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Nintendo Switch Bootrom Hack Means It’s Jailbroken For Life

By | April 25th, 2018

An exploit has been found in the Nvidia’s Tegra X1 processor which appears to blow the Nintendo Switch hardware wide open for customization.

Hacker Katherine Temkin, working in conjunction with the ReSwitched team, have put together an “exploit chain” which allows a custom payload to be injected to Switch hardware.

Temkin and the team have dubbed their vulnerability the Fusée Gelée coldboot vulnerability and have included an extensive write-up and proof-of-concept here on how a custom payload could be used on Nintendo’s Switch hardware. Under normal circumstances, a vulnerability would only affect a small number of devices running specific firmware and wouldn’t be a huge concern for a manufacturer like Nintendo.

However, where the Fusée Gelée coldboot vulnerability is concerned, it seems entirely unpatchable and affects all Nintendo Switch hardware, regardless of age or the firmware that it’s running.

The issue lies directly in the heart of the Tegra X1 bootrom, which means that it can’t be modified or fixed after it leaves the factory. That essentially means that there are approximately 14.8 million devices out in the wild which can be subjected to this hack. It also means that anyone with the requisite knowledge would be able to run homebrew software, customized apps and games (including pirated ones) which allows these programs to be installed and executed on Nintendo’s hardware.

Nintendo has previously been able to patch hacks through software updates but due to the hardware nature of this vulnerability discovery that simply will not be possible in this instance.

Nintendo isn’t likely to simply accept this vulnerability and allow Nintendo Switch owners to do whatever they want with their devices should some homebrew be released which allows them to take advantage of it. The Japanese company will likely have a trick or two up its sleeve which involves potentially trying to stop device owners from accessing its servers when running a hacked game or software which hasn’t been officially sanctioned for use of the Switch. With that said, it’s very likely that a lot of Switch owners will actually want their devices hacked in order to save game data to an SDcard, which, bizarrely, is something which isn’t offered by Nintendo at an official level.

Nintendo has yet to make any official comment on the situation. It’s likely that a slight modification to the future hardware model will have this vulnerability patched sooner rather than later. But for current model already on sale and in hands of consumers, this vulnerability means they are essentially pwned for life.

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7 MBS-Level Hotels In SEA You Can Be A Baller At From $74/Night Thanks To Exchange Rates

Fancy but affordable hotels near Singapore

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Image adapted from: Rumah Luwih Beach Resort

With its grand restaurants, posh hotel rooms and an infinity pool that’s photogenic AF, Marina Bay Sands pretty much checks all the boxes for luxury accomodation. Too bad a single night there can cost more than a holiday at Maldives.

But luckily for us less affluent folk, we have good ol’ currency exchange on our side. So go ahead and book a stay at one of these 7 five-star hotels in Southeast Asia, because they come with all of the luxe, and none of the possibility of bankruptcy.

1. J.W Marriott Hotel, Hanoi – from $ 155/night

Classy accomodation for business travellers

For a hotel under Marriott – a brand well-known by Singaporeans for its posh hotels – you’d have certain expectations when it comes to luxury.

J.W Marriott Hotel Hanoi room

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The J.W Marriott Hotel in Hanoi doesn’t disappoint. Intended as an extra atas lodging option for business travellers, which explains why their rooms designs are so sleek and chic. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in plenty of natural light, and the rooms are equipped with modern facilities like automatic curtains and marble showers.

Being a business hotel, the building houses a variety of meeting rooms, event spaces, salons and ballrooms.

J.W Marriott Hotel Hanoi pool business

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But all work and no play makes for a dull work trip, which is why the hotel also boasts an indoor pool with floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as spa treatments and a Jazz club.

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Indoor whirlpool
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J.W Marriott Hotel Hanoi

Gym with a view
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J.W Marriott Hotel, Hanoi
Address: 8 Đỗ Đức Dục, Mễ Trì, Nam Từ Liêm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Telephone:+84 243 8335 588
Price: $ 155 per night
Website

2. G Hotel Kelawai, Penang – from $ 151/night

Rooftop bar and bikes to explore the city

 G Hotel Kelawai, Penang

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If you’ve exhausted our list of rooftop bars in Singapore, just hop over to the G Hotel Kelawai, which offers stunning views of Penang as well as wine buffets starting at just RM 75 ($ 25). Their infinity pool offers a pretty decent view too:

 G Hotel Kelawai, Penang

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If you’re looking for dining options besides the hotel’s own eateries, Gurney Drive – aka the famous food hotspot of Penang – is only a 10 minute walk away. Or rather, a 5 minute ride, because the hotel also provides bicycles for all of its guests to use.

