Celcom NUMBERshare for Apple Watch LTE To Cost RM 15 Per Month

As promised, Celcom has begun the pre-order for Apple Watch Series 5 under its EasyPhone program, ahead of its public rollout on 13 December. At the same time, the telco has also revealed more information regarding the cellular support for Apple Watch LTE, which will be made available through a service called Celcom NUMBERshare.
Similar to what we’ve seen with Digi, Celcom NUMBERshare service is only available for specific Celcom Postpaid plans which we’ve listed below:
– Celcom Mobile Gold Plus
– Celcom Mobile Gold Supreme
– Celcom Mobile Platinum
– Celcom Mobile Platinum Plus
In case you couldn’t remember the name of your Celcom Postpaid plan, the Celcom Mobile Gold Plus has a base monthly fee of RM 98. So, if the base monthly fee of your bill costs more than that, then you’ll likely be eligible to subscribe to Celcom NUMBERshare service for your Apple Watch.

To sign-up for the service, you don’t have to visit any physical Celcom dealer though. All you need to do is run the Set Up Mobile Data option under the Mobile Data section of the Watch app in your iPhone. In general, the steps are similar to what we’ve laid down in our guide with the exception that the telco is now Celcom instead of Digi.

Meanwhile, the Celcom NUMBERshare costs an additional RM 15 on top of your monthly bills. That being said, customers will be provided with 6 months of free subscription first before the telco begin charging them. For further information, just head on to Celcom’s office website right here.
(Source: Celcom – 1, 2.)
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US Congressman Found Guilty Of Purchasing Steam Games With Campaign Funds

In today’s times, it’s no longer considered an oddity for politicians to have a penchant for video games. Unfortunately, in the US politician, his love for the medium may have went a bit too far when it was discovered that he was using campaign funds to purchase video games on Steam.
Earlier this week, US Congressman Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty in a US Federal court in Southern California for “knowingly and willfully” converting more than US$150,000 (~RM623,925) in campaign funds. In order to fuel his family’s lavish lifestyle from 2010 through 2016. Of the US$150,000, it is believed that Hunter had spent as much as US$1,302 (~RM5,416) on several Steam game titles in 2015 alone.
As you would expect, it didn’t stop with video games either; Over the course of six years, Hunter lavished his family with other purchases, including fast food, new clothes and shoes, luxury hotels, as well as plane tickets for his two pet rabbits. Yes, really.
US Congressman Duncan Hunter (Image source: Polygon.)
For the uninitiated, US laws prohibit any and all politicians from using funds donated to them. For anything else other campaign-related matters and purchases. For pleading guilty, the maximum penalty for this case is five years in jail and US$250,000 (~RM1.04 million).
Not that any of you are wondering, but that amounts to 4,748 copies of Red Dead Redemption 2, which is already available on Steam.
(Source: Justive.gov via Techspot, Polygon)
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PUBG Mobile Will Soon Get 90fps Support

There are a number of gaming phones with 90Hz refresh rate displays. That said, there aren’t as many games around that can actually make use of it. The ever popular PUBG Mobile is one of them, but this is set to change. During Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit, the chipmaker confirmed that the game will get 90fps support.
In addition to 90fps support, PUBG Mobile will also be getting support for true 10-bit HDR. As it is currently, the game only has a simulated HDR. Of course, you’ll need a phone that supports both 90fps and HDR to be able to make use of these.
Other games will be pushing into 120Hz territory. Some games will even go all the way to support 144hz displays.

Neither Qualcomm nor PUBG Mobile’s publisher has shared a timeline as to when the update that brings these new features will roll out. It also remains to be seen if other mobile game developers will follow PUBG Mobile’s lead in adding 90fps support for their games. While it’s unclear if these features will only be enjoyed by phones running the new chipsets. But considering when and where the announcement was made, it does seem to be the case.

