Friday, July 30, 2010

Trip to Japan, Day 4 (Kyoto)

We woke up quite early to catch the train over to Kyoto. I was the last one to wake up hence I'd missed breakfast so I had to get some at the train station. Fortunately in every major train station around Japan, there are a lot of stores that sells pre-made bento boxes so just had to pick one that looks good and filling to take along to Kyoto.

Our first destination was to the Saga-Arashiyama Station in Kyoto. From here we boarded the Sagano Scenic Railway train from Torokko Sagano Station to Torokko Arashiyama Station. The train is the only scenic train in Kyoto and well the train ride lasted about 15 mins from station to station and the price per ticket was roughly £5 per person. The coach was cramp hence I had to stand so I felt that there wasn’t much to see. So was it worth it? Nope!

Torokko Romantic Train Ride

So ended up catching the train back to Saga-Arashiyama Station to then we walked over to Tenryū-ji Temple. Tenryū-ji is the head temple of the Tenryū branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism in Japan. As a temple related to both the Ashikaga family and Emperor Go-Daigo, the temple is held in high esteem, and is ranked number one among Kyoto's so-called Five Mountains. In 1994, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto". From here it was only a short walk over to the Sagano Bamboo Forest so had to check it out while we were there.


The Sōgen Pond @ Tenryū-ji

Sagano Bamboo Forest

From here we walked over to the town of Arashiyama where the street is lined with shops of various touristy treats. There was just so many and for each one that you pass you just have to walk in to try what they had to offer. Succumbed by all of the tasty treats I had to buy some to take back to Osaka to enjoy for the rest of the trip.

The Togetsukyō Bridge was just ahead of the main strip so walked along the Hozu River to get some snaps before stopping by to have dinner and then head back to Osaka to rest.

Togetsukyō Bridge @ Hozu River

For pictures taken in Kyoto, click on the Kyoto link by the Snapshots area on the right.

Microsoft Street Slide

Have a look at Microsoft's attempt at Google Street View... In my opinion, this is pretty damn amazing!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Switzer's 1000 HP R1K Nissan GT-R

Switzer Performance unofficially debuted its 1000 HP Nissan GT-R R1K package. The R1K package boasts a 1000 hp output from the Nissan GT-R's 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and plans to finally shut those Veyron-driving Ruskies up. That's a staggering 238 hp per liter in case you were wondering.

Package (Switzer R1K 1000 hp Race Gas Package for the R35 GT-R Nissan) includes:
- Switzer Reinforced engine internal package
- Switzer Custom camshafts
- Switzer Spec. 3 transmission by Sheptrans w/Dodson components
- Switzer Fuel injector kit
- Switzer Monster intercooler package
- Switzer Turbos and manifold package
- Switzer High-pressure waste gates w/SS downpipes
- Switzer MAF / Intake and filter assembly
- Switzer Stand-alone engine management
- Switzer Additional cooling package
- Lightweight titanium exhaust system

Total package price: USD$59,990

Well if you can stump up tha cash pay a visit to SWITZER PERFORMANCE INNOVATION's website.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Street Fighter X Tekken

Just as I said in my last posts about waiting for new crossovers to come onboard, Capcom and Namco Bandai Games are releasing Street Fighter X Tekken.

Check out the debut trailer below.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Tron Legacy (Latest trailer)

This looks absolutely amazing!

Official website @Disney.

Transformers: Prime (Brief look)

Here is a very brief look at what we're going to see in Transformers: Prime, Hasbro's latest Transformers animation series.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Comic-Con Character Reveals!

I can't wait for this game! It's about time for Capcom to bring this game out. Now just have to wait for all of the other classic crossovers to come...

Gameplay video below.

Gundam UC Episode 2: The Red Comet trailer

More Gundam goodness coming our way...

English version of the series coming soon too! WOOT!

Transformers: War for Cybertron DLC has posted a trailer for the upcoming Transformers: War for Cybertron DLC.

For those that had decided to get the standard edition of TF:WFC instead of the exclusive character packages will soon be able to play as any of the exclusive characters.

The DLC which is due out on the 27th of July will contain the three pre-order bonus characters (Shockwave, Jazz, Demolishor), along with two new characters (Scattorshot, Onslaught) to use in both Escalation mode and online multiplayer.

It will also contain two new multiplayer arenas to do battle with your friends.

