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Wishing Readers A Merry Christmas 2015

25 Dec

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Leon Haslam Rejoins BSB with Team JG Speedfit Kawasaki

18 Dec

Former WorldSBK rider Leon Haslam was teammate to 2015 WSBK champion Jonathan Rea when both of them were riding for Ten Kate Honda’s then PATA racing team. Both riders parted ways at the end of the 2014 Championship to join more formiable teams for the 2015 season.

Rea joined Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) while Haslam opted for Aprilia Racing’s factory-supported outfit, Black Dog Aprilia team. The former teammates shared the wins at the opening race of the 2015 WorldSBK at Australia’s Phillip Island circuit, with Rea winning Race 1 and Haslam taking Race 2.

But Rea kept on winning race after race, and by the halfway mark, it was obvious the Northern Irishman had became the favourite for the 2015 title while Haslam dropped from 2nd overall position to third and eventually finished in fourth place in the standings behind Rea and two other compatriots, Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes.

With Aprilia having pulled out from WorldSBK at end of the 2015 season, Haslam was left without a ride, and has made a return to British Superbike (BSB) Championship.

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After watching former teammate Rea destroyed the competition onboard the dominating Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, it is natural for Haslam to join the official Kawasaki Racing outfit for the BSB Championship with JG Speedfit – following the re-launch of Team Green by Kawasaki Motors UK. The official  JG Speedfit Kawasaki has signed Haslam in an exciting deal to race the brand new 2016 Ninja ZX-10R for the BSB Championship.

The JG Speedfit team will be entering their third season with Kawasaki UK and are looking to build on the success of last year with a plethora of podium finishes and race wins under their belt.

Returning to the British Superbike Championship with one goal, Haslam said, “I’m super excited to be coming back to BSB! It’s one of the most competitive series in the world and has a huge fan base and following, so I’m really looking forward to getting back out there and racing in front of the British crowd.

“I made the decision that I wanted to come back a few months ago and began looking at different options. I’ve known Mark for quite a while and I’ve seen how quickly and professionally the team has grown so they were my first option really. I’ve seen first-hand how dominant the old ZX-10R still was, so with this new one already proving faster in testing I can’t wait to get out there next month and try the JG Speedfit Kawasaki for the first time. It will also be my first time competing in the Showdown format so I’m looking forward to that, but our goal from the start of the year is to come back and be challenging at the front from the start!”

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JG Speedfit Kawasaki Team Principal, Mark Smith-Halvorsen, added, “Everyone in the team is excited to be welcoming Leon for 2016. He has proven to be one of the most successful riders within Superbike racing and we know that he won’t be returning to make up the numbers!

“Although behind the scenes the signing has been a very quick deal, we’re already in the process of building a third ZX-10R Superbike which Leon will get to experience when he joins James and Peter next month. With a combination of the new Kawasaki and three of the strongest riders on the grid, I truly believe we have the right package to win our debut MCE British Superbike Championship title. It’s up to us now, to turn that into a reality”.

 
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Shell Malaysia Launches Euro 5 Diesel

16 Dec

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In line with its ongoing efforts to encourage consumers to be more fuel-efficient, Shell Malaysia has launched its FuelSave Diesel Euro 5, which is designed to last longer per tank.

The launch of the new diesel also builds on Shell’s previous initiatives for the local fuel market, such as the recent FuelSave Challenge and FuelSave College Competition, both of which are aimed toward building awareness for fuel-saving. The new Euro 5 diesel also aims to provide consumers who want a high quality fuel that is compatible with modern diesel engines that require low sulphur content.

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Shell FuelSave Diesel Euro 5 is now available at selected sites throughout Peninsular Malaysia, in accordance with the company’s plan to ensure that high quality diesel is available for its customers. Shell aims to invest into its expansive network to quickly extend availability at more locations throughout the country.

In its efforts to encourage drivers to be more fuel efficient on the road, Shell Malaysia is also partnering with premium automaker BMW Group Malaysia in creating awareness on the importance of fuel efficiency and emissions responsibility on the road.

