Canon EOS 1D X Mark III Launched In Malaysia; Priced At RM29,999

The Canon EOS 1D X Mark III has been officially launched in Malaysia on 21 January 2020. As previously reported, the new flagship camera initially debuted in the US during the CES 2020 trade show held in Las Vegas earlier this month.
To recap, the EOS 1D X Mark III features a 20.1 megapixel 35mm full frame CMOS sensor and the new Canon DIGIC X image processor. It has an ISO range of 100 to 102400 that is expandable to 50-819200, and is capable of capturing high-resolution images at up to 20fps and HD videos of up to 4K 60P featuring the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology.

The camera also features a 3.2-inch touchscreen LCD that also features Touch AF support. Other features on the camera include built-in gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, 10-bit HEIF format support, on-board GPS, a HDMI port for transmitting 4K 60p data to external devices or recorders, and dual CFExpress card slots.
As for the EOS 1D X Mark III’s build, the main structural parts of the camera are made of magnesium alloy for high durability while maintaining a lighter weight. The flagship camera is also water and dust resistant, thus allowing it to be used during various weather conditions. It also has a projected shutter life of 500,000 cycles and a battery life of 2850 shots.

The Canon EOS 1D X Mark III will be available in local Canon stores and authorised dealers starting from February onwards and is priced at RM29,999 for body only. For further reading regarding the new flagship camera, head on over to Canon’s official website for more details.
(Source: Canon Malaysia press release.)
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unifi Plus TV Box Can Be Used On Non-unifi Network

Just a week ago, TM has officially launched the new unifi Plus Box for unifi TV customers. Available for both existing and new customers, the new Android TV-based box offers new experience including support for 4K contents, Google Assistant and Google Play.
We just got our hands on a review unit and out of curiosity, we run it through the Time Internet network in our office. To our surprise, the box’s unifi TV broadcast which is delivered through a pre-installed Android TV app works flawlessly without any restriction:

We’ve reached out to unifi team in order to find out whether our experience was just a fluke. But, to our surprise again, the team has confirmed to us that as long you have unifi TV credentials and good Internet connection, you able to watch unifi TV broadcast on the new unifi Plus Box through any Internet service provider.
This is quite a departure from the previous unifi TV boxes in which contents were broadcast through a dedicated 10Mbps VLAN that can only be accessed through unifi network. Hence, we began to wonder whether TM is planning to launch a stand-alone unifi TV + unifi Plus Box combo plan in the near future.

Such plan may have the potential to inject some excitement into local pay TV scene which generally consisted of only two players at the moment: unifi TV and Astro. Meanwhile, we have since relayed the question to TM, so stay tuned for the response.
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Alleged Nintendo Switch Pro May Not Support 4K Resolutions

At the beginning of this year, it was reported that Nintendo’s successor to the current Switch console would enter into mass production during the first quarter of 2020 and would know as a Switch Pro. Despite its “Pro” moniker, recent reports suggest that the next generation portable console may not support gaming at 4K resolutions.
In fact, a report by the Korean news site, Clien, suggests that the upcoming Switch Pro may simply offer “softer revision” to its capabilities, albeit with a more up-to-date custom chipset. On the subject of chipsets, it is also rumoured that the new Switch will make use of NVIDIA’s 12nm Xavier chipset. Replacing the ageing, 16nm Tegra X1+ currently in use with the revised Switch.

In hindsight, the idea of a 4K-capable Switch Pro console sounds enticing, if not a necessary move for Nintendo. As it stands, the current Switch only output at 1280 x 720 on its main display, while docking the console and playing it on a TV upscales that resolution to Full HD. Therefore, a Switch capable of outputting at 4K could put Nintendo on equal footing with the two big wigs that are Sony and Microsoft.
There’s also the question of backwards compatibility between the current and upcoming Switch consoles. Given how the power gap between the Tegra and Volta SoC. Of course, considering how video game developers had previously gushed about how easy it was to develop games for the Switch, it’s very likely that this isn’t going to be an issue.

Of course, it goes without saying that these reports of the Switch Pro are still largely unsubstantiated and as of yet, there are no specific details about the next-generation console’s hardware or performance. So, take this news with a large grain of salt.
(Source: TweakTown via Clien, Notebookcheck)
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Honor Phones Will Favour Cameras With Larger Pixels Over Higher Resolution

While some phone makers are busy flexing 108MP cameras on their flagship phones, Chinese tech brand Honor is giving high resolution cameras a hard pass. Even the V30, the company’s latest phone, opted for a 40MP primary sensor for its setup.
Honor marketing manager Kailiang Shen stated in Weibo that the brand will choose cameras with large pixel capabilities rather than high resolution. He adds that the company that 1μm pixels can ensure flagship-tier image quality, opposed to the 0.8μm pixel size found in high resolution sensors.

Larger pixels tend to have better light sensitivity, thus producing images with better detail with less noise. This applies especially to low light photography when you place the latter in consideration. Suffice to say, a camera with larger pixels would perform just as effective as sensor with a higher pixel count.

Shen mentions that Honor phones released this year onwards will maintain the company’s stand on favouring sensors with large pixels such as the Sony IMX686. The company has yet to announce any new smartphones for 2020, but next generation successors to models released last year are to be expected.
(Source: Weibo via Gizmochina.)
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Pocophone Successor Planned For Q1 2020 Release; POCO X2 Name Hinted In Latest Teaser

Following its announcement as an independent company from Xiaomi, POCO has set things in motion by releasing a new teaser video to hype its return to the smartphone industry. Furthermore, the company’s GM has shed some light on when the company’s new smartphone will be released in a recent interview.
Speaking to NDTV, POCO general manager Chandolu Manmohan revealed that the successor to the Pocophone F1 is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2020. He added that the new device will be equipped with a top-end SoC and large RAM capacity, while offering the same value-for-money proposition as its predecessor.

#POCOIsHere and it'll give chills to others. IYKWWM 😉Season 2 is live now! Brace yourself for the impact. pic.twitter.com/wJPWgDgwCn
— POCO India (@IndiaPOCO) January 21, 2020

However, did not reveal the name of the phone, but recent rumours have suggested that it will be named “POCO F2”. Manmohan also suggested that there would be one new model to begin the new era, but did not entirely disprove the recent reports of having multiple POCO phones in their lineup.
Interestingly enough, it’s also worth noting that the company has cunningly included an easter egg in the aforementioned teaser video. Twitter user and tech insider Xiaomishka points out that the name “POCO X2” is hidden in the video, which could be a hint of the upcoming phone’s name.

#POCOIsHere #POCOX2 #PocoF2 Guys, many of you watched the official video of the second season of #POCO. But, did you pay attention to this easter egg?? 😉
POCO X2🤔 That sounds good, like Realme X2, or OPPO Find X2 pic.twitter.com/HpsRNzZX5G
— Xiaomishka (@xiaomishka) January 22, 2020

Referring back to the GM’s refute to the rumours of being more than one POCO smartphone, there’s a possibility that the F2 and X2 are two completely different devices. Previous leaks indicated that the F2 would also be available in a Lite variant, but its authenticity remains questionable.
On the other hand, it’s also possible that the X2 would be the finalised name for the F1’s successor. Until we get further information from POCO themselves, your guess on this is as good as ours.
(Source: NDTV / POCO India / Xiaomishka | Header image: Xiaomishka.)
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UK-Based Game Dev And Publisher Double Eleven Opens Studio In Bangsar South

We have quite a number of game devs in the country, from homegrown local names to much bigger, international ones. And we have one more name to add to the latter. UK-based dev and publisher Double Eleven has announced the opening of a new studio in Bangsar South.
Double Eleven has previously worked on a number of well known games, including LittleBigPlanet PS Vita. The studio is also responsible for porting Limbo to the PlayStation handheld. It has also worked on games for current-gen consoles as well as PC, including the likes of the Lego Harry Potter series, Crackdown 3, and Minecraft Dungeons. It also published Rust, as well as the Goat Simulator on consoles.

The new studio will provide a “full complement of development capabilities including quality assurance, art, software engineering and production.” It will be working with the main team in the UK on “current and next generation titles”.
The studio itself opens on an unspecified date in spring. That said, recruitment for the new studio will start in February, for a variety of positions, including Studio Manager. Hit the link below if you’re interested in working in the video games industry, or for the company specifically.
(Source: Double Eleven)
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Fujifilm Debuts X-T200 Mid-Range APS-C Mirrorless Camera (UPDATED)

UPDATE (23 Jan / 4:50 PM): Fujifilm Malaysia has updated us regarding the camera’s availability and pricing.

ORIGINAL STORY (23 Jan / 3:30 PM):
Japanese camera maker Fujifilm has debuted the new X-T200 mid-range mirrorless camera. The camera is a successor to 2018’s X-T100 which features an improved sensor with better video performance, autofocus (AF) and other upgrades in a lightweight and compact body.
The Fujifilm X-T200 packs a new 24.2MP APS-C CMOS image sensor that’s able to shoot up to 8fps in burst mode, process data 3.5x faster, and reduces rolling shutter when capturing still images. On top of that, the camera also features an on-sensor phase detect system that provides enhanced autofocus performance, as well as Face/Eye Detection AF for better tracking.
The X-T200 was designed with the likes of filmmakers and vloggers in mind and vastly improves in providing video capture features. Its new sensor allows for 4K/30fps and 1080p/120fps video recordings, and the camera also includes a special HDR video mode for high-contrast capture, as well as Fujifilm’s various film simulation modes.

Perhaps one of the most interesting features found on the X-T200 is its “Digital Gimbal Function.” As the name implies, the function uses an in-body gyro sensor that enables the camera to capture extra-stable video footage, without the need of using an actual gimbal accessory. At least, that’s what Fujifilm is claiming anyway.
Other than that, the new camera is said to weigh 80g less than its predecessor, coming in at only 370g. Aside from the optical viewfinder as well as the occasional buttons and dials, the X-T200 also features a 3.5-inch vari-angle LCD touchscreen display that can be tilted while it is flipped out.
Additionally, the company also introduced the Fujinon XC 35mm f/2 APS-C prime lens. The new lens features a full-frame equivalent focal length of 52mm and is equipped with a stepping motor for a “quick and near silent” AF operation.

The Fujifilm X-T200 will be available in late February in three colour selections: Silver, Dark Silver, and Champagne. The camera is priced at US$700 (~RM2850) for body only, and US$800 (~RM3256) when kitted out with a Fujinon XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS power zoom lens. Meanwhile, the Fujinon XC 35mm will be released at the same time and priced at US$199 (~RM810).

The local availability, pricing and pre-order details for the camera and its bundle will be announced by Fujifilm Malaysia within a week’s time. Additionally, pricing and stock availability of the XC 35mm F2 is set to be confirmed by the of February 2020.
(Source: Fujifilm.)
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Intel Panther Canyon and Phantom Canyon NUCs Could Ship Out With Tiger Lake Processors

Intel is reportedly already working on its next generation of Next Unit of Computing (NUC) machines. According to FanlessTech, the new NUCs are codenamed Panther Canyon and Phantom Canyon and are set to replace the current generation NUC 10 Performance and NUC 10 Extreme.
Based on the site’s findings, both Panther Canyon and Phantom Canyon NUCs will be powered by Intel’s 28W Tiger Lake U-series processors. Panther Canyon, in particular, will have the distinction as being the first NUC to feature Intel’s yet-to-be-released Xe graphics solution. Remaining specifications include dual-channel DDR4-3200 SODIMM slots with support of up to 64GB, an M.2 2280 slot, an HDMI 2.1 port, mini DisplayPort 1.4 port. As well as support for Intel Optane Memory M10 and, surprisingly, NVMe PCIe 4.0.
The Phantom Canyon NUC is clearly the less “premium” variant of the two; while it rock the same 28W Tiger Lake U-series CPU, it will not ship out with the same Xe graphic, neither will it support NVMe PCIe 4.0. Instead, the NUC will allegedly be fitted with yet undisclosed discrete GPU and retain the current NVMe PCIe 3.0 interface.
(Image source: Fanless Tech)
Apart from these difference, the rest of its specifications remain largely unchanged. Meaning that it will be Intel Optane Memory M10 and H10 ready, equipped with Thunderbolt 3 ports, as well as the same number video output ports.
At the time of writing, no specific availability date for the Panther Canyon and Phantom Canyon has been provided by Intel.
(Source: FanlessTech via Techspot)
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Hospital Sungai Buloh Crippled By Old Server System

Technology can speed up many processes, with healthcare being one of them. But on the flip side, things can slow down to a crawl when it goes wrong. Such is the case with Hospital Sungai Buloh as it goes through a system breakdown.
A source to The Star said that the hospital’s main server had been out of order since last Friday. The hospital has since been running on backup servers. This leaves medical staff having to track down and update patient details by hand, slowing down the healthcare process tremendously.
The source also said that the Hospital Sungai Buloh server had suffered frequent breakdowns. But none of the prior episodes had lasted this long. One possible cause is the fact that the current system was bogged down by limited storage, as it was still running Windows XP.

Microsoft has stopped supporting this operating system since April 2014. Barring one security patch following the Wannacry incident, the OS has not received any form of updates.
That said, this may not entirely be an issue with the software. It entirely possible that the entire issue may be hardware related, or a combination of both. Dr Kuldip Kaur, the director of Hospital Sungai Buloh, said that the Total Hospital Information System was experiencing technical issues, but didn’t elaborate on what the nature of those issues were.
This situation can be compared to the network failure situation in KLIA and KLIA2 last year. Old and likely faulty network switches were the cause of the failure, and replacing them saw the airport network regain stability. The old switches were in use since KLIA began operating in 1998.
(Source: The Star, The Malaysian Reserve. Image: Hospital Sungai Buloh / Facebook)
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Fujifilm Debuts X-T200 Mid-Range APS-C Mirrorless Camera

Japanese camera maker Fujifilm has debuted the new X-T200 mid-range mirrorless camera. The camera is a successor to 2018’s X-T100 which features an improved sensor with better video performance, autofocus (AF) and other upgrades in a lightweight and compact body.
The Fujifilm X-T200 packs a new 24.2MP APS-C CMOS image sensor that’s able to shoot up to 8fps in burst mode, process data 3.5x faster, and reduces rolling shutter when capturing still images. On top of that, the camera also features an on-sensor phase detect system that provides enhanced autofocus performance, as well as Face/Eye Detection AF for better tracking.

The X-T200 was designed with the likes of filmmakers and vloggers in mind and vastly improves in providing video capture features. Its new sensor allows for 4K/30fps and 1080p/120fps video recordings, and the camera also includes a special HDR video mode for high-contrast capture, as well as Fujifilm’s various film simulation modes.
Perhaps one of the most interesting features found on the X-T200 is its “Digital Gimbal Function.” As the name implies, the function uses an in-body gyro sensor that enables the camera to capture extra-stable video footage, without the need of using an actual gimbal accessory. At least, that’s what Fujifilm is claiming anyway.

Other than that, the new camera is said to weigh 80g less than its predecessor, coming in at only 370g. Aside from the optical viewfinder as well as the occasional buttons and dials, the X-T200 also features a 3.5-inch vari-angle LCD touchscreen display that can be tilted while it is flipped out.
Additionally, the company also introduced the Fujinon XC 35mm f/2 APS-C prime lens. The new lens features a full-frame equivalent focal length of 52mm and is equipped with a stepping motor for a “quick and near silent” AF operation.

The Fujifilm X-T200 will be available in late February in three colour selections: Silver, Dark Silver, and Champagne. The camera is priced at US$700 (~RM2850) for body only, and US$800 (~RM3256) when kitted out with a Fujinon XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS power zoom lens. Meanwhile, the Fujinon XC 35mm will be released at the same time and priced at US$199 (~RM810).
The camera, its bundle and the new 35mm lens has not been confirmed to be released in Malaysia at this current time. We’ve reached out to Fujifilm Malaysia for further information regarding this and will keep you posted.
(Source: Fujifilm.)
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