Sony’s Qrio will lock your doors with your smartphone

The breakdown of Qrio
The breakdown of Qrio

If you’re the kind that always forgets their keys, this is going to a suitable lock for you. Sony is working on a crowdfunded project that allows smartphones to open doors or lock it. In collaboration with the World Innovation Lab, Sony claims that the device, called Qrio, is the smallest of its kind. Now this isn’t the first smart lock, far from it. There are already plenty of others, most notably August and Goji, which even manages to send images of who’s at your front door.

What sets the Qrio apart though is that it can work with your existing hardware, or rather most existing locks. The Qrio itself clips over your exisiting door lock and all you need to do is fasten it in place to the door over the lock. From there, you’ll be able to operate it via your smartphone with either an iOS or Android app. The app even allows other people access, that is of course if they have the original owner’s permission.

The system in nutshell
The system in nutshell

As for how it’s powered, Sony claims that the four CR123A cells will keep Qrio functioning for 1000 days before you need to change the batteries. We do suggest you keep count though as it’ll be might embarrassing if you can’t get into your house due to low battery. The same could be said about making sure your smartphone has enough juice as well.

Compatible with conventional locks
Compatible with conventional locks

The system has already completed is funding round so, we can expect it to hit the market as early as next year. And how much are you expecting to fork out for the Qrio? At US$130 (RM 454) it is a considerably cheaper buy compared to the August and Goji that we mentioned above, both of which are retailing at around US$250 (RM875). That’s almost half their price.

You might have also noticed that the name Qrio is quite familiar. That’s because, Sony’s humanoid robot has the exact same name. Of course if we had a full size robotic butler to open our doors, that would be even better. Just don’t expect to pay US$130 for that system though.

Via Engadget.

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This 24-inch Toshiba TT301 tablet is huge

One of the applications with the TT301
Few samples of TT301 in action
Few samples of TT301 in action

Big seems to better for Toshiba as it has unveiled a rather huge tablet called the Toshiba TT301, This 1080p 24-inch screen monstrosity of  tablet is about the size of a small screen TV but the company insists on calling it a business tablet. Well whatever makes them happy.

As far as innards go, it is powered by a 1GHz dual core CPU with 1 and half GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage and infrared remote control. It comes equipped with HDMI  and Miracast support and can be plugged into a Windows based PC or laptop. And if you’re wondering, yes it can also be used a traditional monitor according to the company which is kind of weird since we already have, you know, normal monitors for that. And to complete the whole package, it also comes with an internal 2W speaker as well.

Of course being a business tablet, the TT301 isn’t really for your everyday home use. As you can see from the images above, it can be used for a variety of more productive pursuits like presentations (which can be done with a smaller notebook or tablet), display screen (which can be done by more inexpensive monitors), and quite a few more applications that Toshiba has come up with.

Of course, a tablet of that size is going to have quite a bit of heft and at 3.9 kg, let’s just say you won’t really be slipping it into your backpack anytime soon.The model run on Android 4.2.1 with a customised launcher as well as multi-window capability.

And as for availability? Toshiba announced that the TT301 will be marketed in Japan first with no mention of international availability or pricing.

Via PhoneArena

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The Xolo Q900S
The Xolo Q900S
The Xolo Q900S

Indian smartphone manufacturer, Xolo, claims that it has built the world lightest smartphone model – the Q900s Plus. How light you’re wondering?  Well it only weighs around 100g according to its makers.

The model runs on Android KitKat 4.4 and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 1.2GHz quad-core CPU with 1GB of RAM. The phone is not going to wow anyone (aside from its lightness) as it is a low-end model. Like most of the phones in that range, it features an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front facing camera. There’s internal storage of 8GB  whichcan be supplemented by microSD card up to 32G. The battery capacity is rated at 1,800mAh and it sports a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 pixel resolution OGS IPS display which includes a Dragon Trail Glass protection with dimensions measured at 135.8 x 67.2 x 7.2 mm.

The phone is retailing at Indian Rupee 8,299 (RM460) on Xolo’s site so you know it’s targeted mainly at the lower end market.

