11street Launches Online Shopping App for iOS and Android

Model browsing 11street app
Model browsing 11street app
Model browsing 11street app

11street Malaysia launches online shopping app for iOS and Android with mobile exclusive promotions.

Launched in April 2015, 11street has become one of the largest online marketplaces in Malaysia with more than 350,000 product listings.

More than 50% of 11street traffic comes from mobile devices. The e-mall in Malaysia launches its online shopping app for iOS and Android on 27 May 2015 for free downloads.

11street app screenshot
11street app screenshot

The mobile apps enable consumers to access the hot selling products and services much easier, especially on the “Shocking Deals” section with Lowest Price Guarantee. The 11street mobile app is build to accept credit cards and bank transfers payments. Also, you can view your membership benefits, check order status and uses discount coupons in the mobile app.

11street Credit Blossom promotion
11street Credit Blossom promotion

In conjunction with the mobile app launch, you can enjoy the following mobile exclusive promotions:

  • Credit Blossom – 1000 units of up to RM 1,111 shopping credits will be made available for mobile shoppers to download on a daily basis starting from June 1st –30th, 2015.
  • Shocking Weekend – One product item will be selected and featured every weekend from Friday to Sunday for mobile purchase at 50 percent discount from May 29th, 2015 onwards.

The 11street mobile app is available as free download from Apple AppStore and Google Play Store. Other mobile operating system devices like BlackBerry and Windows Phone still can access the 11street’s mobile-optimized website.

Link: www.11street.my

21 New Features of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Compare to iPhone 5S

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now official. Besides the bigger phone sizes, what are new about iPhone 6 comparing to iPhone 5S? Read on to learn about all the new iPhone 6 features.

(If not specified, “iPhone 6” in this article is referring to both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models)

Hardware & Design

iPhone 6 design
iPhone 6 design
  1. iPhone 6 is powered by latest and fastest Apple 64-bit A8 chip with M8 motion coprocessor for even better performance.
  2. Available in 3 different storage size: 16GB, 64GB and new 128GB. 32GB option is no longer available.

  3. iPhone 6 is Apple’s biggest smartphone ever. iPhone 6 is 4.7″ display and 5.5″ for iPhone 6 Plus. iPhone 6 Plus is also the first iPhone with Full HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels at 401 ppi), or Retina HD as Apple preferred.

4. Dual Domain Pixels for wider viewing angle. Display also has higher contrast ratio.

5.With the larger size, Apple moves the iPhone 6’s power/sleep & wake up button to the right edge as oppose to top side in previous generations.

6.Bigger iPhone 6 now display apps in 4 columns x 6 rows grids. Display Zoom will increase app icon size to display only 5 rows of apps.

Digital Zoom feature (right) found in iPhone 6
Digital Zoom feature (right) for iPhone 6 (pic: onemorething.nl)

7. Reachability allows you to still use bigger iPhone 6 with one hand. It can be activated by double tapping (not double-press) on the Home button (Touch ID sensor). The upper part of the screen will drop down to be reached by your thumb. (GIF)

iPhone 6 Reachability demo
iPhone 6 Reachability demo (pic: geek.com)

8.iPhone 6 supports 20 LTE bands. It will work with almost every LTE networks in the World.

9.Support Voice over LTE (VoLTE) — make calls using 4G data network — provided your telco enable it.

10.iPhone 6 supports NFC for wireless device communication by tapping each other. (Only in U.S.) You can use Apple Pay to make payments using iPhone 6’s NFC and Touch ID.

11.iPhone 6 build-in barometer sensor for measuring atmospheric pressure. It can be used in weather forecasting and determining altitude.

12.Bigger iPhone size comes with bigger battery thus better battery life. iPhone 6 Plus has up to 4 hours more battery life than iPhone 5S. iPhone 6 has up to 2 hours more battery life than iPhone 5S on 3G Internet use.

Cameras and video

iPhone 6 camera
iPhone 6 camera

13.While iPhone 6 back-facing camera is still 8MP resolution, the sensor now feature Focus Pixels for better and faster autofocus.

14.You also take sharper photos using iPhone 6. Thanks to the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) in iPhone 6 Plus and Auto Image Stabilization (take 4 burst photos then calculate into one sharp photo) of iPhone 6.

15.Able to shoot 1080p HD video at 60 fps, 240 fps slow motion video at 720p, as well as time-lapse video (fast-forwarding-like video clips, opposite of slow motion video).

16.Continuous autofocus video make sure your object is always in focus in your video.

17.Front-facing camera is still 1.2MP (1280×960 pixels) but aperture increase from F/2.4 to F/2.2 — 81% more light capture.

18.Front-facing camera supports selfie “burst mode” to take up to 10 photos per second.

19.iPhone 6 cameras has better face detection. Both front- and back-facing cameras can recognizes faces faster and more accurately, even those farther away or in a crowd.

20.iPhone 6 could take higher resolution panorama photos up to 43 Megapixels.

21.Cinematic video stabilization enable to take steady video shots.

