Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Avalon Wars - Units Re-balance

I suggested to iFree to re-balance three under-utilized units:

  1. Astrotic - Hits all units just like Crusader. Planes cannot just hide behind now. Same hit-rate.
  2. Psychic - Stuns all types of units (driver inside synthetic/pilot inside plane). Same hit-rate.
  3. Raptor - 100% successful hit-rate in stealing energy when charged up.

With these units re-balanced, hopefully these units will be more utilized but not over-powered.

Of course, the number one issue of Avalon Wars is the super long cool down duration. iFree really seriously need to consider bringing down the construction cool down duration. It is too ridiculously long.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Apple iPhone 5 Maps

Well, it's not perfect. Saw on the newspaper that there is quite a fair criticism on iPhone 5 Maps.

Tim Cook even apologize and promise to make it better.

Frankly speaking, I believe he is stalling for time to correct it.

With GPS turn-by-turn voice navigation (except it is not working properly right now), admit it, no other free app even comes close.

*Update: Google Map App is available in AppStore now and it's hot!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Convert Micro-SIM to Nano-SIM

Convert Micro SIM to Nano SIM for iPhone 5.
Convert SIM to Nano SIM for iPhone 4.

I have personally not tried it yet, but it may be useful to you.
I will try it as soon as I get my iPhone 5.

Found this guide by Christian von der Ropp.

After you have cut your SIM, you might like to get an adapter.

Disclaimer: Follow these instructions at your own risk. Cutting your SIM card may destroy it!

  1. Download and print this page at 100% scale on a A4-size page.
  2. Fix your SIM card with double-sided tape to the printed template.
  3. Use a ruler and a marker to draw the cut lines onto your SIM card.
  4. Cut your SIM card along the drawn lines using scissors or pen knife. Cutting contacts usually does not impact functionality as the actual chip below is much smaller.
  5. Round the edges by grinding them with sandpaper or a filer.
Including tolerance defined by ETSI specifications (p.20) (+30µm/-70µm) NanoSIMs (0.67mm) are just 60µm thinner than a Mini SIM (2FF) or Micro SIM (3FF) (both 0.76mm), which corresponds to the thickness of a human hair and thus does not make a difference in practice, notably not on the iPhone 5.

Video after "Read more >>"

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

iPhone Personal Hotspot not working

I observed that after my notebook bootup or startup from standby mode, I encountered that the personal hotspot via USB will not work. The iPhone battery also will not charge as well.

I need to restart my notebook in order to get it working.

Not sure is it a particular Windows service or need to disable/enable network connection to get it to work. Need to test.

Need to test out for other USB devices such as thumbdrive etc?

Monday, September 17, 2012

iPhone 5 Pre-Order

Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. said pre-orders of its iPhone 5 topped 2 million units in one day, more than double the sales record set by the previous model iPhone 4S.

Because demand for the iPhone 5 exceeds the initial supply, some pre-orders will be delivered to customers in October, rather than September as previously planned, Cupertino, California-based Apple said today in a statement. Most orders will be delivered on Sept. 21, Apple said.

The latest estimate comes from Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who in a note to investors today says that at best Apple will move 8 million to 10 million iPhones, and at worst, 6 million.

I still remembered Apple nearly went bust at one stage. Now, they are one of the most, if not, the most successful company in the world. What a twist in events...

Well done, iPhone 5. Well done, Apple.

Pre-order >>

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

iPhone 5 Launched!!!

iPhone 5 launched!!!

At a glance:

  1. Thinner(18%), lighter (20%), less volume (12%)
  2. 4-inch Retina Display (0.9 cm longer, same width, 18% more pixels)
  3. Ultrafast Wireless (LTE & dual band wireless)
  4. A6 Chip (twice as fast, same battery life)
  5. New Earpods (enhanced speaker audio)
  6. iSight Camera (Panorama, better features, enhanced HD video recording, FaceTime HD)
  7. Lightning Connector (smaller, reversible, adapter separate)
  8. Apple Maps (GPS with voice)
  9. Siri improved more intelligent & more languages
  10. iOS 6

Not to bore you with the details (are you kidding me?),
Apple did a better Job (pun not intended)

I have not seen the rumoured:
  1. Fingerprint technology (future)
  2. NFC
  3. Passbook
  4. Waterproof (it's so easy to do this, even a lot of Japanese cellphones have this)
announced yet

Let's put it this way, if you are a die-hard Apple fan, get it.