The Snapdragon Tech Summit saw the announcement of Qualcomm’s upcoming flagship Snapdragon 865 chipset, alongside the Snapdragon 765 and 765G chipsets. The company also announced its 3D Sonic Max ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.
(Source: Qualcomm / YouTube via TechRadar)
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Nokia Debuts Its First Android Smart TV In India; Priced At INR41999

HMD Global revealed its first ever Nokia smart TV during a recent launch event held in Cairo, Egypt. The Nokia 55-Inch Ultra HD Android TV is a Flipkart exclusively and will be available in India on 10 December 2019.
The Nokia smart TV, also known by its designation “55CAUHDN”, has a 55-inch display with 4K UHD resolution via an ADS panel, which is a variant of the IPS technology. It provides a 60Hz refresh rate, 400 nits peak brightness, a contrast ratio of 1200:1, and 178-degree viewing angles. Other than that, the display also supports HDR and Dolby Vision. From a design standpoint, the TV sports a clean minimalist look with thin bezels around its display.
Under the hood, the Nokia TV is equipped with a quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU paired with a Mali-450 GPU, 2.25GB RAM, 16GB storage, and also Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi support. Audio-wise, the TV is equipped with an integrated soundbar system by JBL at the bottom of its display, which supports Dolby Audio and DTS Tru Surround. For wired connectivity, it is equipped with 3 HDMI ports, as well as 2 USB ports.

In terms of software, the 55-inch Nokia TV runs on Android TV 9.0 with Chromecast support. Other pre-installed applications include Netflix, YouTube, and many others.
The Nokia 55CAUHDN TV is priced at INR41999 (~RM2448), and is exclusive to Flipkart and the Indian market for now. Nokia has not disclosed any plans for a global launch at this time.
[ Source: Flipkart via Nokia (Facebook). ]
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Grab Launches GrabPay Card; The First Numberless Payment Card In Asia

Aside from its acclaimed ride-sharing and food delivery service, Grab is now venturing further into digital payments on top of its existing GrabPay e-wallet solution. In a partnership with Mastercard, the company revealed on 5 December that it is launching GrabPay Card, Asia’s first ever numberless payment card system.
According to Huey Tyng Ooi, Managing Director of GrabPay, the card is a continued evolution of the GrabPay service, where it allows the company to move towards an open payments ecosystem through this collaboration with Mastercard. She also commented that the card is an important step for GrabPay in becoming a truly Asean wallet.

The numberless card approach is to prevent the user’s identity and financial theft – similar to Apple’s credit card solution which was launched in August. Payments via GrabPay Card is accepted at over 53 million merchants within Mastercard’s worldwide network, and allows users to earn and redeem reward points.
Two versions of the card exists: a physical version, as well as a digital version. The digital GrabPay Card is currently available only in Singapore for now, and users could also opt for the physical card, which will be rolled out in batches, upon receiving the digital version.

The GrabPay Card is set to be launched in the Philippines during the first quarter of 2020. According to Tech in Asia, the card will also be introduced to other countries in Southeast Asia in the first half of that year. Until an official announcement by Grab Malaysia is made, it’s uncertain if the GrabPay Card service will debut in our country.
(Source: Tech in Asia // Images: Grab)
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Check Out the New Character Posters For Birds of Prey

We’re only a couple of months away from the release of Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. It’s an exciting time to be a DC fan. While the first few films in the DC Universe were largely unsuccessful, either critically, financially or both, the post-Justice League era projects (and Wonder Woman) have been celebrated. Now we turn our eyes to Birds of Prey. While most of the marketing efforts in past months have centred around Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, there are a bunch of other characters in the film too such as Black Canary, Huntress, Renee Montoya and Black Mask.
Check out the awesome character posters below:

