A wearable tech for your pets

Grumpy looking cat with the device
Grumpy looking cat with the device

Yokohama based Anicall Corp recently unveiled a wearable gadget not built for humans, but for pet cats and dogs. Shown for the first time at the recent Wearable Device Technology Expo at Tokyo’s Big Sight (yes, the famous shrine for Comiket), it is a specific gadget that comes with the associated app (both iOS and Android) for pet owners to communicate with the wearable device.

The company said that the device can measure heart rate and body temperature of the pet, critical in countries with seasons because pets could risk a heat stroke if left too long under the summer sun or get too chilled. Incredibly, the company insists that the app can analyze the pictures of your pet via smartphone and by measuring its ears and mouth, it could inform the pet owner if the cat or dog is happy or not.

The product in full view
The product in full view

The device will use Bluetooth to transfer information between the app and the device, with the package being available by the end of this year. However, Anicall said it is only for dogs and cats so owners of more exotic pets are in tough luck. So far, the company have not decided what to call the product for the English market and haven’t finalized the pricing yet.

Check out the video by Japan Times that is highlights the device:

Source: Official Site  & WSJ

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That new hybrid dinosaur-thing in Jurassic World is…

I don't think it is a good idea
I don’t think it is a good idea

Jurassic World‘s trailer took great pains not to show the looks of their new hybrid predator dino but out of nowhere, the leaked images on Imgur shows what it does look like. Oh, it’s name is Indominus Rex by the way, after Universal deciding between it or Diabolus Rex as the studio trademarked both names in advance.

How we figured it out was due to a recent toy listing that stated the name here. The director Trevorrow, gave personal assurance that the hybrid is not some “freakish mutant mix ‘n’ match dinosaur.” despite kinda looking that way.

ROARRR!!!
ROARRR!!!
Do I look scary?
Do I look scary?

From the image we can discern that it is a mix of T.Rex and Raptor, the main predators of earlier Jurassic movies. It has a very tough looking spines on its back and its neck is very well protected with armour plating too. This design suggest the hybrid incorporates the best attributes of predator and herbivore dinosaurs in one single package. We have no idea why it has red eyes, but maybe it can see in the dark like the alien hunters in the Predator movies? The forelimbs are definitely an improvement over the good ol’ T.Rex, with gripping claws long enough to rend anything unlucky to be caught in its grasp. The hairs on its forelimbs suggest sensitive feelers to feel around, much like cat whiskers. Perhaps another feature this hybrid is ability to blend in with the surrounding like chameleons too? Undoubtedly, this dino might have formidable intelligence just like the raptors in Jurassic franchise, able to open doors or strategize on ways to get it’s fill of human nosh.

The movie is opening in cinemas on 12 June 2015 and we shall see if the Indominus Rex will able to impress audiences worldwide or not.

Via ScreenRant

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Major All Stars Dota 2 Tournament happening soon in Malaysia

The logo of the tournament
The logo of the tournament
The logo of the tournament

Kuala Lumpur will soon play host to a big time Major All Stars Dota 2 Tournament, the biggest of its kind in South East Asia so far.

Teams from local and neighboring South East Asian nations will duke it out in the arena for prizes of US$100, 000 (RM350, 000+) collected via crowdfunding. The qualifying rounds will be held from January to February with the final round taking place in Kuala Lumpur in March 2015.

The whole reason for the tournament is to find two teams to join pre-existing teams who have already been invited to International LAN competitions, namely the Philippines based Rave which is managed in South Korea. The team finished first in Korean Dota 2 League Season 4. Another one is Invasion e-Sports, the big player in the Malaysian scene with teams fought in games like Heroes of Newerth, CS:GO, Starcraft 2, League of Legends and Dota 2.

The e-sports scene
The e-sports scene

The final round will see four teams fighting each other to represent themselves as the South East Asian Dota 2 challengers (only two spots available, sadly). The international LAN competition will host the top eight teams from around the world (North America, Europe, China and South East Asia).

This represents a massive step forward for the e-Sports scene in Malaysia. And by the way, the registration for the qualifying round is still open, go check it out at the link below to find out how. So far, 530 plus have registered for the chance to win US$100,000 and ultimate bragging rights as the best Dota 2 players.

