Even though Chinese phone manufacturers have long established themselves in our market through the effort of companies such as Huawei, ZTE and Alcatel One Touch, it was only recently that Malaysian consumers have started to pay more attention to these companies especially with the help of Oppo and Xiaomi.
Hence, it is only natural that more Chinese companies are now interested to make their own mark in Malaysia as well. After the arrival of Vivo last month, the next Chinese manufacturer that will make its official debut in Malaysia very soon is Zopo Mobile.
Google’s new internet security programme, Project Zero, has unveiled its first big name. George Hotz, or better known as Geohot, has joined the team that is preparing to scour the internet for vulnerabilities and get to them before malicious hackers are able to exploit the weaknesses. Hotz will be joining what Wired is calling a dream team of hackers who form the core of Project Zero.
Maxis has recently added two new devices to its phone bundles, allowing subscribers to get brand new phones for free when they sign up for a contract. The telco is now offering the HTC Desire 210 and the Sony Xperia E1 with one of its MaxisONE Plans from as low as RM78/month.
As odd as it may seem, Apple and IBM have recently struck a partnership to tackle the mobile enterprise market. Both companies claim that the new partnership is not only complementary to their companies, but also to the end users as well.
Given the differences between Apple and IBM’s target markets and businesses ever since their rivalry on the first personal computer, this partnership is definitely surprising.
Valve’s The International Dota 2 Championship, often abbreviated to TI4, is continuing to drive eSports to the same recognition as other sporting events. The company has now announced that the main event for TI4 will be streamed live on ESPN, with a special preview show scheduled to be broadcast before the finals.
It looks like the folks behind Goophone has done it again, say “hello” to the second iPhone 6 clone that has been released into the Chinese market, few months even before Apple is scheduled to make any announcement. GooPhone is known for making imitations of popular smartphones from Apple, Samsung and more, and this time round, they have made something out of all the iPhone 6 leaks we’ve been seeing so far.
[Update] The table for the hardware on the ZenFone models have been updated to reflect recent changes to the variants available in Malaysia.
Yesterday, ASUS finally launched its new ZenFone range of Android smartphones in the Southeast Asian region. Powered by Intel’s Clover Trail+ range of processors, these smartphones take the word “budget” and “affordable” to new low levels. With retail prices starting from only RM299, the new ZenFone 4, 5 and 6 could well be the smartphones to watch.
[Update: 11:50am, July 18] Samsung Malaysia has added another model, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, to the lineup. More details below
Samsung Malaysia has revised the retail prices of some of its smartphones ahead of the festive season. A full-page advertisement run on a national newspaper showed that devices such as the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3 and several others now feature price reductions of up to RM300 from their original retail prices.
News is out that Microsoft is looking to downsize its 127,000 strong workforce by about 18,000 people. While most of these were expected to come from the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services Division, Redmond has surprised many by announcing it will be shutting down the Xbox Entertainment Studios.
Good news for those of you who are interested in getting a Samsung Galaxy S5, Maxis has just opened up its trade-in program, allowing subscribers to get as much as RM1,000 discount when they purchase the Galaxy S5 under a contract. Similar to the iPhone 5s trade-in program, the telco accepts any phones as long as they are still in working condition with no cracks on the screen or casing.
[UPDATE: 2:26am, 19 July] Google Malaysia has lit a candle on its front page, in memory of MH17. Read more to see it.
[UPDATE: 11:29pm, 18 July] PM Najib Razak has announced that all flags are to be flown at half-mast until this coming Monday.
[UPDATE: 4:36pm, 18 July] The second black box of flight MH17 has been found. More details after the jump.
[UPDATE: 2:00pm, 18 July] Malaysia Airlines has released another statement, shedding light on the aircraft’s bill of health.
[UPDATE: 9:19AM, 18 July]: Malaysia Airlines has released a media statement, revising the total number of passengers on board.
[UPDATE: 4:45AM, 18 July]: The MH17 press conference with PM Najib Razak has finally taken place. Read more for details.
[UPDATE: 2:18AM, 18 July]: We’ve posted a clip from a RT that summarises the latest update on flight MH17 so far. Read more to view.
[UPDATE: 2:03AM, 18 July]: The Prime Minister Najib Razak has arrived at KLIA to be briefed on the situation regarding MH17. A press conference has apparently been scheduled at 400AM. Read more for details.
[UPDATE: 1:16AM, 18 July]: Pictures by Reuters from the crash site have appeared online, which confirmed everyone’s fears that the plane has indeed crashed. Read more for details. (WARNING: MAY CONTAIN GRAPHIC IMAGES)
[UPDATE: 12:30AM, 18 July]: Malaysia Airlines has published its first media statement regarding this incident. Read more for the full statement.
[ORIGINAL POST: 11:45PM, 17 July]:
We’re getting reports that a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed near Donetsk, Ukraine. Shown above is a video that is claimed to be taken at the crash site while below is its last known route: