With FIFA 18 being around for a few months now, fans are already looking forward to the next installment of arguably the world’s best Football game. With the frostbite engine offering gameplay like never before, there is no doubt that now fans expect more!

So what can we expect from FIFA 19?

  1. Career Mode with a twist

The fans would certainly love to take charge of a press conference and give answers to some trick one’s thrown at them by the media. Apart from that, the career mode also needs to fix the aging of players. If you look at a 37 year old Cristiano Ronaldo, his speed decreases by half in comparison to the one in his prime. Now that isn’t fair, is it?

  1. The Ultimate Team

Several patrons have graduate to playing Ultimate Team online, but it certainly needs some attention. EA expects players to play 40 matches over the weekend in the league. Now, that is something that can push one to their limits both physically and mentally. Maybe, a reduction in games would be nice.

  1. Better Squad Battles

Squad battles were without a doubt one of the best additions to the online gaming mode in FIFA. For those, who could not compete at the highest level in the Weekend League could just compete with the AI to win some packs. But it too needs some work. As you switch the difficulty mode, one finds it impossible to beat the legendary keeper. Your own team’s players start to miss sitters and the list goes on.

  1. More customization

Custom chants, kits, badges, etc are what the fans are now hungry for. Not to forget the goal celebrations. One would love to see Lingard and Pogba celebrate and dance together wouldn’t they? Dynamic Stadiums with away fans making some more noise, more interaction between opposing managers, hand ball rule and lots more still seems amiss in FIFA.

Well it looks like we will have have to wait another 6-8 months to finally find out what FIFA 19 is going to be like. Until then go ahead and score some screamers in FIFA 18.

The Frostbite engine gives you every reason to buy yet another FIFA.

For an enterprise that has been around for a very long time, EA Sports has its hands full each year. FIFA team has had to consistently step their game up each year and that is exactly what they have done once again in FIFA 17.

After using the Ignite engine for the last few years, developer EA Canada has shifted course in FIFA 17, instead utilizing DICE’s Frostbite engine. This engine is best known for being used in games like Battlefield, Battlefront, and the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda. FIFA has always been known for offering just about as authentic an experience as possible, and now the game has taken that even further.

Through the use of the Frostbite engine, FIFA 17 has replicated all of the action on the pitch to make it feel even more true to life, from player movement to even facial expressions. The latter is even more important within one of FIFA 17’s new game modes, where player interaction plays a big role, including face scanning of all 20 Premier League managers. This new engine is not left strictly to the field of action either, as locker rooms and more have been created that all combine to enhance the entire experience even more. One cool little feature is that if you keep the game paused for too long throughout the various game modes, it will change to loading screens that show off these different environments, which is a nice touch.

The game of football is always a constant battle for the ball and new gameplay mechanics have made this feel even more realistic than ever. New pushback tech has really made fighting for the ball on the pitch a whole different ballgame, including much improved trapping and dribbling. New threaded through passes and shot finishers require more precision on the pitch, but it opens up new opportunities for scoring that were not present in the past.

Dead ball situations have also been overhauled, with players getting even more control over the situation than ever before. In the past, it was very difficult to aim when kicking from the corner, but now you have a marker that displays where you are aiming and then can choose how much power you want to put behind it. Throw-ins also have been altered a bit, with you able to now walk down the line or do fake throws to give you a better chance to get the ball to your player.

Like with many other “player modes” in sports titles, The Journey gives you an option to either control the entire team or just the one player, which offers two different ways to experience the game. As you continue through your career, you’ll take part in practice sessions, actual games, and more. You will even unlock skill points that can be used to upgrade your player, which almost feels somewhat RPG like. The Journey is really unlike anything that the FIFA series has ever done, and yet still feels like a completely natural fit with the story and gameplay meshing well together throughout.

For those that want to take control of a single player as they move up through the ranks, but do not want the story surrounding it, the regular Player Career mode is still included as well. It does not appear that EA GameFace was an option here anymore, but you do have a solid character creator to use instead. The Player Career mode is a little disappointing in that it really did not get any new features, but the Manager Career got more of a boost in FIFA 17 instead.

Manager Career does not let you create your character from scratch, but rather has 11 very detailed avatars to choose from instead. This allows the manager to be very involved during your matches, which will depend on how your team is performing. This is one of the best examples of how EA Canada is using the Frostbite engine to its fullest, with little nuances like this that make the overall experience all the better. Adding in the new ways of managing the club, both player wise and financially, help to improve a game mode that has remained rather stagnant in recent years.

