You Can Now Use Touch ‘N Go eWallet To Shop At Mid Valley Megamall and The Gardens

Touch ‘N Go Digital has just announced a partnership with Mid Valley Megamall and The Gardens. This partnership will allow you to make purchases using the Touch ‘N Go eWallet at retail outlets in the two malls.
The company also aims to enable 80% of retail outlets in the two malls to accept payment via the Touch ‘N Go eWallet in 2019. The exceptions here are luxury brand merchants, with product prices easily exceeding the maximum capacity of the eWallet, which is RM1500.
In conjunction with the announcement, a number of outlets will also be having promotions that are exclusive to users of the Touch ‘N Go eWallet. These promotions will be happening between 17 and 31 December 2018.

Here are some of the promotions that you can make use of:

RM2.50 for Tealive drinks nationwide
RM5 off a minimum spending of RM80 at Popular Bookstores nationwide
RM5 for a scoop of Haagen Dazs ice cream
RM5 off at Gindaco Takoyaki
RM15 off all main courses at Define Food
RM5 flat rate rides to Mid Valley Megamall and The Gardens Mall from any location with EzCab
RM1 for a cup of Air Mata Kucing at Mou Tak Ding
RM6.60 for All Berry Bang, Mango Magic, and Strawberry Squeeze drinks at Boost Juice

At the same time, Touch ‘N Go Digital is also pilot-testing the new “TNG Card” feature of the Touch ‘N Go eWallet at the DUKE Highway tolls. This particular feature allows for the deduction of balance from your Touch ‘N Go physical card via Touch ‘N Go eWallet app.

As long as you use a card that’s been paired to your eWallet, the toll fare will be paid using your eWallet balance, and if the balance there is insufficient, then the balance of the card being used will be deducted instead.
With the successful pilot test, the feature will then be made available at all other tolls, followed by retail outlets. To learn more about the new TNG Card feature, head on to Touch ‘N Go’s official website.
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Qualcomm Demands Import Ban On Apple iPhone XR, XS, And XS Max

Qualcomm is clearly riding high on its victory against Apple earlier this week. In an effort to keep the momentum going against the company at Cupertino, the company is now asking the Chinese courts to ban sales of the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.
To recap; earlier this week, the Intermediate People’s Court had determined it was likely Apple had infringed on two of Qualcomm’s patents. Apps that dealt with photo resizing and app management. At the end of it, the court had enough evidence against Apple and proceeded to slap the brand with a sales and import ban for several iPhone models. This includes the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and X.

Unsurprisingly, Apple didn’t take this sitting down, and is currently appealing the initial ruling. If anything, the fruit company still continues to devices iPhone models that can run iOS 12 by the exploitation of a loophole.
According to Apple, the injunction only applies to devices that are incapable of running anything beyond iOS 11. Something that all the aforementioned iPhone models are already capable of. But even that logic is contestable, as the ruling itself is focused on the specific iPhone models, and not the OS installed on them.
(Source: Engadget via Financial Times)
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MCMC To Implement New Minimum Service Performance Standard For The Postal and Courier Industry

In order to increase the protection level for consumers in Malaysia, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has announced that it will introduce a minimum service performance standard for postal and courier license holders in Malaysia. The policy will be put in place together with a self-regulatory mechanism for the industry which has more than 120 licensed companies at the moment.
The agency stated that this will be done according to the provisions provided by the Postal Services Act 2012. The actual timeline for the implementation is not yet for the moment but nevertheless, MCMC will be having a consultation session with stakeholders within the first quarter of 2019.
Based on our quick search, it turns out that the current Quality of Service standards for domestic postal services are still based on the defunct Postal Services Act 1991 and have actually expired in 2015. Not only that, it seemed that only Pos Malaysia is bound to them based on the documents that are publicly available on MCMC’s website:

