2014-02-25

Xiaomi Redmi & MI-3 selling in Singapore with a crazy price tag


Image credit: Xiaomi Singapore Facebook

Finally it is here! I first mentioned Xiaomi's plan to extend to overseas markets in my review on Xiaomi MI-2. Few days ago, the mid range Android phone, Redmi has been selling in Singapore. With the price tag of just SGD 169 (~ RM 439) and the nearing-to-high-end specifications, it is not surprising that Redmi is sold out in 8 minutes. You can read the review by CNET here. In conjuction with this launch, Xiaomi Singapore site has been set up with web store selling Redmi accessories.

To me, the interesting news is Xiaomi MI-3, the flagship phone by Xiaomi, will be launching on 7 March in Singapore for a rock-bottom price of SGD 419 (~ RM 1088). Similarly, you can read Xiaomi MI-3 review by CNET here. If you understand Mandarin, you should watch the video review by Zealer.

With my pleasant experience with Xiaomi MI-2, I could foresee the success of Xiaomi in Asian markets.

2014-01-13

To the Moon available now in Humble Indie Bundle X



What if you are given a chance to relive your life to fulfill the one wish you always desire, but it is also the last thing you will do? At first, I thought To the Moon is another attempt on the recurring time travelling theme, but tons of positive reviews on this 2011 game encourage me to at least give this game a try. Oh boy, I am glad that I was dead wrong.

To the Moon is probably the best adventure game I have ever played. Not only the story is great and heartbreaking, the amount of details the developer (Kan Gao, Freebird Games) put into the story is superb as well. All I can say without spoiling the story is everything make sense at the end. Please do not let the dated graphics and lack of gameplay element blind you. I would advise you to run this game in one run to fully enjoy the story. People usually took 3 to 4 hours to finish the game, but the perfectionist in me extend the hours to about 6.

Furthermore, with the introduction of Humble Indie Bundle X, To the Moon is now available on Mac and Linux. All of the games in Humble Bundle X is available DRM-free and pay-as-you-want, with payment above USD 1 gives you access on Steam. I would dare say that To the Moon is already worth more than 1 dollar itself.

PS You could look forward to A Bird Story by the same developer.

2014-01-01

Is There Any Deal?


Steam is renowned for giving deep discount on digital games. Many gamers like myself have always hold our buying urge and waited for Steam Sales. Seeing the success of Steam, many similar digital content distribution stores have emerged in recent years. Online retail giant like Amazon has also joined the bandwagon, and is often giving away great discounts, which sometimes besting Steam sales, on digital games. You also have GOG.com, a place to get classic video games at a cheap price. Not forgetting Humble Bundle, offering awesome time-limited and pay-what-you-want game bundles.

If you are a person who like to compare prices among different shops before buying anything, but do not want to tediously browsing through each and every game distribution platform out there, IsThereAnyDeal.com is a fantastic platform when you want to shop for games. It is a simple and neat website that automatically searches for deals on different digital distribution shops, even some I have not heard of before. It also support sign-in through Steam, and Steam wait-list import function. Oh, also visit the link to current indie game bundles on my main page!

2013-12-20

Upgrading PlayStation 4 Hard Disk Drive


Have you gotten your hand on the newly released PlayStation 4? Are you satisfied with the rather small hard drive? (PS4 comes with 500GB 5400RPM SATA II hard drive, and a typical game can take up tens of GB in space, list of launch games with their size.)

Here is an article that described the steps to change the default hard drive to a 256GB solid state drive. The user claimed that the full boot speed has decreased by 11 seconds to 16 seconds. Other reported improvements include a five-folds increase of game installation speed and smoother movie and cut scene playback.

You might ask "will it void the warranty?" According to forums and ultimate FAQ by Sony America, the answer is no. One thing to note that Sony does not officially support a higher RPM hard drive.

Thanks Terence for the tip!

2013-04-05

Facebook Home


Facebook addicts rejoice! Facebook just introduce Home, a group of apps that change your Android phone into a Facebook phone. Besides the overhaul of Android lock screen and home screen by Coverfeed, one notable feature is messaging, it appears everywhere, on top of the app you are using. Facebook Home would be available from 12 April, but initially on HTC One, One X, Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, and Note II. You can expect more phones to be compatible with Facebook Home as Samsung, Sony and HTC have already signed up the Facebook Home Program. Accompanying the launching of Facebook Home, the first phone optimized for Facebook Home, HTC First, is also announced.

Sounds good eh? Unfortunately, Facebook Home will not be free from ads, just not at launch.

SOURCE The Verge

2013-03-21

Introducing Google Keep

If you are an avid user of Google service, you might want to check out Google Keep, a note-taking app released recently as an alternative to Evernote. The notes are saved in the cloud via Google Drive.

2013-03-09

Whatsapp, Viber, Line, KakaoTalk, WeChat, Fight!

Updated 23 Dec 2013.
Update 25 Feb 2014: WeChat has revamped their UI to have a much smoother navigation experience in version 5.2.
 
Whatsapp Viber Line KakaoTalk WeChat
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Available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Symbian, Nokia S40. Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, PC (Windows, Mac, Linux), Windows 8, Symbian, Bada. Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, PC (Windows, Mac), Windows 8, Nokia Asha. Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, PC (Windows), Bada. Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Symbian, Nokia S40, Browser.
Version 2.11.152 4.1.1.10 3.10.0 4.2.2 5.0.3.1
Origin1 US Cyprus Japan Korea China
License First year free, USD 0.99/year thereafter. Free, digital sticker store. Free, digital sticker store. Free, digital item store. Free, digital sticker store.
Interface preview
Application Size2 17.95MB (Non-movable to SD card) 27.92MB (7.12MB after moved to SD card) 28.45MB (7.45MB after moved to SD card) 19MB (Non-movable to SD card) 35.98MB (7.9MB after moved to SD card)
Free Calls None. Video and voice. Video and voice. Voice. Video and voice.
Attachment Gallery and camera, video and audio recording, location, contact. Gallery and camera, video and audio recording, hand drawing, location. Gallery and camera, video and audio recording, location, contact. Gallery and camera, video and audio recording, location, contact. Gallery and camera, video and audio recording, location, contact, message.
Stickers and emoticons preview
Notable features3 They started it.
  • ViberOut (call non-Viber numbers)
  • Able to attach doodle (hand drawing) in messsage

  • Brands and celebrities accounts (selectable country)
  • Timeline
  • Shared note and album
  • Stickers as gift
  • Japan-oriented stickers
  • Arrays of apps and games

  • Group call (up to 5)
  • Custom theme
  • Brands and celebrities accounts
  • Voice filter (e.g. Talking Tom)
  • Shared album, poll, and schedule
  • Items as gift
  • Korea-oriented stickers
  • Arrays of apps and games

  • Search people nearby
  • Walkie Talkie and Live Chat with group
  • Moments
  • Official accounts (non-browsable)