Our email is without a doubt one of the most important and confidential services we have on the internet, on top of the usual things we send, we usually use our email for verification and password retrievals, and we tend to send quite a number of private and confidential stuffs. Starting today, Google is rolling out the ability for users to download all their Gmail and Google Calendar data so that, you know, you can back up and even move all your precious memories to another service.
The files will be stored into MBOX format and you can pick to save everything you have in your inbox or select to backup certain labels only. You can also download a single archive file for multiple products with a copy of your Gmail, Calendar, Google+, YouTube, Drive and other Google data. If you’re running out of space on your Google account, I think this is a great way to clear out some space to make way for new stuffs, just make sure that the MBOX file is properly saved into a secure space, or you have already created a backup mail account for all the older data.
You can now download you Calendar data starting today while the ability to download Gmail messages will be rolled out over the next month. Visit Google for more information.
Google’s latest Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 5, was widely criticized for sporting a decidedly inferior camera, making it a dealbreaker for many looking to purchase one of the best Android smartphones in the market today. Google promised that the Nexus 5′s camera deficiencies were mainly a software issue, and they were working on improving the camera experience. With the latest Android 4.4.1 update, released earlier today for the Nexus 5 and soon to the Nexus 4 and 7 LTE, it appears Google is delivering on that promise.
The 4.4.1 release is primarily aimed at improving the all-round performance of the 8MP camera on the Nexus 5. With the new update installed, the camera not only launches more quickly, but autofocus, white balance and shutter lag has all been significantly improved, while images will also appear with greater colour saturation. The HDR+ mode now also allows for pinch-to-zoom gestures.
As mentioned earlier, two other Nexus devices, namely the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 LTE, will also be receiving the latest Android update. However, given that the update primarily improves on the Nexus 5′s camera, users on the other two devices will only be seeing the usual bug fixes and tweaks.
The OTA update for the Nexus 5 has already been rolled out, with the Nexus 4 and 7 to follow shortly. You can also download the firrmware from the source link below.
Valve is traditionally a company that tries new things. Ben Krasnow, an engineer working for the software company, has taken that policy a bit further. He has built two experimental inputs for a computer: one for your bum, and one for your tongue. Thankfully, they are not the same device.
One controller uses the persons body posture to turn left and right, or move forward and back. It’s effectively a modified bathroom scale, and works amazingly well for something requiring you to lean back and forth. Although Krasnow admits that there are issues when trying to turn 180 degrees.
The tongue controller combines a brace retainer with an optical mouse. This is the ultimate use of hands free controls, but isn’t accurate enough for every day use. It will definitely prevent anyone from borrowing your mouse ever again.
Since released in our market back in October, the ASUS Transformer T100 proved to be quite popular among consumers as the 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 tablet seems to be out of stock throughout the country. ASUS Malaysia informed us that new stocks are heading to retailers throughout the country from this week onwards and should be starting to be available as we speak including at this weekend’s PIKOM PC Fair in KLCC.
However, the fresh stocks that consumers will see at retailers is a variant that is slightly different from the original model that ASUS Malaysia sold last month. In addition to the built-in 32GB internal storage that is located in the tablet portion of the device, this particular Transformer T100 variant also features a built-in 500GB hard drive inside its keyboard.
The rest of the specifications remain the same such as the Bay Trail-based Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and pre-installed Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013. With the addition of 500GB HDD into the product, the price of this particular Transformer T100 variant is also naturally higher at RM 1399.
Alongside the T100, the PIKOM PC Fair at KLCC this weekend will also see the debut of ASUS Fonepad Note 6 (finally) as well as the new 8GB variant for ASUS Fonepad 7. They are priced at RM 1399 and RM 749 respectively.
Good news for those using the free version of Spotify, the Wall Street Journal recently reported that Spotify is working on bringing its free music screaming service to mobile devices. According to “people familiar with this matter”, the free Spotify for mobile will, like the free desktop version, come with advertisement. Spotify for Android and iOS is currently only available for Spotify Premium members paying RM15/month for an ad-free version, which also gives users the ability to save songs for offline listening.
Spotify is reported to have wrapped up deals with three major music companies – Sony, Universal and Warner, and could be launching this service as soon as next week at an event in New York City. Are you looking forward for free Spotify on your mobile or are you already a premium user? Maxis users can also enjoy further discount of RM10/month inclusive of 150MB of internet data.
There are plenty of ways to check for PDRM summons but the search result from this particular portal – Rangkaian Interaktif Laman Elektronik Kerajaan or RILEK – is rather hilarious. As the screenshot such as above is currently making rounds in the social media, who wouldn’tbe feel proud when Batman congratulates you for being a law obedient citizen? Mind you, this is actually a real and operational e-services portal.
Some might thought that the screenshot is a results of Photoshop wizardry but we can assure you that it is indeed real as we actually give it a test drive ourselves. You can do it too: just register and verify your account, log into it, choose PDRM and enter your IC number. Occasionally, the result would return a picture of fireworks instead but at the time this article is published, Batman appears in our search result almost all the time.
As hilarious as this might be, we do wonder what Warner Bros. and DC Comic think about this though. We also have no idea what image would you receive if you actually have pending PDRM summons since we all are law obedient citizens here. *cough*
[Source: icednyior @ Twitter]
While you’re busy planning your holidays, clearing your leaves and shopping for some Christmas gifts, here’s something you might want to add to your list of things to do – change your passwords for basically all the major services you use on the internet like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and more. It has recently been reported that a hacker has stolen about 2 million credentials from these major services using a keylogger malware and it affects users worldwide, from 92 countries to be precise.
As reported by a web security firm Trustwave, these information have been stolen over the past couple of months with the help of a malware called Pony. They have analyzed all the data and broken down the numbers:
- 1,580,000 website login credentials
- 320,000 email account credentials
- 41,000 FTP account credentials
- 3,000 Remote Desktop credentials
- 3,000 Secure Shell account credentials
Among the web services, the most compromised websites (listed in order) are Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Twitter and LinkedIn. CNNMoney reports that some web services like Facebook, ADP, LinkedIn and Twitter have already reset passwords for compromised users and informed them while the rest like Google and Yahoo! have yet to respond.
5 December 2013 marked yet another milestone in Apple’s journey here in Malaysia with the release of Apple iPad Air in our market – less than two months after it was first revealed to the world. In general, you can expect to see it at majority of the reputable Apple dealers all over the country starting from today onwards with a starting price of RM 1599.
In case you missed our previous posts regarding Apple iPad Air’s release in Malaysia or just lost your way around them, here they are for your quick references:
While we only touched three retailers in our coverage above, you can actually visit plenty of other authorized retailers throughout Malaysia to obtain the new iPad Air such as CompuZone, Thunder Match. Only one exception though (ironically): Apple’s own online store, as iPad Air somehow is not yet available there.
To learn more about the device itself, head on to www.apple.com/ipad-air.