In Stores Now: Call of Duty – Modern Warfare 3

By Melvin Browne

The MOST Anticipated game in History has finally hit stores.  Modern Warfare is back. The best-selling first person action series of all-time returns with the epic sequel to multiple Game of the Year award winner, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Modern Warfare 3 is the eighth installment of the Call of Duty series and the third installment of the Modern Warfare series.

Prepare yourself for a cinematic thrill-ride engaging enemy forces in New York, Paris, Berlin and other attack sites across the globe. The world stands on the brink, and Makarov is intent on bringing civilization to its knees.  MW3 is available on Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii Platforms. Check out the all n00b live-action trailer starring Sam Worthington, Jonah Hill and Dwight Howard. Enjoy!

4 Million and Counting….

By JoMarr Williams

After the passing of former Apple CEO and Founder Steve Jobs, I was truly worried about the fate of the Apple brand.  But with the release of the iPhone 4s on Friday, my worries have subsided for now, with over 4 million devices being sold in three days. Those numbers include sales in the United States, Canada, France, Britain, Germany, and Australia.

This past Friday iPhone release was somewhat calm compared to previous years. I remember seeing people camped out days prior to be the first to have Apple’s new baby in their hands. I got mine the same day and had no wait. And that was a shocker especially being a Sprint customer. Speaking of Sprint, they announced sales records with the addition of the iPhone to their selection. Many consumers left their current providers for Sprint for better data plans. Sprint includes unlimited data, unlike AT&T and Verizon.

I believe that the sales were directly related to the passing of Jobs. It’s a great thing to say that “I got the last Apple product that Steve worked on.” His ability to change the way we listen to music, check email, or even watch a television show, have been nothing short of genius. Hopefully Tim Cook, the new CEO will take the company to a place we haven’t seen before.

Galaxy Tab 10.1 Vs iPad 2 – Which is the Best tablet for you?

By Jo’Marr Williams

In an age where mobility is of importance, many are trying to decide which tablet is best for them. Tablets are starting to lead the forefront and become the on-the-go device. Emails, Facebook, Twitter, eReaders, Games, are all conveniently housed in tablets. Tablets are becoming a great substitution to laptops. Of the many tablets that are on the market, I have had the opportunity to purchase the top two contenders. In one corner we have Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 which was released on June 17, 2011. In the other corner we have Apple’s ipad 2 released on March 11, 2011. 2 go in but only 1 comes out the victor. May the best Tablet win!

Price ($): Winner – ipad 2

Both devices start at $499 for the baseline models which will include Wi-Fi only and have 16GB of storage. To the average consumer this is ample storage for your music and other media needs. You can increase the storage size with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to 32GB for $629.99, which is currently only available to Verizon 4G customers. ipad 2 can opt for different combinations of storage with Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi with 3G capability. If you opt for Wi-Fi only then the cost of 32GB is $599 and the 64GB is $699. The Wi-Fi and 3G units are $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB.

Hardware: Winner – ipad 2

Visually the two devices look very similar; at times many people thought my Galaxy Tab 10.1 was an iPad. Once you take a closer look you start to notice the differences. The iPad 2 is constructed out of aluminum and the Galaxy Tab is made out of plastic. The Galaxy Tab measures at 10.10”x 6.90”x 0.34” and the iPad 2 measures at 9.50”x 7.31”x 0.34”. In your hands the Galaxy Tab is a lot lighter, weighing in at 1.25lbs versus the iPad 2 at 1.35lbs. The thinness of the Galaxy Tab also makes it a preferred device. Battery life on the iPad 2 is longer with 10 hours of performance versus the 8 hours I had on the Galaxy Tab. The 1280 x 800 resolution of the Galaxy Tab is far more superior to the iPad 2. Playing games and watching videos is truly a great experience on this device. Galaxy Tab’s power button which is located on the side of the device isn’t ideal. I found myself feeling around for it, especially when it came time to activate it. The iPad’s legendary home button makes turning the device on a breeze.

Operating System: Winner – Galaxy Tab

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is currently being run on the Android’s Honeycomb interface. I was familiar with Honeycomb prior to my purchase so it wasn’t difficult for me to comprehend the concept of the device. For those of you that aren’t, might find it a bit more taxing. The notifications placed at the bottom of the screen are easily accessible and convenient. The great thing about this tablet is that each owner can personalize their experience, whether it’s through widgets, sounds, or background images. iOS 4.3 is the operating system for the iPad 2. It’s simple and easy to use. Simply put, if you know how to use an iPhone you will have no problem using the iPad 2. It does lack the customization of the Galaxy Tab 10. If you are a Mac owner I highly recommend an iPad 2. Just plug your iPad into your Mac and it syncs seamlessly. I wish I could say the same for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, it is not Mac friendly. I had to download numerous programs to transfer my files over to the device, and it still didn’t work. For those with an extensive iTunes collection, Good Luck.

