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HTC Announces Accessories for the HTC One Max: Power Flip Case, BoomBass, Fetch & Mini+

by Pang Tun Yau · 6 months ago · 4 Comments · 884 views

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Alongside the new HTC One max, HTC has also announced the new Power Flip Case for the phablet, as well as compatibility to two other accessories for the HTC smartphone: the HTC BoomBass speaker cube, the HTC Fetch Bluetooth tag as well as the Mini+ phone for your phone.

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HTC Announces the HTC One max: a 5.9-inch Addition to the One Family

by Pang Tun Yau · 6 months ago · 13 Comments · 94 views

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Looks like the leaks and rumours were true, after all. HTC has just took the wraps off its latest smartphone, the HTC One max. Touted as a “super-sized” smartphone, the One max increases the new One family to three, including the original HTC One and the One Mini.

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As the largest smartphone in the HTC One series, the One max certainly packs plenty under the hood. Featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, the One max also sports a large 5.9-inch Full HD display. Besides that, there’s also a generous 3300mAh non-removable battery powering the device, as well as the BoomSound dual front facing speakers. The HTC One max also retains the same UltraPixel rear camera as found on the HTC One, while in front there is a wide-angle 2.1MP front-facing camera.

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[Opinion] Why Must Local Prepaid Plans Be So Complicated?

by Huei Song · 6 months ago · 14 Comments · 1.8k views

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Have you ever tried searching for a good prepaid starter pack to purchase in Malaysia, but in the end pull out most of your hair because there are just too many of them to choose from? I don’t blame you, Malaysia has got too many prepaid players and thanks to MVNO, there are actually a lot more heading our way; heck, even Enabling Asia aims to have five new prepaid telcos in its first 12 months of operation starting in May this year.

Initially, I wanted to compile a list of prepaid telcos in Malaysia and the rates they offer for calls, SMS, data and IDD but after discovering two new ones this morning, I gave up. That will come up, in the near future, but for now, why must telco prepaid plans be so complicated? Let’s take a look at some of them that drove me crazy.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra LTE Coming to Malaysia on October 17 for RM2199

by Pang Tun Yau · 6 months ago · 2 Comments · 166 views

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Sony’s latest flagship Xperia Z1 may be taking all the plaudits as the company’s best smartphone to date, but let’s also not forget its larger brother, the Xperia Z Ultra. Launched in Malaysia back in August, the 6.44-inch phablet was one of the first smartphones to be powered by Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 800 chipset. Unfortunately, the current version in the market, currently retailing at RM2299, only supports up to 3G networks. Rumours have stated that an LTE variant will make its way in the months after, and so it has been proven.

Sony Mobile Malaysia will be bringing in the LTE variant of the Xperia Z Ultra this week, and will be available in Malaysia from October 17. Interestingly, the retail price will be cheaper than the 3G variant at launch at RM2199. As for the internal hardware, the LTE variant of the Xperia Z Ultra remains the same as the 3G version: 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 6.44-inch Full HD Triluminos display encased in a IP58-rated chassis for water and dust resistance.

On top of that, Sony is also extending an exclusive entertainment promotion for the Xperia Z Ultra. Every purchase of the Xperia Z Ultra LTE from October to December 2013 will entitle new owners to three months of free unlimited music streaming powered by Akazoo that will be preloaded in the device. Also, the preloaded Xperia Privilege app also allows users to download up to six movies for free from November 1 until December 31 2013.

For more information on the new Sony Xperia Z Ultra LTE, head on to Sony Malaysia’s product page here.

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Blue Screen of Death Plagues iPhone 5s Users

by Pang Tun Yau · 6 months ago · 5 Comments · 6 views

Some users of the new iPhone 5s have reported receiving blue screen of death (BSOD) episodes. The oddity is not a one-off glitch, and can be replicated easily, as can be seen in the video above. Triggering a BSOD seems to be as simple as multitasking between several apps, before the device restarts itself.

It is as yet unclear what the issue here is, especially considering that BSOD episodes are more common on Microsoft Windows PCs, and appears to only affect users of the iPhone 5s and its new 64-bit A7 processor. Of course, at this point it is easy to make a tongue-in-cheek joke about the fact that the iPhone 5s has PC-like features, but Apple does not seem to have a quick fix for this. Some have found that disabling iCloud syncing for certain Apple apps (Pages, Keynote and Numbers) seem to alleviate the issue, but that is definitely not enough.

(Source: The Verge)

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Prototype Nexus 5 Extensively Captured in Video

by Pang Tun Yau · 6 months ago · No Comments · 7 views

Just like the BlackBerry Z30 before it, it looks like the much-rumoured LG Nexus 5 has been given the pre-launch video treatment. In an extensive seven-minute video, the Nexus 5 leaves nothing to the imagination as virtually every angle of Google’s latest Nexus smartphone is shown.

The video, which has no audio, likely featured an early build or prototype device of the Nexus 5, given that the large “Nexus” logo is not present at the back cover, as well as the older “Key Lime Pie” codename for Android 4.4. Various apps are also powered up on the prototype device (which also sports a “Not for Sale” sticker at the back), such as the Chrome browser, YouTube as well as the stock camera app.

With rumours rife that the Nexus 5 will be announced as early as this week, we may not have to wait long to find out.

(Source: Enaze Uddin (YouTube) via Engadget)

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Google Will Use Your Name and Photo for Ads as “Shared Endorsements”

by Pang Tun Yau · 6 months ago · 4 Comments · 0 views

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Google has recently updated its Terms of Service, where from November 11 2013, the company will be allowed to use your name and photo as part of advertisements appearing in its products. This feature will be introduced as what will be known as “Shared Endorsements”.

The new “Shared Endorsements” update will allow Google to use a Google+ user’s name, profile photo, and recent activities as part of a Google ad. Shared Endorsements can be seen as a next-generation of targeted ads, where your friends will now be able to see what you shared/recommended/reviewed/did online.

Thankfully, Google’s made it easy to opt out of it by simply unchecking the checkbox to disable Shared Endorsements for your G+ account in the Shared Endorsements Settings page. “Your friends won’t benefit from your recommendations,” as Google puts it, but some things are probably more important…such as your online privacy.

(Sources: Google (1), (2))

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LG Reveals Curved Smartphone: The LG G Flex

by Farhan · 6 months ago · 2 Comments · 10 views

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LG’s much awaited flexible display has finally made it’s appearance in a product render. It happens to be another curved screen phone, except that the direction of the curve is different from Samsung’s Galaxy Round. Engadget came across the renders, but couldn’t turn up any other specifications. Sources claim that it should be available next month, but that’s all the information we have right now. Stay tuned as more information comes in.

[Source: Engadget]

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Happy International Suit Up Day! Here’s The Weekly News Roundup!

by Lucas Lau · 6 months ago · No Comments · 1 views

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From Classic To Hawk: MSI Unveils Their Range of AMD Radeon R7 and R9 Graphics Cards

by Chief Chapree · 6 months ago · No Comments · 116 views

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As you might have heard, AMD have recently launched their brand new Radeon R7 and R9 series graphics cards…with the exception of R9 290 series, of course. Naturally, throngs of add-in-board partners have begun to release their own take on these new GPUs including the folks over at MSI.

Being a series that are targeted for mainstream market, all the Radeon R7 cards are currently positioned under MSI Classic series such as the MSI R7 240 OC with 2GB DDR3 RAM, MSI R7 250 OC with 1GB GDDR5 RAM and MSI R7 260 with 2GB GDDR5 RAM. Meanwhile, the Radeon R9 270, R9 270X and R9 280 are available under MSI Gaming series.

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Not to forget, the Radeon R9 270X is also available under MSI Hawk series which put an emphasis on the ability to withstand overclocking. While most of these new graphics card have yet to appear on MSI’s official website, you can check out the general differences between the three series as provided by MSI right after the jump through the Read More link below.

Since these new MSI Radeon R7 and R9 series graphics cards should already be on their way to our market, do contact your favourite retailers for further information or check out for further updates at my.msi.com.

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Google Nexus 5 Rumoured To Debut Next Week

by Farhan · 6 months ago · No Comments · 4 views

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The much anticipated Google Nexus 5 is currently rumoured to be released next week, on 15 October. The rumour originating from information leaking out of Google Launchpad, a week long event to help startups develop their businesses, was eventually picked up by CNET UK.

More importantly, the Nexus 5 will definitely be running the newest version of Android. The deliciously named Android 4.4 Kitkat. We’ve reported on the supposed technical specifications of the next Nexus device, and it looks to live up to the name with 2GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 800 processor and wireless charging.

[Source: CNET UK]

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Maxis Now Offering Asus Fonepad 7 From Only RM299

by Huei Song · 6 months ago · 1 Comment · 309 views

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It looks like the latest Asus Fonepad 7 has arrived in Malaysia, Maxis is now offering the 7” tablet from Asus from as low as RM299. Retailing at RM999, all you need to do is sign up for a 24 months contract under one of the telco’s data plan – SurfMore50 or SurfMore75.

Announced in the last IFA 2013 in September this year, the new Fonepad 7 is powered by an Intel Atom Z2560 processor clocked at 1.6GHz. Running on Android 4.2, Fonepad 7 features a crisp 1280 x 800 resolution display with IPS technology, has a 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera and a large 3,950mAh battery on board. The unit offered by Maxis has 16GB of internal storage but you can always expand it further with microSD card.

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Available immediately in Maxis online store, the telco is even offering a RM10 x 12 months rebate if you purchase it now. Visit Maxis for more information.

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