[Official]Astro Unveils On-The-Go Service

Bringing your favorite Astro channels and shows outside the constraints of your television set – that is what the new Astro On-The-Go service is all about. Using mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets as well as computers, the service was officially launched and made available to the members of public yesterday.

Based on one’s Astro package subscription, a user is able to access up to 11 channels on Astro On-The-Go service for now which includes CNN, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, One HD, Astro Awani, Astro Xiao Tai Yang, Astro TVIQ, Astro Warna, Astro AEC, Astro Ria Plus and Astro Shuang Xing. In addition to that, there is alsoCatch Up TV which offers access to previously aired programs that consisted of local and international drama series, reality shows, sports highlights, news, and education programs as well as Nadi Arena.

The web interface of Astro On-The-Go service on Apple Safari browser.

The Astro On-The-Go service also offers channels specifically for live event and for starter, it will be featuring the upcoming UEFA Euro 2012 with all 31 matches will be shown live on the service as well as access to UEFA Catch Up TV videos and Video-On-Demand (VOD) titles. Speaking of VOD, this particular portion of the serviceallows users to access a library of local and international movies but then, there is a catch – before a user is able to view VOD contents on their mobile devices, the selected contents from the VOD library must be downloaded via Astro decoder before they can be viewed on one’s devices.

Through the launch event yesterday, it also marked the Phase I (out of three phases) of Astro On-The-Go deployment to the market. This particular phase which will last till 31st August 2012 acts as a preview period for all Astro subscribers to enjoy. Once Phase II kicks in from 1st September onwards which marks the start of commercial phase for Astro On-The-Go, the service will then be limited to only Astro B.yond IPTV subscribers and customers that own more than one decoder.

The service will be open again to all Astro subscribers as well as non-subscribers in Phase III which is said to take place by the end of 2012. Non-subscribers are actually able to enjoy Astro On-The-Go right now but they are limited to only selected VOD titles.

One of the nifty feature of the service is that a user is able to pause the show that he or she is watching on one device and then resume it on another device.

The Astro On-The-Go service is currently accessible via Apple iPad with Apple iPhone support coming soon and Android devices in Phase II of the service’s deployment timeline. It can also be accessed on computers via onthego.astro.com.my which officially supports the four main Internet browsers; namely the Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox. The service is currently available free of charge.

We have two video demonstration of Astro On-The-Go mobile service coming up, so stay tuned for them. For the meantime, head on to www.astro.com.my/onthego for more information on the service. Lowyat also has a video demo of the service in action here.

SOURCE: LowyatNet

[Official] Maxis Unveils Samsung Galaxy S3 from RM999

Maxis Offers S3 from RM900 during promo period

As we reported yesterday, the leaksturn out to be true. The banner was legit and today Maxis has unveiled their rates and plans on contract.

They also have a special promo running from 31 May – 3 June 2012 . The Nature – Inspired phone will be available from as low as RM900 with a 3GB data plan for a 24 month contract. The promo is only available at all their Maxis outlets.

Maxis’ plans are not too far off from its competitors in terms of pricing. The S3 is available on 12 , 18 or 24 month contracts and bundled with the usual 1GB or 3GB data plan. This is on top of your existing Value Plus 30 ( or above) postpaid plan.As reported earlier , they are indeed offering their LOKER service with their S3 . Altogether , you get 75GB of cloud storage ( incl. 50GB dropbox) on the spot. Here’s a summary of the plans offered.

12 Months – RM1799 ( 1GB)

RM1699 (3GB)

18 Months – RM1699 (1GB)

RM1599 (3GB)

24 Months – RM1599 ( 1GB)

RM900**(3GB)

Maxis has not mentioned the price of the 24 month S3 after its promo period is over. It’s likely they will update their Android Page

with pricing . We will definitely let you once we get word on it. Stay tuned for more news on tech in malaysia and all over the world.

[Leaked] Maxis Galaxy SIII Promotion

Maxis Samsung Galaxy SIII Promo Banner

Source: Lowyat.Net

Surprise, surprise! Looks’s like Maxis is going to offer the Samsung Galaxy S3 after all. This poster was leaked online today with the promo period slated for 31 May- 3 June. This leads us to believe it may be fake because Maxis hasnt made any official announcements even though it starts tomorrow. Nevertheless, the banner looks extremely legit and the pricing is as predicted.

The offer states that Maxis users can get the Nature Inspired smartphone for a cool RM999 on a 3GB plan at RM68 per month for 24 months which is aligned somewhat with the DiGi Smart Plan 88 deal. , it comes with 25GB of LOKER storage, coupled with the 50GB DROPBOX storage offered by Samsung. That’s a whopping 75GB of cloud storage in your hands, plus the Galaxy S3 is expandable up to 32GB of SD storage. 100GB of storage isn’t too shabby, event for the heaviest of users. For postpaid customers who have been with Maxis for less than a year, you will need an advance payment of RM900 and that amount will be credited back to your account immediately.  Curiously , there only seems to be a white option which adds more weight to the rumour of the Pebble Blue S3 having manufacturing issues.

As always stay tuned for more info and official announcements!

Sony Xperia Go and Acro S: Water Resistant and Playstation Certified

The newly announced Xperia Go/ Acro S

Sony has just announced two smartphones , the Xperia Go ( Xperia Advance in US ) and the flagship Acro S. The Go is a 3.5 inch Android 2.3 device which comes with a 1Ghz Processor and a new feature called a “Wet Finger Censor”. This is supposedly a sensor on the screen which is able to detect touch even under water / when your hands are wet. The Go also has an IP67 certification for its dust and water-proof build. An Ice Cream Sandwich update is slated for this device later this year.

The Acro S on the other hand has a 4.3 inch 720p display and will actually launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich , unlike its younger brother the GO which launches with only Gingerbread. It also has a Playstation Certified status, which should suffice for all your Playstation mobile gaming needs. Its also comes with a 1.5Ghz dual core CPU and a 12-Megapixel shooter!

Both the Xperia Go/Advance and the Acro S should ship in Q3 2012 if everything goes according to Sony’s plan , along with the Android 4.0 update for the Go.

Samsung Galaxy SIII Touchwiz UX for Galaxy Nexus (CM9)

Screenshots of CM9+TWUX Addon

Good news for all Galaxy Nexus users! The great folks from Cyanogenmod have released an addon pack for all Galaxy Nexuses running CM9. The addon is available as a .zip file to be flashed on top of the latest nightly release of CM9. Although this is tailor -made for the Nexus, some users have reported it working on CM9 builds of other models. ( Please do not attempt this because you are in risk of bricking ). As usual , NANDROID before doing anything! The add -on definitely make your Nexus look identical to an S3 and almost suffices for an upgrade , since the only reason to do so is the new Exynos and camera. Enjoy your nature-filled UI ! The file can be downloaded here. Check here for downloads for the Original Galaxy S and the Plus.

The Apple Store is Down !

The Apple Store down for maintainence

Just after Tim Cook‘s informative yet secretive D10 Conference today , the Apple store has gone down. Despite not making any new announcements , the store is down. It may just be a routine maintainence for the store , or it could be a new product . We’ll never know until the store is back up so stay tuned for updates on that! Check out the Apple Store to see for yourself !

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