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It is highly plausible for the Philippines to be one of the first asian countries to get the iPhone 5. It is crucial, however, for those who are dying to get the iPhone 5 in the Philippines, to choose a very reliable network. Currently, Globe and Smart have announced the availability of 4G LTE in select locations in the Philippines.

So far, Smart had already flipped the LTE switch on and enabled multiband in the 2100MHz and 1800Mhz bands officially making them the first multi-frequency service provider of mobile LTE in the country and one of the first ones in the world. You may probably remember that Smart Telecom’s Chief Wireless Adviser, Orlando Vea, was among the hopeful ones that Philippines becomes one of the first countries in Asia to get the iPhone 5.

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Also, according to my reliable source, existing Globe iPhone subscribers (especially those who got the iPhone 4… like me), might get a 25% discount if they switch from Globe to Smart. Man, we just can’t wait to see the final announcement of both telcos.

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Other iDevices to Be Launched

Forget about the iPad Mini. Apple may not launch it on the 12th; although it is very likely that they announce and launch it before Christmas.

We highly expect a fresh line of iPods: Shuffle, Nano and Touch. Shuffle will remain as their entry level iPod and may not sport a touch screen. Nano may however be highly promoted again as a wearable iPod. The Nano getting a front-facing camera/iSight is still a long-shot though; although I find it quite possible. The iPod Touch might get a 3G/LTE feature and may retain its size; much like making it a smaller iPad.

Room for the iPad Mini

If Apple launches an iPod Touch with a 3G/LTE feature, it may somewhat put the future of the iPad Mini quite daunting. Still, I believe on the plausibility of Apple to release a smaller and thinner iPad before Christmas. The iPad Mini is one of Apple’s arsenals in their “thermo-nuclear” war against Android; and can significantly leave a dent on the Android tablet market.

Tomorrow Never Dies

Honestly, we cannot wait for Tim Cook to get on stage tomorrow and “hypotize” us to get the new iPhone. He wouldn’t do much work on us as most of us are already determined to get (or to not get) the iPhone 5.

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My analysis and brouhahas and the “reliable” sources I quoted could be wrong. But something remains – it could be shitty or awesome for some: Tomorrow isn’t the end of the era of mobile consumerism and smartphone innovation. 1 year later, we’ll find ourselves watching the top-honchos of Apple announcing a new phone that will replace the iPhone 4s. 2 years later, it’ll be time again for us to replace the iPhone 5. We live in a world and time full of innovation. The challenge to innovate rests upon smartphone manufacturers and we’re here to be wowed and accept their latest offerings. The emotion to get wowed is simple as it’s free. What’s difficult, however, is when we accept their offer and spend our hard-earned money and eventually get into the vicious cycle of fast-paced consumerism they established.

Voice out your thoughts about this article. I would appreciate if you can post your comments below and tell us if you’re getting or not getting the iPhone 5.

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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

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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