If you’ve never heard of the Chinese manufacturer Huawei, well you’re about to. As one of China’s biggest smartphone brand, Huawei is completely unknown to the people in the U.S., that is unless you look outside of brands like Apple and Samsung. During CES, Huawei made the announcement that they’ll finally be available at all major U.S. electronics retailers like Amazon, Microsoft, Newegg and Bestbuy beginning February 18. And they’re bringing a serious work horse with them: The Huawei Mate 10 Pro.
Over the years Huawei has always pushed the boundaries of technology and design, so when it comes to the Mate 10 Pro, no corners were cut.
The one feature that makes the Huawei stand out amongst other smartphones is its camera. Once again Huawei has teamed up with German camera manufacturer Lecia to bring you the most impressive and sophisticated camera on any smartphone. The back of the Mate 10 pro features two Summilux-H lenses....
If you didn’t own a cellphone before the first iPhone was released, then the name “Nokia” is probably lost on you. Before the emergence of Android and iOS, Nokia was the leading manufacturer in the world. They innovated design and technology to bring us the smartphones we’ve come to know. But over the last couple of years, Nokia has been absent, unknown to the world of smartphone technology.
A few years ago, Nokia announced that they were adopting the Android platform for their smartphones. Ever since then, Nokia has been slowly releasing a few smartphones with the Android operating system. During CES Nokia displayed a few of their models, giving attendees a hands on look at some of their flagship modelsNOKIA 6
The 6 is Nokia’s mid-range android phone, with a 5.5” IPS LCD display with Full-HD resolution (16:9). The display is protected with a sculpted corning gorilla glass. Paired with the bright full-HD display is a pair of dual Dolby Atmos speakers. The front has a capacitive home button with a fingerprint sensor. Rounding out the outside is a 16mp rear camera and a 8mp front facing camera. Inside, the Nokia 6 is packed with a Snapdragon 430 processor, 32gb of storage with MicroSD support up to 128gb and 3gb of ram. Power won’t be a problem with the 6 since it carries a 3000mA battery.
Just as people were getting around to 4K displays, Sharp decided to do away with them and introduce 8K displays. During CES Sharp unveiled its 8K TV, which has a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels which is sixteen times larger than 4K.Credit: Sharp
Now, this isn’t the first time 8K was mentioned at CES. 2015 marked the year where electronics giants Samsung and LG showed off 8K displays. But back then, the technology was not ready for the consumer market. Flash forward a few years, and now 8K displays are ready to be rolled out, bigger and thinner than ever.
Sharp showcased its 80-inch 8K display, and the images were downright beautiful. Every last detail can be seen on the 8K display, making it somewhat surreal, but that’s not where it stops. With Sharp’s new television, you have the option of watching up to four different things all with 4K resolution. So that means you can watch live television, your favorite Netflix show, and play video games all at the same time.Credit: Sharp
Using an 8K display means that content will be upscaled since at the moment true 8K content is not readily available. Sharp is looking to bridge that gap...
According to TheWrap, This is Us actor Ron Cephas Jones is in talks to play the Wizard in New Line’s DC superhero film Shazam!
In the comics, the Wizard gives teenager Bill Batson (Asher Angel) the powers to magically transform into adult superhero, Shazam (Zachary Levi).
If true, Jones will join cast members, Mark Strong, who will play villain Doctor Sivana, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews and Faithe Herman. Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke have written the script with David F. Sandberg as director. Production for the film begins next month in Toronto.
Shazam first appeared in DC Comics in 1939 with the name ‘Captain Marvel’. Created by C.C. Beck and Bill Parker, Shazam is the alter ego of Billy Batson, a teenager who can transform into the the superhero with the power of six gods after shouting, “Shazam!”.
Jones is best known for his Emmy-nominated role of William Hill on the NBC hit series This is Us. Jones is no stranger to comic book heroes. The actor was previously in Marvel’s Luke Cage as Bobby Fish.
Shazam! is set to hit theaters on April 4th, 2019.
