Puzzlephone is Project Ara’s new rival

Colour choices of the system
Colour choices of the system
Colour choices of the system

Google’s Project Ara is not the only one going to town with the modular smartphone concept. Finland’s Circular Device is dipping their toes into the field as well and they’ve come up with project called Puzzlephone which is scheduled for launch in second quarter of 2015.

Unlike Project Ara, which has a myriad of components and sections, the Puzzlephone tries to keep it a little more simple. It’s divided into 3 main components – the Spine (LCD, speakers and basic frame), the Heart (battery and complimentary electronic parts) and the Brain (CPU and camera modules). Users will be able to modify and upgrade individual components as much as they please or need to. This will benefit the user since it will extend the lifespan of the system and reduce wastage.

The modular blocks
The modular blocks

The company has been working on the phone since 2013 and stated that the we can expect the Puzzlephone at a mid-range pricing.The system will be based on Android OS and will also be open to third party developers for the modular blocks.

Now with both Project Ara and Puzzlephone promoting the modular phone concept, it would be interesting to see if the concept catch on with other manufacturers and most importantly, consumers.

Source: Puzzlephone official site

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Latest Resident Evil Revelations 2 update from Capcom

Pensive looking but determined heroines
Pensive looking but determined heroines

Capcom has finally announced the release date for Resident Evil Revelations 2.

Episode One will become available on the 18th  February 2015 while Episode Two will be out on 11th March 2015. The episodes will be purchaseable on PSN, Xbox LIVE or Steam. For the fans who want a physical disk, it’s international release will be 13th March 2015.

Pricing wise, it’s priced at USD 5.99 (about RM 20) per episode or player can opt for the Complete Season which is USD 24.99 (RM 86) per copy.

For those who purchase the Complete Season, Capcom will grant access to additional content such as two extra spin-off episodes that talks about Moira Burton and Natalia Korda. Not only that, player will able to play as Hunk in RAID mode. As a bonus, for those willing to wait for the retail version, they will not only obtain all extra episodes but also four alternative costumes, Hunk and Albert Wesker for RAID mode. Not only that, will also be a RAID mode Throwback Stage Pack, which features four stages from old school Resident Evil series.

According to Capcom, the character cast includes Barry Burton, Claire Redfield, Moira Burton and the new girl Natalia Korda, who is able to sense enemies and hidden items.

First trailer:

Second trailer:


Via Capcom
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Blowout from massive Sony hack?

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TorrentFreak has reported that new and yet to be released Sony Pictures movies are available on torrent, possibly linked to the massive hack during Thanksgiving last week. Fury starring Brad Pitt, a World War 2 war movie that was released in October is the most notable casualty but there are more.

DVD quality, possibly preview or advanced screener copies of Annie, Still Alice, To Write Love on Her Arms and Mr. Turner are also suspected victims of the massive hack.

So far, no conclusive evidence is showing the definite link of the hacking incident to the massive surge of unreleased Sony Pictures movies but the possibility is pretty tantalizing.

In the hacking incident last week, there was an estimated 11,000 GB of data siphoned off, including passport and visa info of cast and crew plus information of Sony IT systems according to Reddit.

Sony vows to press charges, citing it is “a criminal matter”

Source via TorrentFreak and Reddit

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NCSoft introducing Project HON

The promotional poster
The promotional poster

South Korea’s NCsoft has released trailers and a gameplay video for Project HON.

So far, there’s a bit of confusion if this is a MMO or traditional game title, but mecha fans should be quite stoked to see the trailers. Few Korean media are saying it’s a mecha MMORPG but others think it’s a third person shooter with RPG mechanics.

IMHO, it looks like Armored Core on steroids for the PC platform. However the publisher has not provided any other information about the game.

More details will be revealed on 20 November 2014 during the G-Star event. You can check out more designs and concepts at this Korean site.

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Oculus VR releases open source mobile development kit

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Oculus VR is hoping for developers to produce games for Samsung Gear VR by releasing its mobile software development kit on its website so developers can make games immediately.

The front profile

The company has been pushing the mobile variant for some time now after being purchased by Facebook not long ago. Samsung Gear VR is a holster that converts the Galaxy Note 4 into a head mounted display. The South Korea giant has already made the Gear VR available for pre-order for the price of USD200 basic and USD250 bundled with a Bluetooth controller.

