Thursday, March 31, 2011

Maxis updates its HSBB broadband plans

Maxis launched it’s HSBB service late October last year but you might not be aware of this because it is not as heavily promoted as their mobile broadband offerings. Initially, Maxis had offered only one plan offering a 6Mbps line plus VOIP for RM118/month for existing Maxis and RM158/month for non-Maxis subscribers.
Today, Maxis updated it’s HSBB service with three new plans — 4Mbps with 30GB quota for RM128/month, 6Mbps with 60GB quota for RM158/month and 10Mbps with 60GB quota 100GB quota for RM218/month with varying monthly data quotas. All the plans include VOIP which requires a RM75 deposit (RM300 if you’re not a Malaysian resident).
In addition to the broadband and VOIP packages, Maxis is offering value added services that include music downloads, internet security, IPTV and an integrated inbox. All these offerings however come with separate charges. For more details head on over to Maxis.
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On top of that, Maxis is offering preferential rates to its FTTH customers who would like to sign-up for its 3G broadband service. Based on the previous offering from Maxis, this updated offer is more expensive but does offer a free 3G MiFi if you subscribe to a higher monthly plan.
But having said that, even the add-on 3G plans that offer just a USB dongle has increased in price where previously, you can get a 1.5GB/month 3G broadband plan for RM20, the new plan charges over double that — RM48 for 1.5GB/month.
Similar to UniFi, Maxis charges for RM200 installation for its high-speed broadband plans and all plans come with 24-months contract. Unlike UniFi however, where the equipment that you get is similar no matter what plan you subscribe to, with Maxis, different plans give you different equipment and depending on what equipment you get, you might have to consider the additional cost of purchasing more equipment to make full use of the services offered by the Maxis HSBB plan.
For example, from what it says on the website, if you subscribe to the cheapest Maxis HSBB plan — which is the 4Mbps RM128/month — you get an Aztech (yes, Aztech) DECT phone. This means you’ll have to purchase a FTTH modem separately. This is weird considering the fact that most people would have a phone already so it would make more sense just to offer a FTTH gateway across the board to make the entry cost low.
It looks to us that Maxis is trying to force customers to purchase the more expansive plans because it looks more attractive as the entry costs are low (you don’t have to buy a gateway). In the the long term however, subscription cost is high but more lucrative to Maxis.

Also, do note that this is stated in the terms and conditions
The first 15 metres of fibre cable to the Customers’ premise is free. Should the length required at Customers’ premises exceed the said allocated amount, the extra charges will be borne by the Customer.
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So if your premise requires special or additional cabling, you will have to fork out additional cash.
Comparing Maxis HSBB with UniFi
While we work on a more detailed analysis, just by looking at the numbers, UniFi looks to us like the better buy, offering a good balance of generous equipment package, comparable speeds and data quota plus more value-added services thrown in. But of course this is not definitive, we will have to crunch the numbers to see which HSBB plan really does offer you better value for money.
Maxis HSBB WebTV offering
Currently only five channels are available via Maxis’ HSBB WebTV service, much less than what UniFi has with its HyppTV service. These five channels offered by Maxis are free for three months, though Maxis didn’t say how much it will cost after the three months are up.
The thing that we don’t understand is that considering Maxis and Astro are like “cousins” — because both entities are under the same umbrella group — why can’t Maxis offer a more compelling suite of channels in its IPTV service? No doubt that there are various factors at play here but as a business, if both look at the tremendous gains they could get over the competition by working together, it would negate any downsides that may arise (cannibalism of customers etc). From this perspective, Maxis’ WebTV is rather disappointing. Let’s hope Maxis will ramp up their IPTV content offering post-haste in the coming months.

HTC Incredible S only RM599 for first 300 DiGi subscribers

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Update: We’ve just gotten the above teaser artwork from DiGi. The full details will go up live on DiGi’s website midnight tonight.
We’ve just got this announcement moments ago. The first 300 customers to subscribe to a 24-months DiGi Smartplan contract will be able to purchase the HTC Incredible S for just RM599. From the press release, details are scarce but we’ve sent a series of questions, so let’s hope they get back to us on more info soon.
But here’s what we know:
  • It looks like the offer is opened nationwide. Effectively you can go to any DiGi outlet that has stock of the Incredible S and if you’re the first 300 to sign-up you get to purchase the device at the very low price.
  • DiGi will start selling the HTC Incredible S this weekend, Saturday April 2.
Currently the link — www.digi.com.my/htc — mentioned in the announcement doesn’t work, so while we await more details from DiGi, head on over the jump to read the announcement.

PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT
For immediate publication

DiGi offers HTC Incredible S at RM599 for 1st 300 customers
Shah Alam, 31 March 2011, 8.00 pm: DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (“DiGi”) continues to deliver the best portfolio of smartphones packages in the market with the latest introduction of the highly anticipated Android phone, HTC Incredible S.
On 2 April 2011, the first 300 customers nationwide can buy HTC’s new flagship device at the promotional price of RM599 if they sign a 24-month DG Smartplan contract. The HTC units are currently only available with DiGi and will be on sale at participating DiGi outlets.
These lucky 300 customers will enjoy savings of RM 1,400 from the recommended retail price of RM1,999. After the promotional price, customers can still enjoy great savings under the following plans:
DG Smartplan 12 months: RM 1,449 per unit
DG Smartplan 24 months: RM 1,199 per unit
For more details about the smartphone and locations of participating outlets, log on to www.digi.com.my/htc.

Apple iPad 2 Release in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore in April 2011

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Apple iPad 2 Release in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore in April 2011
According to the Apple press release, 25 more countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK) have got their IPAD2 at March 25, 2011.
iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April, and in many more countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.

When is the Malaysia iPad 2 release date?

If Singapore is getting IPAD2 around April, Malaysia will probably be around June or July?? Hopefully faster as many consumers can't wait for more.... 


World Backup Day 2011 is March 31

World backup day 2011
Today (31 March 2011) is World Backup Day. It was proposed last week by a Reddit user, adamjeff, to serve as a reminder to save all your important data to somewhere secure.
The date is set for March 31st. They have an official site: http://worldbackupday.net and on twitter: @WorldBackupDay
The website explains the importance of backup and the different ways to backup your data. There are also sponsored giveaway for online backup accounts, as well as exclusive offers.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Maxis slashes iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS pricing

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UPDATE: Added iPhone 4 price comparison below. Maxis has removed the Free 3 months WiFi service offer from their page. Their WiFi hotspot service not ready?
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Maxis has started cutting down its iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS 8GB pricing, an expected move before the new iPhone makes its debut. In addition, they are also giving Free Maxis WiFi service for 3 months if you purchase an iPhone with their plans.
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Compared with its initial iPhone 4 pricing, iValue plans bundle price see a reduction of RM100-200 depending on model and contract duration.
Just a few weeks ago, they have introduced iValue Lite plan of RM70/month which is on limited time offer until end of next month. There’s no change on the iPhone 4 pricing for the Lite plan except for the 24 months contract price for the 32GB iPhone 4 which was reduced from RM2390 to RM2290.
Check out the iPhone 4 pricing here and 3GS 8GB here.
Comparison of price difference after the break.

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Firefox 4 for Android now official


Firefox 4 for Android is finally official after several beta releases. We tried their Firefox 4 Beta 1 which was rather horrid but Mozilla had constantly improved with each release after that. In fact, the latest beta release we tried on a Samsung Galaxy Tab worked pretty well and it is no wonder they have made it official today.
So what’s great about Firefox 4 for Android? Well, it extends your desktop Firefox experience to your mobile device from synced bookmarks, history and even open tabs on your desktop computer. In addition, you can add on more functions with Firefox Add-ons. It also supports full HTML5.
To download, grab it from the Android Market, while Maemo users can download theirs here http://www.mozilla.com/m/

10 iPad Games Worth Paying For

1. Civilization Revolution


If you’ve played any version of Sid Meier’s award-winning Civilization franchise, you’ll be instantly familiar with the iPad app. It compares very favorably with the versions of Civilization Revolution that brought the original PC strategy series to consoles, and will have a very small learning curve for anyone who has played the title on other platforms.
If you’re not already familiar with the franchise, it may be easier to think of Civilization as a modern-day version of Risk, in which you choose a historical figure to lead your civilization in a turn-based scaled progression of time. As you turn your tiny village into a thriving metropolis, animated advisers help guide you through the finer points of diplomacy with your adversaries and scientific advancement through research. Unlike Risk, however, there is more than one path to victory — in addition to world domination, you can also win a match by technological advancement, cultural growth, or economic achievement.
Several difficulty levels allow you to scale up as you master the various aspects of the game. If you’re already a fan of Civilization or the strategy and management genre in general, our only caveat is the many hours you may lose to this $12.99 title.
Get it: Civilization Revolution for $12.99

2. N.O.V.A. HD


Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance (N.O.V.A) HD reminds us of a certain other four-letter space FPS franchise and that’s not at all a bad thing. If you’re looking for a Halo-esque sci-fi shooter for your iPad, it’s definitely worth giving N.O.V.A. a try.
The game controls are simple and intuitive, with a virtual pad supplying character movement, finger-swiped camera controls, aim-assist and other shooter essentials like weapon selection, a reloading mechanism, and grenades. The iPad’s touchscreen is used to great effect here, making N.O.V.A. HD feel arguably more at home here than on its iPhone version cousin. Visuals and production values are high, and voice acting adds depth to the experience as well.
Although the title is undoubtedly derivative of Halo, and the storyline cribs a number of sci-fi action cliches, N.O.V.A. is still loads of fun to fire up and shoot some baddies. You may even find yourself marveling that this type of experience is happening on a portable device.
Get it: N.O.V.A. HD for $6.99

