Monday, August 26, 2013

ASUS to launch MeMO Pad HD 7 in Malaysia in Mid August

ASUS Malaysia has been teasing the launch of MeMO Pad HD 7 on its official website as well as on Facebook since early this month. Well, the wait is about to be over because the Taiwanese company will bring the tablet to Malaysia in mid August.
ASUS Memo Pad HD 7
According to a spokesperson from ASUS Malaysia, they will announce MeMO Pad HD 7 in a media event on August 14. FYI, the tablet was first unveiled earlier last month at Computex Taipei 2013. The tablet may hit stores as early as August 15, a week after the Raya celebration.
To recap on the specs, ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 features a 7-inch HD IPS display with 1280 x 800 resolution and 170 degree wide viewing angles. The tablet is powered by an ARM Cortex A7 quad-core processor with 1GB of memory and storage option of 8GB or 16GB. There is a microSD card slot to expand the storage. 16GB of free one-year ASUS WebStorage is also included.
Other features include a 1.2MP front-facing HD camera, a 5MP rear camera and a micro-USB socket. The tablet runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
No detail on the pricing as well as the model that the company will be bringing to Malaysia. Our strong feeling tell us that only 16GB model will make it to local market and the price for the tablet shall be in the region of RM600 to RM700.
[UPDATED 31/7/2013] It’s confirmed. ASUS Malaysia will launch 16GB MeMO Pad HD 7 and other products as well on August 14. The press event will give consumers a glimpse at overall 2nd half intro of ASUS product line-up.
ASUS Press Event August 14

ASUS Malaysia announced new ASUSPRO Series Business Notebook

ASUS Malaysia has unveiled two new ASUSPRO series business notebooks in a media event which took place two days ago.
One being the ASUSPRO B ADVANCED BU400 ultrabook while another is the ASUSPRO P ESSENTIAL P45 notebook. Both devices are targeted to professional users and small to medium-sized businesses.
CN Ng, Country Product Manager of Commercial Business and Jimmy Lin, the ASUS Malaysia Country Manager, were both present in the event.
ASUS Malaysia announced ASUSPRO series business notebooks

2013 Toyota Vios now open for booking in Malaysia

Estimated prices have been announced too, ranging from RM73,200 for the base 1.5J manual to RM93,200 for the range topping 1.5 TRD Sportivo. 
The new model carries a tag line of “Value Beyond Belief”, featuring “class above fuel economy and high performance along with the safety and durability that Toyota is known for.” Also claimed is an interior with high quality materials, a more spacious cabin with improved legroom, larger trunk capacity, plus enhanced comfort and handling stability.

vios fb teaser
Common to all trim levels is the familiar 1.5 litre 1NZ-FE, which produces 109 PS at 6,000 rpm and 141 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm, paired to the tried and trusted four-speed auto (or five-speed manual in the 1.5J MT).
We now have the official local spec/equipment breakdown as well as the kit list, which includes new things like a push start button and the optional touch-screen DVD-AVN unit with reverse camera and voice command.

Volvo V40 launched in Malaysia – RM174k to RM199k

Volvo V40 has just been launched in Malaysia, in three model variants ranging from RM173,888 to RM198,888. It’s a mid-sized hatchback aimed at both the semi-premium Volkswagen Golf segment as well as the true blue upmarket Mercedes-Benz A-Class and the upcoming BMW 1 Series market.
The three variants available are the V40 T4 (RM173,888), V40 T5 (RM188,888) and the V40 Cross Country T5 (RM198,888; all on the road prices, excluding insurance)