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We have two more months until Alicia Vikander’s debut as the iconic video game heroine Lara Croft on the big screen. Warner Bros. released a new Tomb Raider trailer with more action and plot on what Lara will face in the film. In an eerie version of Destiny’s Child’s Survivor, we see Lara in search for her missing father and uncover an organization her father was part of, but must now take down.
Like the video game, Lara is thrown into situations where he must fight menacing men, cross rivers, solve puzzles, and just survive the jungle. The trailer looks pretty good.
Tomb Raider also stars Dominic West (Money Monster, 300), Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained), Daniel Wu (AMC’s Into the Badlands) and Oscar nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient).
Tomb Raider will hit theaters on March 16th, 2018.
Tomb Raider Official Synopsis:
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly...
Let’s face it, remaking a beloved classic is a difficult job. Of course, having it be actually good is another story. That’s why the film became such a phenomenon. Not only is the film actually good but it surpasses the original (TV) film in every way. Director Andy Muschietti doesn’t deliver on the same scariness levels as James Wan or David F. Sandberg. That is to say, Muschietti doesn’t build up to his scares or fill a scene with a lot of tension. Regardless, what the film lacks in scares, Muschietti makes up for it with some really creepy imagery.
Despite all that, the film does remain faithful to the themes found in Stephen King’s book. The screenwriters use these themes to ground the film and its characters. In addition, they’re able to make every member of the Losers’ Club a three-dimensional character. It’s not an easy task considering there are seven members of the Losers’ Club. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the rest of the human villains of the film. Every one of them seems to be an 80s movie stereotype.
But what made It so successful is the charismatic performances by the young actors who bring the Losers’ Club to life. Despite their differing personalities, it’s clear that there’s a strong bond between each Losers’ Club member. For this reason, the Losers bring both heart...
In what sounds to be an article by the Onion, a member of the Men’s Rights Activists (MRA) edited Star Wars: The Last Jedi and removed almost all of the women from the film.
The misogynist edit, which is only 46 minutes out of the 2 hours and 32-minute film, is titled “The Last Jedi: De-Fminized Fanedit” and was anonymously uploaded to The Pirate Bay website on Monday.
The uploader included a list of everything that was taken out:
– No whiny/reluctant/murderous psycho Luke.
– NO HALDO! She simply doesn’t exist. Her whole subplot doesn’t exist. The Kamikaze is carried out by Poe. ( = Poe dies.)
– Leia never scolds, questions nor demotes Poe.
– Lea dies. Kylo kills her.
– Kylo is more badass and much less conflicted and volatile.
– Kylo takes on more of Snoke’s guards, Rey struggles with a single one.
– No bomber heroism by china girl in the beginning.
– No Canto Bight.
– No superpowered Rey.
– Luke is not a semi-force-ghost and is smashed by the first laser cannon shot. (sorry, I just had to!)
– Phasma is finished after the first blow by Finn. (Women are naturally weaker than men, she isn’t force-sensitive, and we know nothing about any exo-skeleton in her suit)
– Asian chick speaks less, doesn’t bully Finn, Finn doesn’t try to escape, she is never formally introduced. She is just there and occasionally smiles at Finn or screams “Finn!”. She...
The super-secretive Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, has been under wraps, despite being released a little more than four months from today. With the dramatic change of directors, audiences thought the film could be pushed back to a December release date, but nope – Disney and LucasFilm are sticking to their May date.
LucasFilm officially revealed the synopsis for the anticipated solo movie:
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
“Solo: A Star Wars Story’ releases in U.S. theaters on May 25, 2018.
After the success of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we should expect to see a trailer for Solo. We could possibly see it during the Super Bowl commercial lineup – if Disney really wants to amp up the suspense.
Here is what we do know:
Lawrence and Jon Kasdan penned the screenplay. Previous directors Lord and Miller’s originally had actor Michael K. Williams in a role that had to be replaced when the duo directors left. The newly revamped production schedule conflicted with Williams’ other...
AMC’s The Walking Dead has been renewed for a ninth season with writer and co-executive producer Angela Kang promoted to showrunner. The ninth season will premiere in the fall of 2018. Current showrunner Scott Gimple has been promoted to AMC’s Chief Content Officer, which mean he’ll be in charge of the entire Walking Dead TV universe, including The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead and any potential extensions.
