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Darryl Yates aka Gerald has been tinkering with Gadgets and Gizmos since he was about 12. He is passionate about utilizing technology to make life easier. He's often reading the latest on gadgets or tinkering with his phones. Or he's helping someone figure out their phone. Lately he's picked up coding and building apps as a hobby . He aspires to be a CMO of a Technology Company.
The Verge's view of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 vs Apple’s iPhone 6: Time to ‘Think Different’

galaxy s6

*On Sunday Samsung debuted two new flagship phones for 2015; the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, two highly anticipated devices that will hopefully inspire other companies (Apple) to keep innovation as a top priority in their platform.

It’s a good time to note that while Apple and Samsung are rivals, they actually worked together for a long time. Samsung used to supply Apple with many parts for the original iPhone and subsequent models. Apple and Samsung went to court about this because Apple felt that Samsung had copied Apple when they released their Galaxy S series back in 2010

Then Samsung released the Note in 2011, while Apple at the time shunned the idea of a bigger-screened phone, they eventually did the same thing with the release of the iPhone 6+ last September. There’s just one problem with this… the Apple iPhone has the potential to be a great device but it seems to lack innovation that the company first was known for. Granted there are a few things Apple has done correctly: Design, iMessage, Camera. These things all are great and always have been exceptional for Apple. However, the iPhone’s functionality has never really changed. Despite a few incremental updates that Apple allows in its annual iOS update. (A lot of them came from Google’s Android Platform), the fact is that although the phone is beautiful, it’s really basic, especially for 2015.

Samsung, on the other hand was highly scrutinized last year for the release of the Galaxy s5, which honestly,  aside from a few health monitors, was an incremental update of the previous model (S4). While the phone system had less Samsung Bloatware, it was still constructed of cheap plastic, which couldn’t justify the price tag. And the laggy Touch-Wiz interface was less than desired by many who used it.

So Samsung went back to the drawing board, creating the all new Galaxy S6, which Samsung thinks will take a big bite outta of that silver apple market share. There are some distinct changes to note. A. It’s made of Gorilla Glass 4 B. There is no more SD slot for additional memory. C. There is no more removable battery D. The Camera is way better in low light and boast 16MP with a 1.9 Aperture (meaning it can capture more light) Samsung was even bold enough to compare videos shot from an iPhone 6+ and the new Galaxy S6 during its keynote yesterday and the results were quite amazing.

Samsung also debuted the Galaxy S6 Edge, the first phone of its kind with dual curved glass on each side, (think Note 4 Edge with two edges instead of one).  The tech conglomerate plans to release these two phones on April 10th 2015.  More than likely, if you have a national carrier  like AT&T , Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile, this phone will be available on your network.  Take about a minute and view the promo video for the phone posted on Samsung’s  YouTube channel:

Regardless, Apple’s iPhone has America’s market share.  And while it’s no slouch, the iPhone has a lot of catching up to do from an innovation standpoint. Here is a quick comparison of the iPhone and Samsung’s newest flagship.

The Wall Street Journal compared the details of each phone

The Wall Street Journal compared the details of each phone

Which one are you going to buy? I had the iPhone 6+ for about two weeks, and while the size didn’t bother me, I kept going back to my Android because I’m used to it. The operating system on iPhone, in my humble opinion, has a lot of capabilities. It’s just whether Apple decides to become “innovative” again.  One can only hope…

Darryl Yates ([email protected]) is freelance writerthat writes for various publications. In addition to writing he also owns and operates Gadget Guy Consulting, a technology based firm in Atlanta Ga.He enjoys educating people and helping them sync technology with their lives.

Ludacris Receives BMI President Award

BMI Hosts Annual R&B/Hip Awards; Presents Ludacris with President’s Award

Ludacris Receives BMI President's Award

Ludacris Receives BMI President’s Award

*Many of us hear the great songs on the radio, on television, and through streaming media services like Pandora and Spotify daily. However, many of us don’t know the men and women behind the stars or the chart topping hits.

On Friday, BMI, the global leader in music rights managements, hosted its annual BMI R&B/Hip Hop awards honoring the artists and writers who product the hits that we jam to every day.

Hosted by BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill, Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton along with Revolt TV President of Marketing Kenny Burns, the annual event  paid homage to several icons in the music industry including Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges who was presented with the BMI President’s Award for his outstanding achievement in songwriting and his profound global influence on culture and the entertainment industry.

Ludacris, who has been in the music industry for more than 15 years, got the crowd jumping with a medley of all of his greatest hits including “Fantasy,” “How Low Can You Go,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Area Codes,” and “Yeah,” joined by special guest Mystikal.

The evening also featured a slew of performances: rapper TeeFlii and DJ Goofy delivered “24 Hours”; Tamar Braxton offered “Love and War”; and a special set by DJ Mustard and YG.

