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Nokia has just launched another global contest over their official Facebook page. You could be one of the lucky five to walk away with a brand new Nokia Lumia 710 by choosing your favourite Lumia 710 colour combination.

All you need to do is fill up your particular information and simply select your favourite Nokia Lumia 710 design colour from the range displayed.

The contest begins on 30th January 2012 and ends on 13th February 2012.

What you waiting for? Head to Nokia Facebook Page now!


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The official Foursquare app for Windows Phone has rolled out an update to V2.9 which bring more languages supported, push notification and new leaderboard.


Foursquare helps you explore the world around you. Meet up with friends. Find places to go. Save money with Specials. Have fun exploring!


Foursquare features;
  • Panorama dashboard view of updated places, friends, me and explore
  • Super-fast check-in via one click “tap and hold” on places in the panorama and pivots
  • Leaderboard Live Tile
  • Useful new sorts, e.g. places by “here now”, friends by “name”
  • Mapping of nearby places, friends and specials
  • and many more!

v2.9 updates;

  • Added Portugese, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese and Russian languages support.
  • Push notifcation to get instant friends check-in updated on pinned tile.
  • Leaderboard pinned tile backside to see where you stand compare to your friends.
Download Foursquare for Windows Phone HERE

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Yes! You heard me right! Nokia first Windows Phone, Nokia Lumia will be officially launched next Friday, 10th of February. The launch will be taking place at Pavilion KL.

Nokia Lumia 800 is the current Nokia flagship smartphone that has identical design of the Nokia N9. It comes with 3 colours which are Black, Cyan & Fuscia. Where as the Nokia Lumia 710 is an affordable Windows Phone that comes in 2 colours, Black or White and 5 interchangeable colours back covers which are sold separately as accessories.


A quick recap on the Nokia Lumia.

Specification of the Nokia Lumia 800

  • Networks: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • Speed: HSDPA cat 10: 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA cat 6: 5.76 Mbps
  • Display: 3.7” WVGA (800x480) AMOLED capacitive touch ClearBlack display with pinch zoom, 2.5D curved glass seamlessly integrated to unibody
  • OS: Windows Phone Release - 7.5 (Mango)
  • Memory: 16GB internal user memory, 512MB program memory
  • Camera: 8Mpix auto-focus Carl Zeiss, LED flash, Video capturing MPEG-4 720p @ 30 fps
  • Size/Weight: 116.5 mm x 61.2 mm x 12.1 mm (LxWxT) / 76.08 cc / 142 g
  • Connectivity: WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, micro-USB connector and charging, 3.5mm AHJ connector, Accelerometer, Proximity, Magnetometer, ALS
  • Processor: 1.4 Ghz Single Core MSM8255 (WCDMA)
  • Audio: MP3 player, Audio jack: 3.5mm, Supported codecs: mp3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, m42, m4b, wma, EVRC, QCELP
  • Battery: 1450 mAh

Specification of the Nokia Lumia 710

  • Networks: WCDMA 900/1900/2100, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • Speed: HSDPA cat 10: 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA cat 6: 5.76 Mbps
  • Display: 3.7” WVGA (800x480) TFT capacitive touch ClearBlackTM display with pinch zoom
  • OS: Windows Phone 7.5 - Mango
  • Memory: 512MB RAM, 8GB storage
  • Camera: 5Mpix auto-focus, LED flash, Video capturing MPEG-4 720p @ 30 fps
  • Size/Weight: 119mm x 62.4mm x 12.5mm (LxWxT) / 81.1cc / 125.5g
  • Connectivity: WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, micro-USB connector and charging, 3.5mm AHJ connector
  • Processor: 1.4 Ghz Single Core MSM8255 (WCDMA)
  • Audio: MP3 player, Audio jack: 3.5mm, Supported codecs incl.: mp3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, wma
  • Battery: 1300 mAh


The Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 is the first Nokia branded Windows Phone 7 device and no actual price revealed or leaked. Nokia Lumia 800 will be expected selling around RM1,600-RM1,700 and Nokia Lumia 710 less than RM1,000 by referring to our neighbor country, Singapore.

For those who interested do drop by to the nearest Nokia Store to have a test spin. Be amazed with the new Nokia Windows Phone.

