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NFL 2013 Season Week 1 Predictions

Posted: September 5, 2013 by fatz.maneli in Entertainment, Sports, Uncategorized
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Tonight’s game between the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens looks to be a great match up. The Ravens bounced the Broncos out of the playoffs on their way to a championship last season with a 70 yard bomb from Joe Flacco late in the game and an interception from Peyton Manning in overtime. I’ve waiting for the day football returned since Ray Lewis looked up into the sky after the clock stuck triple zeroes of the Super Bowl. Now to the business.

The Power Rankings have been released this week, and for the first time in a long time, the Redskins begin the season in the Top 10. The same Top 10 has been reported by both NFL.com and ESPN, although in a slightly different order. The Seahawks took the league by storm with a phenomenal balance of a bruising rushing game and one of the deepest defenses in the league in addition to the 49ers. This affirmation makes the NFC West which used to be one of the doormats of the league now one of its toughest with the rising St. Louis Rams and sleeper Arizona Cardinals. The NFC East is always pretty balanced, but this year can be a toss up. The Eagles are banged up and have Michael Pick under center. The Giants have lost a few pieces to injury and free agency. The Cowboys are surprisingly entering the season without hype which may work out in their favor. And the Redskins are throwing RG3 into the Monday Night opener without taking a single game snap since tearing ACL/MCL/PCL/URL/LLCoolJ or whatever. But, for now the ‘Skins look like the team to beat with a healthy Orakpo, an emerging star in Kerrigan and the ageless London Fletcher on defense. The NFC North is represented by 3 teams in the top 13 (most by any Division).

The AFC is a little tricky this season. Although Peyton and Brady are poised to lead their respective teams to the mountaintop this season, there are a couple of surprises. Mainly the new look Colts led by Andrew Luck with a damn near unrecognizable team from 2 years ago. Also the Bengals and their top notch defense and young and uber talented offense, followed by the Houston Texans and the depleted Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. One glaring omission from the top 15 was the Pittsburgh Steelers, ranked 16 and 20 on ESPN and NFL respectively. The AFC also boasts the 6 worst ranked teams in the league according to the Power Rankings making it the lesser of the two conferences. Four of those bottom teams have uncertainty at QB (Jaguars, Bills, Jets, Raiders), making it harder to trust them. Only one of those teams will be starting a QB who has experience as a starter.

League Awards:
MVP: Peyton Manning
Defensive Player of the Year: Aldon Smith
OFFensive ROY: Tavon Austin
Deffesive ROY: Tyrann Mathieu
Super Bowl Winner: 49ers

Week 1 Picks:
Baltimore at Denver – Denver
New England at Buffalo – New England
Cincinnati at Chicago – Cincinnati
Miami at Cleveland – Cleveland
Atlanta at New Orleans – Atlanta
Tampa Bay at NY Jets – Tampa Bay
Tennessee at Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh
Minnesota at Detroit – Minnesota
Oakland at Indianapolis – Indianapolis
Seattle at Carolina – Seattle
Kansas City at Jacksonville – Kansas City
Arizona at St. Louis – St. Louis
Green Bay at San Francisco – San Francisco
Philadelphia at Washington – Washington
Houston at San Diego – Houston

Seasons Greetings,
Fatz Maneli

Tis’ The Season (Football Back!!!)

Posted: September 5, 2013 by fatz.maneli in Entertainment, Sports, Uncategorized
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This is the day the Lord has made! Its definitely that time of year again for all that is Holy. I praise the Football Gawds for delivering me from the shadows of the Dead Zone that is none football season. I swear, I feel happier than Jean DeGrate in a club full of girthy women. He NEVER watches out for the big girl. the 2012 NFL season ended with Joe Flacco displaying one of the most efficient playoff runs (4 games: 11 TD’s, 0 INT’s, 1,140 yrds), leading the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl Championship against the San Fransisco 49ers. This performance propelled him to a six-year $120.6 million contract making him the highest paid player in NFL history.

