Hollywood appears to have latched on to the idea of movies adapted from video games once again. Need For Speed, Assassin’s Creed, Halo, Minecraft, and The Last of Us are all in some stage of production. One would be tempted to assume that this will bring a renaissance of video game movies; the same way that The Dark Knight and Iron Man gave us an era of amazing superhero movies.
Adapting a video game into a movie is not always a bad idea. However, there is always something lost in translation. The best of these motion pictures only scale the heights of mediocrity; the worst should be classified as crimes against humanity. It then becomes a question of what needs to be done to get it right?
Its now closing in on 96 hours since flight MH370 disappeared without a trace. A lot has been speculated on what happened with the plane, from a terrorist plot to a mid air disintegration to the completely ridiculous transported to a different alien dimension. The authorities have been slowly revealing more information as the search continues and it is a lot easier now to discount certain scenarios that were being suggested earlier.
There are also a lot of rumours and theories floating around in cyberspace on what could have transpired. We have sifted through almost every possible theory and one seems to stand out. Our credit goes to the person who initially came up with this theory, and we have included all the recently updated information to it. We’re quite surprised that nobody has followed up on this.
On June 12th 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for Boeing Airplanes, specifically the 777-200, -200LR, -300, -300ER and -777F. The proposed directive read.
SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 777 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of cracking in the fuselage skin underneath the satellite Communication (SATCOM) antenna adapter. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections of the visible fuselage skin and doubler if installed, for cracking, corrosion, and any indication of contact of a certain fastener to a bonding jumper, and repair if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracking and corrosion in the fuselage skin, which could lead to rapid decompression and loss of structural integrity of the airplane.
The reason for the FAA to come up with this proposed AD was due to this
We received a report of cracking and corrosion in the fuselage skin underneath the SATCOM antenna adapter. During a maintenance planning data inspection, one operator reported a 16-inch crack under the 3-bay SATCOM antenna adapter plate in the crown skin of the fuselage on an airplane that was 14 years old with approximately 14,000 total flight cycles. Subsequent to this crack finding, the same operator inspected 42 other airplanes that are between 6 and 16 years old and found some local corrosion, but no other cracking. Cracking and corrosion in the fuselage skin, if not corrected, could lead to rapid decompression and loss of structural integrity of the airplane.
Source : www.ofr.gov [PDF]
The above AD was published for comments on the Federal Register Volume 78, Number 187 on the 26th of September 2013, and was subsequently approved on February 18th 2014. While this AD only applies to the 120 777 planes under the FAA, it isn’t hard to see why the same AD would not have to be applied to all Boeing 777′s currently in service. The 777-200ER MH370 is slightly older then the planes being used by the likes of American Airlines and United Airlines in the United States.
Now that could be a very critical clue. We’re now going to look at a few possible scenarios that might help in giving us more insights into what happened with MH370.
At MWC 2014, the alternative mobile platform Tizen finally made its long-awaited appearance. Touted as a “dead in the water” project after seeing countless delays, the platform emerged from the shadows with a bang, powering Samsung’s latest wearable devices, smart cameras, and even a prototype smartphone.
DiGi has fired the first blood among the major local telcos, by opening its registration of interest (ROI) for the new Samsung Galaxy S5. Samsung’s flagship Android smartphone is said to be available in over 150 countries worldwide in April, and with DiGi’s ROI, it appears that Malaysia will be in this first batch of countries to receive the highly-anticipated Galaxy S5.
You can help the search and rescue efforts for the missing #MH370 flight now by visiting Tomnod.com. The crowdsourced effort that is being spearheaded by Digital Globe requires users to help go through 1200 square miles of ocean, and tag any suspicious objects that could lead SAR teams to the location.
Digital Globe, an earth-imagery company based in Longmont, has directed two of its five satellites to the search area in and around the gulf of Thailand after the plane went missing early Saturday morning. They now have huge amounts of high resolution images from the area and need as much help as possible to go through thousands of square miles of images to find any clues to the whereabouts of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 which is still missing after 72 hours.