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Gunslinger Stratos is getting animated

The clash of heroes
The clash of heroes

A-1 Pictures (Fate/Zero) is planning to produce another of Gen Urobochi’s work into anime. This time its the Square Enix arcade game Gunslinger Stratos that Urobochi had adapted into Manga form . Shinpei Ezaki (Guilty Crown) will be the director and Norimitsu Kaiho from Nitroplus will handle the composition.

Cast includes Atsushi Abe (Yowamushi Pedal, Magical Index) as Tohru Kazasumi , Hisako Kanemoto (Knights of Sindonia, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal) as Kyoka Katagiri and Masakazu Nishida (Log Horizon, Gundam Build Fighters Try) as Kyohma Katagiri. Veteran voice actress Miyuki Swashiro (Sword Art Online II, No Game, No Life) will be voicing Remy Odhner.

The cast
The cast

The background story is set in the year 2115 CE where Japan has split into two powers – the anarchic Frontier S and totalitarian 17th Far East Capital Administrative Zone. Obviously they can’t co-exist for long so a fight erupts between two entities. The original game by Square Enix was a 3rd person shooter made for the arcade that used a unique dual-gun controller and was multiplayer in nature.

The series is slated for April 2015 release.

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Mamoru Hosoda’s new film, Bakemomo no Ko is announced

First poster of the movie
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During a press conference at Toho HQ, it was announced that a new movie under the direction of Mamoru Hosoda of Tokimeki Kakeru no Shoujo, Summer Wars and Wolf Children fame will be coming out in 2015.

The film named Bakemono no Ko or The Boy and The Beast is set to air in cinemas in the Land of the Rising Sun on 11 July 2015. Bakemono no Ko  follows the adventures of a human boy as he stumbles into a beast world called Jutengai. There, he meets a bear swordmaster named Kumatetsu and decides to be his apprentice. He is then given a new name, Kyuta, and the follows his adventures with the bearlike swordmaster.

The project was started way back in 2012 right after the release of Wolf Children in cinemas and Hosoda spent four months developing the screenplay. Takaaki Yamashita and Tatsuzo Nishida who worked with Hosoda on his previous films are also back as the staff for this flick. Not only that, Masakatsu Takagi ,the music composer for Wolf Children, has also returned for music scoring duties for this project as well.

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The title name

The Super Robot Taisen, or rather better known as Super Robot Wars franchise, is releasing its third title for the PS3 called Dai-3-Ji Super Robot Wars Z :Tengoku-hen. The is a PS3 and PS Vita exclusive and will be out in Japan on 2 April 2015.

In case you’re wondering the Super Robot Wars series is a long running, turn-based strategy game that has been around since 1991. And as per its name suggests, it is has lots and lots of robots in it. More specifically various mechas from popular anime titles.For mecha fans, this is THE ultimate mecha crossover porn.

The Z series is particular started of in 2008 on the PS2 and was the first series to be published by the newly formed Bandai Namco imprint. Earlier this year in April, the continuation to that series, Dai-3-Ji Super Robot Wars Z : Jigoku Hen  was released and this upcoming title Dai-3-Ji Super Robot Wars Z : Tengoku Hen,  is the continuation of the series.

Most of the mecha and robots from Dai-3-Ji Super Robot Wars Z : Jigoku Hen will be returning in the new installment but we’ll also be seeing the return of other mechas previously seen in the earlier Z series on the PS2. This includes After War Gundam X, Genesis of Aquarion, Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3, Invincible Super Man Zambot 3, and Turn A Gundam.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Super Robot Wars game without some new mechas thrown in. New titles include Armored Trooper Votoms: Phantom Chapter, Armored Trooper Votoms: Alone Again, Diebuster, Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo, Full Metal Panic (novel version), and Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet

That’s not all though. Pre-order buyers will receive a special download code for the original story titled Rengoku-hen which is set between Dai-3-Ji Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-hen and Tengoku-hen. This DLC will have 15 unique missions and will feature previous characters and mecha from the Z series. It is unknown if the DLC will be made available for purchase at any point later though.

