Friday, 30 March 2012

HTC One Series Set To Launch in Malaysia: 2nd of April

HTC One Smartphone Series
First introduced in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress 2012, the HTC One series has rather rebranded the HTC smartphone line up which is expected to be even stronger and competitive among the increasingly-crowded smartphone market; some, even offered them the name of "legendary". And if you would like to be one of the first to experience HTC's latest, come 2nd of April, Monday, be sure to visit it's official Malaysian launch in Pavillion, KL.

The all-new HTC One series consists of three smartphones. First up in line is its flagship model, the HTC One X offering a 4.7-inch, quad core Tegra 3-powered beast encased in a polycarbonate white shell. It runs on the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwhich OS along with HTC's very own HTC Sense 4.0. Besides being the first quad-core HTC smartphone, it is also integrated with a vastly improved camera technology, named as the Image Sense which is supposedly powerful enough to take photos in under 0.7 seconds!

Next up is the HTC One V, branded as the "essential smartphone" which is the most affordable of all. The HTC One V sports a simple design with a 3.6-inch screen, runs on a 1GHz processorand a 5-megapixel camera which is suitably more than enough.

Last but not least, is the HTC One S which is actually the mid-ranged smartphone but judging from teasers of some telco companies, it seems that we'll be missing the device in Malaysia. Nothing much to worry though especially since the One X and V will make its way here.

Remember, 2nd of April 2012, 11am, Pavillion KL!
HTC One Series Media Invite to official launch

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Temple Run Now Available on Android Devices

Temple Run
Be prepared, for the oh-so-addictive-and-popular iOS game is now set to go on Android. Temple Run, as I'm sure most of you have already heard of it before and even played it on a friend's iPhone or iPod or iPad, is now finally available on Android after quite a long wait.

However, for those uninitiated, this is what the game is about - "You've stolen the cursed idol from the temple, and now you have to run for your life to escape the Evil Demon Monkeys nipping at your heels. Test your reflexes as you race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs. Swipe to turn, jump and slide to avoid obstacles, collect coins and buy power ups, unlock new characters, and see how far you can run!". Or in simpler terms, these are the main things you need to do - run, jump, slide, turn and run!

The iOS version of Temple Run has already been downloaded for more than 40 million times, and is currently the 7th most-popular free activity in the App Store; and like it's iOS counterpart, the Android version is also free.. pretty sure it's gonna climb the Play Store ranks also, no?

*Download yours from the Play Store here.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

5 Copies of Norton 360 Version 6.0 to Giveaway [Closed]

contest to win 5 copies of Norton 360 v6
Greetings! All this time, I've only been participating in giveaways but never have I thought that I would ever have the privilege to hold a giveaway of my own. So back to the point, yes, I have 5 copies of the latest Norton 360 version 6.0 to give away for FREEE. :D

I'm pretty sure most of you have heard of Norton before and do know that it's an antivirus. However, the Norton 360s aren't merely an antivirus alone - they are integrated together with backup services, recovery tools and as promised by its name, a 360 degrees-like protection on up to 3 PCs, any platforms on the web including a Norton Safe Web for Facebook too.

Recent third party tests has also proven that the Norton 360 is ranked first in overall real-world protection and remediation from AV-TEST Institute2 and received top performance scores from PassMark Software3. Some of the highlights and new features of the Norton 360 version 6.0 are:

  • Norton Identity Safe which securely, automatically enters your login particulars while protecting you from the many online threats.
  • Norton Management which allows you to access an advanced cloud-based functionality to easily manage your Norton products remotely for greater control. (Note that the giveaways entitles for 3 PCs so you can manage 3 computers all in one place)
  • Bandwith Management to limit data usage and to avoid using up monthly data allotments which cause unnecessary additional charges.
  • Improved Backup Features including the ability to have multiple backup sets and an exclusive off-site backup, 2GB worth of online storage securely accessible anytime, anywhere.

