All posts by Martin Mancyk

Gadget Freak, Party Animal, Coin Collector, Outdoor Guy and Homer Simpson sympathisant. Most times flying around the Middle East Martin brings a huge knowledge and insight to the Acme Blog.

Cool: The App-Controlled LEGO Batmobile

With Christmas coming closer this is quite a cool gift.  Speed to Gotham City crime scenes with the motorized LEGO® DC Super Heroes 76112 App-Controlled Batmobile. This cool vehicle features 2 motors powered by a Bluetooth-controlled battery hub, an opening minifigure cockpit, 4-wheel drive and 2 dual stud shooters. Simply download the app to control the vehicle from your smartphone or tablet. This set also includes a new-for-August-2018 Batman™ minifigure.

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Honor 8X now available!

If you were looking for a pretty good phone for Christmas, this one might be your choice: The new Honor 8X.  The Honor X series was at the latest with the Honor 6X the absolut secret tip among the sub 300€ smartphones. Now the Honor 8X has introduced another model to the series – we have all the details for you.

The Technical Details

Display: 16.5cm (6.5 “) FHD +, 2340 × 1080 pixels, 91% display-to-body ratio
Processor: Kirin 710 Octa-Core 2.2 GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM, 64 or 128 GB internal memory, expandable via MicroSD
Camera: 20 megapixels + 2MP dual main camera, 16MP front camera, AI camera, super slow motion shooting (480FPS)
Connectivity: WiFi to 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, LTE, Bluetooth 5.0
System: Android 8.1 Oreo / EMUI 8.2, GPU Turbo 2.0
Design: Nano-scale optical coating, three colors: red, blue, black
Battery: 3750mAh

On the software side is still Android 8.1 used instead of Android 9.0, but the upgrade is much likely to come soon . Otherwise  little has been done. The camera features have been drilled a bit and so the Honor 8X now also receives the Super Slow Motion mode with up to 480 FPS. Again, the high FPS number is achieved only by interpolation, natively are a maximum of 120 FPS at 720p possible.

In addition, there is the obligatory GPU Turbo and even the 4D Force feedback feature of the Honor Play has made it to the Honor 8X. So the phone can vibrate a bit in some games.

Technically, it relies on well-known features, only the display could now optimize the relationship between display and housing, so that a larger display can be installed without having to increase the size of the case.

To what extent it can keep up with its predecessors must show our test. Of course you will get it here as soon as it is ready. In the first impression, it is at least pleasantly high quality and the display also makes a good first impression. It remains to be seen how well the camera and the performance of the Kirin 710 does in everyday life.

What, however bothers me a lot is that a micro-USB port used instead of a usb-c one. In my opinion this should have never made it to the Honor 8X, not even with a cheap device.
The price starts at 249€ for the black Version with 64GB Memory, the blue 128GB version will set you back 279,90€ at the Official Honor store.

Google shutting down Google+ , anyone cares?

So Google has announced yesterday that it will shut down Google+ for good. That happens now after discovering that private user information may have been made public. The review revealed that a bug in the software allowed apps access to profile fields that were not marked as public, though Google said that there is no evidence that any profile data was misused. While the data exposure was minimal, and was reportedly limited to names, email addresses, occupation, gender, and age, Google said that the low adoption rate of Google+ also played a factor in the tech giant’s decisions to discontinue the service.

First I thought wow, then short after: So what, who is actually using it? I don´t use it since it startet and probably will not miss it.

Here is the statement of Google:

Finding 1: There are significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ product that meets consumers’ expectations.
Action 1: We are shutting down Google+ for consumers. Over the years we’ve received feedback that people want to better understand how to control the data they choose to share with apps on Google+. So as part of Project Strobe, one of our first priorities was to closely review all the APIs associated with Google+. This review crystallized what we’ve known for a while: that while our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps. The consumer version of Google+ currently has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds. Our review showed that our Google+ APIs, and the associated controls for consumers, are challenging to develop and maintain. Underlining this, as part of our Project Strobe audit, we discovered a bug in one of the Google+ People APIs:

