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We urgently need your help – Please support Mari #HelpMari

It has been quiet some time since my last post here. Shifting house , being busy working on other things and vacation plus important time with my family had been my priority for the last months.

I am writing today as I came to know that Mari, a loyal friend, a contributor on the Blog and a generally very lovely person is suffering from a stage 5 Kidney disease.  The Kidneys are working only at a very few percent as of now. She needs urgent dialysis treatments and a kidney transplant . She is currently in Dubai,  she is due to her sickness not on a job any longer and is also without healthcare and a valid visa right now. She has failed to meet financial obligations which make it impossible for her just to leave the country and get (a still very expensive) treatment in the Philippines.  She has as well two kids who still need her mother with them.

Her sister has setup a campaign in order to raise money for improving her health status as there is no other way out. If you can support the Campaign or work for or know an organisation that could help her here in the UAE please let me know. Any help is much appreciated.  Our prayers are with Mari and her family.


And the new Huawei P10 is going to…

Another competition has come to end the other day. This time around we had given away a Huawei P10 smartphone!  As well this time we had plenty of participants who wanted this cool piece of phone for themselves. But as usual there can be only one winner in the end…

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And the Winner is: 

  • Vitali Safronkine

Vitali Safronkine you have an email now and got 24 hours to answer on it. Should no answer have been received by then another winner will be drawn.

For all others that could not win this time: Watch this space, a new gadget competition is coming up pretty soon and there are some Movie Premiere Invites coming up as well!

Here again a few details about the phone:

The Huawei P10 features a 5.1-inch 1080p display and Huawei’s own Kirin 960 processor, which has proven to be quite powerful according to leaked early benchmark tests. The phone includes 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and microSDXC support, as well as a large 3,200 mAh battery. The handset also sports a Leica-branded dual-lens rear camera setup that marries a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor with a 12-megapixel main sensor. And yes, Huawei has aped the Portrait Mode feature from Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus to create a bokeh effect on portraits that’s similar to what you would get from a DSLR.

Movie Review: Fast & Furious 8

In 2009, Justin Lin has turned the only very moderately successful street racing franchise with the fourth part “Fast & Furious -New Model Original Parts. ” into a James Bond-on-Speed ​​direction. Since then the makers of were able to put on more thrill on it with every further movie, although it feels every time, as if they had really pushed the accelerator pedal to the limit: more stars, more action, more madness, more family and From time to time more success in at the Ticket Box (“Fast & Furious 7” has made more than one and a half billion dollars worldwide). “Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) gets spontaneous in a two-man street race while in Havana during his honeymoon with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez).  In which he himself takes a seat behind the wheel of a just in time tuned as well as possible scrap car. Does the “Fast & Furious” series, directed by F. Gary Gray (“Straight Outta Compton”), return to their more modest roots? Of course not!!! The racing duel takes on such absurd excessive trains at the latest on the finish line, that one only shakes his head in disbelief and applauds at the same time.

Directly after this the story starts, Dom is approached by a woman with blond dreadlocks on the street with a breakdown, that turns out to be the internationally sought-after super-hackeress Cypher (Charlize Theron) and declares she Dom that he will soon throw over his brothers, his family and his principles. When DSS agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) asks for help with an action in Berlin, where a powerful EMP bomb is to be secured, Dom and his crew do not need to be asked twice as expected. But on the run, Dom rammed the completely surprised Hobbs without warning from the road and fled with the bomb toward the airport. The family is split! From now on, it says: Dom against the rest of his team – and no one else knows why he suddenly turned against his friends …

If once in your favorite daily soap someone suddenly turned out to be a villain, then my grandma told me so excited and angry as if she had just been escaped by a close family member. Now the “Fast & Furious” series is now nothing more than a $ 200 million per episode of expensive Mega Blockbuster soap opera – so after the release of the first trailer, there was no other topic : WTF ? Dom turns against his family? He can not bring that! But after the first shock came quickly also the first worries – because in Soap Operas no matter what magnitude such twists are so synonymous times grotesquely ridiculous. And so we have also discussed the most absurd theories: Thought control? Hypnosis? A clone or twin? Blackmail with a sextape? Please do not! But the fear we can take you directly! The reason for Dom’s departure from his team is the same as in the previous four parts of the series: the twist is equally emotionally grounded and completely detached – just like the entire franchise.

