There’s a Marvel Universe and Attack on Titan crossover coming

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Can it be? Two famous comic franchises of totally different genres coming together? Apparently so. Japan’s Brutus Magazine has revealed that in its next issue, it’ll be featuring a “what if” story where the Marvel Universe’s Avengers team battles a female Titan from Hajime Isayama’s Attack on TItan/Shingeki no Kyojin on the streets of New York. The said issue will appear in 2 weeks time.

A few days ago, Marvel Senior VP,  CB Cebulski teased the world the world with this image that has gotten many fans hot and bothered. In it, we see an image  of two Titans chasing your friendly neighbourhood Spider-man.

So with two more weeks to go, let’s see just how this clash of two cultures and comic universe will turn out. Hopefully they’ll gel nicely together.

Source: CB Cebulski

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Malaysia gets its hands on the HP Pavilion X2

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The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 ought to watch its back. There’s more competition gunning for it. This time, it comes in the form of the latest iteration of the HP Pavilion X2.

In this latest version of the Pavilion X2, HP has managed to shrink it a little more. Where the 2013 model was an 11.6-incher, this time, HP has made it even smaller. The screen, which is a WXGA WLED screen with 1280 x 800 resolution, is now 10.1-inches and the device iseven thinner now.

So what else can you expect from this new Pavilion X2? It’s powered by a Quad core Intel Atom Z3745D processor at 1.33Ghz and comes 2GB of DDR3 system memory. Of course in this form factor, don’t expect a large storage capacity as the Pavilion X2 only comes with 64GB of internal storage, though you can expand it up to 64GB more via microSD. Also, you’re  not getting some pansy mobile OS either. Instead you’re getting a full version of Windows 8.1, which is perfect for all your productivity needs. Of course we can’t forget it’s detachable keyboard, which according to HP, is designed for maximum productivity comfort.

HP has also thrown in one year free of Microsoft Office 365, further underscoring that they’re positioning the Pavilion as a workhorse.

However what’s going to impress the most, is its battery life. HP claims up to 12 hours of battery life on the Pavilion X2 and that combined together with it’s form factor for portability, keyboard and full Windows 8.1 OS, will likely make it one tablet that’ll be a productivity workhorse. And if you’re in the mood for a little scribbling, HP even has an optional active stylus for more accurate navigation and increase productivity and creativity.

So how much should we be forking out for this? A very reasonable RM1,199 and it’s already available for order online via HP’s store here.

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The iPhone 6 and 6 plus are finally in Malaysia

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are officially in Malaysia

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Apple fanbois and fangirls. The day you’ve been waiting for is here. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has finally hit our shores.

Maxis CEO Martin Lundal personally delivering an iPhone 6 to a customer
Maxis CEO Morten Lundal personally delivering an iPhone 6 to a customer

The launch of Apple’s highly anticipated smartphone and phablet was done with much fanfare by the Malaysian telcos. DiGi had their QueLi winners, six lucky users that won their own QueLi, sort of manservants that will queue up to get the iPhones for them. Maxis on the other took it a step further by personally delivering 200 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to customers that range from the Klang Valley and even Kuching. In fact Maxis CEO, Morten Lundal, himself went to deliver a unit to lucky customer Rastam Hadi Samsudin, who was one of the first people to pre-order the phone from Maxis when it opened in late October.

The lucky DiGi customers with their QueLis and iPhone 6s
The lucky DiGi customers with their QueLis and iPhone 6s

So now that’s it’s officially what sort of damage are we looking at? On pure retail price with no contracts, you’re looking at RM2,399 for a start, for the iPhone 6. That’s the price for the 16GB version. For the 64GB and 128GB versions, you’re looking at RM2,749 and RM3,149 respectively. As for the phabulous iPhone 6 Plus? The 16GB version is RM2,749 while the 64GB and 128GB versions are going for RM3,149 and RM3,549 respectively.

Of course each of the major telcos are also offering their own discounted prices IF you sign on with a package and contract with them. We’ve listed the links to the respective pages so you can find out more, below.

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Aside from the telcos, you can also order your iPhones from the online Apple store here (between 1-2 weeks for delivery), any Apple Premium Reseller store, and even head over to some SenQ and SenHeng shops to get your iPhone. So, if you’re an Apple fan, you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to buy them, just as long as you’re willing to wait and be patient once stocks run out.