Do follow me on twitter @tallboyz to get the latest news and update!


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Nokia has just rolled out Nokia PR1.2 firmware for Nokia N950 (developers only) by Nokia Developer Forum. This new firmware has lot of bug fixes and add-ons  new features.

These are the changelog

  • New languages
          - Persian
          - Hebrew
          - Kazakh
          - Thai
          - Vietnamese

  • Software update notifications for content in Nokia Store
  • Face recognition for gallery and face tags for Facebook
  • Support for folders in the application view
  • Mail for Exchange global address book lookup
  • Mail thread support in the Email client
  • Extended copy-paste support
  • Media sharing with DLNA compatible devices
  • Improved browser history view
  • Compass support in Maps
  • QtWebKit update to version 2.2
  • New font taken into use
  • Front camera support
  • Video editing support in the Gallery application
Full changelog can be found at http://harmattan-dev.nokia.com/release/N950/Nokia_N950_PR12_Release_Notes_v02-6_en.html

Screenshot from the new firmware update

New folder option in menu.


Dropbox in accounts menu.


Face recognition in gallery.


Add face in option menu.


Easy toggle flash option in camera.


Composition grid + on/off control


Related videos in Video Player which similar to CuteTube.


New fonts in Twitter Clients.


Charge Phone option is removed in USB mode.


Video editor.


New icons on Cut, Copy and Paste.


Twitter and Facebook notification in Lock Screen.




DLNA supported.


These are few updates found on the new PR1.2 and added sound notification for app close and swipe shortcuts.

Will be expected it to be available on Nokia N9 once the firmware is mature to release to public.

Harmattan 1.2 befor for Nokia N950 is now available via One Click Flashers

What others features you would like to see on Harmatton MeeGo?

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Water is always the greatest threat for our electronics devices such as phone, tablet, camera and etc. Some would even buy waterproof cases for it.

Now you can forget about the expensive waterproof case that also increase weight.

HzO introduces a special coating material that makes your phone completely waterproof.


It created a proprietary gas and a special process for applying it that essentially wraps an invisible waterproof shell around anything, a shell just a few molecules thick. It called "WaterBlock"

How HzO Technology works;


Some demonstration of HzO WaterBlock in CES

credit to ZAGGTV

The company hopes to convince smartphone & mobile computer manufacturers to use on their mobile devices in the future.


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Nokia Malaysia has started to promo their Nokia Lumia on theirs Offcial Facebook, Twitter and as well on their Website.

There is also ROI (Registration of Interest) available on their website for Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710.



Specification of Nokia Lumia 800
Specification of Nokia Lumia 710

Is this some hints that Nokia Malaysia is bring in Nokia Lumia very soon? Some said Nokia Lumia will be reaching to Malaysia 10th of February. There is no word from Nokia Malaysia. Do subscribe to my blog or follow me on twitter @tallboyz for the latest news on Nokia Lumia.


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Still remember the Poke-fun Apple iPhone 4S video by an Indian-Hongkie comedian, Vivek Mahbubani?

Here are few more videos uploaded and shared by Samsung Hong Kong.

The videos is about features that Galaxy Nexus has and inadvertently poke-fun others smartphone *cough* iPhone *cough*













Call me "Galaxy Nexus"


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RovioMobile has just uploaded a teaser video of its upcoming Angry Birds Season update "Year of THe Dragon" in conjunction of Chinese New Year.

Seem that a new pig will be introduced, a golden armor pig? This update will be released on 20th January 2012.

Check out the video below.


Squawk! Fireworks popping, lanterns glowing, red envelopes bursting with money -- it's Chinese New Year! But what are the pigs up to? Stay tuned for more!


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ASUS Malaysia has just announced the availability of ASUS Eee Transformer Prime next week, 18th January 2012 on their Official Facebook Page. The price has confirmed at RM2,199 for 32GB WiFi-only version with keyboard docking.

The Transformer Prime is the world's first Nvidia Quad-core Tegra 3 processor with 1GB of RAM and an enhanced 10.1-inch SuperIPS+ display. It will be expected to ship with Android 3.2 Honeycomb and upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich coming month.

Full Specification
  • Display: 10.1" LED Backlit screen with Super IPS+ (1280x800)
  • 10 finger multi-touch, Corning Gorilla Glass
  • OS: Android 3.2 Honeycomb (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Platform: NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU
  • Memory: LP DDR2 1GB
  • Storage: 32GB EMMC + Unlimited ASUS Webstorage
  • Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1
  • Camera: 1.2 MP (front), 8MP (rear) with flash
  • Battery: 12* hours Li-polymer battery
  • 18* hours pad with dock Li-polymer battery
  • Size/weight: 263 x 180.8 x 8.3mm, 582g (Pad) 1121g (with docking)
  • Warranty: 1 Year Global Warranty


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Louis Koo, HK actor cum singer are the new ambassador of Samsung Galaxy Tab. Promoting the new Samsung Tab 7 Plus, 7.7, 8.9 and 10.1.


Check out the promo video by Samsung HK


Check out their microsite http://www.samsung.com/hk/helpkoo/


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Wanna get hands-on the most talkabout dessert "Ice Cream Sandwich" on your Samsung Galaxy S II?

A new ROM for the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S II from the Samsung R&D center was leaked. You can download the beta ICS firmware HERE on your device right now.

Bear in mind, this is an early stage version of ROM and be expected some glitches and bugs.

A quick demo of the leaked Android 4.0 ICS by GSMArena


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This offers is only available on selected resellers in the U.K. whereby you can return your Lumia 800 device and get full refund after purchase if you are not satisfy with the device.

The purchased Nokia Lumia is required to register the handset within 10 days of receipt and if after 30 days you are not happy with the purchase, you can return it and get ful refund. Of course the condition have to be good and original packaging.

This is what I call "Product Satisfaction Assurance"

For more info www.lovemekeepme.com

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ASUS with NVIDIA has announced a 7-inch Transformer Prime, ASUS Eee Pad MeMO ME171. It complete with the Tegra 3 CPU and the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Eee Pad MeMO are bundles with application like MyPainter, MyNet, MyCloud, ASUS Sync and other productivity and entertainment application.

Key features
  • 7.0” WXGA, 1280 x 800 resolution, IPS panel with capacitive touch
  • Qualcomm 8260 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB storage; ASUS Webstorage options
  • Wifi 802.11b/g/n , Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, aGPS
  • Camera- 1.2MP Video Camera (front)/5MP Auto-Focus Camera (rear) with 1080P recording
  • G-sensor; e-compass; Light sensor; Gyroscope, Proximity sensor
  • MicroUSB port (client); Audio Jack (Head Phone/Stereo Mic-in); Card Reader (MicroSD); microHDMI (1.3a); SIM Card slot; Stereo Speakers
  • Li-polymer 4400mAh battery (Battery Life: 8.5hrs video playback routine)
  • Android 4.0.1
  • Dimensions/Weight- 7.8 x 4.6 x 0.50”; 14.2oz
Eee Pad will be expected to release sometime in Q212 and starting price at $249 USD.

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One of a great feature from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, FaceUnlock has attracted a developer of iOS to build a similar app.


According to the video, this app will be available on App Store very soon. Question here, is this from Android 4.0 ICS's source code and ported onto it.

There is no actual date of releasing or it's just a mock-up video done by some Apple Fanboy.

Check out the FaceUnlock run iPhone 4.


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Unable to witness the Nokia Press Conference at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, Nokia has just shared two videos on theirs official YouTube Channel.

Nokia CES press conference: Nokia Lumia 900



Interview of Nokia CEO Stephen Elop at CES 2012


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Today at CES, Nokia has announced theirs 3rd Windows Phone; Nokia Lumia 900. It's the first phone to support high-speed LTE data and announces its biggest yet thinnest Windows Phone to date.

The Nokia Lumia 900 allows data download up to 50Mbps on 4G LTE network and currently this powerhouse was built exclusively for AT&T.
This device runs on a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor which an updated chipset that support LTE and also Windows Phone Release 2 (Mango + LTE). A large 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display that offers bigger, clearer and colorful screen display indoor and outdoor at the resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.

On the back of the Lumia 900 sit a large 8-megapixels Carl Zeiss lens f/2.2, 28mm with dual LED flash and support HD video recording at 720p/30fps. Finally a front-facing camera has added to support video call at 1-megapixel.

