Lenovo goes stylo with new S850 smartphone

You can expect to plonk only RM729 for the S850
Lenovo's new stylish S850 launches in Malaysia
Lenovo’s new stylish S850 launches in Malaysia

Lenovo’s really getting aggressive this year with their roll-out of phones and they’ve done it once more with their new, stylish S850.

The S-series (S for stylish get it) is Lenovo’s premium, affordable mid-range smartphone family. So what does this stylo smartphone offer us? It boasts a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 5-inch HD IPS display, dual-SIM capabilities and good shooters (13MP rear, and 5Mp front). It’s a lightweight in the build department as well, weighing just 140g and is remarkably thin with a lightweight all-glass exterior. The S850 also runs ib Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, and a plethora of useful Lenovo DOit apps.

You can expect to plonk only RM729 for the S850
You can expect to plonk only RM729 for the S850

How about doing some good while you’re buying the phone? Yep, you can be a do-gooder whenever you buy the S850 as Lenovo also announced its support towards the Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia (BCWA). For each of the first 1,000 Lenovo S850 units sold from 4-30 September 2014, BCWA will see a donation of RM10 from Lenovo Malaysia. Now how about that? You get a stylish new phone and contribute to a good cause at the same time.

So just how much will this stylish smartphone be going for here in Malaysia? It’s already available for purchase and you can expect to fork out just RM729 for it. And true to its stylish nature, it comes in three different colours; pink, white and blue.

Dialog Hub opens its flagship store in Subang Jaya

Dialog Hub

Dialog Hub has mainly focused itself on the online retail market here in Malaysia but recently they’ve decided to take a big step and go physical with their first flagship retail store in Subang Jaya. Considering the various other electronic and gadget outlets that have sprung up in the area (primarily due to a huge population of students), it is a bold move indeed.

So what can we expect from this new retail store from Dialog Hub? Smartphones and accessories are Dialog Hub’s bread-and-butter, and thanks to its origins in Hong Kong, it has access to the latest tech gadgets, some not readily available in Malaysia. Some examples of these devices include the OnePlus One, LG G Watch, LG G3, Xiaomi Mi TV and the recently launched Xiaomi Mi 4. Of course when it comes to grey imports like these, there always that niggling issue of warranties but according to a Dialog Hub spokesperson, they do offer a two year international warranty. So that ought to give you a piece of mind.

Of course gadgets are not the only stuff that they carry and they have a variey of accessories including he Xiaomi Mi Power Banks and a variety of smartphone covers. What caught our attention though was Dialog Hub’s waterproofing service utilising LiquipelSo what exactly is Liquipel? It’s a state-of-the-art liquid repellent protective coating for smartphones. This means that you won’t need to get any water resistant case or what not to protect your smartphone. All you need to do is bring your phone to Dialog Hub’s store and they’ll coat it for you. The process will only take 45 minutes and then voila, you won’t be panicking anymore when you spill your teh oh ais on that brand new iPhone of yours. The price for coating a smartphone with Liquipel will be at RM189.

Dialog Hub isn’t just sitting on its laurels though when it comes to the latest gadgets as they’re planning to bring other exciting devices including the Moto 360 smartwatch and Google Glass.

Exciting times ahead for gadget lovers. If you’re around Subang Jaya anytime soon, drop in at Dialog Hub. And… bring a wad of cash or credit cards. :)

Visit www.dialog-hub.com.my for more info on the store or you can head over to their Lelong store should you want to purchase stuff online.

[Geek Giveaway] WIN! WAKFU MMORPG Steam Beta codes

Enter the world of WAKFU
Enter the world of WAKFU
Enter the world of WAKFU

In partnership ANKAMA, we’re giving away exclusive Steam Beta Keys for the awesome WAKFU MMORPG. WAKFU is a highly rewarding open world free-to-play MMORPG that will definitely keep you engaged for hours.

So now, we here at THG have a treat for 50 lucky people as we have a total of 50 Beta Keys to giveaway for this awesome MMORPG. The giveaway starts from 7pm (+8:00 GMT) 4 September to 12am (+8:00 GMT) 10 September 2014. The Keys will be then valid till 16 September 2014.

To win a free Beta Key, all you need to do are these few steps:

Yep, that’s all to it. Pretty simple right? In fact, the app above already sets it all up for you (in case you’re still confused, you can always head here).

Once you’ve done that you’ll be entered into a sweepstakes for the Steam Beta Keys and the 50 winners will be randomly chosen via the entry app above, PunchTab.

The WAKFU MMORPG will debut via STEAM on 18 September 2014. So you’ll get a week’s headstart in front of anyone else. And if you’re worried about losing all the stuff you’ve collected during the Beta phases, that’s not going to be an issue as there’ll be no server wipes. So all the loot you’ve collected stays when the game transitions to full launch.