“This is an enormously important day for the entire ‘The Walking Dead’ television universe. We are proud to acknowledge Angela’s significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction. Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott’s broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe. Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios in a press release. “I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play ‘Dead.’”
“‘The Walking Dead’ is a special show which started in an entirely different era of TV, and continues, in this new era, to confidently take chances to tell compelling stories that excite audiences and make them deeply connect with its characters, adapting Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic book,” Gimple said. “As the...
It was just a year ago when Panasonic released the Lumix GH5, a mirrorless 4k camera that was great for photos and video. But during CES in Las Vegas, Panasonic announced the Lumix GH5s, an upgraded model of the GH5 that is geared towards the filmmaker. The GH5s is Panasonic’s new hybrid digital single lens mirrorless camera that is built with expanded recording capabilities and image quality.
The GH5s comes into the market with a 10.2MP High Sensitivity MOS Sensor, which is significantly less than its counterpart, the GH5, which had a 20.3MP sensor as well as the Sony A7 line. But what Panasonic reduces in megapixels makes up in technology. The new 10.2 MOS sensor is built to enhance images in low light without putting too much strain on the camera. It allows the camera to record up to a 51,200 ISO without extending the ISO.
Along with the new sensor, the GH5s comes with an array of specs that takes this camera high into the prosumer level.
My first time hearing of Team Kaliber was during the CWL Dallas event in December of last year. And I was rooting for them to beat the very popular OpTic Gaming. (They even have their own booth at the event.) The latter team has been dominating in the Call of Duty Championships for almost three years… that is until the two teams competed against each other in Call of Duty: WWII matches at the Dallas event. Kaliber came out on top, with OpTic Gaming coming in third place.
Over the weekend, Team Kaliber and OpTic Gaming competed again at the CWL New Orleans Open held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. And once again Team Kaliber makes it to the top, earning them a large piece of the event’s $200,000 prize pool. OpTic Gaming did not fare well.
OpTic lost the first round to Echo Fox in the winner bracket. Soon after, they lost again to Red Reserve, putting them in the top-twelve spot.
With Kaliber at the top, Teams Luminosity Gaming, Rise Nation and Red Reserve claim the other top spots.
“Winning back-to-back events means the world to us. A lot of people doubted us, even after our Championship win at CWL Dallas, and I’m glad we could prove them all wrong,” said CWL New Orleans Open MVP, Martin ‘Chino’ Chino. “I’m really proud of us but...
One of the biggest booths at this year’s CES belonged to Samsung Electronics; however, there was no mention of smartphones or wearable tech. Instead, Samsung wanted to focus on simplifying being connected. Whether it’s your home or office, the company wanted it to be easy for consumers to share and receive information.
“Bixby 2.0” is Samsung’s digital “assistant.” Future Samsung home appliances will have Bixby installed, making that fundamental leap forward to making digital assistants part of everyday life. Currently Samsungs’ S8, S8+, and Note 8 are the only devices that carry Bixby. So Samsung is hoping that as more devices roll out with Bixby 2.0, it will create a seamless interaction with the technology that we use every day.
Bixby 2.0 was not the only thing we experienced at the Samsung booth. Here are just a few things that we felt really stood out for Samsung this year.Modular T.V.
Quite possibly the biggest attraction at Samsung was the 146-inch modular T.V. Otherwise known as “THE WALL.” While most homes hold a single paneled LED T.V., Samsung is debuting the world’s first MicroLED television. What does that mean? Consumers would be able to buy a series of 9×9” LED panels to create their customized display. Samsung built their modular T.V. to the height of 146-inches which is the standard size of a single wall inside an American home.
Jonghee Han, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung,...
Surprisingly, Nokia made its presence known at CES 2018 in a much different way that you would expect… they introduced the health category line. As an avid fan of affordable designer and smartwatches, I was curious to see that it had some very sophisticated looking watches under its product line. I was even more surprised by the fact that its smartwatch seemed to trump the last 2 fitness-only watches that I own, a FitBit and Basis Peak fitness watch. I then switched to a different smartwatch than my original Samsung, since the LG Urbane covers fitness tracking and heart rate monitor. Why all this information? Well, because I thought that only the third generation of Fossil watches would be the watch that I wanted to review after CES, and boy, was I wrong.