Techiemister Verdict

With features like the The Journey mode and the even more realistic Frostbite engine, EA Canada has once again given players a reason to fall in love with FIFA once again. Being one of the most successful football franchisee games, FIFA impresses once again. Right from the gameplay to the changes in the career mode, it is a must have for sports game lovers. We reviewed the game on a PS4 and graphics are as realistic as it gets.


Premium flagship phone Le Max2 to be available at Rs. 17,999 from October 1 to October 6

Le Eco has now joined hands with Amazon India and Snapdeal for their flagship phone Le Max2. The SuperPhone would be priced at Rs. 17,999 for this promotional phase. The phone packs a 5.7-inch display, 21MP rear camera, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor with 4GB of RAM & 32GB ROM.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr Atul Jain, COO, Smart Electronics Business, LeEco India said, “We have had a great relationship with Flipkart and we are confident that it will only strengthen as we go forward. To ensure that more users have access to our Le Max2, we are delighted to announce our partnership with Amazon India and Snapdeal. We are confident that our users will enjoy the new Le Max2 experience, which is now available at a special price of Rs 17,999 for the festive sales. Through this move, we now have presence on all major ecommerce platforms in India along with our very own LeMall.com.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr Arun Srinivasan, Category Leader-Consumer Electronics, Amazon India, said “We are happy to partner with LeEco India ahead of the festive season and offer our customers an easy and convenient access to the Le Max2. We are confident that this device will become a popular choice for customers during the festive season.”

Commenting on the partnership, Mr Tony Navin, Senior Vice President – Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives, Snapdeal said, “We are very glad to partner with LeEco and provide them a platform through which they can reach to a new set of customers for their exciting product range. This coming festive season, we aim to offer our customer with an enhanced shopping experience with a wide variety of products. LeMax 2 is a great addition to our smartphone offerings and we are confident that it will be well received by our customers who are looking to upgrade to a SuperPhone with a powerful processor, unlimited music library and incredibly sharp camera quality at an affordable price.”

To usher in the festive season, Le Max2 will be available at this new offer price for a limited period of time on LeMall (LeEco’s own ecommerce platform), Flipkart, Amazon India and Snapdeal.

The Le Max2 will be available during Amazon’s Great Indian Shopping Festival, Flipkart’s Big Billion Days and Snapdeal’s Unbox Diwali Sale’ from October 1st to 6th. Also, as an additional incentive to consumers intending to buy from LeMall, there is a Flash Sales planned on 30th Sep 2016 where LeMall will exclusively give out 2000 special voucher to consumers, which will entitle buyers on LeMall.com to a discount of additional Rs 1000 between 1st Oct to 6th Oct 2016.

This is not all, for those who purchase during this period they will also get the below benefits:

– 1 year LeEco membership worth Rs 4,990.

– Unlimited audio and video downloads via Hungama Music app.

– Reliance Jio connectivity with free voice and data services till 31st December, 2016.

This should be reason enough for users to go ahead and grab the LeEco Le Max2 tomorrow!

With an aim of keeping people informed by presenting content in an easily consumable format, the company knows that the key to Hotify’s success lies on how the app has been built.

Cards are an interaction model which is an important part of how Hotify presents the content. The semantic understanding of data allows the app to present the information and enables the user to read news headlines more swiftly and engage more on a card-based interface as compared to a scroll interface.

Hotify’s AI engine delivers personalised news relevant to a user,” said Aakash Porwal, co-founder and Producer Creative at Hotify, “we moved from scroll to card interface to provide a seamless and intuitive user experience for news consumption.”

On the scroll feature, the users have a tendency to focus on multiple pieces of information at any given instant, since they view 3-4 news simultaneously, thus distracting the user and missing the news relevant to them. Moreover, it is difficult for the users to scroll the content at their own pace, invariably making the them backtrack, which results in a waste of time and focus.Cards can pull out information out of the app andmaking it relevant to the moment. It can take content out of silos, package them, and making them sharable. At the same time, they’re like canvases – not just files – the content that the user can pass around.

What makes them tick?

