The internet feels very much like an extension of my home. My own little corner of the internet is very much like the TARDIS: bigger on the inside than on the outside. Games, pictures, documents, notes, and friends all reside within a digital space that is both easy to access and conveniently does not fill up my shelves with junk. Unfortunately, the last week has pointed out that while the internet feels like home, many of us still leave the front door open.
We wrote about Apple’s Carplay about a month ago and were pretty impressed with how it looked. The only downside to the whole thing was the fact that it would only be coming in newer cars and not backward compatible with our existing cars. So while buying a new car just for the upgrade would have been the answer, it was also ridiculous.
Thankfully, Alpine electronics has come up with a way to bring CarPlay to just about any car this fall. The system would be installed as any 2-DIN player would be now and would use a wired connection rather than Bluetooth to connect to Apple’s iOS devices. This will also be the first aftermarket solution that is compatible with CarPlay. It will be rumoured to cost around US$500 – 700 and be available in the US and Europe this fall. Let’s hope that means Asia will get that not long after!
Now that the HP Slate 6 VoiceTab has finally landed in our shores for a retail price of RM999, you can purchase the device from redONE and enjoy a rebate worth RM120. redONE Mobile, Malaysia’s only postpaid MVNO is offering the Slate 6 with its postpaid plan at only RM58/month.
So, ASUS ZenFone line of Intel-powered smartphones are now in our region. That being said, the release date for each countries in the region varies from one to another. For Malaysia, ASUS ZenFone release in our market has been shifted towards end of April instead of mid-April as per earlier report.
As for the pricing, ASUS Malaysia’s rep has confirmed to us here at the on-going ZenFone’s regional launch event in Jakarta that the price of ZenFone devices in Malaysia will start from RM 299 onwards.
We first saw this beautiful TV and the sibling the U8500 in Bali when we attended the Samsung Forum a month or two ago and today Samsung Malaysia finally introduced it to our shores. Coming in at a resolution of 3820 x 2160, thats nearly 4 times full HD. The whole big deal of the curved display is to give it a much more immersive feel while viewing. That combination of an immersive viewing experience and incredible UHD resolution makes for one of the best potential home viewing setups.
First announced at CES 2014 earlier this year, ASUS today is launching their new ZenFone smartphone for South East Asia region here in Jakarta. Running on Android, the ZenFone series is powered by Intel Atom Z2000 family of dual-core processors and is available in the size of 4-inch as well as 5-inch and 6-inch.
Microsoft has officially announced the existence of Age of Empires: World Domination for mobile devices. There are few details about the game, and it is unknown how the classic real-time strategy gameplay will be adapted for a touch interface, although the preview video promises a new battle system.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Google has successfully acquired Titan Aerospace, a startup that specialises in building high altitude drones. It was earlier reported that social media giant Facebook expressed interest in purchasing the company, but it would appear that they have been beaten to the punch by Google.
Google I/O 2014 will be happening in about two month’s time (on 25-26 June 2014 to be precise), and it looks like the leaks are starting to trickle in. Android Police recently got their hands on a set of redesigned icons for Android, internally referred to as “Moonshine”, featuring a flatter design that looks more similar to the icons Google uses on the web for these services.