Power Rangers Megaforce – A Mega Show for Mega Fans!

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Saban returns this year with the adaptation of TOEI‘s Tensou Sentai Goseiger, in the form of Power Rangers: MegaForce. After officially rebooting the franchise with Power Rangers: Samurai and Super Samurai in 2011 and 2012, respectively, Saban is gearing up for a similar status with Megaforce and thus far it is delivering full on.

Power Rangers Megaforce Power Clip

I may have over done that title. Either way, I’d say it fits. So I recently got time to get caught up in Saban’s latest iteration of Power Rangers and honestly I’m quite pleased. After Power Rangers Samurai and Super Samurai, both of which I enjoyed quite a great deal, I was unsure how the new Megaforce would play out, seeing as Megaforce is also where the Great Legend War arc happens. However in this universe (the Saban Universe) it is called the Mega War.

Every time we get a new Power Rangers, we get a whole new cast filled with antics, this time around we get some pretty interesting characters. In Megaforce we have Andrew Gray as Troy Burrows, the Megaforce Red Ranger, John Mark Loudermilk as Noah Carver, the Megaforce Blue Ranger, Christina Masterson as Emma Goodall, the Megaforce Pink Ranger, Ciara Hanna as Gia Moran, the Megaforce Yellow Ranger, Azim Rizk as Jake Holling, the Megaforce Black Ranger.

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Honestly while I cannot comment on their overall character arcs and development as only eleven episodes have aired while I am writing this article, I can say the show, while feels more kid-friendly than Samurai, has quite and interesting approach to character development and building. The actors do quite an impressive job with their respective characters and their characters in-show attributes. A notable event I’d like to mention is the fact that, the rangers out of battle and out of ranger form abilities come into play, while I know there is probably evidence of this outside of Megaforce, I missed a couple seasons here and there but regardless its quite a nice addition to characters as a whole.

I’d also like to point out that Megaforce Black Ranger (Jake) has a crush on the Megaforce Yellow Ranger (Gia) (which I may or may not be shipping hard).

Power Rangers MegaForce Cast

The production value of Megaforce is higher than I expected. Usually Saban (and previously Disney) would use alot of footage from the original Super Sentai, this time around I’ve noticed a lot more original footage is being shot for Power Rangers. The even more interesting thing I found was the fact that, this original footage is in places where you’d expect to have Super Sentai  footage. There are instances where you can plainly tell that its two different footage sets, but its much better than previous incarnations.

Aside from the actual Power Rangers, the show’s allies and antagonists are quite something. I personally do not like Tensou, honestly nobody can replace Alpha, so don’t even try, but Tensou’s pretty cool. Also Gosei who is basically Zordon, although Zordon trained him. So Points to Zordon. I like Gosei though, something about him. I supposed its the way he kinda echo’s Zordon.

Power Ranger MegaForce Villains

Power Rangers Villains: Creepox The show’s antagonists are pretty freaking cool. I mean come on, Admiral Malkor, Creepox and Vrak. Just listen to those names, they should insight fear into you! Apart from that though, I like the villans, they have an impressive production value (like all Toei’s Villans)  and they all are pretty bad-ass when you think about it. I personally like Vrak, he just seems so laid back and chill you know. Their weapons are very impressive (blades, scythes etc.) and this time around they attempt to use more than brute force to destroy the Power Rangers. (I know its been done before, I just like it.)

The Zords used in this version is almost just like the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers version. The dragon is even the same and all the particular colours all line up just like they did before, for the most part. However, I like the fact that the Zords can also be used as part of the Rangers weapon, I thought I didn’t like it, but as it turns out, I do in fact like it. The show also uses similar 3D CG versions of combining and calling for the Zords.

Despite what you may think of Power Rangers: Megaforce, its quite a good show, even though its made for children, I can guarantee any fan can enjoy the show. With the rest of season currently on its way, it looks promising, both on the action side, the character development arcs and much more. I can’t wait for it to reach the Mega War.

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GrooveShark – Groove To The Music, Groove To The Shark

Grooveshark

For quite sometime I have been using this music provider, primarily because it is free and because it is actually available in my country (Thanks VEVO), plus the quality is awesome.

GrooveShark is basically a music streaming site, which allows you to stream as much music as you want for free from your desktop. You can select from millions of songs already, followed by your own music, if you are a musician. This is truly pretty awesome and can help aspiring musicians get their music out there.

GrooveShark has also been partnering with other companies to help up and coming Music acts to promote and generate revenue from their music.

