Mozilla Releases Emergency Patch For Firefox Zero-Day Exploit

Firefox users, take heed. Mozilla, it’s creator, recently released version 67.0.3 of the browser, and you may want to download this instant if you haven’t already done so.
The latest version comes with an emergency patch that addresses a zero-day flaw that is Firefox says is currently being exploited to no end by unscrupulous characters. The zero-day exploit was discovered by Samuel Groß, a security researcher working with Google Project Zero, and Coinbase Security team.
According to Mozilla engineers, the flaw can cause “a type confusion vulnerability to occur when manipulating JavaScript objects due to issues in Array.pop”. In turn, this vulnerability allows for an “exploitable crash” to be set up.

Groß further explained that the bug can also be exploited for remote code execution (RCE), but in order for hackers to do that, they would need a separate “sandbox escape” to do so. There’s no additional details about the flaw beyond the announcement, but both Groß and Mozilla suspect that the exploit was aimed at cryptocurrency owner. Not surprising, given that the value of the Bitcoin has risen, with its value currently hovering between the RM35000 and RM40000 mark.
In any case, you can download the new Firefox version via the official Mozilla download portal.
(Source: Mozilla via The Verge, ZDNet // Image: Mozilla)
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Xiaomi Mi 9T 64GB Official Price In Malaysia Appears To Be As Low As RM 1099 (UPDATE)

UPDATE (9:05 AM): Both the main page banner and dedicated page for the device on Lazada Malaysia have been removed as of this morning.
ORIGINAL STORY (12:49 AM):
While we are not sure whether it is mistake or otherwise but It seems that Lazada Malaysia has revealed the official price of Xiaomi Mi 9T for our market. As you might have heard, the phone is indeed scheduled for launch today but its launch event will only take place later in the afternoon.
According to the banner on Lazada Malaysia’s front page as well as a separate dedicated page, the Mi 9T with 64GB internal storage will be made available through Xiaomi’s official store on Lazada Malaysia for RM 1,199. However, customers are able to purchase it for slightly less at RM 1,099 on 25 June.

However, the e-commerce site didn’t reveal whether there are variants of Mi 9T will be made available in Malaysia. According to Xiaomi’s global website, the Mi 9T can be obtained with 128GB storage although the amount of RAM continues to be the same at 6GB just like the 64GB variant.
Hence, it is quite likely that Xiaomi Malaysia still has other details to announce at the Mi 9T official launch event later this afternoon. So, stay tuned.
(Source: Lazada Malaysia.)
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Avengers: Endgame to be Rereleased in Cinemas With New Post Credit Scenes

Avengers: Endgame was released in theatres about 8 weeks ago to rave reviews. The film also smashed all sorts of box office records, including being the first film in history to gross over $US 1 billion worldwide in its opening weekend and also the fastest film to cross the $US 2 billion mark (12 days, compared to Avatar’s 47). However, having amassed $US 2.74 billion to date, one record it hasn’t been able to beat is Avatar‘s $US 2.78 billion box office gross to become the new highest grossing film of all time.
The biggest reason is perhaps Endgame‘s release date. The 22nd Marvel Cinematic Universe movie was released during the crowded summer period. The following weeks after Endgame saw the release of Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, Aladdin, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Dark Phoenix. While those movies have no chance of beating the conclusion of the Infinity Saga at the box office, they certainly deterred repeat viewings a little bit. In other words, instead of watching the Avengers whoop Thanos for the 47th time, perhaps I’ll go see Godzilla and Rodan beat each other up instead. On the flip side, Avatar had a December release date and faced no roadblocks until How to Train Your Dragon was released in March 2010 — that’s 3 months later! We also have to remember that Avatar has had multiple releases over the years.

Well, it looks like Disney/Marvel Studios aren’t going to lay their swords down that easily. In an interview with Screen Rant, Kevin Feige mentioned that Avengers: Endgame will be re-released in theatres on June 28. The film isn’t an extended/directors’ cut but will contain a couple of bonus scenes after the credits.

“Not an extended cut, but there will be a version going into theaters with a bit of a marketing push with a few new things at the end of the movie. If you stay and watch the movie, after the credits, there’ll be a deleted scene, a little tribute, and a few surprises. Which will be next weekend.”