We previously reported that Warner Bros is now gunning for both Birds of Prey (and The SuicideS quad) to receive a similar MPAA rating as Joker. However, there will be differences in tone, of course. Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn will not be as bleak as Joker. Instead, it will be as the marketing campaign has suggested so far, a colourful, highly energetic girl-group outing film that’s just not suitable for kids.
Birds of Prey synopsis:
After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord, Black Mask in Gotham City.
Birds of Prey is written by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee), directed by Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) and stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Ewan McGregor as Black Mask.
The film is set for a 6 February 2020 release.
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Huawei Nova 6 Series Unveiled; Prices Starting From CNY2199

Huawei has recently announced its new Nova 6 series of smartphones in China. The trio consists of two main Nova 6 models with one standard model and the other supporting 5G connectivity, and lastly is the Nova 6 SE midrange-class variant.
The standard and 5G version of the Nova 6 is equipped with a 6.57-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with an oval punch-hole in the top left consisting of two front cameras. Rather than having it placed in its display, you can find the fingerprint scanner as part of the phone’s power button which is located on its right.
Powering both phones is the Kirin 990 flagship chipset, which is paired with Huawei Balong 5000 5G modem on the 5G variant of the Nova 6. The phones come with 8GB RAM, a choice of either 128 or 256GB of internal storage, and runs on Android 10 with EMUI 10.

As mentioned before, the main Nova 6 series sports a triple-camera setup which consists of a 40MP main camera, 8MP telephoto with OIS, and an 8MP ultra-wide sensor. In the oval punch-hole on the phone’s display is a dual front camera setup which includes a 32MP main and an 8MP ultra-wide camera.
The midrange Nova 6 SE’s display is a 6.4-inch FHD+ LCD panel with a circular punch-hole cutout. Like its other Nova 6 siblings, the SE also has a fingerprint scanner installed on its right power button. The midranger features a Kirin 810 chipset, paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB Storage, and also runs on Android 10 with EMUI 10.
Unlike the main Nova 6 models, the SE variant is equipped with quad-camera setup consisting of a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP depth, and 2MP macro. On its front is a single 16MP selfie camera.
Both main Nova 6 models differ in battery capacity where the standard one is packed with a 4100mAh, while the 5G variant has a 4200mAh. The Nova 6 SE, on the other hand, also is equipped with a 4200mAh battery. All three variants comes standard with Huawei’s 40W SuperCharge support.

Official sales for the Huawei Nova 6 series is scheduled for December 12, while pre-orders are now live in China. The standard Nova 6 is retailing at CNY3199 (~RM1890), while the 5G variant is priced at CNY3799 (~RM2246) for the 8/128GB configuration and CNY4199 (~RM2482) for 8/256GB, and lastly the Nova 6 SE comes in at CNY 2199 (~RM1300). Huawei has not announced a Malaysian or global release for the Nova 6 series just yet.
(Source: GSMArena // Images: Huawei.)
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Huawei Hits US FCC With Lawsuit Over “Unlawful Order” To Ban Company

Ever since the US government’s banhammer was brought down on Huawei, the Chinese brand has been embroiled in a tooth-and-nail war against that decision. Earlier today, the company took action yet again by filing a lawsuit against the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over what it calls an “unlawful order” to ban it from doing business in the country.
The lawsuit was filed in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The lawsuit claims that the FCC had unlawfully and unanimously voted in November to ban both Huawei and ZTE equipment from being used in projects already paid for by the US commission’s Universal Service Fund (USF).
Adding on to that point, Huawei also says that the FCC commissioners and its chairman, Ajit Pai, failed to provide evidence that the Chinese brand was a security threat and “ignored the facts and objections raised by Huawei and rural carriers” when the FCC first entertained the idea back in 2018.

The FCC’s fear of Huawei being a national security threat isn’t completely unfounded. The Chinese telecommunications brand and its founder, Ren Zhengfei, are known to have extremely close ties to both the Chinese Communist government and the People’s Liberation Army. Further, Chinese laws also require it to fully adhere to its country’s intelligence services’ requests for data and information. and to keep said requests a secret from the world.
Huawei argues that the FCC ban is more likely to affect US citizens living in rural areas, as most of its telecommunications equipment were built in areas that major US vendors had considered too remote, had difficult terrain, or because the area just didn’t have a big enough population. To that end, Huawei argued that it was providing a service to those rural areas by “connecting schools, hospitals, farms, community colleges, and emergency services.”

