The Apple iPhone 6 preview

A purported iPhone 6 dummy set from Sonny Dickinson
Not the iPhone 6. Hey we needed a nice starting image
Not the iPhone 6. Hey we needed a nice starting image

The iPhone 6 is the most anticipated smartphone of 2014 and here’s everything we know so far about it.

Another year another iPhone makes its way into the market. Once more we’ll see some incremental changes in Apple’s flagship smartphone. It’ll definitely excite iFans out there and the rest of us will likely go… meh, same old, same old… or will we?

If the “leaks” are anything to go by, Apple’s next iteration of the iPhone is going to be anything but the same old story. We’ve gathered here everything we know, at least so far, about what we can expect from the next fruity sensation.

 

All metal goodness and a more curved design

Look, we’re rather tired of the same old iPhone look. Ok maybe some additional curves here and there might make it a little different from before but honestly, the iPhone has had the same look for a good five years since the iPhone 4 was launched in 2010. For a company that prides itself for being in the cutting edge of design, Apple hasn’t really impressed us with the iPhone’s design since… well 2010.

That might all change with the upcoming iPhone 6. There’s no way the tech crowd’s going to let Apple off with a free pass if it’s only going to look the same as the iPhone 5s with slightly better innards. There have been plenty of renders of what the smartphone MIGHT look like (some of which we wouldn’t mind being true) but some of the more partially conclusive leaks give us a better idea of what it’ll look like

From left: Leaked iPhone metal housing image from nowhereelse.fr and iPhone 6 metal housing image from CNBeta
From left: Leaked iPhone metal housing image from nowhereelse.fr and iPhone 6 metal housing image from CNBeta

A leaked image by Chinese site Ctech on Weibo shows a reportedly genuine iPhone 6 casing. The image shows that the iPhone 6 is likely to be thinner but taller, and wider than its predecessor. Another image leak by French site Nowhereelse.fr shows what appears to be an all metal rear. The design looks to be slimmer and rounder as well, harking back to the original iPhone design.

From right: The purported iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 side by side (image from GSM Arena)
From right: The purported iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 side by side (image from GSM Arena)

The rounded design is further evidenced by image leak from GSM Arena and Sonny Dickinson, the well-known Apple leaker. The GSM Arena picture has the Samsung Galaxy S5 next to the purported new iPhone for comparison.

These could be iPhone 6 dummy units (pictures by Sonny Dickinson)
These could be iPhone 6 dummy units (pictures by Sonny Dickinson)

Sonny Dickinson’s on the other hand has leaked a couple of pictures over the last few weeks including one which feature three iPhone 6 dummy units. The pictures highlight the curved design together with the three colours (gold, space grey and silver) that the iPhone 6 will be coming in. We also noted that those dummy phones look quite metallic as well.

 

A larger build and screen and is that a Sapphire screen we see?

The purported iPhone 6 screen panel (Images from Sonny Dickinson via 9to5mac)
The purported iPhone 6 screen panel (Images from Sonny Dickinson via 9to5mac)

According to a leak in June by the Taiwanese tech title DigiTimes (with a little translation from AppleInsider), Apple’s regular builder Foxconn will be handling the bulk of the iPhone 6’s production. In the report, Apple’s plans to go 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch were confirmed. Another supplier called Pegatron will be handling 30% of the 4.7-inch model and none of the 5.5-inch version. There’s still going to be a 4-inch version but don’t expect any upgraded specs as it’s been described as an “existing” model. For that, another supplier Wistron will be handling the build until 2015.

Further evidence that there’ll be two new sizes for the iPhone 6 was reported by Bloomberg. According to their sources, the iPhone 6 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch will be launched in September and will feature rounder and thinner designs, confirming various rumours about the next-gen iPhone’s sizes and look. It also seem that the screen will be tapering off the edge that ought to give the iPhones seem a lot thinner.

And if that isn’t enough, prolific leaker Sonny Dickinson sent 9to5Mac pictures of what he claims were the front glass panels of the iPhone 6 with what seems to be a rounded edges. This might suggest a more seamless fit with between the screen and the side of the phone.

There’s also a video by Chinese site iFanr that reportedly shows a 4.7-inch front panel of the iPhone 6.

