VIDEO: Galaxy S5 Heart Rate Sensor vs Heart Rate Apps

Posted:  April 12, 2014   By:    No comments   

Galaxy S5 Heart Rate Sensor vs Heart Rate Apps

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a heart rate sensor at the back which integrates with its S Health application. This is a first heart rate hardware feature on a smart phone but there’s heaps of heart rate apps available on the Google Play Store.

So is the Galaxy S5′s heart rate sensor better or more accurate than the app based heart rate tools? The folks at PhoneArena had compared both and you can check out the results after the break.

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Oppo Find 7a pre-orders start next week in Malaysia. Available 15th May

Posted:  April 12, 2014   By:    4 comments   


UPDATE: Pre-orders for Oppo Find 7a starts on 16th April. Available only in White Colour. Full Dealer listing here.

UPDATE 2: Oppo Malaysia has uploaded the Oppo Find 7a pre-order details on its official website. You can check it out here. Pre-order starts on 16th April.

The Oppo Find 7a is finally going international and it is coming soon to Malaysia. Earlier Oppo had commenced pre-orders for the US and European markets through their OppoStyle online store.

The Oppo Find 7a will be priced at a competitive RM1,598 and it is rolling out on the 15th of May. To secure a unit, Oppo Malaysia will be taking offline pre-orders nationwide from 16th April until 11th of May.

As a special early bird pre-order treat, they are giving out a bluetooth speaker, screen protector and a phone casing package worth RM258 to the first 500. Each person can only pre-order a unit and you would need to place a non-refundable RM100 booking deposit.

Just to recap, the Oppo Find 7a is the low-spec version of the Find 7 series. It gets a 5.5″ Full HD display and runs on a capable 2.3GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB on-board storage with a microSD slot that supports up to 128GB. Juicing up the device is a 2,800mAh removable battery which supports VOOC Rapid Charge. This Ultra fast charging feature is capable of charging up to 75% in just 30 minutes, while a quick 5 minute charge is enough to give 2 hours of talk time. Another interesting feature is its 13MP Sony Camera Sensor which can resample photos up to 50MP resolution. Also for the first time for Oppo, the Find 7 supports 4G LTE including our local bands as well.

At RM1,598, the Oppo Find 7a is a steal compared to other high-end smart phones in the market. In fact, the Malaysian pricing matches its China market price tag of 2,998 Yuan. If this pricing is any indication, its high-end Find 7 smart phone with Quad HD display and 2.5GHz Quad-Core processor is likely to be priced below RM2,000.

The original source page has been taken down but the cached copy can still be accessed. Not sure if there’s any changes to the offer but we’ll find out soon enough next week.

In the mean time, check out our hands-on video of the Oppo Find 7a after the break.

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Finally a Mobile Printer that can fit in your Pocket

Posted:  April 11, 2014   By:    No comments   


Everything has gotten smaller. From laptops to tablets and even crazy thin smart phones for greater portability. For the mobile office warrior, there’s one thing that remains unchanged and that’s the printer. Whenever you need to print something, one would normally need to head back to the office or find a place that provides printing services. There are portable printers out there but they are focused towards instant photo printing.

For those that need to print something while on the go, check out this Mini Mobile Robotic Printer which is on KickStarter. Instead of having a big chunky machine that rolls the paper to print on, this printer actually rolls itself across the paper. The device is shaped like a tear-drop so that it can be easily aligned towards the corners. Underneath it runs on an omni-wheel system which lets it move around the sheet of paper with accurate results.

Don’t expect this to be a speed demon as it prints at 1.2 pages per minute. Well it is a trade off for portability and the replaceable black ink cartridge claims to last 1,000 pages. Dimension wise, the Robotic printer is just 10cm x 10.5cm and weighs around 300 grams. It will take 3 hours to charge to full which gives a run time of over an hour. To send print jobs, it uses Bluetooth connectivity and you can print stuff directly from Smart Phones as well.

So far the printer has gotten close to US$200,000 in backing and they are halfway to meet its US$400,000 goal with 28 days to go. If you’re interested to back this project, can you pledge for a unit at US$180 (about RM583).

Check out the intro video and some images of the printer after the break.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 is officially available in Malaysia

Posted:  April 11, 2014   By:    No comments   


Today the Samsung Galaxy S5 is officially available in Malaysia along with the rest of world. The new flagship device is priced at RM2,399 and accompanying it is the Gear 2 and Gear Fit smart watches that are priced at RM899 and RM599 respectively. Samsung Malaysia together with their 3 partner telcos – Celcom, DiGi and Maxis had organised on-ground sales events at 5 locations covering Klang Valley and Penang.

We were at Sunway Pyramid this morning where Celcom had surprised its first customer with a Free Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. Abdul Hamid bin Husin who was first in line had started queuing since 6.30AM this morning. Celcom also offered a Purchase with Purchase promo where those who have signed up will get to purchase a Galaxy Y Neo or Galaxy Tab 3 Lite for just RM55. The Galaxy S5 from Celcom is offered from as low RM988 with their Celcom First postpaid plans.

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Now everyone can wear Glass: Google opens up its Glass Explorer program to the public

Posted:  April 11, 2014   By:    No comments   


If you’re an aspiring Explorer, this is your time to shine. Google is opening up its Glass Explorer program to the public next week!

The Glass Explorer program will be opened to public next Tuesday, April 15th and will cost US$1,500 — plus tax — a pop which is about RM4,900 by today’s exchange rates. Instead of just the Glass unit, Google will also include a free sunglass shade or a frame to fit prescription glasses along with any purchase.

