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Fast Bikes Sdn Bhd Launches Four 2013 Triumph Motorcycles

30 Mar

Triumph Motorcycles via its official distributor Fast Bikes Sdn Bhd, has today unveiled four of its 2013 line-up that are now available in Malaysia; the 675cc street sports Street Triple; the all-new and award winning 675cc supersports Daytona; the 1,215cc Tiger Explorer XC dual purpose/touring bike; and the flagship 1,215cc Trophy SE, a luxury touring sports bike. Also available as a special variant is the 675cc Street Triple R.

The Street Triple is priced at RM59,900, the Street Triple R at RM 64,900 and the Daytona 675 at RM69,900, while the Tiger Explorer XC and Trophy SE is priced at RM115,900 and RM127,900 respectively. All prices quoted here are for the machines excluding road tax and insurance.

In conjunction with the launch of the four new models, Fast Bikes Sdn Bhd, also organised the inaugural Triumph Heritage Day in celebration of 111 years of British manufacturer Triumph Motorcycles which was first established in 1902. Triumph Heritage Day also brought together a congregation of classic and the new generation of Triumph motorcycles for public viewing, and a gathering of Triumph motorcycle owners otherwise known as the RAT Pack or Rider’s Association of Triumph.

The Triumph marque has made its presence felt in Malaysia for more than 50 years, and with the new generation of Triumph supersports, modern classics, dual purpose, touring and street motorcycles, is making an even greater presence on Malaysian roads over the last three years with Fast Bikes Sdn Bhd’s appointment as the Exclusive Official Distributor of Triumph Motorcycles.

“Triumph is back (in Malaysia), and in a very big way. If in Malaysia Triumph was better known in the past for its classic appeal and rich heritage, the new generation of Triumph models today are best identified and recognized for its technological prowess, the exhilarating riding experience and enjoyment it imparts on riders, and the diversity in its range of models with something for all segment of riders,” said Fast Bikes Sdn Bhd Chief Operating Officer Razak Al-Malique.

“It has been a challenging but far more phenomenal and rewarding three years for the Triumph marque and Fast Bikes Sdn Bhd, and we are extremely pleased with the support we have received from not only our principal Triumph Motorcycles, but also the various local institutions and ultimately the motorcycling community, who have contributed significantly to making this business venture a successful one.”

“With more than 200 units sold over the past 3 years we have been taking our time to get to know the brand, the motorcycle and character of each of the models from Triumph. We now understand how very reliable and awesome these bikes. We are therefore ready to move forward and are investing a substantial amount of time and money to achieve excellence in customer service and experience.

Interest has been increasing  and not only in Triumph’s range of street  and supersports bikes, but also in the adventure/touring segment and the many limited modern classic variants it offers, rising in tandem with Malaysia’s growing motorcycling community. This is also backed by Triumph’s award-winning track record and the many accolades its range of motorcycles have and continues to receive worldwide.

Another pivotal success factor is that all Triumph motorcycles are backed by a two-year unlimited mileage warranty underlining not only the brand’s confidence but its commitment to customers in terms of after sales service.

Razak said Fast Bikes Sdn Bhd is also due to open the first Triumph Motorcycles flagship showroom which will is strategically located in Petaling Jaya in the second quarter of 2013. The company’s showroom and corporate office is currently in Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur. Fast Bikes is spending close to RM1million for the new flagship showroom.

 
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‘Look Around’ for Friends with WeChat 2.0 for BlackBerry

28 Mar

BlackBerry users, take note! WeChat, a social communications service for smartphones, has announced exciting new Location-based features specifically for BlackBerry users. The newest version of WeChat for BlackBerry now integrates both the ‘Look Around’ and QR code scanning features. These features make it easier for users to add new friends or acquaintances by allowing them to search the surrounding areas for other WeChat users with just a simple push of a button from the user. The new version also allows users to add their friends by scanning the QR code on their friends’ phone screen. In addition, Animated Emoticons were added in this new BlackBerry version. Users can now express themselves using fun animated emoticons in conversation.

The WeChat user base has been growing very rapidly with many great user feedbacks being shared on the App world. WeChat’s BB version 1.0 was launched earlier this year. Taking into consideration feedback by users, WeChat is now very happy to introduce version 2.0.

