At Last, Twitter App Available for Windows 8 & Windows RT

Twitter for Windows 8
Twitter for Windows 8
Twitter for Windows 8

Twitter is one of the most popular social networking service and we ranted the lack of official Twitter app for Windows 8 when the new operating system launched last year.

Thanks for waiting.

At last, the official Twitter app is now available for Windows 8 on Windows Store. In addtion to familiar Twitter features like Home, Connect, Discover, and Me tabs, the app added new functions that takes advantage of Windows 8 features:

  • Snap view: You can snap Twitter into the left or right side of the screen and use other app on the same screen. You can adjust the app size to 1/3, 2/3, or full screen.
  • Photos: Twitter app uses landscape view to give you larger version of photos, you can also swipe horizontally to view photo gallery in the Discover tab or a user’s profile.
  • Share charm: Simply reveal the Windows 8 charm bar from the right edge and choose Share charm to share content (photo, article, etc) from any app to Twitter.
  • Search charm: Like Share charm, Search charm allows you to easily find an account or see a hashtag tweets.
  • Live Tiles and notifications: Twitter Live Tiles and notifications keep you updated on Windows 8 tiles screen.

Check out the Twitter for Windows 8 screenshots and video below:

 

Here is the Twitter for Windows 8 video:

 

Now you can download Twitter for Windows 8 on Windows Store. Available in 22 languages. Support Windows 8 and Windows RT.

ASUS TAICHI Convertible, VivoTab Smart Windows 8 Tablet, MeMO Pad Android Tablet (Price & Specs)

Asus Taichi event group photo
Asus Taichi event group photo
(L-R) Li Huai Pin, Country Product Manager of Tablets; Alex Feng, Country Product Manager of Notebooks (credit to Goldfries.com)

In January 2013, ASUS Malaysia launched 3 new products — ASUS TAICHI dual-screen Windows 8 convertible, VivoTab Smart Windows 8 tablet, and MeMO Pad 7-inch Android tablet. Read on to find the the specs, price and my first impressions of the products.

ASUS TAICHI

ASUS Taichi dual-screen ultrabook
ASUS Taichi dual-screen ultrabook

ASUS TAICHI is the world’s first dual-screen Windows 8 convertible. The back-to-back 11.6-inch screens both have 1920×1080 pixels. The back screen is 10 point touch screen, while front screen is not touch-enabled.

Tai Chi is a Chinese system of slow meditative physical exercise for relaxation and balance and health. source

ASUS Taichi button
ASUS Taichi button to switch display modes

With the unique TAICHI button on the keyboard, you can switch ASUS TAICHI in 4 display modes:

  1. Notebook mode — works like notebook, back screen is off.
  2. Tablet mode — close the lid and TAICHI becomes a tablet.
  3. Mirror mode — both screens display the same content.
  4. Dual-screen mode — display different content on each screen, as if the back screen is an external monitor.

There’s also a “screen lock” switch at the side of the notebook to turn off the tablet display.

Frankly, I don’t see how two back-to-back screen would be useful. And that unique feature add weight and size and cost to the notebook. The concept sounds cool but less practical.

Specs

  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • tablet screen: 11.6” Full HD (1920×1080) with 10 point touch
  • notebook screen: 11.6” Full HD (1920×1080)
  • Windows 8
  • Integrated HD Graphics 4000
  • 5M with Auto Focus 1080P Camera on tablet side
  • 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD
  • Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0
  • 32GB Asus Cloud storage for 3 years
  • 1.25 KG weight

ASUS TAICHI 21 price is RM 3,999 in Malaysia.

ASUS VivoTab Smart

ASUS ViVoTab Smart
ASUS ViVoTab Smart Windows 8 tablet

ASUS VivoTab Smart is a 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet. It is powered by Intel Atom dual-core CPU. Weighing at only 580 gram and 9.7mm thin. VivoTab Smart has a 8MP F/2.2 rear camera for those who like to take photo using a tablet.

ASUS VivoTab Smart does not comes with keyboard dock nor stand. You can complete it with TransBoard wireless keyboard (RM249) and TransSleeve Cover (RM169).

Since there is no sign of Microsoft’s Surface Pro coming to Malaysia, you may consider ASUS VivoTab Smart as a cheaper Windows 8 tablet that support all PC hardware and Windows desktop software.

