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Aplikasi Hotlink RED Untuk Pengguna Android

Maxis hari ini melancarkan sebuah aplikasi khusus untuk pengguna pelan prabayar mereka, Hotlink, dinamakan Hotlink RED. Buat masa ini, aplikasi ini ditawarkan untuk pengguna Android sahaja. Pengguna boleh menyemak baki semasa, menyemak penggunaan data internet dan lain-lain. Turut menyediakan akses pantas untuk membeli pas internet harian, mingguan dan sebagainya terus melalui aplikasi ini.

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Pihak Maxis turut melengkapkan aplikasi ini dengan sebuah tab tambahan untuk memperlihatkan pelbagai promosi dan acara menarik yang diadakan khusus untuk pengguna Hotlink. Bagi yang berminat, anda boleh memuat-turun aplikasi ini secara percuma daripada Google Play Store. Muat-Turun Hotlink Red untuk Android.

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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in App

 

Astro Menawarkan Pelbagai Aplikasi Menarik

Bagi peminat bola sepak, FIFA World Cup 2014 semestinya menjadi salah satu fokus utama penonton dan pihak Astro menawarkan beberapa kandungan menarik melalui platform mereka. Bagi pelanggan Astro dan juga NJOI, anda boleh menyaksikan kesemua 64 perlawanan bola sepak secara langsung dengan membeli “Pas Bola Sepak” pada harga RM100, ataupun menonton hanya perlawanan tertentu melalui bayaran bagi setiap tontonan pada harga RM6 bagi setiap perlawanan. Selain tawaran kandungan melalui televisyen, Astro juga menawarkan beberapa aplikasi menarik untuk pengguna mengikuti berkaitan 2014 FIFA World Cup. Aplikasi utama yang ditawarkan adalah Astro Go 2014 FIFA World Cup yang membolehkan pengguna menonton perlawanan bola sepak secara langsung menggunakan peranti iOS dan juga Android. Selain itu, Astro turut menyediakan sebuah aplikasi interaktif, dinamakan “Ola Bola Football Predictor” yang membolehkan anda meramal skor yang akan dijaringkan pada sesuatu perlawanan, dan mendapat mata untuk ramalan yang betul. Bagi peminat bola sepak fantasi, Astro menyediakan Stadium Astro Fantasy Olabola, yang membolehkan anda mengurus pasukan bola sepak sendiri, dan bersaing dengan rakan-rakan yang lain untuk mendapatkan skor markah tertinggi. Untuk mereka yang gemar membaca, dan ingin mengikuti perkembangan semasa piala dunia, Astro Go Read disediakan, yang menawarkan pelbagai kandungan digital. Astro Go Listen turut disediakan untuk mereka yang lebih selesa untuk mendengar perkembangan berkaitan 2014 FIFA World Cup. Dan akhir sekali, pihak Astro menyediakan halaman setempat, dinamakan StadiumAstro yang menyediakan pelbagai kemaskini semasa berkaitan piala dunia akan datang.

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in App

 

LINE Call Menyokong Pengguna Malaysia

Selain WhatsApp dan WeChat, salah satu aplikasi permesejan yang popular dikalangan pengguna tempatan adalah LINE. Setelah memperkenalkan fungsi LINE Call pada negara lain, kini telah mula menyokong pengguna di Malaysia. Pengguna boleh membuat panggilan ke nombor talian tetap dan juga talian mudah-alih terus menggunakan aplikasi LINE. Mengenakan caj sebanyak RM0.06 seminit untuk panggilan talian tetap, dan RM0.09 seminit untuk panggilan talian mudah-alih.

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Pengguna perlu menambah kredit pada akaun mereka terlebih dahulu sebelum boleh menggunakan perkhidmatan ini. Pengenalan fungsi ini meletakkan LINE seiring dengan pelbagai perkhidmatan lain, seperti Viber dan juga Skype. Bagi pengguna perkhidmatan LINE, anda boleh mengemaskini aplikasi tersebut di Android dan iOS. Rujuk : Harga panggilan ke talian tetap dan mudah-alih seluruh dunia.

