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E3 2017

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2017 is the biggest show where all the major companies come together to showcase their latest entertainment products both in hardware and software. This year, we saw a whole lot of games which were expected and a lot of surprise announcements as well and on the hardware side, the biggest buzz was the announcement of the insanely powerful Xbox One X which was formally known as Project Scorpio, which is now 4K ready. Since the major focus for E3 is on games, lets jump right into it! These are some of the most anticipated games of E3 and although there are a lot of games which have been announced, here are my personal picks off the list.

Anthem

Set in a futuristic world, Anthem is a third person action role playing game where you can explore the vast open shared world with your friends as you take the role of Freelancers – the heroes who dare to venture outside the safety of the walls and explore the vast landscape to protect humanity from the dangers which lurk outside. As a Freelancer, you get to wear one of the cool exosuits called Javelins, these exosuits are fully customizable and they have different classes to choose from, so far the ones we have seen are “Rangers” – which are the balanced type for players who like to be sort of a jack of all trades and “Colossus” – which is a bigger, heavily armoured Javelin exosuit and is more like a walking tank with immense firepower. All these exosuits are equipped with jetpacks which you can use to fly around the world and explore new places and it’s not just the land and skies which you can explore, you can even go underwater and discover new places, which is a really nice touch. The weapons you get in this game are pretty awesome too, we saw a demo of a Colossus firing a really powerful mortar and then the ranger pinged some targets and fired a bunch of missiles to take them down all at once. The developers have mentioned that this game can be played solo or with friends as you try to complete missions together. The graphics look great and I hope that they won’t change much once the game is released because so far, Anthem is looking like its going to blow everyone’s mind away.

Assassin’s Creed Origins

For all the fans of Assassin’s Creed, I can imagine that we’re all getting giddy about the new Assassin’s Creed and since the latest instalment is going to take place in ancient Egypt during 49 BC, it will be a welcome change to the environment. We get to take the role of  Ba Yek, the main protagonist and the founder of the brotherhood. ‘Origins’ is going to take us back to where it all started, how the brotherhood formed and where all the terminology came to being, like the word “eagle vision” which literally means looking through the eyes of an actual eagle! Who knew? And Ba Yek happens to be the first one to use Eagle Vision and put on the hood to bring justice to the world. The gameplay feels like it did not stray much from  the original style and the whole stealth approach which we love about Assassin’s creed still stand true but this time, we get to use weapons from Ancient Egypt and ride on horses along the beautiful plains of the desert. This game will be released on October 27th.

Skull & Bones

So you wanna be a pirate and rule the high seas? It will be dangerous work and there is a high chance that you may not survive the trip but you can be assured that you will thoroughly enjoy the rewards. If you want to live in the world of pirates and show your dominance by conquering the seas, then Skull & Bones is the game for you. It is a multiplayer tactical action-adventure game played from a third-person view as you sail across the Indian Ocean. You can collect additional ships throughout the game with your friends  and arm your ships with weapons such as mortars, canons and even rockets! You can use your ships to charge with brute force and slam into other enemy ships and board them to capture or destroy them and collect loot all the way like a pirate should. You can also use spyglasses to look at other ships and plan your attack accordingly, I mean this game has all the ingredients to make the player feel like they are in the shoes of a real pirate in dangerous waters but the sad thing is that it will only be released in late 2018 so I guess you’ll have to set your pirate hat aside for a while as you wait for it.


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DIGI BUZZ : iOS 11

Liyo Kikon

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) which took place last week on June 5-9 showed some of the company’s latest updates on both software and hardware. Their new Homepod, which is targeted to rival other assistants such as Google Home and Amazon Echo was unveiled, along with a new lineup of Macbook pros fitted with a new Kaby lake processor and there was also a teaser of the new iMac pro, which is a very powerful workstation computer meant for professionals and a new iPad with a brand new Apple Pencil, which will be even faster and better than before. Although no word of a new iPhone was officially announced, Apple did announce a new operating system for iPad and iPhones, called iOS 11. It is not officially released to the public, but for those who have a developer account, you can get the beta version for iOS 11 now and I gotta say, they’ve made some major improvements in the new iOS.
For the iPhone, the first thing which you will notice is just how clean everything looks! I mean this is obviously expected, but when you compare it to the old iOS, the new one looks a lot more polished. Small details like the fact that the icons and the way the dock rearranges itself looks way better than before. (more…)


