OnePlus’s new ROM is called OxygenOS

The announcement of the name
The announcement of the name

Chinese manufacturer, OnePlus has finally unveiled the name for the replacement ROM that will power its next flagship, possibly starting with OnePlus Two, called OxygenOS. This is after the company decided to open their doors to their customers for name suggestions and one fan wrote in the winning name.

Not surprisingly, this occured after the recent complications in India where OnePlus suffered a temporal ban of sale due to a dispute involving the OnePlus One OS, the Cyanogenmod. In that case, the ROM company, Cyanogen Inc signed a deal with Indian smartphone maker Micromax for exclusive use of the said ROM in India under brand name Yu despite OnePlus being the first one to use it in India. However it did not stop Micromax for asking the court the halt sales of OnePlus in the country. This also sundered the close relationship between OnePlus and Cyanogen with the co-founder of OnePlus, Carl Pei gave a very grave statement during the incident : “We can’t explain Cyanogen’s decision because we don’t fully understand it ourselves.

Recovering from the sordid legal episode, OnePlus decided to develop their own ROM by themselves. With the new name however, the company did not reveal anything beyond it, promising that they will be more forthcoming with it on 12 February 2015 in their blog.

What did you think of the new name? Comment below and let us know.

Via OnePlus Blog

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Trailer for My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Season 2 is out

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The main cast of the new season – Yukino Yukinoshita, Yui Yuigahama, Hachiman Hikigaya and Iroha Isshiki.

The trailer for Yahari Ore na Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru, Zoku/やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続 or My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Season 2 is up for streaming on its official site. The series is scheduled for airing in April 2015 and it will be continuation where the first season left off last year.

Based on the Wataru Watari light novel, which already seen nine novel volumes and four short stories out so far in Japan, the work was also adapted into three spin-off mangas by various artists. Not only that, there is a visual novel game based on the story released by 5pb for the PlayStation Vita last year September.

The castings are Takuya Eguchi (Gosick), Saori Hayami (Oreimo), Nao Touyama (Niseikoi), Ayane Sakura (Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?) and Haruka Tomatsu (Sword Art Online). As stated before, there is a change of director from Ai Yoshimura (Ao Haru Ride) to new Kei Oikawa (Outbreak Company, Minami-Ke: Okaeri) and also change of character designer from Yuu Shindou (Persona 4) to Yuichi Tanaka (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun). The surviving staff from Season One are MONACA (Nisemonogatari, Wake Up, Girls!) in charge of music and sound director, Satoshi Motoyama (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Oreimo).

Even the animating studio was not spared, Brains Base (Baccano!, Durarara!!) is replaced by Studio Feel (Locodol, Minami-ke Tadaima). This could mean that the Season One work is considered to be sub-par but barely made enough sales to warrant another season of anime. It also could mean they are angling for more moe in Season Two, judging from change of staff?

Are you looking forward to this? Comment below and let us know.

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A new Ghostbusters cometh

The famous logo from the 80s
The famous logo from the 80s

After teething problems with the script and casting for upcoming Ghostbusters, finally we have some solid information of where this new, rebooted film of an old franchise is going to go.

First, a massive surprise from its director, Paul Feig (Bad Teacher, Bridesmaids), who posted a simple tweet with a picture of four actresses (yes, actresses) as the main cast for new Ghostbusters  – Kristen Wiig (The Spoils of Babylon, Saturday Night Live), Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live, Masterminds), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live, Angry Birds) and Melissa McCarthy (Spy, Bridesmaids). Reportedly, many fans have been clamoring for Kristen Wiig, and even Bill Murray gave some sort of endorsement for her casting for the movie too. Any astute reader would realize the main cast all come from a comedy background so it hints to what kind of movie the rebooted Ghostbusters will be.

A week before this tweet, the director revealed that it will not be a parody and might be a continuation of the other movies or some form of acknowledgement of the other Ghostbusters movies. The second piece of news is Sony Pictures announced the date of the airing for the the movie, which is set on 22 July 2016. That’s the same day as the release of the new Power Rangers film too.

So are you excited about this? Busting makes you feel good? Feel free to comment below.

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New HTC leak reveals more surprises

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The HTC logo

We already know something big is heading our way from HTC on 1 March 2015 during MWC in Barcelona. First off, everyone is speculating that the flagship model, the HTC M9 Hima will definitely be there for the unveiling. However, one of the most famous leakers on the Internet, Evan Blass, told us that there is possibly another model on the way. If his leak is true, that means the Taiwanese manufacturer has two models ready for 2015.

 

The previously unseen before HTC models
The previously unseen before HTC models

The images tease two new, unseen before HTC phones that shares the same design style with the other models from the company. The major difference between two is one of them has a fingerprint scanner right below the HTC logo. Other leaks have said this version is codenamed “Hima Ultra” which has a DuoCamera and fingerprint scanner which specific only for China’s market.