And if you’re wondering if Endgame will be rereleased in Malaysia, well the short answer is: most likely. TGV Cinemas took to their Facebook page to write “will this [Avengers: Endgame rerelease] be happening in TGV Cinemas, you ask? Well, I can tell you that you should pay very close attention to our page for exciting announcements to come!”
This news has split the internet. While some people are beyond excited to relive Endgame on the big screen, others think it’s nothing more than a cheap stunt to beat Avatar‘s box office.

“Re-releasing #AvengersEndgame with new footage just to beat Avatar’s box office record is cheating!”
Maybe… but Avatar did the exact same thing to beat Titanic, sooooooo…
— Ben B. Singer (@BenBSinger) June 19, 2019

#AvengersEndgame Assemble! If You Think I’m About To Take My Ass To Go See A 3Hour Movie All Over Again Just To Probably See Only 3mins Of New Footage, Then Your Absolutely Right, pic.twitter.com/b7N31HyluK
— ArQuail Davis (@iMinajWithNicki) June 19, 2019

This is a pretty cheap move made simply to beat 'Avatar's box office record. If you ask me, once 'Avengers: Endgame' surpasses it, it'll always carry an asterisk on the official record that it needed a re-release/new marketing push to take 'Avatar' down. https://t.co/6ACcF8dVX9
— Adam Chitwood (@adamchitwood) June 19, 2019

There’s a difference between Avatar being re-released and Endgame…Endgame is saying “with added footage”. So there are doing what video game companies are ripped apart for with paid DLC. I don’t remember, did Avatar add anything extra in its re-release?
— Mike Kalinowski (@MikeKalinowski) June 19, 2019

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One Kit To Do It All: A Quick Look At HONOR 20’s Quad Cameras

One of the reasons that smartphones these days have multiple cameras is so that they can take pictures in a variety of different scenarios. In a sense, it’s the smartphone’s take on the traditional camera and its interchangeable lenses. A photographer usually has multiple, with each one to handle different situations and take different kinds of photos.
The HONOR 20‘s four cameras on its back do just that, with each unit doing its own distinctive duty. Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at each of them, breaking down what they do and what kind of results you can expect from them. And to better demonstrate this, all the shots shown below are taken from a single location – the KLCC Park.
48MP Main Camera
The main camera on the HONOR 20 makes use of the 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor. It also features what HONOR calls 4-in-1 Light Fusion which gives the sensor effectively a pixel size of 1.6μm. It’s also supported by an AI in a variety of ways. This gives you AI image stabilisation (AIS) and an AI Ultra Clarity shooting mode.

As you’d imagine, having more pixels generally means you can have more detail in your image. This allows you to crop off parts of shots you don’t want, leaving you with a more focused image without compromise to detail.

With the AI Ultra Clarity mode, you can take this a step further. As the camera takes multiple 48MP shots, the AI works in the background to combine them all in a way that preserves as much detail as possible. This allows you to really crop the images down to a specific point, and still have it look like it was the shot you intended to take from the start.
16MP Super Wide Angle Camera
On the other hand, if you want to capture more of a scene, then the 16MP super wide-angle camera. As the name suggests, this one has a 117-degree field of view which lets you take in more in your shot without having to take some steps back.

If you’re worried about the fisheye distortion, then you’ll be glad to know that the HONOR 20 corrects this distortion for you. This gives you the standard, rectilinear images with your wide-angle shots.
2MP Depth Assist Camera
Portrait shots with bokeh effects are all the rage today. On a smartphone, the effect is best replicated when you have two cameras working together. They work kind of like our eyes, comparing two images and calculating depth from there. And that’s what the 2MP depth sensor camera on the HONOR 20 is for.

To be clear, this camera doesn’t actually take any pictures. All it does it help obtain depth information. The duty of actually taking the shots falls on the main camera, so you can have the same quality as you would with your other shots.
2MP Macro Camera

Macro photography is usually one of the most difficult things to do on a smartphone, unless you clip a mobile lens onto the main camera. But with the HONOR 20’s dedicated macro camera, you don’t have to. You can go as close as 4cm to your subject, and capture the details beyond what the naked eye can see.