Many aggregation services will claim to have intelligent algorithms directing what articles get recommended to users – Hotify can do better. Hotify’s intuitive software application understands and responds to the user’s preference through a series of human-machine interactions and social signals. Millions of articles are evaluated and the algorithms pick what’s trending and relevant to a variety of users.

The machine learning-based recommendation system not only focuses on what the user clicks or pauses to read, but also studies the actions of users with similar interests.

Hotify continues to improve on their solution to deliver the users their preferred content without the intervention of human curation. By applying concepts like gamification, cognitive computing, and big data in real time, the company believes that the users will be engaged and delighted with the new experience.


Offering fast on-the-go connectivity at affordable price, Videocon Mobile Phones launches its KitKat and Quad Core powered smartphone Z51 Nova

~ Is powered by latest Android OS KitKat 4.4.2 and offers cutting-edge features like 8GB internal memory, 5-inch FWVGA IPS screen ~

~ Offers fantastic speed and smoothness via 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor and 1GB RAM~ 

~ Features 5MP Auto Focus rear camera and 2MP front camera, all at an attractive price of Rs 5400/-~

Creating a benchmark of top performance, cutting-edge features, and affordability and offering  fast on-the-go connectivity, Videocon Mobile Phones Division, from the house of a billion dollar Videocon Group launches the superbly designed smartphone–Z51 Nova. Launched at an affordable price of Rs 5400/-, the Videocon Z51 Nova brings fast and smooth Android experience backed by prompt 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor, thus making multitasking an ease for the users.

While the Android KitKat 4.4.2 and 1GB RAM allow consumers to run different apps smoothly and help in multi-tasking; the 5-inch FWVGA IPS touch screen, offers sharp image quality and greater viewing angles.

Z51 Nova comes packed with a 5MP Rear Camera for clicking lively photos and boasts of a 2MP front Camera for video chatting and clicking sharp selfies.  With an expandable memory upto 32GB to save and browse a user’s favourite audio-visual content and files, the handset offers Dual SIM Support along with the 3G connectivity for superior network access and speedy internet connection. The powerful 2000 mAh battery guarantees long backup that enables long on-the-go connectivity.

The smartphones comes with a range of networking options and utilities like GPS navigation, G-Sensor, Proximity sensor, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and features built in Anti-Virus (V-secure) and a GPS powered personal safety application (V-safe) both with a 90 day free subscription.

Mr. Jerold Pereira, CEO, Videocon Mobile Phones said, “With the launch of affordable devices, Videocon aims to make Android technology affordable and available for millions consumers, and bring smart mobility into their hands. With the increasing demand of on-the-go connectivity, we are offering advanced technology, maximum features and stunning design to our consumers at affordable pricing. As a consumer-centric brand, we aim to satisfy the emerging needs of consumers and in line up to the same, we have launched Z51 Nova, which offers stunning design, utmost reliability and a smooth, faster and best-in-class smartphone experience to the consumers.”

With lot’s of fanfare, the much awaited Xiaomi Mi 4 was launched in India earlier this week. Xiaomi launched the Mi4 in July last year in China, but wasn’t available in India until now. Some startling specs of the Mi4 include a 5-inch IPS display with Corning OGS Glass, and a 3080 mAh quick charging battery. The Mi4 is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processorm,3GB RAM and has 16 GB of flash storage. It comes with an 8MP front camera (Yes 8MP, a dream for selfie lovers), and a 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, Sony IMX214 BSI sensor and 4K video recording.

The OS is a modified version of Android KitKat operating system with a layer of the MIUI OS skin. Xiaomi stated that the Mi 4 will come with their latest OS – MIUI 6, which was released on 9th January this month. The new OS version brings custom notifications, icons, security options, and themes.

The device will be supported by Mi India’s 66+ service centres, including five exclusive Mi service centres in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Cochin.

Mi 4 Specs At A Glance
5-inch HD IPS LCD display, 1920 x 1080p Full HD (441 ppi)
2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
Adreno 330 GPU
Super-slim Corning Glass with One Glass Solution (OGS) technology
3080 mAh Lithium-ion polymer battery, Quick Charge 2.0
3GB LPDDR3 RAM, 16GB eMMC 5.0 flash memory
13MP rear camera (f1.8) and 8MP front camera (80° wide-angle, f1.8)
MIUI 6 based on Android 4.4.4

The registrations are on and the device would be distributed on 10th February, 2015. Meanwhile, you can have a look at the fascinating manufacturing process of the phone here: