Voice commands have come a long way since computers understood what we were saying and today we have two prominent services that allows you to simply say commands to get a lot of things done.
Apple’s Siri and Google’s Now have progressed in leaps and bounds with each update but which one is better than the other?
Check out the videos after the jump that showcases pretty much everything Siri and Google Now can do, and let us know which you think is better, which one do you use more, which one understands you better and most importantly, which is more useful to you.
Apple has released another iOS 7 update which fixes a couple of bugs on the iPhone and iPad. The update carries iOS 7.0.4 which focuses on FaceTime which is said to be unstable for some users. It is available to download over the air and the file size is much smaller the the earlier iOS 7.0.3 update.
To download, head over to Setings > General > Software Updates.
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With allegedly growing consumer demand of having larger screen smart phones, Apple is still not bowing down to such pressure. It’s current iPhone 5S is still rocking a 4 inch display which currently is the smallest among today’s flagship smart phone models.
Now a Bloomberg report suggests that Apple is eventually up sizing its iPhone displays for next year. The 2014 iPhones are said to come with a 4.7″ and 5.5″ screen size, which is similar to the HTC One & Galaxy Note II respectively. In addition, the front glass is speculated to be curved downwards over at the edges.
This could be a reaction to the recent curved smart phones that LG and Samsung has produced lately but we are inclined to believe its nothing more than curved glass edge like the 3D Gorilla Glass on the HTC One X. Apple is also said to be testing out pressure sensitive technology which will be likely to be introduced in the following iPhone in 2015.
So are we finally seeing a phablet coming from Apple? With the iPhone 5S just recently launched, it is still too early to confirm any of these yet. A bigger screen iPhone is definitely welcomed and we hope to see fresher handset designs for 2014.
The recently announced Nexus 5 offers pure android experience with its latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS. With a top notch 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and a 4.95″ Full HD display, the Nexus 5 is on the same league as today’s flagship models. On paper, its dimensions is rather similar with the 5″ Galaxy S4. Click on the image above for the full hardware comparison.
Like previous Nexus models (with exception of Nexus One), the Nexus 5 lacks expandable storage but comes with a larger 16GB and 32GB storage options. In terms of battery, it packs just 2,300mAh which is probably the smallest battery mated paired with the top of the line Snapdragon 800 processor. With optimised background services with Android 4.4, the battery life might be comparable with its higher battery capacity smart phone rivals. Overall, the Nexus 5 is 9 grams lighter and 0.5mm thinner than the Nexus 4 while packing a bigger screen and battery capacity.
In the imaging department, LG didn’t utilise its G2‘s 13MP camera into the Nexus 5 but instead went with a 8MP shooter that also comes with Optical Image Stabilisation. Apart from LG, the other OIS equipped smart phones are HTC One, Nokia Lumia 1020 & the latest Lumia 1520.
If you’re planning to get one from overseas, take note that the Nexus 5 comes in 2 variants – D820 & D821. The D820 version is targeted at the North American market which supports their local CDMA bands but it carries 4G LTE bands that are not supported in Malaysia. For the rest of the world including Malaysia, the Nexus 5 model to get is the D821 version which comes with 4G LTE support for Band 3 (1800MHz) & 7 (2600MHz).
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The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C goes on sale in Malaysia yesterday and now you can buy one direct from Apple’s Online Store. The iPhone 5S is listed with 2-3 weeks shipping time while the colourful iPhone 5C is ready to ship in the next 1-3 business days. All colours are available at time of posting.
As priced earlier, the iPhone 5S starts from RM2,399 for the 16GB version and it goes up to a whopping RM3,149 for the 64GB unit. The iPhone 5C is priced at RM1,999 for 16GB and RM2,399 for 32GB. To place an order online without the hassle of queuing or hunting down for stock, head over to the Online Store.
If you’re looking to buy one without contract through walk-in, Machines has updated that all units have been sold out except for a single iPhone 5S 64GB at Bukit Tinggi (as of yesterday at 5.30PM). Retailer SenQ is offering the iPhone 5S/5C today but with limited iPhone 5S stock at their Puchong IOI outlet. The iPhone 5S stocks are said to be replenished in the coming weeks.