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Shell FuelSave Diesel Euro 5 features Active Efficiency Ingredients, which is designed to improve engine efficiency from the very first tank, helping vehicles use fuel less quickly. It also has a special detergent designed to maintain engine condition by helping prevent the build-up of injector deposits.

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The fuel has an ultra-low sulphur content of only 10 parts per million (ppm) of sulphur compared with 500 ppm in Shell FuelSave Euro2M. When used with compatible Euro 5 engines, the Diesel Euro 5 enables the advanced engine and emission control systems to perform optimally, just as they were designed for, while reducing emissions.

Shell Malaysia plans to roll out the Euro 5 Diesel at selected stations in the next few months. Presently, the new diesel is available in five stations, which are situated at the following locations:

Shell NKVE-Damansara Highway, Selangor

Shell Tapah Rest Stop, Perak

Shell Tanjung Malim Layby, Perak

Shell Bandar Ayer Keroh, Melaka

Shell Pasir Gudang Highway 2, Johor

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Ducati XDiavel Rolls Off Production Line

16 Dec

Ducati Bologna has announced that it has officially commences production of the new XDiavel cruiser motorcycle. The first cruiser made by the Bologna-based manufacturer came off the production line on Thursday December 10 and, as happens with the launch of any new model, Ducati’s CEO, Claudio Domenicali, was there to welcome it.

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The XDiavel, winner of the “Most beautiful bike of the show” award at EICMA 2015, represents the union of two different worlds: the cruiser world characterised by low speeds, highly relaxing rides and long journeys, together with the world of Ducati with its Italian style, technical refinement and the highest levels of performance.

The XDiavel ensures the “low speed excitement” typical of a Cruiser and the adrenaline rush of sports riding that Ducati has made its own. That’s what the X in XDiavel stands for: the merging of two apparently separate, distant worlds on one bike, a superb combination where both are accomplished without compromise. 5,000, 60, 40.

Three numbers that sum up the XDiavel concept – 5,000 as in the rpm at which the twin-cylinder engine achieves maximum torque (13.1 kgm). 60, as in the number of different ergonomic configurations for the rider. Lastly, 40, as in the maximum attainable lean angle. The XDiavel is the first Ducati to use belt-driven final drive – a must in the world of cruisers.

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The Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) together with the Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Riding Modes, Bosch ABS Cornering, Cruise Control and the innovative Ducati Power Launch (DPL) together make the Ducati a technologically advanced, high-performance and, above all, safe motorcycle.

The Ducati is also available in the S version. The XDiavel and XDiavel S versions of the new Ducati cruiser will be available at Ducati Dealership starting from February 2016 onwards (country specific).

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Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL Debut in Malaysia

15 Dec

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Microsoft Malaysia has officially launched the phone that works like your PC – the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL – at an exclusive event for the media, partners and fans today. These are the newest flagship devices to join the Lumia portfolio and are first to run on Windows 10.

The company also announced their latest partnership with Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Digi) to launch a unique and comprehensive range of phone plans that bundle the two most productive smartphones on the planet – the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL – to business professionals in Malaysia.

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The Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL were chosen as they run on Microsoft’s latest operating system – Windows 10 – therefore delivering a familiar and consistent experience that extends across one’s Windows devices, in addition to having a wealth of innovative feature such as Continuum (the ability to turn your phone into a big-screen projector and a big-time productivity tool with the use of a Microsoft Display Dock) and Windows Hello beta (the ability to unlock the device with the use of an iris scanner).

Michal Golebiewski, Chief Marketing and Operations Officer, Microsoft Malaysia said, “More and more people are now experiencing the new and more personal computing experience through Windows 10. With 110 million devices now running on Microsoft’s operating system, we are creating even more opportunities for Microsoft Lumia to take that innovation to the next level. This partnership with Digi marks the start of an exciting new venture as we build upon the unique experiences that Windows 10 offers for today’s busy business professional.”