The HONOR 20 is equipped with the Kirin 980 AI chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a 3750mAh battery with support for fast charging. It is priced at RM1699, and will be available from 21 June onward at all HONOR Experience Stores, Hihonor.com/my and the official HONOR store on Shopee. Meanwhile, if you need more information about the phone, visit its page on the HONOR website here.
Disclaimer: This article is sponsored by HONOR.
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Xiaomi Mi 9T 64GB Official Price In Malaysia Appears To Be As Low As RM 1099

While we are not sure whether it is mistake or otherwise but It seems that Lazada Malaysia has revealed the official price of Xiaomi Mi 9T for our market. As you might have heard, the phone is indeed scheduled for launch today but its launch event will only take place later in the afternoon.
According to the banner on Lazada Malaysia’s front page as well as a separate dedicated page, the Mi 9T with 64GB internal storage will be made available through Xiaomi’s official store on Lazada Malaysia for RM 1,199. However, customers are able to purchase it for slightly less at RM 1,099 on 25 June.

However, the e-commerce site didn’t reveal whether there are variants of Mi 9T will be made available in Malaysia. According to Xiaomi’s global website, the Mi 9T can obtained with 128GB storage although the amount of RAM continues to be the same at 6GB just like the 64GB variant.
Hence, it is quite likely that Xiaomi Malaysia still have other details to announce at the Mi 9T official launch event tomorrow afternoon. So, stay tuned.
(Source: Lazada Malaysia.)
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Toy Story 4 Review: Deepest and Most Philosophical Film in the Franchise

The first three Toy Story films told a story so beautiful and so complete, many consider it to be one of the greatest trilogies of all time. So when Disney/Pixar announced Toy Story 4, I buried my face in the palm of my hands and sunk deep into my chair. The news wreaked of studio executives desperate to milk the cash cow dry. And a misstep could potentially scar the legacy of the near flawless trilogy which closed in such affecting manner.
1995’s Toy Story pushed the boundaries of technology and our imaginations by asking: ‘what if when we exited the room and closed the doors behind us, our toys came to life?’ As a kid, this idea felt more surreal than a fat man in a red suit coming down a chimney or a winged fairy sneaking into my room to trade my fallen tooth for a dollar. It was also the first ever 3D animated feature film. I was too young when it came out to experience the transition, but those of a generation before me will tell you that watching the way Buzz, Woody and friends move on the big screen was nothing short of revolutionary.
The later films swam deeper and explored a toy’s profound connection to their kid owners before finally arriving at the bittersweet conclusion that eventually all kids grow up. The realisation that Andy wouldn’t be playing with his toys any longer was heartbreaking, but little Bonnie’s arrival meant that these toys can continue the cycle of bringing sheer joy to the lives of children… off-screen, for infinity and beyond.
What else is there to say? I wondered. A lot, as it turns out. Toy Story 4 is incredibly fun, thrilling, hilarious and emotionally poignant. It is also perhaps the most philosophical and mature chapter in this franchise.

Woody has fallen out of favour.
While he’s still the chief of the crew when the toys come to life, he’s left in a dusty cupboard by Bonnie during her playtime. In Bonnie’s world, Jessie is the most badass cowboy in town! (It’s an interesting choice by writers Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom. It makes sense that a little girl would find Jesse cooler than Woody.) Woody faces an existential crisis. Imagine being so single-minded and singularly focused, knowing in your gut cotton and bones thread that you have one purpose in life, only for that purpose to be snatched away.
Things get a lot more complicated when Bonnie goes to kindergarten (“no toys allowed,” her dad says) and makes a toy out of a disposable spork and other scraps from a wastepaper basket. She calls it Forky. Much to Woody and the rest of the toys’ shock, Forky comes to life. We have a lot of questions on our mind, just like they have. The writers add another layer of intrigue to the concept of sentient toys.

What is a toy?
A short aside. The early parts of Toy Story 1 will make you wonder if you’re just witnessing the illustration of kids’ imaginations — think Barney & Friends. But then we see the toys work together to scare the neighbourhood bully.
These toys are sentient. But what gives them life? What separates say a toaster from a remote control car? Is it a child’s love or touch? Maybe. But then again, the franchise has shown us that toys in unopened packages in toystores come to life too. Whatever the case, Toy Story 4 gives us a lot to ponder upon in this area. One of the narrative threads is about a toy’s consciousness — “the inner voice that tells you what’s right from wrong,” Woody tells Buzz.

