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Nokia is back with Nokia N1 Android Tablet

November 20, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 0 Comments


Nokia N1

Come 2014, many would have thought that Nokia, the Finnish giant phone maker has fallen off the edge. And with the recent acquisition by Microsoft, we probably won’t hear much of them ever again.

Well, it looks like we’re all wrong.

Nokia is back and they are back to take on Apple’s iPad Mini with their very own 7.9-inch display Nokia N1 Android-based tablet. It weighs just over 300 grams and will be running Android Lollipop.

Nokia N1

The 6.9mm thick device packs a 2.3GHz 64-bit processor and features an 8-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera.  The tablet will arrive in China for Chinese New Year before being offered in other regions.

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Nokia N1 will be selling at $249 plus taxes. The Nokia N1 may weigh in as the same category with the iPad Mini, but we will have to see the outcome in the ring. No news when it will be in Malaysia but will keep you guys updated on this.

U Mobile offers FREE Internet Roaming for Postpaid and Now Prepaid Users

November 18, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Technology, Travel with 0 Comments

U Mobile CMO Jasmine Lee and CEO, Wong Heang Tuck launches the FREE Internet Roaming service for its Prepaid customers

U Mobile’s Vision 2,000,000 is kicking into high gear with the innovative telco moving aggressively into the last quarter of the year with yet another amazing product launch.

U Mobile was the first telco in the market to offer Free Internet Roaming for its postpaid customers in May 2014. Today, they extended this offer to their prepaid customers too. with a top-up of RM50, prepaid customers get to enjoy complimentary FREE Internet Roaming up to 50MB a day up to 30 days in 8 countries including Australia, Cambodia, HK, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

So what can I do with only 50MB of data a day? Well, according to the CMO of U Mobile, Ms Jasmine Lee, 50MB is sufficient for your daily social media activities such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, Kakaotalk, and checking your daily emails. Just avoid downloading any heavy attachments and streaming videos.

And what happens if you exceeded your 50MB daily quota? Well worry not as any additional data exceeded will only cost you RM7.50 for every 1MB and upon reaching 4MB and above, it’s a flat rate of RM30 per day for unlimited Internet Roaming.

So if you’re an avid traveller and you’re not on U Mobile network yet, you may want consider switching to U Mobile now. No, I’m not a reseller and I’m not paid for this but the package U Mobile offered is just too good not to share.

You can find out more of U Mobile’s FREE Internet Roaming service at the website – www.u.com.my.


Huawei Malaysia Announces 6-inch Huawei Mate 7

November 13, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 0 Comments

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Huawei today announces its first single-touch fingerprint smartphone in Malaysia, the Huawei Mate 7. The single-touch fingerprint technology on the Mate 7 enhances user experience at the same time providing a peace of mind whether it’s for work or play.

The single-touch fingerprint reader, which is located behind the phone and right below the camera, allows user to access the phone 80% faster than the conventional keying in of 4-digit pass code. The reader can support up to five sets of different fingerprint records and can be allocated to guest mode and enhance mode. Switching from guest mode to enhance mode will enhance security to private folders, applications, or payment information – this even works with wet fingers and under light rain condition.

The Mate 7 boasts an octa-core architecture with Huawei’s intelligent Kirin 925 processor that consist of four large A15 1.8GHz and four small A7 1.3GHz chipsets. Such intelligent architecture allows the Mate 7 to react to specific app or function with a greater power management.

Perhaps the highlight of the Mate 7 is its 6-inch crystal clear display, which is a rare commodity in the smartphone industry. And its strong aluminium alloy body with ultra-slim narrow bezel gives the Mate 7 a rigid form and yet maintaining its elegance. The 13 megapixel rear-facing camera and 5 megapixel front-facing camera makes the Mate 7 even sexier for a smartphone.

The Huawei Mate 7 comes in two variants – the standard and premium version. The standard Huawei Mate 7 supports a single LTE sim card with a micro-SD card supporting up to 32GB. As for the Premium Mate 7, it supports a single LTE sim card and a micro-SD slot, with the slot being able to support yet another LTE sim card.

The Mate 7 is available in three colours with the pricing as follow:

  • Standard Version – RM1,799 (2GB RAM and 16GB ROM) – Moonlight Silver and Obsidian Black.
  • Premium Version – RM1,999 (3GB RAM and 32GB ROM) – Amber Gold.

Both the standard version of the Mate 7 will be available at all authorised Huawei dealers nationwide from November 14 onwards and the premium Mate 7 will be available on a later date (TBA).



