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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Heart Of The Swarm Characters: Sarah Kerrigan

Top Games For 2013 – The Haphazard’s List For 2013 Games

Well for those of you all who have been following me on Twitter, you all would notice I started a Video game channel a little while back, called ShalWeGame. The channel will also feature an Original Web Series currently in pre-production as well as news and upcoming releases done on a weekly basis.

Please note, since this video is the first of many, it is still rather rough around the edges, please leave comments both here and on the video so I can improve.

Without further a due, here is the video.

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And for those of you all too lazy to watch, please go over the list that follows.

  1. DMC – Devil May Cry – PS3, X360 – 15th Jan
  2. DMC – Devil May Cry – Win – 25th Jan
  3. Fire Emblem: Awakening – 3DS – 4th Feb
  4. Fist Of The North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 – PS3, X360 – 5th Feb
  5. Aliens: Colonial Marines – Win, PS3, X360, WiiU – 12th Feb
  6. Crysis 3 – Win, X360, PS3 – 19th Feb
  7. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus – PSVita – 26th Feb
  8. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – 3DS – 5th March
  9. Simcity – Win, Mac – 5th March
  10. Tomb Raider – Win, Ps3, X360 – 5th March
  11. God Of War Ascension – Ps3 – 12th March
  12. StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm – Win, Mach – 12th March
  13. Dead or Alive 5 Plus – PsVita – 19th March
  14. Gears of War: Judgment – X360 – 19th March
  15. Resident Evil 6 – Win – 22nd March
  16. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity – 3DS – 24th March
  17. BioShock Infinite – PS3, X360, Win – 26th March
  18. Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin – Win, X360
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Preview: Pokemon X and Y: Generation 6 Has Revamped And Shall Reign Once Again!

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Pokemon has always been a game that millions flock to at any time of the year, whether you are a hardcore fan or a newbie who just discovered the world of Pokemon, its always a big deal when the new game arrives. A new region, new features, new Pokemon, new evolution, new items and basically new everything. Well usually.

Nintendo has always made it clear, that they won’t be changing the winning formula of Pokemon. However when the trailer for X and Y was made public, the world of Pokemon went bat-shit crazy. Myself Included.

Pokemon X and Y promises much, it promises a world completely bathe in 3D visuals, making the game feel like a 3D RPG adventure game. The battle scenes have also been redone in complete 3D complete with 3D backgrounds for the backdrop. As noted before the game brings the camera down, so you can leave the top-down type adventure out the window!

The game makes alot of bold promises. Only time will tell, time being October 2013, if this game will live up to the Fans expectation.

The Starters

Chespin is the grass type version for this generation.  Fennekin is the fire type and Froakie is the water type. The trailer also hints that it would be dual types.

Pokemon X and Y Starter - Froakie

Pokemon X and Y Starter – Froakie

Pokemon X and Y Starter - Fennekin

Pokemon X and Y Starter – Fennekin

Pokemon X and Y Starter - Chespin

Pokemon X and Y Starter – Chespin

 

 

Preview Conclusion

Pokemon X and Y, is looking like it will be a hit! You should look out for it late 2013.

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2012 in review From WordPress

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 47,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 11 Film Festivals

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StarCraft II – Heart Of The Swarm – Heart Of Mine!

Heart Of The Swarm Characters: Sarah Kerrigan

For those of you who have been following me on my Twitter, you all would know that I am a big StarCraft fan. So much, that I have been playing trying to get on the Pro Circuit. However, that is besides the point right now. A couple days ago Blizzard Entertainment anncounced the release date of Heart Of The Swarm.

Now I cannot do a review of this game, because not only have I not pre-ordered it, but I have not been invited into the Beta. So That’s a fail on my part. So what would this article be about? You mean apart from my necessary Fanboying?

This article will be going and looking at all of the features of the new Heart Of The Swarm expansion pack.  Well at least those that I have manged to keep up with. Prior to Blizzard announcement, they were patching the game insanely every week. So now that has settled down a bit, I will attempt to do a nice little preview for Hazard Readers. (Yes That Is What I am Calling You All Now, welcome :D)

So For those of you all who have been following the StarCraft II scene, you all would know a great deal of this, so you all can just skip to my opinion.