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Xbox One gamers who are fans of Razer at the same time might be delighted to find out that the company produces a specific headset done in Razer style just for them.The headset, codenamed Razer Kraken, which bears striking resemblance to Chroma except for multi coloured lighting options and the 7.1 virtual surround sound technology.

The headphone use 40, neodymium audio drivers to ensure gamers able to enjoy an optimum balance between highs, mids and lows during gaming sessions. It has a closed-ear cup design which sports leather padding and adjustable headband that will suit just like any gamer’s head size. The unidirectional mic is the same as the Razer Kraken, which can be put away when it is not in use.

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What is unique about this version however, is the audio control unit that fits into the Xbox One controller. The gamer can control different aspects of the game volume and chat – a gamer can decide to hear chatting more and less game music and effects background noise or vice versa. It is connected via the said audio control unit so players have zero worries about headset goes missing since it is always in close proximity with the controller.

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Introducing the 88 Tauri Lamborghini smartphone

The Tauri 88
The Tauri 88

Do you fancy having a smartphone that bears the marquee of one of the most famous supercars ever known? Wait, a supercar brand?

Yes, Lamborghini zooms ahead with the luxurious, limited edition 88 Tauri. It will cost any aspiring buyer about US$6000 (RM 20,100) and only 1,947 units will be produced.

The frontal angle
The frontal angle

The model is made with a mix of high quality material and design motif that is closely resembles the philosophy of the carmaker – loud and stylish. A blend of premium steel in black, gold and natural colours with leather in black, blue, red, orange and brown as optional colours.  Specs wise, it is not too shabby, as it’s touting a 5-inch Full HD screen, 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm 801 CPU, 3GB RAM and expandable 64GB of storage. A 20MP rear camera with sensor and 8MP front comes with the 88 Tauri. The makers claim that its 3,200mAh battery has a talk time of 35 hours or 1000 hours on standby.

The expensive, luxurious phone will be available in the market in late December. Speculations as to why the exact production number of 1,947 is because it is the year of birth of Lamborghini’s founder, Tonino Lamborghini.

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Lenovo Vibe X2
Lenovo Vibe X2
Can you feel the vibe?

Lenovo continues to spread its vibe across the world. The global #1 PC maker and #3 in smartphones has just unleashed the Vibe X2 in Malaysia, featuring a bold new multi-layered design and 4G LTE connectivity.

The Vibe X2 is the latest in Lenovo’s stable of affordable, high-performance devices. The device won the hearts of judges at IFA 2014, picking up a design award for its unique multi-tiered design language.

One layer is boring. How about three?

The layered design features colours of harmonious shades, complemented with a smooth finish. Lenovo apparently used sophisticated tech like robot arms and cleans rooms to get three coats of paint applied for each tone on every Vibe X2.

I have to be the first to admit. It does look cool.

What’s also cool is the Vibe Xtensions that accompany the new device. Vibe Xtensions clip-on to the Vibe X2 like the super slim Vibe X2 battery and Vibe X2 Speaker.

The Vibe X2 battery clips-on seamlessly to the phone, giving it additional 75% juice from its slender 5.1mm body.

The Vibe X2 Speaker is the first click-on speaker in the market and features JBL-enhanced audio too. Share those tunes on Spotify why don’t you! The speaker also has a built-in hands-free stand, Bluetooth and built-in battery that last up to 5 hours.

Lenovo Vibe X2

Lenovo Vibe X2
Not 3-layer tea, but no less delicious

Why have four when you can have eight?

Lenovo is the first global handset vendor to ship a device with MediaTek’s latest MT6595 4G LTE True Octa-Core processor. Yes eight cores. Based on big.LITTLE architecture the new chip has the ability to harness all eight cores simultaneously, unlike other multi-core processors. This means a couple of things to us end users — more performance, and better battery life. Music to our ears.

It may be a mid-range device (a good-looking one at that), but the X2 packs plenty of goodies for the money — 5-inch Full HD IPS display, 2GB RAM, 32GB of storage, 4G LTE, dual-SIM, 13MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash, 5MP fixed focus front camera and runs Android 4.4 KitKat.

How much for a new Vibe?

The Lenovo Vibe X2 is available now priced at RM1,199.00 (US$343).

Time to Vibe!