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Nex Machina

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Enemies! OMG! Enemies everywhere! and bullets! And Explosions! And lasers! And more enemies! This game will make you say those things and I absolutely guarantee that anyone who plays this game is going to either have a heart attack or fall in love with it. Nex Machina is an action paced top down twin stick arcade shooter game whose main role is to make sure that you stay on your toes the whole time you play and only breathe out once you finish a level. I love these kind of games and if you haven’t played anything like this before, you need to try it out at least once and you will surely get hooked. (more…)


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DJI Spark

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I love DJI products and I’m absolutely sure that any drone fans would say the same, it’s like DJI is one company who loves to push the boundaries of what is possible in drone tech and with their latest product “Spark”, they’ve done it again.
DJI Spark is a tiny, I mean really tiny drone which can easily fit in your pocket and I mean this literally since it is almost the same size as a standard mobile phone. But don’t let its tiny frame fool you because this little guy is packed with more technology than your average car. (more…)


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Coming Soon from Google

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The Google I/O 2017 gave us a glimpse of what Google has in store for us in the near future and even though most of the announcements were meant for app developers, some of the things they showcased were just too awesome! Here are some things Google has in store for us in the coming months.
Google Lens – This one blew everyone’s mind away and it is certainly the future of cameras. (more…)


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Little Nightmares:

Liyo Kikon

Little Nightmares is probably the creepiest and weirdest game I’ve ever played and definitely my favourite game right now! The game takes place in a dark environment and it reminds me of the game Limbo, which had a similar nightmarish tone to it. The story revolves around a little girl named “Six” who wakes up in a dark room and even though the game does not give you any hints or tutorials, it is easy to figure out just how to play it. (more…)


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Microsoft Surface Laptop

By Liyo Kikon

Gone are the days when we used to look at Microsoft products and think “boring!”. These days, all the products which are produced by Microsoft seems to focus a lot on design and the latest product by Microsoft, the Surface Laptop is no different.
The Surface Laptop is a beautiful device and measuring at only 14.48 mm thickness, it is extremely slim, not to mention that it weights just 1.252 kg, it is remarkably light for such a powerful device. The Surface Laptop comes with a 13.5 inch display, powered by PixelSense technology which gives out stunning visuals and since it is coated with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, it won’t get scratches easily. The display has an aspect ratio of 3:2 and this is a bit of an issue since most laptops are set at 16:9 so the Surface Laptop may seem a bit more squared than your average laptop. It also supports 10 point multi touch along with the Microsoft Surface Pen and drawing on this device will be a bit awkward sine it doesn’t fold into a tablet form, but the display does support a resolution of 2256×1504 and is powered by the latest intel Core i5 or i7, depending on the model, along with a memory of either 4, 8 or 16GB. (more…)


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Learn Nagamese

By Liyo Kikon

It’s always great to see apps which are tailored for Nagaland and the latest app by Moon Mermaids Media looks like a promising start to encourage everyone to learn the Nagamese dialect.
Available as a free trial download on the Google Play Store, Learn Nagamese is a very simple and easy to use app. Much like other language learning apps such as Duolingo, anyone can learn our local dialect in the form of a game-ish app. The user interface is simple and minimalistic, making great use of material design and subtle colours. Right off the bat, you can start with the basics where you are given a choice of words and a question such as “Which of these is a boy?” and you will have to find the right word which is simple for anyone, since each word has an image that goes along with it and in once glance, anyone who is trying to learn the language can easily figure out the answer and proceed to the next question and so on. If you get the wrong answer, you can try again and again until you find the right one and get to the next word or sentence. (more…)


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Guardians of the Galaxy Telltale Episode 1