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Jon French, General Manager, Microsoft Mobile Device Sales (MMDS) Asia Pacific said: “We designed Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL for people who want the most productive smartphones running on the most productive operating system,” he said. “Business professionals who want a premium phone that can work like a PC now have the perfect partner for their Windows devices in Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. With full Windows 10 and features like Continuum for phone, it’s easy to do more than ever from your phone whether you’re in the office, at home or on the road. These are the phones that Windows fans and business professionals in Malaysia have been waiting for: powerful, productive, performance-driven, unique and innovative.”

Combined with stunning HD displays, new PureView cameras with 20 megapixel sensors and triple LED natural flash that shoot 4K video, as well as the latest in processing power, the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL represent the very best in innovation.

The Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL are the first Lumia phones to come pre-loaded with Windows 10 – delivering on our promise of one familiar and consistent experience that transitions seamlessly across Windows devices from key apps like Office built-in to access to all your stuff via OneDrive and the cloud.

Both the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL feature Continuum for phones, enhanced by the optional Microsoft Display Dock accessory. This Windows 10 feature allows people to use their phone like a PC by connecting it to a monitor and transforming it for larger-screen entertainment, or adding a keyboard and mouse to work like a PC with Windows 10 apps like Microsoft Office, while simultaneously taking calls or performing other tasks.

As the latest premium handsets, these phones boast superior performance. Both devices feature a QuadHD AMOLED display featuring up to 564ppi, which means photos, videos and even simple reading show up well, even in sunlight.

And Microsoft’s PureView technology is built into both Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL cameras, boasting a 20MP sensor and triple LED natural flash. The camera captures the perfect image, even in the most challenging conditions, and those photos can be automatically synced across all Windows 10 devices with the Windows Photo app and shared easily with friends and family.

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To make this all possible, both phones also have the latest-generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors to get these things done faster.

The Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL are now available for pre-order via the Microsoft Online Store on Lazada at a recommended retail price of RM2,699 and RM2,999 respectively. The first 100 customers to purchase either one of the two devices can walk away with the Microsoft Display Dock worth RM309.

On 18 December, consumers can visit select Microsoft Authorized Resellers and participating Microsoft Mobile Resellers to test out and purchase the most productive smartphones on the planet.

 
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BMW Motorrad 2016 International GS Trophy Kicks Off in February

15 Dec

For the fifth time, the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy has invited the best GS riders in the world to take part from February 28 to March 5 2016 in an event that comprises several daily legs and numerous special stages. The thrilling national qualifying rounds have now led to the formation of nineteen international teams, including for the first time one team made up solely of women.

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They will all be facing what is a major feat of strength for participants and engines alike. For seven days, they will be competing against each other as they make their way on two wheels through the exciting landscape of Chiang Mai Province in the north of Thailand, the location of this year’s contest for the international GS Trophy.

To ensure that the riders in the competition have the right vehicles at their disposal, a total of 114 BMW R 1200 GS motorcycles are to be transported by sea to Thailand, including 14 BMW 1200 GS Adventure bikes for the marshals. They have now left the BMW Motorrad headquarters in Munich, Germany and it will take around 40 days from setting sail in Hamburg to arriving at the destination port of Laem Chabang.

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To master the extreme conditions that they will be exposed to in the course of the GS Trophy, certain details of the R 1200 GS motorcycles – which are already extremely well equipped in their standard configuration – have been subjected to further modification. Selected Original BMW Motorrad Accessories make the bikes even more resistant to the stresses and adversities typical of the GS Trophy that far exceed the usual norm.

Examples of these are the aluminium enduro engine guard and steel crash bars. Moreover, the safety screw for the oil filler neck and the robust headlight guard are taken from the Original BMW Motorrad Accessories safety programme.

As for the factors of ergonomics and comfort, an adjustable footbrake lever and wider enduro footrests support riding in a standing position. The modification package is rounded off by the Metzeler Karoo 2 off-road tyres.

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The essential conditions are now in place that will ensure that the International GS Trophy 2016 – with its unique combination of adventure, exotic cultures, new friendships, jungle, sand and dust – remains an off-road rally that is simply one of a kind.

