When it comes to smart phones, we have the mainstream processors such as Qualcomm which powers most flagship models and MediaTek that offers affordable performance in the low price segment. Several brands do have their own in-house developed processors which includes Samsung’s Exynos and Huawei’s very own Hi-Silicon. Now joining the list of having home-grown processors is LG where they have introduced its new NUCLUN processor that comes with 8 cores using ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture.
The LG NUCLUN (pronounced NOO-klun) consists of 4 cores for high performance (ARM Cortex-A15 @ 1.5GHz) and another 4 cores for power efficiency (ARM Cortex-A7 @ 1.2GHz). With 4G LTE being crucial in any new device, it also supports LTE-A up to 225Mbps downloads.
The debut device for the NUCLUN is the LG G3 Screen, which is an up-sized phablet version of its LG G3 flagship. It gets a bigger 5.9″ display but pushes a more standard Full HD instead of a higher Quad HD resolution. The new NUCLUN Octa-Core processor is mated with 2GB of RAM and it comes with 32GB of storage that’s expandable with microSD. The rest of the specs are similar with a 13MP Optical Image Stabiliser camera for the rear and a front facing 2MP shooter. It is also juiced up with a similar sized 3,000mAh capacity battery.
Without LG’s official mobile presence in Malaysia, don’t expect this to come to Malaysia with local warranty. Perhaps we might get a chance if our local grey importers decide to bring them in.
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With the emergence of smart watches, this should be the hottest category right? However according to a recent survey, about 33% of smart watch wearers have reported to have abandoned their smart wearable devices after 6 months.
In the wearable space for the UK, smart watches only take up 11% market share, while dedicated health/fitness monitors take up 39%. Even GoPro is having a better time with 24% market share. Some of the major factors slowing down smart watch adoption is the price and the loss of interest over time. According to the report, a number of smart watch owners have either gotten them for free or comes bundled for cheap when purchased with a smart phone. It might look cool but when the novelty disappears, a number of them don’t really find the need of using such gadgets in the long run.
According to Pebble’s CEO, Eric Micigovsky, the risk of losing interest by smart wearable owners is an on-going problem. The Pebble Smart Watch which now has sold over 400,000 units had started off as a basic notification tool on your wrist with interchangeable watch faces. Now it has evolved with more apps and functionality including an always-on fitness tracker which was added with the latest update.
Despite this, brands are still cashing in on the smart wearable segment and we’ve seen more players supporting Android Wear and even Apple has introduced its own watch that would go on sale next year. From the looks of it, these new smart watches won’t be cheap which makes it very expensive especially after spending a lot on a flagship phone.
While the Pebble smart watch isn’t as feature packed as recent releases, it is still quite practical with its 5-7 days battery life and an even lower price of US$99 (about RM325). Meanwhile Samsung is exploring beyond the standard watches and they recently introduced the Gear S (priced at RM1,099) that works standalone with its own 3G slot.
Do you think the smart watch is just a fad or a companion that’s actually useful? If you’ve bought a smart watch, are you still using them? Leave your comments below.
The new 2nd generation Motorola Moto G is officially announced in Malaysia with the retail price tag of RM688. It comes in either black and white colours, and it will be available at retails stores in Malaysia beginning tomorrow 25th October. At the moment, they are only offering the Dual-SIM 3G version that comes with 8GB of on-board storage. As comparison, the previous first gen Moto G was priced at RM698 for the 8GB version and RM798 for the 16GB unit.
To recap on the specs, the 2nd gen Moto G features a 5.0″ 720p HD IPS display that’s protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and it runs on Qualcomm’s 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor that’s mated to 1GB of RAM. It gets an upgraded 8MP main camera while selfie shots are handled by its 2MP front shooter. Both cameras are capable of shooting HD 720p videos at 30fps. The 2nd gen Moto G also gets a pair of stereo speakers that are placed at the front.
With 2,070mAh capacity battery, the new Moto G is rated to last up to 24 hours in a single charge, which is as frugal as its predecessor. Out of the box, it runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat and you can expect it to be upgraded to the latest Lollipop. Earlier on, retailer DirectD was spotted selling the 2nd gen Moto G at RM699 but that comes bundled with a RM50 KFC voucher.
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UPDATE: Moto G 2nd gen is now officially announced at RM688.
If you’re looking for the latest 2nd gen Moto G, it is finally here in Malaysia. After being spotted in our local SIRIM database, local retailer DirectD is now selling the new Moto G at RM699. This is the XT1068 version which comes with Dual-SIM with 3G connectivity.
The new Moto G is an incremental upgrade over the original Moto G as it gets a slightly bigger from 4.5″ to 5.0″ IPS display that also does 1280×720 pixels resolution, front firing stereo speakers, microSD expansion slot and upgraded cameras (8MP + 2MP).
The rest of the specs are similar with a Quad-Core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Meanwhile the battery is still non-removable at 2,070mAh capacity. Being a Moto device with vanilla Android, you can expect it to be among the first to run on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
If the thought of this makes you hungry, DirectD is also giving additional RM50 KFC voucher as well.