Powering the entry-level V40 T4 is the familiar Ford-sourced 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine already found in the current S60 and V60 T4. It gets 180 hp and 240 Nm of torque (plus an extra 30 Nm on transient overboost), paired to a six-speed dual-clutch PowerShift transmission. The 0-100 km/h sprint in 8.5 seconds, on to a 225 km/h top speed.
The V40 T5 and the sole V40 Cross Country gets a brand new 2.0 litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine with 213 hp and 300 Nm of torque. It’s built off Volvo’s own 2.5 litre five-pot motor and gets a different six-speed Geartronic torque converter auto ‘box. The T5 raises performance to 6.9 seconds and 230 km/h (Cross Country is limited to 210 km/h).
All three variants are front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive is unavailable at launch), with the V40 T4 managing a combined fuel economy of 6.1 litres per 100 km and the quicker T5 and Cross Country models rated at 7.5 l/100km. Euro 5 emissions classification is met across the range.
Equipment list varies depending on model. On the outside, the T4 makes do with 16-inch five-spoke ‘Matres’ wheels, while the T5’s are an inch larger in ‘Segomo’ design (pictured on the grey car here). The V40 Cross Country meanwhile gets its own 17-inch six-spoke ‘Larenta’ wheels as standard (optional 19-inch ‘Alecto’ items are fitted on the display car).

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Lenovo Yoga vs iPad

Lenovo Yoga vs iPad
Check out Microsoft’s latest ad for Windows 8. In this one, Microsoft wants to tell you that a Windows 8 computer is way better than an iPad but must it always be this way?
From Nokia to Samsung to Microsoft, why are brands so preoccupied with Apple? From a competitor, these types of ad elevate Apple to a higher status. It’s like Apple products are the gold standard. If a product is not directly compared to something Apple, it doesn’t have a reason to exist. Yes, Apple makes amazing products but it doesn’t mean no one else can make amazing products as well.
The Yoga is a great enough hybrid computer and it doesn’t need an Apple product to justify its existence.
So brands, please stop comparing yourself with Apple in ads, it’s getting lame, and at the end of the day, Apple wins.

iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C First Wave to Hit Stores September 20

Rumours about the new iPhones are rife and the latest one reported by Japan’s Nikkei says that the first wave of iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C shipments will hit Japan on September 20.
Japan, like the US and a few other key markets, were among the first countries to start selling the iPhone 5 and if Nikkei’s sources are reliable, it’s a good indication of when we can expect the new iPhones to hit Malaysia. If we had to guess, it would be somewhere between November and December perhaps even as early as October. What’s certain is that Celcom, DiGi and Maxis will offer the new iPhones at the same time.
Persistent rumours say that Apple is working on two new iphones. One will be an update of the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 will receive the “S” moniker and a minor refresh with an updated processor, improved camera hardware including a dual-LED flash as well as an embedded fingerprint scanner. There’s also a new gold color option on the same anodised aluminium body.
The other new iPhone is rumoured to be a mid-range contender called iPhone 5C. Hardware specs are expected to meet a price point down to the rumoured plastic body. The device is said to be offered in numerous colours and should be priced around US$400 about RM1,330 at today’s exchange rate.
Apple is expected to make the announcement about the new iPhones on September 10 in the US (early September 11 in Malaysia).

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

← Previous Post Plants vs Zombies 2 has arrived at iTunes App Store (Finally!)

After making soft landing in Australia and New Zealand earlier last month and missed out the July 18 global launch date, PopCap Games has finally launched the Plants vs Zombies 2 game at iTunes App Store. The game is now available as free download for iOS devices including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Android users have to wait a little longer.
Plants vs Zombies 2
Plants vs Zombies 2 : It’s About Time has similar classic gameplay, just that now you have to defend the lawn from brain-eating zombies through time. There are three new worlds to explore - The Wild West, Ancient Egypt, and The Future. There are more than 60 levels to play with.
Plants vs Zombies 2 - Ancient Egypt
Expect to see new plants and zombies. Plus, the game introduces plant food to supercharge your plants and you can get rid of zombies using your finger power. You can use your fingers to pinch, flick and zap zombies off your lawn.
Unlike the original Plants vs Zombies game which costs $0.99 to purchase, the sequel is free for download and free to play. Players can access every level in every world at no cost. You only need to pay for in-game purchases which include upgrades and other in-game items.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Proton Suprima S : RM77k-RM80