Sam Tarantino

Sam Tarantino

I always knew there was a team of people behind GrooveShark, like there always is. However, I recently read the Mashable article about GrooveShark . I had expected that the CEO of GrooveShark (Sam Tarantino)  to be having a fun time, because I hadn’t previous heard GrooveShark fighting any legal battles, nor had their site went down at any point, that I can remember. Boy, was I wrong.

During that period, the music streaming service was essentially hit with back-to-back-to-back blows. Google pulled Grooveshark’s mobile app in early 2011, after Apple had done the same the previous year, effectively snuffing out its potential on mobile. Spotify launched in the U.S. in July, 2011 with the blessing of the major record labels and started stealing away Grooveshark’s users. And then came the knockout blow: Universal Music Group filed a federal lawsuit against Tarantino and his employees for uploading copyrighted songs. Sony Music and Warner Music Group joined the lawsuit the following month and EMI filed a lawsuit of its own in early January, meaning that all four major record labels were simultaneously suing the company.

Honestly, I have never payed much attention to the business and legal side of GrooveShark.  GrooveShark has continued to offer their services for millions of users across the globe during this time, despite all these lawsuits. I could’ve sworn that they wouldn’t have survived. But surely they still exist.

GrooveShark has been making waves with its newer features, and their user base is continue to expand back to where they once where. GrooveShark is definitely making a comeback in 2013.

GrooveShark recently redesigned their site, and I must say it was quite a nice surprise. They also added in support for users to create their own mini radio station inside of GrooveShark. This feature is something I have been doing, using other sites. It is nice to know I now can do this using effective methods with High Quality music and a higher level of social interactivity.

In addition to all of these redesigns and new features, with GrooveShark’s attention to details and customers. It would seem that all other streaming sites may have to watch out. Sam Tarantino believes GrooveShark’s Radio BroadCast feature can compete with Pandora.

The Haphazard's GrooveShark

Considering Pandora isn’t available in my country. I’d give my backing to GrooveShark.

GrooveShark ensures that users have the experience the company set out to create initially. For That GrooveShark, Thank You.

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Blackberry 10 – Z10 and Q10 – It’s Either Make it, Or Break it!

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Its been a while since anybody ever heard about this ancient mobile. The company behind it, formerly known as Research In Motion, has now adopted its child product as its face. RIM has now become BlackBerry. From the looks of it, it is looking to be a promising venture.

BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry Q10

I, myself have been a BlackBerry user for many years. So if you feel as though this article is biased, then you need to tell me. But enough of that for now. On January 30th, 2013, BlackBerry unveiled its new flagship phones, The BB Z10 and the BB Q10. These phones were well received by most, with minor, though pressing, issues. Not everyone is as excited as England and Canada, but this phone is well worth a look.

From the developer inside me:

BlackBerry Z10 - Features - Screenshot

BlackBerry Z10 – Features – Screenshot

Its honestly about time that BlackBerry moved away from its Java-based OS. Java is notorious for being less than speedy. Its new OS is based on the QNX system (a UNIX-like OS). It supports App development in the languages C/C++, HTML5, AIR and Flash as well as Java.  The BlackBerry 10 OS, is based off of their BlackBerry PlayBook OS. While it is based on it, it contains alot of differences, both visual and technical.

BlackBerry Z10 Specifications

  • Display: 4.2-inch (diagonal) with a resolution of 1280 by 768 pixels (356 pixels per inch)
  • Keyboard: Touch screen only
  • Memory capacity: 16 gigabytes, expandable with microSD card of up to 32 gigabytes.
  • Price: Varies by carrier, some of which have yet to announce details. Verizon Wireless says it will sell it for $200 with a two-year service agreement.
  • Size: height: 5.12 inches; width: 2.58 inches; depth: 0.35 inch (130 x 65.6 x 9 mm)
  • Weight: 4.78 ounces (135.4 grams)
  • Cameras: 8-megapixel camera on back, 2-megapixel on front.
  • Video recording: high-definition for rear camera (1080p — comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat panel TV); lower resolution for front (720p)
  • Battery life: talk time is up to 10 hours on 3G. Up to 60 hours of audio playback and 11 hours of video playback. Battery can be replaced by user with a spare.
  • U.S. wireless carriers: Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile and others.
  • Operating system: BlackBerry 10
  • Near-field communications: A chip lets the phone act as a credit card at some payment terminals and share data wirelessly when tapped against some other phones.
  • Availability: In U.S. in mid-March. Varies elsewhere, including U.K. last Thursday, Canada on Tuesday and Latin America by end of March.
Blackberry Q10

