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Logitech launches X300 wireless speaker – Also spread joy with AnyAngle, Hinge and Type+ iPad casings

December 19, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 0 Comments


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The Logitech X300 may look like a desktop alarm clock but it’s not. Yes it has speakers and buttons but it does more than just waking you up in the morning. The Logitech® X300 Mobile Wireless Stereo Speaker is a wireless speaker designed for mobility and it’s their latest product to hit Malaysian shores.

The X300 weighs around 355 gram and is engineered for wide-range sound; the speakers are specially angled for a more expansive sound spectrum. You can connect and play music from any Bluetooth®-enabled device, and enjoy up to five hours of continuous play without recharging, giving you a mobile theater sound experience.

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The X300 is also a great for conference calls, with a built-in microphone, the X300 is a great companion for travelling business man and it supports all Android, Windows Phone and iOS smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth wireless audio profile.

The X300 is currently available in all authorised resellers nationwide at the retail price of RM259.

Also launch this month are some of the coolest mobility products from Logitech – AnyAngle™, Hinge™ and Type+™ iPad casings.

 

Logitech AnyAngle

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The Logitech AnyAngle is a protective case for your iPad Air 2 and all models of the iPad mini that firmly holds your iPad at any angle within a 50-degree viewing range. It has an adjustable any-angle stand that uses a hidden hinge and magnetic system, so you keep a comfortable viewing angle, no matter what you do. Plus, the Logitech AnyAngle comes in a variety of color combinations, designed to suit your style. So whether you prefer a sophisticated, classic black or want to make a statement with violet or teal, we have your unique look covered.

The Logitech AnyAngle is available in all authorized resellers nationwide at the retail price of RM189.

Logitech Hinge

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The Logitech Hinge is a flexible case with a smooth-gliding hinge that firmly holds your iPad in any viewing angle within a 50-degree range. Regardless of where you are and what you’re doing with your iPad – watching movies with your family, mastering that difficult yoga pose or learning a new song on your guitar – this case has a comfortable viewing angle.

The Logitech® Hinge is especially made for iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini 2 with Retina® display. It is also available in all authorized resellers nationwide for the retail price of RM159.

Logitech Type+

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The Logitech Type+ is the all-in-one case providing protection and an integrated keyboard for your iPad Air 2. It leverages the popular thin and light, two-sided protective case from its predecessor, and has a recently-optimized Bluetooth keyboard that is designed to replicate the typing experience of your laptop, so you can smoothly transition from one device to another without losing speed or accuracy. When in the typing position, the iPad screen magnetically attaches directly above the keyboard, keeping the screen right at your fingertips for easy navigation.

I’m particularly impressed with the long battery life for the Type+. On a single charge, the Type+ keyboard can last till 3 months, of course with an average usage of 2 hours a day. Even if last less than 3 months, any mobile electronic devices that last more than 1 month is consider very impressive.

The Logitech Type+ is designed specifically for the Apple iPad Air 2 and it is available now at the retail price of RM329.

Ello & Tsū – Are these new social networks the next big thing?

December 12, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Social Media with 0 Comments

Ello & Tsu

Two new social networks emerged recently and I kept saying to myself, what for? Facebook is already so popular and we haven’t really fully explored Google Plus yet. Do we really need another social network?

Well, I’m pretty sure I haven’t got the answer but I’m going to find out what’s the buzz all about.

I first created my Ello account two months ago, just for the sake having an account. I’m hardly active there and I’ve only got one follower. Then just a day ago, I decided to create my profile on Tsū and do a little discovering on both social networks.

Ello requires an invite to register and account while Tsu requires you to know somebody who already has an account there in order to be able to sign up.

ello-logo1What is Ello?

So Ello (https://www.ello.co) is yet another social network site but created by a small group of artists and designers. The minimalistic-looking social network site is originally built for private use but eventually a public version was opened up. Hmm… sounds familiar. Now where have I heard this from?

Now Ello pride itself as an AD-FREE social network that doesn’t sell ads nor they sell your data to anyone third parties. The creators think that ads are tacky and insult our intelligence and that we’re better without them. Well, I’ll drink to that. No more ads on my timeline. However, Ello do occasionally offer special features to its users and its completely free to use.

tsu-logoWhat is Tsū?

Tsū (https://www.tsu.co) is another free to use social network and its name comes from the appreciation of Japanese aesthetic. Tsū was created by Evacuation Complete, LLC, a Texas corporation in 2008.

Tsū has got a very opposite approach as compared to its competitors, while Ello is ad-free; Tsū wants to share its ad revenues with its users. Tsu’s approach is to instead embrace the user as a product, and to sell data to advertisers and share the profits with the users as compensation.

