MacBook Air owners did you know that your ultra-thin ultra-portable doubles up as an excellent albeit unwieldy kitchen utensil? Neither did we.
Works great for butterfly-cutting shrimp too!
More Macbook Air cutting foodstuff vids after the jump
Earlier we’ve seen Angry Birds Season with Mooncake Festival update. Now, this takes the cake!
MIC Gadget has posted about Angry Birds mooncake which is available in both traditional and snow skin versions. The traditional version presumably from China comes in a twin pack metal case while the snow skin version is manufactured in Hong Kong and comes in Chocolate and Mango flavour.
So far we haven’t seen such versions in Malaysia. With the Angry Birds fever that’s going on everywhere, it’s surprising that nobody is selling it here.
Check out the “hands-on” video after the break.
Maxis has announced a Facebook offer for its 6GB 3G broadband package. From the usual RM98/month, it is now offered for RM88/month for 12 months. For the first 50 that sign up will get to enjoy RM100 waiver for activation fee, free modem and a notebook sling bag. For RM88, that works out to RM14.67 per GB which is among the cheapest rates for mobile broadband under RM100/month. This offer is valid until 18th September 2011.
To sign up, Maxis subscribers can SMS “YES” to 21234 while non-subscribers can drop an email to [email protected] with the title “WBB Facebook Offer”.
For comparison of broadband cost, don’t forget to check out our comparison guide.
Prepaid users in Malaysia will have to fork out more next week as 6% service tax will be imposed on all reloads as well as new SIM starter packs. This ruling which comes effective on 15th September 2011 was officially announced today. What this means, you would need to pay RM10.60 for a RM10 reload or RM53 for a RM50 reload card.
According to the report, the regulation is not something new as the Service Tax Act 1975 require all telcos to impose tax on all services including prepaid. It was mentioned that all telcos have been absorbing it for its customers since day 1. All telcos will be sending SMS notification to all subscribers on this latest development tomorrow onward.
The obvious impact is that you would need to come out with extra change to pay for top ups. While it is unlikely that we see a major drop of prepaid subscribers, there’s a likelihood that telcos would spark a small price war over this small increase. The very least, telcos will take the opportunity to give rebates to compensate the additional cost.
When credit cards were imposed with RM50 annual tax fee, we’ve seen how banks find creative ways to maintain customer loyalty. Some of them offer RM50 tax waiver which was cleverly disguised as cash rebates or incentives if they perform a minimum spend or balance transfer.
For our telcos, giving free call minutes and SMS is already a norm and that’s something they might practice extensively in this time of increasing prepaid cost. In the end, prepaid subscribers are just looking for the best value and service from the telcos.
If tax is imposed during point of sale, we wonder if this might spark panic buying of reload cards before the 15th September 2011 dateline. Any thoughts from prepaid users? Drop them in the comments below.
With the sales of BlackBerry devices expected to hit four million units in 2011, it’s easy to understand why the Indonesian government is chided by RIM’s decision to make Malaysia its Asian manufacturing hub for BlackBerry devices. After all, Indonesia is among one of the world’s largest market for BlackBerry devices.
The chief of Indonesia’s Capital Investment-Coordinating Board (BKPM) says that Malaysia’s annual BlackBerry sales is only around 400,000 units. He argues that Indonesia makes a more suitable location for RIM to set-up a manufacturing hub due to the sheer market size.
As a result, BKPM has suggested that the Indonesian government take a stand on the matter, which includes removing incentives for RIM and imposing a tax tariff on the Canadian technology firm.
Imposing taxes in a bid to influence RIM to build a factory is just plain silly we think because at the end of the day, it’s the consumers that’s going to lose out due to high prices imposed by the taxes which could lead to RIM losing interest in Indonesia as a key market and turning to India, Thailand and Vietnam to grow its market share in Asia.
At the end of the day, be it China, Malaysia or Indonesia, where RIM decides to manufacturer BlackBerry devices is not important. What is even more critical right now is for RIM to quickly stop its rapidly shrinking global market share.
If you’re a racing fan, a serious mobile gamer and own a Galaxy S II then you’re in luck. In conjunction with WCG (World Cyber Games) 2011 Gameloft is making its latest installment of the Asphalt racing game series — Asphalt 6: Adrenaline — free for download.
If you’ve been playing Asphalt you’ll know that this latest installment is the best version of the game to date. Also the game features a “Samsung WCG 2011” car that you can drive in the game.
To grab your free copy head over to the Samsung Apps store on your device and search for Asphalt 6. Here’s the catch, the game will only be free for the first 300,000 downloads globally and it’s a hefty 560MB file that you have to download in one single sitting (no switching off your device either). So make sure your Galaxy S II is connected to a speedy WiFi connection before you begin.
How do we know? We downloaded it. Good luck!
Yes, it is pretty much set in stone. The next Nexus phone will come from Samsung. Clearly Google thinks Samsung has done a good job with the Nexus S, which to us, was just an overpriced, re-branded Samsung Galaxy S.
But that all doesn’t matter now. A new Nexus is coming and Samsung will be making it and it has a very cool name. The Nexus Prime.
At the moment it looks like only the name of the new Nexus device has been confirmed. Other details are scarce, including launch date (expect sometime around October) and pricing but expect the latest version of the Android OS — Ice Cream Sandwich — to make its debut in the new Nexus phone. Other than that we’re thinking a high-definition display is definitely possible, so it a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. Also, NFC is a given we would think.
What else could the new Nexus be packing? glasses-free 3D and stereoscopic camera perhaps? Highly unlikely we think but who knows.
During our recent trip to Japan (courtesy of Sony Ericsson) we noticed that Windows Phone are as prominent as Android and other Japanese feature phones in the market there. Things are decidedly different here in Malaysia.
If Microsoft marketeers here were to promote Windows Phone as enthusiastically and interestingly as the guy you see in the video right after the jump, perhaps we would be able to see more people totting Windows Phone devices.
Alas…this is not the case. In Malaysia, the Windows Phone platform still has a massive chasm to cross to even be in the same playing field as the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
Let’s hope when the next wave of Windows Phone devices arrive with Mango in tow, the Microsoft Malaysia are ready to sell! sell! sell! At least there’s the marketing prowess of Nokia that the local Microsoft boys can tap into.
What are your thoughts on the Windows Phone platform?