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Acer Malaysia Launches Predator Gaming Series

14 Dec

 

Acer Malaysia has unveiled its highly anticipated Predator gaming series in Malaysia with  the introduction of eight new models. The company had announced its gaming strategy during a global press conference held in New York last April, followed by an official launch of this industry-leading portfolio of gaming devices at IFA Berlin in September.  

“With this new addition to our already extensive portfolio of products in Malaysia, we hope this cross-platform offering of Predator gaming series will bring powerful and out of this world gaming experience to its users. The dedication, talent, passion of our R&D team and valuable professional insights from members of Team Acer eSports is set to deliver the best-in-class experience for serious gamers whom we call the Predator Tribe,” said Ricky Tan, Managing Director of Acer Sales & Services Sdn. Bhd. Acer Malaysia joint hands with their long time partners, Microsoft and Intel to bring these new products to empower the Predator Tribe in Malaysia to conquer new worlds in gaming.

The new Predator gaming series run seamlessly with Windows 10 on the latest Intel technology to break new frontiers. “Windows 10 is the best version of Windows yet, and we’re bringing some of the most exhilarating gaming experience s across devices, including PCs, laptops and tablets. Not only do we deliver innovative features such as DirectX12 and  Game DVR – the best thing is that it comes with the familiarity of Windows.

With more than 110 million devices alread y running on Windows 10, we envision a huge opportunity for gamers and game developers alike to expand on a unified gaming universe, which we’ve seen incredible momentum from,” said Michal Golebiewski, Chief Marketing & Operations Officer of Microsoft Malaysia. 14 15 “Gamers can look forward to an enhanced gaming experience on Acer’s products that are powered by the 6th Generation  Intel Core processors.

For the ultimate gaming experience, experience gamers can look forward to Acer devices power ed by Intel’s 6th Generation Intel Core unlocked processors,” said Sumner Lemon, Country Manager, Intel Malaysia and  Singapore. The new Predator gaming series are designed for serious gamers who seek no-compromise, powerful experience in perfo rmance, design and the best in gaming. Acer Predator 15 and 17. The highly anticipated series in the Predator line, Acer Predator 15 and 17 laptops sport the bespoke design of red  accents and a black chassis with geometric lines and soft texture coating. These high-performance laptops are powered  by the latest Intel Core processors coupled with speedy NVIDIA GeForce graphics, rapid DDR4 memory, cutting-edge cooling system and premium audio capabilities.

The Predator 15 and 17 also support the Predator FrostCore feature which keeps the laptop operating at lower temperature for a smoother gaming experience – a feature enabled by the swappable Cooler Master fan module which is available exclusively to Acer. Other notable features that can be found in the Predator 15 and 17 laptops are the PredatorSense gaming control pan el which allow customization and control of gaming features which include macro programmable keys and modifiable light ing controls and Predator ProZone backlit keyboard provides four customizable lighting zones and programmable macro profiles to share with others.

Gaming requires smooth and fast connections which featured in the Killer DoubleShot where it allows wireless networking and Ethernet to work together to achieve the ultimate high-speed bout. The Predator So undPound offers a combination of stellar audio features including up to four built-in speakers, two subwoofers and Dolby Audio surround sound ensuring crystal clear audio and rich bass. The Acer Predator 15 and 17 laptops are priced at RM6,999.00 onwards.

Recently announced as one of the three CES 2016 Innovations Award Honoree for innovative products, the Acer Predator 8 is a dedicated gaming tablet with sleek brushed aluminium design. It is powered by a powerful Intel Atom processor, supports the Predator Quadio, a throng of four-front facing speakers that delivers enhanced virtual surround sound  quality while the Predator ColorBlast technology brings high-quality colour from professional monitors to the tablet,  supporting 100% NTSC colour gamut. In addition, it also comes with Predator TacSense that improves game play with tactile feedback, allowing a more enjoyable and memorable gaming experience.