Mr. Dennis Hau, Head of International Product Center, International Business Group, describes the concept behind BlackBerry 2.0: “We designed the new Blackberry version for the purpose of providing a fun social communication platform for Blackberry but in the process, we have not compromised when it came to the user experience and performance stability which is what WeChat is known for.”

The BlackBerry version of WeChat comes with features that are also found in its Android and iOS siblings, such as instant messaging with attachments, voice messaging or ‘Hold to Talk’ which people find very useful because they can save the time required for typing, and conveniently send voice messages instead. All of these can be used within a group using the Group Chat feature, and all conversations can be spiced up with unique and fun Animated Emoticons.

WeChat can be downloaded free of charge for iOS, Android, Symbian, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices. For downloads and more information, please visit: www.wechat.com

 
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HP Malaysia Launches New Windows 8-based Hybrid Laptops

26 Mar

HP Malaysia has just announced its latest line-up of notebook computers, consisting of the new HP ENVY x2, HP ElitePad 900 and the HP Elite Revolve. These HP laptops and tablets are designed to increase the mobility and productivity of the mobile crowd.

“The products we showcased today are inspired by our customers, and confirm our passion to fuse form, function, style and reliability into great computers and printers. We are well positioned to continue delivering innovation in the future for customers in Malaysia and everywhere else around the globe”, said Kim Dae Hwan, country general manager of HP Malaysia’s Printing and Personal Systems Group.

HP ENVY x2

The HP ENVY x2 is an ultrathin hybrid PC that delivers the power of the laptop and the freedom of a tablet in one stylish, lightweight device. A laptop that doubles as a tablet, the HP ENVY x2 has a detachable screen that becomes a full tablet when separated from the keyboard via a seamless magnetic latch. The hybrid laptop includes a vivid 11.6-inch diagonal high-definition (HD) touch display, Beats Audio, and HD webcam plus an 8-megapixel camera, and near field communication (NFC) technology and URLs, with a simple tap. The HP ENVY x2 is available now in Malaysia at a starting price of RM2,599.

HP ElitePad 900

The HP ElitePad 900 is a tablet aimed at the business crowd, balancing a design with enterprise-grade features such as the full serviceability, enhanced security and manageability found in HP Elite PCs. In addition, it offers military-grade durability for drops, vibration, dust, temperature extremes and high altitude. The ultrathin and lightweight Windows 8-based tablet also features optional HP ElitePad Smart Jackets, which has connectivity options and longer battery life along with specific add-ons that customise the tablet for specialised uses. It is also available in Malaysia now, and is priced from RM2,499 onwards.

HP EliteBook Revolve

The HP EliteBook Revolve is a touch-enabled laptop that pivots to let users share their work and folds to go mobile as a tablet. It is designed for businesses that require both an ultrathin laptop and a touch-enabled tablet. Driven by the latest, 3rd-generation Intel Core processors and optimised for Windows 8, the HP EliteBook Revolve offers incredible performance and visuals of a full-powered laptop alongside the flexibility of quickly switching to a tablet with a touch-enabled high-definition (HD) display. The HP EliteBook Revolve is expected to eb available in Malaysia form mid-April onwards and the pricing will be announced at a later date.

 
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Pelican ProGear S130

24 Mar

Pelican Products, Inc and Omegabrandess, have announced the new Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite – Laptop/Camera Divider Pack. The S130 features a removable padded divider set with a high-impact, protective polymer door to protect a camera body, extra lenses and flash equipment. Remove the padded dividers and the compartment becomes a travel pack large enough to fit a few days’ worth of personal gear.

Designed to safeguard Ultrabook laptops, MacBook computers, netbooks, e-readers, tablets, keyboards and other accessories, its slim integrated crushproof Pelican case features the same military-grade attributes as Pelican’s classic case products (including a watertight O-ring seal with automatic pressure equalization valve). Also included is a set of four adhesive backed, memory foam buffers which secure the laptop or tablet for safe travel.

Additional storage comes in the form of an expanding storage compartment for all manner of accessories (small tripods, jackets, etc.). To help with balance and load distribution, a nylon chest clip and removable belt are included.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the S130 Sport Elite is US$304.95.