Personally, I felt the Apple Maps with GPS turn-by-turn voice is superb.
Also Siri (perhaps inspired by iRobot), although not new , has a LOT of potential e.g. they can integrate Siri with Apple Maps.
While the LTE is great, the lousy plan in Singapore of 2 GB cap negates it. What's the point, faster but less.

GPS companies really have to step up now.
Perhaps future GPSes have to plug into your car & drive for you, lol.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

iPhone 5 smaller sim

iPhone 5 may use Nano-SIM.
Nano-SIMs will be around 40 percent smaller than the micro SIM cards.
Makes sense as it will give more space on smart phones for other components.

Frankly speaking, when you are the market leader, you can change anything you want & others will have to follow.
E.g. Micro-SIM in the past, Nano-SIM & 4G LTE now

Looks like my post on Convert Sim to Micro-SIM may need to be updated with
  • Convert Sim to Nano-SIM
  • Convert Micro-Sim to Nano-SIM

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

iPhone 5 without YouTube

First, Apple announced no native Google map app for iPhone 5 or IOS 6.
Now, Apple announces no native YouTube app for iPhone 5 or IOS 6.
Next, Apple will probably announce Chrome browser will not work on iPhone 5 or IOS 6.
The war continues...

Anyway, Google will publish YouTube as an App in AppStore.
Just checked, Chrome IS available through AppStore but without Nitro engine, Java will be slow.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

iPhone 5 smaller connector (19-pin)

Rumors that the next iPhone will use a smaller 19-pin dock connector as opposed to the 30-pin connector in all current iOS devices. The smaller connector will make room for a headphone jack on the bottom of the iPhone.

And if you own iPhone accessories now, you may have to get an adapter for them.

Personally, as a consumer, I will be angry as I cannot share the same charger or cable across all the older devices including iPhone gen 3 & 4 & accessories. Perhaps, some end-users will be happy as the headphone jack is the same direction as the charger.

Well, the accessories makers will be laughing their way to the bank though.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Avalon Wars - New Regiment Formations

Avalon Wars - New Regiment Formations

I saw some TOP new formations used by TOP players to share with you.

Thank me by putting in My Referer Code: j29i7m

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The new iPad is Hot! Literally

Dutch Website has released an image showing how much hotter the new iPad is, compared to iPad 2. The thermal imaging showed that the temperature on the lower right corner of the new iPad was 33.6°C(92.48 F), compared to iPad 2, which was 28.3°C(82.94 F). The 5.3°C(28.3 F) difference became evident after 5 minutes loops of each tablet running the GLBenchmark.

Apple's cool response: “The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications,” Apple representative Trudy Muller, told The Loop. “If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare.”

Another news I read on the paper is that while you are playing graphics & processor intensive games such as Infinity Blade 2, the new iPad is not able to charge up. It is able to charge up normally without playing the game. Results show that the drain is more than the charge drawn!

Believe me, as true Apple fans, one will still get their hands on the hot new iPad.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The new iPad Features

I will only cover the top 3 revolutionary features of the new iPad.

Ultrafast 4G LTE


Downlink speeds up to 42 Mbps with DC-HSDPA and up to 21.1 Mbps with HSPA+. Currently available in USA, BUT NOT yet available in Singapore! Singapore's 700 MHz is used for broadcasting & 2.1 GHz is used for 3G. ETA, Singapore will offer 4G mid-year, end of the year Singtel will cover 80% & beginning of the next year 95%.

So, Singapore only 3G for now, but you can still benenfit from the quad-core.