Via Official Site
Image Credit: Says.com

Sid Meier’s Starships is taking off soon

Convoy ready for deployment
Convoy ready for deployment

Sid Meier fans, heads up!

Firaxas Games and 2K Games announced the Sid Meier’s Starships, a follow up to last year’s Civilization: Beyond Earth. The game is scheduled to be available “in early 2015” as digital copy on the iPad, Mac and Windows PC. Starships set in the same timeline and universe as Beyond Earth, Firaxas said that it is building “cross-connectivity” between two titles. This also means the company has something special for people who own Beyond Earth and those who are also buying Starships.

PEW! PEW! PEW!
PEW! PEW! PEW!

When designing Starships, I was intrigued by the idea of exploring the next chapter in the story of Civilization: Beyond Earth. What happens after we colonize our new home and eventually build starships to take to the stars? What has become of our long-lost brothers and sisters from the planet Earth?” said Sid Meier, director of creative development at Firaxis, in a press release. “My goal was to create an experience that focuses on starship design and combat within a universe filled with interstellar adventure, diplomacy, and exploration.

Players will be the commander of the starship and able to customize their fleet for space wars, exploration or diplomacy. As usual, technological research is a key to success and player also will be involved in a political building process like for example, Star Trek’s Federation in order to spread influence across the galaxy. The developers promised dynamic, unique map and combat missions for each campaign.

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Via GameSpot

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Now we know the date of next HTC flagship debut

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Starry sky

HTC has recently sent out invitations for its big media event at this year’s Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. The stipulated date is 1 March 2015, with the tagline “HTC: Utopia in Progress – Join us to see what’s next“.

Many are speculating that this is the event where the world will have its first glimpse at HTC’s next flagship model the – HTC One M9 “Hima”. While HTC has not hinted on anything beyond that, the timing and loud tagline of the announcement kind of points towards their next flagship launch.

As previously discussed, the leaked information said that the model will be a 5-inch FHD with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core CPU and 3GB RAM. 20.7MP rear camera and 13MP front camera and it will be powered by Android Lollipop 5.0 straight out of the box. If the leak is true, it will be interesting to note that the company still retains a 1920 x 1080 display in M9 while other competitors in the field are pushing 2K display in their respective flagship models.

There are rumours going around that HTC will also introduce a wearable companion to the new smartphone with partnership from Under Armour. This is consistent with the company’s goal of wanting to be seen as a personal tech brand, not just an exclusive smartphone maker.

Besides that, the company also promised that they will venture into other device categories such as home entertainment systems which they will reveal in the later quarter of the year.

Via The Verge

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New rumours concerning an upcoming special variant of the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Is Samsung developing a unique Galaxy S6 with two edge displays, one on each side?

According to the premier Samsung leak site, Sammobile, their sources confirms this to be true and stress that this is a special version of the Galaxy S6 just like the Galaxy Note Edge. The serial designation number of this Edge version of S6 is SM-G925. Just like the Galaxy Note Edge, the most notable feature will be it’s curved display.

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The Galaxy Note Edge

It will run on the panel-based system, with panels from the Note Edge such as Yahoo!Finance, news, briefings, sports, pedometer, main apps and contacts will be available. All of it can be downloaded from the Korean company’s app store.

Besides this, the leak site also said that the model will come with features such as the ability to switch the primary side depending on which dominant hand the user is. Very handy for southpaws. Last but not least, the Glance Lighting will light up the Edge when the user receives a notification or call, which includes an option to assign colours to specific contacts so when a call is coming, the user will know who is the caller based on the colour lights.

The race to be top of the smartphone arena has just gotten more interesting.

Source: Sammobile
Image credit: Samsung

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Sore ga Seiyuu! anime confirmed

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Studio Gonzo (Hellsing, Vandread) is confirmed to be producing the 4-koma (4 panel) doujinshi* manga adaptation of Sore ga Seiyuu!/ それが声優! for Summer 2015 release. Evil Line Records (Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon:Crystal) will be responsible for the music.

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First key visual

Casting confirmed so far is Marika Kuono (Rail Wars) as Rin Kohana, Rie Takahashi (Another) as Futaba Ichinose and Yuki Nagaku in her debut role as Ichigo Moesaki. Character design is by Masakatsu Sasaki (A-Channel, Saki) but no announcement on who will be the director yet. The original doujinshi* is written by Masumi Asano and if some of you are feeling deja vu looking at the visual key, you might be a big fan of Kenjiro Hata, creator of the famous Hayate the Combat Butler.

