Editorial

Guide: How to Use WhatsApp Web on Your Desktop via Google Chrome Browser?

by Huei Song · 1 week ago · 11 Comments · 6.4k views

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Now that WhatsApp is finally available on the web, meaning that yes, it’s available for your PC and Mac, how do you get it to work? Update the app on your mobile phone, load the WhatsApp Web page, scan the QR code and you’re good to go.

Having problems with the update? Here’s a quick guide to help you out.

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Is Xiaomi-Mania Reaching its Nadir in Malaysia?

by Pang Tun Yau · 2 weeks ago · 53 Comments · 8.7k views

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Xiaomi’s Mi Note launch event last week was a particularly significant one for the company. Not only was this the first real global launch event by Xiaomi, the Mi Note was also the first Mi phone designed for the international market. Even Hugo Barra, the Xiaomi Global VP famed for his casual polo tee outfits, was decked in a suit; evidently, this was a big deal.

It was also a big deal for Malaysian Mi Fans, as after the event it was revealed that Xiaomi will not be releasing its current flagship, the Mi 4, into Malaysia. This was the latest in a series of let-downs from the Chinese company, and for some, it may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. After arriving to such frenzy in Malaysia, has Xiaomi-mania hit its lowest ebb?

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Exposed: The Misleading Don’t Bodoh Campaign Is Nothing More Than A Fraud

by Chief Chapree · 2 weeks ago · 22 Comments · 11k views

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Claiming itself as an “independent entity that is not linked to any telco companies“, Don’t Bodoh looks like a nifty, professionally-done website that apparently allows users to “compare” telco plans and determine which one is most suitable to them. As we dug deeper in our effort to learn more about this particularly secretive “independent entity”, we learned that Don’t Bodoh is misleading users into believing that the site is actually giving sound advice to them.

In fact, Don’t Bodoh can be considered as a fraud depending on how you look at things.

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Spec Sheet: Is the New Xiaomi Mi Note the New King of Phablets?

by Pang Tun Yau · 2 weeks ago · 6 Comments · 6k views

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With the release of the new Xiaomi Mi Note, suddenly the Chinese company is setting its sights on a market dominated by just a few phones: the premium phablet. This market is home to a select few devices which manage to balance a large screen with plenty of practical features to separate it from smaller-screened flagships. How does the new Mi Note fare in this elite club? And just for the sake of it, let’s throw in the Mi Note Pro as well.

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Lowyat.NET 2014 Editor’s Choice Awards: The Best Gadgets and Stories of the Year

by Pang Tun Yau · 1 month ago · 9 Comments · 7.3k views

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It’s been a wholly amazing year for the tech industry, with plenty of exciting innovations to be seen in 2014’s gadgets. Be it in smartphones, ever-shrinking laptops to wearables, this is a year to be excited about gadgets once more, with equally interesting stories to match. You’ve voted for your favourite gadgets and stories, now here are our picks of the best this year had to offer.

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[Update] The Complete List of Postpaid Voice Plans in Malaysia and What they Offer – Celcom, Maxis, DiGi and U Mobile

by Huei Song · 1 month ago · 41 Comments · 60.5k views

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[Update 26/12/2014]: We’ve added Celcom’s new postpaid plans with Optimiser to the list.

[Update 21/8/2014]: Since that quite a lot has changed over the past few months since posting this article, here’s an update to reflect all those changes. Maxis has removed most of its older postpaid plans and replaced them with an all new MaxisONE Plans that gives “limitless” calls and SMS from as low as RM78 a month. Celcom also renamed its data plans to the Celcom First One for those who complained about how the MaxisONE plans have too little data. Finally, DiGi added new iDiGi plans that are streamlined with its existing Smart Plan postpaid plans.

Just a little reminder, none of these plans is tied to any contract. Contract only applies for phone bundles, or when the telco gives you an extra discount for signing up for a contract. Otherwise, you will be free to change your plans anytime you want.

Hit the break to check out the changes.

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Lowyat.NET 2014 Community Choice Awards: Here are the Winners!

by Pang Tun Yau · 1 month ago · 8 Comments · 3.8k views

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Over the past two weeks, we asked our readers to vote on our first Community Choice Awards. Now that voting has closed, we’ve tabulated the entries (and weeded out multiple entries of the same name), let’s proceed to announcing the winners of the inaugural Lowyat.NET 2014 Community Choice Awards!

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Introducing the Lowyat.NET 2014 Community Choice Awards – We Want to Hear From You!

by Pang Tun Yau · 1 month ago · 12 Comments · 6k views

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[UPDATE @ 6:35pm, 22 December] Reminder! Voting ends at 11:59pm so vote now to stand a chance to win our prizes!

[UPDATE @ 10:15pm, 17 December] Final round of prizes unveiled! 

[UPDATE @ 11:00pm, 12 December] We can now announce more prizes!

And so we edge ever closer to the end of another year, but what a year this has been. 2014 saw so many interesting changes in our favourite industry. From the steady adoption of virtual reality to the emergence of Chinese smartphone makers, there was plenty to talk about all year round.

Now, we want to hear from you. As part of the nation’s largest online community, what were the highlights of 2014 for you?

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Reinventing Photography: Is HTC Going the Right Path with the RE Camera?

by Pang Tun Yau · 2 months ago · 2 Comments · 3.6k views

htc-re-camera-10It’s been called a lot of things, from a WW2-era torchlight, an inhaler and even a bidet, but one thing’s for certain: HTC definitely got people talking about its latest product, the Re camera.

It isn’t an action camera, either. Instead, the Re can be better described as a lifestyle camera, a highly pocketable device that lets you take pictures of memorable events while still being in the moment – and not peering through a viewfinder.

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Building the World’s Toughest Notebooks: Panasonic Toughbook Shows the Way

by Pang Tun Yau · 2 months ago · 3 Comments · 2.9k views

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Easy questions often come with difficult answers. “How vast is the universe?” “Where do we come from?” “How do you build the world’s toughest notebooks?”

As it turns out, Panasonic wanted the world to know the answer for the last question too. And, like all complex answers, this one required a little bit of show and tell.

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How To Avoid Being Annoyed By Pirate Kings, And Other FB Game, Requests

by Farhan · 2 months ago · 2 Comments · 11.4k views

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If Facebook news feeds are anything to be believed, Pirate Kings is the new Candy Crush. Mostly due to the number of inane requests that are sent out to unsuspecting friends. Instead of ranting on about how many people will be unfriended if they continue with such requests, here is how one can turn off notifications from Pirate King forever.

Note: This also works for other Facebooks apps that become annoying.

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Review – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

by Farhan · 3 months ago · No Comments · 631 views

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Borderlands 2 was one of the most entertaining games of 2012. It stepped away from the realistic first person shooter genre to provide a game where the rule of cool literally takes precedence. The next game in the series, Borderlands: the Pre-Sequel, is set between the first and second games; but most importantly is not developed by Gearbox Entertainment. It is a question of whether 2K Australia has managed to continue the unhealthy obsession with being a badass.

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