Illegear Announces Poseidon And Poseidon XE; Customisable Custom Water Cooled Desktops

Illegear may be best known for its customisable gaming laptops, but it also makes desktop systems as well. The company announced a pair of desktop setups, called the Poseidon and the Poseidon XE. Both desktops have a lot in common, with a few notable exceptions.
To start, both feature a multi-sided tempered glass case. Specifically, the Illegear Poseidon uses the Tecware VXR, while the Illegear Poseidon XE uses Lian Li’s O11 Dynamic. The starting options for both CPU and GPU are a little different too. The Poseidon’s options start with an AMD Ryzen 3 3200 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU. As for the Poseidon XE, it starts with an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor and an Nvdidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU.

The rest of desktops’ the spec sheet are pretty much identical. The top of the line CPU choices for both are between an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X or an Intel Core i9-9900K. As for graphics, both can go up to the Nvidia GeForce RTX2080 Ti, or even the Quadro RTX 8000. Both the Poseidon and Poseidon XE can get all the way up to 128GB of RAM. Being a desktop system, you can really go wild with the storage options and the cooling system.
The price of the Illegear Poseidon starts from RM3699, while the Illegear Poseidon XE starts from RM5199. The water cooling options will bring the options a little higher, especially if you opt for the colourful RGB options.
(Source: Illegear)

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Black Shark 2 Pro To Officially Launch In Malaysia On 3 September

Just days after its debut at ChinaJoy, we have since received the confirmation that Black Shark 2 Pro gaming phone will be making its way to Malaysia. True to its promise, the launch date has finally been revealed.
Through a post on its global Facebook page, Black Shark has revealed that its new phone will be launched in Malaysia on 3 September. While the company didn’t specifically mention Black Shark 2 Pro’s name in its teaser, the appearance of the phone’s two RGB lights pretty much gives it away:

Powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, the Black Shark 2 Pro carries together a number of new improvements alongside the increased firepower. Among them is the faster UFS 3.0-based internal storage, better screen latency at 34.7ms, 13MP secondary rear camera sensor, and better grip via new back design.
The Black Shark 2 Pro is also equipped with 6.39-inch AMOLED display, 4000mAh battery, 12GB of RAM, 48MP main rear camera, 20MP selfie camera, and up to 256GB internal storage space. With that, stay tuned for further information regarding its imminent arrival in Malaysia very soon.
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New iOS 13 Beta Hints At Possible 10 September Launch For iPhone 11

It seems that Apple could be planning on launching its next-generation iPhone 11 as early 10 September. The date was discovered by the Brazilian news site, iHelpBR, who found the piece of information hiding as an asset within the newly released iOS 13 beta.
The subtle hint at the supposed released date can be seen in the illustrated image asset below. One of the apps at the top (second from left) clearly shows the alleged date of 10 September which is a Tuesday. While this date might seem like a shot in the dark, there are reasons to suggest its legitimacy.
Firstly, the image asset was reportedly labelled as “HoldForRelease”, a label that Apple usually reserves for unreleased products. Second, if you were to look back at the launch dates for the iPhone X and the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, it’s not hard to see why the predicted launch date holds some water.

Rumours and speculations about the iPhone 11 began popping up early this year. Just like the iPhone Xs series, it has been suggested that the new iPhone 11 will launch with two sizes, with the larger variant expected to bear the “Pro” moniker at the end of its name.
There’s also the possibility that the phone will sport a completely new square camera module, that in turn will house a new triple-camera main array. Further, it is expected that the iPhone 11 will also be housing a significantly larger battery, Apple’s new A13 chipset, and an improved Taptic Engine.

For now, the only thing we can do is wait until we get closer to the supposed launch date and see what announcements Apple along the way.
(Source: iHelpBR via 9to5Mac)
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Rian Johnson Hopes to Dig Into “Essence of Star Wars” With New Trilogy

