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Destiny Beta is now open to all

Time to game-on with the Destiny Beta

If you’re a gamer and you haven’t heard of Destiny, you must be living under some rock. Bungie’s latest FPS is supposedly the best thing since… well Halo.

The game is currently undergoing its beta stages and we’re pretty sure that there’s many of you out there that just want in. Guess what? You don’t need no special access code or what not to get into the beta. Bungie recently announced that they’re opening up the beta to the public.

My doesn’t that look tempting to play?

In fact the beta has been opened since 7am Malaysian time and you can just head over to the digital marketplace of your gaming platform (Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One) and download the game. That’s not the only thing Bungie has announced. This Saturday at 5am Malaysian time, Bungie will be giving away a special reward for whoever is playing and the best part is that it’ll carry over to the final release in September.

So what are you waiting for? Get your gamepads out and go find your Destiny!

Source: Bungie

 

The Sigma dp2 Quattro debuts in Malaysia

The very unconventional dp2 Quattro from Sigma
The very unconventional dp2 Quattro from Sigma

The Sigma dp2 Quattro is a compact digital camera that you might not have heard off or even considered, but now it’s here in Malaysia.

This is one unconventional digital compact and you can tell when you first take a look at it. It doesn’t have the conventional camera shape, opting for a long, thing body with a bent end, somewhat similar to a golf club. That’s not the only thing though. This camera, doesn’t come with an interchangeable lens or a zoom. Now, non-interchangeable lenses we get but no zoom? In the case of dp2 Quattro launched in Malaysia, it comes with a fixed-length 30mm f/2.8 lens.

It looks mighty fine encased in magnesium
It looks mighty fine encased in magnesium

Sigma hasn’t stopped the unusual features there either. The dp2 Quattro comes with a sensor that is not likely to be seen in your typical compact or DSLR, since its only used in Sigma cameras. It’s called a Foveon sensor, and in the case of the dp2 Quattro, it’s the Foveon X3 sensor. What makes this sensor unique is that unlike conventional camera sensors that use a single layer of photo-receptors, the Foveon sensors uses three layers, each corresponding to a different RGB colour. This according to Sigma allows the camera to capture more accurate colours, and with no low-pass filter, it also manages to capture images with incredible detail. Pretty great right? If you’re wondering just what sort of detail it captures, its the equivalent to 39-megapixel high resolution.

Sounds great right, the only thing is that whole fixed-length lens feature of the Sigma dp2 Quattro makes it an incredibly specialised camera. We know it looks oh so sexy with that magnesium body and the camera geek in us just wants one, but its more likely that because of its incredibly limited usage, we won’t really need it. Then again that has never stopped camera geeks from getting any sort of gear anyway.

The Sigma dp2 Quattro and its package bundle
The Sigma dp2 Quattro and its package bundle

So still not scared off by how specialised this compact camera is? Well you can pre-order it from Audio & Photo Distributor (F.E) Sdn Bhd and is retailing at RM5088.

 

Get a copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection for FREE

Say bye bye to support to The Sims 2 support. Just remember to download the free Ultimate collection before it goes
Say bye bye to support to The Sims 2 support. Just remember to download the free Ultimate collection before it goes
Say bye bye to support to The Sims 2 support. Just remember to download the free Ultimate collection before it goes

Yep you read that right. You can get the WHOLE The Sims 2 collection, for free!

We mentioned last week that EA was being really generous by handing out the free copy to existing The Sims 2 Digital purchasers. As the release date to The Sims 4 draws closer, EA has decide, heck why not give EVERYONE a free copy.  So how does one go about getting said exciting freebie? All you need is to login to your Origin account, or if you have yet to have one, sign-up with them. After that, it’s just a simple matter of entering this particular code, I-LOVE-THE-SIMS, and voila you’ve got yourself a chunk load of The Sims 2 goodness. Do it fast tough as you have until the end of July (which is exactly a week away) before the code expires.

As we mentioned before, EA is pulling support for the game in anticipation of the launch of The Sims 4. It’s been almost 10 years since The Sims 2 was launched as a follow up to the groundbreaking The Sims. It’s had a good run since then, releasing eight expansion packs and nine stuff packs throughout the years that followed its initial release. With the latest iteration of the game coming out, it’s no surprise that EA has decided to end support so they can focus on The Sims 4 and continue support for The Sims 3.

As for the generosity of offering not only one game, but a whole collection? Maybe EA was just being really generous. It’s not the first time they’ve offered free games, but considering the stiff competition they have on the digital delivery front with Steam, having an offer like this does no harm in increasing the uptake of Origin users.