Thoughts

As you seen from the list above, Apple focus a lot on the camera features. Apple has to convince customers that iPhone 6 cameras, while keeping the same pixel count, will produce better photos and videos — same thing HTC is doing for 4MP UltraPixel camera.

Bigger iPhone 6 has better battery life but it is only 2 to 4 hours more than iPhone 5S. You still have to charge the bigger iPhone daily and bring a power bank as backup.

Glad to see iPhone supports NFC, finally. The NFC contactless payment has been around for Android devices sometime but the adoption rate is low. Currently, NFC mostly used for pairing wireless devices, smartphone automation, and NFC tags. Hopefully, iPhone with NFC will boost the adoption of NFC technology.

Without 32GB storage option, you have to buy either 16GB or 64GB. 16GB is not recommended because your apps, photos, and videos will fill up all the storage space in no time. Remember, iPhone 6 does not support external memory card.

You should buy 64GB or 128GB version. The latter is a good news for people who store movies and music collection, and never move photos & videos out of iPhone.

Frankly, iPhone 6 is not innovative. Yes, it is doing what other Android manufacturers already did few years ago. But iPhone customers do not care, they get what they want — bigger screen display, longer battery life, better camera, and a smartphone that will works smoothly out of the box.

What say you? Are you buying iPhone 6? Why?

P.S. Did I miss out any new iPhone 6  feature? Please add in the comment.

[LiewCF Buying Guide] iPad Air or iPad Mini 2? Specs and Prices Compared

iPadAir-iPadMini

iPad Air and iPad mini 2

Struggling about buying iPad Air or iPad mini 2? In this article, I compared iPad Air and iPad mini 2 specs and prices and tell you the secret to choose your best iPad.

Compare iPad Air vs. iPad mini 2 specs

For tablet weight, 9.7-inch iPad Air is 138 gram heavier than 7.9-inch iPad mini 2 (331 gram) with the same 7.5mm depth.

100+ gram does not seem heavy but it would make a different when you are holding it for a long time.

Retina display is one of the most requested feature for iPad mini. Now both iPad Air and iPad mini 2 have the same Retina display resolution (2048 x 1536 pixels).

Due to smaller display size, iPad mini 2 has higher pixels per inch (ppi) at 326 than iPad Air (264 ppi). However, you won’t notice the different in their PPI, both are great, trust me.

New A7 64-bit processor is used in both iPad Air and iPad mini 2. It is a great upgrade for iPad mini (A5 to A7) and a step upgrade for iPad (A6X to A7). Every benchmark result shows A7 processor performance is a lot better than previous processors.

Faster processor means shorter battery life, correct? Not in this case. iPad Air and iPad mini 2 still keep the famous 10 hours battery life.

So, should you buy iPad Air or iPad mini 2?

iPad Air and iPad mini 2 specs are same in many ways – both iPads are retina display, same processor, same cameras, same battery life…

The only major different is the display size – 9.7 inch vs. 7.9 inch.

iPad Air’s bigger display is ideal for watching movies with your partner. iPad Air – lightweight & long battery life – could be your ultrabook replacement if you feel comfortable of using iOS productivity apps for work.

For those who prefer a smaller device that can be hold by one hand for a longer time (read news, books, comics, etc), iPad mini 2 is your ideal tablet. It is easier to keep iPad mini 2 too – throw it in any bag and you are ready to go.

Compare iPad Air vs. iPad mini 2 price

iPad Air and iPad mini 2 price compare
iPad Air and iPad mini 2 price compare

iPad Air is RM320 to RM330 more expensive than iPad mini 2. See the table above for iPad Air vs. iPad mini 2 price.

Malaysia iPad Air price

Here is the official Malaysia iPad Air price list:

  • iPad Air WiFi 16GB – RM 1,599
  • iPad Air WiFi 32GB – RM 1,929
  • iPad Air WiFi 64GB – RM 2,249
  • iPad Air WiFi 128GB – RM 2,579
  • iPad Air WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 16GB – RM 2,029
  • iPAd Air WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 32GB – RM 2,349
  • iPad Air WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 64GB – RM 2,679
  • iPad Air WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 128GB – RM 2,999

iPad Air is RM150 to RM230 more expensive than iPad Retina’s launch price.

The price different between iPad Air WiFi vs. iPad Air 4G LTE is around RM 420, similar to iPad Retina.

Malaysia iPad mini 2 price

Here is the official Malaysia iPad mini Retina display (iPad mini 2) price list:

  • iPad mini 2 WiFi 16GB – RM 1,279
  • iPad mini 2 WiFi 32GB – RM 1,599
  • iPad mini 2 WiFi 64GB – RM 1,929
  • iPad mini 2 WiFi 128GB – RM 2,249
  • iPad mini 2 WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 16GB – RM 1,699
  • iPad mini 2 WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 32GB – RM 2,029
  • iPad mini 2 WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 64GB – RM 2,349
  • iPad mini 2 WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 128GB – RM 2,679

iPad mini 2 WiFi 16GB is RM330 more expensive than iPad mini WiFi 16GB. The latter is the only iPad mini 1st generation model available now on Apple Store Malaysia.