Norton 360 v6 contents
Now now, here's exactly how you can win the 5 copies:

Monday, 19 March 2012

Purchase Diablo 3 Through Asiasoft, South East Asian Distributor [UPDATED]

diablo 3's coming soon page on playpark asiasoft for south east asian region
As some of you may have or may not have heard, Diablo 3 has finally received an official release date after years of speculation and deliberation - due on the 15th of May. Naturally, the western side of our world have gotten their pre-order details ready, but what about us in South East Asia? Well Asiasoft, Blizzard's official distributor in this region (through, has recently confirmed that pre-orders will be done through them.

Though their official site is presently showing "Coming Soon", without any specifications on the price or whatsoever, Diablo 3 will be priced at RM218. Also, do note that nothing has been said about Diablo 3's collector's edition yet but here's hoping that it would be available in this region too, should we?

[UPDATE] now shows you a list of Malaysian, and Singaporean outlets which are pre-order-ready.

Asiasoft will be holding a special launch event for Diablo 3 in Singapore, Funan IT Mall. (More details about the launch here).Copies of the game will be priced at SGD$89 in Singapore and RM218 in Malaysia.

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Tuesday, 13 March 2012

What Would My 3D World be with LG Optimus 3D?

Imagine a world of 3D right from your smartphone itself, without glasses at all - images and videos, actions and movements emerging out from the phone into your vision and surroundings. But all of those could only be a fantasy now isn't it? After all, 3D is only in cinemas or at the very most equipped in some really, really expensive TV, but in smartphones, no way.

You got that all wrong. 3D is possible on smartphones and LG's Optimus 3D is one of the earliest phones employing the latest technology. Personally, I have always been a fan of 3D and it being on a smartphone would really enhance the overall feel. Yes, images will pop-out, Avatar will soar high like it was in a cinema (maybe, I never liked watching movies on phones anyway) but one of the key things of 3D, which many people miss out, is for gaming. But no, I'm not talking about 3D Angry Birds or 3D Cut the Rope, I'm talking about the so-called 'hardcore' games like Shadow Gun and Dead Space.

3D has a pretty big impact on gaming if you ask me. It ultimately changes the way you experience the game as a whole, especially since you are immediately absorbed into the world; and with games like Dead Space, you will actually feel as if you are the protagonist itself. The technology arguably revolutionises the way video games are played and experienced, and coupled with such portability and ease, LG's Optimus 3D would provide a suitable platform for a hardcore gamer-on-the-go like me.

More information on LG's Optimus 3D here.

Video Games Live Finally Performing in Malaysia Again, 26 and 27 May.

For those uninitiated, Video Games Live is one of the biggest and most popular game orchestral show in the world featuring top orchestras and choirs performing the most popular video games music of all time. All of its acts are accompanied with live action, state-of-the-art synchronized lighting and interactive segments, promising to create, in their own words, an "explosive entertainment experience". Classics to the moderns would be heard, music ranging from video game titles like Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, Halo, Zelda, Portal, and even Assassins Creed will be abundant during the show.

Actually, they have been to Malaysia before in 2010 and was supposed to return last year. Nevertheless, they have finally confirmed their performance in Malaysia on their Facebook Page so for all the gamers, non-gamers and music-lovers, strike your calendars off and book your place first. Details of the show is as the following:

Date: 26 and 27 May 2012
Venue: Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur
Tickets: RM98, 138, 198, 298 inclusive of RM3 fee, sold through

The Best of Digi Smart Plan With Samsung Galaxy Nexus

We all know the yellow Digi man. He's pretty much a stalker isn't he? Follows you everywhere, appearing on your television and the radio every once in a while...and has even became synonymous with Digi itself. But that's a good thing. It's witty personality and its smart nature aptly defines what Digi is all about - smart, and bright.

Digi very well understands what we as consumers want and tries its best to adhere to our demands - affordable prices, stable, high-speed broadband, a strong customer service experience, and of course, to offer the latest smartphones at the cheapest rate.

