YTL Trials GiGA Wire In Malaysia: Delivering Gigabit Speed Through Existing Copper Infrastructure

One of the most common issue when it comes to delivering high speed fixed broadband especially in a high rise building in Malaysia is the ageing copper infrastructure. Even though the base of the building might be connected to the nearest node through fibre, the Internet speed that users within the building able to experience would be limited by the technology that the copper wiring able to support.
The technology involved would usually be VDSL or VDSL2 which theoretically able to deliver up to 300Mbps although from we’ve seen over the years, the most common speed for VDSL implementations in Malaysia is around 30Mbps. At this moment though, YTL Communications which are the folks behind Yes 4G is now testing a different technology which has the ability to deliver fibre-like speed over existing copper infrastructure.

Called GiGA Wire, the technology was developed based on ITU-T standard and is said to be able to deliver a speed of up to 1Gbps. What interesting about the technology is that it can work without any modification to the existing copper wiring within a building.

According to Wing K. Lee, the CEO of YTL Communications, the company has been testing the technology at several buildings in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. In one of the test building in KL, the company’s GiGA Wire implementation has managed to reach more than 800Mbps as shown in the slide above.

The implementation in Penang on another hand is slightly more unique though as it worked together with the company’s Terragraph network which is also currently going through testing in collaboration with Facebook. At this moment, Wing didn’t provide additional details regarding the commercial rollout for GiGA Wire but has stated that the company will be talking more about it very soon.
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WhatsApp Blocks Health Ministry’s Smoking Ban Hotline

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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Falcon’s Anthony Mackie Discusses Taking Over Chris Evans as Captain America

The end of Avengers: Endgame sees Steve Rogers AKA Captain America go back in (alternate) time to return the Infinity Stones. When he comes back to the prime timeline, he’s an old man wearing a wedding ring (we later learn that he got married to the woman of his dreams, Peggy Carter and settled down in life). But what happens next came as a big surprise. Steve Rogers passes his shield and the proverbial torch to Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), dubbing him the new Captain America.
During a panel at Celebrity Fan Fest, Anthony Mackie was asked how he learned that he would be becoming the new Captain America going forward. The actor said:
“We were shooting in Atlanta and Chris Evans had a bunch of us over to his house to watch a football game, because we all hate the Patriots and he loves the Patriots. He and I go downstairs and he’s showing me the house and he’s like, ‘So are you excited?’ I’m like, ‘I mean yeah, it’s gonna be a football game. I love football, I watch football every week, but I didn’t know you were this into it.’
And he’s like, ‘No, about the script. You haven’t read the scene?’ I was like, ‘No.’ So he jumps up, runs out of the room and back in with the script and hits me with the script. He’s like ‘Page 85! Read it! Read it!’ And he sits there like a kid watching [me read it].”

Mackie added that he usually learns about major plot points from Kevin Feige and the producers. So it was a cool moment that he got to learn this huge piece of information from one of his “dear friends, instead of somebody else.”
Anthony Mackie also went on to say that Chris Evans did a fantastic job as Captain America. However, he will not just be Chris Evans of a different ethnicity, but put his own spin on the popular character.
“I love Chris. Chris is an amazing Cap. And I feel like, what he’s been able to do with that character, very few people have been able to do in any cinematic universe or span of films. Because he’s played Cap for A LOT of movies. To take that over, to be a part of that, the legacy of that, is a huge challenge. It’s something where a lot of people are going to expect me to be Chris Evans in the same suit, but a black dude. And that’s definitely not gonna happen.”
This quote by Mackie makes me excited for the future of the MCU. Sam Wilson was born and raised in a different era than Steve Rogers. They went through completely different sets of trials and tribulations. And while they’re both patriotic and have similar moral compasses, they’re completely different individuals. So it’s going to be interesting to see the new dimensions Anthony Mackie brings to this character.
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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Global Rollout Begins On 21 June

Potterheads, prepare to be excited: the game that you have been looking forward to play for so long is almost here. The people behind Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has announced that the game will be released throughout the world starting from this Friday, 21 June.
Originally announced back in 2017, Wizards Unite is an augmented reality game that allows players to live the life of a wizard while roaming the streets. If that sounds like a Harry Potter-themed Pokémon Go to you, that is because the game is being made by the same developer, Niantic.