P1 Nostalgic Nation: Bringing Back The Good Old Days

November 7, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Special with 1 Comment

P1 Nostalgic Nation

I’ve been slacking lately and haven’t been updating my blog as frequent. Ironically, with all the gadgets and technology we have today, life is moving faster but I’m having less time to do things for myself. This is why I miss the good ol’ days so much when things are much slower and I get to enjoy every moment of it. *sighhh*

I admit that I love technology and I’m also a gadget junkie. But I’m also quite a conservative person when it comes to traditions and culture. And ultimately, I’m such a sentimental fool. During my younger days, I love the outdoor and I’m always playing around my neighbourhood with my friends. We used to play ‘guli’, ‘gasing’, ‘kunda kundi’ and even kite flying a lot. Best part of my childhood was probably being able to make our own toys and games.

We made toys with things such as old newspapers, bamboo, ‘lidi’ (coconut leaf stem) and held them together with corn starch, strings and sellotape. Sure, I made quite a mess but the outcome of our effort was… fulfilling!

In conjunction with P1 Nostalgic Nation campaign, I have been challenged to a few tasks in honour of the good old days. The task is to create things that we used to play with and make a video out of it. So below are the three challenges that I did and I enjoyed every moment working on it.

 

#MakeABoat – PAPER BOAT

The paper boat is one of the easiest paper toys to make. Sure, it requires a little practice but eventually you’ll get the hang of it. The most common paper boat is the ‘sampan’, it’s easy to fold and the end product also doubles as a goal post for paper table football. My friends and I used to make a lot of these small ‘sampans’ during rainy days. We would then go and play these ‘sampans’ on water puddles in the field. It’s the next best thing to do besides catching tadpoles.

 

#MakeAPlane – PAPER PLANE

And during breezy days, we would play paper planes. Folding a paper plane is really easy and there are many types of paper plane you can fold. Surely the most common ones are the ‘Concorde’ paper plane. I like the conventional paper plane with its wings folded or rolled up. Makes it look like a fighter jet and it flew like one too. It was the best flying toy before I knew how to make a kite.

 

#MakeAFall – DIY TOY PARACHUTE

If you’re from my generation, you would remember ‘Ding Dang’ very well. The chocolate-coated biscuit ball treat comes with a toy and it cost us 50 sen just to get it. 50 sen to us back then was really a lot, especially when we’re still in primary school. To buy one, I would have to save up 10 sen every day from my allowance for a week just to get a box of ‘Ding Dang’. One of the best toys I’ve ever gotten from Ding Dang was a paratrooper – it’s basically a toy soldier tied to a parachute. It was THE toy back then and I had so much fun tossing the paratrooper up high and see it slowly descend from the sky. And of course, it didn’t last very long and it’s too expensive to buy another one. So I end up making my own toy parachute with plastic bags and clothes peg… and it was just as fun.

 

It’s been fun reminiscing my childhood years. Making fun things to play was the only way to keep us entertain back then and I’m really glad we had those simple things to grow up with. Today, I’m rather glad to be able to share it now with everyone on this social media era especially to the younger generation. I’m also very happy that P1 took this initiative to bring back some good memories and make it fun all over again. I’m impressed, that even as an advanced telecommunication company, P1 still connects with us Malaysians with great memories from the past. I guess technology is only good if you put it to good use. P1 knows that very well and hence you see many of their campaigns are out to connect with us.

These #P1NostalgicNation challenges started out as a competition for us bloggers to win some really attractive prizes. But due to time constraint, I almost missed out completing a few tasks. And to be perfectly honest, I almost gave up too. But I later on decided to continue because I find a need to do so, simply because I truly missed my childhood days.

Winning the grand prize or not, I’m already a winner because having live through these memories again, is an experience money can’t buy. Thanks P1, for Bringing Back The Good Old Days!

HP Malaysia Announced HP Pavilion X2 2-in-1 PC

November 6, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 0 Comments

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HP Malaysia recently announced the availability of their stylish and ultra-portable HP Pavilion x2 detachable PC. The HP Pavilion x2 2-in-1 PC enables user new ways to work and play and to simplify their life with a single device that transforms from tablet to laptop. Now this is not the first, but HP is making it cool and affordable.

The new HP Pavilion x2 (not to be mistaken with the older 11.6-inch Pavilion x2) is a full-featured 10-inch Windows tablet that shifts to a full-featured laptop. It comes with a detachable dual-purpose keyboard with cover which protects the screen and serves as a multi-angle stand.

This ultra-portable, versatile and highly-affordable 2-in-1 PC is powered by the latest-generation Intel Atom® processor, features front-facing speakers, a single USB port, a mini HDMI port, and a battery that lasts up to an impressive 11.45 hours!

The HP Pavilion x2 is available now for a starting price of RM1,199.

All New iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch

September 10, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 0 Comments

Tim Cook and co. finally reveals the next generation of iPhones in an Apple Event early this morning after much pressure from the consumers demanding for bigger screen iPhones. The new iPhones, now with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays are Apple’s first foray into phablet territory after trailing behind its rivals. That’s not the only first, Apple is also introducing itself into the wearable market too with the new Apple Watch.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Tim Cook and iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch “Retina HD” display and is nearly a millimeter thinner than its predecessor while the iPhone 6 Plus will have a 5.5-inch display. Both iPhones will be powered with Apple’s new A8 processor and M8 sub-processor.

Both new iPhones, which comes in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB varieties, will be available in gold, white and “space gray”. The iPhones will be available on sale in the United States on September 19 with preorders begin on Friday.

Apple Watch

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Apple also unveiled its first wearable gadget but it’s not the iWatch. Instead, it’s called the Apple Watch. Apple Watch features a Retina display (protected by sapphire crystal in some models) and is filled with sensors that can track everything from your heart rate to daily activities and exercise. Just like many Android based smartwatch in the market, the Apple Watch too needs to pair along with an iPhone to gain its full functionality.

The display is a touchscreen and comes equipped with a special “digital crown” that can be used for navigating around apps and also functions as a home button for the watch’s interface.

Apple Watch will come in two different sizes and three different collections — the Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition, each of which uses a different finish. Apple Watch comes in a stainless steel finish, Watch Sport is made of “lightweight anodized aluminum” and Watch Edition is 18-karat gold.

Apple Watch will begin at $349 and is expected to go on sale in early 2015.

U2 Releases ‘Songs of Innocence’ Album at Apple Event – For Free!

September 10, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Entertainment, Technology with 0 Comments

U2 - Songs of Innocence

Here’s a special announcement to all U2 fans. In a special Apple Event early this morning, U2 made a special appearance performing ‘The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)’ and after that announced the release of their new album entitled ‘Songs of Innocence’… entirely FREE to download on Apple iTunes.

This is rather an unconventional music deal but it was confirmed that U2 was paid by Apple but no exact amount was divulged. ‘Songs of Innocence’ is U2’s first studio album in five years and the album features 11 songs and is available in 119 countries on iTunes, iTunes Radio and Beats Music.

So what you’re waiting for? Head on over to iTunes now and get your copy for yourself.

U Mobile Rollout Major 3G and 4G LTE Expansion

September 10, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 1 Comment

From left to right: Too Tian Jen, Chief Technology Officer of U Mobile Sdn Bhd and Wong Heang Tuck, Chief Executive Officer of U Mobile Sdn Bhd
From left to right: Too Tian Jen, Chief Technology Officer of U Mobile Sdn Bhd and Wong Heang Tuck, Chief Executive Officer of U Mobile Sdn Bhd

U Mobile announces an aggressive expansion strategy to strengthen its network through the roll-out of additional 2,000 3G & 4G LTE sites. It was only a couple of years ago that U Mobile announced their network expansion by partnering Maxis, riding on their Random Access Network (RAN), strengthening their 2G & 3G coverage beyond Klang Valley.

Over the years, the full-fledge telco has put continuous effort of investing in its existing network infrastructure to provide superior network coverage, high speed internet, as well as offering seamless connectivity to its consumers. The current roll-out will put continuous effort in ramping up its network points to cope with escalating demands from U Mobile’s customers. This major milestones expansion plan, targeting to complete by the end of 2015 will involve 1,000 3G and 1,000 4G LTE sites.

The RM1.5 billion upgrade will effect key cities and strategic areas within Malaysia, which include Wilayah Persekutuan, Selangor, Seremban, Port Dickson, Nilai, Ipoh, Lumut, Penang, Johor Bahru, Muar, Kluang, Segamat and Batu Pahat.

Leaked Manchester United new Home Kit 2014/2015 with new sponsor

July 3, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Sports with 0 Comments

Just days after the launch of their teaser video on the new home kit, Manchester United’s new home jersey appears to have leaked online and it looks pretty convincing with the images claiming to show the new Chevrolet-sponsored jersey. Manchester United fans get to catch a first glimpse of what may appear to be the new home kit for 2014/2015 season.

Manchester United Home Kit 2014/2015

Manchester United Home Kit 2014/2015

The supposedly leaked images show a red jersey with white and black stripes band around the round-collared neck and sleeves. What’s most obvious is the new sponsor change on the jersey – bearing on the shirt is the iconic Chevrolet logo. It’s been reported that United’s shirt deal with Chevy is worth $560 Million.

The Complete 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Schedule – Download Excel Template

June 12, 2014 by Galvin Tan in Featured, Sports with 0 Comments

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Schedule

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ is just around the corner so you’re probably looking for the complete schedule with your local time. Well the good news is, the schedule is out and you can find it in a FREE Excel spreadsheet form, where all games of the upcoming tournament are scheduled in a comfortable way, so that you can follow the development and flow of the tournament. So here is the complete 2014 World Cup schedule in excel template for you to download. The calendar also includes 60 languages and a wide list of various time zones.

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[ Source: EXCELY.COM ]



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