Absolute Duo matches sword and shield in new anime series

Key Visual Absolute Duo
Key visual of the series
Key visual of the series

At the MF Bunko Summer School Festival in July this year, 8bit announced that the upcoming anime adaptation of the Absolute Zero by Takumi Hiiragiboshi is coming next year. So far, there are six volumes of the light novel published in Japan and a manga by Shinchiro Nariie serialised in Media Factory’s Monthly Comic Alive since April 2013, compiled into one tankubon. The anime series is titled Absolute Duo.

Director Atsushi Nakayama (Love Suicide, Traumeister) will be helming the project with scripting by Takamitsu Kouno (Minami-Ke series). Keiichi Sano (Genshiken, Bungaku Shoujo) will be the character designer whereas Nori Tanaka as chief animation director.

The cast are: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sword Art Online II, No Game No Life), Nozomi Yamamoto (Akatsuki no Yona, Girls und Panzer), Ayaka Suwa (Nozo X Kimi, Trinity Seven), Ayaka Imamura (Akame ga Kill!) and Haruka Yamazaki (Hataraku Maou-Sama, Kokoro Connect).

The synopsis is pretty straightforward — it talks about Tooru Kokonoe who’s on a quest to seek revenge.  His journey takes him to a school where pupils are taught to manifest weapons with their own soul. The main character’s soul weapon manifestation is a shield, much to his chagrin, and because of that he is forced to partner with a silver-haired girl for fights.

Via otakumo

Image via Haruhichan

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Fancy an origami smartphone?

The prototype in action
The prototype in action

SEL Japan has shown off a prototype device that could possibly transform the consumer electronics industry one day. Well maybe. recently at .

What exactly is it? Well, the product in question is an 8.7 inch Full HD flexible panel with 1080p resolution and 254ppi being shown at Yokohama Display Innovation 2014. So it’s a flexible display, that’s not new right? Well here’s what this panel can do that the other flexible ones can’t. It can be folded like an origami piece over 100,000 times and at a radius of 2-3 mm. And all of this can be done without affecting the viewing experience of the panel. That’s not all, it also includes a touchscreen with a thickness of 100 microns and uses an OLED with colour filters setup. The plastic margins you see in the photo are for highlighting the folding feature at the expo, while this particular prototype can be folded up to three times.

SEL is a Japanese outfit that was started in the 80s and specializes in research, development and licensing the technologies. This isn’t the only thing they have. They are also showcasing a 1058ppi 2.8 inch AMOLED display, 13 inch 8K AMOLED display and transparent display bezel at Yokohama.

This development pushes bendable and flexible displays even further and we might, sooner or later, be really headed towards a truly paperless society. Of course aside from flexible readers, there even more potential uses for such a flexible display. Let’s hope we’ll be seeing actual working products using this tech soon.

Source: PhoneArena

Images by Oled-Display

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WhatsApp now shows if your messages have been read

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Damnit WhatsApp. Now we won’t be able to pretend we never got those messages we never wanted to reply to.

Yep, you read that right. If those of you went into a rage when Facebook book added in the message “read” feature in their messaging system, you’re not going to like this. Whatsapp has now implemented their new feature that shows whether a message has been read or not. Yep it sucks if you’re the type that likes to pretend that you “never got the message”. How does it work? Basically if the message has been read, the tick marks next to the message will turn blue.

In case you’re a bit confused, previously Whatsapp could never show if someone has read a message or not. It could only show if the message was delivered and received (not read) by the other party via a double tick indicator. The only way you could guess if they have read was by the last time the were online, which wasn’t so accurate much either. Well now, Whatsapp has taken the guess work out of it.

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Not surprising that it’s been implemented considering that Facebook messenger already has the feature and they do own Whatsapp anyway. Other messenger apps, BBM chief among them, have already implemented this feature and Whatsapp is the only one, until today that is, that had not implemented such a feature in. Don’t worry, no manual updates are needed as Whatsapp has pushed it in on the air so you should have it now. As of our last test, it was working fine though the feature doesn’t really show when you’re in group messages.