Specs

  • 10.1-inch (1366×768) 5 point touch display
  • Intel Atom dual-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • Support WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) and 3G/LTE
  • 580g
  • 9.5 hours battery life

ASUS VivoTab Smart price in Malaysia is RM 1,799 (WiFi model) and RM 2,099 (WiFi + 3G/LTE model).

ASUS MeMO Pad

ASUS MeMo Pad
ASUS MeMo Pad

ASUS is the manufacturer of the famous Google Nexus 7. MeMO Pad is a cheaper 7-inch Android tablet.

READ ALSO: Nexus 7 tablet review

ASUS MeMO Pad is powered by 1GHz VIA WM8950 CPU and 1GB RAM, running Android Jelly Bean. The 7-inch 10-point multi-touch display has a resolution of 1024×600 pixels. No GPS. Unlike Nexus 7, ASUS MeMO Pad supports SD card expansion up to 32GB. You also receive 5GB of ASUS WebStorage (free for life) with purchase of MeMO Pad.

Specs

  • VIA WM8950 1GHz CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB/16GB storage with microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • 5GB free ASUS WebStorage
  • 7-inch (1024×600) multi-touch display
  • 1MP front camera
  • weight: 358 g

ASUS MeMO Pad retail price is at RM 499 in Malaysia. It is available in 3 colors: Sugar While, Titanium Gray and Cherry Pink.

➤ Visit ASUS for more information.

Celcom Offer Samsung ATIV Smart PC Windows 8 Tablet with 3G

Samsung ATIV Smart PC
Samsung ATIV Smart PC
Samsung ATIV Smart PC

Celcom offer Samsung ATIV Smart PC, the Samsung’s first Windows 8 3G tablet. Visit Blue Cube Sunway Iconic on 25 January 2013 to receive Celcom exclusive offers including Liquipel vouchers and Samsung Keyboard Dock & Pouch.

Samsung ATIV Smart PC

Samsung ATIV Smart PC is a Windows 8 tablet that support 3G connectivity. Meaning, you can run full Windows desktop software such as Microsoft Office suite on the tablet; support  USB “plug and play” to PC peripherals such as printer; Access Internet on-the-go using 3G data connection.

In short, Samsung ATIV Smart PC is a full Windows 8 computer in tablet size that closes the gap between work and leisure.

Now, let’s learn about the hardware specs of the Windows 8 tablet. Samsung ATIV Smart PC is powered by Intel Atom processor for a balance in between processing power and battery life. The 11.6-inch touchscreen display has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels.  It has 2GB RAM and 64GB storage space, support Micro SD. The build-in 30WH battery provides battery life up to 10 hours continuous video playback.

You would be delighted to find that Samsung ATIV Smart PC has a 8 MegaPixel (MP) rear camera to take photos and then edit & upload them all on the tablet, as well as a 2MP front camera for video conference calls.

For connectivity, ATIV Smart PC supports WiFi (802.11 n/g/b/a), Bluetooth 4.0, and 3G/4G LTE. It also has a USB2.0 port and mini HDMI for data input/output.

Like Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung ATIV Smart PC includes a S-Pen & S-note for note taking and easily add remarks on documents. It’s convenience! When you need to do a lot of typing (that’s me!), a magnetic keyboard dock instantly turn the tablet into a 11.6-inch notebook.

Samsung ATIV Smart PC retail price is RM2499 (~USD833) in Malaysia. With Celcom First Data plan, you can get it from RM1,758. Read on for the details.

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Buy Samsung ATIV Smart PC with Celcom First Data

Since ATIV Smart PC supports 3G connectivity, it would be a good idea to subscribe a data plan for it. Celcom now offer Samsung ATIV Smart PC from RM1758 with Celcom First Data + Voice plans. The Celcom First Data + Voice plan start from RM48. Celcom has the widest network coverage in Malaysia and offer best network quality for messaging, calls, web surfing, etc.

Check out Celcom Samsung ATIV Smart PC plans in the table below:

Celcom Samsung ATIV Smart plans
Celcom Samsung ATIV Smart plans

Celcom exclusive offer

Are you interested to buy Samsung ATIV Smart PC? Visit Blue Cube Sunway Iconic on 25 January 2013 for Celcom exclusive offers. The first 200 customers who sign up with any Celcom First Data plan will receive Liquipel,  water safe nano-coating, service voucher worth RM90. The first 30 customers will get FREE Samsung Keyboard Dock & Pouch worth RM550.

