Got an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad? Take a look at the beta version of the latest iteration of the most advanced mobile operating system. Here’s a preview of iOS 6 Beta 1.

The iOS6 was officially announced yesterday at the WWDC in Cupertino. According to Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice-president of iOS Software, iOS 6 has over 200 new features.

Notable updates and changes on iOS6 are the following:

1. Siri is now more intelligent. Apart from being able to open applications, Siri can now find restaurants in partnership with Yelp and answer more complicated questions like “Who has better reach: Pacquiao or Bradley?”. Of course, the most celebrated news about Siri is about its availability on the new iPad. Unfortunately, Siri will not be made available for pre-iPhone 4s devices.

2. One of most widely talked about new feature of iOS is its near-system-wide integration of Facebook. With this new feature, any device on iOS6 can now do wall posts and post photos without using Facebook App.

Facebook integration on iOS6

Unfortunately, posting videos to Facebook is not yet implemented on the build I installed on my iPhone 4. Here are the sharing options for videos:

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Part of the near-system-wide integration of Facebook is the ability of users to “like” apps or songs and “share” apps or songs to your Facebook wall.

3. iOS 6’s Do Not Disturb feature is one feature that I always wanted to have. With this feature, you can set the time when well… you don’t want to be disturbed. You can also exempt people from this feature; and a feature called “Repeated Calls” that when enabled, a second call from the same person within three minutes will not be silenced.

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By the way, that moon icon you’re seeing on the status bar is the icon associated with Do Not Disturb.

4. A new app called Passbook was also announced. Passbook can hold “stuff” in your pocket like Boarding Passes, Tickets, Store Cards and Coupons.

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5. Consistent with the rumors we heard and read in the past weeks, iOS6 will finally ditch Google Maps and embrace something that Apple owns. Apple’s new Maps application has traffic integration, turn-by-turn navigation (Data is from TomTom navigation), Yelp integration and 3D view.

Here are some screenshots:

iOS 6 Maps

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6. Other new features:

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  • Safari Full-Screen Modeimage0026
  • Overhauled App Store and iTunes

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  • App Store will not close when you click Install/Purchase.
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This is just the start of the many changes we will see on iOS 6. Besides, this is just Beta 1 and we may have 5-6 more Beta versions until Apple launches the GM build in September. It is a good start, I believe, although I was hoping for features like Android-esque toggles on the notification bar, Siri for iPhone 4 and iPad 2 and Keyboard enhancement. Who knows, we might see these features as we come closer to September.

How about you guys? Are you impressed with iOS 6? If you were one of the engineers of Apple, how would you change iOS Beta 1? You know the drill.

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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

sk8lqukaqalhq2mrzkqd 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forIf you’ve played any of the Tenchu games in previous game consoles, you know that the use of the grappling hook to set-up a one-slash-stealth kills from above is a hallmark of the series. Zipping to rooftops and treetops will be the go-to move in this game to get rid of sentries. And yes, those ever-so glorious decapitations and dismemberments with the stealth kill are present.

2) Casual or hardcore can play

sn1rmqcvrwomyuttaoyq 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forFrom Software is notorious for challenging games and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director of From Software, revealed that he himself is a casual gamer and has made it clear that the game should be accessible to beginners and experienced players alike.

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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