The iPad mini with Retina Display is now available in Malaysia via the Apple Online Store. The highly-awaited tablet is now available from RM1279. The release of the smaller iPad comes just 24 hours after the new iPad Air was made available in Malaysia via various outlets.
Announced back in October, the new iPad mini with Retina Display pushes the smaller iPad firmly to flagship status, featuring the latest A7 64-bit processor and, more importantly, fitting a Retina Display onto the 7.9-inch display – a feature many had been clamouring for.
Currently, the new iPad mini with Retina Display is only available at the Apple Online Store, with the pricing as follows:
- 16GB: RM1279
- 32GB: RM1599
- 64GB: RM1929
- 128GB: RM2249
WiFi + LTE:
- 16GB: RM1699
- 32GB: RM2029
- 64GB: RM2349
- 128GB: RM2679
Apple is promising delivery times between 5-7 business days for the iPad Mini Retina. At the time of writing, none of the major telcos have announced any plans for the iPad mini with Retina Display yet, although Maxis have released a teaser for the tablet with a “Coming Soon” tag.
Head on to the Apple Online Store now to find out more.
The brand synonymous with performance gaming is at it again. MSI has announced the new GT60 gaming laptop which not only pack the latest and most powerful mobile hardware around, but pushes the display boundaries with the introduction of a 3K resolution display. Yup, that’s 2880 pixels by 1620 on a 15.6-inch display.
To be available in a consumer- and workstation-grade variant, the MSI GT60 will be powered by a 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, 16GB of RAM, dual hard drives (1TB hard drive and a 128GB SSD) and of course the super sharp display. For the consumer variant, the rig will be equipped with an NVIDIA GoForce GTX780M and pre-installed with Windows 8, while the workstation variant will pack NVIDIA Quadro K3100 graphics but pre-installed with Windows 7.
In addition, the GT60 will sport four USB ports (3x USB 3.0), HDMI, two miniDisplayPort, Blu-Ray disc burner, Dynaudio speakers as well as user-programmable backlit keyboard by SteelSeries. Also, the rig is completed by the inclusion of a Killer Doubleshot card, comprising the Killer E2200 Networking and Killer Wireless-N1202 network cards.
Both variants, the consumer-level (model name 20D-261US) and the workstation-grade (model name 2OKWS-278US) GT60 are available now in the US, and will be priced at $2200 (about RM7200) and $2800 (about RM9200) respectively. For more information, head on to MSI’s official GT60 product page.
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.
Another cloud storage solutions provider has bit the dust. After negotiating an out-of-court settlement with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) amounting to a massive $80 million, Hotfile completely and almost immediately shut down its service, taking down all of its users’ files with it.
The shut down came as a surprise to many, as the cloud hosting provider had been scheduled to go on trial against the MPAA over…you guessed it, pirated content hosted by the company. The trial had not even begun before both parties decided to settle out of court. Even worse, all files hosted on Hotfile can no longer be accessed in any way whatsoever.
Now, users who access the Hotfile website will be greeted with a splash image with the following text:
“As a result of a United States Federal Court having found Hotfile.com to be in violation of copyright law the site has been permanently shut down. If you are looking for your favorite movies or TV-shows online, there are more ways than ever today to get high quality access to them on legal platforms.”
The shutting down of Hotfile is the second high-profile shutdown initiated by the MPAA, after popular BitTorrent site isoHunt was taken down in October – before a third party revived the forum a few weeks later. These also follow after Megaupload’s infamous shutting down and the series of events that transpired after, culminating in the introduction of Mega, a new cloud storage option that offered 50GB of free cloud storage.
Benchmark scores of what is supposedly the Samsung’s 2014 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, appears to indicate that the Korean giants are preparing to pack a 2K resolution display on the next-generation device. The Galaxy S5, as some speculate, could see an earlier release compared to previous years.
The benchmark score also lists another aspect of the device’s hardware: a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core chipset, which is the highest clockspeed of any Snapdragon 800 chipsets in any mobile device to date. In addition to the 2560 x 1440 display, the device will also ship with Android 4.4, which should not be much of a surprise, considering that every flagship Samsung Android device will run on the latest version of Android. There is also word that Samsung may finally move away from plastic and finally adopt a metal chassis for its 2014 flagship. The Korean company has approached Taiwanese company Catcher to supply up to 30 million metal housings, as well as approaching two other suppliers.