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Premier Suite Bathroom
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On the other hand, if you’re not in the mood to leave the hotel, just spend the day chilling in their elegant and classy hotel rooms.

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The Executive Premier Room
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 G Hotel Kelawai, Penang

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G Hotel Kelawai
Address: 2, Persiaran Maktab, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Telephone: +604 219 0000
Price: From $ 151 per night
Website

3. The Haven Resort Hotel, Ipoh – from $ 142/night

Forest retreat with lakefront infinity pool

The Haven Resort Hotel, Ipoh

1 Bedroom Lakeview Suite with king bed
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Whoever said infinity pools had to be in the city? The Haven Resort Hotel, Ipoh sits right on the edge of a lake and a forest, and the view from their pool is to die for:

The Haven Resort Hotel, Ipoh forest retreat

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Forget hotel rooms, because guests don’t stay in mere rooms here – they stay in suites. Even the most humble accommodation option comes with a living room, a dining area and a kitchenette attached.

The Haven Resort Hotel, Ipoh forest retreat

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The Haven Resort Hotel, Ipoh forest retreat

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Haven Resort Hotel, Ipoh
Address:Persiaran Lembah Perpaduan, 31150 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Telephone: +605-540-0000
Price:From $ 142/night  
Website

4. Palace of the Golden Horses, Selangor – from $ 74/night

Feel like royalty in an Aladdin-esque castle

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With its Aladdin-esque castle-shaped building, sparkling lake, and vibrant greenery, the Palace of the Golden Horses will make you feel like you’ve stepped into the middle of a lush desert oasis.

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While there are no magic carpet rides or blue genies here, the scenic boat rides on the blue waters are still a pretty magical experience. Especially if you book one of their sunset dining cruises!

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Host of Nation Suite
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The hotel has also hosted plenty of VIPs in the past, like Queen Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela. Their rooms are cosy and filled with ornate furniture, designed to make you feel like royalty.

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Golden Suite
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Palace of the Golden Horses
Address:Jalan Kuda Emas, Mines Wellness City, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia
Telephone: +603-8946-4888 
Price:From $ 74 per night
Website

5. The Face Suites, Kuala Lumpur – from $ 153/night

Walk-in wardrobe in every room

Bring as many outfits as you want if you’re staying at the Face Suites Kuala Lumpur. All of their rooms come with a walk-in wardrobe, and even the most basic one looks like something out of a luxury apartment

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Their most basic room looks like this!
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The walk-in wardrobe leads to the stylish bathroom
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The hotel is situated across both the Petronas Towers and the KL Tower, so if you’re looking for a rooftop infinity pool with stunning views of the Kuala Lumpur cityscape, this one hits the spot.

 The Face platinum Suites, Kuala Lumpur malaysia KL

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The Face Suites
Address: 1020, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone: +603 2168 1688
Price: From $ 153/night
Website

6. W Hotel, Bangkok – from $ 221/night

24h room service and pool with underwater speakers

W Hotel, Bangkok

The Wonderful Room
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If Tony Stark traded his Ironman suit for a hotel manager’s one, W Hotel Bangkok would probably be the result. It’s a little eccentric, but book a stay here, and you’re definitely in for a sleek, technologically-advanced and over the top luxury experience.

Inside each of the rooms, you’ll find your own Jarvis-style assistant in the form of a tablet which controls the the air-con, lighting, alarms, and just about every other aspect of the room. 

W Hotel, Bangkok

W Hotel Bangkok’s Spectacular Room – spot the giant boxing gloves on the bed
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All rooms also include their own set of Bliss toiletries, as well as a pair of giant boxing gloves. Nobody knows why the gloves are there, but they certainly make for great selfie props!

W Hotel, Bangkok

Bathroom of the Wow Suite
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Whether you need info about nearby clubs, help with a surprise party, or just feel like taking a helicopter ride over the city, W Hotel is willing to make it happen. They have a unique service concept that lets you ask for anything you want, 24 hours a day – as long as it’s legal.

W Hotel, Bangkok

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The building itself is pretty sleek too, with a freeform LED-lit pool with underwater speakers, as well as the stylish Woobar with live DJ performances. And to top it all off, they bought over the old Russian Embassy building next to them, and turned it into a fine dining restaurant.

