CES 2015: Introducing the Samsung T1

The Samsung SSD Portable T1
The Samsung SSD Portable T1

Samsung announced a new, souped up portable SSD that has been cranked from 250GB to 1TB called the Samsung T1. Coming in at only 9.2mm thick, it’s beautifully encased in a chrome metal finish which might play a part in it’s pricing.

The storage uses a new Samsung 3D vertical NAND arrangement which arrangwa transistors on top of each other to minimize space usage. Similar tactics have been used in internal SSDs so this doesn’t come as a surprise. Hopefully, this will spur other manufacturers to make it an industrial standard as it is much safer to carry around compared to the traditional spinning platter that is commonly used.

Samsung has also included AES 256-bit hardware encryption on the T1 as a security measure which allows users to set a master password to prevent unauthorized access. This might interest business and government clients as secrecy is paramount in their day-to-day work, not so much for the average Joe on the street.

The company is offering 250GB, 500GB and 1TB versions, coming out later this month. The price will be an extraordinary – US$179.99 (RM639) for 250GB, US$299.99 (RM1056) for 500GB and US$599.99 (RM2131) for 1TB.

Source: Samsung

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CES 2015: Seagate introduces the Seagate Seven portable

The sleek and beautiful Seagate Seven
The sleek and beautiful Seagate Seven
The sleek and beautiful Seagate Seven

Seagate’s next line of hard drives, called the Seagate Seven portable is looking decidedly sleek and aesthetically pleasing. The chassis houses a super slim 5mm 500GB Angsana HDD which has a total thickness of 7mm. It is so thin that it has a noticeable bulge at the end just to incorporate the unit’s USB 3.0 port.

Seagate has been providing the world with storage since the modern origins of computing history,” explains Mark Whitby, senior vice president of Seagate Branded Group. “Seagate Seven is designed to speak to this history, while looking forward to the future of where storage technology is headed. We believe that Seagate Seven will resonate with those who want the latest trend in mechanical design while inspiring the user to create great experiences and memories.

The model is developed to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Seagate successfully producing the world’s first 5.25-inch HDD. Seagate also claims that this is the world’s thinnest hard drive in existence so far, manufactured by a “deep draw process” which supposedly allows the model to maintain structural integrity in its skinny steel body.

The Seagate Seven will be set to hit the global market around mid to late January 2015 with a retail price around US$99.99 (RM350).

Link Seagate

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Sony hinting at a big reveal at CES 2015 via a teaser video

The teaser video clip
The teaser video clip

Sony launched a teaser trailer named “Welcome to the New World” that is hinting that a new Xperia model will be showcased at CES 2015 Las Vegas soon next week. The video shows the number “5” a number of times, perhaps trying to hint the time of the launch of the new Xperia product.

There is a short cut showing a kid with a lollipop so it is a strong, unmistakable hint of the new Android OS is tied to the new Xperia product. Even the blog on Xperia showing a reflection that looks like some sort of a mobile device on the human eye.

A few leaks are already talking about next in the line Sony Xperia’s smartphone flagship despite the fact that the Z3  just launched back in September last year. To recap what is rumoured about the Z4 in the leaks, the model is expected to carry a 5.5-inch QHD display with the resolution of 2560 x 1440. A Snapdragon 801 CPU with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage is being talked about but Sony might deploy an upgrade for camera from IMX220 20.7MP sensor to a curved Exmor RS CMOS sensor with same resolution.

Let’s not forget that there was discussion in which the Z4 will be featured as product placement in that leaked email discussion between the Sony Picture bigwigs themselves for latest James Bond movie. In the emails, we got to know what colours that the Z4 might be featured in and there is even a hint of wearable device that goes along with the Z4.

Can’t wait for the big CES 2015 reveal.

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God Eater 2 Rage Burst opening video is out

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Bandai Namco Games is showing off the opening animation video for God Eater 2 Rage Burst, the updated release of God Eater 2 as part of the franchise’s 5th anniversary, released in Japan on the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita back in November 2012. The impressive video was produced by none other than ufotable, the people who made impressive animations for Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Zero.

