Because of the iPad and the rise of cheaper tablet alternatives, many consumers are now buying tablets instead of getting a new laptop. This has made a big dent in laptop sales and even halted the rise of netbooks which were the cheaper alternative. This is mainly due to tablets nowadays has the processing power, and connectivity that is at par with traditional laptops, especially with netbooks.

What mobile device do you think is right for you?

But still, the functionalities offered by a laptop can never be replaced by a tablet. It’s still fairly hard to write a full page article on a tablet alone, although you can get a keyboard attachment, but that only defeats the purpose of having a tablet. So in essence, laptops still and will always hold a huge advantage over tablets.

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Expect the iOS 7.0.3 update anytime soon

Posted on October 8, 2013

Apple is set to release a set of new updates to iOS 7 in order to fix bugs upon the initial release of iOS 7.

iOS 7
Image courtesy of CultofMac

Apple has already released an update with the iOS 7.0.1 update a few days after releasing iOS 7, but the iOS 7.0.1 update is only for iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s users. And A few days after releasing 7.0.1, Apple has also released the iOS 7.0.2 update for all iOS devices in order to address the lock screen bug introduced with the initial iOS 7 update.

This time, iOS 7.0.3 is expected to address issues that has been introduced by the iOS 7.0.2 update. From reports around the net, the iOS 7.0.3 release is said to feature build number 11B491, which provides additional fixes to the lock screen bug and address performance issues on the iPad. The iOS 7.0.3 is expected to come soon since 9to5mac reports a lot of users running iOS 7.0.3 visiting their site. And from the looks of it, these are probably visits from Apple employees who has advanced access to these iOS updates. You can see from the image from 9to5mac below.

iOS 7.0.3 users


Xseed games, publisher of the Valhalla Knights series is offering their first Valhalla Knights game for free. Yes you read that right, Valhalla Knights is free on PSN, free on the North American PlayStation Store to be exact. Also, you do not need to be subscribed to PSN Plus in order to download the free game, you just need a US PSN account in order to avail the free game.

Download Valhalla Knights for your PSP / Vita for free
Image courtesy of Destructoid

Making Valhalla Knights free is probably a marketing stunt in order to gain traction for their upcoming PS Vita game Valhalla Knights 3, which will be released on October 15 for SCEA users. XSEED games is known for their PS Vita games like Sumioni Demon Arts, Ogarhythm, Little King’s Story and Ragnarok Odyssey.

It’s unknown if the game would be free to download forever or for just a limited time only, so get the game now just to be sure.

PS3 Official Firmware 4.50 now available

Posted on October 2, 2013

Sony has released a new firmware update for the PS3 today with Official firmware 4.50. The update includes new features such as auto update and easier data transfers between your PS3 and Vita.

PS3 Official Firmware 4.45 now available
Img source:Joystiq

Here are some of the features included in the 4.50 firmware update:

  • Auto download of system software updates has been expanded to support all PSN users.
  • Auto download support of purchases made on the Web Store will be made available to all PSN users.
  • New options for trophy privacy settings allow users to set which trophies are visible.
  • Data can now be transferred from PS3 to PS Vita using wi-fi and ethernet connection.

The data transfer update for the PS3 and Vita seems to be a good addition since transferring files to a PS Vita seems to be a pain, you need to install the PlayStation Content Manager in your PC to do this. The auto download for system software updates also looks like a good update which was only available for PlayStation Plus Subscribers before the 4.50 update.

You can get the update via your PS3 or you can download it using your PC from Official PlayStation website here.

For PS3 CFW users, you might want to skip this update because in doing so will remove all the homebrew capabilities of your console and it would be harder to install cfw again. We can always wait for an updated version of 4.50 CFW when Rogero releases an update.

Badwolf Outfitters is currently on a campaign with Indiegogo for their Pandora Carryall prototype and they are still looking for backers for their prototype to begin production. The bag is designed with the techie in mind, it features pockets, usb ports, a solar panel and other features a techie with a lot of gadgets will surely like.

The Pandora Carryall, for the always on-the-go techie

The bag itself looks quite promising, as the Pandora Carryall is outfitted with tools for your gadgets in one convenient carryall. Although I have yet to hold one, judging from the images and info about the tech specs from their website already gives you an idea who the Pandora Carryall is targeted at. And as a techie myself, I always carry my gadgets along with their chargers, accessories and other peripherals all jumbled up in my old backpack. And having a bag that is outfitted exactly for a techie is perfect to be able to organize all your gadgets and its accessories in one neat and cool looking bag.