W Hotel, Bangkok

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W Hotel Bangkok
Address: 106 North Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10500 
Telephone:+66 (0) 2 344 4000
Price: From 5,400 baht (~S$ 221)/night
Website 

7. Rumah Luwih Beach Resort and Spa, Bali – from $ 118/night

Private dining in a beach pavilion or seaside chapel

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Giri Suite
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Situated beside a quiet stretch of beach in Bali, the Rumah Luwih Beach Resort and Spa is all about the premium zen experience. You can indulge in their spa treatments, or just soak up the stunning views in the infinity pool.

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The Giri Suite’s sea-facing balcony
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For all you romantics out there, this also happens to be the place where you can score some extra brownie points with your partner by booking a private dinner for two at the beach pavilion, or even at the seaside chapel. Private dinner prices start at just IDR 450,000 ($ 43) per person.

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The seaside chapel
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Rumah Luwih Beach Resort and Spa 
Address: Jl. Prof Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19,9, Lebih, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 361 2005899
Price: From $ 118/night
Website

Luxurious hotels and resorts in Southeast Asia

While not all of us can afford a night at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, we can still go fancy overseas, thanks to exchange rates that work in our favour. Even with airfare included, these places are more wallet-friendly than MBS, so go ahead and pamper yourself a little during your next holiday!

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Apple Posts New Videos Encouraging Android Users To Switch To iPhone

By | April 24th, 2018

Apple’s “Life’s easier on iPhone” series of videos is aimed at making it clear just how much easier people could find common tasks when using an iPhone when compared to the alternative, generally Android.

The company today released two new videos in that series which are aimed squarely at pushing users to make the jump away from Android and towards an iPhone, something Apple always claims people are doing at an ever increasing rate.

The first of the two videos, titled “App Store” is predictably aimed at showing the App Store in a better light than the competition. With icons that are supposed to depict improved safety of the App Store thanks to its human curation and protection against apps which try to do nasty things to your phone or your data, it’s abundantly clear that Apple is hoping to lure people away from what can often be described as the Android Wild West.

The second of the two videos is much more positive, showing how Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting, equipped on the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, both give users the chance to take photos with highly impressive effects using nothing more than an iPhone.

Both videos are only short affairs, running for 15 seconds apiece, and will likely be used on social media rather than huge TV spots. The new videos continue Apple’s new trend of trying to put the iPhone in a good light when compared to the competition and both of these videos should be successful in doing exactly that.

While the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are both capable of taking some impressive images, along with equally high-end and more recent releases such as the Galaxy S9 from Samsung and Huawei’s P20 Pro, the iPhone is generally regarded to be right up there with the best of them. Apple’s App Store also remains the safest place to get apps on mobile and with so much choice, even the most ardent of Android fan has to surely admit that Apple’s ecosystem is the place to be when it comes to apps.

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Japan Gourmet Hall SORA @ T2 Changi Airport – Popular Japanese food under one roof

If you like Eat-At-Seven at Suntec City, Japan Gourmet Hall SORA – a similar dining concept has found its way into Changi Airport Terminal 2. The 7,760 sq ft space with a sitting capacity of about 300 diners and is the largest restaurant among the four terminals in Changi Airport.

The dining hall houses six Japanese restaurants that serve up various Japanese cuisines like the ramen, sashimi, okonomiyaki and desserts. Out of the six outlets, two are brand new to the local – Tsuruhashi Fugetsu and Japoli Kitchen.

Japan Gourmet Hall SORA – Tsuruhashi Fugetsu S$ 13 – 16

Tsuruhashi Fugetsu is a renowned Okonomiyaki chain from Osaka. The Japanese savoury pancakes are made with cabbage, eggs, choice of seafood or meat and an option to cook with yakisoba (fried noodles). The pancakes are cooked on a hot plate, doused in Worcestershire sauce and mayonnaise, and topped with bonito flakes.

The noodle pancake was excellent for its flavourful taste and perfect texture.

Japan Gourmet Hall SORA – Menya Takeichi S$ 17.2

Tokyo’s top chicken ramen chain popular for its collagen-rich Chicken broth ramen, the special spicy flavour ramen was an impressive dish; the spiced up broth was extremely succulent and satisfying in every slurp of the soup.  Noodle was perfectly cooked and makes you craving for a second bowl.

