Friday, January 19, 2018

NINTENDO Presents DIY Cardboard Game Accessories for SWITCH with LABO

Ever since when, in 2006, the Wii console introduced a strange remote-like controller that registered arm movement as game control input, among other similar accessories, the gaming world has been certain that Nintendo is the weird video game tech developer that is not afraid to test new and quirky ways to engage its users in very different ways to play game titles. This was a markedly different approach to its current competitors, Microsoft and Sony, whose design direction had been to turn their consoles into gaming-oriented personal computers. But Nintendo has very different development ideas for the Switch hybrid portable/console system.
As The Verge tells it, Nintendo has just made its first presentation of a new technological initiative for its Switch game system. Called Nintendo Labo, this new series of Switch add-ons definitely ticks on the “weird” box in terms of development designs by the venerable video game giant. That’s because the Labo stuff is for the most part made out of cardboard. Said cardboard accessories act as conversion units for the base Switch unit’s Joy-Con controllers. Essentially, Labo can turn the Joy-Cons into some impressive motion-control device variants. It can be a fishing rod, musical instrument or even a robotic armor.
Don’t be shy. You’re not alone in thinking that this Labo system for the Nintendo Switch is like a coin flipped into the air. Heads, it will completely revolutionize gaming design; tails, it will be a flop that would make the Wii U look like a brilliant success. Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aimé is positive however, saying, “Labo is unlike anything we’ve done before.” And indeed, seen from an optimal perspective, the new cardboard accessories could encourage Switch players to further interact with their games in a physically hands-on and potentially fun way. Just look at how Labo rolls.
Each Labo kit comes with one Nintendo Switch game cartridge and a series of cardboard cutout sheets. The Labo cartridge helpfully has in-game instructions to help players cut out and assemble the cardboard pieces into accessory form, like a piano. Once complete, the Switch tablet and the Joy-Cons are inserted into the Labo setup, transforming all those cardboard into a game arcade machine. For example, the Labo piano game has the cardboard keys acting like real piano keys, with the Joy-Con interpreting the cardboard input and the Switch tablet (with game) producing the sound and providing some sweet visual accompaniment.
Nintendo plans to launch the Labo system in April 20 with two introductory kits. “Variety” has five different games and cardboard configurations worth $69.99, while “Robot”, priced at $79.99 is the ambitious “control the in-game robot via cardboard armor” title. The success of these first kits will decide Labo’s future.
Check out the preview video in all its glory:
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Amazon, the world’s largest online retail platform, caused quite the stir last year when it turned its quest for a suitable site for a second corporate headquarters in North America to a grand competition of sorts between cities and towns with powerful economic rewards and potential repercussions. For a time the “Amazon HQ2” fever gripped the US and Canada in a surprisingly strong grip. The deadline for submitting pitches to the net giant wasn’t very long, and with the company debating in private, the furor died down. Now they have made their shortlist, and everybody is…surprisingly chill about it.
CBS reports that Amazon has finally managed to whittle down their initial big batch of city proposals into a more manageable list of what could technically be called “finalists” for the prospective site of their highly coveted corporate HQ2. A statement from Holly Sullivan from Amazon Public Policy says: “Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity.” The statement went on to reveal that the global online retail king learned that there were indeed many North American urban and suburban communities worthy of consideration for many future Amazon infrastructure aside from HQ2 itself.
Here then is the Final 20 Choices for Amazon to establish their HQ2 in alphabetical order: Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, Indiana; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Montgomery County, Maryland; Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; New York City; Northern Virginia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Raleigh, North Carolina; Toronto, Ontario; and Washington, D.C. The states of Texas and Pennsylvania both have double the reason to celebrate as being the only ones with more than one city on the Amazon shortlist. Furthermore, most of the cities on the list are “obvious” choices.
The timing of Amazon’s announcing their HQ2 final 20 is rather interesting in itself. It was only one day following Apple’s own public statement that they are looking into establishing a second corporate campus of their own. The tech giant made mention of committing $350 billion to the US economy for a five-year period, plus the prospect of generating 20,000 paying jobs. That does sound a lot like the original 2017 proposal by Amazon to entice North American cities to send their company bids for HQ2. Amazon’s original corporate center, HQ1, is in Seattle. Apple’s meanwhile is in Cupertino, California.
State and provincial governments who had cities or counties in the Amazon shortlist expressed their appreciation for their inclusion. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf was fully confident that both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh would make it through. Amazon had begun its canvassing of suitable locations for HQ2 back in September of 2017.
Photo courtesy of NBC News

