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

You gotta watch this: Gotham TV series 4-part preview

We can't wait for the pilot to debut
We can't wait for the pilot to debut
We can’t wait for the pilot to debut

There are two highly anticipated DC related titles that will be hitting the idiot box this year and that’s the Arrow spin-off Flash and Gotham, the Batman prequel exploring the Dark Knight universe before there was well… the Dark Knight. We just can’t wait for both to debut and honestly all this waiting is kind of making us antsy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xjn_n4ixpMo

Well Fox has decided to satiate our Gotham cravings (or just make it even worst) by releasing four preview videos for the series. All four videos explore the making of the series from the conceptualisation, look and even direction for Gotham peppered  with interviews of the cast and crew. So far, it’s managed to get us even more excited for the release of the pilot, and although we do have some misgivings about the show being on Fox (remember the cancellation of Firefly), we do hope that it’ll go beyond just a season.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oI_P4xGURY

Considering that The Mentalist‘s lead man Bruno Heller is helming this project though, there’s a high chance that Gotham could go above and beyond. After all, with seven seasons of The Mentalist under his belt, we’re sure he’s able to come up with a winning formula for TV longevity. Still, Joss Whedon also had seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer under his belt but failed to keep Firefely on for a full season on the network. That’s FOX for you but let’s not jinx it.

Gotham follows a pre-commissioner Jim Gordon ((Ben McKenzie) and his partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) as they tackle the crime and corrupt ridden city of Gotham. In the show we’ll see the rise and beginings of all our famous Batman villains, from the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), Catwoman(Camren Bicondova). And there’s of course a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), newly orphaned and of which the series will also be exploring his relationship with Jim Gordon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDDVY9aqh34

So, are you guys excited for the release of Gotham yet?

[Updated] Rebooted Fantastic Four’s The Thing revealed

Updated: Looks like we got pranked. Seems the Twitter account mentioned here isn’t really Josh Tranks. So we’ll have to take this particular news with a big fist of salt.

Original header image in this article has been removed at the request of 20th Century Fox.

After months of production have gone by, we finally get to see something out of the rather secretive reboot of the Fantastic Four movie. Director Josh Trank took to Twitter himself  to reveal what the lovable ol’ clobberer from Yancy Steet, Ben Grimm, is going to look like in the upcoming reboot.

From the looks of it, we can definitely say the Thing looks way better and more menacing compared to the first movie’s look, when he was played by Michael Chiklis. This time round, actor Jamie Bell will be playing the craggly Grimm, though we still can’t our heads around that point of casting. Seriously, Ben Grimm is an imposing figure, even when he wasn’t the Thing. Jamie Bell doesn’t seem to have the physique for it. Heck, at least Michael Chiklis looked the part.

Aside from the Ben Grimm reveal, Josh Trank also took the opportunity to explain the casting of Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch. He said “I didn’t choose to make Johnny black. I chose to make Michael, Johnny.” And when asked if the difference in ethnicity will affect Johnny Storm’s sibling relationship with Sue Storm (played by Kate Mara), he said that both will still be sibling we maybe some minor change. Do we hear adopted sibling somewhere? And how about the uniforms? Trank said that we shouldn’t be expecting the typical tights, but that’s the most he could reveal.

The Fantastic Four reboot is expected to be released in 2015 and it stars Miles Teller as Richard Reed/Mr Fantastic, Kate Mara as Susan Storm/Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing and Toby Kebbel as Dr Victor Von Doom. Josh Trank will be directing and it’ll be under the 20th Century Fox label.

Stay tuned for more Fantastic Four 4 news as they come out.

Source: The Comic Book resource

 

 

Sony Z3 Tablet Compact and Android wear smartwatch leaked

Oh look, a waterproofed tablet and smartwatch
Oh look, a waterproofed tablet and smartwatch

Looks like we’ll be seeing a new compact tablet and smartwatch from Sony this coming IFA 2014.

How do we know that? Well, seems that Sony accidentally leaked the images themselves in a promo image on their Xperia Facebook page. The image shows the tablet being used by a poolside and the smartwatch itself is also pretty obvious, but why you might ask, do we think it’s the Z3 compact? That’s because the image shows a tablet that’s pretty compact (duh…) and in an earlier Phone Arena report on the Sony Bluetooth speaker, the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact was seen as a compatible device with the speaker. Considering the size of the image in question, it’s not that hard to deduce what that compact device shown is.

That’s the only thing we’ve managed to gleam from the image since no other details were mentioned though we’re pretty sure, based on the setting of the picture, that both the new Sony Smartband and tablet is going to be at least waterproof.

