Apple to sell fourth-generation iPad with 128GB, hit stores next week

iPad4 with Retina Display now available with expmanded 128GB capacity. Image (c) Apple

iPad4 with Retina Display now available with expanded 128GB capacity. Image (c) Apple

Apple today announced a 128GB version of the fourth generation iPad with Retina display. The 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi (prized at $799) and Wi-Fi + Cellular / LTE (prized at $929) models provide twice the storage capacity of the 64GB models to hold even more valuable content including photos, documents, projects, presentations, books, movies, TV shows, music and apps. The revamped iPad4, available on both black and white color is expected to hit the store on Tuesday, February 5th.

To me it looks like an attempt to undercut the Surface Pro 4 days before Microsoft’s release date. The new iPad has the same capacity as Microsoft’s Surface Pro running Windows 8 Pro and is expected to hit stores on February 9th. Microsoft made an announcement on the Pro’s release last January 22nd. Apple has been making a heavier push on their devices and tablets for the past months and it’s a good thing. Though iPad is a great device, I think Surface Pro will prevail because iPad, or suffice to say, Apple — have issues on innovation. They recently loses the “world’s most valuable company” title to ExxonMobil. The company has flat profits and the company’s stocks continue to dip. It rebounded though during today’s announcement of the iPad 128GB.

36th Japan Academy Awards nominees revealed! Evangelion, Wolf Children, Momo, Friends, and One Piece made it to the Animation of the Year Category!

Evangelion: 3.0 You-Can-(Not) Redo is nominated on this year's Japan Academy Prize for "Animation of the Year". Image (c) Studio Khara

Evangelion: 3.0 You-Can-(Not) Redo is nominated on this year’s Japan Academy Prize for “Animation of the Year”. Image (c) Studio Khara

Last Tuesday, the Nippon Academy-Sho Association announced its nominees for the 36th Japan Academy Awards, showcasing the best films of 2012. This year’s nominees for “Animation of the Year” are: Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (Director: Hideaki Anno), Wolf Children (Director: Mamoru Hosoda), A Letter to Momo (Hiroyuki Okiura), Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki (Takashi Yamazaki), and One Piece Film Z (Tatsuya Nagamine).

Last year’s winner was From Up on Poppy Hill which was the highest-grossing film of 2011 in Japan. The most successful films in this year’s nominees are One Piece and Evangelion. According to Box Office Mojo, One Piece Film Z has earned ¥6,552,837,671 (302 screens) while Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo has earned ¥5,287,972,051 (124 screens); both films are still showing.

Touted as Japan’s version of America’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars), the Nippon Academy-Sho Association presents the Japan Academy Prizes every year. The nominees all receive “Awards of Excellence,” but the actual top award in each category will be presented in a ceremony on March 8 at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo.

Below are the list of nominees:
BEST PICTURE
Dearest
A Chorus of Angels
The Kirashima Thing
The Floating Castle
Chronicle of My Mother

BEST ANIMATED PICTURE
Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo
The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki
A Letter to Momo
Friends: Naki on Monster Island
One Piece Film Z

BEST DIRECTOR
Shinji Higuchi (The Floating Castle)
Junji Sakamoto (A Chorus of Angels)
Masato Harda (Chronicle of My Mother)
Yasuo Furihata (Dearest)
Daihachi Yoshida (The Kirashima Thing)

BEST LEADING ACTOR
Hiroshi Abe (Thermae Romae)
Masato Sakai (Key of Life)
Mansai Momura (The Floating Castle)
Mirai Moriyama (Drudgery Train)
Koji Yakusho (Fleet Admiral, Isoroku Yamamoto)
Koji Yakusho (Chronicle of My Mother)

BEST LEADING ACTRESS
Kiki Kirin (Chronicle of My Mother)
Tamiyo Kusakari (The Terminal Trust)
Erika Sawajiri (Heruta Skelter)
Matsu Takako (Dreams For Sale)
Sayuri Yoshinaga (A Chorus of Angels)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Shuji Otaki (Dearest)
Koichi Sato (Dearest)
Koichi Sato (The Floating Castle)
Teruyuki Kagawa (Key of Life)
Kengo Kora (Drudgery Train)
Mirai Moriyama (A Chorus of Angels)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Shinobu Terajim (Heruta Skelter)
Ryoko Hirosue (Key of Life)
Akira Mitsushima (A Chorus of Angels)
Aoi Miyazaki (Chronicle of My Mother)
Kimiko Yo (Dearest)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Saki Takei (Rurouni Kenshin, Today, I Started Loving You)
Fumi Nikaido (Holy Scripture of Evil)
Shota Someya (The Kirashima Thing, Another, Holy Scripture of Evil)
Masahiro Higashide (The Kirashima Thing)
Changmin (Fly With The Gold)
Matsuzaka Tori (Shizanmono, Today, I Started Loving You)

