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NSFW: Your competitor is a dick, literally

NSFW: Your competitor is a dick, literally

ibm-penis-hed-2015[1]Would have come in handy for Apple back in the day, notice the ‘I’

You know those other losers who are trying to outsell you. They think they’re so smug with their dumb bright coloured vintage logo. They think they’re some Wisenheimer with the number of happy clients they claim they have and the coffees they drank, oh poor babies save them from doing mediocre work!

Now when it comes to business , everything that seems even remotely mean is usually kept behind closed doors. Or else done through quirky comparative advertising and then be called a clever bastard, like the guys at Burger King or Pepsi, who’ve been doing this stuff before I was even born.

You could do that, or else you could just dish out 25 dollars and have some designers morph a dick into your competitor’s logo. The guys that came up with this ingenious idea, have, in my opinion, created the funniest cash cow known to mankind. It’s called Penised.com and everything about it is just plain glorious. Their about page is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while. It’s basically an embedded video showing a scene from Superbad where it shows Jonah Hill’s character dick-drawing fetish. Perfectly reasonable, right?

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You Can Now By A OnePlus One in Malta, More Countries

You Can Now By A OnePlus One in Malta, More Countries

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OnePlus is finally expanding availability to other countries. You can now buy a OnePlus One in Malta, and OnePlus has expanded to the following countries:

  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

The OnePlus One can still only be bought through an invite system, but now you don’t have to play around with courier services, you can get it shipped straight to your home!

Source: OnePlus

Developers in Malta, Lithuania, Cyprus, and more can sell apps on Google Play

Developers in Malta, Lithuania, Cyprus, and more can sell apps on Google Play

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Early this morning Google announced that it has expanded Google Play Merchant registration to 12 new countries from Europe, South America, and Asia. These are:

  • Bulgaria
  • Lithuania
  • Cyprus
  • Malta
  • Latvia
  • Estonia
  • Panama
  • Dominican Republic
  • Honduras
  • Bolivia
  • Bahrain
  • Jamaica

Developers here can now register to receive funds through Google Wallet in their native currency, allowing them to sell apps in their respective countries. This brings the number of countries whose developers can sell apps on Google Play to 76.

Source: Google via Android Central

Google Play Music & All Access Now in Malta!

Google Play Music & All Access Now in Malta!

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Literally minutes ago Google seems to have finally opened up Google Play Music to the Maltese islands (and a few other countries, one would assume), not only allowing one to stream their own private collection online but to also purchase tracks and albums through the Play Store.

Screenshot_2014-11-03-20-17-06 croppedThe first change you’ll notice is that opening the Play Store directs to a general page with three sections up to: Games, Apps, and Music. Click on the latter and you have full access to the Music Play Store, with all prices in Euros.

The Google Play Music app also features All Access and you can get it for only €5.99 monthly plus a 1 month free trial if you sign up before January 2015, as compared to €6.99 for Spotify Premium, which became available earlier this year.

But I can’t see it on the Play Store!

No problem. It should show up just fine on the web, but on your phone I suggest going into Settings> Apps > Play Store and hitting clear data. That should do the trick!

Hat tip to my good friend Zach for pointing it out!

Newsbook, Malta’s First News App on Android and iOS

Newsbook, Malta’s First News App on Android and iOS

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The IT industry is, at the moment, one of the fast growing economic sectors our country has ever seen and while most companies have focused their efforts on enterprise services a few have given the consumer markets a try. Vioside is one such developer and I proudly present Newsbook, the first app of its kind developed for the Maltese Islands by Maltese developers.

The premise is simple: aggregate news from Newsbook, a Maltese news outlet, and present that content in an appealing and easy to read format that works on every phone I’ve got in the house. There are 4 categories present so far, these being “Lokali”, “Internazzjonali”, “Madwar Il-Hajja”, and “Teknologija”. Translated, these are Local, International, Lifestyle, and Technology.

