Rumour: iPad mini 5 To Arrive Within First Half Of 2019

We’ve seen what looks like leaks of cases for the iPad mini 5, but that was the extent of all we’ve heard of about the next generation of small-sized Apple tablets. Until now, when reports that the tablets in question may show up within the first half of 2019 showed up.
AppleInsider reports that General Interface Solutions and TPK Holding will be making the touch system for new iPad devices in 2019. Nothing else was revealed about the device.

For more on that, we’ll have to go back to the reports of leaked cases. Based on the design of the case, it looks like the iPad mini 5 will sport the new iPad Pro redesign, looking more blocky and possibly featuring stereo speakers as well.
If the reports are true, then Apple is bound to make an announcement before the end of the first half. That said, the first half pretty much just started, so we may be in for quite the wait.
(Source: AppleInsider)
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MSI GS75 Stealth Hands-On: Not Just A Bigger Version Of The GS65 Stealth

MSI’s announcement of the GS75 Stealth at CES 2019 effectively signaled the arrival MSI notebooks powered by NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX GPU technology. More than that, the notebook is just one of a handful of thin and light GeForce RTX-powered notebooks on the market. To that end, I was fortuitous enough to be able to spend some time with the notebook.
If you’ve ever had a chance to see or place your hands on MSI’s GS65 Stealth gaming notebook that launched last year, you’ll immediately see that the GS75 Stealth just a bigger and souped up version of that notebook. Despite its size, however, the notebook didn’t actually feel that heavy in my hands. Don’t get me wrong, it still had a weight to it, but at 17.3-inches, it didn’t feel cumbersome.
There’s also the overall build and chassis to take into consideration. Compared to the GS65 Stealth, the GS75 Stealth actually feels more solid, sturdier even. It doesn’t flex as much, and even its 17.3-inch display doesn’t twist and creak. Despite my vigorous attempts in testing its threshold.

Speaking of the display, the GS75 Stealth’s Full HD display is another minor yet important engineering achievement for MSI. Sporting a four-sided bezel design with a thickness of just 5.2mm. Specifically, the three bezels at the side and the top of the display are thin, while the bezel at the bottom is a little bit thicker.
It doesn’t end there either. Thanks to the 17.3-inch Full HD display’s 144Hz refresh rate, my viewing experience felt really smooth, and didn’t hurt my eyes as much. Unfortunately, there’s still no G-Sync support built into the display. As I said before, it does feel like a wasted opportunity, especially when competitors such as ASUS have long implemented the anti-screen tearing technology into its own gaming notebooks for some time now.
The hinges of the GS75 Stealth (left) look far more solid than the hinges of the GS65 Stealth (right).

As I mentioned in my earlier report, one of the more meaningful improvement to the structural integrity of the GS75 Stealth are the hinges. Once again, by comparison to the GS65 Stealth, the new hinges look more solid, and as such prevent the display from flexing too much.
On the surface of the base, you still get that same per-key RGB keyboard, which is provided by Steel Series. What one will notice, however, is the larger-than-average trackpad that MSI has chosen to install on the GS75 Stealth. Specifically, it’s actually 35% larger than the trackpad on the GS65 Stealth, and as an extra added bonus, it now come with more than 10 multi-finger gesture controls.

Internally, the GS75 Stealth that I spent time was housing an Intel Core i9-8950HK CPU, 32GB DDR4 RAM, and last but not least, NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q discret GPU. The time I did manage to get with it, I played the pre-loaded Battlefield V and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey titles.
Unsurprisingly, the notebook’s Cooler Boost Trinity+ cooling solution was clearly at full whack at this point. I was however, impressed that the decibel levels of the GS75 Stealth didn’t reach deafening level despite operating under a full load. Heat dissipation is another plus factor; at no point during my time with the notebook did I ever feel the dreaded heat on the palm rest or the keyboard of the GS75 Stealth.

