TM enters the LTE fight with their TMGo service

TM has entered the LTE fight
TM has entered the LTE fight

Looks like Malaysia has just gotten itself another contestant in the LTE broadband game. TM has decided to throw its hat into the LTE ring with their new TMGo 4G service that runs on the 850Mhz LTE spectrum and will be delivering speeds up to 20Mbps.

You get the option of a USB modem adapter (left) or a MiFi router (right)
You get the option of a USB modem adapter (left) or a MiFi router (right)

TMGo is being offered as a prepaid service so to get yourself some of its wireless broadband goodness, you’ll have to get yourself a device starter pack, which will then need to be topped up based on your usage requirement. There are two device options available with both using a SIM card – a USB mobile adapter for a single user option and a MiFi hotspot router for a multiple user and more mobile option. So how much will they cost? The USB Mobile adapter starter pack will cost you RM115 while the MiFi router starter pack will be RM315 and both options will start you off with 2GB of data over a 30 day period. And to sweeten the deal, TM is also throwing in an additional 500MB for the next 6 months, as long as you keep an active subscription.

Here's how much its going to cost you
Here’s how much its going to cost you

That’s of course the starting up price, once your initial 30 days of 2GB data is up, you have three price options to continue your subscription – RM10, RM30 and RM50. The minimum RM10 option gives you a 7 day validity with 1GB of data while the RM30 option gives you 30 days with 3.5GB, and to top it all of, the RM50 option gives you 60 days validity with 6GB of data. TM’s sweetening the subscription deal even more by offering bonus data availability if you take the RM30 or RM50 option. You’ll get 500MB and 1GB of data for the RM30 and RM50 options respectively. Now considering the total data quotas you’re getting for their highest subscription option (7.5GB at least for the next six months) that works out to around RM7/GB which is pretty competitive.

Can’t wait to get your hands on TMGo? Well its already available for sign-up but there’s a slight catch though. Surprisingly, the first areas for roll out isn’t the Klang Valley as you’d typically expect. Instead, lucky Kedahan and Melakans will be the first Malaysians to get their hands on TM’s new wireless broadband services. And that’s not the entirety of the two states either as only certain areas will be getting its coverage (refer below). Of course, TM will also be rolling out the service to other parts of Malaysia in the coming months, so just be patient.

Areas in Melaka with current TMGo coverage
Areas in Melaka with current TMGo coverage
Areas in Kedah with current TMGo coverage
Areas in Kedah with current TMGo coverage

Want more details? You can head over to TMGo’s site or check out their FAQ if you REALLY want to get into the meat of their service.

Hooray for cheaper rides! UberX is now in Malaysia

Cheaper Uber rides are now here in Malaysa
Cheaper Uber rides are now here in Malaysa

Enjoyed the convenience of a chauffeured ride that Uber provided but you just can’t afford its pricey rates? Well you now have a cheaper alternative as Uber as officially rolled out its UberX service here in Malaysia.

UberX was initially rolled out in KL earlier in July but now its been opened up to the rest of the country. Like the UberBlack service, you’ll still get the convenience of booking your ride via mobile and cashless payment, but now you get even cheaper rates. And since it is cheaper, you can expect slightly toned down rides which include the Perodua Myvi, Nissan Almera and Toyota Vios.

So how cheap are the rides?  Let’s say they’ll be giving regular cabs a run for their money. Base rates start at RM1.50 followed by RM0.20 per minute and RM0.55 per KM. And you know what’s the best part? If you ever decide you need a late night ride, you won’t even be charge with midnight surcharges. How’s that for value? As for safety, Uber makes all their drivers undergo stringent checks and you can also rate the drivers after your ride. 

So with Uber rides being more affordable, maybe it’s time to give it a try.

Just download the app for iOS here, Android here and Windows Phone here.

5 Must-Watch Gaming Channels on YouTube

5 Must-Watch Gaming Channels on YouTube

5 Must-Watch Gaming Channels on YouTube

Chew on this fact: gaming videos on YouTube are ranked second in terms of subscribers’ numbers with over 78 million viewers clicking ‘subscribe’. There are literally thousands of gaming channels out there but you don’t want to follow just ANY plain ol’ gaming channel do you? So which ones are actually worth your time?  Well we’ve picked the cream of the crop so you won’t have to spend too much time searching.