Applications: Winner – ipad 2

Who are we kidding? Hands down the iPad 2 has Apple’s mammoth collection of apps and games readily available in the iTunes store. There are apps that are specifically geared towards the iPad. In the Android’s version called “The Marketplace” finding tablet only driven apps was like finding a needle in a haystack. With the scarcity of apps, I was extremely turned off. What’s a tablet without apps?

Web Experience: Winner – Galaxy Tab

Prior to purchasing I knew the clear difference between the two was the flash capability. On the Galaxy Tab 10.1, I browsed the web as if I were sitting in front of my iMac. I went to web versions of my favorite sites and it didn’t lack content. I didn’t like the mobile versions of the web that the iPad 2 showed. On the iPad 2, I found myself constantly bookmarking sites so that I could view them later at home due to the lack of flash, more of a minor inconvenience than frustration. Safari, the native browser on the iPad 2 flows better when it comes to internet interaction. However I prefer the multiple tabbed windows of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The tabs make it easier to transition from one page to another.

And the Overall Winner by 3-2 is………….. iPad 2!!! It was a very close call but I will say that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 went out swinging. Overall the iPad’s compatibility with my iMac, battery life, and of course Application selection made it the clear choice for me. If you have a PC, then you will love the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The flash capability on the internet will be worth it alone. If you want something different from the rest of the population, grab one. It will definitely start up some conversation at the water cooler.

Cardio Bites Man! But We Need It

By Deena Hamza

Plain old cardiovascular activities can be unbearably boring. Ever watch someone walking on a treadmill for an hour? It hurts to even picture that in my mind! With my clients, I build in their cardio in between weight lifting so they don’t even know they’re doing it. Now, this article isn’t about how to do that (I’ll save that for a later post) but this article is about what types of music can get you going during an intense bout of heart healthy exercise.

Big D’s Top 10 Cardio Songs

10. Flawless, Go to the City (George Michael)

9. Make Some Noise (Big Ali & Rob Sinclair)

8. All I do is Win (DJ Khaled, Ludacris, Snoop & Rick Ross)

7. Sweetest Taboo (Sade)

6. Over (Drake)

5. Tightrope (Janelle Monae)

4. Play (J.Lo)

3. Why Don’t You Love Me (Beyonce)

2. Beautiful Monster (Ne-Yo)

1. Rock This Party (Big Ali & Rob Sinclair)
Cardio can be very mundane when you’re in a cramped up gym with dim lighting and music that is barely audible. Try going for a fast-paced walk outside and progress to a steady paced jog. Even better, gather up a group of friends and blast these songs during a game of Chinese baseball, dodgeball, volleyball, or good old “get the ball”!
I’m on you until you make the change.

The New iPhone…

By Colin Alexander Walford

Over the weekend, the interweb has been a buzz with claims of a prototype of Apple’s new 4th generation iPhone being found in a bar near Apple home-base.  Yeah, a bar people!  Some said yay, others said nay but our friends over at Gizmodo have gotten their sticky paws on the thing and after playing with it for a week, have hailed it “Apple’s Next iPhone.”

They snapped a bunch of pictures, made a few videos and tore the thing apart and seem to believe it’s the real deal. While Apple may tinker with the final packaging and design I believe this beauty is our next iPhone.

Whats New:

• Front-facing camera for video chat (FINALLY!!!!)
• Improved regular back-camera 
• Camera flash
• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• Improved display
• A secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
• Split buttons for volume
• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

Whats Changed:

• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic
• An aluminum border going completely around the outside
• Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)
• Everything is more squared off (which I personally like)
• 3 grams heavier
• 16% Larger battery
• Internals components are shrunken and miniaturized to make room for the larger battery

Check out this nice hands-on video from Gizmodo:

Unfortunately we won’t be able to see the thing in action since Apple remotely wiped the device.  Bastards!  But if the thing is real, and I believe it is, we’ll hear from Apple soon and probably see it on shelves sometime in June.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…

OK, we’ve done our bit over here.  So head over the Giz  for more pictures videos and a whole lot more.

