16th September 2014
We've doing some serious playing around (for us it's work, OK?) to bring this collection of six essential toys that every man needs right now.
WildSling Water Bomb Launcher
What is it? A giant catapult that can be rigged up between your legs to fire water bombs up to 120 feet. In other words, the most awesome invention thought up since Steve Jobs got sick of playing Snake on his phone.
How much coinage we talking? A mere tenner.
Why does every man need one? A man doesn't need one. But the child that still lives inside of you will go mental if you don't get him one. http://www.prezzybox.com/wildsling-solo-water-bomb-launcher.aspx
What is it? Gesture-controlled robot that responds to your movements. His personality is also dictated by how your treat him, so be nice or he can be a right little bugger. That's how The Terminator got started, you know.
How much coinage we talking? Up to £100.
Why every man need one? Remember the robot maid from Rocky IV? You'll finally get to make that a reality. Though without the weird sexual overtones. http://www.red5.co.uk/gadgets/mip.aspx
Stealth Walkie Talkies
What is it? Old school gadget brought up to date with crystal clear sound, range of 3KM and nine-hour battery life.
How much coinage we talking? They'll set you back about £20 - a ruddy bargain.
Why every man need one? Imagine you're lost in the woods, there's a fucking great bear after you, and you've got no phone signal. Easily as useful if you're pissed up with your mates in a less terrifying environment (i.e. at home). http://www.red5.co.uk/gadgets/walkie-talkies-stealth.aspx
AppBlaster Smartphone Gun
What is it? A 21st Century version of the old arcade shoot 'em ups. Download the game app onto your phone, then stick it on top of this gun, and save humanity from alien invaders.
How much coinage we talking? Up to £25, plus any additional game apps.
Why does every man need one? This is the most sensible use for a smartphone ever. And we do mean ever. http://www.prezzybox.com/appgun-for-iphone.aspx
Wall Climbing Car
What is it? Pretty much as it sounds - a remote control car that can driven on the floor, up the walls, and even across the ceiling. Yes, you read that correctly.
How much we talking? Under £25.
Why does every man need one? Did you not read the bit about it GOING UP WALLS AND ACROSS THE CEILING? As far as zero gravity remote control toys go, it's the bomb-diggity. http://www.menkind.co.uk/wall-climbing-car
What is it? An indoor golfing green you can use while sat on the bog.
How much coinage we talking? Under a tenner.
Why does every man need one? Every man loves going for a poo. It's a relaxing, solitary time when we can get our best thinking done. Now, it's been made even better. In fact, you'll never have to leave the bathroom at all. Unless you need a beer. Although, you could always get a fridge put in there as well.
11th September 2014
Question: What's better than a movie? Answer: A movie with an awesome kick-ass band that you wish was real. After all, everybody wants to be a rock star - even movie stars, who know that deep down they're massive wussies. To celebrate, here's a rundown of the most awesome made-up bands to ever rock out on the silver screen.
Wild Stallyns - Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
Frontmen Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted 'Theodore' Logan are the ultimate in high school rock 'n' roll - thick as pig-shit and crap on the guitar. Fortunately, the Stallyns would travel in time and learn to play, therefore avoiding a cataclysmic event that might destroy the universe. Woah. The saucy medieval dollybirds on the drums and keyboards would get it as well.
Du Jour - Josie and the Pussycats
While you're busy drooling over Josie and her smokin' hot Pussycats (in a totes ironic way, obvs), you probably missed their boyband rivals Du Jour stealing the mother flippin' show with panty-wetting hits like "Back door Lover". They might look an absolute state, but remember that Du Jour means friendship - there's much more to them than raw sex appeal and voices that most men would kill for.
The Lone Rangers - Airheads
Long before Steve Buscemi was Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire, Brendan Fraser was George Of The Jungle, or Adam Sandler was Hollywood's most irritating bell-end, they were the Lone Rangers - a rock band so dedicated to their craft they took a radio station hostage just to get their song played on the radio. Which is rather gnarly, as the kids might say.
Sex Bob-omb - Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
Much like their line-up - nerdy Scott Pilgrim on bass, raucous-but-cure girl on drums, and generic beardy one on guitar - Sex Bob-omb's sound is an eclectic mishmash. They could have made in big too, if Pilgrim wasn't so distracted with epic computer game-style battles over the affections of Mary Elizabeth Winstead. He'll go absolutely ruddy Hadoken when he finds the rotter that hacked those nudey pictures of her.
Loveburger - Can't Hardly Wait
In true rock 'n' roll fashion, Loveburger are prone to infighting over artistic difference. So when they perform at their high school graduation party, there's an almighty bust-up over which t-shirts they're wearing, whether or not the drummer should be allowed to wear a cowboy hat, and why it's not appropriate for a white man to dress up like Prince. And while they're arguing over that, the kid from Hook jumps on stage and FUCKING OWNS IT.
29th August 2014
The average consumer gets a new phone once every two years. Lately, that statistic is changing dramatically due to the fact that phones are starting to come out more often than ever. Because of this, keeping the same phone for two years means it is very outdated, and people are getting newer phones faster. Making the choice between getting an Android or an iPhone is a tough decision, but based on your needs, the choice can be much easier.