For what it’s worth, the MSI GS75 Stealth doesn’t stray very far from the original design of its predecessor. At the same time, the brand has improved upon said design, making it feel more premium in certain aspects, as well as areas that the original GS65 Stealth couldn’t.
On that note, we are definitely looking forward to putting this notebook through its paces, provided that MSI is willing to seed us with a full-fledge unit. That said, MSI hasn’t officially provided an official release date of the GS75 Stealth.
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TM: We Have Yet To Implement New Throttle Speed and Add-On Passes for unifi Basic

We have recently reported that TM has increased the throttle speed of unifi Basic from 128kbps to 512kbps while allowing customers that subscribed to the plan to purchase add-on passes to continue using their Internet connection once they fully utilized the plan’s 60GB allocation. As it turns out, TM actually has yet to implement any of these changes to its unifi Basic plan.
In a response to our query, TM has subtly admitted that information regarding the throttle speed and add-on passes might have been out earlier than they have planned. Nevertheless, the company has confirmed that nothing has changed so far when it comes to unifi Basic. Here is the full statement, reproduced in its entirety:
Perhaps some would have seen some of our #khabarbaik campaign online and around the country. Some of the info related to this got released a little too early.
The new add-on passes and new throttle speed for our unifi Basic plan will arrive to you very soon. At the moment, our unifi Basic throttle speed still remains at 128 kbps and we do not offer any add-on passes.
We will communicate from time to time and we seek your patience and understanding as we work towards providing you a better service. Do stay tuned to our social media channels; Facebook – facebook.com/weareunifi and Twitter – @helpmeunifi.
Hence, it is not surprising that TM has subsequently removed the Top-Up section from its unifi website today although a copy of it still existed on Google’s cache, as shown below. This is the section which contained the information regarding unifi Basic add-on passes together with the FAQ document that includes a mention of the new 512kbps throttle speed.

As a reference for everyone, we have uploaded a copy of the said FAQ as well as the TnC document for unifi Basic add-on passes. At this moment, it is not known when TM is actually going to implement the new throttle speed or allow unifi Basic customers to finally purchase the add-on passes which was already being mentioned way back in July 2018.
Then again, these are not exactly a pressing issue for such subscribers at the time being though since TM is providing them with uncapped and unlimited access until the middle of next month. Perhaps, maybe then we’ll hear again from the company.
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Google To Acquire Fossil Smartwatch Tech For RM164 Million

A report by TechCrunch says Fossil has announced plans to sell its smartwatch IP to Google. The deal is reported to be going for US$40 million (~RM164.64 million).
It’s been awhile since they last appeared, but at one point rumours spoke of a Google Pixel Watch. It never happened, but if Google is getting hardware from Fossil, then it will just have to worry about its Wear OS software.

The deal also reportedly related to “a smartwatch technology currently under development.” Part of the deal also involves moving a number of Fossil employees to Google.
Fossil will still retain a 200-personnel strong R&D team, accroding to the report. That said, with the smartwatch IP being sold to Google, the brand will be focusing its resources on its more traditional watches.
(Source: TechCrunch)
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Almost Half A Million Ringgit Was Lost To TAC Scams In January 2019 Alone

If you make frequent use of online banking transactions, chances are you’re familiar with the Transaction Authorisation Code (TAC). Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) is reminding everyone to be careful of scammers asking for any TAC sent to you.
TACs are usually sent when you make payment involving online banking transactions. The code, usually consisting of six numbers, will be sent to you, so that you can input them as a form of confirmation and authorisation of your payment.

That said, when scammers make transactions using your stolen details, you will still be sent the TAC. If they’re bold enough, the scammers will call you, asking you to read the TAC out to them. Doing so then allows them to make purchases while you unwittingly foot the bill.
The Star quoted CCID Deputy Director of Comms Datuk Saiful Azly Kamaruddin as saying that this January alone saw 33 cases of scams involving RM441000 in losses.
(Source: The Star)
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Rumour: AMD Radeon VII Won’t Have Custom-Cooled Variants; Only 5000 Units To Be Made

AMD’s announcement of its Radeon VII graphics card at CES 2019 came as a surprise to everyone. While the card may have struck a note of glee amongst many of its followers, it appears that only a set number of the card will be produced.
According to an industry source close to the tech site TweakTown, it seems that AMD intends to produce no more than 5000 units of the Radeon VII. To add even more fuel to this fire, the source alleges that the semiconductor maker is not allowing its AiB partners to manufacturer their own custom cooled variants of the graphics card.
While we would like to tell you to take this bit of news with a the usual sprinkling of salt, it’s important to note that AMD on its part hasn’t outright denied these rumours. And have instead affirmed that it will “have products available” via its partners and official website at launch.