Apple iPad: What You Need to Know….

By Colin Alexander

The Grammys on Sunday, introduced to most of you what we in the tech world have been literally willing into existence for years now.  On January 27th., yeah that day does go down in history, Apple introduced the much hyped and much anticipated Apple iPad.  When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs  held this “magical” piece of tech gorgeousness in his hand, the Tech blogosphere exploded.  By now you probably know what my angle will be, so yes I love Apple products, yes I know I’ll probably love the iPad when it goes on sale in March, but no I’m not a fanboy.  I promise I’m not!

So what is this thing?

The iPad is Apple’s response to the the ebook, netbook and tablet computing.  A year or two ago these were nacent technologies trying to define themselves in the tech industry but have quickly become popular with a viable presence in the mobile realm.  Steve Jobs saw this coming and decided to develop what he feels is a revolutionary device, the future of tablet computing. It’s a half-inch thick slab of engineering brilliance weighing in at just 1.5 pounds, with a 9.7-inch touchscreen display.  

It does E-mail like no other, surfs the Web with mobile Safari, has Maps with GPS integration (powered by Google), a dedicated YouTube client, iBook (Apple’s eBook reader application with a built-in eBook store), Notes, Contacts and Calender Aps., and even syncs with iTunes so you can have your music, videos and photos everywhere you go.  And these are just the built-in aps!  The iPad will also be able to run 99% to the over 14,000 apps available for the iPhone and iPod Touch and is positioned to receive many more custom apps from enthusiastic iPad developers.  

Specs, Hardware and Software

The iPad, like the iPhone and the iPod before is not the first of its kind but like all Apple’s products, the iPad hopes to define itself as best in class.  The iPad is built like a beast.  Apple is known for its attention to detail and superior engineering and they made no exception with their newest entry into the mobile arena.  Techies at the iPad launch event last Wednesday had a chance to fondle the thing and the reviews seem to be stellar.  They report the device feels pretty sturdy in hand, and the stunning display is unmatched.  The CPU is “something to be marveled” one blogger raves, and Webpages load blazingly fast without a hiccup.  Apps opened and closed with a breeze.  Everything just flew…  The ebook implementation is about as close as you can get to reading without a stack of bound paper in your hand. The visual stuff really helps flesh out the experience. It may be just for show, but it counts.

It’s running a custom 1GHz Apple “A4” chip, with 10-hours battery life and a month of standby. It’ll come in 16, 32, and 64GB sizes, and it’s got the expected connectivity: very little. There’s a 30-pin Dock connector, a speaker, a microphone, Bluetooth, 802.11n WiFi and optional 3G, as well as an accelerometer and a compass. There’s also a keyboard dock, and a camera attachment kit that lets you import photos from your camera over USB or directly through an SD reader. The device is managed by iTunes, just like the iPhone (it runs iPhone OS 3.2) — you sync everything over to your Mac/PC. The 3G version runs (unlocked) on AT&T and comes with new data plans.

Apple Makes it, Not God!

Although the overall engineering and software integration are impressive to say the least, God didn’t make the thing so it does have flaws.  In its current iteration there’s:

  • No multitasking; sucks major…!!
  • No camera (so no video conferencing); sucks..!
  • No Adobe Flash integration (no Hulu or streaming from sites that use Flash); kinda sucks. 

Well that wasn’t too bad right?  And two of the three can be dealt with with a simple software update, although I doubt Apple will add flash anytime soon. Remember people, the thing doesn’t go on sale until March, so who knows what other stunts and shows Apple has up its sleeve.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…

Should you buy?

Ha!  That’s like asking me if you should breath air!  Hell yeah you should buy!  On a more serious note, the iPad is definitely a revolutionary device but that doesn’t always translate into success.    It’s success will depend on the developer community and people like us accepting it as a part of our daily lives.  Apple sees this device in every living room, kitchen, bedroom and even bathroom. The key is, will we see it the same way.  Only time will tell.

Here are a few more pics of the thing in action…

Prices starts at $499 for 16GB, 32GB for $599, and $699 64GB. Adding 3G costs a $130 per model, so the most expensive model (64GB / 3G) is $829. The WiFi-only model will ship in 60 days, and the 3G models will come in 90. 

Update: Engadget compiled a cool photo gallery and a quick hands-on (video) for your pleasure.

 For more info on the iPad visit Apple’s Website and for in-dept reviews head over to our friends at Engadget and check out what they have to say…