The Underworld movie franchise is geting a reboot

So who should take over Kate Beckinsale and wear Selen's leathers now?
So who should take over Kate Beckinsale and wear Selen's leathers now?
So who should take over Kate Beckinsale and wear Selen’s leathers now?

Werewolves vs vampires, now there’s a formula that never gets old and the Underworld series of movies had managed to make some relative success out of it. Of course the good dose of action and the lovely Miss Beckinsale also had a good hand in the movie’s success. Now though, it seems that time has passed enough that the whole movie series warrants a reboot.

According The Holywood Reporter, Lakeshore Entertainment which holds the rights to Underworld is going ahead with a reboot of the series and has hired Cory Goodman as the scriptwriter. If you’re wondering just who he is, Goodman penned the script for the 2011 movie adaptation of the Korean manhwa, Priest. Though as far experiences go, that’s all he has to his portfolio with one more script for the upcoming Vin Diesel movie, The Last Witch Hunter. Considering the general reception of Priest, when it came out, we’re wondering if that’s a good idea. Of course it’s still too early to say if Goodman’s copy will be the final script as things can change.

The last Underworld moview was Underworld: Awakening in 2012 so it has barely been two year and they’ve already decided to go for a reboot. Heck it’s just slightly over 10 years since the first movie came out in 2003 so we’re guessing Lakeshore Entertainment must be really dry for new movie ideas, or they still think that can beat out more life and money from the undead body of the Underworld series. Then again, when the franchise has grossed US$458.2 million worldwide, who wouldn’t want to squeeze even more out of it.

Since it’s still in script production stage, there isn’t any news on who else is going to be involved though Lakeshore Entertainment founder Tom Rosenberg and President, Gary Lucchesi will be producing the movie.

So what do you think? Should Underworld be rebooted and if yes, who should fill Kate Beckinsale’s shoes?

Source: The Holywood Reporter

Olympus’ “selfie” PEN E-PL7 compact camera launched

But first, lemme take a selfie
But first, lemme take a selfie
But first, lemme take a selfie

Selfie’s are usually the domain of mobile phone cameras and maybe smaller snappers. However Olympus’ is pushing is latest PEN compact as the ultimate selfie taking snapper, despite it being a bit larger than what you’d normally use.

Called the Olympus PEN E-PL7, it’s selfie credentials come in the form of its flipable 3-inch LCD touchscreen that’ll allow users to frame themselves for those oh so narcissistic self-potraits. By flipping the screen down, it switches the camera to “selfie mode “, which comes complete with on-screen buttons to make the capturing that oh so perfect selfie even easier. Of course aside from the more narcissitic induced features, the PEN E-PL7 is still a decent micro-four thirds camera that can be used for more productive picture taking.

It has a 16.1-megapixel LiveMOS image sensor and if you really like to take your time with your selfie, a 3-axis VCM Image Stabilisation feature so you won’t have to much handshakes. And if you’re into video taking, the camera can also capture videos in full 1080p. Need some remote picture taking? The PEN E-PL7 is also Wifi enabled so you can connect your Android or iOS smartphone via Olympus’ app, for convenient image taking via remote. 

The variety of accessories you can get for the Olympus PEN E-PL7
The variety of accessories you can get for the Olympus PEN E-PL7

The PEN E-PL7 is a looker too, encased in stainless steel with three colour variants; black, silver and white. The standard kit will come with a 12-42mm zoom lens and there’ll be a bunch of accessories that’ll be made available to support the camera. This would include leather lens covers and cases, the PT-EP12  underwater case and the UFL-3 underwater flash. So when can we expect this selfie-snapper to hit our shores? According to Olympus Malaysia, we should be seeing it sometime in October and the price of the camera will be announced sometime then.

New Shell Ferrari Lego models coming soon?

Yes we know it's just a marketing promo, but we just can't control ourselves when it comes to Lego
Yes we know it's just a marketing promo, but we just can't control ourselves when it comes to Lego
Yes we know it’s just a marketing promo, but we just can’t control ourselves when it comes to Lego

We love our Lego here in THG and we even have the whole set of the Shell Lego models that were promoted out last year… including the case. Well this year, we might be making frequent trips to the local Shell Station again as it seems that a new Lego and Shell tie-up might be on its way to Malaysia.

The new models are a certainty though because the promotion is already going on over at our southern neighbour Singapore’s pump stations. It stands to reason that we shouldn’t have to wait too long before the same promotion hits our shores. After all, last year’s Shell Lego were pretty popular and it didn’t take too long for the models to be snapped up and scalped on various online forums and trade sites.

