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Posted: October 19, 2011 by mightymatt1989 in Merchandise, Nerd Stuff, Random, Technology, Web
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After more than half a million votes were cast, the late Steve Jobs has been deemed the Most Influential Man of 2011 by AskMen readers. The co-founder, chairman and former CEO of Apple Incorporated claimed the number one position ahead of an eclectic group that included everyone from outspoken rapper Kanye West to the members of the US Navy’s SEAL Team Six which stormed Osama bin Laden’s fortified compound in May.

Jobs was just one of a number of leaders in the digital space to make the list, reinforcing just how much influence on the modern man emanates from the tech world. Google CEO Larry Page, Facebook CEO/President Mark Zuckerberg, internet troublemakers Anonymous and the controversial Aussie whistleblower Julian Assange all placed highly in the list, rubbing shoulders with professional athletes and Hollywood A-listers.

To check out the complete Top 49 Most Influential Men list, head over to AskMen.com.

Article courtesy of ign.com

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BBX!!! Blackberry QNX

Posted: October 19, 2011 by mightymatt1989 in Apps, Gaming, Review, Technology
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So bbx was launched at DevCon in the early hours of the morning.

Blackberry x QNX equals BBX. They’ve demo’d it on a dev version on the playbook. Running android apps. No release date has been given or a handset showcasing shiny new BBX.

Eheheheh will be keeping you informed.

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Random pictures of Amy Winehouse in her good times, in her bad times and in her crap times.

They tried to make her go to rehab but she said nooo nooo no!

R.I.P to a legend in her own right who sang with honesty and emotion. It’s a Pity all the fame came rushing at her like a disease which made Amy collapse under the pressure and revert to Drugs as her refuge.

Enjoy!

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Cape Town rock band, Stonecollar, is doing their bit to create awareness about abuse against women with the release of an acoustic track, “Turn a Blind Eye”. All proceeds from the sale of the single, scheduled for release at the beginning of August to coincide with the start of Women’s Month, will go to People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA).

“Turn A Blind Eye” is the fourth track on Stonecollar’s debut album, “Trial By Fire”, which launched over two months ago to rave reviews both locally and internationally. The lyrics are about someone who is aware of wrong-doing but does not have the courage or inclination to do anything about it. ‘It’s a sentiment that resonates all too strongly with what goes on with domestic violence,’ says Nicol. ‘People know it’s happening but they just keep silent.’

Stonecollar recorded an acoustic version of the song for the Women’s Month campaign. The new arrangement features haunting melodies and guitar work, while still maintaining the rock and roll edge that fans have come to expect. The song will be available for purchase via download as of 1 August 2011. For more information visit the band’s website, www.stonecollar.co.za, from 1 August 2011. Each download is to be sold for R7 through RhythmMusicStore.com. To do their bit for the campaign, RhythmMusicStore.com has kindly lowered their commission on the sale of this single, further benefiting POWA.

In the hopes of even further promoting this initiative, Stonecollar produced a music video to accompany the release of this single. It will be available for viewing on the band’s official website from 1 August 2011.

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Johnny Depp is a muso?!?

Posted: June 28, 2011 by mightymatt1989 in Arts, Entertainment, Film, Music

With all eyes on Beyonce at Glastobury last night, perhaps Johnny Depp thought his stint as a rockstar would go unnoticed.

The actor unexpectedly joined Alice Cooper onstage at an intimate gig at the 100 Club in London last night to promote Cooper’s new album Welcome 2 My Nightmare.

Johnny helped Alice Cooper, real name Vincent Damon Furnier, perform
Depp is not stranger to the music scene – he owned notorious LA club The Viper Room from its opening in 1993 to 2004

He has appeared as a guest performer for a number of bands, including Oasis singles Fade In-Out and Fade Away, on Shane McGowan of the Pogues first solo album as well on the sound tracks for his films Chocolat and Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

In the early Nineties he was a member of the band P, with Gibby Haynes, Sal Jenco, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Steve Jones from Sex Pistols.

A blog on Alice Cooper’s official website wrote of the gig: ‘Bassist Chuck Garric and Depp seemed like old buddies up there, the.

Heres to something learned today!

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Next time Microsoft purchases a company, we know how it’ll contact its new acquisition to begin negotiations(through Skype duh!). Microsoft just entered into an agreement to purchase Skype for “$8.5 billion in cash.” There’s good news involved, even if you’re not a Skype investor: “Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices,” Microsoft announced, “and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities.”

You won’t be stuck exclusively using Skype with Kinect, either, as the company plans to continue supporting Skype clients on platforms other than its own (which means Microsoft is now in control of a PSP app-LOL, ironic?). Microsoft did not provide a timeframe for the debut of these Xbox and Windows Phone services, but we’d be very surprised if there weren’t a staged Skype call during Microsoft’s E3 presentation next month.

Simon Schubert is an artist like no other. His medium is paper, and he achieves his vision with precise folds and nothing else.…!

Pay close attention to the detail that is being conveyed, for examble reflections on the floor etc..

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Apple is taking it easy with the upgrades as usual – everything is carefully planned to ensure smooth traffic of new and repeat customers. It’s weirdly inconsistent with the hype about every new release. Anyway, faster-thinner-lighter is a fair deal to offer new users without making the original iPad adopters feel duped.

