Nvidia Titan V Benchmark Performance Emerges

It looks like the first benchmark scores of Nvidia’s Titan V have surfaced. For those who are out of the loop, the Titan V is Nvidia’s newest and most powerful graphics card that is based on the company’s Volta architecture. Interestingly, the Titan V is Nvidia’s third Titan-branded graphics card introduced in 2017; the first two being the Titan Xp and Titan Xp Star Wars Collector’s Edition.
That aside, let’s look at the benchmark scores of the Nvidia Titan V; bear in mind that the Titan V used in these tests was overclocked. As expected, the Titan V managed to outperform the GTX 1080 Ti, GTX 1080, and RX Vega 64 graphics cards (all of which are overclocked as well) in the 3DMark Fire Strike series of benchmarks.
That said, the gap in performance between the Titan V and all three other graphics cards was observed to be less significant in the Fire Strike Ultra benchmark.

In the 3DMark Time Spy test, Nvidia Titan V unsurprisingly scored significantly higher compared to the others. The same is also observed in the Superposition 8K benchmark as well. Oddly, in the Superposition 1080p Extreme benchmark, it was found that the gap in scores between the Titan V and all three other graphics cards have increased dramatically.
Despite the fact that the Nvidia Titan V does come with impressive computational and graphical performance, one has to remember that this graphics card isn’t meant for gaming. Instead, it’s aimed towards usage in areas of science, artificial intelligence and etc. That said, the Titan V does give us an indication of what’s to come from Nvidia in the future for us consumers.
(Source: Expreview, Reddit, VideoCardz)
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Machines to Offer Up to 80% Discount for its 12.12 Sale

Wish to get yourself a brand new Apple product? Mark your calendars for tomorrow, 12 December 2017. Machines will be hosting a 12.12 sale, its first ever sale held completely on its online store. The authorised Apple reseller will be offering savings of up to 80% on selected Apple products.
Machines 12.12 sale will go on for 12 days starting from 12 December to 24 December 2017. Get the Apple watch from RM999, iPad Pro from RM1,599, MacBook Air from RM2,999, MacBook from RM3,999, Macbook Pro from RM6,999, and more.

You can opt to collect your purchases from selected Machines stores, but why go through the hassle when you can opt for free delivery? Machines offers free delivery to customers in the Peninsular and East Malaysia. Payment can be made via online transfer or using locally issued credit cards.
“As the countdown to Christmas nears, we want to give our customers an opportunity to find the perfect gift for their loved ones – or for themselves. We chose to hold the sale online to give our customers the best deals without having to brave the holiday crowds.” – Andrew Cheng, Director of Machines.
All products offered by Machines are in their original packaging and comes with the standard one year manufacturer warranty starting from the date of purchase. In addition to that, the company states that smartwatches purchased during the sale are also eligible for Machines Protection Plan, a two-year extended warranty.
The Machines 12.12 sale page is up right now, and will be available for purchase starting from 12 December 2017. Check out Machines now for more information.
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DxOMark Rates Xiaomi Mi Note 3: On Par with HTC U11, Better Than iPhone 7 and Xperia XZ Premium

DxOMark recently has published its review on the photography capability of Xiaomi Note 3. Interestingly, the image lab has rated the phone quite highly against many of higher-end devices in the market.
With the score of 90 points, this put Mi Note 3 on the same level as HTC U11 which carries a much higher price tag. Another phone that has similar score in the DxOMark is Google Pixel although this particular phone was launched more than a year ago.

At the same time, the score also means that the Mi Note 3 has higher ranking than Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Again, these are 2016’s phone but the score also put Mi Note 3 in higher position than Sony Xperia XZ Premium which was launched earlier this year and features more sophisticated camera setup.
According to DxOMark, the lab was really impressed by the quality of output produced by Mi Note 3 in both indoor and outdoor condition alongside fast autofocus despite having some issues with moving subjects. It has also noted the inclusion of zoom and bokeh feature on the phone’s camera which apparently helped provide additional value to Mi Note 3.

With that, it is indeed rather unfortunate that Xiaomi has decided not to release Mi Note 3 into Malaysia.
(Source: DxOMark)
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Qualcomm Announces Aqstic AQT1000 DAC: Offers Hi-Fi Audio Through USB Type-C

Aside from Snapdragon 845, new Snapdragon 835-based Windows 10 PCs, and its partnership with AMD, there is also another interesting announcement that Qualcomm has made during its recent Tech Summit in Hawaii. It comes in the form of a USB Type-C Digital to Analogue Converter (DAC) called Aqstic AQT1000.
Sound quality from the AQT1000 is promised to be pretty good. It can stream music at 32bit, has a dynamic range of 123 decibels and comes with native DSD (direct stream digital). Furthermore, the AQT1000 features built-in active noise control, and also supports binaural recording for 3D stereo audio clips.