At MWC 2014, Yota Devices almost stole the show from its more mainstream contemporaries with its announcement of the second-generation YotaPhone. With no rumour or leak to speak of prior to MWC, the second-generation YotaPhone proved to be a very, very pleasant surprise with its new touch-enabled e-ink display. The company also took the opportunity to show off its first-generation YotaPhone, which is already on sale in Russia and parts of Europe. Check out a demo of the second-generation YotaPhone as well as a brief hands-on after the jump.
Its now 72 hours since flight MH370 mysteriously disappeared while en route to Beijing with 239 people on board. While the authorities are doing their best with a massive search and rescue effort, a lot of questions are being asked as to what has happened with the flight. We’ve compiled a few of the more important questions and answers below. If you think have a question to ask, leave it at the comments section and we will try to get an answer for you.
Q: Why hasn’t the plane, or wreckage been found?
There are many reasons for this, and the most grim scenario is that the plane suffered a high-altitude catastrophic disaster, either a mechanical failure or a strong explosion. This would have caused the debris to have been spread over a wide area and swept out by the currents before the search and rescue (SAR) efforts were started.
Another possible reason is that the plane deviated from its flight path and ended up hundreds of miles away from the current search area.
Q: What was the last known point of contact?
120 nautical miles east off Kota Bahru, 40 minutes into the flight at 1.30am.
Q: Did the flight enter Vietnam air space and if it did, did it establish contact with the Vietnamese Air Control?
Q: Is it normal for a plane to disappear from radar and go silent, and nobody is sent out to look for it immediately?
The problem with flight MH370 is that is it disappeared at a point where it was leaving Malaysian Airspace and entering Vietnamese air space. It is not known if the Vietnamese air force scrambled any jets to look for the plane when it disappeared.
Q: How does radar work and how could a plane suddenly disappear from radar at 35,000 ft
Radar works by sending out radio waves or microwaves, and when it hits an object, and the object bounces back a small amount of the energy back to the transmitter. Its how blind bats find their way around. By compiling back the waves, and calculating the time it took for the waves to come back, the distance, height speed and other details of an object can be extrapolated.
In the case of MH370, it mysteriously went off from radar at about 1.30am. The only two possibilities that seem could make the plane disappear from in an instant is if it disintegrated or if it went into a steep nosedive.
Q: Could somebody on the plane have jammed the radar?
No. There are a number of ways to jam or fool a radar, but its not something that can be done from within the plane. You would need to be at the radar base station to jam the radar, or you would need a decoy or special paint to hide the entire plane from a normal radar.
Q: I heard that the military radar is more powerful and could have found the flight. Is this true?
Yes, Military radars are much more powerful, but to date, they have not released any information to the public.
Q: Why are they searching at the Straits of Malacca?
We don’t know, and we’re quite surprised that nobody has asked the question to the DCA. It is quite impossible for the flight to have made a reverse flight over the Peninsular without being detected by any radar stations.
Q: If the plane made a reverse and headed back towards land, why are they not searching on land?
We have reason to believe that the land search has already been conducted and they did not find any clues to support the theory that the plane came down over land. Also, if it was on land, the Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) as well as other beacons would have been picked up by rescue crafts. A low flying aircraft the size of a Boeing 777 would have woken up a lot of neighbours.
Q: Does the 777-200ER have an ACARS system on board? If yes, where is the data?
Yes it does, but we do not know if the MH370 had its system activated or if Malaysia Airlines had it set up to be used on its aircraft. ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System) if activated automatically sends short messages to ground controllers, reporting the position and critical data like speed and altitude of the plane. In the event of a disaster, the ACARS system would have continued to relay data back to the ground controller until a point when it became disabled.
Q: Why don’t we send in the submarines, submarines are !##%#$# awesome!!
