Google Pixel 3 XL Leak Reveals Phone With Single Rear Camera Array

A leak image of the Google Pixel 3 XL was posted on Twitter recently by user Ice Universe. The image shows the render of a third-party case, which shows both the front and back of the phone. The highlight of this image, however, is that the phone will only be sporting a single rear camera array.
This leaked image coincides with our earlier report of the Google Pixel 3 family; the image in that report showed us that both the the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL would only house a single camera sensor as its main array. On a sidenote, Ice Universe’s tweet also confirms Google’s adoption of the notched display for the Pixel 3 XL.
Google’s choice of sticking to a single camera array for its main camera is something of an oddity, especially since other premium smartphone makers have already gravitated towards dual camera arrays for their flagships (in the case of Huawei, its P20 Pro uses a triple camera array).

Pixel 3XL is still a single camera pic.twitter.com/gw9fZrPPzY
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 18, 2018
However, given how many reviewers have praised the capability of the cameras used in the original Pixel series and current Pixel 2 series, it’s easy to see that Google is still content with a single shooter and isn’t in any rush to slap a second camera sensor on the new Pixel 3 series.
(Source: Twitter via Hot Hardware)
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Alibaba Group Opens First Office In Malaysia; Plans To Promote Malaysian Products In China

Alibaba Group is extending its presence here in Malaysia with the opening of its first national office. The move is part of plans to deepen cooperation with Malaysia; providing additional resources and support for local businesses to expand into e-commerce.
A ‘Malaysia Week’ celebration was also announced at the launch of the new office in Bangsar South. This aims to promote Malaysian products and tourism in China, and will cover all of Alibaba’s platforms. Founder and CEO Jack Ma says that this is the first time that his company will be spending an entire week promoting a country. Seeing it as a sign of his commitment to working with the Malaysian people.

Alibaba has also set up a Malaysia Pavilion on Alibaba.com to promote Malaysian products; mirroring its move in promoting Chinese products though the Oriental Pavilion on Lazada (which it happens to own).
The Chinese internet giant has made substantial investments in Malaysia, having a hand in setting up the Digital Free Trade Zone last year. It also established its first international eHub under the Electronic World Trade Platform outside of China in the country last November.
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Pokemon Go Will Finally Introduce A Trading System

Niantic is finally getting around to introducing a Pokemon trading system to Pokemon Go. Coming only two years after the game was actually launched. The length of development time seems to have been to find a way to ensure that the system isn’t abused, and it certainly looks like some thought was put into getting it working just right.
Behind Pokemon trading is a new Friends list, which is what will allow the trades to happen in the first place. Players will have to add each other through a Trainer Code, which will then unlock several new features.
Conducting trades will apparently require the use of Stardust, with the amount varying depending on the type of Pokemon being traded. Shiny and legendary Pokemon have an added caveat of being labelled as Special Trades; which can only happen once per day.
As an additional bonus, traded Pokemon will also generate additional candy. With the amount increasing by how far apart the Pokemon were caught. Useful for those who happen to travel a lot.

The Friends system also brings bonuses for people who often trade or go on raids with one another. Performing these acts increases a Friendship rating, which in turn reduces the Stardust cost of trading and gives attack bonuses during raids.
Finally, players will be seeing special Gift items drop from Pokestops. These gifts cannot be opened by the player who spun the stop, and must be given to someone else to be useful. In them will be a selection of random items, and the chance for a special Egg. One that contains the Alolan form of a Kanto Pokemon.
Trading and the Friend system are set to appear in Pokemon Go over this week.
[Source: Pokemon Go Live]
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Apple May Have Cancelled Plans For A Smaller iPhone

Apple is not expected to launch a smaller iPhone SE 2 this year. Earlier rumours had hinted at a smaller, more budget friendly, iPhone would be heading to the market. Now, it would seem that Cupertino has changed its mind and is looking to only produce bigger iPhones.
This information comes from accessories maker Olixar which has historically supplied reasonably accurate news on upcoming smartphones. The company says that it believes its sources enough that it is currently proceeding with accessories for the larger iPhone X successor.
It is sad that Apple is moving away from smaller devices but as the market is moving towards larger phones it is understandable why the company is taking this route in future smartphone designs.
(Source: Forbes)
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Secretlab Omega & Throne 2018 Lightning Review: Worth Every Penny

Not many people can justify paying upwards of RM1,000 for a gaming chair, but if there’s any chair that can command that kind of money, they are Secretlab’s updated Omega and Throne 2018. Although these are by no means affordable gaming chairs, they’re absolutely worth it for anyone that spends a lot of time sitting down – and want the best gaming chair money can buy.
What Is It?

