Facebook And Instagram Will Actually Begin Enforcing Age Limits

It’s not secret that Facebook and Instagram are ridiculously lax about their minimum age policy. But that may be about to change, as enforcement teams at each of the sites have been instructed to take a slightly more active role in preventing children from signing up for accounts.
Moderators have been instructed to lock any account on Facebook or Instagram is suspected of being owned by a person younger than 13-years old. Which happens to be the minimum age for either of these sites; since it never actually comes up .
That said, a spokesman told TechCrunch that these moderators would not be actively looking for those that violate the age policy. Instead, they will simply lock any offending account that they stumble upon or is reported. While it’s a step up from the previous policy, it really doesn’t help much.
For the most part, this doesn’t affect Facebook. Seeing that a large portion of youngsters prefer alternatives like Instagram. In fact, chances are that there won’t be much enforcement that needs to be done in the coming years. On the other hand, Instagram may see a drop in active users if moderators begin clamping down on those too young to actually use it.
Age limits exist on social media sites due data collection laws, which require consent from adults in the case of minors. However, most social media sites don’t enforce this requirement. With most barely even asking for proper age verification.
[Source: TechCrunch]

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Fujifilm XF10 Crams An APS-C Sensor In A Compact Camera Body

The new Fujifilm XF10 is the company’s latest professional compact camera. It features a large 24MP APS-C sensor paired with a fast f/2.8 28mm equivalent lens.
It retains some of the features in the previously released X70 camera. This includes a four-way joystick for Autofocus point selection and also easy access to the menu via the 3-inch touch-screen. However, it loses Fujifilm’s signature manual control dials and also a tilting screen.

For imaging, the 24MP sensor is now a Bayer-filter sensor, rather than Fujifilm’s X-Trans filter. Fujifilm introduced a new feature with the XF10 – Square Mode. This 1:1 square format is perfectly suited for images to be shared on social media networks such as Instagram and Snapchat. Alongside the company’s 11 unique FUJIFILM Film Simulations and 19 Advanced Filters, photographers can go crazy with their creativity while using the XF10.
On board, it features both WiFi and Bluetooth LE for image transfer and remote control functions. The camera is also a lightweight – weighing in at only 280 grams with the battery in. Fujifilm will be shipping the XF10 from August onward for US$499.95 (RM 2,031) in two colours – Black and Gold.
(Source: DPReview)
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Samsung Galaxy Watch Appears On FCC

We now know that Samsung has a new smartwatch on the way thanks to a filing with the FCC. Something called the Samsung Galaxy Watch appeared on the certification body’s database, and includes schematics and some early specifications list.
From the schematics in the documents, we know that the watch will have a metal body, and includes wireless charging. The body itself measures 51.2 x 43.4mm, which is bigger than the Samsung Gear S3 Classic. Inside is a 700mAh battery.
Also listed in the filing is 4G LTE certification, which means the Samsung Galaxy Watch will support 4G via a SIMcard or eSIM. There is also Bluetooth LE on board for smartphone connectivity.
No news if the watch will use Tizen or Android as the operating system, but traditionally the Galaxy branding is associated with Android within Samsung. We may be seeing the watch unveiled alongside the Note 9 at the Unpacked event in August, so stay tuned for more info then.
(Source: FCC via GSMArena)
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NVIDIA Teases Official Online Store For Malaysia

In Malaysia, we usually buy our NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards from retailers but in certain market such as United States, you can actually purchase the cards directly from the company through its official online store. It seems that users in Malaysia might be able to do the same very soon as well based on a Facebook post that the company published earlier today.
However, the post didn’t contain much information aside from the confirmation that NVIDIA is indeed working on an official online store for Malaysia:

Aside from GeForce graphics cards, NVIDIA official online store in United States also offers Titan and Quadro graphics cards alongside Shield, Jetson Developer Kits, and DGX Station. Not to forget, there are some t-shirts available at the store too.
While we don’t expect the store to offer extensive list of products especially those professional and AI-related cards but it is a rather interesting decision for NVIDIA to establish its own online store for Malaysia. Nevertheless, stay tuned as we have reached out to the company to obtain further clarifications regarding the store.
(More info: NVIDIA GeForce Malaysia)
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TM Takes Down unifi Speed Upgrade Website, Begins To Send Emails Instead

TM has taken down a section of the unifi’s official website which allows unifi and Streamyx customers to check their eligibility for the upcoming speed upgrade exercise that was announced by the company earlier this month. While this move might seem rather odd, it is not exactly surprising though especially considering what have transpired yesterday.
Not long after the speed upgrade eligibility section went online yesterday’s morning, unifi’s official website started to become rather slow to load. We then noticed that the site didn’t load at all when we visited it at around 11am and eventually, TM posted this notice on unifi’s Facebook and Twitter page at around 330pm.

We didn’t notice when exactly the site went online again but certainly, it came back without the speed upgrade eligibility section. Not only that, visitors would be redirected to the site’s main page if you tried to access the section using its direct link.
Meanwhile, a number of Lowyat.NET Forumers have reported that they have begin to receive email from TM which stated that their unifi plan will be receiving the upgrade soon. Here is the email in question:
While there is nothing out of ordinary about the email itself, pay attention to the date stated in it. Most of the forumers that shared the screenshot of the email shows that they will speed upgrade starting from 15 August 2018 but this particular screenshot showed 21 July 2018 instead.
All in all, the speed upgrade that TM promised for unifi customers are definitely on its way. Just that it might be wise to wait until the upgrade is applied to their premise rather than depending on unifi’s website or email notification.
(Source: unifi – 1, 2 // Lowyat.NET Forums – SzeMeng76, westlife, kayroll, th3game, soonwai)
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Huawei Nova 3 & Nova 3i Hands On: Moving up the Mid-Range Market

The new Huawei Nova 3 series is now in Malaysia, and they’re genuinely much more impressive than their predecessors. This is especially true for the Nova 3: not only does it run on Huawei’s flagship Kirin 970 chipset, the front-facing cameras are also paired with an infrared sensor. This allows the Face Unlock feature to work even in dark environments.
All of these features are packaged in a mid-range smartphone, which make the Nova 3 that much more impressive. Nonetheless, here’s our first impressions of the new Nova 3 series – including the more affordable Nova 3i.
The Huawei Nova 3i (left) and Nova 3.
Let’s start with specifications. The higher-end Nova 3 features a 6.3-inch Full HD+ LTPS display, a Kirin 970 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, and a 3,750mAh battery. It also sports a 16MP RGB + 20MP monochrome dual-camera system on the back, and two front-facing shooters (24MP and 2MP) with an infrared sensor for a more sophisticated Face Unlock feature.
As for the Nova 3i, it has the same design and display, but it comes with Huawei’s new Kirin 710 chipset instead – supposedly on par with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 SoC – 4GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, and a 3,340mAh battery. In the camera department, it features 16MP + 2MP cameras on the back, and 24MP + 2MP shooters on the front. No, the Nova 3i does not have an infrared sensor on the front like the Nova 3, but it does support Face Unlock regardless.

The Nova 3i only has a microUSB port.
While the Nova 3 has a Type-C port.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s start with design: the Nova 3 and Nova 3i are very good-looking devices. The new Iris Purple colourway is especially stunning, which looks pretty similar to the Twilight Huawei P20 Pro. In fact, I’d argue there are no mid-range phones that look as unique as these new Nova phones right now.
As for ergonomics, the Nova 3 definitely feels better in my hands, thanks to its dual-curved rear glass panel. The Nova 3i, on the other hand, feels more…flat, for the lack of a better term. It still feels solid, of course, but the Nova 3 just feels more premium – and rightly so, because it is the more costly device.
Note the flat glass back on the Nova 3i (left).

Aside from that, I’m quite a fan of the tiny bottom bezels of both phones too. Definitely an improvement over the P20 phones, which have thicker bezels to accommodate their front-facing fingerprint sensors.
Performance-wise, both the Nova 3 and Nova 3i feel fast and zippy. That goes without saying for the Nova 3, of course, and this should be applicable to the Nova 3i too – especially if the Kirin 710 chipset is as good as Huawei claims it to be. As far as first impressions go, I’m confident performance won’t be an issue with either one of these phones.

And then we have camera performance, and it’s immediately noticeable just how different these two phones are. The Nova 3 can take flattering, sharp images, and the camera interface feels responsive enough as well. This somewhat applies to the more affordable Nova 3i too, but…well, it’s not in the same league as the Nova 3.
While I can still take good-looking shots with the Nova 3i, they don’t look as impressive as images taken with the Nova 3. After all, the 3i only has a 16MP + 2MP dual-camera system, compared to the Nova 3’s more impressive 16MP + 20MP rear cameras.

But considering just how affordable the Nova 3i is compared to the Nova 3, these differences are to be expected. the Nova 3i retails at only RM1,249, while the Nova 3 commands a RM1,899 price tag – that’s RM650 difference. While this is a pretty large price gap, you are getting what you pay for with the Nova 3.
The Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i are probably the Chinese company’s most impressive mid-range smartphones yet. They’re fast, they have quite promising camera performance, and they’re probably the most unique-looking mid-range devices in the market now. The gradient glass back just looks so mesmerising.

