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HTC Flyer REVIEW ! something between smart phone and iPad......

The Tablet Re-imagined

HTC Flyer
HTC pushes out its first tablet product into the market with a pocketable 7-inch, aluminium encased unibody tablet running a tweaked version of Android v2.3 Gingerbread, sweetened by HTC Sense. I had the opportunity to play with it briefly during last week’s media launch at Sky Bar, Traders Hotel. Read on for my first impressions on this nifty device.

Design – Unibody Sex

HTC’s design language has been pretty consistent across all its products and it’s no different with the HTC Flyer. Carved from a single block of aluminium (yes like the Apple’s MacBook Pro, hint hint), the HTC Flyer exudes the coolness and build quality that’s synonymous with HTC. Although it’s only a 7-inch and fits in your hand (and pocket), it still feels properly weighted, tipping the scales at 420g inclusive of the battery. I am not a fan of the plasticky bits of the exterior, however, overall finishing and material is top class. Honestly speaking, I’m not fond of 7-inch tablets as they are not optimum for reading, and since being spoiled by the screen real estate of a 9.7-inch iPad, anything smaller just feels, well, inadequate. Ahem, yes size does matter, contrary to popular belief! On the opposite side of that argument, 7-inches means it’s easier to hold and more pocketable. The only hardware buttons are power and volume.
HTC Flyer_D-LR

Hardware – Full Specced Special

The HTC Flyer is powered by a single-core Qualcomm MSM 8255 Snapdragon 1.5Ghz processor. Why single-core and not a dual-core Tegra 2 you may ask? At this juncture, the OS has not been optimized for dual-core chips and performance gains in the real world are minimal. HTC opted for the single-core for the balance between overall performance and battery life. It comes built-in with a generous 1GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage (depending on configuration). The tablet comes with all the modern bells and whistles that every tablet should have in this day and age – GSM/HSPA and WIFI (b/g/n) connectivity, internal GPS antenna, Bluetooth 3.0, mini-USB, microSD expansion and two cameras. The front is a 1.3MP camera (for camwhoring and video chat!) while the rear boasts a 5MP with autofocus sans flash which supports 720p HD video recording. Other goodies include G-sensor, digital compass and ambient light sensor. Battery wise, HTC has included a 4000mAH lithium-ion, good for up to 8 hours (video up to 4hours), which is quite commendable.

Software – A Whole Lotta Sense

You have to hand it to HTC for their commitment to deliver the ‘HTC experience’ to customers in both hardware and software. HTC Sense, HTC’s special skinning over Android has its strong points although some consider it an acquired taste. I think they’ve done a pretty good job with Gingerbread 2.3 on a tablet. As you know, Gingerbread isn’t meant for a tablet form factor so it’s quite a challenge I imagine to get things to display and work optimally on the HTC Flyer. It will be interesting how HTC works with Honeycomb when Google releases the tablet-optimised OS to developers/manufacturers. HTC Sense is very widget-driven, and very, very social – and this is apparent on the HTC Flyer as well. The home screen is pretty nice, widgets arranged in a 3D carousel. Go crazy swiping! Visually, landscape is best as in portrait mode things seem a little cramped. Overall experience is as you would expect – responsive, snappy.

