This is going to be popular with the ladies. You get all the awesomeness of the Butterfly S — including the amazing 5.0-inch 1080p Full HD display, speedy 1.9GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm 600 processor and a massive 3,200mAh battery as well as the superb BoomSound dual-front speakers — and all the cuteness of Hello Kitty.
It’s a perfect combination for the Hello Kitty fans out there but unfortunately this limited edition device is only available in China. Why HTC? Why?!
This is the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids and as the name suggests, the tablet has a very specific target audience. Based on the Galaxy Tab 3, the Tab 3 Kids gets a bright yellow shell protected by an orange rubber bumper that can hopefully withstand the many drops and bumps the device will inevitably experience. As an option, Samsung also makes a matching prop stand with an integrated stylus for the device.
Being designed for kids the Tab 3 Kids get a pretty kiddish spec sheet as well. The 7-inch device comes with WiFi and Bluetooth, a 1024×600 display (about 170ppi), a 4,000mAh battery, a 3-megapixel rear camera with a 1.3-megapixel front camera and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. The kids also get Android 4.1 on top of a kid specific UI skin complete with its own app store. In addition to that there’s also a Time Management feature that allow parents to set usage time limits and automatically locks the device once the usage time is up.
The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids will hit Korea in early September with releases planned for China, Europe, US, Africa, South America, and South East Asia. No word on whether it will come to Malaysia but we don’t think so. Pricing details have not been released at the moment but expect it to be cheap.
Additional details on the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids after the jump.
Angry Birds, the game’s a bit long in the tooth and besides how many versions of the same game can you make? A lot by Rovio’s count but seriously we’re getting sick of throwing a bunch of birds at pigs. And Bad Piggies didn’t really take off like the birds did. Thankfully Rovio has started working on other games and the developer’s latest project looks to be its most interesting.
Rovio is teaming up with cool juice maker Red Bull to create a new spin-off based on the Angry Birds franchise. The new game will be called Angry Birds Go and from the just released teaser video, you can expect the game to have kart racing and maybe some track building. Whatever it is, it looks like fun and we can’t wait to try it out.
It took a while but its finally here. Launched in mid 2007, Google’s super useful virtual reality map feature is now available in Malaysia at selected locations.
Starting with Kuala Lumpur, Google is rolling out its Street View vehicles equipped with special cameras to collect street-level imagery to add to the Street View database in Malaysia. In it latest blog post Google Malaysia said that it plans to capture Street View imagery across the next few years. However the post didn’t specify, how much of the country’s roads will be mapped by Street View and for how long.
Along with the rolling out of the Street View vehicles, Google is also publishing new Street View imagery of 18 sites across the country, including Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Sri Subramaniam Temple Batu Caves and Masjid Sultan Sallahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah. You can get the Street View of these locations via Google Maps. To set your expectations, the Street View experience is seamless but the database is rather limited with vast areas still unmapped, so be weary of that. You can also see Street View using Google Maps on your iOS or Android phone. Just open Google Maps, search for a location with Street View, long press on the location and the Street View option will pop up.
In addition to paved roads, the Google Street View team will also go off the streets to capture imagery of Malaysia’s off-road sites for everyone to experience online.
It’s Merdeka month and you know what that means. Brands big and small show their patriotic spirit through advertisements. Some do it better than others while a select few, like Petronas, got this festive ad thing down to an artform.
And this year, DiGi’s #confirmmalaysian campaign stood out from the crowd so much that we felt that it deserves a mention here. In a nutshell the #confirmmalaysian campaign attempts to capture the Malaysian spirit through the power of social media and everyone who’s a Malaysian can participate. All you need to do is take a picture and post it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #confirmmalaysian. The beauty of this campaign is that you can be anywhere in the world and you can still take part.
We like the campaign because it’s simple and fun and it uses social media so effectively to drive participation and conversation. At the same time the campaign clearly represents everything wonderful about being Malaysian. Nice work DiGi!
What do you think of the campaign?
To see the many #confirmmalaysian submissions head on over to confirmmalaysian.com.my
Previous DiGi Merdeka and Malaysia Day ads that we liked:
DiGi dreams of a better Malaysia. We share that dream..
Another funny Malaysia Day ad from DiGi
DiGi celebrates Malaysia day with an awesome ad
— Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) August 27, 2013
This is the latest teaser from Sony and whatever they are doing, they’re doing it right. We have not been excited about an Xperia device for a long while and the series of teasers that Sony has released have gotten us more than curious. We’re really looking forward to September 5 when Sony will be revealing, possibly, its best Xperia smartphone yet.
The video is only 30 seconds long but its confirms a number of rumours. There is a dedicated camera button so you can expect a fast sleep-to-snap time. As with the previous picture, the G lens is confirmed. The device is going to be water-resistant as well. Beyond that, you also get a glimpse of a microSD card slot and a large speaker aperture at the bottom of the device suggesting that the device will pack some audio punch as well.
In its tweet revealing the video, Sony seems to also suggest the name of the device. As far as we can interpret the new Xperia is very likely to have the number “1” in its name, possibly to be called the “Xperia Z1”.
Did we miss anything else? Take a look at the video and let us know.
We’re about a week away from the official unveil on September 5. That means there’s still a few more days for Sony to release more stuff. We’re hoping the next tease will give us some clues on the lens camera as well.
Here’s an app where getting a high score could also mean instant death to your smartphone.
If you’re the kind that likes to live on the risky side of things then this app suits you perfectly. Send Me to Heaven (SMTH) is a reckless game and it challenges you to throw your expensive smartphone up in the air as high as you can in order to score points. The higher your throw the more points you get. Your score is then uploaded to a leaderboard so you can see how you fare against other cheap thrill seekers from around the world.
SMTH is currently available only for Android and its definitely not a game for butterfingers but if danger is your thing then the game is free for you to play. Google Play link here.
Ok, this is what we know so far, Sony is releasing a new Xperia phone and it promises to be a camera powerhouse. Rumours abound that the new phone will have 20.7MP and feature optics worthy of Sony’s ‘G’ series moniker.
In its latest tease, Sony confirms that the new Xperia will feature advance optic in the form of a ‘G’ lens. This is the first time the ‘G’ lens name will be used on a mobile phone and naturally, expectations are high because of this.
In earlier teases, Sony confirmed that the device will be water resistant, possibly with an IP68 rating ensuring that the device can be submerged in depths of more than 1 meter for longer than 30 minutes.
Along with the new Xperia, Sony is expected to reveal a new range of peripheral known as a lens camera. The lens camera has all the imaging power of a prosumer camera housed in a compact lens body that can be bolted on to your existing smartphone. When taking a picture of video, the lens camera does all the heavy lifting while the smartphone acts as a viewfinder, shutter and storage. Expected specs include Sony’s Bionz imaging processor along with WiFi and NFC connectivity to interface with the host smartphone.
Sony has sent invites for an event on September 5 where it is expected to reveal both the new Xperia and the lens camera peripherals. We’ll be there to check out the latest from Sony so stay tuned.
In the picture you can see the trademark Sony Omni Design power button. On the right, you see another button. From our interpretation, it doesn’t look like a volume rocker but more like a dedicated camera button. Are you seeing it? Or are we over analysing things?
Whatever it is, the device shown in the picture doesn’t resemble any Xperia device Sony has released to date so its definitely something new. Let’s hope it will be the device that we’re all expecting to see this September 5.
Nokia is working on a large format smartphone and it plans to reveal the device in September a report in Reuters has revealed citing a source “familiar with the plan”. Along with the 6-inch Lumia, Nokia is also planning to announce a tablet based on Windows RT.
Meanwhile, Windows Phone Central say that its sources has confirmed that the 6-inch Lumia will feature a 1080p display, a quad-core processor and a 20MP camera (likely to be similar to the one featured on the Lumia 1020). The device will be thin with a hump at the back to accommodate a large camera sensor.
The event is planned to happen across two days from September 26 to 27. We have no doubt that Nokia can build magnificent hardware and services to support the hardware (the Smart Camera app is great, Here is a better experience than Apple’s Maps) but we’re still wondering if sticking with Microsoft is the right move.