“Insurgent” Tops Box Office With $54 Million!

The Divergent Series: Insurgent opened in first place at the North American box office this weekend with an estimated $54 million, which was just a bit behind the $54.6 million debut of its predecessor Divergent.

Internationally, Insurgent took in an additional $47 million for a worldwide total of $101 million. It should be noted that Insurgent cost more to produce than Divergent ($110 million to $90 million) and, unlike Divergent, was released in the higher-priced 3D format.

Still, Insurgent saw an uptick in overseas ticket sales over Divergent as Veronica Roth’s book series has increased in popularity abroad in the past year.

Meanwhile, The Gunman — Sean Penn’s stab at a Taken-style action flick — opened in fourth place with a wimpy $5 million. Faith-based film Do You Believe? debuted in sixth place with an estimated $4 million.

Here are the weekend estimates via Rentrak:

1. The Divergent Series: Insurgent $54 million

2. Cinderella $34.5 million

3. Run All Night $5.1 million

4. The Gunman $5 million

5. Kingsman: The Secret Service $4.6 million

6. Do You Believe? $4 million

7. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $3.5 million

8. Focus $3.3 million

9. Chappie $2.7 million

10. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water $2.4 million

New Sony Xperia Z4 Renders Leak Out!

Alleged Sony Xperia Z4 images made the rounds online. The renders are from the same source as the previous leak and give us a closer look at the upcoming flagship smartphone.

The leaked Xperia Z4 renders leave nothing to the imagination. The upcoming successor of Sony Xperia Z3 will follow the familiar OmniBalance design language. Sony Xperia Z4 features design cues from its both its predecessor and Sony Xperia Z2 with the front facing speakers design.

A port next to the microUSB on the bottom of the smartphone is the biggest mystery in the unannounced Xperia Z4. With the 3.5mm audio jack sitting on top of the device, we are yet to find out what purpose will the element follow.

The renders of the device’s back lack markings, so they might be unfinished. According to the source, the final images might carry some changes.

Purported specs of Sony Xperia Z4 include Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, 5.2” QHD display, 20.7MP camera, and Android Lollipop. The device is expected to debut at some point this summer.

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WhatsApp to be blocked in several Arab Countries following the new Voice Calling feature?

Whatsapp Voice Call Feature

After multiple flip-flops, WhatsApp has finally released the voice-calling feature for all Android users. You will need to download version 2.11.528 from the Play Store or version 2.11.531 from the WhatsApp website. (iOS to follow later)

The voice-calling can be activated is by receiving a call from someone whose voice-calling is already activated. After you get the call, you need to close and then reopen the app. After that, instead of seeing the most recent chats, you will get three tabs namely Calls, Chats and Contacts. The call tab shows incoming, outgoing and missed calls at the precise times.

Whatsapp Voice Call Feature (1)

As we all know, Viber and Several Voice Calling Apps have been blocked in many Arab countries, now that WhatsApp have this feature, rumor has it that WhatsApp will be blocked once this feature is enabled for all users.

“Vodafone” an Egyptian Telecom company, has been in talk with the officials in Egypt about the declining revenues and profits of the company due to the declining number of regular calls per user; and its concerns about how much this feature can terribly affect these numbers.

Egyptian officials declined to Block WhatsApp as the Egyptian and Arab laws do not give the permission to block applications and to prevent their use since this goes back to the judicial authorities.

Note that Telecom companies can realize profits by providing Mobile Data Bundles (3G/4G) and more options for subscribers. There’s no issue from this matter!

Telecom company “Etisalat” started blocking Whatsapp Call on mobile data this Sunday (March 15); It’s still accessible on WiFi though.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Coming Soon, Here’s Why it’s better than the normal S6!

A new rumor has surfaced claiming to give us the full spec list for the S6 Active. And to start with display size, saying it will sport a 5.1-inch QHD (2,560×1,440) panel as the ‘vanilla’ Galaxy S6.

Moving on, we should also expect the successor to the Galaxy S5 Active to feature all of the other hardware innards of its non-rugged siblings, the S6 and S6 edge. So the same Samsung Exynos 7420 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 16MP rear camera, and 5MP front snapper.

The one thing that will reportedly change is battery capacity, rumored to come in at a whopping 3,500 mAh. That’s more than what’s inside the Galaxy Note 4 phablet, so we’re a little wary of this particular detail – but hoping it will turn out to be right in the end.

The added ruggedness of the Active handset, coupled with the bigger battery has led to an increase in size compared to the Galaxy S6. The S6 Active will measure 146.9 x 73.6 x 8.8 mm, as opposed to 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm for the S6.

What isn’t clear yet is if the S6 Active will come with a microSD card slot and a removable battery, unlike the S6 and S6 edge. Though since it’s identical in every other respect, you probably shouldn’t hold your breath. No detail has been revealed about how rugged it will be, but these things should surface soon now that the leaks have started in earnest.

Today’s rumor also confirms that AT&T will sell the Galaxy S6 Active, and that the model number of the device for that carrier will indeed be SM-G890A. The other versions should therefore be SM-G890x, with the final letter being different depending on region and/or carrier.

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