The Gyoza was too ordinary and we are not too impressed, the filling could be more flavorful and juicy.

Tendon Kohaku S$ 17.7

Tendon Kohaku specialises in Edomae-style tendon, Hokkaido rice is used and served with the beautifully deep fried crispy and nice tempura which consists of Japan sweet potatoes, prawn, crab meat, tender chicken chucks, shiitake, eggplant, long bean etc.

The spicy-flavoured rice was simple delicious, the sauce slathered over the rice gave the Hokkaido rice grain a lovely touch to the overall taste.

Besides the three stalls we tried, the rest of the stalls are:

SORA Bar: desserts and beverages:

Japoli Kitchen: Italian-Japanese pizza and pasta

Kuro Maguro: sashimi and kaisendon

Tokyo Sundubu: Korean stew

Our verdict

If you are the fans of Japan cuisine, Japan Gourmet Hall is one of the ideal places for you to enjoy a high quality Japanese food, price may be on the high side but you can be assured a sumptuous meal in the end.

Japan Gourmet Hall SORA

A: Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2, 60 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819643

H: 10.30am to 11pm daily

T: +65 6386-7005

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Amazon Is Working On Alexa-Powered Robot For Homes

By | April 23rd, 2018

Amazon may be the king of the smart speaker, but according to Bloomberg, the company wants to take things a step further by building a robot for the home, something that would follow users around and essentially act as a mobile Echo device powered by Alexa.

The project runs under the internal codename of “Vesta” named after the Roman goddess of the hearth and is being headed by Lab126.

If that name rings a bell, that’s because these are the same people who previously developed other Amazon devices including Kindle, Fire Phone and of course Amazon’s biggest hit yet in this market space yet, Echo.

As you might expect there are very few concrete details available as to what Vesta will entail. One thing we can be confident of though is the fact that anyone wanting a robot butler will be sorely disappointed. Given the fact Amazon apparently hopes to be able to seed Vesta to its employees by the end of the year it is clear that this will not be anywhere near as advanced as many of us would like.

Instead, expect an Echo that can move itself around your home, capable of the same things a static Echo can handle right now.

As for when Vesta will be available to the public, Bloomberg believes there is a possibility we could see the Alexa robot go on sale at some point in 2019, again cementing our belief that this is not going to be the butler of the future that we all imagine when thinking about robots for the home.

Understandably Amazon is keeping its lips firmly sealed, but if Vesta is indeed what Bloomberg claims it to be, we expect more details to start emerging over the coming months – especially if 2019 is a realistic timescale for a launch window.

(Source: Bloomberg)

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Unagiya Ichinoji: Miyagawa Honten’s First Unagi Restaurant in Singapore

If you recall, in my previous story of Singapore’s love affair with the unagi,  I talked about the impending shortage of unagi next year as fishermen reported a 80% decline in the catch rate for baby eels this season.  The owners of Uya were just lamenting about the bad timing of the opening of their restaurant earlier this year.  The last thing you would expect is for yet another new unagi restaurant to open in Singapore, right?

Well, it just happened.  And this time, it’s not a home grown brand.  This new restaurant is opened by Miyagawa Honten, one of Tokyo’s most well known unagi restaurants.  Founded in 1898, Miyagawa Honten is one of those pricier places to eat unagi don in Japan.  A bowl of eel on rice there will set you back roughly S$ 40.  That’s relatively expensive when the average bowl of unagi don would go for around S$ 12-$ 15 in summer when the Japanese would eat unagi as it is believed that eel meat will give increased stamina during the hot summer months.

How is it then, that this venerable Japanese restaurant would  still be able to charge $ 19.80 for a small bowl of unagi don?  When you compare the price of a comparable sized  hitsumabushi with Man Man and Uya, its $ 32.80 price tag is also lower!  What is most mystifying is how it can actually be cheaper to eat the same bowl of hitsumabushi here than in Tokyo?

Well, the answer is actually very straightforward — What you are getting in Singapore is not exactly the same as what you are getting in Tokyo!

What Miyagawa brings to the table is their secret sauce and expertise in cooking the unagi, but the rice and the eel are different from what you get in Japan.  Oh, they do use live eels just like Man Man and Uya, but the eels are imported from a farm in Indonesia and they are of a different sub species.  Whereas the the other two restaurants use Japanese eel, anguilla japonica, the one which will suffer a drastic plunge in supply next year,  Unagiya Ichinoji’s partner actually owns the eel farm in West Java which breeds the Indonesian shortfin eel, anguilla bicolor!

