Panasonic Announces Lumix S1R and S1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras: Available In 2019

At Photokina 2018 in Cologne earlier today, Panasonic has announced the development of the company’s first full-frame camera. Called the Lumix S1R and S1, the two camera is the result of collaboration between Panasonic, Leica, and Sigma.
These cameras will be using Leica’s SL lens mount, currently being used on Leica SL cameras. For starters, Panasonic will be developing three new lenses for the S1 and S1R using the lens mount – a 50mm F1.4, 24-105mm, and 28-70mm – alongside the camera body. The company plans to release up to 10 lenses all the way to the year 2020.

Imaging on the S1 is handled by a new 24MP sensor while the S1R will feature a 47MP sensor. Panasonic has also claimed that both cameras will be the first full-frame DSLR in the world able to record 4K60p videos, and they will be weather-sealed for extra ruggedness.
Both SD and XQD storage slots will be available on these cameras, in addition to a dual-axis tilting LCD touch panel. Both cameras will also support Panasonic’s Dual-IS technology, which combines in-body and in-lens stabilization to reduce shakes while filming.

Panasonic is aiming to release the two Lumix S-series cameras along with the three new lenses in early 2019. That means you have a little bit of time to save some money before these camera roll out into the market.
(Source: Panasonic Lumix – 1, 2)
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Google Now Logs You Into Chrome Whenever You Sign Into A Google Service

Google has recently made a small change to the way its browser, Chrome works, and it’s one that could raise some privacy red flags. Now, whenever you sign into a Google-owned service, like Gmail or YouTube, you’ll be signed into the web browser as well.
It’s a change that’s been in effect since 5 September alongside Chrome’s 69th update, according to a report by ZDNet.
Under normal circumstances, you wouldn’t need to sign into Chrome unless you want your browser activity to be consistent across platforms. For instance, perhaps you want the tabs you have open on your desktop to also be on your smartphone.

You will not only need to sign into Chrome for this to happen, but you’ll also have to explicitly opt-in to have your browsing data sent to Google through the Sync function. With the implementation of the new auto-login mechanism, it was easy to mistakenly assume that Google has actually enabled the Sync function automatically which is why there are concerns from users.
However, Chrome’s engineering manager, Adrienne Porter Felt pointed out that the new auto-login mechanism still requires users to enable Sync manually. At the same time, the reason why it was implemented in the first place is actually to prevent login overlaps on shared devices.
All that said, there is still a way to disable the auto-login implementation as pointed out by Twitter user The InfoSec Dragon:

you can go to chrome://flags//#account-consistencythen set it to disabled.
You have to go looking in the experimental flags section and it's only on desktop(so it's only an opt out for technical people who know what to do when they get to the flags page).
— The InfoSec Dragon (@books_n_infosec) September 24, 2018

That being said, chances are that you’ll have a hard time finding the option to do unless you’re a technical user.
(Source: ZDNet)
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Local Home-Sharing Platform Gets Injection Of Funds Through New Acquisition Deal

SubHome, a local home-sharing platform today has revealed a new set of partners that able to help the company grow its reach. These partners come in the form of two well-known companies Tune Group and ECM Libra through a joint venture between them called Tune Plato Ventures.
Through the deal, Tune Plato Ventures has acquired 50% stake in SubHome which has been in operation since 2016. On another hand, SubHome now has access to the operational support and expertise from Tune Hotels as well as the ability to tap into a bigger market with the help of Tune Group.
For those who are not familiar with SubHome, it’s a platform that helps property owners bring in a stream of income by turning their service apartment lots from long-term rental units to tourist accommodations. Think Airbnb, but with hotel services. It sells itself as an alternative to tourists and business travelers who are looking for the best of both worlds.