During its keynote, AMD touted its Radeon VII graphics card as having enough power to go toe-to-toe with NVIDIA’s own GeForce RTX 2080. However, the card obviously lacks the ray-tracing capabilities that its NVIDIA counterpart has.
In any case, we’ll just have to wait until February 7 in order to get our first look of the card’s overall performance.
(Source: Techspot, TweakTown)
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Rumour: NVIDIA Working On A GeForce GTX 1660 Ti; Will Feature 1536 CUDA Cores

While NVIDIA’s stockpile of GeForce GTX 10 series cards will soon come to a close, rumour has it that the GPU brand still hasn’t quite given up the “GTX” moniker just yet. In fact, NVIDIA is reportedly be making a new GeForce GTX card that could be named the GTX 1660 Ti.
According to Videocardz, the GTX 1660 Ti won’t be based on the Pascal GPU architecture, but will instead be form fitted with NVIDIA’s new and current 12nm Turing GPU architecture. Not only that, but it seems that the GPU has its own name, TU116.
Given the fact that it is a GTX-based card, it stands to reason that the GTX 1660 Ti will be devoid of the ray-tracing features that is present in the GeForce RTX series graphics cards. If this is the case, it could mean that the card might be priced cheaper than its RTX brethren.

Specs-wise, the GTX 1660 Ti will reportedly feature 1536 CUDA cores, will run on 6GB of GDDR6 memory. All of which will be spread out across a 192-bit memory bus.
At the time of writing, NVIDIA has yet to comment on the existence of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. Until then, we do recommend that you take this news with a pinch of salt.
(Source: Videocardz)
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Fortnite Security Bug Allowed Hackers To Take Over Player Accounts; Issue Has Been Resolved

The massively popular battle royale game Fortnite was discovered to have a security vulnerability that allowed hackers to access user accounts via a suspicious link. Epic Games was notified of this in November 2018, and the bug was fixed, according to Check Point Research.
Epic Games’ Single Sign-On implementation leads to a redirect URL whenever a player signs in using Facebook, Google, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live or Nintendo Switch Online. Hackers can exploit the redirect URL and gleam login details from a victim. From that point, all the hacker needs to do is to convince a victim to click on a suspicious link.

And since only one login is allowed at a time, this means that the original account owners are locked out for as long as the hackers hang on to the compromised account. Hackers can then use the hacked accounts to buy V-Bucks, and then gift it to their own accounts or resell them elsewhere.
In a statement to The Verge, Epic Games said that it was made aware of the vulnerabilities, and that it had addressed the issue.
“We thanks Check Point for bringing this to our attention. As always, we encourage players to protect their accounts by not reusing passwords and using strong passwords, and not sharing account information with others.”
(Source: Check Point Research via The Verge)
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Fortnite Security Bug Allowed Hackers Take Over Player Accounts; Issue Has Been Resolved

The massively popular battle royale game Fortnite was discovered to have a security vulnerability that allowed hackers to access user accounts via a suspicious link. Epic Games was notified of this in November 2018, and the bug was fixed, according to Check Point Research.
Epic Games’ Single Sign-On implementation leads to a redirect URL whenever a player signs in using Facebook, Google, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live or Nintendo Switch Online. Hackers can exploit the redirect URL and gleam login details from a victim. From that point, all the hacker needs to do is to convince a victim to click on a suspicious link.

And since only one login is allowed at a time, this means that the original account owners are locked out for as long as the hackers hang on to the compromised account. Hackers can then use the hacked accounts to buy V-Bucks, and then gift it to their own accounts or resell them elsewhere.
In a statement to The Verge, Epic Games said that it was made aware of the vulnerabilities, and that it had addressed the issue.
“We thanks Check Point for bringing this to our attention. As always, we encourage players to protect their accounts by not reusing passwords and using strong passwords, and not sharing account information with others.”
(Source: Check Point Research via The Verge)
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Maxis Adds Razer Phone 2 Into Zerolution; Starts At RM 101 Per Month

As per what we have mentioned during the phone’s launch day in Malaysia earlier this week, gamers are able to get their hands on Razer Phone 2 from selected telcos including Maxis. The gaming phone has since been available through the telco’s online store as well as Maxis Stores within Klang Valley and will be making its way to other Maxis Stores throughout Malaysia starting 19 January.
For those who want to purchase Razer Phone 2 through the telco, they are able to do so via the Maxis Zerolution monthly installment scheme. Through the scheme, gamers can get their hands on the device for as low as RM 101 per month (not inclusive of the MaxisONE plan monthly fee) as shown through the table below:
Gamers are also able to obtain Razer Phone through the standard MaxisONE contractual plan. Through this route, they are then able to purchase the device at prices that are lower than its standard RRP of RM 3449 as shown below:
Of course, all the tables above are just a brief look at what Maxis has for Razer Phone 2. For the complete details especially in terms of the exact amount that you need to fork out in order to make the gaming phone your own, head on to Maxis’ official website.
(Source: Maxis)
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