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Sunday, 13 May 2012

New Mazda Family CX 5

The CX-5 is the first vehicle of a new Mazda generation that will adopt the full range of Mazda's breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and new design theme, 'KODO - Soul of Motion'. The new Mazda CX-5 will be introduced in Malaysia in the 2nd half of 2012. Developed around SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. CX-5 delivers precise response and a high-quality, rewarding ride matched to outstanding environmental and safety performance. The CX-5 is the first of a new generation of Mazda vehicles that will evolve the company's hallmark fun-to-drive character by providing a new level of driving pleasure. More news on the Mazda CX-5 launch and details in the next few weeks.

Bi-Xenon headlamps, with auto light functional system (AFS) and auto leveling

 Six airbags (front, side and curtain)
A nine-speaker Bose sound system with USB connection
 The CX-5 is available with both front and all-wheel drive, powered by a 2.0 petrol four-cylinder engine (PE-VPS) sporting 162 bhp (121 kW; 164 PS)/155 lb·ft (210 N·m) 
 Full leather seats, with power adjustment


  Front and rear parking sensor + reverse camera

 Five colours are available, these being Sky Blue, Aluminium Metallic, Metropolitan Grey, Crystal White Pearl, Zeal Red.

 Mazda has announced its newest anti-collision safety technology, the ‘Smart City Brake Support’ (SCBS). The SCBS system, fitted as standard on the Mazda CX-5, uses a laser sensor to detect a vehicle or any other obstacle in front of the SUV. If the system detects a possible collision and the driver fails to slow down appropriately or turn the wheel to avoid the crash, the SCBS automatically activates the brakes and cuts the engine yield at the same time. This allows the system to help avoid collisions or if not, mitigate the damage from rear-end collisions at low speeds, which is one of the most common accidents. With the car moving low speeds of between 2.5 and 19mph, the laser sensor installed at the top of the windscreen detects an obstacle in front of the Mazda CX-5 and monitors the space as well as the closing speed. If the SCBS determines that there is a high risk of a collision and the driver takes no breaking or avoiding action, the system pre-pressures the braking system. This allows a faster braking response when the driver hits the brakes. And if the driver fails to perform any braking or avoiding action, the SCBS will activate the automatic braking operation.

 The SCBS system only works when the speed difference between the driver’s car and the vehicle in front is less than 19mph. Mazda Motor Corp. is determined to intensify its safety-related research and development efforts, with hopes of achieving the ultimate goal of having an accident-free and safe motorized society. After the Mazda CX-5, the company will install the SCBS in its future new models.

  Bluetooth hands-free system

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Coming Soon Movies

Top 10 most-anticipated summer blockbusters


Sci-fi films, superhero stories and action-adventures command screens this summer, joined by kids' animated movies, with sequels and reboots big along with a couple of original tales.
In what is already a record-breaking year at the box office, May releases kick off the hits early with The Avengers, Battleship, Dark Shadows and Men In Black 3 in 3D released early to avoid competing with the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship in June.
These heroes aren't just fighting villains taking over the world -- intergalactic invasions intend to destroy the planet and annihilate the human race. Perhaps with the predictions of the end of the world on December 21 as the "inspiration," the superhuman forces expect to draw super-sized audiences.
1. Snow White and the Huntsman
Release dates: May 30-June 1
Twilight's Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) as the Huntsman and Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen. This twist on the Grimm fairy tale packs a punch with the hunted and hunter joining forces against the witch.
http://www.snowwhiteandthehuntsman.com
2. Prometheus
Release dates: May 30-June 1 in the UK, France and half the world, rolling out to the rest of the markets June 7-9
Related to his film Alien, Ridley Scott's latest sci-fi horror thriller stars Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba as a team of space explorers who must battle to save the planet and escape back to earth. Circa 2090, Michael Fassbender plays an android as they travel to the darkest part of the universe. http://www.prometheus-movie.com
3. Madagascar 3
Release dates: June 6-7 in North America and France, followed by Denmark, Brazil, Turkey, and Australia in July; other markets including the UK through October

Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo join a circus in hopes of getting home to New York. The third installment of this comic romp in 3D features the voice talent of Ben Stiller (The Fockers, Megamind) Jada Pinkett Smith (Ali), Chris Rock (Death at a Funeral) and Sacha Baron Cohen (Hugo).
http://www.madagascar-themovie.com/
4. The Amazing Spider-Man
Release dates: debuts in Japan May 30, rolling out worldwide July 3-6
This reboot of the successful DC Comics superhero franchise stars Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), replacing Tobey Maguire as a teenage Peter Parker juggling human problems that turn into a crisis when he meets his father's former partner. Emma Stone costars as girlfriend Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as villain The Lizard.
http://www.theamazingspiderman.com
5. Brave in 3D
Release dates: June 21-22 in Australia, Brazil and North America, followed by Europe in July and August

Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter), Emma Thompson (Nannie McPhee), Billy Connolly (Gulliver's Travels) and Craig Ferguson (How To Train Your Dragon) join Kelly MacDonald as Princess Merida in a modern animated fairy tale of a young girl whose archery and bravery stop a beast and end a curse.
http://disney.go.com/brave/

6. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Release dates: June 21-22 in Russia, Turkey and Singapore, followed in July and August by most international markets

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum, this sequel to the sci-fi action thriller brings the surviving elite special-ops agents against Zartan's forces and government leaders under the enemies' influence.
http://www.gijoemovie.com/

7. The Dark Knight Rises
Release dates: July 18-20 in North America and Europe, rolls out July 25-27 worldwide
Christian Bale reprises his role for the last time as Batman/Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan's last tale in his Batman trilogy, taking on the evil Bane, played by Inception's Tom Hardy. The DC Comics thriller also stars Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman.
http://www.thedarkknightrises.com
8. Bourne Legacy
Release dates: August 3 to 23 in most markets, followed in September by France, South Africa and Japan
With Matt Damon on hiatus from this franchise, the fourth installment, based on Robert Ludlum's novels, features Oscar winner Jeremy Renner (The Avengers), Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton in the story of a CIA operative on the run. Directed by Tony Gilroy (Duplicity).
http://www.thebournelegacy.net/
9. Total Recall
Release dates: August 2-3 in Asia and North America, followed by Sweden, South America, Russia, Japan, France, the UK and European markets through August
In this remake of Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1990 hit, Colin Farrell stars as a factory worker who suspects he's a spy but doesn't know which side he's on, the nation state of Euromerica or New Shanghai. Also stars Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale and Bryan Cranston. Directed by Les Wiseman (Underworld). http://www.welcometorecall.com/
10. The Expendables 2
Release dates: August 16-17 in Russia, the UK and North America, followed by most of the world through the month and Japan in October
Starring classic action heroes Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, Van Damme, Lundgren and Jet Li, plus a new breed with Liam Hemsworth and Jason Statham, who join the team. This sequel brings the Expendables together again on a quest for revenge and an unexpected threat. Directed by Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider).
http://theexpendables2film.com/

Rudest Nations

The World's Rudest Nations for Travelers



The travel search site Skyscanner.com surveyed its users about where the locals never smile and people are particularly unfriendly, and the nation with the most votes for rudest locals was…

Wait for it…

France (félicitations, mes amis!), followed by Russia. The survey received over 1,200 responses, 65 percent from the UK and Ireland, plus elsewhere in Europe, North America and Australia.

The World's Rudest Nations for Travelers 1. France 2. Russia 3. United Kingdom 4. Germany 5. Other

Rounding out the top five rudest countries were the U.K., Germany and “Other” (those Others are the worst, don’t you think?). The U.S. placed 7th, behind China.

Some of the perceived rudeness may be attributable to cultural differences rather than anything intentional. For example, says Tatiana Danilova, Skyscanner’s Russian Market Manager, “the Russian language is not as polite as English, so when Russians translate directly from Russian to English, it can sound rude to an English speaker even if they don’t mean it to.”