 
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Lorenzo Leads The Hondas on 1st Day of Jerez MotoGP Test 2013

23 Mar

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo topped the timesheets as the final Official Pre-Season Test commenced in Jerez on Saturday. The day was broken up by numerous heavy rain showers as the Yamaha Factory Racing rider led Repsol Honda Team duo Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez.

The first half of the day was all but a complete washout. As the session began, sunshine and dark clouds were vying for the circuit as they each covered half of it, but it was the latter which prevailed to bring several, heavy rainstorms. As the showers were intermittent, the field was never treated with either fully wet or dry conditions which resulted in most riders spending much time in their garages; as only four sets of Wet tyres are available for the duration of the test, using them in the transitional conditions posed too much of a threat and overheating was a real possibility. Four hours in, Pedrosa led the way but only nine runners had elected to post a lap time.

From the outset, Honda had never planned to run unless they believed it was completely meaningful, as the team was only intending to confirm information it had learned at the private test in Austin. Others had entirely different agendas, not least Hiroshi Aoyama who was highly keen to ride his Avintia Blusens CRT bike in the wet for the first time; he proved this by registering no less than 56 laps despite the greasy track; frustratingly for the team, new FTR components are arriving late due to the snow hassle which continues to affect the United Kingdom.

At the sharp end, Lorenzo’s leading effort was 1’47.423 to see off closest challenger Pedrosa by one second, as the varying weather and resulting modified test plans ensured that lap times were more spaced out than usual. Márquez, who had been quickest on all three days at Circuit of the Americas, was on this occasion third as he tackled Jerez with MotoGP machinery for the first time. Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team’s Andrea Iannone and the second Yamaha of Valentino Rossi were fourth and sixth, with 2006 world champion Nicky Hayden leading the way for Ducati Team until test rider Michele Pirro progressed up the order to a top five place while running new parts. This left the American in seventh position.

Cal Crutchlow jumped ahead of LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl with less than an hour to go, although the German had crashed a short time before; thankfully he was able to walk away from the scene unaided. The third Ducati Team bike of Andrea Dovizioso completed the top ten from Ben Spies’ Ignite Pramac Racing Team machine and PBM’s ART, ridden by Colombian Yonny Hernández who was the leading CRT representative.

Elsewhere in the CRT ranks, Power Electronics Aspar did not run for the entire day, not least as Aleix Espargaró was set to run a brand-new engine which neither he nor the team intended to risk damaging by going out in the wet. His continued research into a new chassis and swingarm, first used at Sepang, is now put on hold until Sunday. That left Karel Abraham’s Cardion AB Motoracing and the NGM Mobile Forward Racing of Claudio Corti 14th and 15th, the latter experimenting with chassis changes first suggested by teammate Colin Edwards during their previous outing in Malaysia. Between CRT riders and very much out of position was the prototype GO&FUN Honda Gresini of Álvaro Bautista.

Familiar faces Danilo Petrucci and Héctor Barberá were 17th and 18th for Came IodaRacing Project and Avintia Blusens respectively, but the weather encouraged a tough day for newcomers such as Bradley Smith, Crutchlow’s teammate in the all-British Monster Yamaha Tech 3 line-up. The 22-year-old from Oxford completed only 14 laps, which was the second least after compatriot Michael Laverty; still in the early days of development for the in-house PBM chassis, he circulated just 12 times and completed the 23-bike timesheet behind Gresini’s Bryan Staring – much happier with handling – and Czech Lukáš Pešek.

 
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Canon Announces EOS 100D and EOS 700D DSLRs

22 Mar

Canon has unveiled 2 new EOS cameras –  the Canon EOS 100D and EOS 700D. While the former is compact and lightweight, the improved features available in the EOS 700D are not worth mentioning. It is better to stick with the EOS 650D than spending $$$ to upgrade to one.

The EOS 100D is billed as “the smallest and lightest APS-C DSLR ever made.” Measuring just 116.8 x 90.7 x 69.4mm and weighing only 407g, the EOS 100D features a 3” ClearView II capacitive touchscreen, an 18-megapixel Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor and DIGIC 5 processor. The new sensor uses phase detection pixels spread across 80% of the sensor’s imaging surface to provide increased AF speed and tracking performance when the camera is in live view or when capturing Full-HD movies.