Let’s start with the interface. The new Heart Of The Swarm interface is much different from the current Wings Of Liberty. It looks alot cooler. The whole aesthetic of the intro screen has changed. And to me it looks pretty good. I can’t say i hate it, cause I love it.

The New Units:

There is a lot of new units for each of the new races. For the Terrans, you have the Widow mines, Hellbat and upgrades to the Reaper. Now this I like. I like that they brought back a homage to the FireBat from StarCraft. The widow mines, I don’t really like it. I really hate them. I can tell its going to be really tough to play against it. So while its a good unit, its going to take some pretty sick micro to not die to those things. I also like the upgrades to the Reaper. The ability to to regenerate health and see above clips is pretty interesting.

For the Protoss, they got some pretty sick stuff. From the versatile Mothership Core to the new Capital ship, the Tempest which is a long range siege unit which can attack both air and ground. The Oracle is another flyer with different spells to use. The Oracle from what I have seen is really annoying. But you gotta make use of it. The Tempest is a very powerful unit, and it is a key component of the Protoss late game. The Mothership game serves as a early game harass and defense unit.

For the Zerg, they got a couple of hardcore units. That’s the only way I could describe it, and yes I play Zerg so my opions here are a bit biased. You Have been forewarned.

So For zerg, they got the Viper, a spell-caster, the SwarmHost, a short ranged-infinite spawn siege unit and the various upgrades to the Ultralisk with Burrow Charge.

The Viper and the Swarmhost are mid-early-late game units, whilst the Swarmhost can be used throughout. The end result of the Infestor-Broodlord pretty much still holds here.

I think the Viper is a nice addition, it fills the battlefield as Spell-caster role, and before you think that the Infestor will be replaced, probably not, because come on the Infestor is damn awesome.

The Swarmhost is a short ranged siege unit that in large numbers can do a massive amount of damage for nothing. Literally nothing. So there would be that. The Swarmhost operates on the concept of energy units. So its a good unit to play around with.

The Hydralisk also makes a comeback in Heart Of The Swarm, Blizzard has added an upgrade to the Hydralisk that makes them extremely fast off of creep. So expect to see alot of them now.

So there you have it. That’s a little run down of the Heart Of The Swarm expansion, that I have gathered watching all of the matches online. I look forward to the expansion when it comes out March 13th, 2012.

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All That Remains – A War You Cannot Win – An Album You Cannot Not Buy!!

All That RemainsSo, All That Remains huh. I have been following All That Remains since the “Fall Of Ideals” album, I always love their stuff, the guitar solos truly speak to me you know. Well the guys (and gal) have done it once more, with what is shaping up to be their best album to date! (Other than “Fall Of Ideals” Of course).

Jeanne SaganA War You Cannot Win is what I interpret to be a album about you know, war. Among other things of course. Now the band has truly gone back to their roots with this album. Although a lot of ATR fans would heavily disagree. However upon listening to songs such as “Six”, “Empty Inside” and “The Air That I Breathe”, anyone can plainly hear the influences and how they grew from “Fall of Ideals” to “A War You Cannot Win”. The Clean passages are found scattered in “Fall Of Ideals” whereas it is more prominent in the new album. Previously the clean passages were usually the choruses, while now the clean passages are the entire songs with the bridges being heavy. However this occurs for only some songs. The others retain the regular: “Heavy verse, clean chorus, Heavy Bridge”.

Mike MartinAs a fan of All That Remains, I commend the use of more clean passages. The way that it was used really reset the standard for ATR’s music. The heavy passages are shock value, for lack of a better word, but with still great meaning. I have always respected ATR for their use of lyrics, more so now, as the lyrics can be interpreted in many forms and fashions as it isn’t bluntly stated.

The Vocals

Like many bands, the vocals is usually the standard for setting the band apart from the main stream, or even the underground. However, ATR’s vocals, sung by Philip Labonte, is one of the defining points for ATR. The blending of Labonte’s Clean and Heavy vocals set their music apart.

