HP has unveiled three new products under its Pro Slate and Elite family. The Pro Slate tablets come in a 7.9-inch and a 12.3-inch variant, both of which are aimed at enterprise and business professionals. The Elite convertible laptop features an 11.6-inch screen size and runs Windows 8.
Xiaomi appears to be moving towards the software market as it has announced plans to acquire a 3-percent stake in Kingsoft for HK$527 million (RM242 million). It appears that the fastest growing smartphone manufacturer is continuing to diversify its product portfolio. Whether it intends to integrate more software options into its products is still a matter of debate.
An unlikely saviour turned up after the massive cyber attack that crippled Sony Pictures last month. With email servers not working and internal communications non-existent, executives at the studio kept in touch using a cache of old BlackBerry smartphones they found in a basement.
Aircraft manufacturer Boeing is apparently getting help from struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry to build a new type of secure smartphone for government agencies. The self-destructing “Black” phone will include biometric security sensors, and a tamper proof casing that will destroy the phone in an emergency.
The Guardians of Peace, the hackers responsible for the attack on Sony Pictures, is apparently getting into the holiday spirit and is asking the internet to make requests about the next round of information to be released. The GOP are also preparing to release even more information about the company that it says will “put Sony Pictures in a worse state”.
Uber’s notorious Surge Pricing kicked in during the hostage crisis in Sydney, Australia yesterday. Customers who attempted to hail an Uber ride during the time when a gunman took a cafe hostage found that prices had increased by four times. The outrage was quick as many users turned to social media to express their displeasure, which caused the service to backtrack on the pricing and instead offer free rides out of the central business district.
To usher in the new year, MyTeksi has announced its latest campaign called myWILDteksi. Offering MyTeksi users the chance to ride in customised taxis, those who are lucky enough to book a ride on one of these vehicles will receive a free ride and stand a chance to win RM500 daily.
Lenovo Malaysia has just launched a new range of products to suit every enterprise needs that Lenovo claims will appeal to consumers as well. The new products are the refreshed ThinkPad Helix, ThinkPad Tablet 10, ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One (TIO), and ThinkStation P Series workstations.
Twitter is apparently not satisfied with just trying to sell people things through the internet. The company has announced that it is beginning a US based test to deploy Tweet based discount codes that would be shared directly with users. This relies on the willingness of individuals to share their credit card information, but appears to be an interesting step towards Twitter expanding its services.