After much speculation, Microsoft has named Satya Nadella as their 3rd CEO taking the baton from Steve Ballmer. It is a challenging time ahead for Microsoft as mobile and portable device grow at the expense of desktop computing. Microsoft has taken several steps to stay relevant in mobile game including partnership with Finnish maker Nokia and eventually acquiring it in 2013.
Satya is no regular joe and is a veteran at Microsoft with over 22 years of experience. Born at Hyderabad, India, the 46 year old CEO’s passion for Cricket had taught him valuable lessons in working as team and leadership. His family, curiosity and hunger for knowledge is what drives him and he was even part of the Windows NT team while pursuing for his Masters degree.
In his first email to Microsoft employees, Satya has outlined who he was, why he’s here, what’s Microsoft’s purpose and what Microsoft needs to do next. Innovation will be their main focus with the sole purpose of changing the world through technology. Satya is also strongly determined to remove any obstacles that would get in the way of innovation. He certainly has big shoes to fill but looks like he’s the perfect candidate for the job. Although he is seen as a technical and server type of guy, his engineering background and foundation would be paramount in moving the company forward. It will be interesting to see what would Satya do to take Microsoft to greater heights especially its Windows Phone and Surface tablets.
Meanwhile Bill Gates have stepped down as Chairman of the board and is replaced by John Thompson. However Bill isn’t out of the picture yet as he is taking up a new role as Technology advisor and will dedicate a third of his available time working with product groups at Microsoft.
Watch his special interview including welcome address from Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer and Microsoft’s new Chairman John Thompson after the break.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is an epic camera phone with a large 41MP sensor and an array for manual settings to tinker about. However is it good enough to replace a proper DSLR? Nokia would like to think so in their latest video.
In the hands of a professional, the Lumia 1020 is proven to be a capable tool even for wedding shoot. Arguably a smart phone can never truly replace a DSLR camera but we can’t deny that its quality is the best we’ve seen from a smart phone.
For most casual users, a DSLR could be cumbersome to carry around and the Lumia 1020 is seen as a portable substitute without the unnecessary bulk. It performs well in low light conditions and flash photography is excellent with its Xenon flash. If you’re not convinced, check out our camera comparison test here and here.
Watch the video after the break.
Nokia today announced that their budget large-format smartphone, the Lumia 1320, will go on sale here in Malaysia on Friday, January 17. The device will retail for RM1,199.
The 1320 is Nokia’s vision of large format for the masses with a spec sheet that’s been cut down to meet a budget. The Lumia 1320 features a 6-inch 720p ClearBlack display(245ppi) with Gorilla Glass 3 and Qualcomm’s entry level Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor running at 1.7GHz with 1GB of RAM. There’s 8GB of on board storage, 7GB free SkyDrive storage and microSD card support up to 64GB in capacity.
In the camera department, the 1320 gets only 5MP main unit with 1080p video capabilities. At the front you get a VGA (0.3 megapixel) shooter and not much else. You will also be missing the four-mic array that is build into the the 1320′s more expensive stablemate, the Lumia 1520. Instead, the 1320 gets just one mic. Also missing is the built-in wireless charging and NFC but it’s a good thing that the Lumia 1320 gets the same 3,400 mAh battery as the more expensive 1520, and there’s LTE support.
The Nokia Lumia 1320 will be available in a choice of yellow, black, or white. Sorry orange fans, the orange version will not be available at launch. And we can’t help thinking that there could be a number of Android options that offer more for the same amount of money.
Nokia is looking to reclaim its dominance in the entry-level mobile segment with a series of affordable smartphones. The latest to enter Malaysia is the “accessibly-priced” Lumia 525 which is an update of Nokia’s best selling Windows Phone smartphone account for over 25% of Lumia sales worldwide, the Lumia 520.
The Lumia 525 runs the latest version of Windows Phone 8 and in terms of specs, the device is pretty much the same device as the Lumia 520 with some minor updates. RAM is double to 1GB. The display is the same 4-inch IPS WVGA (800×480) display as before as is the dual-core 1.0GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 8GB of internal storage (with 7GB SkyDrive cloud storage) and a microSD slot that supports up to 64GB, the 5MP main camera with 720p video is also the same. Even the battery capacity is the same at 1,430mAh.
The Nokia Lumia 525 is available in gloss orange, white and matte black and with changeable shells and will go on sale from tomorrow for RM499.
Maxis has finally revealed its bundled offering for the latest iPad mini with Retina display. The WiFi + 4G LTE model is priced from RM1,699 outright and it is offered as low as RM1,159 with its SurfMore data plans. There are 2 plans to choose from with the SurfMore 50 offering 2GB at RM50/month and SurfMore 75 which offers 5GB at RM75/month. When Maxis released its iPad Air offering, there used to be an entry level SurfMore 30 but it is no longer being offered for both iPads at the moment.
The full bundled iPad mini bundled pricing as follows:
16GB iPad mini with Retina Display
SurfMore 50 (2GB) – RM1,259
SurfMore 75 (5GB) – RM1,159
32GB iPad mini with Retina Display
SurfMore 50 (2GB) – RM1,579
SurfMore 75 (5GB) – RM1,479
64GB iPad mini with Retina Display
SurfMore 50 (2GB) – RM1,879
SurfMore 75 (5GB) – RM1,779
All bundles are tied with 24 months contract duration and there’s an upfront payment of RM500 (SurfMore 50) or RM600 (SurfMore 75) which will be rebated back to your monthly bills. If you’re looking for the WiFi only version, the 16GB unit is going for RM1,279 through Apple retailers and Online Store. You can check out the full 2nd gen iPad mini pricing here.
For more information, head over to Maxis iPad mini with Retina Display page.
