The Huawei Watch GT Boasts A Two Week Battery Life

Alongside the Mate 20 and the multitude of variants, Huawei also unveiled the Watch GT. And the first thing the company was quick to point out was its 14-day battery life.
This is made possible with a new dual-chip architecture, which supposedly provides more than 80% in power consumption reduction.
There is a caveat, though. And it’s the GPS function in the Watch GT. Huawei says that while Watch GT battery life cut down significantly if GPS is left on, it can still trudge on for almost a full day. Or to be exact, 22 hours.

Apart from the amazing battery life, Huawei says that the Watch GT is capable of getting you real-time heart rate readings, updating readings every second.
Also, while many smart wearables provide some form of coaching for your workouts, it’s commonly done via a companion app on the phone. Huawei said during its event that this is a feature that should be directly built-in to the Watch GT.
It also comes with a water depth resistance of 50m, recognition for four different swim strokes, built-in altimeter, and sleep monitoring. All this put together makes the Huawei Watch GT one of the most complete fitness trackers out there.

The Huawei Watch GT comes in two colour variants – Stainless Steel and Black Stainless Steel. As for strap options, there are four to choose from – Graphite Black, Glacier Grey, Flourescent Green and Saddle Brown.
Local pricing and availability is not known as of yet. That said, we’re hoping that Huawei will soon make a local announcement of the Watch GT, alongside the Mate 20.
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Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro Now Official: Featuring Kirin 980, Triple Camera Setup, In-Screen Fingerprint Scanner

As promised, Huawei has officially launched its new flagship class smartphone series, the Mate 20 just moments ago in London. Under the new series, consumers are able to choose from several different variants but let’s talk about the first two models in the series: the standard Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro.
Both of these devices marked the arrival of Huawei’s new processor, the Kirin 980 into the market. At the same time, they also come with a new matrix camera module which Huawei co-developed with Leica and features three different camera setups.
Despite the similarities, there are still plenty of things that separate them apart. For example, Huawei has adopted curved edges design for the Mate 20 Pro but not on the standard Mate 20 model. Not only that, Huawei has also chosen to implement different types of display for both devices.
The standard Mate 20 is equipped with 6.53-inch Full HD+ RGBW display while the Mate 20 Pro comes with 6.39-inch 2K+ curved OLED display. While their camera module might look the same, the type of cameras that are available on both phones are actually quite different from each other.

The standard Mate 20 variant offers 16MP sensor with f/2.2 17mm ultra wide-angle lens alongside 12MP camera with f/1.8 27mm wide angle lens as well as 8MP sensor that is paired with 2x telephoto lens. On another hand, the Mate 20 Pro’s main camera is a combination of 40MP sensor and f/1.8 27mm wide angle camera while there is also another camera which consisted of a 20MP sensor and f/2.2 16mm ultra wide-angle lens alongside another 8MP camera with 3x telephoto lens.
As you might be able to guess from the different display notches that appeared on these devices, they do carry different kind of selfie camera setup as well. While both standard Mate 20 model and Mate 20 Pro comes with 24MP selfie camera but only Mate 20 Pro is equipped with additional sensor to allow it deliver 3D scanning capability.
There is also the question of fingerprint scanner as the Mate 20 Pro is equipped with in-display fingerprint scanner while the standard Mate 20 model offers a traditional fingerprint scanner on its back. Not to forget, they also come with different battery capacities as well with 4000mAh on the standard Mate 20 and 4200mAh on Mate 20 Pro.
However, only the Mate 20 Pro offers the new 40W SuperCharge and 15W Wireless Quick Charge features as well as Wireless Reverse Charging. The standard Mate 20 has to make do with the older 22.5W SuperCharge tech and no wireless charging.

