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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Monday Choon: Tritonal & Paris Blohm ft. Sterling Fox - Colors


If you watched the Ultra South Africa 2013 aftermovie, you would find this song very familiar as it was used for that very video. Many though seem to think the song is by Nicky Romero since he featured it in his set but this is to set the record straight, it's not by him but rather DJ duo Tritonal of Austin Texas and Paris Blohm with vocals from Sterling Fox. The song was released in June this year by Spinnin Records and has been popular with many of the top rated DJ's, including Nicky, it's a great song and hence it makes our featured track of the week, enjoy!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bucket Tech: LG G3 - Review

Even the box is fancy
When people are due for an upgrade for their smart phone, natural instincts will direct them to the internet to read reviews on the latest gadgets that's thrown out their by the various brands. Most reviews are long and filled with technical mumbo jumbo that you don't understand but boast to your friends anyway because it makes your phone sound cool. A few weeks ago I was given the LG G3 to review but I'm putting a twist to this one, instead of regurgitating what everyone else is writing aabout, I'm going to take a leaf from the brand's marketing slogan for the phone "simple is the new smart" and give you a simplified, first hand experience with the phone and how it will affect your life on a daily basis.


Looks
Having attended the launch and seeing what the phone was capable of, I was pretty excited to get this phone for reviewing purposes. Playing with it for 30 minutes is one thing but having it a part of your daily routine makes a big difference and that is where the true test comes in. Lets start of with the cosmetics, the phone definitely looks the part, with its brushed aluminium finish availabe in various colours, 5.5" LCD screen and no buttons on the front make the phone sleek and sexy in apppearance. The main power button and volume buttons are quote oddly located on the back of the phone, LG says it makes them more accessible when using the phone with one hand...yeah, didn't really do it for me. There are also flap covers available for the phone with a first of its kind round cut out for a display interface. I highly recommend the cover as I found the phone if dropped, can scratch easily.

Quad HD display is phenominal

Display
Undoubtly one of the main talking points about the LG G3 is its screen, I kid you not when I say this, it will leave you speechless. It's the first phone to use Quad HD technology, what is Quad HD? Well precisely what the name says, four times HD. The screen has pixel density of 538ppi, which basically means the quality of the images view are true-to-life. LG is setting the standard with this one for future brands to follow and I'm glad they're settled for a 5,5" screen. It seems the norm size but it keeps the phones physical size to a respectable level and you won't feel like you're carrying around a phablet. Of course there is a catch to this phenominal screen, with the clarity and brightness being so high, it uses a massive amount of battery life. Just over 30% to be exact!

Picture taken at night, on Auto mode with low light
Camera
With many of our current smart phones, the camera's are good but not great. The guys at LG took this into consideration when deciding on the camera that came with the G3. In the end what they've created is nothing short of magical, a 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilizer and laser focus which translates to the end user take almost perfect pictures all the time, everytime, anytime, anywhere and in any lighting conditions. Laser focus enables the phone to focus on the object in milli seconds, allowing the user to snap almost real time pictures, therefore not missing a second of the action. Couple this with the optical image stabilizer and blurred pictures are a thing of the past. There are occassions it does take a while to focus but when I say a while, its still way faster than any phone out there. It also has dual flashes which make pictures much more clearer and adds more detail to whats being captured. 

Taking selfies with help from Chia of the Socialite
Selfies Made Easy
The front camera is pretty decent at 2.1 megapixels, the clarity difference is very noticable but one of the key features of it has to be the selfie detection. We live in an era where taking a selfie is becoming as important as breathing for some and with one having to press a button to capture it, it often moves the phone and you end up taking 50 selfies before chosing one to post to instagram. With the LG G3, it has a built in gesture control to activate the camera. It's quite neat to use as I demonstrated with many during the time in which I had the phone, simply activate the front facing camera, get everyone in the frame, open your palm and make sure it is visible in the screen, when ready to take a picture, clench your first to capture. It will give you a 3 second countdown and capture the perfect selfie everytime. This will save you plenty of time in the future and make you look less of a nana. 

Smart Notice
Operating System
The make or break thing for me on a phone is the OS, Android has flooded the market with the various brands but many of them choose not to customise it too much which leaves me and others feeling that there is just too much to the thing. Not saying that it's bad, some people do feel like they want to be operating the Starship Enterprise when using their smart phone but for others, they just want something simple to operate, hence they keep going back to Apple. LG however have taken the step to customise Android's KitKat v4.4.2 to their phone. Simplifying the OS to the devices needs and cutting out all the other junk that you would find on a standard Android device. It makes the device much more user friendly to operate for everyone. I guess thats what they meant by "simple is the new smart" because at the end of the day, your cellphones primary use is to make and recieve phone calls, well and now to recieve whatsapp messages. 