Pixel-Perfect Performance

A5X quad-core
A5X quad-core

Performance without compromise on 10 hours of battery life.
The dual-core A5X chip with quad-core graphics drives four times the pixels of iPad 2 yet it delivers the same smoothness and fluidity iPad is known for. Even with all that extra oomph, the new iPad still gets an amazing 10 hours of battery life.

Breakthrough Retina display

Retina display

Retina display

Breakthrough technology. For a breakthrough display.
In order to create a display with four times the pixels, the new iPad had to be designed in a completely new way. You see, every pixel in a display has multiple signals telling it when to light up. But when you have a lot of pixels and a lot of signals on the same plane, signals get crossed and image quality suffers. To make sure everything on the new iPad looks crystal clear, Apple engineers elevated the pixels onto a different plane — separating the pixels from the signals. It’s technology that’s breakthrough. Just like the new iPad itself.


  • 4G LTE

  • Faster performance - dual-core A5X chip with quad-core graphics

  • Retina display

  • iSight camera/HD Recording Lens

  • Dictation

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

IOS 5.1

Understood from a colleague that IOS 5.1 is out. I will try to download it and update you on the experience, especially the power problem.

The new iPad

The new iPad

The new iPad

The new iPad (NOT called iPad 3) with the stunning Retina display. 5MP iSight camera. And ultrafast 4G LTE. Starting at $499.00

Order now for delivery on March 16.
Available in Apple Retail Stores starting March 16.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Emross Wars Farming Devils Army

Emross Wars Farming

6 stars pure nightmare devils army list. - Courtesy of Grimno & credits to fightdfunk
I have not verified the whole list yet. Please scount & verify before farming.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

POLL: iPad 3 Wish List

Poll Results: iPad 3 Wish List

100% (1/1) wanted 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Avalon Wars - Unit Overview

Avalon Wars - Unit Overview



Early/Mid/Late Game Importance: Medium/High/High
- All-rounder Xeno Attack Unit.
- The most reliable Xeno Attack Unit.
- No especially obvious weaknesses. Hit Rate is good (see tips below) and defence is relatively high for Xeno Units.
- Pretty much essential for farming Xeno 6-Star and in PVP vs aircraft in positions 1, 2 or 3
- Make Sure you train your Faction Pyrotic Expert Honor Hero (Owen/Alexia/Uyugal). As you will need a good pyrotic hero late game and the honor hero is the only good pyrotic expert in the game. if you like using xeno... I recommend you use Syndicate because Owen is way better than Alexia and Uyugal. The Rumor Pyrotic Hero (Sigma-818) has very low statistics and is therefore useless late game
- Pyrotic + level 30 Xman formation gets VERY CLOSE to 100 percent hit-rate
- Pyrotics actually have a stronger natural attack than Champions
- Pyrotic + NDA Implant is usually powerful enough to 1-hit ko any aircraft... remember theres no shields/armor versus xeno attacks...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

How to Reset iPhone

Is iPhone not responding?
Unable to switch off!
Fret not.

How to reset iPhone
To reset iPhone, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least 10 seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

If your device does not turn on or displays a red battery icon, try recharging next.

See the picture below for illustration.

Video in "Read more >>"

PS: If your applications appear sluggish, close off any apps you don't use by double-pressing on the home button, followed by pressing the "-" on the unused apps on the multi-task bar.

You also need to switch on/off (hold sleep/wake button & slide to switch off, then hold sleep/wake button to switch onb again) your iPhone occasionally (recommended once a week) to free up the memory.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Haypi Kingdom - Alliance War Strategy

Haypi Kingdom - Alliance War Strategy

Do you know the system will not allow you to attack with fewer than 1/3 of the opponent's troops in the mine?

Castle Wars

To use a card click on it.
To discard a card hold down Ctrl (PC) or Cmd (Mac) and click on it.

