WhatsApp has become one of the most popular messaging apps in Malaysia. In fact, it’s so popular that it has virtually rendered texting (or SMSing) obsolete — I only receive SMSes from scammers, the bank and my mobile operator telling me that my data quota has finished.
WhatsApp has changed the way we text and now they’re making it a little better than it was before.
Malaysia’s headquarters for Microsoft today officially welcomes the retail version of Windows 10, domestically. The new operating system will continue to enable organisations and users with the powerful tools to do great things. It is even readily available to upgrade for free to those users running a valid copy of Windows 7 and 8.1 on their PCs and tablets.
Users are not going to like it, especially those who bought their copies. Windows 10 is secretly selling your personal data, probably not even letting you know barring some fine print hidden in their T&Cs. Previously, when we ran the Windows 10 update seeding story we thought it would be the end of that, well other than the articles about the WiFi Sense feature. We were wrong.
Have you noticed a recent spike in your data usage? Is your data reaching its cap for no reason? Upgrading to Windows 10 might be the problem. A thread on Reddit has brought us to the attention of Windows automatically using your PC to seed Windows updates to the world. Yes, the whole world. This issue will pose problems especially to those with home internet packages that are capped with a fixed high-speed download quota.
Many have been stuck staring idly waiting for the prompt to upgrade their operating systems, as if one was watching paint dry. But not many know there is actually a way to bypass all that jazz and get Windows 10 without waiting, with the exception of downloading and installing it of course.
Readily available to those who are on the Windows insider program which began last year in October – the much anticipated bridge-gaping Windows 10 has gone live in 190 countries. Including the lauded features from the notably clean Windows 7 and the touch-screen friendly tiles of Windows 8, Windows 10 brings that and a whole lot more. The OS will be free for those who currently have a valid copy of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.
UPDATE: Daniel Chia, Head of Sales & Marketing IPRO Mobile (M) Sdn Bhd, has clarified that the LIVEPAD is equipped with a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 128GB. There will also be a 32GB version that will released sometime in March.
It’s amazing how far we’ve come, you can now get a computer for less that RM700. Sure it’s no frills and don’t expect to run full graphics 3D-rendered games on it but for 90% of the people who just want a machine, to check Facebook, watch movies and do some office work on, you’re not going to need an i7, 512GB SSD, dedicated graphics powerhouse, what you might want to get is this, a sub-RM700 Intel Atom-based Windows 8.1 tablet from homegrown brand, iPro.
The iPro LIVEPAD 8.9 offers an 8.9-inch display tablet running Intel’s Atom Z3735F Quad Core processor. You also get 16GB of on board storage, a 1920×1200 screen, an 8,000mAh battery and 2GB of RAM. At the rear, you get a 5MP AF camera and a 2MP rear camera. If you’re the first 800 people to buy the iPro LIVEPAD 8.9 from today until March 1, 2015, you can get the device for RM699 at Plaza Low Yat.
If you’re the first 500 buyers, iPro will also throw in a free keyboard and pouch worth RM199 with each unit purchased. If that’s not enough, every iPro LIVEPAD comes with a free one-year subscription of Office 365 Personal that includes Power Point, Word, Excel, OneNote plus a massive 1TB of OneDrive storage.
One major drawback for the iPro LIVEPAD is that it doesn’t seem to have a microSD expansion, so you’re going to run out of storage really quickly and will be depending on cloud storage or an external hard disk fairly regularly.
Once the promo ends, the iPro LIVEPAD will retail for RM799 and that puts it directly in competition with the other cheap Windows 8 computer, the ASUS EeeBook X205. The EeeBook X205 forgoes the tablet form-factor and touch screen but offers up a laptop with an 11.6-inch HD display (1366×768). You also get an Intel Atom Quad-Core 1.33GHz Z3735 Processor (Bay Trail-T) with 2GB of RAM, an option of 32GB or 64GB of on board storage and a microSD card slot which gives the ASUS an advantage over the iPro.
For more information on the IPRO LIVEPAD 8.9 and promotions on offer, check out www.iclickz.com.
This post is paid for by senQ Digital Station, the mega store for consumer electrical and electronic products in Malaysia.
Microsoft’s next generation tablet, the Surface 2 is now on sale in Malaysia. Featuring a 10.6-inch full HD (1920×1080) widescreen display and up to 10 hours of video playback, the Surface 2 is powered by a 1.7GHz Quad-Core Nvidia Tegra 4 (T40) processor with 2GB of RAM and a selection of 32GB and 64GB of storage.
The Surface 2 runs on the latest Windows RT operating system with Outlook pre-installed. It is thinner, lighter and faster than the model it replaces and it also comes with a 5MP rear camera and a 3.5 front facing camera that’s been optimized for Skype. The integrated kickstand now has two positions allowing you to place the Surface 2 in a comfortable angle for you. There’s also a USB 3.0 port for fast data transfers and a microSD storage expansion slot that takes cards up to 64GB.
The Microsoft Surface 2 is now available from senQ for RM1,399 (32GB version) and RM1,699 (64GB version). Two types of keyboards, Touch Cover 2 (RM379) and Type Cover 2 (RM409), developed specifically for the Surface 2, are also available from senQ. Both keyboards come with illuminated keys and host of colours including Purple, Magenta, Cyan and Black for choices.
Purchase the Microsoft Surface 2 from senQ and opt to get Interest Free Installment up to 36 months for selected credit card as well as Free additional 1 Year Warranty when you sign up as a senQ PlusOne Member.
Head on over to the senQ Facebook page for details and don’t forget to follow senQ on Twitter for the latest gadget deals and offers.
The new Microsoft Surface 2 will go on sale in Malaysia this Friday on 14th March. It will be priced at RM1,399 for the 32GB version and RM1,699 for the larger 64GB capacity unit. In terms of specs, the Surface 2 runs on a Windows RT 8.1 and is powered by a Nvidia Tegra 4 (T40) 1.7GHz Quad-Core processor mated to 2GB of RAM. It comes with a 10.6″ screen that does Full HD 1920×1080 pixels resolution and boasts a battery life with 10 hours of usage.
Along with the new Surface 2, Microsoft Malaysia is also bringing in their latest Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2 which are priced at RM379 and RM409 respectively.
Meanwhile, the previous generation Surface RT has been slashed to RM1,199 for the 64GB version while the Surface Pro with 128GB storage is now priced at RM1,899. Its smaller storage capacity models appears to have been discontinued. Pricing for the original Touch Cover and Type Cover has been revised as well to RM279 and RM319 respectively. If you’re not looking for the latest, the Surface Pro 128GB model seems to be a rather good buy right now that’s running the previous 3rd generation Core i5 processor.
For those requiring a real laptop replacement, you should consider the Surface Pro 2 which runs on a full fledged Windows 8.1. That comes with a Intel Core i5 processor with a choice of either 4GB and 8GB of RAM with storage capacity up to 512GB. There’s no word on its pricing and availability at the moment.
Makers of quality and deliciously desirable hardware, Lenovo has announced the ThinkPad 8, a smart looking, Windows-powered 8-inch tablet targeted at professionals.
At the centre of the ThinkPad 8 is an 8.3-inch 1920×1200 display (272 ppi) that is not as pixel-dense as an iPad mini with Retina display but should still be sharp enough its intended use.
On the inside, you get a sturdy aluminium frame construction with a 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom Bay Trail processor mated to 2GB of RAM and the option of 32, 64 or 128GB of onboard storage. There are also an array of ports and slots including a micro HDMI port and a USB 3.0 port making it possible for you to connect the ThinkPad 8 to a monitor and a keyboard and mouse for example. On top of that you get an 8MP rear camera with flash and a variant that supports 4G LTE connectivity.
The ThinkPad 8 goes on sale in the US later this month starting from US$399. No word on whether the device will be coming to Malaysia at the moment.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 is Nokia’s first ever tablet and it ain’t holding back when it comes to dissing the competition. With its new ad, it directly mocks its main competition that’s as “thin as a pencil” urging audience to think if they bought the right tablet.
Aimed at road warriors that wants to reduce the bulk of a laptop, the ad shows off the Lumia 2520 advantage of running Windows 8 RT with Microsoft Office and its physical keyboard that doubles up as an extra battery pack. No doubt the advantage of having Microsoft Office & keyword is a clear win for doing work on the go but the iPad still leads when it comes to entertainment/games with its wide variety of apps.
Nokia has just announced the Lumia 2520, its first attempt in the tablet category that runs on Windows RT 8.1. In terms of design, the Lumia 2520 tablet follows the experience of its current colourful poly-carbonate Lumia smart phones and it comes with a choice of 4 striking colours – Red, Cyan, Black and White. While tablets are moving towards smaller sized 7″-8″ dimensions, Nokia went with a bigger 10.1″ IPS display that boasts a Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 with a claimed viewing angle of 180 degrees. The display also illuminates a rather bright 650 nits, making it rather usable in outdoor conditions.
In terms of processing power, you won’t be disappointed with its top of the line 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, similar to its current flagship Lumia 1520 smart phone. On-board it comes with 32GB of storage which can be expanded with additional 32GB via microSD.
For taking photos and videos, the Lumia 2520 comes with a 6.7MP camera mated with ZEISS optics, a first for tablets. It also comes with a microSIM slot that supports 4G LTE connectivity as well. At the sides, there’s a micro HDMI port and a wider micro USB 3.0 port that’s similar to the one found on the Galaxy Note 3.
Despite having a generous 8,000mAh battery, it still manages to maintain a respectably slim 8.9mm thickness and weighs 615 grams. As comparison, the current 4th gen iPad with Retina Display is 9.4mm thick and 652 grams heavy.
Will this be a game changer? As the first tablet for Nokia, the specs on paper looks promising but the Windows RT operating system has yet to prove itself as a compelling platform.
Head after the break for the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet promo videos and photos.