The Acer Predator 8 also features Predator Media Master, a unique Acer application that allows customization of audio and video set up for standard, album, movie and game use. The Acer Predator 8 retails at RM1,499.00. Acer Predator G6 and G3 Desktops 33 These desirable powerful war machines feature a menacing armour-covered chassis design, powered by the latest Intel Core processors, high-performance NVIDIA GeForce graphics and Acer IceTunnel, an enhanced thermal system which optimizes airflow by efficiently bringing out internal heat of the desktops.

The Predator G6 features “One-Punch Overclocking” that unleashes the full potential of the machine with just a button! The SoundBlaster X-Fi MB5 feature allow fu ll control of all the gaming audio in the Predator G6, with the support of Scout Mode which amplifies the sound of foo tsteps and dialogues from enemies in game, EAX 5.0 provide sound effects that adapts to different environment and Voic e FX which masks voices when chatting in game with teammates or enemies.

The Acer Predator G6 is priced at RM8,999.00 and the Acer Predator G3 will only be available from January 2016.   

The industry-leading Acer Predator gaming monitor line-up comes in 27-inch to 35-inch sizes built on top-notched dis play technology, and provides the best-in-class gaming experience. These monitors have won praises from gamers worldwi de. These new Predator gaming monitors feature GameView technology which allows instant toggle between three customizable display profiles, tweaking settings such as Dark Boost, Overclock and aim-point assistance to suit a wide array of  gamers. The Acer Predator Z35 is a 35-inch 21:9 UltraWide Full HD (2560 x 1080) curved gaming monitor with a curvature of 2000R featuring NVIDIA G-Sync for immersive, wrap-around gaming experience. It supports overclocking to a lightning-fast  mode of up to 200Hz refresh rate.

The Acer Predator XB1 comes in two models – XB271HU and XB281HK which sport 27-inch and 28-inch screen respectively . Both these models come with the latest NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology that provides amazingly detailed images and smooth  visuals. The Predator XB271HU touts a zero-frame-edge-to-edge design with a WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS panel that supports 100% of the sRGB gamut, supports NVIDIA ULMB technology that reduces motion blur in fast-paced gaming situations and has a refresh rate of up to 144Hz (overclocking of up to 165Hz). The Predator XB281HK comes with a 4K UHD panel that has a  fast GTG (gray to gray) response time of 1ms, rendering lightning fast actions or dramatic transitions smoothly minus  smearing or ghosting.

The world’s first curved monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC, the Acer Predator X34 is a 34-inch IPS 21:9 ultra-wide QHD c urved monitor that eliminates tearing, minimizes display stutter and input lag to provide an immersive gaming experien ce. The Predator X34 supports up to 100Hz overclocking to deliver extremely sharp moving pictures. It is no wonder tha t it was a Computex d&I Awards winner! The price for Acer Predator monitors starts from RM2,599. The Acer Predator gaming series will be available for purchase immediately at select Authorized Acer Resellers nationwide.

For more information, please visit Acer Malaysia Facebook or call Acer Product Infoline at 1800-88-1288 (9am –  6pm, Mondays to Fridays).

 
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Pricey BlackBerry PRIV Debuts in Malaysia

08 Dec

BlackBerry Malaysia has finally launched the much-hyped and pricey PRIV – the first ever BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android OS in Malaysia. The pricey handset, while eagerly-awaited by many, proves to be too much for the liking at the mention of its pricing for Malaysia – a cool RM3,388, which puts the idea of owning the PRIV to be on hold instead for many. Most other top model smartphones running on Android platform do not cost that much as compared to the BlackBerry PRIV.

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The PRIV combines the best of BlackBerry’s productivity, security and privacy features with the wide world of Google Play store apps, PRIV is the epitome of form and function. It has been engineered with the world’s finest technology and packaged in an ultra-thin device – including a dual-curved screen, touch and physical keyboards, state-of-the-art 18MP camera, and long-lasting battery – with unique tools that allow users to manage and control their privacy.

The BlackBerry PRIV was designed with security at its core, building on BlackBerry’s legacy of security and keeping private its customers’ data. Security highlights include

Advanced Privacy Controls – the exclusive DTEK by BlackBerry app for Android monitors and reports on application access to the microphone, camera, location and personal information, enabling users to be confident that their personal data is being kept private. Users can know at a glance when their privacy could be at risk so they can take action to improve it.