Maxis Delivery image courtesy of Vernonchan.com

Get fit with the Jawbone’s UP 3 and UP Move

The sleek UP3

You’d figure that Jawbone would be slapping on some timekeeping functions on their latest iteration of the UP. Nope, instead, Jawbone has decided to, one, make it even better, and two, make another version that’s cheaper. Thus they’ve unveiled the UP 3, what is considered their most sophisticated fitness tracker yet, and the UP Move, their budget friendly fitness tracker, that might eventually get you to buy their more expensive stuff.

So just what can we expect from these two fitness tracking gizmos?

Jawbone UP 3

The sleek UP3
The sleek UP3

First up, the Jawbone UP 3. This can be said to be Jawbone’s most sophisticated fitness band yet. They’ve integrated the multitude of sensors that were in BodyMedia’s CORE and CORE 2 fitness sensors, which they recently purchased and has arguably one of the most complete set of fitness sensing tech around, and they’ve even managed to shrink that all into one tiny package that’s smaller than Microsoft’s band and their previous UP24.

With a design by Yves Behar, Jawbone’s chief creative officer, you can be sure that this fitness band isn’t going to look out of place with whatever outfit, work or play, you might be putting on. Of course it isn’t just fashion that we’re looking at here. It’s all about tracking our health and fitness, and the UP 3 does have the features in spades. It’s inherited all the activity tracking features that were previously available in the UP24 but there’s some additions to it, including a tri-axis accelerometer, bioimpedance sensor, skin sensors and ambient temperature sensor. They’ve even got a fancy way to monitor your heart. Instead of direct skin contact like most other fitness tracker use, the UP 3 uses a combination of the skin and temperature sensors to measure galvanic skin response.

A bunch of sensors don’t just make a good fitness tracker though. It’s what it does with them and the UP 3 does go the distance. It’s able to detect new activities without you having to prompt it and it can even monitor your sleep, from light to REM. How’s that for some over zealous tracking? And all of these will be able to function up to seven days according to Jawbone and it’s even water resistant up to 10 meters.

Jawbone UP Move

UPMove in casual setting
UPMove in casual setting

And how about the UP Move? Well, compared to its sibling, it falls on the other end of the scale. It’s a decent tracker, but don’t expect it to be packed full of tech like its swankier sibling the UP 3. Instead, what the UP Move offers is a small window for not so health enthusiast to get into the fitness tracking game.

The UP Move is shaped like a slightly flat disc that can be attached to either a simple clip accessory or a band like accessory. The idea here is simplicity. It comes with most of the tech you’d find in the older UP bands like step, activity, and sleep tracking. Just don’t expect it to vibrate or wake you up. There’s only one button that, when pressed once, will inform you of your step progress, and when pressed twice, will show you the time, in a somewhat cute analog way using the device’s LEDs.

Make no mistake though, this isn’t for the super health conscious or the control freak. It’s a beginners entry device into a world of fitness tracking.

The Platform

Track yourself and get personalised tips with Jawbone's platform
Track yourself and get personalised tips with Jawbone’s platform

All of these data from both the UP 3 and UP Move has to go somewhere right? And they do, into Jawbone’s health platform. That’s where they’re trying to differentiate themselves from the rest. After all, these days, all a manufacturer has to do is slap a bunch of step sensors and voila, you have a ‘fitness’ band. Through it’s own insight engine, Smart Coach though, users will be able to monitor their progress, gamify their workout and even get personalised health tips. Who said exercise can’t be fun? An added bonus is that Jawbone has also opened up its platform to other developers so, even if you’re not using their fitness trackers, you’d be able to use other devices (at least the ones who’ve opened themselves up to compatility) with Jawbone’s platform. As of now, the Fitbit, anything using Android Wear and Apple’s HealthKit platform will be able to work with Jawbone’s own platform. Now how’s that for being generous.

So how much can we expect to fork out for these two new fitness trackers? The UP 3 is expected to be available at US$180 (about RM520) at the end of the year while the UP Move, will be expected to be available at US$50 (about RM150).

Via Jawbone

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The main cast of upcoming series

Originally as a best selling game from Namco Bandaithe [email protected] series was one of the best selling anime in Japan from 2012-2013 especially if you’re talking about Bluray and DVD volumes. So it is not surprising that there are plans for sequels to continue tapping into Japan’s obsession with the idol culture.

