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Five Movies of 2013 That Were a Complete Waste of Time

Posted on 28 March 2014

How good a movie is doesn’t always depend on the budget and star cast. There is a lot more required, keeping in mind that various components need to be work together to appeal to the masses and for the movie to be successful in the box office. The past year saw the release of several movies that were considered by audiences to be a waste of time. Here are 5 of them:

1. After Earth
The movie, even with a massive budget and a renowned cast, was unable to satisfy moviegoers. The lack of emphasis on storytelling and its similarities and nods to other movies like Star Trek made it seem like a rip-off.

2. Movie 43
Even though the movie featured an impressive arsenal of celebrities, the movie failed to qualify as even worth watching. The comedy was nothing more than offensive jokes with gross out humor.

3. Grown Ups 2
The movie does nothing more than to cash in on overly used puns and jokes. There is no plot to which one could actually relate. The movie is about four guys and their confrontations in everyday life that has no logic or rationality whatsoever.

4. RIPD
For Ghostbusters fans it is nothing more than a reincarnation of what was envisioned in the 80s. The film is more of a cat and mouse chase that takes place in suburban areas without any logic. There is a lack of a strong plot which only seems to worsen as the movie progresses.

5. The Hangover Part III
The moral of the story is that alcohol and drug abuse are deadly and lead to uncomfortable situations. The essence has been carried out through the series. Frankly, it has no innovation and just seems as nothing more as an attempt to cash in on the franchise with an unnecessary sequel.
These are five movies from 2013 that were a complete waste of time.

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The Beatles Vs. the Rolling Stones – Who’s the Better One?

Posted on 24 March 2014

The battle between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones has continued for more than half a century. Both have managed to develop a huge fan-base, which makes it all the more difficult to decide which one is the best. The Beatles were a pop band while the Rolling Stone was a rock band. So the question that comes to every music lover’s mind is which band is better? Read on to find out.

A Look at The Beatles
If you look closely, both these bands have a lot in common. For example, both are English bands that gave music a whole new dimension in the 20th century. However, it was only the Beatles that continued setting the standards every time they performed.
Furthermore, the Beatles are the ones that initially perfected the genre of rock n roll in the mid 60’s, while the Rolling Stones just followed in their footsteps. So, as you can see, the Beatles were the innovators. Another fact that established their legacy was that they broke up as soon as they started to stumble. This helped them considerably in preserving the reputation they built in their prime.

A Look at The Rolling Stones
Now let us take a look at the aspects where The Rolling Stones transcends the Beatles. The early break-up of the Beatles meant that the Rolling stones had more time to live in their prime. It was during this period that they released their classic album Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street, which gave them a slight edge over the Beatles.

Another aspect where this band surpasses the Beatles is live stage performance. The Rolling Stone set an impeccable record of delivering the best onstage performance in that era, something that the Beatles never managed to achieve.

So there you have it, two of the best bands battling for supremacy. As you can see, there’s no apparent winner. Both of the bands were fantastic in their own respect. However, only you can determine the winner according to your taste.

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4 Movies You Just Never Get Bored Watching

Posted on 18 March 2014

Movies have proven to be a recognized medium of portraying art in its finest form. The genres are unlimited with room for innovation and limitless possibilities. There are times when movies that offer so much in so many areas that watching it more than once will enhance the experience. These evergreen movies are the sources from which directors take inspiration and create their own masterpieces. Here are 4 movies you just never get bored watching:

1. Back to the Future
Based on the concept of time travel, this movie has been enjoyed and praised by the masses for its concept. The movie is entertaining due to its diversity and is much more than just a science fiction movie. The concept of time travel and the ripple affect along with laughs every now and then make it a movie worth watching over and over.

2. Spiderman
For every superhero fan, there is no other equal to Spiderman. Targeting all age groups, the movie is a spectacle. The movie is much more than an action movie as it explores important life lessons. It is a story of how an individual can bring about change with a little courage. Nonetheless the movie will leave the audiences leaping from their seats at Spidey’s feats and action.

3. Jurassic Park
Almost every child is fascinated by dinosaurs. Jurassic Park is the ultimate dinosaur movie in every sense of the word. The movie is a combination of suspense and thrills and keeps the viewers on the edge of their seats.

4. E.T
For all those questioning the possibility of alien existence, E.T feeds their fantasies with its own perspective on how other worldly beings look and behave. The movie captures the emotion and connection of the bond between alien and his earthly guardian. It is a story so touching that it will melt your heart.
These are 4 movies you just never get bored watching.

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Sony Xperia Z2 – the Perfect Tab

Posted on 13 March 2014

When it comes to sheer elegance and sleekness, Apple’s iPad Air takes the spotlight. But if you accidentally drop it into a bathtub, it will quickly turn into an inoperative and useless slab, wont it?

And this is exactly where Sony’s Xperia Z2 tab excels. Not only does it possess an awe-inspiring design, but is also completely waterproof (an impeccable combination). This model is the replacement/upgrade of the existing Xperia Tablet Z. Here are some features that make the Xperia Z2 tab such an incredible piece of technology:

Hardware Configuration and Features

In order for a tablet to be successful, it must possess an advanced hardware configuration and this is exactly what Sony has done. This tab comes with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (2.3GHz) and 3GB RAM. So as far as performance is concerned, the Xperia Z2 delivers a swift and smooth user experience.
In addition, it features the latest android OS i.e. KitKat 4.4.2. You will also see a number of Sony additions such as video and music streaming services, PlayStation Mobile store, etc. Gamers will be delighted to know that this tab gives the option of attaching your PS3 controller to play games.