If the above documents are true, it is indeed a high time for the government to implement a new industry-wide standard in order to increase the competitiveness level within the local postal and courier industry. With the increasing popularity of e-commerce, it is even more crucial for the implementation to take place sooner than later.
(Source: MCMC – 1, 2. Image: Pos Malaysia)
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MediaTek Helio P90 Chip Goes Official: Features New AI Solution, Supports 48MP Camera Sensor and More

A new year means new products and for the folks within the semiconductor industry, that means new chips as well. Designed for 2019 smartphones, MediaTek earlier today has announced the latest addition to its chipset lineup, the Helio P90.
One of the chip’s main highlight is its new artificial intelligence solution which comes in the form of an integrated processing unit called the APU 2.0. The company stated that the performance of the new AI solution has been rated 1127 GMACs or 2.25TOP that is said to be four times more powerful than Helio P70 and Helio P60.
The increased amount of performance by APU 2.0 within Helio P90 is apparently able to deliver not only faster AI processing but also supports more complex and dynamic AI applications. Among them is the ability to track including human pose tracking of up to 5 people as well as Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality acceleration.

The APU 2.0 is also responsible to help deliver real-time photo and video enhancements, object and scene identifications, and facial recognition. It also supports many of the well-known AI frameworks out there such as TensorFlow, TensorFlow Lite, Caffe, and Caffe2 which should be good news for developers out there.
As for its CPU, the Helio P90 comes with two ARM Cortex-A75 cores that able to run at up to 2.2GHz together with six ARM Cortex-A55 cores with a maximum speed of 2.0GHz. Able to support up to 8GB LPDDR4x-1866 in dual channel configurations and UFS 2.1 storage drive, the chip is also equipped with a PowerVR GM 9446 GPU from Imagination Technologies that can go up to 970MHz.
Other than that, the Helio P90 also supports up to one 48MP camera or a combination of 24MP + 16MP cameras. Not to forget, there is also support for up to 21:9 Full HD+ (2520 x 1080) display alongside dual SIM dual LTE connectivity, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5.0.
According to MediaTek, consumers can expect to see new devices that are powered by its new Helio P90 chip within the first quarter of 2019. Given that timeline, it shouldn’t take long for us to see such device in Malaysia.
(Source: MediaTek)
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AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition: Of Improved Overlays And Streaming To Your Mobile Device

As the year draws to a close, AMD’s Radeon software division decided it was time to give us a glimpse at what we could expect with its fifth installment of its drivers. It’s officially known as the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition, or RSA 2019 for short.
Despite its name being almost identical to its predecessor (save for the “2019 Edition” at the end), this new series of Radeon software does come with several tweaks and new features. Here are some of the features that we found to be really interesting.

Of all the tweaks and additions, AMD decided to give RSA 2019 a whole set of advisor tabs built into the program. In total, there are three advisors; Game Advisor, Radeon Settings Advisor, and an Expanded version of Upgrade Advisor.
The name of each advisor and pretty self-explanatory. Game Advisor basically gives a quick framerate rundown of the game you’re playing, and proceeds to dispense advice over how you can increase its overall performance or image quality.
Radeon Settings Advisor does more or less the same thing, the only exception being that instead of measuring framerates, the feature scans the hardware in your PC in order to provide several recommendations on how to best maximise their output and efficiency. This includes actions such as activating Radeon Chill, right up to activating Radeon Chill or updating your Radeon software (if you haven’t done so already).

Upgrade Advisor is pretty much the same as when it was first introduced, save for a couple of important tweaks. Now, not only will the advisor tell you if the GPU or CPU you’re using meets a game’s requirements, it will also tell you the necessary AMD-based component to upgrade to.
Radeon WattMan and Chill

Yes, WattMan has been given another round of tweaks in RSA 2019. The first is the new one-click tuning feature. Now, users can choose to undervolt or overclock their Radeon GPU, or even Overclock the card’s memory chips.
Adding to that list is an improved fan speed control with temperature dependent fan curves. As well as a zero RPM control. Also, if you happen to own a Radeon RX Vega graphics card, WattMan will show you the DPM states of the card, allowing for finer tuning and adjustments.

