AMOG http://www.amog.com Thu, 19 Feb 2015 06:15:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Will Beyonce Have One of the 10 Greatest Super Bowl Halftime Performances of All-Time? http://www.amog.com/155954-beyonce-10-greatest-super-bowl-halftime-performances-alltime/ http://www.amog.com/155954-beyonce-10-greatest-super-bowl-halftime-performances-alltime/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:50 +0000 http://amog.com/?p=46848 When it was announced that Beyonce would be the performer at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, I was intrigued and optimistic. Besides being drop-dead gorgeous, Beyonce is a great […]

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When it was announced that Beyonce would be the performer at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, I was intrigued and optimistic. Besides being drop-dead gorgeous, Beyonce is a great entertainer. And as if that wasn’t enough, there could also be a Destiny’s Child reunion and/or a collaboration with husband Jay-Z. Then, Beyonce caused an uproar while lip synching the “Star-Spangled Banner” during President Obama’s Inauguration.

Whether or not she decides to lip synch in New Orleans, we’re pretty sure that now that she has gotten all this heat she’s really going to bring it. And judging by some rehearsal pics that were unveiled over the weekend, one thing is for sure. It looks like it’s going to be a show full of performers.

With all this hype heading into the halftime show, we got to thinking. What are the greatest halftime shows in the history of the Super Bowl? Well, here are the top 10.

10. No Doubt, Sting, Shania Twain (Super Bowl XXXVII, 2003)

It’s almost a give in that during the halftime show there are going to be collaborations. For years, however, the collaborations featured a younger act performing with elber acts. But at Super Bowl XXXVII, there were actually multiple acts from different musical genres. Shania Twain opened up the show with “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” and “Up,” before handing things over to No Doubt. After “Just A Girl,” Sting joined the group for a rendition of “Message in a Bottle.”

9. Diana Ross (Super Bowl XXX, 1996)

During Super Bowl XXX Diana Ross performed a hit-filled set that included: “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “Baby Love,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand,” “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough,” “I Will Survive,” “Take Me Higher.” As if that wasn’t enough, the Diva was whisked away by a helicopter in mid-song as she hung out of the aircraft.

8. Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly, ‘N Sync (Super Bowl XXXV, 2001)

I really didn’t want to include this Super Bowl XXXV performance, but it actually worked. The MTV produced show had Aerosmith do “Walk This Way” with some of the biggest acts at the time. Sure. Rock fans may have cringed, but this halftime show had a little something for everyone, even comedy with a sketch featuring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and Ben Stiller. And seriously it could have been a whole lot worse with all this star power.

7. The Rolling Stones (Super Bowl XL, 2006)

The Stones had the honor or headlining the Super Bowl XL halftime show, which was two years after the Janet Jackson debacle. With censors still on edge, ABC actually censored some of the lyrics, but there was nothing else to fear. Overall, The Stones pulled off a solid and gimmick free set of “Start Me Up,” “Rough Justice,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” that proved that they’re still the greatest rock n’ roll band in the world.

6. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band (Super Bowl XLIII, 2009)

Personally, The Boss should have done the halftime show a long time ago, but better late than never. Besides having a flawless, energetic and appropriately-themed set that included Working on a Dream,” “Glory Days,” “Born to Run” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” most of us will never forget when Bruce kept on sliding — until his crotch collided with a TV camera – during his famous slide stage.

5. Paul McCartney (Super Bowl XXXIX, 2005)

Sir Paul was called upon to headline the Super Bowl XXXIX so that there wouldn’t be a repeat of “nipplegate”. McCartney was enthusiastic, energetic, and played enough hits to keep even the most uninformed people interested, with a set consisting of “Drive My Car,” “Get Back,” “Live and Let Die,” and “Hey Jude.”

4. Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Simpson, Nelly, P. Diddy, Kid Rock (Super Bowl XXXVIII, 2004)

Honestly, I couldn’t tell you what songs were performed on the top of my head – after looking it up the set was “All for You,” “Rhythm Nation,” Rock Your Body.” And, I forgot that there were other performers, like Jessica Simpson and Kid Rock. So, the reason why this halftime show is one of the most memorable is Ms. Jackson’s wardrobe snafu. People freaked out. Fines were issued. And for years the halftime show featured “safe” classic rock acts.

3. Prince (Super Bowl XLI, 2007)

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I wasn’t looking forward to Prince performing at Super Bowl XLI. I’m not saying that he isn’t talented, his music just isn’t my cup of tea. But on a rain-soaked night in Miami the Purple One performed an incredible show. His set, which was “We Will Rock You,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “1999,” “Baby I’m a Star,” “Proud Mary,” “All Along the Watchtower,” “Best of You,” “Purple Rain,” had not only the classic hits but also impressive covers. And if the guitar solos weren’t enough, Prince made a point and pushed the envelope as he appeared as a giant silhouette with a guitar that looked like a big, well you know.