“We were surprised to see Russians come in second place,” says Skyscanner’s Travel Editor, Sam Baldwin. He attributes this in part to the “familiarity breeds contempt” phenomenon. Although Russia doesn’t compare with the Mediterranean as a tourist destination, as visa regulations have relaxed, Russian holidaymakers are increasingly flocking to the Mediterranean and coming into contact with people from other countries.

The same principle may apply to the French: “As our closest neighbors, there has long been a familiar rivalry between the U.K. and France,” Baldwin says, and the preponderance of responses from the British Isles may have contributed to this result. Still, Baldwin says, “Even the French acknowledge that the way they are perceived is not entirely without basis.” (In France’s defense, I’ve always found Parisians to be just as rude to each other as they are to foreigners. Outside of Paris – and even within the city – people can be as gracious as anywhere.)

The British, for their part, voted themselves “world’s worst tourists” in a previous Skyscanner survey.

The countries rated as having the least rude locals were Brazil, the Caribbean and the Philippines.

Skyscanner claims to be Europe’s leading travel search site, operating in over 25 languages with more than 25 million visits and over 11 million unique visitors per month. It has offices in Edinburgh, Scotland and Singapore.

Here's the complete list of responses and their percentage of votes:

French 19.29
Russian 16.56
British 10.43
German 9.93
Other 6.37
Chinese 4.30
American 3.39
Spanish 3.15
Italian 2.24
Polish 2.24
Turkish 2.15
Indian 1.90
Swiss 1.90
Greek 1.74
Croatian 1.57
Austrian 1.41
Cypriot 1.24
Egyptian 1.24
Korean 1.24
Norwegian 0.99
Australian 0.91
Dutch 0.83
Irish 0.83
Swedish 0.83
Japanese 0.66
Danish 0.50
Canadian 0.41
New Zealander 0.41
Indonesian 0.41
Portuguese 0.33
Thai 0.25
Filipino 0.17
Caribbean 0.08
Brazilian 0.08

2012 Gadgets

2012 Gadgets – Upcoming Releases in 2012

Here’s a list of some of the major upcoming 2012 gadgets and products:

Apple iPhone 5

No doubt, the Apple iPhone 5 is one of the most anticipated 2012 gadgets. Apple launched the iPhone 4S, which disappointed its fans very much. Although the device has some nice changes under the hood, including the addition of voice-recognizing personal assistant Siri and an excellent 8-megapixel camera, the phone looks quite identical to its predecessor – iPhone 4.
2012 Gadgets
The upcoming phone from Apple is expected to sport the Apple’s latest and greatest A5 processor chip, iCloud service, higher-resolution camera, and a 4-inch screen size.

Apple iPad 3

Along with the iPhone 5, fans are also eagerly expecting the release of iPad 3, which now reports indicate that it has been scheduled to be launched in February next year. The new tablet, in competition to Samsung Galaxy Tab will feature a new, thinner and sleeker design, down nearly 20 percent in size compared to the iPad 2. It will also support full touchscreen HD display with a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536.


Coolest 2012 Gadgets
Apart from that, the iPad 3 will have a lighter battery life, reducing the weight of the tablet. However, the battery is reported to cost 20 to 30 percent more than the current iPad’s battery, which will also have a longer battery life.

It is also expected that the iPad 3 will have a wireless charging technology, which will be able to charge the battery and transfer data wirelessly.

Windows 8

The next version of Windows is yet another, most anticipated product after the Apple iPhone 5 and iPad 3. Windows 8 offers a number of new features from its all new UI to Windows App Store and improvised security features.
Windows 8 has got an interactive UI called the “Metro-style” design, which shows the most important information to you, embodies simplicity, and gives you full control over it. The UI is designed to provide a fluid and intuitive interaction and navigation with touch, or a mouse and keyboard.


Best Gadgets of 2012
Microsoft released a Developer Preview of the Windows 8, which is currently in pre-beta version. The developer version shows off the current stage of the OS. It is available for free download at the official Windows site.

Quad Core Mobile Devices

Dual-core is old now. Welcome Quad-core. It is said that Quad-core smartphones with high resolution screens and graphics will take over in 2012 – nVidia Tegra 3 and Qualcomm Snapdragon are battling out for the fastest quad processor in the mobile market.
Chip maker Nvidia says that smartphones featuring its quad-core Tegra 3 processors may arrive in the first half of 2012. Meanwhile, Qualcomm indicates that its quad-core Snapdragon will make its appearance in Windows 8 tablets in the second half of 2012.
Some of the features that a quad-core smartphone would offer are:
- Advanced video and photo editionnVidia Tegra 3
- Multi-tab web browsing
- High-end graphics games
- Improved voice control and “air” gestures
- Better multitasking

Xbox 360 Update

The next generation of the Xbox is expected to arrive in 2012. This would be a direct competition to the Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii U. The following features will be included in the next Xbox update:
- New personal and social features including Cloud storage for game saves and Live profile
- Beacons and Facebook sharing
- Enhanced family settings
- Integrated voice and gesture controls across the dashboard and in apps
- Bing voice search (available this year in the US, UK and CA)
Recently we saw the new Xbox 360 Dashboard update. The look and feel of the new dashboard is probably the most noticeable difference, which sports a Windows 8, Metro-style interface.

Facebook Timeline

Facebook introduced its new profile, Timeline way back in September 2011, which is designed to be a better way to “tell your life story.” The new profile was scheduled to be launched to all users on Facebook in November.
Top Gadgets of 2012
However, Timelines.com, a small Chicago based company filed a lawsuit against Facebook over trademark issues and claiming that the social networking giant’s new Timeline feature may “eliminate” the company from the site. Timelines.com has a trademark for the “timeline” name, filed in May 2008 and granted in January 2009.
It is expected that Facebook might start rolling out the feature to its users starting January, 2012.

PlayStation Vita

With the huge success of PlayStation Portable selling over 71.4 million units worldwide, Sony is all set to release the next version of the PSP called as the PS Vita. The gaming console packs a quad-core graphics processor, which is even impressive than the iPad 2. It looks quite similar to the PSP, however without any doubt the Vita is more impressive and elegantly designed. It sports a 5-inch OLED multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, 24-bit color with a resolution of 960 × 540 qHD and has pixel density of 220 ppi.


Best 2012 Gadgets
It is also reported that the PlayStation Vita has both front and rear cameras with supporting features such as face detection, head detection and head tracking that can be used for personalization and customization.

Wii U

In competition to Sony’s PlayStation Vita, Nintendo is set to release the next version of its gaming console called Wii U, which is the direct successor to the Wii. Nintendo unveiled the Wii U in it’s press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011 on June 7, 2011.


Wii U
It is the first console from Nintendo to produce 1080p high-definition graphics, featuring a new controller with an embedded touchscreen. Nintendo showcased a prototype version of Wii U, which features a touch screen over 6 inches wide and contains a built-in microphone, speakers, gyroscope, accelerometer, rumble and camera.

The Nintendo Wii U will also feature internal flash based memory for media storage and game save data, however the system will also support external SD card and USB HDD support allowing users to expand storage capacity. It is expected to be released sometime after March 2012.

Apple HD TV – Upcoming 2012 Gadgets

Speculations around the Internet indicate that Apple is preparing to release a high-definition television set. The TV is expected to come in 15 to 19-inch range powered by the company’s mobile operation system, iOS. The TV, however, is not only used to play videos, but also play games, run applications and providing you control over social networking sites, like Twitter, Facebook and Google+. It seems that dish satellite television will one day be extinct.
Apple had launched Apple TV, a set-up box used for streaming video to a television, which was first released on January 9, 2007.
It is expected that such a TV set from Apple would be available in time for the 2012 holiday season.

Samsung Galaxy S3

After having a huge success with the Samsung Galaxy S2, it is rumored that Samsung has been busy working on the next version of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy S3. It is expected that the device will feature a Samsung Exynos 4212 processor clocked at 1.8GHz and an ARM Cortex A9 chip, which will offer a 25% performance boost and a 30% reduction in power consumption.
It is also expected that the Galaxy S3 will most probably be powered by Google’s latest OS – Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Rumors indicate that Samsung may unveil Galaxy S3 at a similar time to the iPhone 5.

Your Expectations for 2012 Gadgets Release:

So, the above 2012 gadgets list comprises some of the major gadgets and products that are scheduled to be released for the year 2012. We would like to hear which product you are mostly waiting for it to be released, or any other product that is not mentioned in the list. Please let us know by adding your comments below.

Monday, 23 May 2011

News

16 dead in Malaysia orphanage landslide
The death toll from a landslide caused by heavy rains that hit a Malaysian orphanage has risen to 16, police said Sunday, announcing the search operation was over.
The incident took place at around 2:30 pm (0630 GMT) Saturday at the Children's Hidayah Madrasah Al-Taqwa orphanage in Hulu Langat, just south of the capital Kuala Lumpur.
A policeman at the scene said 16 bodies had been recovered, including a 34-year-old caretaker. The ages of the others killed ranged from eight to 19 years old.
"The search and rescue operation is over. We have completed our mission," said a police officer at the scene, who did not want to be named.
Villager Mohamad Azam, 38, said: "The last four bodies were taken out at about 5:30 am.
"I know some of the boys. They are very good boys. They recite their prayers early in the morning every day."
Ten people remain in hospital.
Landslides are regular natural disasters in Malaysia and the government has imposed strict rules with regards to hillside development.
In one of the country's worst landslips, a huge mudslide brought on by heavy rain triggered the collapse of a 12-storey residential building on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur in December 1993, killing 48 people.


Orphanage built without approval

“Back then, the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) did not have jurisdiction over this area, so we cannot blame residents who built houses in the area.
“They have the right to build homes for themselves and their families,” he told reporters after inspecting the orphanage-cum-religious school here yesterday.
“The orphanage was built about 15 years ago and at that time or now, it was not compulsory for them to meet requirements set by JKR.
“But I do hope that those who want to build on hillslopes in such areas will get the green light from the Government,” said Chor who noted that the structure was built on agriculture land.
Chor also expressed his gratitude to the rescue teams comprising more than 700 people for their immediate action in rescuing victims buried by the landslide.
Earlier, Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liu said the orphanage was not registered under MPKj.
“It (the orphanage) is out of our operational zone and should come under the Rural and Regional Development Ministry. We were not aware of its existence. There is no record of an application,” he told reporters.
Liu said the foundation of the building was built on a slope of more than 80 degrees with no retaining wall.
He said no local authority would have approved such a structure if they had received the application.
He said the MPKj president would meet with the owner of the building to find out more about its foundation.
“If the foundation is unstable, the building will be demolished as it would be too dangerous to occupy,” Liu said, adding that they had located the owner but he was too shocked to say anything.
Public Works Department (JKR) slope engineering branch director Datuk Dr Ashaari Mohamad said initial investigation by experts revealed that the slope was sandy and prone to erosion.
“We will have a meeting with the relevant agencies including the Geology Department and Meteorology Department today,” he said.


Saturday, 21 May 2011

Technology

Lenovo lets the X1 out of the bag

By CHONG JINN XIUNG
intech@thestar.com.my
PETALING JAYA: Lenovo has officially announced its latest ultraportable business laptop, the ThinkPad X1, which weighs just 1.72kg and measures less than 17mm at its thinnest point.
It comes with a a 13.3in (16:9 ratio) display made of scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass for extra durability. The new X1 is also built to be as tough as they come with a spill-resistant keyboard and a roll cage that protects the hard drive against accidental drops.
Additionally, it has a full back-lit keyboard that's useful for working in low light conditions. The notebook can be configured to run on Intel's second generation Core i3, i5, and i7 processors and have up to 8GB DDR3 SDRAM.
Users will also have an option to equip the X1 with a 160GB SSD or a 320GB hard drive. The new ThinkPad also features Lenovo's new RapidCharge battery technology that is said to charge the notebook's four-cell battery to 80% in just 30 minutes. Lenovo claims the notebook can last up to five hours.
The X1 comes with a host of other features that include Dolby Home Theatre enhanced audio, HDMI and mini DisplayPort outputs as well as a high definition 720p web camera.
It also has an optional 3G mobile option so users can stay connected at all times. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 will be available this month however no price has been confirmed.
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www.lenovo.com