Once Rian Johnson’s upcoming ‘whodunit’ film Knives Out hits the big screen later this year, he’ll once again focus his attention on the galaxy far far away. Yes, despite what haters might have you believe — that Rian Johnson isn’t attached to the initially reported Star Wars projects anymore after The Last Jedi drove a wedge through the fanbase — the director of The Last Jedi is indeed still signed on to spearhead a brand new Star Wars trilogy. (Note: Johnson may not actually direct all the movies in this trilogy. Think of him as a showrunner of TV series.)
The project has been kept hush-hush and neither Johnson nor Lucasfilm have even given the slightest hint as to what the story is going to be about. All we know is that it will not be centred around legacy Star Wars characters like the Skywalkers and the Solos. However, in an interview with Observer, Rian Johnson did provide some insight as to how he’s approaching these films. The critically acclaimed director mentioned that he’s trying to figure out what the “essence” of Star Wars means to him.
“I think that the fun and challenging part of it is to dive in, figure out what’s exciting and then figure out what it’s going to be. We’re doing something that steps beyond the legacy characters. What does that look like? To me, the blue sky element of it is what was most striking about it. I know the way that I’m coming at it and what’s fun about it for everyone in George Lucas’ films is figuring out, ‘what’s the next step?’ It really makes you think and figure out what the essence of Star Wars is for me and what that will look like moving forward.”
It’s difficult to say what exactly Rian Johnson means. The folks at Slashfilm seem to speculate that he will be drawing inspirations from the original trilogy. I think Johnson might be trying to further understand the intricate philosophies of Star Wars and apply it to his new films.
I’m a huge fan of The Last Jedi and wholeheartedly disagree with those who claim that the film was very un-Star-Wars-like. While it goes in directions none of us expected it to, it still explores the philosophies of Star Wars perhaps better than any other film. I cannot wait for Rian Johnson’s new trilogy.

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GoPro Hero 8 And Max360 Leaks Surface Online

Action cam maker GoPro just had two of its upcoming products leaked. One is the Hero 8, and the other is called the Max 360. The images first appeared on Photo Rumors, which also came with limited info on their specs.
According to the leaks, the GoPro Hero 8 will be able to shoot in 4K at up to 120 fps. It also will reportedly have the ability to shoot at up to 480 fps in HD. And while they are usually self-sufficient actions cams, it looks like the Hero 8 will also be able to support a wide range of accessories. These include a mountable screen and an external LED flash, among others.

As for the GoPro Max 360, it’s set to succeed the Fusion. That said, nothing else is known about this new 360 camera. As a successor, we could probably expect many returning and improved features. For context, the GoPro Fusion records in 5.2K/30p and 3K/60p.
Photo Rumors also pegs the GoPro Hero 8 as awaiting a September release, in line with recent GoPro announcements. As with any other leak, it’s best to take all this with a pinch of salt.
(Source: Photo Rumors [1], [2] via The Verge)
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Black Shark 2 Pro To Officially Launch In Malaysia On 3 Seithptember

Just days after its debut at ChinaJoy, we have since received the confirmation that Black Shark 2 Pro gaming phone will be making its way to Malaysia. True to its promise, the launch date has finally been revealed.
Through a post on its global Facebook page, Black Shark has revealed that its new phone will be launched in Malaysia on 3 September. While the company didn’t specifically mention Black Shark 2 Pro’s name in its teaser, the appearance of the phone’s two RGB lights pretty much gives it away:

Powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, the Black Shark 2 Pro carries together a number of new improvements alongside the increased firepower. Among them is the faster UFS 3.0-based internal storage, better screen latency at 34.7ms, 13MP secondary rear camera sensor, and better grip via new back design.
The Black Shark 2 Pro is also equipped with 6.39-inch AMOLED display, 4000mAh battery, 12GB of RAM, 48MP main rear camera, 20MP selfie camera, and up to 256GB internal storage space. With that, stay tuned for further information regarding its imminent arrival in Malaysia very soon.
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Ewan McGregor to Return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in His Own Disney+ Series

It’s been rumoured for months, but now it’s finally confirmed: Ewan McGregor who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequels is set to reprise his role as the legendary Jedi Knight, but not for the big screen as some might have hoped for. Instead, Lucasfilm is currently working on another Disney+ streaming series, this time centred around Darth Vader’s former master.
The news was first broke by Cinelinx, which reported that McGregor had signed on the dotted lines to once again don his Jedi robes and play Obi-Wan Kenobi. Later, Deadline reported that McGregor’s Obi-Wan will be front and centre of a new Star Wars series on Disney+.