Out of the two phones, the Nova 3i will be the first to enter the Malaysian market on 28 July. The Nova 3, on the other hand, will only be available from 17 August onwards. We’ll run these two phones through their paces in the coming weeks, so expect our full, comprehensive review to be up in the near future.
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Biostar Unveils H310MHC Motherboard

Biostar has unveiled its latest product in the form of an entry-level motherboard called H310MHC. The company has mentioned that its latest mainboard is aimed towards office and general home usage such as web browsing, office applications, light photo and video editing, as well as non-intensive gaming.
Biostar’s H310MHC is equipped with the H310 chipset, which is compatible with Intel’s 8th Generation Core processors. In addition, this chipset also supports DDR4 RAMs with frequencies up to 2666MHz (32GB capacity). Besides that, this motherboard is also fitted with one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot and two PCIe 2.0 x1 slots.
Protective components that come with the Biostar H310MHC motherboard are ESD protection, USB Polyswitch, and several others that protect against overvoltage, overload, and over temperature. Those aside, when it comes to design, the H310MHC mainboard features an all black PCB along with yellow-coloured components.
Unfortunately, the local pricing and date of release for the H310MHC motherboard was not mentioned by Biostar. Regardless, if you’re looking to create a basic PC for your home or office usage, which runs non-intensive workloads, then you should consider the Biostar H310MHC. Hopefully, the local pricing is adequate.
(Source: Biostar)
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Sony Officially Launches The RX100 VI In Malaysia; Priced At RM4899

Sony Malaysia has officially launched the RX100 VI in the country. As its namesake suggests, the camera is the sixth iteration of the series, and comes with several updates over the last model.
To start, the RX100 VI still comes in the same aluminium compact form factor. It’s also the first model in the series that comes equipped with a touchscreen; this finally giving users the ability to use either touch shutter or touch focus. Also, the screen is still tiltable up to 180 degrees upward and 90 degrees downward.

Lens-wise, the RX100 VI features a a 28-200mm zoom lens, along with a variable aperture of f/2.8 and f/4. The sensor is rated at 20.1MP and is supported by the latest BIONZ X imaging procesor with front-end LSI; a feature that is also found on the most recent Alpha cameras.
The RX100 VI also boasts a 0.03-second autofocus lock, which is a minor improvement over the last generation RX100 V’s 0.05-second autofocus system. The camera’s pop-up electronic viewfinder is still present, and last but not least, the camera supports 4K HDR via its new HLG picture profile.

The Sony RX100 VI will be available at all official Sony store and authorised resellers starting 20 July 2018, and will retail at an SRP of RM4899.
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Samsung Folding Display Smartphone Rumour Surfaces Yet Again

Samsung is supposedly preparing to launch a folding smartphone next year. Sources claim that the device, codenamed ‘Winner’, will be a 7-inch device with a flexible display; allowing it to fold in half.
The Wall Street Journal cites ‘people familiar with the matter’. Saying that the device will be able to fold along the long edge. It will have a camera on both sides, with a small display bar on the front.
Rumours of Samsung’s folding device are not new and pop up every few months. The company has filed for numerous patents for devices fitted with flexible displays over the last couple of years; despite the fact that it hasn’t actually demonstrated the technology in the real world.
We’re inclined to take the new with a grain of salt this time, seeing that this is not really anything new. The fact that it is coming from the WSJ does lend it some credibility. Although not enough for us to believe that there really is a device coming to market.
[Source: Wall Street Journal]
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Huawei Nova 3 & Nova 3i Land in Malaysia; Retails from RM1,249

It was only yesterday when Huawei officially unwrapped the new Nova series, but here we are at the Malaysian launch of the Nova 3 and Nova 3i. Retailing from only RM1,399, these are pretty competitively priced mid-range smartphones.
Let’s start with the more premium device of the two, the Nova 3. It features Huawei’s current flagship chipset, the Kirin 970, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, and a rather generous 3,750mAh battery. It also comes with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display.

Besides that, the Nova 3 is equipped with a dual-camera system on the back too; it’s made up of 16MP RGB + 20MP monochrome sensors, which should be pretty capable. On the front, the phone has a 24MP primary camera paired with a 2MP shooter to capture depth information. The Nova 3 also has an infrared sensor on the front for the Face Unlock feature to work in the dark.
As for the more affordable Nova 3i, it shares some of the Nova 3’s hardware. But it comes with Huawei’s new Kirin 710 chipset instead, as well as 16MP + 2MP rear cameras, and a smaller 3,340mAh battery.

The Huawei Nova 3i will be available in Malaysia from 28 July for RM1,249, while the Nova 3 will go on sale much later on 17 August for RM1,899. Stay tuned for our hands on of these two phones!
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