e-Book sales surpass printed books

E-READING: A man reading a e-book on the Kindle in this May 2010 photo. Since April 1, Amazon has sold 105 e-books for every 100 printed books. - AP
NEW YORK: Amazon.com Inc said that after less than four years of selling electronic books, it's now selling more of them than printed books.
The online retailer said that since April 1, it has sold 105 e-books for every 100 printed books, including printed books for which there is no electronic edition.
The comparison excludes free e-books, which would tip the scales further if they were included.
Printed books include both hardcover and paperback books. Amazon said in July that e-book sales had outstripped hardcover sales. It's now selling three times as many e-books as it did a year ago.
Analysts estimate that Amazon accounts for about two-thirds of US e-book sales.
Amazon also said the latest and cheapest version of its Kindle e-book reading device is the best-seller of the line, five weeks after it was introduced.
The Kindle with Special Offers costs US$114 (RM342), and shows ads in standby mode. - AP



Govts must never block Web access

FULL ACCESS: The United Nation's independent expert on freedom of speech says governments that cut users' access to the Internet are violating a basic human right. - AP
GENEVA: The United Nation's (UN) independent expert on freedom of speech says governments that cut users' access to the Internet are violating a basic human right "regardless of the justification provided."
Frank La Rue says blocking Net access is "disproportionate," whether it is a blanket ban imposed during times of political unrest or against individuals for violating specific laws.
Britain last year announced it planned to follow France's lead to cut off Internet access to people who illegally download copyright-protected material.
La Rue's report also urges governments to decriminalise all forms of defamation and ensure Internet users can express themselves anonymously.
The report will be discussed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva next month. - AP





Racing through the Apocalypse

Recklessly race through a devastated city against equally crazy drivers in MotorStorm 3: Apocalypse.
 
SPONTANEOUS URBAN RESTRUCTURING: Yes, the pretty concept art of the devastated city will make you go "oooh," but when you're actually racing through collapsing highways and exploding buildings your reaction will be more like "aaahhh."
WE'LL say this straight out: The fictional events portrayed in MotorStorm 3: Apocalypse have certain unfortunate and unintended similarities to recent global disasters.
In fact, Sony delayed the release of the game in a few countries out of respect but we hope the unfortunate coincidences in the storyline won't detract players from enjoying this game.
Now we've got that off our chest, let's continue with the review.
Say you happen to be in a coastal city that's in the throes of not one but several natural disasters. Earthquakes have all but destroyed the downtown area, fires from the aftershocks are spreading across neighbourhoods and - oh look - there's a hurricane heading in your direction. What would you do?
If you said "have a reckless race on a variety of vehicles through the burning debris of the devastated urban landscape," then congratulations! You are both certifiably insane and a perfect racing candidate for Apocalypse.


An adorable adventure

A small pup goes on a big adventure across ancient Japan in Okamiden, the sequel to Okami.
 
CUTENESS REVISITED: Get your paintbrushes ready and stock up on some doggie treats for another trip into the world of Okamiden.
FOLKS, get your paintbrushes ready and stock up on some doggie treats, because we're taking a trip into the world of Okamiden. In this Nintendo DS sequel to Okami, you're once again off on a grand adventure across ancient Japan, fighting off mythological demons with divine instruments and using your Celestial Brush to restore the natural world to its full glory.
Only this time, instead of taking the role of the divine and majestic white wolf Amaterasu, you're playing her cute widdle pup, Chibiterasu. And oh my goodness he is so adorable.