On that, SubHome coverts, in a sense, apartments lots into pseudo hotels. The company will even set up a front desk in such buildings. When that’s done, revenue is shared among owners of all the units involved.
SubHome will also handle any and all maintenance matters, leaving the property owners to be really hands-off in the whole process. SubHome also takes a 40% cut from the revenue to cover the maintenance and staffing.
For property owners out there that require further information as well as travellers that want to try out any of SubHome’s current suites, check out SubHome’s official website for more.
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Apple Watch Series 4 Teardown Gives Better Look At New Heart Sensors

Barely a week after tearing down the iPhone XS and XS Max, the folks at iFixit moved on to tearing down the Apple Watch Series 4. It’s Apple’s latest watch which features, among other things, heart sensors that can work as ECG readers.
While most of the components can be accessed by tearing the display off, the special heart sensors are at the bottom of the wearable. When the other components have been carefully removed, the entire heart sensor array unit can just be popped off the bottom of the watch.

From the teardown, it was also revealed that the sensor used to complement the optical one is a Lead 1 ECG which means that it has only two electrodes, reading voltages from your left and right arms.
Specifically, one electrode is located on the back of the Watch against users’ wrist, while the other is on the crown where the opposing hand’s finger presses on it. For a clearer look at the other innards of the Apple Watch Series 4, just head on for the full teardown at iFixit.
(Source: iFixit)
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The All-New MyDigi Rewards Is Here: Featuring Tons of New Benefits, Priority Access To Deals, and More

Digi earlier today has officially unveiled the newly revamped MyDigi Rewards that is said to be the biggest such platform in Malaysia. While Digi has been providing rewards to its loyal customers for quite some time, the refresh brings forward several improvements as well as new benefits to the platform.
Among them is a new tiering system which allows users to unlock new benefits according to the amount of their Digi Points. To obtain Digi Points, all they need to do is pay their Digi Postpaid bill on time or reload their Digi Prepaid account in which they will obtain 1 Digi Point for each RM 1 spent.
The tiering system is divided into three different levels. The rewards that users can obtain within each tier are as below:

The system works in two 6-months cycles with the first cycle begins from 1 January till 30 June while the second cycle starts from 1 July till 31 December. Once a user is upgraded to a new tier, it will remain with them until the end of the current cycle.
According to Digi, there are currently thousands of deals and exclusive rewards within the all-new MyDigi Rewards from more than 500 brands and partners which can be enjoyed in 7,000 locations throughout the country. Given the wide scope of benefits available to Digi customers via the platform, the telco has implemented the Near Me function to help customers locate deals and rewards near them.

Digi customers are also able to share the deals and rewards to friends and loved ones through the platform’s gift function. For those with MyDigi Rewards Gold and Platinum status, they will also able to see check out upcoming rewards through Reward Sneak Peeks section of the app.
At the same time, Digi has also unveiled another new feature on MyDigi called Box of Surprise. This addition also provides offers to Digi customers, but it is customized to fulfill their mobile usage and spending patterns in the form of free Internet, discounted Internet plans, exclusive Internet passes, and phone bundles.

Not only that, Box of Surprise offers are refreshed from time to time which explains the reason behind its name. Available immediately to all 11.7 million existing Digi subscribers as well as potential future customers, the all-new MyDigi Rewards and Box of Surprise can be enjoyed exclusively through the latest version of MyDigi app.
Android users are able to obtain the app through Google Play while Apple users can download it from the App Store. To learn more, head on to Digi’s official website.

For those foodies out there that already on Digi and using Android device, you able to directly access MyDigi Rewards’ food rewards (over 500 deals!) right here.
Disclosure: this article is sponsored by Digi.
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Kingston Announces New HyperX FURY RGB And SAVAGE EXO SSDs

Kingston officially launched two new SSD lineups under its HyperX gaming lineup. The SSD lineups in question are the FURY RGB and SAVAGE EXO.
The HyperX FURY RGB SSD basically uses the industry standard 2.5-inch form factor. Available in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB, the FURY RGB is powered by a 3TLC NAND and a MArvell 88SS1074 controller. In terms of performance, the SSD has sequential read and write speeds of up to 550MB/s and 480MB/s, respectively.