As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy S5 may be announced several months earlier compared to previous releases, with a Q1 release mooted. But then again, this benchmark score may not even be referring to the Galaxy S5 at all: Samsung is also rumoured to be working on a more-premium-than-premium Galaxy F series, and it was initially rumoured that this device may be announced in Q1 of 2014 as well. All there is for now is a model number, SM-G900S (the Galaxy S4′s model number is SM-I9500, while the Note 3 is SM-N9000), and the promise of more leaks to come.
The next generation USB connector is set to be significantly smaller from current USB connectors and will also be reversible, following in the footsteps of Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector. The new connector will be known as Type-C, and while there aren’t any reference images of the new connector just yet, the final design and specification may be finalized as early as mid-2014.
The introduction of Type-C USB connectors, which is said to be around the same size as a microUSB connector, is a much-sought after one, as more smaller and thinner devices using existing microUSB connectors are introduced to the market. Apple ditched its old proprietary connector in favour for the thinner Lighting connectors for this exact reason. In addition, making the next generation USB connector reversible will also negate the issues that arise when a USB device is plugged in upside-down.
And, just like Lightning, the introduction of a new connector means that Type-C USB connectors will no longer be backwards compatible, unlike previous USB iterations. However, this will still be seen as a necessary evil, and to counter the countless numbers of USB ports and chargers that will be rendered obsolete when Type-C debuts, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group will also be required to provide guidelines on developing Type-C adaptors to fit them into current USB ports, and vice versa.
(Source: The Verge)
Russian company Yota Devices have finally made official its revolutionary new smartphone, the YotaPhone. First seen almost exactly a year ago, the YotaPhone is markedly different from any other smartphone in the market today, with the introduction of a second display at the back of the device.
The YotaPhone is powered by an older Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core 1.7GHz processor with 2GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage, 13MP rear camera, LTE connectivity, 1800mAh battery, and of course, a 4.3-inch 720p LCD display, as well as a secondary 4.3-inch 640 x 360 e-ink display. In terms of specs, the Android 4.2.2-running YotaPhone definitely does not seem to justify the rather high price tag, but Yota Devices have taken steps to ensure that the YotaPhone’s e-ink display is more than just a marketing gimmick.
For starters, the YotaPhone will come pre-installed with “YotaPhone apps” that make use of the secondary display, and utilizes unique gestures to “throw” information from the main display to the rear always-on display. At this point, if you’re wondering about how the secondary display will affect battery life, well…you shouldn’t. E-ink displays are more often seen in e-book readers, and these monochromatic displays are known for their battery-sipping properties.
What’s more of a concern is in the device’s heat management. To alleviate the issue, Yota’s engineers have devised a patent-protected system that dissipates heat from the processor away from the heat-sensitive electronic paper display, while still maintaining a chassis that is acceptably thin and light (the YotaPhone maxes out at 9.99mm and weighs 146g). On top of that, an SDK has been released as promised for third-party developers to introduce more ways to use the e-ink display.
The YotaPhone is available now via the company’s official online store for €499 (around RM2200). Unfortunately, despite the online availability the YotaPhone will only be available in the its native Russia and selected European countries. By the middle of next year, Yota Devices CEO Vlad Martynov estimates that the YotaPhone will only be available in over 20 countries worldwide.
An independent test has concluded that the Canon EOS-1D C meets the European Broadcast Union (EBU) standards for HD content acquisiton, making it the world’s first digital SLR camera to meet this stringent testing criteria. The 4K-shooting DSLR was announced over a year ago, alongside a cool $15,000 price tag.
The test results indicated that the EOS-1D C provides “exceptional” HD resolution from a 4K source with “very low” aliasing, and “good” color performance and motion portrayal. The test results also confirmed that the EOS-1D C camera system and its imaging performance comply with the recommended specification for inclusion in HD Tier 1 for HD production.
In addition, a new firmware update for the EOS-1D C is available now, which enables the camera to correct insufficient peripheral illumination and chromatic aberration when outfitted with supporting EF Cinema Lenses. The update also allows the EOS-1D C to accept a line-level audio input via its mini 3.5mm connector as well as improved flicker reduction.