Blackberry Q10

BlackBerry Q10 Specifications:

  • Display: 3.1-inch (diagonal) with a resolution of 720 by 720 pixels (330 pixels per inch)
  • Keyboard: Touch-screen and 35-key physical keyboards. Physical keyboard will have back light, with language-specific keyboards such as QWERTY and AZERTY depending on market.
  • Memory capacity: 16 gigabytes, expandable with microSD card of up to 64 gigabytes.
  • Size: height: 4.71 inches; width: 2.63 inches; depth: 0.41 inch (119.6 x 66.8 x 10.35 mm)
  • Weight: 4.90 ounces (139 grams)
  • Cameras: 8-megapixel camera on back, 2-megapixel on front.
  • Video recording: high-definition for rear camera (1080p — comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat panel TV); lower resolution for front (720p)
  • Battery life: Not yet announced.
  • U.S. wireless carriers: AT&T, Sprint and others.
  • Operating system: BlackBerry 10
  • Near-field communications: A chip lets the phone act as a credit card at some payment terminals and share data wirelessly when tapped against some other phones.
  • Availability: In some markets in April. RIM’s CEO suggests U.S. release won’t be until May or June.

As it stands, from the Specifications listed. It seems to be powerful. However, recent demos of App running inside of the BB10 showed some what sluggish response. This could be due to the fact that most of these were running in an Emulator on the mobile or the ported code wasn’t optimized.

BlackBerry Q10 Features

BlackBerry Q10 Features

Currently the BlackBerry App World, which is getting an over-haul for the new BlackBerry, also boasts a surprising 70,000+ Apps. However, most of these apps may or may not be optimized for the new BB10OS. So as time progresses we will find out more and more the power of the apps.

From the End-User in me:

This phone is looking spectacular, from its sleek design, to its new User Interface which allows for touch gestures to control many aspects of the phone’s working. The phone also comes with a newer predictive text. Which allows for quicker typing, as over time, BlackBerry promises that the phone will grow accustom to your typing and be able to generate predictive text to match your typing style.

White BlackBerry Z10 - Screenshot

White BlackBerry Z10 – Screenshot

The new BlackBerry 10, also promises to deliver on photos. You would be able to rewind time in pictures to the degree of a few frames forward and backwards, to ensure you get the optimal photos. This is activated by the use of hovering over somebody’s face.

The BlackBerry, like almost all BlackBerrys before it, also contain a speech assistant. From the information gathered the Assistant isn’t as powerful as Siri, but in some cases can perform as desired.

For the business users, BlackBerry also has a switch between Personal BlackBerry and work BlackBerry, in order to keep your digital lives separate.  However, your company must also have the BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

In conclusion:

This phone may not be a must have for everyone, but I am sure it will be able to keep the hardcore BlackBerry users. For BlackBerry users, they should give this phone a hard look, it could be what you want. For the non-BlackBerry users, it wouldn’t hurt to try it out.

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Power Rangers Samurai Screen Shot

Power Rangers Samurai & Power Rangers Super Samurai – Go Go Power Rangers!

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Did I get your attention?  I hope so. As long as your a child of the 90’s then you know about Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, regardless if you liked or it not, this sure was the best thing on the Kids block anywhere, for years. Even long after the show ended, and was subsequently rebooted thanks to the original from Japan, the show continued to impress. Now the show finally returns, in addition to Saban regaining the franchise, the show is better than ever. (almost. Nothing beats the original)

Power Rangers is a long-running American entertainment and merchandising franchise built around a live action children’s television series featuring teams of costumed heroes. Produced first by Saban Entertainment, later by BVS Entertainment, and currently by SCG Power Rangers LLC, the series took its initial premise and much of its footage from the Japanese tokusatsu Super Sentai franchise. Its first entry, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, debuted on August 28, 1993, and helped launch the Fox Kids programming block of the 1990s, during which it catapulted into popular culture along with a line of action figures and other toys by Bandai.

Creator Haim Saban regained ownership of the franchise in 2010 after seven years under The Walt Disney Company.