It will cost you 800 MS Points on the XBOX Live and USD$10 from the PlayStation Network.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Trip to Japan, Day 3; Part 2 (Osaka)

Catching the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Osaka couldn't be anymore simpler than it is. While you're at the train station, you just have to pop into a JR (Japan Rail) Ticket Office, purchase the ticket and reserve your seat, then board the train for your journey. If you're visiting Japan though and intend to travel all around then I thoroughly recommend you to get a Japan Rail Pass.

For this pass there are three options available. There is a 7, 14 or 21 days pass to travel all over Japan for a fraction of the cost of buying each journey separately at the ticket office. Pass prices ranges from ~¥28,000 to ~¥58,000 accordingly for adult pass for normal class tickets. For first class pass you'll be paying about ¥10,000 to ¥20,000 additionally on top for the various durations of the passes. Kids prices are about half of adult prices.

So how and where do you get one? Before visiting Japan, pop into your local travel agent/centre that sells "Exchange Order" passes. Once you get one, remember to take it with you to Japan. You will need it in order to exchange it for a Japan Rail Pass. If you forget, "GAME OVER DUDE!!!". LOL... Just joking. You can always get a refund but obviously only when you're back in your local country.


There is a disclaimer that is stated on the Japan Rail website and it reads:
Even if you visit Japan with an Exchange Order, to be turned in for a JAPAN RAIL PASS, the exchange cannot be made unless you have "Temporary Visitor" status; if you enter Japan under any other official status, such as "Trainee," "Entertainer," or "Reentry Permit," you cannot change the Exchange Order for a JAPAN RAIL PASS. Please note that according to strict interpretation of the Japanese Immigration Law, "Temporary Visitor" status differs even from other types of stays that are also for only short time periods.

If you don't meet the above requirement then you're stuck paying the full price. To give you a basic rundown of the ticket prices... An adult ordinary 7-day JR pass costs ~28,000 entitles you to travel all over Japan for 7 days. If you were to purchase the tickets from within Japan itself to say travel from Tokyo to Osaka, it would cost you ~¥14,250 for a single journey. Double that for return so in all in all you are better off getting a JR pass if you're eligible.

Right back to my post about Osaka. So boarded the train which was the Hikari N700 Series Shinkansen, which I believe may be the second fastest train in Japan? Slightly slower than the Nozomi even though it shares the same make and model but I think it is only slower because of the more number of stops it has to take to the Nozomi. The seats were very comfy and you don't even notice how fast the train is travelling until you look out the window. About 30-45 minutes in to the journey you'll cross a town where you can get a good view of Mt. Fuji. Well on a clear day that is. We were quite fortunate for good weather so quickly pulled out my camera and snapped a few pictures away. Everyone on the train was wondering what is this foreigner doing jumping from one side of the train to the other. Then as I returned to my seat they then realised what I was doing and so they quickly jumped to the same side to take pictures.

Mt. Fuji in the background.

The trip from Tokyo to Osaka lasted only 2+ hours which was great. The minute we got to Osaka, we were looking for our hotel, Hearton Hotel Nishiumeda to check-in to. I think after roaming the streets for a good half an hour and elderly approached us asking if we needed directions to get somewhere. Because of the language barriers, my very first impression was sorry, I don't want to take a taxi. Having in the past been taken for rides when visiting various countries I don't want to repeat the same thing in Japan. But after 5 minutes we realised what the local was saying and in fact guided and walked us to our hotel and never asked for anything in return. I was gobsmacked! If this was Europe you would have been done for. But yeah really caught me by surprise how friendly the locals are.

After checking in we rested, then headed out to find a place for dinner. On our way from the hotel to the train station there is arcade of restaurants and other shops along the way so we settled for a restaurant that served local cuisines. Luckily again they have pictured menus so didn't have any problems ordering our dinner.

Dinner in Osaka.

Dinner in Osaka.

After this we headed out for a walk around Osaka, ending up in a department store and have to say that it was fun. The basement floor is actually a food hall/supermarket. Selection is pretty good but also cost slightly more than home. It could be due to sales tax or import tax etc, I have no idea but yeah was generally higher than expected. Either way when you want quality that is the price you pay.

After this, we headed back to the hotel to rest and plan for our trip the following day to Kyoto!

For pictures taken in Osaka, click on the Osaka link by the Snapshots area on the right.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

San Diego Comic Con 2010 (SDCC) Exclusive Autobot Blaster

Just read over @ that @ SDCC, they are releasing Blaster!!! OMG! I was actually thinking of getting this awhile ago to customise it.