With the HTC Flyer, HTC is introducing a new pen-based innovation – HTC Scribe Technology. Before you balk and get flashbacks to the PDA-driven 90s, wait. HTC thinks this is a good idea. This innovative pen interaction technology enables natural note-taking, drawing, and even scribbling on web pages and photos. A feature called Timemark enables you to capture audio of a meeting together with your written notes, so tapping on a word in your notes instantly takes you to that exact place in time in the audio recording of the meeting. Pretty cool. The non-capacitative stylus was co-developed with N-Trig, a digitizer expert. The stylus is battery-powered and it’s an ‘active’ pen which communicates with the screen and relays its pressure, positioning, etc. The Flyer actually uses a special N-Trig panel built together with the capacitative screen and stylus. HTC Scribe does not work with regular styli, so don’t bother trying! The stylus battery-life is apparently over 1 year, running on AAAA batteries.
The bundled Notes app has built-in synchronisation with Evernote. Nice. Having played around with the stylus and Scribe, I personally find it a little clunky, with an additional interface, which can make things a little more complicated. Writing does feel quite natural and I think note-taking would be a cinch with this. It’s quite early to tell how this will catch on. There’s little else to show – perhaps in the distant future there will be more apps that can take advantage of this stylus-based interaction.
A couple of months ago, HTC bought Saffron Digital, a global video delivery platform company, whose products and services are live in 26 countries and 14 languages. The result of the purchase? HTC Watch, HTC’s very own streaming video purchase which will enable users to preview, purchase and download movies right to their HTC Flyers. HTC Watch isn’t available yet (but has been launched in US and Europe), but according to HTC, will be coming to our shores once ready, some time this year.
What was glaringly missing was the absence of any game demos. Is HTC positioning the HTC Flyer as a note-taking device? Hope not. It’s also strange exclusion because HTC has poured $40 million into OnLive, renowned cloud-gaming experts. OnLive is the pioneer of on-demand, instant-play video games and just announced OnLive Viewer mobile app which enables live spectating of any of millions of OnLive video game session that are played across the globe. Sounds absolutely enticing. The best is yet to come, I presume.


Thanks to its generous RAM and zippy 1.5Ghz processor, the HTC is snappy. The capacitative screen is responsive and nicely bright. Performance of both the front and rear cameras are good, although captured images with HTC cameras are typically washed and desaturated. Definitely something HTC needs to work on (hint: get Samsung or Sony to build you one!). HTC Scribe is something new, slightly clunky but may be useful for note-taking and the novelty of scribbling on-screen. It adds a little more complexity to the UI but I’m eager to see how this evolves in the future. Video playback is great, even in HD. No stuttering, no lags. Good stuff.

Final Thoughts

The HTC Flyer may be HTC’s first tablet product, however, there’s a level of polish and refinement that’s gone in to this maiden effort. It’s well-built overall. I commend HTC for its commitment with HTC Sense. Also its attempt to set itself apart from other tablets with innovations like HTC Scribe Technology. At RM2,499, it isn’t exactly a cheap piece of kit, especially for a 7-incher. If you’re a fan of the 7-inch pocketable size though, then the HTC Flyer may just be the full-featured tablet companion that you need. Good news for interested buyers – on May 12 May 2011, the first 50 customers who visit the Maxis centre at KLCC will be able to purchase the HTC Flyer at a special price of RM999, enjoying savings of approximately RM1,500.

P1 4G vs Yes 4G... which one best broadband in malaysia?

A couple of weeks back, P1 together with ZTE organised a demonstration to showcase the capabilities of LTE in Malaysia. This strikes us as rather odd because since its inception P1 has been a strong proponent of WiMAX.
Its CEO, Michael Lai, has often been quoted as saying that P1 “will live and die with WiMAX” and that LTE stands for “late to evolve” rather than long-term evolution aggressively campaigning that WiMAX is the superior technology.
Why the sudden change then? Why condemn a technology and then flip 180 to adopt it? Could it be that P1 is having difficulties in getting its WiMAX network to work the way that they want it? Or are they looking for an edge to get a one up over its closest rival, Yes 4G? Or is it simply a case of the CEO making a bold statement without the benefit of foresight?
Whatever the reason may be, the message is clear, P1′s open demonstration of LTE marks a significant shift in the operator’s strategy, whatever that strategy may be.
Speaking of strategies, while the Government’s move to offer WiMAX in Malaysia has generally been seen as a bold step forward, most of the operators in which it has entrusted with the WiMAX spectrum have faltered. Out of the original four operators that were offered a WiMAX spectrum by the government, only two remain — P1 and Yes.
Between these two operators, which one is leading the 4G race? We attempt to answer this question by looking at the numbers.
P1 has long proclaimed that it is the leading WiMAX operator in the country. Having being the first WiMAX operator to offer its services to the public, there is no denying that they are pioneers in this field but its leadership proposition is not as clear.
Network coverage is one of the main pillars of success for any mobile operator and despite having a two year lead over Yes, P1′s 45% population coverage is much less than its competitor’s (Yes claims to have

Government NOT pay all RM50mil for 1Malaysia email.. but "just" pay RM0.50 per email...

if RM0.50 per email.. how many email government sent every year? how many ppl they will sent?

do u think the cost lower than RM50mil?

