Google Pixel 2

Introduction to Google Pixel 2 

The Google Pixel 2 has a superb camera and elegant design so there is no doubt that Google wants to continue the good times rolling with a pair of premium technology. It is also confirmed that they are going to have a follow-up is coming in a few months, by the company’s hardware chief, Rick Osterloh. They will launch the follow-up a year after the Pixel was introduced.

Even though we do not know much about the Pixel 2, rumours said that it will have a slimmer design and an improved version of the camera in Google Pixel.

The Google Pixel 2 is an improved of the Google Pixel 

There are rumours of generations of phones that will likely be better than the last. For example, new camera technology and improved Chipsets compared to last generation of the Pixel, Google Pixel. There are also specific rumours about an improved Pixel 2 speculate that the phone might be water-resistant and the camera might contain more features. They could possibly replace the processor with a better one. It is believed that the company is testing out the processors by the name of  Qualcomm, Intel and possibly the Taiwanese chipster maker MediaTek.

It might contain flexible edges 

There are rumours of the company speaking of Pixel 2 coming out with a flexible frame, similar to the HTU U11. It means that the frame might be pressure-sensitive. Which means that if we hold the phone tightly, the phone will automatically launch the camera or turning on the flashlight.

The Pixel 2 might lose their headphone port 

Like the Apple Iphone 7s, the company might not consider adding the headphone port on the phone. According to images from the internet, it shows that the phone contains the rear fingerprint reader and glass panel on the back of the phone.

    A rough price of the Google Pixel 2…

They had a price of s$965 for the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel 2 would not be any cheaper… Since Google’s brand of products will stay premium. Rumours are hoping for a $50 increase, but no exact price has been confirmed.

Would I recommend you to buy this product ??

I would recommend you to buy this product as it has improved camera, flashlight and processors. Even though it is more expensive compared to the Google Pixel but I think it is worth it to give this product a shot.

Photo courtesy to : http://www.pixel2google.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/google-pixel-2-features.png

Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA

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Advantages:

As seen from the picture above, it is very slim and fits a 14-inch screen as compared to Asus Zenbook 3, which has a 12.5-inch screen. It also has a Windows 10 Pro operating system, a fingerprint scanner for security and is lightweight and portable, ideal for a business laptop. Having an Intel Core i7-7500U, it is fast and good for general usage, such as surfing the net and streaming HD videos. The design also looks good and is liked by many.

Disadvantages:

However, the shallow keyboard is not suitable for long-term typing and it is not suitable for gaming, even with an Intel Core i7-7500U. Similar to the Asus Zenbook 3, it only has 3 USB-C ports, with 2 of them being Thunderbolt. Fotunately, Asus kindly includes a few adapters, such as HDMI out and USB-A port. A standard non-touch 1,920 x 1,080-resolution screen is the only option available and the speakers are not loud, but headphones should solve the problem. On a similar tests with other laptops like LG Gram, it lasts only 7.5 hours, while others like the MacBook lasts 10.5 hours. It also costs $2600 SGD, which is why some of these are considered bad.

Specs that are not mentioned:

Storage: 512GB SSD

Graphics: 128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 620.

PC memory: 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz

Networking: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n , Bluetooth 4.1

My opinion:

I feel like this is not really a good value for money but is not bad for general use. There will probably be better alternatives but, maybe not on its style, so if you really want it and can afford it, go ahead. HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2 is a laptop that has a similar cost at $2800 SGD, which excels at different areas and is also not really worth the cost.

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HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2017)

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HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2017)

Introduction

The HP Spectre 13 is like a smaller version of the HP Spectre x360 15 (2017) but with a 4k screen, that looks amazing, but the beautiful display comes with at a price. On the 4k display model, the screen eats battery up quicker than other, lesser screens, reducing the battery life to around 8 hours, lower than other laptop like HP Spectre x360 (2016) at 9.5 hours. There is a HD one with a battery life of 16 hours, so if you want a longer battery life, and can take a slightly worse screen, it can be arranged. The laptop is also a convertible, being able to change from laptop into a tablet.

Specs 

  • Cost:                                 2,170.11 SGD
  • Display size/ resolution: 13.3-inch 3,840×2,160 touch display
  • CPU:                                  2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U
  • Memory:                           16GB DDR4 SDRAM 1,866MHz
  • Graphics:                          128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 620
  • Storage:                            512GB SSD
  • Expansion:                       2x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1 USB 3.1 Type-A
  • Network:                          802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Operating system:           Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

Cost

The cost is a big factor in the laptop, charging an extra 339.12 SGD for the 4k display and 474.61 SGD for the 1 terra byte option (generally).