  • Users can grant access to their Profile data, and the public Profile information of their friends, to Google+ apps, via the API.
  • The bug meant that apps also had access to Profile fields that were shared with the user, but not marked as public.
  • This data is limited to static, optional Google+ Profile fields including name, email address, occupation, gender and age. (See the full list on our developer site.) It does not include any other data you may have posted or connected to Google+ or any other service, like Google+ posts, messages, Google account data, phone numbers or G Suite content.
  • We discovered and immediately patched this bug in March 2018. We believe it occurred after launch as a result of the API’s interaction with a subsequent Google+ code change.
  • We made Google+ with privacy in mind and therefore keep this API’s log data for only two weeks. That means we cannot confirm which users were impacted by this bug. However, we ran a detailed analysis over the two weeks prior to patching the bug, and from that analysis, the Profiles of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected. Our analysis showed that up to 438 applications may have used this API.
  • We found no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug, or abusing the API, and we found no evidence that any Profile data was misused.

Every year, we send millions of notifications to users about privacy and security bugs and issues. Whenever user data may have been affected, we go beyond our legal requirements and apply several criteria focused on our users in determining whether to provide notice. Our Privacy & Data Protection Office reviewed this issue, looking at the type of data involved, whether we could accurately identify the users to inform, whether there was any evidence of misuse, and whether there were any actions a developer or user could take in response. None of these thresholds were met in this instance. The review did highlight the significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers’ expectations. Given these challenges and the very low usage of the consumer version of Google+, we decided to sunset the consumer version of Google+. To give people a full opportunity to transition, we will implement this wind-down over a 10-month period, slated for completion by the end of next August. Over the coming months, we will provide consumers with additional information, including ways they can download and migrate their data. At the same time, we have many enterprise customers who are finding great value in using Google+ within their companies. Our review showed that Google+ is better suited as an enterprise product where co-workers can engage in internal discussions on a secure corporate social network. Enterprise customers can set common access rules, and use central controls, for their entire organization. We’ve decided to focus on our enterprise efforts and will be launching new features purpose-built for businesses. We will share more information in the coming days.

Star Wars: Jon Favreau reveales upcoming TV Series Details

Disney’s upcoming streaming service won’t launch until late of 2019, but details surrounding one of its most highly anticipated TV series have emerged now.

Jon Favreau, who is set to write and executive produce an original, live-action scripted Star Wars TV series, on Wednesday revealed on Instagram that his new show will be called The Mandalorian.

“After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic,” Favreau shared in a post on his Instagram account.

Disney is developing multiple live-action Star Wars TV series for its upcoming streaming service, which is designed to rival Netflix. The platform will be the exclusive home for Marvel feature films and original series as well as Pixar and other Lucasfilm properties. So far, only Favreau’s involvement in one of the Star Wars TV series has been revealed. Wednesday’s announcement offers a closer look at just where the new Star Wars TV series fits in with the franchise.

For his part, Favreau is no stranger to the Star Wars universe. The actor-director played roles in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

And the Exclusive Invites for Movie Premiere of “The Man Who Knew Infinity” are going to…

THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY POSTER finalGulf Film and The Acme Blog had given 10 lucky readers the chance to win double invites to the exclusive Premiere screening of the upcoming Drama Movie The Man Who Knew Infinity directed by Matt Brown and starring Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones and Devika Bhise.

The Premiere screening will take place on Monday, May 2 (tomorrow), at 8.00pm at the  Novo Cinemas at Festival City Mall Dubai.

The right answer on the asked question  in  which 2015 Movie Release did Dev Patel star as Sonny Kapoor was of course the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2.

And The Winners are:

  • Shrishti Garg
  • Shiny Sajan
  • Swetha Kunjaparambil
  • Grace Guanco
  • Surbhi Agarwal
  • Bennett Cindy
  • Nadine El Sheik Ali
  • Mari Rosaleo
  • Zou Jaballah
  • Adel Mansour  

You all should have an email now in your inbox from us with the details how it works!

Congratulations again , and enjoy the Movie!

Here again the Plot in short: Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy.

“The Man Who Knew Infinity” will be Releasing in UAE Cinemas on May 7, 2016.

Check out the Trailer below: