We woke up today to the news that the mysterious founder of Bitcoin has been found; and that his name is indeed Satoshi Nakamoto. That news was quickly followed by reports of the original report was mistaken, and the person they found is denying all connections to Bitcoin. All of which has resulted in discussions about individual privacy.
The days leading up to MWC 2014 were dominated by news of both Oppo and Xiaomi expanding their presence in the region. It was, largely, well received, as most of our readers enjoying the potential for growing smartphone options. The situation bears another look now that MWC is past. So are both Oppo and Xiaomi still viable options now that we know what is to come in the next 6 months?
The interface might looked different from your usual Android devices but make no mistake: Nokia X is indeed an Android device although the OS is based on Android Open Source Project codes and doesn’t have the native access to Google services. Hence, users are able to install Android apps into the device rather easily.
Remember when WhatsApp went down about a week ago? That was definitely the worst time for the mobile messaging service to go down – since Facebook announced that they have acquired WhatsApp, many people have been talking about switching to another messaging app and that downtime just gave some of them a final push. Now, we’ve been hearing a lot about the popular messaging apps like Line, Kakao Talk, WeChat and such, but one particular player received the most attention ever since the whole WhatsApp deal started, so what app (no pun intended) is that? It’s Telegram.
Some days, one doesn’t have the will to work. However, it isn’t always possible to sit around and slack off. Especially with the boss around. However, it is possible to provide the illusion of working while actually engaging in other activities. More importantly, stricter workplaces may attempt to block proper entertainment websites, so one will have to get crafty about things.
Naturally, these solutions work best if nobody can see your screen. Although a couple may managed to escape detection by people who aren’t paying too much attention.
When Whatsapp first announced on Monday that they would be introducing voice calls to their immensely popular app, we predicted that mobile telecommunication providers across the globe would become very worried with how this development would effect them. It didn’t take long for Singtel to fire off the first shots to protect their interests.
So, Oppo is finally here in Malaysia and is set to release a number of smartphones to our market real soon following the official launch earlier this week. One of them is of course, the Oppo N1.
After our initial experience with the device during its launch event, Oppo today has delivered a review unit to our HQ. While we work on a full review of the N1, enjoy our brief unboxing video of the new smartphone above.
Who are Xiaomi and Oppo? The last week has seen two Chinese companies begin to make news in Malaysia. Oppo recently launched a series of new phones, while Xiaomi is already planning to enter the market. But who are these companies? And how do they fit into the grand scheme of smartphone manufacturers out there?
At this point in time, it should not be doubted any longer that Samsung will be launching its latest flagship, the Galaxy S5, at its Unpacked 2014 Episode 1 event in Barcelona next week. The rumours and leaks of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 have been circulating for months now, but one thing seems to be clear: Samsung is aiming to make the Galaxy S5, without a shadow of doubt, the best Android smartphone around.
With the S5 set to be announced next week, here’s what we know of the Galaxy S5 so far.
It’s been about a week since Flappy Bird creator, Dong Nguyen, removed his famous fun yet annoying game from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, giving up an estimated daily earnings of USD$50,000. Many clones were made since then and not just for Android and iOS devices, but also for smartwatches, Windows 8 as well as for your web browser. While both Google and Apple have announced that they are no longer accepting apps that are misleading (apps that contains the name “Flappy”) into their respective app stores, some of them are still available. Check out the best alternatives we’ve seen so far after the break.
Say what you want about not allowing toddlers and young children to be exposed to gadgets, especially a smartphone, but one way or another these little rascals will find their way to your beloved phones. What’s worse, they might drop it, multiple times a day, everyday. When they’re not dropping it, they’ll throw it – true story.
Readers who have been with Lowyat.NET for a while will know that I have always liked HTC phones. From the Desire to the Desire Z, the HTC One X to the awesome “Kanye West” phone, the One S, right up to the more recent One and One Max, I’ve always found HTC devices as some of my favourites through the years. So following what could only be described as one of the worst showings for HTC in 2013 despite having a great phone in the form of the HTC One, it left me more than a little disappointed. After returning from the HTC Frequencies Asia event, I genuinely believed that the company was ready to turn things around and in a big way.
After reading this article on The Verge, it got me thinking: a wearable is all well and good, but what could HTC do to make the right steps to turning things around? Seeing as how HTC have opened a dialogue channel with the media by hosting the Frequencies events, here are a few things I think that would help move things on the right track.
Have your say too! What do you think HTC can do to improve things? Let us know in the comments section and the best suggestions will be compiled and sent to HTC directly!
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Digital textbooks are being implemented in Malaysian schools from this year onward. It effectively means that students will be able to eventually opt out of carrying heavy physical books, and simply accessing everything from the Internet. On the surface, this looks like a great step towards leveraging modern technology for education.
All this is part of the 13-year Malaysia Education Blueprint (Pelan Pembangunan Pendidikan Malaysia (PPPM)). The first step is to make current textbooks available for viewing over 1BestariNet, and that is already underway with 313 textbooks uploaded. The second wave, due to happen from 2016 until 2020, will see updated textbooks with interactive elements.
This move towards a more connected education system works, if students are allowed constant access to tablets or computers, something that the Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh says will happen eventually. He also says that students will be allowed to bring their own devices to the classroom. There are only two problems with this scenario, both involve access to the technology.
It’s no surprise that in the connected world we live in, the most useful and important gadget of them all has got to be a powerbank. These days battery technology is not where we want it to be with relation to how much we use our devices and we often find ourselves out and about, stuck with the dreaded red battery logo. I for one have often found myself seeing how I could stretch the last sliver of battery life out of my 1% by employing all sorts of brightness reducing and EDGE enabling tactics.
The portable power bank has come a long way since the early days where they were not as commonplace and honestly not as needed as they are now. The problem is that in this market, there is a plethora to choose from that come in all shapes, sizes and for every use known to man. In fact, some powerbanks are able to charge netbooks (remember those) and on the higher end, some will even charge your full sized laptop.
So how do you know whats good when price is not the biggest determining factor? I’ll be going through a few key points to look out for when you’re looking around for your next saviour of your electronic gadgets!
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Last week, Valve unveiled the vendors for their Steam Machines. We also managed to catch a glimpse of what these consoles will look like, along with the potential specifications and price tags. These are not consoles by the traditional definition. For one, the higher end versions have internals that would make a Mac Pro weep in envy.
Yet, the lower end Steam Machines are barely out of the netbook stages of life. Naturally, there are plenty of machines in between to provide gamers with a variety of price points to suit the numerous budgets. These prices are also notably more expensive than the Sony Playstation 4 they intend to compete with.
This raises the question of, who is supposed to be buying a Steam Machine?