VLC Vulnerability Allows Hackers To Hijack Your PC; Developers Unable To Reproduce Issue

VLC is a very popular multi-platform media player. That being said, the safety of its use has come into question recently, due to conflicting reports on a vulnerability. To start, a new security flaw has been discovered in VLC, which basically opens up your computer to hackers.
The vulnerability allows hackers to look at the files in your computer, as well as manipulate them. run software without your consent. This vulnerability applies to the Windows, Linux and Unix versions of VLC. The macOS and mobile versions are oddly not mentioned as being affected by the same vulnerability.

Did you even check this?No one can reproduce this issue here.
— VideoLAN (@videolan) July 23, 2019

All that being said, the flaw reportedly requires playing a malformed MKV file. Playing that very specific file is said to then crash and compromise the VLC player. But even then, the developers of VLC themselves claim that they are unable to reproduce the issue.
In the end, it’s up to you to decide which side of the story to believe. Taking both into account, you should be safe as long as you stay away from MKV files downloaded off the internet for the time being. And if you’re someone who sues VLC for music only, then you should be fine.
(Source: Gizmodo, Lifehacker, How-To Geek. Image: VideoLAN)
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Nintendo To Fix Drifting Joy-Cons For Free; Previous Repairs To Also Be Refunded

Reports of the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons wearing down too quickly have been popping up over the past week. Following the major media attention, it looks like Nintendo will be making a drastic move to deal with this. Sources to VICE say that the company will not only repair Joy-Cons for free, but also refund earlier repairs.
An internal Nintendo memo has been making its rounds among the company’s customer service people. They have been advised by said memo to guide customers complaining about Joy-Con drift through the usual troubleshooting steps first. When that fails, they are to issue a repair for free, and without warranty confirmation or even proof of purchase.

VICE also notes that the documentation does not make any mention of any faults in the Joy-Con itself. All memo says about the situation is that the company is aware of recent reports. This suggests that it’s an issue that will persist for awhile, despite Nintendo’s apparent generosity.
Of course, the Joy-Con drift phenomenon isn’t a new one. It really picked up steam last week following a teardown by a Redditor. And earlier this week, a Switch owner filed a lawsuit against Nintendo for allegedly being aware of the issue but not warning customers about it.
(Source: VICE)
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Avengers: Endgame – Why Iron Man Died Instead of Captain America

Heading into Avengers: Endgame, I was sure of a couple of things. One, I knew that the people who got snapped away were coming back. Two, I knew there would also be other, more permanent deaths. What I did not see coming was the death of Tony Stark AKA Iron Man instead of Steve Rogers’ Captain America. It seemed like such a Steve Rogers thing isn’t it? The noblest of men sacrificing himself for the greater good. Not to mention, I was confident that Tony Stark was going to be heavily featured in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Then again, I was also certain that Endgame wouldn’t beat Avatar at the global box office, but I digress.
As it turns out, that’s exactly why writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely didn’t go down that path — it was too obvious. In an interview with ComicBook.com, McFeely explained that Steve Rogers sacrificing himself would’ve been too simple a solution and perhaps not a meaningful evolution for the character.
“It’s too easy. That guy will jump on a grenade every movie. Tony’s going one way and Steve is going another. Over the course of many movies, Tony is going from selfish to selfless and Steve’s not doing exactly the opposite but he’s certainly starting at selfless and learning to get a life and to be self-interested. When he makes the decision at the end to go back, put his shield down, and be the soldier that comes back from war, that’s the biggest journey. Jumping on another grenade is not a move for him.”

This makes a lot of sense. Both Captain America and Iron Man have had interesting character arcs since we first met them in Iron Man and Captain America: The First Avenger, not just in terms of self-interest and selflessness. Think about it, when we first meet Iron Man, he’s the ‘screw the system’ kind of guy, while Captain America was single-minded in his dedication to the government and country. But as the films progressed, Iron Man became one who’s always pushing to work with the government, while Captain America became more of a rebel.
Markus then proceeded to discuss their decision to kill off Black Widow in Avengers: Endgame.
“Somebody has to die to get the Soul Stone. It’s the only way you get it. You need two people who love each other to make the equation work. When we figured out where that five year gap had left all the people, it really had left her at this spot where all she was working for was holding the line, staying on the wall, holding the world together and this was what she would do. There was no question about it. I don’t know who told Scarlett [Johansson], it wasn’t me.”
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Someone Crammed A PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch, And PC Into A Single Chassis

Have you ever found yourself at the crossroads, deciding which gaming platform you should invest in? Have you ever wondered if that was a machine containing a high-end PC and all current-generation consoles? Well, at Origin PC, the company didn’t just fantasize about it; it made it into a reality.
It’s call the Big O, and this behemoth of a gaming machine was made to commemorate the company’s 10th anniversary. As stated in the beginning, the Big O is a custom gaming PC that also features a PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, and a Nintendo Switch. Both the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X’s circuit boards are exposed, with good reason; this gave Origin PC the chance to create a custom water-cooling system for the both of them.
The Switch doesn’t get the custom waterblock treatment, but from the design, it does get its own vertically aligned,custom-designed docking station at the front of the chassis. Regarding the hardware used for the gaming PC part of this monster, it runs on an Intel Core i9-9900K CPU, 64GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4 RAM, and an NVIDIA TITAN RTX.

