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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tablet Wars: Nexus 10 vs iPad 4 vs Windows Surface vs Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Just recently, Google has introduced a new 10-inch tablet to its flagship Nexus line, which officially called Nexus 10. As a device built by the cooperation between Google and Samsung, you will find that Nexus 10 picks up some design concepts from Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1. So, we have enough reasons to believe this 10-inch Android tablet contains strong power to stack up against the newest iPad 4, Windows Surface and even the Kindle Fire HD 8.9. So, now let us take a look at the key features of all four tablets and then figure out which one is the finally king.

Screen resolution:
If you are seeking for a high quality screen, the Nexus 10 is undoubtedly the first choice. The screen resolution of the Nexus 10 is 2560 x 1600p for the 10-inch screen which comes to 300 pixels per inch beating iPad 4, Surface and Kindle Fire HD 8.9.

You know, the iPad 4 has a 2048×1536p resolution at 264 pixels per inch for a 9.7 inch screen. Surface features a 1,366 x 768p resolution at 148 pixels per inch for a 10.6 inch screen. Kindle Fire HD 8.9 includes a 1,920 x 1,200p resolution at 254 pixels per inch for an 8.9 inch screen.

Winner: Nexus 10.

When it comes to the processing speed, Nexus 10 has a 1.7GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos processor with 2GB RAM, while iPad 4 has a dual-core A6X processor with unknown RAM; Surface includes a 1.5Ghz Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU with 2GB RAM; Kindle Fire HD 8.9 features a dual-core 1.5GHz chip with 2GB RAM.

Although Apple does not reveal the RAM of iPad 4, it is widely believed iPad 4 is just with 1GB RAM. Based on the data, you might think Nexus 10 is the best one. However in my view, the phone speed cannot just be decided by its processor. The overall performance of a phone is the real determiner.

No winner here

Based on official introduction, Nexus 10 has a 5MP rear camera and 1.9-megapixel front camera for video chat; iPad 4 comes with a 5MP rear camera and a 1.2MP front camera; Surface contains two 720p HD cameras and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 includes a HD front camera.

Winner: Nexus 10

Operating system:
The Nexus 10 ships with Android 4.2 and some new features like gesture typing are added. iPad 4 runs iOS 6 and supports the smart assistant Siri. Only considering Google Map, I think Nexus 7 is better than iPad 4. At least I will never use the stupid Apple Map.

With regard to Windows Surface, it comes with Microsoft's newest Windows 8 OS. However, the apps on Windows 8 platform are so poor. Well, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is just with Android 4.0.

Winner: Nexus 10

The Nexus 10 and Surface support Wi-Fi but no 3G or 4G service, while iPad 4 and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 supports both 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections.

Winner: iPad 4 and Kindle Fire HD

Battery life:
Far as I know, Surface supports 8 hours of mixed activities; iPad 4 lasts 10 hours of video playback; both Nexus 10 and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 can be used for 9 hours video playback.

Winner: iPad 4

Nexus 10 starts at $399, while iPad 4 starts at $499, Surface starts at $499 and Kindle Fire HD starts at $299. Considering the cost and performance, undoubtedly Nexus 10 is the best one.

Winner: Nexus 10

To sum up, Nexus 10 and iPad 4 are the winners when comparing the performance.
In consideration of the high cost-effectiveness, Nexus 10 is the obvious winner.
Only take into account price, just choose Kindle Fire HD 8.9.
Okay, I will never recommend you using Windows Surface due to its high price and bad performance, only if you want to take a try on Windows 8 OS.

To make you more clear about all fours tablets, an in-depth table is provided for your reference:

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All You Need to Know about Google’s Fire-new Nexus 10, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7

What a pity to hear the news that Google's media event for its newest products is killed by hurricane Sandy. But based on its corporate blog, we have confirmed Google had originally been intended to announce its much-expected Nexus 10 tablet, Nexus 4 mobile, upgraded Nexus 7 tablet and even the updated Android 4.2 OS. So now let us take a deep look at all latest flagship devices from Google.
Google Nexus 10 tablet

As the first 10-inch tablet come to market under Google's Nexus brand, Nexus 10 has already attracted lots of attentions. Now it is on a par with Apple's iPad 4, Amazon's Kindle Fire and even Microsoft's Windows Surface. It can be said that abovementioned items are heating up the holiday sales season.