Google employees placing the Ice Cream Sandwich mascot in place in front of Google's hq

Recently, Google unveiled its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update while Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the first, and up till now the only phone to be integrated with it. If you ask me, this update is extremely important for Android smartphones as the last I remembered was the mere 2.3 something Gingerbread - which is totally outdated among its rivals.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Blizzard Hinting That Diablo 3 Is Releasing Soon? [UPDATE]

Waiting for Diablo 3 to release is like waiting for the world to end - no release date is real. However, a recent move by Blizzard may suggest that Diablo 3 will be out sooner than we might have expected. After the recent WoW server maintenance, a Diablo 3 icon was revealed on the account page. Blizzard previously commented that they are "targeting a Q2 launch for Diablo 3" somewhere in between April and June and though this doesn't solidly prove that Blizzard is going to announce its release date soon, here's hoping that it's gonna be earlier.

Thanks to James for the tip on our Facebook Page.

Diablo 3 has finally received an official release date - due on the 15h of May.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Best Uses of Casinos in Video Games

One of the main areas of growth in gaming is the use of video games. Not everyone simply
wants to log on to a casino site and play the games that are on offer there. Casino games
have been successfully incorporated into a number of video games over the years. Playing
games as characters and trying to reach the different levels while enjoying the casino aspects
of the games, can give the game a whole new perspective.

One of the earliest products to use a casino theme as one of its levels was Sonic the
Hedgehog 2. Casino Night was just one of the levels that were available to players, alongside
Mystic Cave and Emerald Hill. This is one of the game’s multi-player levels, so that more
than one player can take part and they are able to compete against each other. The casino
level has also been used in other Sonic games.

Hard Rock Casino was launched for the PlayStation 2. Players have a choice of properties
and can opt for one of 22 different casino games including different types of poker, slots
and roulette. The player is able to create an avatar and by winning games and tournaments
unlocks different style options for the avatar. Tutorials can help the player along with certain
games if they are unsure of the rules or the skills needed.

A scene in Fallout: New Vegas

One of the latest games to incorporate casino technology is Fallout: New Vegas. This is a
futuristic game that is part of the Fallout series and the player is trying to retrieve a platinum
casino chip. There are various levels and challenges and the setting is a post-apocalyptic
Las Vegas, with a number of casinos still in place in the city. The player is able to go into the
casinos to take part in several traditional casino games including roulette, blackjack and slots.

PlayStation Home has also announced plans to add a variety of new games. There is to
be a casino game space included there which will allow the users to play more games like
Casino War and standard casino games such as slots, poker and blackjack. By playing these
games in PlayStation Home the user can win rewards such as avatar outfits and furniture for
the Home space. The aim of this casino is to give gamers the atmosphere of a real casino at
home. It is an alternative to an online casino as there is no money involved, it is simply the
opportunity to play and learn skills while having fun at the same time.

Multiplayer options are becoming increasingly popular, as both video and online games have
gone way beyond the single player format. Options such as party poker are ideal for those
who want to get together with friends and have fun while doing something a little different.
Not everyone can stretch to a night out at a traditional casino, and with these modern
alternatives, we can have a go without the need for dressing up and splashing the cash.

Many thanks to for making this post possible!

Friday, 9 March 2012

Angry Birds Space Takes Over NASA, Announces New Features

Angry Birds is taking over the world. Merchandises of the franchise have been mushrooming all over the world with soft toys and shirts and bags and name it, all taking over the world! But they aren't stopping anytime soon - they are expanding their reign to the space.In fact, they have already taken over NASA in their International Space Station. Yes, NASA as in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration! (lol I actually googled it)

Their latest announcement features NASA astronaut Don Pettit flinging an Angry Bird in his space station, showing and explaining to us the trajectory and space physics of throwing things in space. So basically, that concept will be applied in the new Angry Birds Space, which will be available for download for the iOS, Android, PC and Mac start March 22.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Must-Knows of the new iPad: Retina Display, Faster, Thicker

