Huawei brings in their Mate 7 phablet into Malaysia

Huawei Mate 7 Malaysia launch

If there’s one thing you want to say about Chinese smartphone brands, it’s that they really know how to up their game. Huawei’s latest phablet, the Huawei Mate 7 (Also known as the Ascend Mate 7 internationally), is no exception.

Just a month after their announcement of the Mate 7 at its international launch, we’re already seeing the phablet here in Malaysia.

So what exactly can we expect from this new phablet from Huawei? First off, you can expect some pretty good looks. The Mate 7 is encased in what Huawei says is 95% metal with an aluminium alloy structure. It only weighs 185g and is 7.9mm thin. Think HTC’s One M8 except with a bigger screen.

It has some pretty impressive innards as well. It touts Huawei’s own octa-core processor, the Kirin 925. The processor is made up of four large A15 1.8GHz cores and four smaller A7 1.3 GHz cores. By utilising the cores based on app configurations and power needs, the Mate 7 is able manage its power a lot more efficiently.

Huawei has claimed that by utilising the A7 cores, the Mate 7 can save up to 50% of power consumption on apps that wouldn’t usually need the power of a larger processor. And if you need to kick it up a notch, like say in gaming, the Mate 7 will then switch over to the larger A15 cores.

Huawei Mate 7 1

Being a phablet, the Mate 7 of course comes with a larger than usual screen, in this case a 6-inch, Full HD touchscreen. There’s also a 13-megapixel snapper on the back that uses Sony’s 4th gen BSI sensor and has an f/2.0 aperture.

For storage and memory however, the Mate 7 has two flavours. A standard version which comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, and a premium version, which has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Of course both can be expanded up to 64GB via microSD. The Premium version has the additional feature of dual-SIM support. This is where it gets interesting. It seems that their microSD slot in the premium version can double up as a second SIM slot. The downside however is that if you choose to run two SIMs on the premium version, you won’t be able to use the microSD slot for memory expansion.

The phablet also comes with a single-touch fingerprint sensor that’s located at the back of it. Users can pair up to five sets of fingerprints that can be tied to either the phablets normal or guest modes for better privacy and protection. And if you’re worried about battery life, the Mate 7 comes with a whopping 4100mAh battery. That ought to last you a while. Also it comes with LTE Cat6 connectivity.

The Mate 7 will be running on Android 4.4 KitKat and it’ll be enhance with Huawei’s own Emotion UI 3.0.

So how much can we expect to fork out for the Mate 7? Since it comes in two variants, there’s of course two prices. The Standard version will be retailing at RM1,799 and it comes in two colours, Moonlight Silver and Obsidian Black. The Premium version on the other hand, will retail at RM1,999 and will come in Amber Gold. Both will be available from 14 November onwards.

Additionally, if customers purchase the Mate 7, they will be entitled to a free RM128 smart cover as well, that is until stocks last at least.

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Tekken 7 arcade unveiled

New character, Katarina

Tekken 7 arcade will be appearing in limited spots in Japan for testing beginning 22 November until 23 November 2014.

New fighters like Latino Savate practitioner Katarina Alves and the mysterious Italian Claudio Serafino make an entrance. There are rumours about Heihachi’s wife, Kazumi and an unknown Arabian fighter who will be joining the fighter roster in Tekken 7 too. The fighting system is based on one-on-one, not tag team like Tekken Tag Tournament. Two notable features are Rage Art and Power Crush.

Rage Art allows the player’s character to execute several unblockable moves that potentially inflicts 40-80% damage when his/her life is critical despite being hit by the opponent.

On the other hand, Power Crush lets players continue their attacks despite suffering hits from the enemy. However, it only functions for absorbing high or mid attacks.

A new system makes fighters spin sideways when they are hit while airborne, which gives more chances to hit after the characters reach the ground. The catch about the new system is, it does not allow for wall combos.

The game will be the first title to utilise the new Unreal Engine 4 engine and also marks the 25th anniversary of the franchise.

The announcement poster

The arcade machines will be available at Sega’s GiGO arcade in Ikebukuro, Tokyo Leisure Land in Akihabara, Round One Stadium in Sennichimae, and Taito Station at Tenjin in Fukuoka. First 100 players will get a surprise from the Namco Bandai too.

Namco Bandai will unleash the game to the world on Febuary 2015.

Via: Official Tekken Site

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5 free gaming documentaries on YouTube

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There’s no denying how games have become a critical part of mainstream entertainment these days. Gone are the days where only a select group of people were holed up in their rooms or couches, moving mice or mashing buttons with their own select group of friends. It’s gone mainstream and everyone, we mean EVERYONE, is getting in on it. It’s big business and the companies themselves have gotten to be mega corporations.