If you always keep eyes on the latest tech news, you must find that this 10-inch tablet comes with 2560 x 1600p screen resolution, which is the highest one in current tablet market and even beats the Retina Display of iPad 3 and iPad 4. Personally, this is the only one big bragging point on Nexus 10. Besides, inside the device is a dual-core 1.7 GHz CPU with 2GB of RAM. The Nexus 10 also features a 5MP rear camera and a 1.9MP front camera for video chat. Thanks to its 9,000mAh battery power, it can be used for 9 hours of continuous video playback and 500 hours standby time is available as well. Like what you expect, this device ships with freshest Android 4.2 and some new features like gesture typing are added to Nexus 7. Well, you can also find NFC, built-in micro-HDMI port and twin stereo speakers on this tablet.

Nexus 7 will go on sale on November 13. The 16GB version starts at $400, while 32GB is at $500. People in US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan are the luckiest ones to get this excellent tablet at the first time.
Google Nexus 4

As a product built with the cooperation between LG and Google, You will easily find that Nexus 4 picks up nearly all designs ideas from LG Optimus G, except for its Android 4.2 OS.

This mobile includes a 4.7-inch screen with 1280×768 resolution. What insides is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core CPU, which is clocked at 1.5GHz and with 2GB RAM. An 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front shooter, NFC, wireless charging can be found on Nexus 4 as well. No support for LTE, no Micro-SD card slot. It will be available in 8GB and 16GB version, which separately price at $299 and $399.

Perhaps you will be interested in its new feature called Photo Sphere, which supports you to take 360-degree panoramic images and upload them to Google+ and Google Maps. Just like Nexus 10, you can enjoy the Gesture Typing feature on Nexus 4 as well. This new flagship Android handset will be released on Nov. 13.
Google Nexus 7

An upgraded version for Google's best-selling product Nexus 7 comes out as well. Now, you can get 16GB Nexus 7 with a price at $199, get 32GB Wi-Fi version at $249, and get 32GB 3G version at $299.

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Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection, Rosemary's Baby and Safety Not Guaranteed are This Week's Top New Blu-ray and DVD Releases

Hey all buddies, happy Halloween! It is the spookiest time of a year again! Ready to be scared? Ha-ha, enjoy those creepy fun and take care of those tricks from your friends. Okay, get back to my topic now: Blu-ray and DVD releases this week. Below are all newest and most compelling releases on October 30, including Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection, Rosemary's Baby - Criterion Collection, Safety Not Guaranteed, The Campaign and Ruby Sparks.

1. Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection

It is really a thrilling thing to see all masterpieces from filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock finally hit stores by way of The Masterpiece Collection. This Blu-ray combo is priced at $224.86, while its DVD version released on 2005 is $89 in Amazon now. Also, This Blu-ray version combines 15 films including Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, Rear Window, The Trouble with Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy, and Family Plot. Have you found out all favorites? Far as I know, there are 13 films releasing in Blu-ray for the first time. Plus, 15 hours of bonus features are also the highlight of this masterpiece collection. 

2. Rosemary's Baby - Criterion Collection

I have no doubt that Blu-ray collection of Rosemary's Baby is tailored for Halloween night. As Roman Polanski's psychological horror classic, DO NOT miss it on this Halloween night. This incredible film has ever warranted discussion again and again. It is also a landmark horror movie deserving your viewing. But make sure never take too high expectations to watch it. Like each horror Blu-ray disc you ever bought, Rosemary's Baby - Criterion Collection also includes some terrific extra features. You can also see some interviews with Polanski, Mia Farrow, and producer Robert Evans.

3. Safety Not Guaranteed

Safety Not Guaranteed is a small film with a big idea and an even bigger heart. It is also received a positive critical response this year. You know, 2012 is teeming with various high-budget films and seemingly low-budget movies are out of favor. However, Safety Not Guaranteed is an exception. It is a thought-provoking film that you may talk about it all time after leaving the theater. More fun you will get from Safety Not Guaranteed, more thoughts you will receive from it.  

