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AMD Expands Reach as New Concept Store Opens in the Philippines

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AMD is expanding its footprint with the launch of its concept store in the Philippines, which also marks as a first in Southeast Asia for the Red Team.


In partnership with consumer electronics retail giant Silicon Valley, AMD’s concept store in SM North EDSA Cyberzone Annex highlights a strong lineup of mainstream laptops from Several brand partners such as Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo at first alongside other essential products from core software to gaming peripherals.


Now, the initial move from AMD looks to bring mainstream products that are powered by its Ryzen CPUs to the mass market and set out for the competition, but we have received word that components such as motherboards and GPUs are in the roadmap for the concept store.


AMD’s concept store is now open to visit and explore at the 3rd level of SM North EDSA Cyberzone Annex. If you’re out in the market for a capable workhorse laptop, now would be a good time to drop by since there’s an ongoing promotion that will include bundles such as Microsoft’s Office suite together with your purchase of a laptop from the store.


Nokia Introduces Edge-to-Edge Smartphone Experience

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HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announced the availability of the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the Nokia 5.1 Plus in the Philippines. These smartphones bring all-screen, stand-out design with the quality expected of a Nokia phone—powerful performance and AI imaging, and a pure, secure and up-to-date Android One to impressive price points.

A stunning, contemporary smartphone with an immersive, all-screen design, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is equipped with smart storytelling features and a display that is perfect for watching videos, messaging friends and catching up on your social feeds. The Nokia 5.1 Plus delivers a great gaming performance and AI imaging features in an accessible, stylish package.

Juho Sarvikas, HMD Global chief product officer, said:
“Since the beginning of our journey, we’ve focused on delivering an experience that you would expect from a Nokia phone – design and craftsmanship that stands out, technology that helps you get more out of your day, and our focus on pure, secure, up-to-date Android™. Today, we are building further on our promise by offering two new smartphones – Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus – offering the latest innovations such as an all-screen design with the quality you can only expect from a Nokia smartphone. Powered by the latest chipsets and joining the Android One family, both phones deliver a great performance, as well as smart AI imaging features, you would expect from a premium smartphone.”

Shannon Mead, HMD Global Philippines country manager, said:
“People look for something new every day and so, apart from making sure we deliver the latest mobile innovation, we strive to give customers more than what they need at a price point. At HMD Global, we bring accessible technology that innovates human experience of connecting with one another and of creating stories to remember. By launching the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus, we aim at providing the Nokia fans the access to reliable devices that is affordable and within their reach.”

Nokia 6.1 Plus: Immerse in new ways of powerful storytelling
The Nokia 6.1 Plus 16MP/5MP dual-sensor rear camera delivers excellent sharpness and detail in your pictures. Thanks to advanced imaging, you can capture professional-style pictures using selectable bokeh blur, which can be adjusted in real-time when you take the image. Bring your photos to life with HDR for incredible color depth and advanced AI imaging, which includes fun filters, masks and 3D personas as well as portrait lighting to add captivating lighting effects to your shots. Alternatively, capture highly detailed, mirror-like selfies with the perfectly balanced 16MP front camera. Best of all, you don’t have to choose between the two, #Bothie mode can now apply AI enhancements on both cameras simultaneously with masks and filters and stream it live real-time to Facebook and YouTube directly from your camera app, another first made available on a Nokia smartphone.

With its impressive all-screen design, the Nokia 6.1 Plus gives you a bigger screen experience in a slim and compact package. Its 5.8-inch full HD+ screen with 19:9 ratio and 96 percent color gamut allows for a vivid viewing experience, making the Nokia 6.1 Plus a perfect smartphone for enjoying immersive content experiences. Beautifully crafted to the exacting standards expected of a Nokia phone, it is encased in glass on the front and back with the surface luxuriously curved for the ultimate feel in the hand. On top of the elegant look, the Nokia 6.1 Plus runs on the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 636 Mobile Platform, which is 40 percent faster than the previous iteration of the chipset, delivering first-class graphics and battery efficiency enhancements to ensure you can enjoy your audio and video for even longer.

Nokia 5.1 Plus: Elevate your gaming experience

Powered by the advanced MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core processor usually seen in a higher-tiered smartphone, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is designed to deliver precise power to handle gaming, video or multitasking applications with ease. It is also equipped with all the essential sensors that allow users to experience the latest games and apps to their fullest.

The stunning edge-to-edge 5.8-inch HD+ display gives fans maximum content with a minimal footprint. The Nokia 5.1 Plus features a pure design with 2.5D curved front and rear glass, complemented by curved edges and a CNC-machined metal camera bezel with an optical glass window and a high-gloss finish frame. At 8mm thin, the ergonomic design with continuous curvature makes for the ultimate feel in the hand. The Nokia 5.1 Plus’s die-cast full metal chassis with a polycarbonate frame is quality tested in extreme temperatures and undergoes drop tests to ensure that it meets the exacting quality standards for a Nokia phone.

The advanced imaging allows you to capture studio-style shots with depth-sensing imaging, selectable bokeh blur and portrait lighting. The dual 13MP/5MP rear cameras with electronic video stabilization ensure that you film steady, sharp videos to perfectly capture special moments with friends, no matter what the situation is.

Pure, secure and up-to-date, reinforced with Android One commitment
Both phones join the Android One family of Nokia smartphones, offering an experience designed by Google that is smart, secure and simply amazing. Each device will stay fresh over time with three years of monthly security patches and two years of guaranteed OS updates after launch. As with all Nokia smartphones in the Android One program, you’ll get more battery and storage space out of the box, thanks to no additional skins or unnecessary third-party applications. Stay ahead of the game with the latest Google services such as Google Assistant and Google Photos with free unlimited high-quality photo storage. *

By shipping with Android Oreo™ out of the box, these new Nokia phones allow users to enjoy all the latest features, including Google Lens. Both phones are also ready for Android Pie. This upgrade will include the new App actions to their users, among many other great features. App Actions help you get to your next task such as calling a cab or playing your favorite playlist more quickly by predicting what you want to do next. App Actions are surfaced throughout Android, in places such as the Launcher, Smart Text Selection, the Play Store, the Google search app and the Assistant.

HMD Global also announces that both Nokia smartphones are confirmed to get the Android Pie.

Availability and pricing
             The Nokia 6.1 Plus will be available in Gloss Black, Gloss White and Gloss Midnight Blue on October 29 and will retail for PHP15,990.

Catch the Nokia 6.1 Plus pre-sale promo. Starting October 12 to 26, get free PAL Travel vouchers worth PHP 1,000 for domestic flights when you purchase through authorized Nokia mobile resellers and at any Nokia mobile branded store, kiosk or exhibit nationwide. See full details at http://uniteforpromo.ph/premium #

             The Nokia 5.1 Plus will be available in Gloss Black, Gloss White and Midnight Gloss Blue on October 29 at Nokia mobile’s authorized online resellers—MemoXpress and Argomall—and on November 12 in stores for PHP12,990.

Both Nokia smartphones come in three colors—Gloss Black, Gloss White and Gloss Midnight Blue.
With HMD Global’s extended partnership with Home Credit, you will be able to avail the new Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus at 0% interest over 6 months.

City of Dreams Manila Opens 'The Garage' VR Zone and Food Park

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City of Dreams Manila is changing the landscape of entertainment and dining as it unveils The Garage at 5 PM on October 14.The new attraction is a VR Zone and food park that enables guests to delve into the immersive experience of virtual reality entertainment and delight in a wide range of casual dining choices from the carefully curated selection of food and beverage trucks and trailers set in a comfortable, air-conditioned space.


Bandai Namco Amusement from Japan, one of the world’s leading video digital entertainment development companies, provides the virtual reality experience at the VR Zone.

 “The Garage is City of Dreams Manila’s latest attraction featuring unique entertainment activities in partnership with Bandai Namco Amusement. With their creativity and cutting-edge technology, we are honored and delighted to partner with them, and together blaze a trail in delivering extraordinary entertainment experiences that go beyond gaming and recreation in the Philippines,” Kevin Benning, City of Dreams Manila’s Chief Operating Officer said.

The virtual reality experience provided by a leader in video digital entertainment development is complemented by quality food and drink choices offered by 10 of the hippest and contemporary food and beverage partners including the resort’s own talented staff. This concept, curated all in one place, makes The Garage a first of its kind in the country -- “setting us apart from the rest,” adds Benning.
“Bandai Namco Amusement is honored to partner with luxury integrated resort City of Dreams Manila and bring to this exciting destination our first VR Zone entertainment facility in Southeast Asia. We hope to bring outside of Japan an immersive, multi-sensory and fun activities to Filipinos and foreign guests with our unique VR activities at The Garage,” Kunihisa Yagisita, Bandai Namco’s General Manager stated.  

Set in a 2,714-square meter cool and comfortable space located at the upper ground floor, The Garage stands out with its modern industrial interiors catering to a 563-seating capacity. Designed by award-winning Paris-based creative design agency, Malherbe Design in collaboration with Westar Architectural Interior Design, a group known for its strong sensitivity to contemporary design aesthetics, The Garage is further given life and vibrancy with graffiti works of two prominent names in the street art scene: Kookoo Ramos and DeeJae Paeste.

Game of a lifetime




The Garage’s VR Zone features a new generation entertainment facility that offers an exhilarating and startling experience with top-of-class VR technology.

One of the exciting activities at the VR Zone is the famed Mario Kart Arcade GP VR, which was developed by Bandai Namco Amusement under license from Nintendo. The three-minute Mario Kart Arcade GP VR enables one to choose to play as one of the characters: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, or Yoshi; step right into the action-packed world of Mario Kart universe; and race until the finish line through a course filled with traps such as giant Piranha Plants and Thwomps or large stone creatures that attempt to crush the players. This highly sought-after game can be played by up to four persons and is open to enthusiasts 13 years old and above.

For those seeking a different kind of thrill, the Hospital Escape Terror, which can be played by up to four participants, is described as a ‘horrifying experience unlike ever before’. This immersive horror room game is open to thrill-seekers ages 13 years old and above. Hospital Escape Terror’s players have the goal to escape and survive altogether the dark, cursed, and abandoned hospital within nine minutes while being restrained on a wheel chair.

The two-minute Ski Rodeo on the other hand, is a steep downhill ski simulator that lets a player ski a vast snowy mountain course with sharp slopes and steep drops at an immense speed with the goal to finish at the fastest time possible or within the allotted time. This heart-dropping game, which can be played in pairs, is open to individuals with a height of 140 cm and up.

Tickets are available on site. Single player ticket price is available at P450 nett; while packages are available for those playing in groups or pairs: P800 nett for two persons playing Ski Rodeo; P1, 200 per person for three activities; and P1, 600 nett for a group of four persons playing Hospital Escape Terror or Mario Kart GP VR.

Gastronomic Galore


Going hand in hand with the one-of-a-kind entertainment experience, The Garage’s VR Zone is offering a selection of 10 food and beverage trucks and trailers: Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Katsu Sora, Pink’s Hotdog, Little Flour, El Chupacabra, Pizza Grigliata, Farmacy, Chocol8, The Roaster and Juiced. The casual dining experience is also enhanced with the sustainability drive of City of Dreams Manila: only eco-friendly, biodegradable and compostable plates, utensils and take-out bags are used at The Garage.


Hailing from Japan, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka’s well-loved ramen is characterized by its mild, pearl-colored Tonkotsu soup which is carefully prepared by taking the time to simmer the pork bones before adding vegetables, dried fish, kelp and other special ingredients. This exceptional soup with thin-noodle ramen, and perfectly topped with mouthwatering slices of Char-siu pork and pickled plums is meant to be savored to the last spoonful.

Another food truck specializing in Japanese cuisine is Katsu Sora. A household name in the metro for good tonkatsu or Japanese deep-fried pork cutlet, Katsu Sora’s  secret to their naturally tender, marbled, and flavorful tonkatsu is the use of only premium pork meat. The restaurant is known for serving dishes that use four kinds of world-class pork that are of the highest quality: Iberico, Kurobuta, Shimofuri, and Sakura. Their Iberico and Kurobuta Tonkatsu sets are served with their famed Juugokokumai rice, a premium rice blend that includes white rice, corn, barley, millet, sesame seeds, and black beans.


Los Angeles’ most popular hot dog stand, Pink’s Hot Dogs has been hailed by multiple publications as the number one hot dog in America. A staple in Hollywood since 1939, their lip-smacking hot dogs especially the iconic “The Hollywood Legend,” which is a medley of Pink’s eponymous hotdogs with chili, cheddar cheese, mustard, and chopped onions, are sought after by everyone. This legend continues in Manila since opening their first store in 2016, and is offered together with other American favorites such as burgers, fries, nachos, and more.


Little Flour Café by the highly successful Wildflour Café + Bakery, is known for its well-loved and locally-inspired Filipino rice bowls, delicacies and grilled items.

El Chupacabra is a casual street taco bar serving a delectable array of Mexican-influenced dishes for lunch and dinner, as well as uniquely tweaked versions of popular local plates. Apart from Mexican-style street tacos, El Chupacabra is also known for burritos, enchiladas, and grilled chicken sticks.

Pizza Grigliata serves nothing but hot, freshly-made artisanal pizza to deliver a different kind of pizza experience that stands out from the rest. Uniquely prepared, Pizza Grigliata’s pizzas are handmade from scratch everyday using thin crust dough topped with the freshest ingredients which are torched and grilled.

Farmacy Ice Cream takes us back to the time of classic turn-of-the-century ice cream parlors. Satisfying the sweet tooth of guests, Farmacy is known for serving fresh homemade ice cream “the right way,” and for serving an extensive array of comforting treats such as milkshakes, sodas, coffee, and pastries.

Alongside the well-curated food and beverage outlets at The Garage are City of Dreams Manila’s own exceptional outlets: Chocol8, Juiced and The Roaster.


Chocol8 features handcrafted chocolates in a number of shapes and forms, and are enhanced with special ingredients such as fruits, nuts, and spices.


For those into healthy concoctions, Juiced offers a variety of freshly squeezed smoothies, slushies, and juices daily; while The Roaster is the go-to outlet for an array of gourmet coffee creations made from freshly roasted Philippine beans. In keeping with the resort’s sustainability campaign, the beans are sourced from coffee growers and farmers in various communities supported by the Philippine Coffee Board, Inc.


The bar at The Garage offers a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for guests to pair their choice of food from the trucks and trailers.

The Garage is open daily from 10 AM to 2 AM. For more information, call (+63 2) 800-8080 or email guestservices@cod-manila.com or visit www.cityofdreamsmanila.com. 

Square Enix Could Bring Dragon Quest IX to Smartphones

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 Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies felt like an MMORPG for us, although one that’s, despite its wealth of content, felt somewhat barren. This may be due partly to the lack of players in our circle, or us trying to experience it as an MMORPG for its traditional elements. Now, that may soon change as Dragon Quest Executive Producer Yu Miyake thinking of bringing it to smartphones.


The news came during the recent Super Dragon Quest X TV Fall Festival 10-Hour Special 2018 breakfast where the Executive Producer mentioned the difficulties of reproducing Streetpass on smartphones, which happened to be quite popular during its heydays on the Nintendo DS. Now, because of recent developments, Miyake is “beginning to see the possibilities” of bringing Dragon Quest IX: Sentinel of the Staryy Skies to iOS and Android devices.