2. U2 (Super Bowl XXXVI, 2002)

The country was still healing over September 11, and the Irish band played a fitting, impressive, and respectful tribute. After opening up with “Beautiful Day” and “MLK” the names of all the 9/11 victims scrolled up a screen behind the band during “Where The Streets Have No Name.” But the most memorable moment came when Bono opened his jacket to reveal its stars-and-stripes lining. It was simple, effective, and soothing.

1. Michael Jackson (Super Bowl XXVII, 1993)

Before 1993, the Super Bowl halftime show wasn’t that big of a deal. Because of this, viewers turned the channel. The networks figured that if they wanted people to stay tuned they would need to keep them interested. The answer? Have a big-time halftime show. And who better to perform it than the biggest act in the world.

After Michael Jackson was shot out from underneath the stage, and amid a flash of smoke, he just stood there. For over a minute. But that alone was enough to send the Rose Bowl and viewers around the world in a frenzy. The megalomanic set of “Jam,” Billie Jean,” Black or White,” and “Heal The World” would forever change the Super Bowl halftime show from a sporting event to a cultural event.

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Who is Leyla Ghobadi? The Chick Kanye is Cheating With …? http://www.amog.com/157117-leyla-ghobadi-shes-chick-kanye-cheating/ http://www.amog.com/157117-leyla-ghobadi-shes-chick-kanye-cheating/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:46:37 +0000 http://amog.com/?p=50155 leylaisonfire/Instagram Typically, it’s advised to avoid gossip from sources like Star Magazine. But, they’ve got a story so juicy that it was hard to resist reading the most recent gossip […]

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Typically, it’s advised to avoid gossip from sources like Star Magazine. But, they’ve got a story so juicy that it was hard to resist reading the most recent gossip surrounding Kanye West.

It has nothing to do with his recent 36th birthday, the release of his latest album Yeezus or details on the upcoming birth of his child with Kim Kardashian. Instead, it’s the news that he cheated on his baby mama with a really hot chick.

The lady in question is Leyla Ghobadi. And, HollywoodLife.com has details on who exactly this lovely lady is.

She’s a 24-year-old Canadian model who lives in Montreal and works as the Marketing Director at Diamond Spa. She was a Marketing Major at Concordia University in Canada. Leyla is also a VIP bartender and a waitress at a club in Montreal called New City Gas. Finally, she loves attending concert and surfing.

We checked out her Instagram pics, and yeah, she goes to a lot of concerts. And, she has some prime viewing areas, like on the side of the stage. While we don’t know this girl, but she looks like, and there’s no other way of putting it, a groupie. Take a couple of minutes and judge for yourself.

So, it’s not surprising that she met Kanye at a show last year.

Leyla and some friends drove down to Atlantic City to catch Yeezy in concert at Revel’s Ovation Hall last July. During the show, she was spotted and Kanye sent a member of his entourage to find her and invite her backstage. The two met after the show and she was invited back to Kanye’s room. She refused, but was given tickets and backstage passes for the show the following night.

The next night, Kanye and Leyla meet up again, but this time, she did go back to his room. She told Star, “We began to make out for a while – and next thing I knew, we were both naked and having sex.” Oh. We forgot to mention that Kim was at these shows too.

Did she know that Kim and Kanye were an item? Yep. But, she claims that Kanye informed her that relationship was “for publicity and nothing serious”.

Leyla says that she next met up with Yeezy in October, while he was in New York and Kim was in Miami. However, once she found out about Kim’s pregnancy, she ended the relationship. Because, she’s a girl with a high set of morals and all.

If you’ve been following KimYe lately, you’ll know that she’s not happy with her man right now. For example, he was celebrating his b-day in NYC while she was at home in L.A. That didn’t sit too well with her. Maybe because she’s suspicious.

Kanye has already responded to these allegations. His rep stated to TMZ:

This most recent attack on Kanye West and his family is totally without merit. It’s a blatant attempt by a misguided individual who is clearly seeking publicity, and another in a series of malicious stories drummed up by non-credible ‘news’ sources.”

The rep also added, “This is a sad attempt to hurt two people trying to live their lives.”

We really hate to stand up for the ego-maniac that just released an album titled Yeezus, but his rep does have a point. This girl had almost a year to come forward, and she waits right until KimYe have a kid? Sounds like someone just wants attention.

Then again, we’re all aware that celebs have a hard time being faithful. Is it out of the question that he cheated on Kim with a 24-year old French Canadian model that looks just a little bit like Kim herself? Not really.

