Nope, Samsung Did Not Sell One Million Galaxy Fold

It was widely reported by media throughout the world (including us) that Samsung has sold one million unit of its Galaxy Fold smartphone. As it turns out, that is not the case.
Originally, the one million sales figure came from a statement made by Sohn Young-kwon, the President of Samsung Electronic at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin conference. Samsung since then has stated that its executive might have confused the sales figure with the company’s original sales target.

Hence, the company has clarified that the sales number for Galaxy Fold has actually yet to reach one million units. However, Samsung didn’t reveal the real sales number though.
Since the foldable phone is being sold in Malaysia for RM 8,388, it might be hard to imagine that the company is able to sell one million unit of it. Regardless of that, we have been hearing rumours that a successor is already in the works anyway which means the form factor is here to stay for the time being.
(Source: Yonhap News Agency.)
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Nope, Samsung Didn’t Sell One Million Galaxy Fold

It was widely reported by media throughout the world (including us) that Samsung has sold one million unit of its Galaxy Fold smartphone. As it turns out, that is not the case.
Originally, the one million sales figure came from a statement made by Sohn Young-kwon, the President of Samsung Electronic at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin conference. Samsung since then has stated that its executive might have confused the sales figure with the company’s original sales target.

Hence, the company has clarified that the sales number for Galaxy Fold has actually yet to reach one million units. However, Samsung didn’t reveal the real sales number though.
Since the foldable phone is being sold in Malaysia for RM 8,388, it might be hard to imagine that the company is able to sell one million unit of it. Regardless of that, we have been hearing rumours that a successor is already in the works anyway which means the form factor is here to stay for the time being.
(Source: Yonhap News Agency.)
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Your Phone App Allows Android Phones To Make Phone Calls Via Windows 10 PCs

Back in October, Microsoft added the ability for Windows 10 PCs to make calls to its Insider Build 18999 (20H1). Now, the feature has been rolled out to all Windows 10 users, in the form of the Your Phone app.
The Your Phone app actually does more than just allowing you to make and take calls from your Android phone. With the app, you will also be able to check messages and view recent photos. It also supports iPhones, but ZDNet reports that Microsoft is focusing its efforts on Android devices.
And it’s kind of understandable why the company wants to focus its efforts on Android. After all, it has its own Android device coming out at the end of next year, in the form of the Surface Duo. Now that the feature has been released, it means that the company has about a year to iron out any kinks that slip through the Insiders.

Thank you #WindowsInsiders for your feedback over the last couple of months. Today, we're pleased to announce the general availability of the #YourPhone app Calls feature, which allows you to receive and make phone calls on your PC: https://t.co/m47kLcXgbS pic.twitter.com/4GuIOXjR71
— Windows Insider (@windowsinsider) December 11, 2019

At any rate, this would be useful for those who see the value of making and taking calls on PCs. That said, chances are the other features of the Your Phone app will see more use than the call parts. In particular, the bit that allows you to check messages and view recent photos look like a lot more practical features than making or taking calls using a Windows 10 system.
If you wish to give Your Phone a try, then you can get it for free from the Microsoft Store, linked below.
(Source: Microsoft [1], [2] / Twitter via ZDNet)
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Microsoft Looking To Redesign Its App Logos And Icons

Redesigns are necessary in order to refresh a brand or product’s identity, especially when adapting to a newer generation or era. Microsoft is one such brand that’s currently looking into giving its services, apps and icons a huge overhaul in design.
The company’s interest in the redesign was announced by Jon Friedman, Microsoft’s Head of Microsoft Office design, in a blog post on Medium. Friedman writes that the aim of the design overhaul is to bring all of the products in line with Microsoft’s “Fluent Design” philosophy.

According to Microsoft, the philosophy “brings the fundamentals of principled design, innovation in technology, and customer needs together as one” and that it is “a collective approach to creating simplicity and coherence through a shared, open design system across platforms.”
In short, all of Microsoft’s products such as Windows, Microsoft Office, Outlook, Paint, and dozens of others will now share a uniformed look that represents the brand. This also includes interface across all of its applications as well, to which the company hopes would bring a sense of familiarity to its users. Other redesigns include the application icons on the Windows operating system as well.

