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Semalam kami melancarkan satu pertandingan yang pantas dan ringkas. Dan kami sasarkan kepada pembaca E-Sentral. Apa yang mereka perlu lakukan adalah mengambil casino online gambar sendiri memegang sebuah telefon pintar atau tablet. Telefon pintar atau tablet itu mestilah memaparkan laman hadapan sebuah ebook bahasa Inggeris daripada E-Sentral.com

Petang ini kami akan mengumumkan pemenangnya. Agak-agaknya siapa yang akan menang?

Nokia launches cheaper Windows-based phones

 

BARCELONA, Spain—Nokia, once the leader of the mobile phone world, unveiled Monday two new Windows Phone-based Lumia smartphones aimed at the cheaper end of the market.

The Finnish group revealed the Nokia Lumia 720 and Nokia Lumia 520 on the opening day of the world’s biggest mobile fair, the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, Spain.

“The momentum behind Nokia is gathering pace,” said Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop.

“The launches today reflect our commitment to broadening our devices and services portfolio to meet the demands of people and businesses around the globe.”

The Nokia Lumia 720 has a camera with Carl Zeiss optics and has a starting price of 249 euros ($330) before taxes, with a rollout due to start in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore in the first quarter.

The Nokia Lumia 520 would be priced at just 139 euros pre-tax, it said, the cheapest of its Windows Phone 8 devices, launching first in Hong Kong and Vietnam in the first quarter of this year before a broader release in the second quarter.

Nokia said it would bring the Lumia 720 and the Lumia 520 to China.

Last month, Nokia posted a net profit of 202 million euros in the fourth quarter, its first quarterly profit for 18 months.

But the beleaguered company, which is trying to cut costs, said that it would not pay a dividend to shareholders for the first time in more than 20 years.

In the three months ending December 31, Nokia made a net profit of 202 million euros compared to a loss of 1.07 billion euros in the same quarter a year ago.

The company sold a total of 86.3 million devices during the quarter, including 4.4 million Lumia smartphones, its new flagship product developed with Microsoft.

Nokia said at the time that the numbers were better than expected.

Still, net sales of smart devices fell 55 percent in the quarter to 1.2 billion euros on a yearly basis as volumes fell.

Source: technology.inquirer.net

Firefox OS launches in the US in 2014, but users are in for rough times ahead

After losing significant marketshare in the world of browsers, Mozilla has begun shifting gears to focus on competing in the mobile space. Webkit-based browsers are dominant on the desktop, but it’s even worse for Mozilla in the mobile space as it stands now. This year, phones running the new Firefox OS will launch in numerous different countries in Europe and Latin America, and they’ll hit the United States in 2014. Will this be enough to keep Mozilla relevant?

Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela will be among the first countries to see phones running Firefox OS. Poland will see Alcatel’s One Touch Fire this summer on Deutsche Telekom, and more eastern European countries will soon follow. Spanish telecom Telefónica will be rolling out Firefox OS phones in both Europe and the Americas in 2014. In the US, Sprint has shown interest in the platform, but no specific announcements have been made yet. According to PC Mag, Sprint didn’t even bother to show up to the Firefox OS press event at the Mobile World Congress. Gary Kovacs, CEO of Mozilla, came out and said that the US likely won’t see phones running Firefox OS until 2014. Traditional markets are highly saturated, so Mozilla is grabbing some low-hanging fruit in oft-overlooked regions before moving up to the big leagues.

Firefox Phone

In the early days of Android, much ado was made about how open the platform was. Carriers shipped highly customized versions of Android on phones, and most of it was complete and total garbage. The user interface on any two Android phones was vastly different. It essentially allowed carriers complete control over the phone, and that caused substantial frustration for users. Since then, Google has smartened up, and started taking cues from the way Apple handles smartphones. Android is now much more standardized, less fragmented in terms of UI, and more focused around the direct connection between Google and users. This is a huge benefit for Android as a smartphone platform, but it’s killing what made carriers flock to it in the first place. Enter Firefox OS.

Mozilla is using very similar talking points that Google used when Android was launching: Open, customizable, free of the Man! Except that carriers will be able to bend Firefox OS to their will. Even worse, it appears that OS updates will be handled by the carriers instead of Mozilla itself. While Mozilla talks a good game about its security chops, carrier-pushed updates will eventually lead to heartbreak. It’s only a matter of time before the first major security issue pops up, and at least one carrier doesn’t bother pushing out an update. It seems like Mozilla didn’t learn much from pitfalls that Android ran into, and that is cause for worry. With the carriers calling the shots, users are in for some rough times ahead with Firefox OS.

 

News source: extremetech.com

eSentral Facebook Photo Contest – today only

We feel that we need to get to know our users and our readers. So we came up with this idea, but we need your help.

I want you to upload your photo to your Facebook timeline, and then tag eSentral so that my team and I can see it.

And one lucky person is going to walk away with RM50 cash.