I guess until there’s solid evidence, which Leyla claims to have, this will be a another case of he said/she said. But, in the meantime, check out some pics of Leyla Ghobadi. They’re worth gawking at. And, if Kanye got with her, it’s just a reason to dislike him.

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Investors Lower Price Target for Apple as Company’s Growth Slows http://www.amog.com/155927-investors-price-target-apple-companys-growth-slows/ http://www.amog.com/155927-investors-price-target-apple-companys-growth-slows/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:09:53 +0000 http://amog.com/?p=46783 Although Apple is growing, its slow pace is not what the investors are expecting. Because of this, investors were prompted to lower their price targets for the iPhone maker’s stock. […]

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Although Apple is growing, its slow pace is not what the investors are expecting. Because of this, investors were prompted to lower their price targets for the iPhone maker’s stock.

The price target revisions were issued after the company reported its record earnings during last year’s holiday quarter. But despite riding high on iPhone and iPad sales, the AAPL stock went down over 10 percent in after-hours trading.

In relation to this, Apple Insider made a rundown of stock analysis from various firms regarding Apple’s decrease in stock trade.

Piper Jaffray

Analyst Gene Munster believes there are three main reasons why the stock traded down after hours on Wednesday:

  • iPhone units were below buy-side expectations of about 50 million.
  • Apple’s new guidance methodology, employed for the first time on Wednesday, does not appear to leave room for “wild upside.”
  • Based on the latest guidance, it’s likely that gross margins will be down sequentially in March.

Because of the new gross margin guidance, Munster has reduced his projected calendar year 2013 revenue for Apple by 4 percent to $196.4 billion. He’s also reduced his price target for AAPL stock from $875 to $767, but maintained an “overweight” rating.

JMP Securities

Alex Gauna has been known for a bearish outlook on Apple even in the company’s best quarters. Following this week’s results, he maintained JMP’s “market perform” rating on the company’s stock. According to him:

We remain fundamentally neutral on the stock which we see as caught between the merits of its dividend yield that is approaching 2.5% and the risks to forward growth stemming from intensifying levels of competition, management changes, and execution miscues.

Canaccord Genuity

Michael Walkley believes Apple has a strong product pipeline that will reaccelerate the company’s year-over-year earnings growth during the June quarter. The firm has reiterated its buy rating, but lowered its price target to $650.

Walkley believes Apple’s “soft” guidance for the March quarter is a result of ramping supply of the iPhone 5 during the December quarter, along with what he believes could be an earlier-than-expected product transition for the iPhone in the first half of 2013.

RBC Capital Markets

Amit Daryanani believes Apple is “bent, not broken.” He said this week’s results are a sign that Apple is executing well as they shift to becoming what he called a “normal growth company.” But RBC has trimmed its price target for AAPL to $600, down from $725. The firm has maintained its “outperform” rating.

Evercore Partners

Apple may be slowing, but the company is still growing, analyst Rob Cihra said. He has maintained an overweight rating for AAPL, but trimmed his price target from $750 to $675.

We continue to see Apple effectively creating its own growth through innovative hardware+software engineering in a sea of otherwise commodity products, but now needing to digest the law of large numbers. Perhaps foremost, Apple’s M.O. to date has been to cream the high-end off each market, but as the company’s grown it may now need to target more of the mainstream.

Deutsche Bank

Chris Whitmore isn’t surprised that Apple’s guidance for the March quarter was soft. But with the company at a “critical junction,” he’s reduced his price target to $575.

He believes Apple would be better served to introduce a lower-priced iPhone, which would allow the company to adopt what he called a “good, better, best” segmentation strategy.

In addition to prepaid markets, Whitmore believes there is substantial growth for Apple in larger form factor smartphones with screens larger than 5 inches.

J.P. Morgan

Mark Moskowitz believes Apple’s fundamentals and investor expectations continue to diverge. As such, he was “surprised” by the “sharp correction” that the company’s stock took in after-hours trading on Thursday. Moskowitz has reiterated J.P. Morgan’s overweight rating for AAPL with a December 2013 price target of $725 holding fast. He said:

Without splitting hairs too much, we think the new guidance commentary is not much of a change and could restore beat-and-raise potential to the model.

Moskowitz also believes the iPhone growth story is “far from over,” particularly if supply constraints ease quicker than expected and LTE network expansion continues across the globe.

ISI Group

Brian Marshall admitted he has taken a “hatchet” to his calendar year 2013 estimates for Apple. His new earnings per share estimate for the company’s calendar year 2013, for example, was cut 15 percent from $50 to $42.50.