There’s also an abundance of storage for each platform in the Big O; the PC part has two 2TB Samsung 970 EVO NVMe SSDs, coupled with a 14TB Seagate BarraCuda. While both the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X are fitted with a 2TB Seagate BarraCuda SATA SSD each. Powering it all up is a 1000W EVGA SuperNOVA G3 PSU.
But here’s the rub of the Big O; the machine, glorious as it is, is not for sale. Origin PC made basically made this custom PC cum console machine as a proof of concept, and nothing more.

Even if the machine were available for purchase, it’s a guarantee that it won’t come cheap. Given the custom-made chassis and water-cooling that it sports.
(Source: Origin PC)
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GeForce RTX 2080 Super Now Available Through NVIDIA Malaysia Store For RM 3,288 Onwards

Following the official announcement by the company a few weeks ago, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super cards are now officially available throughout the world starting from today. If you are planning to get your hands on the card in Malaysia, one of the places that you can find them is through NVIDIA’s own official store at Lazada Malaysia.
Just like the RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2060 Super cards, quite a number of NVIDIA’s Add-In-Board (AIB) partners have released their RTX 2080 Super cards into the store. Here they are:
RM 3,288: GALAX GeForce RTX 2080 Super EX (1-Click OC)
RM 3,399: ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2080 Super AMP
RM 3,599: ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2080 Super AMP Extreme
RM 3,699: GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC
RM 3,750: ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 2080 Super OC
RM 3,790: MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio
RM 3,939: GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Super
RM 3,999: ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Super Advanced Edition
As per our previous report, the RTX 2080 Super is taking over the role of RTX 2080 as the second most powerful card within the GeForce RTX 20 graphics card series. In terms of performance, the RTX 2080 Super is generally up to 10% faster than its predecessor.

Do note that all the cards above are eligible for a free copy of Wolfenstein: Youngblood and Control which are perfect for them since both games support ray tracing. For further information, just head on to NVIDIA GeForce’s official website.
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HONOR Band 5 Announced; Comes With Blood Oxygen Monitor

Alongside its two new smartphones, HONOR also announced a wearable during its launch event, the HONOR Band 5. While it has a familiar silhouette, it does come with a pretty impressive new feature.
The new feature in question is a blood oxygen monitor. The company says that this is important for two reasons. For one, it helps as part of the sleep monitoring feature. Another reason is that it helps detect fatigue. If your blood oxygen levels drop to below 90%, then it’s an indication to take a break, for instance.

Other items on its spec sheet include a 0.95-inch AMOLED 240 x 120 display, and a 100mAh battery that HONOR claims will give the Band 5 a 14-day battery life. It also comes with activity tracking that covers 10 different sports, as well as a real-time heart monitor. There is also a variant with NFC that can be used to make mobile payments.
The HONOR Band 5 is priced at CNY189 (~RM113) and CNY219 (~RM131), for the standard and NFC versions, respectively. The former set to be available in China starting 24 July, while the altter will become available on 29 July. For now, HONOR has not said anything about their availability in Malaysia.
(Source: GizChina, TechRadar)
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MSI GT76 Titan and GE65 Raider Gaming Laptops Are Now In Malaysia; Price Starts From RM 8099

MSI today has officially announced two new gaming laptops for the Malaysian market which come in the form of GT76 Titan and GE65 Raider. The arrival of these new gaming laptops in Malaysia has actually been confirmed by the company much earlier; as far back as Computex 2019.
Just like previous GT Titan models, the GT76 Titan is among the most powerful gaming laptop that MSI has in its lineup. Available with up to 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K, its 17.3-inch display can be obtained with up to 4K display alongside NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics.

Weighing at around 4.5kg, customers can also choose to have GT76 Titan with up to 64GB DDR4-2666 RAM. The laptop also comes standard with two 512GB NVMe PCIe solid state drives in RAID mode and a 1TB 7200rpm hard drive.
As for the GE65 Raider, the 15.6-inch model has Full HD 240Hz panel together with Intel Core i7-9750H, 16GB DDR4-2666 RAM, and 1TB NVMe PCIe4 solid state drive as standard. The graphics options for this particular laptop maxed out at NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070.