The doujinshi was first sold at Winter 2011 Comiket 81 and subsequently two compiled official tankubons were published so far. These followed by at least eight more sidestory compilations and special issues sold in successive Comiket conventions until Winter 2014.

The synopsis is rather straightforward, the anime is mainly a slice of life type of story of three new voice actresses who have just started out in the industry. At a glance, it looks like a bunch of young moe girls trying their luck in the voice acting business with limited success; hilarity ensues.

Via Official Site

* – ( often transliterated as doujinshi) which is the Japanese term for self-published works, usually magazines, manga or novels. Dōjinshi are often the work of amateurs, though some professional artists participate as a way to publish material outside the regular industry. (Google)

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Rumours of a OnePlus Two surface

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Fresh from Xiaomi’s explosive reveal of their flagship killer phones, now we have another possible serious contender from China, the OnePlus. Came out of nowhere last year, the OnePlus One is considered one of the most budget friendly flagship model that is only hampered by it’s weird invite system for prospective buyers. Nevertheless, many people are amazed that such model can exist with such price, which rattles big players like Apple and Samsung.

Now, the rumours are running amok with possible specs for OnePlus Two, their next model. If the rumours are true, we are looking at another model using Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU with 4GB RAM to boot. Despite the old rumours of OnePlus might have a smaller display based on feedback from customers of OnePlus One, this report noted that it is still a 5.5-inch display with 2k resolution (to be specific, a 2560 x 1440). Another important bit of news is it came with a rather generous 3300mAh battery which is surely a good news for power users. Also, the developers are looking at ways to reduce the dimensions of the new model according to the rumours.

The OnePlus logo
The OnePlus logo

However Cyanogen fans might be disappointed as OnePlus Two might go for OnePlus ROM based on new Android 5.0 Lollipop instead. This is in the view of legal issues affecting the OnePlus especially the big case in India, where the model was forced to cease selling in the country due to Cyanogen copyright issues.

With a speculated pricing of around RM1545, this is a hard hitting, very tempting and budget friendly flagship smartphone in a nutshell. The OnePlus Two is believed to be launching soon in  the second or third quarter of 2015.

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Tom Hardy drops out from the Suicide Squad

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Tom Hardy is out of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. The studio behind the movie, Warner Bros. is now asking Jake Gyllenhaal to take the role. He’s been raking in accolades for his superlative performance in last year’s Nightcrawler to fill in the vacated role, Rick Flagg.

So far, confirmed castings are Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker, Jai Courtney as Boomerang and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. Reasons given for Tom Hardy’s exit is due scheduling conflicts according to the Hollywood Reporter. He is busy with shooting of The Revenant, a frontier drama with Leonardo DiCaprio, which taking longer than originally planned. This could be the main reason why he opted out from Suicide Squad.

Tom Hardy has also starred in the rebooted post apocalyptic movie, Mad Max: Fury Road, which is opening on 15 May 2015. So far, there is no confirmation if Jake Gyllenhaal will take up the role or not. He used to work with David Ayer in the critically acclaimed police drama thriller, End of Watch.

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Via The Hollywood Reporter
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Introducing Playbox, the ultimate console machine

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The Xbox One side

Hardcore gamers who can’t make up their minds on which console machine they like the most might want to check out this – the Playbox. This modded contraption actually marries two competing consoles – the PS4 and Xbox One into a single machine with a 22-inch screen; a beautiful monstrosity that looks like a giant, thick laptop at first glance.

The Sony PS4 side
The Sony PS4 side

Users still have to choose which console to play at the bootup since the both consoles are powered by same power cord. That means that both aren’t accessible at once in real time but it also makes heat management easier.

The Wi-Fi is functioning for both consoles and there’s a  HDMI cable port available. Switching the consoles is easy as flipping the red switch according to its creator. He incorporated a Smart HDMI switcher so users don’t have worry about the right input, just plug in and play straight away. However, it does come with a cost as the USB ports of Xbox One is not available in the Playbox.

Sadly, this is just a prototype and not for commercial sale. However, the creator does say if anyone is serious enough to acquire this, he/she is welcome to contact him for further details.

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