With the new album, Labonte is heard more melodically than before. Some of the songs pretty much revolve around his newer clean vocals. Whilst his vocals hasn’t changed that much, I can’t help but hear that there is some more crispness of his voice on this record.

Again, the lyrics is always something to behold. Labonte really delivers his end of the bargain here. The lyrics can appeal to anyone really. There is very few people I see these lyrics appealing to. It can be applied to many different situations, whilst still maintaining its original meaning.

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Labonte’s Heavy vocals also makes many appearances throughout the album. Feeling as always. The heavy vocals are much more powerful than before and it still contains the raw ATR sound that previous albums contained.

The Guitars
Since I am a guitar junkie, this is all I love really. This is how I decide I like bands. The guitars of ATR have always interest me, they always mange to do something a little bit extra. Previously ATR made alot of use of the chugging effect of the top open strings. Now whilst still there has taken backseat as a more melodic tone over throws the song.

Oli HerbertThe guitars, primarily done by Oli Herbert and Mike Martin, really sets off the songs to a brilliant start. They also made more use of acoustic guitars. In some cases they combined both acoustic and electric guitars. The melody produced by the guitars is really well done, and send chills down your spines.

The guitar solos, whilst not as numerous, is there. The guitar solos just rock your world. There are alot of techniques being used, varying scales intertwining and such. All in all the guitar solos bring the songs to life, with that same driving force behind it that we have all grown to love.

My Review:

Buy it. Watch It On YouTube. Just Support them.

The album is brilliant, the guitars, vocals, everything. This is really a Metal Album to remember. So Go Check it out.

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Periphery – Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal, This Time It’s Freakin’ Scarlet!

Periphery Band 2So I recently I saw a guitar cover (LINK) from Ryan Siew, dude’s a badass, and he was covering Periphery’s The Gods Must Be Crazy, I had never heard the song before, and I instantly fell in love with the complexity of the guitar’s leads. Not to mention that Ryan Siew also did an insane job on covering it.

I must admit, I don’t really listen to Djent music, but Periphery combined it with other genres of music and made it more than I could imagine. At first I was not sold completely on the music. The vocals were too much for me. I don’t usually listen to such heavy metal (except Parkway Drive) but as soon as the sound hit the chorus and then bridges, I fell head over heels in love with the driven clean vocals of Spencer Sotelo, this guy can sing. I don’t care that the vocals are heavy, this guy makes it all good. Spencer Sotelo has a voice unlike any other musician I have ever heard, and the rest of the band are always amazing. Most of the songs were composed by Misha “Bulb” Mansoor, he is pretty much the band themselves. He has been responsible for composing and producing the music, since the very beginning.

Periphery PromoThe Band currently has two full length album, Periphery And Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal. I have listened to both albums in all its entirety. The guitars are just amazing. I really need to get some better words to describe it, but it really is. The guitars, I feel, have a very neo-classical vibe. They tend to combine scales inside of their riffs. It gives it a pretty wicked feel. All in all, they make a lot of use of scales and odd combination of notes. The guitars are usually combined between clean and distorted stuff. The distorted stuff comes from the use of Djent-type guitar riffs. It’s quite an interesting use of the Djent riffs. The songs usually find itself breaking down to a clean passage, sometimes there are solos, and the solos are pretty interesting, very melodic.

The vocals are just insane. The level of clean vocals and then the immediate use of distorted, rough vocals really compliments how the guitars are also structured. In addition, the band only has one vocalist, so this really a plus for him. Being able to drop ones voice so low is a quite a feat, but also being able to push your vocals to such a clean, high standard is really remarkable.

Periphery Band 1The drums, I must compliment. The drums are so well in time and tune with the guitars and vocals, you just might forget it was there, but even if you forgot it was there, if it happened to disappear you would know. It really brings an additional form of life to the song. Some songs on the album also makes use of distorted electronic drums, but it never overpowers the real drums. The additional instruments such as the sampling and the atmospheres are really well worked into each song. Sometimes the atmosphere also act as breakdowns and interludes. The Album, Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal, features quite a lot of different musical styles, and combination of different types of production. You can hear this on songs such as “Ji”, “Scarlet” and “Facepalm Mute”. Each song sounds similar, as if it were the same band, but they each have something that really sets them apart from the rest of the song. The breakdowns are very different, but very catchy.