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Secure Hardware – is BlackBerry’s hardware root of trust, a unique manufacturing process, injects cryptographic keys into the device hardware, providing a secure foundation for the entire platform.

Verified Boot and Secure Bootchain Keys have been embedded to verify every layer of the device from hardware to OS to applications in order to make sure they haven’t been tampered with. Additionally, thousands of modifications were made to harden the Linux kernel with numerous patches and configuration changes to improve security.

Fully supported on BlackBerry’s EMM Solution – PRIV can be integrated with our leading EMM solution, BES 12, which offers cross-platform management of PRIV and other devices; providing a full end to end security solution and secure collaboration applications for business users like Secusuite for secure voice and WatchDox for secure file sharing.

As part of BlackBerry’s cross-platform strategy to provide a greater choice of secure solutions to its customers, users will see a seamless merging of key BlackBerry 10 productivity features like the BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Calendar into PRIV.

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Additional key features include:

Full Android App and Ecosystem Experience – PRIV brings incredible new features to the Android platform and gives users full access to over one million applications: whether it’s Instagram, Spotify, Uber or BBM, you’ll find it on Google Play.

Best of Both Keyboards offers the freedom to choose between a virtual keyboard or a physical keyboard for speed and accuracy.

Tough and Beautiful Screen – A stunning 5.4-inch immersive dual-curve OLED display offers plenty of room to work or play with rich colors, deep black levels and less power consumption. At a resolution of 2560×1440, it sports an incredible pixel density of 540 PPI – 4x the amount of pixels of a standard HDTV. Along the screen’s curved edge is the Productivity Tab that provides an “at a glance” view of the most pertinent info from BlackBerry Hub, Calendar, Task, and Contacts.

In addition, the PRIV has a 3410 mAh battery with enough power to work up to 22.5 straight hours of mixed usage. Its built-in camera is claimed to capture professional looking photos with minimal effort, an 18MP camera as certified by Schneider-Kreuznach, which integrates technologies commonly found in DSLR cameras.

The BlackBerry PRIV is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, a premium-tier chipset designed to offer consumers a superior and compelling user experience along with peace of mind with Qualcomm SecureMSM technology and Qualcomm Snapdragon StudioAccess content protection. With 32 GB of onboard storage and support for micro SD cards up to 2TB, the new PRIV gives users the flexibility to add affordable and hot-swappable storage to download, install, capture and share as their needs evolve.

The PRIV comes with powerful speakers and a three-microphone system that delivers a high-quality listening experience. BlackBerry Natural Sound Technology is built in to adapt Wi-Fi and cellular call sound depending upon phone position and background noise, automatically adjusting volume so users don’t have to.

The PRIV comes ready for work as its Android for Work apps support allows for fast, simple and secure integration with the enterprise environment. Seamless integration with Google Play for Work enables easy access to IT-managed apps.

While the PRIV will provide a choice in operating system to new and existing customers, the company remains committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, and will continue to release platform updates focused on security and privacy enhancements.

Availability and Pricing

Customers who are keen to be among the first to get their own PRIV can preorder from today through 11street. The first 60 customers who preorder through 11street will be able to purchase PRIV at a discounted price of RM3,388 inclusive of GST. Alternatively, customers can preorder PRIV at selected Blue Cube Outlets managed by Celcom Axiata Berhad, from December 10, 2015, at the same price of RM3,388 inclusive of GST.

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Metzeler 6 Days Extreme Off-Road Tyre

04 Dec

German tyre manufacturer, Metzeler, has just announced the new Metzeler MCE 6 DAYS Extreme compound, which has been selected by Yamaha as the OEM brand to fit the new WR450F off-road motorcycle in 90/90 – 21 M / C 54M M + S front and 130/90 – 18 M / C 69M M + S rear sizes.

