Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti 3DMark Benchmark Score Emerges

Another day, another GTX 1070 Ti leak. This time round, 3DMark benchmark results of the graphics card have apparently been discovered – and they tell a pretty interesting story. For those out of the loop: the GTX 1070 Ti is heavily rumoured to be Nvidia’s answer to AMD’s lineup of RX Vega graphics cards.
According to 3DMark benchmark scores found by folks at VideoCardz, it seems that the GTX 1070 Ti comes with performance that’s somewhat similar to the Radeon RX Vega 56. Two different scores of the GTX 1070 Ti were found in the 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme benchmark. The scores are 9,546 and 9,449 respectively. In comparison, a RX Vega 56 in “balanced” mode managed to obtain a score of 9,340 and 9,619 when on “turbo” mode (based on testing done by VideoCardz).
Image: VideoCardz
Image: VideoCardz
Meanwhile, the GTX 1070 Ti was also found to be tested with the 3DMark Time Spy benchmarking tool. In this benchmark, the upcoming Nvidia graphics card was able to obtain scores of 6,816 and 6,777. Surprisingly, the GTX 1070 Ti managed to outperform a “turbo” mode RX Vega 56, which had a score of 6,423. It’s worth noting that in both Fire Strike Extreme and Time Spy, the GTX 1070 Ti was found to have significantly higher scores compared to the GTX 1070 – which is not surprising.
As mentioned in our previous article regarding this graphics card, the benchmark scores of the GTX 1070 Ti may still vary. This is because there is a high possibility that it isn’t paired with a suitable graphics driver during the aforementioned benchmark testings. Regardless, we do advice our beloved readers to take the aforementioned performance scores with a grain of salt, as always.
(Source: VideoCardz)
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Zotac Launches The GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini Graphics Card; Priced At RM4,049

Zotac has launched what may just be the world’s most compact custom GTX 1080 Ti graphics card. The card in question is the Zotac GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini, and it comes with one special feature: a waterblock. Prior to this, the company had launched the air-cooled GTX 1080 Ti Mini sometime in June 2017.
That said, it seems odd that Zotac took this long to launch the GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini; we’ve seen this graphics card being displayed at the company’s booth several months ago during Computex 2017. That aside, when it comes to design, the GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini comes with a waterblock that covers the entire length of its PCB. In addition, the graphics card is also fitted with a metal backplate as well. For those who may be wondering, this graphics card is only 8.25 inches long.
Size comparison between the GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini and its siblings
Due to its small size, the Zotac GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini is able to be placed on pretty much any types of system form factors, be it small or large. Connectivity options of this graphcis card include: three DisplayPort ports, one HDMI port, and one DVI port.Performance-wise, Zotac claims that the GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini is capable of base and boost clock speeds of 1506MHz and 1620MHz respectively. Memory clock speed, on the other hand, is kept at 11008MHz.
According to Zotac Malaysia, the GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini is priced at RM4,049 and can now be purchased through selected local retailers.
(Source: Zotac Malaysia)
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Microsoft Classic Intellimouse Marks The Return of An Icon

While it might have been discontinued years ago, the Microsoft Intellimouse series has quite a following during its existence between late-90s to mid-2000s. For users that have been wishing to see the mouse in the market once again, seems like their prayers might have been answered.
Quietly making its way into the limelight alongside several big announcements from Microsoft earlier this week which includes Surface Book 2, the company is apparently planning to release a new mouse called Classic Intellimouse soon.

Interestingly, Classic Intellimouse is actually based on Intellimouse Explorer (IE) 3.0 which is a name that should be familiar to some gamers out there especially old school FPS and Counter-Strike players. While product images showed that it is not an exact replica of IE3.0, the body contour and certain design aspects of the iconic mouse can clearly be seen on Classic Intellimouse.
The new mouse is also equipped with 3200 DPI BlueTrack sensor which allows it to be used on almost all surfaces including glass. Weighing at around 129 grams, Classic IntelliMouse also features five buttons with three of them being customizable on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 but not on Windows 10 S.
For now, the release date for the new Classic Intellimouse has yet been revealed by Microsoft. Nevertheless, the company has listed the mouse on its website for USD 39.99 (about RM 169).
(Source: Microsoft)
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Personal data of millions of Malaysians up for sale, source of breach still unknown

This is not looking good. Late yesterday, we received a tip off that someone was selling huge databases of personal details belonging to Malaysians on Lowyat Forums.
While we did brush it off as just another scammer looking to make a quick buck at first, we decided to dig a little further and discovered that this could be one of the biggest data breaches ever in Malaysian history.
What is up for sale – for an undisclosed amount in bitcoin is millions of personal data of Malaysians belonging to Jobstreet.com, the Malaysian Medical Council, the Malaysian Medical Association, Academy of Medicine Malaysia, the Malaysian Housing Loan Applications, the Malaysian Dental Association and the National Specialist Register of Malaysia.
Thats not all, the mother load however is customer data from a huge list of Malaysian Telcos, that include Altel, Celcom, DiGi, Enabling Asia, Friendimobile, Maxis, MerchantTradeAsia, PLDT, RedTone, TuneTalk, Umobile and XOX.
The breached Jobstreet database contains almost 17 million rows of customer information, which includes the candidate’s name, login name, hashed passwords, email id, nationality, address and handphone number. It has to be noted however that the data seems to have been obtained somewhere between 2012 and 2013, and also includes non residents of Malaysia.

The leaked data from the Malaysian Medical Association contains over 20,000 records, while the data from the Malaysian Medical Council which overseas the registration of all Medical Practitioners in Malaysia contains close to 62,000 records. The data available includes personal details, IC numbers, home and operating addressed as well as mobile numbers.

Based on the dates in the data, we can safely say that the data breach took place sometime in 2014-2015.
The breached Housing Loan Application data contains over 720,000 records, and includes a wealth of personal information of Housing Loan applicants. Name, IC numbers, contact numbers, emails, blacklist status, ethnicity, address, job, employers details, salary as well as details of spouses.

We are unable to determine the exact time the data was breached as there are no dates tied to the data.
And yes, we did save the biggest of the lot for last. Also up for sale is over 50 million records from various telcos. The data includes customer names, billing addresses, mobile numbers, sim card numbers, imsi numbers, handset models as well as IC numbers of customers. Based on the data, we estimate the breach could have happened anywhere from 2012-2015. Not all the data seems up to date as we believe the source of the data has been merged from multiple sources.

We will be reaching out to the telcos as well as the other organisations above to get their feedback on this.
While we have taken all efforts to ensure that illegal sales like this is removed from our Forums, we are also aware that the same data is being peddled across many other online channels.
Please be reminded that the sale of stolen data is strictly prohibited and punishable by law. The Malaysian Communications And Multimedia Commission we believe have been alerted to this issue and will be taking strict action against those found guilty of selling or buying such data.
Developing…
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HMD Global Brings Zeiss Camera and Bothie Feature Into Mid-Range Market with Nokia 7

The release of Nokia 8 marked couple of “first” for HMD Global including its status as the company’s first ever flagship smartphone as well as being the first to feature a camera with Zeiss optics and Dual-Sight (fondly referred to as “bothie”) capability. Now, these two features are also available through the newly announced Nokia 7.
In addition to that, the company has also implemented the same Nokia OZO audio technology into Nokia 7 in order to allow it deliver high quality surround sound for video recording. Despite these similarities though, Nokia 7 is actually a different device altogether and not just a toned-down Nokia 8.

For example, Nokia 7’s main camera is equipped with a single 16-megapixels sensor instead of dual camera setup as per Nokia 8. The new phone also with a smaller 5MP front camera as compared to the 13 megapixels front camera on Nokia 8.
In addition to being powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, Nokia 7 is also equipped with a smaller 5.2-inch full HD IPS display. The phone’s chassis is also made from 7000 series aluminum which is apparently stronger than the 6000 series aluminum used for Nokia 8 but the glass portion of Nokia 7’s exterior is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 as opposed to Gorilla Glass 5 that was used on the higher-end model.

While Nokia 7 still comes with 64GB internal storage but it is consisted of eMMC 5.1 chip instead of the faster UFS2.1. Last but not least, the phone is equipped with 3,000mAh battery and pre-installed with Android 7.1.1 Nougat that can be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo once it is ready for the device in the near future.
Available with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, Nokia 7 will be made released in China starting from 25 October for CNY 2,499 (about RM 1,594) and CNY 2699 (about RM 1,721) respectively. Its availability in other markets is not yet known at the moment.
(Source: Nokia China)
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Hotlink Seems To Be Testing Personalised Daily Deals Through HotlinkMU

Hotlink has a series of mysterious new data plans in the Hotlink Red app. Listed as a promotion under something known as HotlinkMU, it appears to offer a basic data package. Ones that are free from all the extras available to the regular Hotlink Red data passes.
We’re still not exactly sure what’s going on with this, as the promotion is being tagged with the word “beta”. On the surface, it looks like Hotlink is streamlining its add-on data under a new promotion. Especially since the validity of the HotlinkMU goes as low as only two hours, and extends all the way up to 30 days.
Curiously, the screenshot from @khainiz94 (who tipped us about the deal) doesn’t appear on our app. Leading to believe that this is a new system of personalised daily deals. Which could mean that Hotlink is offering differing amounts of data at different prices points. It’s difficult to say how much this differs across users, but it’s an interesting twist.