I really enjoyed this album, and this band is currently in my playlists. I would heavily recommend you all picking up this album, if you have ever enjoyed guitar music or metal music in general, you will appreciate this album.

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The Haphazard Has Turned Two! – Happy Birthday!

I can’t believe it has already been two years since I had started this blog. What makes it more amazing is that I completely forgot about it. I forgot my own blogs birthday. Wow, I might make a really bad parent. :/ Regardless, It has been an unusual two years, and I believe that The Haphazard has earned quite a bit of a facelift. I am currently working on something amazing. At least I think so. I know I haven’t been blogging as much I should be. But I will be doing something about that.

For those of you all who Have been here since the start. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It has been good talking about all the stuff I like and I hope to continue it. Please if you feel the need to share this site with everybody in the world, please do. ^_^

There’s not much more I can say. But I do thank you alot.

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Death Note – The Final Move, The Final Note

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For those of you following my twitter, Yes I am that interesting. You all would’ve noticed by now, that I have been watching the Death Note movies. Now having heard about the anime, from pretty much every single human being on the goddamn planet, I decided to take a peek at it. But when I saw that Death Note had a live-action movie, I had to sink my teeth in. Now originally I was confused as to why Warner Brothers was funding the movie, I thought it would’ve been a Hollywood – bang-bang, I have yo money. – But it was actually a Japanese production house who was responsible for the entire show.

Death Note (デスノート Desu Nōto?) is a Japanese manga series created by writer Tsugumi Ohba and manga artist Takeshi Obata. The main character is Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook, the “Death Note”, dropped on Earth by a shinigami (a god of death) named Ryuk. The Death Note grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose name and face they know, by writing the name in the notebook while picturing their face. The series centers around Light’s attempt to create and rule a world “cleansed of evil” as “God” using the notebook, and the efforts of a detective known as L to stop him.

Casting

Light, L And MisaThe casting on this movie was ridiculously amazing. I never thought that the casting would’ve been so well done. Ever character looked exactly as they would’ve. The casting of Light and L was brilliant to say the least. The actors, Tatsuya Fujiwara and Kenichi Matsuyama, did an absolute god-like job with respect to their roles. You felt Light’s “Call For Justice” and you saw L ambition. The supporting characters were all well done. Much props the Takeshi Kaga who played Light’s father, he did a great job. The girls, Erika Toda and Hikari Mitsushima, I must admit were better than I thought. Upon seeing them it didn’t register in my brain, until their turn came to act. Although there were little hiccups from the Anime/Manga which didn’t translate to the movie. The voices of Ryuk and Rem was well done. I liked the quality they brought to the movie.

Animation

Light And RyukThe animation of Ryuk and Rem was indeed quite a view. I must admit, I felt as though both Ryuk and Rem were real people. As Ryuk truly blended in with the environment. However Rem was not given the same treatment. While with Ryuk you had to look for the pieces of him that were animated, you could plainly see the animation throughout Rem’s Animation.

Acting

As I stated in the casting portion. The acting was amazing, even the extras acted brilliantly. All of the parts of the movie that the actors had to die in, they had all acted better than I expected. For extras the parts were well done.

Music

Fuck You Warner Brothers. Where Was Maximum The Hormone’s Zetsubou Billy? Which was originally chosen as the theme song for the Death Note Anime? Why was Red Hot Chilli Peppers‘ Dani California used? Don’t get me wrong, RHCP is an amazing band, and I am a big fan. But this is a live-action ANIME Movie.

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Plot/Story

Mostly like the Anime and Manga. Of course they left out things. They really couldn’t pack over 10 hours of anime into a single movie. They took as much as they could. Although I felt as though they could have included more time between Ryuk and Light. Although, in retrospect, by the time you watched the second part you would’ve felt much better with the scenes you got in the first movie.

Final Thoughts.

A brilliantly done movie. And This production house should win awards in all categories. I am aware that this movie was done many years ago, but I believe it can still stand hardcore with the recent films. I would recommend this movie to any one. It was easy to follow even though it had a deep, psychological essence.

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