While the event is only going to take place in June 2014 which is a good 7 months away, Astro yesterday have revealed their plans for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup. If you need a refresher, the massive football event will take place in Brazil starting from 12 June to 13 July 2014.
First and foremost, all 64 live matches will be made available on the service with 40 of them are exclusive to the company. These matches will be shown through 10 dedicated channel in both SD and HD with selected matches might be available in 3D, pending FIFA’s decision. Some of these matches will also be shown on Astro Arena with commentary in Bahasa Malaysia.
All Astro customers that have active subscription to the service’s sports pack before 1 April 2014 will have the access to all 2014 FIFA World Cup contents mentioned above. As for NJOI customers or Astro subscribers that didn’t opt for sports pack, they will have the option to purchase a special pass from 1 April 2014 onwards to access 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage. The price for the special pass have not yet been finalized but the company are looking to set it at the region of around RM 100, according to Henry Tan, the Chief Operating Officer of Astro.
The company will also be utilizing their mobile streaming platform – Astro On-The-Go (AOTG) – for the massive sporting event. All Astro sports pack subscribers before 1 April 2014 will indeed have full access to all 2014 FIFA World Cup contents on their PC, tablet or smartphones through AOTG while other AOTG will still able to watch 30 live and 5 delayed matches on the platform. Additionally, all 40 live matches that are made exclusive to Astro will be available on AOTG Pay Per View.
Astro have also unveiled their plan of having a mobile app made exclusively for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup. Called the Stadium Astro World Cup app, the company’s Head of Sports, Lee Chong Kay explained that it will be stand-alone app that will be available separately from the existing Stadium Astro app. The specialized app apparently will allow users to access alternative camera angles of the matches, goal replays, match analysis, and statistics together with social media integration.
However, the app is not ready for the time being and is only expected to be released to users as we get closer to the 2014 FIFA World Cup season. Since there are still few months to go before the event kicks off in June 2014, expect to hear more updates from Astro regarding their 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage.
With wearable technology starting to make inroads in 2013, many do not realise that the trend has existed for longer in sports, especially running. Runners and athletes have worn fitness trackers on their wrists for years, helping them track their runs and running times. These trackers range from the basic digital watch with timers, digital pedometers to more advanced trackers such as Nike’s FuelBand. Yesterday, adidas released what may be the most complete running companion yet: the miCoach Smart Run.
The German company was quick to move away from the smartwatch movement. The head of adidas Interactive, Paul Gaudio, stated: “we’re not trying to make a smartwatch, per se, but the smartest running watch.” And, for a $399 device, it better be. The specs list of the hardware does seem to do some justice for the price tag, however, with a variety of sensors and many connectivity options running atop Android 4.1.1. The miCoach Smart Run has an accelerometer, built-in GPS, and even a heart rate monitor that detects your pulse. In addition, there’s also built-in WiFi and Bluetooth to offload data or pair with wireless headphones.
adidas also went for premium materials in the build of the miCoach Smart Run, opting to use materials such as aluminium, magnesium and Gorilla Glass for the glass screen. It’s also water resistant, though the protection is better suited for sweat and rain instead of taking it out for a swim. Navigation is done via swipe gestures on the 1.45-inch transflective TFT LCD capacitative touch screen.
The running watch also has 4GB of onboard memory, of which 3GB is set aside exclusively for storing MP3 files. Users can also customize how much data they’d like logged to the watch during their workouts, with options to capture and store data every second, five seconds or none whatsoever. These are customisable via the devices three workout modes: Normal, Training and Marathon, with battery life naturally linked to the workout mode selected.
As mentioned earlier, the adidas miCoach Smart Run will retail for $399, and will be available from November 1 in select countries worldwide. So far there is no word yet from adidas Malaysia if they will be bringing the miCoach Smart Run to the country.
Earlier today, Nike have unveiled yet another device under its long-running Nike+ digital fitness series that is called the Nike+ FuelBand SE. As the name implies, the new wristwatch-like device is essentially a follow-up to the Nike+ FuelBand that the company released last year.
A follow-up it might be but the functionalities on the new Nike+ FuelBand SE are almost identical to its predecessor since the main set of data that the FuelBand SE tracks are just like the original FuelBand: NikeFuel (the company’s own universal fitness metric), calories, steps and time. However, Nike did add three more functionalities into the device which are the ability to mark a specific set of activities using a feature that is dubbed Nike+ Sessions, periodic reminders called “Win The Hour” and simpler gesture (double tap) to display current time on the device.
In terms of the design, FuelBand SE also generally looks identical to its predecessor with the exception of additional colour accents on certain parts of the device. That being said, Nike have pointed out that the FuelBand SE does come with Bluetooth 4.0, improved water resistance and redesigned circuit board for better flexibility.
Meanwhile, a number of other improvements that the new FuelBand SE adds to the whole Nike+ FuelBand experience are actually not on the device itself. Instead, they are made available through an updated version of Nike+ FuelBand App for iOS devices such as the ability to track the amount of NikeFuel earned per minute and social sharing through Nike+ Groups.
