Apple Watch Series 4 Pre-Orders Begin 19 October; Prices Start From RM1749

Besides the Apple iPhone Xs and Xs Max, Apple aficionados should also be happy to know that the Apple Watch Series 4 will be able to start pre-ordering the wearable in Malaysia. Apple will begin taking pre-orders of the smartwatch starting 19 October.
As per the information stated on Apple Malaysia’s official product page, the Apple Watch Series 4 will retail at the following prices:
Apple Watch Series 4 (40mm): RM1749
Apple Watch Series 4 (44mm): RM1899

It should be noted that these prices are the same for the Apple Watch Nike+ version of the wearable, which will also be going up for pre-order at the same time as the Apple Watch Series 4.

Beyond that, Apple has been pretty tight-lipped about the roll out for its new wearable and their variants. Given how close the pre-order dates are, though, it’s very likely that the fruit company will divulge this information soon.
(Source: Apple Malaysia)
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Samsung To Introduce Galaxy A6s; Exclusive ODM Smartphone For Chinese Market

A few leaked photos of Samsung’s first ever Original Device Manufacturer (ODM) smartphone has appeared online. The phone, codenamed Phoenix, is expected to be branded as the Galaxy A6s exclusively for the Chinese market.
Set to be built by Wintech, the phone carries the same DNA as the recently launched Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A9. Infinity Display and glass back construction is present with the new models. For context, Wintech is the same company that is responsible for manufacturing Xiaomi devices.

Not much info has been leaked about the phones’ internals. What we do know is that it will have dual-camera at the rear alongside a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. From the images, the colour selection is also interesting, with multiple options for different markets and needs.
Samsung is following tradition in keeping the 3.5mm audio jack for the mid-range smartphones. It is also slapping on USB Type-C for connectivity – if the photos are correct.

At this time, Samsung still hasn’t given a launch date for the phone. That said, the colours are pretty radical – even for Samsung.
(Source: Weibo via GSMArena)
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Rumour: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 To Sport A 6.66-Inch Display

It’s barely been two months since the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was launched in Malaysia, and already we have rumours about its successor going around. These rumours come from serial leaker Ice Universe who tweeted that the Galaxy Note 10 will come with a 6.66-inch display.
On the surface, it looks like the Galaxy Note 10 will be slightly larger than the Note 9. The current generation Note device comes with a display measuring in at 6.4 inches.
That said, Ice Universe also mentions a screen ratio of either 19:9 or 19.5:9, which may make the Note 10 narrower than the Note 9. Then there’s mention of narrower borders, which may make the whole device actually smaller than the Note 9.

This is not bad, the longer screen ratio (19:9 or 19.5:9) and the narrower border make Note10 even smaller than Note9.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) October 15, 2018

With the Note 10 being around 10 months away, it’s way too early to be taking any such rumours seriously. And it will definitely be a while before we hear anything about a new Galaxy Note device from the Korean tech giant.
(Source: Ice Universe / Twitter)
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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Passed Away At The Age of 65

Paul Allen, who is known by many as the co-founder of Microsoft, has passed away at the age of 65. According to the announcement made by his company Vulcan Inc., the cause of death was from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Paul’s passing came just barely two weeks after he revealed that the cancer which he has overcame in 2009 has returned once again. In the statement, Paul stated that his doctors have begun to treat the cancer and were quite optimistic to see positive results from therapies.
As mentioned earlier, Paul Allen made its mark in the industry as the co-founder of Microsoft in which he helped established together with childhood friend Bill Gates in 1975. In fact, it was Paul himself that came out with the company’s name although it was originally spelled as Micro-Soft.
Paul Allen and other initial staff members of Microsoft were honored at Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond.
Even though Paul left Microsoft back in 1983 due to Hodgkin’s disease, he continued to make his mark through so many ventures across various sectors. Among them including aerospace via SpaceShipOne and Stratolaunch as well as in sports by being the owner of Portland Trail Blazers NBA team and Seattle Seahawks NFL team together with partial ownership of Seattle Sounders FC MLS team.
Throughout his lifetime, he has also contributed more than USD 2 billion (about RM 8.3 bullion) into his philanthropic efforts. The news of his passing has resulted in outpouring of reactions from throughout the globe including from the very company that he co-founded alongside other tech giants such as Apple and Google.

Statement from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on the passing of Paul Allen: pic.twitter.com/1iLDLenLKz
— Microsoft (@Microsoft) October 15, 2018

Our industry has lost a pioneer and our world has lost a force for good. We send our deepest condolences to Paul’s friends, the Allen family and everyone at Microsoft.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 15, 2018

We lost a great technology pioneer today – thank you Paul Allen for your immense contributions to the world through your work and your philanthropy. Thoughts are with his family and the entire Microsoft community.
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) October 15, 2018

(Source: Vulcan)
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Palm Returns As A Small-Sized Companion Phone

The brand’s intention to return into the market was already known for quite a while. However, it is only today that the intention has turned into a reality in the form of a phone that is simply called the Palm.
Featuring an aluminum chassis alongside Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on both sides of the phone, the new Palm is equipped with 3.3-inch HD display and powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor. It also comes standard with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.

Other than that, the new Palm also comes with a 12MP rear camera as well as an 8MP front camera. While it might be missing an audio jack, the phone does offer Bluetooth connectivity and it apparently has a battery life of up to 8 hours through its 800mAh battery.
Despite having rather adequate specs to be a working smartphone and even adheres to IP68 water and dust protection standard, the Palm is not meant as a standalone device though. Instead, the phone is designed more as a companion phone for users’ main Android phone or Apple iPhone which is why it features a simplified, smartwatch-like user interface even though it is running on Android 8.1.

Priced at USD 349 (about RM 1450), the new Palm which is manufactured by TCL will be released in the United States this coming November. However, it is only available exclusively for Verizon customers since the phone will be sold as an add-on device to their existing plans.
(Source: The Verge, PCMag, Digital Trends)
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Grado Labs Announces Its First Wireless Headphones

Grado Labs, a name well known for high-quality audio experiences, has announced the GW100. What made this particular model different from the company’s previous releases is the fact that the GW100 are wireless – a first for the brand.
Not only that, Grado also stated that the GW100 is the world’s first open-backed Bluetooth headphones. According to the company, the drivers on the GW100 is the same as in its wired headphones lineup, so customers can expect the same level of audio quality out of these cans.

Designed from the ground up, the drivers work in tandem to notably diminish escaping sound by up to 60%. Grado stated that the GW100 will last 15 hours on a single charge and can be charged using a MicroUSB cable.

Priced at USD249 (~RM1,035), the official availability of GW100 has not yet been announced for Malaysia. Given the brand’s reputation among local audiophiles though, we will not be surprised that they will appear in our market eventually.
(Source: Grado)
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HTC Set To Launch Blockchain-Focused Exodus On 22 October

A teaser has appeared on HTC’s Instagram account, somewhat detailing its Exodus smartphone. As per our earlier report, the Exodus is company’s first blockchain-focused smartphone – and it is launching this 22 October.
Not much is known about the device. Presumably, the smartphone will feature “a cold wallet with key recovery” that essentially stores blockchain data. It may also be the first phone to be able to store your personal encryption key on the device, bypassing cloud storage altogether.

From the teaser, we can expect an opaque-back design, just like the HTC U12+. Whether it will feature any wireless charging is unknown at this point.
It’s been a slow couple of years for HTC. Earlier in the year, the company laid off several office staff from its US office, while leaving only HTC Global personnel alone to handle day-to-day operations. The company is also faced with market pressure from brands like Samsung, LG, Xiaomi and Apple. But, the company is looking to come back to the fore of the consumer space.
Regardless of the brand’s current state, we can only wait and see what the HTC Exodus will be bringing to the table this 22 October.
(Source: HTC via GSMArena)
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Google Pixel 3 Is Not More Prone To Scratches Than Other Glass Phones

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were launched barely a week ago, but soon after, the internet has started saying that they’re scratch-prone devices. 9to5Google decided to put the phone to the test, and found that it’s not really any more scratch-prone than any other phone with glass backs.
Also making things clear is a comment left by a 9to5Google reader, who claims to work in construction. He explains that it’s because the “surface becomes abrasive due to the etching” and it is actually “sanding the surfaces” of whatever you are rubbing against it. The slight residue then fills the pores on the phone back and make it seem like a lot of damage has occurred.

9to5Google also notes that this is less an issue with the white-coloured models. This is simply because, unlike the black Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the residue is barely visible. So for those who want their Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL to look their best at all times, then the lighter colour is the one to go for.
(Source: 9to5Google)
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EA Plans To Remaster Classic Command And Conquer Games

It looks like there’s a chance that EA will be remastering classic Command and Conquer games, according to a reddit post by EA Producer Jim Vessella. According to sources, the post also says that we can look forward to a few of these come 2020, which is the franchise’s 25th anniversary.
On the reddit post, Vessella says, “Following the reveal of Rivals, we heard you loud and clear: the Command and Conquer community also wants to see the franchise return to PC. And as a fan of C&C for 20 years, I couldn’t agree more. With that in mind we’ve been exploring some exciting ideas regarding remastering the classic PC games, and already have the ball rolling on our first effort to celebrate the upcoming 25th Year Anniversary.”

While a remaster doesn’t compare to a completely new entry into the franchise, at the very least we get to see the C&C name return to the PC. Vessella’s own statement says enough about what people think about the mobile game, Command and Conquer: Rivals.
That said, the post did end on a brighter note. Vessella also said “We are eager to hear your feedback to help influence our current thoughts for PC and what comes next.” There may be no time better than now to share your wishes for a C&C game on PC on the reddit post, and other official EA channels.
(Source: reddit via TechSpot)
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Facebook Messenger Will Soon Allow Users To Unsend Messages

Have you ever wanted to take back that message you sent on Facebook Messenger, because you know it just wouldn’t translate well? As luck would have it, the social network is actually planning to make such a feature available on its messenger platform.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook confirmed with the online site that it was still working on a feature that would allow Messenger users to “Unsend” previously sent messages, but provided no concrete delivery date for the feature.

At the current moment, the prototype “Unsend” button seems to still be in early stage. TechCrunch’s own tipster indicates that the feature will now allow you to remove messages from both sides of the conversation. Rather than just deleting messages from the inbox. Unsurprisingly, there’s also a time limit over the period of deletion, meaning that messages will become permanent beyond that limit.
To be fair, the ability to “Unsend” a message on a messaging app isn’t new. Both WhatsApp and Telegram have the same capability. The former giving its users up to an hour, eight minutes, and 16 seconds to delete their messages.

Demand for the “Unsend” feature first came to light back in April this year, when several Facebook users complained that Mark Zuckerberg had sent private messages to them, only to have them deleted from their inbox unwillingly. Users saw this as a violation of trust by Facebook, as well as an abuse of power. On the simple grounds that Messenger didn’t have an “Unsend” button, and still doesn’t to date.
If anything, the feature would be exceedingly useful to people who wish to delete a message that would otherwise be misconstrued as offensive, or just downright inappropriate.
(Source: TechCrunch)
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