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Greetings from the Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, where we’re reporting live from the launch of the Proton Suprima S, the national car maker’s latest model. By now, you’d undoubtedly have watched the unveiling ceremony for the car via our dedicated live video stream – now, it’s time for the launch report.
The Proton Suprima S – the name of which is derived from the English root word ‘supreme’ – arrives on the scene 16 months after the Preve sedan premiered, and the five-door C-segment hatchback makes its debut in only a single engine guise (in two variant forms, the Executive and Premium) at point of launch, this being the familiar CamPro 1.6 turbo.
The same mill equips the Premium version of the Preve, and makes it way on here without any revisions – the low-pressure turbocharged unit delivers identical 138 hp at 5,000 rpm and 205 Nm between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm output numbers.
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No sign of the normally-aspirated IAFM+ engine for the hatch – by the looks of it, Proton is targeting the Suprima S as a sportier offering, in keeping with the nature of the bodystyle. To cement that point, the ‘S’ suffix stands for Sport.
It’s therefore surprising to find that there’s no sign of the Getrag five-speed manual transmission on the car at this juncture, the CamPro unit being paired to the same seven-speed Punch VT3 CVT gearbox as fitted on the turbocharged Preve.
In terms of performance figures, the Suprima S has a 190 km/h top speed and a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 9.9 seconds, while fuel consumption is rated at 9.1 litres per 100 km. In comparison, the equivalent turbocharged Preve has a quoted 200 km/h top speed and 0-100 km/h time of 9.6 seconds, as well as a 8.2 litres per 100 km combined cycle fuel consumption.
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Much of this can be explained by the kerb weight of the Suprima S, which is 1,375 kg for the Executive and 1,395 kg for the Premium. Essentially, the hatch is slightly heavier than the 1.6 Premium CFE Preve, which tips the scales at 1,340 kg.
Other numbers for the hatch are overall dimensions that measure in at 4,436 mm long, 1,786 mm wide and 1,524 mm tall, with a 2,650 mm long wheelbase (front overhang 918 mm, rear 868 mm) and a ground clearance of 155 mm. Both the front and rear track are the same at 1,542 mm each.
Aside from the length, these figures for the Suprima S are exactly identical to that of the Preve sedan. The Preve is longer by 107 mm, measuring in at 4,543 mm, the lack of a tail in the Suprima S obviously trimming the length.
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Design-wise, the Suprima S has a visually tauter front end compared to its Preve sibling, the Proton Wings-inspired face displaying a new black honeycomb grille and new inserts for the bumper; the fog lamp surround on the left continues to be an intake point, feeding air to the intercooler.
Both variants have projector headlamps, the Executive’s coming with a LED position lamp (similar to the Preve) while the Premium’s shod with brighter DRLs. Other elements include an angular design rear lamp cluster with a LED light guide strip and a roof spoiler that both extends the roofline and improves airflow and aerodynamics.
Elsewhere, a Turbo badge finds its way on to the left section of the rear bootlid, as does a ‘Handling by Lotus’ badge, first seen on the Satria GTI more than a decade ago.

Perodua Jaguh

Perodua Jaguh

Right, that should put an end to all things Jaguh for now, you think? And yes, very nice try, Theo.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Next iPhone set to be unveiled on 10th September?

If you’re looking for the next iteration of the popular iPhone, it is time to make a date on 10th September. According to AllThingsD, the next iPhone will be unveiled in a special event in less than 20 days. Will it be an iPhone 5S or a mid-range iPhone which is rumoured as the iPhone 5C as shown above? Who knows it could be both.
After the revealing the iOS 7, the iPhone hasn’t been breaking away from the competition like it used in previous generation. With the new iOS offering a fresh breath of life in the experience, it would be interesting to see what would Apple bring to the table in terms of hardware in the upcoming models. For the iPhone 5S, we won’t expect much change in terms of design but hopefully the internals would impress.
For now, 10th September isn’t official yet but that’s not stopping anyone from keep an eye out on them. Check out more photos of the purported iPhone 5C after the break.


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