The company did not reveal when exactly they’re planning to roll out the redesign across its services and apps. That said, it’s not known if the user interface and icons on the upcoming Xbox Series X console would also reflect on the company’s Fluent Design approach.
(Source: Microsoft via Medium.)
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Apple Avoids US$150 Price Hike As The US And China Get To A Trade Agreement

Apple has narrowly avoided taking a hit in the trade war between the US and China. Bloomberg reports that, with a deal being signed between the two countries, the company avoided 15% tariffs on its porducts. This spared the company from having to raise the prices of its popular products, such as the iPhones, iPads and MacBooks, by US$150 (~RM620).
Wedbush Securitues analyst Dan Ives wrote in a note to investors that the new import duties were supposed to take effect on 15 December. If it went through, Apple would have had to either absorb the additional cost, or raise its prices accordingly. Going for the former would’ve hit the company’s earnings per share by about 4%. On the other hand, going for the latter would’ve meant 6% to 8% less demand for its products in 2020.

Fittingly, in the research note, Ives said that “Trump delivered an early Chirstmas present to Apple”. Bloomberg reports that Apple is already paying duties on the Apple Watch, AirPods, iMac and HomePod speakers. Some of these may be rolled back, and officials are also discussing the possibility of reducing existing duties on other Chinese products.
This, then, sounds like good news, for both the company and fans of its products. And likely more so for Apple than any other company. Ives also wrote that the company has more to lose than any company out there “if this tariff war does not see a truce going forward”. And Apple’s products are pricey enough as they are.
(Source: Bloomberg)
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Maxis eSIM Now Supports Apple Watch LTE For Additional RM 18 Per Month

Following our previous report, Maxis today has released more information regarding its support for Apple Watch models that come with cellular feature. Positioned under the telco’s eSIM offering, Maxis customers can activate the feature starting from today onwards.
They can so do by subscribing to the new Maxis Postpaid 18 Watch plan through the Watch app inside their iPhone. Applicable for Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 3, the step is similar to what we have laid down in our guide previously with the exception that it now involves Maxis rather than Digi.
According to the telco’s official website, the Maxis Postpaid 18 Watch can only be obtained by MaxisONE Plan and MaxisONE Share customers. Additionally, the plan costs RM 18 per month although at the moment, subscribers will receive free subscription for 3 months when they signed up.
There was no mention regarding VoLTE in Maxis guide but nevertheless, it is not something you to worry about since the activation process should be quite seamless. For further clarification, head on to Maxis’ official website right here.
(Source: Maxis – 1, 2, 3.)
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Fast & Furious Crossroads Coming May 2020 To Steam, PS4 and Xbox One

Not only are we expecting the tenth film of the Fast & Furious series to be released in May 2020, Bandai Namco and Slightly Mad Studios (of Project Cars fame) have announced that a video game spinoff of the franchise will also be launched around the same time. Fast & Furious Crossroads features several of its cast members, and will ride onto Steam, PS4 and Xbox One.
The game is marketed as a “team-based, vehicular-heist action game” and based on its reveal trailer, Fast & Furious Crossroads features the over-the-top, high-octane action sequences that we’re all familiar with from the franchise. Oh, and cars. Plenty of cars. Although the trailer claims that everything we see is rendered by its in-game engine, there weren’t any actual gameplay footages shown aside from the movie-trailer-worthy action scenes.

According to Bandai Namco, Fast & Furious Crossroads will feature a single-player campaign, a multiplayer mode, racing and stunt challenges, a variety of cars and gadgets, as well as different locations to explore. Slightly Mad Studios Chief Creative Officer Andy Tudor expressed his excitement for his studios’ involvement in Crossroads’ development, and hinted that players should keep an eye out for plenty of easter eggs once they get to play the game.