On a sidenote, Radeon Chill has also been improved upon, with the feature now providing up to 20% more power savings for select titles.
Improved VSR and FreeSync 2 HDR

AMD has now extended support for Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) to ultra-wide 21:9 gaming display. On top of that, RSA 2019 will also improve the colour toning for its Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR feature.
Radeon Overlay

Radeon Overlay has also been given a facelift in RSA 2019. You can now enable and disable FreeSync directly from the overlay, rather than going through the hassle of exiting a game and manually doing it on the desktop.
You can also access Radeon WattMan through the Overlay, and just as it is with the desktop version, the overlay version gives you access to the same one-click functions. Allowing to tweak your Radeon GPU as you see fit.
Radeon ReLive Streaming

This is perhaps one of the most exciting additions and developments to come with RSA 2019. For the first time since the introduction of Adrenalin, AMD has finally managed to stream games from a gaming PC directly to a mobile device.
To be fair, streaming video games from a PC to another devices is nothing new. AMD’s direct competitor, NVIDIA, has been using its own GameStream software for several years. The only drawback being that the streaming can only be done via the brand’s own SHIELD consoles.

This is where AMD’s new Radeon ReLive Streaming feature stands above the competition. Instead of just limiting the feature to the use of proprietary consoles and machines, the company’s software engineers have made it so that the feature will function on both Android and iOS devices through the AMD Link app.
However, because of the infancy of the feature, it does come with a some caveats. Firstly, you can’t stream your PC from different connections. To properly stream your PC directly to your smartphone, both devices will need to be connected to the same network.

In relation to connectivity, the second pre-requisite is that your router is running on 802.11ac, and that it supports a 5GHz spectrum, bare minimum.
Apart from all that, all you need to know is to link your AMD Link app to your Radeon-capable PC, at which point you can begin the streaming process. One interesting thing to take note of; during a demonstration session, one of the AMD software engineers pointed out to us that the feature actually supports wireless controllers and keymapping.

In other words, you could actually get yourself a third-party controller for mobile devices, and use that instead of the in-display controls. As for the maximum resolution support, AMD says that Radeon ReLive Streaming will support up 4K resolutions and at a refresh rate of 60Hz.
We’ve gotten ourselves a copy of the first RSA 2019 drivers, so we’ll definitely be taking this feature for a test drive to get a more in-depth look at how it works.
VR Streaming
Besides streaming games and your desktop directly to your smarphone, RSA 2019 also another trick up its sleeve – VR Streaming directly from your PC. Specifically, the new drivers enable users to stream the typical high quality VR experiences reserved for high-powered desktop PC directly to a compatible headset.
To which, we should add, includes the HTC Vive Focus, Google Daydream, and several others. On top of that, streaming can also be conducted through Steam and its own VR ecosystem.
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Sega Project Judge Renamed To Judgment; Slated For Summer 2019 Release

Sega has previously announced Judge Eyes: Shinigami No Yuigon, the Yazuka-esque game starring Takuya Kimura. The game is out today in Japan, and the publisher has also announced that it will be made available in Summer 2019 for the Western market. It will also have a new name – Judgment.
For what it’s worth, it looks like the long wait is justifiable if you prefer English dubs for the game. As for those who prefer the original voices, there’s good news too, as the game will launch in dual audio.

Judgment (formerly Project JUDGE) is headed to the West in summer 2019! Step into the mind of Takayuki Yagami and utilize investigation skills to uncover the secrets that lie deep within Kamurocho’s corrupt underbelly when Judgment launches in summer 2019!
— SEGA (@SEGA) December 8, 2018

Subtitles will also come in both languages, but it’s important to note that the English subs will match the English script. It remains to be seen if the game will suffer from overlocalisation the way Final Fantasy XV and a number of other games did.