3. Plants vs. Zombies HD


If you’ve ever played PopCap’s Plants vs. Zombies in any of its various versions for iPhone, Mac, PC or Web, you’ll be right at home with the iPad version. It’s essentially the same zombie-slaying action strategy goodness in larger, eye-popping resolution.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing “PvZ” yet, it’s well worth a first try in this format. The premise is to prevent your home from being invading by incessantly spawning zombies of varying abilities. You’ll need to use an arsenal of different plant types with different skills along with various obstacles to slow down and destroy the oncoming hordes over multiple levels. With four different game modes to choose from and lots of replayability factor, this creative and humorous title is one to consider picking up.
Get it: Plants vs. Zombies HD for $9.99

4. Labyrinth 2 HD


Fans of the original Labyrinth for the iPhone will enjoy this new version of the popular maze game, and even moreso thanks to the increased screen real estate on the iPad. As one of the titles making exceptional use of the accelerometer function, this reasonably-priced puzzle game emulates the original analog wooden puzzles in which you navigate a steel ball through a maze, avoiding obstacles along the way to get to the end.
With oodles of challenging levels featuring obstacles galore, there’s no shortage of fun gameplay in this app. Multiplayer mode adds a whole additional dimension to the game, and yet another really cool feature is the level editor which allows you to create your own obstacle courses, share them with your friends, and download custom maps created by other players.
Get it: Labyrinth 2 HD for $7.99

5. Real Racing HD


Firemint’s Real Racing HD is a good option for fans of racing titles, with your choice of five different control schemes that make varying use of the iPad’s accelerometer. In addition to a number of different track challenges available in several modes including career, quick race and time trial, you also get the ability to extensively personalize your vehicles with custom photos and skins.
Get it: Real Racing HD for $9.99

6. Mirror’s Edge


If you’ve played the console version of EA’s innovative and critically-acclaimed Mirror’s Edge, you’ll probably be delightfully surprised by this smaller, iPad version. In this side-scrolling rendition of the original first person action-adventure, you navigate through a stylishly-rendered dystopian cityscape as protagonist Faith.
In the iPad version, finger swipes send Faith leaping over, sliding under, or wall-running and more around obstacles in her path. Getting into a consistent groove helps Faith pick up speed to achieve ever more death-defying leaps across rooftops, off of buildings onto precarious scaffolding, across chasms to crane-held beams and more. Interspersed cut scenes keep you engaged in the storyline as well, and multiplayer modes provide the ability to race through the city against your friends.
At $12.99, it’s one of the more expensive titles in this list, but in our opinion the silky smooth acrobatics and compelling world creation are well worth the expense.
Get it: Mirror’s Edge for $12.99

7. MiniGore HD


This quirky action shoot ‘em up has you piloting a series of comical avatars through the stylishly “dark wilderness of Hardland,” fending off furry creatures and various flavors of enemy. With 14 unique playable characters and a choice between dead easy and original dual-stick shooter control options, this playful title is a perfect bit of instant fun.
Get it: MiniGore HD for $4.99

8. Geometry Wars: Touch


Activision’s popular Xbox Live Arcade twin-stick shooter Geometry Wars gets an iPad-flavored update in this app. The action is controlled by two virtual sticks, but their position is not fixed and you can determine your own comfortable position for holding your iPad and playing — simply drop your thumb in a new position to create a new stick location. One stick controls the motion of your iconic spaceship with the other controlling the direction you shoot.
You can unlock different gameplay modes by mastering earlier levels, and gameplay is enhanced with an appropriately frenetic soundtrack and sound effects.
Get it: Geometry Wars: Touch for $4.99

9. Diner Dash: Grilling Green


Diner Dash as a restaurant-themed time-management strategy game is already well known. Diner Dash: Grilling Green for iPad has been built as a completely new title for the platform. You play as Flo, a former stockbroker, who has left the life of high finance to own and operate her own diner. You’ll need to seat customers, take their orders, inform the cook and deliver the food before they get too antsy.
The iPad-specific Grilling Green edition features a healthy eating theme, in which Flo embarks on a mission to serve “DinerTown” denizens greener, healthier foods. Players of previous titles will be happy to find new tricks in Flo’s arsenal to help her move patrons through the restaurant swiftly enough to avoid being overwhelmed by incoming customers.
Get it: Diner Dash: Grilling Green for $4.99

10. Radio Flare REDUX HD


The mechanics of this game are similar to the twin-stick shooting action of Geometry Wars, but are enhanced with an additional rhythm action component. A pulsating electronica soundtrack accompanies your flying ship on its mission to destroy bad guys by stringing together attacks as your craft moves and shoots to the beat.
Featuring a licensed soundtrack from a number of A-list techno and house producers, Radio Flare includes 33 different planetary levels to groove and blast through. Unlockable rewards provide new challenges and a Visualizer mode lets you cruise through levels without enemies to appreciate the eye-popping visuals and pumping tunes.
Get it: Radio Flare REDUX HD for $4.99

