Gaming is a great way to spend the holiday season. It might even be one of the few times a year anyone has to finish playing all those games that were bought on impulse during the Steam Sale. Whether you are shopping for yourself or buying a present for someone this very short list should give you some ideas about where to start.
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During the recent Typhoon Haiyan tragedy in Philippines, Viber announced Viber Out, a call service for the Philippines that allows Viber users worldwide to call landlines and mobile numbers in Philippines. Back then, the company partnered with several telcos across the world and even Globe Telecom to allow users to call Philippines for free. Today, Viber is announcing Viber Out for global users, allowing users from all around the world to call to any landline and mobile numbers using their Viber account. It’s not free for the rest of us of course, but Viber brags a “competitive” call rate with significantly lower price-per-call than other competing services.
Viber out is currently available for desktop, iOS and Android platform, with Windows Phone support to come soon. All you need to do is update to the latest version to get Viber Out. We can’t seem to get Viber Out for Viber’s iOS app at the time of writing, but it’s already available for Android and desktop. Viber Out will connect to your phone number, allowing recipients to easily identify your call. Credits can be bought via the conventional method using a credit card, and even via in-app purchases through Viber’s mobile apps.
It follows the Lumia design language and features a single button like an Asha device but apparently, the Nokia device shown above – codenamed “Normandy” – is running on Android. Not only that, the device might be heading to market in 2014. Yup, the biggest Windows Phone advocate in the market are actively crafting an Android device for consumers according to The Verge.
The Verge’s vast insider sources also stated that the Nokia Normandy is designed to for low-end segment of the market just like the existing Asha series. Normandy apparently will be using a highly customized version of Android, similar to what Amazon have done for their Kindle devices. It will also support popular Android apps such as Skype and many more.
Nokia Normandy is scheduled to hit the market in 2014 according to Nokia’s staff that are working on it but since Microsoft acquisition of Nokia’s devices division have been green lit by almost everyone, it is hard to say if the device will see the light of the day or else. Nevertheless, we are pretty sure that many consumers out there are very curious and are eager to see Nokia’s take on Android operating system.
The year is coming to an end, we only about 20 more days to go before we say goodbye to 2013, what have you done in the past 365 days that is more memorable than the rest? What is your biggest moment of the year? Facebook has launched its “Year in Review” version 2013 that shows you your 20 biggest moments on Facebook.
If you log on to Facebook profile, the Year in Review link would be located on the left side. Clicking on it will bring you to a personalized page that highlights your biggest moment on the social network like your photos, friends added throughout the year, achievements, life event and such.
Check out your Facebook Year in Review now in your profile. So, how has your year been on Facebook? Mine is definitely a work trip to Monte Carlo.
It looks like two new devices have recently been given a vanilla treat by Google, the Mountain View company just took the curtains off the Google Play editions of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3. They are available in Google Play Store immediately for the folks in the US.
As with existing Google Play Edition devices – the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, both these devices feature the exact same hardware as the original version, except for it runs on stock Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. This means that the Sony Xperia Z Ultra features the same 6.4” 1080p display, is powered by 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 8MP rear camera with Exmor RS sensor, 2MP front camera and 3,000mAh battery. One thing to note though is that the Z Ultra listing in Google Play Store lacks the Xperia branding so maybe Sony has got something interesting to announce at a later date.
The LG G Pad 8.3 on the other hand also features the same 8.3” 1080p display as the original G Pad. Powered by a Snapdragon 600 processor, it has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front shooter. It will also run on the latest Android version – 4.4 KitKat, out of the box.
This is something for Battlefield and Dota soldiers out there: Invasion together with AMD Malaysia are cooking up a tournament specially for you guys. Dubbed as the Invasion – AMD Gaming League, the tournament will be held from 14 to 15 December at Invasion Cyber Zone in Taman Bukit Maluri, Kepong.
There will be a total of RM 5000 cash prizes have been reserved for the winners of this tournament, with majority of the prizes will be going to the Dota 2 winners (yeah, we know). Nevertheless, it is an event that Battlefield 4 players out there might want to consider since we haven’t heard of a Battlefield tournament in Malaysia for quite some time.
To all Battlefield 4 and Dota 2 teams that are interested to participate in the Invasion – AMD Gaming League, you are welcome to register your team and members right over here for free. For more info, do get in touch directly with Invasion e-Sports through their Facebook page.
[Source: AMD Malaysia @ Facebook]
Back in May, Intel Malaysia launched a half-year long Generation Today’s campaign which also included a trade-in programs for old PCs. Right after the campaign concluded last month, the company now have announced yet another trade-in program called “Trade Up My PC” which will last until 31 January 2014.
However, the new Trade Up My PC program is relatively different from the trade-in promo that took place during Generation Today’s campaign. Instead of giving away cash rebates for users to purchase new PCs in exchange with their old PCs, the new program offers cash refund instead. What this means is that users will receive the cash refund (of up to RM 650) directly in their bank account.
Hence, the mechanics for this program is slightly different too as consumers must first purchase one of three HP Pavilion 14 notebooks that Intel Malaysia have shortlisted for the program. After that, they then need to submit a claim through the program’s website and hand over their old notebooks once the claim is approved. Only then they will receive the cash refund from Intel Malaysia.
Obviously, the cash refund is subject to the condition of your old laptop. To get a clearer view on how Intel Malaysia’s new Trade Up My PC program works, check out its official website over at tradeupmypc.com.
It’s almost Christmas and as with previous years, Apple has got 12 apps to gift to its users starting from Boxing Day for 12 consecutive days. If you visit the App Store on your iOS device now, you’ll see the “12 Days of Gifts” app highlighted in the Featured tab.
Like last year’s “12 Days of Christmas” app, it’s available for download for free and from 26 December 2013 to 6 January 2014, it will feature one gift a day – songs, apps, books, films and more. Each day’s gift will last for only 24 hours and thanks to a new “pay now and download later” option, hopefully you’ll still be able get the app even though you’re away from any W-Fi and it’s too huge to download over cellular data.
Check out the 12 Days of Gifts app on iTunes now.