I would love this game to be ported over to an iPhone/iPad App. If the developer can provide me with the source code, I will do it.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Avalon Wars - Farming

Avalon Wars - Farming

For all Real-Time-Strategy (RTS) games, it usually follows these simple rules of farming, build-up (tech/troops) & attack. Wash, rinse & repeat.

Besides looting others players when you get stronger, farming becomes the basic resource building for all your structures, techs & troops.

I will provide you some tips on farming Avalon 4 & 6 star Xenos, 2 star Resource and coordinates of all 6 star Xenos with the single Vultures exposed.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Avalon Wars Strategy Guide 2

Avalon Wars Strategy Guide 2

  1. Trade Center Trick - Need a lot of resources to upgrade? Exchange credit just before and after the Trade Center refreshes to get twice the amount of resources from the Open Market. That way, you need not have to spend twice the amount from the Black Market.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

iPhone Self-Healing?

With so much investment & love put into iPhone, why not?
2 technologies here. The self-healing paint on the casing & the self-healing paint itself.

Sounds like Terminator 3...

Nissan's Self-Healing iPhone Casing

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

iPhone 5 Waterproof?

Will iPhone 5 be waterproof? Likely.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Avalon Wars Strategy Guide (Updates)

Avalon Wars Strategy Guide

Made by Zarltok
Thanks to Debomb4433, Maverick, Gelrad




Rank 5
Pi-T74334 : CHAMPION
Omikron-690 : PALADIN
Kappa-463 : GHOST
Kutmapa : RAPTOR
Tabubzal : ENGINEER
Omega-592 : CRUSADER
S'Alsaash : ROC
Chi-Z938 : VULTURE
Xavier : GRIFFON

Rank 4
Leonardo: KNIGHT
Phoebe: ROC
Diana : RAPTOR
Abu Rasitsa : CRUSADER
Kanlunom : GHOST
Theta-K417 : PALADIN

Rank 3
Alpha-C101 : LANCER
Xi-R641 : FALCON
Psi-A165 : EAGLE
Zeta-H332 : HAWK
Sigma-818 : PYROTIC
T-904 : N/A
Nu-Q5883 : N/A
Delta-F29 : N/A
Rho-U771 : KNIGHT
Rasitu aea : ASTROTIC
Beta-D144 : MEDIC


This guide will help you understand the game and buildup properly to be the most efficient. First thing you need to understand is HOW THE UNITS & HEROES work.

1: HEROES - There are 3 types of heroes in this game. Courage, Instinct and Wisdom. Each hero will be based on these 3 stat categories. 1 of these 3 categories will be higher. That's how you know what kind of units he's good with.

2: UNITS - There are also 3 types of units in this game. Instead of calling them Courage/Instinct/Wisdom, they call them Synthetic, Aircraft and Biotic .
Courage stats will be used by Synthetic units
Instinct stats will be used by Aircraft units
Wisdom stats will be used by Biotic units

Example : Be aware that aircraft won't be using your hero's courage & biotic stats. He will only use INSTINCT.

- Courage stats will provide extra Damage against enemy units. Also, It will provide you extra defense against its own category (COURAGE/SYNTHETIC) units

- INSTINCT stats will provide extra Damage against enemy units. Also, It will provide you extra defense against its own category (INSTINCT/AIRCRAFT) units

- WISDOM stats will provide extra Damage against enemy units. Also, It will provide you extra defense against its own category (WISDOM/BIOTIC) units

3: Now that you have understood heroes & units, you will also need to understand their equipment. There are 6 types of equipment.

- Weapon equipment only uses COURAGE stats and can only be used by SYNTHETIC units. Or else it won't provide any extra damage if the hero carries BIOTIC or AIRCRAFT units
- Amplifier equipment only uses INSTINCT stats and can only be used by AIRCRAFT units.
- Implant equipment only uses WISDOM stats and can only be used by BIOTIC units

- Armor equipment will grant you extra defense against SYNTHETIC units
- Shield equipment will grant you extra defense against AIRCRAFT units
- Helmet will give you the ability to carry extra troops during battle.

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