If the price is not enough of a barrier for you, then the fact that the offer is limited to people with a valid US address only. On top of that the number of spots available is limited as well. If you think you can overcome all that then mark your calendar if you want to get in. Orders open at 6am Pacific Daylight Time over here.


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Only for this weekend. Head out in style with UberLUX’s fleet of premium vehicles

Posted:  April 11, 2014   By:    2 comments   


Uber which provides premium driver on demand transport is running a special UberLUX service just for this weekend. You can arrive for dinners or parties in style this Friday and Saturday night on a Jaguar XJL, Hummer H3, Mercedes Benz S-Class or a BMW 7 Series. UberLUX is a higher level of service which is a class above the current UberBLACK cars being offered.

This is only available from 6PM to 6AM on 11th-12th April. To request for these upper class rides, make sure you select UberLUX at bottom of the app. To get started, you can download Uber on both Android and iOS smart phones.

Take note that UberLUX rates are higher than the usual UberBLACK. It comes with Base Fare of RM10 and the subsequent fare is calculated at RM2 per minute and RM2.50 per KM travelled. The minimum fare for UberLUX is RM30. As a simple reference, a ride from Bangsar Baru to Jalan Ampang is around RM60-70 while Jalan Ampang to Bukit Bintang ranges around RM30-40. Take note that promo codes with free rides are not applicable for UberLUX.

If you haven’t tried Uber’s service yet, you can redeem 2 Free Rides on UberBLACK cars over here. Take note that this offer is valid until 30th April only, so sign up now with MYSOYACINCAU promo code to redeem. Uber has also recently revised its UberBLACK rates by 35%, making it more affordable than standard taxis after midnight.

For more information, head over to Uber KL’s Blog.

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Samsung Gear Fit is able to display vertically for both left and right handed users

Posted:  April 11, 2014   By:    No comments   


Yesterday, the Gear Fit was spotted displaying text in vertical orientation in Korea. This solves its usability issue when displaying information in landscape mode, making it awkward to read from your wrist.

Now it has been confirmed that the Gear Fit will be getting an update internationally and the folks at Android Central has managed to test this out. To change the orientation, you can do so under settings. You’ll also get the option to choose whether it is for left or right hand use so that it is usable in landscape mode.

Find out how this is done with a hands-on video after the break.

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Nikon takes another shot with an Android powered COOLPIX S810c Camera

Posted:  April 10, 2014   By:    No comments   


Nikon was actually one of the first to introduce a compact camera that runs on Android with its COOLPIX S800c about 2 years back. It came with a 16MP sensor and 10X Optical zoom which is quite impressive at that time. However it was underwhelming in terms of hardware and runs on a dated Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. Shortly after that, Samsung came and stole the limelight with its better Galaxy Camera. Samsung then expanded its product line up which includes the Galaxy S4 Zoom and a higher end Galaxy NX which both are also running on Android.

For 2014, Nikon has released its newer COOLPIX S810c which comes with a larger 3.7″ screen and 12X Optical Zoom. On the software side, it now runs on a newer Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and like its predecessor it stays connected using WiFi and has GPS for location tracking. For videos, it is capable of shooting 1080p Full HD with stereo sound. It also gets a Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction system and an ISO range that goes up to 3200. It is an improvement over its previous model but it doesn’t seem to be compelling enough to fight the latest Galaxy Camera 2 and other photography centric smart phones like the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520.

The Nikon COOLPIX S810c will be available beginning of May at US$349.95 (about RM1,128) and comes in choice of Black and White colours. For more information, you can check out Nikon’s COOLPIX S810c product page.

More official images after the break.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 gets teardown treatment by iFixit

Posted:  April 10, 2014   By:    No comments   


The folks at iFixit has given the new Galaxy S5 its very own tear down treatment to find out how easy it is to disassemble and make repairs. On the previous Galaxy S4, it scored a high 8 out of 10 for repairability but the lastest model is slightly more challenging, scoring just 5 out of 10.

If the display is needed to be replaced, the Galaxy S5 is considered to be easy since it can be removed from the top without much hassle. Internally there are a couple of midframes sandwiched between the display and the actual motherboard. The individual components such as the cameras and home buttons are easy to take out by disconnecting a few simple cables.

The lower repair scores was given because in order to replace any internal parts, you would first need to remove the front display which is put in place with a lot of adhesive. This exposes the display to unnecessary damage risks just to take the device apart. Nevertheless, it is much easier to repair compared to the HTC One M8 which scored just 2 out of 10. Replacing the battery is easy since the Galaxy S5 comes with a removable back cover. Just make sure you dispose the old faulty battery properly and don’t try to hammer at home.

Check out the video and step by step Galaxy S5 disassembly guide after the break

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This feature phone doubles up as a battery pack for your smart phone

Posted:  April 10, 2014   By:    No comments   


If your smart phone is low in battery, you can always count on a power bank to juice up while you’re on the go. Well, guess what? There’s actually a feature phone does the same job as well.

The Gphone BiGG claims to be the first ever Power Bank phone in Malaysia. Being a feature phone, it offers a standard 2.4″ colour display with dual-SIM card slots with 2G EDGE speeds for very basic internet usage. You’ll also get a rear camera, FM Radio, MP3 playback and even Bluetooth connectivity.

The biggest thing about this device is the battery which comes with a huge capacity of 2,200mAh. That’s encroaching high-end smart phone territory and as comparison, the previous HTC One (M7) embedded battery comes with just 2,300mAh capacity. To utilise this as a battery pack, there’s a full sized USB port at the sides where you can plug in your standard USB charging cables. The Gphone BiGG is quite cheap as well at just RM129 and it can be found on Lelong. Not bad for a feature phone which can be used for backup.

Now who says feature phones are dead? It could one day save your smart phone’s battery life.


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