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Apple Marina Bay Sands opens in Singapore

Experience starts on September 10

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Apple’s third, most ambitious retail project sits on the waters of Marina Bay, like a lustrous sphere glimmering from the reflection of captivating scenery.

A first-of-its-kind, the Apple Marina Bay Sands promises a spectacular shopping experience situated at one of Singapore’s iconic locations.

Inspired by the Pantheon — an architectural wonder — in Rome, the sphere has an oculus located at the apex, allowing rays of light to fill the all-glass dome.

The interiors are comprised of 114 pieces of glass with 10 narrow vertical mullions for a self-supporting structure. Meanwhile, the glasses are lined with custom baffles. It’s uniquely shaped to counter sun angles, yielding a nighttime lighting effect. Trees line up inside the dome, providing extra shade.

Those who will visit the store can explore curated Apple products and accessories, receive personal technical support, or simply delight in the astonishing sight of Marina Bay.

Meanwhile, Apple Marina Bay Sands has The Forum, centered around a video wall. Its purpose is to serve as the stage for Today at Apple sessions featuring artists, musicians, and creators from Singapore.

On the other hand, Apple engineered its first underwater Boardroom, located on the lower level of the store. Entrepreneurs and developers interested in receiving training and advice can meet with Apple team members.

Store opening on September 10

The Apple Marina Bay Sands holds a 148-person team, collectively speaking over 23 languages. Together, they will open the store and welcome visitors for the first time on Thursday, September 10 at 10 AM SGT.

To ensure the health and well-being of everyone, the store will implement a rigorous health measure for both employees and visitors. This includes a mask requirement, temperature checks, and social distancing.

Moreover, visits to Apple Marina Bay Sands on Thursday will be by appointment via apple.com/sg/marinabaysands. Reservations are non-transferable and admit one person only. Apple Marina Bay Sands can only hold a limited capacity, so guests might wait before experiencing the store.

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Xiaomi’s 200W charger is coming next year

Production starts June

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Xiaomi is reportedly gearing up for the mass production of its 200W HyperCharge next year. This week, the charging wars heated up with iQOO’s rumored 160W charging solution coming out for the iQOO 8. Though the rumor was impressive, Xiaomi’s 200W wired charging solution, which was revealed earlier this year, was always looming in the shadows.

Back in May, the Chinese company official unveiled the charging solution, touting a charge time of just eight minutes for a 4000mAh battery. The solution also boasted a 120W wireless charging compatibility to boot. Naturally, as with most new technologies announced, it takes a while before the company can safely release it for the public. True enough, some reports warned that the blazing fast solution actually degraded batteries.

However, according to Chinese publication MyDrivers, Xiaomi is ready to unleash it to the public. The company is reportedly aiming for production to start as early as June 2022. It will supposedly pair up with Xiaomi’s most premium model next year, the Mi 12 Ultra.

For years, Chinese companies have worked on creating the best charging solutions for consumers. Though most new ones are just experiments at this point, some are already coming out for the market. Besides the impressive 160W charger from iQOO, Samsung is also reportedly working on a much-needed fast charger for next year’s flagships.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi unveils 200W fast charging technology, calls it HyperCharge

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Trials of Mana now available on mobile

Mobile gamers might want to try this!

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Since its release in 1995, the Trials of Mana has come a long way. From the 16-bit era to the mobile gaming platform, this game is rich in history spanning 26 years. Now, the 3D remake of the JRPG classic Trials of Mana is now available on mobile.

The mobile version of the game includes many features, including new touch controls,  adjustable graphics settings and cloud save capabilities. Players can also receive two pieces of starting gear to help jumpstart their quest. The starting items are the Rabite Adornment and Silktail Adornment. 

Originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3 in 1995, Trials of Mana is a remake of the third entry in the classic Mana series. The game features a selectable main cast  with upgradable classes and over 300 different abilities to learn as they discover a world of secrets and mysteries. The series’ action battle system will put players to the test as they encounter enemies. The game was received well by its release on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam platforms.

Price and Availability

Trials of Mana is available on iOS and Android devices via the App Store or Google Play Store. The game is priced at US$ 23.99. 

SEE ALSO: Trials of Mana review: A nice glow up

 

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Horizon Zero Dawn’s Aloy is coming to Genshin Impact

Will be available for all players… eventually

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Turns out the PlayStation and Genshin Impact collaboration goes beyond PlayStation 5 specific updates. Aloy from the PlayStation game Horizon Zero Dawn will be a playable character on Genshin Impact.

Aloy — a five-star character — will be playable for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 players via in-game mail when Version 2.1 drops. The character can then be played on any platform thanks to the cross-save feature after being claimed from the PS5 or PS4.

Not a PlayStation player? Fret not. Aloy, will arrive to all players who have reached Adventure Rank 20 on Version 2.2. Her weapon, unfortunately, is a PlayStation exclusive.

Version 2.1 and Version 2.2 will also bring other updates that MiHoyo promised to release in detail shortly. Version 2.1 is coming on October 13, 2021 while version 2.2 will arrive on November 24, 2021. Could these also be clues on when the Horizon Zero Dawn sequel will release? We’ll have to wait and see.

Genshin Impact is a free-to-play open-world action RPG that brings players to the world of Teyvat. The player takes on the role of the mysterious “Traveler,” who sets off on a journey to discover the fate of their lost sibling.

Horizon Zero Dawn was a PlayStation exclusive game that launched in 2017. It received plenty of critical and commercial success. Its sequel — Horizon Forbidden West — is set to arrive in late 2021.

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