So relive your memories of The Sims 2, this time we every single expansion and stuff pack you couldn’t be bothered to throw money at. It’ll definitely kill some time before you can go gaga over The Sims 4.

Source: EA

LG’s beautiful 18-inch roll-up OLED display

LG flexible OLED panel
Flat panels are oh so last century
LG flexible OLED panel
Flat panels are oh so last century.

Flexible displays may be things for the future, but as LG has shown, the future is very near. LG showcased its 18-inch flexible OLED panel last week, and the thing doesn’t just flex and bend, it can roll, too.

Spread Raya love with these Logitech gadgets

Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery

Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery

With Hari Raya just around the corner, Logitech has come up with a delicious list of gadgets that you may want to include in your shopping list before you balik kampung.

Marvel’s awesome Comic-Con offer: 15,000 comics for just US$1

Marvel Comics
All this. For a buck.
Marvel Comics
All this. For a buck. Yeah baby!

Marvel Comics fans, got a buck to spare? For a price of almost nothing, you’ll be delighted to know that you’ll get access to more than 15,000 Marvel comic books online. A spectacular Comic-Con International offer. This is not a hoax.

LG KizON: Hey, kids get wearables, too

LG KizON
If I had a hot momma like that, I'd never want to leave her side.
LG KizON
If I had a hot momma like that, I’d never want to leave her side.

LG is bringing wearables to kids with its new KizON wristband. Excuse the tongue-twisting name if you can, but this wristband may be a parent’s best best friend yet – with the ability to keep track of their kids’ whereabouts.

Xiaomi finally takes the covers off their Mi4

Finally, Xiaomi's new flagship is out
Finally, Xiaomi's new flagship is out
Finally, Xiaomi’s new flagship is out

So after much speculation, rumours and so called “leaks”, Xiaomi has finally unveiled its successor to the popular Mi3, the Mi4.

So what can we expect from the Mi4?

As expected, the Mi4 gets some upgraded insides as well as a brand new version of the company’s MIUI. The new Xiaomi flagship is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor that’s quad core and clocks in 2.5GHz. There’s also a memory bump, as the Mi4 now has 3GB instead of the 2GB its predecessor sported.

Check out what the Mi4 is packing
Check out what the Mi4 is packing

The screens still a 5-incher but this time, Xiaomi has given it the full 1080p treatement. There’s also a slight bump in battery capacity but not by much as the Mi4 comes with 3080mAH compared to its predecessor’s 3050mAH batt. Xiaomi’s even given you a choice in storage capacities, though it’s kind of weird that you only have a choice between a 16GB and 64GB model with no in-between model.

You’ll also be chuffed to know that Xiaomi has finally made their flagship LTE enabled. The only thing is that it supports TDD-LTE and not the more common FDD-LTE standard, which is what our telcos here are running under. No news if a there will be a FDD-LTE model so we’ll just have to wait and see if that particular model will come out later.

The Mi4 will be running on Android 4.4 KitKat with the company’s popular MIUI running over it. You’ll be glad to know that the popular UI is also getting a version bump to V6. Of course this version will also be open to existing Xiaomi phones and it’ll go live on August 16.

The Mi4 is price at 1999 yuan for the 16GB version and 2499 yuan for the 64GB unit.

Hold on a minute, there’s still more

Xiaomi is getting into the wearbale game
Xiaomi is getting into the wearbale game

If you think the Mi4 was the only thing that Xiaomi announced, think again. Xiaomi also announced its very own smartband, the Mi Band. It’s Xiaomi’s take on the activity tracker and aside from the usual (tracking sleep and activity), it also functions as an alarm and is able to unlock the Mi4 via Bluetooth. What’s most surprising about this though is not he fact Xiaomi has gotten into the smart wearables game, but how cheap they’ve made it.

The Mi-Band is going at a measly 79 Chinese Yuan which comes up to less than RM40. That’s practically a tenth of the price most other activity trackers in the market.

‘Dark Knight’ Batmobile gets LEGO treatment

Batman Lego

Batman Lego

Batman’s chiseled armoured vehicle in Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed movie trilogy ‘Dark Knight’, is about to be bricked. Of the familiar LEGO kind, that is. The LEGO Tumbler will be on display at Comic-Con this week starting Wednesday, 23 July 2014.

Electric bacteria that eats pure electrons for breakfast

electric bacteria

electric bacteria

Biologists at the University of Southern California (USC) have discovered bacteria that eats electricity, not your conventional meal certainly, and then excretes pure electrons in return. The electrifying bacteria may prove useful – amongst other things, enable creation of self-powered nanoscale devices that can clean up pollution.

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