Anyway, back to Forky. While other toys have an unbending desire to be played by kids and put smiles on their faces, Forky is ever so eager to be in a trashcan. Again, it circles back to one of the core themes of the film. Forky thinks it’s his destiny to be used to eat a cup of noodles and once that’s actualized, once there is nothing else left for him to accomplish, he feels he’s trash. The idea of being dumped in a dustbin and forgotten about feels “warm and cozy.” Here, ‘Dustbin’ as crazy as it sounds, becomes an embodiment of death. I wonder, is Forky trying to take his own life, because he feels death is serene next to a life lacking in meaning and purpose. (A hilarious gag sees Woody repeatedly try and stop Forky from plunging into the trash.)
One of the best scenes in the film is a quiet one. Oh, how I love my quiet character moments. While Bonnie and family are on a road trip, Forky jumps out of the RV (because trash) and Woody jumps to try and save him, as the RV zooms away. We see Woody and Forky walking down a long empty street, lit only by street lamps. As they walk, Woody tries to enlighten Forky on the beauty of being a toy and the gratification one can get by making a kid happy.
The brilliance of the writing and Josh Cooley’s direction is that throughout the walk we also almost see the inner workings of Woody’s brain and by the end of the 5-mile trudge, Woody has started to question the purpose of life too. After all, Woody is immortal (as long as he’s kept in fairly good condition) and immortality, as compelling as it sounds, can be cruel. What is an immortal toy who believes his sole purpose is to be played with, going to do when he’s no longer being launched around the room by a toddler?
This is where Bo Peep comes into the picture. Bo Peep who was given away by Andy’s sister years and years ago is now living freely, leading a group of ‘lost toys’ and adventuring around the country. In a cool character reinvention, Bo Peep has transformed from a polite version of Sansa Stark in Season 1 to post-Faceless Men training Arya Stark. She believes that life in and of itself has no singular meaning. The purpose of life is living it to the fullest and the world is your oyster. You see, for the longest time, the franchise has looked at ‘lost toys’ as either bottom of the barrel stray dogs or beings deserving of pity, while the toys with owners are noble men and women. Nothing, apparently, is better than having a kid snuggle with you under his/her blanket during a stormy night. But Toy Story 4 looks inwards and examines what it truly means to be lost. After all, is it a stray dog or a domesticated one that’s kept on a leash?

But the genius of Pixar animated films is that it consistently manages to blend mature themes with just plain old fun. That’s what makes a lot of Pixar films great. That’s what makes Toy Story 4 simply stellar. Above its underlying ponderous themes and layered character writing that will give thoughtful audiences plenty to chew on, lies a goddammed fun picture filled with colourful personalities that everyone can have a blast at. It’s exciting right from the get-go. In a flashback sequence, we see Woody, Bo Peep, Slinky Dog and the gang we’re oh so familiar with, come up with a plan to save RC from floating away in the drain during a violently rainy night. (Note the gorgeous cinematography and the way the “camera moves.” Whether or not this is the best Toy Story movie we can argue about later, but this I think is the most gorgeous. The film is magnificently lit from start to finish — there are scenes, like the one underneath a car, where we see a glimmer of orange, light the blackness of night.)
There’s also an exciting heist and rescue sequence that takes place in an antique store filled with shelves that form corridors and dark aisles for our small toys to manoeuvre around. A scene in the movie is pure horror and suspense. The tension intensifies and the noose tightens as we come to a realisation that a couple of the protagonists are getting kidnapped by a sort-of princess doll and her ventriloquist puppet henchmen. But just like in Toy Story 3, the villain is born out of tragedy.

Toy Story 4 brings back a lot of the old characters and introduces new ones, all of whom are voiced by charismatic and talented actors, both in the comedic and dramatic department. We have Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts and Joan Cusack reprising their roles as Woody, Buzzlightyear, Bo Peep and Jessie. And we also have Tony Hale who’s sweet and heartbreaking as Forky, Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele as the always bickering Ducky and Bunny, Christina Hendricks as Gabby Gabby and the greatest man on earth Keanu Reeves as Duke Caboom (who will leave you on the floor heaving in laughter).
All the comedy and over-the-top adventuring, thrills and philosophy lead to an ending that is just as emotional and powerful as Toy Story 3’s. I was in tears and to some degree, was reminded of the closing moments of Avengers: Endgame. There may yet be more Toy Story movies to come, but nothing will ever be the same again.
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US Lawmakers Voices Concerns Over Facebook’s Libra; Wants Development Of Currency To Stop

Earlier yesterday, Facebook made the existence of its cryptocurrency, Libra, official to the world, and set to launch in 2020. While the new digital currency was created with noble intentions, one US House lawmaker thinks that that its development should be halted altogether.
Maxine Waters, the US lawmaker who cited security and data privacy concerns over Libra, said that any further development of the cryptocurrency should be put on hold. At least until the nation’s Congress and regulators are able to review the issue, as well as summon company executives to testify before them.
Waters’ fears over the matter aren’t technically unfounded. Since last year, Facebook has been mired in a torrent of security breaches pertaining to personal data. Some of these incidents include the infamous Cambridge Analytica scandal, to hackers stealing the personal Facebook data of 50 million users and then selling them on the Dark Web. As well reports of the social media platformed allegedly and openly sharing its users’ personal data with several major companies in the internet and technology industry, such as Netflix, Microsoft, Spotify, and Amazon, to name a few.

