Since Thanksgiving Day is not a national holiday in Malaysia, there is not such thing as Black Friday in our country. However, it seems that Malaysian consumers are starting to warm up to the idea though which is no doubt due to the increasing popularity of online shopping among Malaysians. This year, the well-known game store Gamer’s Hideout is having their own Black Friday sale this week.
Starting from today onwards till this Sunday, 1 December, gamers are able to take advantage of massive savings at their branches in One Utama and Tropicana City Mall. There are plenty of products on sale, from games to consoles to peripeherals – both new and older releases.
Don’t expect PlayStation 4 and Xbox One though. To learn more, just head on to Gamer’s Hideout official Facebook page right here or visit either of their branches directly for the next two days.
You’ve probably read before stories about how a company refuses to let their employees use their competitor’s products but in Google, staffs are encouraged to use Apple Macs instead of Windows devices or even the company’s very own Chromebooks. In a talk at the LISA ’13 conference earlier this month, Google explained how the company is using over 43,000 units of Macs and have been doing so without much help from Apple at all.
“There was a time when Macs were a small part of the Google fleet. But as of now if you start at Google and want to use a platform other than Mac you have to make a business case.” – Clay Caviness, a Google System Engineer.
Despite having so many Macs, Google does not rely entire on Apple in terms of software. “We don’t use any Apple’s tools to manage the Macs”, he said in the conference. Instead, Google uses its self-developed programs or even third-party ones to manage their vast amount of Macs. Google updated its Macs from OS X 10.7 to 10.8 for 99.5% of its entire collection in 8 weeks, and plans to do the same for the latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks update.
But Google’s preference for Mac is not a secret. In the recent post by Eric Schmidt, the Chairman of Google, teaching users how to switch from the iPhone to an Android, he actually mentioned “Like the people who moved from PCs to Macs and never switched back, you will switch from iPhone to Android and never switch back”.
Samsung may have developed an unhealthy habit of announcing devices catered for pretty much every target market in the consumer space, but with its latest device, the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids tablet, the Korean giants may have found an untapped market with immense potential. Back at its original announcement of the tablet earlier this year, many, including myself, wrote it off as yet another device filled with a gimmicky proposition. After all, who would consider buying an expensive electronic device for children that they will eventually grow out of?
But at the Malaysian launch of the child-oriented tablet, and speaking to several people after the event from distributors to urban mothers, I soon saw the tablet from a totally different angle:
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As you might know, the newly announced LG G Flex smartphone have gained quite some attention from users throughout the world due to its curvy design and self-repairing back cover. Not long after that, it was Motorola’s turn to be in the spotlight after announcing their budget-oriented Moto G smartphone.
In Malaysia, Brightstar happens to be the distributor for both companies and thanks to the recent activities on their Facebook page, we have a reason to believe that the company are about to release both devices into our market. By activities, I mean the recent posting of product videos for LG G Flex and Motorola Moto G over there as shown below.
Before you pointed out that it might be a random positing by the well-known distributor, I took the liberty and checked out the company’s previous postings on their page. It turns out that Brightstar Malaysia generally don’t highlight products that they are not under their distribution.
At the time being, Brightstar Malaysia have yet to explain why both videos were posted on their Facebook page. In addition to that, LG G Flex is yet to be listed on LG Malaysia’s website and we can’t really verify Moto G status for our market as Brightstar Malaysia is the only official link to Motorola Mobility in our shores since the company no longer have official presence here.
Well then, let’s hope Brightstar Malaysia are able to clarify this particular matter very soon especially now that the year-end shopping season is already here. We’ll keep you in the loop once we hear any concrete information from the company, so stay tuned.
Steam may be running the most popular sale on the internet right now, but EA isn’t going to be left out on Black Friday. Battlefield 4 is currently going at 40% off, but the deal will only last for the next 23 hours. Anyone who is yet to pick up the game should also know that DICE is offering double XP on all games while they try to fix some bugs.
Other interesting offers are a pre-order for The Sims 4, which will arrive next year, and 25% off on FIFA 14 and Need For Speed: Rivals. Gamer wallets may continue to weep for the next couple of days.
My editor, Lucas, was supposed to write this piece. He decided to get me to do it. No, the internet hasn’t made him lazy. Just extremely busy. But it does neatly sum up this entire story. In the first paragraph no less. Even this last sentence is here to tell you that it’s perfectly alright to jump to the next thing.
Seriously though, there are more than enough stories about technology either making us lazy or shortening our attention span to that of a mentally deficient goldfish. I even wrote about wanting more online delivery services in the country; mainly because I want to be able to buy things without leaving my house. The walk to the front door is already too distant a journey.
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Returning in its 5th year, the DiGi Challenge For Change (DiGiCFC) Program is calling out to all Malaysians and local app developer to submit ideas and come together to build innovative community-centric mobile apps that bring Malaysians together for positive change. The DiGiCFC is lumped into 4 categories: Learning & Edutainment, Health & Wellness, Discovering Culture and a new category this year called Connected Citizens which include apps that facilitate the delivery of public services.
To help maximise the potential of each idea and app, DiGi has established 2 events as part of the program, namely #IDEAJAM which is an idea hackathon and #HACK!@DiGiCFC, a mobile hackathon. The events will serve as checkpoints for participants to refine their ideas and apps. The challenge will be strengthened by DIGi’s partnership with the 1Malaysia 4 Youth to reach and encourage greater participation with Malaysian Youths.
From the 27th November until the 18th January, the public is welcome to submit app ideas to www.digicfc.my for all 4 categories. The best 4 ideas will be taken and developed in the next phase. From the 26th January to 24th April Malaysian developers will be invited to build apps for the ideas in a 36 hour hackathon. The ideas will be made downloadable for the public to review and the most popular will be crowned the winner.
More than RM200,000 in prizes are up for grabs! Head on over to http://www.digicfc.my for more details!
Google’s latest iteration of its mobile operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat, saw the company shedding some pounds off the world’s most-used mobile operating system and allow it to run better on slower hardware. Google claims Android 4.4 will run on as little as 512MB of RAM – a quarter of the RAM contained in most flagship smartphones today.
In an interview with Dave Burke, Google’s head of engineering for Android, ReadWrite was told of how Google focused on optimizing memory usage for Android. This became known internally as Project Svelte, which came after the Android team released Android 4.1, where the primary goal was Project Butter – achieving a consistent 60fps frame rate for animations.
The LG Nexus 5, the first Android device to run on Android 4.4 KitKat
Project Svelte was crucial for Google, because allowing the latest version of Android to run on slower – and more importantly older – hardware will go some way to reducing the notorious fragmentation issue that has plagued Android for some time now. To test Project Svelte, Google’s engineers all used throttled down Nexus 4 smartphones, which had a reduced resolution of 960 x 540, and only using two of the four CPU cores at a reduced clock speed, ensuring that the engineers experienced how the operating system would feel like to a user running on an entry-level device.
The result was seen in Android 4.4, which has several features that happen behind the scenes to optimize the system, such as the decoupling of Google Apps from the OS to reduce the platform’s footprint, and the automatic killing of apps which hog too much memory for too long.