The worldwide launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite begins this Friday, June 21! Keep your eyes peeled and wand ready for more information as the game goes live in your region soon. #WizardsUnite
— Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (@HPWizardsUnite) June 19, 2019

Despite the unveiling of the launch date, it is not going to be a simultaneous launch though as the game will be rolled out in the US and UK first. At this moment, the actual launch day for Malaysia is not yet known.
That being said, you already able to pre-register for the game on Google Play since March. For iOS users, well…guess you just have to keep a close look at the App Store from time to time.
(Source: Harry Potter Wizards Unite.)
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New Poll Finds That People Are Excited For Robert Pattinson’s Batman

Social media comments section may tell you one story: Robert Pattinson is the absolute worst choice to play Batman ever. (In case you didn’t know, three weeks ago, Robert Pattinson was officially cast as the new Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’ upcoming neo-noir Batman film). Regardless of how much you inform people of Pattinson’s post-Twilight indie work, haters will still choose to be ignorant and instead spam the comments section with Edward Cullen memes and lines about how Batman is going to start sucking blood, not to mention the barrage of homophobic comments as well.
But, believe it or not, outside the toxic comments section, things are looking pretty positive for Robert Pattinson. Days after Pattinson had been officially picked as the titular character, The Hollywood Reporter ran a Batman-related survey among 2201 American adults, where participants were asked to pick between Pattinson, Nicholas Hoult (who was also a front runner to play The Dark Knight) and “no opinion.”
The survey finds that 42% of those in the 18-29 bracket are in favour of Matt Reeves’ casting choice, while only 30% picked Nicholas Hoult. The number is even higher at 48% if the age range is reduced to 18-22. Interestingly enough, Pattinson also slightly edges out Hoult in the age 65 and up category — 21% to Hoult’s 18%. However, things are different in the age 45-54 and 55-64 categories, where Hoult beats Pattinson by 7% in both categories. In the age 30-44 categories, things are rather neck and neck. 36% prefer Nicholas Hoult, while 35% are in support of Robert Pattinson.

Seeing as how the largest movie-going demographic, age-wise is those aged 18-39, it’s safe to say that Robert Pattinson’s casting was the right choice, at least popularity wise. Heck, even talent-wise, Pattinson has over the years proven himself to be one of the most underrated actors in the world. We only need to look at films like Good Time and The Rover. Robert Pattinson has all the potential in the world to be a fantastic Batman. Of course, this isn’t to say that Nicholas Hoult would have been a bad choice. The dude can act really well too.
The Batman will reportedly begin production in the first quarter of 2020 and be released in June 2021.
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Monster Hunter Movie Teaser Leaks Online; Reveals Characters From Monster Hunter: World

If you’re a fan of the Monster Hunter series, then you’ve probably heard of an upcoming live-action movie based on it. It looks like a teaser for the film was leaked online. Or rather, a recording of it was, reportedly taken from the Shanghai International Film Festival
We know that Paul W. S. Anderson is directing, and the movie will star Milla Jovovich. These two names would be familiar to those who watched the Resident Evil series of films. Also in the film is Tony Jaa, and he appears to be playing quite a major role judging form his costume.

The film’s plot involves a soldier, Lt Artemis, whose military unit is transported to the world of Monster Hunter. And if the teaser suggests a specific setting from the Monster Hunter universe, it would be the New World, where the latest entry in the franchise, Monster Hunter: World, takes place.
While Jovovich plays Lt Artemis, Jaa appears to be playing the Research Commission Field Team Leader from Monster Hunter: World. Other characters from the latest game in the franchise also making an appearance include the Handler and the Admiral.
The Monster Hunter live-action film is slated to hit the big screens on 4 September 2020.
(Source: Eurogamer)
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Might Be Launched On 7 August

There have been plenty of rumours regarding Samsung Galaxy Note 10 for the past few months but if the latest chatter is accurate, the actual product will be shown to the world real soon. According to sources cited by CNET, the new phone will be making its global debut on 7 August.
Furthermore, the launch will take place at the same exact venue as per Galaxy Note 9 in New York last year. Of course, it goes without saying that things could change along the way and naturally, Samsung has declined to comment on the rumour according to CNET.
Renderings of the rumoured Pro and non-Pro variant for the Galaxy Note 10.
The Galaxy Note series has been the de facto leader in the market, as far as its S Pen stylus experience is concerned. It remains to be seen whether there will be significant changes to S Pen experiences, but Samsung has previously filed a patent which involved a built-in camera inside a stylus.
On another hand, one of the recent rumours suggests that the Galaxy Note 10 might be made available in Pro and non-Pro variants. Well, let’s see how all accurate all this early information going to be in around 2 months time.
(Source: CNET. Additional image: PriceBaba/OnLeaks.)
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Facebook Cryptocurrency Officially Known As Libra; To Launch In 2020

