GOG.com is beginning the winter sale season by offering the first three Fallout games for free. Not to say that these games have been very expensive, but the option to obtain them without DRM makes it a solid choice. This is not the first time that GOG.com has offered Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics free of charge, although it may be the last.
Interplay is finally transferring the distribution license for the early games to Bethesda; who bought the entire Fallout license to make the excellent Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas. GOG.com expects that they will no longer be allowed to offer the three original games by next year, and are going all out to make sure everyone gets a chance to play them.
The offer only lasts until tomorrow, 14 December 2013, so why not grab the titles and play some of the best CRPGs ever made.
The iPad Mini with Retina Display has reached our Malaysian shores for a while now and has just arrived in local Apple reseller stores yesterday, but if you do not wish to pay the full price just to own an iPad mini then here’s a piece of good news to you, Maxis has just unveiled its iPad mini tablet bundle, offering the Wi-Fi and Cellular version of the latest iPad mini from as low as RM1,159.
Like the Maxis iPad Air bundle, the telco is offering it with its SurfMore data plans – SurfMore50 or SurfMore75, and ties you up to a 24 months contract:
Advance payment applies. Visit Maxis now for more information about their bundle or to purchase the iPad mini with Retina Display via their online store. Let’s hope Celcom and DiGi unveil their bundle soon.
Instagram today have revealed a brand new feature for their service called the Instagram Direct. Conceptually, it is similar to direct or private messaging on Twitter, Facebook and plenty of other online communication platform out there as Instagram Direct allows users to privately share images and videos with each other.
With the addition of the new feature, Instagram users will see a new option called “Direct” when they are about to share images or videos. Users are able to share the content with up to 15 other Instagram users. The display images of those recipients will then display a tick icon when they’ve viewed the shared contents and a heart icon once they liked it.
Unlike Twitter, users don’t have to follow each other to send posts using Instagram Direct. However, the post that users sent to someone that doesn’t follow them will be grouped into the person’s request queue. From there, the recipient is able to approve or discard the shared post.
The new Instagram feature is available right now through the new Instagram version 5.0 for iOS and Android. Unfortunately, Windows Phone users will have to wait for future updates – most likely once the WP8 app is out of beta.
Sports sponsorship is nothing new to Intel as they have sponsored the BMW-Sauber Formula 1 team before and several eSports teams throughout the world. However, I would say that the latest round of sponsorship that the well-known chip maker have officially announced just moments ago is slightly different though.
This is due to the fact that the organization that Intel have agreed to sponsor is one of the most well-known football team in the word: FC Barcelona, fondly known among football fans as Barca. Yup, it is the Spanish team that have just visited this region including Malaysia few months ago.
Through the deal which estimated to be worth around USD 25 million (RM 80.76 million), Intel is now officially FC Barcelona new technology partner. As part of the deal, Intel will be working together with Barca to provide latest Intel-based tech at La Masia – the club’s well-known youth academy.
Additionally, Intel will also be supplying 2-in-1 devices to Barca’s players and coaches while helping the club to improve its research, training and performance at the same time. Both of the partners will also be working together to provide better fan experience at Camp Nou, Barca’s home ground. Last but not least, Intel will also be involved in delivering latest technology to Barca’s education network all over the world.
Another interesting part of the deal is that Barca jersey will now feature Intel Inside logo but not at a spot that one might expect. Instead, the logo is located inside the jersey itself which is never been done before by the team. Barca will be utilizing the jersey with Intel Inside logo starting from this weekend onwards in the 14 December’s La Liga match against Villareal.
This partnership between Intel and Barcelona can be taken as an example on how tech companies are able to help sports organizations and athletes not only in terms of financial and marketing support but also help them improve technology. I hope it would inspire tech companies in Malaysia to consider embarking in such initiatives with local sports association, teams and athletes.
Despite heading to the market slightly later than PlayStation 4, the Xbox One apparently is doing pretty well. Microsoft have announced that they have managed to sell more than two million units with half of them were sold within 24 hours of its release day in 13 markets throughout the world.
