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Smartphone Gimbals

By Liyo Kikon

Are you a vlogger? or planning to start your own vlog (Video Log) and upload to social media? or maybe you just enjoy taking videos on your phone. Which ever the case may be, if you are a mobile videographer, then you definitely noticed that taking videos on your phone can be real pain in the back since it is extremely difficult to take stable shots, especially while walking or simply panning around to get that perfect scene. And this is where Smartphone Stabilizers or Gimbals come to the rescue. More and more companies have joined in to create these amazing devices which can radically bring up your game in smartphone videography. (more…)


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Offline games for mobile

Happy Valentine’s day! Well, sort of, since the bandh in Nagaland has caused all mobile data to be cut off. Moreover, if you are single today and don’t have WiFi, I feel for you since you can’t play those great online games like Clash of Clans. The only option is to look for offline games, so strap on your boots and run to your friend’s house to get WiFi and download any of these games to keep you entertained! Here are my choices for the best and latest offline mobile games.

Snail Boy – Rise Of Hermitron
If you are looking for a simple puzzle game with tons of levels for your iOS device, then this is the game for you! With great voice acting, really cute graphics combined with fluid animation, this game is one of the best puzzle game which is guaranteed to keep you entertained for a long time. In this game, the main character, “Snailboy” jumps around the ocean floor to collect items and try to save the Coral Kingdom from the evil hermit crab known as Hermitron. (more…)


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The Best Drawing Tablet

Here’s a question if you are a professional artist/illustrator or a hobbyist looking to create beautiful digital artwork, “What drawing tablet should you get?”. There are so many tablets these days but these three mentioned here are the biggest names in the game. I have been using a Wacom Intuos tablet for many years and I am very comfortable drawing on it but since the Intuos does not have a display, I need to have a computer connected to it and if you are like me and looking to buy a good drawing tablet for yourself, this comparison between the three giants might help you. (more…)


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Resident Evil 7

By Liyo Kikon

Creepy environment and haunting atmospheric sound! these two elements make Resident Evil 7 one of the scariest game available today. Taking a hint from the original Resident Evil games where it was mostly about horror survival rather than action, the seventh game made the right moves in my opinion. This is indeed a proper horror game but unlike most horror titles, there are rarely any monsters or rather zombies jumping out from corners to get you, the main scare for the game comes from the brilliantly designed sound. Yes, the atmospheric sounds, the way the floor creeks, those little sounds you hear from the distance will bring chills to your bones.
This game is best played with a set of good headphones and like the old Resident Evil games, its all about uncovering the story line while being on suspense the entire way. Combat is quite easy when compared to other first person shooters since all enemies except the bosses move slowly and you can take your time to carefully aim and get a head-shot without much effort. But this game was not designed to be a action title so I have no complaints there. Except for some moments where you will surely panic when a zombie appears suddenly and you have to shoot quite a few rounds to take them down and since most of the action happens in small corridors and rooms, there are rarely any place to run. (more…)


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Star Wars : Force Arena

By Liyo Kikon

I have been waiting for a good Star Wars game to play on the go and I have finally found the one! Force Arena is a PvP (Player versus player) game with great graphics and fast paced gameplay. In classic Star Wars style, there are two sides – The Rebels and The Empire and players can choose any side they want before each match. The player has a main leader whose movements can be controlled via tap and a deck of cards to deploy allies. The objective of the game is to destroy your opponent’s shield generator before they destroy yours. Both players have turrets protecting their shield generators and destroying the turrets usually determines who will win. During gameplay, there is a time of three minutes and the players must try to destroy the shield generator before the time runs out. However, if the time runs out, then the winner is determined by the number of turrets they destroy and if both team has the same number of turrets when the time runs out, then we get an extra minute where the player who gets to destroy just one more turret will win the match and if no one can destroy another turret, then the game is declared a draw. (more…)


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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…)