HTC One (E8): HTC brings a new curvaceous One

htc one e8 red
One simply must own a Crimson Red phone at least once in their life.

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Just this year, they gave us the mouth-watering HTC One (M8), which we reckon is one of the flagship Android’s to beat in 2014 and now HTC has rolled out another one. This time a curvier, more affordable HTC One (E8) with new materials and funky, vibrant colours.

Malaysian government contemplating banning Facebook

Good or bad idea? Actually that's a pretty stupid question
Good or bad idea? Actually that’s a pretty stupid question

Don’t let our display image scare you. Facebook hasn’t been banned in Malaysia… yet. However this piece of news is likely to get Malaysia famous for all the wrong reasons again. Seems like the Malaysian government is studying whether it should ban Facebook here in the country.

This, according Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, is in response to the recent cases of “abuse” of the social network. Don’t panic yet, you’ll still be able to share all those “uplifting” stories, listicals and baby pictures since they’re only studying the matter.

Even the Minister himself said that the whole idea will be difficult since there are 15 million local accounts. As for the number of abuses reported? 2000. Just do the maths and you’ll see that even contemplating this idea shouldn’t have happened. That’s not the only issue though. Malaysia would have to take into account what the business community would think. There’s strong usage of Facebook by businesses here in Malaysia for marketing and PR purposes (let’s not forget our own government also uses it for outreach), so we think that trying to do away with Facebook here will be quite an undertaking.

So far only three countries have a perma-block/ban on Facebook at they are China, Iran and North Korea. Other countries have blocked the site at one time or another but eventually access was given back. Considering the backlash that’s going to happen in … oh now, we highly doubt that this will even come to pass. But just to be safe, if you do get approached by the people conducting the study for the ministry, we’re pretty certain you’ll know what to say.

Ok now back to sharing cute cat videos on our Facebook feed.

Source: Bernama

[Images from Kashifiat and Wootnes]

Geek Movie Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

So the latest big budget remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) has finally hit the big screen and what’s the verdict?

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

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

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

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.