4. The Campaign

Quite funny movie, but I also should admit the story of The Campaign is a little bit stupid. I only recommend you to rent this film to get some jokes. Remember never buy it!

5. Ruby Sparks

As a romantic comedy, at this point I lack of any better words to talk about Ruby Sparks' terrible plot, bad performance…..All in all, I will never let anyone to see this movie. No expectations!

Also on Blu-ray and DVD this week
  • First Position
  • A Christmas Story 2
  • House of Dark Shadows
  • Night of Dark Shadows
  • Americano
  • Craigslist Joe
  • Coma
  • Barfi!
  • Little Rascals: Best of Our Gang [3D Blu-ray]
  • Three Stooges [3D Blu-ray]
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: Operation Antarctica
  • Metalocalypse: Season 4
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Top 5 Noteworthy WP8 and Windows 8 Portable devices in 2012 Christmas Holiday

With the launch of Microsoft Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, 2012 gives birth to a whole new generation of WP8 and Windows 8 outfitted handheld devices such as Nokia Lumia 920, Windows Phone 8X by HTC, Samsung ATIV S, Windows Surface tablet, and Samsung ATIV Tab. As far as I know, currently so many makers are partnering with Microsoft and a huge list of WP8 and Windows 8 devices will comes out in near future, like touch-screen laptops, convertible laptops, hybrid devices, all-in-one desktops, tablets and many more. Now I have come with a new list of all noteworthy WP8 and Windows 8 portable devices in 2012. Read on to know more about all these devices for your Christmas gift options.
1. Nokia Lumia 920
The Nokia Lumia 920 is the new flagship smartphone of the Windows Phone 8 range and is based around a 4.5-inch screen with PureMotion HD+ display, 8.7-Megapixel PureView camera, 1280 x 768 screen resolution, Dolby audio, LTE, dual-core Qualcomm 1.5GHz processor, 2000mAh battery life and wireless charging, making it the most innovative smartphone out there today. I also know many of you have already placed Lumia 920 on your Christmas wish lists, so do I.
2. Windows Phone 8X by HTC
The Windows Phone 8X packs a 4.3-inch S-LCD2 display, with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor under the hood. There's an impressive 8MP camera with HTC's custom Image Chip technology on the back, and a very-wide-angle 2.1MP front-facing shooter on the other side. It will launch with 16GB of onboard memory, with no option for expansion. Its Beats audio is a nice touch for music fans. NFC support is carries as well.
3. Samsung ATIV S

The ATIV S features a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor inside. On the back there's an 8MP camera, and on the front a 1.9MP shooter. It will launch in two versions, one with 16GB of storage and another with 32GB. Perhaps the optional memory is the biggest advantages of ATIV S. You know, only Samsung ATIV S gives storage options among all Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Besides, you are able to expand the memory to 64GB thanks to a microSD card slot. It will also launch with NFC capabilities.
4. Windows Surface tablet
Microsoft takes its first, big step into the tablet market with its Windows Surface. The Microsoft Surface is a Windows 8 tablet with integrated stand and keyboard running on both ARM and Intel systems. It uses an Nvidia Tegra 3 ARM processor- the same chip found in Google Nexus 7 and Transformer infinity. It is also backed a whopping 2GB of RAM, which is double than most current ARM devices. 32GB and 64 GB of storage are also on board, which can be expanded to 128GB via a microSD card slot. Its 10.6-inch IPS screen with Full HD 1,920 x 1,080p resolution is also quite compelling. Surface RT starts at $499.

5. Samsung ATIV Tab
Samsung's Ativ Tab is the first Windows RT tablet PC. Inside is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB storage (expandable to 64GB with an SD card). It has a 5-megapixel rear camera, and 1.9-megapixel front-facer. The screen is 10.1-inches, with a resolution of 1,366x768-pixels. There's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a USB port and NFC, but no 3G or 4G connectivity. Far as I know, the Samsung ATIV Tab has accepted preorders on UK.