Marshall believes that a lower-priced iPhone geared toward developing markets is “paramount to financial re-acceleration” for Apple. He believes Apple could sell an iPhone with a wholesale price of about $300 while still maintaining gross margins around 40 percent. According to him:

We believe the end result would be price elasticity kicking in and driving a new phase of revenue/earnings re-acceleration, and AAPL shares would likely get their ‘mojo’ back.

Morgan Stanley

Katy Huberty reiterated her overweight rating for Apple, calling the company’s medium-term risk-reward an attractive option for investors. However, near-term catalysts for the company are limited, she admitted, as Apple faces tougher comparisons in the first quarter of calendar 2013. As a result of this, Morgan Stanley has removed AAPL stock from its “Best Ideas” list for investors.

Huberty believes catalysts for Apple will begin in the company’s June quarter, including an anticipated iPhone refresh, new iPads, and expanded carrier partnerships. She also noted that every $5 billion in share buyback conducted by Apple is expected to reduce the share count by 1 percent.

Needham & Co.

While most analysts have cut their price targets, Charlie Wolf reiterated his $750 target this week following Apple’s earnings. He will, however, review the target in February, opting to not react immediately to the company’s earnings.

But Wolf did reduce his fiscal 2013 earnings estimate to $45.70 billion, citing supply constraints on several products that have “put a damper on revenue growth.” As he pointed out:

The ongoing risk in the Apple story continues to be whether the company can innovate at the same pace and with the same disruption that occurred during the Steve Jobs era as CEO. The price action of the stock following the release suggests the market does not believe it can.

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PlayStation Store Update: North America http://www.amog.com/157174-playstation-store-update-north-america/ http://www.amog.com/157174-playstation-store-update-north-america/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:00:45 +0000 http://amog.com/?p=50322 Every week, Sony Computer Entertainment brings owners of PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation Portable in major regions new content, add-ons, games, and many more. AMOG catalogs the PlayStation Store […]

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Every week, Sony Computer Entertainment brings owners of PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation Portable in major regions new content, add-ons, games, and many more. AMOG catalogs the PlayStation Store update for the North American region, so check out the complete rundown below.

PlayStation Plus

Instant Game Collection

  • Saint’s Row: The Third (PS3)
  • Gods Eater Burst (PSP/PS Vita)

PS3 Demos

  • NCAA Football 14
  • Dungeons & Dragons Chronicles of Mystara HD
  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams

Soundtrack

  • Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier Original Soundtrack – $9.99

Price Change

  • Tomb Raider – PS3 Game (now: $44.99 original price: $59.99)

Sales

  • Demon’s Souls – PS3 Game (now: $14.99 original price: $19.99)
  • Daytona USA – PS3 Game (now: $4.99 original price: $9.99)
  • flOw – PS3 Game (now: $2.79 original price: $5.59)
  • Flower – PS3 Game (now: $3.49 original price: $6.99)
  • Hell Yeah! Bundle – PS3 Bundle (now: $9.99 original price: $19.99)
  • Nights into Dreams – PS3 Game (now: $4.99 original price: $9.99)
  • Renegade Ops – PS3 Game (now: $4.99 original price: $9.99)
  • Breakquest: Extra Evolution – PS mini (now: $1.99 original price: $3.99)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Explosive Mission Pack – PS3 Add-On (now: $1.74 original price: $3.49)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution: The Missing Link Pack – PS3 Add-On (now: $7.49 original price: $14.99)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Tactical Enhancement Pack – PS3 Add-On (now: $0.99 original price: $1.99)

PSN

  • Dungeons & Dragons Chronicles of Mystara HD ($14.99)
  • Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard ($9.99)
  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams ($14.99)
  • Storm ($9.99)

PS Vita

  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two ($29.99)
  • Jak & Daxter Collection ($26.99)

PS2 Classics

  • Castlevania: Lament of Innocence ($9.99)
  • Corvette Evolution GT ($9.99)

Bundles

  • Carnivores Bundle (2-in-1) ($5.99)
  • Sonic The Hedgehog Master Collection ($29.99)

PS3 Add-ons

God of War: Ascension

  • Legendary Spears Pack ($4.99)
  • Spear of Hyperion Multiplayer Weapon ($2.99)
  • Spear of Phobos Multiplayer Weapon ($2.99)

GRID 2=

  • Unlock All Cars ($6.99)

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory

  • Neptune Idol Costume Set ($1.99)
  • Noire Idol Costume Set ($1.99)

Injustice: Gods Among Us

  • Zombie Mode ($0.99)

Resident Evil Revelations

  • Jessica’s G18($0.99)
  • Jill’s Samurai Edge ($0.99)
  • Parker’s Government ($0.99)