 

Other rumoured specifications of the Hima Ultra are 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 display, UltraPixel front facing camera, 20MP rear camera and Snapdragon 810 CPU.

Another notable fact raised here is the phones in the new leaked images are different from the previous leaks. The previous leaks have similar designs to the old HTC models which is consistent with the company’s practice to disguise its new model with dummy test phones.

Perhaps the truth will be known soon at the event. Until then, all these leaks are tantalizing glimpses that growing to be more convoluted as ever. The race to be king of smartphone for 2015 is really heating up.

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Open Beta for Battlefield: Hardline is coming soon

Definitely not giving bribes for sure
Definitely not giving bribes for sure

Update (30 Jan): Finally EA revealed the date of open beta which is 3 February to 8 February 2015. Thanks to the support of the Battlefield community, Heist mode is on for the open beta and another mode of play is introduced: Hacker which allows one on each side to gain access to camera for his/her own respective team.

The Open Beta for Battlefield: Hardline is coming soon according to EA and Visceral Games.

In the post, executive producer and Vice President of Visceral Games and GM Steve Papoutsis conveys his excitement regarding about the coming open beta and thanks to all people who helped with the first one.

The Battlefield Hardline open beta is drawing near, and we’re pumped to let you throw yourselves into the thrills of cops and criminals multiplayer once again,” he wrote. “We learned a ton from you in the first beta, enough to help us make the tough call to push the game back so we could add more and make the game better. And now as we’re getting closer to launch, we want more.

The purpose of the open beta is collect feedback from players for changes and game balancing issues. According to Papoutsis, the developers already taken account of player’s early feedback and have tweaked the game accordingly.

He commented, “We’ve made bigger changes like re-shaping Heist mode, tweaking progression and the UI to name a few. But we’ve also focused on the ‘small” things,'”. For example, he said that visual recoil has been perfected because of the player’s input earlier.

The game is scheduled for 17 March 2015 launch. As for the open beta, it will be available for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Two maps are available at the moment – Downtown and Dust Bowl with two modes – Conquest and Hotwire are in the open beta. Third mode, Heist will be unlocked if the Battlefield 4 community achieved the community’s mission.

So, are you excited to play cops or robbers in this new Battlefield? Comment below and let us know.

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For more trailers and videos on its development, feel free to browse their official site.

Source: EA Games

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DARPA pioneers super-quiet stealth bike

Concept of SilentHawk
Concept of SilentHawk

DARPA, the scientific and engineering development arm of the Pentagon is testing a new motorcycle prototype that supposedly emits less noise than average human conversation. It runs on an hybrid engine – normal mode that can use gasoline, diesel, jet fuel or even cooking oil and an electrical mode for silent runs in stealth required missions. The goal by DARPA is to reach 55 decibels or below for the stealth mode. Currently the bike is generating around 75 decibels (slightly louder than you average vacuum cleaner) whereas a typical motorcycle will produce 100 decibels of noise. The vehicle is specifically designed for use by US Special Forces that often operate deep in enemy territories.

Called the SilentHawk, it is based on Alta Motor’s RedShift MX commercial dirt-bikes. Logos Technologies, the contractor behind the SilentHawk work,  planning to, “proceed with an aggressive Phase II program plan, with the goal of developing and testing the first operational prototype in only 18 months.” The bike is a two wheel driven setup which would give it tremendous grip in difficult terrain compared to conventional designs.

The Decibels scale for reference
The Decibels scale for reference

The rotary engine which can run on all kinds of fuel or oil is also modular in design, the whole engine block can be removed in less than 30 minutes in the field and the bike will run on pure electricity if the need arises. The operational range is 170 miles (273 km), weights approximately around 350 pounds (158 kg) with top speeds of around 90 mph (145kmph). Not only that, it has a small, hub-mounted motor in front of the wheel that makes it capable of two wheel drive for off-road purposes.

According to Logos Technologies, the bike is “affordable” on basis on price per unit but never said if the modifications is available for civilian use or not. The current RedShift MX retails for US$14,995 (RM55,000) right now.

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The wide cast of the game

Hironobu Sakaguchi, the most famous Japanese game designer who bestowed Final Fantasy on the world is now spearheading his new studio, Mistwalker in making a unique mobile game – Terra Battle. The game has just surpassed the 1.5 million download milestone so as a reward, the players will get new characters designed by another legendary Final Fantasy staffer, artist Yoshitaka Amano.

What so unique about Terra Battle? Well,  the creator loves the KickStarter concept but he did not like the consumer dictated creative development approach so he is going with a new model of releasing content which he calls “Download Starter”. He is aiming to create interest after the game is created, for example: at 100,000 downloads a soundtrack by legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu of Final Fantasy fame is released.  The ultimate milestone is two million downloads where the creator stated that he will releasing the game for current generation of consoles but he never elaborated in what form it will be adapted for consoles.