30 Blog’s That Make A Lot Of Money Online

Rank Website Owner Monthly Earnings Main Income
1
The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington $2,330,000 Pay Per Click
2
Mashable Pete Cashmore $560,000 Advertising Banners
3
Perez Hilton Mario Lavandeira $450,000 Advertising Banners
4
Techcrunch Michael Arrington $400,000 Advertising Banners
5
Smashing Magazine Vitaly Friedman $190,000 Advertising Banners
6
Timothy Sykes Timothy Sykes $150,000 Affiliate Sales
7
Gothamist Jake Dobkin $110,000 Pay Per Click
8 Tuts Plus Collis Taeed $110,000 Membership Area
9
Car Advice Alborz Fallah $70,000 Advertising Banners
10 Venture Beat Matt Marshall $62,000 Pay Per Click
11 Slash Gear Ewdison Then $60,000 Pay Per Click
12 Life Hacker Nick Denton $60,000 Advertising Banners
13 Dooce Heather B. Armstrong $50,000 Pay Per Click
14
Steve Pavlina Steve Pavlina $45,000 Pay Per Click
15 Talking Point Memo Joshua Micah Marshall $45,000 Advertising Banners
16
Problogger Darren Rowse $40,000 Advertising Banners
17
Kotaku Nick Denton $32,000 Advertising Banners
18
Shoemoney Jeremy Schoemaker $30,000 Private Advertising
19
Coolest Gadgets Allan Carlton $30,000 Advertising Banners
20
JohnChow John Chow $29,000 Affiliate Sales
21
SmartPassiveIncome Pat Flynn $21,500 Affiliate Commissions
22 Joystiq AOL $18,000 CPM Advertising
23 PC Mech David Risley $16,000 Affiliate Sales
24 Freelance Switch Collis Ta’eed $15,000 Membership Area
25
Abduzeedo Fabio Sasso $12,000 Advertising Banners
26
Sizlopedia Saad Hamid $11,000 Pay Per Click
27
Overhead in New York Michael Malice $9,000 Advertising Banners
28
Six Revisions Jacob Gube $9,000 Advertising Banners
29
Noupe Noupe $8,000 Advertising Banners
30
Retire at 21 Michael Dunlop $5,000 Affiliate Sales

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

LG Handphones-I like C305

http://www.lg.com/my/mobile-phones/all-phones/index.jsp

RCP RM 449 MRP (East Msia)

 
This mobile phone has Qwerty candybar keyboard. In the back side of LG C305 phone equipped with camera and loudspeaker. Audio port 3.5 mm, volume pad and microUSB port are on the left and right side. This cell phone has 4 navigation keys, they are: Ok, left and right soft key, call, end and full Qwerty keypad. There are six icons on phone layout: Profile, SNS, SMS, email, calendar and media.
This mobile phone uses grid design on primary menu, each has 12 icons and animation effect appears when flashing the icons. You can change into list design as well. LG C305 use EDGE, USB cable, Bluetooth wireless, and WiFi to connect computer, internet and other media. There are 2 modes when connecting to computer through USB cable: mass storage and PC Suite. By using mass storage mode, you need to put external memory first. To connect to WiFi, you can just access it through primary menu.
There are two kinds of ways connecting to internet, by original browser provided by this mobile phone and Opera mini 5. This cell phone uses camera with resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels, equipped with flash light for additional light. Standard set up for brightness, picture resolution size, timer, picture quality, effect color and white balance. Viewfinder of this mobile phone displays object fully screens. On music player, you can play last file that you are playing on, and sort music collection based on playlist, singer name, album or music genre. Equipped by FM Radio, and you can play this feature through music menu. The other features is SNS, Opera mini, and Windows live messenger (MSN).LG C305
Specification
Network : GPRS / EDGE / GSM Quadband
Dimension : 116 x 61.9 x 11.9 mm
Weight : 89.5 gram
Screen : TFT 256 thousands color, 320 x 240 pixel, 2.4 inches
Camera : 2 MP (1600 x 1200)
Connectivity : Bluetooth v2.1 A2DP, microUSB 2.0, GPRS 1.0, EDGE 1.0, WiFi
Memory : 15 Mb Internal, MicroSD up to 4 Gb External
Battery : Li-ion 900 mAh
Other features : Java MIDP, Music player, Video player, FM Radio, Radio recorder

Monday, March 28, 2011

Test Drive Proton MPV Exora dan Berpeluang Menangi RM6,000!

