That Visa-powered payment ring is now available to everyone

That Visa-based payment ring is no longer limited to athletes who made it to the Olympics in Rio. Anyone can now pre-order an NFC Ring that lets you tap to pay at many store terminals without pulling out your phone or twisting your wrist. Plunk down about $53 and you can get one in your size around its expected December ship date. As with the Apple Watch, you don’t need your phone around once you have set it up — it uses anonymizing tokens to make payments all by itself. It’s not flawless but it’s far subtler than many existing payment methods.

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So the new Flagship Honor 8 has arrived in Europe – Here is the pricing

So finally the latest high-end phone from the Huawei-owned Honor brand is officially arrived in Europe today. At an event hold in Paris today, Honor announced that the Honor 8 — recently unveiled to an American audience — will be available from today itself, priced at 399€  in Germany. Huawei’s vMall outlet will get it first, along with an “anniversary package” of bundled goodies. Great time to buy hence. On the carrier side, Three will offer the Honor 8 for sale “in the coming weeks.” Nothing so far on other carriers, but this should go quickly looking at how popular Honor is getting.

The newly released Honor 8 brings many of the internals we are already familiar with from the actual Huawei P9 family — Huawei’s high-end Kirin 950 chip, 4GB of RAM and a dual-camera setup combining both color and monochrome sensors for improved detail and clarity. Unlike the Huawei phone, the Honor 8 bears no Leica branding, but it appears to be much the same hardware on the inside. Naturally, Honor’s trademark fingerprint security makes a return, with another rear-mounted sensor. The Honor 8’s launch price is a good bit higher than previous Honor phones, reflecting the improvements in build quality and higher-end internals than previous offerings such as the Honor 7 and 5X.

Check out the Video below of the Honor 8:

Movie Review: The Mechanic 2: Resurrection

Another new film hitting cinemas this week is The Mechanic 2: Resurrection. The sequel of the 2011 Action Movie The Mechanic. The movie stars again Jason Statham as Arthur Bishop in his well known role as the Mechanic. an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It’s a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. New in this addition is Jessica Alba as Gina. She is mainly just good looking then really proving her acting skills, neither his her role really understandable or believable and its hard to sell that this is the reason he is bullied into doing all the kill jobs. The romantic connection between the two is completely nil. Tommy Lee Jones whose screen time could have been more in my opinion portrays a rather odd looking (Ozzy Osbourne alike) villain, but that is just the way villains have to look nowadays I guess.

mechanic-resurrection01However back to the critics, if  you are looking for Oscar worthy acting or dialogues than The Mechanic 2: Resurrection is certainly not the right movie for you. It is as well not going to reinvent the action genre or is bringing a massive change into an established formula.  But if you are looking for the typical Statham movie where plenty of bad guys get wasted in a number of ways by Statham, which is always entertaining somehow, than you are right in this movie. This sequel is another pretty decent entry into Stathams filmography that as well further pits him as one of the top action stars of this generation.

The CGI was partially too much and I would have preferred rather classic stunt work now and then, but nevertheless the movie is watch and enjoyable at all times.  The scenery is chosen well with great locations in Rio, Sydney and South East Asia. The pace of the movie is quick but a bit bumpy at times. But this doesn´t harm the entertainment factor.

Conclusion

I really enjoy Jason Statham films and hence liked The Mechanic 2: Resurrection quite a lot.  If you are not into the typical Statham movies

Acme Blog Movie Rating:  4.0 Stars

 

Geeky: A pretty awesome Star Wars Repositionable Wall Mural

Aint this cool?This original wallmural features the famous characters from the Star Wars movies. It’s the perfect gift to any Star Wars fan and a must-have of every man’s cave.

This wall mural is reusable, removable and super easy to install. Just peel it off, stick wherever you want and reposition whenever and wherever you like. It won’t leave any sticky residue, rip or wrinkle. And it’s eco-friendly too!

Buy it here: Fancy

Movie Review: Now You See Me 2

One year after the implementation of its spectacular and plentiful far-fetched plan, the magician Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merrit McKinney (Woody Harrelson) and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), aka the “4 Horsemen”, continue to run away from the law, while “the eye” tells them to wait for further instructions from a secret network of stage magicians and illusionists. The fourth in the league of modern Robin Hoods, Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), has left the team and is replaced by the over enthusiastic champion of illusion Lula (Lizzy Caplan). Meanwhile their ally Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) tries to maintain his cover as an FBI agent and dissuade the authorities from the track of the Horsemen, while planning their next appearance. In this they are to uncover the machinations of a corrupt businessman (Ben Lamb) during the presentation of his new technology. After a good start, however, everything goes down horribly wrong and suddenly the great swindlers are even tricked. Rhodes’ Double Life flies open and the four horsemen are found in Macau in the clutches of the presumed dead Hi-tech billionaire Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe). To stay alive, the four use their skills to steal a computer chip of Mabrys former business partner from a high-security facility.