BEST FOREIGN FILM
Argo
The Intouchables
The Dark Knight Rises
The Girl with Dragon Tattoo

Source: Japan Academy Prize

The Mob Doctor Review

FOX's "The Mob Doctor" promotional poster - (c) FOX / Sony

FOX’s “The Mob Doctor” promotional poster – (c) FOX / Sony

Synopsis
For most physicians, the Hippocratic oath is sacred. But for one Chicago doctor, who is indebted to the mafia, saving lives isn’t her only concern. “The Mob Doctor” is a fast-paced medical drama focusing on a young female surgeon caught between two worlds as she juggles her promising medical career with her family’s debt to Chicago’s Southside mob.

Dr. Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) is a top resident at Chicago’s Roosevelt Medical Center. Smart and self-assured, she’s heralded as one of the country’s most promising young surgeons. But family ties keep her glued to her Southside roots. To pay off her brother’s life-threatening gambling debt, she makes a deal with the devil and agrees to work “off book” for the mafia men she once despised.

As Grace tries to heed the demands of these two conflicting worlds – not to mention the needs of her own slightly dysfunctional family – her moral center comes into direct conflict with the very immoral things she’s asked to do. But with nerves of steel and a tough-as-nails exterior, she somehow will manage to make it all work – at least for now.

*****

The premise of the show is intriguing enough for me to add this show on my list. Seeing the series finale is just wow! Actually, when I saw the preview for the last 2 episodes I knew it’s good but didn’t know it’ll be this good! I was at the edge of my seat with everything happening really fast while trying to digest scene after scene and I really enjoyed it. That confrontation scene of Dr. Devlin and Constantine that leads to the former’s decision – didn’t see that coming especially after the revelation. It is one of the best series finale I’ve ever seen, very intriguing and it ended the show on a high note and left you asking for more. Sadly, it’s the end of the road for the show which struggled on its time-slot but I thank FOX for the uninterrupted airing of the series despite its low ratings. I’m glad that I kept this show on my list despite early prediction that it will be pulled-off on FOX schedule after the pilot episode!

Google opens Philippine office

Google Philippines launch with the "jeepney" images on the background - the most popular means of transportation in the Philippines

Google Philippines launch with the “jeepney” image on the background – the most popular means of transportation in the Philippines

We saw it coming! With the launched of YouTube Philippines back in October 2011 – the first local version in South East Asia; and last year’s Google Free Zone – a first in the world in partnership with Globe Telecom, Google officially opens shop today, January 23, Wednesday, in the Philippines.

According to a report by the Asia Digital Marketing Association, 33.6 million Filipinos tapped into the Internet in 2011. That’s already about one third of the population. By 2016, the report said, 59 percent of the population will be turning to the Internet, for everything from shopping to building a business to connecting with friends. And that is why Google will be here in the country long-term according to Julian Persaud, Managing Director of Google Southeast Asia which describes Philippines as a key country in Southeast Asia in terms of its digital economy and tech-savvy population.

At the helm of the Philippine-office is the first Country Manager Narciso Reyes, an internet veteran with over 16 years of digital experience in Asian and US markets and his portfolio includes Friendster, DoubleClick and LycosAsia.

“We’re excited to be deepening our investment in the Philippines with the opening of our office here in Manila. Our local team will be committed to providing better services to our Filipino users and to helping businesses — large and small — grow locally and globally, contributing to the growth of the Philippine economy. We envision Google as part of everyday Filipino lives and as a partner in the development of local communities, culture and business,” said Narciso Reyes.

Google Philippines office is located in Makati City and will start hiring soon so watch out. I’m thinking though that the Manila office will be sales-driven team so the slots are more of Sales and Marketing (I guess.)

Back to blogging!

HETHLERized!

Back to the blogosphere scene!

After being out of the blogosphere for almost 3 years, I’m trying to establish myself again as a “pro-blogger” and make a [not so grand] comeback. Though my old personal blog is still up and running, I decided to have a fresh start. Maintaining a blog is really challenging and demanding at the same time especially when you do have a regular job so hopefully I’ll be able to update the blog regularly.

Future updates will be mostly reviews of:

  • Anime
  • TV Series
  • Music
  • Books
  • Movies
  • Gadgets, Windows Phone, Windows 8
  • Photography and more!

I am still exploring so the blog’s template is not yet final and will most likely be changed in the coming days. In the meantime, hope you could follow me on the following social media mediums:

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I think the featured image fits to this post perfectly… I love the red carpet walk! Lol!