Of course with IFA 2014 just weeks away, we’ll have definite proof of it by then so stay tuned for more updates

Source: Phone arena and Sony Xperia Facebook

The Dancing Baby Groot figurine is coming!

Woohoo! Finally an official Dancing Baby Groot figurine
Woohoo! Finally an official Dancing Baby Groot figurine
Woohoo! Finally an official Dancing Baby Groot figurine

If there was one movie that managed to capture the hearts of geeks everywhere this year, it’ll be Guardians of the Galaxy. One scene particular has managed to give all us the collective “awww” and that’s the final scene of dancing “chibi-ed” Groot.

dancing groot

The famouse scene has seared itself into the entire minds of geeks as the ultimate essence of cute and there have been clamours for an official figurine or toy to be released. Though no sound or news of an official figurine was made in the days that followed the release of the movie, that hasn’t stopped eager fans to come up with their own customised version of single-sentence saying Groot. Can’t be bothered or too lazy to make your own? Well now you won’t have to as an official Baby Groot figurine is coming thanks to Funko.

Still cuter with the pot base we thinks
Still cuter with the pot base we thinks

If you’re not too sure who Funko is, they’re the guys responsible for “chibi-fying” a whole bunch of popular game/comic/etc. characters into the POP! vinyl figurines. They have a specific line full of Marvel characters under the (what else) POP! Marvel label and already have a POP! Marvel Groot figurine. However they’re now going to release the Dancing Baby version of Groot complete with potted-plant bottom. Funko has mentioned that they’ll be making an official statement regarding it sometime this week so we shouldn’t have to wait too long before it hits the stores. We’re already saving space on our tables for one.

Source: Slashgear

[Images from Slashgear and Amazon]

LG’s next smartwatch ain’t no square

Hopefully the next LG smartwatch actually looks like a proper watch
Hopefully the next LG smartwatch actually looks like a proper watch
Hopefully the next LG smartwatch actually looks like a proper watch

It’s barely even a year since Android Wear was announced and LG unveiled its G Watch but the company is already ramping up its development cycle by teasing us with their next smartwatch.

So are we going to get a boring ol’ square again? Not so this time as LG’s going to pull a Motorola by making it’s next smartwatch circular. We all know when Android Wear was first announced, Motorola’s Moto 360 captured our imagination with what smartwatches could be with it’s circular/normal watch design. Obviously LG took the hint because now they’ve decided to follow suit. The teaser video is pretty short but from the quick look at it, its pretty obvious where LG will be headed in the design department for this particular smartwatch.

And if the screenshot we manage to get is to be believed, we’re not going to just see a smartwatch with a circular design like the Moto 360, but something more akin to normal wristwear. Yep, based on this image, we might just be seeing an LG smartwatch with more closely resembles a Casio or Tag then well… a smartwatch. Aside from the design aspect though, nothing else can be gleamed from this teaser. Don’t worry, you won’t have to wait in suspense too long because LG is set to unveil their new smart wrist wear next week during IFA 2014.

Hopefully it really looks like a normal watch because, to be honest, we’re kind of tired of smartwatches looking anything other than watches.

Source: Tech Crunch

 

 

You gotta watch this: Automata trailer

Wait... is that Antonio Banderas in a Sci-fi movie???
Wait... is that Antonio Banderas in a Sci-fi movie???
Wait… is that Antonio Banderas in a Sci-fi movie???

It’s 2044 and the Earth’s environment is slowly deteriorating into a desert. The one thing that’s helping mankind get through this is technology and it’s technology that has created Automata Pilgrim 7000, a quantam android designed to support humanity in these harsh times. Governed by a set of security protocols; 1. A robot cannot harm any form of life and 2. A robot cannot alter itself or others, what happens when these protocols are breached? Looks like it’s time for Antonio Banderas or rather Jacq Vaucan to find out.

Antonio, I am your father
Antonio, I am your father

Yes you read that right, it’s Antonio Banderas in a Sci-Fi film. Not exactly the staple sort of film you’d usually see Mr. Zorro take part in, it does though look pretty promising as it explores a new take of the Three laws of robotics theme that was first penned by Isaac Asimov. Automata itself looks like a cross between Blade Runner and I, Robot,  which by all means seems like a pretty good mash up to have. As director Gail Ibanez would put it, the movie is a sci-fi film noir, that explores the concept of evolution and what life would be like for us humans in the near future. So far from the trailer, it’s already caught our attention with its interesting Asimov-ian theme and thriller/noir like pacing. Will this be a sleeper sci-fi hit, a nice break from all the overt sci-fi action films we’ve been exposed to lately or will it be just another misleading trailer? We certainly hope it’s going to be the former.