Here’s What You Need To Do

  1. Take a photo of yourself and upload it to your Facebook timelineMake sure that you pose with a mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android) displaying a cover of anEnglish-title e-book from E-Sentral.com
  2. Tag the photo to eSentralFor us to know that you uploaded a photo, you need to tag us on Facebook. You can type “esentral” when searching for our Facebook page (https://facebook.com/eSentral) to tag the photo. Oh, you may need to Like us first before you can tag (not really sure about how Facebook works)

When you have done that, just watch our Facebook page for the announcement tomorrow. One lucky winner will be receiving RM50 in cash.

Some (cheap) eBook Suggestions…

If you don’t know this, Bookbaby is one the biggest ebook distributors from USA, a sister company of CDBaby. And now we carry their ebooks. They are thousands of titles from Bookbaby and prices start at RM3.99 (can you believe that?)

So here are some suggestions to get you started…

  1. Untold Titanic: The True Story Of Life, Death, And Justice
    http://www.e-sentral.com/search/byid/4286
  2. How To Get Rich – Not Quick: The Minute Or So A Month Personal Budget And Savings Plan
    http://www.e-sentral.com/search/byid/4570
  3. Mud Creek (novel)
    http://www.e-sentral.com/search/byid/4791
  4. The Best International Flavors You’re Not Grilling With! 30 Recipes For Rubs, Marinades & Sauces With Global Appeal
    http://www.e-sentral.com/search/byid/5745
  5. The 50 Funniest Siri Answers: An Awesome Guide To Fun And Laughs With Siri
    http://www.e-sentral.com/search/byid/6186
  6. Flying Through Music
    http://www.e-sentral.com/search/byid/6497
  7. John Lennon’s Tooth: How I Met The Beatles, Thanks To Dorothy
    http://www.e-sentral.com/search/byid/7010
  8. The Really Real Mother Goose
    http://www.e-sentral.com/search/byid/7491
  9. Fun Games To Play At Boring Meetings… (without Your Boss Knowing)
    http://www.e-sentral.com/search/byid/7911
  10. The Wrath Of Zar Dragon Fire Edition
    http://www.e-sentral.com/search/byid/7914

You don’t have to get any of these title — just any Englist-title from E-Sentral.com

REMEMBER — THIS IS TODAY ONLY!

Reader’s Digest parent company files for bankruptcy again

Copies of the Reader's Digest magazines are seen in Port Washington

The owner of magazine Reader’s Digest, once the staple of doctors’ offices and coffee tables, has filed for bankruptcy for the second time in less than four years, citing a greater-than-expected decline of the print media industry.

RDA Holding Co and more than two dozen affiliates filed for a pre-negotiated Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan the company says will allow it to reduce its $534 million debt load by 80 percent, according to documents filed Sunday in U.S. Bankruptcy court in the Southern District of New York.

Its international operations are not part of the filing.

It is the second time the company filed for bankruptcy protection since 2009.

Despite emerging from bankruptcy as a smaller company in 2010, “itsbusiness plan and financial forecasts did not adequately account for the steep declines that the media industry has suffered over the last few years — as evidenced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company’s recent return to Chapter 11,” Robert Guth, the company’s president and chief executive officer, said in court documents.

Nor did the company’s plan “adequately reflect the fragility of RDA’s wide-reaching international footprint,” Guth said.

Under the terms of the restructuring plan, $464.4 million of its senior notes will convert to equity, leaving the company with $100 million in debt.

Wells Fargo & Co and holders of its senior secured notes have agreed to $105 million in debtor-in-possession financing to allow the company to continue operating under bankruptcy. The company plans to exit bankruptcy within four months, court documents say.

DeWitt Wallace and his wife Lila Acheson Wallace founded Reader’s Digest in 1922. The magazine offered readers stripped-down versions of articles about health, home and family from other publications. It eventually began the best-selling consumer magazine in the United States. Today it operates print and digital magazines, books, music and videos worldwide and has more than $1.1 billion in assets, according to court documents.

Distressed-debt investor Alden Global Capital and hedge fund Point Lobos Capital LLC are listed as among the company’s largest stakeholders, according to the filing. Luxor Capital Group, as administrative agent for a $10 million loan, is listed as one of its largest unsecured creditors.

Report by Reuters.

TARIKH TAMAT PENYERAHAN MANUSKRIP PERTANDINGAN EBUKU DI PANJANGKAN

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Berdasarkan permintaan ramai, Pertandingan eBuku 2013 telah memanjangkan tarikh tutup penyerahan manuskrip kepada 15hb Mac 2013 daripada 28hb Februari 2012. Oleh yang demikian, peserta atau bakal peserta masih ada tiga minggu untuk menghasilkan manuskrip untuk pertandingan. Antara syarat-syarat manuskrip adalah: fiksyen, 10,000 perkataan atau lebih, penulisan asli.

Pertandingan eBuku 2013 juga telah mengumumkan hadiah-hadiah pemenang pertandingan baru-baru ini. Antara hadiah-hadiah menarik adalah pakej penerbitan professional bernilai RM10,000. Selamat mencuba.

Pertandingan eBuku 2013 adalah anjuran bersama eSentral dan Maxis eBuuk

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