Friday, 17 May 2013

Report says faster iPad Mini coming this year

If you are still looking to get a mini tablet for yourself, it maybe a good time to hop in when the new, improved version of the iPad Mini is launched soon.

FASTER and BETTER: According to a report, the next iPad Mini will have a better screen, camera, processor and battery life. - ©AFP

Get prepared to be excited.

Yet more leaked details point to an iPad Mini with improved screen and camera coming later this year.

According to Mobileak's sources, the next iPad Mini will get an upgraded HD screen boasting 324ppi and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.

It will also feature a reduced bezel so that the display will seem to run right to the left and right edges of the device (like on the latest iPhone) while, thanks to a bigger battery, the tablet is expected to increase in thickness to 7.5mm.

The bigger battery is needed because as well as a juice-sapping screen, the next generation of the iPad Mini will have a faster dual-core processor.

Although new reports citing sources and leaks relating to Apple products appear almost daily, Mobileak's sources seem to corroborate a recent report from NPD Display Search.

The research and analytics firm, which monitors supply chain activity claimed earlier this month that the next-generation iPad Mini was scheduled for launch in time for the holiday season and would be getting a Retina Display quality screen upgrade.

However, where the reports differ is on the subject of processors. NPD believes that the processor will not be upgraded in 2013 but it is predicting that a more powerful version of the small tablet would instead be launching in early 2014. - ©AFP/Relaxnews 2013

Source: The Star TechCentral

Senarai Menteri dan Timbalan Menteri Malaysia 2013

Berikut adalah senarai barisan Menteri dan Timbalan Menteri Kabinet Persekutuan Malaysia 2013 yang diumumkan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak baru-baru ini.

Perdana Menteri: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

Timbalan Perdana Menteri: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri:
Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom
Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar (akan dilantik sebagai senator)
Datuk Seri Idris Jala (Senator)
Tan Sri Joseph Kurup
Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim
Nancy Shukry
Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun
Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan (Senator)
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Razali Ibrahim
Timbalan Menteri: P.Waythamoorthy (akan dilantik sebagai senator)

Kementerian Kewangan
Menteri I : Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Menteri II: Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Ahmad Maslan

Kementerian Pelajaran
Menteri I: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
Menteri II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh
Timbalan Menteri I: Datuk Mary Yap
Timbalan Menteri II: P.Kamalanathan

Kementerian Dalam Negeri
Menteri: Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar

Kementerian Komunikasi dan Multimedia
Menteri: Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Jailani Johari

Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri
Menteri: Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed
Timbalan Menteri: Hamim Samuri

Kementerian Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar
Menteri: Datuk Seri G. Palanivel
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk James Dawos Mamit

Kementerian Pengangkutan
Menteri: Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein (pangku)
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Aziz Kaprawi

Kementerian Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan
Menteri: Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Joseph Salang (telah menarik diri dari jawatan)

Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani
Menteri: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman

Kementerian Pertahanan
Menteri: Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri

Kementerian Kerja Raya
Menteri: Datuk Fadillah Yusof
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin

Kementerian Kesihatan
Menteri: Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam
Timbalan Menteri:Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya

Kementerian Belia dan Sukan
Menteri: Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk M Saravanan

Kementerian Sumber Manusia
Menteri: Datuk Richard Riot
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Ismail Abdul Muttalib

Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan
Menteri: Datuk Hasan Malek
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah (akan dilantik senator)

Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat
Menteri: Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun

Kementerian Luar Negeri
Menteri: Datuk Seri Anifah Aman
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin

Kementerian Kesejahteraan Bandar, Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan
Menteri: Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahalan
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Halimah Sadique

Kementerian Perusahaan Perladangan dan Komoditi
Menteri: Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Noriah Kasnon

Kementerian Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah
Menteri: Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi

Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan:
Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Dr. J. Loga Bala Mohan

Kementerian Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan air
Menteri: Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili
Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah

Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi:
Menteri: Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin
Timbalan Menteri Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah


Is this (finally) our flying car?

Fancy a flying car for $279,000 (approx. RM843,000)? You may get to have your wish come true pretty soon!

                           Image courtesy of CNN. See link below.

It's one of science fiction's greatest unfulfilled promises, right up there with teleportation and time travel.

This week, Terrafugia, a Woburn, Massachussetts-based aerospace company announced it has begun feasibility studies on a car capable of vertical takeoffs and landings. The TF-X would be a four-seat, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, according to the company.

“We are passionate about continuing to lead the creation of a flying car industry and are dedicating resources to lay the foundations for our vision of personal transportation,” Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich said in a media release.

“Terrafugia is about increasing the level of safety, simplicity, and convenience of aviation. TF-X is an opportunity to provide the world with a new dimension of personal freedom!”