Recap of 2012 NFL:
2012 was also the year of the young Quarterbacks. We saw record breaking/tie performances by some of the leagues rising starts at the most important position on the field. Whether it be Andrew Luck breaking the rookie record for passing yards in a season (4,374), RG3 breaking the rookie QB rushing record (815), or Russell Wilson tying Peyton Manning’s record as a rookie for TD passes (26). We also saw a bold move by Jim Harbaugh to switch to and stick with Colin Kaepernick over Alex Smith mid-season which paid off with a Super Bowl birth. 2012 was filled with great individual performances from players that were thought to be suspect entering the year, including Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson, who were both coming off of injuries the previous season. AD fell just 8 yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s NFL Single Season Rushing record finishing with 2,097 yards for the season and an MVP trophy. Peyton finished 2nd in the MVP race with 4,659 yards, 37 TD’s and 11 straight wins to end the season.

Off Season Moves:

This NFL Off Season was pretty tame compared to years past. There were a few moves that made a splash/ripple, but not many mountain moving shifts. Percy Harvin and his concussions moved from Minnesota to Seattle to add another weapon to that offense, only to then get injury the moment he arrived. Darrelle Revis moved his island from New Jersey to Tampa to take away half their defensive backfield. Alex Smith joins Andy Reid in Kansas City and their 6 Pro Bowlers and 2-win season from 2012. Ray Lewis ascended to the sports analyst chair and Ed Reed now patrols the secondary in Houston.

Off Season Headlines:
Well after the season was over we learned a few things about the NFL’s resident shoot’em up aficionado Aaron Hernandez. Apparently he was on the dipper’s and was noid all the time. After being charged with murder of a friend of his, he is now being connected to a double homicide in Boston from last summer. On top of that, earlier this year he allegedly he shot his man in the face in Miami after they got into an altercation with folks in a strip club. All of this to say, Aaron Hernandez ain’t playing no games.

College Preview;
The College football season started last week with controversy over my man Johnny Manziel, aka Johnny Cash, aka Money Manziel. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner is all about not following the rules and I love it. Dude might be the best thing sports has to offer right now. He comes from money, pops bottles, had the greatest statistical year for a freshmen ever and does what he wants because he knows they won’t do anything. He was being investigated for receiving money for autographs that he signed, which the NCAA doesn’t allow. Some wanted him to lose his eligibility, but the NCAA suspended him for the first half of his teams first game. We also heard a lot about Jadeveon Clowney after that crushing hit against the Michigan RB last season. Some NFL scouts have tabbed him as the best Defensive line prospect in 2 decades. His performance against North Carolina left a bad taste in some observers mouths as he appeared to not be in game shape and seemed to take many plays off. He is believed to be the front runner for the #1 pick in next years NFL Draft along with Teddy Bridgwater as a strong candidate. Other players to look out for this season, De’Anthony Thomas (Oregon), Marqise Lee (USC), Jameis Winston (FSU), Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Braxton Miller (OSU) and Todd Gurley.

Here’s to a productive 2013 Football season.
Fatz Maneli

What You Can Expect From iOS 7

Posted: June 12, 2013 by Millz in Entertainment

iOS 7 is completely redesigned with subtle motion, an elegant color palette and distinct, functional layers that make it feel more alive. The typography has been refined for a cleaner, simpler look, and the use of translucency and motion makes even simple tasks more engaging. iOS 7 has hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri and introduces iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service based on the music you listen to on iTunes.

iOS 7 introduces Control Center. Now the controls you want to access quickly are all in one convenient place. With just one swipe from the bottom of your screen, you have access to controls for Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Do Not Disturb, and the ability to adjust screen brightness, pause or play a song, jump to the next track and stream your music with AirPlay. Control Center also gives you instant access to apps such as Clock, Camera, Calculator and the Flashlight.

With iOS 7, Notification Center is now available from the Lock screen so you can see all your notifications with a simple swipe, and the new Today feature in Notification Center gives you an at-a-glance view of your day with a summary of the important details such as weather, traffic, meetings and events.