The phone is supposedly getting a scratch-proof Sapphire screen as well. Marquess Brownlee, the man celebrated as the “Best Tech Reviewer in the World”, had supposedly gotten his hands on an actual iPhone 6 screen. We’re not talking about about a mock-up but the actual production screen. In the video (below) you can see that after extensive, scratching stabbing and bending, it still looks pretty unharmed. However on closer examination, and extensive use of an emory cloth (ouch, that was seriously painful to watch), it seems that the screen is not pure Sapphire. Still it is pretty hardy and scratch resistant when compared to Gorilla glass.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron coming to Malaysia on 30 April 2015

Hell Yeah!!!
Hell Yeah!!!
Hell Yeah!!!

OH YEAH! Finally we get a date for the highly awaited follow up to The Avengers movie and it looks like it’ll be hitting our theatres at the end of April next year.

According to Buena Vista International, the distributor of the film, we should be able to whet our Marvel hero appetites on the above mentioned date. Of course, even though the date has been officially set, we could still expect some changes in the coming months but hopefully, keep your fingers cross, the April 30 2015 date stays.

So far, details on the story line for Avengers: Age of Ultron is still rather vague though it’s pretty obvious that the AI villain Ultron, played by James Spader, is the main baddie of the movie. Marvel did run a 10 issue series called Age of Ultron  which was set in an alternate timeline in which Ultron ruled Earth and though there’s a possibility that certain elements of series might turn up in the movie, we’re thinking that it’s more of coincidence, and the fact that it’s a pretty cool title. There are some slight changes between the comic Ultron and movie Ultron. In the comics, Ultron is a creation of Hank Pym aka Ant-man/Giant-man/Yellow Jacket etc, who is basically an insane AI with delusions of grandeur. Since Hank Pym isn’t turning up anywhere in this Avengers movie, Ultron’s creator has shifted over to Iron Man, Tony Stark.

We could try to tell you more but we’re still short on details ourselves. So till we manage to dig up some more, why not enjoy some of these behind the scenes shots as well as official movie stills. That should tide you over till our next update.

Want more Marvel goodness? Then head over to the cinema and watch Guardians of the Galaxy. As our review will tell you, it’s awesome.

Onwards to Pictures!

Want to buy a RM57,600 EVA Unit-01 statue from 7 Eleven?

Now this would look great in our living room
Now this would look great in our living room

The 7 Elevens in other countries sometimes carry really cool stuff. Well Japan has decided to top every other country by offering a gigantic EVA Unit-01 statue for purchase.

Yes you read that right, we said statue not your measly little figurines. How big is this monstrosity? It measures at 2-metres tall, now how’s that for big. It’s not cheap either as this particular piece cost a whopping 1.86 million yen (RM57,600). 7 Eleven is offering the EVA Unit-01 in two different colour schemes, its original anime colours and another in 7 Eleven colours.

Of course you won’t be seeing rows of these statues lining up in every single Japanese 7 Eleven stores. Instead, these statues are only limited to 25 pieces and you can’t just buy it from a store and bring it back immediately. Instead you have to go through a purchasing process which includes filling up some forms and registering and the nearest JAPANESE 7 Eleven, making a bank transfer and waiting about 4 weeks for a crew to assemble the statue in your home. For RM57,600 we’d expect at least delivery and assembly from 7 Eleven so good on them.

Don’t have that kind of money? 7 Eleven also has a giveaway campaign which will let participants have a chance to win either one of each colour. How nice it’ll be if we were living in Japan right now with that amount of cash. We think that the statue will be a perfect addition to our office reception area.

Source: Kotaku

Xiaomi is releasing a LTE version of the Redmi Note

Xiaomi's phablet now comes with LTE
Xiaomi’s phablet now comes with LTE

It hasn’t been that long since the Xiaomi Redmi Note was launched here in Malaysia and now, it looks like we’ll be seeing an LTE version soon as well.