The Nokia Steel HR supports the sophisticated elegance necessary for a young professional, while also offering a wide array of fitness tracking benefits. It currently boasts a 25-day battery life that can be recharged through the dock. It also supports heart rater monitoring through its personalized app report that does around-the-clock activity tracking. I can not tell you how beneficial that is for people who work out or are progressing through their fitness goals. I have forgotten countless of times to turn on my Google fit fitness tracking, compared to Nokia’s automatic activity tracking that can recognize activities...
CES 2018 brings some of the best tech in the world to the Las Vegas Convention Center every year. And with that, the leading consumer electronics companies bring their A game with the latest and greatest tech, trying to one-up each another. Being an avid fan of Sony products since I was a kid, I can say I am a bit partial to them. However, I also own an LG and Samsung television, along with a few other brands besides my Sony 60″ inch.
Walking into the Sony booth, the first thing I noticed was the 65″ A1E, its flagship OLED, which kills its only competition in every side-by-side comparison. But behind it is where the newest model was being showcased, the new A8F, which is the updated and improved version of the OLED. Not only is it thinner and can stand straight, it doesn’t have the pivot stand that some people worry about. It still does have the Acoustic Surface Sound, making it the best built-in sound in the large TV market. It comes in both 55″ and 65″, has the newest X1 extreme processor, supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, and has a clear rear look that allows you to cover all cable management through a unique removable panel.Credit: Nerd Reactor/Robert Galvan
Next up we got to see the new 85″ 8k Sony television. I did go...
With the recent success of battle royale games like PUBG and Fortnite, Hi-Rez is joining the battle royale bandwagon. Last week, Hi-Rez surprised us with the announcement of Paladins: Battlegrounds. Labeled as the first Hero Shooter Battle Royale game, Paladins: Battlegrounds throws our champions in the ultimate PvP matchup. Staying true to Paladins, Battlegrounds sticks to a 4-player matchup where playing as a team is key to survival. With up to 100 players at anytime, up to 25 teams of 4 compete for victory.
What separates Paladins: Battlegrounds from other battle royale games is the focus on team gameplay. Rather than making it a massive free for all, Hi-Rez has opted to maintain the original gameplay in a battle royale setting. Granted a tank hero won’t be as effective alone in a 100 free for all, but pitted with 3 others, his chances increase.
Early footage show teams being randomized from the start. With a set of Champions to choose from, it allows for a different experience each time. Also gameplay is similar to other battle royale games where players fight for loot and attempt to escape a fog that grows close toward the center. There is no official release date yet, but Hi-Rez is aiming for early 2018.Check out the Paladins: Battlegrounds trailer and alpha footage below
Anker is one of the most trusted cell phone cable brands selling on Amazon. I’ve been a fan, myself, for many years and often recommend their cables to friends and family. It was at last year’s CES when I first met these guys, and I am happy to say that they are cool people after seeing them again at this year’s CES.
Anker has been expanding its product line to include products and technologies outside of cables. Anker Innovations is the name that covers all these new products. My first thought was that Anker had money to blow and bought out other companies, but that is not the case here. I was quickly corrected that these are all in-house developed products. Here are some of our favorites that we saw at CES this year from Anker:ZOLO Liberty+ Earphones
Truly wireless earbuds were probably the top 5 of all products introduced at CES this year. The ZOLO Liberty+ Earphones are Anker’s entry into this jungle. This product is not yet on the market, but expect them mid-2018.
Projectors are dime a dozen at CES, but how many of them come in the size of a soda can. Anker Innovations’ NEBULA Capsule also boasts 4 hours of movie playtime. The NEBULA Capsule is...