So how effective are these social networks to marketers? I haven’t got a clue yet but I’m really dying to find out. If you’re interested to find out more about these sites yourself, I’ve got some invites left from my Ello account. And you can create your Tsū account by using my code below.

ello.co/galvintan tsu.co/galvintan
https://ello.co/galvintan https://tsu.co/galvintan


The Afghan Bruce Lee – Abbas Alizada a.k.a. Bruce Hazara

December 10, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Entertainment with 0 Comments

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“Enter The Afghan”, that would be the title of the movie if I’m ever the director of this movie – if it’s real or if it’s ever gonna happen. This 20-year old Afghan is not just a splitting image of the legend Bruce Lee; he’s also striking some kungfu poses like him too.

This young Afghan, who trains in the ruins of a bombed-out palace in Kabul, is recently an Internet hit when photos and videos of him performing back flips and doing the nunchuks are posted on a Facebook called Bruce Hazara, which the nickname is given to him by his friends. His recent success in at a martial arts tournament in Kabul is another reason why he’s fast gaining some fans.

Abbas Alizada comes from a poor family of 10 children and he wants to be a champion in his country and hopefully one day be a Hollywood star.

I looked and I looked again, I can’t deny Abbas Alizada here looks hauntingly similar to the legend Bruce Lee. From his bowl haircut to his physique, from his stances and tight fitting singlet, he could easily pass as Bruce’s stunt double, if he ever needs one. The only thing giving away is his movement. Giving all the similarity, he is still not as fast and swift as the legend Bruce Lee.

Here’s some videos of him in action:

Source: The Straits Times Asia
PHOTO: REUTERS



Going bezel-less with Sharp Aquos Crystal

December 9, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 0 Comments

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Forget about flexible display and curved bezel screen. This 5-inch display smartphone from SHARP is literally bezel-less! Yes, you heard me right, it’s bezel-less and it’s from SHARP. Not a common name in the industry but Sharp has officially made its claim for a piece of the Android pie.

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Sharp announced the Sharp Aquos Crystal more than 3 months back but I just had to share this. Although Sharp isn’t particularly well-known for making smartphones in the industry, but it is a major supplier of LCDs. Sharp has taken the standard candy-bar form and pushed the display all the way up to the top, creating a device with basically no bezel on the top and sides, which looks extremely slick.

The Crystal is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 with 1.5GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. While it’s not something you should be excited about, the 720p device will definitely be a great conversation piece during dinner.

And with a price tag of on $239 off-contract, the Crystal is yet to make its appearance in Malaysian market.

 

Source: ArsTechnica.com
Photo courtesy of Ron Amadeo

The launch of HTC Desire EYE and RE Camera in Malaysia

December 7, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Events, Technology with 0 Comments

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HTC brings forth yet another desirable smartphone, the HTC Desire EYE. Boasts to be one of the best front-facing cameras available on the market today, and software that puts you center frame and looking your best, the HTC Desire EYE is designed to capture life’s big and small moments in perfect clarity.

HTC Desire EYE

HTC Desire EYE is fully equipped to take great photos, videos and selfies. Its BSI sensors capture crisp photos, even in low-light conditions, and intelligent dual-LED flash on both cameras provides flattering, natural tones when ambient light levels drop further.

The HTC Desire EYE will be available from today onwards at all HTC authorize retailer with a recormmended retail price of RM 1699. Two colors are available for the HTC Desire EYE which is Submarine Blue and Coral Red.

HTC RE Camera

RE is a stunning yet minimalist cylindrical design camera. RE is made to be held, and fits naturally and comfortably in the palm of your hand. you’ll never have to worry about missing a moment fumbling between modes, as RE’s built-in grip sensor instantly activates the camera as it’s picked up, eliminating the need for a power button. Its large, tactile shutter button captures photos with a single tap and videos with a longer press, making it fun and super-easy to capture high-quality, creative imagery or video.

RE applies HTC’s innovative touch and stunning design philosophy to break into a completely new product category and reinvent photography to suit current and future trends.

RE will be available in Malaysia mid-December, and it will be retailing at the price of RM 699 at all HTC authorize retailer. Thr Re Camera is vailable in three colours – Navy, Orange, and White.

Microsoft launches Lumia 535 and festive promotion

December 6, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 2 Comments

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Microsoft Malaysia announces the availability of the Lumia 535 Dual Sim in Malaysia at the price of RM429 – making innovation affordable to everyone featuring integrated Microsoft experiences, a spacious 5-inch display and a 5-megapixel front facing camera.

The Lumia 535 has a 5-inch qHD display, much bigger than its predecessor, the Lumia 530. The screen of the 535 is IPS, which better also much better that the previous model. The high brightness mode in the Lumia 535 is designed to make the device easier to use in sunlight.

Powering the Lumia 535 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, which isn’t the greatest chip despite its quad-core spec. It comes with 8GB internal drive with additional 15GB free OneDrive and the micro SD upgradable to 128GB so you’ll never run out of space.

The Lumia 535 Dual Sim helps people do more of what they want, for less with five great integrated Microsoft experiences:

  • Make memorable Skype video calls and seamlessly switch between voice and video with built-in Skype integration.
  • Access, edit and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and OneNote notebooks wherever you are, with the pre-installed original Office suite.
  • Save and sync photos, videos and Office documents securely with 15GB of free OneDrive cloud storage.
  • Connect with work and personal e-mail while on the go, with Microsoft Outlook built-in.
  • Connect and play with friends wherever you are, using your Xbox Live avatar and gamer profile as Windows Phone is the only phone with Xbox Live built in.

The Lumia 535 Dual Sim also comes with a host of exciting features:

  • Experience the one-swipe Action Center, Word Flow, Live Folders and Consumer VPN with the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update preloaded.
  • Showcase photos and videos or get even more productive with Office on the large, 5 inch qHD display.
  • Fit more memorable backgrounds or add more friends into Skype video calls and selfies with the 5 MP wide angle front facing camera.
  • Packs speed with a powerful quad-core processor to enjoy websites, leading apps and games, and smooth multitasking for switching between these experiences.
  • Never miss a call or text, and be reachable on both SIM cards at any time with Smart Dual SIM for maximum flexibility.

The Lumia 535 Dual SIM is expected to be available in Malaysia next week onwards. The Lumia 535 Dual SIM will be available in a range of colours including orange, white, cyan and black.

Festive Promotion

In conjunction with the holiday season, Microsoft Devices have also announced that the Lumia 535 Dual Sim will be having a special promotion. From sales start to end of December, the Lumia 535 will be bundled with RM99 worth of free gifts which includes a 2200mAh power bank, 16GB memory card, screen protector, keychain and a Christmas notepad.

HP reveals stylish and affordable Windows Notebook PC – The HP Stream

December 5, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 0 Comments

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HP is never short of surprises, especially during the festive season. Yes, this next product from HP is surely to be a perfect gift for holiday.

To bring out the festive joy, HP introduces a NEW kind of notebook PC – the HP Stream. HP’s latest and innovative Windows notebook PC provides unsurpassed value in a thin and light package, and includes value-added services with free cloud storage for instant access and sharing of content with 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive for one year; Office 365 Personal for one year to edit, share or collaborate in real-time. Now you can enjoy the best of both worlds in a thin, light and affordable notebook PC with the power for most every day computing tasks.

You can also enjoy your entertainment experience in high-definition with an 11.6” HD display or 13.3” HD display. While the innovative fanless design with high efficiency Intel ® Celeron ™ processor and 32GB of eMMC flash memory allows for quiet, cool operation and quick file recall.

The HP Stream will be available in Malaysia from 1 January 2015 onwards for starting price of RM1,099.  The HP Stream comes in stunning colours of Orchid Magenta or Horizon Blue.

HP unleashes the OMEN Gaming Notebook

December 4, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 2 Comments

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HP turns up the heat by summoning the HP Omen, a hardcore gaming PC that is packed with performance, portability and wicked style. As chilling as it may sound, the HP Omen is devilishly good looking.

The HP Omen is powered by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M and Intel Core™ i7 Quad Core processor for high performance with stunning graphic. While most games are designed to run in full HD, the HP Omen offers a 15.6-inch diagonal, 1080p touch-enabled display – optimised for smooth frame rates with rich colours the way games are built to be seen.

The standard 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) enables games to load 2-3 times faster than conventional hard drives, while the optional 256GB and 512GB PCIe SSD drives will triple the load speed. Consumer will also have a choice of 8GB or 16GB DDR3, and graphic memory of 2GB or 4GB GDDR5 that will deliver fast, stutter-free frame rates and most of all, stunning graphics.

The HP Omen is cloaked in blackness with solid aluminum chassis, the HP Omen is optimised for pure gaming experience. It comes with a customisable backlit keyboard with seven zones of multicolour lighting and with six programmable function keys for accurate and faster keystroke. And with Beats Audio technologies and speakers, the HP Omen will bring your gaming experience to a whole new dimension.

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At only 19.9mm thin and weighs no more than 4.68lb, the HP Omen is portable and sleek. Being the wicked one, it can surely handle the heat – the industrial design of HP Omen was engineered from ground up to manage thermals. With dual fans to pull cool air through the bottom of the system, pushing hot air through exhaust fans at the rear of the system. That keeps hot air away from the keyboard so it won’t burn your hands.

The Omen comes with a HP Omen Gaming Mouse X9000 and the HP Omen Gaming Backpack.

The HP OMEN is now available for order in Malaysia via hp.com/my/OMEN at a starting price of RM6,999 includes the NVIDIA GTX860M with 4GB GDDR5, Intel Core i7 Quad Core Processor, 16GB DDR3 system memory, and a 512GB SSD.  The HP OMEN Gaming Mouse X9000 is priced at RM149 and the HP OMEN Gaming Backpack also at RM149.

U Mobile signs partnership with ZTE and Huawei

December 4, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 0 Comments

U Mobile signs partnership with ZTE and Huawei

What more can I say, U Mobile just gets better and better every day. The most dynamic and innovative telco is staying true to their commitment by extending their partnership with two leading network solutions providers – ZTE Corporations and Huawei Technologies.

U Mobile recently announced an aggressive expansion strategy to strengthen its network through the roll-out of 1,000 3G and 1,000 4G LTE sites worth up to RM1.5 billion of total investment. Through this partnership, both ZTE and Huawei are chosen to be the preferred partners to rollout U Mobile’s landmark network expansion due to their track record of being one of the leading global telecommunication solutions providers with extensive experience in the field and state-of-the-art technology and network.

I can understand why U Mobile is putting so much trust on their partners.

ZTE Corporation has a global presence in 160 countries, and is one of the industrial leaders in network technology innovation, delivering superior business products and business solutions to its clients around the world. Huawei Technologies on the other has well established end-to-end capabilities for various network carriers, enterprise and consumer markets by providing competitive solutions and services that have been deployed in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than one-third of the world’s population.

Huawei is also the first Chinese brand to enter Top-100 Interbrand list. That is quite an accomplishment..

U Mobile signs partnership with ZTE and Huawei

U Mobile officially inked the partnership in the presence of YB Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister of Communication and Multimedia Malaysia, as well as Madam Ma Jia, Chargé d’affaires a.i. & Minister Counsellor, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia. This partnership also celebrates the four decades of diplomatic relationship between Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China, attesting to the strong ties between the two nations.

Photo #1 caption: (from left to right) Steven Ge, Chief Executive Officer of ZTE Corporation Malaysia, Wong Heang Tuck, Chief Executive Officer of U Mobile Sdn Bhd, and Abraham Liu, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Technologies Malaysia shaking hands to solidify the momentous partnership between U Mobile with ZTE Corporation and Huawei Technologies.
 
Photo #2 caption: (from left to right) Steven Ge, Chief Executive Officer of ZTE Corporation Malaysia, YBhg Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi, Chairman for Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, YB Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister of  Communication and Multimedia Malaysia, Wong Heang Tuck, Chief Executive Officer of U Mobile Sdn Bhd, Madam Ma Jia, Charge d’affaires a.i. & Minister Counsellor, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia, YBhg Dato’ Sri Robin Tan, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Berjaya Corporation Bhd and Abraham Liu, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Technologies Malaysia.

BenQ Introduces Their First Range of 4G LTE Smartphones in Malaysia

November 27, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 1 Comment

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BenQ has officially join the bandwagon with their first range of 4G LTE smartphones.

BenQ, which apparently stands for “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life” is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumer’s lives. Well, at least that’s what written on their profile.

But to many of us growing up in the PC era, BenQ is better known for their IT equipments. If you still have an old PC at home, take a look at the CD/DVD-rom drive, it’s probably a BenQ brand.

BenQ ventures bravely into the Malaysian market by bringing in two of their newest 4G LTE smartphones to the consumers, the 5-inch F5 and 4.5-inch T3. While the smartphones are different in size, these smartphones are equipped with QHD display and powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2GHz quad-core processor and are running on Android 4.4 KitKat. Being the new kids on the block, these new smartphones from BenQ truly raises an eyebrow – for the kind of specs they are offering, it’s pretty amazing to see how they can actually lower down the cost of the phones.

Both of the BenQ smartphones boast a couple of features that are quite unique. The 4x ultra sensitivity mode feature on the F5 anf T3 is an innovative technology developed by BenQ that enhances picture quality in various light settings. A killer feature when taking photos in low-light condition. While the F5 packs a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and 13-megapixel rear camera, the T3 is no short of decent pixels too bragging a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3-megapixel VGA front camera.

Blue light can be harmful to our eyes and may cause age-related macular degeneration which can lead to significant vision loss. BenQ is well aware of this issue and therefore incorporated into the F5 and T3 a feature to minimize blue light exposure with the low blue light technology.

As for memory, the F5 is beefed up with a 16GB internal storage with 2GB RAM while the T3 has only 4GB internal storage with 1GB RAM. However, both phones supports microSD slot and expandable up to 64GB of storage space.

Built quality if commendable. Their rigid form feels really comfortable in the palm of my hand. What I like most of these smartphones are the anti-slip plastic cover on the back. It gives the phones a matte and sophisticated look while staying firm in our grip.

The F5 is now available at RM699 and the T3 is retailing at RM499.



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