The updated Redmi Note phablet was recently announced by Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun and not only does it pack LTE support, it’s also getting a new processor and losing some weight as well. Most of the other specs remain the same; there’s still 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, MIUI V5 on top of Android 4.4, a 13-megapixel snapper at the back and a 5-megapixel snapper in front. However there are some major differences including the 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor and Adreno 305 GPU. That’s not all though, the Redmi Note’s battery gets bumped down a 100 mAh to a 3100 mAh capacity and instead of dual-SIM support, it’ll only be supporting one SIM. 

The LTE version of the Redmi Note will be retailing at 999 yuan which is the same as the enhanced version of the current Redmi Note. Early reports mentioned that the this LTE version would only be supporting TDD-LTE which isn’t the standard we use here in Malaysia and most of the other international markets. However it has been revealed that there will also be an international version that will support FDD-LTE.

So when can we expect to get our hands on Redmi Note LTE? Well the China version, is already out but the one we’re really interested in, the  FDD-LTE will be hitting international markets at the end of this year. Nope we don’t have an exact date so you’ll just have to stay tuned as we update it local availability in these pages.

Source: Lowyat

The ultimate survival bike for the apocalypse

Motopeds Survival Bike

Motopeds Survival Bike

Some believe it’s a question of ‘when’ not ‘if’. Needless to say, you should be prepared for anything, any time (and I have friends who already have months of food reserves and resources stored). The apocalypse may hit at any time, so here’s an awesome piece of transportation to help you get away from zombies, or a hungry mob.

Origin is offering Wing Commander 3 for FREE!

Get some retro space fun with a free copy of Wing Commander 3
Get some retro space fun with a free copy of Wing Commander 3
Get some retro space fun with a free copy of Wing Commander 3

Yep, you read that right, you can get a free copy of the classic Wing Commander 3 game for free now.

It’s a bit weird considering EA, a company that’s known to be pretty vilified for charging gamers for everything, is being so generous. First it was the free copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collectionand now this. What’s next we wonder.

Wing Commander 3 was originally going for US$4.99 on the Origin store, but for this limited time only, you’ll be able to get it for free. Be quick though as according to Origin, these deals tend to come and go real fast. In case you’re wondering just what the Wing Commander series is about, it’s a space flight simulation game created by Chris Roberts at Origin Systems. It had the distinct honour of featuring known Holywood actors including Malcom MaDowell and forever Joker and Skywalker, Mark Hamill. 

This free offer is part of Origin’s “On the House” program which started back in March so we should be seeing more freebies from them in the coming months. We can’t wait.

Source: Polygon

Is the LG G3 getting a stylus?

Look who's getting into the stylus game
Look who's getting into the stylus game
Look who’s getting into the stylus game

We all know that a smartphone stylus can be pretty useful, especially for the those of us who are artistically inclined. Samsung saw that opportunity and went the whole way with it. Well it looks like LG is finally playing catch as it seems that they will be introducing a variant of the LG G3 that’ll come with a stylus.

Now there’s not really much detail to go on as this supposed stylus enabled G3 as it was only seen at the end of LG’s latest G3 Beat commercial. LG does have a name for it though and its, not surprisingly, called the G3 Stylus. And though details about it are scant, there’s a few things that we managed to gleam off the video about it. Based on the short time we’ve managed to see its back, it looks like the G3 Stylus does not have a laser autofocus and comes with only a single LED flash. This might likely suggest that its camera capabilities might be up to par with its flagship sibling. As for the stylus itself, it looks more capacitative rather than the Wacom based one that the Samsung Galaxy Notes are using. 

Obviously due to the lack of details, we’re not even sure when LG will be announcing this stylus toting G3, but with Samsung making their Galaxy Note 4 announcement this September 3, we’re pretty sure LG, won’t be too far behind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozhlNmb4_OE

Source: Android Central

 

Apple might be launching the iPhone 6 on September 9

A purported iPhone 6 dummy set from Sonny Dickinson
A purported iPhone 6 dummy set from Sonny Dickinson
A purported iPhone 6 dummy set pic from Sonny Dickinson

The Apple rumour wheel continues to turn and turn. This time round, it’s the supposed launch date of their iPhone 6. Yep, looks like Apple is likely to launch their new iPhone on September 9.