The Omega and Throne 2018 gaming chairs are Secretlab’s latest gaming chairs, and they sport several neat upgrades. These include redesigned armrests that are wider, improved ergonomics, and most importantly, lumbar pillows made out of space-age memory foam. This may sound like a small upgrade, but trust us: it makes a huge difference.

As for what differentiates the two gaming chairs, it’s mostly the design, firmness, and size. The Throne is the bigger chair of the two, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the better chair – I’ll explain more in the following section.
Is It Any Good?

Compared to any other gaming chairs I’ve tried, both the Omega and Throne are the most comfortable chairs I’ve ever sat on. Out of the two chairs, I actually prefer the smaller – and slightly more affordable – Throne. Its overall size fits my physique more snugly, while the Omega feels…well, too big.
On top of that, the Throne’s memory foam feels much, much more comfortable for me. It supports my lower back extremely well, and the head pillow’s position is just right too. That being said, my taller colleagues actually prefer the Omega’s bigger size and firmer nature.

The Omega (right) has a larger sitting area.
Basically, just because the Omega is the bigger and slightly more costly gaming chair, it’s not exactly the “better” one. The Omega will feel better to those who are taller and heavier, while the Throne is made for consumers who are lighter and more petite. In fact, Secretlab has a very informative guideline for this.
The Bad Stuff. Tell Me.

While both of these chairs are very, very comfortable, they’re not exactly perfect. For one, these are not affordable gaming chairs. The Throne 2018 retails at S$419 (about RM1,305), while the Omega 2018 goes for S$459 (approximately RM1,425). Compare these price tags to the TTRacing gaming chairs; while they’re not as comfortable, they’re definitely more accessible to the average consumer.
Aside from cost, there’s really not much else that is bad about the Omega and Throne 2018. They have solid build quality, the hydraulic pistons feel smooth and seamless to use, and their reinforced aluminium bases give them very good stability.
Should I Buy It?

For those who spend a lot of time sitting down, the Secretlab Omega and Throne 2018 are worth every, single, penny. Yes, it may be hard to look past their high price tags, but that’s the price you’ll have to pay for comfort, and these are by far the most comfortable chairs I’ve ever used.
If you’d like to try out the Omega and Throne 2018 for yourself, you can do so at Level51; it’s located in Sunway Geo Avenue at Bandar Sunway. On top of that, if you find the Omega or Titan too small for your liking, you can try out the Secretlab Titan there – it’s the biggest chair of the three.
More information on Secretlab’s gaming chairs can be found over here.
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#LYTV: DJI Tello Quick Review

Drones can be a lot of fun, but more often than not, the entry point for a truly good drone…is not very accessible to the average consumer. Well, enter the DJI Tello: not only is it affordable, it’s also a very capable small drone.
The DJI Tello is a miniature drone with some pretty good features. Thanks to its Intel Movidius Myriad 2 VPU, the Tello can respond to hand gestures. You can, for example, make it land on your palm, among other things. Aside from that, it can also take 5MP stills.
Without a doubt the DJI Tello is ideal for first-time drone buyers. Considering the fact that you can get it for as low as RM419, it’s really quite affordable. Check out our quick video review above if you’d like to learn more about the Tello!
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Apacer Panther Rage DDR4 Memory Now Comes With RGB LED

Apacer recently launched its Panther Rage DDR4 RGB. As its namesake suggests, the memory modules are now fitted with some splashy RGB LED. Specs-wise, the memory modules are available at frequencies starting from 2400MHz all the way up to 3200MHz.
They are available in variations of 8GB and 16GB packs, the Panther Rage DDR4 RGB can be combined up to 128GB on any Intel motherboards (as long as they support Intel XMP 2.0). The memory modules are also compatible with AMD’s Ryzen platform.
The 2400MHz, 2666MHz, and 2800MHz variants will run at a voltage of just 1.2V while the models running on frequencies of 3000MHz and 3200MHz will run on just 1.35V.

