NCAA Cuts Ties With EA Sports

In midst of billion-plus dollar lawsuit, NCAA is cutting ties with EA Sports. The National Collegiate Athletic Association is facing a lawsuit from previous and current NCAA athletes for using their likeness for free in EA Sports video games. While this does not mean the end for NCAA Football or Basketball series, this could mean if athletes are “legally” bounded to their scholarships. By that we mean, athletes’ images are not bounded as property of the university while under scholarship.

On the other spectrum, EA Sports will still make NCAA Football and Basketball series games. Most of the universities licensing is under the Collegiate Licensing Company. So our final verdict is, college athletes quit bitching because you’re getting what a lot of students would literally kill for and that is a free ride.

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Windows 8

Windows 8 – Started From the Bottom

Oh Windows 8. It is the perfect example how people hate something new, but after a few cycles, learn to love it. When something is new and looks totally different, people tend to hate it, because humans do not like change, sort of.

Windows 8 is the best operating system to come from Microsoft. As told by a Microsoft representative, it is the lightest-weighing, no registry, most awesome running operating system we have ever created. I can already hear the “That’s what they said about Vista/7/blah blah blah” exclaiming through the air but hold up. It requires less RAM, fast start-up, utilizes everything great about an Operating System, and it is silky-smooth (which is because of using less RAM).

“But I like the Desktop view!”-Windows 8 has it and it is easy to pull it up.

“But I don’t have a touchscreen”-It doesn’t matter if you have a touchscreen! (The Rock’s Voice) While it may seem like it has features made specifically for touchscreen PCs, Windows 8 is made for both the traditional and new user.

“I just like Windows 7”-Don’t be dumb and stay tied down to an older operating system.

If you’re still “hating” Windows 8, please just use it for a week, it will change your mind.

Ultrabook

UltraBooks: Should You Buy?

Ultrabooks, you know those extremely thin laptop computers that don’t possess a cd drive (usually) that are suppose to lead the way to the digital age? Yes, a lot of them are fantastic, lightweight, powerful, but are expensive. Rightfully so, you’re getting a lot of computing power in a thinly constructed machine that can handle some demanding applications.

Pictured above is one of the more popular Ultrabook models known as the ZenBook from ASUS. The price point for these machines begin around $600 and boast a minimum of an i3 processor with 4GB of RAM. While you can purchase a more “powerful” machine in a clunkier laptop for more bang for your buck, should you still buy an Ultrabook? Well, it depends.

If you’re an individual that travels a lot, takes your laptop wherever it may be, don’t work on demanding applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, then an Ultrabook will be right for you. Of course now, there are Ultrabooks that can use Illustrator, and Photoshop with ease. For example, here’s a link to the Toshiba KIRABook. There are also ones that possess a dedicated graphics card for gaming needs.

Final Verdict: Yes, you should purchase an Ultrabook only if you want a lightweight laptop and are on the move. If you’re one that uses a laptop as a desktop then go get more bang for your buck.

Sony 4k

4k Television: Should You Buy?

Of course you should purchase a 4k television, it is the future! But wait just a minute. While 4k television is the future of resolution that will melt your eyes, you can afford to wait a moment.

Pictured above is the newly released Sony XBR900A series of television sold at retailers such as Best Buy. While it is pretty pricey as of now ($5000+), just remember the first flat panel television went on sale at retailers at $10k. Looking at numerous demos, the 4k resolution is outstanding! It is pretty scary how realistic the picture is. It feels as if the television is in 3D without the glasses. The television engulfs you in an experience that you will never forget. For the younger generation it will not mesmerize them because they did not experience when televisions broadcasted in analog signals but it will for those older than 20 years of age.

If you are going to purchase a 4k television, I highly suggest a 4k upconverting A/V receiver because of the lack of 4k content. For example, the Sony STRDN1040 possesses this capability and will upconvert any video device to 4k resolution. Yes, it is more money to spend but if you’re buying this television you better use the full capabilities of it. Also more importantly, please CALIBRATE your television. Not only will it give you the best picture possible out of your tv, it will make it more energy efficient which in turn will make your television not stress itself out and last longer.

AppleCare, Should You Buy It?

AppleCare

When purchasing a new computer, there is always the question what if? What if my machine craps out on me? What if there is a faulty part in my machine? Why should I waste extra money on it?

Well, this post isn’t a sales pitch but a realistic outlook on AppleCare, Apple’s extended warranty coverage program for their devices. Apple has offered AppleCare for a number of years on their machines, and there are more good stories than bad about customer’s experiences. The reason why Jasper Downey is writing this article is because Apple is adding new added features to the program that will make AppleCare more appealing to the consumer.

In case you are unfamiliar with AppleCare, it is an extended warranty service that covers ALMOST anything that happens to your Apple device. Usually three years in coverage, AppleCare guarantees replacement of parts with genuine Apple manufactured machinery. The one thing that is not covered is accidental damage on MacBook Pros, Mac Pros, iMacs, MacBook Airs, etc. Accidental only pertains to iPads and iPhones (we’ll talk about them later). AppleCare varies in price from as low as $149 upwards to $349.

The pros of AppleCare are that it covers your machine for three years from the date of purchase. It’ll cover if the Logic Board goes bad or if a fan goes out etc. Unless you’re a computer technician yourself, it is highly recommended you get AppleCare. Not only can you take it to the Apple Store to get service but also you can take it to any Apple Authorized Reseller (That’s what Apple calls those stores) for service that is more personable and a lot faster (usually). The average cost of a logic board is between $600-$800, if you do not have AppleCare or you can pay for a facilitation that is normally around $550, where Apple replaces anything that is wrong with the machine. The only thing “apart” of your machine that Apple does not cover is your data, aka anything saved on your hard drive. With that said make sure you have an external hard drive that you constantly run Time Machine on.

As we move forward onto the future of Apple products, more and more of them are becoming all “one part.” One part meaning that more of the machine’s aspects are integrated into singular pieces to make the machine more efficient in terms of performance and energy used. With this said, that means if one aspect of the machine goes, more than likely the rest is getting ready to die. This is why purchasing AppleCare is important because if you try to purchase “genuine” Apple parts online, you’re probably getting swindled into third-market parts that may ruin your machine even more. Unless you’re a Computer Technician and you can tell which after market parts are close to genuine Apple components, then more power to you.

When in comes to AppleCare+, unless you’re clumsy as a college socialite, then don’t purchase it. Of course there’s piece of mind, but it is $99 up front with a $49 deductible after every accidental claim. Some may see this as a worth transaction but personally I do not. Like I said, most people switch their phones after two years, so you just have to keep care of your belongings for two years to save between $99 to $200 in AppleCare+ payments.

Final verdict is unless you’re completely computer savvy, purchase AppleCare.