Power Rangers Samurai Rangers 3I want to start off by saying, Thank you Haim Saban for regaining the ownership of Power Rangers. I have watched almost all of the Power Rangers, and honestly, it show started to fall dramatically as the years under Walt Disney passed (no disrespect to Walt Disney, they just couldn’t do it like Saban could.) As I watched all of the Power Rangers it began to stray away from the Power Rangers that I once grew up with, the show I once woke up at 8 in the morning to see. That I watch still to this day. Honestly, it no longer felt like Power Rangers, I honestly couldn’t bear or understand it. It had lost a lot of the key features that made the show great, in my opinion. I know it sounds harsh, but it just didn’t feel like Power Rangers.

Power Rangers Samurai is the nineteenth season of the American children’s television series Power Rangers. With Saban Brands buying back the franchise, the show is produced by SCG Power Rangers and began airing on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons on February 7, 2011. As with all Power Rangers programs, Power Rangers Samurai is based on one of the entries of the Super Sentai Series; in the case of Samurai, the source series is Samurai Sentai Shinkenger. Saban Brands have said the show will have a “brighter tone and gets an infusion of fun and comedy that wasn’t present in present in seasons 16 and 17.”
Samurai is split into two 20-episode seasons; the second set of 20 episodes began on February 18, 2012 and is called Power Rangers Super Samurai, which is being called a new season.

Power Rangers Samurai: TV Screen Shot - Bulk And Spike 2Since the Start of the Power Rangers Samurai, the show has recaputured me, I feel as though I am watching the original Power Rangers, the comic relief of Paul Schrier who plays Farkas “Bulk” Bulkmeier, and Spike Skullovitch (played by Felix Ryan), the son of his best friend Eugene “Skull” Skullovitch which was played by Jason Narvy, is a throw back to the olden days of Bulk And Skull, they are brilliant comedic relief which was missed from the past seasons, is very welcomed.

Power Rangers Samurai: TV Screen Shot - All RangersThe entire feel of the show, the camera work, the lighting all of the production elements, make the show seem as though you are following straight right from the older series, the ones from the original Saban Entertainment. The actual production of the show amazes me, this is the first Power Rangers in the whole franchise (english) to be shot and distributed in High Definition. Even the little quirks of the post production, such as the stuttering and the scene transitions are still reminiscent of the past. Or it could be my nostalgia, but you’ll have it too, trust me.

Even that horrible voice acting is still there, well the slightly off speech thing that all of the characters have while in costume (you know because most of it is actually the scenes from the original Super Sentai show.). You know when they speak and you can’t tell if its that what their saying? Like with the monsters? Still there, and I am loving it.

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My only real complaint is that in the past, the zoids trasformation was in Full Reality. As in they built the suits and the toys and then recorded the zoids transforming in Real LIFE! However in the new one, they only show piece of the Full Reality transformation while everything else is done in CG animation. But all of the fights are done in Full Reality with real persons, and it really gives the show a sense of reality, well more like “Yes I know its fake but it looks awesome and real Fake.”

One of the most favorite things about the Power Rangers Franchise is that it teaches children so much more values, like its okay to be different, and everyone has a part to play, and it promotes teamwork etc. Those little life lessons are all here now.  Just like how the older series subtly (sometimes not so subtly) taught kids these nice morals and values, this new series do the exact same thing, except AWESOME! People think that all this show promotes is violence, but you need to pay and attention and then you get some serious life lessons. Take a peek and you’ll see.

Now the music, the opening theme was redone from the original, and it absolutely amazing. I have to give that theme song a million thumbs up. I absolutely love it. Its like a more metal version of the original, and while the subtle sounds have been extended with additional notes, it just makes the theme song so much more epic. In addition to that, a fan did a full version of the song and the solo blew me away, you should check it out. I got it, its right below.

Honestly, the new Power Rangers Samurai and Super Samurai is just like a upgrade on an old favorite, and if your a new Power Rangers fan, then you can truly feel what Habim Saban wanted you to feel, because this is how he does Power Rangers. And if your an old time Power Rangers fan like myself, you  will find yourself sitting at the tv, buying it on iTunes, singing along in the middle of street and reading a review :).

I have no real Complaints about the show and I recommend Nickelodeon holds on the franchise as long as it can, because Saban will return it to its former glory!

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15 Years OF The One And Only Sony PlayStation!

The PlayStation (プレイステーション, Pureisutēshon?, officially abbreviated PS) brand is a series of video game consoles created and developed by Sony Computer Entertainment. Spanning the fifth, sixth, and seventh generations of video gaming, the brand was first introduced on December 3, 1994 in Japan. The brand consists of a total of three consoles, a media center, an online service, a line of controllers and a handheld as well as multiple magazines.