Pound for pound, the price of the baby eels of the Japanese variety is roughly 10x that of the Indonesian eels. So the cost of breeding the Indonesian variety is considerably lower.  If you factor in the lower transportation costs of shipping the eels from Indonesia as opposed to Japan or Taiwan, then you start to understand how they can price the unagi don so competitively.

So now, the $ 64K question.  Can you taste the difference?

In short:  Yes and no.

One thing you will have to bear in mind is that the unagi here is prepared Kanto style.  That means that the eel is first grilled, then steamed for 15mins, then grilled again before serving.  The other two restaurants prepare theirs Kansai style which omits the steaming step.  So yes, there is a difference in the texture of the unagi.  Because of the steaming, the eel is softer and more tender while with the Kansai style the skin of the eel is more crisp and the flesh is not as tender and melt in your mouth.

Flavour wise, I really can’t tell the difference between the Indonesian eel and Japanese eel especially when it is slathered in the unagi sauce.  According to the eel farmer, neither can most Japanese connoisseurs, including the owner of Miyagawa Honten himself!

Personally, I like the hitsumabushi at all three restaurants.  I’d go to Man Man for the whole wasabi root you get to grate yourself, but the queue there is quite intimidating.  As for the sauce, my preference is for the one at Uya which is less sweet than Man Man’s.  The other advantage with Uya is that you can actually make reservations there so you don’t have to queue.  I’d come to this place for the Kanto style, tender, melt in your mouth eel and for its cheaper pricing.   The fact that the eels come from Indonesia is not a deal breaker for me.  4.5/5

For the Singapore restaurant, they are also offering two other styles of unagi don.  One is the seiro mushi which is the style originating from Yanagawa, Fukuoka.  Here, the grilled unagi is placed on top of rice which has already been flavoured with unagi sauce and shredded eggs before it is steamed for a further 5 mins.

The other style is mamushi donburi where the eels is similarly placed atop rice that has been flavoured with unagi sauce and shredded eggs.  Before eating, you are to mix in an onsen egg, mentaiko and grated yamaimo.

Personally, I still prefer hitsumabushi as my favourite way of eating it is to mix it with wasabi, nori and negi, plus extra sauce.  The the premixed rice in both the mamushi donburi and seiro mushi was just too dry for me. 4/5

 Conclusion

Competition is good!  Now we have yet another place to enjoy unagi in Singapore!

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PUBG Mobile 0.4.0 iOS Update Finally Released

By | April 22nd, 2018

Finally. The long wait is now over as PUBG Mobile 0.4.0 iOS download is available as an update right now on iPhone and iPad devices the world over.

For those who don’t know, version 0.4.0 was first released in the Chinese market last month followed by a release in global market earlier this week but for one reason or another, that global release was only available on Android.

Today though, PUBG Mobile 0.4.0 is available to download for everyone on the App Store. As for what’s new in this update, while we have already detailed it numerous times in the past, to recap, this new update includes an all-new Arcade Mode which allows up to 28 players and offers new weapon variations. There’s also a new feature called Training Grounds which lets you try out and practice your shooting skills. The update, of course, also adds various new optimizations and fixes.

Full official PUBG Mobile 0.4.0 patch notes for iOS are as follows:

Major updates:
– Arcade Mode: a new mode with 28 players and one of the six following variations: Shotguns, Sniper Rifles, All Weapons, Melee, Pistols and Item Heaven.
– Training Grounds: try out all the weapons and practice your shooting skills.
– Added a new setting: Dusk.

Over 20 game optimizations, including:
– Enhanced combat experience.
– Added Follow function (both before parachuting and after landing).
– Added automatic door opening, can be enabled in Settings.
– Pause between picking up multiple items automatically has been adjusted.
– 4x and 8x scope performance issue resolved.
– Added a performance chart to the Results screen.
– Adjusted sound effects and some voice chat issues.
– Leaning: Movement speed increased, added “Lean & Open Scope” and “Lean & Fire”.
– Added flipping tricks for motorcycles.
– Added Nitrous Oxide engines to cars.
– Previously used vehicles are now marked on the mini-map.
– Added 3D Touch firing options to iOS.

The Chinese version of the game still remains a version a two ahead of the global release, with 0.5.x and 0.6.0 out with a number of significant changes, including new maps and an all-new FPP mode, among other things.