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in App

 

Spritz : Aplikasi Membolehkan Anda Membaca 1000 Perkataan Seminit

Internet membolehkan jutaan laman sesawang diakses oleh kita dengan mudah. Masalah yang dihadapi oleh spesis homosapiens sekarang ialah mencari masa untuk membaca. Sebagai seorang penulis kami menghabiskan ratusan jam setiap minggu untuk mencari bahan untuk ditulis dan melakukan kajian sebelum menulis artikel. Ribuan laman sesawang perlu digodek dan kemampuan menulis bergantung kepada jumlah data yang telah dibaca, di proses dan di gubah menjadi maklumat. Secara ikhlas saya katakan kelajuan membaca saya adalah lebih perlahan dari yang lain kerana saya membaca sambil bermain Games, hahaha. Alhamdulillah selepas berpuluh tahun melatih mata dan otak masalah membaca ini dapat diatasi. Alangkah baiknya jika ada cara yang lebih mudah serta pantas untuk membaca teks menggunakan peranti pintar milik kita semua ? Spritz ialah aplikasi yang dibangunkan bagi mempercepatkan kelajuan membaca. Aplikasi ini didalam proses pembangunan untuk Android, IOS dan juga komputer peribadi. Spritz mendakwa, kelajuan membaca anda boleh meningkat sehingga 1000 patah perkataan seminit apabila menggunakan app ini.  Sebuah novel bersaiz sederhana boleh dibaca oleh anda secara lengkap dalam masa 90 minit. Aplikasi ini menggunakan teknologi yang dipanggil Readicle yang mengoptimasikan kelajuan anda mengenali perkataan yang dipaparkan. Kepantasan membaca ini dapat dilakukan kerana perkataan yang bergerak dan bukannya mata anda. Teknologi Spritz memudahkan pembacaan teks seperti khidmat pesanan ringkas dan emel pada jam pintar. Skrin jam pintar yang kecil adalah antara halangan mengapa jam pintar masih belum mencapai potensi sepenuhnya sebagai peranti yang harus dimiliki pengguna. Teknologi ini difahamkan telahpun terbina di dalam kesemua Samsung Galaxy S5 dan Galaxy Gear 2. Anda boleh mencuba demo fungsi Spritz di laman mereka sekarang. Terdapat pilihan kelajuan yang bermula dari 250 patah perkataan seminit.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in App

 

IFTTT, Make Your Smartphone Even Smarter

Our smartphone is a powerful tool that keeps us connected to the world and to the things we care about. We can do a lot of things on just one little gadget, but have you ever wished that it could do just a little more? Wish that your smartphone could be just a little smarter? Or wish that you could just program one or two things to make your life easier? Our app of the week this week is IFTTT (If This Then That), an app that can automate your smartphones and make them do things they never could before. IFTTT stands for If This Then That, a service that allows you to “program” your device to do things it never could before, like if someone tags you in a photo on Facebook, then save that photo to Dropbox. IFTTT can help you do all the mundane little tasks and take a load off your shoulder – imagine manually saving all your tagged Facebook photos into your Dropbox, that could take a while. IFTTT recently released an Android app, bringing its automation service to a whole new platform; IFTTT was initially released as a web service and just last July, the company released an app for the iOS platform. IFTTT currently have 98 channels you can connect to like Blogger, Facebook (Facebook Groups and Pages as well), Flickr, Feedly, Floursquare, Google Drive, Gmail, Google Glass, One Drive, Pocket, SMS, SoundCloud, New York Times, Withings, WordPress, and even smart devices such as Belkin WeMo range of products (WeMo Insight Switch, WeMo Light Switch, WeMo Motion and WeMo Switch), and even Philips Hue lightbulb. Each “if this then that” task created is called a recipe.

You mix the channels together to come up with the perfect recipe that will eventually automate your life. The dashboard on the left shows you all the tasks IFTTT has been doing, like when you create your recipe, when a recipe runs and such. The right side is a menu of your personal recipes. I first discovered IFTTT when they announced their iPhone app, and the first task I made it do was to automatically upload all my new pictures from my iPhone to SkyDrive (known as One Drive now) because back then, the cloud storage service by Microsoft did not have automatic upload. It was the perfect solution to my Dropbox that was running out of space, and my then empty SkyDrive. Since then, IFTTT has improved a whole bunch and added a lot of new channels for you to pick from. Using IFTTT is pretty straightforward, just tap on Create New Recipe and make your own If This Then That statement. You start off by setting a trigger to the “If” part, hit “+”, browse through the channels and locate what you want, select the specific trigger (activate the channel if you haven’t already done so), pick an action, and you’re good to go. Create Recipe DoneEvery time I share a link on Facebook, IFTTT will save it into Evernote, so, you know, I can read back when I’m free. IFTTT can connect to many different functions in your iOS device like your contacts, location, photos and reminders.  One thing to note with iOS is that background sync will not be turned on by default. Without background sync, IFTTT will only work its magic when you open the app.