The choice for Yamaha was a natural one – the MCE 6 DAYS Extreme is an enduro FIM homologated tyre for competition with which the brand with the elephant logo has won 26 titles in the FIM Enduro World Championship, in just eleven years.

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Metzeler Extreme-2The involvement of Metzeler in Enduro has been successful since 1935. Complying with FIM regulations, MCE 6 DAYS Extreme was developed with factory riders as the ideal solution to take advantage of the benefits offered by current high-performing motorcycles that are dominating the most important international championships.

The involvement in the Enduro World Championship, which requires the highest performances in term of traction, resistance and durability, as well as the feedback from the riders, is the main source of technical development and engineering output for the MCE 6 DAYS Extreme.

All this has contributed in strengthening the involvement of the German brand in the off-road segment, highlighting the reliability and high performance of its tyres and further reinforcing METZELER’s winning heritage.

Regarding the compounds, the MCE 6 DAYS Extreme uses a high performance Carbon Black to reinforce the structure of the knobs in such a way that, especially at high temperatures reached in racing, the tread is more stable, ensuring better accuracy and trajectory, giving better grip both on dry and slippery surfaces. An ad hoc design of polymers allows a better resistance to abrasion, cuts and tears so as to have a tyre in perfect condition on all terrains.

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Enduro competitions require the motorcycles to adapt to different terrains, therefore versatility of the tyres is a must. Thanks to the use of a casing with Polyester material with high strength and X-Ply construction, the MCE 6 DAYS Extreme boasts superior structural characteristics and an overall improvement of stiffness that results in an increase of shock absorbing properties and structural stability. For the rider, this means more predictable feedback from the tyre, enhancing control over the motorcycle in all conditions. The balance between rigidity and overall flexibility of the polyester provides excellent resistance to puncturing, especially on rocky terrain where tyre pressure is often lower than normal.

MCE 6 DAYS Extreme enjoys a particularly smooth contour design of the rear tyre, ensuring great traction and enhanced tread-wearing resistance thanks to a wide contact patch area that has more knobs at every lean angle for better digging into the terrain and reducing the specific stresses.

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Regarding the tread pattern design, the front tyre presents in the central pitch, knobs with wide open spacing so that they enhance self cleaning properties allowing the tyre to effectively dig into soft terrain. The knobs also have a V distribution on the tread from the centre to the sides plus a specific asymmetrical design of the centre knobs for maximum precision in straight riding with enhanced braking stability.

The sharp edges of half shoulder knobs have a directional design to improve the stability and controllability in turns at any lean angle. The rear tyre has an alternate knob geometry central pitch design which ensures high traction thanks to the larger knobs with rolling continuity on straight line riding with the presence of mid size knobs.

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The rear also features a specific alignment of knob distribution from the centre to the sides on a diagonal line so as to ensure maximum lateral support when cornering on any terrain. The geometry and alignment of the half shoulder knobs offer a greater controllability of the machine whilst pushing forward and powering out of the corners. This offers a better overall response to forces and obstructions.

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12 non-models to be featured in 2016 Pirelli Calendar

01 Dec

Pirelli has unveiled the 12 women who will be featured in their annual calendar series and for the first time, they are not the tyre brand’s usual glamorous shoot consisting of nude high-fashion models. The pictorial was photographed by Annie Leibovitz, and the new  year’s calendar features a a diverse line up of women with backgrounds in the arts, entertainment, and philanthropy such as Yoko Ono, Serena Williams, Patti Smith, Amy Schumer and Fran Lebowitz.

“This calendar is so completely different, it is a whole other concept,” Leibovitz says in a behind the scene video from the shoot. “Pirelli gave me that freedom—they said they wanted to do a departure.” The women were hand selected by Leibovitz and shot in her studio this past summer.

Typically known for featuring scantily-clad models, the majority of the women in this year’s calendar appear fully clothed—the exceptions being Williams and Schumer, who both appear topless, but not fully nude.

“Believe me, I do not think that naked girls are going out of fashion,” author Fran Lebowitz says in a behind the scenes video from the shoot. “But it is interesting that people are interested in different ways of looking at women.”

 
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