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According to a research by Webcertain Group, the number of social media users in the Asian-Pacific region is expected to hit 1 billion by year-end, almost five times the total in North America. Thanks to the prevalence of smartphone and mobile internet, browsing through social media has become second nature to us.
The 2014 Mobile Behaviour Report by Salesforce showed that 75% of consumers access to social media at least once per day through smartphones and 64% of tablet users do the same using their tablets. As social media is now a common destination for mobile users, it has also become one of the favorite attack hotspots for cybercriminals.
Trend Micro exposes nine of the most prominent Social Media Scams, such as “The Facebook Color Changer”, “Who Viewed Your Facebook Profile,” and “Naked Videos,” that cybercriminals use to spread malware infection to PCs and smartphones or steal personal information by luring users to click on phishing sites.
Whatever the name, the modus operandi for most of these social media scams are almost the same, they lure users in with an enticing call to action to get users to install third-party malware that can steal personal and banking information.
While good online security habits are essential, a solid mobile security app that offers additional privacy protection provides an additional safety net for inexperienced users. One such app is the Trend Micro Dr. Safety app available for free on Google Play. The app features 100% detection as proven by independent IT-security institute, AV-Test, and offers protection against social media scams, personal information theft, and phishing links, keeping your device and your personal information safe
When it comes to dismantling latest gadgets, we can count on the folks at iFixit. This time they have their hands on the latest iPad Air 2 which appears to be more powerful than expected. Recently a couple of benchmarks have revealed that it runs on a 3-core processor that’s mated to 2GB of RAM.
So what else is new on the inside? With its thickness reduced down from 7.5mm to 6.1mm, the battery has shrunk from 8,827mAh in the 1st gen iPad Air to 7,340mAh on the latest model. Despite its smaller capacity, the new A8X chip appears to be more efficient as it manages to push its usual 10 hour battery life.
When announced, the iPad 2 Air doesn’t have the same Apple Pay feature as the iPhone 6 since NFC was lacking. Surprisingly the tear down revealed an NXP 65V10 NFC Module inside but it lacks an antenna which is required for it to work.
In terms of repairability, iFixit rates it just 2 out of 10. The iPad Air 2 like its predecessor uses a lot of glue to put its panels together, which makes it very risky to pry its front display open.
Check out the tear down video and step by step guide after the break.
ZTE wants to sell you affordable smartphones and in line with that goal, the Chinese manufacturer today announced five new smartphones for the Malaysian market. These Android powered smart phones are affordable priced, ranging between RM388 to RM1,088. At time of launch, all 5 are running on Android 4.4 KitKat.
Xiaomi or better known internationally as Mi has been expanding rapidly to more countries this year. To ensure a consistent experience and better sense of security for its international users, Hugo Barra has shared that Mi is migrating most of its online services outside of China.
The first phase of having its e-commerce stores hosted overseas is nearing completion with data centres located in the US and in Singapore. When it is completed by end of this month, most international users including Malaysia will experience better performance when making orders online. To speed up page loads, they also rely on Akamai’s global CDN for its static pages.
With Cloud storage and services becoming more important, Mi will be migrating its MIUI services from Beijing to Amazon AWS data centres in Oregon, USA and Singapore. This not only reduces latency but also offers faster Mi Cloud syncing up to 2X-3X faster for Malaysian users. For countries without Amazon AWS services such as India and Brazil, Mi will be investing into local data centres to cater for those markets.
Following its earlier security concerns, Hugo stresses that Mi is taking user data and security very seriously and the latest migration complies with high privacy standards as well as local data protection regulations.
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Email is still a widely used and crucial communication tool even with the rise of social networks and instant messaging. As time goes on, we have been receiving more emails on a daily basis and it can be quite a clutter to filter through promotions, notifications and actual messages from important contacts.
As our inboxes get bombared with tons of emails each day, Google decides to change the way we receive emails so that we can attend to the things that actually matter. Introducing Inbox for Gmail, a whole new way of reading through your incoming messages and it automatically organises them based on its category. This is a step above its new Gmail Tabs that separate Promotional and Social network related emails.
It’s been a constant battle between the smartphone giants Apple and Android, with Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus currently taking the world by storm with their record breaking sales. It seems that in anticipation of their high sales around the world, Apple has actually published a guide, that targeted Android users that had “converted” to Apple’s sleek iOS.
Look’s like Apple has fired shots first, confident that current Android users have decided to jump ship. In quick response, Google has decided to shoot back, by having the same strategy at play, to create a guide for iPhone users that migrate to Android.
“Get going on Android”, a newly published guide that helps iPhone or iPad users with their migration from iOS to Android. The guide mostly covers nearly every aspect of transferring your data from iOS to Android, such as transferring photos, your iTunes library of songs to Google’s Play Music, and most importantly, your phone and email contacts from iCloud, that’s also coupled with setting up your email addresses.