This is Kick-Ass!
In a pop-up shop in Shoreditch, two rubber-clad hotties are snogging in front of a small audience of pretty PR people. It might sound like an average Saturday night for the racier denizens of this uber-hip part of London but it is, in fact, a tenuous marketing ploy for the Huawei Ascend P2, a flash new smartphone from the world' …
Phoenix Jones was actually one of the inspirations for Kick Ass. He was one of the first to don a costume and go fight crime in real life, along with a healthy chunk of the rest of the Rain City Defenders. He's been in national headlines several times. I think the last time was when he lost his day job after his first arrest and subsequent unmasking.
Personally I question his sanity, along with the rest of the people taking inspiration from Batman in the last few years.
Hey Huawei, where is the promised jelly bean upgrade for my G615? It was promised for March, wasn't it?
And yes, I know, there is a beta I could install - but somehow I expected more from you than a green banana.
Pity, I had some hopes you would do better, but it seems you are going down the same path than HTC. Or does this mean you are still early in your learning curve?
It would be much cooler to give a good support for your products, than to hire actors in kinky suits for your press conferences, you know...
At least Huawei officially support bootloader unlocking for many models via a form on their website. If you can't get the official update you're waiting for, there may be an unofficial one that will meet your needs.
I don't know about the G615, but my G300 is currently running (the Jelly Bean-powered) CyanogenMod 10.1. For a £100 phone, its capabilities are pretty amazing!
Turns out, that Huawei finally published the promised update. It came out just one day before I let out my anger above.
OK, so it was 5 months late, but better late than never, right?
Now it would be nice to get some El Reg review about the new P6. We already know about the kinky suits, now show us some kinky smartphone!
A photographer called Peter, who mysteriously takes photos of superheroes just as the action kicks off...? Now, that's ringing some bells somewhere, has anyone checked to see who he really is?
Bootnote: Purple Rain can fight MY crime any time she wants, nudge nudge, wink wi.. Oh, yes, that is my coat, thank-you.
"Purple Rain can fight MY crime any time she wants, nudge nudge, wink wi.."
Unless that crime is sexual harrassment, yes?
On topic, however, what a load of turgid pish. Huawiaeueue (I was going to misspell it anyway, lets face it) need to find a better PR company. This just makes them look stupid and childish.
I think you'll find that as a safety feature, grenades out of a grenade launcher will not doing any detonating between your feet (Or for that matter, anywhere within 10 to 20 meters from the point of launch).
For some reason they thought that was a really useful safety feature for a weapon they were going to hand to army grunts.
I think it's important, when considering Haweui as a choice for anything from phones to suspiciously Cisco-like newtork routers to heavy duty PSTN back bones that they are, basically, the Chinese military with a billing dept. - it's best to assume that your every move, action and bodily function will be analysed for the greater glory of the PRC.....superheros are of course optional
In light of other ElReg articles today, is there a consistent editorial policy on manufacturer descriptions, and will we now also see suitable warnings on, eg, Microsoft, the state-linked chair aviation manufacturer, Google, the state-linked purveyor of cocoa-based delectables, or Yahoo, the state-linked abuser of gratuitous exclamation marks?
"You can carry a sword that’s less than two and a half feet long, so you could walk about with a short broadsword, and you can also have anything that doesn’t remote detonate, so a grenade launcher’s fine too."
But you can't get the grenades! So what's the point of the launcher?? And good Lord, why *would* you want something that *doesn't* remotely detonate? Phoenix Jones isn't taken seriously here. From the Seattle Times: "Jones, who calls himself the “guardian of Seattle,” was criticized by police when he responded to violence at last year’s May Day by hosing down protesters with pepper spray."
When did El Reg become a lads' mag?
Just because this is a marketing campaign doesn't mean writing a sexist, lecherous piece of sleaze is acceptable from a publication that is aimed at the IT profession as a whole.
Reading things like this reminds me why our industry has so few female professionals.
"Both sport cameras in the chestplates of their uniforms, so they can livestream the action, and have GPS built into their suits. Phoenix is the muscle of the pair, with a $10,000 dollar shield which he claims stops bullets and grenades, as well as a fire-proof, bullet-proof and stab-proof costume. Purple uses her brain, studying crime maps and statistics to work out how best to catch the crooks."
Umm, someone might be willing to test that suit with him in it now. Nothing is bullet-proof per se, bullet resistant yes. You may need a bigger gun though. I'm sure a 20mm AP round will make quick work of that shield, the front of his costume, him, the back of the costume and still have plenty of energy left to go quite a distance before hitting something else for it to go through.
I wonder he has tested that suit against a 50 caliber.
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