Main advantages:

  • 9.7” capacitive IPS touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels; oleophobic coating
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity
  • Optional 3G connectivity (data only)
  • Optional GPS with A-GPS support
  • Apple A5 SoC – 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics
  • 512MB RAM
  • iOS 4.3
  • 16/32/64GB of onboard storage
  • Weight of 601 grams (607 grams for the 3G version)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 10 hours battery life
  • Accelerometer, compass and three-axis gyro-sensor
  • Compatible with every iPhone app without any modifications
  • The cheapest version costs less than an unlocked iPhone
  • 0.7MP auto-focus camera, 720p video recording at 30fps
  • VGA secondary camera capable of Facetime calls
  • Impressively slim 8.8mm waistline
  • Four and five-finger gestures (locked by default, but easy to enable with a Mac and a R40 app)
  • 1080p TV-output with the Apple Digital AV Adapter (purchased separately for around R350-R400), 720p video streaming
  • Magnetic Smart cover (R400-R700)

Main disadvantages:

  • iTunes required for uploading content
  • No Flash support in the web browser
  • Poor still cameras – though, really, this thing isn’t meant for taking candids
  • No standard USB port
  • No kickstand – it cannot stand on a table without the help of a dock stand or a Smart cover
  • Non replaceable battery
  • No stereo loudspeakers
  • No GPS receiver for the Wi-Fi only version
  • No memory card slot
  • 3G model uses micro-SIM, instead of a regular size SIM
  • iPhone apps designed for HVGA resolution squander screen real estate or look pretty bad uspcaled

 

The Conclusion!

The iPad 2 is virtually competition-free for now. Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets, save for the Moto’s XOOM, are still in the works. Motorola rushed the XOOM launch to counter the new iPad and ended up with no Flash and compatible apps. The XOOM is effectively an unsupported tablet for the time being. And to make matters worse, it’s prohibitively expensive.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are scheduled for June release. They both look capable of seriously challenging the iPad 2 and we hope Android 3.0 will have the desired level of support in time for their launch. They deserve it.

Android Honeycomb is quite a looker, has almost none of the restrictions of the iOS and is already reaping the benefits of a solid developer community. It has its flaws too – the Market has still to catch up, developers need to accommodate different resolutions and hardware differences.

Android Honeycomb is a dedicated tablet platform while iPads use an upscaled smartphone OS. Droid tablets will certainly get an edge from an OS designed from ground up to make better use of screen estate. But it’s Apple that seems to be a step ahead of the competition so far. Like it or not, Apple has done it again

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iPhone users are generally satisfied with the speed of loading web pages. But a recent report reveals that the iPhone 4′s speed pales in comparison to Android-powered smartphone like the Nexus S. Find out why the Iphone5 will have to up the ante on speed — or risk losing their market share.

When it comes to mobile computing, speed might seem like a geeky obsession — something that the average smartphone, laptop, and tablet user isn’t too concerned about. Usually, the discussion of a smartphone’s speed at loading web pages is usually followed by a cavalcade of complex technical specs and cryptic geek-speak that the average Joe or Jane simply cannot relate to.

The fact is, however, that speed is important to all smartphone users — even if they don’t know it.

While tech-obsessed people might seek out faster technologies to show off to their other tech-obsessed friends, even the most clueless smartphone user has the expectation that, when they load a web page, it will load fast. Slow-loading pages, after all, don’t only frustrate the geeks of the world. In fact, the average smartphone user might even feel more inclined to throw their iPhone against the wall when it runs slow than does the techie, since average users usually don’t understand the technology behind what makes mobile devices fast or slow.

With this in mind, Canadian software company Blaze Software Inc. recently released a controversial report that purportedly reveals the Apple iPhone 4 to be a considerably slower-loading smartphone compared to the Google Nexus S, claiming that the Nexus S loaded 84% of websites faster than the iPhone, and that the Android-powered phone ”operated an average of 52 percent faster after more than 45,000 page loads from 1,000 websites.”

Seems as if Iphone5 has many to impress if it desires to be as competitve as Android phones…We’ll just have to wait and see!

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Eric Clapton Auctions 70 of his guitars!

Posted: March 7, 2011 by mightymatt1989 in Nerd Stuff

More than 70 guitars belonging to legendary British music icon Eric Clapton will go on the auction block in New York next week to raise money for his drug and alcohol treatment center in the Caribbean.

The instruments, shown at a preview on Friday, include a 2005 Fender Stratocaster Signature Model, which is expected to sell for $20,000 to $30,000

Clapton used the instrument during the Cream Reunion concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London in May 2005 and at Madison Square Garden in New York in October of the same year.

Another guitar, also expected to fetch as much as $30,000 at the sale at Bonham’s on Wednesday, is a 2006 recreation of Clapton’s famed Strat “Blackie”, complete with cigarette burns on the headstock. In 2004, the original “Blackie” sold for $959,000.

Proceeds of the auction will benefit the Crossroads Center in Antigua, which Clapton, a recovered alcoholic and former heroin addict, founded in 1998.

Clapton’s collection of about 70 amplifiers are also for sale. One set of twin Fender amplifiers that he used in the 1980’s, are expected to sell for as much as $12,000.

Another amp, a miniature Pignose from 1974, was possibly the same one used to record his song “Motherless Children”.

Other items to be sold include a Versace suit worn by Clapton and a gold-records plaque given to Clapton for his album “Journeyman”, which was released in 1989.

Two previous auctions have been held to benefit the Crossroads Center, in 1999 and 2004.

Clapton, 65, is widely regarded as one of the best guitarists of all time. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine named him fourth on their list of the 100 best guitarists in music history.

Eric Clapton collection

Eric Clapton collection

(Reporting by Bernd Debusmann Jr., editing by Patricia Reaney-Yahoo news)