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E3: The XBox Roundup

The beginning of the week saw the annual advent of E3 - or Electronics Entertainment Expo - conference in Los Angeles. This is where electronics companies come each year to preview whats in store for their respective hardware systems, software releases, and everything in between. There were three big topics that Microsoft touched on this year that turn me into a giddy little schoolboy: Halo 4 and SmartGlass. Halo 4: I've been a Halo fan for less time than most franchise die-hards. My true introduction to the series - and to the 360 system itself - was with the 3rd installment of the series. Sure, I'd played Halo 2's local multiplayer on the original XBox a handful of times when visiting friends' houses, but the campaign storyline wasn't something I was familiar with. Personally, the initial draw to Halo 3 was the online multiplayer aspect. Despite long considering myself a gamer, I didn't get into online multiplayer competitive gaming until the Winter of '06 when I would take a 12-pack of Bud Light to a buddy's house to play Halo 3. Needless to say, I got hooked on the experience. Once I got my own copy of the game, I came to appreciate the mythos the writers of the series had built. It's bonafide sci-fi, and on par with any cinematic story of the same ilk. Smart Glass: Smart Glass represents a paradigm shift in the way different proprietary technologies are finally beginning to embrace each other. It's no secret that Microsoft and Apple have long been rivals. Where once Microsoft was the software king, Apple has now dominated the personal computing world, penetrating the market in an unprecedented way. As a result, it's not uncommon for a person to own both an XBox 360 and an iPad, for instance. Both devices are ubiquitous in their respective markets, and consumers are less and less inclined to shun one due solely to the longstanding rivalry between their respective makers. Where does that leave us in today's highly technological world? The consumers want their devices to work together, and the makers have to take note. That's where SmartGlass comes in. Sure, Microsoft would love it if you only had Windows 8 phones, or Windows 8 tablets, or any other number of Windows branded products, but this is the real world, and Microsoft has tainted their own Windows brand. (Vista, anyone?) SmartGlass will work with a myriad of Windows 8 products, but for the first time, XBox is offering the deepest interaction with non-Windows products than they ever have before. SmartGlass will be available not only on industry leading iOS devices like iPads and iPhones, but also on a number of Android devices as well. The limit as to what SmartGlass will be able to do seems to lie with the developers, because from the looks of it, Microsoft themselves are encouraging an incredible level of compatibility between their gaming system and other non-XBox devices. That being said, parts of the SmartGlass M.O. do come off looking a lot like Apple's AirPlay and AppleTV-iPad compatibility, but nonetheless, much kudos are due Microsoft for an all-of-the-above approach to interconnectivity. For a better explanation of SmartGlass' potential, watch the video below. For the entire XBox 360 briefing, click here or follow the source. Source [XBox]

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Weekend Dominic Ford Update

Gym Fuck: Parker London & Shane Frost @ DominicFord.com

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Welcome to the first of four movies in Dominic Ford's "Gym Fuck" series. This month, we will be updating the site 2-3 times a week. Thursday we will release the sex scene. Saturday and Monday we will release the workout tapes, filmed by the stars in the movie.This week, Shane Frost and Parker London take us through an upper body workout. Parker shows us his routines for chest, biceps and triceps. Shane takes us through lats, pecs and shoulders.And then Shane shows us (in a very different way) how to work out his ass! It evidently involves a lot of stretching!

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Flashback: Southern Decadence Part 12

And this will conclude our flashback to 2003's Southern Decadence in New Orleans, LA. If you have any videos you'd like to submit yourself, please use the contact form above to let me know. Compliments of RocketTube If you're on an iPhone or iPad, click here to view the video!

Flashback: Southern Decadence 2003 Part 11

Nearly finished with the entire showcase now. More public street action for you to enjoy. Compliments of RocketTube If you're on an iPhone or iPad, click here to view the video!

Flashback: Southern Decadence 2003 Part 10

You have to appreciate the dedication this person had to filming the highlights of SD. I hope to provide equally as thrilling video when I return to Chicago for IML/Grabby's weekend this year. Compliments of RocketTube If you're on an iPhone or iPad, click here to view the video!

Street Fighting for Charity!

HADOUKEN! Everyone loves Street Fighter, amiright!? What a clever idea! If any of you out there have an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, you should buy the Street Fighter 4 app. Even if you only play it once, you're only out a dollar, and that dollar goes to relief efforts in Japan! To buy Street Fighter 4, click here. You can also donate directly through the iTunes store by clicking here
Image Copyright Capcom, via IGN.com

The Case For iPad 2

And no, I'm not talking Smart Covers here. Heyohhhhhhh. I'm going to lay out for you why I believe the purchase of an iPad 2 is worthy of your time and money.

What I like about the first iPad:

It's Just A Big iPhone. It's funny to me that the initial gripes about the iPad, mostly from those who'd never owned an Apple product, were that it was simply an oversized iPhone and therefore not worth consideration. You see, that's funny to me because I've had a chance to try other touch screen phones – Droids included – and I'm unconvinced of their superiority to Apple's handset. The iPhone is fantastic, so a larger version could only be a great thing. Typically, there are three points Android enthusiasts throw at me in an attempt to convince me my phone isn't worth their, or even my own, time.
  • Lack of Adobe Flash - The lack of flash video on the iPhone and iPad is becoming less of a nuisance these days, since more and more websites are offering their video content in both flash and HTML5 formats. Actually, the failure to incorporate HTML5 into a website  is the real problem. If you're not making your website compatible with devices that are in the hands of nearly 200 million people, that's on you. Not the device.
  • Camera Megapixels - As I've seen personally with both the iPhone and a Droid X, more megapixels does not equal a better picture. As it currently stands the iPhone 4 has 5 MP versus the Droid's 8 MP. On most of my photo tests, as well as most photo tests from other entities, the iPhone photos rate better thanks to the stabilizer and better focus. Colors also seem crisper for whatever reason.
  • iOS Isn't Open Source - Given the serious security breach that the Android app store just suffered, I'm not going to even bother to rub it in their face just why it's such a bad idea to let "anything go." There's a reason that computers running Windows are more susceptible to viruses. Mac keeps their shit closed tight so that the user has an over all pleasant experience for years to come. Android is only proving itself to be the Windows OS of mobile devices, which is saying something since Windows has their own mobile OS.
Apple spent years developing iOS before they released the initial version in 2007 alongside the iPhone. (Then known as iPhone OS.) I know I'm a fanboy, but to be quite honest, when I stop to think about the operating system, it's still amazing. Apple has perfectly designed a touch based system for mobile devices, and I look forward to the day they roll out their first true hybrid machine that combines iOS with OS X. It's Perfect For The John. I should preface this by reminding you all how important it is to both clean your hands and your electronic devices on practically the same intervals. Thanks to our society becoming practically dependent upon cellular devices, we tend to touch our phones more than any other object in our daily lives with more frequency and with more unconscious disregard to hygiene. So, I suggest you head on down to your local market and pick up two things for your iOS devices: alcohol wipes and lens cleaning wipes. Both come pre-moistened and ready to use. Alcohol for the aluminum casings and the lens cleaning wipes for the glass surfaces. Now that that's done, there was a general sentiment that permeated the air when the iPhone came out amongst my friends and many of the comics I listen to on a regular basis. "The iPhone has changed the way I poop" was that general sentiment. When the iPad came along, it became quite clear that there was a new bathroom buddy in town. It's not as cumbersome as a laptop, and the screen size is far more optimal than an iPhone. Netflix and websurfing finally have united with their perfect venue. Media Was Made To Hold In Your Hand. I never realized until I held an iPad just how perfect a tablet is for media consumption. I don't have a desktop computer because A.) I'm not a graphic designer and B.) I'm under thirty. Let's face it, on the whole, my generation is not quite the desktop generation. Yet for as portable as laptops are, my MacBook is now stationary. I have no desire to lug it upstairs or downstairs to perform such simple tasks as tweeting, reading the news, watching youtube videos, firing up Netflix, etc.

Why would I upgrade?