Last but not least, the Panther Rage DDR4 RGB is designed to seamlessly integrate with ASUS’ Aura Sync RGB software, enabling gamers to set their preferred colour and lighting patterns.
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Google Shows e-Commerce Ambitions With Investment In JD.com

Google will invest in China’s JD.com as it pushes for a greater presence in e-commerce. The internet giant will be buying newly issued Class A shares with a total value of $550 million (RM2.2 billion).
JD.com and Google are no strangers to each other, both having already invested in Indonesia’s Go-Jek. Fueling its plans for expansions across Southeast Asia. Interestingly, this region is also part of the joint plans to for future retail solutions; with the US and Europe being the other targets.
Google is said to be hoping to leverage JD.com’s expertise in logistics and supply chain to help with its e-commerce dreams. It will also provide a much bigger clout for JD.com in its competition against rivals Alibaba.

This is not the only investment Google is making on the e-commerce front. The company has also struck a deal with Carrefour SA to sell groceries through its Home and Assistant platforms.
An investment in JD.com is perhaps a good sign that Southeast Asia will be the first wave of new Google e-commerce products. Mountain View has limited reach in China, seeing that many of its services are still banned in the country. Leaving this region as the closest markets for any potential new products.
There is unlikely anything to be said about future plans any time soon. But it should signal that the e-commerce battle in Southeast Asia is about to become far more interesting.
[Source: Bloomberg]
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Asus ROG Z390 Motherboard Model Names Leaked

Many consumers were left rather disappointed with the fact that there had been little to no showcase of Z390-based motherboards from manufacturers at Computex 2018, despite Intel releasing its product brief on the chipset earlier. That said, folks at VideoCardz have somehow managed to obtain a list of Asus Z390 motherboards that are currently in development.
According to VideoCardz, consumers can expect there to be plenty of Z390-based motherboards from Asus. Of course, being a high-end motherboard chipset means that most if not all of them will be rather pricey. The aforementioned tech site has also stated that the ROG Maximus XI series Z390 mainboards will retain the same naming convention as the older ROG Maximus X series.

Those aside, the Z390 motherboards that are allegedly “confirmed” to be in development are the Asus ROG Maximus XI Code, ROG Maximus XI Extreme, ROG Maximus XI Formula, ROG Maximus XI Hero, ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming, ROG Strix Z390-F Gaming, ROG Strix Z390-H Gaming, and ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming—all of which are not officially announced by Asus at the time of writing.
Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see how attractive Asus’ Z390 motherboard offerings will be against its competitors. Hopefully the release date for these motherboards will be unveiled sooner rather than later.
(Source: VideoCardz)
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Xiaomi Mijia Smartphone Gimbal Only Costs RM 372

Xiaomi sub-brand Mijia has just launched a new smartphone gimbal in China. The 3-axis gimbal is one of the most affordable gimbal in the market currently retailing at only US$95 (RM 380).
The new gimbal can support large phones up to a width of 86mm, which puts phones such as the Huawei P20 Pro and Google Pixel 2 as suitable candidates. The gimbal clamps onto the phone via spring-loaded jaws to keep it in place while in operation.
Inside the handle is a beefy 5000mAh battery that can also be used to charge the phone mounted on the gimbal. Each charge gives the gimbal a 16-hour battery life. Underneath the handle is a 1/4-inch tripod mount.

Mijia includes a slew of features in the gimbal, which includes 3-axis stabilisation, 360-degree auto-tracking as well as time-lapse – all accessible via a dedicated app. The control of the gimbal looks to be simple, consisting of a four-way joystick and two control buttons.
The Mijia gimbal is now available in China for CNY600 (RM372). No word if this will be heading to international markets at this time.
(Source: DPReview)
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