Bali To Shut Down Mobile Internet For New Year Celebration

Bali will be turning off all mobile internet connections during the upcoming Nyepi celebrations. The unusual arrangement comes after religious and civil leaders made a request to the government in early March; the second time that they have attempted to implement the 24-hour shut down.
Nyepi, or Day of Silence, is a Hindu new year celebrated on the island of Bali. Practitioners see it as a time for self reflection, with four restrictions being observed during this time – no fire, no travel, no activity and no entertainment. Some even go as far as not talking or eating for the day.
The hope is that taking away mobile internet will allow Balinese Hindus to drag themselves away from gadgets and take time for self reflection.

That in mind, it is only mobile internet that will be halted for the day. Other internet access will function as normal; meaning that people will still be able to get online through WiFi connections across the island.
Bali’s airport is also being shut down for the celebration, and will stop functioning for 24 hours from 0600 on Saturday. All in observance of the ‘no travel’ rule that is being observed.
The Balinese government has also announced that this arrangement will be the norm from now on; with all future Nyepi celebrations seeing mobile internet and airports being close.
[Source: BBC]
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AMD Ryzen 2700X Performance Numbers Appear On Geekbench

While AMD’s Ryzen+ desktop CPUs are slated for an April release, the single and mulit-threaded performance numbers of its supposed Ryzen 7 2700X CPU have already popped up on the Geekbench database.
The specs sheet also confirms our earlier report of the CPU having a 8-cores, 16-threads layout, with a base clockspeed of 3.7GHz and (according to other sources) a boost clockspeed of 4.35GHz.
The Geekbench page shows that the Ryzen 7 2700X obtained single-threaded score of 4,746 and a multi-threaded score 24,772. Further details also lists down that the scores were obtained via a setup comprising of ASUS’s Crosshair VI Hero motherboard, along with 16GB of DDR4 RAM.

Compared to the Ryzen 7 1700X performance listed on the same site, the Ryzen 7 2700X shows an approximate 17% increase in its single-threaded performance, while its multi-threaded performance is about 18% better than its predecessor.
AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 7 2700X will be based on the company’s Zen+ microarchitecture. It will built upon AMD’s new Pinnacle Ridge 12nm die lithography; in comparison, all current Ryzen CPUs are built upon the Summit Ridge 14nm die lithography.

(Source: GeekBench [1] [2] via Hot Hardware)
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Sony Flagship Bravia A8F OLED 4K HDR TV Arriving in Malaysia May 2018

At Sony’s regional launch of its latest Bravia TV lineup in Singapore, the Japanese company revealed that the flagship Bravia A8F OLED 4K HDR TV will be arriving in Malaysia sometime in May 2018.
Introduced back at CES 2018, the Bravia A8F is the followup to Sony’s well-loved Bravia A1 OLED TV. In comparison to its predecessor, the A8F isn’t drastically different – the most noticeable change lies in design. Instead of the A1’s angled stand, the A8F features a more traditional stand. It still sports Sony’s “One Slate” design, of course.

Design aside, the A8F also comes with the very same 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme found in the A1, which provides object-based HDR remaster, Super Bit Mapping, and dual database processing. Sony’s Acoustic Surface technology is available on the A8F too – audio is delivered from the TV’s screen itself.
Other specifications of the A8F include support for HDR 10, Hybrid Log-Gamma, and Dolby Vision. Like with most of Sony’s high-end TVs, the A8F runs on Android TV too.

Besides the A8F, there is also the more affordable Bravia X90F. While it has the same X1 Extreme processor as the A8F, the X90F isn’t an OLED TV – it’s a more “conventional” 4K HDR TV with an LCD panel. However, the X90F does come with X-Motion Clarity, which promises improved motion fluidity. Much like the A8F, the X90F also supports a range of HDR standards, including Hybrid Log-Gamma, HDR 10, and Dolby Vision.

The flagship Sony Bravia A8F OLED TV will be available in Malaysia sometime in May 2018. As for the X90F, it’s set to land here as early as next month in April 2018. Naturally, the local retail prices of these high-end TVs have not been revealed yet, but expect to pay a premium for them.
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Maxis Offers Free Samsung Galaxy S8 When You Sign Up For A Galaxy S9 Or S9+ Contract

With the official arrival of Samsung latest flagships in Malaysia, local telcos have begun offering the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ devices on their respective postpaid contracts. Today, Maxis has upped the ante with a new promo, offering the Galaxy S8 for free for every eligible Galaxy S9/S9+ plan.
The promotion applies only to those who purchase either the Galaxy S9 or S9+ under the MaxisONE Plan 188, along with a new MaxisONE Share 48 supplementary plan. This criteria is pretty steep, but considering the value of the Galaxy S8, it might be worth it for some customers.
Interestingly, there is no device subsidy for the MaxisONE Plan 188 for both the Galaxy S9 64GB and Galaxy S9+ 128GB under this promotion. Unlike the MaxisONE Plan 158 and 128, where the device subsidy is between RM600 to RM1000 for the two devices, customers who opt for the MaxisONE Plan 188 will have to pay full price for the Galaxy S9 or S9+. That said, the Galaxy S8 has a retail price of RM2699 – perhaps Maxis has priced this into the overall value of the plan.
Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung Galaxy S9+
As with the other device contracts, there are no differences to the MaxisONE Plans for the Galaxy S9 and S9+. The MaxisONE Plan 188 comes with 60GB all day data, as well as unlimited free calls and texts. Customers will be required to apply for one MaxisONE Share Line at RM48 a month to receive the free Galaxy S8; the MaxisONE Plan 188 allows up to 4 Share Lines. Each MaxisONE Share Line comes with 5GB of additional data that can be shared with all lines with DataPool, and unlimited calls.
This offer is only available at Maxis Stores nationwide, and not available at the Maxis Online Store. Naturally, customers will be bound by a 24-month contract, and existing device contract owners are ineligible for this offer. Check out the promotion page for more.
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HTC U12+ Leaks Out: A Snapdragon 845 Flagship with Quad Camera

Things are rather quite slow over at HTC, so this might be a good news to consumers and HTC fans alike. Renowned serial leaker, Evan Blass has recently published an image that depicts the company’s upcoming device that is called the HTC U12+.
In general, the U12+ will apparently carries most of the components from the U12 which is said to be the device that made a surprise appearance at a 5G industry event in Taiwan last month. Among them are the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM, and 3420mAh battery.
The device that is said to be the HTC U12.
Additionally, there is also the dual rear camera setup that features a combination of 16MP and 12MP sensors. Interestingly though, the U12+ comes with two 8MP front cameras as opposed to single 8MP camera that was listed on the leaked specification sheet.
Depending on the sources that you might have read, the U12+ is expected to be officially announced by HTC next month or early May. Regardless of that, we are quite curious to see what the upcoming flagship device has to offer for consumers and whether HTC has finally stepped up their game or otherwise.
(Source: evleaks // VentureBeat)
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Huawei P20 Appears On SIRIM Database

The upcoming Huawei P20 has already received SIRIM certification. A listing for the device has appeared on the official database, with the device having received approval on 15 March 2018.
SIRIM certification for the Huawei P20 should mean that the device is ready to hit stores. Although, there is still some time before the official announcement set to take place on 27 March. That in mind, the appearance of devices on the SIRIM database before the official global announcement is nothing new.

At the same time, the Huawei P20 has also appeared on Geekbench; providing us with an idea of what the configuration and performance will be like. The model number EML-L29 is the same that appears on SIRIM, and shows 4GB RAM along with the presumed HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor.

There’s not much to see in terms of single-core performance, with the benchmark showing a minute improved over the last year’s P10. That said, the multi-core score shows a 10% increase over its predecessor.
We are presumably going to see a local announcement for the P20 some time soon; with Malaysia having become a first wave release country for Android manufacturers. It would be surprising if the flagship device arrives later than the middle of next month.
[Source: Geekbench]
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Next Batch Of Intel CPUs Will Have Redesigned Architecture; Protection Against Spectre

Intel is launching new CPUs with a redesigned architecture to protect against the Spectre flaw later this year. According to Intel’s official press release, Brian Krzanich, CEO at Intel, says that his company has “redesigned parts of the processor to introduce new levels of protection through partitioning.”
“Think of this partitioning as additional “protective walls” between applications and user privilege levels to create an obstacle for bad actors.” Krzanich elaborated.
So far, Intel is saying that its next-generation Cascade Lake Xeon CPUs will be the first set of processors to received this new partitioning, along with the next batch of its 8th-generation Coffee-Lake CPUs. Both SKUs are expected to ship out sometime during the second half of 2018.