To turn on background sync, access the settings menu located on the bottom right hand corner (on an iPhone) of your Personal Recipes menu. Under Sync Options, turn on Background Sync so IFTTT can periodically run Recipes involving iOS Photos, Contacts and Reminds when your location changes. You can also turn cellular data off if you’re on a limited data subscription. If it doesn’t run or you just want to be safe, you can open the recipe up on your device, and manually tell IFTTT to “Check Now”. All the recipes you created can easily be edited, shared or deleted via the app itself. IFTTT Recipes and SettingsCheck your recipe now, edit, share or delete the recipe. You can open up advanced settings by tapping the Edit button. My personal favorite recipe on the iOS is to upload photos added to a specific album into Flickr. The app even provides for more advanced settings like the photo URL format, title, description and tags. Advanced settings can be accessed by editing your recipes as shown above. You know how they say Apple has such a tight and restricted ecosystem, and apps can’t work with one another like how they do on Android? Well, IFTTT might be able to solve that problem for you, sort of. An example would be if you set a reminder on your iPhone, then create one on Evernote too so you can access it elsewhere or on your Android phone. If you have multiple devices, you can even sync up your photos by making IFTTT upload your iOS photos onto your Android device (and vice versa) for example.

If Android Photos then Save to iOSOne of my recipes – If I take any photos on my Android device, Then save it to my iOS gallery. IFTTT works pretty much the same as it would on iOS but because the Android platform is more customizable, you can access to more features on your Android device such as your device, location, phone call, photos and SMS. IFTTT has got no problem running in the background while you do your other tasks. As with its iOS app, you can opt whether or not to have recipes involving your Android photos, SMS, phone and device to run on cellular data. It works best with cellular data turned on of course, but if you’re on a quota and you have photo related recipes, it’s best to have it turned off – it’s off by default on Android. I think IFTTT is a brilliant app and the number of recipes you can create is endless. It’s an app you can explore everyday just to see what you can do. Available for free on the web, iOS and Android devices, IFTTT can help you overcome the shortcomings of your devices and make them even more powerful than before. I’m very impressed that it can even leverage on “smart digital products” like Belkin WeMo products and Philips Hue to make them even more functional than before. I look forward to the day where IFTTT works with Samsung, LG and other household appliance manufacturers to have IFTTT automate their smart appliances – imagine having your washing machine run automatically if the weather forecast is sunny, or the ability to have your smart aircon turned on when you’re almost home.

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in App

 

Dropbox Goes on a Shopping Spree, Acquires Loom and Hackpad

Today must be a very good day for Dropbox, as two companies have just announced that they have joined forces with the cloud storage service company: Loom, a photo storage startup in London, as well as Hackpad, a document collaboration service. Loom is a photo storage service that a popular alternative to Apple’s iCloud Photo Stream. It allow users to automatically upload images and videos from multiple sources into a single area, making them accessible anywhere be it on mobile or on desktop. Sounds good? Unfortunately, following the Dropbox acquisition announcement, Loom also announced that they will be fully migrating over to Dropbox and will no longer be accepting new users. Existing users can continue to use Loom until 16 May 2014 before having to export their entire library out. If you are a Loom user, you can seamlessly export your data directly to Dropbox (obviously) with no interruption in service. If you’re not comfortable having everything stored in Dropbox, you can also request a zip file of your entire library. If you switch over to Carousel, the brand new photo storage app by Dropbox, you will get to enjoy the same amount of free space that you had on Loom on Dropbox, forever. Paid users will receive the same quota on Carousel/Dropbox for free, for an entire year. I’ve just discovered Loom, and if this acquisition means that Dropbox will be enhancing its photo storage service to what Loom is offering, this is definitely something to look forward to. Visit Loom’s blog to find out more about the acquisition. Now that Dropbox is done with its photo storage (for now at least), it looks like they would like to work on documents too with the acquisition of Hackpad, a document collaboration service. Hackpad also just announced that the company has been acquired by the cloud storage service. Fortunately, unlike Loom, everything in Hackpad will remain as it is and can still be accessed for new and existing users. Hackpad allow users to take collaborative notes, share data and files, and use comments to share your thoughts in real-time or asynchronously, you know, similar to what Google is offering on Google Docs. Visit Hackpad for more information. So Dropbox users, it looks like your favorite cloud storage service is about to get a whole lot better. If only they were slightly more affordable compared to the rest of the cloud players out there like Google.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2014 in App