By now, semua dah tahu yang Exora adalah "multi purpose vehicle (MPV)" keluaran Proton. Ciri-ciri penting Exora adalah tempat duduk yang luas yang mempunyai 7 seaters. So secara ringkasnya ialah merangkumi SPACE:
  • Safety (Keselamatan)
  • Performance (Prestasi)
  • Advanced Styling (Penggayaan Terkini)
  • Comfort (Keselesaan)
  • Economical (Penjimatan)
Buat julung kali, Proton akan memberi peluang untuk VIP test drive (pandu uji) bermula 23 April 2011. Di samping test drive, anda berpeluang untuk memenangi hadiah tunai berjumlah RM6,000. Apa lagi, jom kita terjah.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Malaysia cars below RM50,000--Suzuki Alto/ Kia Picanto

Malaysian are living harder today under the pressure of inflation, with most houses selling above RM300k,and yet salary remain stagnant for the pass 10 years since 1997 economic crisis, we need to look for other ways to live. Today, I'll show you some of the cars for budget tight buyers, which is below RM50,000, besides our local proton and perodua. You can now consider these overseas cars also for your pleasure and not pressure.

Suzuki Alto
Suzuki Alto Image Gallery

 Suzuki Alto Image Gallery

Suzuki  Alto, which is an A-segment rival to the Perodua Viva and Hyundai i10. This subcompact is imported CBU from Maruti Suzuki in India, which is the global production hub for this model.
Powered by a 996cc three-cylinder engine, the lightweight Alto (880 kg for the manual, 915 kg for the auto) is pushed on by 67 bhp and 90 Nm of torque. For comparison, the Viva EZi weighs 810 kg and has 60 bhp/90 Nm from its 989cc triple. The Alto’s K10B engine is paired to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox. The latter features a gated shifter, just like in big brother Swift.
The Alto’s 3,500 mm length is 75 mm shorter than the Viva, while its 2,360 mm wheelbase is 30 mm shorter than the Perodua. The locally made car also has a 60 mm taller roof. All these are obvious when you see the Alto in the metal – its shape is more rakish and “sportier” (0.30 drag coefficient) than the box-like Viva. The Suzuki is also significantly wider. Under the skin, the Alto sits on MacPherson struts up front and a 3-link rigid axle at the back. The front ventilated discs brakes work with rear drums. It rides on 155/65 R14 Goodyear GT3 tyres.

Three variants are available:
1.0 Manual GA – RM 44,888 (on-the-road without insurance)
1.0 Auto GLX – RM 49,999 (on-the-road without insurance)
1.0 Auto GSX (Premium Package) – RM 54,888 (on-the-road without insurance)

Kia Picanto


The KIA Picanto is not a very famous car in Malaysia. But then, there still will be a fan of this car. It does look kind a cute for a compact car. But challenged faced by the Picanto by our local compact car,the  Perodua Kelisa, Viva and Kancil is just to great.And for your information, the current Picanto is marketed in Malaysia as the Naza Suria.
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On the outside, the new Picanto receives a new high-gloss black rear garnish, redesigned 15-inch “Black Luxury” sport rims, larger side mirrors with turn signals, and high-gloss black side sills. A new Lime color is added for 2010.
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Inside, the facelifted Picanto gets a sportier, four-spoke steering wheel, updated door trim, updated upholstery materials and redesigned gauges, while interior also benefits from new options such as folding type remote key and rear view camera, connected to small LCD display, placed inside the rear-view mirror. Every Picanto has also been equipped with the so-called Eco Assist system that guides the driver to drive in the most economical way.
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Other than all the cosmetic upgrades, the Picanto had an engine treatment as well. The hood is now filled with an updated 1.0L four-cyl. engine that packs 72 horsepower.While this engine churns out 8 hp more than pre-updated unit, it still manages to achieve 5% better fuel consumption ratings (20km/L). For the Korean market there is another option of engine, which is a 67-horsepower LPI engine that runs on liquefied petroleum gas.
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The 2010 Kia Picanto had been sold in the South Korean Market with prices ranging from 7.06 million Won (RM19,800) to 9.77 million Won (Rm27,200) for gasoline engine powered model. Anf the LPI version price starts from 8.85 million Won (RM24.680) and tops at 10.3 million Won (RM28,860). And of course the price is before any import duties and taxes.

Look at Naza Kia websites for prices:
PICANTO 1.1L LS (A/T) 1.1L EX (A/T)
Peninsular Malaysia RM RM
Private Registration 44,500.00 46,800.00
Company Registration 45,022.10 47,324.70

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Top 10 Must Have iPhone Apps for Bloggers

The web is going mobile and it is going faster than anyone can think. Majority of the bloggers are now using their iPhone or similar style phones to jot down ideas, write entire posts, stay connected and so much more. In this showcase we will be highlighting some of the most essential iPhone Apps for bloggers.

1. WordPress for iPhone

WordPress for iPhone
Introducing the only iPhone app that lets you write posts, upload photos, edit pages, and manage comments on your blog from your iPhone or iPod Touch. With support for both WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress (2.7 or higher), users of all experience levels can get going in seconds.

