Dinner in the Sky came about to bring a Belgian kid’s dream to life – a flying dinner table. Started up in 2006 by Hakuna Matata (communications agency) and the Fun Group (amusement park crane company) came together to set up this high-flying dining experience for 22 individuals and since has travelled across 45 countries in almost every occasion imaginable.
Malware has been one of the more worrying problems for something as open-sourced as the Android platform. Most recently, Stagefright is to blame for all the manufacturers being caught with their pants down – if you don’t know what Stagefright is, check it out here. To cut it short, it’s a malicious exploit that digs up personal information on your Android device. And as smartphone vendors scrambled to get their acts together through rolling out OTA updates, HTC‘s President has gone on record to say that monthly updates are “unrealistic”.
For those who can’t seem to get enough mobile internet for their smart phones, this could be music to your ears. Celcom has introduced its new FIRST Basic 85 Internet Plan which gives you 21GB of mobile data for only RM85/month. Although it sounds the same, this isn’t the same as the standard FIRST Basic 85 that comes with an OPTIMISER feature. Instead, this is a data-centric plan that gives you loads of data while calls are only charged when you need it.
Freshly announced at IFA 2015, and briefly teased as “unprecedented Sensibility”, the Huawei Mate S was launched before Apple’s own, iPhone 6s. Claimed to push the boundaries of interaction with your smartphone, it features a pressure sensitive screen that expands features based on touch and it could even weigh an orange!
IFA brought some great devices, but at the same time Sony was busy as well releasing their latest smart phones and the Xperia Z5 Premium was one of them. What blew most people away was the fact that Sony decided to pack a 4K display on the 5.5-inch device – a first in the smartphone industry. But it certainly isn’t cheap because native 4K content isn’t easy to find. Sony’s latest statement answers some questions but we’ll have to see how well it attempts to levitate this problem.
Teased during the Unpacked event that Samsung had in the heart of the Big Apple, the Samsung Galaxy View from what we could tell was big. Officially there was no mention on screen size but they said it was all about a larger viewing experience. Possibly occupying a place in our dwellings but not moving around as much as smaller tablets. Spotted on GFXBench benchmarks, we now have a rough idea of what this device is going to be.
Cupertino has thrown the hammer down on the fixing guys who voided Apple’s developer T&Cs causing them to be banned indefinitely by the tech giants. Among the repercussions were the removal of iFixit‘s developer account that was attached to the app, thus getting it removed as well.
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E-Commerce is the fastest growing component in the industry and to spur further growth, #MYCYBERSALE is back again following its huge success in 2014. The online exclusive sale is an initiative under Digital Malaysia to entice more SMEs to jump onto the digital bandwagon as well as to encourage more consumers to transact online.
The first #MYCYBERSALE held last year had generated RM67 million in revenue from over 227,000 transactions, and this is expected to increase with the growth of the industry.
Maxis is already selling the OnePlus 2 through the same infamous invite system that drew much flak when started by OnePlus. A selling strategy that conjured up to ensure that they sell products at an extremely small profit margin. Their stint so far has proven that while people really want to buy their devices, they can’t keep up with the demand. So much so till it has driven Carl Pei to ask Samsung for an internship position, so he’ll be able to learn about being a bigger name in the market.
Laptops, 2-in-1s, Surfaces’ and iPad Pros, what do they all have in common? They’re more productive than regular mobile devices; the commonality? A keyboard. Yes, the way we type dictate how productive we are, or at least for the time being.
So since we’ve seen that drafting long-winded text has always been a headache-inducing experience; hence, Google has reworked their existing Pixel brand to encase a new screen and bluetooth keyboard combination in the form of the Pixel C(onvertible).
Could this be a direct answer to the dwindling tablet sales? Convergence devices have a chance to occupy some market share and it seems that most manufacturers are coming up with some sort of variation to tackle this problem.