Price-wise, the standard Huawei Mate 20 variant is listed at EU 799 (about RM 3841) for the 4GB/128GB model and EU 849 (~RM 4082) for 6GB/128GB version. The Mate 20 Pro on another hand comes with only one memory and storage options which is 6GB and 128GB respectively for EU 1049 (~RM 5044). All of them are rolling out into the market throughout the world as we speak.
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Huawei Band 3 Pro Tracks Your Fitness In A New Streamline Design

Huawei showed off not one but two smartwatches at its London event today. The Huawei Band 3 Pro essentially contains all the trackers and sensors found in the Huawei Watch GT. The only difference being its more fitness-friendly package.
The 0.95-inch AMOLED display is touch sensitive, and the whole device measures in at 45 x 18.8 x 10.85 mm. The display is bright enough for outdoor use, which is where the Band 3 Pro is most likely be used. It is also exceedingly light at 25 grams; a weight that you wouldn’t feel on the wrist.
Huawei is also promising some long battery life for the Band 3 Pro. With continous GPS on, it is promising 7 hours of battery life, with a full charge achieved in just 100 minutes. Further, the smartwatch is waterproof up to a depth of 50 meters.

Moving on, the Huawei TruSee 3.0 precision heart monitoring system uses infrared to measure a user’s heart rate as well sleep cycle. The data collected can be viewed using the Huawei Health app, developed with help from Harvard Medical School’s CDB centre. The app can also help identify the six most common sleep-related issues, along with the solutions to fix the issue.
Other functions of the Band 3 Pro includes notifications, call controls, and remote shutter for the cameras. The Huawei Band 3 Pro is priced at 99 Euros (~RM475) when it is out for retail sometime later this year in three colours – Obsidian Black, Space Blue, and Quicksand Gold.

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Illegear Launches Selenite; Claims To Be World’s First 17.3-Inch Bezel-less Gaming Notebook

Illegear has announced what it claims to be the world’s first 17.3-inch bezel-less gaming notebook. Called the Selenite, the bezel-less nature means that it fits in a 15.6-inch form factor.
The bezel-less tech is called InfiniVision, and the Full HD IPS display also comes with a 144Hz refresh rate.
Another claim that Illegear makes of the Selenite is that it’s the first gaming notebook with GeneSwitch brown mechanical keys. This means that you get the tactile feel of a mechanical keyboard, without as much of the noise. It also comes with per-key RGB lighting for your own rainbow on the keyboard.

The Selenite comes with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, and you have a choice between an Intel Core i7-8750H or an Intel Core i9-8950HK for the CPU. As is the case with ILLEGEAR, other specs are pretty much up to you to pick and choose.
You can have up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and you have up to two M.2 SSD slots as well as a SATA HDD. Thing brings your maximum internal storage capacity to 4TB.

The Illegear Selenite is already available now in Malaysia. Prices start from RM7099. If you need the exact price for the configuration of your choice, you can tinker around on the Selenite’s page here.
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Winamp To Make A Return As All-In-One Music Player

If you count yourselves among the 90s kids, then the name Winamp may more than ring a few nostalgic bells. For those who grew up with it, you’ll be glad to know that it’s making a return. As TechCrunch puts it, Winamp will be “a platform-agnostic mobile audio app that brings together all your music, podcasts and streaming services to a single location.”
Released in 1997, it was a freeware media player that had one of the widest selections of community-made skins. That said, the last time it got an official update was in 2013. That’s in the final year of Winamp in AOL’s possession.
Now owned by Radionomy, its new owners want Winamp to be “a more complete listening experience,” according to Radionomy CEO Alexandre Saboundjian. He went on to say “You can listen to your MP3s you have at home, but also to the cloud, to podcasts, to streaming radio stations, to a playlist you perhaps have built”.

The official version 5.8 release is coming this 18 October. For now, it will still be a familiar experience to those who have used it all those years ago, or are still using it today. But Winamp 6, the one that acts as a hub for all your listening needs, is set to grace mobile devices sometime in 2019.
That said, details of the app are still scarce. So we’ll have to wait and see if Radionomy can negotiate with all the involved services to bring them all into one platform.
(Source: TechCrunch)
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Microsoft Brings Dictation To Office Web Apps; Aimed At Helping People With Dyslexia

Microsoft Office has a dictation feature that can be very useful, especially if you suffer from dyslexia. But more than that, the company is finally bringing the feature to web users as well.
The feature will come to the browser version of Word and OneNote first, within the “coming weeks”. As for Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, dictation will come sometime in 2019.

