Apple launches new iPad Mini and 4th Gen iPad

After all the leaks in what possibly is Apple’s worst kept secret, Apple unveiled the all new iPad Mini in the media event it hosted 1am Malaysian Time. The iPad Mini was released to combat the fierce competition from Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle series. The specs seemed lackluster and last gen compared to the new iPad, but it was necessary to meet the $349 starting price of the Mini. Specs include a 7.9 inch 1024×768 display, a dual core A5 processor all in a slim 7.5mm thick frame. It also comes with a 5MP iSight camera, Nd Apple promises a  10 hour battery life, as it does with all its iPads.

In the midst of all the hoohah, Apple managed to shock the entire world, by releasing the 4th generation iPad, 7 months after the 3rd generation. The new “new” iPad keeps most of the 3rd gen specs, save for a new Facetime HD front shooter, and all new A6X cpu that’s twice as fast. Both the iPads come with apples new Lightning connector, a move to standardise its ports.

Keep it locked to Cracktech on availability of the new iPads in Malaysia.

Credit : Engadget

Nexus 7 Malaysian Launch Liveblog

 
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ASUS Malaysia is hosting a media event today to launch the Nexus 7 here in Malaysia. Want in on the scoop live? Our new website, CrackTech.net ,will be liveblogging it, so tune in on time! The event starts at Friday , 21 September 3PM ( GMT + 8 Malaysian Time ). Also, please comment on what questions you may have for ASUS , and we’ll ask them for you . Please visit the new site here http://cracktech.net/2012/09/21/nexus-7-malaysian-launch-liveblog/ where the liveblog is happening.

 

iPhone 5 Announced: Thinner, Lighter, Faster.

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After all the rumours and painfully long waits, Apple has finally launched their latest flagship, the iPhone 5, during the September 12 event scheduled earlier. The released product met with a number of leaks and rumours, even the design. However, the iPhone wasn’t the only star of the show. Apple also took the opportunity to unveil new versions of its iPod lineup, the Nano, Shuffle, and of course the Touch.
The latest iPhone 5 comes with an all new processor, the A6. Apple quotes it to be two times faster than the A5X on the new iPad, paired with a quad cored graphics chip. Apple did not disclose clock speeds and core numbers, but many believe it to be an overclocked dual core chip, with the latest Arm 15 architecture, beating Samsung and Qualcomm to releasing Krait.

The biggest talk however is the new 4 inch screen of the iPhone 5, upgraded from 3.5 inches from every previous iPhone. The resolution has also been bumped up to retain Retina status, and is now a 1130 x 640 display with an almost 16:9 ratio. Older apps will be letterboxed until they are updated to support the new display ratio. There will now be 5 rows of icons to accommodate the new real estate.

A long with that, a few other features will surely whet Apple fan boys. The front camera is now  Facetime HD, capable of 720p recording. The back camera, surprisingly, has not been changed from the iPhone 4S, with only software improvements made to enhance photo taking. Apple also took the chance to unveil new headphones, dubbed EarPort. Apple also unveiled the much leaked new charging and data transfer port, Lightning. It’s a new 8 pin dock, trimmed down from the 30 pin original from 9 years back. Pricing starts at $199 for 16GB model

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As for the iPod, the Touch is now 4″ with the A6 cpu, and it’s all new design is 6mm thin with a fully colourful aluminium backing. Now you have a variety of colours for the iPod touch. Pricing is $299 for the 32GB and $399 for the 64GB model.

The new iPod Nano comes with an all new 2.5″ touch display with home button and the Lightning port, but it doesn’t run on iOS. The new shuffle is essentially the same as the previous model except for more colour options.

How to Buy a Nexus 7 in Malaysia

 

 

Ever since Google launched the Nexus 7 in Google I/O 2012, every Malaysian has been searching high and low for a way to purchase the Nexus 7 , and for a reasonable price at that. Because of that I’ve tried my best to search through the internet and all the online stores to try and find possible ways for us to get our hands on Google’s latest and greatest.

IP-Mart

IPMart has been one of the fastest local resellers to offer the Nexus 7 , priced at RM949 for the 8GB version and RM1149 for the 16GB version. Yes , this might be RM300 more than the RRP price from the Play Store, but its the only option that ships fast and the only store locally selling it. I have gotten confirmation from Google Malaysia that they have no immediate plans to release the Nexus 7 here yet, so this may be a viable option. You have an option to pay either by Bank In, Credit Card , PayPal or even Cash On Delivery ( select States). Click here for more details.

