This week’s installment for Tech Thursday sees some mobile-centric news, come cloudier than others and one from a certain fruit company. Enjoy!

waze_wp8_1Waze goes Windows
Popular social mapping and navigation app has finally been released for Windows Phone. Windows Phone users will get to enjoy the same socially-aware app with 50 million other Waze users currently on iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10 OS.  Full post here.

Ninetology U9 Series launched in Malaysia
Ninetology, in partnership with MediaTek has launched a series of premium phones under the product line U9, bringing the X1, Z1 and Z1+ smartphones to the Malaysian market. With displays ranging from 4.8 inches to 5.7 inches, the U9 series uses MediaTek’s quad-core MT6589 chip sets running at 1.2Ghz. Top-of-the-line specs without top-of-the-line prices however, as the U9 family sell from RM1,099. Read more about the U9 Series.

Ninetology U9 Series 20Windows haze-watch apps
Proudly for the Malaysian market, two Windows-based developers have introduced handy apps to help users stay updated with the quality of air and the Air Pollution Index (API) in midst of the haze situation. Phaze and MY Haze are free downloads for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 (MY Haze only). Full unclouded story here.

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Who is John Appleseed?
If you’ve been catching Apple keynotes, for the longest time we’ve seen the name John Appleseed crop up in demos. So who exactly is this John character with an Apple-y name? Apparently, John was the pioneer introduced apple trees to Ohio, and was adopted by former Apple CEO Mike Markkula as his alias when he was publishing software for the Apple II. Read the story in full.

Catch you next week for more tech-centric updates! Have a good week.

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