Xiaomi’s Mi 4 is finally here. Offering its trademark combination of high-performance hardware with exceptionally low retail prices, the Mi 4 looks set to be yet another winning product from the Chinese company. After the launch event, Xiaomi invited members of the media to the experience zone, where we could see, touch and feel the Mi 4 for ourselves.
Read more for our first impressions of the Xiaomi Mi 4.
So, you’re not a fan of the latest and greatest smartphones in the market. For you, a simple smartphone to keep you connected with your family and friends is more than enough, and would rather not cut a huge hole in your pocket just to own one. Here is a list of all the phones you can get for “free” from local telcos – Maxis, Celcom, U Mobile and DiGi.
Having played in the Magic 2015 pre-release to mark my return to the game, I decided to start looking for alternative ways of playing the game. Particularly ways that are less competitive or formats that are not found in Duels of the Planeswalkers. Magic the Gathering is full of alternative formats, completely due to the sheer number of people who get bored playing standard competitive Magic and want something new.
Update: We included a comparison of the Xiaomi Mi 4 and Mi 3 so hit the break to check it out.
How many of you are impressed with the Xiaomi announcements earlier today? Its flagship smartphone, the Mi 4, features some of the latest and most powerful hardware under its 5” hood and what makes it even more attractive is that it comes with a pretty affordable price tag – starting from approximately RM1,099.
Few weeks ago, we have received a number of images that showed a yet-to-be-released smartphone from Acer called Liquid E3. Featuring a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, the Liquid E3 also carries together 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 13-megapixels F1.8 autofocus rear camera, and a 2-megapixels front-facing camera with an LED flash.
Fast forward to last week, Acer Malaysia has finally introduced the new smartphone for the first time on its official Facebook page and now, customers are already able to pre-order Acer Liquid E3 through Storekini.
Update: TM has rectified the issue and all connections should have returned to normal.
TM’s Twitter account has made it known that some subscribers to UniFi and Streamyx may be experiencing slow connections due to congestion of two DNS. The cause of this congestion is still as of yet unknown, although the ISP has promised that its engineers are currently looking into the problem.
Xiaomi’s annual product launch event will be held in Beijing next Tuesday, where the company is expected to announce a host of new devices for the year. The most anticipated among these would be Xiaomi’s latest flagship smartphone, which may be called the Mi 4. With just a few days to go before the official announcement, the rumour mills have already gone into overdrive.
Here’s what to expect at next week’s Xiaomi event.
[UPDATE: 2:26am, 19 July] Google Malaysia has lit a candle on its front page, in memory of MH17. Read more to see it.
[UPDATE: 11:29pm, 18 July] PM Najib Razak has announced that all flags are to be flown at half-mast until this coming Monday.
[UPDATE: 4:36pm, 18 July] The second black box of flight MH17 has been found. More details after the jump.
[UPDATE: 2:00pm, 18 July] Malaysia Airlines has released another statement, shedding light on the aircraft’s bill of health.
[UPDATE: 9:19AM, 18 July]: Malaysia Airlines has released a media statement, revising the total number of passengers on board.
[UPDATE: 4:45AM, 18 July]: The MH17 press conference with PM Najib Razak has finally taken place. Read more for details.
[UPDATE: 2:18AM, 18 July]: We’ve posted a clip from a RT that summarises the latest update on flight MH17 so far. Read more to view.
[UPDATE: 2:03AM, 18 July]: The Prime Minister Najib Razak has arrived at KLIA to be briefed on the situation regarding MH17. A press conference has apparently been scheduled at 400AM. Read more for details.
[UPDATE: 1:16AM, 18 July]: Pictures by Reuters from the crash site have appeared online, which confirmed everyone’s fears that the plane has indeed crashed. Read more for details. (WARNING: MAY CONTAIN GRAPHIC IMAGES)
[UPDATE: 12:30AM, 18 July]: Malaysia Airlines has published its first media statement regarding this incident. Read more for the full statement.
[ORIGINAL POST: 11:45PM, 17 July]:
We’re getting reports that a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed near Donetsk, Ukraine. Shown above is a video that is claimed to be taken at the crash site while below is its last known route:
Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers arrived on the iPad late last week. While I do not own an iPad, the news piqued my interest in the world’s most popular card game once again. I will admit that I have played Magic: the Gathering on and off since I was 13, mostly off as I remain easily distracted by other games and haven’t been convinced to spend that much money on cards. However, I did have quite a bit of fun playing the previous incarnations of Duels of the Planeswalkers. So how hard could it be to transfer all that practice in the virtual version of the game to the tabletop environment?
Recently, I went to a restaurant in one of the newly-opened shopping malls in town. Upon getting a table, I placed my phone on the table to prevent squishing my keys against the phone. The waiter took my order, made a quick glance to the table and left.
Less than a minute later, he came back. “Excuse me sir,” he began, “may I know where you got your phone from?” he said, pointing to the Xiaomi Mi 3 lying on the table.
This question, alongside its variations, was one I faced almost everywhere I went. Granted, there should be more owners of the Mi 3 these days, but I still see curious glances whenever I use this phone in public. How is it that a smartphone which costs less than RM800 demand such attention?
As it turns out, that was a pretty easy question to answer.