LittleBigPlanet 2/Little Big Planet Karting

  • Chun-Li Costume ($1.99)
  • Guile Costume ($1.99)
  • Racing Driver Pack ($1.49)
  • Ryu Costume ($1.99)
  • Street Fighter Costume Kit ($5.99)
  • Zangief Costume ($1.99)

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

  • Ancient Parts Pack ($9.99)
  • Chloe Artifact Mask ($0.49)
  • Chloe Aztec Mask ($0.99)
  • Chloe Aztec Skull Mask ($0.99)
  • Cutter Dogu Miyagi Mask ($1.99)
  • Drake Spartan Helmet ($0.49)
  • Japanese Mask ($0.49)
  • Sully Moai Mask ($0.99)
  • Talbot Aztec Statue Mask ($0.99)
  • Talbot Noh Mask ($0.49)

PS3 Themes

  • 8-Bit Crown — $2.99
  • Arabella Drummond 1 Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • Breathtaking Bree Static Theme — $1.99
  • Chuck Testa Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • Cyberpunk Dynamic Theme 3 — $2.99
  • Hannah Martin 1 Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • Lucy Pinder 1 Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • Military (Aircraft) Dawn Before the Storm Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • Military (Aircraft) Fighter Jets Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • Military (Aircraft) Heavy Lifting Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • Military (Aircraft) Prepare for the Skies Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • NY Knicks Theme Bundle — $4.99
  • Surreal Train to Nowhere Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • Surreal Milky Way Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • Surreal Moon Light Yoga Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • Surreal Moon Tan Dynamic Theme — $2.99

PS3 Videos

  • Muramasa Rebirth ‘Warriors Of Chaos’ Trailer
  • The Bureau Burn Room Trailer

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Now Available for Pre-Order: ‘Resident Evil: Revelations’ for PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360 http://www.amog.com/155962-preorder-resident-evil-revelations-ps3-wii-xbox-360/ http://www.amog.com/155962-preorder-resident-evil-revelations-ps3-wii-xbox-360/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:00:59 +0000 http://amog.com/?p=46883 Online retail giant Amazon has finally opened its pre-order page for the upcoming remastered version of Resident Evil: Revelations. The game, which was originally released for Nintendo 3DS, will be […]

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Online retail giant Amazon has finally opened its pre-order page for the upcoming remastered version of Resident Evil: Revelations. The game, which was originally released for Nintendo 3DS, will be available on Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and it will be released in North America on May 21.

Improvements and Features

Aside from the improved visuals, Resident Evil: Revelations will also come with additional content such as new enemy, custom parts, difficult setting, and weapons. Hunk will also be a playable character in the game’s Raid mode. As posted on the online retailer’s product description:

The fear that was originally brought to players in Resident Evil Revelations on Nintendo 3DS system returns redefined for home consoles complete with high quality HD visuals, enhanced lighting effects and an immersive sound experience. Furthermore, home console version will deliver additional content including a terrifying new enemy, extra difficulty mode and improvements to Raid Mode such as new weapons, skill sets and the opportunity to play as Hunk and other characters from the series.

First introduced in the original version of Resident Evil: Revelations, Raid Mode allows players to play online in co-op mode or alone as a single player. They will take on hordes of enemies across various missions while leveling up their characters and upgrading their weapons. Amazon also shared a bit of detail about the game’s features:

  • Explore the dark, sinister areas of the cruise ship with nowhere to run and nowhere to hide with evil creeping out of the shadows
  • Features series favorites Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield
  • Analyze enemies and investigate areas with Genesis scanner to reveal hidden items.

All of this can be yours for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $49.99.

Information and Plot

Resident Evil: Revelations is a critically acclaimed survival horror title that was released in North America last February 7, 2012.

The game, which was developed by Capcom, will take players back to the events that took place between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. The game will reveal the truth about the T-Abyss virus. In relation to this, the action will start on-board a supposedly abandoned cruise ship, Queen Zenobia, before they head to the devastated city of Terragrigia. However, they need to survive the horror of Resident Evil: Revelations with limited ammo and weapons.

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15 Things You Need to Know About Super Bowl XLVII http://www.amog.com/155974-15-super-bowl-xlvii/ http://www.amog.com/155974-15-super-bowl-xlvii/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:00:48 +0000 http://amog.com/?p=46902 I don’t know if there’s ever been a more compelling story going into a Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLVII, aka the Harbaugh Bowl, HarBowl, SuperBaugh, or the Brother Bowl, is […]

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I don’t know if there’s ever been a more compelling story going into a Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLVII, aka the Harbaugh Bowl, HarBowl, SuperBaugh, or the Brother Bowl, is already historic, since it’s the first time that opposing head coaches are brothers. But, you already knew that.

