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Loren Angelo talks about the Audi SQ7’s role in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War

02 May

Audi had supercharged the relationship between vehicles and movie superheroes by supplying the wheels to Tony Stark in the first Iron Man film in 2008. In Marvel Entertainment’s ongoing Captain America: Civil War, already showing in Asia, Europe and South American markets a week ahead of the USA’s opening on May 6, Audi is once again provides superhero transportation, but it’s the SQ7 taking center stage.

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The first Iron Man featured an Audi R8, representing the peak of the carmaker’s technology, engineering and performance, and matching Stark’s technological acumen. The relationship between hero and machine was a perfect fit for the brand.

In the next two movies in the Iron Man franchise, Stark upped his game with the R8 Spyder and the electrically powered R8 e-tron – models also at the cutting edge of Audi performance capabilities, with race-proven technology and systems.

While Stark also appears in Captain America: Civil War in the all-new Audi R8 V10 plus Coupe supercar, the climactic scene is a chase in which Captain America, played by Chris Evans, is behind the wheel of an SQ7.

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Loren Angelo, director of marketing for Audi of America, said he thinks the SQ7 is ideal, because of its performance capabilities and technological sophistication, for the role of whisking Captain America through a spectacular scene in the film .

“It’s perfect to put our brand into these settings and be able to demonstrate how Audi is a component of the action and excitement that the Avengers represent,” Angelo said. “Whether it’s the SQ7 or A4 or R8, the brand is part of the story. Audiences see the four rings, and consumers have associated them with blockbuster movie action. The Avengers represent high-level technology, and Audi is the vehicle that carries them into the action as they are saving the world.”

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Audi also is celebrating the SQ7’s role in the movie with its own television advertisement. In the longer, exclusive digital video called “The Chase,” a family in a Q7 has an unsuspecting role in the pursuit scene.

“It was a unique opportunity to play off one of the critical scenes in the movie,” Angelo said. “And we were able to release unique footage in our ad. It demonstrates how the Q7 can actually perform in every single challenge that’s thrown at it.”

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One step closer to reality: introducing 360-degree live streaming and spatial audio on YouTube

19 Apr

These days, with the help of virtual reality and 360-degree videos, you can get one step closer to actually being at those places and in those moments.

Google first launched support for 360-degree video in March 2015. From musicians to athletes to brands, creators have done some incredible things with this technology. Now, they’ll be able to do even more to bring fans directly into their world, with 360-degree live streaming and spatial audio. And after years of live streaming Coachella for fans around the world who can’t attend the festival, this year we’re bringing you the festival like never before by live streaming select artist performances in 360 degrees this weekend.

Starting today, we’re also launching spatial audio for on-demand YouTube videos. Just as watching a concert in 360-degrees can give you an unmatched immersive experience, spatial audio allows you to listen along as you do in real life, where depth, distance and intensity all play a role. Try out this playlist on your Android device.

To make sure all creators can tell awesome stories with virtual reality, Google has been working with companies across the industry. VideoStitch and Two Big Ears are software companies, compatible with 360-degree live streams and spatial audio, respectively, on YouTube that are available today and more will be available soon. Google will also make 360-degree live streaming and spatial audio technologies available at all YouTube Space locations around the globe, so you can take it for a spin.

What’s exciting most about 360-degree storytelling is that it lets us open up the world’s experiences to everyone. Students can now experience news events in the classroom as they unfold. Travelers can experience faraway sites and explorers can deep-sea dive, all without the physical constraints of the real world. And today’s dream of going to a football game or a concert can access those experiences firsthand, even if they’re far away from the court. What were once limited experiences are now available to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

 
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The Amazing Spider-Man finally made his debut in Trailer #2 of Captain America: Civil War

11 Mar

Photo courtesy of Marvel Cinematic Entertainment

The Amazing Spider-Man finally made his appearance at the end of Trailer #2 of Captain America: Civil War – the mask is based on Marvel Entertainment’s Art Director, John Romita Sr.’s illustration for the wall crawler, as well as the costume itself although it has been updated slightly for the 21st Century. Cool.

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Watch the new trailer below:

 
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Spotted: 3 Miss Astro/Chinese International Busy Texting

07 May

It is not very often you come across 3 beauty queens having fun at the same time during a public appearance, and that’s exactly what Miss Astro/Chinese International pageant winners for Year 2011, 2012 and 2013 were snapped in a candid moment doing what most people everywhere have been pre-occupied with – texting with the smartphone.

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They are (L-R) Denise Tan (Miss Astro 2012), Zhiny Ooi (Miss Astro 2013) and Lenna Lim (Miss Astro 2011). They were among the local celebrities invited to grace as well as taking part in local designer Keith Kee’s Spring/Summer showcase held in conjunction with Paradigm Mall’s annual Fashion Week 2014.

 
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Zhiny Ooi Wins Miss Astro 2013 Title

02 Nov

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CROWD favourite Zhiny Ooi from Alor Setar, Kedah was crowned as the 2013 Miss Astro/Chinese International today, beating 9 other finalists for the title. The event was telecast live over Astro’s Wah Lai Toi channel, and was held for the second time in an outdoor setting – at the carpark of Zebra Square, a venue normally used for fashion shows and car launches in Kuala Lumpur. She also won the subsidiary titles of Miss Body Beautiful and Miss Photogenic. Last year’s Miss Astro winner, Denise Camilia Tan, also won the Miss Photogenic subsidiary title on her way to winning the title.

She’s also the first crowd’s and home audience’s favourite finalist to win the coveted title as previous contestants in the pageant did not sync with what the judges had decided.

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The rising popularity of the annual pageant over the past 10 years mean the event has been plagued with the various absurdity that fame and hypes have bestowed upon. Among them were print and online media have been cast aside in preference over “citizen journalists” and news photographers were deemed too “average-looking” to be seen in the background during the live telecast period to the extent where they could cover the event was strictly restricted!

Equally average-looking RELA members were then stationed at those areas vacated by the media photographers to ensure none come back to occupy the space later!

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1st runner-up went to 24-year old Fancy Goh, who hails from Nibong Tebal, Penang while the 2nd runner-up is Erica Tan, 22. 3rd and 4th runner-ups are Carol, 22, and Angelica, 25. Carol also won the subsidiary title of Best Talent while finalist#5 Roselind won for “Best Smile” (don’t ask) and finalist #10 won Miss Friendship.

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Canon U.S.A. Launches PIXMA Comix Application

27 May

Starring in a comic strip isn’t just for superheroes anymore. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of Canon PIXMA Comix, an interactive new application found on the Canon U.S.A. Facebook page, that empowers fans to create fun, personalized photo comic strips to print and share with friends or share socially. Highlighting the Full HD Movie Print technology found in My Image Garden software, this application brings users’ adventures to life.

Whether it’s video of a friend surfing a giant wave, photos of a baby’s first steps, or photos and video from the annual summer barbeque, Canon PIXMA Comix allows users to utilize up to six images to create a personalized comic strip. The images can be uploaded from photo albums or as stills pulled from an uploaded video stored on your computer or Facebook page. With creative options including comic strip templates, photo filters including fish-eye, toy camera and poster effects, various font styles, and the ability to select comic-style speech and sound effect bubbles where text can be added, the application provides the platform to create unique, personalized comics. After creating a comic, users will have the opportunity to print the final product to display and enjoy, or post and share within their social network.

“The Canon PIXMA Comix application enables photo and video enthusiasts to easily apply comic book styling to their images, and share their story,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “We always strive to enhance the Canon consumer experience, and with this application, it’s easy to get creative with a home printer by printing personalized comic strips to enjoy for years to come.”

Canon’s Full HD Movie Print technology allows users to select and print individual frames of a video, so every special moment – captured via camcorder or digital camera – can be enjoyed as an individual image.