Advantages

The keyboard, is really good compared to the Yoga 910, a close competitor of the HP Spectre 13, with much better right shift key. The size of the laptop is also a much more comfortable size than the bigger models, allowing for a much better tablet experience.

Disadvantages

The main draw back is the cost, that is rather pricey. Also the battery life, again, is affected by the power hungry 4k screen, making the laptop’s battery worse than normal.

Overall

The laptop, despite being a little pricey, is still a great high performance laptop that converts into a good tablet as well.

Photo courtesy: https://www.cnet.com/products/hp-spectre-x360-13-inch-2017/review/

Acer Predator XB272

 

 

The Acer Predator XB272 sends a fast 240Hz reload rate and offers a great selection of hardware controls. The 27 inch monitor has quite low resolution and the input connectors are not up to date. This is a great choice of a high-rate frame game. However it is not very ideal for the money spent on this typical kind of monitor.

Acer being competitive, increased the length of the monitor from 25 inch to 27 inch. At $680, it is not the cheapest monitor around, but it is one of the monitors that can refresh very fast. The thing that attracts buyers is of its resolution as if you can put a lorry in the pixels. But other than playing games, its resolution is not very high. You can set the resolution higher when playing games.

Specs:

Turns vertically

Depth of bit: 8

Normal Brightness:400

Pixel Pitch: 0.31mm

Gray Response time: 1 milisec

Black/white respond time: nil

Date of release: April 2017

The display of the monitor is normal, with the controls . The buttons are flat and hard to feel, but it has a joystick that makes it more easy to control the monitor. It serves as up and down keys. It has various options such as options that sets the brightness, reload rate.

Plus the 240Hz reload rate is way better than normal monitors that has reload rate of 144Hz and lousy monitors that has reload rate of 30 Hz.

There are 4 USB ports and 2 installed speakers. But there is only 1 HDMI . So, if you are spending too much money on this , you might consider using this monitor for several years.

There is 1 display port and a Headphone Jack.

So I personally think that the Predator XB272 has a great 240Hz reload rate if you are a gamer and love gaming. Plus you can set the resolution of the computer to make up for the monitor having only 1 HDMI , and of the input connectors.

Source credits: http://www.144hzmonitors.com/reviews/acer-predator-xb272-hdr-review/

https://www.acer.com/ac/en/GB/content/predator-model/UM.HX2EE.005

https://www.cnet.com/products/acer-predator-xb2-xb272/review/2/

Google Glass

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Introduction

Google glass is a piece of futuristic tech worn similar to glasses, developed by X, previously Google X. The glasses work like a mini, wearable computer, with a display similar to a smart phone and hands off a experience.

Features

Google Glass, being a device on its own, has runs own apps, made by third party and also a few already existing google apps such as Gmail, Google+ and Google maps. Some of the third party apps include news apps, social media, photo manipulation, face recognition, exercise and many more. The Google Glass also has a companion app for Android and IOS called my Glass, allowing you to configure the Google Glass using your phone.

Uses

The Google Glass, being a hands-off piece of technology, has many uses. One such use would for Journalism, allowing you to see the story from the journalist point of view. Another would be for healthcare. The glass can store medical information, inform you when you next appointment and can even live steam appointments to patients. Even military uses have been explored, tracking animals and bird in the jungle.

Problems

 Such different and unique technology does not come with its downside. You are not allowed to where it into places such as cinemas and casinos as it has the ability to film and record. Some places have even banned Google Glass. The Glass does pose an issue to privacy, being able to use facial recognition on every stranger you meet on the street sounds scary and is something the Glass can do. The Glass can also film events and conversations, which raises more privacy concerns.

               Overall

Due to all the controversy surrounding the initial release, the Google Glass prototype has been discontinued on 15 January 2015, but a new Google Glass, the Google Glass Enterprise Edition may be released soon, but it has not been confirmed.

photo courtesy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Glass

League of Legends

I will be talking about this game called. League Of Legends. It is a popular computer game which has nearly 100 million players online monthly. Clocking over an amazing billion hours of playtime in total by the players. It is a 5v5 MOBA game consisting more than 130 champions to play and experience.