This news is so exciting, it feels like I’ve just woken up to a big fat bowl of chocolate ice cream. For years now, Star Wars fans have been clamouring for more live-action Obi-Wan. In fact, it still remains a mystery to us why Disney and Lucasfilm decided to make a Han Solo spinoff instead of Obi-Wan, especially since nobody asked for the former and the latter had/has all the fanfare.
Fans who only follow the Star Wars franchise on the big screen may be wondering what else is there to tell about Obi-Wan? Didn’t he just run away and live in a cave until the events of A New Hope? Interestingly enough, he didn’t. The Star Wars TV Series, novels and comics have explored some of Obi-Wan’s adventures post-Revenge of the Sith, pre-A New Hope. In Star Wars: Rebels, we even see a quick but awesome lightsaber battle between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul, which ends with Master Kenobi slicing through the villain’s chest and killing him. Consider me super excited for the Disney+ series.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor is the third Star Wars series making its way to Disney+. The first two being Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian set to debut at the launch of the streaming platform this fall and also a series centred around Cassion Andor and K2SO.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Series Officially Launched In Malaysia: Pre-Order Units Sold Out

Samsung today has officially launched its brand-new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ in Malaysia. As both phones made their official debut barely a week ago, it goes without saying that Malaysia is one of the first markets in the world to receive them.
In terms of pricing, the Galaxy Note 10 which comes standard with 256GB internal storage can be obtained for RM 3699. On another hand, the Galaxy Note 10+ with 256GB and 512GB storage options are priced at RM 4199 and RM 4799 respectively.

Both Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ were already available for pre-order in Malaysia mere hours after they were launched in New York. Through the pre-order program, customers that opt for Galaxy Note 10 would receive free Galaxy Buds true wireless headsets while Galaxy Note 10+ 256GB pre-order customers receive a free upgrade to the 512GB model.
Regardless of the model that customers choose, they will also receive the Samsung Wireless Battery Pack alongside their purchase. Their Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note+ will also be protected by the Samsung Protection Plus package which includes 1-year extended warranty and 1-time screen protection.

While the pre-order program supposed to last until 18 August, Samsung Malaysia stated it already sold out all of the pre-order allocations for both Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ on its official website. That being said, Samsung Malaysia urges customers that still want to pre-order these spanking new phones to reach out to participating retailers and telcos for stock availability.
To learn more about the phone, check out Lowyat TV for our hands-on experience with the brand-new Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+.
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Huawei Delays Mate X Launch Date Again; Says Phone Won’t Make September Deadline

Huawei has delayed the launch of the Mate X foldable smartphone once again. The Chinese brand confirmed during a press event at its Shenzhen HQ that it will be able to commit to the September launch that it had initially promised.
The news was broken to a journalist attached to TechRadar, who wrote that it’s looking unlikely that Huawei’s foldable device will see a launch anytime before November. Although in the brand’s defence, it did provide assurance (of sorts) that it is “certain” that the Mate X will be out before 2019 comes to an end.
Delaying the launch of its Mate X means that, as of now, Samsung will possibly be beating its Chinese rival with the launch of its foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, being first to the market. Samsung already announced that it would be launching the phone in September, although it fell short of providing any specific date for it.

Getting back to the Mate X, TechRadar also reports that Huawei’s next iteration of the Mate X could sport more displays, in addition to the foldable display. The site suggests that Huawei could end up swapping the backplates of the Mate X with the display. The concept is similar to ZTE’s recently announce Nubia Z20, but whether or not this idea will work is anybody’s guess.
The Huawei Mate X was first announced back in February this year at MWC 2019. The phone, with its patented “Falcon Wing” hinge, is a direct competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone. It’s display is a plastic OLED panel, but instead of folding inwards, it adopts a reverse folding design that leaves the display exposed. Camera-wise, the Mate X houses a triple-camera system that is similar to the Mate 20 Pro.
(Source: TechRadar, The Verge)
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Google Assignments Is A Grading Software That Catches Plagiarism

Google announced the launch of Assignments for higher education instructors using its G Suite for Education. It helps instructors create, assign and grade coursework through Google Drive. For the instructors, it’s basically a tool to catch plagiarism, in addition to helping making the grading process a lot easier.
One of the key components of Assignments is called “Originality Reports”. This is basically the plagiarism checker that is used to check for improper paraphrasing or missing citations. This allows educators to check a submission against “hundreds of billions of web pages” and “tens of millions of books”. This saves them from having to copy and paste lines into Google Search to check for them manually.

Fortunately for honest students, they will also have access to this tool. That said, students can only run the check three times. The idea is to allow them a chance to catch mistakes that they have missed, without allowing them to redo their work over and over to avoid detection. There are other tools as well as part of Google Assignments, including spellchecks and grammar suggestions.
Google Assignments and its Originality Reports are currently in beta, and will go live later in fall. They are also a free addition to G Suite for Education.
(Source: Google [1], [2] via TechCrunch, Engadget)
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