For those who opt to print their comic through the application, Canon is offering a special promotion, which will be available through the Canon Direct Store.*

To create a personalized comic strip, visit Canon PIXMA Comix at www.PIXMAComix.com. To learn more about the full line of Canon PIXMA printers, please visit www.usa.canon.com/PIXMA

 
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‘Look Around’ for Friends with WeChat 2.0 for BlackBerry

28 Mar

BlackBerry users, take note! WeChat, a social communications service for smartphones, has announced exciting new Location-based features specifically for BlackBerry users. The newest version of WeChat for BlackBerry now integrates both the ‘Look Around’ and QR code scanning features. These features make it easier for users to add new friends or acquaintances by allowing them to search the surrounding areas for other WeChat users with just a simple push of a button from the user. The new version also allows users to add their friends by scanning the QR code on their friends’ phone screen. In addition, Animated Emoticons were added in this new BlackBerry version. Users can now express themselves using fun animated emoticons in conversation.

The WeChat user base has been growing very rapidly with many great user feedbacks being shared on the App world. WeChat’s BB version 1.0 was launched earlier this year. Taking into consideration feedback by users, WeChat is now very happy to introduce version 2.0.

Mr. Dennis Hau, Head of International Product Center, International Business Group, describes the concept behind BlackBerry 2.0: “We designed the new Blackberry version for the purpose of providing a fun social communication platform for Blackberry but in the process, we have not compromised when it came to the user experience and performance stability which is what WeChat is known for.”

The BlackBerry version of WeChat comes with features that are also found in its Android and iOS siblings, such as instant messaging with attachments, voice messaging or ‘Hold to Talk’ which people find very useful because they can save the time required for typing, and conveniently send voice messages instead. All of these can be used within a group using the Group Chat feature, and all conversations can be spiced up with unique and fun Animated Emoticons.

WeChat can be downloaded free of charge for iOS, Android, Symbian, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices. For downloads and more information, please visit: www.wechat.com

 
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Miss Philipines is Miss Tourism International 2012

31 Dec

Miss Philipines, 22 years old Rizzini Alexis Gomez, is crowned as Miss Tourism International 2012 during the pageant final held at Sunway Resort Hotel. She beat 55 other finalists from around the world to clinch the 16th title in the pageant’s history. Gomez was crowned by Miss Tourism International 2011, Malaysia’s Gabriela Robinson.

Miss Venezuela Marielis Perez was crowned as Miss Tourism Global 2012 while Miss Australia Monika Radulovic, 22,won Miss Tourism Metropolitan title. 20 years old Miss Paraguay Lourdes Maria Rolon won Miss Cosmopolitan International. Miss Malaysia Jun Yong clinched Miss Dreamgirl International 2012 title and Miss Thailand Suputra Chucharoen was crowned as Miss South East Asia 2012, which is a newly-created title for this year’s pageant.

In addition to these 5 titles, there are also several subsidiary titles awarded to some of the finalists. These titles ranged from Miss Sunway Charm (Miss Philipines), Miss Alexandre Christie Personality (Miss Kyrgyzstan), Miss Poh Kong Glamour (Miss Paraguay), Miss Focus Point (Miss Venezuela), Miss KL Sogo Trendsetter (Miss Australia), Miss Beautiful Glamsmile (Miss Nigeria), Miss Gorgeous Beverly Wilshire (Miss Macedonia),  Miss Crowning Glory (Miss Indonesia), Best in National Costume (Miss Mongolia), Miss Friendship (Miss Germany) to Best in Talent (Miss Malaysia).

Unlike previous years, there is no Miss Photogenic subsidiary title to be awarded for any of the finalists in 2012.

 
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TGV Cinemas Goes Fully Digital with 3D-X @ Setiawalk Mall in Puchong.

