More leaked pictures of HTC One M9 “Hima”

The new leaked pics of the M9
The new leaked pics of the M9

Yes, in an incredible span of three weeks, we have gotten more leaked pictures and information regarding about the latest flagship phone of Taiwan based HTC. The latest images show more details of the appearance of the said model and it is much clearer than the previous leak by the French site.

The rear profile
The rear profile

As suspected,  the new HTC is sporting a different rear camera from the current M8. One of the major criticism of the M8 is the sub-par rear camera compared to other flagship models in the market. Now, HTC has decided to address the complaints with something new in the M9. It is a square shaped lens instead of circular version for the previous models.

The new location of butons
The new location of butons

Another notable change is the relocation of the on/off button from the top to the right side. It is definitely an improvement in ergonomics, as most users of M8 found it rather annoying with the current placement, with the new one much more intuitive and natural. It is possible that the switch is to cater to the users with smaller hands too.

Now we shall see if this model is a worthy successor to M8 during its grand reveal in 1 March 2015 at Barcelona soon.

Source: Phandroid

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Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda trailer is out

First visual key of the movie
First visual key of the movie

The official site of the upcoming 2015 film by the producers of the surprise hit AnoHana anime series are teasing a new movie, Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda/  心が叫びたがってるんだ (Beautiful Word Beautiful World).

Directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai (Toradora!, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun), screenplay by the famous and critically acclaimed Mari Okada (Toradora!, Hanasaku Iroha) with character designer Masayoshi Tanaka (High School of the Dead, Toradora!). A-1 Pictures (Aldnoah Zero, Sword Art Online) will be responsible for the animation of the movie.

The movie was first announced at a festival in August 2014 in conjunction with screening of the AnoHana movie. So far, no casting or date of screening is known yet.

The one and only visual key showing a melancholic looking young female student leaning on the window, looking at swaying trees and fallen leaves outside. On the table beside her, there is an egg-like object which is a mystery at this point. She is holding her handphone, perhaps waiting for a call?

Knowing the bittersweet feel of the  AnoHana (2011) series, the visual key is very striking in those areas and it will not be surprising of the movie will be in similar nature. Get ready to reach for your tissue box.

Via Official Site

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CBS confirms that Supergirl is ready for take off

The confirmed actress
The confirmed actress

CBS has found  Supergirl. Glee’s actress, Melissa Benoist is confirmed to take the mantle as the cousin of Jor-El in the pilot episode.The actress latest efforts in Whiplash (2014) got nominated for five Academy Awards categories.

Supergirl is the latest adapted DC Comics show besides Arrow and The Flash which is already garnering quite a following on the CBS owned network, CW. Does this mean a triple crossover featuring these three supers might be possible?

The story is about a Kryptonian woman who is reluctant of her legacy after having escaped from the doomed planet, but slowly lives up to it and becomes a superhero after an incident. In this pilot, she appears as a 24 years old who is having troubles with her own identity and tries to hide her powers.

CBS chairperson Nina Tassler said “She embodied so many of the characteristics of classic female heroines on the network… We fell in love with the pitch.”, continues with “We’re looking for quality, charisma. She’s got to be everywoman.

The iconic costume of Supergirl will be designed by Colleen Atwood who is also responsible for the looks in Arrow and Flash. Besides this, other female themed action series on TV are emerging fast – ABC’s “Agent Carter” starring Hayley Atwell, “iZombie” starring Rose McIver which will start in March and “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” with Krysten Ritter by Netflix. As for the Supergirl, no date is set yet for the pilot episode.

Wondering if this video helps CBS to reach the decision too.

Source: Variety

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Studio Madhouse is producing Ore Monogatari!! anime

First visual key of the series
First visual key of the series

Ore Monogatari!!/俺物語!! or My Love Story!! is has an anime adaptation confirmed for the Spring 2015 lineup with Studio Madhouse (Paprika, Black Lagoon) animating it.

One of the shoujo manga genre, the story is about the unlikely romance between a big, ugly guy with a typically cute, pretty girl while a good looking friend of male lead is hovering between these two. Director is Morio Asaka (Cardcaptor Sakura, Nana) who is famous for shoujo manga adaptations for anime works. The character designer Kunihiko Hamada, is also another veteran in the shoujo manga adaptation works, having worked on Chihayafuru and Nana. Music scoring will be done by Natsuko Takahashi (Moyashimon).