There has been a number of Dragon Quest titles for mobile devices, thought it’s not in its chronological order. And now with Dragon Quest IX: Sentinel of the Starry Skies fitting so great as a mobile game, we can definitely see it working.


Source | YouTube
Via | Siliconera

Synology Reveals the DiskStation DS119j

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Synology Inc. today launched DiskStation DS119j, a compact and energy-efficient 1-bay NAS designed to be the ideal first NAS for anyone.


"There are many users who are not familiar with a NAS yet, nor aware of the benefits of having one at home," said Michael Wang, product manager at Synology Inc. "DS119j is aimed to be an ideal choice for first-time NAS users with versatile software features, an intuitive user interface, and an affordable price point."


Tailor-made for the home environment, DS119j only consumes 5.01 watts in hard drive hibernation mode, and 10.04 watts under full operation—a laptop can consume upwards of 45 watts. Furthermore, its noise dampening design makes it whisper-quiet compared to some PC counterparts.
DS119j also serves as a home multimedia server. Users can easily share photos to friends, or stream music and video files to mobile devices or multimedia players.

DS119j runs on DiskStation Manager, the advanced and intuitive operating system for Synology NAS devices, with various applications offered to enhance work productivity. Synology has received numerous media accolades, topping the mid-range NAS category in TechTarget's storage solution survey and winning PC Mag Readers' Choice seven years in a row.

Availability and Pricing
DS119j, priced at PHP6, 499 is available in all local distributors nationwide.
For more information on DS119j, visit https://www.synology.com/products/DS119j.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is Now Available!

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Today, Ubisoft® announced that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, an ambitious action role-playing game that places choice at the center of the experience, is now available worldwide on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC.



Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is an all-new interactive dialogue system that empowers players to forge their own path and impact the game’s world, characters and story to shape the future of Greece. Players can customize weapons and gear, master and equip themselves with new special abilities, and fightmassive battles between Sparta and Athens, pitting hundreds of soldiers against each other. The return of open-world naval combat allows players to seamlessly explore the open seas, customize their ship and recruit their own crew with unique perks. With the entire country of Greece to discover, from pristine beaches to vibrant cities, from the heights of snowy mountain peaks to the depths of the Aegean Sea, players will encounter Ancient Greece’s famous figures and myths as they live their own odyssey.



Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Early Dilemmas (Spoiler Alert!)



The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey live roadmap plan is the biggest and most ambitious in the franchise, giving players more story content than ever in a brand new, episodic format, for the two story arcs: “Legacy of the First Blade” and “The Fate of Atlantis” and “Assassin’s Creed III Remastered” included in the Season Pass. In addition, an extensive lineup of free content including new narrative content and in-game events will be available for all players after launch, including “The Lost Tales of Greece” which is free episodic questlines will release regularly in-between episodes, providing a constant flow of new stories for players to discover.Strong post-launch contents will ensure many more updates, , including battling new monstrous and mythical creatures and a New Game Plus mode presenting new challenges and the ability to see how different choices affect players’ stories.











Visayas and Mindanao Crown Road to the Nationals Finalists for DOTA2 and Tekken legs

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The Road to The Nationals’ regional stages are almost done and the pressure to qualify has been mounting on teams and individuals. This past weekend showcased the Iloilo leg of the DOTA 2 qualifiers while Cagayan De Oro and Davao saw familiar faces and old rivalries were rekindled in their respective Tekken 7 legs.

From Aces to Titans
TaskUs Titans bagged the championship for the Iloilo leg of the DOTA 2 qualifiers, and for fans following the series, the members of Titans will be familiar, as they were the Cebu Leg champions but under a different name: Polar Ace.  As Polar Ace, the team from Manila flew to Cebu and asserted dominance, but accepting the TaskUs sponsorship presented a few consequences and challenges. The tournament rules clearly state that a team cannot field new members nor change their roster mid-series.



