Monday, January 30, 2012

Sony Tablet S - Finally Showing Sign of Selling in Malaysia

Talking about late, Sony finally announces registration of interest in Malaysia. Sony initially announces the Tablet S way back in April 2011. Eventually it gets pre-ordering started in the US sometime in Sept 2011.

It comes only in 2 models, 16GB and 32GB. Both only WiFi models. Take a look at the price again, it is the exact price of the iPad 2 with similar capacities. By pre-ordering, you will get a slip case worth RM139. Nevertheless, the shipment for pre-ordering will only start by 28th Feb 2012. A quick check on the Sony US store, both the models are having $100 discount which brings the 16GB price to $399.99 and 32GB price to $499.99.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

iFong = iPhone, iYou = iPad ? Deliciously Taiwan

Taiwan bakery has stepped up the game by creating the packaging of their famous cake products in the form of Apple iPhone and iPad packaging. iFong is the packaging material for the pineapple cake whereas the iYou is the packaging material for the grape cake.


Apparently in such iPhone/iPad packaging style, it attracts more customers during occasional period.

Source: MIC Gadget

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year 2012

Would like to take the opportunity to wish all a Happy Dragon Chinese New Year.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

iPhone 4S and iPad 2 iOS 5.0.1 Jailbreak is Finally Available

The expert jailbreakers from greenpois0n have finally release the A5 untethered jailbreak for iOS 5 and iOS 5.0.1. The A5 processor refers to iDevices like iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.
The program used for this jailbreak is called Absinthe. Currently, this program is only available in Mac OSX. For Windows freaks, you guys just have to hold on to your horses..

Go to iClarified for the details on how to jailbreak iPad 2 and iPhone 4S via Mac OSX.

Source: iClarified

Huawei Honor U8860 in Malaysia for RM1099 (February)

Back in Nov 2011, we mentioned that Huawei will be releasing an interesting Android version of the smartphone. According to our sources, the Huawei Honor will be made available in Malaysia starting from next month with the price of RM1099.
Just a recap, the Huawei Android is powered by 1.4GHz processor with 512MB RAM. It has a display of 4-inch with a screen resolution 854 x 480. Rear camera 8MP, front camera 2MP. Most interesting would be the battery. It has 1900mAh capacities which Huawei is saying it could lasts up to 3 days. Initial release will be running on the Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 with Huawei's proprietary UI called Huawei Android Platform (HAP 5.1).

Thursday, January 19, 2012

iPad 2S Hypercover

I'm not sure if I should even be calling this a rumor. Chinese producer Chinee has started placing the case on the next generation iPad 2S on the website. It features a black microfiber textured leather stand cover. According to sources, it was reportedly thicker than the previous iPad 2 but the overall shape is exactly the same. So, is this just a fake or did the Chinese case manufacturer got it right upfront?

Source: Chineestyle

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

iPad 2 and iPhone 4S Jailbroken iOS 5.0.1 Coming Very Soon

pod2g had released a picture of the jailbroken iPad 2. Video below shows the jailbroken of iPhone 4S. Both running on the latest iOS 5.0.1.
We should be expecting an official release soon.. 

Source: pod2g

[Updates] Steve Jobs Figurines - Apple Wins

It would seemed that Apple won the legal action to stop in icons from selling Steve's figurines.
In icons made an announcement on 15th Jan 2012.

Below is the full announcement..
"On 5th October 2011 Steve Jobs, the genius, great inventor and visionary, passed away. For the past 25 years I have been a big fan of Steve Jobs following his achievements religiously and using Apple products. His passing left me with emptiness, sadness and a feeling of great personal loss. (I am sure that these sentiments are felt by all of his fans) Four years ago I created a single figurine of Steve which I placed on my desk next to my Mac. I decided to share this memento with the rest of his fans as a commemoration to Steve. The figurine, especially his facial features, was adjusted countless times to achieve his likeness in my memory. I strove to perfect the figurine with the spirit of Steve Jobs because only this will properly reflect my respect and admiration of him.
I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that the original intention for creating the figurine was driven by a fan’s admiration of Steve. We respect copyright and trade mark rights and therefore indicated on our site that we were not providing any Mac, iPhone and iPad models with the figurine. Further, we haven't used any Apple related brands. Unfortunately we have received immense pressure from the lawyers of Apple and Steve Jobs family. Regardless of the pressure, I am still Steve’s fan, I fully respect Steve, and his family, and it is definitely not my wish or intention that they be upset. Though we still believe that we have not overstepped any legal boundaries, we have decided to completely stop the offer, production and sale of the Steve Jobs figurine out of our heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs family.
We understand that this decision will cause many of the fans' disappointment, but please forgive us as there is no other alternative unless to have the blessing from Steve Jobs family… We will aim to have full refund to the fans who have pre-ordered.
Lastly, we wish to thank everyone for their admiration and appreciation of the figurine, and again we offer our sincere apologies to affected fans."
  Source: in icons

