You probably have heard or experienced first hand of dropping your phone into the toilet. In most cases, soaked devices have very little chance of surviving unless you dry it up with a hair dryer or left under the sun. Now here’s a new solution for such problem.
JMC Risk Solution in Japan has created a device which offers quick drying service for your soaking gadget needs. For 1000 yen (around RM37), the box will perform a quick dry process for 30 minutes. We have no idea how it works but your gadget should be dried enough to be switched on after that.
If your device doesn’t work, you will not be charged for it. The dryer box is not a guaranteed saviour but it is a good last resort option to salvage your phone. After all, most phone manufacturer will not cover damages caused by contact with water.
Motorola together with Verizon has finally announced the Droid 2, the successor to the popular Motorola Droid / Milestone. To ride on the success of its predecessor, the Droid 2 maintain its original form factor and features a new slider QWERTY keyboard, WiFi hotspot capability and Flash 10.1 support. All of these comes ready the Android 2.2 Froyo built-in.
According to early leaked specs, the Droid 2 has a 8GB Internal Memory with additional 8GB microSD, a 5.0MP Camera and 1GHz TI OMAP Processor with dedicated GPU.
The Droid 2 is offered at $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a 2 year contract. For those who wish to share their 3G connectivity as a WiFi hotspot will need to pay additional $20 a month.
According to the press release, Verizon Wireless is also offering a limited edition R2-D2 version of the Droid 2 which will Star Wars content and R2-D2 skinned body.
Pre-orders are expected to start tomorrow at the DroidDoes microsite.
TweetDeck is finally coming to Android! According to its official blog, the Android TweetDeck is near completion and it will be open for public beta this week.
From what they have described, they really put a lot of thought into this one that an Android Developer advocates called it a thing of beauty. Interestingly enough, they also mentioned that the Android version would represent the future of TweetDeck for its iPhone and ipad apps.
Sounds exciting and we can’t wait for it to be out soon. We will see how does this hold up against the likes of official Twitter app for Android.
Kaspersky has detected what appears to be the very first SMS Trojan attacking Android smartphones. The malicious program called Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, has been reported to have attacked a number of Android phones.
The Trojan disguises itself as a harmless media player application send via SMS. When the SMS is opened, users are prompted to install a 13KB file. Once installed the program will tell the compromised Android device to send text messages to premium SMS services without the owner’s knowledge. As a result, if your phone has been infiltrated, get ready for a huge text bill at the end of the month.
As with such malwares, prevention is the best measure. If you’ve received SMS from unknown sources with links or attachments, don’t do anything and just IGNORE.
Check out the full report from Kaspersky Lab right after jump.
For those of you are not familiar with the HTC Ace, it’s the codename for HTC’s next flagship Android device. Specs wise, nothing is confirmed yet but word has it that the Ace will record 720p HD videos, pack an 8MP camera, powered by 1GHz processor with 4GB on board memory and run Android 2.2 (FroYo). All this will be wrapped in a unibody aluminium body first seen on the HTC Legend.
It all looks very enticing indeed and now we have a video purported to be an early prototype of the HTC Ace which is slated to be called the HTC Desire HD when it hits the market reportedly this October.
The video reveals more details on the Ace, the front place looks very much like the HTC EVO and there’s a dual LED flash also like the HTC EVO. What’s interesting on the video is what we believe looks like a secondary mic located right next of the LED flash.
If you look carefully at minute 0:28 onwards, you’ll be able to see the secondary mic hole very clearly inboard of the LED flash. Overall it looks like a solid device that will definitely give the overrated iPhone 4 a run for its money.
Head on over to after the jump for the video presentation on the HTC Ace.
Ok, we’ll admit it. It looks like we’ve gotten the launch data of the iPhone 4 in Malaysia slightly off. We predicted earlier that the launch has to before puasa month but that is definitely not going to happen.
So when can we expect the iPhone 4 to come to Malaysia officially? Maxis have been dropping clues on Facebook and Twitter saying that the launch is very soon. In fact Maxis via Facebook have mention that it will be August or September.
We’re still banking on an August launch. Reason being, it appears that Maxis is gearing up for a launch very soon. Today Maxis just sent out EDMs to those who have registered their interest to purchase the iPhone 4 online saying that the device “will be arriving in Maxis stores very soon”.
They won’t just send emails out like this for no reason. EMDs cost money ok. So we have a feeling Maxis is working on a launch within this few weeks.
At the same time, we’re keepinga very close eye on DiGi, they’ve been quite but that doesn’t mean that they’re on idle mode. Could the pull a fast one over Maxis and launch the iPhone 4 earlier? Could be but Apple may want bost telcos to launch the iPhone at the same time.
What do you think?
Retailing for a very attractive RM830 the candy-bar with full physical QWERTY keypad E5 looks like a smart choice for the value conscious out and about-er.
Considered as an entry-level “business smartphone” in Nokia’s line-up the E5 runs on a competent albeit very dated Symbian S60 third edition platform. Sporting a 2.4in QVGA screen with 320×240 screen, the E5 boast HSPA connectivity with up to 10.2Mbps download and 2Mbps download. There’s A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and WiFi b/g.
Processor wise the E5 is powered by a ARM 11 600MHz processor with 250MB on board memory. The E5 takes MicroSD memory expansion up to 32GB and there’s a 2GB MicroSD card included in the box. There’s also a 5MP camera with LED flash. The camera doesn’t have autofocus and records VGA video.
And finally for the stylistas out there, you’d be happy to note that the E5 comes in two colours, carbon black and chalk white. But there are other colours available elsewhere including Sky Blue, Copper Brown, Silver Grey which we won’t be getting at the moment unfortunately.
At launch, no telco are saying that they will offer the E5 on contract basis. Considering the price of the phone, we’re not expecting a a contract plan as well.
For the price, you can’t expect much and we’d love to get our hands on one a pit it against the HTC Wildfire which is roughly in the same class as the E5. Nokia says that the E5 is “one of the most affordable smartphones in the market, the best value for the serious networker, whether you are in the midst of living life to the fullest, or taking a break to enjoy the moment.” It’s going to be interesting to see how both phones perform.
Which one to you think will take the cake? The Nokia E5 or the HTC Wildfire? Comment us!
RIM has officially revealed the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 which comes with a 2 Megapixel camera, 2.8″ QVGA display and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. It also supports 3G with HSDPA which finally made its appearance for the curve range.
It is expected to be shipped this month with Blackberry 5 OS and the newer Blackberry 6 will be made available later in the coming months. So rest assured, this device is definitely Blackberry 6 OS ready.
There’s no official pricing yet but according to Slashgear, the Curve 3G is priced at CA$79.99 (estimated RM245) with a three year contract.
More details of the Curve 3G here.
We are still wondering which telco will be the first to bring the Curve 3G and the latest Torch 9800 to Malaysia.