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Check out the PS4’s user interface

Posted on September 26, 2013

PlayStation Europe’s English Community Manager Chris Owen has released these images showing off the Sony PS4’s user interface. The following images showcases a few screens from the PS4’s user interface, like home page, video editing screen, the “Share” screen, a friend’s profile page, a “Live Stream” screen, and like with the PS3, the “What’s New” screen.

Click on image for a slightly larger version (Opens a new page).
PS4 User interface

PS4 User interface

PS4 User interface

PS4 User interface

PS4 User interface

PS4 User interface
Image credits to IGN

He released these images from a series of tweets from his twitter account.

The PS4 has the following launch dates: November 15 in North America, and November 29 in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

From the first iOS to iOS7 [GIF]

Posted on September 24, 2013

Now that it seems everyone has updated to iOS7, let’s take a look back at how the first version of iOS and it’s predecessors has evolved into what we have now in iOS 7 with this nice GIF.

From the first iOS to iOS7 [GIF]

The changes brought by iOS 7 feels like you just got a new phone, and not everyone is pretty happy with it. There are hundreds of improvements or changes that has been brought by iOS7 that unfortunately we cannot see from the image above. Such as the control center (which i like) that looks like it was taken from an android device. Some people find the new icons a little bland, but so far from experience, it will just take a little getting used to.

Oh and before we go, you would need to update your iTunes if you have upgraded to iOS 7 in order to sync using your computer. (You can always sync over WiFi if you have this enabled)

Grand Theft Auto V cheats for PS3 and Xbox 360

Posted on September 17, 2013

As with previous Grand Theft Auto games, cheats always makes the game way lot more interesting and a way lot more fun. Here we have GTA 5 cheats for the PS3 and Xbox 360. In GTA V, you enter the cheats directly using your controller unlike in Grand Theft Auto IV where you need to use your phone and enter the cheat codes.

GTA 5 early release date
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Things to remember:
* You need to enter the codes fairly quickly
* A small confirmation will appear when you have enter the cheat correctly
* Using cheats codes will disable Achievements and Trophies.
* You will need to enter the weather cheat multiple times to toggle through Rain, Cloudy, Clear Days and Snow.
* You can now spawn multiple vehicles at a time.

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Rockstar is reprotedly investigating an incidence that some retailers has not followed Grand Theft Auto 5’s official street date release last weekend. Grand Theft Auto V has an official release date of September 17, 2013 but some people have claimed to have received their copies of the game earlier over the weekend.

GTA 5 early release date
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The retailer in question is Amazon UK where the online retail giant has shipped copies of the game a few days ahead the official release date, much to the enjoyment of the consumers. The reports come from some photos that has been posted online via Twitter and Instagram showing their supposed copies of GTA 5.

GTA 5 early arrival from

Rockstar has released a statement saying that they are: “in the process of investigating early ‘sales’ to determine how and why that is occurring.”

Tech4idiots did a little snooping around and found out that copies of Grand Theft Auto 5 is already available on some popular file sharing websites and forums. Whether the copy of the game that is now available online is US or EU versions is unknown. And as far as information goes, Grand Theft Auto V runs on 4.30 CFW and above.

A little envious since the rest of us have to wait until the 17th to get our own copies of the game from our favorite game shops.

How to play PS2 games on your PS3

Posted on August 4, 2013

Don’t we just hate it that next-gen consoles does not support previous gen games? And that when the console actually does support previous gen games, the compatible games titles are very limited.

How to play PS2 games on your PS3

And for the PS3, only the older 20GB, 60GB and 80GB models can play PS2 games. The newer PS3 models including the PS3 Slim and Super Slim PS3s are not backwards compatible with PS2 games due to hardware incompatibilities (they did not include the chips used for hardware emulation). And even when you have a backwards compatible model, not all PS One and PS2 games can be played on the PS3, you can check the list of playable PSone and PS2 games here.

But thanks to Homebrew, it’s now possible to play almost every PS2 game on a PS3 running custom firmware.

Here’s how to play PS2 games on your PS3:
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