Wikipedia Blackout for 24 Hours Starting at 0500 UTC

Quoted from Wikipedia..

"Today, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18 (you can read the statement from the Wikimedia Foundation here). The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States – the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate – that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia."

That's less than 3 hours away from now..

Update: This is how the website looks like now.

Source:  Wikipedia

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Where is the Excavator? On Top of the 12-Storey Building!

Amazingly China.. In Taiyuan City, Shanxi, China is where this happen. An Excavator was seen on top of a reported 12-Storey building performing its duty. How on earth did it get up there in the first place?

Source: MIC Gadget

[DiGi] Samsung Galaxy Nexus DiGi Plan Updated (more expensive)

Not sure what happened but DiGi had recently updated the Samsung Galaxy Nexus plans. The most obvious impact would be the device price itself. During the pre-ordering phase, the lowest price of the device was RM1399 for a 24 months DG SmartPlan 68 plan but now it's RM1999 regardless of which  plan you choose. That only reflect RM100 savings from the original retail price of RM2099.

Below is the pre-ordering promo banner taken from DiGi approximately 10 days ago.

Not sure what is DiGi up to. Anyway, the table below shows the difference in the total commitment after 24 months.

The new plans only have 24 months contract. The 12 months contract plans were removed in the latest update. Nevertheless, the monthly commitment charges were also reduced. For DG48 plan, the monthly commitment is now RM28 from RM43 (DG48) previously. All the prices are after auto-billing rebate. In total, for DG48 plan, you will be paying additional RM90 when compared to the previous plan. But for DG68 plan, your additional payment is RM360. You can refer to this previous post for the previous plans.

Source: DiGi

[Maxis] iPhone 4S Chinese New Year 32GB iValue 4

For this Chinese New Year, Maxis made a special promotion on the 32GB iPhone 4S. With 24 months contract on iValue 4 plan, you get the iPhone 4S 32GB for free. Originally with the same plan, you will have pay to additional RM350 for the device.

New Plan:

Old Plan:

Source: Maxis

Sunday, January 15, 2012

[U Mobile] Chinese New Year Lucky Draw

To kick off the Dragon year, U Mobile is giving out free lucky draw prizes if you are spending RM28 and above at the U Mobile Store. It could be subscription to a new line, top up, broadband modem, subscription to mobile internet, etc. Lucky draw period is from 9th Jan ~ 31st Jan 2012.

Lucky draw prizes are as below:

Motorola Xoom 2 Launches in Singapore

Motorola recently launches its 2nd generation tablet, Xoom 2 in Singapore. As promotional launching, first 200 customers will be entitled to a free Motorola Bluetooth keyboard and mouse worth SGD $168. The promotional offer is only available on selected outlets in Singapore starting from 13th Jan 2012. One feature worth mentioning is the Splash Guard resistance to spills.

Xoom 2 was first announced in Nov 2011. Currently it has only the 3G edition with 32GB storage with the price of SGD $978.
In the earlier announcement, there should be another model Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition which is 8.2-inch display. Unfortunately, it is not available at the moment.

Source: Motorola Singapore

Apple MY Online Store Ships iPhone 4S Within 3 ~ 5 Days (reduced)

Apple Malaysia Online Store has reduced it's shipping duration from 1 ~ 2 weeks to 3 ~ 5 days. Stocks seemed to be getting more. Even though shipping duration is reduced, each customer is still limited to purchase only a maximum of 2 devices.

Source: Apple Store

[Rumor] iPad 3 to Have HD Screen, 4G and Quad-Core (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg has recently releases a statement that the next generation iPad 3 will feature a HD display, 4G LTE networking capabilities as well as quad-core processor. This indeed is a perfect combination for the iPad 3 if one must say. It was also mentioned that the iPad 3 would be in full fledge production by Feb 2012.