Visit Celcom website for more information.

*This post is sponsored by Celcom

8 Winning Apps of WOWZAPP Malaysia 2012 Software Development Marathon

Malaysia WOWZAPP 2012 winners

WOWZAPP 2012 banner

Microsoft WOWZAPP 2012 Hackathon for Windows was participated by 413 students and software developers. The event has been recognized by the Malaysia Book of Records for the “most number of participants in a software development marathon”.

In this article, you will learn about the 8 winning apps of WOWZAPP Malaysia 2012, including the developers behind them and their download pages on Windows Store.

WOWZAPP Malaysia 2012 was part of the WOWZAPP 2012 Worldwide Hackathon held simultaneously in more than 30 locations worldwide from 9–11 November 2012 for 32 hours straight.

Participants were provided with the resources to build their apps, such as Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 and a free Windows Store registration code, as well as guidance of developer experts and trainers from Microsoft.

At the end of the event, 94 teams had submit 94 apps for consideration for the Windows Store.

8 winning apps of WOWZAPP Malaysia 2012

Malaysia WOWZAPP 2012 winners
Group photo of Dinesh Nair, Director of Developer and Platform Evangelism for Microsoft Malaysia with the proud winners of the Malaysia WOWZAPP 2012 Hackathon for Windows.

1. Food with Friends

food with friends
food with friends

A social networking app for foodies. Login with Facebook, search a favorite place and share it out! When they comment on any of your post on facebook, you will be able to see them on the app and arrange a food gathering!

Award: Best Overall (Student)
Developer: Lim Shang Yi
Download: http://aka.ms/MYFoodWithFriends

2. Tap Tap Color

Tap Tap Color
Tap Tap Color

An addictive casual games app that challenges the gamers to get points by tapping onto colored tiles. It can run in single player or multi-player mode.

Award: Most Fun
Developers: Marvin Heng Hiang Meng, Tham Cheng Bin, Yap May Kee
Download: http://aka.ms/TapColor

3. English4Kids

English4Kids
English4Kids

English4Kids is a educational application that aims to teach kids names of animals and fruit in a fun and interesting way! Fun music and voice overs keep kids entertained.

Award: Most Innovative (Student)
Developers: Mohammed Omar, Zoheir Ahmed
Download: http://aka.ms/EN4Kids

4. Meme Rockband 2

Meme Rockband 2
Meme Rockband 2

One or two players can run their virtual band thru this entertainment app. Players can select the musical instrument of their choice.

Award: Best of Show (Professional)
Developers: John Joel Saguit, Hassan Mohamad Basri, Beng Lon Mok
Download: http://aka.ms/MemeRockband2

5. Al Jazeera Hub

Aj Jazeera Hub
Aj Jazeera Hub

Al Jazeera Hub was designed to fetch Al Jazeera’s official feed, Facebook feed, Twitter feed and Youtube feed all in one beautiful panorama. Also, you can easily share within your social networks.

Award: Best Overall Mobile
Developers: Mohammed Omar
Download: http://aka.ms/AlJazeera

6. My Health

My Health
My Health

A functional app for everyone. It is a BMI Calculator and recommends activities for users.

Award: Best Social Impact
Developers: Tan Xiang Zhi
Download: http://aka.ms/MYHealth

7. Secret Recipe

Secret Recipe
Secret Recipe

Details about the retail chain of the same name, includes menus, promotions and franchise.

Award: iPay88 Challenge
Developers: Kee Yong Zheng
Download: http://aka.ms/SecretRecipe

8. Deal Hunt

Deal Hunt
Deal Hunt

This is an app that aggregates multiple group buying websites in Malaysia. Updating new deals every daily, it lightens the load of shopaholics! Now you do not need to spend time looking for deals, it’s all there for you!

Award: iPay88 Challenge
Developers: Eric Lai Weng Lec, Dhurkesh A/L Puspanathan, Ch’ng You Chao
Download: http://aka.ms/DealHunt

What did developers say about WOWZAPP?

“This has been an amazing experience for me to be able to learn new skills, network and exchange ideas with other software developers. WOWZAPP has provided me with access to resources and knowledge that will certainly help me to innovate and explore the possibilities in software development today and in the future.” – Lim Shang Yi, developer of Food with Friends app.

