Heads Up:TECH 12 – MWC 2013 highlights, SGS4 and Yahoo! ban

Right after the mobile world wrapped up Mobile World Congress (MWC 2013) in Barcelona last week, we’re back with another episode of Heads Up:TECH video, where we roundup the top tech headlines of the week in 5 minutes for the non-tech savvy folks.

This week’s video brings you highlights of the best mobile devices from the show, the latest news on Samsung’s next flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S 4, as well as some Yahoo! kerfuffle.


For further reading, here are the links to the stories covered this week:-

MWC 2013 Highlights

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MWC 2013 : HTC One

HTC One product image
HTC One product image

HTC One was actually announced before the start of MWC 2013, which we covered in last week’s video. But this flagship smartphone was named “Best In Show” in this year’s conference, as the public and media get their hands-on experience at the HTC booth.


MWC 2013 : Asus PadFone Infinity & Asus FonePad

*Image Source : CNet
Asus PadFone Infinity (Image Source : CNet)

In less than 6 months since the launch of Asus PadFone 2, they announced an upgraded smartphone-tablet hybrid called Asus PadFone Infinity with upgraded specs and hardware.

Asus also took the wraps off their latest 7″ Android tablet, but this tablet has phone call function built in, just like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus. This new Asus tablet is weirdly named the Asus FonePad. PadFone, FonePad – looks like Asus is not exactly too creative with their product names, huh?

Asus FonePad
Asus FonePad


MWC 2013 : Nokia Lumia 520 and Nokia Lumia 720

(L-R) Nokia 105, Nokia 301 and smartphones Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 720
(L-R) Feature phones – Nokia 105, Nokia 301 & smartphones – Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 720

Nokia announced 4 devices in MWC, 2 feature phones (Nokia 105 and Nokia 301) and 2 Windows Phone 8 (Nokia Lumia 520 and  Nokia Lumia  720). The Lumia 520 is their latest entry level, low end Windows Phone;  wile the Lumia 720 is their latest mid-range Windows Phone.


MWC 2013 : Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (*Image Source : Engadget)
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (*Image Source : Engadget)

Similar to the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the 8″ Android tablet with the S-Pen stylus, was announced prior to the start of MWC. The middle brother of the Galaxy Note 2 smartphone and Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, this is Samsung’s direct competition to the iPad mini.


MWC 2013 : Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Most likely the hottest tablet announced in MWC this year, this is the 10.1″ tablet brother of the Sony Xperia Z smartphone announced recently. The Sony Xperia Tablet Z shares similar features to the smartphone – it’s super thin and water-resistant, too.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Sony Xperia Tablet Z


MWC 2013 : Other News and Wrap Ups

Here are more links to more devices and other wrap up stories around the web:-



Samsung Galaxy S 4 to be announced next week

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During MWC, Samsung handed out invitations to the media on their upcoming “Unpacked” event with a heavy hint on the announcement of their upcoming Android flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S IV (or Samsung Galaxy S4, however you want to call it). The event will also be live streamed to the public at New York Times Square and online, next Thursday on 14 Mar 2013.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Launch
Samsung Galaxy S 4 Launch



Yahoo! bans WFH (Work From Home) option

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Last week, Yahoo’s HR released a memo (which is subsequently leaked) informing all its employees that come April 2013, they will no longer have the option to “Work From Home” aka WFH. Many argue that as a tech company, this is outrageous as most people are connected and contactable electronically, some anonymous internal Yahoo folks comes forward that some WFH employees have apparently been unproductive and abusing the system.

Meanwhile, in Yahoo CEO’s Marissa Mayer’s act of “cleaning up the house”, they’ve also recently shut down some Yahoo services.



Bonus Story : Guy pushes girl off the cliff

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This video have been going viral. I first read about it from a TNW article here that gives me a bit of background story.

What they’re actually doing is a new Adventure Extreme Sport called Cliff Diving / Cliff Jumping. Check out this video of the daredevils. I so… want to do that!



QOTW (Question of the Week)

This week, let me know…

Do you agree with the Yahoo!’s ban of their employees to Work From Home (WFH)?

Let me know in the comments down below.

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