Low cost airline, AirAsia has started public trial of its in-flight WiFi service. It is available now until October and it is limited to the first 60 passengers on board. You’ll know if your flight has WiFi connectivity when the crew makes an announcement during the flight.
To sign in, you’ll need to request for access from its connectivity portal and they will limit one connection per device during the flight. Before you get excited with what you can do at over 35,000 feet, the free trial WiFi service is capped at 1MB. It appears that usage would be restricted to popular instant messaging apps such as LINE, WhatsApp and WeChat.
We reckon they would offer more paid options once the WiFi service is commercially available. Expect to pay a premium if you wish to do more vigorous internet surfing during the flight. Apart from AirAsia, Malindo too has indicated that they would be offering WiFi on-board but there’s no mention of its roll out until now.
UPDATE: Samsung Malaysia says the Galaxy Alpha has not yet been officially released here. As such, the price may be different from the one shown in the newspaper advertisement featured in this post. Samsung Malaysia informs us that the official retail price of the Galaxy Alpha will be announced at its official launch happening soon.
UPDATE 2: The Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be available in Malaysia on 19th September.
As we celebrate our Merdeka Day on 31st August, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha has finally arrived in Malaysia. The new metal smart phone is priced at RM1,999 and retailer Harvey Norman is offering it for only RM1,847, with the option of 12 months easy payment instalments.
To recap the specs, the Galaxy Alpha gets a compact sized 4.7″ Super AMOLED display that does 1280×720 pixels resolution and it runs on their very own Exynos Octa-Core processor (4 cores at 1.8GHz / 4 cores at 1.3GHz). You’ll get also 2GB of RAM and there’s 32GB of on-board storage which isn’t expandable. The rest of the specs include 12MP + 2MP cameras, heart rate sensor, finger print scanner and 4G LTE connectivity.
The Galaxy Alpha is the thinnest Galaxy smart phone yet at only 6.7mm and it weighs just 115 grams with its 1,860mAh capacity battery on-board. Retailing at RM1,999, the Galaxy Alpha is priced lower than its current Galaxy S5 flagship that’s priced at RM2,149.
Special thanks to Christopher for the tip!
Check out the newspaper ads and Galaxy Alpha promo videos after the break.
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After introducing its flagship Vibe Z2 Pro, Lenovo is about to unveil its new mid-tier offering with the Vibe X2 that’s shown above. Like the Vibe Z2 Pro, the new model also uses upmarket materials such as metal in a layered fashion. As shown, you’ll notice there are 3 shades of colours underneath its front glass panel.
There’s no official details yet but it could make its debut at the upcoming IFA 2014 next week.
The 5.5″ Redmi Note is now available on contract with DiGi’s Smart Plans. Retailing at RM509, it is offered for free if you sign up with 24 months contract of Smart Plan 108 which comes with 5GB of data.
The full Redmi Note bundled pricing are as follows:
DG SmartPlan 78 (24 months) – RM169
DG SmartPlan 108 (24 months) – RM0
During sign up, DiGi is asking for 1 month subscription fee and an upfront payment of RM360 (Smart Plan 78) or RM528 (Smart Plan 108). If you have been an active DiGi postpaid subscriber for the last 12 months, they will waive the advance payment for you. In addition, DiGi is also offering extra RM30 rebate that’s reflected on the 2nd month bill.
To recap on the specs, the Redmi Note is Xiaomi’s affordable phablet with a 5.5″ HD 720p screen, an Octa-Core 1.7GHz processor with 2GB RAM, 8GB of on-board storage and a large 3,200mAh capacity battery. It also gets a 13MP camera that shoots Full HD videos and a front facing 5MP camera. You can compare the specs of the Redmi Note versus other Xiaomi smart phone models in our comparison post.
For more info, head over to DiGi’s Redmi Note page.
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). The live stream is happening at 10AM PDT, which is 1:00AM the next day in Malaysia.
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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.