So when documentary comes out, allowing us to look into how the industry has gotten to be what it is today, or to celebrate a long standing title, we pay attention. Of course, not all these documentaries hit our theaters or even our local TV stations, so how else do we get to see them? Well we’ve compiled five free (and pretty well made) gaming documentaries that have been made available FREE and most importantly, legally, on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

So sit back, relax and enjoy these look into some of the biggest games that have hit our PCs and consoles.

World of Warcraft: Looking for Group Documentary


There’s no denying that the majority of Blizzard’s games have had an impact on the gaming scene. World of Warcraft is a juggernaut of an MMORPG and while it isn’t the first, it is numbered as one of the greatest. With over 7 million subscribers, it is the worlds biggest RPG and people are still willing to pay to play it.

How did it get to this though? This recent documentary by Blizzard themselves takes a look at how one game became a global phenomenon and how their games of old have informed and helped in the phenomenon that is the World of Warcraft MMORPG. You really have to watch this, especially if you’re a World of Warcraft fan.

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Casio launches new hybrid timekeeping G-shock in Malaysia

The GravityMaster. Sounds like something out of an 80s cartoon
The GravityMaster. Sounds like something out of an 80s cartoon
The GravityMaster. Sounds like something out of an 80s cartoon

Malaysian G-Shock fans are in for a treat. Casio has released a new G-Shock, the GPW-1000 GravityMasterand it’s packed with some pretty interesting features.

Casio claims that the G-Shock GPW-1000 GravityMaster is the first watch in the world with a hybrid timekeeping system. On top receiving radio wave time calibration signals (also known as Atomic timekeeping), this timekeeper is also able to receive GPS signals to accurately adjust its time display, even if you’re in a different time-zone and have to deal with irritating daylight savings. This is done with the help six signal stations worldwide.

With an additional GPS receiver built-in, you might be wondering just how much juice this watch drains. Not much though, you can expect it to last as long as any G-Shock watch. This is due to its low-power GPS LSI and shadow-dispersing solar cells that allows the watch to receive GPS signals without putting any extra strain on the batteries.

Of course being a G-Shock, the GPW-1000 GravityMaster comes with the legendary shock resistant features that have made the watch such an icon an a popular timepiece among users. It’s also water resistant up to 200 meters.

Being a G-Shock we do expect some colour variants as well and the GPW-1000 GravityMaster is no different. It comes with in three colour variants, Blue (GPW-1000-1A), Black (GPW-1000-1B) and Orange (GPW-1000-4A). And how much do we expect to fork out for this new shock resistant timekeeper? A pretty penny of RM3,259.

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Hatsune Miku re-envisioned by Tetsuya Nomura

The original version of Miku

Tetsuya Nomura, the flamboyant and verbose Square Enix character designer for the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series is showing what his interpretation of the world’s most famous virtual idol, Hatsune Miku might look like.

Nomura’s Miku was recently shown at “Universal Positivity,” a Hatsune Miku themed art exhibition in New York, which featured original illustrations by her creator and other well-known artists. She also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, a testament on how popular she is.

Is this uncanny valley? Maybe.

Source: Kotaku
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Just Cause 3 confirmed for 2015

Because the cause is just.

Just Cause, one of the most popular franchises on the Playstation platfrom is back for the third time, as announced by its creator, Avalanche Studios.

Four years have passed, so what can we expect from this new iteration?

Just like its predecessor, the game is situated in an open world sandbox style.

The studio said that it will improve the airborne mechanics involving parachutes and grappling hooks with great focus on vertical movements, with added factors that are synonymous with the franchise – destruction and mayhem.

The game world is situated in the Mediterranean with addition of volcanic terrain for more vertical fun. This is consistent with developers effort to encourage players to be creative while airborne. However, so far, the game will be single player only. So no jumping around with friends.

Just Cause 3 will be airborne in 2015 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. No confirmation if the game will support the old PS3 and XBox 360.

Source: Gameinformer

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Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn


Margot Robbie (Wolf of the Wall Street), has been confirmed as Harley Quinn in the upcoming Warner Bros movie Suicide Squad. Before this, rumours were buzzing that supermodel Cara Delevingne was a front contender for the role, but looks like the “Pudding” calling squeeze to the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker, has finally gotten her actress.

This isn’t the only comic character role she’s been approached to play as previously, she was also in talks to take on the role of Major Kusanagi for the live action Ghost in the Shell movie. That however didn’t fall through.

The Suicide Squad follows a team of government controlled supervilians forced to take on exceptionally dangerous jobs as part of a program to reduce their jail sentences. Managed by hard as nail Amanda Waller, they have to either get with the program or get their heads blown of with a specially implanted device. The movie version has David Ayer (Fury) as writer and director for the upcoming movie.

It’ll be interesting to see just who else will be included into the movie version of the Squad. Considering that a TV version of the Squad is already in play on Arrow, and likely to appear in future episodes of The Flash, there should be some clear cut differences between the two versions… hopefully.

