There are those days where the last thing we want to do is drive, with the jams and the rain and whatnot, KL is not exactly the most automobile friendly cities in the world. Introducing UBER, a limousine service that made its name in the US and cities like Singapore and Tokyo. UBER aims to set itself up as a premiere limousine service, working with existing limo companies that provide chauffeur services to some of the top hotels and executives and wants to be “Everyone’s Private Driver”. With a fleet of Toyota Camry’s, Honda Accord’s and even Mercedes E Class and BMW 7 Series, UBER says they are not a Taxi app, rather a lead generation app that connects users to existing limo companies in KL.
With a base rate of RM7 + RM0.30 per minute or RM2 per KM with a RM13 minimum fare, this isn’t the cheapest of all solutions especially when a ride from KLCC to Bangsar will cost roughly RM29 and KL TO KLIA will be a flat rate of RM300. UBER’s companion app allows you to see where the drivers are in relation to your pickup point as well as the estimated arrival time, drivers name, numberplate and picture and car they are driving. At the end of the ride when your credit card is charged, you will be given a chance to rate your driver and have your driver rate you (for some strange reason of accountability).
To be absolutely frank, Uber has a steep challenge ahead, especially in KL where there are more cars on the road and in our homes than other asian cities. I see this priced a little higher than comfortable for the everyman and for the people who they are targeting, they would have their own personal drivers anyway. I suppose UBER would be a good solution to those medium length journeys where you want to bring your GF on a date but refuse to drive to KL, but since more cars are being added constantly and UBER is still new in KL, only time will tell.
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Update: Storekini is now accepting pre-orders for the Moto G. Find out more details here.
The news many an Android fan has been waiting for is finally here. Well, while the Nexus 5 is still nowhere to be seen officially in Malaysia, the other Android smartphone that’s gotten people excited is going to be here very soon. We’ve just received an invite for the official launch of the Motorola Moto G next Wednesday.
The mid-range smartphone packs some pretty awesome hardware for its price, where it is sold from $179 (around RM600) in the US. For example, there’s a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch 720p display, 5MP camera, a 2070mAh battery and an almost vanilla Android 4.3.
In fact, local e-tailer Lazada has already begun pre-orders for the Moto G, with the product said to be officially available from January 23. On top of that, we hear that Storekini has something in store as well…we’ll update this post when we hear from them.
Internet plays an important role in our lives and now, U Mobile prepaid customers can enjoy free internet every time you top up. U Mobile recently introduced its All New U Prepaid SIM Pack that comes with free internet, free calls and longer validity.
From today, 8 January 2014 onwards, purchase a new U Mobile prepaid pack for RM8 and you will instantly be able to enjoy free calls and internet when you top up your number. Existing U Mobile prepaid customers will also be able to enjoy the new benefits when you migrate to the new U Prepaid Plan for free.
The free internet allocation is as shown below:
As for free calls, for every RM1 you top up, you will be given 1-day of free calls, i.e. if you top up RM10, you will get 10 free call days from the day you reload your amount (maximum capped at 150 days). You will receive an SMS confirmation for your free calls shortly after reloading your number. Free calls are valid for calls within the U Mobile network only otherwise, standard call & SMS rate will apply.
The standard pay-per-use charges are as shown below:
Hit the break to find out more or visit U Mobile now for the details.
The global variant of ASUS PadFone Mini is not the only PadFone device that made an appearance at ASUS CES 2014 press conference earlier this morning. There is also the new PadFone X although this particular model is apparently made exclusively for US-based carrier, AT&T.
The new PadFone X features a combination of 5-inch full HD smartphone and a 9-inch full HD tablet base. However, ASUS and AT&T didn’t reveal much of the hardware that have been equipped into the PadFone X apart from the screen sizes as well as the fact that it is running on Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and Android 4.4 KitKat.
ASUS also stated that the new PadFone X will be equipped with NFC capability to allow AT&T customers utilize the device with the carrier’s ISIS mobile wallet. It also will come with the support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and HD voice. Both companies have stated that more information regarding ASUS PadFone X will be released in the near future.
While PadFone X might be made specifically for US market, I’m not surprised – in fact, I believe that features such as VoLTE and HD voice will be made available in future iteration of ASUS PadFone devices for non-US market. The way I see it, it just a matter of time before that happens.
Didn’t ASUS just launched the PadFone Mini in Taiwan recently? Well, that is true indeed. However, the PadFone Mini that the company announced at its CES 2014 press conference earlier today is slightly different from the one that the company released in its home country.
To start off, the smartphone unit of the global PadFone Mini model has a 4-inch 800×480 IPS display while the Taiwanese variant features a 4.3-inch 960×540 IPS display instead. Additionally, the global model runs on 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor instead of the 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor that appears on the PadFone Mini 4.3 variant.
In terms of memory, both variants are equipped with 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM but the global model has smaller internal storage at 8 GB while the 4.3-inch version has 16GB. While both of them comes standard with Android 4.3, ASUS has equipped the new global variant with the company’s in-house ZenUI that is also used on the new ASUS ZenFone series but not for PadFone Mini 4.3.
Meanwhile, the PadFone Station for both variants do have similar 7-inch 1280×800 IPS display. They also have the same 8-megapixels BSI camera sensor from Sony on their rear camera which is paired together with f/2.0 5-elements lens and ASUS own PixelMaster technology. Not to forget, there is also a 2.0-megapixels front-facing camera on both models.
The new ASUS PadFone Mini is scheduled for release throughout the world sometime in the second quarter of 2014 with a starting price tag of USD 249 (RM 818) which is slightly lower than PadFone Mini 4.3’s launch price in Taiwan. Well, let’s see which variant of PadFone Mini that ASUS Malaysia will bring to our market sometime in the near future.
Huawei has officially taken the wraps off the company’s successor to 2013′s 6.1-inch smartphone, the Ascend Mate2 4G. As you might have guessed from the name, the device now features 4G LTE Cat 4 connectivity – a significant update to one of the world’s first large phablets.
Confirming earlier leaks, the Ascend Mate2 4G will still feature a 720p resolution for the giant 6.1-inch screen. The mid-range nature of this phablet is further revealed in its choice of processor: the Ascend Mate2 4G will be come in two variants – the Chinese market will see the Ascend Mate2 4G fitted with the company’s own HiSilicon Cortex-A9 1.6GHz chip, while the international variant will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.6GHz chipset.
There’s also 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with support for up to 32GB microSD cards, 13MP f/2.0 rear camera and a large 5MP /f2.4 front-facing module, and will run on Android 4.3 with the company’s Emotion UI 2.0.
The Ascend Mate2 4G’s party piece, of course, is in the large battery. Make that a very large one, at 4050mAh. Huawei claims that the large battery paired with the company’s power management technology will ensure up to 60 hours of normal use, or 12 hours on web surfing. Even more impressive is the introduction of Reverse Charge, which allows the Ascend Mate2 4G to charge other connected devices (yes, even other phones via microUSB), which in a way makes this the world’s first LTE-enabled power bank.
Huawei did not mention the retail price nor official availability of the Ascend Mate2 4G, but it will be available in the US starting from March.
A 2-in-1 hybrid device with dual-OS, a gaming monitor…so, what else did ASUS unveiled at its CES 2014 press conference earlier today? Well, say hello to the new ASUS ZenFone: a series of smartphones with display size that ranges from four to six inch and powered by Intel Atom Z2000 dual-core processors that was previously codenamed as Clover Trail+.
The smallest of the bunch is the ZenFone 4 which features a 4-inch 800×480 TN display and powered by a 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Z2520 processor. Together with 1GB of RAM, the device also contains 4GB eMMC as its internal storage as well as 5-megapixels rear camera, 0.3-megapixels front facing camera and 1170 mAh battery.
Next up is the Zenfone 5; which has a slightly bigger 5-inch 1280×720 IPS display together with a 2.0 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 processor. The amount of RAM and internal storage for this particular device is still identical to Zenfone 4 although the ZenFone 5 does feature an 8-megapixels PixelMaster rear camera with f/2.0 lens and image stabilization as well as 2-megapixels front facing camera and 2050 mAH battery.
ASUS also claimed that ZenFone 5 is able to snap great photos and videos in low-light conditions as the low-light mode for its PixelMaster rear camera is able to automatically adjust pixel size to increase light sensitivity by up to 400% to suit the lighting conditions. Additionally, Zenfone 5 also comes with PenTouch and GloveTouch technologies that allow its display to be sensitive enough for users to operate it with any stylus as well as while wearing glove.
Asus ZenFone 6.
Last but not least, the leader of the pack is the ZenFone 6. The device which features a 6-inch 1280×720 IPS display does carry over the same 2.0 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 processor, f/2.0 lens for rear camera, and 2-megapixels front-facing camera from ZenFone 5. The PenTouch, GloveTouch and PixelMaster technologies from ZenFone 5 are also available in ZenFone 6.
However, the rest of its hardware are significantly different. In addition to having a larger rear camera sensor at 13-megapixels, ZenFone 6 will apparently be made available with either 8 or 16GB eMMC internal storage as well as the option of having either 1 or 2 GB of RAM. Not to forget, the device does feature ASUS SonicMaster audio enhancements for headphones and a 3230 mAh battery.
All three ASUS ZenFone models come standard with Android 4.3 which is upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat. That being said, the Android experiences on ZenFone will not be standard though as the company have implemented its own in-house user interface called ZenUI into all three devices. ASUS have not release any availability information on these devices just yet but the starting pricing for them are said to be USD 99 (RM 326), USD 149 (RM 491) and USD 199 (RM 655) respectively.
Samsung has announced two new series of Android tablets at CES earlier today called the Galaxy NotePRO and the Galaxy TabPRO. As previously rumoured, the two new series also introduce a new 12.2-inch, 16:10 display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. These tablets, which will run on Android 4.4 at launch, will also sport a new Android skin called Magazine UX.
The new tablet series signal Samsung’s attempt at becoming the undisputed leader in tablets. The Galaxy TabPRO comes in three screen sizes: 12.2, 10.1 and 8.4 inches, while the Galaxy NotePRO is currently only offered in a 12.2-inch variant. Interestingly, both the NotePRO 12.2 and TabPRO 12.2 are essentially the same in almost every way, with the only difference being the addition of an integrated S Pen.
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Ever find yourself in a conversation with your geeky friends that gets you reminiscing about the “good old days”? Do you have a drawer full of old phones and gadgets that were once the envy of many of your friends?
Introducing The Throwback IT Show, a segment where we feature the best in tech gone by so you can reminisce along with us and the tech we grew up with.
If you have any particular pieces of technology or history you’d like featured, hit us up in the comments section below and we’ll try to get it on an episode!
Since this is just a teaser video, hit the jump for the Lowyat.NET Editorial Team’s First phones! See if you share the same first mobile phone as any of the team!
We interrupt your CES news for this special announcement from Apple. It looks like Apple has got something special for Malaysian shoppers, the Cupertino company just sent out an email invitation for a special one-day only shopping event happening this Friday, 10 January 2014.
As with last year’s one-day shopping event, it should offer some of the latest Apple products at a discounted price. Apple has not unveiled anything yet so stay tuned to Apple Online Store (MY) to find out more. The shopping event will commence at 12:01am on 10 January 2014 and will end at 11:59pm. According to Apple, sale prices are limited to stock on hand and while supplies last.
Visit Apple’s Online Store now for great gift ideas then shop on the day of the event.
If you were expecting a lot of wearable tech this CES, well, you’re right, Sony too has got something to announce for its new SmartWear Experience vision and is starting with a “Core”, a SmartBand and a LifeLog App that works with the Core to log down your daily activities.
First up, the LifeBand looks like your typical fitness band and has a slot for you to put in the Core, the smallest product Sony has ever made. The Core will be able to connect to your smartphone via the LifeLog App, and it will automatically log down virtually everything you do including your movements, social and entertainment activities, and then prepare you for tomorrow.
“Standing for flexibility, the first product in the range is “SmartBand”. It offers life empowerment by logging daily activities and representing them visually in Sony’s Lifelog application: users can reminisce at the past, make the best of the present and plan for the future.”
Sony will be partnering with other companies so nope, you will not be tied down to only Sony branded device, giving consumers more choices and flexibility. More details about the company’s wearable tech will be coming soon in the coming weeks.
It looks like the rumors were true after all, Sony does indeed have a smaller Xperia Z1 but nope, it will not be called the Z1 mini or Z1f, instead, Sony has named it the Sony Xperia Z1 compact. As seen in the rumors, the Z1 compact features all the goodness of the original Z1 like the same quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, that same amazing 20MP shooter, water and dust-proof design but inside a 4.3” frame and more color options.
What’s different in this 4.3” version of the Xperia Z1 is the display resolution, instead of packing a 1080p display, it comes with a 720p display giving a ppi of 340. A smaller battery capacity of 2300mAh is also inevitable but since the screen is smaller, hopefully it’ll last as long as its bigger brother. Other specs include Android 4.3 out of the box, NFC, 16GB of expandable storage and will be available in black, white, lime and hot-pink. Sony isn’t giving any numbers for the pricing though, they only mentioned that the Z1 compact will be available in mid-February so fingers crossed that Malaysia is included in that list.