With improved Multitasking in iOS 7, developers have the ability to enable any app to multitask in the background with a new API. Users have the ability to switch between their apps in a more visual and intuitive way, and iOS 7 pays attention to which apps you use most and automatically keeps your content up to date in the background.

AirDrop is an entirely new way to quickly and easily share content with people nearby. When you’ve got something you want to share, AirDrop shows you your contacts close by. Just select who you want to share with and AirDrop does the rest. AirDrop transfers are peer-to-peer so you can use it anywhere, without any network or set up required, and transfers are fully encrypted so your content is protected and private.

iPhones are used to take more photos around the world every day than any other camera, and with iOS 7 the new Camera app features filters so you can add real-time photo effects. The Camera app now includes a square camera option, and you can quickly and easily switch between your four cameras—video, photo, square and panorama—with just a swipe.

iOS 7 includes a redesigned Photo app that introduces Moments, a new way to automatically organize your photos and videos based on time and location. You can zoom out to see all your photos organized by Moments, Collections of Moments and Years. iOS 7 includes iCloud Photo Sharing, the easiest way to share just the photos you want with just the people you want. With iCloud Photo Sharing, family and friends can contribute their own photos and videos to your shared photo streams, and the new Activity view displays updates from your shared streams all in one place.

Safari’s redesigned user interface lets you see more of your content—starting with full-screen browsing. The new smart search field helps simplify searching, and there’s a new view for your bookmarks and your Safari tabs. With iCloud Key chain, your passwords and credit card information are securely stored and available on all your devices, so navigating password protected sites or auto-filling during transactions is simple and secure. Enhanced Parental Controls allow you to automatically block access to adult websites or only allow access to a specific set of permitted websites.

Siri sounds better than ever with new male and female voices and includes Twitter search integration, so you can ask Siri what people are saying on Twitter*. Siri also now has Wikipedia integration, providing access to the world’s most popular Internet reference site. Siri offers Bing web search within the app and the ability to change device settings and play back voicemail.

The Music App has a beautiful new design and includes the new iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service featuring over 200 stations and an incredible catalog of music from the iTunes Store, combined with features only iTunes can deliver. iTunes Radio is the best way to discover new music. When you tune into iTunes Radio on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC or Apple TV, you’ll have access to stations inspired by the music you already listen to, Featured Stations curated by Apple and genre-focused stations that are personalized just for you. iTunes Radio evolves based on the music you play and download. The more you use iTunes Radio and iTunes, the more it knows what you like to listen to and the more personalized your experience becomes. iTunes Radio also gives you access to exclusive “first listen” premieres from top selling artists, Siri integration plus the ability to buy anything you hear with just one tap.

With over 900,000 apps, the App Store is the world’s largest app marketplace. iOS 7 now features Popular Apps Near Me, a new way to find apps based on your current location, and iOS 7 will automatically keep your apps up to date. The App Store also comes with a new Kids category, allowing teachers and parents to easily discover apps for children by age.

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Additional new iOS 7 features include:

● A new Find My iPhone Activation Lock feature that requires your Apple ID and password before you can turn off Find My iPhone, erase data or re-activate a device after it’s been remotely erased; ● Night Mode in Maps that responds to ambient light when you use it in the dark;

● FaceTime audio for high quality calls over a data network;

● Notification sync, so when you dismiss a notification on one device it is dismissed on all of your devices;

● Phone, FaceTime and Messages blocking to prevent specific people from being able to contact you;

● Tencent Weibo support for users in China, a Chinese-English bilingual dictionary, and improved Chinese input including handwriting recognition for multiple Chinese characters;

● The ability for businesses to more efficiently deploy and manage iPhones and iPads; and

● Enhanced in-car integration, bringing an Apple designed experience into the car for the first time.

The iOS 7 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com. iOS 7 will be available as a free software update for  iPhone 4 and later iPad 2 and later iPad mini and iPod touch (fifth generation) this fall. Some features may not be available on all products.