On the battery part, Lumia 800 is souped-up with 1840mAH battery that can last for 7 hours talk-time and up to 300 hours on standy. If you switched to flight mode and use it as an MP3 music player, it'll keeping going for more than two-and-a-half days.

Like others Nokia Lumia, it comes with Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive as well integration of social networking like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn on Lumia 900.

The design of the Nokia Lumia 900 is very similar to the Lumia 800 and N9 that comes in a form of a polycarbonate unibody. Unfortunately there is no more curve cornering glass touchscreen and there will be only Black and Cyan available.

Nokia Lumia 900 First Hands-on Video


For more info on the specification http://www.nokia.com/us-en/products/phone/lumia900/specifications/


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In this festive season, HTC Malaysia is offering HTC smartphone promotions and complimentary of Starbucks card with every purchase of HTC smartphone.

Beside that there will be 5 units HTC Flyer tablet given out every week for 6 weeks starting from 29th December 2011 to 7th Feb 2012.


  • HTC EVO 3D - RM2,199
  • HTC Sensation XE - RM1,99
  • HTC Rhyme - RM1,699
  • HTC Desire S - RM1,599
  • HTC Desire Z - RM999
  • HTC Wildfire S - RM899
  • HTC ChaCha - RM799
  • HTC Exploer - RM749

More info from HTC Malaysia's Facebook


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Toshiba has just finally announced "The World Thinnest Tablet" at CES 2012 launch today. This is Toshiba is 4th Tablet after Toshiba AS100, Toshiba Thrive/AT100 & Toshiba AT1S0 and this skinny tablet is called "Toshiba Excite X10"

Toshiba Excite X10 has an anti-smudge coating 10.1" screen with 1280 x 800 Gorilla Glass display. It run on TI OMAP 4430 CPU powered and will also ship with Android 3.2 and ICS-ready. With 7.7mm it make Toshiba AT200 / Excite X10 the thinnest in it screen size.

More info and press release after the break


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Windows Phone Marketplace has yet officially announced in Malaysia and through App Hub, 6 new markets including Malaysia are now allows local developers to submit theirs app.

Is this a hint that Microsoft WP Marketplace will be announcing to our market very soon? And as well Nokia Lumia 710 and 800?

We’re pleased to start off the New Year with an update to App Hub that will enable you to distribute apps and games to even more customers in more markets. App Hub now allows you to submit apps for distribution in 6 new markets; Argentina, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru and the Philippines. Although you will be able to now select these markets for distribution in App Hub, the Windows Phone Marketplace is not yet available to customers in these markets. We will provide more information about availability of the Marketplace for customers in these markets in a future post.

You should be aware that applications submitted to three of these six new markets – China, Indonesia and Malaysia – will be subject to additional requirements due to local laws, regulations or norms. You can find information on these additional requirements in the Application Certification Requirements.

Given the Marketplace is not yet available for customers in these markets and the addition of new requirements, we’re opening the submission process early to give those of you interested in distribution to these markets a head start on certification. We’re viewing this as an early access period and you can expect the certification process to take a little longer during this time period.

As usual, when submitting either an update or a new application in App Hub, you can choose to publish the app “worldwide” to the full set of 41 markets to you can select specific markets. When you select worldwide, the additional requirements of the new markets apply. As a result, if your application fails certification, you will need to either update and resubmit your app to meet all worldwide requirements, or de-select the markets where your application will not meet requirements.

Also included in this release are a number of minor enhancements and bug fixes, including improvements that will streamline the payout process and enhance reporting to provide data like crash counts and exceptions to assist in improving your apps. These are a result of your feedback and we’ll continue to provide other improvements in each release.

We’re pleased to start the New Year off by expanding markets to which you can submit apps for distribution, and will provide more information on the consumer experiences for those markets when we are ready to go live.


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Good news to all Nokia N9 owners! Molome, a cool photo editing app that widely uses on Android, Blackberry and Symbian is finally available on MeeGo.


You can share photos with your friends thru Facebook or twitter with some cool after effect filters that alike Instagram that can be found on iOS.


MOLOME ™ is a easy & fun way to share your journey of life. Grab your phone, snap photos or choose from Gallery, experience cool effects beyond creativity and share it with your friends or show it to the world via Social Network. ** For MeeGo: Due to Camera API known issue, this version only allows to select pictures from Gallery. Update will come once available.

