The Nokia Lumia Cyan Update roll out is now complete as it has finally arrived on the Lumia 620, Lumia 720 and Lumia 820 in Malaysia. This brings all of its previous Windows Phone 8 devices up to speed with the current Windows Phone 8.1.
Among some of the new features include a revamped home screen with transparent tiles, gesture based Word Flow keyboard and Action Centre. The update should be pushing to Malaysian units now and if you haven’t gotten it yet, you can try checking manually under Setting > Phone update.
To get to know the new features of Windows Phone 8.1, watch the official hands-on after the break.
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Uber has expanded beyond KL and they are now running in Johor Bahru, offering safe and clean transportation service. As an introductory offer, they are giving 10 Free rides with a maximum of RM25 per ride for the month of August. There’s no codes needed and you can start ordering for free Uber rides from now until 31st August 2014 (11.59PM).
In terms of rates, they charge a base fare of RM1.50 followed by RM0.60 per KM and RM0.20 per minute. That’s slightly more than KL’s UberX service but it appears that they are using larger sedans like Toyota Camry. Trips to Senai Airport would costs a flat rate of RM50, so it will cost you just RM25 with the free 10 rides promo.
The Nokia Lumia 525 is now being updated to Windows Phone 8.1 with the arrival of its Lumia Cyan update. Its predecessor, the Lumia 520 has gotten the similar update earlier this week. If your Lumia 525 hasn’t received any notification yet, you can check over at Settings > Phone update.
So far most of the Windows Phone 8 smart phones have already gotten the Cyan update. What’s left is the Lumia 620, Lumia 720 and Lumia 820 which should be updated very soon.
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Now it is the Nokia Lumia 920‘s turn to get the latest Windows Phone 8.1 as Microsoft has rolled out its Lumia Cyan Update. It is available now for Malaysian users and if you haven’t received the notification yet, you can check under Settings > Phone update.
The Lumia Cyan update adds several new features including transparent tiles, wordflow keyboard, WiFi Sense and the new action centre. Watch the official hands-on video after the break.
For HTC’s upcoming One M8 with Windows, they didn’t struggle to think of a new name. It’s simply called as the HTC One M8 for Windows and essentially its the same metal-clad flagship device except for its operating system. In terms of availability, it is released exclusively for Verizon in the US.
To recap on the specs, it gets the same 5″ Super Clear LCD 3 display that does Full HD resolution and underneath it gets a 2.3GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor (same as the One M8 for the US) with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage on-board. There’s also an expandable microSD slot that accepts 128GB cards and the battery is the same 2,600mAh capacity unit.
The Nokia Lumia 520 is finally receiving the latest Lumia Cyan Update. This brings last year’s entry level device up to speed with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 that comes with Action Centre and WordFlow keyboard. It is being pushed through OTA update (Over the Air) and you can check for it manually under Settings > Phone update.
Things are looking brighter for the Windows Phone platform. Not only they are closing in with the app gap with over 300,000 apps to date, but they appear to be consistent when it comes to software update. So far the Nokia Lumia 625, Lumia 925, Lumia 1020, Lumia 1320 and Lumia 1520 has gotten the update and it shouldn’t take too long for the Lumia 525, 620, 720, 820 and 920 to receive theirs.
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This time the fresh images reveal its duo-tone appearance with a metallic fame that surrounds a colourful back cover. The black camera module stands out and it isn’t clear what’s the pixel count for its main shooter. Over at the front, the display is said to be a 4.5 incher which is likely to offer a HD 720p resolution.
The Lumia 830 will be joined by a Selfie focused Lumia 730 smart phone which offers a large 5MP camera at the front. Despite having a smaller model number, the Lumia 730 is expected to carry a larger 4.7″ display and runs on a mid-spec Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor.
Head after the break for more shots of the Lumia 830.
It looks like there’s a race between manufacturers to make the cheapest smart phone that’s still decent enough to use. The Nokia Lumia 530 is Microsoft’s entry with an incredible low price of RM355 and it runs on the latest Windows Phone 8.1. That’s quite impressive considering it is priced lower than its recently axed Nokia X which we are not impressed with.
Now back to the Lumia 530, it is cheap but Microsoft didn’t sacrifice too much on the hardware for the sake of price. The exterior is undoubtedly a Lumia with its bright polycarbonate shells and the screen is a decent 4″ LCD with a 854×480 pixels resolution which is still acceptable in this price range. The biggest boasting points is its Quad-Core 1.2GHz processor from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 200 range with 512MB of RAM and it gets a microSD slot which accepts the largest 128GB capacity.
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In an effort to encourage more of the 4,700 Nokia employees it’s laying off to accept the company’s volunteer resignation package, Microsoft is offering to throw in a free Nokia Lumia 630 handsets for the first 300 employees who apply each day, and if you’re wondering, the phone is worth less than RM550.
On July 17th, Microsoft announced it would cut 18,000 jobs most of which would be from the Nokia devices and services unit it acquired three months earlier on April 25th for USD7.2 billion (RM23 billion). In China, where Nokia has an R&D center and two manufacturing plants, the number of employees is being reduced from 5,000 to just 300.
The drastic cut—94%, if you’re doing the math—sparked protests by employees who claim that Microsoft had promised not to cut jobs for a year after acquiring Nokia. The Inquirer reports that hundreds of Microsoft employees gathered at the gate of the Nokia R&D facility in Beijing’s Yizhuang industrial park for five hours waving banners that read “Protesting hostile acquisition and forcible layoffs by Microsoft” and “We want jobs” and shouting chants against the treatment they were receiving from Microsoft.
The severance package Microsoft is offering to Nokia staff being laid-off in mainland China compensates employees with two months’ salary plus an additional month’s salary for every year of service the employee had put in at Nokia. The protesters were also claiming that Microsoft was treating them unfairly alleging that Nokia staff being laid-off in Taiwan were being offered a further two months’ salary.
Microsoft said it is aware of the disagreements regarding the severance plans and that it was in negotiations with the labour union to settle the disputes.
Microsoft today has just launched the Lumia 530 Dual-SIM in Malaysia. It is priced at RM355, offering the latest Windows Phone 8.1 experience at an affordable price range. This is the most affordable Lumia smart phone yet and it brings the latest features including Action Centre and WordFlow Keyboard. It is available starting 16th August with a choice of bright green, bright orange, white and dark grey colours.
To recap on the specs, the Lumia 530 has a 4″ FWVGA (854×480) LCD screen and is powered by a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 200 processor with 512MB of RAM. While the on-board storage gets just 4GB, the Lumia 530 is supporting large size microSD cards up to 128GB.