Is 64-bit mobile processors only a marketing gimmick or will it be the future of mobile devices? Well, we don’t know for sure but Qualcomm sure has something interesting for the emerging market – the Snapdragon 401 chipset that is capable of support 64-bit and is targeted at low-end devices. The new processor was announced not too long ago and Qualcomm is expected to be sampled to manufacturers in the first half of 2014 and expected to be in commercial devices in the second half.
Manufactured using 28nm process technology, Snapdragon 401 packs quite a lot of features under its hood including LTE connectivity for all major modes and frequency bands around the world, include support for dual- and triple-SIM, Adreno 306 GPU, 1080p video playback, and up to a 13MP camera. Other features include the usual Qualcomm Technologies’ Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM and NFC functionality, and support all major navigation constellations.
“We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub $150 price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. The Snapdragon 410 chipset will also be the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing.” — Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Qualcomm Technologies, China.
Late last month, Razer have announced yet another addition to their family of music/gaming headphones under the Kraken series called Kraken Forged Edition. It is the fourth model in the series and recently made an unannounced appearance at Razer’s booth during the PIKOM PC Fair in KL Convention Centre last weekend.
As you can see above and also from its name, the Razer Kraken Forged Edition is made of metal (aircraft-grade aluminium, to be specific) and finished with matte texture. The closed cup headphones is said to be hand-assembled to ensure its premium quality and comes with a pair of 40mm audio drivers that are made from neodymium magnets just like other versions of Kraken headphones before it.
Additionally, Razer stated (in their own words) that the Kraken Forged Edition is tuned to deliver “booming bass, clear mids and crisp highs” which again sounds exactly like the original Kraken headphones that was released in 2012. To ensure comfort during long use, the company fitted the headphones with thick leatherette ear cushions.
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Missed the recent pre-order program for Nokia Lumia 1520? Fret no more, it seems like Nokia Malaysia have retained the RM 1999 price tag that they offered during the device’s pre-order period according to a recent post of their official Facebook page.
However, the company didn’t specify exactly how long the promo will last although the posters for the promo do mention “while stocks last”. Furthermore, they also stated that the promo is only available at certain stores but again, those stores were not listed out by Nokia Malaysia.
While customers are able to purchase the new Lumia 1520 for less than its standard retail pricing of RM 2159 just like during its pre-order period, the device will not accompanied by the free Coloud Boom Headphones that was given to all pre-order customers. Still beats paying the full price, nevertheless.
[Source: Nokia Malaysia @ Facebook]
I guess it’s safe to say that most flagship 5” smartphones in the market has a “mini” version – the HTC One mini, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Sony Xperia Z1f/s (a 4.3” Xperia Z1 for the Japanese market / the rumored international Z1 mini), and it looks like the Asus Padfone Infinity is no exception. Asus will soon be taking the curtains off its Padfone mini, the manufacturer has already sent out an invitation to media in its home country for a Padfone mini launch event.
But we don’t have to wait till then to check out how it will look like, thanks to @evleaks, images of the Padfone mini have made their way to the internet ahead of the launch, showing off not only a smaller smartphone, but also a smaller tablet dock. Like most of the “minis” out there, the Padfone mini will come with a 4.3” display and less powerful hardware on the inside such as a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, a lower resolution display and only 3G connectivity instead of LTE. It will work like the existing Asus Padfone but instead of a full-sized 10” tablet, the Padfone mini will have a 7” dock.
Unfortunately though, the invitation is only for Taiwan with no hints of whether it’ll get an international launch. If it does, will its new mini size and hopefully a more affordable price tag attract you to the Asus Padfone mini?
A set of instructions appearing online appears to instruct users on how to unlock their next generation Xbox One and allow it to run Xbox 360 games. However, following this set of instructions only leads to the console to brick itself. The apparent hack comes from a set of options in the Xbox console which supposedly turns on the developer mode. From there, unsuspecting users are told that this will allow their consoles to become backward compatible.
Instead, the change of settings risks bricking the system. Something that is the exactly opposite of allowing you to play more games.
Reports have it that the prank originates from 4chan, and it wouldn’t be too difficult to believe that. After all, they were the ones who came up with the idea that iOS7 makes iPhones waterproof. Another prank that left gullible users without a phone.
Gearbox and Telltale games are working on a new series of Borderlands games. This time, it will use the same episodic formula it used on the Walking Dead series. Development lead by Telltale will see a cast of characters who are not Vault Hunters.
Unlike the two previous Borderlands games, the new series will utilise the heavy storytelling elements that made Telltale famous. The trailer also includes someone who looks suspiciously like Handsome Jack.
There is no other news available, but 2014 will be a very interesting year for the Borderlands.
“Hey you know what, I should start my own page and influence people with a piece of my mind once in a while.”
Social media has always been a tool to drive conversation and as a platform for people to express themselves. Even brands feel the need to be on social media to communicate with their followers and get to know them better. It is about building relationships with people and stay in touch with friends and family, maybe the occasional humble brag and attention-seeking selfies.
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Following the arrival of iPad Mini with Retina Display at Apple Malaysia’s online store last week, the new tablet is now heading to external retailers this week. According to Mac City, Machines and Switch, the scheduled availability date for the tablet has been set at 12 December which is this coming Thursday.
As usual, the pricing for iPad Mini with Retina Display at these retailers are identical to Apple Malaysia’s online store which ranging from RM 1279 for 16GB W-Fi variant to RM 2679 for 128GB 4G model. Just like the equally new iPad Air, customers are able to obtain iPad Mini with Retina Display either in Space Grey or Silver colourway.
So, if you are planning to order an iPad Mini with Retina Display from Apple Malaysia’s online store today, don’t do that just yet. Instead, head on to your favourite Apple retailers this Thursday to obtain your new iPad right away if possible – rather than waiting for the delivery guy to send it over.