As a comparison, Sony’s previous announcement stated that they have sold more than 2.1 million units of PS4 since the console’s North American release day. Despite the pricing and kinks along the way, the sales figures pretty much show that plenty of gamers already jumping into the world of next generation console gaming.
It is too bad that our region will not be seeing Xbox One anytime soon though. Sorry Microsoft, someone else have to fill in that void then…
Some might not consider Chromebook as a proper laptop but for what it’s worth, I believe that Chromebook will be around for quite some time as Google continue to gather partners for the cloud-based notebook. In fact, they have just received one more partner this week which is Dell who have just announced their first ever Chromebook.
As the name implies, the Dell Chromebook 11 is equipped with an 11.6-inch 1366×768 display and is powered by the Haswell-based 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 2955U processor which also features the Intel HD Graphics as its built-in GPU. Claimed to have up to 10 hours of battery life, the Dell Chromebook 11 also comes standard with a 720p front-facing webcam, two USB 3.0 ports and a HDMI port as well as connectivity support for Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11abgn Wi-Fi.
With a 16GB solid state drive as its internal storage, Chromebook 11 will be made available in two different variant: one with 4GB RAM and another one with 2GB RAM. Expected to cost under USD 300 (RM 969), the 4GB variant of Dell Chromebook 11 will be released in US and UK in January 2014 while the 2GB version will follow suit sometime in the first quarter of 2014.
For now, Dell have yet to announce any release detail for the new Dell Chromebook 11 in our market. The chances of seeing it here in our market might be further affected by the fact that 1BestariNet which is one of the main driving force behind Chromebook adoption in Malaysia already has its “own” WiMAX-enabled Samsung Chromebook.
That being said, Chromebook in general still have its place in the market as a productivity and light-duty entertainment machine. So, let’s see if Dell are willing to bring it over to Malaysia in 2014.
Like it or not, it looks like Facebook has went ahead to allow videos to play automatically in your News Feed. Like other video services such as Vine and even Instagram, videos will only autoplay when you scroll through them and voice will be muted, thankfully. The autoplay feature will only work for native videos that are uploaded to Facebook and when tapped on, will bring you to a full screen mode with voice.
At the time of writing, it looks like Facebook for iOS Version 6.8 brings autoplay video only to users in the U.S.. According to the description in iTunes (U.S., Malaysia and Australia for comparison sake), only the U.S. store has “Videos now play automatically in News Feed — tap for sound” written in the change log. Don’t be too happy yet though, it has been widely rumored that Facebook will introduce video ads as early as next year and TechCrunch has even confirmed with Facebook that the new format is being rolled out internationally to most iOS and Android users with desktop version still in the works.
Worried about your data quota being sucked up dry by auto playing videos? Well, fret not, according to TechCrunch, there’s an added settings that allows users select only to auto play when user is connected to Wi-Fi and not on cellular data. The settings should be available for both iOS and Android right now so activate it before you get a bill shock when the feature suddenly goes live for us.
After unleashing the new Transformer Book T100 (in two different wave, nevertheless) and Transformer Book Trio in our market, ASUS Malaysia have now announced that they have released yet another Windows 8-based Transformer Book in our market. This particular model is called the Transformer Book T300 and just like the T100, it is also a 2-in-1 device as the top part of T300 can be detached to be used as a tablet.
However, almost everything about the Transformer T300 is much more powerful or larger than the T100. For example, the T300 is powered by the 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor and is equipped with a 13.3-inch 1920×1080 IPS touch display. It is also comes with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 128GB SSD. In terms of battery life, ASUS claimed that the T300’s is able to last up to 8 hours via it’s 6710mAh battery.
The new ASUS Transformer Book T300 will be made available in Malaysia starting from this week onwards with a price tag of RM 3399. The full specifications sheet is available after the jump but in case you need to know more, head on to the nearest ASUS Malaysia’s dealer or visit my.asus.com.