It is crystal clear that excitement is building up around Windows Phone 8 and Window 8 devices. Exactly which one is your next Windows device? Which one is your most wanted gift on Christmas holiday?

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Top 6 Budget Tablets for Your Christmas Gifts on 2012 Christmas

November comes, which means that your big and long holiday is coming. Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving Day…..Wow, what a exciting thing to wait so many holidays in just one month! However, some annoyances just come on the heels of those holidays. Among those, perhaps the biggest trouble is what kinds of Christmas presents prepared for your family members, kids, friends, parents…..Well, if you never know what to make ready, today I will share you some ideas so as to get you out of a bind.

In person, those in high practicability and cost effectiveness are the best gifts for your Christmas. Among various gift options, tablet in decent price is the one I highly suggest. You know, a nice tablet can not only be used for computing, but also for multimedia entertaining. The functions of a tablet are far beyond our imagination and our daily activities can benefit more from those all-powerful tablets. That is also the key reason I highly recommend you buy a budget tablet for Christmas gifts.

Current market is flooded with budget tablets and there is hell lot of options to pick from. However, not all these are worth buying for your Christmas presents. Here I will list 6 worth buying tablets which give value-for-money with good performance and features.
Top 1: Google Nexus 7
Price: From $199
My Rate: 5/ 5
The Nexus 7 has a 7-inch IPS LCD screen with 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution. It runs on 1.2GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It has 8/16GB onboard storage and 1GB of RAM. It has a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera and features NFC and GPS. It has 10 hours of battery life. The 8GB sells for $199 and the 16GB sells for $249.
Top 2: Kindle Fire HD
Price: From $199
My Rate: 4.8/ 5
The brand-new Kindle Fire HD 7-inch tablet comes in 16GB and 32GB. It runs on a custom Android operating system-Amazon OS based on Android 4.0. It has a 1280 x 800 HD display with rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle. It features Dolby audio and Wi-Fi service. It has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with free unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content. It prices at $199 for the 16GB model.
Top 3: iPad Mini
Price: From $329
My Rate: 4.5/ 5
The iPad Mini has a 7.9-inch IPS LCD screen and run on Apple's latest iOS 6. It is 23 percent thinner than the fourth-generation iPad and its display screen resolution is 1,024 x 768 pixels. It has an A5 dual-core chip, 5 megapixel iSight camera on the rear of the tablet which can shoot 1080p HD video. 4G LTE and Wi-Fi support as well as the new Lightning connector available on this small-sized tablet. It also comes with a FaceTime HD camera and 10 hours of battery life. It will sell for $329 for the 16GB model.
Top 4: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Price: Start at $199
My Rate: 3.5/ 5
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is an Android 4.0 tablet with a 7-inch display. Similar in design to the original Galaxy Tab, the 10.5mm thin tablet has a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16 or 32GB of internal storage, 1,024 x 600 pixels resolution, 3MP rear camera, 6 hours battery life and Wi-Fi, 3G, LTE support.
Top 5: Barnes & Noble Nook HD
Price: Start at $199
My Rate: 3.5/ 5
The Nook HD gives you the most hardware for the money. Its 7-inch display is sharper than all other tablets on this list, with a resolution of 1440-by-900. It’s lighter than the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, and just a little heavier than the iPad Mini. It includes 8GB and 16GB inside memory, with both having a microSD card slot for up to 32 GB of additional storage. Like Amazon Kindle Fire, it runs a Barnes & Noble OS based on Android 4.0. It also comes with 1.3GHz dual-core processor with 512GB RAM. Dual stereo, Wi-Fi are also available as well.  
Top 6: Kindle Fire
Price: Start at $159
My Rate: 3/ 5
Undoubtedly, it is the first device that scores a runaway success on budget tablet market. Now, it also be priced at an unbelievable price $159 for 8GB. The hardware of Kindle Fire is quite good as well, like dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, 7-inch display with 1024x600p resolution, Amazon OS based on Android 2.3, 8.5 hours battery life and more.

Considering the cost and performance, Google Nexus 7 is your priority selection.
Considering the preference for reading e-Books, Kindle Fire HD is a nice choice.
Considering the price, the first generation Kindle Fire is the most obvious option.
Considering you are a Apple follower, you have no reason to miss out iPad Mini.

