November 22nd, 2010

The Beatles Hit iTunes

Beatles fans worldwide relished the moment on Tuesday as the band’s music finally made its way to the iTunes online music store.  This marks the first day music from the Beatles has been available on iTunes since the store’s onset almost a decade ago.  The long wait for the iTunes and Beatles deal was caused by disagreements between Apple, the Beatles’ management, and the Beatles’ label, EMI.

This online sales move comes over forty years after the Beatles were in their prime.  When the band was alive and well, it sold millions of records and had no problem with people pirating their music.  Although the music is finally available on iTunes, there is no doubt that millions of people around the world have already downloaded all these songs for “free.”

For those music buffs who do choose to follow the rules, Beatles tracks can be found on iTunes for $1.29.  If that’s not enough, Beatles nuts can buy the box set that is offered for $149.  The box set comes with 256 songs, which is a compilation of every studio album ever made by the Beatles.  Also, the purchase of this box set comes with a full-length video of the Beatles’ first show on American soil.

If you’re a Beatles nut or just a casual music fan, head over to iTunes and take a look at the newest Artist page featuring the Fab Four.

Photo1: gameslatest.com, Photo2:  top-10-list.org

November 10th, 2010

The New Call of Duty: Black Ops

Whether you’re a Playstation 3 fan or an Xbox kind of guy (or girl), there’s no doubt you have come across a Call of Duty iteration sometime in your gaming experience. Just this past Tuesday, Call of Duty: Black Ops was released and became the seventh installment in the Call of Duty series.

This game, unlike past games set in World War II (COD, COD2, and COD3: World at War) and Modern War (COD 4: Modern Warfare and COD: Modern Warfare 2), lands a player in the Cold War era, where they’ll experience historic scenes like the Bay of Pigs. Along with the new war setting, Call of Duty: Black Ops features a collection of celebrity voices including Ed Harris, Ice Cube, Gary Oldman, Sam Worthington and Emmanuelle Chriqui.

After just two days of gaming, the reviews have been outstanding; game critics and the everyday gamer alike have been stuck to their chairs. Critics rave about the game’s unbelievable speed of action, incredible explosions and brutal violence, particularly in the single-player campaign mode. Even Kobe Bryant took part in the release of the new game. Kobe helped present a $1 million check to the Call of Duty Endowment at the game’s release banquet in California. The Call of Duty Endowment raises money to aid in American soldiers’ change from the battlefield to the workplace following their service. Kobe Bryant and Jimmy Kimmel can be seen in this recent Call of Duty commercial:

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Want to try it for yourself? Then cash that paycheck and answer your call of duty.

Photo credit: callofdutyblackops.org

October 22nd, 2010

The Weekly Rewind

Wearing Dress Shirts

Whether you are looking for a shirt to wear casually or wondering what to wear to a black tie event, A Man Fashion explains everything you need and more. This blog walks you through attires such as business casual, business formal, and formal while explaining what shirt is appropriate, what price ranges you should expect, and what tie you should or should not wear.

Cell Phone Etiquette

Classic Timeless has an quick and interesting post about using cell phones. Many people have not learned proper etiquette when it comes to the timing of answering a call, text, or e-mail, especially while in the middle of a face-to-face conversation with someone. A text is not that important; they can wait. If you have trouble with this, you are not alone. I used to get yelled at during dinner almost every night (and still do whenever the parents come see me at school).

Not for the Faint Hearted

From 1817-1920 (prohibition), America enjoyed the taste of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. This type of Guinness is brewed with extra hops, giving it a much bolder flavor. After 90 years without the extra stout Guinness, the beer has returned to the states and is available at your local liquor store. Ben at Gear Patrol authored a write-up about this newly released beer.

Dress to Impress. It’s Interview Season

If you’re a college Junior, Senior or “Super-Senior,” the time has come to look for your summer internship or full-time position. Companies are recruiting at campuses all over the country, interviewing the best of the best to join their team. His Fashion Eye recently wrote an article on how to dress for your interview. Check it out and good luck landing your dream job.

Shopping Help

All — well most — guys hate shopping. On Tuesday, the guys over at See Jack Shop posted a quick article giving 5 shopping tips for guys. It could be very helpful and save you some cash.

Photo1: a-man-fashion.blogspot.com, Photo2: gearpatrol.com

 

October 18th, 2010

Google vs. Microsoft. Will you Bing?

When I first started using computers in elementary school, I remember being told by my teacher to search using Ask Jeeves. At the time, Google was practically unknown (to me at least). Now Google is my homepage and the only place I go for an internet search.

Microsoft has launched its Bing search engine, but to no surprise, it has failed–at least in gaining any real leverage over the number one SE. What can anyone do to beat Google? It seems impossible. However, people are starting to get warm in their search for an answer. Teaming up with a major social media platform and reinventing the entire search environment could be what it takes to take a bite out of Google’s 72% of the pie.

Microsoft announced on Thursday that they are now teamed up with the guys at Facebook to recreate Internet search. Their plan is to incorporate each user’s Facebook friends into Bing. This new innovation will let you see if your friend “Likes” the jeans, ties, or Sperry’s that you’re looking to buy.

I think this could potentially be very cool and helpful, but only if all my friends switched over to Bing (which will never happen). I honestly think Facebook is making a mistake by teaming up with Microsoft, but they have done an amazing job with everything else in the past, so we’ll see what happens. Like Computerworld said in this article, “People prefer Google to Microsoft, but they prefer Facebook to Google.” Not everyone can just wait for their friends to switch to Bing. It’s going to take millions of people making the switch on their own. Will you ever say goodbye to Google?

Photo credit: Google.com