By Dan Moore
If you like MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games and have never heard of Tencent’s Arena of Valor, more than likely you will very soon. Arena of Valor was only released in North America last month, but is already the largest MOBA and game for that matter in the world, thanks to its popularity in China. The mobile MOBA has over 200 million registered players and regularly hits 80 million daily active users. There are many factors that have led to the game’s success, one of them being the enchanting score, so we decided to speak with one of the game’s award-winning composers, Matthew Carl Earl.
Matthew is the lead composer and co-owner (alongside Richard Ludlow) of Hexany Audio, a company that produces custom sound, music, and dialogue for video games, VR, and interactive media. Some of Matthew’s other credits include Armor Games’ Iron Knight, Assault Fire and Moonlight Blade both by Tencent. In the below exclusive interview, we talk to Matthew about everything from his work on Arena of Valor to musical trends in different areas of the world.
How would you describe your score for Arena of Valor?
Matthew Carl Earl: As overused as the word is; Epic. Everyone working on the score has just gone to the nines creating a huge, competitive atmosphere.
There have been many versions of Arena of Valor...
The hotel behind the John Wick movies is getting its own TV series – The Continental.
Starz announced today at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour that they are working on The Continental, a action drama series based on the hotel in the John Wick films. The potential series will be set in the John Wick universe and focus on the inner-workings of the exclusive Continental Hotel – a hotel for assassins with their own set of rules.
Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy, Man in the High Castle) will write the script and serve as the showrunner. The people behind the films will also work on the series, including Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk, Chad Stahelski, screenwriters Derek Kolstad and Collins, and actor Keanu Reeves. If the series is greenlit, Stahelski will direct the pilot.
Starz CEO and President Chris Albrecht said of the series, “This series is truly unlike anything else on TV. The Continental promises to include the thunderous fight sequences and intensely staged shootouts between professional assassins and their targets that fans have come to expect in the John Wick movie franchise as well as introducing some new, darkly compelling characters who inhabit this underground world.”
The John Wick franchise has grossed nearly $300 million worldwide. The third John Wick film, starring Reeves, is set to release in May of 2019. There was no word whether or not Ian McShane, who plays the hotel...
Coming fresh off their Golden Globes win on Sunday, Amazon announced they will stream the complete series of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for free starting on Friday, January 12th at 12:01 am and ending at 11:59 pm on Monday, January 15th via the Prime Video app, Fire TV, and online.
The series won two Golden Globes for Best Musical or Comedy TV Series and another for series star Rachel Brosnahan, who won for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series. The series, which has high marks from critics and fans, starts Brosnahan as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a 1950s New York Jewish woman who is living the life as a wife, mother, successful parents, and a beautiful Upper West Side apartment. Her whole life is turned upside down and the only thing that could help her through the chaos, is her talent for stand-up comedy.
The pilot, which debuted in March last year on Amazon Video, drew in an average rating of 4.8 with 92% 5-star reviews. When the season was fully released on November 29th, the average rating increased to 4.9 with 93% 5-star reviews.
The series is created, written, and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the woman who brought you the Gilmore Girls. Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino serve as executive producers. The series also stars Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub, Michael Zegen, and Marin Hinkle. The series has been renewed for...
There is an action film called Proud Mary coming out this weekend starring Empire’s Taraji P. Henson as a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston. Mary is fierce, tough, and doesn’t take shit from anybody. Not many people were aware of this and it could be due to Sony, the company behind the film, lack of promotion for the film.
In a world where Black Panther just broke records with the most pre-ticket sales tickets sold for the first few days of its release next month, it’s pretty sad to see not much promotion being done for Proud Mary. The film was not even given an advance press screening for film reviews, which to some critics and fans could mean bad news.
Sony Pictures has been putting out ads out, but if you compared it to the other films they’ve released, it’s pretty bare in comparison. Sony’s animated film Peter Rabbit has done extensive social media game with contests, unique posters, and even more featurettes. Most of the promotion for Proud Mary is coming from Henson herself, including an awkward tilted Facebook Live video.
Henson shared her frustrations with the lack of international promotion to The Hollywood Reporter last month, “[Studios] never expect [black films] to do well overseas. Meanwhile, you go overseas and what do you see? People trying to look like African-Americans with Afros...