Samsung Galaxy S6 Ultimate Setup for the Sports lover

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So you’ve got your hands on Samsung’s latest flagship phone. Be you a fitness freak or an avid sports fan, here’s a list of stuff to make your Samsung Galaxy S6 even better.

Headphones

Sony Walkman NWZ-WS615

RM 529 (incl. GST)

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Lightweight, discrete and waterproof, these are one of the best headphones for the sportsman because they are barely there. From the way they hook on your ears to being fully waterproof (and therefore, sweatproof) this walkman device also doubles as an MP3 player on top of being Bluetooth enabled. It even has a ring remote so you don’t have to fiddle with buttons. Just connect the headphones to your Galaxy S6 and jog away! No armband or wires necessary.

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Jabra Sports Pulse

RM 799 (not incl. GST)

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If you don’t have a fitness tracker, you might want to consider these in-ear earphones. One of the only wireless in-ear sports earphones made with a built in heart rate monitor, they can be used with Jabra’s Sports Life app to track your excersize progress. They’re also made of tough stuff so don’t worry about mucking this one up with sweat or grime, it can take it!

Fitness Trackers

FitBit Charge HR

Approx. RM 544 ($149.50 USD)

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With a chic low profile and bundled PurePulse Heart Rate monitor under the hood, the FitBit Charge HR is one of the more popular fitness trackers out there. It has a pretty good battery life too, of about five days between charges along with real-time runstats and logs that you can sync to your mobile or desktop to view your progress. It also behaves a little bit more like a smartwatch as in it drops notifications for you on a bright OLED display.

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Xiaomi Mi Band

RM 59

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If you want basic and fuss free, there isn’t much that can go wrong with the Mi Band. The Xiaomi Mi Band is not only ridiculously cheap, but it performs and it takes ages for the battery life to wind down. You can run it with practically any fitness app or use it’s free Mi Fit app. The only caveat? It doesn’t work with Windows Phones.

Cases

Otterbox Defender

Approx RM 181 ($49.99 USD)

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Quite literally the ultimate protection you could give your phone while on a run, this heavy duty case is one in a long line of cases made to take a beating like few others can. While not waterproof, the case has all the necessary port covers and a built in clear membrane to keep dust out and scratches away from your device. The Defender also has a nifty holster that clips to most belts and straps to make it easy to carry because face it, that’s never going to properly fit in your pocket.

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Spigen Rugged Armor

Approx. RM 54 ($14.99 USD)

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Tough but flexible and featuring a seriously cool mechanical design, the Spigen Rugged Armor case for the Galaxy S6 manages to do all that without adding on the bulk. It sports the necessary tech to keep your phone alive should it accidentally slip from your grasp and the raised lip keeps the screen from brushing the pavement if you do indeed drop it. Did we mention it has carbon fiber accents?

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Bakuon!! is riding into anime-land

Bakuon!! announcement of anime
Bakuon!! announcement of anime

Otaku fans who happens to love motorcycles, rejoice!

An exciting announcement was made for fans of the cute schoolgirls and motorcycles manga Bakuon!!/ばくおん!!, as its sixth volume wraparound promotes an anime visual from the series. Despite this however, we do not know what format this anime will be or when it will be aired, the casting and the staff.

The manga series will be written and illustrated by Orimoto Mimana, serializing in Akita Shoten’s Young Champion Retsu since 2011. The official synopsis from the publisher:

“The story follows Hane Sakura, a girl that has to ride her bicycle up several steep hills just to get to her new high school. As she is desperately pedals to school on day, she sees and hears and sees a motorcycle zoom past her and instantly falls in love with it. It turns out that bike was driven by her new classmate Onsa Amano, who also happens to be in the school Motorcycle Club. The two quickly become friends, as they set out on a metaphorical and picaresque journey in the world of bikes and biking!”

The safety awareness campaign on 4th May 2015 featuring the characters
The safety awareness campaign on 4th May 2015 featuring the characters
The promotional poster released in September 2013:  "What's the most important thing when you ride a motorcycle?" "It's wind, freedom..., and a chest protector!!"
The promotional poster released in September 2013:
“What’s the most important thing when you ride a motorcycle?” “It’s wind, freedom…, and a chest protector!!”

The manga is popular enough that the Tokyo Metropolitan and Metropolitan Police Department collaborated with the mangaka to promote traffic safety to its readers. Thanks to the joint effort, three awareness infomercial campaigns have been held where the manga characters were featured in the promotional materials.

It looks like a very lighthearted series to enjoy.

Via Haruhichan

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Crossbones spotted at filming site of Captain America: Civil War

Seen in previous movie as the spec op agent
Seen in previous movie as the spec op agent who is a HYDRA operative
Brock Rumlow as portrayed by Frank Grillo was seen wearing his outfit as Crossbones during filming at Atlanta. This means he is confirmed to be back to cause more mayhem in Captain America: Civil War. In the previous movie, he was rescued from the rubble of former S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ after a man to man fight with Anthony Mackie’s Falcon during the climax of the movie. First, let’s take a look at the original design from the comics:
Art by Will Burton
Art by Will Burton

Now, here is the movie’s version of Crossbones who is fully decked and looks menacing:

Crossbone spotted at Atlanta filming site
Crossbone spotted at Atlanta filming site
Frank Grillo himself put this picture up on his Instagram. Besides this, the actor and Captain America’s Chris Evans took part in some mock smack talk ala WWE superstars on Twitter much to the amusement of the fans:

The Captain, not taking this lying down, responded with gusto:

Perhaps Crossbones will partner with Baron Zemo (David Bruhl) to lay down some hammer of villainy on Captain America? We do not know who will be the dominant villain but this image suggesting that he means business, not playing around for sure.

Oh, Just Jared released a slew of images showing Falcon and Captain America going through the film shooting at Atlanta too. Here are the samples:

The Captain is doing his thing at Wakanda?
The Captain is doing his thing at Wakanda?
Falcon in his latest wear
Falcon in his latest wear

For more behind the scenes pictures, you can check out it here and here.

via IGN & Twitter

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The Oculus Rift needs ridiculous specs to run, leaves gaming laptops in the lurch

Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift is the coolest bit of VR tech around and all but the latest update by the company detailing the kind of firepower you will need to power this contraption might be quite shocking to say the least. What’s more, there are some bad news about gaming laptops too.

First, we take a look of the recommended specs:

Nvidia GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater , Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater , 8 GB+ RAM, Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output , 2x USB 3.0 ports and Windows 7 SP1 or newer.

While the specifications are not exactly the God-Tier of the PC gaming but it is certainly resides squarely on the upper level of “enthusiast” levels of gaming rigs. The blog stated that “The goal is for all Rift games and applications to deliver a great experience on this configuration. Ultimately, we believe this will be fundamental to VR’s success, as developers can optimize and tune their game for a known specification, consistently achieving presence and simplifying development.

To soften the blow, Atman Binstock, chief architect of Oculus insisted that if a player has this kind of setup, it is good for years, “The recommended spec will stay constant over the lifetime of the Rift. As the equivalent-performance hardware becomes less expensive, more users will have systems capable of the full Rift experience,” he wrote. “Developers, in turn, can rely on Rift users having these modern machines, allowing them to optimize their game for a known target, simplifying development.

Laptop users will rue the fact that Oculus is not laptop friendly for now as it needs a GPU featuring HDMI 1.3 output supporting a 297MHz clock via direct output architecture. Even Binstock conceded on this point, “The last bullet point is tricky: many discrete GPU laptops have their external video output connected to the integrated GPU and drive the external output via hardware and software mechanisms that can’t support the Rift. Since this isn’t something that can be determined by reading the specs of a laptop, we are working on how to identify the right systems. Note that almost no current laptops have the GPU performance for the recommended spec, though upcoming mobile GPUs may be able to support this level of performance.

Now the question is why is the requirements so high?

On the raw rendering costs: a traditional 1080p game at 60Hz requires 124 million shaded pixels per second. In contrast, the Rift runs at 2160×1200 at 90Hz split over dual displays, consuming 233 million pixels per second,” Binstock wrote, “At the default eye-target scale, the Rift’s rendering requirements go much higher: around 400 million shaded pixels per second. This means that by raw rendering costs alone, a VR game will require approximately 3x the GPU power of 1080p rendering.”

In other words you are going to need tons of money to upgrade the desktop PC for the Oculus Rift.

via Oculus Rift Blog

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X-men updates with a spin-off and an enigmatic image

The dramatis personae
The New Mutants
The New Mutants

Massive update on the X-Men universe, folks!