SDCC Exclusive Autobot Blaster

It's retailing for USD$49.99 which is actually OK I guess. Will I get it? Well maybe... Basically my idea (which I had long before Transformers Music Label was introduced) was to add speakers to the feet and add in a SD card reader/MP3 player to the chest area somewhat similar to the Transformers Music Label Soundwave MP3 player. Anyway guess if I have some spare time I might bother getting this. :)

Trip to Japan, Day 3 (Tokyo)

Determined to see the tuna auction @ Tsukiji Fish Market, on day three, we ended up waking up extra early to catch the auction in action. If I can remember, we ended up getting there just around 6:30am and by that time the tuna's was all sold and we could only see some of the local fish mongers cutting up their prize auctions to sell them on to other buyers.

Anyway, can't say that we didn't try... Since now we had plenty of time to spare we decided to find Sushi-Dai restaurant to have breakfast. Walking a few stalls (~20 metres) away from the one we went to the day previous, we found the restaurant we were looking for. It was simple... It's the one with the longest queue! Actually we did ask a few of the others queueing up and they confirmed that it is indeed the Sushi-Dai restaurant. The queue was long, very long... and with a maximum of about 12+ seats per serving within the restaurant, after queueing for just over two and half hours, we were in.

Sushi-Dai restaurant

The prices was slightly more than yesterday but after queueing that long to get into this restaurant, there was no turning back and we only sat there anticipating for our delectable sushi to be served. With this restaurant, their serving is quite different to the one yesterday. Instead of serving you with a selection of sushi straight away, they present each of the sushi one by one and it's usually just after you've savoured the previous sushi.

As for the sushi served @ Sushi-Dai, it is definitely top notch but overall there is hardly any difference to the one we had yesterday. The quality and freshness of the sushi's at both locations was fantastic but with Sushi-Dai it was limited. There was only two/three types of sushi packages to choose from but then if you wanted other variations you have to order them separately. At the other restaurant, you do have the same selection but with the inclusion of rice dishes as well which made it favourable. Also with next to zero time queueing and able to enjoy a very nice Japanese breakfast, you cannot go wrong there.

On the way back to the hotel, we stopped by @ Hama-rikyū Gardens which is only about 5 mins walk away from the fish market. Within the garden compound, there is a teashop located in the middle of a pond that offers matcha and Japanese sweets in a tea-ceremony style. At that time it was also cherry blossom season, so flowers were blooming corner to corner. There is also a 300+ years old pine tree located at the end of the trail so if you've got a few hours to burn and want to chill-out then I would recommend Hama-rikyū Gardens. Also entrance to the garden is not free so if you're phased by that you won't be missing much.

Teashop @ Hama-rikyū Gardens

Cherry blossoms @ Hama-rikyū Gardens

Flower field @ Hama-rikyū Gardens

After this we headed back to the hotel to check out because later in the afternoon we were catching the Shinkansen (bullet trains that travels up to speed of 300 km/h) to our next stop, Osaka!

Part two of this review coming next...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Lego NXT Wall-E (transformable)

This is awesome!

For more details, check out creator's website.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Email from Fring

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Performance of OS4 on iPhone 3G

Gosh this is sooo true!!!

Uploaded yesterday to YouTube by user adamburtle, with the idea that subsequent iPhone software/firmware updates and apps galore have drastically reduced the productivity of the device's original—and most important—features, the video shows that replicating a 28-second commercial with more current hardware/software is not as easy as one may think.

Here's the full description...

"As a generally happy Apple customer, I bought two 2G iPhones on the first day they hit the market (one for myself and one for my romantic partner at the time). When the 3G came out, I bought that model too.

The first iPhone captivated the world because the interface was so well done, so snappy, so interactive; it was like nothing before it. Of course it was, it was an Apple product. That, right there, is why I buy Apple products. And I didn't even mind that it was missing "copy and paste," MMS, ringtones, etc - because I knew Apple would eventually get to these through software updates. And eventually they did. Unfortunately they kept coming out with new phones. With faster processors. And they wrote all their software updates for these phones, with little attention to deprecated models. I don't really use third party software on my phones, I honestly don't even use ringtones. I just my phone for SMS, web, maps, and occasionally as an actual phone, so the 3G model was more than I ever needed.