However, the DAC is not for the consumers directly, but will be offered to manufacturers in 2018 as part of their sales package. This solution is the company’s first external DAC dongle as they are already in the business of producing built-in DACs for smartphones.
(Source: Qualcomm – presentation slide in PDF format)
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Samsung’s Next Charger May Just Be Your New Work Shirt

Imagine that the next time you dance or even just move around, you might be able to juice up your device as well. This is thanks to a tech from Samsung that harvests your body movements to charge your smartphone according to this patent.
It describes the tech as “a wearable electronic device that activates a sensor using electrical energy generated by an energy harvester” and at the same time, it also “determines a user’s activity based on sensor data obtained from the sensor,”. In a way, that sounds like the smart wear clothing will feature fitness tracker too.
The patent also made a reference to a lightweight small capacity battery but not exact details were mentioned further. As the patent is a filing of an idea, we do not know how much power can a human body make and be stored to charge smartphones through the tech.

While the charge generated may not be as plentiful as large-capacity power banks, it would be a life saver when your phone battery bar is red, and you need that extra juice to carry you through the day.
(Source: Let’s Go Digital via SlashGear )
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TaPay: Yet Another QR E-Wallet Service Enters The Market

Ready or not, QR-based payment system could very be the next big thing in our market next year. So many companies have begun to announce their own take on the QR payment solution as of late including TaPay which was launched in Cyberjaya earlier this week.
In cooperation with Cyberview and Affin Bank, TaPay was developed by Fullrich Malaysia which is a fintech company that is the result of the joint venture between Barrington Group and Beijing Fullrich Information Technology. These two companies are also working together with Cyberview to establish a regional fintech hub which is one of 11 major projects that are aimed to help transform Cyberjaya into a smart city.

Just like many solutions out there, TaPay can be used for payments at merchants that support it and fund transfer between users. At the same time, TaPay also features loyalty card storage as well as support for cashbacks and coupons.
However, TaPay is still under trial at the moment and still in the process of obtaining approval from Bank Negara Malaysia. Despite that, certain businesses and retailers already starting support it according to its official website.

Among them are OldTown White Coffee and Padi House in Cyberjaya together with online fashion store Picksum and storage service provider Myrelo. The site has also listed several food trucks such as Pilot Café, The Kopiboy, Haengbok Kitchen, First Order and Dapoq Metal.
(Source: TaPay – 1, 2 // The Sun // Berita Harian)
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Razer Plugs Into The Networking Market With Portal

Razer has announced a partnership with Ignition Design Labs to release a Wi-Fi router designed specifically for gamers. Equipped with 802.11ac on board, the Portal by Razer router promises speedy Gigabit connectivity to games on any platform.
At the same time, the router also features the ZeroWait ZWDFS technology for lag-free gaming and streaming even then multiple users are connected to the router. It is also equipped with 9 internal antenna that apparently helps Portal deliver 3,000 square feet of stable connectivity.

Portal also comes with a feature called Mesh 2.0, where two routers can literally mesh their network together seamlessly to expand coverage at up to 6,000 square feet, and throughput stability. For additional security, the admin panel for Portal can only be accessed from smartphones that have been paired with the router via Bluetooth.
At the moment, Portal is only available in United States and carries a price tag of US$ 149.99 (about RM 612). The rest of the world will only be able to received it in the first quarter of 2018.
(Source: Razer)

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Huawei P11 May Feature A Notch, Like The iPhone X

Thanks to a leak by XDA Developers, yet another set of clues regarding Huawei’s upcoming flagship have appear online after a recent leak state that the phone might carry three cameras on its back. This time around, they revealed that the Huawei P11 may feature a true edge-to-edge display, complete with a notch for sensors and the selfie camera.
According to XDA, the reference to the notch was found in a beta firmware that lists down several new features and attributes that were never in place in previous models. For one, it references an overlay for the system to take count on while rendering items on screen. The overlay is a system-level instruction, thus Huawei may be in the first stages of testing how a notch will look on a new version of EMUI.
iPhone X.
The screen is also set to feature curved corners which is rather interesting since Huawei’s current crop of smartphones do not feature curved corners, only edges. The screen will also be a Full HD+ (1080p) instead of anything higher according to early specifications listed on the firmware itself.
As these are still early unsubstantiated news, do take it with a grain of salt. We may see the new model during the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, so stay tuned for more updates on Huawei’s flagship in the near future.
(Source: XDA Developers)
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Lazada to Introduce New AI-Driven App; Plans Hema-Style Stores For 2018

Lazada is gearing up for an even stronger showing in 2018, as it expects greater growth in the e-commerce industry in Malaysia next year. It has predicted an increase of 2 million new online shopping customers, as well as a 30% increase in frequency of online shopping among Malaysians in 2018.
To drive this predictions into reality, the company is doubling down on new technologies and adapt innovative ideas from its parent company, Alibaba. Lazada Malaysia CEO, Hans-Peter Ressel, revealed that the company is working on a brand new Lazada app, driven by artificial intelligence (AI).
Not much was revealed at yesterday’s panel discussion organised by Lazada on 2018’s online e-commerce trends, but the company expects to reveal the new app by the end of the year. According to Ressel, the new app has been revamped to provide a highly personalised browsing experience for each individual user. There will be less emphasis on product categories, and instead the app’s machine-learning algorithms will show off more products that the individual is interested in based on purchase and viewing history.
And because there are machine learning models at work, the app will get better over time at showing the platform’s 100 million items available for sale. Other factors such as seasonal celebrations and events may also be part of the algorithm – but of course, Ressel did not elaborate more on this end.

On a separate note, Lazada Malaysia is also looking to its parent company, Alibaba, to introduce new innovations and improve the online shopping experience in Malaysia. One area the company is looking to introduce is improvements in the online-to-offline (O2O) experience. Currently, Lazada already offers services such as payment options in 7-eleven outlets and parcel drop-off and pick-up services with a number of partners. It is now looking at another interesting feature, where customers can view items in a physical store and buying them online.
This feature is partly inspired by Alibaba’s Hema stores in China, where customers can walk in and browse for groceries in store, pay with a digital wallet, and have the groceries delivered to their homes within 30 minutes. For Lazada Malaysia, the approach is slightly different: instead of groceries, the company is looking at products that customers prefer to physically view before buying.
For example, audio-visual products like TVs and speakers are highly subjective, given the different consumer preferences. Many consumers still purchase these items in store after viewing them physically, but there are also others who view them physically first – and then buy them online.

This is the part where Lazada wants to eliminate. The company is in talks with a number of merchants to allow offline customers to purchase the product online and have it delivered to their homes. This actually has a few benefits for the customer as well as the merchant. The customer does not have to carry a huge amount of cash when buying the item, and does not have to transport a potentially large and fragile product home. For the merchant, stocks do not need to be stored in the retail outlet, allowing for a centralised distribution centre directly from the warehouse. This saves costs, as well as providing additional space at the retail outlet.
To start off, Lazada has identified products which customers prefer to view physically before making a purchasing decision. From there, the company approached several merchants to discuss this new venture – nobody has yet done this in Malaysia, but with the scale and resources available to it, Lazada definitely could make this happen. The company, naturally, did not reveal which merchants it is currently discussing with.
These are just two of many more initiatives Lazada Malaysia is working on as it looks to further cement its place as the top e-commerce platform in the country. It is also working closely with partners such as Pos Malaysia, SME Corp, and a variety of major brands and distributors to spearhead the e-commerce development in Malaysia.
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Xiaomi Redmi 5A Lands in Malaysia for RM399

At the grand opening of its latest Authorised Mi Store in IOI City Mall, Putrajaya, Xiaomi just launched yet another budget-friendly smartphone on our shores: the Xiaomi Redmi 5A. Retailing at only RM399, those who are looking for an affordable phone have another option now.
As it is meant to be an entry-level smartphone, the Redmi 5A’s list of hardware are decidedly on the lower-end side of things, but it certainly offers good value for money nonetheless. In comparison to its predecessor, the Redmi 5A features pretty similar hardware too.
Both The Redmi 5A and 4A feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processors paired with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, and 5-inch 720p IPS displays. In fact, the Redmi 4A actually has a bigger 3,120mAh battery; the 5A comes with a slightly smaller 3,000mAh battery.

So what differentiates the two smartphones? Their cameras. While both phones come with 13MP rear and 5MP front-facing cameras, the Redmi 5A’s rear camera has phase detection autofocus. The 5A’s selfie camera also features bigger f/2.0 aperture in comparison to the 4A’s f/2.2 aperture.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A will be available for purchase in Malaysia exclusively on Lazada from 12 December onwards. Priced at only RM399, the Redmi 5A is actually more affordable than its predecessor – the 4A used to go for RM449 at launch.
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