League Of Legends was a game favoured by everyone from the age of 12-30. The game only took a couple of months, at most a year to get noticed by people from all around the world.

This game came out in the late 2009s and it is available on Microsoft Windows and macOS. When it first came out, there were only 17 champions but now there is a whooping amount of 137 champions in the game. The game is constantly thinking of new ways to improve and find ways to make this game better.

League Of Legends is a free to play Multiplayer Online Battle Arena Game where the teams battle each other in 2 teams of 5 in an arena called, the Summoner’s Rift. They get to pick the hero that they wish to play and fighting against their enemies, leveling during the match and gaining gold to buy different items to make their hero stronger to be able to take down the turrets guarding the enemy’s Nexus and secure a win.

One thing that I love about this game is that is entirely skill-based and not a Pay To Win game.  Means that you do not have to spend any money on the game in order to win at all. What makes it more exciting is that there is a free hero rotation every week, consisting of 6 free champions. There are also skins to the champions that you have to use money to buy which allows you make your champions look cooler compared to the original skin.

Players can choose weather to face off alone or together with friends facing off enemies. You also get to pick the hero you wish to play, each with their own special abilities, weaknesses and strengths. When the game starts, they will give you 500 gold to start of and buy your starting items. They are roles to the game for example: Junglers an Mid-laners. League Of Legends consists of 3 lanes. Players would have to kill the minions which spawn automatically on the map to earn gold in order to purchase the items needed. The main aim of victory is to destroy the enemies’ nexus while protecting yours.

Do I recommend online gamers to play this game?

Yes, definitely, even to people who do not enjoy playing online games frequently, I am sure that once you have laid your hands on this game, I guarantee you that you will spend many hours playing this game.  There are also guilds that you create to invite your friends into playing the game. There also other game modes like Ranked and custom. Ranked are for players who have reached Level 30 on their account while custom matches can let players do 1 v 1 with each other.  To be honest, I also play the game a lot but I do not have a computer which can handle the game’s FPS so I had to stop. But when I was playing, I was engrossed into playing the game that I couldn’t stop for 2-3 hours straight. I think that League of Legends is a ‘must try’ game and it’s free, so why not give it a shot ? Who knows, this might be your next favourite game.

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Geometry Dash

Geometry Dash is a game that requires your hands to be quick and agile. It costs $2.69 for iOS and Android. It ranges in different levels from the easiest to the hardest. It is about a character in a square-like shape that you can change its colour and face as you complete levels.Levels are downloaded and there is a name of the creator to tell you who created the level. The popular levels are always at the top with many comments.Some levels require to switch to different transportation such as spaceships, through portals as shown above in the picture.

People who cannot handle the levels and try a demo of the level through a button named “Practice” before trying the actual level. But the level will not be considered complete through Practice.

Until now there are still a lot of people playing it even it was released long ago. For those who cannot spend money on games, they can try the other two versions of the game such as ‘Geometry Dash World’ and ‘Geometry Dash Meltdown'(shown above in the pictures) for free for a glimpse of the game even on iOS.

The other two versions has almost the same features as the original version of the game , ‘Geometry Dash’ except ‘Geometry Dash Meltdown’ cannot download levels and only has trial levels which are very few. ‘Geometry Dash World’ has almost the same features as ‘Geometry Dash’ except it has lesser levels.

And all the levels in the 3 versions even the trial levels , has its own unique background music to enhance the level and attract music lovers to play.

This game was released by Robtop Games and was produced by Robert Topala. The character reacts by jumping and dropping by tapping and not tapping respectively.

This game contains achievements that are completed through finishing difficult levels , collecting stars etc.

Sometimes , after you complete a level , you can get a secret silver colour key that can unlock a secret vault that contains many attractive treasures as you collect more keys to unlock them.

This game is suitable for people who loves music or gaming , even both.

I think this game is in general very demanding and requires quick reaction.  For people with not that fast reaction, i would recommend them to start from the easiest level. This game is compatible with iOS 8.0 or later, with iPhone, iPad and iPhone touch, requires Android 4.0 and up.

 

Source Credits : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.robtopx.geometryjump

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geometry_Dash

 

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http://play.mob.org/game/geometry_dash_meltdown.html

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1(2nd Generation)

 

 

Do you think that your computer needs to be repair most of the time ? Do you have the feeling that your current computer is too old to use ? Well, if you have these thoughts stuck in your head. Then, you could use this new labtop called the, Lenovo’s ThinkPad.