The Apple iPhone 6 preview

A purported iPhone 6 dummy set from Sonny Dickinson
Not the iPhone 6. Hey we needed a nice starting image
Not the iPhone 6. Hey we needed a nice starting image

The iPhone 6 is the most anticipated smartphone of 2014 and here’s everything we know so far about it.

Another year another iPhone makes its way into the market. Once more we’ll see some incremental changes in Apple’s flagship smartphone. It’ll definitely excite iFans out there and the rest of us will likely go… meh, same old, same old… or will we?

If the “leaks” are anything to go by, Apple’s next iteration of the iPhone is going to be anything but the same old story. We’ve gathered here everything we know, at least so far, about what we can expect from the next fruity sensation.

 

All metal goodness and a more curved design

Look, we’re rather tired of the same old iPhone look. Ok maybe some additional curves here and there might make it a little different from before but honestly, the iPhone has had the same look for a good five years since the iPhone 4 was launched in 2010. For a company that prides itself for being in the cutting edge of design, Apple hasn’t really impressed us with the iPhone’s design since… well 2010.

That might all change with the upcoming iPhone 6. There’s no way the tech crowd’s going to let Apple off with a free pass if it’s only going to look the same as the iPhone 5s with slightly better innards. There have been plenty of renders of what the smartphone MIGHT look like (some of which we wouldn’t mind being true) but some of the more partially conclusive leaks give us a better idea of what it’ll look like

From left: Leaked iPhone metal housing image from nowhereelse.fr and iPhone 6 metal housing image from CNBeta
From left: Leaked iPhone metal housing image from nowhereelse.fr and iPhone 6 metal housing image from CNBeta

A leaked image by Chinese site Ctech on Weibo shows a reportedly genuine iPhone 6 casing. The image shows that the iPhone 6 is likely to be thinner but taller, and wider than its predecessor. Another image leak by French site Nowhereelse.fr shows what appears to be an all metal rear. The design looks to be slimmer and rounder as well, harking back to the original iPhone design.

From right: The purported iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 side by side (image from GSM Arena)
From right: The purported iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 side by side (image from GSM Arena)

The rounded design is further evidenced by image leak from GSM Arena and Sonny Dickinson, the well-known Apple leaker. The GSM Arena picture has the Samsung Galaxy S5 next to the purported new iPhone for comparison.

These could be iPhone 6 dummy units (pictures by Sonny Dickinson)
These could be iPhone 6 dummy units (pictures by Sonny Dickinson)

Sonny Dickinson’s on the other hand has leaked a couple of pictures over the last few weeks including one which feature three iPhone 6 dummy units. The pictures highlight the curved design together with the three colours (gold, space grey and silver) that the iPhone 6 will be coming in. We also noted that those dummy phones look quite metallic as well.

 

A larger build and screen and is that a Sapphire screen we see?

The purported iPhone 6 screen panel (Images from Sonny Dickinson via 9to5mac)
The purported iPhone 6 screen panel (Images from Sonny Dickinson via 9to5mac)

According to a leak in June by the Taiwanese tech title DigiTimes (with a little translation from AppleInsider), Apple’s regular builder Foxconn will be handling the bulk of the iPhone 6’s production. In the report, Apple’s plans to go 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch were confirmed. Another supplier called Pegatron will be handling 30% of the 4.7-inch model and none of the 5.5-inch version. There’s still going to be a 4-inch version but don’t expect any upgraded specs as it’s been described as an “existing” model. For that, another supplier Wistron will be handling the build until 2015.

Further evidence that there’ll be two new sizes for the iPhone 6 was reported by Bloomberg. According to their sources, the iPhone 6 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch will be launched in September and will feature rounder and thinner designs, confirming various rumours about the next-gen iPhone’s sizes and look. It also seem that the screen will be tapering off the edge that ought to give the iPhones seem a lot thinner.

