The subject of time travelling has always been interesting one. We personally enjoyed movies like Back To the Future, depicting time travelling and how timelines can be affected by altering small events in the past. Recently, a movie buff has an interesting discovery after watching loads of footages of Charlie Chaplin. In one scene, there’s an unexplainable act of a woman walking while talking with a brick like device in her hands. She wasn’t with anyone and it was speculated that she’s a time traveller caught on film.
Check out the clip after the jump.
Few days back, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 has been announced and Celcom had also hinted that it is coming in the next few months. The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is the first in the Bold series that runs on the latest BlackBerry 6 OS. If this is the BlackBerry you’ve been waiting for, here’s something to keep your occupied.
RIM has released a 101 demo to let you experience or see how does the latest Bold perform with the new OS. Too bad this isn’t a simulator that let you fiddle around virtually but it covers most the basic operations.
Get closer with the BlackBerry Bold 9780 here.
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We were at the Celcom BlackBerry Torch fire sale to get ourselves a BlackBerry Torch for review last Friday. As it turns out, when we reached Pavilion, our chances looked pretty good so we lined up from 10am. In the end, we manage to get a Torch from Celcom for RM488.
That’s a pretty damn good price even if you take into account the additional RM300 you have to pay upfront and the RM500 early termination fee if you wanted to get out of the 12 months contract and sell of the phone.
This is not the first time Celcom employed the fire sale tactic to lure customers into signing up with them. Earlier this month, it offered the Nokia C3 at a very low RM99. It would seem that RM8 for a much higher end BlackBerry Torch is a steal, especially if you’re a BB fan.
But how much are you willing to sacrifice to get a high end phone at a really cheap price?
Our stand is…so long a we’re paying customers, customer service shouldn’t take a back seat no matter how cheap you’re offering your product for.
And here are some of our observations on how the BlackBerry Torch sale could have been better organised by Celcom. One would think that Celcom would have learned some valuable lessons during the Nokia C3 sale and made improvements at the BB Torch sale. Based on our experience on that day, not much has changed and we feel that Celcom could improve on so many aspects of the event.
Are you a big Angry Birds fan? (We are talking about the game). Now Rovio is offering Angry Birds plush toys for you to cuddle when you’re not too busy killing hogs. There are 5 birds to choose from which are 8″ in size for US$14.99 each (approx RM47).
The good thing is that it ships to Malaysia too! We tried to order and the form has Malaysia with our various states. The only big bummer is that it costs additional $20.32 for shipping which brings it a total of US$35.31. That’s slightly more than RM100.
Slinging Shipping of the birds starts in December so you might get it by end of this year or early January. To place an order, click here. Stocks are limited so we suggest you order fast before they ran out.
Nepal, the home of Mount Everest has something new to shout about. Not only it has the highest mountain in the world, it also claims the highest 3G coverage as well. This is made possible by TeliaSonera, a Swedish telco which has just launched its 3G service called NCell in Nepal.
However this 3G coverage on the Everest does not cover all the way to the peak but instead it covers the starting point for climbers at 5,300 meters (17,388 feet). With this new 3G coverage, tens of thousands are able to stay connected where previously had to rely on costly satellite phones. At the launch, TeliaSonera mentions that they target to reach 90% coverage of Nepal population by end of 2011.
In Malaysia, Celcom did had a similar achievement. During its coverage roll out to East Malaysia, Celcom had 3G coverage all the way to the peak of Mount Kinabalu at 4,095 meters (13,435 feet), claiming the highest 3G coverage in the world at that time. Looks like that claim has been smashed by this new record.
Finally, the moment we’ve been waiting for! Sony Ericsson has announced via its blog that it will start rolling out Android 2.1 update for its Android line up which includes Xperia X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro. The latest X8 was strangely left out as it wasn’t mentioned in the latest update.
Among the changes are:
• HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos
• Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1
• New back up and restore application, with extended content back up
• 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders
• Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online
Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro:
• Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more
• New backup and restore application with extended content back up
• Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book
• Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages
• Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1
The updates will start this Sunday 31st October for the Nordic countries followed by the rest of the world. The whole upgrade exercise is expected to continue throughout the month of November so for those in Malaysia, just keep an eye on your phone’s notification in the coming weeks.
Although this it not Android 2.2 Froyo, at least Sony Ericsson is finally out from the legacy Android 1.6 version.
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In the video, they talk about the purported cause of the delay which is due to the camera. Being frustrated, they also poked fun at those who are still patiently waiting for the white iPhone 4, calling them fools as they are just going to cover it up with a case anyway, so why not just go Black.
Watch the video after the jump.
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Celcom Axiata is expecting to sell 10,000 BlackBerry Torch by end of this year. That is about 167 Torches a day! They also claim to be the market leader for BlackBerry in Malaysia which they boasts a user base of over 100,000 BlackBerry users which makes up to 51% of the market share.
What’s more interesting is that Celcom also plans to launch the new BlackBerry Bold in a few months time. The Bold in question should be the latest BlackBerry Bold 9780 which was just announced yesterday. Considering we are about 2 months until the year is out, we’re expecting them to launch or initiate another “registration of interest” somewhere in January.
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So the plans are out and just like we mentioned earlier, it is offered as low as RM1399 over 24 months on BIS Pro. The rest of the contract price are shown above.
So what is BIS Pro and how does this bundling work? Well Maxis has changed the way their bundle BlackBerry devices and did some revision on their postpaid BIS plans.
While the price remains unchanged at RM2699 outright, Maxis is throwing in a 3G surveillance camera worth RM999 for those who purchase outright, while stocks last. There’s no mention what brand they are offering for the 3G cam but we felt that it would be better if they bundle free accessories for the Galaxy Tab instead. Check it out on Maxis Android page here.
Contract price for the Galaxy Tab remains the same at RM1849 for 12 months and RM1749 for 24 months. Check out our brief hands-on experience on the Samsung Galaxy Tab if you haven’t.
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