Apple iPad Mini available for order in Malaysia

Surprise! Since the tablet launched in early November, finally you can have iPad mini before end of the this year. Please take a look on Apple online Store. The price of iPad mini start from RM999 for 16GB WiFi only version and has an estimated shipping time of 2 weeks. At the same time, 4th gen iPad also available for order and the price remain same, start from RM1,499 with short shipping time, just take 1-3 working days.

The iPad mini was met with consumer demand, Apple announced that it sold more than 3 million iPad and iPad mini tablets combined during their weened of availability. iPhone 5 expected to arrive in Malaysia Dec 14 next week. So, get ready a sleeping bag so that you can camping outside the Apple store a day before Dec 14.

Don’t know which one to buy, Nexus 7 or iPad mini? Take a look this info.

Microsoft social network,Socl now open to public

Microsoft is opening their social network,Socl to the public, the mysterious social network project from its FUSE research group. The site now in private beta and available for everyone. Last time, the Socl used to share a lot of design elements with Facebook, but now the looks feel more to Pinterest with search component and new way to post multiple photos, links and other information all at once.

First, all you need is a Facebook or Microsoft live account to sign in. Once signed in you are met with featured posts. On the left hand side below the site logo you can instead select to show content from “all” or “following.” At the very top of the page, there are several different options. “Posts” is pretty self explanatory. “Interests” allow you to find specific content and “People” helps you find others to follow. “Me” takes you to your profile and “Parties” allow you to watch videos with others in real-time.

The Socl pulls in content from Bing search. You don’t need to upload images or grabbing a link from Youtube, but you can search and add to your post. Interacting using Socl is very straightforward. You can comment, tag, share, get a direct link to a post and even translate. There are also options to report a post as inappropriate or hide a user.

Magician Uses iPad To Perform Amazing Magic Tricks

It seems like the clip originally aired on a German TV show, but it’s not what this guy is saying that’s amazing–it’s what he’s doing with this iPad.

Simon Pierro, also known as digital magician because he able to wow audiences with his digital magic tricks. Some people called the iPad “magician”. Apple even invited him to one of its European stores to perform. Enjoy this video!

5 practical ways to backup your data

Backing up your files is one of the most important jobs especially on laptops or tablets which are more prone to damage or theft compared to desktops PC. Your hard drive might crash after your laptop fall from table or thieves might steal your laptop at a café. Your work can lost if you have a back-up copy. Here I have 5 practical way to backup your data and you can do it yourself (DIY).

Optical disks
Optical disks have a storage capacity of up to 50GB (Blu-ray) and normal DVD (4.4GB). This is the cheapest way to backup your data. But the computers start moving to smaller and thinner such as ultrabook and tablet PC, slowly optical drive become unpopular and is predicted no longer used in the future, same situation happened to floppy disk.

Flash drive/ thumb drive
Very popular when I studied in college till now. It is known as USB stick, thumb drives are the best alternative to store your data. If you are very effective and well manage person, you can store every thumbs drive you have with different category and usage. But the problem with thumb drives is the devices is too small and very portable and can easily missing in your pocket or on the desk. Thumb drives suitable to store data temporarily and move data from one computer to another computer.

External hard drive
The most effective way to backup your data is in external hard drives. Transfer data to external hard drives much faster using certain software than optical disks and also reliable. Now the external hard drives have capacity more than 1 Terabytes (TB). So, it is possible to you to backup all your data in your laptop or computer. But the problem with external drives is they can easily damaged by physical shock.

External Solid State Drive (SSD)
SSDs have same functionality hard drives, but SSDs have durability same as thumb drive. But so far, nobody use SSDs as a backup storage because they are so expensive compared to hard drives with the same capacity. Available capacity up to 256GB.

Cloud storage
Storing data in the cloud is the most convenient way to backup but you must have internet access in order to do so. The price of cloud services depend on capacity and features. They give free sign-up with small capacity and limited functions. Suitable for small files backup and not suitable for backup confidential files.

Summary
You also can store data in SD cards but I’m not suggesting doing so because data can easily damage when transferring data from SD card to computer or vice versa if you are using poor quality of memory card reader. I have experiences where a few of my pictures in smartphone damaged after transfer to computer.

Mashable get new fresh and clean website design

Mashable, the social media news website has redesign their page in order to deliver better experience on every device such as phones, tablets, desktops and so on.

Their aim for new design is to reflect their audience’s needs; mobile, social and visual.

There are three section; The New Stuff, The Next Big Thing and What’s Hot. A lot of philosophy behind the design. Find out more here.