Japanese carrier KDDI has announced a refreshed HTC J Butterfly, a colourful, slightly beefed-up version of the international HTC One M8.
Unlike the HTC One M8, the J Butterfly is encased in a waterproof body. It is fairly common in Japan to have their smartphones waterproof, however, allowing the J Butterfly to be submerge in water means that the quality of the Boomsound speakers that HTC is known for had to be sacrificed. Fortunately, HTC makes it up to users by bundling in a pair of high-quality JBL in-ear headphones.
Want to pay for one phone and walk away with two? Today is 1 August, a Windows Phone 8.1 day and Nokia is celebrating this special day with a sale that offers you a Nokia 225 for free when you purchase a Lumia 930 from them. The Lumia 930 retails at RM1,999 while the Nokia 225 retails at RM175.
The second development kit of the Oculus Rift has begun arriving at the homes of customers since last week. This has presented some with the opportunity to pull apart the device and see what’s inside. iFixit, the website that specialises in grading gadgets according to the ease of repair has discovered that the display inside the Oculus Rift DK2 is directly taken from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
AMD has finally introduced the new range of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) based on the Kaveri architecture. The fourth generation A10-7800 APU was announced early last month and features 12 compute cores (four CPU and eight GPU) with a substantially lower TDP than its predecessor. Aimed at DIY and the system builder market, the three new APUs are based on the FM2+ chipset; which makes them incompatible with older machines.
The Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has fined Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi a total of NTD600,000 (around $20,000) for false advertising over the number of units that were sold in some of its flash sales that went on in Taiwan. The authority found that in three of its flash sales in December last year, Xiaomi had sold less units than it claimed to have in stock.
HTC has begun sending out press invites for an event in New York scheduled for the 19th of August. With the recent rumours about a HTC One M8 for Windows, many are predicting that this event is meant to unveil the Taiwanese company’s latest flagship smartphone, powered by Windows Phone 8.1.
Round smartwatches are definitely a lot more attractive than the typical ones we see in the market today. When Motorola first announced its Moto 360 smartwatch, it was one of the most beautiful thing ever and now it looks like OnePlus may be developing something similar. BGR recently posted a set of leaked images showing off a rounded smartwatch from OnePlus called the OneWatch.
Square-Enix’s hit MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has officially launched a 14-day free trial period for those who want to try the game before buying into it. FFXIV follows a subscription model similar to that of World of Warcraft, and requires players to both buy the game and pay a monthly fee to access the servers. Previously, the only trial period existed as a 30-day pass after buying the title.
With the launch of the latest Core product from Magic: the Gathering, we stopped by our nearest friendly local game shop (FLGS) to find out what has been keeping people coming back to the game for over 20 years. What we found was that while the game has a highly competitive tournament scene, it isn’t just all about a bunch of geeks playing with funny cards. There is a profound sense of community and camaraderie that among the players.
HTC’s excellent One (M8) remains one of my favourite smartphones of this year. It managed to get a lot of things right, from the beautifully-designed chassis, very light software skin and surprisingly good battery life, but stumbled a little at the final hurdle: the camera. Many bemoaned the fact that HTC retained the 4MP UltraPixel sensor, while adding the depth sensor for some genuinely cool effects. Don’t get me wrong, it is a much-improved camera compared to last year’s HTC One, but I personally wished it captured images at higher resolutions.
It is a criticism HTC has heard many times, and perhaps it is for that same reason the company has come out with the One (E8): a similarly-designed smartphone featuring a polycarbonate shell and a large 13MP rear camera sensor. It is also priced significantly cheaper too: the One (E8) is rumoured to be priced at RM1,699 when it is launched later this year. So how’s the One (E8) like?