Looks like many of you will have to be VERY careful about whether you should read those Whatsapp messages now since the old ” I didn’t read you message ” excuse isn’t going to fly no more.

Source: 9to5maac

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There’s a surprising new key visual for Aldnoah Zero Season 2

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Princess of Vers

Aldnoah Zero was one of the best anime in 2014 and had a twist ending that leaft many fans enraged and shocked beyond belief.

Well be prepared for more shocks as Yaraon has released this photo showing the Princess who is giving a press conference on a wheel chair in a new key visual for upcoming Season Two. Those of you who still remember the ending of Season One will find this is interesting since she was brutally gunned down by the villain at the climax. The narrator did emphasize that her body was never found after the raid in the end. So this might does make Season 2 even more interesting indeed.

The new key visual was shown at Shinjuku Station’s East exit. Questions have been raised if she is a clone, a Martian holographic disguise or truly Princess Assyelum Vers paralyzed. We’ll just have to wait to find out.

Source: Yaraon Blog

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There’s a Marvel Universe and Attack on Titan crossover coming

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Can it be? Two famous comic franchises of totally different genres coming together? Apparently so. Japan’s Brutus Magazine has revealed that in its next issue, it’ll be featuring a “what if” story where the Marvel Universe’s Avengers team battles a female Titan from Hajime Isayama’s Attack on TItan/Shingeki no Kyojin on the streets of New York. The said issue will appear in 2 weeks time.

A few days ago, Marvel Senior VP,  CB Cebulski teased the world the world with this image that has gotten many fans hot and bothered. In it, we see an image  of two Titans chasing your friendly neighbourhood Spider-man.

So with two more weeks to go, let’s see just how this clash of two cultures and comic universe will turn out. Hopefully they’ll gel nicely together.

Source: CB Cebulski

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Malaysia gets its hands on the HP Pavilion X2

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The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 ought to watch its back. There’s more competition gunning for it. This time, it comes in the form of the latest iteration of the HP Pavilion X2.

In this latest version of the Pavilion X2, HP has managed to shrink it a little more. Where the 2013 model was an 11.6-incher, this time, HP has made it even smaller. The screen, which is a WXGA WLED screen with 1280 x 800 resolution, is now 10.1-inches and the device iseven thinner now.

So what else can you expect from this new Pavilion X2? It’s powered by a Quad core Intel Atom Z3745D processor at 1.33Ghz and comes 2GB of DDR3 system memory. Of course in this form factor, don’t expect a large storage capacity as the Pavilion X2 only comes with 64GB of internal storage, though you can expand it up to 64GB more via microSD. Also, you’re  not getting some pansy mobile OS either. Instead you’re getting a full version of Windows 8.1, which is perfect for all your productivity needs. Of course we can’t forget it’s detachable keyboard, which according to HP, is designed for maximum productivity comfort.

HP has also thrown in one year free of Microsoft Office 365, further underscoring that they’re positioning the Pavilion as a workhorse.

However what’s going to impress the most, is its battery life. HP claims up to 12 hours of battery life on the Pavilion X2 and that combined together with it’s form factor for portability, keyboard and full Windows 8.1 OS, will likely make it one tablet that’ll be a productivity workhorse. And if you’re in the mood for a little scribbling, HP even has an optional active stylus for more accurate navigation and increase productivity and creativity.

So how much should we be forking out for this? A very reasonable RM1,199 and it’s already available for order online via HP’s store here.

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The iPhone 6 and 6 plus are finally in Malaysia

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are officially in Malaysia

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Apple fanbois and fangirls. The day you’ve been waiting for is here. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has finally hit our shores.

