August 28, 2014

Western Digital Media Tour & Product Update (My Passport AV - TV & WD Live TV)


After our time with Myrtle Sarrosa for the Hero Face - Off Media launch last August 20, we got lucky to tag along with our friends at Reimaru Files and Back2Gaming at the Western Digital Concept Store at SM North Edsa for the unveiling of WD's newest product, the My Passport AV-TV as well as an overview of their complementary product, the WD Live TV.

The My Passport AV-TV is the newest addition in the My Passport line of devices. Specially designed for use on recording video on smart television sets, the AV-TV contains an industry-grade hard disk drive optimized for audio/video recording that can be used for 24/7 operation in high temperature environments. 


Record-able TV's can store two different channels at the same time thanks to the AV-TV's super-fast USB 3.0 interface. Users can easily mount the drive on the back of the TV with the included bracket to maximize airflow or let it stand upright for easy access. 

WD's Live TV is an all-in-one media player capable of streaming your videos from a variety of devices. It can support live streaming from social media sites such as Facebook, Youtube, Hulu, and Spotify. You can also stream your media from your network wirelessly or via an Ethernet cable to get the fastest speeds possible. 



File formats? No problem. The WD Live TV supports almost all audio and video formats available. From your standard MP4/MOV files to Blu-Ray quality MKV's, and even MPEG 2 and MPEG audio and video files, Live TV can playback your file without problems. It can also playback your files from an external device such as an external hard drive, flash drive or even a memory card.


The My Passport AV-TV comes at 500GB and 1TB capacities and priced locally (in Philippine Peso) at around 4,090 & ₱4,990 respectively while the WD Live TV is currently priced at 4,890. WD gave a sample of their AV-TV to review. We will have a full article and video review of the AV-TV real soon.

WD® Expands NAS Storage Offerings With 6 Tb, 5 Platter Hard Drive



       WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) company, and world leader in storage solutions, today announced the expansion of its award-winning WD Red® line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with the release of a 5 TB[1] and first-to-market 6 TB capacity for NAS-specific storage and the introduction of WD Red Pro hard drives that address the medium to large business NAS market. Compatibility-tested with top NAS system manufacturers and optimized for power and performance, WD Red 3.5-inch hard drives are now shipping in 1 TB to 6 TB capacities; and the new WD Red Pro 3.5-inch hard drives are available in 2 TB to 4 TB capacities.

     “With the expansion and evolution of the WD Red family, WD once again is providing its loyal customers with increased capacity up to 6 TB;improved bay count supportwith up to 8 bays; increasedproduct breadthwith WD Red Pro; and more features with the latest generation of NASware technology,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president and general manager, WD Storage Technology. “WD continues to listen to its customers and bring exciting innovation to the category they helped to create.”

WD Red
     A storage industry innovation first introduced in 2012, WD Red hard drives address the unique environment of NAS and the growing demand for affordable, reliable and compatible storage that reduces customer total cost of ownership. With the release of 5 TB and 6 TB models, the WD Red line of hard drives is now further enriched with greater storage capacity and increased performance withNASware 3.0, an enhanced version of WD’s original NASware® technology, designed to improve reliability and system performance, reduce customer downtime and to simplify the integration process.


     WD Red hard drives also feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology, which significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability. Exclusive for WD Red customers, WD offers free premium 24x7 dedicated support. By increasingNASware 3.0 capability,the WD Red 1–6 TB capacity drives are capable of supporting up to eight bay NAS systems with no negative impact to performance.

WD Red Pro
     Ideal for medium to large business environments, the new WD Red Pro line of NAS hard drives supports eight to 16 bay NAS systems. The enhanced design offers reliable, high performance storage powered by NASware 3.0. By introducing the WD Red Pro, WD now has a full portfolio NAS storage solution with the WD Red family (WD Red and WD Red Pro) for both consumer and business NAS solutions.
  
WD Green
      The WD Green line of cool and quiet hard drives is also seeing capacity expansion with 5 TB and 6 TB additions for high capacity consumer storage.