Display

This tab comes with a stunningly clear and glossy 10.1-inch full HD screen and a display resolution of 1920×1200 pixels. So be it gaming, web browsing or watching movies, the Xperia Z2 delivers an unparalleled performance level.

Design

If there’s a tab that can truly compete with the iPad Air (design-wise), it’s this one. As said earlier, the Xperia Z2 flaunts a beautiful, sleek and light body. It is only 6.4mm thick and weighs approximately 426g. The front design is pretty similar to the previous model, i.e. a glass and button-free front. The backside is made of matte black plastic, with little Sony branding in the centre.

This model is expected to hit the market on the 1st of April with a starting price of £545 in the UK. So keep your eyes open!

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Samsung Gamepad – a Must for Serious Gamers

Posted on 11 March 2014

Ever wondered why modern smartphones feature such large screens and powerful hardware configurations? Quite simple, the goal is to make gaming more fun and exhilarating. Since the very inception of Android phones, game designers recognized this platform as the perfect launch pad for creating a gaming device. And the speculation turned out to be quite true.

With high-end games such as Real Racing 3, NOVA 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, etc, Android is well on its way to claiming the title as the “best portable gaming device” (something that could very well render Sony’s PSP obsolete). Now it’s true that all Android games are available for the IOS users too, however, the factor that puts the Android gaming experience above IOS gaming is its considerably large screen size. After all, it’s much more exhilarating to play games on 5.5-inch screen than on a 4-inch screen isn’t it?

Interesting, Samsung’s latest Android gamepad will take your overall gaming experience to a whole new level. This gamepad has a shiny black plastic design. Moreover, it connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. You’ll need to install an app called “S Console” prior to connecting the gamepad with your phone. This app will convert the button presses into data that the game can comprehend and will also help figure out which games are compatible with the gamepad on the Google Play Store.

At present, there are approximately 46 games in the Google Play Store that are compatible with the controller device, some of which are Sonic 4, Asphalt 8, Metal Slug 3 and Crazy Taxi. The list is expected to increase with the passage of time. Coming to its design, there are a couple of analogue sticks, d-pad, four-face buttons, two triggers and a start button positioned in the centre.

This gamepad can be brought for $90, which is a pretty good deal. Now if you happen to be a casual gamer, you are better off doing without a gamepad. But for serious gamers, it’s a must have!

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Acer’s Chromebook C720P – a Great Choice

Posted on 10 March 2014

With the recent proliferation of smartphones and tablets, the popularity of laptops has started to decline somewhat. This situation propelled laptop manufacturers to come up with modern and more convenient options, so as to maintain their existence in today’s highly competitive market. And this led to the creation of chromebooks. These are basically superfast and small-sized computers loaded with a wide diversity of apps.

At present, there are a large number of high-end chromebooks available in the market, one of which is Acer’s latest C720P model. Not only is it extremely powerful, but you can buy it at an affordable price. Here are some reasons that make this chromebook such a fantastic choice:

Design

The C720P is pretty light and sturdy in appearance. This too (like its predecessor) features a simple plastic body and comes with a chiclet-style keyboard. The factor that makes typing so convenient is its shallow keystroke depth. In addition, it’s responsive and moderately-sized track pad makes the overall experience all the more pleasant for you.

Hardware Capacity

The C720P may not be as stylish as other chromebooks, but in terms of performance level it’s a probably the best budget chromebook you’ll come across. It features a dual-core, 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 2955U processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and Intel HD Graphics Card (128 MB). So whether it is casual gaming, heavy browsing or running Microsoft applications, you’ll always experience smooth and superfast performance.

Display

One of the notable upgrades of the C720P is in terms of its display size and quality. This model flaunts a beautiful 11.6-inch touchscreen with a display resolution of 1,366×768, which is pretty much the standard for chromebooks.

Price

The C720P is priced at $299.99. Honestly speaking, it is quite difficult to find another chromebook of the same caliber in this price range. It possesses a powerful machine, typing-friendly keyboard, a clear touchscreen along with loads of OS options. In short, it’s the complete package.

Photo courtesy of Acer.

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LG G Pro 2 – a Gigantic and Powerful Smartphone

Posted on 07 March 2014

When speaking of smartphones, the first thing comes to mind in the display screen. After all, this is what modern smartphones are all about! The bigger the screen, the better the experience! So keeping this in mind, LG has launched its latest smartphone, the “LG G Pro 2”, with a truly huge HD screen, along with a variety of exciting features. All those contemplating buying the Samsung Note 3 or other similar smartphones should definitely take a look at LG’s latest creation before making a decision.

Design

The LG G Pro 2 features an amazingly clear 5.9-inch full-HD IPS screen with a display resolution of 1920×1080. If games, movies and web browsing are the activities you intend to enjoy on your smartphone, this model will serve your needs exceptionally well. Furthermore, this model is available in five different colors which include titan (black), white and silver. One potential downside with regards to its design is that it has relatively sharp edges, which makes it uncomfortable to hold.

Hardware Specification

This smartphone comes with a powerful 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB RAM. So, its advanced hardware configuration ensures a smooth and swift performance while gaming, watching movies and other heavy activities. In addition, the LG G Pro 2 is available in two internal storage options, i.e. 16 and 32 GB. Note: there is provision for external storage (slot).

Camera Performance

The LG G Pro 2 features a 2.1-megapixel front camera and a staggering 13-megapixel rear camera. As far as camera performance is concerned, it captures amazingly clear and vivid pictures with incredible detail.

Conclusion

The LG G Pro 2 is a fantastic choice for people who prefer large screen smartphones. Along with a delivering a superfast performance, it comes with loads of exciting camera features and a pretty good battery life. It is only after the price is revealed can a conclusion be reached regarding whether or not this phone is worth buying.

Photo courtesy of LG

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