Xiaomi May Have A Clamshell Foldable Phone Like The Motorola Razr In The Works

Xiaomi has showed off a couple of foldable phones earlier in the year, but they look a lot like the Samsung Galaxy Fold or the Huawei Mate X. Now, almost immediately after the launch of the Motorola Razr, a patent granted to the Chinese phone maker has surfaced. And it depicts a phone sporting a clamshell form factor.
The patent was filed by Xiaomi back in 2018 with the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). It doesn’t look quite have the iconic look of the Razr. Rather, it’s defining feature may be its blocky look. The lack of the iconic chin also means that moth ends of the phone meet when folded.

It features a foldable display on the inside, and a secondary screen on the outside, but the secondary screen is much smaller. While not actually stated, the smaller secondary display suggest that it won’t allow you to respond to notifications. Also unlike the Razr, it has two cameras on each side. Beyond that, there isn’t much else to be found on the patent, as far as information goes.
As TechRadar points out, it’s quite the coincidence that the patent surfaces just as the Motorola Razr was announced. That said, as is the case with patents, it doesn’t guarantee that we’ll see a consumer product based on it. If Xiaomi is looking to make a foldable phone, it’s likely the earlier tablet-esque devices will hit the market first.
(Source: Tiger Mobiles via TechRadar)
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TGV Cinemas Launch The World’s Largest Flexound Augmented Audio Installation in Johor Bahru

In their effort to deliver immersive experiences to moviegoers, cinemas in Malaysia have consistently implemented quite a variety of audio-visual enhancements into their premises. One of the latest examples came from TGV Cinemas who have revealed what they claimed as the largest Flexound Augmented Audio installation in the world.
Available now at the newly opened TGV Cinemas in Toppen Shopping Centre Johor Bahru (also the home to the new IKEA JB), it is also apparently the first Flexound Augmented Audio installation in Southeast Asia. If you not familiar with Flexound, it is a company based in Finland and its Augmented Audio technology involved the implementation of sound modules directly into individual cinema seats.

This means that each of 140 seats in the Flexound auditorium has its own audio system. Flexound has claimed that the Augmented Audio technology can provide equal audio quality regardless of the seat location in the cinema hall alongside better dialogue clarity and immersion.
In terms of ticket pricing, TGV Cinemas didn’t provide specific information regarding that in its official announcement. However, a quick search earlier today through its website showed that the ticket for a show in Flexound Augmented Audio hall is priced at RM 18 while Deluxe+ hall costs slightly lower at RM 16.
To learn more about TGV Cinemas’ new Flexound Augmented Audio hall or even about its latest cineplex at Johor Bahru, just head on to its official website right here.
(Source: TGV Cinemas // Flexound.)
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Grab Retro Platformer The Messenger For Free On Epic Games Store This Week

As another Friday comes by, Epic Games Store has refreshed its weekly game giveaway. This time around, the online game store is offering The Messenger for free. That said, this week only features one free game instead of the usual pair.
The Messenger revolves around a ninja receiving a scroll from a Western hero after surviving a Demon King attack upon his village. Then, he is appointed as “The Messenger” with a quest to deliver the scroll to the top of a mountain.

For its gameplay, the Messenger is a retro-inspired platformer game where you play as a ninja, with abilities like wall climbing, air gliding and shuriken throwing. As you advance through the game, “The Messenger” progresses from 8-bit to 16-bit graphics and audio to denote the two different eras portrayed in the game.
If you like retro and classic platformer, do grab the free game by 21 November on Epic Games Store. However, if you wish to get the game on other platforms, it is also available on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch for RM70 and US$19.99 (~RM83) respectively.
(Source: Epic Games Store via PC Gamer)
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Even Robert Pattinson Thinks Twilight is Weird as Heck

The Twilight Saga is one of those movies that have managed to stay extremely relevant — for all the wrong reasons — in the pop-cultural zeitgeist for more than a decade now. The film series based on Stephanie Meyer’s romance novels about vampires and werewolves have spawned thousands of memes (i.e. ‘Still a better love story than Twilight‘) and is now considered one of the great crimes against cinema of the 21st century. So much so, that even people who have not watched the films apparently hate them.
Guess what? Even its lead actor, Robert Pattinson thinks the entire premise of the books and movies are kinda dumb. During Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Robert Pattinson spoke to Jennifer Lopez about just how weird he finds the story.
It’s a weird story, Twilight. It’s not just like – it’s strange how people responded a lot to it. I guess the books are very romantic, but at the same time, it’s not like ‘The Notebook’ romantic. ‘The Notebook’ is very sweet and heartbreaking, but Twilight is about this guy, and he finds the one girl he wants to be with, and he also wants to eat her. I mean, not eat her, but drink her blood or whatever. It’s not that other people are telling them they can’t be together, it’s his own body telling him that.

What sucks about the legacy of the Twilight saga is that despite how good its two leads actors have been in the independent scene since then, the mainstream masses only think of Twilight when their names pop up. This is especially true for Robert Pattinson, who despite being one of the most exciting actors working today — watch Good Time and The Rover — was heavily scrutinized when he was cast as the new Batman. Here’s to hoping that Pattinson’s work in the upcoming Christopher Nolan movie, Tenet and also Matt Reeves’ The Batman, finally change the way casual fans see him.
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iPad Pro With 3D Sensors To Launch In 2020 Alongside iPhone SE 2

We know Apple is looking to make headsets and glasses to deliver augmented reality (AR) experiences to its customers. Before that, though, the company intends to use iPhones and iPads to bring AR to its customers. And the first among them is an iPad Pro with 3D sensing capabilities.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a TF International Securities research note that Apple has iPad Pro models equipped with 3D sensors lined up to be announced in the first half of 2020. The 3D sensor system in question involves the rear cameras, and is expected to use a time-of-flight (ToF) system. The tablet is also expected to come with two rear cameras instead of the usual one.

In the note, Kuo also says that the iPhone SE 2 will be released in around the same time. Though nothing much is new regarding the iPhone. Previously it was thought to be scheduled for announcement between March and June 2020. Now, the announcement window has been adjusted to the first half of the year. We’re also still looking iPhone 8-esque size and specs, with some modern touches like an A13 chipset and 3GB of RAM.
Apple has quite the plan for stepping into the world of AR. But it looks like we’ll only be seeing the efforts by the company next year, at its earliest. And even then, we should take all this with a grain of salt, until Apple makes an official announcement regarding its iPad Pro models with 3D sensors.
(Source: MacRumors)
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John Carmack Leaving Oculus VR; Shifts Focus Towards AI Development

It’s an end of yet another era at Facebook’s subsidiary, Oculus VR. John Carmack, the company’s chief technology officer (CTO) and the man who previously co-founded id Software, announced that he was resigning from his position in an official capacity.
Carmack explains in a Facebook post that he would still be around in Oculus, but only in the capacity of a “consulting CTO”. And that he will still have a “voice in the development work” but that it will only be “consuming a modest slice of his time”.
As to what he plans to do next, Carmack says that will be going off to work on artificial general intelligence (AGI). One of the reasons he has decided to dedicate more time to this area stems from one query: how would he fare with a problem that didn’t have a solution in sight.

Carmack believes that working on AGI would be “enormously valuable” and that he would have a non-negligible chance at making a difference, albeit in a “Pascal’s Mugging sort of logic”.
Carmack is nothing short of a legend in the gaming industry. As one of the co-founders and video game developers of id Software, the man is responsible for laying down the foundations for the modern first-person shooter. During his tenure at id Sofware, Carmack gave us DOOM, Quake, and Wolfenstein 3D.
John Carmack laid the foundations for many of today’s modern first-person shooter. Including the DOOM reboot and its sequel.
To be fair, Carmack’s writes that AGI wasn’t exactly his first project choice. Prior to this, coming up with a way to build cost-effective nuclear fission reactors was a close second. Something he says wouldn’t have been suitable for his style of work.
(Source: Facebook // Image: Engadget)
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Star Wars Imperial Stormtrooper Enters Fortnite Universe

Even though The Rise of Skywalker will only arrive in cinemas next month, it seems like Disney has already begun to flex its muscle by releasing quite a number of Star Wars-related content on multiple platforms. Among them is the new Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order game which has just arrived into the market.
Interesting enough, it seems that Epic Games has also joined in to celebrate the release of the game today. The game company has announced that Imperial Stormtrooper outfit is now available for Fortnite.