To start off, Apple and Android have much different viewpoints on their operating systems and how the users should use them. This may make your decision here alone. Apple is notorious for shutting out their users from their operating system, iOS, so to speak. This means that they do not allow much tinkering around with the technical aspects of the software. You cannot access file storage through the phone, you cannot change your software, etc. Apple is just hoping to have users see that they don't need to do any of that and their iPhones and software "just work". Android is the opposite in this aspect. Android is based off of an open sourced software, meaning anybody can have access to all of the drivers and files that make up Android's software. This allows for massive customization and tweaks for developers. Android allows access to file storage, unlocking bootloaders, and more freedom for development.
If you are the type of person that likes to change every aspect of their phone to make it better in their eyes, Android is most likely better for you. If you like your phone to have a few solid options but everything works great and is unified, then Apple is probably your choice.
Since Android is more open to development, they allow many more apps to pass through into the Google Play Store. This sounds great, but it can cause a lot of problems. There are thousands of apps that were made years ago on much older Android versions. Often times, the app developers stopped updating that app, but because it's so old and got much more time to get good ratings, it always shows up under the "Top Apps" section. This allows many of the top apps that people download to be very outdated and with an unfriendly user interface, even when there are many other better apps out.
On the Apple App Store, they have strict guidelines for developers to follow before an app can be released. This is a huge benefit that iPhones have over Androids. All iPhone apps look unified because they have similar user interfaces. It gives iPhones more of a polished feel on a daily basis.
Another big difference between the two companies is their actual phones. Android software runs on thousands of different phones. This means that if you don't like the first Android phone you pick up, you have a massive amount of different choices. With Apple, you have one choice: the iPhone. Granted, there are different versions, but they are all iPhones. They do have a very premium feel and build quality, and iPhones are very stable and easy to use phones. The best way to tell which one you prefer to use is to actually use one. Go to a store and test some out or find a friend and ask to try their phone. Not one phone is best for everyone.
In the end, the choice is yours. Picking between the two is hard but you'll be happy either way. They are both great now and just getting better with every update.
22nd August 2014
Stephanie Gilmore is one of the greatest surfers to ever walk the Earth
- and she's only 26.
A 5-time ASP women's world champ, Steph won her first world title at age 17. She was a contest winning machine for a while, and then a violent attack back at the end of 2010 changed everything for her.
A new documentary has finally given us a look into the life of Steph, Stephanie In The Water.
It chronicles her return to the top and gives an intimate look at the life of the most dominant female surfer of all time.
Stephanie In The Water is available on iTunes and at http://stephanieinthewater.com
21st August 2014
There is 1 day until Reading Festival. Rock, alternative, indie, punk, metal, with big names, breaking acts, and exclusive performances Reading Festival has it all.
The dates for the 90,000 capacity Reading Festival are confirmed as on the bank holiday weekend, from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th August 2014 at Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire.
Queens of the Stone Age, and Paramore top the bill on Friday, Arctic Monkeys headline Saturday, and Blink 182 close the show Sunday.
The latest additions include Simon Amstell, Rae Morris, Prides, Moko, Love Zombies, Tom Prior, The Hijacked, Carnabells, Crybabycry, Tabloids, Forever Cult, Allusondrugs, Vendettas, and GirlsOnDrugs.
Also confirmed are Courteeners, The 1975, You Me At Six, SBTRKT, Warpaint, Netsky, Annie Mac, Royal Blood, Hozier, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, A Day To Remember, Sleeping With Sirens, Vampire Weekend, Enter Shikari, Jimmy Eat World, Deaf Havana, Hacktivist, Temples, Drenge, Imagine Dragons, Foster the People, The Hives, Peace, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chvrches, Die Antwoord, Nero, and Don Broco, and Cage The Elephant, Pendulum (DJ set), Clean Bandit, Jungle, Flume, Basement, BrEaCh, Circa Waves, David Rodigan, Eagulls, Palma Violets, Band Of Skulls, Augustines, Blood Red Shoes, Crossfaith, Dry The River, Pulled Apart By Horses, Gnarwolves, Papa Roach, Young Guns, Tonight Alive, The Story So Far, The Horrors, The Kooks, Twin Atlantic, Mallory Knox, Lonely The Brave, Twin Shadow, Duke Dumont, AlunaGeorge, Gesaffelstein, The Glitch Mob, Borgore, Adventure Club, Snakehips, Electric Youth, Gogol Bordello, Brody Dalle, Mongol Horde, A Wilhelm Scream, Fat White Family, Gorgon City, Jacob Plant, Klaxons, Letlive, Lower Than Atlantis, Marmozets, Neck Deep, The Neighbourhood, Wolf Alice, Andy C, Boys Noize, Ben Pearce, Bondax, Giggs, Joey Bada$$, Danny Brown, Lizzo, Vic Mensa, Architects, Issues, Pusha T and Krept & Konan, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Metronomy, Of Mice & Men, Wilkinson, I Am Legion, and more.
Plus Bill Bailey, Milton Jones, The Rubberbandits, Nick Helm & The Helmettes, Terry Alderton, Jack and Dean, Katherine Ryan, Mark Watson, Chris Ramsey, Matt Rees, Matt Richardson, Daniel Sloss, Tiffany Stevenson, Glen Wool, Carl Donnelly, Phil Nichol, Tom Deacon, and Jarlath Regan.