhere making the picture appear blurry. This is done so to smudge out the bad special effects, a decision probably made by the director because he was too embarrassed to show them in the first place. To further compound its badness, actors don't show emotions when they play their parts which, again, I have to blame on Lynch who doesn't seem to care what the actors are doing so long as the script is read.


Boys and girls this is a bad film. Yes, I know it's a cult classic and forever will be one but I also know moviegoers from 1984 must have been angry as hell after paying their money then seeing this film. Fans of today's cinemas should be equally upset for passing over their earnings to this turkey.


My advice: Stay clear of this one and go to the dentist instead.


You'll have a better time.
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Friday, January 29, 2010

Five Social Networking Apps For Your Blackberry

Mashable has a list of five social networking apps that you should be using for your Blackberry. I don’t have a Blackberry, don’t really need one but, If you have braved that storm sure, check this out.

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Seven Essential Features Not Found on the iPad.

MacLife wants to tell you about Seven Essential Features not found on the iPad.

The big one for me is Flash.


When is Apple going to understand this is something their customers want and need. The others on the list, like Multitasking is also very important but who is to say these things won’t be fixed with new models or software upgrades.

Check it out.



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Thursday, January 28, 2010

How the iPhone Dominated the Planet

BlackBookMag has a piece on how the iPhone dominated the planet. Its one of those chart articles but still it's good.

Check
it out.



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The iPad is Here!

The iPad (Apple Tablet) is here!

I’m still learning what you can do with this machine myself. I’m going to give you the Gizmodo link that may help you learn more about the device also I'll link the official story by PC World regarding the product. As for what my friends are saying about the iPad: some think it’s the best thing since Bubble Wrap, from others they think it's underwhelming. I’m still trying to make up my mind.


So, here is the PC World
link and here is the Gizmodo link. Have fun.




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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

ThisRecording's 100 Greatest Science Fiction or Fantasy Novels Of All Time

ThisRecording.com has their list of what they think is the 100 Greatest Science Fiction or Fantasy Novels Of All Time. I don’t agree on some of the rankings of the novels for this list but I certainly agree that every book here is worth your attention.

If your new to SF or a lifelong fan who wants to read only the best,
check this out.

Are Expectations Too High For The iPhone

Forbes.com has an interesting piece on what if the expectations are too high for the iPhone will the sales for the device go down. Personally, I don’t think this is really much of a problem. Apple has done some no no’s in the past but I don’t think the iPhone sales will lack because of the outlook some people have for the gadget.

Still, I could be wrong.

Check it out.





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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Legal Restriction May Limit Internet Expansion

Mitchell Baker, project leader for Modzilla, says that legal restriction may limit internet expansion in the future, this coming from Mail.com.

It’s a good piece, give it a
read.



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iPad: Is That The Name of The Apple Tablet?

A US Patent opposition was issued from Apple regarding a trademark on the name "iPad". The title was going to be used by Fujitsu until Apple opposed it on the first day they could do so, this coming from Gawker and another source, The Jesus Tablet Blog.

So, did Apple plan on making an iPad from the start and is that device the Apple Tablet?


Check
it out.



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Monday, January 25, 2010

What Will Be The Price of The Apple Tablet?

Tuaw has a piece on what the price of the Apple Tablet may be. Some say $999, others say $699 but I hope not. If Apple really wants to thrill it’s customers they would offer it for $599 at the most, that’s my two cents.

Will a price stop the Apple lovers from buying it?

Hell no!

They’ll donate blood, sell a kidney, do anything to get cash to buy this machine.


Check
it out.




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More Problems for Microsoft's Internet Explorer

It wasn’t bad enough Microsoft's Internet Explorer had problems with vulnerability and had to be fixed with a patch but, on the day before they sent the patch out Core Security Technologies says they found even more vulnerability’s for hackers to exploit.

Check
it out.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

10 iPod Touch Apps For Offline Fun

Let’s face it, one of the most important reasons why we have an iPod Touch is so we can go online and not be on a full sized computer.

WiFi makes this happen.

However, some people don't have WiFi, at least not all the time, and they still want use their Apple Device. So what about those folks?

Here's the answer:


Makeuseof.com has a piece on 10 apps that can be used for offline fun. I have some of these tools myself, especially Stanza which I use like crazy to read tons of book, most of them for free.


Check
it out.

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What Would You Do With An Apple Tablet?

PCMag, a great site and magazine if you haven’t checked it out, is asking the question that most of us Tech Heads have on our minds lately: What would you do with an Apple Tablet?

Check
it out.



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Saturday, January 23, 2010

More Apple Tablet Rumors: Two Tablets and a Qualcomm Wireless Chip

Here is more rumors about the Apple Tablet:

According to The Street.com, the Tablet or what they’re calling a Newton II, will be available as two models; One Apple Tablet will have a Qualcomm wireless chip and WiFi and the other will only have the WiFi. Also, they'll only have Verizon as a telco partner.


Check
it out.



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Why Windows 7 Has Sold Like Crazy

Ars Technia has a piece on my Windows 7 is the most purchased OS, beating out all Mac OS’s combined. I still don’t have it yet but I’m sure the next machine I get will have it.

Check
it out.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

What The People Want on the iPhone 4.0

Tuaw has a two part article on what their readers would like to see in iPhone 4.0. Some of the new features they ask for, in my opinion, is smart and would help make this device better. Things like a new lock screen, an overall navigation app and Flash has been at the top of Apple user's lists for a long time.

Check
it out.

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Apple Strikes Back Against Nokia

Apple Strikes Back at Nokia over their lawsuit regarding GSM, UMTS, and WiFi. An in depth explanation is here. Now, Apple wants a US Embargo against the company yet no details have been released. I’m sure we’ll get some in the days to come.

Click
here.





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Thursday, January 21, 2010

FireFox 3.6 is Available For Download and ComputerWorld Has The Review

ComputerWorld has a review of FireFox 3.6 which came out today. I still have not downloaded it myself yet but I sure will very, very soon.

Check
it out.




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Rumor: Zune Phone Coming in Two Months

Sometimes rumors are not always associated with Apple but towards Microsoft, take this for example:

People - well some people - are talking about a possible Zune Phone which, according to this article, is coming out in two months.


Do you believe them? Anything is possible.


Check
it out.



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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Nokia is Suing Apple!

Apple is being sued yet again, this time by Nokia having to do with patent infringements regarding everything from camera sensors to touchscreens. They’ve asked the International Trade Commission to ban all iPhone, iPod and Macbook imports.

This is major.


Here’s the
link.

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People Love Android OS

Android OS has become more popular over the past couple of months. This article says they have increased in usage 200%, meaning four percent of all mobile users prefer Android OS.

Cool.


Check
it out.



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