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?
Yesterday, the latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report from IDC showed that Chinese phone manufacturers are on the rise while the more popular ones like Samsung and Apple are falling. Today, Strategy Analytics releases something similar but further demonstrates how strong Chinese phone makers are as Xiaomi kicks LG off the top 5 chart, taking its place as the fifth largest smartphone vendor in Q2 2014.
BitTorrent is currently preparing to launch a private messaging app called Bleep that is specifically designed to protect users’ messaging history data and anonymity. Unlike Skype, Google Hangouts or Facebook Messenger, Bleep is a decentralised communication platform, meaning it does not store your chats in the company’s servers.
For the first time in three years, Samsung Electronics has seen a drop in quarterly profits. Now, these figures are not as dramatic as they sound, since the company still made billions in net profit, but one of the contributing factors behind Samsung’s Q2 drop in profits were due to the traditionally strong Samsung Mobile division.
Gamers were more than a little annoyed to learn that the next generation of consoles would not be backward compatible. Neither the PlayStation 4 nor the Xbox One would be running old games off the disc. However, Sony also promised a game streaming service that would allow owners of the PS4 to play old games on the next generation platform for a fee. That service, PlayStation Now, has entered into the open beta test phase as of today.
If you wish to get a brand new smartphone or tablet, but do not have enough cash, Celcom is now allowing you to use Easy Payment Plan with all of its device bundles, 0% interest and no processing fee required. You can opt for a repayment period of up to 24 months and walk away with a brand new device without any upfront cash payment at all.
Google is now taking efforts in optimising their social messaging app, Hangouts for better implementations to business use. The tech giant also announced that there is no longer the need to sign up for a Google+ profile in order to utilise the video conferencing app.
The Hangouts app by Google would be available to all Google Apps customer account even without a Google+ profile, thus allowing any Google Apps users to start a video meeting up to 15 participants. From now on, it is now just “Hangouts” instead of the previously titled “Google+ Hangouts”.
Modbook used to be a small time company that modified Macbooks into tablets. This was long before the Apple iPad came along and spoiled the party for them. Now running as Modbook Inc, they are attempting to keep the ball rolling by building the first ever Mac OS X tablet; and they have turned to Kickstarter to get the project going.
The Sony Xperia Z3 is not even confirmed, heck, even the Sony Xperia Z2 Compact hasn’t been announced, but rumors and leaks about the Xperia Z3 Compact are already getting strong. The latest Xperia Z3 Compact leak not only shows off the device taken by Mr. Blurry Cam, but also reveals its specs.
Electronic Arts and Xbox recently teamed up to provide gamers with a monthly subscription service that provides access to a variety of EA titles. Some circles ended up wondering why the same sort of service wasn’t also announced for the PlayStation 4; as EA also releases games for the console. It turns out that Sony turned down the offer because they didn’t think it was a good deal for anyone.
It looks like keying in passwords in iOS would soon be a thing in the past. Last month, 1Password, a popular password and security management app, demonstrated how its app would work on iOS 8, complete with Touch ID support and now, the company is demonstrating how 1Password works with third-party apps on Apple’s next mobile operation system update.
What a week it has been for Xiaomi. Last Tuesday, the company announced its highly-anticipated flagship smartphone, the Mi 4. Around the same time, a Hong Kong-based forum had a moderator who published what appears to be damning evidence that one of Xiaomi’s devices was discreetly pinging a server located in China. There were also apparent evidence that suggests the device was even uploading user data such as messages and pictures onto the server, even when Mi Cloud was disabled.
Could it be that Xiaomi installs spyware on its smartphones? Could it be that the MIUI software also contain spyware?