Cheapest iPads in the World!

Though iPad Air and iPad mini 2 are both more expensive than previous generation, but Malaysia’s new iPads are one of the cheapest in the world! The price is matching to the Apple USA price!

Availability in Malaysia

iPad Air and iPad mini Retina Display (iPad mini 2) are available without contract at all local Apple resellers, such as Machines, Mac City, Switch and SenQ.

Local telcos – Maxis, DiGi, Celcom – are also offer iPad Air WiFi+4G and iPad mini 2 WiFi+4G with data plan contracts.

Thought

In a nutshell, it really depends on your personal usage and preference. Would you prefer a bigger or smaller tablet?

Instead of struggling in front your computer, why don’t you visit nearest Apple resellers and try both iPad Air and iPad mini 2 to find out which one you like most?

No matter you buy iPad Air and iPad mini 2, they are good for the next few years – thanks to 64-bit processor, good build, iOS updates, and good battery life.

You won’t be wrong buying either one. However, you are advised to buy at least 32GB model. 16GB won’t be enough for your many iPad apps, photos and videos.

So, are you iPad Air or iPad mini 2?

BBM for Android & iPhone: Download Now, then Wait in Queue to Start Using

BBM for Android and iPhone
BBM for Android and iPhone
BBM for Android and iPhone

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is now available for Android and iOS mobile platforms in Google Play, App Store, and selected Samsung App Stores.

On 21st Oct 2013, BlackBerry announced that it has officially resume rollout of BBM for Android and BBM for iPhone around the globe.

You will see BBM in Google Play, App Store and in select Samsung App Stores. Yes, BBM is free to download.

However, BlackBerry is implementing a queuing system for those who are interested to install BBM on Android or iPhone:

  1. Visit BBM.com from your Android or iPhone browser to download BBM.
  2. Install and open BBM app and enter your email address to hold your spot in line.
  3. BlackBerry will email you as soon as you reach the front of the line and can start using BBM.
BBM line-up
BBM line-up

Good news. If you are one of the millions who previously signed up for information about BBM at BBM.com, you can start using BBM immediately without waiting in line.

Innitially, the launch dates for BBM for Android and BBM for iOS is September 21 and 22, respectively. BlackBerry is 1-month late.

BBM for iOS was released in Malaysia last month but was quickly halted due to demand strain on its servers, and then delayed BBM for Android launch.

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Now You Can Download Google Maps for iOS in Malaysia App Store

Google Maps app for iOS navigation preview in satellite view in Malaysia
Google Maps app for iOS  navigation preview in satellite view in Malaysia
Google Maps app for iOS navigation preview in satellite view in Malaysia

Since Google Maps app for iOS released in December 2012, Malaysians have been waiting for the maps app in Malaysia App Store to replace the lousy Apple Maps on their iPhone and iPad.

Wait no more! Google Maps for iOS is now available for free download at Malaysia App Store!

When Google Maps for Android updated with new design and turn-by-turn navigation in Malaysia, Google Malaysia said iOS version is coming “as soon as we[Google] get App Store approval”. A week later, Google Maps for iOS appears in Malaysia App Store!

What’s new in version 2.0

Google Maps iOS navigation
Google Maps iOS navigation

The following is what’s new in Google Maps for iOS version 2.0:

  • New design for iPad
  • Enhanced navigation including live traffic updates and incident reports
  • Explore: a new way to browse and discover popular local places to eat, drink, shop, play and sleep
  • Simple 5-star ratings and reviews from friends, plus expert Zagat content
  • Great deals from your favourite brands with Google Offers
  • Indoor maps with walking directions for shopping centres, public transport stations, airports and more.

What’s missing

However, I see some missing features in Malaysia’s Google Maps 2.0. It does not have cycling direction, local reviews (Explore), and Street View. Public Transport direction has no data but showing walking time instead.

Google Maps iOS route options
Google Maps iOS route options

In short, Google Maps for iOS in Malaysia is only good for location search and getting direction. Anyway, thanks to the Google Maps data, the location search is fast and accurate. Driving direction gives you alternative routes and estimated travel time, too.

Google Maps for iOS is now No.1 free app on Malaysia App Store. The average rating is 4.5 out of 5 based on 145 ratings. That’s very positive! The top keyword in the app review is – “Finally!”

Some users comment that Google Maps app is a bit lagging on iPad. I can not test it because iPad 1 is not supported. Google Maps 2.0 requires iOS 6.0 or later. Meaning, only support iPhone 3GS or later, iPad 2 or later, and iPad mini.

Google Maps or Waze?

Waze was an alternative to Google Maps navigation when the latter is not available in local App Store. Now that Waze and Google Maps are both available, which one would you use for your navigation?

Personally, I would use Google Maps to search for venue locations and checking the nearby public transports because the map data is more complete.

Waze is good for live traffic report while you are driving. Waze uses crowdsourcing map data, it really depends on the number of Waze users in an area. Some areas have complete map, but some are incompletely mapped.

How do you use Google Maps for mobile? Share with us in the comment below.

Download Google Maps for iOS [iTunes]