Additionally, as a reward to all closed Beta testers, ANKAMA will be offering a special item inspired by the Valve universe. 

So what are you waiting for? Enter the giveaway NOW!

5 must-have cosplay tips

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Does dressing up as a famous Movie/TV/Anime/Game character get your rocks off? It’s pretty obvious that you’re a cosplayer then. Nothing charges you up then stepping in the shoes of that favourite character of yours. Cosplaying is an art form and it does take quite a bit of effort. However all that effort leads to satisfaction when you finally show up at a convention in all your impressive cosplay glory. With that in mind, we’ve compiled five tips every Cosplayer should have whenever they’re headed out to a convention. If you’re a vet, you’d know them already but it still doesn’t hurt to refresh yourself. And if you’re a newbie, well burn them into your brain. So pick up that that sewing kit and lets gets get a-cosplaying

 

1. Make sure your costume is fully prepared way ahead of an event

Yes, this is what last minute work can do to your costume.
Yes, this is what last minute work can do to your costume.

All of us have been guilty of this at some point. It’s important to start your projects early (like, 3 months in advance at a bare minimum) so you won’t find your hands burned/bleeding/glued together the night before the con. Sure, sometimes it genuinely can’t be helped but it never hurts to start early whenever you can, especially if it’s something complicated. You seriously don’t want to be still finishing up that complicated sewing work or wig work the night before an event or convention. You’ll just end up with something sad looking or worse, incomplete.

Also don’t forget to figure out how to bring your stuff with you. It’s fine if your costume can be fitted into a suitcase or a coat cover but your more complicated projects might need a couple of boxes to bring over.

Being prepared for unexpected costume hiccups wouldn’t hurt either so you will want to assemble a repair kit. It can consist of basic things like scissors, sewing material, glue and maybe a roll or two of duct tape in-case things go sideways during the con. If you’re not alone and have a saikang/helper/entourage it’s even better, as you can get them to help carry your loot.

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Under the Dog is an anime looking for a Kickstart

Anime goes crowd funding with Under the Dog
Anime goes crowd funding with Under the Dog
Anime goes crowd funding with Under the Dog

Crowd funding has managed to fund some pretty cool stuff, from the Pebble smartwatch to a high-tech cooler and even the Oculus Rift, there’s no end to the stuff you see on places like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Now, a group of anime industry veterans have taken to Kickstarter to fund an anime project called Under the Dog. The campaign has even managed to attract the attention and endorsement of Hideo Kojima, the VP of Konami and creator of our well loved games like Metal Gear and Zone of the Enders. 

So what is Under the Dog? It’s a anime science fiction action thriller that will explore what it means to live and die well as well as testing the limits of all we hold dear. Sounds pretty interesting and they even have a trailer to go with it. The Kickstarter campaign is to fund the production of a 24 minute episode and if they hit any of their stretch goals, they’ll even do additional episodes or a feature film. As it is though, there’s only three more days left till the campaign ends and they’re still short of their initial target of US$580,000. 

So who exactly are involved in the this campaign? We did mention that anime industry vets are involved and this includes Director Masahiro Ando, who has worked on anime like RahXephon, Zetsuen no Tempest, Fullmetal Alchemist, Wolf’s Rain and Cowboy Bepop. Character design is by Yusuke Kozaki, who’s work you’ll have seen in No More Heroes and Fire Emblem: Awakening. As for the story, its the work of Canaan scribe and creator (originally known as 428: In a Blockaded Shibuya) Jiro Ishii.

So what do you get if Under the Dog is successfully funded. There’s the 24 minute episode as promised but there’s also going to be professional Japanese voice overs with English and German subtitles. For backers who’ve fund US$20 or more, you will be able to download the episode and any future Under the Dog animation which they do plan to do. If they do meet their stretch goals of US$1.16 million onwards there’ll be two or three more episodes and if they ultimately hit the US$5.1 million stretch goal, instead of a couple of episodes, they’ll instead work on a full length 90 to 120 minute feature length movie.

If you’re interested in funding the anime, just head over to their Kickstarter page here. You can also check out their official home page here. Better do it fast though, as there’s only three more days left and they’re still short. We do hope this gets funded as the animation quality does look pretty top notch and hey, we’d just love another dystopian, action packed, Sci-Fi anime to come out.

Source: Kickstarter

Samsung goes virtual reality with its new Gear VR

Samsung enters the virtual reality space with its Gear VR
Samsung enters the virtual reality space with its Gear VR
Samsung enters the virtual reality space with its Gear VR

The new Samsung Galaxy Notes were of course the highlight of Samsung’s Berlin unveil but that’s not the only thing that they had up their sleeve. Samsung has also decided to dip its fingers into the virtual reality pot by announcing their new Gear VR.