For anyone wondering about the original Japanese VO in Judgment, the game will launch with dual audio, meaning you can swap back and forth at will!
Dual subs as well based on which audio track is selected – EN matches the EN script, JP subs are the traditional Yakuza experience.
— SEGA (@SEGA) December 8, 2018

Either way, this certainly adds Judgment into the list of games to look out for in 2019.
(Source: Sega)
Edited by John Law
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Rumour: The Next Apple iPhone Could Have A Samsung Flexible OLED Display

It looks like Apple and Samsung Display have come to an agreement that allows the next generation iPhones to come with flexible touch OLED displays, according to sources close to SlashGear. That said, it’s still unclear at this point if all of the next generation iPhones will make use of this display.
Making an iPhone using a flexible display doesn’t guarantee that the next iPhone will be a foldable one. That said, Apple has filed a patent for such a thing after all, even if reports back then point to a different supplier.

It could also be, as SlashGear points out, that Apple wants the technology so that it can make use of a display panel with the touch component integrated. This is opposed to having a separate display panel and a touchscreen panel, which will cost more and take up more space.
This is all still conjecture at this point, though. And until Apple or Samsung says anything about this matter in an official capacity, it’s best to take this with a grain of salt.
(Source: SlashGear)
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ASUS Brings 17-Inch ROG Strix SCAR II Gaming Notebook To Malaysia; Priced At RM7599

Besides the ROG Zephyrus S gaming notebook, ASUS also announced that it was bringing its 17-inch ROG Strix SCAR II gaming notebook into Malaysia. Otherwise known as the GL704.
As you’ve no doubt deduced, the GL704 is quite literally a slightly larger variant of the 15-inch ROG Strix SCAR II, or GL504. Instead of a 15.6-inch display, the GL704 sports a 17.3-inch Full HD display. A display, we should add, that also comes with a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time.
Beyond that, the notebook sports similar specs as the smaller GL504. For the Malaysian market, that means we’re looking at an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8750H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete GPU, and 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD.

The 17-inch ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II is already available at all authorised ASUS ROG retailers and resellers. The notebook will retail at an official SRP of RM7599.
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Epic Opens Up Fortnite Cross-Platform Tools For Developers To Adopt Into Their Own Games

Epic has announced that it will be opening up a large set of cross-platform game services to all developers. These services were initially built for Fortnite and will be available for free to developers to adopt into their own games.
To start with, Epic will first roll out services related to cross-platform login, profiles, friends, voice chat, parties, matchmaking, cloud saves and achievements. All of these will be opened up to developers starting Q2 of 2019, with more features to be announced at a later date.

If these implementations end up being widely used, it will be another set of Epic tools that other game developers would rely on, in addition to the Unreal Engine. That is not necessarily a bad thing, considering the success of Fortnite as a cross-platform title and could make things easier for developers that are already utilizing Unreal Engine as well as Unity for their creations.
With this move by Epic, we hope that it would allow more games to include cross-platform features. That way, users will no longer need to worry much about the platform of their choice since everyone can play together.
(Source: Epic Games)
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ASUS ROG Zephyrus S Officially Lands In Malaysia; Retails For RM7999

For those of you who have been looking forward to owning ASUS’ ROG Zephyrus S gaming notebook, you’ll be happy to know that the brand’s lean, mean, gaming machine has officially launched in Malaysia. A successor to the original ROG Zephyrus that launched last year, the Zephyrus S actually sports some newer – though not immediately obvious – features over its predecessors.
For starters, the notebook’s display has a thinner display, allowing ASUS to squeeze a 15.6-inch display into a 14.2-inch frame. On that note, the display still maintains the Full HD resolution, as well as the 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time.
One distinct addition to the Zephyrus S are the DisplayPort and USB Type-C ports situated in the middle of the notebook’s spine. Despite these additions, ASUS also managed to make the notebook 12% slimmer than the original Zephyrus.

In terms of hardware, the Zephyrus S variant we’ll be getting packs an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, a 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete GPU.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S is already available at all authorised ASUS ROG retailers and resellers. The notebook will retail for RM7999.
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