Some might not consider Chromebook as a proper laptop but for what it’s worth, I believe that Chromebook will be around for quite some time as Google continue to gather partners for the cloud-based notebook. In fact, they have just received one more partner this week which is Dell who have just announced their first ever Chromebook.
As the name implies, the Dell Chromebook 11 is equipped with an 11.6-inch 1366×1768 display and is powered by the Haswell-based 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 2955U processor which also features the Intel HD Graphics as its built-in GPU. Claimed to have up to 10 hours of battery life, the Dell Chromebook 11 also comes standard with a 720p front-facing webcam, two USB 3.0 ports and a HDMI port as well as connectivity support for Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11abgn Wi-Fi.
With a 16GB solid state drive as its internal storage, Chromebook 11 will be made available in two different variant: one with 4GB RAM and another one with 2GB RAM. Expected to cost under USD 300 (RM 969), the 4GB variant of Dell Chromebook 11 will be released in US and UK in January 2014 while the 2GB version will follow suit sometime in the first quarter of 2014.
For now, Dell have yet to announce any release detail for the new Dell Chromebook 11 in our market. The chances of seeing it here in our market might be further affected by the fact that 1BestariNet which is one of the main driving force behind Chromebook adoption in Malaysia already has its “own” WiMAX-enabled Samsung Chromebook.
That being said, Chromebook in general still have its place in the market as a productivity and light-duty entertainment machine. So, let’s see if Dell are willing to bring it over to Malaysia in 2014.
Like it or not, it looks like Facebook has went ahead to allow videos to play automatically in your News Feed. Like other video services such as Vine and even Instagram, videos will only autoplay when you scroll through them and voice will be muted, thankfully. The autoplay feature will only work for native videos that are uploaded to Facebook and when tapped on, will bring you to a full screen mode with voice.
At the time of writing, it looks like Facebook for iOS Version 6.8 brings autoplay video only to users in the U.S.. According to the description in iTunes (U.S., Malaysia and Australia for comparison sake), only the U.S. store has “Videos now play automatically in News Feed — tap for sound” written in the change log. Don’t be too happy yet though, it has been widely rumored that Facebook will introduce video ads as early as next year and TechCrunch has even confirmed with Facebook that the new format is being rolled out internationally to most iOS and Android users with desktop version still in the works.
Worried about your data quota being sucked up dry by auto playing videos? Well, fret not, according to TechCrunch, there’s an added settings that allows users select only to auto play when user is connected to Wi-Fi and not on cellular data. The settings should be available for both iOS and Android right now so activate it before you get a bill shock when the feature suddenly goes live for us.
After unleashing the new Transformer Book T100 (in two different wave, nevertheless) and Transformer Book Trio in our market, ASUS Malaysia have now announced that they have released yet another Windows 8-based Transformer Book in our market. This particular model is called the Transformer Book T300 and just like the T100, it is also a 2-in-1 device as the top part of T300 can be detached to be used as a tablet.
However, almost everything about the Transformer T300 is much more powerful or larger than the T100. For example, the T300 is powered by the 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor and is equipped with a 13.3-inch 1920×1080 IPS touch display. It is also comes with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 128GB SSD. In terms of battery life, ASUS claimed that the T300’s is able to last up to 8 hours via it’s 6710mAh battery.
The new ASUS Transformer Book T300 will be made available in Malaysia starting from this week onwards with a price tag of RM 3399. The full specifications sheet is available after the jump but in case you need to know more, head on to the nearest ASUS Malaysia’s dealer or visit my.asus.com.
Gamers world wide have been waiting patiently to see what Valve’s SteamOS looks like; and that has now paid off. The Linux based operating system made solely for gaming will be available tomorrow.
Also shipping at the same time are the 300 prototype Steam Machines. Which will begin their journey to lucky users who signed up for the beta test. Unfortunately, Valve has been forced to limit the test to the US only. Apparently due to regulatory issues with shipping the machines overseas. Very bad news for anyone in the rest of the world who was hoping of getting their hands on what may be the next revolution in gaming.
SteamOS itself may not entirely be a completed product. The Steam announcement appears to indicate that a certain amount of experience with programming in Linux is necessary to actually enjoy the OS.
Good news for all of you who are using the free version of Spotify, as reported by the Wall Street Journal last week, Spotify has indeed been working on bringing its free music streaming to mobile devices and is now available on both Android and iOS platforms.
Spotify for Android and iOS was previously only available for Premium users paying RM15/month for an ad-free version. The new free service will come with ads and a slight twist – you can only shuffle play. This means that instead of playing that specific track you want, you can only hit the shuffle button in an album and listen to tracks randomly, hey, at least you get to specify the artist you want right? Shuffle play applies for any album and even your personalized playlist.
Other than that, everything else works pretty much the same as the free desktop version of Spotify, you can still create your favorite playlists, share and discover new music. Get Spotify on your Android or iOS device now.
While their catalogue have been available in the digital realms for quite some time via iTunes, Led Zeppelin have never embraced streaming music services. That is until now, as Spotify have announced that songs by the legendary rock gods are now available through the world famous music streaming service.
Apparently, the deal is exclusive to Spotify which is definitely a significant achievement for the company and should strengthen Spotify’s foothold in the market even further. Starting from this week onwards, the company will be releasing two album per day on their platform starting with the band’s self-titled debut album and its follow-up, the Led Zeppelin II.
Now that we already able to stream Led Zeppelin music, I hope The Beatles and AC/DC would consider doing the same too. It will be a glorious day when that happens.
When Google first announced Android Device Manager 3 months back, it was one of the best things that has happened to Android, users could remotely locate, ring, wipe out a device or even lock it but there was one thing missing, an app. Android Device Manager was only available on the web and while that may be convenient because you can access it from any device that has access to the internet, it was troublesome. Fortunately, Google has finally released an Android Device Manager app for Android devices, making it easily accessible on the go.
Available for download immediately on the Google Play Store, it works just like the web version allowing you to pick a device to locate and the location will be shown on Google Map. Check out Android Device Manager app for your Android devices now.
First used in Pixar’s Brave in 2012, the Dolby Atmos audio technology is said to offer more natural and realistic sound as compared to existing 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound system. This is done through the use of ceiling-mounted speakers in addition to the usual surround sound setup in cinemas halls.
Having an impressive speaker setup doesn’t mean much though if they are not able to be utilized properly. Hence, Dolby Atmos technology also gives content creators direct access to a maximum number of 64 individual speakers that would provide them more freedom to determine the sounds movement and direction in their work.
Starting from this month onwards, local cinema goers are able to experience Dolby Atmos right here in Malaysia as GSC have become the first cinema operator in the country to install the Dolby Atmos technology in their premise. Specifically, it was installed in the newly renovated Hall 3 of GSC 1 Utama.
If you are interested to check out Dolby Atmos yourself, try planning your viewing sessions around these Dolby Atmos movies:
- The White Storm (showing now)
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (12 December 2013)
- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (26 December 2013).
- I, Frankenstein (23 January 2014)
- 300: Rise of an Empire (6 March 2014)
- Mr. Peabody and Sherman (20 March 2014)
- Rio 2 (10 April 2014)
- X-Men: Days of Future Past (22 May 2014)
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (7 August 2014).
To learn more about the Dolby Atmos audio technology, just head on to www.dolby.com.