In addition to dictation, Microsoft is also adding real-time translation inside Immersive Reader. This will roll out in sometime in this quarter, supporting the translation of full pages, words or sentences. That said, this feature will only be available to Word, OneNote and Outlook online, as well as OneNote for Windows 10, Mac and iPad.

With this, typing with your voice will not only be limited to the desktop versions of Microsoft Office. Translation is also a powerful tool, and this will be especially true in a country with multiple languages such as Malaysia.
(Source: Microsoft)
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Microsoft Brings Dictation To Office Web Apps; Aimed At Helping Poeple With Dyslexia

Microsoft Office has a dictation feature that can be very useful, especially if you suffer from dyslexia. But more than that, the company is finally bringing the feature to web users as well.
The feature will come to the browser version of Word and OneNote first, within the “coming weeks”. As for Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, dictation will come sometime in 2019.

In addition to dictation, Microsoft is also adding real-time translation inside Immersive Reader. This will roll out in sometime in this quarter, supporting the translation of full pages, words or sentences. That said, this feature will only be available to Word, OneNote and Outlook online, as well as OneNote for Windows 10, Mac and iPad.

With this, typing with your voice will not only be limited to the desktop versions of Microsoft Office. Translation is also a powerful tool, and this will be especially true in a country with multiple languages such as Malaysia.
(Source: Microsoft)
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Sony Develops DRM Using Blockchain As Foundation

Sony has announced the development of Digital Rights Management (DRM) using blockchain. This will start with written works under the Sony Global Education umbrella, and may later be brought to other commercial media like music, movies and VR content.
As it is now, the way blockchain works as DRM for academic works is that it allows Sony to track its content from creation through sharing. Users will also be able to see and verify whatever is being read via the blockchain DRM tool.

Sony’s statement reads “the system lends itself to the rights management of various types of digital content including electronic textbooks and other educational content, music, films, VR content, and e-books. As such, Sony is contemplating possible uses in a wide range of fields.”
Adding to the fact that Sony is looking to commercialise this service, we can more or less expect the technology to be present in all future music and movies released under the brand.
(Source: Sony)
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Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max Pre-Order In Malaysia Begins On 19 October: Price Starts At RM 4999

It came without warning but nevertheless, this should be a great news for consumers out there that were waiting to get their hands on the new Apple iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max. The wait is almost over as Apple has finally revealed some details regarding the imminent arrivals of both phones in Malaysia.
First and foremost, the price of both devices. Here they are, as stated on Apple Malaysia’s website earlier today:
iPhone XS 64GB: RM 4999
iPhone XS 256GB: RM 5699
iPhone XS 512GB: RM 6649

iPhone XS Max 64GB: RM 5399
iPhone XS Max 256GB: RM 6099
iPhone XS Max 512GB: RM 7049
Meanwhile, consumers are able to pre-order these devices through Apple Malaysia’s online store starting from this Friday, 19 October at 3:01pm. That being said, the actual roll out for either iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max was not reveal by Apple but we don’t think it going to take long though.
(Source: Apple Malaysia)
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Apple iPhone XR Price In Malaysia Starts From RM 3599: Pre-Order Opens On 19 October

Aside from iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, Apple Malaysia has also revealed the pricing for the equally new iPhone XR. Since it is a lower-end model, the pricing for the new phone is much lower as well.
Here it is, according to Apple Malaysia’s website:
iPhone XR 64GB: RM 3599
iPhone XR 128GB: RM 3849
iPhone XR 256GB: RM 4299
In terms of color options, consumers can choose from White, Black, Blue, Yellow, Coral, and (PRODUCT)RED. They are able to pre-order the new iPhone XR from Apple Malaysia’s website starting from 19 October onwards at 3:01pm.

Just like iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, Apple Malaysia has yet to reveal the exact release date for iPhone XR. We don’t expect it to be far off from the pre-order period though but nevertheless, we’ll keep you posted once we received such info from the company.
(Source: Apple Malaysia)
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