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The popular Angry Birds franchise continuse in an all new go-kart game format. Instead of sling shooting birds across the screen, the new Angry Birds Go offers a fast paced racing game set in a 3D world which is similar to Mario Go Kart. It is free to download and available on all 4 popular platforms such as Android, iOS, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.
Rovio, the maker of the game has also mentioned that a multiplayer experience will be coming soon sometime in Spring next year. To download, click one of the links below:
Watch the trailer of Angry Birds Go after the break.
Nokia challenged an internationally renowned celebrity wedding and lifestyle photographer Joy Marie to capture a wedding using a smartphone and only a smartphone. So the photographer equipped herself with a few Lumia 1020s and did what she does best, take pictures.
The results are stunning. In the capable hands of a professional, the Lumia 1020 with its amazing optics and imaging software stops being a smartphone and starts to become a precision tool, one that a person with the right skills can really appreciate and make the most out of.
But can everyone do what Joy did? In the hands of the everyday Joe is the Nokia just as capable? We’d argue not but that’s a topic for another. In the meantime, head on over to after the jump to see how the Lumia 1020 performed.
Nokia has announced its new Lumia 525 which is an update of its current entry level Lumia 520. Based on the current numbers, the Nokia Lumia 520 is their best selling model accounting about 25% of total Windows Phone devices sold worldwide.
In terms of specs, the Lumia 525 is pretty much the same device as the Lumia 520 but comes with double the memory at 1GB of RAM. The Lumia 525 retains the same 4″ IPS display with a WVGA (800×480) resolution, dual-core 1.0GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 8GB of internal storage and a microSD slot that supports up to 64GB. For photography, it also comes a 5MP main camera which shoots HD 720p videos.
The dimensions as expected remains unchanged with a 9.9mm thickness and it weighs 124 grams inclusive of its removable 1430mAh battery. Being an entry level device targeted at youths, the back covers are interchangeable with a choice of glossy orange, white, orange and matte black.
Head after the break for the Lumia 525 promo video and official pics.
Just a little over a month after its official global announcement at Nokia World 2013, Nokia’s largest smartphone is available in Malaysia. The Lumia 1520 gets its official Malaysia launch today and will be available in stores early December with a recommended retail price of RM2,159.
The Lumia 1520 is the largest Windows Phone to date, it packs a full HD 1080p 6-inch display pushing out a pixel density of about 367ppi (in comparison the 5.9-inch HTC One Max pushes 373ppi, the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 386ppi while the 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra pushes 344ppi). Speaking of displays, the 1520’s display features a rather unique Assertive Display technology that offers superior outdoor visibility performance compared to other display technologies by tweaking the contrast ratio of individual pixels instead of simply increasing display brightness. You can watch a demo comparison of the Lumia 1520’s display versus a Note 3 here.
The 1520 is also the first Windows Phone device to pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 powerhouse quad-core processor running at 2.26GHz with 2GB of RAM. Seeing as how Windows Phone devices can perform smoothly even with dated processors, you can expect the 1520 to be blazing fast with the top-of-the-line Snapdragon processor.
Going a full 12 or 14 hours on a single charge is going to be easy with the Lumia 1520 thanks to the massive 3,400mAh battery and that frugal Snapdragon processor. Other goodies include built-in wireless charging, LTE support, four microphones for multi-microphone noise reduction during video recording and voice calls, and Nokia newest PureView camera sensor. There’s also 32GB of on board storage with support for microSD cards up to 64GB in capacity.
The 1520’s 20MP PureView camera has all the bells and whistles more powerful stablemate, the Lumia 1020, including optical image stabilization and oversampling capabilities albeit at only 2x as opposed to the Lumia 1020’s 3x lossless zoom prowess. At the front you get a 1.2MP wide angle camera that’s capable of shooting 720p videos. For a detailed spec-to-spec comparison of the Nokia Lumia 1520 with other top-end smartphones go here.
The Nokia 1520 is now available for pre-order from DiGi online store and Nokia Stores nationwide starting from today.
UPDATE: Nokia Lumia 1520 officially launched in Malaysia at RM2,159.
The massive Nokia Lumia 1520 will be officially available in Malaysia pretty soon. Nokia Malaysia has just indicated via Facebook that pre-orders of its latest 6″ flagship will commence this week but details of placing a booking has yet to be revealed. This is probably one of the fastest roll out for a Nokia Windows Phone as it was just announced last month at Nokia World 2013.
The Lumia 1520 is the largest Windows Phone with a 6″ Full HD display pushing a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. This gives it a rather high pixel density of 367ppi (pixels per inch) which is rather close to the 5.9″ HTC One Max (373ppi) and 5.7″ Galaxy Note 3 (386ppi). For greater outdoor visibility, it comes with a rather unique Assertive Display technology which tweaks its pixel contrast ratio instead of increasing the brightness. You can watch a demo comparison of the display versus a Note 3 here.
With its eyes set upon today’s large smart phones such as the Galaxy Note 3, Nokia is not taking any chances and they have stepped up with a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. If the 32GB on-board storage isn’t enough, it also comes with a microSD slot for expansion up to 64GB. Juicing up the Lumia 1520 is a rather generous 3,400mAh battery which is 50% more than its current Lumia 1020.
In the camera department, the Lumia 1520 is a step down from its current epic 41MP shooting Lumia 1020. Instead it features a rather capable 20.7MP shooter with a sensor size of 1/2.5″. This makes it rather close with the Sony Xperia Z1‘s 20.7MP shooter with a slightly larger 1/2.3″ sensor. It also come with Optical Image Stabilisation and Zeiss optics as well. You can check out the full hardware comparison with other smart phones in our previous post.
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