So what can we expect from this upcoming Shell Lego tie-up? Like the previous tie-up, it’s not just between Shell and Lego but Ferrari as well. As such there will be six different models made available with one special edition model thrown in. They are four Ferrari based cars including Ferrari 250 GTO, the Ferrari 512S, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the Ferrari F138 (which looks suspiciously like last years Ferrari F150 Italia). On top of that there are two building models and mini-figs including the Shell Station with mini-fig and Finish Line and Podium with mini-fig. To top it all off, there’s also the special edition Shell Tanker model.

So Shell Malaysia, when's our turn to get these
So Shell Malaysia, when’s our turn to get these

So our Singapore neighbours can purchase these Shell Ferrari Legos when they fill up with at least SGD60 worth of fuel. There’s a two-tier pricing depending on which fuel they pump with the models going for SGD5.95 when Shell V-Power is pumped or SGD8.95 when either Shell Fuel Save or Shell Diesel is pumped. The special edition Shell Fuel Tanker model however is only available when Shell V-Power is pumped at a SGD10.95 price.

So far we’re not too sure if or when is the promo going to hit Malaysia but we sure hope they do. We’re guessing that if does come over, the price of the models would be similar to what was offered last year, with similar minimum pump value requirements. All we have to do now is wait.

Source: Super Adrian Me

Get Internet while you travel overseas with Wiyo

Get convenient and fast data overseas with Wiyo
Get convenient and fast data overseas with Wiyo
Get convenient and fast data overseas with Wiyo

Getting a data connection overseas can be a chore. Not all countries have a prepaid card system and frankly, roaming charges can give you a heart attack whenever you come back. Now HK based Wiyo are offering Malaysians an alternative way to get data when you head out of the country.

Wiyo provides short-term data rental to outbound Malaysian travelers. And how do they do this you ask? By partnering with international mobile operators all the world over, they’re able to let consumers get the best internet access over the best available networks. Currently the service covers 25 countries with another 60 countries to be added in the pipeline. And if you think that it’s going to be pricey, think again as prices start from RM30 a day with discounts if you opt for a longer tenure. So how does it work?

First you’ll have to register. You can head online to www.wiyo.my or call the Wiyo hotline at 017-8888201 and make a booking. You’ll then have to select your  departure and arrival date, and country of visit. After filling up the relevant online forms and submitting them, all you have to do is wait for Wiyo device pack will be couriered to you (with a RM10 shipping fee) or pick up the device at Publika KL. Simple right? We do admit though, it would be much simpler if there was a pick up and drop off point for Wiyo at either KLIA or KLIA 2 as that would make the process so much more easier. 

This isn’t the first pocket WifI rental service in Malaysa but based on how Wiyo has presented themselves, it does look like the first service with some extensive local support. Now lets hope they setup some booths at our airports like we mentioned above and it’ll be even more convenient to use their services.

Samsung’s Gear S is a stand alone 3G smartwatch

No need for a smartphone when it comes to this smartwatch
No need for a smartphone when it comes to this smartwatch
No need for a smartphone when it comes to this smartwatch

The smartwatch news just seems to keep coming today. Not only has LG unveiled the look and details of its new swanky new G Watch R, Samsung has also decided to lift the covers of its new Gear S smartwatch as well.

It might not have taken the conventional watch design look as LG but the upcoming Samsung Gear S still looks a tad better than most smartwatch offering in the market. It also has another feature that’ll set it apart from its fellow South Korean compatriot. It can function as a stand alone device, complete with SIM-card support and 3G connectivity.

This is by no means a new development in the smartwatch arena though and LG themselves have had its own stand alone 3G smartwatch, the GD 910. The thing is, the concept never really took off. Samsung however seems to think that maybe with the Gear S, it’ll be a different story. So aside from the stand alone connectivity, what else is in store for us from the Samsung Gear S? It’s not an Android Wear device we can tell you that. Instead Sammy’s new smartwatch runs on the Tizen OS much like the Gear 2, as they try to differentiate themselves from the rest of the Android Wear army that is bound to come.

The Samsung Gear S
The Samsung Gear S

As for what’s inside it, Samsung has revealed that the Gear S is powered by a dual-core 1.0Ghz processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. There’s also a bunch of sensors like the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, heart rate monitor, ambient light sensor, UV sensor, GPS and barometer, all which will also support the watch’s health and fitness tracking apps, including Nike + Running. There’s also Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity as well. Makes us wonder just how the 300mAh Li-ion is going to power all that for around 2 days. Oh and it, like the LG G Watch R, is also IP67 rated for dust and water proofing. 

Like its fellow South Korean compatriot, Samsung will be likely be displaying the Gear S at IFA 2014 next week. As for availability, according to the company, they’ll be releasing it in phases via their channels starting from October onwards.

Source: Samsung

 

LG unveils their swanky new G Watch R

Mmmm, leather straps and a stainless steel case. No more plastic
Mmmm, leather straps and a stainless steel case. No more plastic
Mmmm, leather straps and a stainless steel case. No more plastic

Not too long ago, LG teased us with what would be their new smarwatch, the LG G Watch R. Now they’ve officially taken off the covers and we can finally see what it’ll really look like.

In the teaser we had a brief look at what it might have looked like, but with all the animation and such, we weren’t quite sure if that was the actual watch itself, or just some promo animation and illustrations. Well now we know and boy does it look sweet. As we mentioned before, this particular new smartwatch from LG looks more like an actual watch than a device made to look watch like. It certainly looks much more desirable than the plain circular Moto 360 in our opinion. Then again, until we see the actual watch in real life rather than these slightly rendered images, we can’t really pass too much judgement. The initial look and design itself though already has LG off to a good start.

Nothing says cool then a watch next to a bike
Nothing says cool then a watch next to a bike

Of course it isn’t just the image of the new LG G Watch R that has been unveiled. LG has also released the detailed specs of the watch and what we can expect from it. So is it as impressive as it looks? Well, for starters, it is an Android Wear device, which isn’t surprising but on top of that is what’s packed inside the watch. There’s the screen which is a 1.3 inch P-OLED display with 320 x 320 resolution, and its powered by the 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It’s also chocked with sensors including a 9-Axis (Gyro/ Accelerometer/ Compass), Barometer and PPG. The sensors itself will be supporting the watches health functions which will come installed with LG health and fitness apps. All of this will be powered by a 410mAh battery and if you’re worried about the elements, don’t sweat it since the LG G Watch R is IP67 rated, meaning it’s dust and water resistant.

Finally, a smartwatch we can wear with a suit
Finally, a smartwatch we can wear with a suit

That’s not all. This watch is encased in a stainless steel frame and comes with an interchangeable 22mm calf skin leather strap. Like we said it’s more like your normal watch than your typical smartwatch that’s made to look like a watch.

With its official launch just next week, you might be wondering when it’ll be made available. According to LG, we should be seeing the watch in key markets by the fourth quarter of 2014. As for specific price, we”ll update this space once they announce them officially at IFA 2014. 

Source: LG

New Jabra wireless headsets launched in Malaysia

The Jabra Step Wireless

Jabra’s a name that most of us have heard of when it comes to wireless headsets and they’ve recently unveiled  four new headsets here in Malaysia.

So what are they? Well two are wireless stereo headsets, the Jabra Step Wireless and Jabra Rox Wireless, perfect for those of us who want our dose of tunes while on the go. The other two are ergonomic Bluetooth headsets, the Jabra Storm and Jabra Stealth, offering ergonomic and cool looking designs for the inner yuppie in you.

The Jabra Step Wireless
The Jabra Step Wireless

So what do you get out of these four new headsets? Lets start with the wireless stereo headsets. Wireless stereo headsets are perfect for music lovers on the go but the biggest barrier has always been price. A good pair could cost anywhere above the RM400 range. The new Jabra Step Wireless however, has broken that barrier by being priced at a pretty decent RM249. At a sub-RM300 price you’ll get some decent stereo sound, noise isolating earbuds, up to four hours of talk/music time with 144 hours of standby time, and its even weather and dust proof with an IP52 rating. It’s just nice for users who are looking for a basic wireless stereo headset and are on a budget.

The Jabra Rox Wireless
The Jabra Rox Wireless

What if you’ve got some moolah to burn though? Well then there’s the Jabra Rox Wireless which is available at RM469. Of course it’s not just an award winning design (Red Dot Product Design 2014) that you’re getting for the extra cash you’re shelling out. You’ll also get an upgrade in sound quality compared to the Jabra Step Wireless courtesy of the Dolby Digital Plus sound enhancement. That’s not all either, there’s also power saving magnets when earbuds are not in use, a  speakerphone capability with in-built omni-directional microphone and  in-line controls for easy call and management. There’s also NFC support as well so pairing with your NFC enabled mobile device is a synch. You also gets a little more juice with 5.5 hours of battery life with 18 days of stand-by on a single charge. Like the Jabra Step Wireless it’s also IP52 rated so it’s weather and dust proof. 

With these two wireless stereo headsets, you can be sure that your mobile music listening will definitely be a lot more convenient.

The Jabra Stealth
The Jabra Stealth

So that’s the wireless stereo headsets. How about the other two? Both the Jabra Stealth and Jabra Storm, come with the company’s microPOWER Technology. And what is that exactly? It basically reduces the size of the device batteries while giving it a boost in efficiency, so both the Jabra Stealth and Storm have longer talk times and usage while keeping a small and sexy design. Both headsets offer similar features; Bluetooth 4.0, NFC support, smartphone voice control, Noise Blackout noise cancellation tech and Jabra Assist. What sets them apart from each other though are two things: design and battery life.

