One of the killer features on the Windows Phone platform is its HERE maps. Many have praised it for its excellent offline turn by turn navigation, making it the perfect companion when data is non accessible. Now Nokia is breaking HERE maps exclusivity to Windows Phone by making it available for Samsung Galaxy devices that are running on Android.
On top of that, they are extending it to its Tizen powered smart watches. This includes the recently announced Samsung Gear S, that can work standalone with built-in 3G connectivity. The HERE Maps for Samsung devices will be free to download as both parties have signed licensing agreements.
DiGi has been revamping its network for the longest time. It was an ambitious project that aims to build what they call, the Tomorrow Network. With several years in the making, it was as if tomorrow would never come.
Finally it looks like the wait is over, as DiGi claims that their all new network is ready to deliver its consistent internet promise. To date they have upgraded over 6,300 sites which offers 82% 3G coverage with HSPA+ and they aim to bring this up to 86% by end of 2014. For 4G LTE, they have expanded their coverage across the Klang Valley, Johor Bahru, Kampar and Kota Kinabalu. By year end, DiGi says they will have at least 1,500 sites delivering 4G LTE connectivity.
DiGi has just released a video explaining their progress and what they plan to do to deliver the best internet experience. Head after the break to watch it.
Samsung has released another teaser of the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 and we kind of like it, even if its doesn’t reveal much. Set to be unveiled simultaneously in three locations around the world on September 3, you can expect the Note 4 to have a bigger screen, maybe an edgier UI design and additional selfie-specific camera features — if we’re reading the clues in the video correctly.
Other than that we are not seeing much clues being dropped in the 1 minute video. Head on over to after the jump to take a look and let us know what else can you see.
With lots of brands announcing their flagship devices during IFA 2014 next week, it will be interesting to see how would Apple stack up in the final quarter of 2014. Also not forgetting smart watches, which has been pretty exciting on the Android front with the likes of the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R. Can Apple reinvent the smart watch?
Mark your calendars 9th September (or probably 10th September Malaysian time).
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Sony Mobile will be making a big announcement at the upcoming IFA 2014 in Berlin on the 3rd of September. To drive anticipation, they had released a teaser video titled “The time to Demand Great is coming”. From the teaser, there’s a lot of things happening with the number 3 and right before it ends, it showed 3 devices for a split second.
We know that Sony is coming out with the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. The third device is likely to be a new compact 8″ tablet that could be called as the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. A few days back, it was partially revealed on one of their campaign pages.
Watch the teaser video after the break.
Uber in Malaysia was recently put under the spotlight after a group of Malaysian taxi associations demanded action by authorities for affecting their income. Today, The Sun Daily caused a stir by reporting that Uber was declared illegal by SPAD (Land Public Transport Commmission). Obviously the news had gotten several users riled up.
The truth is that SPAD had never imposed a ban or declared that the driver on-demand service as illegal. Such reports are seen to be conflicting with what was mentioned by SPAD’s chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar in response to the Taxi association complaints. Uber can still operate in Malaysia provided that it had the necessary permits to operate within the law.
He was then addressing the Taxi association’s allegation that Uber was operating on private vehicles with drivers that don’t possess Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence. He explained that using private vehicles would deemed illegal akin to “kereta sapu”, and cars registered as Hire & Drive are also not allowed to be used for taxi service. Syed Hamid also added that there are 839 licensed limousines nationwide and these would be allowed for Uber to operate.
A few days back, the SPAD chairman had acknowledged that Uber was getting popular due to its excellent service, therefore they need to study it carefully before taking any action. He added that he knew several people including ministers who have been very satisfied with the service. In fact he even urged the taxi industry to take this opportunity to improve itself in order to gain the confidence of the public.
These days it is common to find yourself owning a laptop, a tablet and a smart phone. While each of them fits well for different scenarios, is there room for a hybrid convergence device? To find out, Microsoft has conducted a survey among working professionals in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea and Malaysia.
Results show that most working adults spend half of their time on the move and device weight is also a concern. Majority of those holding back from buying a tablet had responded that they have yet to find a tablet that could give them the best experience of a laptop and a tablet.
This is where Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 comes in as it offers the power of a full fledged Windows 8.1 laptop with a form factor of a tablet. Today, it is officially launched across 28 markets including Malaysia where it is sold from RM2,729.
To illustrate the findings of their survey, Microsoft has released an infographic that you can view after the break.
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Popular cloud storage provider, Dropbox is making cloud storage more affordable. They have streamlined its Dropbox Pro offering with 1TB of storage at US$9.99/month or US$99/year. Previously you’ll get just 100GB for the same price and this looks like a response towards Google Drive’s aggressive new pricing. Google is even offering unlimited storage for enterprise users as announced during Google I/O.
Apart from affordable storage, Dropbox has introduced a couple of new features for a better control of your files.
The Surface Pro 3 is now officially in Malaysia and Microsoft is calling it the tablet that can replace your laptop. It is available now with a choice of 5 configurations and the pricing are as follows:
Core i3, 4GB RAM + 64GB Storage – RM2,729
Core i5, 4GB RAM + 128GB Storage – RM3,299
Core i5, 8GB RAM + 256GB Storage – RM4,199
Core i7, 8GB RAM + 256GB Storage – RM4,999
Core i7, 8GB RAM + 512GB Storage – RM6,779
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is their first metal smart phone in the Galaxy line up that are running with Android OS. However this isn’t the first time Samsung has made metal device. They have shared on their global blog that Samsung has been making metal phones way back since 2006.
According to their designers, the Galaxy Alpha was inspired by their Samsung Card Phone (SGH-P310) that’s thin and comfortable to hold. To match the same characteristics, Samsung had turned to metal and the result is their thinnest Android smart phone at 6.7mm and it’s also lightweight at 115 grams. As comparison, the iPhone 5S weighs 112 grams and it is 7.6mm thick.