At the same time, the concentration on the central twist also leads to a certain narrative narrowing: In the previous parts, mostly all crew members have their own little action line, only Dom and Letty make a real emotional development in the eighth part. Tyrese Gibson, as Pearce, is the only one out of the team who is not on the list of the ten most wanted criminals Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham have a great winking-and-men-killing, and the self-ironic points are sure to hit their target! And even if things get really silly, for example if Johnson is doing a little bit of ambition with a girl soccer team or Statham is carrying a toddler in a baby bowl during a shooting, that is always really entertaining.

In comparison, the high-profile newcomers are rather disappointing: Oscar winner Charlize Theron (excellent for “monsters”) hits as a nearly god-like hacker whimsical about the strings and their common scenes with Vin Diesel are also adequately intensified (especially one moment is Really extremely dark), but most of the time she comments on the action only with villain-cliché-onelines out of their deployment center. This is rather tiring in the long run – especially in “Fast & Furious 8” similar to last time in “James Bond: Specre” the plot of the previous films is retrospectively : this already works just on the pure action level, But above all, Cypher, as a new top adversary, is simply not impressive enough to justify such a special position. Scott Eastwood (“Suicide Squad”) is a very good figure as agent Eric Reisner, but does not have much to do apart from the action. So it is, from all the newcomers of the series ultimately Oscar winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”), which as a White Trash-Grande lady in her unfortunately only few scenes steals all others the show.

There is a lot of good news about the “Fast & Furious” series that we have already written about as the characters and actors, but almost nothing about the action in a blockbuster franchise of this size: apart from the opening one Havana sequence, which already writes history because “Fast & Furious 8” is the first film of this scale, which was filmed after the fall of the commercial bargain in Cuba, will mainly be two sequences in the Actioncinema annals: the frenzied Final on a frozen Russian sea, where the crew flees in their cars across the ice in front of an atomic submarine, impresses with its sheer gigantomania and is particularly fond of a great attitude, in which the submarine is like a Killer whale and the cars on the ice surface like fleeing penguins. Still more memorable, because of the more refined, the New York sequence is in the middle of the film: Cypher hackes herself into the on-board computer of thousands of cars and shapes them (partly with inmates, partially without) into a kind of intelligent metal-instead- Swarm, which she rushes unstoppably to her goal. At the latest when the cars do not just roll like a metal zombie horde through the streets, but also “cars” from the car parks “to rain”, there is really nothing left to do but to celebrate the Movie with a big little boy grin thrown on the screen!

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Win a Xbox One S Fifa Bundle with the Acme Blog

We are coming closer to Easter and so we are giving away another pretty cool Gadget. This time we got a brand new Xbox One S 500GB Fifa Bundle up for grabs Folks!

And this is how you can win:

Just participate below and have the chance to win. Please note that this competition is International. The device will be either shipped via Aramex/DHL or handed over in person in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

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Here are some infos on the Xbox One S 500GB Fifa Bundle:

The Xbox One S FIFA 17 Bundle (500GB), with three Loan Legends and one month of EA Access, only on Xbox One. Featuring 4K Blu-ray, 4K video streaming, High Dynamic Range and a full game download of FIFA 17. Powered by Frostbite, FIFA 17 delivers true-to-life action, takes players to new football worlds, introduces characters full of depth and emotion, and immerses you in authentic football experiences like FIFA 17’s The Journey, a brand new cinematic and narrative-driven mode. And with EA Access, play EA games for a limited time before they’re released and get unlimited access to The Vault, exclusively on Xbox One. With all the biggest blockbusters this year, and over 100 console exclusives, there’s never been a better time to game with Xbox One.

* 4K streaming with select apps, see HDR functionality available with supported games and TVs. After free month, EA Access requires paid subscription, sold separately; see for details. Loan Legends will be randomly selected and only available for play in five games; ISP fees apply. Xbox Live Gold (sold separately) also required to access certain Vault title online features. Game download code inside. Game download from Xbox Live; ISP fees apply; significant storage required.

In the box

  • 1TB Xbox One S console
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • FIFA 17 full game download
  • 3 FIFA Ultimate Team Loaned Legends
  • 1 Rare Player Pack
  • 1-month EA Access
  • HDMI cable
  • Power cord
  • 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial