MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming, Armor, Ventus Series Graphics Cards Leak Online

As the rumoured launch date for NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti draws near, more and more images of the card with third-party cooling solutions are leaking online at greater frequencies. In this case, images and details of several MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics cards are the next set of cards to reach the internet.
The leaks by way of leakster site Videocardz. As an extra added bonus, the leaks also include a closeup shot of what appears to be NVIDIA’s TU116-400 Turing-based GPU architecture. San the RT Cores and Tensor Cores, obviously.
Moving on, the leaked images suggest that MSI is releasing three SKUs of the new GPU; the Gaming, Armor, and Ventus series. In regards to the latter SKU, MSI intends to release two sub-variants of the series, which are the Ventus XS and the non-XS version.

For the most part, the Ventus XS version of the series will share the same PCB as the Gaming X version of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. That version reportedly comes with a 4+2 VRM design.
On that note, it comes as no surprise that the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X will be MSI’s top of the range SKU for the new Turing-powered GTX graphics card series, complete with all the physical trimmings (i.e. RGB) and factory overclocking. While the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is aimed at the gamer looking to strike a balance between price and performance, as well as those who want a card without the extra RGB LEDs.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is rumoured to launch on 22 February, which is on a Friday a week from now. The card’s GPU is ba
sed on the GPU brand’s current 12nm Turing architecture, but will not have the real-time ray-tracing capabilities or DLSS support like its GeForce RTX series brethren. Specs-wise, the card is expected to ship out with 6GB GDDR6 graphics memory and 1536 CUDA cores.
(Source: Videocardz [1] [2])
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Software Pirates Hack iPhone Apps To Bypass App Store By Utilizing Apple Digital Certificates

Apple is clearly not having a good start to the new year. Not only has the fruit company had to address the recent breaches conducted by both Google and Facebook, it now appears to have another big issue to deal with; software pirates.
According to a report by Reuters, the so-called software pirates have been distributing hack versions of popular apps. Popular apps that include Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon and Minecraft, to name a few. The software pirate did this by hijacking technology used by Apple.
Specifically, the pirates discovered a way to use digital certificates that are meant for enterprise usages which would allow companies to deploy internal apps to their staff without the need of going through Apple’s App Store. Thus allowing the aforementioned apps and their corresponding companies to distribute their apps through dubious software distributors such as TutuApp, Panda Helper, AppValley, and TweakBox.

In this case, the primary reason why app developers do this is purely financial; because it circumvents Apple’s App Store, they do not have to pay Apple its usual cut to distribute the app. Thus allowing them to keep all of the profits to themselves.
Naturally, it goes without saying that none of this – in the eyes of Apple at least – adheres to the company from Cupertino’s strict app guidelines on the App Store. And is therefore both a breach of contract and does allow enable Apple to cancel these certificates.

Of course, executing the action is easier said than done. Primarily because Apple has, at the current time, no fool-proof way of tracking the real-time distribution of these rogue apps and their certification in real-time. Neither does it currently have the means of actually stopping the spreading of “modified apps”.
(Source: Reuters)
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Game Workers Unite Wants Activision Blizzard To Fire CEO

Game Workers Unite, a grassroots labour organisation, is calling for Activision Blizzard to fire its CEO Bobby Kotick. This is in response to almost 800 employees being laid off just as the company reported record financial results.
The irony is obviously not lost on the affected employees. They have also made their grievances known to the public through the Game Workers Unite Twitter account. And it’s a long string of tweets too, starting with this one:

Upending 800 workers' lives while raking in millions in bonuses for you and your c-suite buddies isn't leadership, it's theft.
We, the workers of Activision and their friends, have had enough. Join us in saying that it's time to #FireBobbyKotick.
— Game Workers Unite GDC (@GameWorkers) February 13, 2019

The string of tweets points out a few interesting bits of information, such as Bobby Kotick’s supposed pay of US$30 million (~RM122 million) a year. It also reminded us of Activision paying its new CFO US$15 million (~RM61 million) just for taking the job.
Of course, there’s the customary reminder that the late Satoru Iwata, former CEO of Nintendo, cut his own pay to keep employees during hard times. This is the complete opposite of the present Bobby Kotick, who is laying off employees during the best financial year of Activision Blizzard.

If we divided Kotick's obscene annual pay (one the highest paid CEOs in the world) it alone could pay full salaries for all 800 laid off workers. #FireBobbyKotick
— Game Workers Unite GDC (@GameWorkers) February 13, 2019

The string of tweets ends with this line, “The cycle of layoffs continue to derail our industry because of the prioritization of shareholder profits over workers lives and quality game development.” It’s a good point, but also a fact that won’t change easily. It’s still a business, after all.
(Source: Game Workers Unite / Twitter via Variety)
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Energizer Power Max P18K Pop Carries A Massive 18000mAh Battery Alongside Five Cameras

Energizer’s name is known throughout the world for its battery, but a French company called Avenir Telecom has licensed the brand for its smartphone. That being said, Avenir remained true to Energizer’s image by having most of its devices to feature big capacity batteries and the upcoming model is no different as well.
In fact, the new Energizer Power Max P18K Pop will be featuring a 18000mAh battery which is rather unheard of before. Avenir claimed that the battery able to provide 90 hours of calls, 100 hours of music listening, and 2 days of video playback within a single charge. The phone also supports fast charge capability although the company didn’t mention how long it will take for Power Max P18K Pop to achieve a full charge.

To make things even more interesting, the device will feature a pop-up selfie camera that is positioned right in the middle of the phone and feature a combination of 16MP as well as 2MP sensors. Furthermore, there are three more cameras on the back of the phone that include a 12MP, 5MP, and 2MP sensors.
Running on MediaTek Helio P70, the Power Max P18K Pop also features 6.2-inch Full HD+ display, 6GB RAM, and 128GB internal storage. Since the phone will only be launched at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, Avenir has yet to reveal its pricing but nevertheless, it definitely has made us curious.
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ASUS ROG G703 with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Is Here: With A Price Tag of Up To RM 19999

Late last month, we have discussed several ASUS ROG gaming laptops with NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics that have been scheduled for release in Malaysia after Chinese New Year. The company has yet to make any official announcements regarding them but somehow, one of them is already available for purchase in our market.
The said laptop is the ASUS ROG G703 which is one of the most powerful models within ASUS ROG’s GeForce RTX lineup at the moment. Furthermore, the laptop is being offered not by any random retailer though; in fact, it is the NVIDIA Official Store on Lazada Malaysia.

Powered by NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, the ASUS ROG G703 can be obtained in two set of specifications which also features 512GB NVMe solid state drive as standard. The highest-end model comes with Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, 32GB DDR4-2666 RAM, and a second solid state drive with 256GB capacity alongside a price tag of RM 19999.
As for the other variation, it comes with Intel Core i7-8750H, 16GB DDR4-2666 RAM, and 1TB solid state hybrid drive. This particular model is priced slightly lower but still quite hefty at RM 14999. For further information, just head on the store right here.
(Source: NVIDIA Official Store Malaysia – 1, 2)
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Software Pirates Hack iPhone Apps To Bypass App Store

Apple is clearly not having a good start to the new year. Not only has the fruit company had to address the recent breaches conducted by both Google and Facebook, it now appears to have another big issue to deal with; software pirates.
According to a report by Reuters, the so-called software pirates have been distributing hack versions of popular apps. Popular apps that include Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon and Minecraft, to name a few. The software pirate did this by hijacking technology used by Apple.
Specifically, the pirates discovered a way to use digital certificates without the need of going through Apple’s App Store. Thus allowing the aforementioned apps and their corresponding companies to distribute their apps through dubious software distributors. Such as TutuApp, Panda Helper, AppValley, and TweakBox.

In this case, the primary reason why app developers do this is purely financial; because it circumvents Apple’s App Store, they do not have to pay Apple its usual cut to distribute the app. Thus allowing them to keep all of the profits to themselves.
Naturally, it goes without saying that none of this – in the eyes of Apple at least – adheres to the company from Cupertino’s strict app guidelines on the App Store. And is therefore both a breach of contract and does allow enable Apple to cancel these certificates.

Of course, executing the action is easier said than done. Primarily because Apple has, at the current time, no fool-proof way of tracking the real-time distribution of these rogue apps and their certification in real-time. Neither does it currently have the means of actually stopping the spreading of “modified apps”.
(Source: Reuters)
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Someone Successfully Transferred A Bitcoin Via High Frequency Radio

Transferring cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin from one user to user has usually been conducted via the internet, but there are instances where some people have wired their crypto dollars offline via mesh networks and satellites. Now, it seems that someone has successfully managed to transfer the crypto dollar via high-frequency radio.
The transaction was conducted by Coinkite founder, Radolfo Novak, through the use of his HAM radio. Initially, Novak’s (highly valuable) radio signal was not being received or acknowledged. Leading him to almost scrap the experiment before it even took off.
To his luck, the signal was picked up the next via a “software defined-radio” – which is basically a computer masquerading as a radio – and responded. The more exciting part of this relay? Noval was conducting this experiment during a blinding snowstorm.

Amateur radio is so deep-end-nerd that not even free BTC makes ppl move their arses https://t.co/XPoC01NyAn
— NVK (@nvk) February 11, 2019

The success of the experiment is important since it now presents another avenue of transacting cryptocurrency without the use of the internet. There is one caveat to this method; according to Novak, sending an encrypted communication over a HAM radio is not permitted. Unless the cypher that encrypts it is made public.
(Source: Bitcoinist)
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Minister: Malaysians Downloaded 84 Million Movie and TV Show Files Through BitTorrent in 2018

The Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Deo earlier today has made a remark regarding the significant number of contents that Internet users in Malaysia have downloaded through BitTorrent. This took place at the Kuala Lumpur Digital Content Anti-Piracy Summit that was organized by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) with cooperation from Coalition Against Piracy, Asia Video Industry Association, Astro, Media Prima, Dim Sum, and iflix.
In his speech, Gobind pointed out that 84 million files involving movies and TV shows were downloaded by Internet users in Malaysia last year via BitTorrent. While the minister didn’t provide the source of this particular statistic, he described it as a loss to the national economy since the entertainment and media industry apparently provides revenue to Malaysia worth billions of Ringgit.

The minister backed it up by citing that the industry has lost RM 1.05 billion worth of revenue in 2016 with the government also losing RM 157 million in the form of taxes due to 1900 job losses within the filming and broadcasting industry. These numbers were based on Astro’s analysis on PWC Global Media Outlook Report 2016, Comscore 2016, and Oxford Economics 2014.
It goes without saying that these numbers are indeed quite astronomical. In the same speech, the minister stated that the industry certainly has to help guide consumers when it comes to copyright and intellectual infringement. At the very least, help them understand the importance of respecting the online property of other people.
(Source: KKMM – 1 [pdf] // MCMC. Image: KKMM // MCMC. )
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Fujifilm X-T30 Mirrorless Camera Combines A Compact Design With High-End Specs

Fujifilm has just unveiled the new X-T30, a new addition to the X-series line of cameras. Using an APS-C sensor, the camera carries over many features from the X-T3 but in a smaller body and more affordable price tag.
The sensor in the new X-T30 is the 4th-generation 26.1MP X-Trans sensor paired with the X-Processor image processor. The new camera is also equipped with a hybrid autofocus system with 425 points across the entire frame which provides faster face detection when compared to its predecessor.
At only 383 grams, the X-T30 is the same weight as its predecessor the X-T20. What it does gain however are several small upgrades in ergonomics and ports. This includes an AF joystick replacing the D-Pad, USB 3.1 Type-C and Bluetooth.
Like the X-T3, the X-T30 offers excellent video recording options out of the box. It boasts 4K/30p and 10-bit 4:2:2 output via HDMI and 8-bit 4:2:0 for internal recording alongside 120fps recording at 1080p for slow-motion video. Fujifilm even managed to extend the battery life of the battery up to 380 shots per charge.
The new Fujifilm X-T30 will be available from March onwards for USD$899 (~RM3,655) body-only, USD$999 (~RM4,060) with the XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS Power Zoom or USD$1299 (~RM5,280) with the 18-55mm F2.8-4. At launch, the camera can be obtained in either Black or Silver while the third colourway – Charcoal Silver – will be available from June onwards.
(Source: DPreview)
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Photo Essay: Acer Predator League 2019 Kicks Off At Bangkok

Acer officially held a press conference for its Predator League tournament here in Bangkok, Thailand. Officially kicking off the event that will take place over a span of three days.
This is the company’s second year of hosting the Predator League. It’s maiden launch and venue having been at Jakarta, Indonesia back in 2018. This year, the tournament will comprise two titles, Dota 2 and PUBG.

The total prize pool for the Predator League 2019 is also significantly larger last year’s tournament. With a pool of US$400000 (~RM1.63 million), a total of 26 teams will be competing against each other to win a prize pool totalling US$250000 (~RM1.01 million).

In total, there are 26 teams competing in the Acer Predator League 2019 tournament. These teams come from 16 territories from APAC. Including Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Myanmar, and Australia.

For Dota 2, 10 teams will be competing for the first place. Of the 10, two of the teams are our very home Team LOTAC and Team GeekFam. The latter being last year’s Acer Predator League 2018 Dota 2 champions.

Under the PUBG section, 16 teams will be vying in this latest game addition in the Acer Predator League 2019. Representing Malaysia will be Team Asbol.

The Acer Predator League 2019 is will properly commence starting tomorrow at 15 February, and will conclude on 17 February 2019.
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