And if that isn’t enough, prolific leaker Sonny Dickinson sent 9to5Mac pictures of what he claims were the front glass panels of the iPhone 6 with what seems to be a rounded edges. This might suggest a more seamless fit with between the screen and the side of the phone.

There’s also a video by Chinese site iFanr that reportedly shows a 4.7-inch front panel of the iPhone 6.

The phone is supposedly getting a scratch-proof Sapphire screen as well. Marquess Brownlee, the man celebrated as the “Best Tech Reviewer in the World”, had supposedly gotten his hands on an actual iPhone 6 screen. We’re not talking about about a mock-up but the actual production screen. In the video (below) you can see that after extensive, scratching stabbing and bending, it still looks pretty unharmed. However on closer examination, and extensive use of an emory cloth (ouch, that was seriously painful to watch), it seems that the screen is not pure Sapphire. Still it is pretty hardy and scratch resistant when compared to Gorilla glass.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron coming to Malaysia on 30 April 2015

Hell Yeah!!!
Hell Yeah!!!
Hell Yeah!!!

OH YEAH! Finally we get a date for the highly awaited follow up to The Avengers movie and it looks like it’ll be hitting our theatres at the end of April next year.

According to Buena Vista International, the distributor of the film, we should be able to whet our Marvel hero appetites on the above mentioned date. Of course, even though the date has been officially set, we could still expect some changes in the coming months but hopefully, keep your fingers cross, the April 30 2015 date stays.

So far, details on the story line for Avengers: Age of Ultron is still rather vague though it’s pretty obvious that the AI villain Ultron, played by James Spader, is the main baddie of the movie. Marvel did run a 10 issue series called Age of Ultron  which was set in an alternate timeline in which Ultron ruled Earth and though there’s a possibility that certain elements of series might turn up in the movie, we’re thinking that it’s more of coincidence, and the fact that it’s a pretty cool title. There are some slight changes between the comic Ultron and movie Ultron. In the comics, Ultron is a creation of Hank Pym aka Ant-man/Giant-man/Yellow Jacket etc, who is basically an insane AI with delusions of grandeur. Since Hank Pym isn’t turning up anywhere in this Avengers movie, Ultron’s creator has shifted over to Iron Man, Tony Stark.

We could try to tell you more but we’re still short on details ourselves. So till we manage to dig up some more, why not enjoy some of these behind the scenes shots as well as official movie stills. That should tide you over till our next update.

Want more Marvel goodness? Then head over to the cinema and watch Guardians of the Galaxy. As our review will tell you, it’s awesome.

Onwards to Pictures!

Want to buy a RM57,600 EVA Unit-01 statue from 7 Eleven?

Now this would look great in our living room
Now this would look great in our living room

The 7 Elevens in other countries sometimes carry really cool stuff. Well Japan has decided to top every other country by offering a gigantic EVA Unit-01 statue for purchase.

Yes you read that right, we said statue not your measly little figurines. How big is this monstrosity? It measures at 2-metres tall, now how’s that for big. It’s not cheap either as this particular piece cost a whopping 1.86 million yen (RM57,600). 7 Eleven is offering the EVA Unit-01 in two different colour schemes, its original anime colours and another in 7 Eleven colours.

Of course you won’t be seeing rows of these statues lining up in every single Japanese 7 Eleven stores. Instead, these statues are only limited to 25 pieces and you can’t just buy it from a store and bring it back immediately. Instead you have to go through a purchasing process which includes filling up some forms and registering and the nearest JAPANESE 7 Eleven, making a bank transfer and waiting about 4 weeks for a crew to assemble the statue in your home. For RM57,600 we’d expect at least delivery and assembly from 7 Eleven so good on them.

Don’t have that kind of money? 7 Eleven also has a giveaway campaign which will let participants have a chance to win either one of each colour. How nice it’ll be if we were living in Japan right now with that amount of cash. We think that the statue will be a perfect addition to our office reception area.