According to the blog post on the Oculus site, “The initial version of the Oculus mobile SDK is specifically designed for the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition on Note 4,” it adds, “Includes everything you need to get started developing for mobile. We’ve been working on the mobile SDK for over a year in collaboration with Samsung, optimizing the Note 4 tech stack to deliver the first ultra-low latency, mobile virtual reality headset.”

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Mozilla Firefox says goodbye to Google, adopts Yahoo! search

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The change also signifies a new improved look in Firefox’s user interface, such as clean and streamlined design similar to Google search results.

Firefox users in Russia and China will not be affected by this change — the Chinese version main search engine will still be Baidu and Russians will settle with Yandex Search.

If users still prefer Google over Yahoo!, no need to fret as it is available as an option.

Mozilla Firefox also announced DNT (Do Not Track).  Under this function, users can decide if personal information can be collected and used online or not. Additionally, a private browsing mode will be incorporated, where user’s history will be not recorded during a browsing session. Lastly, a Forget Button which allows user to delete a website from his/her browsing history will also be a standard feature.

Via TechCrunch and Mozilla Firefox
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Gangsta. anime is coming to kick ass next year

The  main cast
The main cast

In a recent issue of Shinchoshas [email protected] magazine, it was revealed that a new upcoming anime Gangsta. is in the works.

Confirmed cast members are Junichi Suwabe (Fate/Stay Night) as Worick Arcangelo, Kenjiro Tsuda (Prince of Tennis) as Nicholas Brown, Ao Yuuki (Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica) as Nina, Tetsuo Kaneo (Yu Yu Hakusho) as Chad Adkins, Mamiko Noto (Kara no Kyokai) as Alex Benedetto, Kaito Ishikawa (Nagi no Asukara) as Cody Balfour and Satoshi Mikami (Mushishi Zoku Shou) as Dr. Theo.

The manga, written and drawn by mangaka Kohske, began its serialisation in 2010 and has so far been compiled into 6 tankubon volumes. No information on the staffing or which animation studio is known so far. At the same time, three drama CDs were produced in conjunction with the anime adaptation announcement.

More updates are to be expected on the anime series on 7 December soon.

The synopsis of Gangsta.:

In the city of Ergastulum, a shady ville filled with made men and petty thieves, whores on the make and cops on the take, there are some deeds too dirty for even its jaded inhabitants to touch. Enter the “Handymen,” Nic and Worick, who take care of the jobs no one else will handle. Until the day when a cop they know on the force requests their help in taking down a new gang muscling in on the territory of a top Mafia family. It seems like business (and mayhem) as usual, but the Handymen are about to find that this job is a lot more than they bargained for.

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The header
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Razer is producing a three episode mini-series about eSports in the rapidly growing competitive scene. It’s a close look at the cyber athletes’ lifestyle and how their vocation affects people around these individuals.

Titled Team Razer: Great Games, the episodes are divided into different games covering Starcraft II, Dota II and League of Legends. The first episode will debut on 29 November 2014 online, during the eSports tournament at Dreamhack Winter in Sweden. The rest of the episodes will follow suit on a weekly basis.

The series can be viewed on the Razer’s site.

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Audi set to challenge Tesla

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The Audi e-tron R8

German automobile maker, Audi is working on a design that will rival the famous Tesla Model S. The car is based on technology borrowed from Audi’s R8 e-Tron and the company claims that it’s targeting a range of 450km which is more or less the same as the Tesla Model S.

Professor Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, technical development head at Audi said the model will be ready for the road in 2017. “Such a car is under development,” Hackenberg add on, “I was able to reengineer the R8 e-tron project and technology with the team and we are on the way to a range of 450km (280 miles). Let’s say that technology will also be carried over and is a trailer for another car with long range. It is under development and will be in the market for around 2017 but it will not be a sports car.”

The Audi A3 e-tron plug
The Audi A3 e-tron plug

So far, it is not known if the upcoming model will be under Audi model range or will be completely new on its own. The German company reveals that they developed a very efficient electrical motor that is 5 more times efficient compared to current motors right now.

Source: Auto Express

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