Keyboard has been changed. No more shading to give depth.

Photos App – Now with worthless, Instagram filters to make your great hi-res color correct photos that look out of focus, off colored, low-res photos.

Without a doubt the statistics tell us that Android is the most popular smartphone platform on the planet. That’s partially because they have their software installed in several phone models that span across a plethora of different phone carriers. In the Android World, Samsung has taken HTC’s crown and become the most popular Android manufacturer, and the Galaxy S3 is by far their most impressive device thus far. We all know that Apple is probably the most popular Company in the world. They could literally put out a turd w/ the Apple logo on it and it’d sell millions. The iPhone 5 recently released and has become the company’s highest selling mobile device EVER. This is quite an impressive feat. Now this blog is going to be giving you guys an unbiased opinion of each phone. Now let me state I myself have an iPhone 5 but have used the Galaxy S3 extensively. I’ve also have owned phones from both companies. Ok since we have that out of the way let’s get started.

 

 

iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S3: Hardware

I don’t particularly care for Samsung hardware. I can admit that bias up front with ya’ll. With Android phones I always preferred the build and material quality of HTC to Samsung. It’s always been my opinion that Samsung phones feel too plastic, which makes the phone feel like a cheap piece of shit. With that said Samsung has been trying to improve year after year. They still aren’t at the level of HTC, much less Apple but it’s getting better. The iPhone 5 is roughly 20% thinner and lighter than its predecessor the iPhone 4S, and the 5’s glass and aluminum monolith, from design to construction, just simply outclasses Samsung’s plastic river stone. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is exactly a millimeter thicker than the iPhone 5 and weighs 21g more, although in its defense it should be said the screen is almost a diagonal inch larger.Winner:iPhone 5

Now build’s aside Samsung has continued to put a breathtaking amount of specs into their flagship line. The Galaxy S3 screen remains PenTile like its predecessor (Galaxy S2), but it’s a HUGE phone at 4.8-inches, 1280×720 to be exact. That makes even the iPhone 5’s new expanded 4-inch, 1136 x 640 screen look like Wilt Chamberlin standing next to Charles Barkley, which is to say it absolutely DWARF’S it. However I and plenty of other reviewers (check Google) say that the iPhone 5’s display is slightly sharper. But Samsung’s phone is so MASSIVE that it makes little difference.

Winner: Galaxy S3

 

When it comes to performance, it’s extremely difficult to compare Apple to Samsung. The iPhone 5 has the brand new A6 processor, which Apple sites as being twice as fast as the A5 which is in the 4s. Apple has a distinct advantage in that they tailor make their own unique software for their own exactly matched hardware. Samsung has to fit Google’s generic software to their specific hardware. However The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core chip, as well as 1GB of RAM. These two phones are almost on the same level, despite clock speeds and extra cores, if you look at the Geekbench test scores. There’s very little difference in ops too since both platforms work buttery smooth. Heavy multitasking, watching HD movies, and general UI performance when loading apps all show smooth performance. Winner: Draw

Apple has a higher built-in storage option, at 64 GB to Samsung’s 32 GB, but Samsung lets you put in up to 64GB of extra, micro SDHC storage (memory sticks). Of course there are some cons to removable media, but the option is nice to have. Winner: Galaxy S3

 

Both the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 have the same built-in Wi-Fi at 5GHz and Bluetooth 4.0. Both can support the ultra-fast 4G LTE (availability depends on your provider and area). Winner: Tie

Both of the smartphones sport 8-Megapixel main cameras capable of 1080p video, and front cameras capable of 720p video. Both can take stills while shooting video. The iPhone 5 features a new integrated panoramic shooting mode and what Apple claims is improved performance due to the sapphire crystal lens cover, improved image stabilization and the A6 processor offers up better photo processing. The Galaxy S3 received some helpful tweaks on the software side since the S2, such as zero shutter lag, meaning the photo is taken the instant you press the button. The iPhone 5 has the slightly better camera in most shot situations. It should be said though, that the margin between the two is really close.  Winner: iPhone 5

iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S3: Software

 