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The iPhone 5S will be available at the senQ Digital Station at IOI Mall, Puchong from November 1. As an initial offering, only the 16GB version of the gold iPhone 5S will be available at the store and preference will be given to Senheng PlusOne members but Senheng assures that stock of the iPhone 5S (in black, white and gold) will be replenished every week. In addition, the iPhone 5C will also be available at Senheng stores nationwide from November 1.
In terms of price, do expect the iPhone 5C/5S from SenQ to be priced the same as the Apple Online Store:
iPhone 5C 16GB – RM1,999
iPhone 5C 32GB – RM2,399
iPhone 5S 16GB – RM2,399
iPhone 5S 32GB – RM2,749
iPhone 5S 64GB – RM3,149
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Finally Maxis has revealed its official pricing the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C that’s being rolled out in Malaysia today. The new iPhones are being offered on contract with an option of 12 months and 24 months duration on iValue Simple, iValue 1, iValue 2 and iValue 3.
Going into the plans, iValue Simple costs just RM50/month and comes bundled with 200 minutes of calls and 100 SMS to all networks along with 1GB of data. Moving up is iValue 1 at RM100/month with 333 minutes of calls and 2GB of data and these are doubled on iValue 2 at RM155/month. For the ultimate heavy duty user, iValue 3 offers 1,500 minutes of calls and 6GB of data at RM250/month. All iValue 1,2 & 3 also comes with additional 1,000 minutes of calls and 1,000 SMS within Maxis/Hotlink network. In terms of contract price, it looks similar to the plans which we saw earlier.
Check out the official iPhone 5S/iPhone 5C Maxis bundled pricing after the break.
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Some iPhone 5S are plagued with high battery drain and slow charging reports The New York Times. According to an Apple spokesperson, the battery issue is affecting a “very limited number” of devices and is attributed to a manufacturing defect:
“We recently discovered a manufacturing issue affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5S devices that could cause the battery to take longer to charge or result in reduced battery life,” said Teresa Brewer, an Apple spokeswoman. “We are reaching out to customers with affected phones and will provide them with a replacement phone.”
What is not clear is how many iPhones are affected by this defect and whether the issue is isolated to certain variants of the iPhone 5S designated for different countries — in this case the US. So at this moment, it is unsure whether iPhones designated for Malaysia are affected by this.
DiGi has revealed its iPhone 5S/5C plans to those who have pre-registered earlier. At midnight tonight, DiGi will be having their iPhone event at 5 DiGi Store locations – SS2 (PJ), Taman Molek (JB), Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Pulau Tikus (Penang).
As an early bird offer, they are offering the iPhone 5C for RM99 with iDiGi 138 contract bundling but it is limited to 100 units for each of their launch stores. Without the offer, it is offered at RM750 on iDiGi 138.
On their bundling offer, they are 3 plans being offered – iDiGi 88, 138 and 238 and presumably in 24 months contract. The iPhone 5C is offered for free on iDiGi 238 while the iPhone 5S 16GB is offered as low as RM317 on the same plan.
Head after the break for the full plan details.
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After revealing its iPhone 5S offering, Celcom Malaysia has finally revealed its colourful iPhone 5C contract plans and offering. Similar to the iPhone 5S, it is offered with a choice of 4 commitment plans in both 12 and 24 months contract duration.
In terms of plans, it comes with RM98/month (4.05GB), RM128/month (6.05GB), RM168/month (6.1GB) and RM238/month (6.2GB). What differenciates them is the bundled voice calls/sms as part of Celcom’s First Prime, Premier and Elite offering.
On contract, the iPhone 5C 16GB is offered as low as RM1,308 on 24 months contract of RM238/month plan or RM1,408 on a shorter 12 months duration. Regardless of which plan or contract duration, you would need to fork out RM1,858 for the iPhone 5C 16GB version. During sign up, there’s an upfront payment between RM150-RM550 and Celcom is giving additional savings which is likely to be in a form of monthly rebates.
The iPhone 5C like its iPhone 5S offering will be available at Celcom’s special event at Sunway Pyramid tonight at 8PM.
Check out the 24 months iPhone 5C offering after the break.