Now that Google Maps Street View covers a large section of peninsula Malaysia, it might be time to sit down and examine precisely what the service actually is. For most Street View is an interesting distraction or a quaint tool to use for looking up random locations and see what there is. However, it is a bit more than just looking at your own house from the Internet.
Nokia’s HERE Maps is one of the most solid alternatives to Google Maps, and provides one advantage that even Google Maps still struggles to offer: offline maps and turn-by-turn navigation. After Nokia’s mobile division was acquired by Microsoft, HERE remained part of Nokia, where it was then free to pursue development of HERE for Android.
Blizzard’s Hearthstone has been doing well to sell the idea of an online card game, but that is because it has yet to release a proper expansion set. The recent single player campaign in Curse of Naxxramas added roughly 30 or so cards to the environment, but it overall didn’t have as much as the rebalancing of some of the cards like Starving Buzzard. This will change as the developer is preparing to release its first 100+ card expansion set.
Just last Friday, Xiaomi announced that they have invested USD$25 million in venture capital into iHealth Lab Inc,, one of the most well-known smart health device makers, and it looks like the folks in China will be able to start buying iHealth devices at mi.com as soon as tomorrow. Co-founder and president of Xiaomi, Bin Lin, has just made an announcement on his Facebook page, saying that the iHealth Blood Pressure Monitoring system will go on sale at mi.com starting tomorrow and as expected, it will be pretty cheap at RMB199 – that’s approximately RM105.
Microsoft Office 365 Student Edition has been free for eligible students for a while now, although it apparently has not been as widespread as Redmond would like. The company has changed how these students apply for the subscription, from going through the University IT department to applying for the license themselves.
UPDATE 1, 400PM 23/09: We have received the official statement from Uber regarding this issue…and it is a feisty one. Read more to check it out.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE, 926PM 22/09:
A month ago, Uber was suddenly dragged into the limelight after local taxi operators questioned the legality of the service in Malaysia. Not enough with that, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has also pointed several legal and technical issues that the fledgling company need to address regarding its operation in Malaysia.
Today, Uber can now add Road Transport Department (JPJ) into the growing list of Malaysian authorities that have taken interest on the service. Not in a positive way though as JPJ has planned to halt Uber’s usage on private cars which is one of the issues that were pointed out by SPAD last month.
It looks like Adobe has been shopping recently and the company has just purchased Aviary, the developer of a pretty popular self-titled photo editing app that is available in multiple mobile platforms. On top of that, Aviary also has a creative SDK that is being used by thousands of developers around the world and Adobe will be using what Aviary have to make its Creative Cloud a vibrant platform for third-party apps, through a new Creative SDK.
Oculus has announced a new VR headset prototype, one that is intended to replace the current Oculus Rift. The company said that the new headset is not the third development kit, but still represents a jump in technology that is similar to the change from DK1 to DK2. Crescent Bay does not represent the final consumer product, but Oculus says that it is getting close.
With concerns about snooping on the internet, BitTorrent has just released an public Alpha of its new chat app: Bleep. The instant messaging client is an attempt to use P2P technology to create a chat network that doesn’t pass through any servers; thus, making it harder for anyone to eavesdrop on the conversation.