Well for fans of the series, you’ll be happy to know that come 10 January 2015, the sequel The [email protected] – Cinderella Girls will be released via Tokyo MX. The new anime will be an adaptation of the social game of the same name and  emphasize the magic of ordinary girls plucked out of their normal life and turned into idols. You’ll be seeing a cast of new characters like Ranko, Anzu, Jougasaki sisters, Rin, Mio and more.

A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Oreimo) studio will be responsible for the production with Noriko Takao (Saint Young Men) as the director. Series composition will be in the hands of Tatsuya Takahashi ([email protected], Tokyo Ravens) and character design will be by Yusuke Matsuo (Black Rock Shooter).

Source & Image : Official [email protected] Blog

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Death Billiards will be getting a full anime series

Key Visual of the series
Key Visual of the series

Death Billiards debuted as a one shot anime under the aegis of Anime Mirai 2013and was produced by Madhouse Studio. Now it has been given the green light to proceed as a full blown anime series in 2015. In case you’re wondering, Anime Mirai is a yearly project that attempts to showcase the newest talent in the Japanese animation industry and to gauge the reaction to the works that have been featured. To date, only Death Billiards has managed to get a full anime run and will be retitled as Death Parade.

Yuzuru Tachikawa will be directing and scripting the series and it’s set to run on NTV.  A cast for the series has also been revealed and they are Tomoaki Maeno (Akatsuki no Yona, Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live) as the bartender, Asami Seto (Tari Tari, Valvrave the Liberator) as the resident woman, Yūichi Nakamura (Clannad, World Trigger) as a man, and Jun Hazumi (The Flying House, Kemonozume) as the elderly dude.

The original basis of the story is about  a game of high stakes billiards between a two people, a young man and an elderly man at a mysterious bar. The game loser of the game however, might lose more than their money, and it is hinted that they might even lose their life. How much shall be expanded on the original premise is yet to be known as is the proposed release date for the anime.

Source & Image: Death Parade Official Site

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Must Watch: First trailer for Neil Blomkamp’s Chappie

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The poster

Today, Sony Pictures teased us with a first look at Chappie, District 9 and Elysium director Neil Blomkamp’s latest Sci-fi movie.

Chappie  can be called a robot adventure movie if you’d like and follows the titular character, a robot with the innocence and mind of a child. Think Pinnochio,  but set inan alternate/near future South Africa, similar to what was seen in Blomkamp’s District 9. 

Chappie looks like it’ll be similar to District 9 in looks and story complexity. The former was a whiff of fresh air in the sci-fi genre (Elysium? Not so much) and it bodes well for Chappie if it should follow in similar vein. The script was written by the director himself in collaboration with his wife, Terri Tatchell.

There’s some big names attached to the cast of Chappie as well including Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Sharlto Copley.

So when can we expect the movie to be out? It’s slated for a 6 March 2015 release. So check out the trailer below for a taste of some sci-fi Pinnochio-es adventure.

Via Coming Soon

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Make way for the world’s smallest 3D printer

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The 3D Printer

Is smaller better? Ususally when it comes to 3D printing, not so much, but that’s now what iBox thinks. In fact, iBox Printers is trying to prove this by developing the world’s smallest and cheapest 3D printer. Called the iBox Nano 3D, this tiny tot of a 3D printer is slightly larger than a Rubik’s cube and comes with an equally tiny price (at least in 3D printer terms) of USD$269 (RM890).

A size reduction isn’t the only thing that the company is claiming for the iBox Nano 3D as they also say it is the world quietest 3D resin printer.

So how did iBox get this printer to be this cheao? They used a LED bulb instead of a DLP one for lighting which not only reduces its costs, but size and noise as well. The printer is also made of acrylic parts or PMMA (Polymethyl methacrylate) to cut down the weight putting it at 1.1kg. And when it measure at 85 x 110 x 235 mm, you can’t expect people to pay so much for something so tiny. The developer is aiming to remove the need for installing any software by using only an Internet browser, Wi-Fi or direct connect. Users can even use iOS or Android to operate this.

The creators of the iBox Nano 3D are aiming for the home user market that just want to print small to average sized 3D objects. And although much can be said about larger format 3D printing devices, there is a good potential for the iBox Nano 3D, especially for the home DIY and craft market. For more technical details and samples of  work this thing can churn out, you can check out their Kickstarter site.