 

Do We Really Need Mobile Anti-Virus ?

I was recently asked about the necessity of anti-virus software on a smartphone. It is was a reasonable question, but one that I didn’t quite have an answer to. Kaspersky has reported some 200,000 unique samples of mobile malware in January 2014; which certainly looks like an extremely dangerous trend. Yet, security against malware doesn’t appear to be very high on the list of priorities of smartphone users. Understanding the threat is necessary in overcoming it, and mobile malware doesn’t quite function in the same manner as traditional computer viruses. Unlike the PC-based versions, mobile malware is incapable of spreading on its own. It cannot infect a network and then copy itself to other devices. Mobile devices require people to actively allow things to be downloaded and installed, limiting the spread of malware. This doesn’t mean malware cannot spread across devices, it just means that the process requires engineering a situation where the human user makes a terrible mistake. Creating the opening is not entirely difficult. Apps containing malware can be found all over the place, often disguising themselves as legitimate apps to fool users. This is particularly effective for apps that are not free; as some mobile users will try to pirate or sideload them. Security firm F-Secure discovered that 97% of all mobile malware was found on Android devices. However, this number is extremely misleading. While a huge number of malware was discovered on Android, less than 0.1% of it originated from Google’s Play Store – which indicates weaknesses in third-party app stores.

As for other platforms: iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone combined have less malware than Symbian. Going without an antivirus is certainly an option. Most smartphone users manage to get along without one. After all, the best security measures are those where the user is careful with what happens while connected. Simply paying attention to the permissions required by apps can go a long way to ensuring malware does not find its way in. Traditionally, malware is designed to gather information about the user. Personal information, credit card numbers, and contacts are all valuable to criminals. However, there are other ways obtaining all that without having to deploy any sort of malicious attack package. WiFi spoofing is an increasingly common method of stealing data. It works by leaving a WiFi router out to trick passing devices into connecting to it. This is usually possible because people leave their smartphones and tablets to continuously search for an open network. Once connected, the malicious network functions exactly like a normal WiFi network; expect that it records all the information that passes through it. This usually isn’t much, but it can easily steal passwords and other login information. The amount of personal information people willingly share on the Internet may also mean that using illegal and unethical methods for data collection are unnecessary. This simply means that most security issues can be solved without the need of mobile anti-virus. However, that is not to say that this sort of software is a waste of money.

Mobile anti-virus is still helpful for screening potentially damaging malware hidden in attachments like PDF files and pictures, both of which are less common attack vectors, but also easier to work around the security of the app stores. Before iPad and iPhone users get smug, this type of malware is very capable of operating on Apple products. Only Windows Phone poses a difficulty for malware, but that is because it infuriatingly refuses to run anything in the background. It is in situations like this that an anti-virus becomes the only layer of security you will have. Suspicious attachments are not always easy to avoid, and those of us who deal with many emails in a day will tend to open attachments as a reflex. It is not much of an issue if your mobile device is for personal use; at most, your email password gets stolen (and you should be using two-stage authentication anyway). Mobile devices used for work present the greater concern. There is more at stake here, and the extra security might actually matter. Especially as threats become more sophisticated and malware becomes more efficient at hijacking devices, like these ones that hijack smartphone processing power to mine Bitcoin. Therefore we return to the question of, does one need mobile anti-virus? I can say that regular use should not bring the average user into contact with malware very often; and taking proper precautions are more than enough to keep a person free from infection. On the other hand, implementing extra security measures with an antivirus program will provide that extra layer of protection in the event of a particularly tenacious attacker. So, there really is no harm in getting an anti-virus program.

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2014 in App, Security