So what is the Gear VR exactly? It’s not really a VR headset per-se more of a shell headset. Designed in collaboration with Oculus, the guys responsible for the Oculus Rift, you might suspect the Gear VR does share similarities with the Rift. It does of course in the fact that it is a VR headset, but not in the way you might think. Where the Oculus Rift is powered by a PC, the Gear VR is powered entirely by the Galaxy Note 4. And you don’t just plug it in mind you, instead, what you do is slot the Note 4 into the Gear VR’s adjustable lenses. What the Gear VR does then is beam the 5.7in 2K Super AMOLED screen straight into your eyes and then voila, you’ve got yourself a fully functional VR headset. Bonkers isn’t it? 

Of course beaming the screen straight to your eyes isn’t the only feature the Gear VR comes with. There’s navigation buttons and a touchpad by its side so you can have some level of control and navigation when you’re playing games. Sounds great doesn’t it, and we see some really great application for this for gaming and movie viewing.

Does that mean that Oculus has shot itself in the foot by partnering with Samsung though? Not really, despite sharing some similarities in terms of the viewing part with Oculus, the Gear VR does lack some key elements that makes the Rift pretty revolutionary. One thing the Gear VR doesn’t have is infra red camera for 3D head tracking so you won’t be able to do cool gaming stuff like peer around objects and corners. Of course don’t discount that the next iteration of the Gear VR might just incorporate that in.

So far only the Galaxy Note 4 is compatible with the Gear VR though we suspect future Samsung smartphones, at least the more suitably specced ones, will also be compatible with it.

Samsung has yet to announce availability and pricing for the Gear VR but they did say that selected carrier will be carrying it by this year. So what do you think? With Samsung getting into the VR game, will the concept finally take off?

Samsung unveils not 1 but 2 new Galaxy Notes

Introducing the two new Galaxy Notes from Samsung, the Note 4 and Note Edge
Introducing the two new Galaxy Notes from Samsung, the Note 4 and Note Edge
Introducing the two new Galaxy Notes from Samsung, the Note 4 and Note Edge

Today was a day quite a number of tech geeks have been waiting for. Samsung’s finally unveiled its latest iteration of the Galaxy Note. We’ve all been expecting the 4th version of the popular phablet, but that wasn’t the only thing had up its sleeve when it finally made the announcement at Berlin. No, Sammy had one more thing in store for Note fans and that was the new Galaxy Note Edge. And boy was this a surprise, because not only did Samsung unveil two new Galaxy Notes, one of them (the Note Edge) comes with an audaciously curved screen. So what does the two new Notes offer. aside from the excitement and new screen of course? Let’s go through them one bye one.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

4 colours you will get with the Note 4, Gold, Pink, White and Black
4 colours you will get with the Note 4, Gold, Pink, White and Black

This phablet is of course the star of the show. After many months of speculation and rumours, we finally see the new Sammy phablet come to light. So what does it offer us? While not revolutionary, the Note 4 does improves upon last year’s Note 3 with added refinements on its design and build. So here’s what you get with the Galaxy Note 4;  a 5.7-inch quad HD Super AMOLED display (2560 x 1440 pixels), superfast 2.7Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB RAM, 16-megapixel rear facing camera with Smart OSI and 32GB storage. The front camera is now 3.7-megapixel with f/1.9 and a 120-degree wide angle because we love group selfies ( yes, yes we know they’re called wefies but we’re not going to use that ridiculous term). Of course you’d need a decent battery to handle all that and the Galaxy Note doesn’t skimp on that with a 3200 mAh battery. As expected, the Note 4 will be running on Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s TouchWIZ interface.

And how about its sensors? The Galaxy Note 4 chock filled with a bunch of sensors. The usual suspects, the gesture, accelerometer, geo-magnetic, gyroscope, IR-LED Proximity, barometer, hall sensor and finger scanner are all in there but there’s also some new ones. This includes the heart rate monitor we saw in the Samsung Galaxy S5 and a brand new UV Sensor, the first to be incorporated into a smartphone in the world.

We cannot of course, forget the main reason for the Note’s popularity and that’s the S Pen. Samsung has improved the S Pen’s abilities and features, saying that it now offers a more authentic pen experience. This includes a more natural brush effect that’s akin to writing with a fountain or calligraphy pen. New features include the ability to quickly pin notes to your homescreen and  multiple note-taking methods to fit to your requirements.