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Among the traditionally top tourist destinations in Southeast Asia is the island of Bali in Indonesia. It’s not difficult to understand why international travelers continue to flock into that resort island province. The vibrant Balinese culture is a major draw; so too the beaches and the high biodiversity of marine life that attracts underwater explorers. And the tourist accommodation facilities are nothing to sneeze at either. Granted, not many people can just drop everything and fly to Bali for vacation. But there’s a very affordable alternative here in GenSan to enjoy a private little resort hotel stay with a “Bali Experience”. 
Only a short drive up Conel Road leading to the Barangay proper, one can find a cozy little nook that is just the ticket to feeling like you’re staying at a resort in Bali…or the absolute closest to it. The Bamboo Garden Hotel is the hottest and most awesome little party and events place here in GenSan today. Its layout and design is sure to make any guest fall in love with it, seeing as it’s just like a tropically-themed miniature hotel, with five guest rooms, a KTV hall, an outdoor kitchen bar and grill, a veranda/covered stage, outdoor café tables and its very own swimming pool. Getting excited yet?

The best part about the Bamboo Garden Hotel is that, rather than have its rooms be offered individually, they are presenting the whole place to be an exclusive events or party venue for a private group of guests. Bamboo Garden offers no less than three venue packages with which a party planner can organize a social event that’s sure to come across as a slice of Balinese paradise, even for just overnight, for you and your circle of jolly merrymakers.
Whichever package a guest group may avail of for their event, they’ll get to enjoy the cozy privacy of the hotel grounds, with tasteful garden plants and well-kept lawn. The open area is well-illuminated with plentiful natural and artificial shade. The garden bar is well-appointed with a refrigerator and water dispenser, along with an outdoor grill and kitchen workspace with sink. Each of the five guest rooms are exquisitely furnished with queen-sized beds, end tables, wall mirrors, their own individual bathrooms with toilets, sinks and showers, and wall-mounted flat-screen TVs with their own library of the most popular contemporary films.
Now let’s look at the various accommodation packages for the Bamboo Garden Hotel. Package 1, worth P7500, will reserve the venue for any event with a maximum of 30 people. All rooms are made available, and the partygoers can sing to their hearts’ content at the KTV hall until midnight. The swimming pool of course is free to use, along with the refrigerator to store their drinks and food. Guests beyond the packaged 30 are charged per head (P100 adult, P50 children). Check-in time at the venue is at 2 in the afternoon with checkout the following day, 11 AM.

Package 2 is a bit beefier in perks, to the value of P14500. In addition to the services and features on Package 1, guest groups will also be accorded catering by the Bamboo Garden Hotel, again good for 30 persons. The meal will consist of 3 viands, a choice of one vegetable dish or pasta, one dessert offering, rice and soft-drinks. Package 3 is the ultimate Bamboo Garden event arrangement, as for the price of P18500 the management will throw in all there is to be had in Packages 1 and 2, but the maximum party guests will be 50.
We’ve covered the amenities of the Bamboo Garden Hotel, as well as the event and catering packages they’ve in store. But that’s not all this wonderful place has to offer its guests. When booking the venue several days in advance for their event, guests can make arrangements for professional and licensed masseurs to drop by and offer Balinese massages in the guest rooms. Hey, we did say that the atmosphere in the Bamboo Garden is like a taste of Bali, didn’t we?
To wrap things up, the venue doesn’t charge fees for corkage, and guests have the option to extend their stay at Bamboo Garden Hotel beyond their initial event, if they’d like to make it a private stay-cation in GenSan. Such extensions of accommodations are also accepted, subject to management approval and availability beyond other venue bookings. Guests will have their reservations confirmed on schedule if they’ve paid at least 50% of their package price.

For many would-be vacationers or party planners, setting up an event way down south in Bali could easily cost an arm and a leg. Why pine for an expensive trip when you can go Balinese with your friends or family in a nice little quiet corner of GenSan? Look no further for your social event than the Bamboo Garden Hotel, located at Conel Road, Purok Malinawon right here in General Santos City.
Visit their official website at or their official Facebook page at for more information and photos of the venue. Finally call 0939-929- 1067 for more inquiries and to make your reservations. Bali is closer than you think.