One thing that’s annoying us though is news that the Joker will be appearing in the movie. There are already rumours that big names like Jared Leto, Will Smith, Tom Hardy and even Ryan Gosling are in talks for the role. Now if the Joker’s there as maybe a supporting character for Harly Quinn, then MAYBE we won’t be so annoyed. Here’s to hoping though. The same could be said about Lex Luthor’s appearance as Jesse Eisenberg will be reprising his role as the bald headed, Superman villain in the Suicide Squad movie, after the Batman vs Superman flick.

Suicide Squad is scheduled for an August 2016.

Via The Independent

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Assassination Classroom anime confirmed for 2015

The class of 3-E
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Assassination Classroom/Ansatsu Kyoshitsu will be getting a live action movie and anime series come 9 January 2015.

The anime will be getting a 25 episode run and will be directed by Seiji Kishi (Angel Beats!, Danganropa). The confirmed cast are Jun Fukuyama (D-Frag!, Noragami), Tomokazu Sugita (Buddy Complex, Terra Formars), Shizuka Ito (Blade & Soul, D-Frag!) and Mai Fuchigami (Cross Ange, Jinsei). Script writing duties will be handled by Makoto Uezu and it’ll be animated by Studio Lerche (Unbreakable Machine Doll, Danganropa the Animation).

It’s not surprising that the manga by Yusei Matsui is getting its anime break. The manga has had quite a bit of success since its inception, and its manga volumes have been frequently on the top of the best selling manga lists in Japan. And although there was an event anime adaptation was made for Jump Festa back in 2013, it’s only now we’re seeing it getting full episode runs. Heck even Nanatsu no taizai/ The Seven Deadly Sins got its anime run earlier and the manga started its run slightly later.

So just in case you’re not sure just what Assassination Classroom/Ansatsu Kyoshitsu is about here’s the gist. Earth is in danger of being destroyed by a super powerful creature that has already laid waste to 70% of the moon. He’s giving it a chance to save itself though only IF he can be assassinated. There’s a catch though, only one specific school in Japan, Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Junior High School are allowed to kill him, and he’s going to teach them how to do it. Sounds pretty whacked right? The premise works though and it’s still maintained its popularity despite it’s pretty weird plot.

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Asimov’s Foundation series to be adapted by HBO soon


Jonathan Nolan, co-writer of Interstellar alongside Christopher Nolan is turning one of Isaac Asimov’s most famous works (at least to sci-fi fans), the Foundation series into a cable TV series under HBO.

According to his interview with Indiewire, he gave a very frank and direct tease here:

Well, I fucking love the “Foundation” novels by Isaac Asimov — they’re certainly not well-known, but that’s a set of books I think everyone would benefit from reading. That’s a set of books where the influence they have is just fucking massive; they have many imitators and many have been inspired by them, but go back and read those, and there are some ideas in those that’ll set your fucking hair on fire.

The premise of the Foundation stories is about mathematician Hari Seldon, who develops a branch of mathematics called psychohistory that uses the laws of mass action to forecast the future accurately, but only on a large scale. The original Foundation books started of as a trilogy with three books; Foundation, Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation. Later on, two sequels; Foundation’s Edge and Foundation and Earth, as well as two prequels; Prelude to Foundation and Forward the Foundation, were also added.

It isn’t known if Nolan will adapt the series starting from the prequels or start it directly from the original trilogy of books. Stay tuned though as we’ll update as more info comes in.

Via Indiewire

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HTC rumoured to launch the One M9 at MWC 2015

HTC One M9 New

With the success of their ultra sleek HTC One M8, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Taiwanese company ramp up their game to take on Apple’s latest iPhone 6. And that seems to be the case in this particular rumour.

We do know that HTC would definitely be coming up with a new flagship but what exactly would it be like? According to the rumour mill, the upcoming One M9 model is set for a Mobile World Congress 2015 launch and it seems it’ll be coming with some pretty impressive specs. It’s supposed to be kitted out with a 5.2 inch display with 2K resolution (1440 x 2560), the latest Snapdragon 805 CPU and 3GB RAM.

Of course, innards aside, we would expect some body improvements and it is said that the One M9 might be as thin as the Apple iPhone 6 at around 7.1mm and will continue using the metallic casing as previous HTC One models. In fact, HTC designer Hasan Kaymak has posted an image of what appears to be the phone bezel as well, though it is mentioned that it is a concept.

What’s more, it is said that the model might be offering up to 128GB storage and of course Android 5.0 Lollipop, which means it might support 64 bit software and sports a larger battery than M8. There’s also supposed to be  a souped up camera on its back and higher IP certification rating with more robust water resistance capabilites too.

Of course, it is still

Via: IB Times

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