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Lenovo launches new YOGAs in Malaysia

Time to get flexible with the new Lenovo YOGAs
Time to get flexible with the new Lenovo YOGAs

It’s time to get flexible with Lenovo with their brand new YOGA devices. Yep, Lenovo has brought in a new tablet and hybrid notebook, the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro and YOGA 3 Pro, into the Malaysian market. So what can we expect from these new devices? Read on

The YOGA 3 Pro

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Compared to its predecessor, the YOGA 2 Pro, the YOGA 3 Pro is now thinner and lighter. At just 12.8mm thin, and 1.19kg, you won’t be going to have a major workout when you’re carrying this notebook.

Of course it isn’t all looks only. Lenovo has kitted out the YOGA Pro 3 with quite a bit of tech. There’s its 13.3-inch screen. It’s a QHD+ screen with a whopping 3200 x 1800 resolution with durable Gorilla Glass, so you won’t have to worry about scratches… much. Then there’s the sound. Lenovo has worked together with JBL to offer premium built-in speakers that should go well with the YOGA 3 Pro’s screen.

How about performance you might ask? Of course a notebook isn’t just an entertainment machine and the YOGA 3 Pro does come with some decent innards including Intel’s Core M 5Y70 processor, up to 8GB DDR 3 of system memory, up to 512GB of SSD storage, Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Intel’s HD Graphics 5300 (don’t expect heavy gaming on this). And with its 4 cell 44.8WH battery, you can expect up to 9 hours on this baby.

Lenovo has also included their latest Harmony software, allowing users to customize their device and discover new apps. Features like automatic brightness and colour temperature adjustments based on apps, motion or touch control enabling based on mode and a whole lot more are included and compatible with over 50 popular applications.

Of course, like its moniker hints, the YOGA Pro 3 is incredibly flexible with not two, but six focus points when you flip it open. How’s that for being bendable.

The YOGA Tablet Pro 2

Lenovo Tablet 2 Pro

It isn’t the notebook YOGA’s that are getting some love from Lenovo though, there’s a new tablet in town from them in the form of the YOGA Tablet Pro 2. What sets it apart from the rest of the other tablets in the market though is its built-in pico projector. Yep, you read that right, Lenovo has managed to whack in a projector, of all things, into their new YOGA Tablet Pro 2. Why you might ask? So you can show off to your buddies (or impress your clients/bosses while giving presentations).

There’s also some decent specs kitted out on this 13.3-inch, Quad HD IPS display tablet well. It’s powered by the Intel Atom Z3745 processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB of storage that is expandable up to 64GB via microSD, Android 4.4 KitKat OS, a rear 8-megapixel shooter, LTE support and a whopping 9600mAh that, according to Lenovo, gives you up to 15 hours of usage.

Lenovo has also added some other nifty features into their tablet. They’ve added a button for easier access to the kick stand, giving users access to the three original view modes that the YOGA tablets are famous for; Tilt, Stand and Hold. Now there’s a new view mode as well called Hang which allows users to hang the tablet via a hole in the kick stand.

So how much can we expect to fork out for these new devices from Lenovo? The YOGA Tablet 2 Pro will be priced at RM1,999, while the YOGA 3 Pro will cost a pretty penny at RM4,999.

There are also two other YOGA Tablet 2 variations available, the 8-inch YOGA Tablet 2 priced at RM1,099 and the 10-inch YOGA Tablet 2 with Windows priced at RM1,599.

Holy Batman! Christian Bale snubs Steve Jobs role

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Nope, nope, nope

Ah, looks like Christian Bale decided to walk away from the upcoming Danny Boyle’s still unnamed biopic of Steve Jobs after 2 weeks of negotiations. Looks like Bale prefers dark Gotham than sunny Cupertino.

According to Variety, the talks did not bear any fruit despite strong endorsement of the actor by the award-winning screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, in a Bloomberg interview.

Sony Pictures is now back to square one looking for main male lead to play as Steve Jobs after Leonardo DiCaprio and Bale’s passing on the job. Seth Rogen (perfect!) is reportedly in discussions to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Producers of the upcoming movie are Scott Rudin (Captain Philips, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy, Army Wives) and Guymon Casady (Game of Thrones).

So who next? Matt Damon (hell, no) or perhaps Ben Affleck?

What say you?

Via Variety
Image via Flickr

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