PUBG Mobile 0.4.0 for iOS can be downloaded right now from the App Store.

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5-Star Hotels Offering 50% Off Restaurant Buffets In April So You Can Whack Without Splurging

50% off dinner buffets in April 2018

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Hotel buffets are an indulgence that most of us are only able to enjoy on special occasions. Even then, the hefty price tag still stings the wallet and the temptation to ta pau food home to make your money’s worth still lurks.

Lucky for us, we can dig into extravagant buffets this April without having to go broke. These 5 5-star hotels will be offering 50% off dinner buffets from 1st – 30th April

1. Seasonal Tastes @ The Westin Singapore

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Original price: From $ 88/person
DBS offer: From $ 44/person

Seasonal Tastes certainly lives up to its name – they don’t just stick to the same cuisine all the time. Friday is Seafood Night, while Saturday’s highlights are roasts and prime cuts. But don’t fret if you aren’t coming down on either day, fresh seafood and premium meat will still be served alongside handmade pastas and a wide range of desserts daily.

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Located on the 32nd floor of The Westin Singapore, the restaurant has a panoramic view of the South China Sea for you to admire as you dig into the scrumptious buffet.

Address: 12 Marina View, Level 32, Asia Square Tower 2, The Westin Singapore, S018961
Opening hours: 6.30PM – 11PM
Telephone:6922 6968

Terms and conditions:

  • Valid till 30th May
  • Offer is valid for  max. 100 daily reservations.
  • DBS General Promotions Terms and Conditions apply, please refer here

2. The Clifford Pier @ The Fullerton Bay Hotel

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Original price: $ 58/person
DBS offer: $ 29/person, only available on weekends

Heads up to fans of all Asian food – The Clifford Pier has a Heritage Dinner Buffet every weekend this April, where you’ll get to indulge in oriental dishes to your heart’s delight.

Feast on Chinese favourites such as crispy pork belly and wok-fried Hong Kong Noodles. Alternatively, you can opt dishes that hit closer to home – Feel free to devour as much satay, rojak, and chicken rice as you wish. 

Bonus: Enjoy 50% off their Heritage Set Lunch and Heritage Set Dinner on weekdays

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Signature Wagyu Beef Rendang
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Original price: From $ 35 and $ 58 respectively
DBS offer: $ 17.50 and $ 29 respectively

If you think that a full fetched buffet may be too overwhelming for you, opt for their 2 or 3 course Heritage Classics Set Lunch or 4 course Heritage Classics Set Dinner instead. You’ll get to indulge in your favourite Asian dishes, spiced up with premium ingredients, such as their Signature Wagyu Beef Rendang.

Address:Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, S049326
Opening hours:12PM-2.30PM (weekday lunch), 6PM-10.30PM (weekday dinner/weekend buffet)
Telephone: 6597 5266

Terms and conditions:

  • Valid for min. 4 pax to dine.
  • Offer is valid for  max. 12 daily reservations.
  • DBS General Promotions Terms and Conditions apply, please refer here

3. AquaMarine @ Marina Mandarin Singapore

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Original price: $ 72/person
DBS offer: $ 36/person

AquaMarine’s food variety is huge, and we aren’t exaggerating – They cover a wide spread of International and Asian fare, including Thai and Filipino food items. And the best part: Everything’s Halal certified for all our Muslim friends to enjoy.

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Dig into a never ending supply of crabs, oysters, sashimi and prawns; You won’t need to fight with others for the servings as there’s such a large quantity of these dishes available. Be sure to grab a serving of their Hainanese Chicken Rice – It’s one of the best amongst buffets.

Address: Level 4, Marina Mandarin Singapore, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, S039594
Opening hours: 6.30PM – 10.00PM
Telephone: 6845 1111

Terms and conditions:

  • Valid for max 50 adults daily reservations
  • Max. 5 adults per card/reservation/bill.
  • Not valid on blackout dates, eve of and PH. 
  • Not valid with other promotions, vouchers, membership/VIP card, privileges and offers, unless otherwise stated.
  • DBS General Promotions Terms and Conditions apply, please refer here

4. Lobby Lounge @ Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

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Original price: $ 72/person
DBS offer: $ 36/person 

Lobby Lounge was originally just a cafe situated at the lobby of Singapore Marriott Tangs Hotel where guests can be commonly found delighting in their afternoon tea. But they’ve decided to appeal to the popularity of Marriott Cafe’s dinner buffet, expanding the space to allow us to indulge in the same buffet in a cosier atmosphere. 