Google Now tracking my where abouts

Google Intergration
Being Android, the phone is fully Google functional, what I found pretty cool was the voice activated Google search, by use of a trigger sentence "Okay Google", it will open up the search menu, awaiting your search instruction. So you can search for something on the internet without having to type anything! Google has intergrated itself well and the phone also comes with Google Now, which pretty much is like a PA for you, or a creepy stalker that tracks your every move. No really it does, it will gather that the place you stayed at over night is home, and track your daily travel routes, notifying you if there are any delays on the route. It even tracks your location to bring you precise weather reports of the area you're in! The phone has access to Google's play store which has thousands of applications to chose from, besides the social media apps, one can find almost anything that they might find interesting. LG also have a store of their own but that is mainly for applications realted to the phone. 


Accessories
As mentioned before, the phone will have LG covers available for it, LG have also released a wireless charging mat for the G3, the downside to it is that is has to be plugged in to charge, so I don't really see the point. With Nokia's it worked as a portable battery pack. The main accessorory for the G3 would have to be it's watch, what makes it different and miles apart from its competitors devices is that you can use it on any android device and is not limited to LG products. The watch also makes use of Googles voice activated menu which makes userbility effortless. 


Verdict
While there may be some flaws with the phone, such as build quality and battery life, there is no phone out there at the moment that is perfect but I'd like to say that this one is almost near perfect. Most of the features and key aspects of the phone is revolutionary which is basically setting standards for others to follow. Add to that the good looks and simplified Android user interface LG have mofified and you really do have a winning phone. The only other phone that came come close to this is the Oneplus Plus but with limited stock and only available to purchase via invite, LG is sure to have that part of the market sorted. Many times I get asked the question on which is the best phone on the market and I always tell people that the answer is based on user preference because we were flooded with similar devices but at long last there is a device that stands out from the rest of the crowd and while LG might not be very popular with the main crowd, they sure do have a great product out.


Specifications

Processor: Quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 400
Memory: 16gig onboard with 2 gigs of RAM
Screen: 5.5" Quad HD LCD, 16 million colours, 1440 x 2560 resolution
Camera: Back - 13 megapixel with optical image stabiliser & laser autofocus, Front - 2.1 megapixel
Battery life: Talk time - 19 hours, Standby - 565 hours


Some pics taken with the phone









Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Double Crunch is back!


After an absence of more than 3 years, KFC South Africa have heeded the call of thousands of their supporters by bringing back the much loved Double Crunch. When you combine 2 juicy fillets, 2 slices of cheese, lettuce, tomato, smothered in a new special mayo and served in a fresh sesame seed bun, whats not to love about it? They celebrated the relaunch of this burger by treating some real fans of the burger on an action packed Sunday, those select few were the lucky ones to get their hands on it before anyone in SA. Not to worry though, you can find the #DoubleCrunch as of today, 16th September 2014 at all branches. Well go on then, what are you still doing reading this??? Go buy one before the Colonel changes his mind and pulls it from the menu!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Monday Choon: Nicky Romero & Anouk - Feet On The Ground


It wasn't that long ago when Dutch DJ sensation Nicky Romero burst into the EDM scene with his hit track Toulouse. Ever since then he's taken the world by storm with his releases, rising to the top of DJ Mag top 100 charts and is one of the most indemand DJ's. He also launched his own record lable, Protocol which produces music for many other top DJ's and his colaborations with other greats in the industry only does more for his reputation. Today's featured track is hot from the Protocol kitchen, which see's Nicky team up with Anouk for this great track. 


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bucket Babe: Nicolene Vertue

It's spring time in South Africa's, that means more greenery, more sunshine and less of the cold weather chills. That in turn translates into packing away the winter clothing and out with the skirts and bikini's! Today's featured girl is definitely a fan of swimwear as she made us patiently wait a good few months so that we could feature her new shoot, yup this is an exclusive. She's driven by passion, prefers two wheels over four and likes to keep things simple and chilled. She's your typical South African hot girl next door with a passion for kids.

Nicolene Virtue


Bio

I am a very ambitious and out-spoken person. I’m extremely strong willed and once I’ve decided on something it will take a lot to get me off track. I have very diverse ambitions, I have a passion for kids and will always fight for their rights, but besides that I have a great love for pole dancing(pole fitness), modelling, acting and singing.


