Microsoft’s monumental adjustments to Nokia are far from over as the company plans to expand the services of Nokia MixRadio. The music streaming service obtained by Microsoft through the acquisition of Nokia will be arriving on Android and iOS as a third party application.
Although the app will still come pre-loaded on Lumia Windows Phone handsets, the current exclusivity of the services to Windows Phone platforms will end.
Searching for a place to stay and putting up your place into Airbnb has just gotten a whole lot easier as Airbnb announces a brand new design to its website, mobile app, as well as its logo. The new Airbnb website is now “flat” with big images, allowing users to easily find the information they want in a more attractive and neater format compared to previous design.
The International Dota 2 Championship 2014 concludes tonight with two Chinese teams vying for the US$5 million grand prize. Both ViCi and NewBee have already clashed during the first round of the main event in the winners bracket, with the outcome favouring the dream team line up that is NewBee. ViCi managed to stage an impressive comeback from the loss and carve a path the grand finals through the lower bracket.
Calling all BlackBerry users, BlackBerry recently launched a “Stop Missing Out” campaign, offering Malaysian customers a chance to spend some time with their favorite local celebrities. All you need to do is snap a picture you with your BlackBerry smartphone, explain in less than 20 words how your BlackBerry device keeps you connected, and you just might win the chance to spend the day with celebrities including Daphne Iking, Aizat Adman, Rina Omar or Nazrudin Rahman. That’s not all, as a Lowyat.NET reader, BlackBerry will also give you a chance to win something extra so hit the break to find out more.
Few weeks ago, we have received a number of images that showed a yet-to-be-released smartphone from Acer called Liquid E3. Featuring a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, the Liquid E3 also carries together 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 13-megapixels F1.8 autofocus rear camera, and a 2-megapixels front-facing camera with an LED flash.
Fast forward to last week, Acer Malaysia has finally introduced the new smartphone for the first time on its official Facebook page and now, customers are already able to pre-order Acer Liquid E3 through Storekini.
Update: TM has rectified the issue and all connections should have returned to normal.
TM’s Twitter account has made it known that some subscribers to UniFi and Streamyx may be experiencing slow connections due to congestion of two DNS. The cause of this congestion is still as of yet unknown, although the ISP has promised that its engineers are currently looking into the problem.
U Mobile has recently added the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom to its device bundles, allowing you to get one of the latest camera smartphone from the Korean company from as low as RM449; the recommended retail price is RM1,699. As always, the telco is offering the device with its postpaid plans starting from as low as RM58 a month.
A few days after MH370 went missing, i wrote about the potential problems with the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft that could have been the reason why it disappeared off secondary radar while flying over the South China Sea. These findings and the FAA directive associated with it were later claimed to not apply to the 777-200ER being operated by Malaysia Airlines.
On the 17th of July 2014, a second 777-200ER, the MH17 was shot down while flying over a hotly disputed region near the Ukraine Russian border. While it has now been confirmed that the flight was brought down by a surface to air missle, what is still a mystery is why was it shot down.
Lets put back the MH370 scenario on the MH17 flight. If MH17 suffered a similar electrical failure as the MH370 while flying over Ukraine, it would have lost all communications and disappeared off secondary radar. MH17 would not have appeared on secondary radar, whether to civilian ATC’s or even to any secondary radar control tower. While MH370 was lucky in the sense that it flew back into friendly airspace without sending out a civilian squawk code, MH17 was flying directly above a war zone in eastern Ukraine. Without communications, and with a failed transponder, MH17 was essentially an unknown aircraft and could easily have been seen as a hostile aircraft entering a no fly zone.
If there was some kind of decompression or electrical failure on board, would the pilots have followed procedure and taken the plane down to a safe altitude? It was flying at FL330 or 33,000 feet, merely 1000 feet above the restricted fly zone.
Whichever way you look at it, nobody would benefit from intentionally taking down a commercial airline filled with innocent civilians. It doesn’t benefit anybody. This is a massive international tragedy, but instead of pointing fingers, what needs to be ascertained is if there was mitigating circumstances that caused the plane to be targeted. There are lots of flights still in the air with thousands of worried passengers who want answers.
Malaysian Airlines now has two 777-200ER’s involved in mysterious air disasters in the space of 5 months. The 777-200ER fleet should be grounded until it can be ascertained that it is not a safety risk to the thousands of passengers commuting on it daily.
Xiaomi’s annual product launch event will be held in Beijing next Tuesday, where the company is expected to announce a host of new devices for the year. The most anticipated among these would be Xiaomi’s latest flagship smartphone, which may be called the Mi 4. With just a few days to go before the official announcement, the rumour mills have already gone into overdrive.
Here’s what to expect at next week’s Xiaomi event.
As mentioned in our previous report, Zopo Mobile Malaysia will be officially introduced to local media members next week on Wednesday, 23 July. While it is true that Zopo Mobile has plenty of smartphones under its disposal but judging from Zopo Mobile Malaysia’s Facebook page, the company will be focusing on four models to kick-start its operations in Malaysia.
The popular TEDx series returns to Kuala Lumpur for another year, where 13 influential people from a diverse set of practices will be presenting their stories to Malaysian attendees. This year’s TEDxKL will be held at the Calvary Convention Centre on August 9, and will carry the theme “The Open Future”. As the official forum partner for TEDxKL, Lowyat.NET readers get to enjoy special rates for the admission tickets! Read on to find out more.
Following the recent announcement of Microsoft’s plans to transfer Nokia X series to the Windows Phone family, the company is now acting to shut down the Nokia feature phone lineups and end the support of the platform.