By Liyo Kikon

Have you ever played any Telltale games? I’m sure that some of you have obviously tried a few of them, but for those who haven’t, let me just say that Telltale games are not like ordinary games where you have full control over the action of the protagonist. Instead, it feels feels more like watching a movie rather than playing a game. Sure, you have a few controls to determine how the story goes, but unlike traditional games, you simply have to enjoy the story and not worry much about other stuff.
In Guardians of the Galaxy Telltale Episode 1, you watch the story unfold following the comic book heroes in their adventures across the galaxy. For a lot of people who only watched the movie, you will be pleased to know that this game also has a lot of references pertaining to the movie, which is always a good thing and like all other Telltale games such as The Walking Dead and Borderlands series, the Guardians of the Galaxy has a great storyline, decent graphics and awesome voice over to top it all up. (more…)


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Laptop Docks

By Liyo Kikon

Having just one device to take care of everything from work to play is the future and many companies are trying to bridge the gap between cell phones and laptops and if we can somehow manage to merge the two, it would make many people have the convenience of depending on just one device for everything. But like most futuristic devices, we are all just waiting for an innovative product to appear and sweep us off our feet. Until then, the closest thing to a union between cell phones and laptops would be a Laptop Dock.
If you use just Microsoft Office for your work or maybe you are a writer or journalist or perhaps you just want a device to surf the web and watch videos, then all you need is either the Superbook by Sentio (Black) or the Mirabook by Mirateam (Gold). Both the Superbook and Mirabook look like a laptop, but neither one of them have any computing power. The way they work is that you plug in your smartphone and the laptop dock will use the smartphone’s engine to come alive. The laptop docks come with their own in-built battery which can charge your phone while connected and since they are both slim and light, weighing just under 1kg, it is easy to carry it with you wherever you go. The Superbook has a display of 11.6 Inch and the Mirabook has a 13.3 Inch screen. They both use Usb Type-C for charging, along with a standard Full sized USB A for attaching devices such as pen drives and hard drives and other peripherals along with a full QWERTY keyboard and a multi touch trackpad. Both devices are very well built and they both look beautiful with minimal design. While the Mirabook offers HDMI output for connecting an additional display or TV, the Superbook does not have that option and the Superbook does not have an SD Card slot either and it comes with just one USB-A connector whereas the Mirabook has two USB-A connectors. But when it comes to the performance of the laptop dock, both of them performs admirably since the performance is directly dependent on the power of your smartphone and the best bit is that when you buy a new phone, it will be like buying a new laptop since the docks are compatible with all android devices or PC Sticks. And speaking of compatibility, the Mirabook is also compatible with Windows Phone, Ubuntu and it also has the option to work with Raspberry Pi if you want to use it as a stand alone device. The Superbook on the other hand can also work with Windows Laptop or PC which is great if you have a guest and both of you need to use computers at the same time.
The advantages of having a Laptop Dock are rather high, but like all products, they have their flaws as well. One big issue with these docks is that they are not fully fledged laptops and what this means is that you are dependent on an external device to make them work and this hinders the performance quite a bit. It will obviously not affect anyone who is going to use these devices for light weight tasks, such as typing, web surfing or watching videos, but it is certainly not designed for heavy users. One fascinating claim is that the new Galaxy S8 is more powerful than the Macbook Air and if you pair that phone to either one of these docks, the theory is that you will have a laptop which is more powerful than a Macbook Air, but that is yet to be proven.
The biggest advantage for these laptop docks would be the price, The Mirateam is running a campaign on Indigogo right now and you can catch the early bird pack for $199 (Approx. Rs.12,800) or you can pre order the Superbook from their official website at www.sentio.com for $129 (Approx. Rs.8,300) and since both products deliver to India, you can order it directly without any issues. Another big advantage would be the connectivity since it uses the phone’s data for browsing the internet, you just need a good data plan and it will work out of the box without the need to fiddle with tethering like ordinary laptops. And now, the question remains, is it worth it? I guess the answer depends on the type of user you are. If you need a laptop simply for basic work, then these docks will be a great choice mainly because you will never have to buy a new laptop everytime it becomes outdated, all you need is to keep upgrading your phone which most people do anyway. But if you are a power user who needs desktop applications to work, then this may not be the right choice for you. One undeniable fact is that both these devices look beautiful and since they are both extremely affordable, it will certainly make a great addition to your gadget collection.