Now, why would I recommend the iPad 2 ahead of it's release on Friday? No, I don't have an advance tester device in my hands nor did I attend the announcement event last week in San Francisco. There are a few pieces of information that were shared during that announcement however that cemented in my mind the justification for upgrading.
  • Facetime - Some people might think that the lack of a front facing camera on the first iPad was an oversight or a purposeful act to encourage upgrading. I however don't think it's quite so cut and dry. I think it took Apple longer than normal to figure out how to market the new front facing camera system on their mobile devices. iSight cameras have been standard in Macs for years, and prior to their built-in status, they were made to be compatible with the full range of desktops and laptops. Now, we see in all new models of Apple computers, the built-in camera has been renamed FaceTime HD. I think they sort of stumbled onto "FaceTime" as a communication tool and brand. All that being said, FaceTime on a tablet is a wonderful idea. It's already neat on the iPhone and more logical on a MacBook. The iPad might prove to be the perfect medium for video calling.
  • Faster Processing Speeds - The iPad and iPhone 4 are already pretty fast as far as mobile devices go. Any time you add more speed – especially when you double existing scores – you've got a #winning reason to upgrade. What this means for you the user is that all app launch times will effectively be cut in half. Videos will run smoother and start earlier. Faster = better in technology. And things will always get faster.
  • The Smart Covers - Okay, I did have to mention these despite their not actually being included with the iPad 2 itself. They're sold separately, but the design is genius. Magnetic attachment, triangular folding into a stand, 10 different colors to choose from, screen cleaning interior microfiber... need I say more? Apple typically doesn't get into the case/cover production since they pride themselves on their product design. However, the new iPad 2 Smart Cover proves just why they should focus a little more R&D into that industry.

Images from Apple.com.

And so my verdict, being both an Apple enthusiast yet a person who would not recommend a product frivolously, is that you should definitely upgrade to the iPad 2 if you're already an iPad owner, or just flat out make this your first iPad purchase. It's not necessary to do it right away, mind you. Apple is producing 40 million of these puppies this year. You've got plenty of time. I will say this though. Don't ever buy an Apple product if it is 8-11 months into it's life cycle. Something newer and better is waiting just around the corner. The good thing about iPads, however, is that compared to computers, they're inexpensive enough to gift to family members, or to just keep on the coffee table as a spare. I can definitely envision a world in which a household has 3-4 iPads lying about for the sake of convenience.

Apple-sanctioned iPad Porn!

Good news, everyone! As I awoke this morning, I did the first thing I usually do every day which is check my iPad for the news. As I was checking my Pulse news feed, a Mashable headline caught my eye:

Uncensored Playboy Magazine Coming to iPad in March. Now, I don't know about you, but this excites me greatly. Not because I want access to a bunch of girly T & A (unless said T & A belongs to either Angelina Jolie or Lizz Tayler, either of whom I'd gladly fap to) but because this likely signals, as Stan from Mashable suggested, the possibility of adding more minor-protecting restrictions which could pave the way for more adult content to reach the iPad's screen. A search through Hugh Hefner's Twitter feed revealed the upcoming plans.

Now, sure, there's room for error between now and the scheduled March app release, but I have hope that this is going to happen, and that more nudity will be hitting the iPad soon.

iOS 4.3 is going to be so worth it.

As I was doing my morning Twitter check earlier, I came across an article written by Lyla Katz at XBiz that Bryan Slater shared. This article cites another from Boy Genius Report. It seems that there are a host of new changes planned for the upcoming iOS update, and quite a few that I didn't expect so soon. It seems Apple has iLife in mind for it's next iteration of the the insanely successful iPad. I'm sure some support will be included for the original version as well, but with the processor upgrade the next version (along with the new iPhone) is rumored to be getting, it makes more sense that the application suite will be tailored for the new device. An interesting note is that it seems Apple plans to move towards a home-button free device sooner rather than later. One of the more minor stories, but one of my favorites nonetheless, is the ability to choose to reinstate the button above the volume rocker as a screen orientation lock button! Apple (very foolishly, in my humble opinion) decided in their last update to take away that functionality, and make the button resemble it's iPhone counterpart, which was a notification mute button. -- Not an entire system mute button, mind you. It only muted the typing clicks and notifications, not the volume of songs or apps. -- Before the switch was made, I used the button's orientation lock feature constantly. Post-switch, I have used the button less than five times. I know Apple had good intentions in keeping their iOS devices similar in functionality, but I can't begin to tell you just how handy and ingenius that orientation lock button was! So, rant over. If the report is to be believed, it's coming back, and I couldn't be happier. Also, in a signal that the iPhone 3G is officially on it's way to the great tech refuge in the sky, iOS 4.3 will support neither that device nor the second gen iPod Touch. The times, they are a-changing, folks!

Be sure to check the original articles. iOS 4.3 Beta 1 to Include Various Enhancements - XBIZ.com. Apple iOS 4.3 change log revealed - Boy Genius Report.com.