Negri Electronics

Negri Electronics is well known for offering all the latest devices the fastest and they ship internationally – including Malaysia! The 8Gb version is RM780 and the 16GB model is RM1000 . It is slightly cheaper than IPMart, but when you take into account the shipping costs and delivery time, it comes up to the same. More info here.

Google Play Store

This is the cheapest but hardest option, as it requires you to ship to a US address, and have your friend ship it to you. You have the advantage of buying it with the RRP price of $199 / @249 but it’s quite troublesome to find a friend who is willing to go through the trouble to ship it to you. You will also have to get your friend in the US to purhase it for you, as the Play Store website isn’t accessible from Malaysia.

I hope these options certainly help you to get your hands on the much coveted Nexus 7 . We ourselves are working on purchasing one and we’ll definitely review the device when we get it. Stay tuned.

 

[Rumour] Samsung reportedly preparing Jelly Bean for Galaxy SIII, August 29th rollout?

 

After Google unveiled its latest flavor of Android during Google I/O 2012, everyone was anxious to know when their device would get the update, or IF? Samsung has been open about updating the Galaxy SIII to Jelly Bean, and reports are coming in from SamMobille and GSMArena that Samsung are working on the update and are expecting to release it on August 29. This date may ring a bell, as its the day that Samsung will be unveiling its Note 2 during the Unpacked event for IFA in Berlin. Looks like Samsung may have other announcements besides the Note’s successor.

Skeptics may say that this rumour may be just that, – a rumour – , as test builds of future OTA updates always end up leaking on XDA, with devs releasing the leaked updates to users. However, don’t take this with a grain of salt just yet, Samsung have certainly tightened up security on their part and are avoiding any leaks as far as possible. We haven’t even gotten a glimpse of the Note 2 yet, which clearly shows Sammy’s efforts.

The rollout is expected to hit international versions of the Galaxy S3 first, as carrier branded models have to go through their strict checks and “optimisation” process. Users in Malaysia can expect a brisk update as our models are part of the International rollout.

Stay tuned for more info on CrackTech.

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[ROOT] CyanogenMOD 9 stable release available for all supported devices

 

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So, have you been rocking the stock version of ICS courtesy of CyanogenMod , but have yet to make it your daily driver due to stability issues? Fear not, as the folks at Cyanogen have finally released the stable version of its ICS based CM9. The build is available for all CM9 supported devices right now, from the Galaxy Nexus all the way to the Incredible 2. The latest release brings a new audio equalizer , OS Gesture Commands, and themes among other changes to the new stable build. Hit the link below to get the full rundown of devices and downloads, and of course if you’re in for some JellyBean totting CM10, you’ll have to wait much longer for a stable release.

CyanogenMod 9

 

Samsung’s Monster 11.8 Inch Tablet With Retina-like Display

The Apple vs Samsung court battle started yesterday, and it’s already shed light on an upcoming tablet by the Korean company.The device – codenamed P10 – measures a monster 11.8-inches, which would make it Samsung’s biggest tablet to date.And it’ll also come packing a display on a par with that on Apple’s latest iPad.

Retina display

According to court documents, the screen will have a resolution of 2,560×1,600-pixels. That dwarfs the iPad’s 2,048×1,536-pixels, but spread over the larger screen (the iPad is just 9.7-inches), still has a mighty impressive 256 pixels per inch (ppi).The iPad’s screen is 264ppi, but Samsung’s should still be just as bright and sharp.And standing nearly 12-inches, it should look phenomenal.

August announcement?

Samsung is holding an event in mid-August, pre-IFA, so it could well announce the monster tablet then. Or that could be the official unveiling of the Galaxy Note 10.1 we saw back at CES in January, and haven’t heard much about since.The ‘P10’ tablet should have LTE connectivity, too. Though that’s not much good to us Brits, seeing as we don’t have LTE networks rolled out here yet.

The trial

These kinds of revelations are an upside to the court proceedings between Apple and Samsung. Previously Apple’s prototype iPhone mock-ups were revealed, along with a prospective iPad design that had a kickstand.The case is expected to last about a month. A jury of 10 people has now been selected, and they should be hearing the opening statements later today.

Via: The Verge