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CES 2017

On 5th to 8th January 2017, the biggest tech event in the world took place in Las Vegas and with all the top companies coming together to showcase their latest products and concept designs, every single tech nerd went crazy. The great thing about Consumer Electronics Show ( CES ) 2017 is that we get a glimpse of what the technology of tomorrow is going to be like and one thing is for sure, that is the fact that there are a lot of gadgets to look forward to in the coming days. Here are some of the best gadgets which caught a lot of attention during this event.
# Razer Project Valerie
All gamers know the Razer company and they are the only company that creates ultra thin and light gaming laptops which are almost as powerful as their desktop counterparts. And this time they blew everyone’s mind away with their TRIPLE DISPLAY gaming laptop! At first glance, I thought it was similar to the “slide n joy” display which was a hit on kickstarter a few years back but this Razer’s Project Valerie is a whole new animal since the display are embedded into the laptop and with the touch of a button, the 4K displays will slide out automatically to form the triple display. At its core, the system packs an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card which is capable of handling any game you throw at it. Project Valerie is currently at a prototype stage and Razer may release it in a few years but for now, all we can do is ogle at its beauty. (more…)


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Games Playlist for 2017

By Liyo Kikon

Only gamers will understand the anticipation, the hype and the feeling of excitement as we wait for a new game to be released. And with 2016 being one of the best year for games, we can only expect more in 2017. There are so many games which have been announced and all gamers will enjoy the coming year whether you are a PC warrior or a console gamer. Everyone will probably have their own list of games to enjoy next year, but here are some of my picks for games to watch out for in 2017.

1. God of War
Kratos is back! and this time he looks even more awesome. If you own a Playstation, then God of War should definitely be on the top of your list. If you have missed out the Playstation E3 Demo of this game, you need to watch it on Youtube right now and I guarantee that you will be in awe. Whether it be the graphics, the gameplay or the story line, this game has all the right ingredients to give you goosebumps at every turn. Much like the previous games in the series, the latest God of War will involve fighting huge giant Monsters/Gods with earth shattering moves, bundled with great animations and sound effects. It is hard to ignore such a masterpiece and you will be glad to know that the same guy who made God of War II is responsible for Directing this next sequel. (more…)


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Must have Google Apps

By Liyo Kikon

YOU probably have at least one of these apps on your phone and since there is no denying that Google makes some of the best apps which are available for both iOS and Android. Here are some of the best apps which you must have on your phone. I have left out obvious ones such as Youtube and Gmail since they usually come pre-installed on your phone. And there are a lot of other apps such as Docs, Sheets, Snapseed but the ones listed below are my top picks for the absolute essential apps by Google.

Gboard keyboard
I’m keeping this on the top of the list since its the latest one by Google. It’s a keyboard and there are tons of keyboards out in the web jungle, but this one really stands out since it has a trick up its sleeve in the form of web search, let me elaborate. When you are chatting with someone via whatsapp or any platform and you need to find an information about something, say an actor’s name in a certain movie or the capital of some country or literally anything, you can just tap the “G” button on the top left side of the keyboard and without ever leaving your chat app, you can search for the information you need, within the area of the keyboard itself. And the best part is that the search results are displayed in the form of cards and you can either tap on them directly or tap on the share button and the information gets added to your current chat and when you’re ready, you can simply press send. This adds a whole new level of convenience and trust me, once you start using it, you’ll be totally dependent on it. Not forgetting to mention that this keyboard has all the other basic features such as word prediction, swipe and all the bling of other keyboards. (more…)


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Matrix Smartwatch

By Liyo Kikon

Energy generation is probably the biggest problem in this world and with technology growing at an exponential rate, every single device we own needs energy to run in the form of batteries, either rechargeable or disposable. But the Matrix team has come up with a new technology which uses our body heat to charge its smartwatch. Much like the movie “The Matrix”, where robots harvest the human body to generate energy, the Matrix Powerwatch makes use of the heat generated from our body to keep the smart watch running. It uses a thermoelectric technology which converts heat to electric power. Even though this is not a new technology since NASA used this same technology to power the ‘Voyager’ spacecraft and the mars rover ‘Curiosity’, this is probably the first time a technology has been implemented into such a neat consumer product. What this means in short is that as long as you wear it, the Powerwatch will never run out of power! (more…)


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Gadget Shopping List!