Of course, the highlight of this particular SSD is the built-in RGB LEDs, which can be seen in all its glory on the top of the product. Kingston says that not only is it “visually stunning” to look at, but the RGB lighting effects can also be customised and daisy chained to sync with other RGB-equipped components.
On the other end of the spectrum, the HyperX SAVAGE EXO SSD is the brand’s new external SSD. Boasting sequential read and write speeds of up to 500MB/s and 400MB/s, respectively. It comes in capacities of 480GB and 960. Like the FURY RGB, it also uses the same 3D TLC NAND.

The new Kingston HyperX FURY RGB and SAVAGE EVO SSDs are currently available in the US. Pricing for the SSDs start from US$74.99 (~RM310) for the FURY RGB, while the SAVAGE EXO starts from US$219 (~RM906). At the time of writing, there is still no word when and if the new SSDs will be making its way to Malaysia.
(Source: TechSpot)
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More woes for Bank Simpanan Nasional customers as MYBSN goes down

Customers of government owned Bank Simpanan Nasional are having a very bad September. A botched system upgrade which was initially scheduled from the 31st of August to the 4th of September, started causing numerous issues to customer accounts from lost transactions to missing funds, some of which still remain unsolved until today.
Today, things took a turn for the worse as their online banking portal, went down, presumably under heavy load as customers tried to conduct their end of month pay day transactions.

The MYBSN system remains offline at time of writing, and there has been no official statement so far on the outage from BSN via any of their social media channels. BSN customers however have taken to BSN’s facebook page to vent out their frustrations at the bank for the outage, as well as the other issues related to their online banking system.
We have attempted to reach BSN for an update on the situation, but have yet to receive any response. Their customer service hotline is also unreachable at time of writing.

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#LYTV: Xiaomi Mi 8 Vs Pocophone F1

If you’re looking for a smartphone that’s packing premium hardware at an affordable price tag, it’s no secret that you’re spoiled for choice. For instance, the Xiaomi Mi 8 and its sub-brand Pocophone F1 are two smartphones packing similar hardware and design. But more to the point, neither model costs you an arm and a leg to own.
In the video above, we briefly compare the remarkably Xiaomi Mi 8 and Pocophone F1 in several different. These include build quality, software experience, battery life, camera performance, and of course, their price to performance.
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Huawei P20 Series In Pearl White Now Available In Malaysia

For those of you who are looking to own the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro in the new simple yet elegant Pearl White, you’ll be happy to know that the colour variant has officially reached our shores. First announced at IFA 2018, the new colour is technically based on Nacre. The organic-inorganic composite material that is also known as mother-of-pearl.
The colour came about when Huawei wanted to produce a colour that mimicked the iridescent nature of Nacre for its P20 series. The end result is a colour scheme that is able to refract light in such a way that the colour actually produces the same luster and sheen. Just as a pearl does in nature.

The Pearl White option for the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are already available in Malaysia at all official Huawei stores. The P20 currently retails for the RM2329, while the P20 Pro variant is priced at RM2949. You can also order the phone online via Huawei’s official page.
You can also check out our in-depth review about the Huawei P20 Pro, should you wish to learn more about it.
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Apple macOS Mojave Now Available For Mac Users Across The World

As per its announcement at the launch of iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and Apple Watch Series 4, Apple has officially released the macOS Mojave update into the market. Prior to its release today, the update was first made available as a developer preview in early June right after its announcement at WWDC 2018 before it went out as a public beta later that month.
Among many new features that the Mojave has brought to the table is the new Dark Mode. It might look like a simple design implementation but nevertheless, it is still a much-welcomed addition especially for users that utilize Macs under low light condition.

Other than that, Mojave also features Dynamic Desktop which offers desktop background that changes according to the time of the day alongside another feature called Stacks (shown above) that automatically sorts out items on users’ desktop neatly according to their types or other attributes. Not for forget, there’s also the redesigned Mac App Store as well.
The new macOS Mojave update is now available for free for mid-2012 Macs or later as well as 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro with recommended Metal-capable graphics cards. To learn more, check out our initial report regarding the update at WWDC 2018 or head on straight to Apple Malaysia’s official website.
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