Must-tries include premium meat dishes like Crispy Pork Saddle with Pancetta Prune and Sage which is unique to the cafe. 

Address: 310 Orchard Road, S238864
Opening hours:7AM – 10PM
Telephone:6831 4605

Terms and conditions:

  • Valid till 30th April.
  • Reservations are required and confirmed on a first come first serve basis.
  • DBS General Promotions Terms and Conditions apply, please refer here

5. Town Restaurant @ The Fullerton Hotel

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Original price: $ 59/person
DBS offer: $ 29.50/person, min 4 pax

Fullerton Hotel has a branding that’s associated with luxury and their in-house restaurant, Town Restaurant is no different: They’ve got a whole range of Western and Asian fare. Their best dishes include their Town Laksa, Fish Curry and Nasi Goreng; So for all you local food junkies, Town Restaurant will definitely satisfy your cravings.

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Image credit: Fullerton Hotel

Do request for outdoor seats to enjoy a scenic view of the Singapore River while indulging in your favourite food.

Address: 1 Fullerton Square, S049178
Opening hours: 6.30PM – 10.30PM
Telephone:6877 8128

Terms and conditions:

  • Valid for min. 4 pax to dine.
  • Offer is valid for max. 12 daily reservations.
  • DBS General Promotions Terms and Conditions apply, please refer here

Enjoy half-priced hotel buffets with DBS

From 1st – 30th April, all DBS/POSB cardholders will get to indulge with these dinner buffets at half price. All you’ve got to do is use your card for payment to enjoy the promotion.

To keep up with future promotions, download the DBS Lifestyle Apphere.

Find out more about DBS’ promotions here!


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Tech Deals: $340 Off Surface Book 2, $50 Off Apple TV 4K, Apple Pencil, More

By | April 22nd, 2018

Once again we have wondrous technology deals literally spilling out of our hands. Each deal is designed to get some wonderful technology into your hands without having to pay full price for the pleasure.

Starting off, we have an incredible discount of $ 340 on the Microsoft Surface Book 2 which means you can grab it for only $ 1,659 as opposed to the $ 1,999 retail price.

Next up, we have the Apple TV 4K 32GB with a 27% discount, as well as the Apple Pencil with $ 6 slashed off the original price. There’s more where that came from, so take some time to read through the deals, find something that genuinely piques your interest, and make sure to make the purchase before the deal runs out or the stock levels deplete. Happy shopping, folks!

Apple TV 4K – 32GB ($ 129.99, usually $ 179)

This model is latest Apple TV 4K set-top box. It carries on where the fourth-generation Apple TV left off by offering the same physical product design, the same Siri-powered remote, but with the addition of 4K HDR functionality. This model offers 32GB of internal storage, an HDMI port, and access to the tvOS App Store for the installation of additional apps.

Buy: Apple TV 4K – 32GB from eBay: $ 129.99 | Original price: $ 179

Microsoft 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 ($ 1,659 at check out, usually $ 1,999)

If you have been wanting to purchase one of Microsoft’s stunning Surface Book notebooks but certainly couldn’t have paid the full price, then you definitely need to watch this deal with a keen eye. You’re going to get a 13.5-inch display with an Intel Core i7 8th generation processor, an internal 8GB of RAM and a 256GB hard drive for apps and storage. Grab this stunning piece of kit right now.

Buy: Microsoft 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 from eBay: $ 1,659 | Original price: $ 1,999

Protection Kit for Nintendo Switch with Carrying Case and Screen Protector ($ 11.17, usually $ 19.99)

This kit is going to give you everything that you need to accompany your Nintendo Switch purchase. This protection kit will ensure that your Switch hardware is kept safe at all times and even comes with an excellent and affordable carrying case with a screen protector. You wouldn’t think twice about protecting a smartphone or tablet in this manner, so you should definitely be considering this for your Switch.

Buy: Protection Kit for Nintendo Switch with Carrying Case and Screen Protector from Amazon: $ 11.17 | Original price: $ 20

Apple Pencil for iPad ($ 93.49, usually $ 99)

If you have an iPad Pro or latest iPad 6 then you can get this Apple Pencil for discounted price in order to take your creativity to next level.