The iPad 3, the iPad HD...everyone was expecting Apple to reveal one of them but after Apple's latest event, what was revealed was simply named the new iPad. Yep, it's just called iPad. Note how the "new" isn't even officially capitalised? So technically, it should just be called the iPad but since its fresh from Cook's oven, we call it new. (:

Retina Display
Apple is all about displays and pixel count, and when it unveiled its Retina Display for the iPhone, everyone wanted it for the iPad. Hence, the new iPad now boasts a 9.7-inch Retina Display featuring a resolution of 2048 x 1536-pixel; or in simpler terms, a higher resolution than a standard 1080p HDTV. This, is said to have 4 times as many pixels and have a 44% greater image saturation than the iPad 2.

Greater graphics
What good is the display if the graphics processor lacks behind? The new iPad will use a new A5X quad-core graphics processor which is said to be four times much faster than Nvidia's Tegra 3. One thing for sure is that the chip will be essential for the Retina Display to work in full fledged - as Apple also added that "the Retina Display on the new iPad wouldn't be possible without the new and powerful A5X chip."

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Street Fighter X Tekken: The Devil Within [Short Film]

Taking a break from all the fighting and bashing? Then take a look at this short film by Youtube user RivenX3i depicting the video game in a pretty well-made short film. So take your eyes off the animations and truly enjoy the real actions!

Story sypnosis:
"Both hide in the depths of one's soul and are unrelenting powers that plague the heroes of the Tekken and Street fighter universes respectively. "Is the quest for power just when the cost is your own humanity?" When these two powers discover the existence of one another, it changes the fate of many warriors from both worlds.

When the renowned world warrior Ryu, (from Street Fighter lore) begins to struggle with the darkness inside (The "Satsui no hadou") it attracts the attention of a man who has come to fully accept his own darkness, Kazuya Mishima (Tekken series regular). With the Devil Gene howling inside Ryu's mind, Kazuya attacks, catching him off guard and taking advantage of his battle within. Who will win when these worlds collide?" - RivenX3i

Watch Mass Effect 3's Trailer Literally [by Tombuscus]

If you are still waiting for your pre-ordered copy of Mass Effect 3 to arrive, or if you are still undecided on the game, take a look and listen to a "literal" version of Mass Effect's latest trailer by YouTube star Tobuscus where he applies his observation and songwriting skills to the epic CG launch trailer for Mass Effect 3.

[Mass Effect 3 is available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC.]

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Official Assassins Creed 3 Trailer Confirms American Revolution Setting

After days and months of waiting, with rumours, spoilers and leakage cropping out of every corner of the internet, there's finally an official announcement on Assassins Creed 3. And yes, the rumours are true, there will be a change of setting and scenery, and the plot will be based on the American Revolution between the Brits and the, Americans obviously. Though nothing has been said about the supposedly new protagonist named Connor, the trailer did tell us that tree-travelling will be possible and will play a big part of the game considering most battle sequences seem to partake in the dense, snowy, alpine trees.

What do you think about the change of setting during the American Revolution?
[Assassins Creed 3 is releasing on the 30th of October for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC]

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Digi Fandroid Day at Headquarters with Google and Samsung

In conjunction with Nuffnang, I was recently invited by Digi to attend their latest event/workshop, the Digi Fandroid Day which as you might have guessed, is all about Digi and Android gadgets.

At the event, they had a booth with various types of Samsung Android smartphones for us to toy with before the event officially starts.

And this is the Samsung Galaxy Note! I'm going to be honest that this is NOT my sketch/drawing, but you've got to admit its pretty darn good right. Personally, I found the ability to sketch and draw really attracting. However, the only downside is that it can get laggy at times and the size of this thing is simply too big (as a phone)!

But ultimately, it was the Samsung Galaxy Nexus that caught my attention. It is the only smartphone in Malaysia who officially has a 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwhich Operating System, and thus boasting many interesting features. In fact, the Galaxy Nexus and Google's Android 4.0 ICS is what the event is all about.