Earlier, little-known Chinese startup OnePlus just announced its first smartphone – and it almost broke the Internet. Within minutes after the One’s launch ended its website’s servers broke under the intense worldwide attention it got. And it’s not a surprise, either: they knew it was going to happen. What else would you expect when you price a flagship smartphone at almost a third of the retail price of smartphones with similar specs?
Now that the dust has almost settled, there’s one important question to ask: is the OnePlus One really the 2014 flagship killer the company claims it is? Let’s find out.
You may not have heard of them, but by the end of today you will most definitely be very intrigued by a company called OnePlus. Barely six months old, this startup is releasing a smartphone that it’s calling the “2014 flagship killer” – and at a price that will floor every single premium smartphone in the market.
But just who is OnePlus?
So you’ll be going away to another country for just a couple of days. It’s way too short and too troublesome to buy a local SIM pack at the country just to go online. For convenience’s sake, you wish to stick to your Malaysian line. So which telco offers the best international roaming rates in its postpaid plans? We gather all the unlimited data roaming rates here so you know which local telco to select in the place(s) you travel to, and which Malaysian telco should you roam with in order to enjoy the best data roaming rates.
This week on Kickstarter, we look at something we don’t really think anything of but we could all somehow find some use of from time to time: Playing Cards. I know paying copious amounts of money for something you can get at just about 7-eleven is counter intuitive, but these are some of the most beautiful playing cards I’ve seen! If you’re a magician or maybe entertain regular poker nights or even just a person who likes to flourish cards, these may be for you.
Yesterday, ASUS finally launched its new ZenFone range of Android smartphones in the Southeast Asian region. Powered by Intel’s Clover Trail+ range of processors, these smartphones take the word “budget” and “affordable” to new low levels. With retail prices starting from only RM299, the new ZenFone 4, 5 and 6 could well be the smartphones to watch.
The internet feels very much like an extension of my home. My own little corner of the internet is very much like the TARDIS: bigger on the inside than on the outside. Games, pictures, documents, notes, and friends all reside within a digital space that is both easy to access and conveniently does not fill up my shelves with junk. Unfortunately, the last week has pointed out that while the internet feels like home, many of us still leave the front door open.
One of my fondest gaming memories was playing Total Annihilation back in 1997. It was a time when Cavedog Entertainment provided new units to use every month; free of charge. These new units weren’t all that game-changing either; just nice additions to the already massive arsenal that few other games have managed to provide. Things have changed a lot since then.
In a new weekly segment at Lowyat.NET, we decided to scour the wonderful world of Kickstarter to see what funky things we could find and whose dreams you should throw your money at. I use kickstarter quite often to check out cool boardgames to back or even what’s out there in the tech world prototypes. This week we look at a modern interpretation of a household staple, the Smartlamp.
Here at Lowyat.TV and Lowyat.NET, we are proud to present our documentary series called The Movement.
These days, more and more people are pursuing their dreams and shaking up their respective industries; The Movement sets out to document this “movement” and tell the stories behind these inspiring individuals. Often times we take for granted what we see on the surface so we go behind the scenes and find out what makes these brands, groups or individuals tick.
The concept of early access is not a strange one to PC gamers. It is essentially paying for access to a game early, usually during early development stages. While some are already familiar with access to beta tests for games, this takes the concept of player feedback and participation to a whole new level. Of course, it also allows studios to have some income long before their game is released.
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After some feedback from the last camera test, we decided to do one pitting the 2 most talked about flagship phones to the test against each other in a side by side photo comparison! Both cameras were shot at full auto and the S5 pictures were cropped according to the lower resolution M8′s crop in mind and so the S5 will be higher resolution than the M8. Click each of the images to view 100% resolution.
The image for the One M8 is always at the TOP and the Galaxy S5 will be the one at the BOTTOM
I was recently asked about the necessity of anti-virus software on a smartphone. It is was a reasonable question, but one that I didn’t quite have an answer to. Kaspersky has reported some 200,000 unique samples of mobile malware in January 2014; which certainly looks like an extremely dangerous trend. Yet, security against malware doesn’t appear to be very high on the list of priorities of smartphone users.