Players are now able to purchase it through the game’s Item Shop for 1,500 V-Bucks which roughly equals to around RM 60 since 1,000 V-Bucks already costs RM 39.90*. However, do note that it will only be available in Fornite’s store until 17 November.
That being said though, the Imperial Stormtrooper outfit can also be obtained for free with each purchase of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order at Epic Games Store. Since this particular offer is valid until 30 November 2020, this means that if you missed the outfit from Fortnite’s store this week, buying Fallen Order might be the only way for you to get your hands on it.

The arrival of Fallen Order and this Stormtrooper outfit for Fortnite seemed to be timed nicely right after the release of the new Mandalorian series on Disney+ which have been making waves in the news recently. As we get closer to The Rise of Skywalker, expect more Star Wars-related content to pop up here and there.
*based on the iOS version of the game.
(Source: Fortnite, Epic Games Store.)
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Spotify Testing Real Time Lyrics Synced To Music; Currently Available in Limited Regions

Spotify is testing bringing back the real-time lyrics that is synced to music. Previously, Spotify used to have lyrics on the desktop version but was later removed after its partnership with Musixmatch ended.
The lyrics feature is now currently limited to certain regions including Mexico, Indonesia and Canada. It can be found under the playback control, where it is included with other features like Genius’ “Behind The Lyrics”.

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As seen from the tweets from an Indonesian user, it does appear that Spotify is collaborating with MusixMatch again to bring back the feature. Other than having the feature appearing beneath the playback control, the lyrics can also be switched to a full-screen mode.
For now, Spotify users from the rest of the world only have access to the current “Behind The Lyrics”, where it showcases the story behind the lyrics as well as a few annotations.

Ever since the lyrics feature was removed, the Spotify community has been requesting to bring the feature back. Spotify has confirmed with TechCrunch that the synced lyrics is in the testing phase. However, Spotify did not mention any arrival date of the feature outside of the markets mentioned above.
(Source: TechCrunch // Image: Spotify)
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ASUS ZenBook 13 Edition 30 Now Available; Retails From RM5199

Besides the ZenBook Duo and ZenBook Pro Duo, ASUS also announced the availability of its ZenBook 13 Edition 30 ultrabook. While identical to the standard ZenBook 13 launched earlier this year, what sets this notebook apart from other ZenBook models produced this year is its design. That is meant to be in celebration of ASUS’ 30th anniversary in the ICT industry.
Instead of the typical all-metallic design, the Edition 30 features a more toned down but still equally luxurious aesthetic. The back of the notebook showcases a pearl white leather cover, complete with a specially designed 30th anniversary, 18-karat rose gold-plated emblem to add to the luxury.
Specs-wise, the Edition 30 comes either with an 8th generation Intel Core i5-8265U or Core i7-8565U, a maximum of 8GB LPDDR3 RAM, up to 1TB of storage via an NVMe PCIe SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 discrete GPU. Additionally, its display is a 13.3-inch Full HD NanoEdge display, while the trackpad uses ASUS’ ScreenPad 2.0 that provides users with access to a digital numeric pad. Plus controls to a variety of media-related apps including Spotify and YouTube.

For ports, the Edition 30 ships out with a USB-C 3.1 Gen2 port, USB-A Gen2, an HDMI port, MicroSD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The ASUS ZenBook 13 Edition 30 is already available at all official ASUS stores and authorized resellers. The notebook starts at a price of RM5199 for the model with the Core i5 CPU, while the variant with the Core i7 processor will cost RM5999.
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The New Motorola Razr Only Supports eSIM

After its official launch yesterday, the new Motorola Razr foldable smartphone by Lenovo has quickly become a highly desirable device thanks to its updated clamshell design which harkens back to the signature and traditional look of its much beloved predecessors. However, the new Razr does come with one major caveat that most might find as a huge turn-off: it lacks a SIM tray and could only support eSIM.
This may not be a big deal for some, but a majority of mobile phone users are still relying on physical SIM cards for their network access. Therefore, users will need to upgrade their subscription to the new eSIM system in order to use the new Motorola Razr – provided that the phone will ever see the light of day in Malaysia. Fortunately for us, the major telco providers in Malaysia have already integrated eSIM to their services, should that day arrive.

To recap, the Motorola Razr is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, a 2510mAh battery capacity, and a camera setup consisting of a 16MP main and a 5MP front-facing camera. The phone will be released globally in 2020 for US$1499 (~RM6234), while its availability in Malaysia has not been confirmed.
(Source: Android Authority // Images: Motorola)
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