This meant that as TaskUs Titans, the team had to re-join a tournament leg in order to qualify for the finals happening at ESGS 2018. And qualify they did, winning the Iloilo leg against hometown favorites Lavel 21. The Iloilo-based team were blown away by the composition the Titans brought: Treat Protector, Weaver, Tiny, Rubick, and Invoker. The TaskUs Titans sealed the series with two back-to-back wins, proving that the team can consistently win and is worth watching when they face off against other representatives in ESGS.

Second Chances
The theme of familiar faces wanting their redemption arc spilled over to the Davao leg of the Road to The Nationals Tekken 7 qualifier. Xavier Giovanni “Gio” Galon, originally from Bohol, tried to qualify for the Cebu leg but fell short when he came up against Francis Steven Valencia “UFTC|Gogoy” Cabahug. With a new leg within reach, Gio decided to fly out and try his luck once again.


On the way to the finals however, Gio faced a Manileno: Jade “ArkAngel|Jaynine” Yasay. Jaynine had a similar assignment and had to go through Gio to take a step closer to the finals. It was a combination of Shaheen and Kazumi that allowed Jaynine to slip past Gio and faced John Groover “G|Clef” Sy, who not only was waiting with a twice to beat advantage but also the one who put Jaynine in the loser’s bracket. Jaynine’s Shaheen saw G|Clef’s Xiaoyu and Lili to not only reset the match, but also proved to be the right choice to ultimately win the right to represent Davao in the Road to The Nationals grand finals.

Rivalries Rekindled
From a missed second chance, the story at the Cagayan De Oro Tekken leg of R2N was an entirely different story. Raymund Jay “LimitBreak” Sarte and Neil Kenneth Uy “Wong” Tan had been in the CDO Tekken scene for a while, with Sarte having introduced the game to Tan. From a mentor-student setup, the two eventually became rivals during the Road to The Nationals CDO leg for Tekken 7.


Fresh from a break, LimitBreak made quick work of his assignments, until Wong dealt him a loss. From the loser’s bracket, the mentor battled his way and got his wish: a runback with Wong, who was sitting on a twice to beat advantage. Despite his time away from the game, LimitBreak’s Noctis got him his revenge against his rival Wong’s Dragunov, and this time around, the mentor walks away with the championship and the right to represent CDO in the Grand Finals.

Giving Opportunities
The Road to The Nationals moves forward to the last DOTA2 leg which will happen in UGZ, Cavite on October 13, 2018. The Tekken 7 legs will be held in the following venues:

·         October 6: Playbook Makati
·         October 13: Secret Base, Marikina
·         October 14: Playbook Makati

The Iloilo leg for R2N was also significant because it saw the shoutcasting tandem of Lhea “Yasumeow” Pelaez and Rain Manaig. Vincent P. Reyes, President and CEO of TV5, has this to say: “We at 5 take every opportunity we can to change the game. Yasu and Rain have made history by being the first all-female duo to cast an esports tournament on Philippine television. We are proud to be the platform that enables this type of representation, and we strive to continuously provide opportunities for our local talents to shine.” The Yasu-Rain tandem can be seen on ESPN5 on October 7 at 10:30 PM.

For the Esports National Association of the Philippines (ESNAP), the Road to The Nationals is a great opportunity for esports players across the archipelago to stand up and be noticed. “We really want to engage the grassroots with Road to The Nationals and we believe that this is just the first step towards giving everyone the opportunity to make their dreams a reality even if they are far from Manila,” Joebert Yu, President of ESNAP, said.

About The Road To The Nationals
Powered by PLDT and Smart Communications, the Road to The Nationals is the place for the best of the best to showcase their talent and skill in a high-stakes competitive environment. The tournament series is open to all, and aims to take only the best teams and players in several regions across the Philippines to the big stage for the finals at ESGS 2018.

For more details about The Road to The Nationals and The Nationals, hitch a Town Portal scroll over to http://thenationalsph.com (http://thenationalsph.com/).