Rage Burst will feature a host of new weapons, items, equipment and monsters. The game itself will be set in a grim future Japan, where large monsters codenamed Aragami have slaughtered most of humanity. In the game, the player is a God Eater, an elite group of soldiers whose mission is to crush the Aragami using weapons made from the Aragami’s own cells. Both games are developed by Shift and published under the aegis of Bandai Namco Games.

God Eater 2 Rage Burst is slated for release on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on 19 February in Japan. Bandai Namco so far has not said anything about international export of this particular game yet. We hope it will happen since it does look quite awesome.

An anime adaptation of the game was also announced earlier at Tokyo Game Show 2014.

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Samsung reveals an all-in-one (AIO) PC with curved 27-inch display

the 27-inched curved display
the 27-inched curved display

Samsung has just announced the ATIV One 7 Curved, an all-in-one PC that has a 27-inch curved monitor which, according to the company, gives an illusion that “tricks your eyes into thinking the display is even larger than it actually is”. The manufacturer also claims that it will reduce screen glare due to the curved design.

Powered by an Intel Core i5 CPU with an Intel HD Graphics 5500 with 8GB RAM and 1TB 5400RPM as storage, the PC will run on Windows 8.1 right out of the box. The package will also come with accessories such as 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI port and a card reader. Besides that, it sports a pair of 10W speakers and capable of lossless audio transmission through APT-X.

From the top angle
From the top angle

The curved 27-inch monitor has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 but it is not a touchscreen capable. This piece of Samsung tech will set you back a good US$1300 (RM4545) and will be launched in the first quarter of 2015 in USA first. It’s currently uncertain if Samsung will market the ATIV One 7 Curved in Asia.

Via The Verge and CNET

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LG shows off it’s 34-inch gaming display

The LG UltraWide
The LG UltraWide

At the upcoming CES 2015, we will get our first look at LG’s massive 34-inch curved display aptly named the UltraWide that is specifically attuned to the gamer market. LG claims that it will be “the smoothest and most seamless gaming experience, generating fluid motion without any loss of frame rate.

This monster of a display will feature an aspect ratio of 21:9 with support for AMD’s FreeSync technology. What this means is that it will reduce screen tearing when the system is on. “AMD FreeSync technology is an innovative monitor technology, based on free and open industry standards, to eliminate the tearing and stuttering that has plagued PC gaming for 30 years,” said Roy Taylor, corporate vice president of ISV/IHV Partner Group, AMD. “We are pleased that LG Electronics stands with us with truly exciting AMD FreeSync-ready displays like the LG UltraWide Gaming Monitor.

The multi display showcase
The multi display showcase

The IPS panel able to bear an output of 99 percent sRGB colour test and features a 178 degree viewing angle.

LG also stated that the UltraWide display is suitable for stockbrokers for simple fact that it possesses extra screen real-estate. The stacking factor allows the displays to copy the setup found at most stock exchanges so people can do stock trading in comforts of his/her own home.

Most probably, the South Korea electronic giant will reveal the availability and pricing at Las Vegas soon next week.

Via LG

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Latest updates for second season of Aldnoah Zero

3rd visual key of Aldnoah Zero Season Two
3rd visual key of Aldnoah Zero Season Two

Just like the manner of reveal of Princess Assyelum last month, the makers of the anime series shows off another intriguing new key visual. This time, we only get to see his/her back. Speculations are running wild that it has to be Inaho, [spoiler title=’the ending of Season One’ collapse_link=’true’]the hero that was gunned down with a headshot by Slaine in last episode of Season One.[/spoiler]

Hiroyuki Sawano (Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, Guilty Crown) will be back for the music score for the Season Two whereas the opening song will be “&Z” by mizuki and ending song is “Genesis” by Eir Aoi (Fate/Zero). Ei Aoki, the director who gave the world Fate/Zero and Angel Beats! will be back to direct the second season of the popular mecha anime series. There is no news if Gen Urobochi will again be writing the story for the series.

Meanwhile, A-1 Pictures unleashed  the new teasers for Season Two. From the fast cuts, we can glimpse several main players are back in the upcoming season together with a new character, Hawkeye who is revealed in first key visual months ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc8LYlX0Pc4

Teaser number two:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn6d3jmFWb4

Above is the latest trailer as countdown to Season Two begins.

Season Two of Aldnoah Zero is scheduled for a 10 January 2015 screening.