Maxis CEO Martin Lundal personally delivering an iPhone 6 to a customer
Maxis CEO Morten Lundal personally delivering an iPhone 6 to a customer

The launch of Apple’s highly anticipated smartphone and phablet was done with much fanfare by the Malaysian telcos. DiGi had their QueLi winners, six lucky users that won their own QueLi, sort of manservants that will queue up to get the iPhones for them. Maxis on the other took it a step further by personally delivering 200 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to customers that range from the Klang Valley and even Kuching. In fact Maxis CEO, Morten Lundal, himself went to deliver a unit to lucky customer Rastam Hadi Samsudin, who was one of the first people to pre-order the phone from Maxis when it opened in late October.

The lucky DiGi customers with their QueLis and iPhone 6s
The lucky DiGi customers with their QueLis and iPhone 6s

So now that’s it’s officially what sort of damage are we looking at? On pure retail price with no contracts, you’re looking at RM2,399 for a start, for the iPhone 6. That’s the price for the 16GB version. For the 64GB and 128GB versions, you’re looking at RM2,749 and RM3,149 respectively. As for the phabulous iPhone 6 Plus? The 16GB version is RM2,749 while the 64GB and 128GB versions are going for RM3,149 and RM3,549 respectively.

Of course each of the major telcos are also offering their own discounted prices IF you sign on with a package and contract with them. We’ve listed the links to the respective pages so you can find out more, below.

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Aside from the telcos, you can also order your iPhones from the online Apple store here (between 1-2 weeks for delivery), any Apple Premium Reseller store, and even head over to some SenQ and SenHeng shops to get your iPhone. So, if you’re an Apple fan, you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to buy them, just as long as you’re willing to wait and be patient once stocks run out.

Maxis Delivery image courtesy of Vernonchan.com

Get fit with the Jawbone’s UP 3 and UP Move

The sleek UP3

You’d figure that Jawbone would be slapping on some timekeeping functions on their latest iteration of the UP. Nope, instead, Jawbone has decided to, one, make it even better, and two, make another version that’s cheaper. Thus they’ve unveiled the UP 3, what is considered their most sophisticated fitness tracker yet, and the UP Move, their budget friendly fitness tracker, that might eventually get you to buy their more expensive stuff.

So just what can we expect from these two fitness tracking gizmos?

Jawbone UP 3

The sleek UP3
The sleek UP3

First up, the Jawbone UP 3. This can be said to be Jawbone’s most sophisticated fitness band yet. They’ve integrated the multitude of sensors that were in BodyMedia’s CORE and CORE 2 fitness sensors, which they recently purchased and has arguably one of the most complete set of fitness sensing tech around, and they’ve even managed to shrink that all into one tiny package that’s smaller than Microsoft’s band and their previous UP24.

With a design by Yves Behar, Jawbone’s chief creative officer, you can be sure that this fitness band isn’t going to look out of place with whatever outfit, work or play, you might be putting on. Of course it isn’t just fashion that we’re looking at here. It’s all about tracking our health and fitness, and the UP 3 does have the features in spades. It’s inherited all the activity tracking features that were previously available in the UP24 but there’s some additions to it, including a tri-axis accelerometer, bioimpedance sensor, skin sensors and ambient temperature sensor. They’ve even got a fancy way to monitor your heart. Instead of direct skin contact like most other fitness tracker use, the UP 3 uses a combination of the skin and temperature sensors to measure galvanic skin response.

A bunch of sensors don’t just make a good fitness tracker though. It’s what it does with them and the UP 3 does go the distance. It’s able to detect new activities without you having to prompt it and it can even monitor your sleep, from light to REM. How’s that for some over zealous tracking? And all of these will be able to function up to seven days according to Jawbone and it’s even water resistant up to 10 meters.

Jawbone UP Move

UPMove in casual setting
UPMove in casual setting

And how about the UP Move? Well, compared to its sibling, it falls on the other end of the scale. It’s a decent tracker, but don’t expect it to be packed full of tech like its swankier sibling the UP 3. Instead, what the UP Move offers is a small window for not so health enthusiast to get into the fitness tracking game.