While the media loves to dig up and make some sort of exciting and emotional storyline for a big sporting event, this year’s Super Bowl could beat them all for the simple fact that it’s Brother vs. Brother. But there’s plenty of additional plot-lines heading into New Orleans, like this being the last game of future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis.

With that in mind, here are 15 fun facts about the historic Super Bowl XLVII. You know, just to get you well-informed and hyped for one of the most intriguing Super Bowls ever.

  • The San Francisco 49ers have participated in five Super Bowl games, winning all five. This is their first appearance since 1994. If they win, they could tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl wins with six.
  • The Baltimore Ravens were victorious over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV on January 28, 2001. Ray Lewis was named MVP, becoming only the second linebacker to do so.
  • The San Francisco 49ers are named after the California Gold Rush. The Rush began after John Sutter first discovered gold in the river near his mill in 1848, which led to massive western migration. Thus the term “49ers” for 1849.
  • After relocating from Cleveland in 1996, Baltimore’s nickname was given after a phone-in poll conducted by the Baltimore Sun. Of 33,288 voters, nearly two-thirds (21,108) picked Ravens, which was inspired by the poetry of former Baltimore resident, Edgar Allan Poe.
  • The Harbaughs faced each other only one other time, on Thanksgiving Day, 2011. The Ravens won that game, 16-6.
  • 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh played in 14 games, and started 12, with a 5-7 record as starter in a 6-10 season for the Ravens in 1998.
  • Before taking over head coaching duties in Baltimore, John Harbaugh was the Philadelphia Eagles special-teams coach from 1999–2008. Since taking over in Baltimore in 2008, he has had three assistants leave to become head coaches of their own. They include: Rex Ryan (New York Jets, 2009–present), Hue Jackson (Oakland Raiders, 2011), and Chuck Pagano (Indianapolis Colts, 2012–present).
  • The Harbaughs father, Jack, played for the Titans of New York in the AFL—who are the Jets today. He went on to become a head coach for Western Michigan and Western Kentucky. Both sons helped their father revive the football program in Western Kentucky. In fact, Jim Harbaugh was an unpaid assistant at WKU while still in the NFL.

  • Ray Lewis’ first sack was against 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh when Baltimore faced Indianapolis on October 14, 1996.
  • Super Bowl XLVII will be quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s tenth NFL start. But, did you know that Andrew Luck brought Kaepernick to Jim Harbaugh’s attention? Both Luck and Kaepernick first met at the Manning Passing Academy in 2010. When Luck returned to Stanford, his then-coach Jim Harbaugh, asked if there were any quarterbacks worthy of mention. Luck mentioned Kap, and well, the rest is history. Interestingly, Andrew Luck now plays for head coach Chuck Pagano, who was an assistant under John Harbaugh in Baltimore.
  • During six of the last eight seasons there has been a team seeded No. 4, 5 or 6 in the the Super Bowl. Those teams are 4-1 in beating a team seeded No. 1 or 2.
  • Over the past decade, the favorite has gone 5-5 in the Super Bowl.
  • Four of the past five Super Bowls were won by the NFC. The exception is the Pittsburgh Steelers, who won in 2008.
  • The NFC leads the Super Bowl series, 23-20
  • This will be the 10th Super Bowl held at the Louisiana SuperDome in New Orleans, tying it with Miami for the most Super Bowls hosted.

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ACER Iconia B1, Heading to Singapore and Indonesia http://www.amog.com/acer-iconia-b1-heading-singapore-indonesia/ http://www.amog.com/acer-iconia-b1-heading-singapore-indonesia/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:00:34 +0000 http://amog.com/?p=46778 After it was announced during the CES 2013 event in Las Vegas, ACER has finally brought its Iconia B1 tablets to Singapore and Indonesia. As reported by Android Authority, the […]

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ACER Iconia B1 | Bhinneka

ACER Iconia B1 | Bhinneka

After it was announced during the CES 2013 event in Las Vegas, ACER has finally brought its Iconia B1 tablets to Singapore and Indonesia. As reported by Android Authority, the Android tablet will have the potential to best no-name devices and their often questionable after-sales series in the said countries. Based on the company’s press release:

The Iconia B1 is also ideal for busy individuals seeking a convenient mobile companion. At 7 inches—the same size as a standard book page—the display is comfortable for e-reading, web browsing, playing games and watching videos.

ACER Iconia B1 in Singapore, Indonesia, and India

For those living in Singapore, the ACER Iconia B1 is available for S$199 or about US$160, while it costs US$135 on the Indonesian retailer Bhinneka. Prior to this, the tablet was launched in India for Rs 7,999 or about US$150. It will also be available next month in Europe, Middle East, and Africa for 119 Euros.

Although the tablet’s specs are incomparable to the Nexus 7, the ACER Iconia B1 makes a great and cheaper alternative for users who are not looking for extra horsepower. It boasts a 7-inch screen with 1024 x 600-pixel resolution, and it is powered by dual-core 1.2 GHz Mediatek MTK 8317T processor. The device also features 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to 32 GB, 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

ACER Iconia B1 Features

Measuring 197.4 mm x 128.5 mm x 11.3 mm and weighs 320 g, the ACER Iconia B1 brings in a number of features. As further detailed by the company’s press release:

Super Portable: The Iconia B1 is easy to hold and use in one hand, a triangular corner grip on the lower left side improves single-hand usage even more. It’s also easy to tote around in a bag or jacket at a feather-light 320 grams, making it one of the lightest 7-inch tablets in the market.

Highly Responsive Fun: To take your experience to the next level, this tablet combines a 1.2GHz dual-core processor for fast and smooth gaming, web browsing, and video watching with Android’s Jelly Bean operating system to get quickly precise answers to your search queries and seamless browsing. For many search queries performed through VoiceSearch, you can now hear a spoken answer quickly.

Fast and Free Media: Over 500 free online magazines from hundreds of publishers and top web sites are always at your fingertips thanks to Google Currents. The recently updated smart mobile app allows you to discover, read, and share your favorite new outlets, blogs, and online magazine on the 7-inch WSVGA (1,024 x 600) capacitive display – even when offline. If you are into playing, you have more than 700,000 games and apps from the Play Store to choose from.

News Release Capture and Share More: To top off the rich experience, the Iconia B1 comes with a front-facing camera to engage in live chats with your friends. The camera is on the top right corner and works also when in landscape mode, allowing your friends to get into the picture during a video chat.

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Windows Phone Triples UK Market Share in 2012 http://www.amog.com/155905-windows-phone-triples-uk-market-share-2012/ http://www.amog.com/155905-windows-phone-triples-uk-market-share-2012/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:00:21 +0000 http://amog.com/?p=46723 Although Microsoft’s Windows Phone is still a far cry from Android and iOS in terms of market share, new figures reveal that the mobile operating system has experienced strong European […]

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Windows Phone 8 | Official Website

Windows Phone 8 | Official Website

Although Microsoft’s Windows Phone is still a far cry from Android and iOS in terms of market share, new figures reveal that the mobile operating system has experienced strong European growth for the past year.

Windows Phone and its Growing Share in Europe

Based on research firm Kantar Worldpanel Comtech’s findings, the Windows Phone has almost tripled its market share in the United Kingdom. For the past 12 months, its share increased from 2.2 percent to 5.9 percent.

It is most likely that the mobile OS’ growth is due to Research In Motion’s falling market share. The BlackBerry maker’s share fell from 16 percent to 6.4 percent during the same period. Symbian’s share also decreased 3 percent to 0.7, while iOS share went down from 34.1 percent to 32.4 percent. Android, on the other hand, saw an increase in market share from 60.7 percent to 66.6 percent.

Meanwhile, Windows Phone’s total market share in EU5 (Britain, Germany, France, Spain and Italy) grew by 2.8 percent. In fact, its share in Italy skyrocketed from 2.8 percent in 2011 to 13.9 percent after 12 months. As stated by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech’s Global Consumer Insight Director, Dominic Sunnebo:

At the end of 2012 the global OS picture shows Android on top, but clearly the rate of growth it experienced over the past year is beginning to slow as easy wins from first-time smartphone buyers begin to reduce.

It has been far slower than Microsoft would have liked, but Windows Phone is now starting to gain respectable shares in a number of key European countries. However, its performance in the Chinese and US markets remains underwhelming. As the two largest smartphone markets in the world, these remain key challenges for Microsoft to overcome during 2013.

Samsung: Number One in Britain

Aside from that, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech’s research revealed that Samsung holds the top spot in Britain when it comes to smartphone sales. Claiming 35 percent of the market share, it is followed by Apple at 32 percent.

Meanwhile, Nokia is experiencing a turnaround in the country with its smartphone share at 6.2 percent. In addition, its actual sales growth hit over 50 percent compared from last year. BlackBerry, on the other hand, is still facing a tough trading in the industry up to the release of BlackBerry 10.

Smartphones sales in the UK set a record or 61 percent during the holiday season. In fact, 82 percent of all mobile phone sales in the region for the past quarter were smartphones.

