HP joins the smartwatch fray

HP's fashion driven smartwatch
HP's fashion driven smartwatch
HP’s fashion driven smartwatch

So HP has finally decided to throw your hat into the smartwatch ring eh? It’s not surprising though considering the amount of attention being showered the device. So what are they doing to stand out from the rest of the entrants?

Well HP is teaming up with designer Michale Bastian, a name that more known in the fashion circles for his own brand and his work on the GANT brand. Considering that a watch needs to look good, this sounds like it’s shaping up to a good start for HP. The collaboration is actually between not only HP and Michael Bastian, but also online fashion e-tailing site Gilt.com. In fact the collaboration between the designer and HP was a result of Gilt reaching out to Bastian, after the former was approached by the tech company to discuss the design of a smartwatch by a fashion designer. As a result, the HP smartwatch will be a collaborative effort between the three parties with HP obviously handling the tech part, Michael Bastian the design, and Gilt the marketing.

This gives us a pretty good idea what it'll look like
This gives us a pretty good idea what it’ll look like

So far, there’s scant details on the watch itself. However there are already renders and sketches on what it’ll look like once it comes out. From what we’ve seen, the watch  has a 44 mm stainless steel case, a design that appears to be circular, and 3 bands with different finishes that are swappable. It’ll be compatible with both iOS and Android definitely but what platform is it going to run on? That particular detail hasn’t been confirmed, though it might likely be Android Wear.

The launch of the watch is targeted sometime this third quarter and will be exclusively sold on Gilt.com. There’s no mention if HP has plans for it to go beyond the e-tail site at later stages and neither has the price been revealed. So we’ll just have to sit tight and wait for more details to come.

Source: Fashionista and Tech Times

Optimus Prime goes camo with Transformer X BAPE collaboration

Why so green Optimus?
Big Bot goes camo
Big Bot goes camo

Most of you would definitely know about Transformer, or else you wouldn’t be on our site. The more fashion conscious bunch of you might have even heard of Bathing Ape or BAPE. Well what happens when you have a fashion brand collaborate with a well known toy line? You get a fashion collection and a special edition toy of course.

The toy in question is our ever beloved Optimus Prime or more specifically, the Takara Transformers MP-10 Convoy. The collection will see a repaint of the Big Bot in BAPE camo colours and is part of BAPE’s Fall 2014 capsule collection. Of course, since it is a fashion brand you can expect some clothing to come along with it so there’ll also be hoodies, snapbacks and T-shirts, all decked out in Transformers and BAPE branding once the collection is launched.

Did we mention there's also other stuff like hoodies as well?
Did we mention there’s also other stuff like hoodies as well?

This collaboration is coming out in conjunction with the Transformers: Age of Extinction release in Japan (yes they’re that late over there) and the collection is expected to be released in the BAPE Shibuya store in Tokyo come August 9. As for the price of the Big Bot? It’s supposed to be going for about 18,144 yen (RM565) but that’s just the off the shelf price. Considering how special editions like these get snapped up real fast, don’t expect to be paying that kind of price once (or IF) this particular version finally gets brought down to our shores via specialty toy stores.

Source: Highsnobiety

White XBox One confirmed, bundled with Madden NFL 15 and Sunset Overdrive

White XBox One

White XBox One

The rumoured white XBox One is pretty much confirmed. And Microsoft is offering at least two game bundles – with EA Tiburon’s Madden NFL 15 and Insomniac Games’ Sunset Overdrive. A French retailer Micromania  listed (then pulled) the non-Kinect white XBox One at 399 Euros (US$399), the same price as a standard XBox One.

Geek Movie Review: Guardians of The Galaxy

Time for some space comic fun

If you’re a genre movie geek, you’re gonna love that James Gunn’s fingerprints are all over this thing. There’s snappy writing, ridiculous action set-pieces and  numerous cameos peppered throughout and that’s even before the Marvel logo comes up!

HTC Dot View Case gets smarter

HTC Dot View

HTC Dot View

With debut of the outstanding HTC One M8 flagship smartphone, HTC introduced the crazy cool retro-looking Dot View Case. The case displays time, weather and notifications without having to reveal the M8’s display.

Perfect timing: The Star Wars R2-D2 kitchen timer

R2-D2 Kitchen Timer

R2-D2 Kitchen Timer

A Jedi always makes a perfect cookie. Wanna know why? Because, he has R2-D2 to help him keep time. With the Star Wars R2-D2 Kitchen Timer, cookies will always been as perfect as Princess Leia’s buns (ok, that came out wrong). The Rebel soldiers need to be fed anyways.

Samsung round faced smartwatch in the works

Samsung round smartwatch

Samsung round smartwatch

To say that Samsung has jumped on the growing wearables bandwagon would be an understatement. The Korean electronics giant already has several Android smartwatches (including Android Wear), Tizen smartwatches and a fitness tracker. It looks like the Samsung factory isn’t stopping anytime soon with newly found patents pointing to a round-faced smartwatch.

NomadPlus converts your iPhone charger into a battery pack

NomadPlus

NomadPlus

Everyone needs juice nowadays. If the mad rush to buy Xiaomi’s hot cake Mi Power Banks are any indication, I’d say the world has gone power hungry. Here’s on for Apple users though. A handy device called NomadPlus converts the iPhone power plug into a portable battery pack. Cool? Read on.

Popcorn Time now streams torrents to Apple TV

Popcorn Time

Popcorn Time

Bring out the pop corn Mac users, because Popcorn Time is coming to Apple TV. After announcing expanded support for Google Chromecast, the torrent-streaming service has just announced support for Apple’s AirPlay.

Brick-a-Pic: Immortalise your selfie into Lego artwork

Brick-a-pic

Brick-a-pic

For some unknown reason, we’ve been getting a lot of Lego news lately. Not bad for a company that was struggling for a decade from the mid-90s. With the ‘selfie’ trend having clearly taken over the world, there was bound to be better use for selfies apart from flooding Instagram feeds.