Anyone who has been to Japan, or have been exposed to all things Japanese, would know that small and cute do seem to be a huge part of their culture. Anything cute, goes. While the world has already moved forward in terms of video games from the PS3 with its DualShock 3 controllers to the hot selling Sony PS4, it seems that the aged Sony PlayStation 2 still has a place in their hearts. The controller for the Sony PS2, known as the DualShock 2, has just been given the miniaturized treatment, where it has been turned into the MiniShock, which will function as a smartphone strap.
Phone charms and straps are also another popular Japanese export that have taken parts of the world by storm, and the MiniShock is truly a work of art. You will need to see it to believe it for yourself, as the 13-year-old controller has been immortalized in a tiny version of itself, with a level of detail that many would just whistle at in awe. It measures a mere 30mm in length, and will feature all details from the original DualShock 2 controller. You will be able to find the classic PlayStation logo, the relevant arrows that have been engraved within the four D-pad points, the analogue switch, and even the line where the two halves of the controller’s outer casing end up meeting is there. Heck, you will also find the faux analogue on/off LED reproduced!
The folks over at HTC have not been doing too well in recent times, never mind that their HTC One has proven itself to be quite the performing smartphone in terms of hardware and usability. This is rather surprising actually, especially when you consider how HTC used to be in a position of strength just a few years ago, only to see its market share decline by a sizeable amount (and subsequently, affect its earnings with each passing quarter, too). It does seem to be quite an uphill battle for the company now, and it seems that HTC will be making their flagship HTC One available for no money down, although you will be tethered to an installment plan.
Having revealed a new page that trumpets this particular offer, it works pretty much in the same manner as picking up the handset from a carrier for free. You will need to submit yourself to a credit check beforehand though, and assuming everything turns out to be fine and dandy, you can easily pocket HTC’s flagship smartphone from as low as $25 each month. Those who are eligible will be able to choose from a 32GB HTC One with no-interest monthly payments of $25, where it will run the course of two years. Bear in mind that this offer applies only to those living in the US, and for the GSM version of the HTC One – automatically disqualifying Sprint and Verizon customers.