Apple really never fails to amaze me each time they announce or launch a new product, especially when Steve Jobs is the one presenting. There is no doubt that Apple and Steve Jobs make the best lethal combination of telling everyone, “Hey, we’ve got something new!”. However, with their recent product launch this morning (in the US), they may have amazed me with HOW they launched their latest creation but have they amazed me with WHAT they launched? Let me share you my thoughts.

Today is history indeed when Steve Jobs announced the Apple iPad. Yes, they creatively thought of that and it made me remember something during my Elementary days – “Okay kids, please bring out your pad papers and your pencils… we’re going to have a quiz!” Not! Who would have thought that Apple will name their gadget iPad. Everybody was talking about iTablet or iSlate but lo and behold, Apple just nailed all these rumored names with iPad. Terrific… awesome… just like the way Steve Jobs described it.

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The iPad technically married the the awesomeness of the iPhone and portability of the Macbook Air. It is super-thin, very responsive and efficient with its custom Apple 1Gz A4 Chip and full capacitive multi-touch screens and gorgeous with is iPhone 3.2 operating system.

It is not about carrying your music, files, pictures and movies IN your pocket though – because iPad will never fit in it (unless you are Godzilla or a Kapre) – but it is about “readability” and convenience in viewing your media files. As an iPhone user for two and half years, I may have experienced the convenience of carrying my files IN my pocket but reading and conveniently viewing them were pain in the arse. The iPhone was not built for that but my point is that Apple has finally answered the others’ clamor for convenience in watching hiqh quality movies, reading big and readable characters, and browsing the net like the way people want to through a single device!

Apps and games available in AppStore are readily available for this device. That’s another good reason for buying this product! Think about this – you will be able to play Plants vs Zombies using your finger! There was also an announcement that iWorks will be available for the iPad sometime in the future. More developers are encouraged to create applications for the iPad with the recent release of Apple Iphone OS 3.2 SDK. So, if you’re a developer… bring on the Apps!

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Still, I hoped to see several features that can make iPad the real game-changer like multi-tasking and support for Flash media but I got disappointed in the end. Without multi-tasking, it means that you can’t open several applications in the background (except for Itunes). Without support for Flash media, you can’t play your favorite flash-based games in Facebook like Farmville! (Darn!)

Still, the iPad is a good device. I can’t say that it’s great because it really lacks the features I need and want for a Tablet. I would not trade my Nokia N900 for an iPad but I will definitely trade Kindle with this one. I’m convinced that Apple did a pretty good job in planning and making this new device though. Will this be a Kindle Killer? A big YES for me! This one is the total shiznit of Table PCs.

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Apple iPad Specs.

  • Display: 9.7 inch IPS
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs
  • 0.5 inches thin
  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • Accelerometer and Compass
  • Speaker, Microphone, and 30 pin connector
  • WiFi 802.11n
  • Processor: 1GHz Apple A4 chip
  • Storage: 16-64GB Flash
  • Full capacative multi-touch

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also  figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it.

Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for.

1) The game is Tenchu-inspired

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2) Casual or hardcore can play

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3) Upgradeable prosthetic arm

jjn6e6ivua5u142iukql 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat prosthetic arm that Sekiro has isn’t just for looks. It can launch a grappling hook and is upgradeable too. No details were revealed but its good to know that a skill-tree based system is in place. Think Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman on the way skill and gadgets are upgraded. Tech upgrades set in feudal Japan? What’s not to like?

4) Play the style that suits you

jo1pi5md3myj0pxynz9p 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forStealth like Tenchu or head-on like Dark Souls? It’s up to you. What’s clear is that you can’t use stealth for the whole campaign since the game wasn’t designed that way. Stealth can be used to thin enemy numbers and to preserve your health before confronting the big boss. The mix of stealth and hack and slash is always a good mix to change-up the pace and should suit any gameplay style.

5) Single-player only campaign can last 20 to 30 hours 

ocxemodvr6oa72argpyo 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat’s the length of the campaign as per Miyazaki. The game is focused-solely on the single-player experience. No more wayward players who can just jump-in and help or derail your campaign. From Software also focused on the story-telling. Given that no resources were spent in developing the multiplayer aspect, expect the campaign to take it up a notch.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22, 2019 on PC, Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade.

For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It

Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game.

And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League.

The best part? Despite these updates,  Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases).

PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile sports gaming to new heights.

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More about the game and new features, here.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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