The UP Move is shaped like a slightly flat disc that can be attached to either a simple clip accessory or a band like accessory. The idea here is simplicity. It comes with most of the tech you’d find in the older UP bands like step, activity, and sleep tracking. Just don’t expect it to vibrate or wake you up. There’s only one button that, when pressed once, will inform you of your step progress, and when pressed twice, will show you the time, in a somewhat cute analog way using the device’s LEDs.

Make no mistake though, this isn’t for the super health conscious or the control freak. It’s a beginners entry device into a world of fitness tracking.

The Platform

Track yourself and get personalised tips with Jawbone's platform
Track yourself and get personalised tips with Jawbone’s platform

All of these data from both the UP 3 and UP Move has to go somewhere right? And they do, into Jawbone’s health platform. That’s where they’re trying to differentiate themselves from the rest. After all, these days, all a manufacturer has to do is slap a bunch of step sensors and voila, you have a ‘fitness’ band. Through it’s own insight engine, Smart Coach though, users will be able to monitor their progress, gamify their workout and even get personalised health tips. Who said exercise can’t be fun? An added bonus is that Jawbone has also opened up its platform to other developers so, even if you’re not using their fitness trackers, you’d be able to use other devices (at least the ones who’ve opened themselves up to compatility) with Jawbone’s platform. As of now, the Fitbit, anything using Android Wear and Apple’s HealthKit platform will be able to work with Jawbone’s own platform. Now how’s that for being generous.

So how much can we expect to fork out for these two new fitness trackers? The UP 3 is expected to be available at US$180 (about RM520) at the end of the year while the UP Move, will be expected to be available at US$50 (about RM150).

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The main cast of upcoming series

Originally as a best selling game from Namco Bandaithe [email protected] series was one of the best selling anime in Japan from 2012-2013 especially if you’re talking about Bluray and DVD volumes. So it is not surprising that there are plans for sequels to continue tapping into Japan’s obsession with the idol culture.

Well for fans of the series, you’ll be happy to know that come 10 January 2015, the sequel The [email protected] – Cinderella Girls will be released via Tokyo MX. The new anime will be an adaptation of the social game of the same name and  emphasize the magic of ordinary girls plucked out of their normal life and turned into idols. You’ll be seeing a cast of new characters like Ranko, Anzu, Jougasaki sisters, Rin, Mio and more.

A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Oreimo) studio will be responsible for the production with Noriko Takao (Saint Young Men) as the director. Series composition will be in the hands of Tatsuya Takahashi ([email protected], Tokyo Ravens) and character design will be by Yusuke Matsuo (Black Rock Shooter).

Source & Image : Official [email protected] Blog

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Death Billiards will be getting a full anime series

Key Visual of the series
Key Visual of the series

Death Billiards debuted as a one shot anime under the aegis of Anime Mirai 2013and was produced by Madhouse Studio. Now it has been given the green light to proceed as a full blown anime series in 2015. In case you’re wondering, Anime Mirai is a yearly project that attempts to showcase the newest talent in the Japanese animation industry and to gauge the reaction to the works that have been featured. To date, only Death Billiards has managed to get a full anime run and will be retitled as Death Parade.

Yuzuru Tachikawa will be directing and scripting the series and it’s set to run on NTV.  A cast for the series has also been revealed and they are Tomoaki Maeno (Akatsuki no Yona, Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live) as the bartender, Asami Seto (Tari Tari, Valvrave the Liberator) as the resident woman, Yūichi Nakamura (Clannad, World Trigger) as a man, and Jun Hazumi (The Flying House, Kemonozume) as the elderly dude.

The original basis of the story is about  a game of high stakes billiards between a two people, a young man and an elderly man at a mysterious bar. The game loser of the game however, might lose more than their money, and it is hinted that they might even lose their life. How much shall be expanded on the original premise is yet to be known as is the proposed release date for the anime.

Source & Image: Death Parade Official Site

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