The game includes the voices and likeness of Fast & Furious stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson as their respective characters. Other well-known talents featured in Crossroads include Sonequa Martin-Green from Star Trek: Discovery and The Walking Dead, and Asia Kate Dillon from John Wick: Parabellum.

As mentioned earlier, gamers can live their lives a quarter mile at a time (hopefully in 60fps and above) when the Fast & Furious Crossroads game is released in May 2020 – alongside the Fast & Furious 9 film.
(Source: Bandai Namco via Business Wire.)
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The Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch Now Available In Malaysia; Retails Up To RM26719

Nearly a month after Apple’s MacBook Pro 16-inch appeared on the local store page, the notebook is finally available for purchase. As you can imagine, the Cupertino giant’s new notebook with a 16-inch Retina Display doesn’t come cheap.
The base model starts off at RM10,499 and at that price, you get a 6-cores 9th generation Intel Core i7 CPU clocked at 2.6GHz (with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 RAM, 512GB SSD storage, the 16-inch Retina Display with True Tone, and an AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB GDDR6 graphics memory. Additionally, you also get the Touch Bar and Touch ID, and four Thunderbolt 3 ports built into the sides.
Of course, if you’re planning to purchase a MacBook Pro 16-inch with a fully decked out specs sheet, understand that you’ll be paying a whopping RM26,719 for the machine. And that’s without Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X pre-installed.

For that price, however, you get the 9th generation, 8-core Intel Core i9 CPU with a boost clock of 5GHz, 64GB DDR4-2666 RAM, an AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB GDDR6 graphics memory, and 8TB SSD storage. Oh, and the usual Touch Bar, Touch ID and 16-inch Retina Display with True Tone as well.
Regardless of your choice of hardware, it should be noted that the Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch is only available in two colour palettes: Space Grey and Silver.
(Source: Apple Malaysia [1] [2])
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Android 10 Beta Enables Google Biometric API For Samsung Galaxy S9 And Note 9; Iris Scanner To See More Use

The current generation of Samsung flagships lack an important feature that the previous generations have, which is the iris scanner. That said, the Korean tech giant is still supporting the feature, at least for the previous generation devices. As part of the Android 10 One UI 2.0 beta, the company has updated the iris scanner for the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 to be compatible with Google’s biometric API.
Users in Reddit have noticed that the beta program allowed them to use the iris scanner with other apps that also use Android 10’s biometrics system. Prior to this, Samsung’s iris scanners mainly worked to unlock the phone or in other Samsung-specific features. Now, it’s a lot more general purpose, which may see increased use of the feature.

Unfortunately, the Android 10 biometric API will likely not make it to the older flagships. According to the company’s Android 10 roadmap, the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 will not be getting the update.
Speaking of which, the Android 10 One UI 2.0 is expected to be released in January next year for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9. If you’re using the Galaxy S10, you should already have the update. The Galaxy Note 10 hasn’t just yet, but we’d say it will get the update before the previous generation flagships.
(Source: Reddit via Android Police)
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Facebook Messenger Merger May Face Opposition From The US FTC

Earlier in May, Facebook officially announced that it has planned to enable cross-messaging across all the apps it owns. Included in the list is Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. Sources to The Wall Street Journal said that the US Federal Trade Commisison (FTC) may file an injuction against the company. The move is meant to keep it from pursiung interoperability between its messaging apps.
The New York Times first broke the news of the cross-messganing pursuit in January. The idea is that all three apps will share the end-to-end encryption used by WhatsApp. You’ll also be able to use Facebook Messenger to send a text to someone using Instagram Direct, for example.

A key reason that the FTC is agaisnt the move is because the integration would make it more difficult to split the company apart. The commission says this is so that, if it finds Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram as anticompetitive, it would be less of a headache to break the companies up. The agrument for the consumer fromt is that cross-messaging will make texting more convenient. But it may also endup being confusing if you want to know which platform each message comes from.
At any rate, the Journal states that if the FTC makes the move to file an injunction, it could happen as early as next month. It does feel a little late, since Facebook has already begun branding Instagram and WhatsApp with the “by Facebook” label.
(Source: Wall Street Journal via TNW, BGR)
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