Given the fact that the original FuelBand was not officially released in Malaysia, it is pretty doubtful that the new Nike+ FuelBand SE will actually be made available in our market. Nevertheless, the price tag is similar to the original FuelBand at USD 149 (RM 473) if you are interested in getting your hands on a unit from United States starting from 6 November. The updated Nike+ FuelBand companion app for iOS devices will also be released at the same time.
Conceived in 2003, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is a global competitive air racing which features pilots on lightweight single-propeller airplanes flying through challenging low-level aerial track as swiftly as possible among each other. After 50 races, the series was put on hiatus in 2011 by its management team to improve the series overall safety.
Among the changes that the management team have made to the series is the use of standard engines and propellers for all pilots together with changes to the lightweight nylon pylon material as well as the height of the pylons themselves. With that, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is now finally ready to make a comeback in 2014.
For the upcoming 2014 season, 12 pilots will be competing in seven races all the globe – one which will take place right here in Malaysia. Specifically, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship leg in Malaysia is the second race of the season and will be held at Putrajaya Lake on 17 and 18 May 2014. Here’s the season highlight from 2010:
The rest of the series will take place in UAE, Poland, Great Britain, USA and China. To learn more about the event, head on to www.redbullairrace.com.
[Image: Jörg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool. Video: Red Bull Air Race @ YouTube]
Thanks to the its built-in heads-up display, Google Glass managed to attract significant amount of attention from the market since it was first shown to the world in 2012. However, some might not realized that Oakley have also released something similar into the market last year in the form of Oakley Airwave ski goggle.
Featuring a MOD Live HUD module by Recon Instruments, the GPS-enabled ski goggle comes with preloaded maps of selected resorts throughout the world which would help users navigate through their course and track their friends. Users are also able to check out their altitude, speed, vertical descent data, jump distance, jump height and airtime on the Airwave goggle.
Not to forget, user are also able to view text messages and incoming calls notifications as well as access their smartphone’s music playlist right on Airwave. For 2013, the Airwave series is now represented by the newly announced Airwave 1.5 which offers improved performance and additional features to the series.
Although HUD module is still made by Recon, the Airwave 1.5 is running on a 1.0GHz TI OMAP 4 ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor instead of the 600MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor on the original Airwave goggle. Additionally, it is also equipped with bigger RAM and internal memory at 1GB and 2GB respectively as compared to the 256MB RAM and 512MB storage in the 1st generation Airwave.
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Calling all Tennis fans! The ATP Tour is coming to town for the Malaysian Open from the 23rd to the 29th of September and you could be there too! Thanks to Ricoh, the official office solutions provider for the ATP Tour 2013, we have 10 pairs of Gold tickets to the finale on the 29th Of September to give away! Held at the Putra stadium, the Malaysian Open is the beginning of the ATP Tour Asian leg and is said to be one of the more exciting destinations on the tour.
The contest is open to all Malaysians aged 18 and over, the last day for entries is the 23rd of September and if you do get chosen, you will be contacted by email or phone on how you can collect your tickets.
Here’s how stand a chance to win tickets!
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4) Wait for our email to see if you won!
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Everybody has got their own action camera to show off, just over a day ago, Sony took the curtains off its new HDR-AS30V action camera and now, it’s Toshiba’s turn. Toshiba yesterday announced the new Camileo X-Sports sports cam that too comes with wristband for remote functions. With a 2” LCD on board and a collection of mounting accessories, it is the perfect gadget for a wide range of users like a person capturing a concert, a family capturing holiday videos to share, sports fans, or adrenaline seekers.
The Camileo X-Sports packs a 12MP CMOS Sensor on board that is capable of capturing High Definition videos, has 10x digital zoom, ultra-wide angle lens, electronic image stabilizer, comes with Micro USB and Mini HDMI slots, has microSD card slot, Wi-Fi connectivity on board and a collection of waterproof casings and mount accessories.
The action cam will be available in Europe later this year with a retail price of €250.
Along with the Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone and the QX smartphone camera lenses announcement last night, Sony also introduced some new camcorders and cameras, including this HD action cam, the HDR-AS30V. Designed for the active individuals who are always on the go, it features a very compact design (25% smaller and 35% lighter than the previous generation action cam) that fits snuggly and comfortably onto a helmet.
The Action Cam features Wi-Fi, NFC and GPS connectivity, allowing users to immediately capture sharp 11.9MP still images or Full HD videos and share them out instantly. The Action Cam also features back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor to capture more lights into its footage, record Full HD 1080 60p/50/ and 1080 30p/25/ for fast-moving action, STD HD and VGA videos, as well as slow-motion modes for tracking a golf swing or BMX flip – HD SLOW 2x (1280 x 720 60p) and HD SLOW 4x (1280 x 720 120p).
Other features include ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 170 degree field of view, Sony SteadyShot on board, expandable memory via Memory Stick Micro and MicroSD, built-in stereo microphone, HDMI output, Sony One Touch sharing via NFC, and Sony PlayMemories Mobile application.
Finally, along with the Action Cam, sony also introduced an optional wearable Live-View remote, a waterproof accessory that can be strapped onto your wrist so you can control the camera nd monitor shots. Other accessories include new mounts like a Universal Head Mount Kit, Chest Mount Harness and a Roll Bar Mount. The Action Cam is expected to head the shelves by the end of the month for USD$299.99.