First Look

Acer Swift 1 First Look



An Ultrabook on a low budget? There’s such a thing now!

Acer’s brand-new Swift 1 has the makings of a great all-around notebook, but at a fraction of the cost of most laptops in its class. When this comes out, we’re sure students and frequent travelers will flock to buy one.

Sounds like we’re exaggerating, but we swear we aren’t. Just watch our latest First Look video of the Acer Swift 1 and see what all the fuss was about while we covered its launch in New York. Enjoy!

SEE ALSO: Acer Swift 1 is an Ultrabook that won’t break the bank


Sony A7 III First Impressions

When ‘basic’ is more than what you’d think



While Sony calls the new A7 III its “basic” model, there’s nothing basic about its latest full-frame mirrorless camera. Announced last February, and launched in Singapore this week, this US$ 2,000 / SG$ 2,899 (body only) camera is poised to give competitors a run for their money.

It’s half the price of Sony’s high-end A9, US$ 1,000 cheaper than the excellent A7R III, and costs just as much as Panasonic’s popular GH5 which has a much smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor.

Not just an incremental update, this year’s base model sports a brand new backside illuminated (BSI) 24.2-megapixel sensor with 5-axis image stabilization. Like the higher-end A9, it features 693 phase-detection autofocus points. It can shoot still images continuously at up to 10 frames per second and video at 4K resolution. 

While it can’t shoot as fast as the A9 and doesn’t have the resolution of the A7R III, the A7 III is meant for those who want a solid all-around performer, at an affordable price tag (relative to its feature set) and with the best technology Sony currently has to offer.

In fact, among its similarities with its more specialized, and also more expensive brothers, apart from the same BSI technology on its sensor, it’s also got other features we enjoyed when we reviewed the A7R III, including the autofocus joystick and larger capacity “Z” battery which Sony promises should deliver up to 710 shots on a single charge.

I would have loved to also see an OLED viewfinder and full weather-proofing but for its price tag, it’s hard to find reason to complain.  

The Sony A7 III goes on sale in Singapore starting March 22. It retails for SG$ 2,899 (body only) or SG$ 3,299 with a FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.

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Judies: A mobile game about safe sex

Cute but still NSFW!



I stumbled upon this game by accident and I regret nothing.

I’ll cut to the chase: The game is called Judies. The game’s motto? No glove, no love; no balloon, no party. Silly? Pretty much, but this game gets nonsensically fun.

Simple and amusing

This game is adorable and strangely informative. There are three story stages and the goal is the same across all the stories: Cover Judies with condoms. The first stage of the story is simply like wack-a-mole where different Judies come out of holes and you have to fend sperm away from the red floating egg.

As you level up, you unlock more stages where you can explore other types of play with the same basic goal.

Strangely informative

When I said the game was informative, it’s because when you encounter Judies already with a condom on them, you shouldn’t put another one on. It will eventually explode and Sperms come out to chase after the Egg. That’s how you lose the game.

This bit is pretty much accurate for those of you who don’t know: Putting two condoms on will likely tear them both making it completely useless and ironic.

It has fundamentals down pat

Truthfully, this isn’t scientifically accurate as to how you get someone pregnant, but it gets the message across. There’s no point in hiding behind innuendos; this game is about safe-sex. In-between game-plays, you encounter witty notes like this:

Just downright cute and silly

You’ll discover more entertaining things about this game as you play more of it. There are quests and rankings like any other game but to add to the cute factor, Judies lets you customize your own condom.

The game is for free on Android. As much as I wish there were more to this game than sex, penises, and condoms, this is all the action you’re going to get if you start playing it.

SEE ALSO: Fortnite Battle Royale is going mobile!

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ASUS ZenFone 5 Hands-on

Not the same ZenFone from 4 years ago



ASUS launched the ZenFone 5 at Mobile World Congress this year. But it’s a completely different ZenFone from the one announced back at CES in 2014.

We go hands-on with what ASUS dubs as the most intelligent ZenFone ever. At its core is artificial intelligence thanks to the neural processing engine of its Snapdragon 636 chip. Is it your GadgetMatch? You’ll have to wait a bit more to find out.

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