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Facebook Graph Search Raises Concerns from Security Experts http://www.amog.com/155943-facebook-graph-search-raises-concerns-security-experts/ http://www.amog.com/155943-facebook-graph-search-raises-concerns-security-experts/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:00:19 +0000 http://amog.com/?p=46830 Introduced a couple of weeks ago, Facebook’s new Graph Search has prompted security experts to warn people about their social media usage. They are advising Facebook users to raise their […]

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Facebook Graph Search | Facebook Official Website

Facebook Graph Search | Facebook Official Website

Introduced a couple of weeks ago, Facebook’s new Graph Search has prompted security experts to warn people about their social media usage. They are advising Facebook users to raise their privacy settings in order to avoid embarrassment or becoming victims of cyber criminals.

Security Risks of Facebook Graph Search

The social media giant is gradually rolling out the Facebook Graph Search to its users. It allows people to use naturally phrased search queries to receive personalized results. This enables people to get more useful information, while it provides a new selling and advertising venue for Facebook.

However, the new social media feature also brings in more opportunities for scammers, as well as potential embarrassment for users who are careless about their privacy settings.

Privacy Concerns and Inappropriate Searches

Tom Scott made a Tumblr post showing search queries with results that few to no people would want to be part of. This includes “married people who like prostitutes” and “current employers of people who like racism.”

He also showed how totalitarian governments could use the Facebook Search Graph to find dissidents or undesirables. Because of this, questions regarding user privacy were questioned. Although users can reset their profile’s privacy settings, user privacy in Graph Search is something that they cannot opt out.

Facebook and Users’ Shared Responsibility

On the other hand, Facebook said that their responsibility is to provide privacy settings, while users are responsible for using them. In an email statement sent to PC World, the social networking said, “You control who you share your interests and likes with on Facebook.”

Moreover, people trade their personal information for free use of the social media when joining Facebook. With that, security experts agree that people are responsible for controlling who sees their profile information. However, some of them believe that the social networking giant does not go far enough to educate their users about these issues. As Bogdon Botezatu of Bitdefender pointed out:

Some people do not grasp the importance of Graph Search. So maybe it would be better for Facebook to actually inform people that some things will change. The way they use to interact with Facebook changed and this could have consequences they haven’t thought about yet.

Because Facebook Graph Search makes all personal information searchable, educating their users on its danger and consequences should be a much bigger priority for the social network.

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New Apple TV: Not a Redesign But a Tweaked Device http://www.amog.com/155992-apple-tv-redesign-tweaked-device/ http://www.amog.com/155992-apple-tv-redesign-tweaked-device/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:00:00 +0000 http://amog.com/?p=46947 After it was revealed from a filing to US Federal Communications Commission that Apple was working on a new Apple TV, the company states that it will only be a […]

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Apple TV | Apple Official Website

Apple TV | Apple Official Website

After it was revealed from a filing to US Federal Communications Commission that Apple was working on a new Apple TV, the company states that it will only be a slightly tweaked hardware. Thus, it will look and function similar to the current model.

New Apple TV is Just a Tweaked Version

Last Wednesday, Apple released a statement to The Verge, downplaying the speculations that they are working on a new Apple TV that will feature a new look and experience. Instead, the Cupertino-based company says that the newly approved model is just a minor upgrade to the existing hardware.

We sometimes make the component changes which require an updated model number for regulatory approval. The component changes we made don’t affect product features and Apple TV consumers will continue to have the same great user experience.

The statement was issued less than a day after US FCC revealed an unannounced Apple TV model. Identified as “A1469,” the filing suggests that the unit’s design will have a slight decrease in size from 98 millimeters to 93.78 millimeters square.

It is also revealed in the filing that the new hardware will boast a low-power 40 nanometer Broadcom wireless chip, which is identified as BCM4334. It is the same processor found in Apple’s iPhone 5, offering both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Still, Apple’s comments only suggest that any changes to the existing Apple TV model will be unnoticeable. There were claims that the hardware will sport a faster A5X chip, the same to the one used in the third-generation iPad.

Ramping Up Process Production for Another Popular Device

Due to this, there are speculations that Apple is making a silent switch to an A5X chip. This move is an effort to gradually ramp up production of processors bound for another, more popular device. The “another, more popular device” industry watchers are talking about could be the iPad Mini, as it was rumored to have a successor that will feature Retina Display.

Using this approach is not new to Apple, as they used the same tactic with the release of the current Apple TV. The product update brought in 1080-pixel video support, which is attributed to the shrunken A5 chip that uses 32-nanometer manufacturing process. That same chip was also placed in a $399 iPad 2 that was previously powered by 45-nanometer A5 chip.

In another news, Apple also issued a software update this week for an unannounced Apple TV model. The “AppleTV3,2” label implied that the updated hardware would be a minor revision of the existing set-top box, which is identified as “AppleTV3,1”.

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