First, word on the wind says that the makers are going for a spin-off based on the movie universe called The New Mutants. A director has already been appointed for this task, Josh Boone who is responsible for The Fault in Our Stars. The series will feature a new cast and mutant characters to keep the franchise alive and fresh. Fox is visibly pleased with the director’s latest work and wants to keep him around for this one with Knate Gwaltney, Simon Kinberg and Laura Shuler-Donner producing it.

Simon commented, “We’re so excited to explore this new part of the X-Men universe, and so excited to do it with Josh, who is uniquely suited to tell this story about young characters.

In the comics, the New Mutants original lineup consist of Cannonball, Mirage, Karma, Sunspot and Wolfsbane but it did not stay consistent as characters move in and out through the years. It is not clear when the shooting will start or if any of these mutants will appear in X-Men: Apocalypse though. Plus we don’t know if this is going to be a TV series or a movie too.

Seen in Bryan Singer's Instagram
Seen in Bryan Singer’s Instagram

Secondly, Bryan Singer teased the fans with one photo from the movie, X-Men: Apocalypse. It is showing bunch of armed men with a child searching for something the dark woods. The director captioned this picture with this ominous message: The past catches up.

Judging from the lack of modern firearms on these guys, maybe these people are hunting down Magneto. What is the role of the kid in the image though? Hostage? Tracker? It could be anything.

The movie is scheduled for opening on 27 May 2016.

Source: Instagram & ScreenRant

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Voice actor of Ned Flanders and Mr Burns has left the cast of the Simpsons

Even his positive force is to no avail
Even his positive force is to no avail

The Simpsons, one of the most iconic cartoons and considered by some people as an institution (26 seasons with 550 episodes) by itself, has suffered a major shakeup when one of the regular voice actors decided to walk away despite earlier reports of the favourable conclusion of contract signing for season 27 and 28.

71 year old Harry Shearer, the man who has been voicing characters like Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Smithers, Seymour Skinner, Dr. Hibbter, Lenny Leonard, Otto, Rev. Lovejoy and many more, confirms his resignation via his Tweeter (see above) and it is confirmed by The Simpsons showrunner, Al Jean. One of the major reason as to why he decides to quit is “inability to come to terms with FOX over a new contract”. Al Jean’s statement:

Harry Shearer was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted, and passed. The show will go on and we wish him well. Maggie took it hard. We do not plan to kill off characters like Burns and Flanders but will recast with the finest voiceover talent available.”

Even during the last negotiation, sources pointing out that Harry Shearer is the last one who reluctantly agreed to the contract after holding out, which caused the delay. For some idea on the issue, back in 2011, FOX TV is requesting each voice actor to trim down their salaries from US$440,000 per episode to US$250,000 per episode. Many experts credited the series as the saviour of the network 23 years ago hence the reluctance of FOX TV to shut it down and nail biting drama during contract negotiations.

Recasting these characters will be quite a challenge for the production team since each of these Springfield residents are core component to the story of the series. On a glance, the voice actor is doing at least 50 percent of the characters in the show.

Via ScreenCrush

Image credit: Kevin Winter, Getty Images

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A new Spider-Man has been chosen

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Image credit: Sony
Image credit: Sony

Looks like we have a new Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This time the mantle will be taken over by young Ender himself, Asa Butterfield. According to Latino Review, Asa’s agents and Sony are now under negotiations but according to the site that’s just a matter of formality and he is already confirmed for the role.

Arghhhh!
Arghhhh!

This version of Spider-Man will not only be part of the Sony Spider-Man franchise but also part of the current MCU. He is supposedly going to make his debut in Captain America: Civil War before solo forays under the guidance of Sony/Marvel partnership.

Yes you read that right. Despite the different studios, this Spidey is still going to be part of the canonical Marvel Cinematic Universe that so many fans were craving for.

With the casting of Asa Butterfield, this will put Spidey in his early years in Captain America: Civil War, and we might even get to see some superhero mentoring happen during the movie. There are some skepticism about Asa putting on the Spidey thighties though. Considering his more dramatic role in Ender’s Game  some believe he might not be all too suitable for the wise cracking Spider-Man. However, considering the intense competition for the role, the young actor must have done something right to get the role

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Trailers is here!!!

They ain't the Justice League, but we think they'll do
They ain't the Justice League, but we think they'll do
They ain’t the Justice League, but we think they’ll do

This week, the season finale of Arrow just aired and with The Flash’s season finale coming up next week, we just can’t wait for more DC heroes to show up on TV. We already know that Supergirl will be making her debut pretty soon but now, there’s one more thing to look forward for come 2016.

