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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.


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War of Rings

War of Rings

Lilo Kikon

I’ve been playing this game for almost a month now and by playing, I mean my character has been fighting around on his own for almost a month! I know, that may sound strange since I’m technically playing this game, but not really playing it. Well, let me enlighten you about this awesome game which you barely have to spend time on and I gotta say, it is the perfect recipe for mobile gamers who love playing games, but have no time for it. (more…)


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Samsung Gadgets

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Liyo Kikon

The Samsung s8 launch event happened on 29th Mar 2017 and they had a ton of awesome new stuff to show off along with their flagship device. Here’s a look at what Samsung is gonna come up with in the next few months. (more…)


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Nier : Automata

Nier Automata

Liyo Kikon

Swinging sword and fighting giant robots is definitely my cup of tea and Nier: Automata certainly has that and a lot more! Brought to you by the genius director Yoko Taro, Nier: Automata brings life to a futuristic earth where humans have abandoned it to live on the moon several hundred years back and they left Androids behind to fight a war against an alien invasion. This game is titled as an Action Role Playing Game, but unlike most other ARPG, it does not focus much on character development and to be honest, I don’t think that is much of an issue, simply because this game has one of the best fight scenes in recent games and most of the time, it feels like you are inside an anime movie. The story is also very “anime oriented” since some enemies act like bratty teenagers from anime movies, but don’t let that little detail take you away from the main plot, which is actually rather interesting and since there are multiple endings to the story based on the decisions you make in the game, it gives the game a great re-play value. Aside from the main quest, there are several side quests which you can go through to help your fellow androids. (more…)


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GPD Win

By Liyo Kikon

This one is for the gamer on the go, the kind of gamer who want to play real games instead of mobile games, the gamer who wants to say “I got Skyrim in my pocket!”. The GPD (GamePad Digital) Win is a portable PC powerhouse which runs a full 64 Bit Windows 10 on a device the size of a Nintendo DS. Sure, there are lots of other small companies which produce portable PC and there have been lots of portable PCs in the past but the GPD shines simply because of the fact that it can run high end games on such a small device. It comes with a 5.5 inch IPS multi touch Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display with a resolution of 1280×270 and pixel count of 267ppi, which is more than enough for such a small device and since it packs a punch with the Intel Atom Cherry Trail x7-Z8700 Quad Core Processor running at 1.6GHz and turbo boost upto 2.4GHz, it can run almost any game you throw at it. Sure, you will certainly have to lower the graphics quality to get good frame rate, since it only has the Intel HD graphics, but that’s not much of a deal breaker simply because of the fact that the screen is not large enough for you to notice much difference in the first place.
When you flip open the GPD, the first thing you notice is the full qwerty keyboard. Even though the keys are a tad too small, they work as you would expect them to. Just above they keyboard is a pair of joysticks, a D-Pad and ABXY game controls, needless to say, anyone can easily tell that this device is meant for gaming. They joysticks have a few tricks up its sleeve since they can be toggled to perform different tasks using the switch in the middle, there are three modes – D Input, Mouse and X Input. The D Input is generally used for playing older games, the X Input is the one commonly used for almost all modern games and the Mouse mode will turn the joystick into a mouse which you can use to navigate around. In mouse mode, the right joystick will move the cursor around while the left joystick acts as a scroll wheel which anyone can quickly get used to. There are L1, L2, R1 and R2 Buttons on the top of the device just like an X-Box controller and even though most people say that they are flimsy, they can last a long time and again, they work! The L3 and R3 buttons are just on the right side of the front keyboard, along with the power button, a dedicated X-Box button, volume buttons and other buttons. The GPD has all the keys to run just about anything. Apart from the buttons and keys, there are several ports such as a full standard USB Type-A which you can use to connect external keyboard and mouse if you want, or other devices such as pen drives. It also has one USB Type-C which is primarily used for charging the device and this supports fast charge as well, an HDMI C-Type connector for you to connect to an external monitor or television, a 3.5mm standard audio jack for your headphones and an expandable memory slot which supports upto 128 GB TF card. Internally, this device has a memory of 64 GB where you install the operating system, along with most softwares and games, but it is reported that even if you install games on the TF card, they still run smoothly! That’s a bonus indeed. And even though the GPD only has 4GB DDR3 memory, it can run most games smoothly. For example, Skyrim at moderate graphics settings, run at around 40fps. The battery on this device is another matter, it has a 6700mAH battery and surprisingly, it can last for around 2 hours while playing heavy games and it generally lasts around 6 hours or more if you are just surfing the web or watching some videos. With Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11 WiFi, you need not worry about connectivity, it’s like the guys who built the GPD thought of everything!
At this point it is obvious to see that this device is tailored for a specific group of people, it is meant for the gamer on the go. Sure the tagline on the GPD official website says that this is “A laptop fitting in your pocket”, and since this tiny device can run a full Windows 10 out of the box, I’d say that this can certainly replace the conventional laptop for some users but the main thing is that this is a gaming machine and since it can run most games, it’s definitely not a gimmick. There is a new campaign for another GPD on indigogo, but that one does not have the joysticks and it might be the one for you but the GPD Win is available today on most online stores for around Rs. 25,000.


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The Legend of Zelda – Breath of the Wild

Liyo kikon

Zelda has always been close to my heart since I remember playing it around 20 years back on my old Nintendo console and I can say that Zelda was the game which ignited my imagination into the fascinating world of Video Games. So far, all the sequels to Zelda have never been able to live up to the original but all that is about to change with the latest Zelda, Breath of the Wild. You can be assured that this game is indeed a masterpiece since IGN, Gamespot and all the biggest names in game review sites have all given this game a 10/10 rating! I mean, only a handful of games ever got such high ratings and I gotta say, it makes a Zelda fan like me so darn happy to see that Nintendo finally did it.
The game starts off with Link waking up to the mysteries of Hyrule, and this time the game takes an open world approach, where you can go literally anywhere without any map limitations. You can climb any surface and travel at any direction to explore the vast and beautiful land of Hyrule. (more…)