2. Shape Writer

Shape Writer for iPhone
Store notes and send email using ShapeWriter on your iPhone. ShapeWriter is a revolutionary text input technology that enables you to enter text into the iPhone by tracing word shapes rather than typing letters. Each shape traced on the soft keyboard with your finger is recognized as a word. Error correction is fast and easy. For rare names and acronyms, type only once and you will be able to shape write the next time. Shape writing is many times more efficient than letter-based handwriting recognition.

3. Twitterrific

Twitterrific for iPhone
A fun application that lets you read and publish posts (called “tweets”) on the Twitter social network. Stay connected with friends, family, and co-workers through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

4. EverNote

Evernote
Evernote helps you remember everything from your real and digital life using whatever device or platform you find most convenient.
Evernote for iPhone is part of the Evernote service. With it, you can take notes, snap photos, create to-do lists. and record audio. Everything is seamlessly synchronized with the web, and made available across all the devices and platforms you use, including iPhone, Evernote for Mac, Evernote Web, and Evernote for Windows.
Snap photos of any thing from whiteboards to business cards to wine labels, and Evemote will make the text within those images searchable.
Need something from last week or last year? Evernote instantly connects to the Evernote web service so you can get what you need. Find what you’re looking for by searching or filtering by tag, date, location. and more.

5. Jott for iPhone

Jott for iPhone
Jott is a voice-to-text transcription service. Instead of typing out your long emails using iPhone’s keyboard, with Jott all you have to do is start speaking into the recording interface, and it’ll show up in your Jott notes. You can then forward the Jott e-mail to whomever you want. This is a real time saver.

6. Byline

Byline for iPhone
Simply use your free Google Reader account to subscribe to websites you’d like to keep track of. Byline will automatically bring you new content, putting thousands of RSS and Atom feeds at your fingertips. When you read an item, it stays read. The same goes for the items you star: Byline will let Google Reader know the next time you have an internet connection. Even when you have no internet connection, Byline’s offline browsing feature gives you instant access to complete web pages. Perfect for flights, subway journeys, and (if you’re an iPod Touch owner) those long dry spells between Wi-Fi zones. Byline will cache the web pages linked to by your notes, starred items, and (optionally) new items. This allows you to save any news item you read and any website you visit for offline browsing.

7. Omnifocus

Omnifocus for iPhone
OmniFocus for the iPhone brings task management to your fingertips.
  1. Keep track of actions by project, place, person, or date.
  2. Bring up a shopping list, agenda items to discuss at work, tasks for home, and any other lists you need.
  3. Using your location, OmniFocus can create a custom list of actions to complete nearby.
  4. Buying groceries? OmniFocus can show you the closest grocery store and create an instant shopping list.

8. Fring for iPhone

Fring for iPhone
The best IM/messaging client that combines Google Talk, AIM, Skype, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Twitter, plus VoIP calls over Wi-Fi in one lightweight app. So now you can tweet, call your clients over skype, chat on your favorite IM tool and get your work down when you are outside with your iphone.

9. Pixel Pipe

Pixelpipe for iPhone
PixelPipe is a free and most complete photo sharing app that lets users easily send and geotag their photos to any of 50 supported sites including Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Seesmic, Facebook, FriendFeed, Tumblr, WordPress, and others.

10. Air Sharing

Airsharing for iPhone
Mount your iPhone or iPod touch as a wireless drive on any Mac, Windows, or Linux computer, so you can Drag-drop files between your iPhone or iPod touch and your computers. This app is very handy especially if you do not have your cord.
If you are an iPhone user, which app do you use? Share them with other bloggers if you think your apps are useful.

Friday, March 25, 2011

iPad 2 goes on sale in 25 markets

Hundreds of customers lined up outside Apple stores in Australia and New Zealand today for the international launch of the iPad 2, which has flown off the shelves in the United States leaving the company struggling to meet demand.

Analysts forecast some 1 million devices may have been sold in the first weekend of the launch in the United States, but many warn that it’s not clear how supply constraints will affect availability following the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

The iPad 2, a thinner and faster version that features two cameras for video chat, was introduced in the United States on March 11. But some would-be buyers have expressed frustration at how difficult it has been to secure one of the wildly popular tablet computers, sparking speculation Apple misjudged demand.

It went on sale in New Zealand at 0400 GMT. One store in Wellington was allocated just 12 of the gadgets and they were snapped up in a matter of minutes.

Sales kick off in Australia at 0600 GMT and then roll out to other countries including France, the United Kingdom, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, and Spain.

“If it wasn’t for the iPad, I wouldn’t be in Australia right now,” said Alex Lee, a backpacker from Canada, who was the first in the queue outside the glass-fronted Apple store in Sydney’s central business district. He said he diverted his travels from Singapore to attend the launch.

“It’s like a habit. I’ve also lined up on Regent Street in London for the iPhone”, added Lee, who had a folding chair and blanket and had spent two nights waiting.

Apple staff in Sydney, dressed in the company’s blue branded shirts , handed out trays of sandwiches to those in the queue, some of whom had bedded down on blankets overnight before being awoken by bright sunshine.

Its retail price in Australia starts at A$579 ($568), against $499 in the United States. The iPad 1 started selling in Australia from A$629 when it was launched.

In Wellington, staff at electronics retailer JB HiFi said they had only received about a dozen iPad 2s and they were snapped up in about 10 minutes. A sales assistant said the store did know when the next delivery would come in.

The first iPad, which went on sale a year ago, sold 500,000 units in the first week and crossed the 1 million unit mark in 28 days. Nearly 15 million iPads were sold in nine months of 2010, two or three times as many as analysts had predicted.

Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said on Tuesday the company was “working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.” Fiona Martin, a spokeswoman for Apple in Australia, declined to comment on whether there was enough stock to meet demand. “We don’t comment on speculation, we’ve got plenty down there for all those folk that are in the queue.”

A prospective buyer in Wellington, 22-year-old student Ian MacDonald, said he had held off buying the first generation iPad because it lacked a camera and he wanted any bugs ironed out.

“This version looks way better, with the cameras and it beats all the other tablets because there are so many apps (applications),” he said.

Myles Jihme, a student from Malaysia, waiting outside the Apple store in Sydney said he intended to buy two iPads, the maximum allowed by Apple, and would auction one for charity. “All the profits from the sale will go to Japan’s disaster fund,” he said.

In addition to Friday’s roll out, the iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and other countries in April.

Apple now faces increased competition from rivals. Samsung Electronics and Motorola have tablets on the market and Blackberry-maker Research In Motion and Hewlett-Packard Co are set to release tablets in coming months.

JAPAN SUPPLY WOES

Analysts are also concerned that Apple will face shortages of key components for the iPad 2 because of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan two weeks ago.

Several key components in the new version of Apple’s popular iPad come from Japan, including the battery and the flash memory used to store music and video on the device, according to IT research house iSuppli .

Apple delayed sales of the iPad 2 in Japan, but has said that had nothing to do with any component shortages. Analysts say it’s too early to gauge the extent of component supply shortages, while the wait time on delivery of online orders has shortened to 3-4 weeks in recent days from as high as 6-7 weeks, suggesting component shortages have not reached critical levels.

“The quake will have an effect on supplies of the iPad, since some parts come from Japan,” said Akira Minamikawa, Vice President at iSuppli in Tokyo.

“It’s too early to say how far production will be affected.
But there are a number of iPad parts manufacturers, including Toshiba and Hitachi for LCD panels, while Toshiba also makes flash memory.”

In Taiwan, the CFO of TPK Holdings , a major supplier of touch screens to companies that include Apple, said it has had no problems with supplies because it has many secondary sources outside of Japan.

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co , a contract manufacturer and subsidiary of Foxconn that is heavily reliant on Apple’s business, said it does not expect supply problems in the near-term.

Most of the Japanese factories that are thought to supply Apple with parts are situated well away from the earthquake-hit area, still distribution of supplies is expected to be hit by nationwide fuel shortages.

Apple’s clout in the supply chain means investors remain confident - for now - that it enjoys priority and can secure critical components ahead of competing manufacturers. Still, Apple is unlikely to avoid a hit from the disruption in Japan, analysts said.

“We think the disruption especially for chemical materials could continue throughout Q2 and when the components become absent, it’s inevitable that Apple would be affected,” said Calvin Huang, an analyst at Daiwa in Hong Kong.

“Then we will see a situation that customers will have to wait for months for an iPad to arrive after placing an order.” - Reuters

Read more: iPad 2 goes on sale in 25 markets http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_News/BTIMES/articles/20110325171343/Article/index_html#ixzz1HcNRdTQR

Thursday, March 24, 2011

2011 BMW 7-Series

Overview
BMW's flagship offering is none other than the 7 Series; it is offered in more configurations than the BMW's 3 Series. In addition, the 7 Series is offered with 10 different configurations. Despite the fact that this vehicle is a big sedan, the cabin space is tight. The only time that the larger size of the vehicle is realized is when the vehicle is being parked. However, the 7 Series has plenty of gadgets that will assist in parking endeavors.The 7 Series sports a 4.4 L V-8 turbocharged motor sufficient enough to power the large vehicle. The car buyer can also choose from a V-12 engine offering if there is a desire for more power on the road. The 7 Series remains flat and poised while handling on-the-road curves.The 2011 7 Series is built with xDrive, all-wheel drive for the first time since its creation in car buyers can also choose from 3.0 L in-line six engine in base models. Transmission offerings include a six speed or eight-speed automatic transmission, depending upon which trim the car buyer chooses.

The Range

Bodystyles: Sedan
Engines: 3.0L turbocharged I-6, 4.4L turbocharged V-8, 6.0L turbocharged V-12
Transmissions: 8-speed automatic, 6-speed automatic
Models: 740i, 740Li, 750i, 750i xDrive, 750Li xDrive, 760Li, Alpina B7, Alpina B7 long wheelbase, 750i ActiveHybrid, 750Li ActiveHybrid

What's New

The 2011 750i and 750Li are the first 7 Series models ever to be offered with BMW's xDrive All-Wheel-Drive system, and for the first time since the early 90's, the 740i will be available with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 engine. While the 760i gets an all new V-12 putting out 535 horsepower at 5,250 rpm, with maximum torque of 550 lb-ft from just 1,500 rpm.

Exterior

If it's not a breakthrough design like Gen IV's was back in 2001, the changes created by Chris Bangle and Adrian Hooydonck are still effective in making this 16.65-ft sedan's musculature look more defined and lending it a lower, sportier stance. The 750iL now even has its own roofline to help prevent it looking simply like a "stretched" standard sedan. The new 7 can most readily be ID'd by the chromed gill on both side panels, which also integrates the side blinker. The new look, the roof, doors, hood, and front fenders all are fashioned of aluminum for weight savings where they count, high up in the structure.

Interior

Ample space doesn't do justice to what you get with the 7 Series. A power driver's seat is standard across the range, as is air conditioning, cruise control and an AM/FM/Satellite radio with CD player and MP3 connectivity. The trunk is large, with a capacity of 15.1 cubic-feet.

Performance & Handling

For 2011 BMW is offering more engine options than ever before for the 7 Series: the 300 horsepower turbo I-6 in the 740, the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 in the 750i, and the 6.0-liter turbo V-12 in the 760. All 7 Series models are equipped with Driving Dynamics Control, which enables the driver to select from four progressively sporty driving programs with the touch of a button.

Safety

Dual front, side seat mounted airbags, curtain first and second row overhead airbags, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, active head restraints, traction and stability control are all standard.

EPA Fuel Economy

740i: 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway
740Li: 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway
750i: 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway
750i xDrive: 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway
750Li xDrive: 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway
760Li: 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway
Alpina B7: 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway
Alpina B7 long wheelbase: 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway
750 ActiveHybrid: 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway
750Li ActiveHybrid: 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway

Sign Up for Digi Explore 10GB Plan and Get Asus EeePC Netbook + Modem for Free

Digi Broadband is currently running a great promotion that gives you a Asus Eee PC R101 netbook and a broadband modem (worth RM1,259) for free when you sign up for the DiGi Explore 10GB broadband plan with a commitment for 24 months.

If you are a broadband user who regularly runs bandwidth-heavy services like Youtube, Facebook games, P2P file sharing application etc, this promo is worth a look. By signing up the promo, you can now enjoy a 10GB monthly bandwidth and get yourself a free Asus Eee PC R101 netbook (read the netbook specs) and modem.
The RM 108 per month broadband package costs RM 2,592 for 2-years contract (RM 108 x 24 months), can be paid with two payment options. Payment can be made in full cash payment of RM2,592 or via credit card, with the 0% credit card easy payment plan. The easy payment plan is only valid for credit card issued by HSBC Bank, Public Bank, Maybank, Hong Leong Bank, Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank.
The promotion is valid from March 1 until May 31, 2011. You can sign up for the offer at the selected outlets, visit this page to find the nearest outlet in your neighbourhood. For more details, visit the promo page here.

Download Angry Birds Rio for iPhone and iPad

Angry Birds Rio, the much-anticipated sequel to Angry Birds, has just been released by Rovio Mobile and is now available for download on iPhone and iPad.

This version of Angry Birds game that’s a tie-in to the upcoming “Rio” animated movie (which hits theaters April 15), features two fantastic episodes with 60 exciting levels and a completely new achievements. Plus, there are special hidden fruits waiting for you to discover and also you can put your Angry Birds skills to the ultimate test in a spectacular boss fight!
Some descriptions and gameplay trailer on Angry Birds Rio.
In Angry Birds Rio, the original Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to the magical city of Rio de Janeiro, where they eventually escape their captors and set out to to save their friends, Blu and Jewel – two rare macaws and the stars of the upcoming Fox motion picture, Rio. Angry Birds Rio will pair the physics-based gameplay of the original game with unique twists based on the film.

More screenshots from Angry Birds Rio.




There are two version available for purchase via iTunes, Angry Birds Rio (at 99 cents) for iPhone and iPod touch, and Angry Birds Rio HD (at $2.99) for iPad.
Update : There is a free version of Angry Birds Rio for download. It contains six levels and other remaining levels (not sure how many of them) will be updated monthly with three new levels every month.

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