Pemandu: Government agencies to pay for 1 Malaysia email database

April 21, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) has said government agencies will pay Tricubes Bhd to use the company’s 1 Malaysia e-mail database, which it called both a government and private initiative.
“Agencies would have to pay a certain fee to use that, as in any other e-mail database,” business services NKEA communications content and infrastructure director Dr Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek said in an interview on radio station BFM today.
He said Tricubes’ database of verified e-mail addresses would ensure that correspondence from government agencies got to their intended recipients, adding that this would “quickly move citizens into the digital age”.
“What’s important is actually the database,” he said. “That... information gets verified because it is then linked to the National Registration (Department).”
Fadhlullah pointed out it was cheaper for agencies to send e-mails than regular mail, and estimated that going digital would save the government anywhere between 50 sen to RM1.50 for each e-mail.
He explained that the cost of printing, envelopes, postage and dispatch came up to RM1.00 per letter, which could double if a misaddressed letter was sent back.
“The poor taxpayer, without realising, is actually allowing wastage of RM2.00 per post that goes out,” Fadhlullah said.
He cautioned, however, that these expected savings were based on Tricubes’ own estimates and that the actual cost per unit would vary depending on the volume and complexity of the transaction.
Reflecting the earlier confusion on Pemandu’s website, Fadhlullah first said the 1 Malaysia e-mail project was “government initiated and private sector led” before referring to it later as a “private sector initiative”.
Pemandu was forced earlier today to defend changes on its webpage for the 1 Malaysia email project, claiming the switch of the project’s description from a government to a private sector initiative was to correct “a genuine error”.
Fadhlullah nonetheless stressed that no public funds would be used at any point to develop the e-mail service despite the fact that it may fail.
He said the project would be entirely market driven, with Tricubes bearing the risk entirely if the 1 Malaysia e-mail project did not get off the ground.
“They must make it unique, make it compelling and they must make sure they can run a service that has value for end users,” he said.
“If they fail to deliver they lose their investment... There is no loss to the government or the taxpayer.”

1Malaysia mail REVIEW ! Explaination from PM... it;s volunteering..