This seems to be the question that has been making its round across our forums for some days now. Why? Because our subs aren’t nuclear powered like the one used to help locate Air France flight AF447. Without nuclear power, the sub needs to return to base to refuel. Scouring the ocean floor when you don’t know where to look is another big problem. Even with sonar, its like using a torchlight to look for a needle on a dark carpet. The South China sea isn’t very deep, so its much easier (and faster) to just send divers down from rescue vessels.
More Q&A’s tomorrow. Keep the questions coming, and lets all pray for the best for #MH370.
Just moments ago, Microsoft Malaysia has officially announced the price of Surface 2 which will be made available in our market later this week on 14 March. First announced to the world last September, the 10.6-inch full HD tablet is powered by the ARM-based 1.7GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor and runs Windows RT 8.1. It will be available in Malaysia with two different internal storage space configurations: 32GB and 64GB.
Ahead of its launch event this coming Wednesday, we’ve received a unit of Lenovo’s upcoming flagship, the Vibe Z. Also known as the K910L, this is Lenovo’s first-ever LTE-enabled smartphone, and marks another major step in Lenovo’s increasing presence in the Malaysian mobile space. We’ve been using the K910 for many days now, so check out we think of Lenovo’s latest mobile darling after the jump!
With a rugged outlook and jet black leather pants, it’s hard to imagine that Marc Dillon is a COO and co-founder to one of Finland’s hottest startups. The 11-year ex-Nokia veteran speaks with a demeanour unlike most professionals, and his energy is infectious as he interacts with everyone he meets at Jolla’s MWC 2014 booth. With such positive energy, it is still surprising when he says, without a hint of doubt, “I believe this is gonna be the year of Sailfish”.
This is Lowyat.NET’s exclusive interview with Jolla’s Marc Dillon.
We woke up today to the news that the mysterious founder of Bitcoin has been found; and that his name is indeed Satoshi Nakamoto. That news was quickly followed by reports of the original report was mistaken, and the person they found is denying all connections to Bitcoin. All of which has resulted in discussions about individual privacy.
Good news for those of you who love to take selfies, our app of the week is this week is CamMe, a camera app for iOS devices that makes capturing selfies as easy as grasping the air, literally. You know those awkward situations where you’re trying to take a picture of yourself or a group of friends, and your arms are too short to fit everyone in, hence accidentally cropping out someone? With CamMe, you’ll never have that problem again because it allows you to capture self-shots from as far 5 meters without even having to touch your phone and no, you will not need to pay for an expensive remote shutter button.
After two hectic weeks of shoot, here is Kuala Lumpur’s version of Pharrell Williams’ Happy! The Lowyat.TV Team hit the ground running for this project and we managed to get around 100 participants to join in our shoot. Malaysians from all walks of life as well as expats who have come to call KL home hopped in and boogied down with us through blazing hot weather and haze. Shooting this video has been an experience and we’ve discovered all kinds of interesting locations that make KL the melting pot that it is. A thousand thanks to all those who participated, you guys make Kuala Lumpur an awesome place to live in!
Sit back, press play and enjoy!
At Sony’s regional event to showcase its latest devices from MWC 2014, the company has also shared some information about the devices’ availability in Malaysia. Yup, the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia M2, Xperia T2 Ultra, Sony Smartwear and also the Xperia Z1 Compact will all be coming to Malaysia – and they’re all coming next month!
Look at what we just saw on DiGi’s website, the telco has just unveiled its new DG Smart Plan postpaid plans and it looks like they will be offering 4G LTE for smartphone users as well…finally! Previously available for DiGi Broadband and Tablet Internet Plans only, DiGi has finally decided to roll out LTE for its voice plans and in conjunction with that, the telco also has got some new plans that looks pretty competitive with 2GB of data at only RM50 a month. Hit the break for the full details about the new DG SmartPlan postpaid plans.