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:
Just moments ago, the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella has revealed that the company is planning to cut up to 18,000 positions by next year. A majority of those positions (around 12,500) will be involving former staff from the Nokia Devices and Services division that the company acquired last year as Microsoft is looking into further integrate the division as its own.
But apart for that news, the company has also revealed that it will be shifting the fairly young Nokia X portfolio to the Lumia Windows Phone family. In other words, Microsoft has killed off the Nokia X series.
After a long wait, ASUS Zenfone 5 has finally arrived in Malaysia last month with a slight change to its component. As you might know, the device is now equipped with 2GB of RAM instead of just 1GB as per original announcement.
Here comes another surprise though: we have just learned that the next shipment of ZenFone 5 for the Malaysian market will apparently feature a bigger internal storage space as opposed to the model that was released last month.