PM: Signing up for 1MY E-mail is voluntary

IPOH: Malaysians need not sign up for the 1Malaysia E-mail account if they did not want to, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said here Wednesday.
Reiterating that the project was a private sector initiative and does not involve public funds, Najib said signing up for the 1MY E-mail would be on a voluntary basis.
He explained that the initiative had been evaluated by the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) and announced as one of seven new projects under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).
He told this to reporters after launching the Saham Amanah Malaysia Week 2011.
Earlier Wednesday, Pemandu had said that 1MY E-mail account would be completely voluntary.
It added that the sign-up targets for the 1MY E-mail were being set as KPIs to enable a focused implementation of the project.
"The e-mail is for each Malaysian above 18 years of age to have access to a single secured communication channel to e-Government services, "with a single sign-on user ID".
"Currently, most Malaysians use non-secured public e-mail e.g. yahoo, hotmail, gmail (hosted overseas) in their communications with the government.
"This user ID comes with a locally hosted mail box. If you sign up for the e-mail, you can use it for various government services, which are set to go digital.
"This is an alternative secured mode of communication between the government and the people," Pemandu added.
It also reiterated that no public funds were being used for project.
"This is a private sector-led initiative by Tricubes. The investment does not come from the government," it said.
Statement by Khairun Zainal Mokhtar,
Chief Executive, Tricubes Berhad
Following the fifth Economic Transformation Programme progress update on 19 April 2011, questions have been raised by the Malaysian public and media regarding the 1Malaysia E-mail project spearheaded by Tricubes Berhad. As the Malaysian public and media may not have fully comprehended the nature of the project, its funding and our ability to implement, I have taken the liberty to address the queries in a more holistic manner. My responses are as follows:
1. What is the 1Malaysia E-mail project?
The concept of a “Malaysian” e-mail project was mooted by industry members during the NKEA Communications Content and Infrastructure (CCI) Lab organised by PEMANDU under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) in June 2010. This “Malaysian Email” would be the digital channel of communication between the Government and the users.
“Malaysian E-mail” means the service is operated and hosted by a Malaysian company.
The aspiration is for each Malaysian aged 18 and above to have access to a secured communication channel to government e-services on Internet-enabled devices with a single sign-on user ID.
2. What is the domain email address?
The registered and approved domain email address will be
3. What are the benefits of having a MyEmail account?
Users will initially be able to use this account to receive government notices such as income tax assessment, driving license renewal and quit rent reminders as well as Employee Provident Fund statements and notices of summons. This is not an exhaustive list of services and more can potentially be offered to users in the future.
4. How do I know that my MyEmail account will be secure?
The account has an authentication service which includes a MyKad-based authentication service layer. This ensures that the government notices reach the correct recipients.
5. How is this MyEmail project going to be funded?
The MyEmail project is a Private Funding Initiative (PFI) and therefore, private-sector funded. The project sits within the ETP, which is government-facilitated and private-sector driven.
6. How much is the government's investment in this project?
This government is neither funding nor underwriting this project. This is a 100 per cent privately-funded project.
7. How did the government select the company for this project?
The foundation of the ETP is private sector-led investment. The concept of the MyEmail project was mooted in the ETP Lab in June 2010, making the idea non-exclusive and open. Any interested private party was free to submit its proposal to the government.
Proposals submitted are assessed by Entry Point Project (EPP) teams, to ensure only sustainable and implementable business models, are supported. In this case, the team for the e-government EPP comprised MAMPU and GITN Sdn Bhd. Every proposal is assessed on similar criteria.
8. Why was only one company/email provider selected for this project?
While there were a number of proposals submitted, we understand the selection was made based on a set of criteria that included best-in-practice technology, business model and the experience, and capabilities of the company. A major consideration during the evaluation was also the need to ensure security, confidentiality and authentication of the user. Based on these criteria, we understand that Tricubes met or surpassed these benchmarks.
9. Why was Tricubes Berhad selected for this project?
Tricubes has been involved in the design, development, and marketing of information technology solutions to the government and financial sectors since 1997. With current clients in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Europe, Tricubes devices are now installed in over 170 organisations.
As a market leader in Enterprise Mobility and Identity Authentication solutions, Tricubes has a full suite of enterprise offerings as well as expertise in identity management. Our technology proposal for the MyEmail project combines Tricubes' software technology, namely M2E (mobile to enterprise middleware) and Fusion (identity management middleware), with world-class cloud computing infrastructure from Microsoft.
source from THE STAR

HOW to build a ULTIMATE SPEED (very very fast) for ur PC??