An almost unrecognisable Dylan McDermott
An almost unrecognisable Dylan McDermott

It isn’t just Mr. Banderas involved either as other cast members include his wife Melanie Griffith, an almost unrecognisable Dylan McDermott and if your were a Black Adder fan, Tim McInnerny. Other cast members you might not be familiar though like Andy Nyman, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, David Ryall, Bashar Rahal, Andrew Tiernan and Christa Campbell.

A release date has yet to be set but it’s expected for an October 14

Source: Automata movie official site

[Images taken from Automata-movie.com]

Geek Movie Review: Lucy

She might not be playing Black Widow here but she's still a bad ass in the movie

As a writer and director, Luc Besson has come up with some truly engaging heroines. He previously directed Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Suu Kyi in The Lady, and he tackled French comic book heroineAdèle Blanc-Sec. Going back further and we have The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc and The Fifth Element with Milla Jovovich, he introduced us to Natalie Portman in Léon: The Professional, and then there’s his most resilient creation La Femme Nikita (1990) which spawned a US remake in 1993, a Hong Kong remake in 1991 (that had a sequel), a TV series with Peta Wilson (5 seasons) and a current TV series with Maggie Q. For a track record, there are hits and misses.

HTC Butterfly 2 flutters into Japan

HTC Butterfly 2
HTC's new Butterfly 2
HTC's new Butterfly 2
HTC’s new Butterfly 2

The HTC J Butterfly, the best-selling smartphone in Japan and Taiwan has gotten itself a successor in the form of the HTC J butterfly “HTL23″ and its making a Japanese debut.  Of course us here in SEA shouldn’t moan though as it should be reaching us but marketed as the HTC Butterfly 2.  So what is this fluttery new HTC offering us?

First there’s the design.  Blending design cues from the HTC One and Desire line, the J butterfly features a unique double curve ergonomic design, an evolution from the previous HTC J. There’s three available – Rouge (red), Indigo (blue) and Canvas (white), with the white being called by HTC as “the purest white with anti-stain finishing”, that does not fade or discolour over time. Measuring at 145.4 x 70.2 x 9.99mm it also weighs a lightweight 151g.

Ooo look at its size
Ooo look at its size

Of course it isn’t just all design though. There’s also what’s been crammed in it. The latest generation HTC J butterfly features very similar underpinnings to the HTC One M8, packing in a super fast quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 running at 2.5Ghz, 2GB RAM, 16/32GB of storage, NFC, WiFi, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 and microSD expansion. And as it was co-developed with Japanese telco KDDI, as a result of the collaboration it offers AU carrier aggregation, a new communication technology – integrating 4G LTE (TDD and FDD) and WIMAX2+, offering speeds of up to 150Mbps.

Duo camera spotted, minus Ultrapixel though
Duo camera spotted, minus Ultrapixel though

How about the screen? It has a 5-inch Full HD 1080p display is brilliantly crisp and bright. Of course we can’t forget the camera either. You’ve seen the unique Duo Camera on the HTC One M8 and the latest E8  and yes it is also present on the HTC Butterfly 2 but unlike the former two, it instead utilises a new non-UltraPixel 13MP module.

HTC has even water and dust proofed the HTC Butterfly 2, IP57 certified in fact, but unlike the Sony Xperia Z2 and Samsung GALAXY S5, there are no flaps. We can’t forget the sound part either, as the Butterfly 2 has HTC BoomSound that offers 25% louder sound and supports HD audio – 24bit/192Khz lossless audio. The phone will come loaded up with Android 4.4 of course together with HTC Sense 6 UI. Other HTC apps included are HTC Zoe, HTC Blinkfeed and Motion Launch.

So when can we expect this brand new HTC entrant? Well it will available exclusively from KDDI in Japan from 29 August 2014 with a Taiwan release on 2 September. Markets like Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand are to follow though dates have yet-to-be-announced.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S to go on sale on Lazada Malaysia come 27 August

Lazada Malaysia sells Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Lazada Malaysia sells Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Mi fans should rejoice at this piece of news. Xiaomi has partnered Lazada Malaysia to offer its most affordable Android device – Redmi 1S for sale on lazada.com.my. As you know, Xiaomi sells primarily online through its website mi.com, and this move with Lazada marks a new strategy to expand its distribution network.