     High capacity WD 6 TB hard drives will integrate seamlessly with WD’s My Cloud®, My Cloud EX2, My Cloud EX4, My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage as well as My Book® and My Book Duo external drive solutions and are compatible to work with a wide array of WD OEM NAS partners. An updated list of WD Red-qualified products and manufacturers is available on the WD website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810.

Availability and Pricing
     Available now at select retailers and distributed by Ubertech Technologies Inc and IontechTechologies Inc. WD Red and WD Red Pro have three- and five-year limited regionalwarranties, respectively. Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for WD Red 5 TB (model #: WD50EFRX) is PHP 10,950, and PHP 13,400 for 6 TB (model #: WD60EFRX). Pricing for WD Red Pro 2 TB (model #: WD2001FFSX)is PHP 6,995, PHP8,850for 3 TB (model #: WD3001FFSX) and PHP11,550 for 4 TB (model #: WD4001FFSX). More information about WD Red hard drives including terms of the limited warranty may be found on the company website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/internal/nas/.

[1]   As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment.

August 24, 2014

Hero Face Off 2014 Media Launch

(from Lef ) Erika Garbin, Primetrade Asia President Irene Lloren,
Hero TV Channel Head Jojo Estacio & Ani-Jock Myrtle Sarrosa
Members of local press and online media were invited last August 20 at Restaurant 9501 at the ELJ Communications Center for the media launch of this year's Hero Face - Off competition. For its fifth year, Hero TV teams up with professional events management firm Primetrade Asia to bring this year's competition at Best Of Anime (BOA) 2014 

Cosplayers Erika and Myrtle strikes a pose for the media
The press launch started with the unveiling of the official presentation videos for both events. In presence for the media launch is Hero TV channel head Jojo Estacio, Primetrade president Irene Lloren, Pbb Big Winner & Anime Jock Myrtle Sarrosa and Hero Face - Off 2013 champion & World Cosplay Summit Philippines (WCSPH) 2013 representative Erika Garbin. 

"Join and join competitions. The more you try, the more you build-up
your confidence to enjoy and have fun with your cosplay" - Erica Garbin
Myrtle started the panel with her announcement that she will be one of the judges for this year's competition alongside giving advice for those who are joining in. Erica then shares her experiences on winning last year's Face - Off and her experience of competing at WCS last year. 

Another change from last year's competition is the opening of Filipino and Western cosplays into the mix. Contestants will now have their absolute freedom in choosing from Japanese Manga and Anime, to Western and Filipino comic characters. 

"Anyone can wear a costume but it's different to cosplay so know your character.
Love your character" - Myrtle Sarrosa as she explains the
difference between a costumer and a cosplayer
"We hope to level up every year. All of our guests are very good in their own right. We will make sure that we will surprise you every year", said Primetrade president Irene Lloren about what to expect in BOA now and in the near future. Aside from this, she stated that they are currently working on a possible gaming event but still details are not available at this time.

Black Forest "Cup Cake" (literally). The dessert served after the press conference.
After an hour with the press launch, the media were indulged in a specially prepared menu by the chefs of Restaurant 9501. This was the perfect moment to allow us to mingle with the panel guests and to have a special podcast alongside our fellow media partners Anime Pilipinas, Arkadymac.com, Deremoe, Reimaru Files and yours truly. Listen to it by clicking the link below. 





We would like to thank you again the staff of Hero TV as well as the PR Manager of ABS-CBN for this wonderful opportunity. Make sure to stay updated though the fan page and our website as we finish uploading our interviews.

Myrtle as she promotes this year's Hero Face - Off
Otakista is an official media partner for Best Of Anime 2014 & this year's Hero Face - Off. For more updates, visit www.facebook.com/myheronation

"Are you ready?" - Myrtle as she poses on our camera for her interview

July 27, 2014

Luffy & Tsubasa Joins Spiral Cats On Otaku Expo 2014

Otaku Expo announced on their official fan page that they will be accepting reservations for the meet and greet sessions for both South Korean cosplay group Spiral Cats as well as cosplayers Luffy and Tsubasa from Hong Kong.