What we wanted to see from the Note 4 was also an improved physical look and Samsung might have just heard us. It now sports a sleeker design and they’ve even thrown in a premium metal frame onto it. There’s still the faux leather back, but this time it supposedly isn’t as “cheap” looking since and its also as soft as what its suppose to imitate, leather. There are three colour choices for the Note 4 as well and they’re “Charcoal Black”, “Frost White”, “Blossom Pink” and “Bronze Gold”.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

This Note is sporting some serious curves
This Note is sporting some serious curves

So that was the Note 4 but now for the surprise entrant by Sammy, its new Note Edge. So what makes this new Note different from its Note 4 sibling. As we mentioned before, the Note Edge comes with a curve screen but it’s not ridiculously curved inwards like we saw on the Galaxy round. Instead, like the name implies, it’s curved to right-hand side of the phone, or edge of it, offering an extra area that has actually some practical use like to display notifications, app controls and widgets. This would especially be useful when the phone’s cover is in play, offering an fast and easy way to access phone information without having to flip the cover open. The screen itself is a 5.6-inch, 2560 x 1440 QUAD HD Super AMOLED display and likely utilises the same panel that was used in the Galaxy Round. 

Curve screen aside though, the Edge isn’t just all weirdly new with an innovative screen. It shares almost the same impressive specs as its Note 4 sibling. It has the same innards, being powered by a quad-core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB RAM and you get 32GB of storage which is of course expandable up to 128GB via microSD. It also has the same the 16-megapixel rear facing camera and 3.7-megapixel front camera that’s perfect for group selfies. Like the Note 4 it also comes with the same bunch of sensor and of course there’s the Android 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWIZ and the S Pen. What’s different though is the battery capacity, where the Note Edge has a removable 3000mAh battery, just slightly lower than its Note 4 sibling. 

It also has some slight variation in design, obviously due to its curved screen. It is slightly thicker, measuring at 8.3mm thick but the Note Edge still takes its design cues from the Note 4 with its metal body and faux soft leather back.

So there you have it, Samsung’s new Galaxy Notes. Of course the big question now is when and how much? Samsung is still being a bit tight lipped on pricing but we can expect the Note 4 to hit global markets in October. The Note Edge on the other hand has yet to be given a timeline for availability so stay tuned as we update their availability locally in the coming months.

[IFA 2014] Samsung to unpack GALAXY Note 4 in Berlin, Beijing, New York

Samsung UNPACKED

Samsung UNPACKED

IFA 2014, Europe’s biggest consumer electronics show, is happening 5 – 10 September 2014. All the big names will be there namely Samsung, Sony, Lenovo, Huawei and more. Samsung, as usual, will hold its UNPACKED event during IFA week where it is expected to unveil the fourth generation GALAXY Note 4.

The GALAXY Note 4 is rumoured to sport a 5.7-inch 2K display, superfast Snapdragon 805 chip and snazzy new retina and UV sensors and also new optics. Just like the recently launched GALAXY Alpha, the Note 4 will feature a metal frame and faux leather back plate.

Check out the leak photo of the Note 4 from GSM Arena.

GALAXY Note 4
Looking mighty good I must say.

The Samsung UNPACKED Episode 2 is scheduled at 9.00PM Malaysian time (+8:00 GMT). The livestream is available from the link below:
http://youtu.be/VRLy0QQI6xU

Samsung is also set to unveil the Gear S (aka ‘Solo) smartwatch, which will incorporate a SIM slot. There are rumours that another Samsung smartwatch- a round-faced Gear, may also debut, beating Motorola Moto 360 to the punch.

We’ll see you in a bit folks.

Batman: The Ride – the 4D ride that will make you puke your guts

Batman: The Ride
Gulp.
Batman: The Ride
The ride of your life. Literally.

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, the world’s largest regional theme park company, with 18 parks across the US, Mexico and Canada has revealed its 2015 interactive rides. One of its thrilling new offerings is its first ever 4D ride: Batman: The Ride.

You gotta watch this! Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends TV spots

We’ve been so focused on the cool movies coming out in the states that we almost forgot that the next Rurouni Kenshin movie is coming out soon. No matter we’ve got three Japanese TV spots for you to drool over ahead of the launch of the movie in Japan.

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends is the second live action sequel to the Rurouni Kenshin movie released back in 2012. It follows up from Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno movie that was released earlier this month and follows the Kyoto Arc of the Rurouni Kenshin manga and anime where Kenshin has to deal with his Hitokiri Battōsai successor, the burnt up Makoto Shishio.

Once more Takeru Satoh reprises his role as the sometimes enigmatic and comedic Himura Kenshin. Most of the previous cast of the Kenshin gang from the first Rurouni Kenshin movie are also back including Emi Takei as Kamiya Kaoru, Munetaka Aoki as Sagara Sanosuke and Yu Aoi as Takani Megumi. The role of Myojin Yahiko however has this time been given to a new actor, Kaito Ōyagi instead of Taketo Tanaka from the first movie.

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends will be released in Japan on September 13. We’ve yet to see Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno  so hopefully, if it comes, it’ll be together with The Legend Ends movie. And in case you’d like to see the full trailer for both, here they are as well.

Source: Anime News Network