By Liyo Kikon

Very few people know what gadget to buy when it comes to gifting your loved ones, and with Christmas around the corner, you can either go with the traditional pork and cake or you can buy one of these gadgets and they are sure to love it. All the products mentioned below are available on online websites such as eBay, Amazon or others.

Smartwatch
These babies cost anywhere from Rs. 10,000 all the way up to 40,000 or even more. There are a ton of them to choose from and if you are buying one for an Android user, you can either go for the Moto360 which will cost anywhere from Rs. 12,000 – 24,000, or the Samsung Gear S2 which costs around Rs. 30,000. These watches run Android wear OS, they look beautiful and they come with a touchscreen display. But with these kind of displays, the biggest problem would be battery life since they usually last a maximum of a day and a half with minimal usage and this is where watches like Pebble takes the prize. The Pebble time is a cute device and it has a color e-paper display. You control the interface using physical buttons on the side and there is no touchscreen but the battery will last almost a month! and that is a huge advantage since you won’t have to charge it every night. It works with both Android and iOS and will cost around Rs. 10,000. Another product by Pebble is the Pebble Round, which is a beautiful round e-paper display. Although the battery will last only around a week, it is really light and beautiful and it costs Rs. 13,600. For Apple iPhone users, there is none better than the Apple Watch but this luxury of a watch will cost anywhere from Rs. 30-40,000. (more…)


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The Trail

By Liyo Kikon

One more day left until Hornbill starts and this means that a lot of travelers will be coming to Nagaland. But for most of us who can’t travel, we can at least explore new lands through the game “The Trail”. For the last few weeks, i have been playing this game every chance I get, and I can tell you that I’m kinda addicted! It is a simple game where you walk across a vast land, collecting objects, hunting, gathering and building stuff with the materials you collect. (more…)


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Space Marshals 2

By Liyo Kikon

LOOKING for an action packed suspense game to keep you engaged on your phone? Look no further, Space Marshals 2 is the here! This game has it all – great graphics, awesome gameplay, tons of weapons and gear. Space Marshals 2 is a top-down shooter game with a very simple set of controls and great gameplay. The first version of Space Marshals was a big hit and the developers took all the basic ingredients of the first game and spiced it up to make this masterpiece. It is always a gamble when it comes to making a sequel to a great title, and I’m glad they kept all the good stuff and simply polished it more. (more…)


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Snapchat Spectacles

By Liyo Kikon

I love gadgets, all gadgets, and when companies try to come up with funky stuff, I love it more! This is one of those gadgets which you probably won’t see often but it sure is a cool idea, especially for all you snapchat lovers!
Snapchat is a very popular multimedia messaging application It involves a mixture of both public and private content sharing and is popularly known as the application which manipulates your face by adding stuff to it, resulting in funny or adorable pictures and videos. It uses live facial tracking system, allowing the users to change their faces or swap it with another person and really have fun with the application. With more than 100 million monthly active users, the company is doing very well and this time they have taken a leap forward to create their first hardware product. (more…)


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Paint 3D

By Liyo Kikon

HERE is something which no one expected – Microsoft releasing a new paint program? That sounds like a question which needs an additional question mark. But it is true, the new paint program will soon be made available with the Creator’s Update for Windows. This time, the good old paint program where everyone tried to draw a stick figure at least once will be injected with steroids and turned into a muscular, yet adorable 3D program. During the Microsoft event on October, they announced this new Paint 3D and now it is available as a preview edition for those who want to explore this new bundle of joy. (more…)


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Surface Studio and Dial

By Liyo Kikon

THE dawn of computer innovation is here and Microsoft is paving the way forward. They blew our minds with the hololens and they are back to change the game once more by taking the next step in desktop computing.
The Surface Studio is a beautiful piece of hardware with the 28 inch main display being its crown jewel, it is a multi touch screen which almost floats in the air, thanks to the specially designed hinge holding it in place. Even with all the tech inside the display, the thickness is just half an inch and it is truly something to behold. Microsoft has always built nifty hinges starting with their Surface Pro series and this time, they did not disappoint with the Surface Studio as they are calling it the “zero gravity” hinge which will hold the monitor in any position you place it, and you can easily re-position it without any effort. And thanks to the hinge, you can bring the monitor down to a comfortable level where artists and creative professionals can easily work with the multi touch display. (more…)