Category Archives: cool things

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.

Star Wars: The Lego Porg

Love them or hate them, Porgs are one of the most iconic creatures from the new Star Wars sequel trilogy. Nearly universally loved for their cuteness, the tiny feathered creatures have featured prominently in promotional materials and scores of toys from The Last Jedi right from the beginning. The first minifigure-scale LEGO Porgs appeared in the 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon last year, but LEGO is now releasing a life-size sculpture of the fuzzy birds. 75230 Porg contains 811 pieces, and it retails for €69,99.

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.

Need a Desk ? This is the one!

If you are in the market for a new Desk. This one is impossible to ignore.  Watch your productivity go from 0 to 100 in mere seconds by parking your keister behind this Lamborghini Aventador desk. You’ll complete those TPS reports in record time as you cruise through your long and winding workday behind this gorgeous desk.

Downturn ? Well, it comes with a price tag…

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Movie Review: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

I had watched The Last Jedi the other day and I will try here to review it without giving away spoilers or twists.

The eighth part of the ‘Star Wars’ saga  is strikingly dazzling. After a material battle to kick off – the new director Rian Johnson (‘ Brick ‘) looks deep into the wounded souls of his heroes – especially in the dark Kylo Ren.

I You’re not really doing much, “Young Rey says disrespectfully to Jedi retiree Luke Skywalker, and the authors of the sequels have no scruples killing the gospel of George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars’, they proved in Episode VII, when angry Kylo Ren literally made his father, Han Solo, disappear into oblivion: he pushed him casually into an abyss – an inglorious end to Han Solo (Harrison Ford), who many fans considered the coolest character in the galaxy.

We meet Rey and Luke Skywalker right back where the cliffhanger at the end of J.J. Abrams’ seventh part on her fate in the unknown left: On a picturesque as well as deserted island whose steps carved into the rock seem almost to lead to heaven.

There, in the remnants of an ancient Jedi temple, the aged and broken Luke Skywalker lives his life. He was the youthful hero in the first three ‘Star Wars’ movies in the 1970s and 80s and is played as always by Mark Hamill, who has also matured dramatically compared to back then. However, the juvenile hero figure is a woman in the 21st century: 25-year-old Daisy Ridley, who showed in the last part who is wearing the three-quarter pants in the Star Wars universe.

Today, she is a strong supporter of Leia Organa (the 2016 deceased Carrie Fisher in one of her last roles). And Leia does not have to be saved in a bikini anymore. The princess of yesteryear is now general of the Resistance. She commands with heartfelt but forbidden attention the few resistance fighters who want to put an end to the leader of the evil First Order, Supreme Leader Snoke (as always a show: Andy ‘Gollum’ Serkis).

But the wild Rey desperately needs training to use her powers properly. The offer of father murderer Kylo Ren she had knocked out in the last movie. He clearly has a problem with his Anger Management. First, his fancy Darth Vader memorial helmet falls victim to a tantrum. So this time we get to see a lot of Adam Driver, who creates his Kylo Ren as a wonderfully weak villain.

Now, Rey hopes to Jedi veteran Luke Skywalker as a teacher, but he does not really want. What he carries with him for a small package and what Rey and Kylo Ren have in common, I do not want to reveal here. Only so much: There is a lot of sheet metal damage, the lightsabers are eagerly swung, and a lot of Star Wars stripes are looked up into the confused souls of the characters.

In addition old acquaintances appear again – and on both sides new heads. The biggest cuteness factor this time even not the droll droid BB-8, but feathered critters with big eyes. Yeah, ‘Lucas Film’ is now owned by Disney. So there is something for everyone in the far, far away galaxy. Boredom is guaranteed not to occur in the 151 minutes, which feel like one and a half hours.

Conclusion:

While there are things to criticize, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is definitely one of the better Star Wars movies. Where exactly you place it within the saga, whether over or under The Empire Strikes Back, or Rogue One, is likely to depend heavily on personal taste. The established new characters in the predecessor such as Rey and Kylo Ren, but also Finn and Poe undergo important developments and finally take the lead of the old squad. All of this happens in a great story that steals here and there from the old days, but clearly proves more autonomy.

Especially in the space battles the film draws grandiose pictures with first-class effects on the canvas. Offside, Rian Johnson continues the work with many practical effects that give the film a more realistic look. Beyond doubt is the work of John Williams, who returns to his best. This is mainly because he again used more old themes in the soundtrack and thus enhances the recognition. An increase over Episode 7 is The Last Jedi without a doubt. A definite recommendation for every moviegoer – for Star Wars fans anyway.

Rating: (5 / 5)

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