Today would probably be one of those days where you wish you were living in other parts of the world, particularly in the U.S. The Chief Executive Officer of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, recently unveiled that the company is working on a new service called Amazon Prime Air that uses a drone to deliver your shopping to you in under half an hour. The project was announced in a program aired on CBS called “60 minutes”.
There’s a limit of course, to the weight and distance these octocopters can carry and travel. Amazon says that 86% of their packages are less than 5 pounds (or 2.3kg), these drones can carry such packages up to 16km from the fulfillment center. As demoed in the video below, when a customer places an order and selects Prime Air delivery, the parcel would be packed and sent down the conveyor belt whereby a drone would be eagerly waiting. Once secured, the octocopter will start its journey to its destination.
Don’t get too excited though, the service will not launch immediately. Amazon says that it might take as long as four to five years and is still subject to safety and regulatory rules by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
It’s the end of the year again and in celebration of this holiday season, DiGi is having a year-end promotion that can get you several smartphones for free when you sign up for a 24 months contract with the telco. The devices offered includes the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, Grand Quattro, Sony Xperia Z and even some new ones including Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and Sony Xperia C.
The promotions are all tied to a 24 months contract under one of the telco’s postpaid plan – DG SmartPlan 88 or SmartPlan 148, depending on the device you pick:
Visit DiGi now for more information.
Touted as the first of its kind, Samsung’s kid-oriented tablet, the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, is now available in Malaysia. Essentially, the tablet’s hardware is the same as the standard variant of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, but with a pretty well thought out Kids Mode, featuring a kid-friendly UI as well as an extensive array of parental controls. In fact, there’s even a Standard Mode which allows you to use the tablet as a standard Samsung Galaxy tablet.
We managed to get a review unit of the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids late last week. Naturally, we gave it the unboxing treatment and gave our first impressions. Check out what we think of Samsung’s kids tablet in the video above, and stay tuned for our full review!
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With a design that looks pretty similar to Windows 8 user interface, Maybank recently have deployed a brand new UI for Maybank2U which is one of the most popular online banking service in Malaysia. While the Live Tiles-like design looks pretty good in general and is aligned with the bank’s official website, the release of the new UI doesn’t seem to go very smooth for Maybank.
A general observations on their Twitter feed and Facebook page showed that there are no short of complaints from users regarding Maybank2U new design. Most of the complaints revolved around the slow loading speed of the site which I experienced it myself.
Hours after the rollout, the bank finally reverted back to the old Maybank2U interface just less than an hour ago and all things are fine in this world once again. So far, Maybank didn’t mention any specific details behind the performance issues of the new site but we do hope they will be able to rectify all of them before deploying the new UI once again.
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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