Except over time, it's fulfilled my needs less and less. And it's not because my needs have grown. It's not because I've installed a bunch of laggy software. It's because Apple's firmware has become bloated, with respect to the processing power of the 3G iPhone. I just installed iOS 4 two weeks ago, and at this point, I'd be happy to roll back to the first firmware I ever had, just to have that original speed again; forget about the copy and paste, I don't need it that badly.

So, tongue firmly in cheek, I decided to compare my phone to the first iPhone commercial that Apple ran. That commercial lasted twenty-eight seconds. How long will my phone take for the same tasks?"

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Trip to Japan, Day 2 (Tokyo)

At the end of day one we had planned to head to Tsukiji Fish Market early in the next morning to catch the tuna fish auction as I've read that it happens quite early in the morning. So plan was to wake up around 7am and head to the market from 7:30am onwards. By the time we got there, we had completely missed the tuna auction by a mile. It apparently finished around 7am so decided to venture around the famous fish market and stop by a local sushi restaurant to enjoy breakfast.

Tsukiji Fish Market

The well-known small restaurant that we were looking for was called Sushi-Dai. Unfortunately language barriers had the best of us again as the restaurant we ended up in was not of the famous Sushi-Dai but we did ask and was told that it is Sushi-Dai. Either way for what we had ordered, the seafood was fresh off the boat and it was just super-duper delicious. You could not top the sushi and rice meals here. We ended up ordering two mega mixed sushi sets and two rice sets. Each of the mixed sushi sets comes with about ten or twelve various exotic sushi's and as for the rice set we had all sorts. One of them was rice with sea-urchin. The first spoonful I had it was like WOW! Haven't had sea-urchin before until now and having spent most of my life in New Zealand where there is plenty of sea-urchin around the shores, could not believe that I haven't had something as delicious as this before.

Sea Urchin Roe with cooked crab and tamago on rice @ Tsukiji Fish Market

Anyway having such a delicacy where it is freshly caught and made, you would expect to pay some pretty high prices and you would be correct. A "breakfast" meal for the ordered items above came to around £90. Now, for a meal for four sounds ok but actually this was just breakfast! So it can be expensive but you just have to do it especially if you're there.

Next we headed out to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building which is located in Shinjuku, to catch the view of Tokyo from its twin two top-floor panoramic observation decks. The entrance to each of the observation decks are free, which is a bonus and the view was just ok. Suppose to have fantastic views of Mt. Fuji on a clear day but when we were up there, even though you can clearly see Mt. Fuji, we actually had better views from our hotel room.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

So after this we set out to find a place to have lunch and we ended up in a place near the Shinjuku JR Station called "Beef Bawl". Yes you read it right. It is spelt Bawl. I have no idea why it is spelt this way but as you walk in you are presented with various choices of noodle dishes that they serve. Basically you pick the noodle type (either udon or soba), then the type of sauces or soups for your selected noodle. There are also other tempura condiments such as prawns, squid, fish, chicken etc. Then you pay what you've chosen at the end of the till. On average it comes to around ~¥500 which works out to be around under £4 for a lunch meal. There is absolutely no way in London that you can have a full meal such as this for under £4! Did I also mention that the udon noodles are made in-house?

~¥500 Udon Lunch @ Beef Bawl, Shinjuku. Yes, it's spelt Bawl.

After this we headed to the Akihabara also known as the Electric Town. We were only there for a brief moment as I think the jet-lag was setting in with the full day previously and early start in the morning so we headed back to the hotel to rest up. While we were there though we went into the Yodobashi-Akiba to check out the gadgets and also for me I was more interested in the Gunplas they had in store. I managed to get a few models while I was there before we left so was quite happy with that.

The 6th floor @ Yodobashi-Akiba

Back at the hotel we just rested up and had dinner near one of the business blocks around where we stayed. Review of day three coming up next.

Again if you can't wait on the pictures then head over to the Tokyo link by the Snapshot area on the right.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Trip to Japan (Arriving in Tokyo)

A few months ago I was fortunate enough to be able to visit one of the foremost countries that is on the top of my places to visit list and that was to the "Land of the Rising Sun", Japan! Tell you what... When my "financial manager" approved it, I quickly snapped up the air tickets and proceeded to research and plan where we would like to go and visit. The trip was for 8 days excluding flights itself.

For the air tickets I had booked them with All Nippon Airways because they had a promotion at the time of booking and the flight was actually a co-share flight with Virgin Atlantic Airlines so actually boarded a Virgin Atlantic airplane instead. Now I've heard and read some pretty raved reviews of Virgin Atlantic Airlines so I was actually looking forward to the flight.

The flight from London Heathrow Airport to Narita Airport, Tokyo was about 12 hours. The inflight meals themselves tasted delicious when they served Japanese cuisines but with their western dishes the quality was quite poor and quantity was next to a snack level. I am being kind here. It was horrible! With most airlines, short distance or long haul, within the first two hours of take-off, you would usually be served with a snack and or drinks before you're being served with your choices of main meals but with Virgin Atlantic it was well after four hours after take-off. After that they basically turn off all the lights etc. and expect you to go to sleep. What?! Overall experience with Virgin Atlantic Airlines was really poor. If I were to fly to a destination that they offer, I would definitely book with a different airline. You are asked to pay for a premium when you fly with them so you have high expectations.

Anyway got a bit side tracked there. Back to my Japan post. :) When our flight touched down @ Narita Airport, it was still in the early mornings and we actually were waiting for our relatives to arrive as it was a family trip so we had some spare time. So we roamed around the airport before decided to head up to the top floor of the airport where they have an observation deck to chill out and relax. On the top floor there is a staff food hall which served your typical Japanese meals at a fraction of the costs of the meals from the ground floor. Hah! So we ended up having brunch there as we were still starving from the Virgin Atlantic flight. Then we just roamed about the rest of the airport, checking out all the shops and the quirky things they were selling. We haven't even left the airport yet and already were having a blast.

When our relatives arrived, we caught the last Airport Limousine Bus (it's just a fancy name for a coach) to Tokyo to our hotel, the Park Hotel Tokyo. It was pretty late by then so we decided to rest up and be ready for the rest of the trip. Last thing you want is to suffer jet-lag throughout the trip.

The hotel itself is quite central and it had an awesome view of Tokyo Tower and the surrounding city illuminated at night. When we woke up the following morning, again we were presented with an amazing view of the city, Tokyo Tower and the Zōjō-ji in Shiba Park during the day. What I didn't realise was that when the day became clearer; Mt. Fuji was actually just sitting behind the view of the city and mountains from our rooms. WOW! How awesome is that?! It certainly pays to book early.

View of Tokyo Tower and Mt. Fuji @ Park Hotel Tokyo

Anyway first official sights-seeing day in Tokyo so after a quick breakfast we headed out to our first stop, the Kaminarimon aka Thunder Gate @ Asakusa. The gate, with its lantern and statues, is popular with tourists so obviously we had to go. Once you enter the Thunder Gate you are immediately walking along the Nakamise Shopping Arcade where there are all these small shops selling a range of items from ornaments to snack foods along this straight road to the Sensō-ji Temple, the oldest temple and most significant in Tokyo. There was a lot of food there so we ended spending a good half-day there trying most of the different snacks they were offering.

What we forgot to do was buy postcards because for every trip we take, for whichever destination we always buy postcards to say we've been there. For the entire trip, Nakamise Shopping Arcade seems to be the best place to get postcards because they seem to have the best quality of them found. Anyway so if you collect postcards yourself, get them from there. About halfway down the arcade there will this one shop that sells them. It's next to this shop on the right hand side of the path that was selling the Maneki Neko, the beckoning Japanese lucky cat ornaments. So if you see them you know you're at the right place.

Nakamise Shopping Arcade @ Asakusa

After that we were on the lookout for a good place to have lunch. Tell you what... Not able to speak and read the language is really hard to get around Japan. We ended up wasting a lot of time because of this but then once in a blue moon you come across a nice place that offered superb meals. And that what happened, we were reading our guide books and it mentioned that place X was really good. We must have walked around looking for the place for a good half-an-hour before finding it. The place was really smokey and the meals were western. I mean you fly all the way to Japan, why would you have a western meal especially for a tourist? So we walked around again and found one just in the basement of the same block.

When entering the tiny restaurant, you have to take off your shoes and place them into a shoebox. They didn't speak a word of English so this was going to be interesting. Luckily enough they had pictured menus so we just ordered from that. When the meals came, wow! They were super delicious and cheap too! Man this would be one of those local restaurants that only locals would know of. If you want to know where this restaurant is then check out the image below.