“Developing on the Windows 8 platform was fairly easy compared to other platforms. The resources and assistance made available to us during the Hackathon really helped us.” – Tham Cheng Bin, developer of the Tap Tap Color app.

“This is the first time we developed an app for Windows 8 and we found the experience really easy. There was ever-ready support from the Microsoft team on the ground to help guide us.” – John Joel Saguit, developer of the Meme Rock Band 2 app.

“WOWZAPP 2012 is a great place to meet and brainstorm with students, startups and developers whilst providing an opportunity to combine technology with entrepreneurship.” – Kee Yong Zheng, developer of Secret Recipe app.

Buying a Cheap Windows 8 Touchscreen Notebook Under RM2000

Erin and her Acer Aspire V5

ACER Aspire V5
ACER Aspire V5

This is a true story. I helped my cousin-in-law to buy a Windows 8 touchscreen notebook under RM2000 budget.

My 21-year-old cousin-in-law, Erin, was looking for a new notebook after her ex-notebook’s AMD CPU burned. Knowing I am a tech blogger, she sought for my advice on buying a notebook.

What’s your notebook budget and usage?

When buying a computer, my advices are setting a budget, listing down your computer usage and the “good-to-have” features.

Erin’s budget is under RM2000 (~USD666). She will use the notebook for light tasks such as web surfing, listening music, watching video, plus some office works. A slim and lightweight notebook (Ultrabook) is preferable. Card reader and DVD drive are good to have. Touchscreen is a bonus.

Windows 8 tablet under RM2000

Erin was checking out Windows 8 tablet. Two Windows 8 tablets that’s under RM2000 in Malaysia are Dell Latitude 10(RM1980) and ACER Iconia W5 (RM1699, without keyboard dock).

I don’t recommend Windows 8 tablet to her because, according to her usage, a 13-inch notebook with faster CPU and more disk space is more value for money and more suitable to her.

RM2000 Windows 8 notebooks

We spent hours at Plaza Low Yat surveyed many notebook models of different brands (HP, DELL, ACER, ASUS, LENOVO, etc).

With RM2300, you can buy a decent Windows 8 notebook with Intel i5 CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard disk + 32GB SSD, and dedicated graphic processor.

That would be the basic of my ideal Windows notebook, but RM2300 has exceeded Erin’s budget. Passed.

There are quite a number of notebooks under RM2000 (Windows 8 and Windows 7) as well. Generally, they have cheaper CPU (AMD, Intel i3, Intel Pentium) and don’t have dedicated graphic processor.

ACER Aspire V5

In the end, Erin decided on ACER Aspire V5. I can felt that she fall in love to the notebook at the first sight. ;)

The notebook is in silver color, it is not metal but feel more tough than cheap notebook plastic body. The keyboard is backlit!

ACER Aspire V5 has a few models. The one I refer here is V5–471P–33214G50Mass (what da genius model name!). It is a slim profile 14-inch Windows 8 notebook powered by Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard disk. Complete with HDMI port, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 ports, VGA and network combo port. Weight about 2.1KG.

Despite the slim body, ACER Aspire V5 has build-in DVD drive! The real surprise is.. dang! dang! 10-points touchscreen! So far, this is the only notebook under RM2000 we checked comes with touchscreen.

You really like to have a touchscreen for Windows 8 user interface.

We bought ACER Aspire V5 (model: V5–471P–33214G50Mass) at RM1900. We also paid RM50 for Acer SuperCare 2-year Extended Warranty (total 3 years warranty for the notebook).

The extended warranty pack priced over RM100 but the shop sold to us at only RM50… That’s a steal!

LiewCF’s Two Cents

Since the Windows 8 release in November 2012, many Windows 8 devices are now available in the market, from budget to luxury.

I was wrong. Windows 8 notebook is not expensive at all.

In this example, the ACER Aspire V5 is basically perfect for students and home users. The touchscreen feature in a budget notebook really make the model stand out from the crowd. Thumb up for ACER!

For myself, I would spend RM300 more to get a higher specs notebook, even it does not have a touchscreen. Notebook with touchscreen is fun but it does not help to improve my productivity like the better hardware.

Have you buy a Windows 8 notebook? Which model and how much? Tell us in the comment.