The additional data does not include other Hotlink benefits like Happy Hour data or unlimited free calls. In fact, buying the passes doesn’t even provide Red reward points in the app. Which could be due to the promotion still being a test.
We’ve already reached out to Maxis for more information but have not yet heard back.
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Samsung Introduces Bixby 2.0; Opens Up To Third Party Development

Samsung is taking moving into the next phase of its AI assistant with Bixby 2.0. What this actually means is still somewhat vague; as the company hasn’t gone into detail about what it plans to do. However, we do know that the new Bixby will be spreading out beyond smartphones.
According to the announcement, Bixby 2.0 will be used to control and power connected technologies like TVs, home speakers, and refrigerators. It’s unclear if this will only be limited to Samsung’s own products, but the sentiment certainly makes it seem that way.
That said, the company is opening the system up to support third party developers. With the private beta programme for the new Bixby SDK currently rolling out to select developers.
It almost feels like Samsung is preparing to mount a larger challenge against Amazon and Google. Bixby has been limited in its ability as an assistant by a lack of integration with third party products. Leaving it unable to compete with the far more capable and connected AI assistants from other companies.
It’s a step up for Bixby 2.0 to address this challenges. Especially considering that Bixby was only released two months after the Samsung Galaxy S8 hit the streets; development slowed by problems getting the AI to process the English language.
However, the actual details about Bixby 2.0 are still completely unknown. It’s unlikely that we will be getting more news any time soon, but we should be getting some clues as Samsung rolls the SDK beta out to more developers.
[Source: Samsung]
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Sony Announces New Studio To Publish Indie Games For Nintendo And PC

Sony is going to be publishing more indie games in the coming years, and isn’t only limiting itself to the PlayStation console. The company has announced the creation of Unties, a studio dedicated to supporting indie developers for PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
The first game announced from Unties is a turn based strategy game called Tiny Metal. It looks like something inspired by Advanced Wars from the Nintendo; with a little influence from Metal Slug. All in all, the game is set to be released at the end of next month. Which is extremely early considering that this is the first time that we’re even hearing of the publisher.

Deemo Reborn, Last Strand, and Merkava Avalanche are also set to be published by Unties. Although, there is significantly less information available about these games.
Sony has worked on games for PC before, and used to run Sony Online Entertainment that published Planetside 2 and Payday: The Heist. The company has also tried to collaborate with Nintendo in the past; although nothing really came of that project.
It’s no surprise that Sony would want to create a new company to deal with publishing on other platforms. Sony Interactive Entertainment is clearly set up to specialise in dealing with PlayStation, and the two are practically synonymous at this point. Unties allows Sony to experiment with working on games for Nintendo and PC without diluting its most precious brand.
[Source: Geek.com]
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WhatsApp will Soon Let You Share Your Live Location

It looks like sharing your real-time location is becoming quite popular these days. Google started a live location sharing service on its Google Maps app earlier this year, Facebook Messenger did the same a little later, Telegram introduced a similar feature just last week, and now, it’s WhatsApp’s turn. WhatsApp recently announced that they are rolling out a new Live Location feature to its app.
Use Live Location to plan a party somewhere somewhere, monitor your children or an elderly on their commute, or let your loved one know your whereabouts. The end-to-end encrypted feature is similar to what other apps are offering, giving you the ability to choose who to share with and for how long, as well as to easily stop sharing at anytime you want.
Live Location on WhatsApp will be rolled out to WhatsApp for iOS and Android “in the coming weeks”. Once you receive your update, just tap on Location in the attach button and you will see a new option to “Share Live Location”. Tap on that, pick the duration you wish to share your location for (15 minutes, 1 hour or 8 hours), add a comment and share your location. You can share your location with a single or group chat. WhatsApp says that “each person in the chat will be able to see your real-time location on a map. And if more than one person shares their Live Location in the group, all locations will be visible on the same map.”
Check out WhatsApp to find out more about upcoming Live Location feature.
(Source: WhatsApp Blog)
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Maxis Unveils Preorder for Huawei Mate 10, Offers Freebies Worth RM999

Maxis has opened its preorder for the latest flagship smartphone from Huawei, the Huawei Mate 10. The device retails at RM2,699, but if you preorder it from the telco, you can get it from as low as RM71 a month with Maxis Zerolution, or from RM1,499 with a traditional contract. Maxis’ preorder also comes with the same freebies offered by Huawei worth a total of RM999.
Maxis is offering the Huawei Mate 10 with its MaxisONE plan 128/158/188. These postpaid plans comes with unlimited calls and SMS to all networks, as well as plenty of monthly data depending on which plan you opt for.

The basic monthly payment for the Huawei Mate 10 on Maxis Zerolution starts from RM71 a month. However, if you wish to upgrade your phone after 12 months, you will need to pay an additional RM44 (optional) annual upgrade fee. Zerolution SafeDevice is Maxis’ device protection plan for the Mate 10 that covers accidental damage and “attended theft “for an additional RM23 a month.
24-month contract applies for normal contract plans for the Huawei Mate 10
As with Huawei, the Mate 10 preorder with Maxis will run from today, 19 October to 22 October 2017. The preorder comes with freebies including a selfie stick, car charger, Huawei Smart Scale, 3-month screen warranty, and 12-month 1-for-1 device swap.

Check out Maxis now to find out more about its Huawei Mate 10 bundle, or read our hands on post for a closer look at the Huawei Mate 10.
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