To be clear, Intel’s new hardware partitioning only provides protection against Spectre, and not Meltdown. Krzanich says that the latter vulnerability will “continue to be addressed through software updates.”
The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities have been a thorn in Intel’s side since their discovery was made by a programmer at Google. While it is arguable that Meltdown is the bigger threat of the two, Intel’s decision to address address Spectre could boil down to the fact that the vulnerability has a wider reach than Meltdown (so far, Meltdown seems to only affect x86 processors).

(Source: Intel via The Verge)
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Android Wear Has Been Rebranded To Wear OS

Google has changed the name of Android Wear to Wear OS; a move that is surprising to say the least. This dropping of the Android brand is supposedly reflect a different approach to selling smartwatchs. Since not all Android Wear users happen to use Android powered smartphones.
According to the announcement, one out of three Android Wear customers are also using an iPhone. A statistic that got Google to introduce “a new name that better reflects our technology, vision, and most important of all—the people who wear our watches.”
That said, there’s no real change to the software itself. The only thing that’s different is that there is a new logo and many of us will have to get used to the new name. Users will begin seeing the new branding on their smartphones and smartwatches over next few weeks.
[Source: Google]
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Six-Core Intel Coffee Lake H CPUs Benchmark Scores Leaked

Leaks have apparently surfaced regarding three of Intel’s upcoming mobile processors called “Coffee Lake H.” For those who may remember, Intel’s Coffee Lake H series features several processors that come with six CPU cores; to be more specific, these are the Core i9-8950HK, Core i7-8850H, and Core i7-8750H.
Interestingly, Cinebench scores of all three six-core Coffee Lake H processors have been leaked. When it comes to the single-core benchmark, the top of the line Core i9-8950HK managed to obtain a respectable score of 204, while the Core i7-8850H and Core i7-8750H had scores of 181 and 178 respectively.
Image: VideoCardz
The scores, however, get rather odd in the multi-core benchmark. Despite having an impressive single-score score, the Core i9-8950HK only managed to attain a multi-core score of 1,083. Intel’s Core i7-8850H and Core i7-8750H meanwhile, had significantly higher multi-core scores of 1,288 and 1,270 respectively. The reasoning behind this discrepancy was not mentioned.
Those aside, consumers should expect these six-core Coffee Lake H processors to only be found on high-end, pricey gaming notebooks when they’re officially released sometime this year. Mid-range gaming notebooks will most probably get endowed with four-core Coffee Lake H CPUs instead. Regardless, we do urge our dear readers to take this one with a grain of salt, at least until Intel makes Coffee Lake H official.
(Source: Wobenben via VideoCardz)
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Inno3D P102-100 Cryptocurrency Mining Graphics Card Spotted

Yet another cryptocurrency mining-centric graphics card has apparently been spotted in the wild. This time round, it’s the Inno3D P102-100. This graphics card is based off of Nvidia’s Pascal GP102 GPU, which is also used in high-end graphics cards like the GTX 1080 Ti and GTX Titan Xp.
Despite this, the Pascal GP102 on the Inno3D P102-100 graphics card does come with reduced memory channels, video memory, and shader cores. When it comes to specifications, the P102-100 features a base clock speed of 1582MHz and a memory clock speed of 10Gbps. The memory controller type on this graphics card is GDDR5X and a capacity of 5GB. Memory bandwidth is rated at 400GBps. In addition, this card has a TDP rating of 250W.

When it comes to design, the Inno3D P102-100 features an all black cooler shroud, which houses two open-air cooling fans (Twin X2). Besides that, this card is also equipped with five heatpipes to aid in cooling the GP102 GPU. And for those who may be wondering, the P102-100 does not feature any video output ports – because they’re not required for cryptocurrency mining purposes.
Perfomance-wise, it’s said that the Inno3D P102-100 is capable of hashrates of ~47MHS (ETH), ~660Sol/s (ZEC) and ~879H/s (XMR) respectively. Pricing and date of availability was not mentioned at the time of writing.
(Source: via TechPowerUp)
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