Facebook has lifted the veil off its new cryptocurrency. The social network’s new digital currency is officially known as Libra, and as per our earlier report, the new cryptocurrency will be run by a subsidiary, Calibra, free from Facebook and backed several partners. Many of which are financial organisations like Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal.
As part of its official announcement, Facebook says that Libra will have its standalone app, but the digital currency will also be available on Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. More importantly, the company is expected to launch and roll out the cryptocurrency sometime in 2020. Although no specific date was mentioned.
Through its availability on its major messaging service, Facebook is hoping to empower and allow people to send Libra to “almost anyone with a smartphone” and as “easily and instantly” as one would send a typical text message or media file. At virtually no cost.

Facebook also says that its new Libra will be strongly protected, and to that end, it’s digital wallet, Calibra, will come with some of the strongest anti-fraud processes used by banks and credit cards companies. Further in its blog post, the social media giant says that it will “proactively monitor activity to detect and prevent fraudulent behaviour” in typical scenarios, such as unlawful access to the user’s account.
The company also hammered in on the privacy issue, stating that Calibra will not share account information or financial data with Facebook or any other third-party without the express consent of the user.
(Source: Facebook)
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Malaysia Qualifies To 2019 Overwatch World Cup; Registration for Player Selection Opens Now

In a rather interesting development for the local e-sports scene, Malaysia has qualified to the 2019 Overwatch World Cup (OWC). The event is scheduled to take place the renowned Blizzard fanfest, BlizzCon this coming November.
As opposed to other World Cups through e-sports and real-life sports which usually involves a series of qualifier matchups, Malaysia qualifies to OWC through community votes. These votes also determined the three-person committee that would be managing the respective national teams.

Updated graphics!
— Team Malaysia Overwatch (@malaysiaowwc) June 14, 2019

In other words, the national OWC committee was determined by the local community itself. For Team Malaysia, Kenn “Beagull” Leandre is chosen as the squad’s General Manager alongside Sun “megikari” San, and Jack “RagonSEA” Teoh who are now the national team’s Community Manager and Coach respectively.
For local Overwatch players out there that are looking to be part of Team Malaysia, the registration for player selection is now opened. Do note that there are certain requirements that you need to fulfil though:

While Malaysia might be eligible to compete at this year’s OWC, the team is self-funded though as Blizzard only provides full sponsorship to the top 10 voting countries. Hence, Team Malaysia’s OWC committee has begun looking for sponsorship and urges any parties that are interested to support the team’s effort to get in touch immediately.
For further update or to get in touch with Team Malaysia for OWC, head on to its official Twitter account or Facebook page as well as Discord server.
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Huawei Receives Patent For Another Foldable Phone

The idea of foldable phones was a novel one, but it looks like it won’t be a mainstream thing any time soon. Samsung and Huawei have both decided to delay the launch of their own folding devices. That said, the latter was just granted a patent for what may be a successor to the Mate X, the company’s current foldable phone.
LetsGoDigital reports that this new patent depicts a phone that folds in two sections rather than just one. The foldable display wraps around the chassis, which houses what looks to be the sole USB-C port, as well as the rest of the phone components. Also, the patent describes three variants, with minor differences based on the basic design.

The first of these variations will presumably be the most advanced, with no visible front camera or buttons. The foldable display wraps around the entirety of the chassis in the middle, leaving only the top and bottom sides exposed. It’s unclear if this phone will not have a front-facing camera or have one under the display itself. While not mainstream tech just yet, a couple of Chinese brands have already demonstrated that the latter is possible.
The second variant comes with a protrusion at the top of the chassis. This protrusion is where the front-facing camera and other sensors can be found. The final variant adds a protrusion at the bottom, where you’ll find what is presumably the home button for the device.

All that being said, we shouldn’t be holding our breaths for the subject of this patent to materialise any time soon. After all, the Huawei Mate X itself has yet to be officially launched. Then there’s the situation with the US as well.
(Source: LetsGoDigital via BGR)
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