Well, which one is your ultimate choice for Christmas gift? Share your ideas! 

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Blade Runner, Magic Mike, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and More on Blu-ray and DVD This Week

Hey buddies, welcome back to the special roundup of This Week on Blu-ray and DVD releases. Without doubt, there are some surprising big-screen hits land on Blu-ray and DVD like the Blade Runner, Abraham Lincoln, Magic Mike. Let us check out below lists!

1. Blade Runner

If you are the follower of Prometheus, I bet you will fall in love with another sci-fi works from the director Ridley Scott: Blade Runner. Not surprisingly, now Blade Runner has spotted on CNET's top 40 must-have Blu-ray discs. As one of the greatest movie in genre history, actually Blade Runner did not do well at the box office. However, it has an great impact on the modern films like The Dark Knight Rises. So, all you guys have reason to get excited with its imminent release of the 30th anniversary Blu-ray version: a four-disc Blu-ray and a three-disc Blu-ray on October 23. 

2. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Undoubtedly, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is the best film I have ever seen on such kind of subject – unless there is a sequel. It is also a more entertaining movie than you can imagine. If you are interested in the Seth Grahame-Smith novel as well as the President Lincoln, you can buy its Blu-ray version for home entertainment. 

3. Magic Mike

Are you made ready to bring Magic Mike home? We have known that it will come to home media with the Blu-ray and DVD releases on October 23. As the director Steven Soderbergh's well-reviewed movie, it talks about the American Dream just through the eyes of a male stripper. Like other Blu-ray releases, it also contains certain extra features.

Also on this week Blu-ray and DVD

1. 247 F
2. Athena Goddess of War
3. Crooked Arrows
4. The Fugitive: Most Wanted Edition – Complete Series
5. Lost Girl: Season One
6. Secret of the Wings
7. Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season Four
8. Sunday Bloody Sunday (Criterion)
9. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
10. Take this Waltz
11. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection
12. Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines
13. The Invisible War
14. The Ambassador

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Friday, October 19, 2012

iPad Mini Release Date Confirmed! Top 4 iPad Mini Competitors Roundup

Just few days ago, Apple has sent invitations to media for a new product launch on October 23. It is supposed that the long-rumored iPad Mini will come into our sights. As what I said in my last post, there already exist so many excellent 7-inch tablets in the market like Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, all of which completely block the way of iPad Mini. Only if Apple prices iPad Mini below $300, perhaps there is a chance for iPad Mini to become a hit.

If you plan to buy a handheld 7-inch tablet in the coming shopping season, actually there are loads of alluring options available now: the Kindle Fire HD that is just released by Amazon and the latest Barnes & Noble's NOOK HD, both of which comes with the same quality as iPad and the incredible low $199 price tags. Google's warmly received Nexus 7 is also a quite better choice, which runs the latest version of Android OS and also prices at $199. If you only concern about the price tag and meanwhile have no requirement on tablet hardware, last year's Kindle Fire is without doubt your taste, which has down to an unbelievable price of $159.

Since iPad Mini is facing such intense competition, below has listed all details of its strongest rivals of iPad Mini, which are possible to prevent iPad Mini from becoming the king in 7-inch tablet world.

Top 1: Kindle Fire HD

Scoring a runaway success with last year's Kindle Fire, it looks like that Amazon tends to make the second generation Kindle Fire HD the most compelling and feature-rich 7-inch tablet you can find on current market. This follow-up comes with a stunning 7-inch HD screen with 1280×800p resolution. So, you can benefit more from this tablet like rich color, deep contrast and even wide viewing angle. A 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM paired provides you the fast speed while doing multimedia. Other features like Dolby audio, Wi-Fi, front-facing HD camera, HDMI port, 16/32GB internal memory and a long battery life are so appealing as well. You can read unbelievable amounts of e-Books from Amazon library.