Additional top honors were presented at the awards ceremony: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” earned the Song of the Year prize; Lil Wayne was crowned the Songwriter of the Year for penning hits “Ball,” “Bandz A Make Her Dance,” “Beware,” “Love Me,” “No Worries,” and “Pop That.” DJ Mustard won the coveted Producer of the Year award and Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. accepted the prestigious Publisher of the Year crystal for having 14 of the most-performed songs from the previous year.

BMI also recognized top producers Mike Dean, Noel “Detail” Fisher, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, Ryan Lewis and Kanye West.

Zendaya won the BMI Social Star Award. Selected by fans voting via Twitter, the award salutes the BMI R&B/hip-hop songwriter who has best demonstrated the power of social media to showcase their songwriting talents.

During the ceremony, BMI also recognized the songwriters of Billboard No. 1 singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts over the past year.

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Red Grant

HBO hosts ABFF’s Comedy Wings and Showcases the 8 Semi-Finalists

Red Grant

Red Grant

The American Black Film Festival/ABFF held its second annual semi-finalist comedy competition at the Comedy Store in Hollywood last night.

8 Comedians had the opportunity to showcase their artistic ability while several key celebrities and talent agents judged their efforts.

Comedian Red Grant hosted the event and made his comedic commentary on current events like the clippers and entertained the audience with hip-hop songs between each set. Mike Smuv DJ’d the event playing tunes from Chris Brown to Rap Artist Future.

The comics who were competing for that final spot were Amberia Allen, Brian Doby, Charla Lauriston, Greg Coleman, Hadiyah Robinson (will also appear on this season’s Comic View), Joe Fox, Jon Laster, Sam J, and Schmitty B.

After the competition four finalists were chosen to move on to the festival as they will receive a trip to 2014 ABFF, in NYC, June 19-22, where they will perform live before the festival audience, for the chance to win an audition with HBO. They were comedians Jon Laster, Hadiyah Robinson, Amberia Allen, and Schmitty B.

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Moto360

Motorola 360: Redesigning the Modern Day Time Piece – It’s About Time

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Moto360 utilizing Google Now

This week Motorola announced the debut of its newest addition to its product line. The Moto360, a stylish, innovative smartwatch that combines form and function.

The Smart Watch which was announced shortly after Google announced Android Wear look to be very promising. Most SmartWatches that have been debuted in the last year or so are square and clunky or offer minimum,  often battery draining or lack luster designs that come off as cheap .

Moto360 plans to change all that. Not only is the design fashionable, its functions and color screen set it on par with some of the most fashionable watches out out there.

It’s not coming out till this summer but the basic form and function in the concept video featured below show the capabilities and potential of this device.

If you have an Android or iPhone device and utilize Google Now.. this watch will help you view the information you would usually see on your phone, on the watch. There are voice commands that allow you to do everything from reading and sending a text to seeing whose called you when your phone was sitting in your pocket. I can sum it up in one word  #awesome.

Of course there are things we don’t know yet about the watch.  Battery life is one of those things.  As we have seen in our mobile devices, the phone is only as good as its battery. However, the one thing that makes me not worry about this issue so much is the Motorola has made excellent strides in battery life with its proprietary technology.  So I can only hope and pray that this same tech will be placed into the watches.

If you have a little more time on your hands.. Feel free to watch the Google hangouts. Feel free to check out the YouTube Video below

I am looking forward to the possibilities… aren’t you.

Sharing is caring. So if you like this article take a minute and share it with your friends. Thanks for reading…Until next time this is the Gadget Guy signing out.

iphone 5s

The Top 3 Phones of 2013

nexus 5*Hello Technology Lovers and Fellow Gadgeteers. Happy New Year!

In this edition of #Gigabits,  we are going to touch on some of the top mobile devices of 2013. Yeah.. i know.. its 2014. But if you are in the market for a new smartphone and Santa didn’t stick one in your stocking. You might want to consider these choices

iphone 5siPhone 5s- Rated the overall best smartphone in 2013 by BGR.com, this phone definitely was worth the wait.  Apple made the most of its flagship by adding a better camera, a fingerprint scanner, and a new Gold edition. Under the hood, Apple increased the speed and also added a 64 bit processor. Most of us don’t know what that means, but it basically means the iPhone 5s can graphics faster which helps in playing games without any noticeable lag.  Although it isn’t the cheapest phone you can buy. Best Buy is offering it for 75.00 off the original 199.99 price tag, so you can snag one for 124.99 (with a 2 year contract of course) which is actually relatively good. Although for all the new photos you might be taking I would recommend the 32GB model which is 100.00 buck more. Over the holidays, Apple made a phenomenal commercial that seemed to touch everyone that watched it. If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is…

http://youtu.be/ImlmVqH_5HM

moto xMoto X- if you not an apple user, the next phone I would recommend would be the Moto X.  Google bought Motorola a few years back and this phone is the lovechild of that merger. There are two special features i’d like to mention in discussing this phone. A. Touchless Control. – yes .. you can now just talk to your phone and it will respond . All you have to say is “ Ok Google” and it will follow your every command. You don’t even to touch it. Just tell it what to do .. So all you Star Trek fans can rejoice. Another great thing about this phone is that it’s customizable! You can create your own version of the phone and it will ship to you in about 4 days! All you have to do is visit www.motomaker.com and you can design and create your own phone. Also its manufactured right here at the Motorola plant in the good old USA. Just in time for the new year, the price of the Moto X without a contract is 399.00 for the 16GB version. If you want a contract.. I think you can get this one for about 99.00 through all four major carriers, Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Check out the video below to see how Google Now  and Touchless Controls work.