Noted from the page, the meet and greet package for Luffy and Tsubasa will be at 400php. The Spiral Cats team on the other hand will have two different packages. Their regular pass (800php) and the full special pass (1300php) will differ from the amount of shots you can take as well as an opportunity to ask questions with them. You can check the full details as well as each of the meet and greet packages below: 


Spiral Cats is a professional cosplay team from South Korea. Its current lineup consists of Tasha, Doremi, their newest member SSol. They have worked with some of the best gaming companies inside and outside Korea like Blizzard, Riot Games, and semiconductor company AMD just to name a few. Tsubasa (or Carl Cheung in real life) is a member of a cosplay performance team called "Fruit Punch". His partner, Luffy is currently ranked at 105 on the popular cosplay social media website WorldCosplay.

Catch them on August 9-10 at the SM Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall. Tickets are only available on-site at 100php. Check out the official Otaku Expo event page for more details.

June 19, 2014

Get Ready For TOYCON 2014

Get ready for this year's iteration of the country's biggest and grandest pop-culture event as TOYCON 2014 celebrates their 13th anniversary on June 20 - 22 at the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall.

The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention, or TOYCON as it’s more widely-known, is Asia’s biggest and longest running convention for collectibles, toys, anime, comics, cosplay, gaming and anything and everything related to hobbies and collections. Started since 2002, it's now on its 13th year of thrilling fans and aficionados alike. It's biggest pop culture event in the country putting a record of about 25,000 attendees annually.

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of DC Comics Batman, a display and art gallery area which features a life-size batpod of the Dark Knight Detective will be on display at the event. A kids play area and new batman merchandise are also included in the list of activities.

Samurai X fanatics are in for a good run. Warner Brothers will preview the Rurouni Kenshin live-action film trilogy Parts II (The Great Kyoto Fire) and III (The Legend Ends) as well as a display of the original costumes from the movie.

Love cosplay? Let Alodia Gosiengfiao adore you with her performance, on and off her booth on the second day as well as Ashley Gosiengfiao's lively tunes alongside her band, Midnight Meetings on the third day. Not only that, there will be the standard individual on Saturday and the group cosplay competition on Sunday. But the biggest cosplay event this year is the Philippine finals of World Cosplay Summit. Who will be the pair to represent our country this August in Nagoya, Japan? We definitely can't wait!

TOYCON would not be complete with the usual gaming line-up. Level-Up, War Gaming, Cherry Credits and Uplink will be providing free play of their latest games. New for this year are some of the country's independent gaming developers showcasing their games to the public.Lastly, Occulus Rift demonstrations and gaming tournaments courtesy of Hive.Ph, Reimaru Files, & Back2Gaming will be there to fulfill your gaming appetite.

Last but not the least, enjoy the biggest and largest exhibitor hall for anything geek and nerdy. From coca-cola collectibles to die cast figurines, anime figmas and gundams, comics and graphic novels, novelty merchandise and apparel, there will always be something that will unleash the eccentric collector in you.

So come in and join the fun! Tickets will be 130php (at the entrance) and 180php from SM Tickets (130 plus additional 50php service charge). Gate opens at 10am at the Megatrade Halls 1-3 at SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

This is co-presented by Collectibles Unlimited and the SM Megatrade Halls, and sponsored by Maxi Collector, Toy Kingdom, Toy Empire, Warner Brothers Pictures and Pacific Licensing. With special thanks to Big Boys Toy Store, Great Toys, Arigatoys, Authority Hoodie, Transfer It, Otaku Asia, War Gaming, Uplink, Level-Up, Cubizone, Canon, Level-Up, Cherry Credits, CIIT, Loctite, Walt Disney Studios, gaming Library and Resorts World Manila. With media partners, ABS-CBN, Flip Geeks, Reimaru Files, WheninManila.com, Chalk Magazine, UNO Magazine, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer.net and 99.5 PLAY FM. Also supported by Anime Alliance and World Cosplay Summit.