Confirmed castings are Takuya Eguchi (Kuroko’s Basketball), Makoto Sunakawa (Parasyte: The Maxim, Free!) and Rinko Yamato (Hunter x Hunter, PreCure!).

The manga first started in Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret (aimed at young female readers) in November 2011. Seven tankubon volumes have been published so far and more than three millions copies printed out, underlining how popular the series is. Not only that, the manga won Best Shoujo Manga at the 37th Kodansha Manga Awards and the top spot for female readers’ poll in “Kono Manga Sugoi! 2013”.

Many readers commented that the main reason they liked the story so much is because of the unlikely male hero instead of his more conventional, bishie good looking friend. Can this formula work in the anime too? We shall find out soon enough.

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A computer in your mouse

Amazing idea, amazing concept
Amazing idea, amazing concept
Amazing idea, amazing concept

A Polish developer came out with a pretty strange PC design, the Mouse-Box. What so remarkable about this is the mouse itself is a computer, and all you need is a monitor with HDMI port and you are set to go. The device is developed by Przemysław Strzelczyk , a software engineer who works for Nokia Networks.

The Mouse-Box works like a conventional mouse but it has a CPU, flash storage, HDMI port and Wi-Fi crammed into it’s palmsized frame.

From now on, you don’t need to buy a few devices to keep your computer always at hand. Mouse-Box uses the power of a mouse, an invariable component in a computer set for many years,” states the Mouse-Box site, “By virtue of placing a computer in a mouse, the two most powerful elements have been combined in one unity.

Specifications wise, this device powered by a 1.4GHz ARM Cortex CPU, 128GB flash storage with optional cloud storage, Micro HDMI port, Wi-Fi connectivity and  two USB 3.0 ports.

They are also developing a wireless mouse pad charger, something like what McDonalds UK is experimenting with using a wireless charger pad in their branches right now. For now, the developers are looking for financial backing to put this thing into production. On a hopeful note, the team said, “I think after we find a good partner it will take not so long [to launch] – maybe a few months,”.

No price is fixed yet but the team said it will be “very cheap“. Now imagine if they use a Pikachu design to go with the mouse…

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The Windows Holographic is official

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Behold, the HoloLens

Macross Plus (1994), Accel World (2012), Sword Art Online (2012-2014), Strange Days (1999), The Matrix (1997), Stephen King’s Lawnmower Man (1992) and Star Trek‘s Holodeck.

All these stories have something in common – the persistent and reality altering use of hologram technology in everyday life. The characters will be immersed in the virtual hologram world completely and sometimes unable to tell which one is reality or fake at all.  Now Microsoft might bring us tantalizingly close to the vision with the project formerly known as Project Baraboo. Officially it is called the Windows Holographic.

It is an augmented reality system that operates via a headset which is not too far off from VR googles like the Oculus Rift right now. What this thing does however, is to add holograms to the world around you. The HoloLens headset is described as “the most advanced holographic computer the world has ever seen.” according to Microsoft. The system itself is self contained – it has a CPU, GPU and specific processor to generate holograms. A dark visor at the front mounts a see-through display, and a sound spatial system that enables user to hear hologram objects around the user and HoloLens to synchronize motion and environmental sensors.

Microsoft is pushing this tech to be available “in the Windows 10 timeframe“. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella insists that the device will be priced reasonably “for both enterprise and consumers to use it.” Alex Kipman, the head honcho of the project said that the Microsoft cooperating with NASA during the development phase and urging other companies like Magic Leap and Oculus to work on their own holograms.

If this technology work as Microsoft envisions it, it will be a paradigm shift for technology for sure. For a hands-on experience and description of using the Windows Holographic, feel free to read the first look impressions from Wired and Ars Technica.

Via Wired, Ars Technica & The Verge, video by CNet.

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The iconic app on every mobile device now
The iconic app on every mobile device now
The iconic app on every mobile device now

Whatsapp is finally getting more convenient as it’s now available as web chat on Chrome browser on desktops now. In the nutshell, users can access the famous chat program outside tablets or smartphone, no more being limited by devices.

Just go to their site https://web.whatsapp.com in the Chrome browser, scan the QR code with your mobile device(s) and you are on. The Whatsapp on the web is similar to the one used on your smartphone so whatever messages sent or received on PC will show up in the smartphone version and vice versa.