The game was released in 9 October 2014.

So far, the response has been quite positive, it is described as the most “game” like for mobile platforms (iOS and Android) so far. However, besides the new character designs, another feature that will be added in the game is the co-op mode which allows two players to help each other during games.

In detail, the co-op mode allows players to clear stages together, including that of story mode and co-op specific dungeons. After completion, both players will receive one free “Energy”. By clearing the co-op dungeons, players also have a chance to obtain summons. During his/her friend’s turn, the player can tap the screen to fill out their own Summon gauge which can activate monster once it is full in his/her own turn. By harnessing specific amounts of special loot, players can increase the level of their individual summons.

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The announcement last year

Last year August it was announced that the anime adaptation of Kugane Maruyama’s light novel, Overlord/オーバーロード was confirmed to be in production. Now, we’ve found out that the casting of the anime will be almost the same as the voice actor/actresses for the drama CDs and release of first visual key of the upcoming series.

The producers promised that more information will be released in Anime Japan 2015 at Tokyo Big Sight on 21-22 March 2015.

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The main cast

Now, let’s have a look at what we know now. Confirmed castings are Hino Satoshi (Shakugan no Shana, Log Horizon) as Ainz Ooal Gown/Momonga (Level 5 Overlord; Level 10 Necromancer), Hara Yumi (Log Horizon, Trinity Seven) as as Albedo (Level 10 Imp; Level 10 Guardian), Katou Emiri (Log Horizon, Bakemonogatari) as Aura Bella Fiore (Level 5 Beast Tamer), Uchiyama Yumi ( Mahouka, Niseikoi) as  Mare Bello Fiore (Level 10 Druid) and Uesaka Sumire (Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!, GJ-bu) as Shalltear Bloodfallen (Level 10 True Vampire; Level 5 Cursed Night).

The synopsis from official site:

The story begins with Yggdrasil, a popular online game which is quietly shut down one day. However, the protagonist Momonga decides to not log out. Momonga is then transformed into the image of a skeleton as “the most powerful wizard.” The world continues to change, with non-player characters (NPCs) begining to feel emotion. Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary young man Momonga then strives to take over the new world the game has become.

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Upclose on the Apple Watch

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple gave a release date for the much awaited Apple Watch, that is April 2015 during Apple’s earnings call session. Shown off for first time last year in September, the Apple Watch follows the tradition set by Apple with their minimalist design. It has a Retina display and Digital Crown – a dial on the right side that can be used to navigate through the interface of the watch which also functions as the home button.

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More details on the Watch

It supports notifications and “glances” from the phone with expected battery life of about 19 hours but reports indicate that the company is still wrestling with the requirement. What’s more, the company also has issues with the MagSafe charging mechanism that might make their battery life issue worse. Reportedly, 3000 test units are already out in the field so maybe Apple might find a solution to the issues mentioned?

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The Apple combo

The device also supports Apple Pay with NFC enabled payment feature for older iPhones that do not have NFC. Besides these, it will have Force Touch technology that can tell which one is a tap or long press, Taptic Engine that gives feedback on haptic side to the user’s wrist, built-in speakers, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi capability.

However, there is no indication of the Apple Watch will be marketed besides the US. On the other hand, the earnings report for FY Q1 2015 is very impressive, US$74.6 billion in revenue and US$18 plus in profit. This is due to strong showing in China’s market and Apple is the top smartphone vendor in the country right now.

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Rebooted Fantastic Four finally has a trailer

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The main cast

Holy crap, 20th Century Fox surprised us with a new trailer for the rebooted Fantastic Four. And it looks more interesting with a sombre tone compared to older, meh versions back in mid 2000s (Don’t worry, Jessica Alba, we still love you). Chronicle‘s director, Josh Trank is helming the movie with cast with the likes of Miles Teller (Whiplash, Divergent), Micheal B.Jordan (Chronicle, Red Tails), Kate Mara (Transcendence), Jamie Bell (Snowpiercer, Billy Elliot) and Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Dr. Doom. Scripting is by Simon Kinberg (Big Hero 6, Chappie) and Jeremy Slater.

Some people have commented that Marvel is approaching this title with caution, which might explain the lack of loud PR campaigns and advertisement for the movie unlike Avengers 2.  The trailer is careful enough not to show too much to avoid the fiasco that happened with The Amazing Spiderman 2, but we got to see the main cast in action. Donning hazard suits and going through some kind of experiment which went awry which resulted in superpowers. Chaos and electrical sparks everywhere.

This is the official synopsis from Fox:

Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.”

Fantastic Four releases on 7 August 2015.

What do you think of the first trailer? Does it have you excited for the new movie?

Via Youtube
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