The Canon EOS 700D is a new digital SLR camera with an APS-C sized 18-megapixel Hybrid CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processor and a 5fps continuous shooting mode. The EOS 700D’s advanced AF module consists of 9 cross-type sensors spread across the frame, and a new, simplified 360° rotating mode dial to provide easy and swift access to the camera’s various shooting modes. A 3” vari-angle Clear View LCD II touchscreen makes it easy for users to frame, shoot and review from a variety of angles. When shooting in Live View mode, the Hybrid CMOS AF system enables speedy and accurate autofocus for photos and video, the company claims. The Canon EOS 700D is available from late April.

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is a new standard zoom for the manufacturer’s APS-C digital SLR cameras, featuring near-silent STM technology optimised for focussing in live view and video modes. Other highlights include optical image stabilisation, an iris diaphragm with seven rounded blades, a non-rotating front element, Super Spectra coating and a close-focus point of 25cm. The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM will be available from late April as well.

 
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Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW

21 Mar

Lowepro has announced a new large 20L capacity version of this technical and lightweight daypack.  The Flipside Sport 20L offers active outdoor and sports photographers quick and easy access to their gear when they are on the move. The new larger capacity is perfect for those needing to carry a wider selection of kit and accessories. The compact, low-profile shape of the Flipside Sport 20L AW has been designed to be easily carried and maneuvered, making it ideal for professional sports, adventure and outdoor photographers.

Key features: Lightweight, with sleek, low profile shape for convenience during outdoor actvities Body-side access offering easy gear grab when pack is rotated to the front Adjustable and removable camera compartment with protective, storm flap closure providing water-resistant protecton when accessing gear Hydration-ready side pocket with space for up to 1-Litre reservoir (not included) Secure tripod attachment system

Dimensions – Flipside Sport 20L AW

Interior camera compartment – 25cm x 15 x 39.5cm Weight – 1.6kg

The new larger capacity Flipside Sport will carry a Pro DSLR with grip and attached 300 mm f/2.8 lens, 2nd pro body with grip, 2 extra lenses and a flash plus other accessories – including tablet and personal gear, plus has an attachment for tripod or monopod.

Further outdoor-friendly features include lashes for trekking poles/ice axe, a zip pocket inside the back panel, multiple adjustment points for a custom fit at the shoulders, chest and waist, plus Lowepro’s patented built-in All Weather AW Cover™ to protect gear from the elements.  Made from resilient, high-performance 210D triple-ripstop nylon with PU coating for improved durability, the pack is perfect for rugged conditions whether on the sideline or mountain top.

Added comfort and convenience comes in the shape of a hydration-ready side pocket with space for a 1-litre reservoir (not included) and easy-to-reach port for a sip tube. Perforated, breathable padding with air channels is strategically placed on the back and on the shoulder straps to provide comfort and moisture wicking properties for these area.

The unique, body-side access design provides an easy and secure way to get to your gear without having to remove the pack. Access is gained by unclipping the cross-chest strap buckle, removing one shoulder strap, rotating to the front before unzipping. The pack is then able to be used as a convenient and stable platform.

To create even more flexibility for outdoor photographers, the Flipside Sport 20L has also been created with a removable camera compartment. The classic Lowepro adjustable and padded divider system can be removed, to convert the bag into a fully functional daypack.

Available in two colours: Lowepro Orange or Galaxy Blue (both with light grey accents). For more information on this product and other models in the Flipside series, please visit http://www.lowepro.com

 
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Acer Malaysia Launches Liquid C1 Smartphone

19 Mar

Acer Malaysia has finally launched its latest smartphone, the Liquid C1, which is the first Intel based smart phone to be launched in the Asia Pacific region. For now, the C1 runs on Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 OS, which can be upgradeable to Jelly Bean later.

The Acer Liquid C1 is a smartphone based on Intel’s Lexington platform and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s powered by a hyper-threaded 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 CPU, has a 4.3-inch IPS LCD with qHD resolution, and 4GB of internal storage.