But, yes, there is a but: this is a no go for iOS users. According to the company, this is due to “Apple’s platform limitations”. They did not provide any further information beyond that one line. Anyone who wants to try this and and isn’t on iOS, just ensure that you have the latest version of the app first. The Whatsapp on the web functions well with Android, BlackBerry, Nokia S60, Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10.

Hopefully they will release a version that will give iOS users a little love.

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Denpa Kyoushi is getting anime for Spring 2015

Latest manga cover of the series
Latest manga cover of the series

Comedy manga Denpa Kyoushi/電波教師 or He is the Ultimate Teacher gets a TV adaptation for Spring 2015 anime season. It is announced on the wraparound of the 14th volume of the manga by Takeshi Azuma.

The official site has already released the visual key and few trailers to go with it. Confirmed voice castings are Daisuke Ono (Black Butler), Kana Asumi (Hidamari Sketch), a newcomer that’s only known by his nickname from NicoNico: [email protected] It will be directed by Hirofumi Ogura (Black Butler Season Two) with character designs tasked to Tadashi Sakazaki (Zoids). A-1 Studio, the cool people who did Fate/Zero and Aldnoah Zero will be animating the series.

The manga started in 2011 in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday and so far 14 volumes of tankubons have been published until today. The story is about a physics genius prodigy who got his work published in the scientific journal when he is just a boy, decides to quit his studies one day and becomes a social recluse (NEET)*. Instead of pursuing a scientific career, he dedicates himself to anime blogging and collecting things. Then one day, his little sister kicks him to his senses and gave him a job to teach physics at school.

Another lighthearted series incoming which is quite typical of the summer anime lineup.

First commercial

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Third commercial

* – Not in Education, Employment or Training

Source: Official Site

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No Snapdragon 810 for the Galaxy S6?

The Snapdragon 810 SoC
The Snapdragon 810 SoC

Rumours are getting stronger on the fact that Samsung, South Korea’s darling in the smartphone world, might not go for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 for their latest flagship model, the Galaxy S6. According to Bloomberg (which means there is strong credibility to the rumour), the main reason as to why Samsung is not playing with Snapdragon this time around is because of the overheating issue of the said CPU. This represents a heavy blow to the San Diego based chip manufacturer.

Samsung may release the next Galaxy S as early as March, and it can’t dare to take the risk to use any of the chips in question for its most important model,” said Song Myung Sup, a Seoul-based analyst at HI Investment & Securities Co.

The latest Exynos CPU
The latest Exynos CPU

This means the new Samsung mobile will be powered by the Exynos CPU and based on how well it performed with the Galaxy Note Edge 4, this might be decisive. As Samsung is facing declining sales and profit, it is understandable that they are not taking chances with its latest flagship model.

Now, let’s look at how others are faring with the new Snapdragon. LG seems to be quite confident with their LG G Flex 2 as it seems to be doing well with the CPU, in fact going as far as denying the problem in official capacity. So is HTC with their M9 Hima if the leaked rumours were right.  Xiaomi with their recent explosive media reveal of their latest flagship phablet is noticeably quiet on the release date of their Mi Note Pro (the one with the 810) even in their home market. In the Bloomberg article, their spokesperson declined to comment on the overheating issue. Could it be that the Chinese manufacturer is facing the problem with it too? Their other compatriot, OnePlus did not seem to have any problems with it known to public yet as they are planning their next flagship model.

We shall know it soon when the MWC 2015 in Barcelona opens in March.

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Amazon Japan is listing a real life mecha for sale

The mecha in question
The mecha in question

Ah, who doesn’t dream of piloting a mecha to save a world? Or just for the sake of having a really cool giant robot in your back yard?

Amazon Japan is listing the closest thing to a mecha you could get, the Kuratas. If you have US$1 million to spare, this baby could be yours. It is a huge, pilot-able mecha for people who dream to be next Amuro Ray or Char Azanable. This marvel comes with BB Gatling guns that can spit 6000 rounds per minute with “a smile”.

It weights a good five tons and stands around 3.8 meters tall. However, Amazon did state that this machine will not come with the BB Gatling gun in certain countries (due to airsoft laws) and purchaser will have to assemble the mecha by themselves. The machine has netizens buzzing with excitement few years back with this video and it did make a brief appearance in the live action Patlabor movie as the Labor that is running amok.

However, if money is no object and did not mind spending time to reassemble the mecha, feel free to pop by the Amazon page here.

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