The Lenovo ThinkPad is the latest model of the high-end two in-one hybrid. This is an improved version of the previous model, the Lenovo ThinkPad. They have similar looks but I guarantee you that the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is much better. Not only, does it have a high-end two in-one hybrid, it also has a seventh-gen Intel processors and it also comes with a Wireless WAN connectivity. Other than that, it basically has the same design, features and add on modules as the previous model.

This second generation of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet, also contained various uses for processors, memory and storage options.

According to Lenovo, they said that it should be available on the web in UK soon and they also hope that it would available in Australia by the end of the month. But they will update it with an official international pricing whenever available.

People will ask what is the difference of the two models ? Why did Lenovo have to create a new model when they already have a very successful one ?

I will answer to that. Its because the Lenovo ThinkPad is already well-regarded to business users, but they thought that business users could use an even better device to help them on the way. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is a portable, productivity-geared Microsoft Surface-like device. Which makes it very impressive and attractive for users like business workers to buy this product.

Honestly, I would keep this decision in my head as I would really could use a new computer. I would save my money and buy a better computer better than the one that I am currently using now. Even though, they have not launched it for sale, I’m sure that this is one computer that I am gonna keep it mind in case I can buy a new one.

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Pokemon Emerald

 

 

 

 

 

Pokemon Emerald is the third generation of Pokemon together with Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire. The player starts out with either a Treeko, Torchick and Mudkip. This Generation has 135 new Pokemon on top of the 251 Pokemon from generation 1 and 2.

 

As you could probably see in the picture, the Rayquaza is one of the legendaries in the game, and with Ruby and Sapphire, the legendary is Groudon and Kyogre respectively.There is also the Regi trio RegiRock RegIce and RegiSteel, Latios and Latias, Jirachi and Deoxys.

This Generation features new things like Pokemon natures, genders, personalities  and abilities. There is also now berries that Pokemon can hold and use during battle so that you can heal status effects. one can heal paralysis, one can heal burn effects, one that cures poison and more.

There is the addition of Double battles, and a Battle Frontier, adding to the original battle tower.

 

The villains are no longer team rocket, but team magma and aqua, who wants to capture Groudon and Kyogre respectively.

There is also a new set of Gym leaders, Elite Four and Champion.

The Gym leaders are Roxxane who uses Rock types, Brawly who uses Fighting types, Wattson who uses electric types, Flannery who uses Fire types, Norman who uses Normal types, Winona who uses Flying types.

There are two Gyms where you would have to do a double battle. The psychic type gym and the water type Gym. The Elite is Phoebe who uses Ghost types, Glacia who uses Ice types, Drake(not from the orange islands) who uses Dragon types, and Sydney who uses dark types.

Spoilers Ahead

The Champion is… Wallace! The same Wallace in the water type gym. He still uses water types. However, he does not use the same team so he would be much tougher.

End of Spoiler

Conclusion

Personally, I have enjoyed the game a lot, and I would recommend others playing it.

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Playstation VR

Playstation VR

Introduction

Released on October 13 2016, the Playstation VR is a virtual reality headset manufactured by the Sony and developed by Sony Interactive entertainment. The headset allows you to immerse yourself fully in a fictional universe. Using different controllers (not included with the VR headset) allow you to interact with things in the fictional world, adding to the immersion.

Move controllers used for the VR

Games

Being part of the Playstation family, it has a plentiful amount of games. Ranging from horror games to shooting games, the huge variety of games allow you to find a game of your choice. Unfortunately some games require you to buy another controller/s to play.

Using The Headset

The headset is relatively easy to use, the headset has a few knobs to adjust the comfort of the headset and the how far away the screen is to your face, to accommodate for glasses. Other than that you look around the real world and it looks around a virtual world, ultimately does its job of being a VR headset well.

Cost

On release, it cost S$599. Compared to other headsets like the Oculus rift(S$862) and the HTC Vive (S$1104), it is relatively cheap.

Pros And Cons

The VR is comfortable to wear, cheap compare to other options like it, has a wide section of games and is a great bonus if you have an already existing Playstation 4. On the other hand, it is rather expensive, needs extra controller to work sometimes and requires a Playstation 4 to work, and not everyone has a Playstation 4.

photo courtesy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ57Cl3Nq6o   https://venturebeat.com/2016/06/20/playstation-vrs-weakness-is-the-move-controller/