At this point, it’s difficult to say if Huawei can win this lawsuit. As it stands, US courts typically give federal agencies like the FCC “a tremendous amount of deference”, but to be fair, it doesn’t mean that a victory is out of the company’s reach.
(Source: Techspot, Ars Technica, New York Times, TechCrunch)
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Malaysia Progresses To Playoffs For Three Titles At The 2019 SEA Games

One of the most groundbreaking esports competitions of our time is taking place right now in the Philippines, where esports is being featured as a medal event at the SEA games for the first time in history.
Malaysia’s national esports squad is doing their very best to compete against the best players in SEA to bring home a gold medal. The first day of the esports event at the SEA games took place yesterday, where the group stage matches for three games were carried out. They are Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB), Hearthstone and Starcraft II.

After the first day, our players have made it out of the group stage and progress to the playoffs for the aforementioned games.
In MLBB, team Malaysia did exceptionally well by finishing at the top of the group. This secured them a position in the upper bracket finals against Indonesia.

In Hearthstone, Hendry Yew also put on a fantastic individual performance to finish in the top of his group. This earned him his own spot in the upper bracket finals where he will be playing against Singapore.
This means Malaysia is guaranteed to earn two medals out of the six esports titles featured at the SEA games!
There is also still hope for Malaysia to earn a medal from StarCraft II as well. Kien Khun Yap (better known in the esports community by his IGN: Ranger), still has a chance to progress to the finals by advancing through the lower bracket of the playoffs.
Although he scored a great 4-1 in Group A of the StarCraft II Group Stage, Ranger unfortunately finished in 2nd place of the group behind MeomaikA from Vietnam. This means that he will start the playoffs campaign from the disadvantageous position of round 2 in the lower bracket. He will now need 3 more wins in order to secure a medal for StarCraft II.

Congratulations to our esports representatives for their performance so far and all the best to them for their remaining matches!
The playoffs for Hearthstone, StarCraft II and MLBB will be completed today. The competitions for the remaining titles at the SEA games will kick off tomorrow. You can watch team Malaysia’s matches live on Razer’s Youtube channel, while more information such as results and match schedules can be found on the SEA Games website.

(Source: SEA Games // Image Credits: Mineski.net, Liquidpedia // Featured Image Credit: The Star)
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Amazon Graviton2 Processor To Go Up Against Intel Xeon And AMD EPYC CPUs

Amazon recently announced Graviton2, its 2nd generation processor that are designed for use in servers and data centres. Announced at the company’s annual AWS re:Invent conference, the processor is based on the 7nm die lithography and uses ARM’s Neoverse N1 CPU architecture.
According to Amazon, Graviton2 is designed to work on three different EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) instances: general purpose, compute-optimised, and memory-optimised. In regards to its performance, the brands says that Graviton2 will be capable of delivering up to “a sevenfold performance increase” in comparison to its predecessor.
Additionally, Graviton2 features a 64-cores layout, as opposed to the initial rumours that the CPU will be powered half that number at 32-cores. On a technical level, Graviton2 showed significant improvements over its predecessor in certain per-vCPU benchmarks. The new processor saw an increase of 24% in SPEC CPU 2017 floating point, and a 44% boost in SPEC CPU 2017 integer.
Image source: Petri.
The announcement of Graviton2 is also another clear sign of Amazon’s intent of moving ARM processors into the data centre ring. As pointed out by TechRadar, the data centre realm is an area that is currently dominated by Intel and its Xeon processor, albeit under threat of invasion of AMD and its own EPYC data centre CPUs.
(Source: TechRadar via AnandTech // Image: AnandTech)
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