Buy: Apple Pencil for iPad Pro from Amazon: $ 93.49 | Original price: $ 99

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Unagiya Ichinoji: Miyagawa Honten’s First Unagi Restaurant in Singapore

If you recall, in my previous story of Singapore’s love affair with the unagi,  I talked about the impending shortage of unagi next year as fishermen reported a 80% decline in the catch rate for baby eels this season.  The owners of Uya were just lamenting about the bad timing of the opening of their restaurant earlier this year.  The last thing you would expect is for yet another new unagi restaurant to open in Singapore, right?

Well, it just happened.  And this time, it’s not a home grown brand.  This new restaurant is opened by Miyagawa Honten, one of Tokyo’s most well known unagi restaurants.  Founded in 1898, Miyagawa Honten is one of those pricier places to eat unagi don in Japan.  A bowl of eel on rice there will set you back roughly S$ 40.  That’s relatively expensive when the average bowl of unagi don would go for around S$ 12-$ 15 in summer when the Japanese would eat unagi as it is believed that eel meat will give increased stamina during the hot summer months.

How is it then, that this venerable Japanese restaurant would  still be able to charge $ 19.80 for a small bowl of unagi don?  When you compare the price of a comparable sized  hitsumabushi with Man Man and Uya, its $ 32.80 price tag is also lower!  What is most mystifying is how it can actually be cheaper to eat the same bowl of hitsumabushi here than in Tokyo?

Well, the answer is actually very straightforward — What you are getting in Singapore is not exactly the same as what you are getting in Tokyo!

What Miyagawa brings to the table is their secret sauce and expertise in cooking the unagi, but the rice and the eel are different from what you get in Japan.  Oh, they do use live eels just like Man Man and Uya, but the eels are imported from a farm in Indonesia and they are of a different sub species.  Whereas the the other two restaurants use Japanese eel, anguilla japonica, the one which will suffer a drastic plunge in supply next year,  Unagiya Ichinoji’s partner actually owns the eel farm in West Java which breeds the Indonesian shortfin eel, anguilla bicolor!

Pound for pound, the price of the baby eels of the Japanese variety is roughly 10x that of the Indonesian eels. So the cost of breeding the Indonesian variety is considerably lower.  If you factor in the lower transportation costs of shipping the eels from Indonesia as opposed to Japan or Taiwan, then you start to understand how they can price the unagi don so competitively.

So now, the $ 64K question.  Can you taste the difference?

In short:  Yes and no.

One thing you will have to bear in mind is that the unagi here is prepared Kanto style.  That means that the eel is first grilled, then steamed for 15mins, then grilled again before serving.  The other two restaurants prepare theirs Kansai style which omits the steaming step.  So yes, there is a difference in the texture of the unagi.  Because of the steaming, the eel is softer and more tender while with the Kansai style the skin of the eel is more crisp and the flesh is not as tender and melt in your mouth.

Flavour wise, I really can’t tell the difference between the Indonesian eel and Japanese eel especially when it is slathered in the unagi sauce.  According to the eel farmer, neither can most Japanese connoisseurs, including the owner of Miyagawa Honten himself!

Personally, I like the hitsumabushi at all three restaurants.  I’d go to Man Man for the whole wasabi root you get to grate yourself, but the queue there is quite intimidating.  As for the sauce, my preference is for the one at Uya which is less sweet than Man Man’s.  The other advantage with Uya is that you can actually make reservations there so you don’t have to queue.  I’d come to this place for the Kanto style, tender, melt in your mouth eel and for its cheaper pricing.   The fact that the eels come from Indonesia is not a deal breaker for me.  4.5/5

For the Singapore restaurant, they are also offering two other styles of unagi don.  One is the seiro mushi which is the style originating from Yanagawa, Fukuoka.  Here, the grilled unagi is placed on top of rice which has already been flavoured with unagi sauce and shredded eggs before it is steamed for a further 5 mins.

The other style is mamushi donburi where the eels is similarly placed atop rice that has been flavoured with unagi sauce and shredded eggs.  Before eating, you are to mix in an onsen egg, mentaiko and grated yamaimo.

Personally, I still prefer hitsumabushi as my favourite way of eating it is to mix it with wasabi, nori and negi, plus extra sauce.  The the premixed rice in both the mamushi donburi and seiro mushi was just too dry for me. 4/5

 Conclusion

Competition is good!  Now we have yet another place to enjoy unagi in Singapore!

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