Waters is also concerned that Libra may just be another medium Facebook is using to flex its social networking muscles. While trying to “achieve dominance in adjacent markets like mobile payments”. Unsurprisingly, the US government isn’t the only expressing doubt about Libra too. To date, the digital currency is already raising concerns with certain country members of the EU.
(Source: Reuters // Image: Reuters)
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HMD Global Will Now Send All Nokia Phones Data To Servers In Finland

HMD Global, owners of the Nokia brand, has announced that it will be moving all phone activation and performance data of all HMD-made Nokia phones to its new cloud servers in the region of Hamina, Finland. The new servers will be provided by Google Cloud and handled by consultancy firm CGI, which is part of a new partnership between the three companies.
One major from the collaboration for HMD Global is access to Google Cloud’s advanced data analytics and machine learning technologies, as well as CGI’s expertise in cloud and data science. The first set of Nokia phones that will indirectly christen the new facility are the Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2, and Nokia 2.2.
As explained by Google Cloud, one of the facility’s most interesting and innovative features is its unique water cooling system that it utilises to cool down its servers. To summarise, the system pumps in fresh seawater from the Gulf of Finland via a seawater tunnel, pumps it through the server farms, and then returns it back out to the gulf at a temperature that is similar to seawater it originally pumped in.

HMD Global’s decision to move its data into Finland also helps the company from a privacy standpoint. As the country is a member of the EU, this means that any and all data stored in the country is subjected to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR.
(Source: HMD Global)
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WhatsApp Blocks Health Ministry’s Smoking Ban Hotline (Updated)

UPDATE (19 June / 2:50 PM):
The Minister of Health, YB Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad has made an official statement regarding the blocking of the smoking ban hotline. Essentially, he confirms that the ministry will be discussing with WhatsApp’s parent company Facebook in order to come to a solution regarding the matter.

ORIGINAL STORY (19 May / 1:40 APM):
Malaysia’s Ministry of Health has a WhatsApp hotline that allows people to report others who smoke in public areas. It looks like it won’t be usable for awhile as WhatsApp has blocked the health ministry’s hotline.
According to a report by Free Malaysia Today, messages sent to the number in question do not show the double tick that indicates the recipient has received the message. Incidentally, the number in question is 0108608949.

A health ministry source said that the blocking has to do with the messaging app’s privacy policy. Part of it states that it should not be used to violate or infringe the rights of other users’ privacy. The ministry is currently consulting with legal experts to find ways to continue providing the hotline without “being accused of breaking the rules.”
The smoking ban was imposed earlier this year, on 1 January. Under the rule, smokers can only light up when they are three meters away from any restaurant. Failure to comply may result in fines of up to RM10000 or three years’ jail, for both smokers and premise owners for not enforcing the rule.
(Source: Free Malaysia Today)
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Upcoming Huawei Nova 5 To Feature 7nm Kirin 810

He Gang, head of Huawei’s smartphone division, announced that the company’s upcoming Nova 5 will be equipped with a new Kirin processor. It’s the Kirin 810, and it’s pretty special in two ways.
For one, it’s believed to be the successor to the Kirin 710 commonly equipped in midrange devices. Secondly, it’s also the company’s second 7nm chipset. The first is the Kirin 980 which is usually reserved for flagship devices like the P30 series.

Specs for the Kirin 810 have not been confirmed, but it’s believed to be an eight-core CPU with an ARM Cortex-A76 custom large core and a Mali-G52 GPU. As for the Nova 5 phone, it is expected to come with a 6.39-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display, a notch for the 32MP front-facing camera, an under-display fingerprint sensor, and a quad-camera setup starring a 48MP shooter.
Huawei is expected to launch the Nova 5, Nova 5i, and its Pro versions this week, according to GSMArena.
(Source: Weibo via GSMArena)
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