Korya-Ume @ Asakusa

After our lunch we headed out to Ueno Park. Why? Because it was also the Cherry Blossoms aka Sakura season while we were there. How awesome is that?! Able to come to Japan and able to come during the Sakura season is like hitting two birds with one stone. See if can do a hat-trick later on. :)

Of the many cherry blossoms (Sakura) @ Ueno Park

There were dozens of variants of the cherry blossoms @ Ueno Park. Some white, some pink but then there were so many different levels of pink too. It is like a massive celebration when the flowers bloom because as the locals call it "the Hanami" (Cherry Blossoms viewing), the flowers only bloom for few weeks at maximum of each year. There were tonnes of locals camping out beneath the trees along the path where they shared food and drinks like an outdoor party.

By the time we left Ueno Park the day was almost over and decided to head back to the hotel to rest for the next day and that is where I'll stop for now. Day two to come...

If you can't wait on the pictures then head over to the Tokyo link by the Snapshot area on the right.

The Green Hornet Trailer

New international Green Hornet trailer. Didn't appeal to the first time but then I watched the trailer below... What I didn't realise was that it is also starring Jay Chou who is a famous Taiwanese musician, singer, music and film producer, actor and director who has won the World Music Award four times as the sidekick! WOW! First Hollywood film for the multi-talented too!

Apple Museum - 30 years in 2 minutes

Only covers their computer products and not iPods or iPhones etc.

Star Wars voices available for Tom Tom GPS Units

Tom Tom seems to be doing a whole bunch of new voices/directions for their GPS (Global Positioning System) units. Earlier there were Homer Simpson which is free and now they are releasing voices from Darth Vader, Master Yoda and C-3PO, which is available now for USD$12.95. Voices from Han Solo will be out in August, 2010 according to their website.

Check out the "Behind the Scenes" action.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Gran Turismo 5 Collector's Edition ready for pre-order

Ever since the original Gran Turismo arrived on the Sony PlayStation it has been greeted with huge success and with every consecutive PlayStation release there always have always been a Gran Turismo waiting for it at its door. Well after years of the PlayStation 3 release, the wait for it is finally near. Polyphony Digital is about to release Gran Turismo 5 for the PS3 and it’s about time too!

They have recently just announced that the release date is to be 2nd November. I'm guessing that this is the US release date as there have been no news yet as to when it will be released anywhere else.

This time round they are releasing a "Collector's Edition" along with the standard edition. After checking out the Collector's Edition content details my guess is that it's their way of saying thank you for the fans who have waited so long for this.

Collector's Edition Content Details:
- Gran Turismo® 5 game.
- Exclusive limited edition 1:43 scale diecast 2009 Nissan GT-R Spec V with custom Gran Turismo livery designed by Polyphony Digital, produced by well-known collectible car maker Kyosho.
- In-depth 300-page car-lover's guide written by the experts at Polyphony Digital, covering everything from the history of the modern automobile to driving techniques and game reference material.
- Custom etched Gran Turismo key chain.
- Voucher for five (5) exclusive high-end cars with custom Gran Turismo livery and performance upgrades.
- Numbered certificate of authenticity.
- Custom collector's packaging.

1:43 scale diecast Nissan GT-R Spec V with exclusive Gran Turismo livery

Got you drooling yet? LOL, I am! Anyway for those that can't wait, you can pre-order Gran Turismo 5 Collector's Edition now over @ for USD$99.99.

If the Collector's Edition is not doing anything for you, the standard edition is also available @ for USD$54.99.

Also note that over on's website for the Collector's Edition it does say that "This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S." so what are you waiting for? Secure your pre-order now!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Expendables trailer

Man after watching this trailer, I can't wait to see it in the theatres...

Stallone got his a$$ kicked! Hahahaha

Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 Cameras Receive Firmware Update for 3D Panoramas

WOW! Sony is all guns and blazes with 3D development. Their 3D TV only came out not too long ago and now their ultra-slinky NEX series cameras will go 3D as well with the help of a new firmware update allowing you to shoot 3D panoramas.

With the firmware update, the camera would be able to collect depth information. Personally am not sure how well this is going to go for Sony but I think not bad for a first attempt by anyone for the consumer market.

This is what you get when you update your camera.
- Improvement of 'normal' 2D Sweep Panorama shooting;
- Decreased power drain when the camera is switched off;
- Quicker start-up in low-light conditions.

For more information head over to their press release. Otherwise head over to Sony Support to grab the update.

Head over to to pick up one of these cameras if you're keen to start shooting 3D!