Data on a smart phone are as valuable as the ones on your computer. With precious photos and sensitive data on the move, managing data can be a hassle. Now SanDisk, a major manufacturer of microSD storage has introduced a data management app called Memory Zone for Android platform. It offers a variety of data management tools such as scheduled backup, data management to manage both internal/external memory and even uploads them to the cloud.
The interface seems to be pretty easy and simple to use, perfect for those who can’t navigate their way around File Managers. For cloud syncing, it works with your existing Dropbox and Box.net account. There’s also an encryption function to make selective files private from unauthorised users.
To download, head over to the Android Market.
Watch the demo video after the break.
Apple has just made it official. After rumours upon rumours upon rumours, Apple pundits now have a date to work with. On October 4, 1000hrs Pacific Standard Time, 0100hrs Malaysian time (October 5), newly appointed CEO, Tim Cook, will reveal to the world Apple’s latest creation. A new iPhone, that for the first time, will be shown with a crucial piece missing – Steve Jobs.
Jobs has been pivotal to Apple’s success that’s obvious, but also his presentations has mesmerized and captivated millions, and as much as the iPhone is or was a wonderful product, its success is directly in relation to Steve Jobs’ involvement both on and off the stage.
However, things are different now. Faced with tougher competition from Android devices and the growing threat from Windows Phone looming in the horizon, iPhone exists in a much changed environment today. It is no longer cosy and much more hostile. Android has reached a maturation point where the platform is presenting a compelling case to more and more users who are looking for a capable smartphone making it much more unnecessary to simply choose an iPhone. Realistically for Apple, things are not what it used to be.
So what will Apple reveal come October 4? Our guess is as good as yours but that’s not going to stop people from guessing and speculating. One main source of speculation right now is the iPhone press invite itself.
No doubt, there will be numerous symbologists and numerologists out there who are cracking their heads trying to decipher the hidden meanings behind the icons that make up the invitation – if any exists at all. No matter, it is still fun to contemplate what those four very familiar icons mean.
In our case, the first three are pretty much given. The first icon (read from top left to bottom right) says that the iPhone event is happening on Tuesday, October 4. The second, tells us that the event starts at 1000hrs. The third gives us the location of the event, in this case Apple’s Campus at Cupertino, California.
It is the fourth icon that is presenting a major mystery to observers. The phone icon is simple enough to understand but what do we make of that number one? The number stands out, almost offensively obvious, but what is its purpose there? We know that with Apple, not many things are left to chance. There is a reason and purpose behind everything that company does, and for something as important as a press invite, even the seemingly unimportant number one has purpose. Perhaps even an important one. But what is its purpose? What is it trying to tell us?
That number one could mean many things or it could mean just one thing, no one really knows. But to us – and this is still speculation at this point – that lone digit points to an obvious answer to a very important question. Will the October 4 announcement yield one or two iPhones? From the invite, the answer is clear.
After much anticipation, Microsoft has officially announced its roll out of Mango, the latest Windows Phone 7.5 which aims to bring WP7 up to the next level. It offers a variety of much needed improvement such as better social network integration, improved web browsing experience, group chat and much more. This will close up the gap with its rival Android and iOS platforms.
No exact dates are given but it is expected that majority of WP7 users worldwide will be having it by end of October. Microsoft has provided a check status page but Malaysia isn’t specifically mentioned. Our closest neighbour Singapore shows “delivering update”.
Another interesting info is that a range of mobile devices with Windows Phone 7.5 will be coming into Malaysia in the next couple of months. HTC Titan or Radar, anyone? Looks like 2011 will end with a blast.
During the preview of Nokia 600, 700 and 701, Nokia has also announced NFC Hub for Malaysia. By now, most people are aware of NFC but what’s the use if there’s nothing tap on? In recent months, we’ve seen couple of NFC devices launched in Malaysia like the Nexus S but usability of it are often limited to the demo booths. The only real life usage we’ve seen so far is Maxis FastTap which integrates TouchnGo and Visa Wave on a Nokia 6212 classic.
This is where NFC Hub aims to change all that. It offers people to get onboard the NFC wagon with a range of tagging solutions in the most simplest way possible. Reaffirming that we are an important market, Malaysia is the second in the world to launch it.
So what does NFC Hub offer? As social networking is the next big thing, NFC Hub gives you the necessary tools to increase Facebook fans, check-in via Foursquare or increase twitter followers all via NFC. It is also possible to create custom text messages or direct to phone calls for immediate action. Need to raise funds for charity? NFC allows donation with a single tap which automatically sends a shortcode to a number for SMS donation. For personal use, you can use it to promote your blog, facebook profile or even link to maps on invitation cards.
To get started, the NFC Hub offers a variety of NFC enabled posters, cards and stickers that are ready to be purchased and customised to your need. Price starts from RM10 for a small tag (42mm x 42m) to RM100 for a big A3 poster. There’s also customisable business cards and stickers with embedded vcard info.
In terms of supported devices, they have listed models such as Nokia C7 (with Anna OS), Nokia N9, Nokia Oro and the upcoming Nokia 600, 700 & 701 as well. Nokia is also extending NFC hub support to non-nokia devices such as Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sagem and BlackBerry which has NFC enabled features.
Nokia’s effort in promoting NFC in Malaysia is commended and the potential is huge especially for business owners. This also comes timely as it initially announced that all of their smart phones will be NFC ready by 2011. With the NFC Hub together with NFC devices in place, it all depends on us Malaysians to take it up and make full use of it.
For more information, head over to NFC Hub. All NFC promotional material can be purchased online and payable by paypal.
Head after the break for demo videos of NFC Hub in action
Apple have just sent out invitations to the US American for an event that will be held October 4 at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters.
The event simply titled “Let’s talk iPhone is scheduled to happen at 1000hrs PST which is 0100hrs Malaysian time.
Apple is expected to announce one, perhaps two new iPhone variants at the event. Analysts are predicting that the new device will feature Apple’s A5 dual-core processor, support for both CDMA and GSM networks, and a bigger screen. Other speculations include a thinner form factor and a new feature dubbed ‘Assistant,’ based on voice recognition software acquired last year with Apple’s purchase of Siri.