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Selecting a category brings up the most recent article that you can scroll through vertically then swipe from the right to get to the next post. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a way to view all articles in that category or to mark articles as read, but that’s a minor inconvenience. At the bottom of every article are buttons to view the video attached to the article, share it to any Android application, listen to the article’s sound, or view the original article in your phone’s browser on www.newsbook.com.mt.

All in all it’s a great application with great potential to grow and I can’t wait to see more developers put their content out there. Click through the gallery below! Also get it on Google play from here.

Microsoft Surface RT Available At Scan Malta

Microsoft Surface RT Available At Scan Malta

Surface RT

Living up to their claim of offering the largest selection of tablets on the island, Scan has now added the Surface RT to their line up.

The Surface RT is Microsoft’s flagship Windows RT flagship running a watered down version of Windows 8 that is limited to running Metro apps only and having an extremely limited Desktop mode – used only for Office. With a Terra 3 chip inside and an HD screen the Surface RT can compete with most of the Android flagship tablets on sake at the moment with the exception of the ultra high-res Nexus 10.

Prices are as follows:

  • Screen Protector for Microsoft Surface 10.6″ – €4.95
  • Black Flip Case/Stand for Microsoft Surface RT – €27.95
  • Microsoft Surface 10.6″ 32GB Windows RT Black WiFi Tablet – €595.00
  • Microsoft Surface 10.6″ 32GB Windows RT WiFi Tablet w/Touch Keyboard – €675.00
  • Microsoft Surface 10.6″ 64GB Windows RT Black WiFi Tablet – €675.00

  • Microsoft Surface 10.6″ 64GB Windows RT WiFi Tablet w/Touch Keyboard – €755.00

Check out the Surface RT page at Scan.com.mt here.

Maltese Availability of the HTC One

Maltese Availability of the HTC One

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Hot on the heels of their grand HTC One unveiling HTC wasted no time in announcing world wide availability of their flagship. It’s a hell of a list, but there are just 2 tidbits I find interesting.

Malta

Firstly, the phone will be available in Malta on all 3 major carriers, those being: Vodafone Malta, Go Malta, and Melita Malta. While the phone’s “LTE ready” the 3 networks only go up to HSPA+. Pricing is unknown as of yet, and there is no indication on each carrier’s website that they will be carrying the device, but since HTC said they are I think it’s just a matter of time.

The phone is also available on pre-order from Expansys.com.mt, at €629.99 incl. VAT.

US

The second interesting tidbit represents a break in HTC’s tradition of launching different flagships on different carriers. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint will each be getting the HTC One, and not some variation thereof, a la the HTC Evo 4G LTE.

Verizon’s out of the picture for now, and it’s unclear whether that will change. Verizon’s usually championed Samsung’s Galaxy S phone as their flagship, with HTC making up their mid-range Droid Incredible line.

 

So, will you get one? I’m tempted, to say the least. It’s a beast, but the software hasn’t won me over.  STOCK FTW!

HTC 8X Available From Vodafone In Malta

HTC 8X Available From Vodafone In Malta

HTC 8X at Vodafone

Yep, Vodafone is now carrying the HTC Windows Phone 8X in Malta. Prices for the dual core, HD-screened beast start from €299 on the Smartphone 35 contract, go down to €199 on Smartphone 55, and is free from there on.  Price off contract? A Not an unreasonable €599.

HTC 8X: The Phone

HTC’s flagship Windows Phone 8 device, the HTC 8X has earned stellar reviews with many considering it superior to the Nokia Lumia 920 despite the latter offering arguably better specs.  Not to say the 8X’s specs are meagre or out of date, the Krait S4 CPU bests Nvidea’s quadcore Tegra 3 in some respects and is more than capable of handling the already smooth Windows Phone OS. The HTC 8X comes in a variety of colours, though it seems only black is available in Malta at this time.

HTC 8X: The Specs

  •  CPU: Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
  • Screen Resolution/Technolgy: 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.3 inches (~342 ppi pixel density); S-LCD2
  • Camera: 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash (rear);  2.1MP, 1080p video (front)
  • OS: Windows Phone 8
  • Storage Space: 16GB
  • Antennae: WiFi, 3G, GPS
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Check it out at Vodafone here.