And that’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and from what we can see from the trailer, it’s going to be a doozy. In case you’re wondering, the new series is a spin-off from both Arrow and The Flash and will feature some familiar faces and some new ones as well.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow familiar faces include Ray Palmer aka The Atom, Captain Cold, Heatwave, Firestorm and former Canary turned White Canary, Sara Lance. As for the new face , the series will be introducing Hawkgirl, who, if you’re familiar with DC lore, has wings and has been reincarnated constantly over history, and Rip Hunter, a travelling hero from the future.

Aside from the characters teased in the trailer, we also get a glimpse of the new villain the heroes (and two villains) will be facing off throughout the series, Randal Savage. Yep, the immortal villain will be the big baddie for the series and due to the immortality, our newly formed band of heroes will be travelling time to stop his evil machinations.

There’s more goodies to be seen in the trailer so we won’t be spoiling it all for you. Suffice to say though, this is one TV series we will be eagerly awaiting come 2016. Yeh, it ain’t the Justice League, more Justice League International but still, it looks good enough to keep us in our seats.

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Jitsu wa Watashi wa is getting its slot in July

Visual key
Visual key

New comedy anime series, Jitsu wa Watashi wa/実は私は or The Truth Is I Am… is confirmed for screening in this 6 July 2015. We also got new visual key with its main seven characters too. The series directed by Yasutaka Yamamoto (Valkyria Chronicles, Ika Musume) with character designs by Hirotaka Marufuji (Aquarion Evol, Nobunaga The Fool) and scriber Kenichi Yamashita (PreCure, Yu-Gi-Oh!) works on series composition. TMS Entertainment will be the main studio animation for this project.

The manga has begun its serialization in Akita Shoten’s shonen (young boys) magazine Weekly Shonen Champion since 2013 and 11 tankubon volumes are compiled so far.

Confirmed voice cast are Natsuki Hanae (Ken Kaneki in Tokyo Ghoul), Yu Serizawa (Mirei Minami in PriPara), Inori Minase (Hestia in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?), Reina Ueda (Naru Sekiya in Hanayamata), Aya Uchida (Kotori Minami in Love Live!), M.A.O (Kyoko Esumi in Re-Kan!) and Emi Nitta (Honoka Kousaka in Love Live!)

The official synopsis:

Meet Kuromine Asahi, “the man who can’t lie.” On the way home, he learns an important secret. His crush, Shiragami Youko, is actually a vampire!

Can Asahi actually keep her secret?

It looks like another light hearted romantic comedy with a vampire and other oddity twists that should not be too taxing on anyone after a long hard day at work.

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Rumours and images from Captain America: Civil War

One of the leaked concept art
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Wakanda?
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Wakanda set no 2

The shoot for Captain America: Civil War has already begun and we have some interesting images from the shoot location in Atlanta, USA. First, we have what appears to be a replica set of wartime London, complete with double decker buses, the 40s London taxi and even an Irish pub.

Next, we have what looks like a cluster of a under developed country’s village which might point to the fictionalAfrican nation of Wakanda that was hinted in Age of Ultron. In case you’re wondering where that is, Wakanda is the only place on Earth (at least in the MCU) where vibranium, the precious metal that Captain America’s shield and the Vision’s body is made off, can be found.

The funeral scene for Agent Carter?
The funeral scene for Agent Carter?

There’s also Instagram pictures of a large procession of funeral which many rumours are saying is for the funeral one time Cap beau, Agent Carter. It’s filmed in modern day setting and is supposedly attended by Agent 13 and Cap himself.

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The pictures and leaks don’t stop there. There’s also an  Instagram video showing a rehearsal involving Chadwick Boseman’s (Black Panther) stunt double. Apparently, the latest rumour that’s going around is Black Panther will have a major confrontation with Hawkeye/Clint Barton. Umberto Gonzalez has also released a photo concept of both characters posing side by side.

Hawkeye vs Black Panther
Hawkeye vs Black Panther

This fuels speculation as to who will be fighting for which side in the upcoming movie.

Many fans are also speculating that Ant-Man played by Paul Rudd will be the middle man between the two battling factions in Civil War.

This is shaping up to be perhaps the most colourful battle royale in Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dae Kwon Instagram & Umberto Gonzalez Instagram via ScreenRant

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