The Jabra Storm
The Jabra Storm

The Jabra Stealth for example offers, like it’s name suggests, a more discrete look with its candy bar design. And with 6 hours of talk time and an energy saving  PowerNap function, this headset will last pretty long. The Jabra Storm is shaped more like a call operator’s headset and is design for long usage comfort. That’s also reflected in its battery life that gives users up to 10 hours of talk time. So it really depends what you’re looking for. A discrete companion on the road or something more for long term comfort. Whichever you choose though, both do come at the same price of RM279.

So in need of a wireless stereo headset for your music or a decent hands free headset? Maybe you’d like to check out Jabra’s new offerings.

Grab the Xiaomi Redmi 1S from LazadaMY at 3pm, 27 August

Lazada Redmi 1S

Lazada Redmi 1S

For mi fans out there, Lazada Malaysia will be offering the popular Xiaomi Redmi 1S on www.lazada.com.my from 3PM today (27 August) for RM419. Offer will be first come first serve and expect these to fly off the shelves.

Razer unveils a games discount tracker app called Cortex

Now searching for game discounts is going to be a whole lot easier
Now searching for game discounts is going to be a whole lot easier
Now searching for game discounts is going to be a whole lot easier

We all love discounts and gamers are no exception. With digital purchase platforms like Steam, GOG.com and many more, its easier then ever to get games legally and the best part, is the discounts they offer occasionally. Of course tracking discounts over multiple platforms and sites can be a chore but Razer has now unveiled their own app, Cortex, that’ll make that a chore no more.

Cortex is a desktop application and it tracks and compiles prices from various online stores. It’s currently in its beta stages though you can apply for early access as well. Currently, the prices are sourced from US based vendors so the usual suspects like Amazon, GOG.com, Steam and Origin, among others, can be seen in the app. You can even have a side by side comparison in price. As for the frequency of the price updates, the app supposedly does them every hour.

The app is supposedly going to offer Razer’s Game Booster as well ,which allows you to enhance your gaming performance on your PC. Razer in the last year or so has been expanding out beyond its usual gaming peripheral with software release like Game Booster, Razer Comms and now Cortex. It’s even gotten itself into the wearables game with the announcement of the Razer Nabu. It’ll be interesting see just what else they’ve got their sleeves.

You can head over here to sign up for early beta access,

Source: Razer

 

LG G3 Stylus specs gets outed

Yay they gave the LG G3 a stylus! What? You mean they've nerfed its specs?
Yay they gave the LG G3 a stylus! What? You mean they've nerfed its specs?
Yay they gave the LG G3 a stylus! What? You mean they’ve nerfed its specs?

Previously we mentioned that LG would be coming out with a stylus version of the G3. Well now we can be certain just what to expect from it.

IFA 2014 is just a week away and LG is expected to have a big presence there this year. Of course we can expect quite a bit of goodies and announcements from the company then, but that doesn’t seem to stop them from dropping us hints and even outright teases now. That seems to be the case with the LG G3 Stylus as an official press release is already out on the new stylus toting smartphone.

So just what exactly can we expect from the LG G3 stylus? They’re not just taking an LG G3 and slapping a stylus on it though. To make it a bit more fairly-priced for the mid-range market, LG has nerfed a couple of stuff in the LG G3 for the Stylus version. Where the LG G3 had a 5.5-inch IPS display with a 1440 x 2560 resolution, the stylus version has been downgraded to a 960×540 resolution.

It’s not just the screen either as the insides of the LG G3 Stylus has undergone a pretty siginficant downgrade from its flagship sibling. The memory is a measely 1GB while storage will be at only 8GB. As for the processor? It’s been almost halved to a Quad Core 1.3 Ghz of unknown make compared to its older siblings 2.5Ghz Quad Core on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset. Don’t expect LTE either as the LG G3 Stylus will only be running on 3G.

The camera will still be using a 13-megapixel sensor and the battery is still at a pretty big 3000mAh capacity. Also all the features you’ve come to expect from the other LG phones like Knock Code, Dual Window, Quickmemo+, Smart Keyboard, Touch and Shoot, and Gesture Shot will still be available in the LG G3 Stylus.

So as you can see, the LG G3 Stylus is not exactly anything like its older sibling as its been thoroughly nerfed. Disappointed?  We are a little as we figured that there was so much potential for a flagship device with a stylus. After all, look how popular the Samsung Galaxy Note and its subsequent iterations have become.

Source: LG