http://youtu.be/v4mP-8yG6pI

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Nexus 5-  Every year Google creates a phone to showcase what Android can do, this year was no exception. The Nexus 5 debuted on October 31st and packed a ton of features (albeit not touchless control) in a sleek device. The best thing about the nexus brand is that it usually receives the latest build of Android dubbed “KitKat” before any of the other Android phones do. Another great thing about this phone is the price. The 16GB model is only 349.00  and the 32GB is 399.00, (plus tax ,of course). This is my personal phone. I constantly switch between the iPhone and the Nexus every year and have also had my pro’s and cons about both, but I chose to wait until next year to see what the iPhone 6 has in store . It can be purchased on Sprint, Verizon or T-Mobile or unlocked just by visiting http://www.google.com/nexus/5/ . Check out the promotional video below.

http://youtu.be/hQ0XTJqFLIE

So there you have it , the best three smart phones for 2014 from the Gadget Guy’s perspective. Hopefully this article has given you some insight and you will be able to choose wisely. Follow me on Twitter @gogogadgetguy.  AND  sharing is caring, so if you like this article, do me a favor press the like button. Let’s make 2014 the year of success both in personal and professional relationships. Until next week. This the Gadget Guy signing out.

kendrick lamar (boxing gloves)

The BET Hip Hop Awards 2013 Didn’t Hold Back the Punches

kendrick lamar (boxing gloves)*Tuesday night, BET premiered its 9thth annual BET Hip Hop Awards event that was taped in the ATL last month.

The star studded event hosted by Snoop Dogg honors artists who, as Drake is infamously quoted, “started from the bottom.”

One of the most notable memories of this award show was new rapper Kendrick Lamar’s performance in which he went straight for the jugular dissing none other than Drake.  Drake, who won four awards including Best Hip Hop collabo, Best Club Banger, Best Hip Hop Video and The People’s Champ award, was not in attendance at this year’s awards show and hasn’t yet responded, but I’m sure there will be some words exchanged as Hip Hop always seems to thrive off of controversy.

MC Lyte was honored by receiving the “I AM HIP HOP” awards by none other than female rapper, Eve, for pioneering the Hip Hop game with her lyrics and dedication for making Hip Hop a credible genre in the music industry.

One of the best things about the Hip Hop awards are always the cyphers, a time where rappers get back to the basics and spit lyrics over a beat. This year was no exception. New artists as well as veterans took to the lyrical showcase to show their freestyle talent. Lil Kim made a surprise appearance to let the rap game know, she hasn’t lost her touch.  ASAP Rocky, Jon Conner and even the Hollywood’s House Husband stars appeared to make their memorable name in Hip Hop History.

Bone Thugs and Harmony made a surprise appearance performing one of their infamous songs, “Tha Crossroads” which brought everyone back to 1995 when the song was released. You can always expect something special at the award show and this year was no exception.

Overall, the BET Hip Hop Awards has come to be the premier event for hip hop. Next year, I’m sure it will be just as good , if not better since, BET always has a way of outdoing itself

Take a few minutes and review the complete list of winners. Also check out the link to watch the Awards show on BET’s website. http://www.bet.com/shows/hip-hop-awards.html.

This is Darryl Yates, aka the Gadget Guy signing out.

The 2013 complete list of “BET Hip Hop Awards” winners are:

 

Best Hip Hop Video

Drake – Started From the Bottom

 Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collabo, Duo or Group)

A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – Problems

 Best Live Performer

JAY Z

 Lyricist of the Year

Kendrick Lamar

 Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

 DJ of the Year

DJ Drama

 Producer of the Year

Mike WiLL Made It

 MVP of the Year

Kendrick Lamar

 Track of the Year

Started From The Bottom – Produced by Mike Zombie & Noah “40” Shebib (Drake)

Album of the Year

Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city

 Who New?: Rookie of the Year Award Powered by Monster DNA

A$AP Ferg

 Hustler of the Year

JAY Z

 Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)

A$AP Rocky

Nicki Minaj

 Best Hip Hop Online Site

WorldStarHipHop.com

 Best Club Banger

French Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne – Pop That (Produced by Lee on the Beats)

 Best Mixtape

Big Sean – Detroit

 Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

Kendrick Lamar – Problems (A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)

 Impact Track

J. Cole f/ TLC – Crooked Smile

 People’s Champ Award

Drake – Started From The Bottom