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Xiaomi Fined for Selling Less Units than Advertised in Taiwan Flash Sales

by Pang Tun Yau · 18 hours ago · 2 Comments · 4.6k views


The Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has fined Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi a total of NTD600,000 (around $20,000) for false advertising over the number of units that were sold in some of its flash sales that went on in Taiwan. The authority found that in three of its flash sales in December last year, Xiaomi had sold less units than it claimed to have in stock.

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HTC Steps in to Offer One (M8) to User Who was Promised a Replacement for Burnt Galaxy S4

by Pang Tun Yau · 3 days ago · 1 Comment · 2.6k views


In a classic example with quick-thinking and making good use of opportunities, a HTC product manager in the US turned a negative user experience from someone using a competitor device into a powerful social media-driven campaign to organically promote the brand.

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Australians Hack ATM To Play Doom

by Farhan · 3 days ago · No Comments · 1.2k views

ATM Doom

Classic first person shooter Doom appears to be the default go-to game for hackers who want to make traditionally boring machines interesting. The latest device to join the Doom-capable club happens to be an automatic teller machine in Australia. Controls are done using the standard ATM keypad, although the two Aussies behind the project intend to get the buttons on the sides of the display to function as weapons selectors.

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Takara Tomy Releasing PlayStation That Transforms Into Optimus Prime

by Farhan · 1 week ago · 1 Comment · 2.3k views


Optimus Prime PlayStation

Japanese manufacturer of Transformers toys, Takara Tomy, has revealed a new version of Optimus Prime to be released in 2015. This particular Transformers-console crossover is not the first to be announced by the toy company as fans are still waiting on the arrival of the Sega Megadrive Megatron.

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PlayStation Exclusive The Last Of Us To Be Performed Live

by Farhan · 1 week ago · No Comments · 463 views

The Last of Us

Naughty Dog’s mega-hit The Last Of Us is receiving a HD upgrade for the PlayStation 4 some time next week. To celebrate this, the developer is putting on a live show featuring the voices actors behind the game. The one-night only show is being held in Santa Monica, California; but more importantly it is being streamed live over Twitch and Youtube.

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Google Street View Takes You on a Virtual Tour of the Kennedy Space Center

by Dee-Ker · 2 weeks ago · No Comments · 285 views


Looking for a way to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11′s moon landing? Here’s an idea: why not take a tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the launch venue of the historic mission?

Good thing is that you don’t need to travel all the way to Florida. Just use Google Maps’ Street View function.

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DiGi Offers To Repair Both Cars In Peugeot #CDM25 Incident

by Chief Chapree · 2 weeks ago · 9 Comments · 12.3k views

#CDM25 for DiGi #30HariBaik

What might looked like just another random car accident in Kuantan, the violent reaction from the young lady against an elderly man in this video is enough to make it go viral. Nicknamed as the #CDM25 incident which is a reference to the registration number of the Peugeot 208 that was driven by the lady, it has sparked plenty of reaction not only among local netizens but also throughout the country.

Even DiGi has joined the bandwagon as well and has offered to fix the vehicles that were involved in the accident.

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Did A Twitter Account Really Predicted the Outcome of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final?

by Pang Tun Yau · 3 weeks ago · 5 Comments · 3.5k views

Earlier this morning, Germany won the World Cup, beating Argentina via Mario Gotze’s goal scored in the 23rd minute of extra time. Many claimed it was a goal worthy of winning football’s greatest prize, crafted by a young man destined for greatness. For Gotze, this could only have been written in the stars.

Or was it? A Twitter account claims to have mentioned the exact sequence of events that unfolded at the Maracana stadium early this morning, where the account tweeted that Germany would not only win the World Cup, but also have a goal scored in the second half of extra time, and that Gotze would score it – close to a full 12 hours before the match started. Whoaa…

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Porn Site Wants To Sponsor An eSports Team

by Farhan · 3 weeks ago · 2 Comments · 3.3k views


eSports are currently all the rage. Both The International Dota 2 Championship and the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) ran over the weekend, and more sponsors are being drawn in with the substantial prize pools and media attention. The latest of which would appear to be pornography streaming site Youporn.

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The Last Word: At The End, All That’s Left Is A New Beginning

by Lucas Lau · 3 weeks ago · 38 Comments · 5.4k views


Today marks my last day at Lowyat.NET.

4 years ago, I moved back to KL from Singapore to take up the job as a writer for Lowyat.NET under my then editor and now one of my best friends Wern Shen. I won’t lie, that first step into the industry was somewhat a leap 2 footed into the unknown, new city, new industry and new people.

Looking back now, I’m glad I did it.

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[Update: Bung Finally Apologises] Bravo! Malaysian MP Embroiled in Hitler Twitter Storm After Germany Wins World Cup Semis

by Pang Tun Yau · 3 weeks ago · 16 Comments · 13.9k views


[Update 3 @ July 10, 12:43pm] After drawing ire from the Prime Minister Najib Razak, Bung Moktar has finally apologised for his tweet. Read more for details.

[Update 2 @ July 10, 12:37am] Unsurprisingly, the sheer virality of the news has gained international attention. Read more below.

[Update] The German Ambassador to Malaysia has condemned Bung Moktar’s Hitler reference. More below.

In case you missed the big news from the World Cup in Brazil early this morning, the first semi-final match between Germany and Brazil saw the European giants humbling the host nation 7-1, in one of the most shocking football results in recent times. Naturally, Germany supporters were elated at not only reaching the World Cup final, but also in the manner of reaching it.

Unfortunately, some fans can and do go a little overboard at times like these. It’s mostly harmless when someone like you and I share victorious status updates, but when you’re an MP and you make a reference to a dark side of world history…that’s another story. Case in point: controversial Member of Parliament Bung Moktar.

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Germany’s Thrashing Of Brazil Triggers Almost 36 Million Tweets On Twitter

by Chief Chapree · 3 weeks ago · No Comments · 490 views

Brazil vs Germany Twitter Stats

As you might have heard, a local politician earlier today goes under the spotlight after tweeting his reaction of Germany’s landslide victory against Brazil during this morning’s FIFA World Cup semi-final match. The tweet has managed to trigger plenty of reactions to the extent that even the German Ambassador to Malaysia has something to say about it.

Truth to be told, that now infamous tweet is just one of many tweets that is related to the epic match. In fact, Twitter stated that this morning’s Brazil vs Germany match is now the most-discussed single sports game ever on the social network.

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