Top 2: Google Nexus 7

It is generally known that the Nexus 7 is outselling all other Android tablets after only three months of availability. Perhaps the key reason why so many people choose Nexus 7 is it packs with latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and sells extremely competitive price. The 7-inch tablet boasts a Quad-Core processor with 1GB of RAM, 8GB or 16GB of onboard storage, 1280 x 800 screen resolution, 1.2MP front-facing camera and nice performance battery. Other features like NFC, Wi-Fi are included. When I surf online, I find that the Nexus 7 is the one countless tech fans highly recommends.

Top 3: Barnes & Noble's NOOK HD

Apart from the Kindle Fire HD, Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Series, the Nook HD also join in the fight with iPad. Based on the official specs, you will find that the Nook HD boasts the highest screen resolution when compared to Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7: 1,440-by-900p. So, I am sure you will get a much better color rendering and contrast. Just like the Amazon, the Barnes & Noble also provides users bulk of e-Books for reading. After I browse through all features of NOOK HD, perhaps above listed two benefits are the only ones you can receive, and that is why I won't recommend this tablet for you. No camera packed, what a pity!

Top 4: Kindle Fire

Without doubt, the first generation Kindle Fire is the least competitive tablet for iPad Mini, except for its super-low price. If you just need a tablet PC for daily use and never care about the hardware, Kindle Fire is a good choice to buy a tablet for your kids or as a holiday present.

For those arranging to shop for a 7-inch tablet, here I suggest you wait until the October is over. You know, perhaps the best 7–inch tablets will advent with the best price. Okay, I should admit there is just with half of this probability.

To help you know the difference among these 4 tablets clearly, a comparison table is provided:

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom, Avatar 3D, Madagascar 3 Landing Blu-ray and DVD This Week

Here is a list covering all most anticipated Blu-ray and DVD releases on this week. Needless to say, Avatar, Moonrise Kingdom and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted are the brightest stars of this week. So many moviegoers are giving high marks to these three blockbusters.

1. Avatar (3D Blu-ray)

What a thrilling thing to know the Avatar 3D Blu-ray finally gets released to the masses! As you probably know, Avatar is released on 2D Blu-ray in 2010, while its 3D Blu-ray version is only available for those buying the Panasonic smart TVs. If you are eager to watch 3D Avatar at home, you can buy its Blu-ray version; for those who have already got a Panasonic TV, you have no need to waste your money.

2. Moonrise Kingdom

I should admit that the Moonrise Kingdom is my favorite film this year. Although it just tells a story about the young love between a boy and a girl, it is much deeper than you can image after viewing. So simple on the surface, but more you will get from it. Personally, I cannot describe what the Moonrise Kingdom exactly talks about, but it cannot prevent me falling in love with this romantic movie. What about you?

3. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

All my favorite characters are back to home media in their most funning adventure! Whether you admit it or not, I should say that Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted really takes me by loads of laughs. Just pick up some funs from Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. 

Other Blu-ray and DVD releases this week

1. That's My Boy
2. Chernobyl Diaries
3. A League of Their Own
4. Neil Young Journeys
5. Pete's Dragon
6. Psych: Season Six
7. 2016: Obama's America
8. Chely Wright: Wish Me Away
9. Mad Men: Season Five

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Prometheus and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition—Noteworthy Blu-ray and DVD Releases this Week

It goes without saying that the Steven Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Edition and the director Ridley Scott's science-fiction returning work Prometheus top on this week's Blu-ray and DVD releases, which make so many home media fans excited. You are the one of those?

1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition

To celebrate the Universal's 100th Anniversary, the Steven Spielberg's classic E.T. hits the stores with Blu-ray for the first time. DVD version is available as well. As one of the most successful films of all time, it first came out in 1982 and soon become a smash hit of the year. As you probably know, it has won 9 Academy Awards.

With a strange but quite heartwarming story, the E.T. is pretty suitable for home collection. From official announcements, apart from including the original film version, the releases of E.T also contains some extra features: 13-minute featurette called Steven Spielberg & ET, 54-minute featurette called The E.T. Journals that is comprised entirely of behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, and more.