You can download Molome for N9 now on Nokia Store.


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Another affordable large screen Android Smartphone after ZTE Skate.

Huawei will be expected to launch Huawei Honor into Malaysia market in this week. Huawei Honor will be wearing a price tag of RM1,099 only.


Main specification of Huawei Honor;

  • 4-inch Screen (480x854px ~245ppi)
  • 1.4GHz Scorpion CPU
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Custom UI
  • 512MB RAM, 1GB Storage
  • 8MP AF rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • microSD slot
It will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich very soon that news leaked by one of Huawei executive who posted on Weibo.

Huawei Honor in actions

via GSMArena Youtube


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Everyone is doing spring cleaning so do Apple Store Malaysia.

Apple Store Malaysia is having one-day event discounts (which is today 6th Jan 2012) in the season of Chinese New Year. There are selected Apple products and accessories given discount up to RM311.

iPhone 4S is not in the list as expected due to newly release and high demands.


  • iPad 2 16GB WiFi – RM1378 (Save RM121)
  • iPad 2 32GB WiFi – RM1648 (Save RM151)
  • iPad 2 64GB WiFi – RM1918 (Save RM181)
  • iPad 2 16GB 3G – RM1778 (Save RM121)
  • iPad 2 32GB 3G – RM2048 (Save RM151)
  • iPad 2 64GB 3G – RM2318 (Save RM181)
  • iPod Touch 8GB – RM628 (Save RM71)
  • iPod Touch 32GB – RM948 (Save RM101)
  • iPod Touch 64GB – RM1258 (Save RM141)
  • iPod Nano – from RM414 (Save RM35)
  • MacBook Air – from RM2788 (Save RM311)
  • MacBook Pro – from RM3388 (Save RM311)
  • iMac – from RM3488 (Save RM311)



  • Magic Trackpad – RM184 (Save RM35)
  • Apple Magic Mouse – RM194 (Save RM35)
  • Time Capsule 2TB – RM928 (Save RM71)
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard – RM194 (Save RM35)
  • AirPort Express Base Station (802.11n) – RM294 (Save RM35)
  • iPad 2 Smart Cover Leather (RED) – RM254 (Save RM45)
  • Microsoft Office Home & Student 2011 – RM590 (Save RM64)
  • AirPort Extreme base station – RM528 (Save RM71)


Head over to Apple Store now to bring home a new Apple product in this festive season.


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Pocketnow received a leaked information on the upcoming Nokia ACE for AT&T that believe will be sold globally as Nokia's flagship Windows Phone.

The Nokia ACE/Lumia 900 with codename of Eloko would ship along with the Tango build of Windows Phone 7. The design of the Lumia 900 is very identical with Lumia 800 with bigger screen at 4.3" WVGA.

Main specs of Nokia ACE

  • Windows Phone 7.5 (Tango)
  • 4.3" WVGA Screen
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8MP Camera
  • Front Camera
  • 1830 mAh Battery
  • Support 1700MHz Band
  • 12mm thickness

This smartphone final details most probably will be announced in the next few days at CES 2012 in Las Vegas.

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There was a hype back last year when Apple launched their Apple iPhone 4S's Siri.

Then Android come out with Iris, a reverse spelling of Siri.

Windows Phone have "Ask Ziggy" developed by Averotek that works the same of being able to answer questions, web search, calling, texting, e-mailing and as well updating status on Live Messenger, Facebook or Twitter.


"Ask Ziggy uses Speech Recognition to translate human speech into transcribed text, which is displayed in a speech bubble. The transcribed text is analyzed for patterns to detect commands or general queries. Commands are interpreted and routed to routine phone tasks such as emailing, texting, calling, social network updates, and getting directions.

When a general question is asked, a mixture of mash up technologies and web scraping is employed to search the web for relevant responses. Pattern matching is used to summarize a direct answer from a web page. Several passes may be required to find a concise answer. A direct answer is then spoken out loud, and displayed in a speech bubble. When a direct answer cannot be summarized the user is prompted by speech to click on their search bubble to see web search results based on their spoken query."


This application is completely free and contains no ads.

Check out "Ask Ziggy" in actions.


Ask Ziggy can be downloaded on Marketplace now

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