Well guess what today is!? Today is Sony PlayStations 15 Birthday! 😀 Yeah PlayStation! Check out the video that Sony put up on their blog: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/09/09/playstation-15-years-in-the-making/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=playstation15_090910

I tried to embed the video but it wouldn’t work. I took some of basic history of each PS unit from WikiPedia. Just making sure you know.

My thoughts on the Sony PlayStation Franchise.

This is by far one of the best  consoles I have ever played, way back in the day, I played the PlayStation, then PS2, then PlayStation 3. They all pushed limits and deserve millions of awards.

PlayStation

The original PlayStation released in December 1994 was the first of the ubiquitous PlayStation series of console and hand-held game devices. It has included successor consoles and upgrades including the Net Yaroze (a special black PlayStation with tools and instructions to program PlayStation games and applications), “PSone” (a smaller version of the original) and the PocketStation (a handheld which enhances PlayStation games and also acts as a memory card). It was part of the fifth generation of video game consoles competing against the Sega Saturn and the Nintendo 64. By March 31, 2005, the PlayStation and PSone had shipped a combined total of 102.49 million units, becoming the first video game console to reach the 100 million mark.

I play this beast way back, when I eight I believe. It was amazing the up and coming 3D Animation really captivated me, and it opened a whole new world of possibilities. It began to showcase amazing graphics intertwined with drop-dead amazing gameplay. It was the beginning of a new age.

PlayStation 2

Released in 2000, 15 months after the Dreamcast and a year before its other competitors, the Xbox and the Nintendo GameCube, the PlayStation 2 is part of the sixth generation of video game consoles, and is backwards-compatible with most, original PlayStation games. It has also been released as a media center configuration and also having, like its predecessor, a slimmer redesign. It is the most successful console in the world, having reached over 140 million units in sales as of July 20, 2008. On November 29, 2005, the PS2 became the fastest game console to reach 100 million units shipped, accomplishing the feat within 5 years and 9 months from its launch. This achievement occurred faster than its predecessor, the PlayStation, which took “9 years and 6 months since launch” to reach the same benchmark.

With the fall of the PlayStation and rise of the PlayStation 2, it showed that Sony was truly committed to this glorious videogame world. The PS2 was ahead of its time, and it continue to devour its competition. Videogame after videogame Sony and their developers, both in-house and 3rd party, continued to push the envelop, and they continued to break barriers.

PlayStation Portable

Released in March 2005, the PlayStation Portable (PSP) was Sony’s first handheld console. The console is the first to utilizes a new proprietary optical storage medium known as Universal Media Disc (UMD), which can store both games and movies. It contains 32MB of internal flash memory storage, expandable via Memory Stick PRO Duo cards. It has a similar control layout to the PS3 with its PlayStation logo button and its (‘Triangle’), (‘Circle/O’), (‘Cross/X’) and (‘Square’) buttons.

The PSP was an ingenious answer to Nintendo’s hand held franchises. Bringing PS2 type graphics to a handheld was a task Sony handled well. With the PSPGo’s downloadable content it gives a fresh taste practically everyday.

PlayStation 3

Released on November 11, 2006, the PlayStation 3 is the third and current iteration in the series. It competes with the Xbox 360 and the Wii in the seventh generation of video game consoles. It is the first console in the series to introduce the use of motion controls in games through the use of the SIXAXIS Wireless Controller along with other features, such as Blu-ray Disc and Full High-definition resolution graphics capability. The PlayStation 3 comes in 20 GB, 40 GB, 60 GB, 80 GB, 160 GB, 120 GB, 250 GB, and 320 GB, with the last four being the current models. Like its predecessors, a slimmer redesigned model of the console has been released. As of June 30, 2010, the PlayStation 3 has sold 38.1 million units worldwide according to Sony Computer Entertainment.

With its propriety Blu-ray disc technology the PS3 has proven to be a great competitor to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii. PS3’s stunning graphics and amazing gameplay is sure to earn it many many years of greatdom. 😀

PlayStation is standing the test of time, constantly improving it vast network of powerful processing, and its jaw dropping crisp, clean animation. Sony’s PlayStation has indeed been quite a competitor to many companies and has seen much in this last 15 years. I am glad to say that I proudly own a PS2 Slim model, and to this day, it has seen many hours of continuous gameplay, and it has fallen several times, only to get back up and continue on. My PS2 has stood many, now it is time for Sony to continue on and create many many consoles and see many many more years of fruitful development and entertainment.