2. Prometheus

It is generally known that the director Ridlely Scott has a series of classics like Alien, Blade Runner, and perhaps that is main reason why all followers are so excited to see his return work Prometheus. It is totally 30 years later for us to see Ridley Scott delivering us a science-fiction film. Some buffs consider that the Prometheus is a quite great work, while others hold the different ideas. They view the Prometheus as a disappointed prequel. Well, no matter what kinds of opinions you are keeping, here we get a chance to re-consider this film: it will be available Oct. 11 on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and on demand.

Like all other Blu-ray and DVD releases, the Prometheus also packs some extra features like deleted and alternate scenes, alternate opening and ending, and some featurettes.

3. The Raven

I should admit that I have not seen The Raven yet. After checking out loads of reference, I think the movie has a quite cool story: the man Edgar Allen Poe tries to solve a serial killer case in the final days of his life. If you are the John Cusack fan, you can focus on the Blu-ray and DVD releases of The Raven.

4. Rock of Ages

Once you see a whole list of super acting stars on Rock of Ages, you must consider this is movie deserving watch. However, you are totally wrong! Perhaps the Rock of Ages is one of the most remarkable movies you have seen, it is also one of the worst movie I have ever watch! Well, the performance from Tom Cruise is great, that's the only thing I can agree with.


Other films hit the stores in Blu-ray and DVD this week:

1. Dial M for Murder
2. Strangers on a Train
3. Little Shop of Horrors: Director’s Cut
4. Red Dawn
5. Cinderella
6. Dark Shadows (Movie Only + UltraViolet Digital Copy)
7. A Cat in Paris
8. Werewolf: The Beast Among Us
9. Dead Ringer
10. Shut Up and Play the Hits

Pay continually attentions on my list of week's Blu-ray and DVD releases!

Is iPad Mini Really Coming? –Full Latest Rumors of iPad Mini Roundup

In recent times, the hottest news is that Apple has been working for storing 10 million iPad Mini ahead of the holiday season. Seemingly the long-rumored iPad Mini is really coming?

Months rumors have indicate that Apple will jump into the low-priced tablet market with offering a small version iPad, which aims at going for a direct completion to Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire. So, here let us check out what kinds of stuffs in iPad Mini to make Apple so confident to take the lost market.
1. A 7.85-inch screen
Multiple reports said the yet-to-be-announced iPad mini will feature a 7.85-inch screen, which is slightly bigger than its current competitors. Also, from the photo showed here, you can easily find that that small-sized iPad is significantly smaller than the current 9.7-inch iPad.

2. Aluminum casing
In line with the leaked pictures recently, the so-called iPad Mini will be with an aluminum shell, which is same as the full-sized iPad. Meanwhile, sources indicate that the body of iPad Mini will be thinner yet slightly wider than Google' Nexus 7 tablet.

3. A5 processor
To cut down the cost but remain a great quality, the iPad Mini is likely to pack A5 processor you can find on iPad 2. If this is the true case, perhaps the processor is not powerful enough to support the Retina display. Although so many fans are expected iPad Mini to be outfitted with Retina Display, considering Apple's aim to offer a device rivaling with low-cost Kindle Fire and Nexus 7, I do not think the Retina Display will be added to iPad Mini.

4. The new Lightning connector 
Although the iPhone 5's new eight-pin connector is widely criticized, in person, I think this a quite creative design to let Apple pack more inside each of its devices. Since the brand-new connector is added to iPhone 5, the iPad Mini is likely to be without exception. From below leaked pictures, you can find that the lighting port on the bottom is flanked by two speaker ports.
5. Wi-Fi connectivity
The earlier leaked news shows that the iPad Mini is only with 3G support. However, with today's reports, this device will be Wi-Fi-only in an effort to keep prices competitive, which is also similar to Google’s 7-inch Nexus tablet. It this turns out to be true, it is really annoy for those 3G and 4G users.

6. Revised speakers
From above photo, you can easily find that iPad Mini comes with two rear speakers rather than the single speaker on current iPad. Surely, the bad sound quality of original iPad we frequently complain will be much improved.

Rumors also suggest that Apple will send out invitations to media this Wednesday, and the announcement event for the iPad Mini will be taken place on October 17. Let us stay tuned to confirm whether or not these rumors will become true.
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