Now it’s pretty easy to pull any Tom, Dick and Harry date out of a hat, but considering the source of it, we’re likely to take this with a little more seriousness. If the date is accurate, this would put the iPhone 6’s launch date just days after Samsung announces its phablet flagship, the Galaxy Note 4 on September 3 in Berlin. It would also fall in line with its track record of launching its phone during a mid-September period, so yeah, it does seem that the rumour is more likely truth.

The iPhone 6 is obviously one of the most hotly anticipated smartphones of 2014 and though the iPhone has maintained a strong fan base, there’s been rumblings that it needs to be more than what it is now. A larger screen especially has been one of the major wants of many iPhone enthusiast and based on what we’ve managed to compile so far, it’s very likely we’ll be seeing a bump in screen size on the iPhone 6 to not only 4.7-inches but also 5.5-inches. That would put the larger iPhone 6 into the phablet zone.

Despite all these near confirmation of rumours though, without official word from Apple, it’s still that, a rumour. So until we get official word and see the phones ourselves, well it’s better to keep an open mind.

Source: Bloomberg and WSJ

Want more iPhone 6 rumours? Click here for everything we know so far about it.

Western Digital bumps their Red drives up to a whopping 6TB

Up to 6TB of NAS storage goodness
Up to 6TB of NAS storage goodness
Up to 6TB of NAS storage goodness

With the amount of videos and pictures we’ve got these days, a Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a must. Even more crucial, is a hard drive with a whopping huge capacity. Obviously Western Digital (WD) thinks so too as they’ve recently unveiled their new Red drives complete with bigger and better capacities here in Malaysia.

How big you ask? How about up to a whopping 6TB. Yep you read that right, 6TB of storage goodness, that’s more than enough space for MOST general consumers to store their pictures and collection of (cough…porn) videos. The two new drive capacities (5TB and 6TB) aren’t the only improvements the Red drives are getting. As some of you might know, WD’s line of Red drives are specifically designed for NAS usage. So WD has also bumped up their NASware tech to version 3.0. This not only improves the drives reliability and system performance, but it also allows you to chuck in up to eight of these drives into a compatible NAS and still have no negative impact in performance.

Eight bays still not enough? Then there’s also WD’s Red Pro line that’ll allow you to chuck up to 16 drives into a compatible NAS. The thing is, the WD Red Pro drive only go up to a maximum of 4TB capacities. Honestly though, we’re still trying to wrap our head around 48TB of storage what more 64TBs.

So how much of a dent are these new drives going to do to your wallet? The WD Red 5TB and 6TB drives will be going for RM819 and RM989 respectively. And if you’re nuts enough to need up to 16 of the WD Red Pros, the 2TB version will cost you RM529, RM659 for the 3TB version and RM859 for the 4TB version. All drives are already available at select retailers so you can go ahead and bump up your NAS capacities now.

This alarm clock brews your coffee while it wakes you

Coffee as soon as you wake
Coffee as soon as you wake
Coffee as soon as you wake

For most people, a good cup o’ joe is damn crucial for a relatively productive morning but what if you can get as soon as you get out of bed. In comes the Barisieur alarm clock. Not only will it jolt you out of bed but it’ll also provide you with your daily jolt of caffeine even before you can drag your body out of bed.

There's space for milk, sugar and extra grounds as well
There’s space for milk, sugar and extra grounds as well

The brainchild of designer Josef Renouf,  the Barisieur alarm clock works by using induction heat and stainless ball bearings to boil the water and brew the coffee all by itself. All you have to do is prep it with your favourite ground beans and a pot of water the night before and voila, fresh coffee the next morning when you wake up. That’s not the only feature that has been included in this multitasker either. Aside from the alarm clock features, there’s also a cooled slot for some milk and storage for your sugar and extra ground coffee.

Ah... so that's how it works
Ah… so that’s how it works

It’s also, not surprisingly considering the creator, very nice to look at. With its woodtop and slightly retro design, this is definitely one alarm clock you wouldn’t mind having by the side of your bed. Unfortunately, for the moment, the Barisieur is one of a kind. No worries though as there are plans to get this gadget of morning joy (and irritation) out for production. Estimated price? Between £150-£250 (RM810 – RM1350). Well it’s a good thing that it hasn’t been put to production yet. That’ll give you enough time to save up for when it finally hits the market.

Source: Josh Renouf Design via Engadget