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[UPDATE 3: The Full Media Statement From SPAD] Uber vs SPAD: The Story So Far…

by Syefri Zulkefli · 1 day ago · 18 Comments · 8.9k views

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[UPDATE, 28 AUG 1156PM]: We have finally received a copy of the actual, full official statement by SPAD which is not available publicly on SPAD’s website, even at the time this update is posted. The copy was sent to us by Uber. Read more to check it out.

[UPDATE, 28 AUG 1100PM]: Uber has come out with another statement, this time on its official blog. The company has also come out with #MalaysiaNeedsUber hashtag. Read more for the details.

[UPDATE, 28 AUG 1217PM]: We have received an official statement from Uber. Read more for further info.


[ORIGINAL POST, 28 AUG 1024AM]:

In yet another blow to Uber’s operations in Malaysia, the transport service which is rapidly gaining traction in Kuala Lumpur has been deemed illegal by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD). This comes right after a recent public outcry by Gabungan Persatuan dan Syarikat-Syarikat Teksi Semenanjung Malaysia (Gabungan) as well as Sunlight Radio Taxi Service.

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Review: Xiaomi Piston Earphones (v2.1) – As Good As Gold

by Dee-Ker · 4 days ago · 25 Comments · 13.5k views

Last week, Xiaomi surprised Mi fans in Malaysia by releasing its Xiaomi Mi In-Ear Piston Earphones to the market here. The premium quality piston earphones which retails at a super affordable price tag of RM50 was all the rage in the audio-savvy community.

Like every other Xiaomi device, the 2,000 units of the golden earphones sold like hotcakes in the flash sale and were all sold out within minutes. However, I managed to snag a spot in the queue and placed my order with a purchase.

I was interested in seeing how good these supposedly premium in-ear earphones offered, especially given the low retail price of RM50. How does it fare against in-ear earphones that are a lot more expensive from other established audio brands, or would it just match a regular pair of earphones that usually comes out of the box with most smartphones?

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Review: Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a

by Huei Song · 1 week ago · 4 Comments · 4.3k views

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I still remember the months leading to the Oppo Find 7 launch, the world was excited at the rumoured specs that looked like a geek’s wish list. Everybody was wondering if the Chinese company was going to pack a 2K display into a small smartphone size, and the rumoured 50MP rear camera was just mouth-wateringly exciting.

Fast forward a few months, not only did Oppo launch the Oppo Find 7 that proved most of the rumours true, but it also introduced the Find 7a, a lower-end version of the Find 7 that looks identical in terms of design, but packs slightly less powerful specs and is, of course, a lot more affordable.

So how do the Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a perform in everyday usage? Hit the break to check out our full review.

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[LYTV] A Closer Look at the Xiaomi Mi 4

by Pang Tun Yau · 1 week ago · No Comments · 8.1k views

As we’re finishing up our review of the Xiaomi Mi 4, we thought we’d give you a taste of how the Mi 4 is like.

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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 week ago · 32 Comments · 38.9k views

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[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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Review: Vertical Drop Heroes HD

by Farhan · 2 weeks ago · No Comments · 1.3k views

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Vertical Drop Heroes HD (VDH) is a remake of a flash game with the same name. Originally appearing on Kongregate about a year ago, it turned the traditional side scrolling platformer genre on its side. Instead of running left to right across a screen, players travelled each level from top to bottom. When developer Nerdook decided to move the game to Steam, he abandoned the original flash and upgraded to Gamemaker Studio. Which has produced a game that is similar, and yet very different from the initial incarnation.

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Groupon Offers the Xiaomi Mi 4 and OnePlus One…but Something’s Not Quite Right

by Pang Tun Yau · 2 weeks ago · 21 Comments · 17.1k views

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[Update] 24 hours later, all but one of the deals have been either pulled or removed. More below.

It is fair to say that the Xiaomi Mi 4 and the OnePlus One are two of the most sought-after Android smartphones right now. Offering premium specs at mid-range prices, these smartphones are exceptionally good purchases…if you can get one, that is. However, with Groupon Malaysia’s latest deals, you can grab both devices NOW.

But…something doesn’t look quite right in both deals.

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Xiaomi Officially Unveils MIUI 6, Coming in October

by Pang Tun Yau · 2 weeks ago · 9 Comments · 15.9k views

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Xiaomi has officially unveiled the latest iteration of its highly successful Android ROM, MIUI 6. While there’s been huge celebrations in the form of a one-day sale offering huge discounts in China and its other international markets, the main focus today is with the revamp of one of the most-used ROMs in the market. MIUI 6 is, in Xioami’s words, “visually stunning, stunningly simple”.

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Hands On: Motorola Moto E, The Little Brother To The Moto G and Moto X

by Dee-Ker · 2 weeks ago · 5 Comments · 2.2k views

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Yesterday, Motorola officially announced the arrival of the Moto E to Malaysia. Featuring decent hardware and Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, let’s see what can RM369 buy you if you’re in the market to get a super affordable smartphone – and see what compromises would there be.

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Quick Speed Test with TMgo 4G LTE Broadband Service in Alor Setar, Kedah

by Syefri Zulkefli · 3 weeks ago · 12 Comments · 8.9k views

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As you might have heard, TM today has launched its own 4G broadband service which is called TMgo in Alor Setar, Kedah. While we are still working to provide you plenty of details regarding the new service, we have managed to do a quick speed test using TMgo LTE USB dongle which is a D-Link DWM-221 as shown above.

To determine the speed during our test, we utilized the ever popular Ookla SpeedTest web platform and targets selected test servers in Malaysia as well as abroad.

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Budget Android Battle: Huawei Honor 3C vs Xiaomi Redmi Note vs Xiaomi Redmi 1S vs Asus Zenfone 5

by Pang Tun Yau · 3 weeks ago · 20 Comments · 24.7k views

Not everyone can afford to get the latest flagship smartphones. Fortunately, this year we’ve seen a trend where the battle between the smartphone companies isn’t just focused on the flagship models, but also on the lower end of the scale. These phones offer exceptional value for money, packing a combination of hardware and software that is really hard to disagree with.

With that in mind, we thought, which is the best budget Android smartphone you can buy? We take a look at four candidates: the Huawei Honor 3C, ASUS ZenFone 5 and the Xiaomi Redmi 1S and Redmi Note.

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Sights and Scenes: Xiaomi Mi 4 Launch Event

by Pang Tun Yau · 3 weeks ago · No Comments · 3.5k views

What’s it like being at a launch event that is a mix of a party, super excited fans and a touch of patriotism? We were at Xiaomi’s launch event for the Mi 4 smartphone in Beijing recently, and had a taste of just how popular Xiaomi is in its native country.

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