 

Now unless you’ve been living under a damn rock then you now that the iOS vs. Android “War” is almost a cliché at this point. Which you prefer is all about preference to be quite honest. They both have their pros & cons. Now in these devices we have to compare Siri which is Apple’s personal digital assistant, who in the iPhone 5 has been updated and now includes a better personality, and is tied into some helpful apps and services (GPS, Twitter, Checking Sports scores, etc…). Android however has Google Now which is their personal assistant to rival Siri. The two are quite similar in what they do, but Google Now is more aggressive when it comes to context awareness and predictive behavior than Apple. Siri will do what you tell it. Google Now will try to figure out what to do before you tell it. I didn’t compare any of the gimmicky functions for either phone because that shit is for children. But if you want to Beam stuff to people go right ahead. Winner: Depends on the User

When Apple releases a new OS, every compatible iPhone gets it the same day. When Google releases a new OS, it can take weeks, months, or an eternity for you to get it, depending on the manufacturer and the carrier. Buy an iPhone 5 with iOS 6 this week, and you’ll get iOS 7 day and date next year. Buy a Galaxy S3 this week and its even odds when, if ever, you’ll get next year’s version of Android. That may not matter to you because your phone will keep working the same then as it does now. If you like the idea of consistent, dependable software updates, Apple has the edge over Samsung. (As do Android Nexus devices with “pure Google” experiences like the Galaxy Nexus.) Seriously they just announced that many Galaxy S3 users won’t get the latest update until 2013. That’s a goddamn travesty. Winner: Apple

Both the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3 have email programs so you can get your messages. Both have a myriad ways to listen to music, watch videos, and do everything else you’d expect a modern mobile computing platform to do. iOS 6 on the iPhone 5, however, is one thing. The software on the Galaxy S3 is two. It’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on its way to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at the core, but the frosting is all Samsung’s own TouchWiz interface. For some people, that’s an easier, friendlier blessing that enhances the Android experience. For others, it’s a blight they dearly wished Samsung would spare them by simply going stock. Winner: Apple

The thing I will always love about Android phones, however, is that you can customize and change it far, far beyond what Apple allows with iOS. Sure you can almost always jailbreak iOS (if its released for the last software update) or even root you Android. But right out of the box you’ll be able to customize the Galaxy S3 much more than with the iPhone 5. That includes everything from widets for easy, glanceable information, to different keyboard to adjust your typing experience. Winner: Galaxy S3

The iPhone 5 battery is 1,440mAh, which is supposed to give you around eight hours to talk or 10 hours on Wi-Fi. The Samsung Galaxy S3 battery is bigger at 2100 mAh, and promises to give around twice the usage, but in real life it doesn’t. When I had to use one for a couple of weeks it lasted on average of about 7.5-8 hours. I searched online for other references and many other Galaxy S3 users have said the same thing. This is with moderate to continuous use. Which includes Wi-Fi, Web surfing, Music, Apps, etc… The iPhone 5 also comparatively lasts at around the same time. Neither phone is the best on the market when it comes to battery life. That distinction belongs to the Droid RAZR Maxx. Yea a goddamn Droid phone has the best battery on the market, I was surprised at that myself. Winner: Draw.

 

As you all can see from the specs the margin between these two phones is EXTREMELY close. The iPhone came out one-point ahead for me because, I own it and as a result have utilized it longer than I did the Galaxy S3 I had for short period of time. The pictures and information collected for this Blog are from various techy blogs and websites. I have used both of these phones and I honestly think they are both dope. You can’t go wrong with either one in my humble opinion. It’s all about what your particular preference is when it comes down to the whole iOS vs. Android debate. If you own a Blackberry (by choice) and are reading this blog then I implore you to get rid of the new age Rotary phone you are using and get one of these two devices ASAPington.

Always Remember Millz CARES! And Be Blessed!