1Meanwhile Rhodes has to ally with his rival Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), who he brought behind prison bars in the latest movie, to track the Horsemen, but of course Bradley also follows as well his own plans. At last, insurance magnate Arthur Tresslein (Michael Caine), who was badly bitten by the 4 Horsemen in the last movie, holds some powerful threads and works in the background and has only revenge in his mind.

Now You See Me, which ran in our cinemas three years ago, can best be described as Ocean’s Eleven (or, more precisely, Ocean’s Four) with magic tricks and has quenched the thirst of all those moviegoers who vainly long waited for the return of George Clooney and his crew. As Steven Soderbergh trilogy, also Louis Leterriers film lived of his renowned ensemble, the chemistry of the actors and the sophisticated methods by which the protagonists alike led the audience and their unsympathetic, rich adversaries led up the garden path. The pace of the movie was kept so fast that it takes most viewers until after the movie to understand how completely implausible and logic free this all just seems. The film itself was basically nothing more than a magic show: a large, glittering, gimmicky innovative spectacle and much distraction, but in fact it just hot air. but at the point it did not matter because you got exactly what you paid for – Two hours of fun and amazement.

Now You See Me 2 is basically nothing else, just constructed a little more hair-raising, smug, international and so intense on twists and turns that the surprise effect wears out on its sustainability. The first big quite hard to believe Twist comes relatively early in the movie (the trailer does not show it, therefore I will not be a spoiling here neither) and if you have this once digested, then you will probably be able to accept the rest. How much of the movie then works for one, depends here on the extent to which viewers are pre warned by the first part and are willing to engage in this at times stupid action. The skills presented in the film correspond as much with the reality of the stage magic shows as the James Bond series reflects the everyday life of intelligence work. Once you are able to accept that, then you can adjust to a worthy successor to one of the most entertaining films of recent years.

J. Daniel Atlas: We are going out with a show people will never forget.

Fans of the original can look forward to a see again with most actors of the first film, with the exception of Isla Fisher, but she was anyway the most colorless member of the Horsemen in the original. Talkalot Lizzy Caplan ( “Masters of Sex”) turns out in this regard as a very welcome addition. Only the somewhat hastily hinted romance between her and Dave Francos figure is really unnecessary. The most fun time I got with Woody Harrelson, who proves once again as one of the most diverse actors of his generation, and Daniel Radcliffe in a role that could be a long audition for a later career of megalomaniac villains. Jesse Eisenberg (whose hair is not quite grown to Batman v Superman) plays the arrogant ass again so convincing that one must now ask whether he does not just every time present himself. Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine act as routinely as you would expect from these two veteran actors and even if they could play these roles in their sleep , you would always like what you see. All have a lot fun in their roles and are aware at all times of the ludicrous plot . Only Mark Ruffalo as Dylan must continue to deal with the childhood trauma to his late father, which seemed somehow really fake and needless. Had Ocean’s Eleven benefited if George Clooney would have cherished additional revenge against Andy Garcia’s casino owners because of his father? Hardly likely.
nowyousee2Even the half-hearted attempt of the film to speak out against the global monitoring and data theft, is sinking rapidly in the spectacle around it, and that’s a good thing. What the MacGuffin, which everybody here is behind, can actually do is largely irrelevant to the story. As it is, stolen however is a key sequence and one of the highlights of the film. At the latest in this scene, in which a game card is passed around in a hermetically sealed space in creative ways between the four protagonists, without the present security guards getting wind of it, takes away any logic or the appearance of realism and is devoted only and alone with the aim to impress the audience as much as possible and to keep them happy, with what it largely succeeds. Only some obvious computer generated effects that are used int he scene spoil the fun a bit.

In this way it takes from one trick, deception or stunt to the next, to a grand finale that should surprise again, but the captive audience can see this one coming far in advance. It’s fun anyway, which is due to the cast, but also to the quick directing of the movie. Jon M. Chu took over the sequel from previous director Louis Leterrier, but the change had little clear impact on the film, who continues faithfully the line of his predecessor. To its advantage Chu has incorporated only his experience with spectacular choreographies from the second and third Step Up film into the movie. That parts of the film played in China and that with Jay Chou ( known as Seth Rogen’s sidekick Kato in The Green Hornet) also participates a star of Chinese cinema, is an obvious concession of Hollywood due to the fact that the Chinese market is a very important role to the success of the movies nowadays. But despite this reasonable assumption the location change benefits Now You See Me 2 , which still leads in the end to London. However, the film would have done something good spending more time in the editing room, because on 129 minutes running time, it can not always keep the same high pace, so that in contrast to Part 1 the audience often is given an opportunity during the film to think about how unrealistic this movie actually is.

When the showdown of good and evil is over, the film draws yet again the carpet away under the feet. “We still have about six million questions,” says a character at the end of the film and speaks the audience smoothly from the soul. The writers are not interested in (or simply unable) to answer this, because ultimately the possibility of further continuation will be kept open.

Conclusion

Now You See Me 2 is longer, more effect wealthy, better constructed and more unbelievable (no mean feat!) than its predecessor, but almost just as entertaining, what he owes to his great cast and its unwavering efforts to make the audience stunned.

Acme Blog Movie Rating:  4.5 Stars

And the Exclusive Invites for the Advanced Screening of “Swiss Army Man” are going to…

thumbnail_24201Front Row Filmed Entertainment and The Acme Blog had given 5 lucky readers the chance to win Exclusive double Invites to the Advanced Screening of the upcoming Adventure/Comedy/Drama “Swiss Army Man” directed and written by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert and starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) and  Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Live Free,Die Hard).

The advanced screening of the film will take place on Monday (tomorrow), August 22, 2016, at the REEL Cinemas, The Dubai Mall. Doors open at 8:15 pm. Film starts at 8:30 pm (sharp). Seating as usual is on first-come first-serve basis. Children will not be allowed to this screening as it is rated 15+.

The right answer on the asked question which caracter Mary Elizabeth Winstead played in the 2013 Die Hard franchise was of course Lucy.

And The Winners are:

  • John Sharma
  • Ashok
  • Benjamin Braganza
  • Dania Choucair
  • Elena Masirag

Congratulations again , and enjoy the Movie!

Here again the Plot in short: A hopeless man stranded in the wilderness befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.

“Swiss Army Man” will release in UAE Cinemas on August 25 and you can check out the Trailer below:

 

Movie Review: Suicide Squad

suicide-squad-poster-400x600No joke: A ghetto crocodile, a full Crazy woman, a contract killer, an arsonist, a sword woman and a bush criminal are meeting at a bar and discuss over the American criminal justice system. Well, not quite, we are in Hollywood and at a comic book movie. Social Criticism stays outsidem. In “Suicide Squad” it is all about individual guilt and personal retribution among jail birds.

Discussing system issues and individual fates is easy possible during “Suicide Squad” in the cinema while the film is running, because it never runs the risk of missing important moments as long as you do not forget to interrupt the conversation whenever on the screen either Margot Robbie and Will Smith may have a scene.

They both play criminals in the sort that can only be stopped by superhumans. For their misdeeds they pay as members of a Suicise Squad (hence the movie title), working for the Government of the United States under a bloodhound program “metahumans” (superman in Silicon Valley English) in covert operations to the worst fronts of internal security.

The colorful characters were in it (like the audience in real life) no longer faced with the naive alternative between”good or evil” but faced with gray areas where good sometimes does evil and evil does good – On Marvel this way concerned the Punisher, Wolverine , Daredevil and Co., at DC it concerns Batman, Lobo, Green Lantern or as well the Suicide Squad.

Will Smith as a black contract Killer Deadshot fits in quite well, he demands for his services by the state to accommodate his little daughter on a Ivy League college, and if the marks are not enough, “I need you to white people that thing “- I want from you that you clear the path of life as freely for my child from obstacles as it presents itself to you whites at youth.

The biggest disappointment is Jared Leto as short of breath shallow Joker. How could it happen, that an expert like this actor creates a closn of the Heath Ledgers “The Dark Knight” Joker? ) The devil knows – no joke.

While the movie is entertaining it is not really interesting. It is easy predictable and you can clearly see that DC is trying its very best to keep up to the success generated by Marvel with their movies.

Acme Blog Movie Rating:  3.0 Stars

 

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