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KyoAni is producing another musical series – Hibike! Euphonium

First visual key by KyoAni
First visual key by KyoAni

Kyoto Animation or affectionately known by anime fans as KyoAni, has released the first trailer of upcoming musical series, Hibike! Euphonium (響け! ユーフォニアム 北宇治高校吹奏楽部へようこそ) or literally Sound! Euphonium Welcome to Kitauji High School’s Musical Instrument Club.  The series is based on a Japanese novel by Ayano Takeda published on 5 December 2013 under Takarajimasha publication house.

The story talks about a musical club at Kitauji High School which makes massive improvement due to new adviser’s strict supervision. In the past, the club had always featured in national competitions but fell into disrepute that saw the club unable to pass regional competition later. With a newly appointed advisor, they begin growing back into their former glory. However it comes with cost as the members of the club will find out later.

The anime adaptation will be helmed by Tatsuya Ishihara (Nichijou, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions), while series composition is by Jukki Hanada (K-On! series), music scoring is by Akito Matsuda (Glasslip) and art direction is under Mutsuo Shinohara (Nichijou, K-On!). With massive support from big names like Pony Canyon and Lantis, fans are already anticipating or hoping that this will be the next  successor to an incredibly popular K-ON! franchise that stormed the anime scene in the early 2000s.

The series is scheduled for an April 2015 release.

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Possible HTC One Hima specs leaked

The HTC logo
Mockup of M9 Hima.
Mockup of M9 Hima.

Upleaks has revealed some tantalizing possible specs for the upcoming flagship of HTC, the HTC One Hima.

The new HTC One Hima is to be powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC with the following setup – 2.0GHz quad-core Cortex-A57 + 1.5GHz quad-core Cortex-A53. The display on the Hima is rumoured to be 5 inches and strangely,  it will be one of the FullHD variety instead of the QHD sort which is found in some current flagships according to the source.

For dimensions, the smartphone will be measuring around 144.3 x 69.4 x 9.56 mm but there’s no information on weight just yet. Many pundits are predicting the Hima will follow in the steps of the One (M8) and have a similar metal body.

The new HTC flagship will come in the three colours just like the M8 – gray, silver and gold, as well as a fourth, called “Gunmetal Gold”. The last colour variation should look pretty good on the Hima’s aluminum frame.

The Hima will also be coming with 3GB of RAM and Cat.6 LTE connectivity. It will also be sporting two cameras, a 20.7MP main camera and a front camera that might be either 4MP or 13MP. The HTC Hima will be expected to come with Android 5.0 out of the box and a large 2,840mAh battery.

The leak also listed a few official accessories packed with the set: an Active Headset, DotView, DecoStand Case, Clear Case, Active Case, Premium Screen Protector. Lastly the leak stated that the launch date will be in March 2015. This might hint a huge official reveal at upcoming MWC 2015 soon.

Via Upleaks

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Second generation of Motorola Moto X is coming to Malaysia

The present vs the past
The present vs the past

The second generation of Moto X is coming to Malaysia as it already passed the Malaysian SIRIM certification under the model number XT1092. The new Moto X will be distributed under Brightstar like all other Motorola models in Malaysia.

The SIRIM certification
The SIRIM certification

Specifications wise, it is a 5.2-inch Full HD display with Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 CPU with 2GB RAM. The GPU is Adreno 330 helps to deliver 424ppi on this phone.There are 16GB and 32GB options available for internal storage, but it can’t be supplemented by additional storage via microSD card. A 13MP back camera capable of 4K videos with special ring flash illumination whereas the front camera is a conventional 2MP with 1080p resolution. It has front stereo speakers like the second generation Moto G models. The phone measures around 140.8 x 72.4 x 10 mm at bout 144g in weight.

The incoming model is limited to Black and White colours only and it supports 4G LTE with capability to support nano-SIM. However, despite with all the specs, the Moto X gen 2 will only sport a 2,300mAh battery which is a bit on the low side. However, some reviewers considered this model which released back in September 2014 as one of the best flagship smartphone in terms of price, cost and productivity versus the big guns in the market like HTC, Apple and Samsung.

The model’s price for Malaysia is not known yet, but based on past Moto X pricing, the 16GB generation one Moto X was priced around RM1,499 back then.

Via Soya Cincau

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