Source: Kotaku

Xiaomi is releasing a LTE version of the Redmi Note

Xiaomi's phablet now comes with LTE
Xiaomi’s phablet now comes with LTE

It hasn’t been that long since the Xiaomi Redmi Note was launched here in Malaysia and now, it looks like we’ll be seeing an LTE version soon as well.

The updated Redmi Note phablet was recently announced by Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun and not only does it pack LTE support, it’s also getting a new processor and losing some weight as well. Most of the other specs remain the same; there’s still 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, MIUI V5 on top of Android 4.4, a 13-megapixel snapper at the back and a 5-megapixel snapper in front. However there are some major differences including the 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor and Adreno 305 GPU. That’s not all though, the Redmi Note’s battery gets bumped down a 100 mAh to a 3100 mAh capacity and instead of dual-SIM support, it’ll only be supporting one SIM. 

The LTE version of the Redmi Note will be retailing at 999 yuan which is the same as the enhanced version of the current Redmi Note. Early reports mentioned that the this LTE version would only be supporting TDD-LTE which isn’t the standard we use here in Malaysia and most of the other international markets. However it has been revealed that there will also be an international version that will support FDD-LTE.

So when can we expect to get our hands on Redmi Note LTE? Well the China version, is already out but the one we’re really interested in, the  FDD-LTE will be hitting international markets at the end of this year. Nope we don’t have an exact date so you’ll just have to stay tuned as we update it local availability in these pages.

Source: Lowyat

The ultimate survival bike for the apocalypse

Motopeds Survival Bike

Motopeds Survival Bike

Some believe it’s a question of ‘when’ not ‘if’. Needless to say, you should be prepared for anything, any time (and I have friends who already have months of food reserves and resources stored). The apocalypse may hit at any time, so here’s an awesome piece of transportation to help you get away from zombies, or a hungry mob.

Origin is offering Wing Commander 3 for FREE!

Get some retro space fun with a free copy of Wing Commander 3
Get some retro space fun with a free copy of Wing Commander 3
Get some retro space fun with a free copy of Wing Commander 3

Yep, you read that right, you can get a free copy of the classic Wing Commander 3 game for free now.

It’s a bit weird considering EA, a company that’s known to be pretty vilified for charging gamers for everything, is being so generous. First it was the free copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collectionand now this. What’s next we wonder.

Wing Commander 3 was originally going for US$4.99 on the Origin store, but for this limited time only, you’ll be able to get it for free. Be quick though as according to Origin, these deals tend to come and go real fast. In case you’re wondering just what the Wing Commander series is about, it’s a space flight simulation game created by Chris Roberts at Origin Systems. It had the distinct honour of featuring known Holywood actors including Malcom MaDowell and forever Joker and Skywalker, Mark Hamill. 

This free offer is part of Origin’s “On the House” program which started back in March so we should be seeing more freebies from them in the coming months. We can’t wait.

Source: Polygon

Is the LG G3 getting a stylus?

Look who's getting into the stylus game
Look who's getting into the stylus game
Look who’s getting into the stylus game

We all know that a smartphone stylus can be pretty useful, especially for the those of us who are artistically inclined. Samsung saw that opportunity and went the whole way with it. Well it looks like LG is finally playing catch as it seems that they will be introducing a variant of the LG G3 that’ll come with a stylus.

Now there’s not really much detail to go on as this supposed stylus enabled G3 as it was only seen at the end of LG’s latest G3 Beat commercial. LG does have a name for it though and its, not surprisingly, called the G3 Stylus. And though details about it are scant, there’s a few things that we managed to gleam off the video about it. Based on the short time we’ve managed to see its back, it looks like the G3 Stylus does not have a laser autofocus and comes with only a single LED flash. This might likely suggest that its camera capabilities might be up to par with its flagship sibling. As for the stylus itself, it looks more capacitative rather than the Wacom based one that the Samsung Galaxy Notes are using. 

Obviously due to the lack of details, we’re not even sure when LG will be announcing this stylus toting G3, but with Samsung making their Galaxy Note 4 announcement this September 3, we’re pretty sure LG, won’t be too far behind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozhlNmb4_OE

Source: Android Central