Battery life is 1 of the key strengths of the Liquid C1, with Intel claims the phone has efficient power usage coupled with a 2,000mAh battery – quite a generous performance for a smartphone priced at RM999. For those who are looking for a smart phone costing below RM1,000, with a decent display and a large battery, Acer’s Liquid C1 will be the logical choice for many. In terms of UI, it has the usual Android interface with additional widgets thrown in by Acer.

In addition, Acer Malaysia has also introduced a Try Before You Buy program that lets you evaluate the Liquid C1 before committing your purchase. You would need to make full payment of RM999 upfront and you’ll be given 3 days with a loaner unit. If you’re satisfied, just return the loan unit for a brand new one after 3 days.

 
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Sony Malaysia Launches Alpha Experience 2013 for Sony A Camera Fans

15 Mar

Sony Malaysia hosted the annual Sony A Experience for its Alpha camera users for 2013 with the theme “JOM Alpha 2013”. an 600 registered participants from The 2-day program, which was launched this evening, has more than 600 registered participants from March 16 and 17, features guest speakers from around the world such as Michael Yamashita, Gary L. Friedman and Melisa Teo.

In addition,, 6 others speakers and experts from various photography industries including an optics and lens specialist from Japan will be conducting workshops to share their diversified and unique experiences, tips and tricks on photography during the event.

The Sony A Experience semianr offers a common ground for photography enthusiasts to share their experiences and be inspired by the speakers. Apart from the comprehensive line-up f workshops, The Gallery showcases a selection of masterpieces from those guest speakers as well as photos from the Sony World Photography Awards (SWPA) 2012. More creative shooting opportunities await the participants during the Courtyard Garden, with special line-ups of performances and exciting events such as Fashion Show, Cultural Dance, Martial Arts and Luxury Automobile.

“Sony’s A Experience is created with the aim to nurture the unique relationship of Sony A cameras with its users,” said Masahiko Ishida, Head of Digital Imaging Department, Sony Malaysia. “We don’t just sell the products, but more importantly, we want to offer unique programs that we can engage with our customers emotionally. Sony A Experience is the ideal ground for this,”Ishida added.

Participants at the event will also receive an “Idea Passbook” which they can collect a minimum of 6 stickers across the 2-day seminar to redeem a Sony SD card. There are alos other prizes to be won including the Grand Prize of an Alpha NEX-6L worth RM3,299 from the Photo Challenge for Sony camera users. Participants will also be the first to try and test out Sony’s ;atest range of A cameras like the new SLT-A58 and NEX-3N.

 
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WhatsApp Launches on BlackBerry 10

14 Mar

WhatsApp, the company behind WhatsApp Messenger, and BlackBerry today announced that WhatsApp will bring a native version of its popular mobile messaging service to the BlackBerry 10 platform.

BlackBerry 10 provides an ideal platform for social apps such as WhatsApp Messenger to fully leverage innovative new features like BlackBerry Flow, where apps work together, sharing information with each other to quickly lead the customer intuitively to the information they need and to give them the ability to immediately take action.

“BlackBerry has always been about bringing people together in a way that is fast, reliable and impactful,” said, Martyn Mallick, Vice President of Global Alliances and Business Development at BlackBerry. “WhatsApp is a highly anticipated mobile messaging app that connects users to their contacts on several platforms, and we are pleased to work with WhatsApp to bring their service to our customers.”

“BlackBerry has been a great platform for WhatsApp for many years,” said Brian Acton, co- founder of WhatsApp.

“Delivering WhatsApp on BlackBerry 10 devices is in line with our goals of ensuring that our customers around the world can continue to communicate with the most important people in their lives.”

In building a native application for the BlackBerry 10 platform, WhatsApp has been able to provide a fantastic user experience that leverages the true multi-tasking capabilities of BlackBerry 10. WhatsApp Messenger for BlackBerry 10 provides a high quality messaging experience that utilizes real-time push notifications to alert you when you receive messages- even when the screen is locked.

Fully integrated into BlackBerry Contacts, when the customer launches the app for the first time, WhatsApp can automatically scan existing phone numbers in the contact directory and extract the ones using WhatsApp, to help customers build out their contacts list and get started right away.

WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry 4.6 and higher is available in BlackBerry World (www.blackberryworld.com).

 
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