I am a family person and would much rather have a braai at home than hang out in a club. I like long drives, love high heels, crazy about the colour blue and I’m addicted to chocolates. 
Links


Twitter: @Nickycolene
Facebook: Nicky Vertue
Instagram: nickyvertue


Q&A

1. Hot girls and hot cars go hand in hand, what ride would you like to see yourself in?
  • I’m more of a biker girl than a car girl, which is why I ride a Honda CBR 600
2. What sandwich are you most likely to make for me? and will it be toasted or plain?
  • I ALWAYS toast my bread, so most probably a toasted cheese and tomato. 
3. What type of music gets your booty shaking?
  • Anything with a nice rhythm, but I do prefer the Afrikaans music I grew up with.
4. Dream cover shoot?
  • Women's Health.
5. If given a choice, full time model or full time executive, what would you choose?
  • Full time model of course!
6. Everyone loves popcorn (well I think they do) what is your topping/ sprinkle of choice?
  • Depends on whether I’m in the mood for something sweet or something more savoury in which case I would choose between icing sugar or salt and vinegar.
7. Growing up you must have had someone you aspired to be, so who is your role model?
  • This might sound cliché, but definitely my mother, she is the strongest person I know.
8. Obviously being female, you would love fashion, your favourite designer/ label?
  • I’m not really into labels, but love Sissyboy, simply because they fit me best.
9. Anyone holding that hand yet? or is it available?
  • Engaged! :)
10. Which city is your dream party destination?
  • Athens.






























Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bucket Tech: iPhone6 - First impressions

Disclaimer: I do not belong to any affiliation of mobile device type or make, I own a god damn Blackberry, yes, its 2014 and I still have one, deal with it. I don't hold preference to any brand or OS, I'm just a tech observer, not a guru but I know enough to know what makes a device good or shit.


So if you are on Twitter or follow tech updates on various other channels, you would have known that Apple have launched their new mobile device, the iPhone6, along with an iPhone6 Plus which has a larger screen display. Like most of their other mobile phones, they are available in various memory size, being 16, 64 and 128gig. Whilst most Apple fanboys were, lets us a Netflorist expression here, "creaming their pants" while watching the live stream reveal, most other onlookers didn't seem to phased. Most of the stuff Apple have added to their new flagship device has been on other competitors devices for over the past year and in some cases more than 2 generations of phones!


The phone to me didn't surprise me, there was no "wow factor" and instead of giving specifications of the phone, they kept comparing it to the original iPhone, why?! We don't give a shit about how much better it was to your mp3 player that could make a phone call, we want to compare it to the other market leading devices! Then some of the features of the phone didn't make sense, they still opted to go for an 8 megapixel rear camera which has optical image stabilizer. That's nice, Sony and LG have 13 megapixel rear cameras with that and laser focus. Health App? That trick is old now. Apple Pay, which allows you to make purchases with your phone? Really? Even beep bank invented that before you! Steve must be thrilled... not Jobs. #JustSaying 


Don't get me wrong, its not a crappy phone, it seems pretty much on par with the others that are available on the market, its just not mind blowing like what we've come to expect from Apple. What I do like about Apple is their build qualtity, many of the new Android devices are good but feel like cheap toys from the Chinese bazar. Apple's devices feel like they're worth the money you paid for them and while my only gripe would be the non-removable battery, my hope is that they have improved on the life of it.  iOS8 seems promising and will be released to iPhone5S devices later on this month, sadly there will be no Android crossplatform usage interms of applications. 


Now the phones were not the only devices being launched on the night, as predicted, Apple Watch made its debut. They had to launch such a device seeing that Samsung and now recently LG have one on the market but for me this was the show stopper. Compared to their competitors, the watch kicks ass, besides it looking cooler and available in various styles and wrist bands, the functionality is so much more than seeing who is calling or previewing incoming messages and emails. It makes use of a digital crown which uses technology simlar to that of the track wheel from the original iPod to navigate around and select apps. It makes use of a force touch command to enable user preferences and theres a host of other things that it does all this and tell you the time.


You got to give it to them though, even though they've lost the creative guru that was Steve Jobs, their brand still holds great value and the hype around any of their events is nothing short of news stopping. So I honestly don't think they are in a state of demise as other people might be saying but of course when it comes to things Apple, it would be different and expensive... very expensive. It's almost like they want to have this false sense of exclusivity.


Which brings me to my next point, they still remain in their own "clique", which allows intergration with only their devices with the help of blody iTunes, down the line  this would end up being a pain in the ass. In this day and age with various mobile ecosystems, it will be hard for every user to have a preference. In a basic house hold everyone would have their own taste when it comes to these things but streamless sharing and connectivity may prove to be a problem if companies like Apple continue this way in the future. Sure, their brand was once highly regarding as the forefront of innovations but what they must come to realise now that others are beating them in that race now so its time, not to concede defeat but rather join the party. 