The new TF-X project comes as work on the Transition shifts "from research and development to certification, production, and customer support activities," the company said.

Terrafugia says it has about 100 orders for the Transition, which goes for $279,000.


Candice Glover wins 'American Idol' 2013

Candice Glover gestures to the audience.

Candice Glover arriving at the Season 12 finale of 'American Idol' in Los Angeles, Calfiornia May 16, 2013. - Reuters

Candice Glover, a soul singer from rural South Carolina, was named American Idol on Thursday, becoming the first female singer to win the television singing competition since 2007.

The 23-year-old defeated country vocalist Kree Harrison in the popular vote with her powerful voice in what judges deemed a close contest to take the title on season 12 of the popular Fox network show.

"You are officially our American idol," host Ryan Seacrest said as the crowd of 7,000 in Los Angeles cheered. "Three years, persistence, determination and a lot of talent. You deserve it."

It was third time lucky for Glover, who appeared in two earlier seasons of the show, and finally won the crown by making songs like Somewhere from the musical West Side Story, and the jazz tune You've Changed all her own.

"Oh, my God," a shocked Glover said with tears streaming down her face after hearing Securest call her name. "Three years."

Seacrest announced Glover as the winner at the end of the two-hour finale show, which featured performances by judges Keith Urban and Mariah Carey, as well as Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Lopez, rapper Pitbull and South Korea's Psy, who sang his new single Gentleman.

Glover, the first woman to be crowned Idol since Jordin Sparks six years ago, won a record deal, which could help propel her to the stardom enjoyed by other women Idol winners such as Grammy Award winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. - Reuters


2013 Europa League final: Chelsea win Europa League with 2-1 win over Benfica

Chelsea made it back-to-back European wins as they claimed the Europa League with a 2-1 win over Benfica in the Amsterdam Arena.

The final had appeared to be heading for extra-time as Oscar Cardozo had levelled from the penalty spot just eight minutes after Fernando Torres had put Chelsea ahead on the hour.

But it was won in injury-time as Branislav Ivanovic rose brilliantly to head home a Juan Mata corner to give Chelsea yet more European silverware just 12 months after claiming the Champions League title.

As early as the second minute Cardozo headed over, whilst Nico Gaitan twice fired wide and Enzo Perez and Eduardo Salvio were constantly probing and driving forward from midfield.

One-time Bolton loanee Rodrigo probably had the best chance of the half when a free-kick was taken short and came into him just six yards out, but he twice lost his footing and missed the chance to test Cech.

Chelsea were limited but Artur had to pull off an exceptional save just before the break when Frank Lampard made a rare foray to the edge of their box and unleashed an archetypal thunderous drive, but the Brazilian managed to tip it over when he looked to be going the wrong way.

Into the second half and the expected reaction from Chelsea did not materialise with Benfica pushing forward in numbers again. Gaitan saw a half-volley fly wide before Cardozo had a header ruled out for offside.

On the hour mark Cech made a good save from Salvio's back-post header - but from that nobody expected what was to come as Chelsea were ahead within seconds.

Cech threw the ball long for Mata in the centre-circle, he flicked it on and Torres was away, holding off Luisao and going past Artur before finishing clinically.

Chelsea's lead though lasted just eight minutes. Cesar Azpilicueta handled in the box as substitute Lima flicked the ball on and Cardozo stepped up to hammer the ball past Cech.

Both teams pushed on for the winner and they both had their chances. Cech was at his best as he tipped over a brilliant dipping volley from Cardozo.

Then captain Lampard came within inches of winning it in the final minute of normal time but his stunning effort from 30 yards cannoned back off the bar.

But, just when the game looked to be heading into extra-time, Chelsea won it. Ramires chased down a long ball to win a corner, Mata took it and Ivanovic rose unmarked to head into the corner of the net.

Still there was time for Cardozo to almost be presented with a chance to take the match to extra-time, but he was denied by a great lunge from Gary Cahill and Chelsea celebrated as the full-time whistle went just moments later.

Popular actor arrested for khalwat

Is this the accepted norm of today's entertainment industry? Read on....

This happened in Selangor:

SHAH ALAM: A popular actor was arrested by Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) officers for khalwat (close proximity) at Apartment Taman Sri Subang here early Thursday.

The 25-year-old actor, who was engaged in December last year, was arrested at 3.30am in an apartment unit by a Jais enforcement team following a tip-off from members of the public.

"He was arrested under Section 29 (1) A and B of Selangor Syariah Criminal Enactment 1995," said Jais director Datuk Marzuki Hussin in a statement here.

The actor was romantically linked with an older woman and a young actress but both relationships ended abruptly. - Bernama