27 Nov

TGV Cinemas Sdn Bhd (TGV Cinemas) led the way to the future for exhibitors and cinema operators in Malaysia with the launch of its new Digital 3D projection system called 3D-X with the exclusive premiere of Ang Lee’s first 3D film, Life of Pi at the spanking new 50,923 sq ft TGV Cinemas SetiaWalk in Puchong.

However, all the hypes and expectation of the new 3D-X projection fell flat in front of vast audience of the media and invited guests as technical glitches put paid to the planned screening of the movie in all of its 3D glory. The audience was later relocated to other halls to watch Lee’s movie that are only capable of screening movies in Digital 2D format.

This launch also signifies the theatre’s progressive transition from 35 mm film projection to digital cinema projection which is expected to be fully completed by January 2013. Apart from delivering unmatched brightness, sharpness and superior 3D images, with 3D-X, TGV Cinemas is now capable of displaying high-definition content – 2K, 4K and 3D feature films, documentaries and alternative content.

“The innovation found in today’s digital cinema technology to greatly improve the movie-going experience makes the film-to-digital conversion a top priority for TGV Cinemas. With the 3D-X roll-out, TGV Cinemas can now offer the best in digital cinematic experience in 3D,” explained Kenny Wong, CEO of TGV Cinemas.

The new cinema at SetiaWalk is the 20th TGV outlet and is located in the Puchong vicinity. The opening of a new cinema is timely as it addresses the growing need of a cinema exhibitor in the developing neighbourhood which extends to Subang and Shah Alam. Cinema-goers can catch their favourite movies without needing to travel to high traffic areas in other parts of the Klang Valley.

The 3D glasses needed for viewing movies at the 3D-X hall are disposable, with the audience able to bring back them home instead of returning at the end of the movie as compared to conventional and IMAX 3D formats. Surprisingly, the 3D-X glasses are fully compatible with LG’s Cinema 3D TVs and monitors although it is not certain whether the latter’s 3D glasses will work the same on the former.

TGV SetiaWalk brings a whole new dimension to the cinema experience for Malaysians as it includes the very best of comfort and digital cinema experience. The new cinema is home to a Beanieplex, which has comfortable cushy beanbag seats that come in pairs, and eight other cinema halls all equipped with the latest digital projection system.

Movie seating at TGV SetiaWalk is one of the features not to be missed. The stadium-like seating provides cinema-goers an exceptional vantage point inside the cinema halls directed to the screen. This unique positioning of plush seats is paired with wider leg room that guarantees comfort throughout the duration of a movie. Setting new benchmarks in the cinema industry, TGV Cinemas is more than just a cinema exhibitor. TGV SetiaWalk is also another venue for hosting corporate and private events. Equipped with two function rooms and a classy foyer, Malaysians can expect one-of-a-kind-event experiences at TGV Cinemas.

“Cinema-goers constantly demand for a change of environment whilst watching a movie. The combination of high technology and unique experience are the essentials to provide a value-added cinema experience. With the distinctive features at SetiaWalk, our patrons are now able to experience the full potential of a movie screening with crystal clear image and sound and a comfortable ambience.

“We are in the business of entertainment and entertainment is all about engaging the emotional experience of the audience. As this is also a natural part of our business, TGV Cinemas is always at the forefront in ensuring Malaysians get to experience new and innovative measures as they step foot into our cinemas. With the technology enhancements and upgrades, all our cinema patrons can look forward to a slew of exciting blockbuster movies lined up next year with a cinematic experience unlike any other,” Wong added.

 
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Alexa Vega Dons Bikini For Machete Kills Film

09 Nov

Machete Kills star and former Spy Kids lead Alexa Vega revealed a tease of her costume from the upcoming film. Today, she offers an even better look at the wardrobe (or lack thereof) for her character, Killjoy. Check it out below, courtesy of Vega and Rolling Stone.

In the sequel, ex-federale Machete (Danny Trejo) is recruited by the U.S. government to stop an arms dealer (Mel Gibson) from launching a deadly missile.

Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler and Marko Zaror also star.

 
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