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Monday Choon: Michael Jackson – Slave to The Rhythm (Audien Remix)


When it comes to mind blowing performers such as Queen and Michael Jackson, I prefer their work remained unaltered. They were so good that what ever music they did make, needed no outside influence to enhance it, they were that good. It's been a good few years since the passing of the greatest pop icon of all time and this year saw his record label release some unreleased material, one of the songs being Slave To The Rhythm. It's a pretty catchy song but it did lack something, that something Audien brought along in his remix of the track. When you listen to the song you'll get what I mean.



Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Italian Job


There's a saying "don't go looking for trouble, trouble will find you" but in the case of Liverpool FC, they might have went and did the  exact opposite. Having already disposed troublesome star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona for a fine fee, one would have thought Ian Ayre and Brendan Rodgers would've looked for a replacement that wouldn't capture headlines for all the wrong reasons. It was never easy to replace a striker of Luis calibre, he is the ultimate striker, while many won't agree with that statement, there is no denying his quality upfront and any team would kill for a player like that. So the search began, after securing the services of Ricky Lambert, many thought he was the guy. 


Whilst fans of Liverpool FC received taunts from supporters of other teams that we replaced Suarez with Lambert, we really didn't know what the management had up there sleeve. Take nothing away from Ricky though, I always thought he was fantastic striker for Southampton, he has been consistent over the years and deadly at free kicks, so having him in the squad would keep the flow of goals going should Sturridge have a bad day at the office. Also what we've come to learn from Rodgers style of play that while bulk of the goals did come from up front, we did rely on players from other positions to chip in when they can. 


Then came the bombshell, when rumours started about Balotelli, they weren't just hearsay, they were strong ones coming from all the right people in the know. Next reports of him saying his final goodbyes to his team mates at AC Milan surfaced from Italy. Reports of him being spotted at Manchester airport the next day were rubbished by some but when pics of him surfaced of him arriving at Melwood, there was no denying that Mario was on the radar for LFC.


Why though? We know his track record and on and off field antics, did we really need another trouble maker in the squad? After all the misery Suarez dragged the club through for things unrelated to football, did we really have to add another potential problem to our squad?  Well, like Luis, there is no denying the quality of Mario, he is superb and at times leaves you dumbfounded at his skill. He aint no Suarez but he is his own brand of player. One that focuses on getting the job done, as he said once in an interview on why he doesn't celebrate after scoring "When a postman delivers letters, does he celebrate?". He has the right mentality but occasionally strays from the path but I have faith in Rodgers guiding him to glory. 


Last season after Luis returned from serving the rest of his 10 game suspension, he went an entire season without doing anything controversial, as soon as he joined up with his Uruguayan team for the World Cup, he lost it and bit a player...again. Whether it was bad management from his countries side, I feel a lot of his good behaviour had to do with Rodgers. He guides players a lot and devotes a lot of one on one time with all of them, I think his influence on Suarez was lacking at the World Cup and that probably caused him to snap. Whether Rodgers has the same effect on Mario, it remains to be seen but I think I speak for most of us when I say I cannot wait to see what he can do for us. 


You'll Never Walk Alone


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bucket Seat: BMW M4 Convertible


With the local launch of BMW's road assault weapon the M4 just taken place under a month ago, word arrived from Germany of a topless version of the vehicle. If the M4 coupe were compared to a movie, it would be rated R18 LV with lots of violence from the power and strong language from the grunt of the engine, much like the Expendables. Now the M4 convertible is very similar but with added nudity, so R18 VN, the same violent power, strong language with the engine and you can take the top off.


The car follows the same lines as the 4 series convertible with the added masculinity of the M brand giving it a lower stance, bigger air intakes and flared wheel arches, no to mention the black rims. They've also added a few custom colours that are only available for this model. The interior is pretty much the same as the M4 coupe with a few different colour schemes, only thing different about it is that the roof comes down and you get a wind buffer to manually set up over the back seats should there be no passengers in them. 


The car gets the same 3 litre, 6 cylinder beast of an engine as its brother the coupe but due to the added weight from the roof, the performance figures are a bit down but not that much as they're almost on par with the M3. That's not too shabby if you ask me. The downside to this car again would be the luggage space, or lack of it. They do however kept the clever system of allowing one to access the space even when the roof is down which is brilliant as far as I'm concerned. 


For those that remember, I wasn't too pleased about the 4 series convertible but something about this particular car just makes sense. The M4 with its engine and exhaust system shifts away from the hollow "tin noise" as many described it of the old M3 and now has a more devilishly sounding grunt or roar to it, so it only makes sense that the driver also gets to experience this musical symphony for himself and not a drowned out cabin version of it. Whether or not I get to test the new M4 convertible remains to be seen, but here's crossing all fingers and toes that I do!