In terms of pricing, the GT76 Titan with Core i9-9900K, RTX 2080, 4K display, and 64GB RAM goes for RM 20,999 while the variant with Core i7-9700K, RTX 2070, Full HD 240Hz display, and 32GB RAM is listed at RM 14,999. On another hand, the GE65 Raider with RTX 2070 and RTX 2060 can be purchased for RM 9,899 and RM 8,099 respectively.
For further information about these new MSI gaming laptops, just head on to MSI Malaysia’s official Facebook page.
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HONOR 9X And 9X Pro Now Official; Features Kirin 810 SoC, 48MP Main Camera

HONOR has officially unveiled the HONOR 9X and 9X Pro. The direct successors to last year’s HONOR 8X, the new smartphones are packed with new features and hardware.
To kick things off, both the HONOR 9X and 9X Pro are fitted with a new 6.59-inch Full HD+, notchless All-View display. Like the OnePlus 7 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 9T, the 16MP selfie camera for the phones now uses a motorised pop-up module.
Specs-wise, both the HONOR 9X and 9X Pro are powered by the 7nm Kirin 810 SoC. Further, the HONOR 9X will sport a dual-camera setup comprising a 48MP main sensor and 2MP sensor. The HONOR 9X Pro shares the same sensors, but it also has an additional 8MP wide-angle camera, making its module a triple-camera array.

The back of the HONOR 9X and 9X Pro is also a thing of beauty sporting a 3D gradient glass design, which refracts and shows off an “X-shaped” pattern when viewed at an angle.
The memory and storage configurations are also different, depending on the models. The HONOR 9X seems to have three variant: 4GB/64GB, 6GB/64GB, and 6GB/128GB. While the HONOR 9X Pro only comes with 8GB RAM, and an internal storage choice of either 128GB or 256GB. Software-wise, both phones have access to HONOR’s GPU Turbo 3.0, and will run on the latest Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.1.1.

Oh, and the battery size in them are also identical at 4000mAh, and considering the stamina of the HONOR 8X, it’s likely that these two phones will be just as impressive.

The only thing missing from the list is the official pricing for both the HONOR 9X and 9X Pro. However, both devices will be making its rounds in China first, followed by a global launch at a later date. The HONOR 9X will be available in Black, Blue, and Red, while the Pro variant will have just two colour, Black and Purple.
(Source: HONOR)
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James Gunn Clarifies When Thor 4 Will Take Place in the MCU Timeline

Marvel Studios once again stole the show at San Diego Comic-Con when they unveiled their phase 4 slate for not just movies but Disney+ shows as well. Some of the projects include Black Widow, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and Thor 4 AKA Thor: Love and Thunder. However, the slate does not include the likes of Captain Marvel 2, Black Panther 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 — these films are currently in development and will most likely be part of phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
All of this is very exciting news. But the inclusion of Thor 4 on the phase 4 slate without Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has caused many fans to wonder where exactly the Taika Waititi film fits in the timeline. After all, at the end of Avengers: Endgame, we see Thor pass the proverbial throne of Asgard to Valkyrie before jetting off with Rocket Raccoon and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, writer/director James Gunn who will be helming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has cleared the air by saying that Thor 4 will be taking place before the third chapter of Guardians of the Galaxy.
On James Gunn’s Instagram post celebrating Endgame‘s box office success, a fan asked if Thor: Love and Thunder is taking place before or after Guardians of the Galaxy 3. To which the acclaimed director responded with one word: “before.”

Naturally, we now have more questions. I mean did Thor suddenly say “haha! Gotcha. I’m not joining you fools before hopping off the GOTG spaceship?” Well, whatever the case may be, I trust that Kevin Feige and his band of creatives have already thought about how to make everything fit seamlessly.
And if you’re wondering why Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 isn’t part of the phase 4 lineup, it’s because James Gunn is currently working hard over at Warner Bros/DC on his Suicide Squad soft reboot. The director confirmed just as much on Twitter:
“Guardians Vol. 3 IS happening, but I am finishing The Suicide Squad first.”

Sorry to disappoint. Guardians Vol. 3 IS happening, but I am finishing The Suicide Squad first. https://t.co/gFodDqiDvl
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 21, 2019

Thor 4 will be releasing in theatres on 5 November 2021.
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Illegear Launches Raven SE-R Gaming Laptop; Priced At RM5299

If the Illegear Raven SE is a familiar name to you, that’s because it’s a gaming laptop the company announced awhile ago. The Raven SE itself is a variant of the original Raven. It looks like there’s a new variant to the Raven line now, and it’s called the Illegear Raven SE-R.
The clue to the difference between the Illegear Raven SE-R and the one that came before it is in the R. While the Raven SE came with either am Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or GTX 1650, the Raven SE-R instead has the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 for its GPU.

Beyond that, most of the specs between the Raven SE and the Raven SE-R are very similar. The Illegear Raven SE-R comes with an Intel Core i7-9750H and a 15.6-inch 144Hz Full HD IPS display. It also supports up to 32GB of RAM, as well as two M.2 PCIe solid state drives, and one hard drive.
The Illegear Raven SE-R starts from RM5299. You can find out more about the laptop, as well as customisation options, by heading to the Raven SE-R’s page, linked below.
(Source: Illegear)

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