Want to build the fastest PC ever? Want to know what the best graphics card is to go with the fastest processor? Come with us and we'll tell you how to put together the ultimate performance PC.
Sometimes only the fastest will do and that is especially true with a performance gaming PC. The pinnacle of PC excellence is a machine with only the biggest, quickest and most powerful components known to man, all working in unison to make everything you do with your PC an absolute joy.
But it's the part about them working together that is possibly one of the most important things to consider if you're looking to put together the fastest machine on the face of this earth.
The one thing you absolutely cannot have is a bottleneck in your system.
If you've got a budget processor backing up your £600 graphics card then the throughput of data is going to get backed up with the cheapo component and your expensive GPU will be sitting there twiddling its transistors.
And that way stuttering framerates lie.
So what's first? Well, it's time to get the basis of your monster PC sorted, and that's your motherboard, CPU and memory.
Fastest motherboard, CPU and memory
Choosing the right combination of motherboard and CPU is vital in any PC build. It's at this point where you make the big decisions in the make up of your rig, and how you want it to perform now and in the future.
Here we're looking at building the fastest PC right now, but you might be looking for something you can upgrade at a later date. Therefore looking at what upgrade paths a particular CPU/mobo combination will give you is worth some consideration.
Right now though there is only one option for the ultimate rig and that's to go for an Intel X58 platform.
While it may be the oldest of the Core i7 compatible platforms it's also still the fastest. The key point though is that it's also the only one of the Intel's chipsets that come with support for Gulftown six-core processors.
And we definitely want one of those.
The fastest consumer processor on the planet right now is the Core i7 990X. It's a six-core, twelve-thread, 3.46GHz CPU with a monstrous 12MB of cache.
Core i7 990x
We also need to think about what graphics setup we want for our machine too - in terms of single or multi-card graphics arrays - and whether we want that to be an AMD or Nvidia based graphical setup.
So our motherboard of choice then is the Gigabyte X58A-UD9. It's a big, expensive board, but it gives us support for the all important Intel Core i7 990X through the LGA 1,366 socket.
The X58 chipset also comes with triple-channel DDR3 memory support, something which subsequent chipsets have not continued support for. To keep things trim though we'd opt for a Corsair Vengeance 12GB kit.
We've looked at the Corsair Vengeance 8GB dual-channel kit and its impressive modules are the same, with the 12GB kit simply giving you another 4GB module for your money.
That Gigabyte motherboard also comes with four 16 lane PCIe 2.0 slots, and we're going to need all of those when it comes to our graphics cards of choice.
Fastest graphics card
The graphics card is the supermodel component of your PC and is the one most likely to give you that feeling of speed.
The best single graphics card around is quite simply the Nvidia GeForce GTX 580. It comes with the fastest Fermi GPU so far; a chip that comes with the full complement of 512 CUDA cores, 48 ROPs and the sort of DirectX 11 chops to make mincemeat out of any game.
GTX 580
And for this ultimate PC we're going to use four of them in SLI.
It would be possible to use a pair of GTX 590s to get on the quad-GPU tip, but while they house essentially the same GF 110 GPUs as the GTX 580 they come at a much lower core clockspeed.
So to get the ultimate performance you'll need the GTX 580 running under its own steam, well four of them running under their own steam anyways...
The Gigabyte X58A-UD9 motherboard allows us to use quad-SLI with the full 16x PCIe lanes. This should give us the fastest possible instance of SLI gaming available.
That said, as soon as you go over two cards in either Nvidia's SLI or AMD's CrossFire tech then you're looking at increasingly diminished returns the more cards you add in.
Currently dual-GPU setups give the best performance for your cash, with the second card often giving you almost twice the performance. Third and fourth cards though will often give you less than 30% and 15% extra respectively.
But this is the ultimate rig, so we want the ultimate graphics setup and that means jamming in four GTX 580s into your setup.
Fastest storage
For many years the bottleneck of any system has been the storage drive. Traditional magnetic disk drives haven't really changed in nigh-on thirty years.
You can see for yourself just how much of a bottleneck they can be by finding a system running on a traditional HDD and starting a virus scanning routine. Your CPU will probably be idling away, not having to do much as the HDD slowly filters data through to it.
Drop in a Solid State Drive and suddenly the CPU is having to work overtime just to catch up.
But SSDs are expensive bits of kit.
Often you can compromise with a small capacity SSD as a boot drive with your OS and key apps on it, with a large, traditional HDD backing it up as storage. But that can leave little space for large footprint games, which will then have to go onto the standard drive and, hey-presto, it's bottleneck time again.
If we weren't going for a huge, multi-graphics array we'd opt for the OCZ RevoDrive x2, but that's a PCIe-based card and the four GTX 580s take up all the available space.
OCZ revodrive
But seeing as the Gigabyte X58A-UD9 comes with a pair of SATA 6Gbps ports we'd go for a couple of Intel's 510 series 240GB drives.
That will give you a shade under 500GB of storage, more than enough for a fairly average games library. If you absolutely have to keep your entire media collection to hand too then you'll want a Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black.
Best power source
The only way to get all this working at all though is to spend some cash on a quality power supply.
There are a number of top PSUs to choose from but for our money we'd generally always recommend either Corsair or Coolermaster. For anything up to a three-way SLI or CrossFireX setup we'd go for either the Corsair AX1200 for seriously high-end cards or the Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 800W.
Silent pro gold 800w
Those are great power supplies in their own right, but unfortunately not fit for our, rather extreme, purposes. And that's because they both lack the necessary eight PCIe connectors.
One that will do the goods is the slightly more grown up big brother of the Coolermaster 800W and that's the Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 1200W. As well as having access to more juice than its little brother it's also got the requisite four 8-pin and four 6-pin PCIe connectors we need to get this rig off the ground.
Cos once we power up this uber-rig it's going to fly.
Go on, try it yourself.

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