"It's no surprise that the iPad 3 will have a better screen: The iPhone has long had the more beautiful "retina" screen, and a device like the iPad, meant for reading, should have one too. It's also no great shock that Apple would put a quad-core processor in there, especially given the positive reception of the Asus EeePad Transformer Prime. As you can see in the video below, the Prime appeals to gamers because of its quad-core processor."

Conservatively, I think we should only expect that the iPad 3 would feature a higher screen resolution and an improved battery life.

Source: Bloomberg

Saturday, January 14, 2012

[Celcom] Samsung Galaxy Nexus Plans Released

Samsung finally released its package for the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus. There are 2 types of plans, namely Exec Plan and Biz Plan.
The cheapest Exec Plan has a monthly commitment of RM88/month. As such plan, for a 12 months contract, you pay RM1708 for the device itself. This will come out to the total bill after 12 months of RM2764.

Source: Celcom

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Flying MyVi

TheStar reported that approximately 7.20am yesterday, there was a bizarre accident involving a black MyVi. Eyewitness were reported saying that the car went out of control, hit a pile of sand and ended up on top of the parked van.
The accident was reported on Jalan Yunus, Kota Baru.

Source: The Star

Angry Birds Sing.. Karaoke

I'm getting more and more speechless to what extend the Chinese creativity are. Featuring the latest karaoke sensation - Angry Birds Karaoke.
Chongqing city, somewhere in China, there is such karaoke with the angry birds theme. I'm pretty sure this is not official from Rovio. Just like how the Chinese did the Angry Birds Theme Park.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Waterproof Your iPhone Without Casing?

In the recent CES 2012, Liquipel introduced an interesting piece of technology that waterproof-ed your iPhone or as a matter of fact any devices. It was noted that it uses some kind of special coating which coats the entire device. This will definitely comes handy for those people who likes to dropped their phones in the toilet bowl..
Now the question is, when will it comes straight from the smartphones manufacturers?

Take a look at the videos below for demonstration.

Source: Liquipel

[Rumor] Pegatron to Ship 1st Batch of iPad 3 in March 2012

Chinese sources are claiming that the next generation iPad 3 will be shipped out sometime in March 2012 in which Foxconn will be contracted to produce 85% while Pegatron would be producing 15%. Apple is creating a secondary supplier for unforeseen circumstances. It was also said that the first production batch LCD would be from Sharp. Other expected upgrade is the higher screen resolution aka retina display for iPad.
Obviously these are all rumors as what we had in the past.

Source: AppleInsider

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

HTC Malaysia Chinese New Year Promo

HTC Malaysia is giving complementary Starbucks voucher of RM30 and RM50 depending on the phones you buy. They will also be giving away Dragon Year red packets. Obviously, it will be empty!

On top of that, stand a chance to win 5 units of HTC Flyer every week for 6 weeks.

Source: HTC Malaysia Facebook

Sony Xperia S

Sony announces in CES 2012 the new Xperia S which features a 4.3 inch HD display resolution of 1280 x 720 with Mobile Bravia Engine running on 1.5GHz, 1GB RAM. It has internal memory of 16GB and 32GB which comes in black and white edition. New characteristic includes the Sony Fast Capture technology which captures picture instantly from standby in 1.5sec.
Rear camera spots 12MP and front camera 1.3MP. Sony announces that the launch to be expected during the 1st quarter of 2012 but will be running on Android 2.3 at first. Ice Cream Sandwich will be available in the 2nd quarter 2012.

more pictures..

New Year, New Resolution, Foxconn Employees Still Planning on Jumping

This happened recently on the 3rd of January 2012. Foxconn's Wuhan manufacturing plant seen approximately 300 employees at the top of the roof threatening to jump if their demand were not met.

This event came about when the employees requested for a pay increase. They were then told to either terminate the contract and accept compensation of equivalent to 1 month salary per 1 year service or keep their job. Most employees took the compensation option.
Foxconn then decided not to pay compensation to those employees. The very next day, all 300 of them stood at the top level of the plant and decided to mass commit suicide.

The scene alerted the mayor of Wuhan. He then proceeded to persuade the employees to return. At approximately 9pm, the show ended and the employees returned.

Source: Want ChinaTimes