Toshiba Reveals A 14TB Conventional Magnetic Hard-drive

Toshiba has announced the world’s largest conventional magnetic hard drive. The Toshiba’s MG07ACA enterprise series comes in at 14TB and features nine disk platters in a helium-filled sealed unit. You would be hard-pressed to fill this hard-drive up.
Designed mainly for the enterprise segment, the 14TB model is also joined by an eight platter version clocking at 12TB. Both drives come in a 3.5mm standard drive form factor and are designed for reliability.
Both drives support the SATA 6Gb interface and spin at 7,200rpm for high-speed data access. Plus, the two drives are also 50% more power efficient than the previous generation drives.
Toshiba is aiming the drives at cloud storage providers, as the company says that it can offer more storage at a lower cost. No news for any consumer sales, but this would be great for archiving data and important information offline as well, thanks to the large capacity.
(Source: Toshiba via DPReview )
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vivo Will Debut First Phone With In-screen Fingerprint Sensor

Just a few days back, Synaptics revealed that a phone maker will be revealing a device featuring its Clear ID FS9500 family of fingerprint sensors, which can be embedded under the display of smartphones. Well, it appears the phone maker in question is none other than vivo.
This information comes from analyst Patrick Moorhead, who managed to spend some time with a pre-production vivo phone featuring the new in-screen fingerprint sensor. According to Moorhead, the sensor was “fast and simple.” Considering the fact that the sensor is able to read fingerprints through a display, this is quite impressive.

It’s pretty interesting that vivo is working with Synaptics to implement an in-screen fingerprint sensor on its smartphones. After all, back at MWC Shanghai 2017, vivo showcased a phone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor, which was developed by Qualcomm. It remains to be seen exactly why vivo is going with Synaptics’ sensors instead.
Nonetheless, based on Moorhead’s favourable experience with Synaptics’ Clear ID fingerprint sensor, more manufacturers may utilise the company’s sensors on their own devices. We imagine smartphones with edge-to-edge displays will benefit the most from this.

There’s a chance vivo – or even Synaptics – will showcase the in-screen fingerprint sensor next month at CES 2018. Hopefully, more smartphones with similar sensors will be introduced next year as well.
(Source: Forbes via The Verge)
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Shapchat’s Lens Studio Lets You Create Your Own AR Effect

Couple of months ago, Snapchat introduced an augmented reality effect to its app called World Lenses. The feature, which Facebook just launched on its Messenger app two days ago, lets you place augmented reality 3D objects to your images. Today, Snapchat is taking its World Lenses feature to the next level with its new Lens Studio desktop app that allows users to create their own AR objects.
Lens Studio is a free desktop app for Mac and Windows. According to the company, it is easy to use with guides and tools that even students, as well as creative, developers, and of course brands, can use to bring their creations to life. Once you’re done, you’ll be given a Snapcode for you to share with your friends. They can scan your Snapcode and unlock your lens, and even share the code with others. The Lens effect will last for 24 hours, but the Snapcode lasts for a year after it’s created, so users can unlock it multiple times.

Of course, things like this usually get misused by users. There’s a moderation process to make sure a World Lens isn’t offensive. In addition to that, users can also report any inappropriate World Lens.
For those of you who are interested to try it out, you can download Lens Studio to your Mac or Windows here.
(Source: Snapchat via: The Verge)
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Alibaba Wants To Sell Cars Through A Vending Machine

Alibaba believes in selling things online and through apps, and is taking this to the next logical step. The company has released a video detailing its plans for a car vending machine; one that will allow customers to purchase new vehicles without ever having to speak to another human being.
At the centre of this interaction (or lack of it) is the Taobao app. Users will be able to take pictures of cars that they would like to try, and the app will locate a vehicle for a test drive. Arranging a test requires a selfie to be taken for verification, and then all the customer has to do is get to the appropriate giant Tmall vending machine.
Each test drive lasts for up to three days, after which the customer can arrange to buy the car outright; or select a different vehicle to try out. All of which happens within the Taobao app.

Financing options are also offered through Alibaba’s Ant Financial arm; so the company will be able to issue personal loans as well. Part of the benefit of owning most of the supply chain.
Of course, there is a catch to all this. The test drive is only free for Alibaba Super Members who have a certain score on the Zhima credit service. Otherwise, there is a down payment for taking a vehicle for a spin. That said, it’s unclear how expensive this option will be.
Selling cars online isn’t a new thing for Alibaba, it already does that over Tmall. That is new in this instance is the adoption of its online-to-offline-to-online shopping experience. Blurring the difference between the internet and a physical shop.
The company plans to open two stores in January, one in Shanghai and one in Nanjing; with plans for more in the future.
[Source: Techcrunch]
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Metal Gear Survive’s Single Player Campaign Has Been Revealed; Becomes Open World Survival

Konami has revealed details about the upcoming Metal Gear Survive; its first title in the franchise since parting ways with Hideo Kojima. The single player portion of the game will take on a mission based approach, and include elements from survival games.
The story of Metal Gear Survive parts ways with the original Metal Gear plot. Instead, players now take on the role of a survivor from the destruction of Mother Base at the end of Metal Gear Solid 5; where the entire base ended up sucked into a wormhole for no explainable reason.
This new protagonist is sent through the wormhole to investigate the incident, and must learn to survive in this new land (that curiously still looks like our world). New crafting mechanics are being introduced, allowing players to expand their base camp. Konami is promising more free form construction; meaning that players will be able to organise the camp to their liking.
Crafting recipes will have to be located while out on missions, but the announcement video also seems to indicate that the best loot will have to be earned in multiplayer mode.

It’s an interesting twist on the Metal Gear franchise, but some may argue that this is simply borrowing the name for the sake of a new game. Especially since the connection to the original plot is extremely weak. Still, it may be interesting to find out what Konami has in mind.
Metal Gear Survive will be holding an open beta test from 18 to 21 January for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game itself is set to launch for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on 20 February 2018.
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Digi Has a Secret Digi Postpaid 38 Plan with Up to 32GB of Data with biGBonus

Looking for a more affordable postpaid plan that offers a decent amount of data, as well as unlimited calls? Digi’s got your back. The telco has a secret Digi Postpaid 38 plan that offers unlimited calls to all networks, and up to 32GB of monthly data with biGBonus.
As its name suggests, Digi Postpaid 38 costs RM38 a month. The basic plan offers unlimited calls to all networks and 2GB of monthly data. In addition to that, the plan also offers biGBonus data, which comes with 1GB of high-speed internet daily, for as long as you keep your line active. Do note that the biGBonus data is only available for use daily from 1pm to 7pm.

According to the brochure we received from a Digi store, this is a limited time promotion. Sadly though, there’s no mention on how long it is valid for. We’ve reached out to Digi for more information about the plan.
In the mean time, for those of you need more data, check out Digi’s latest Digi Postpaid 58 plan that was introduced just last week.
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The 2017 HP Spectre x360 with 8th Gen Intel Core Processor Now In Malaysia: Price Starts At RM 5299

Just as promised by the company during a recent media showcase, HP has officially released the latest iteration of HP Spectre x360 into our market. The premium 2-in-1 notebook has joined the second generation HP Spectre 13 as the latest HP products to be launched in Malaysia.
While the model does carry a number of improvements over its predecessor, they are rather subtle. Among such traits are angular edges on its body, repositioned thermal vents, and new fingerprint reader.

Comes standard with a 13.3-inch full HD IPS touch display, the 2017 HP Spectre x360 can be obtained with either Intel Core i5-8250U or Core i7-8550U. While both variants feature 8GB of RAM alongside a PCIe NVMe M.2 solid state drive, the Core i5 model is only available with 256GB storage capacity while customers can choose to have the Core i7 model with 256GB or 512GB storage.
Price-wise, the 2017 HP Spectre x360 starts at RM 5,299 for the Core i5 model with 256GB storage. The Core i7 model on another hand is listed at RM 6,099 and RM 6,499 for the 256GB and 512GB models respectively. All three models of the 2017 HP Spectre x360 are available through HP Malaysia’s online store.
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Apple iMac Pro Now Available in Malaysia, From RM20,999

The most powerful iMac ever is now available in Malaysia. The iMac Pro, designed for a select group of individuals who require the impressive computing power, will retail at a starting price of RM20,999.
Announced at this year’s WWDC, the iMac Pro comes standard with a 27-inch Retina 5K display. Consumers are able to obtain the new system with up to an 18-core Intel Xeon processor ,as well as an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 GPU with HBM2-based 16GB VRAM, offering workstation-level performance in the body of an iMac.
The base model iMac Pro will come with 32GB DDR4-2666 ECC memory and a 1TB solid state drive, users can configure up to 128GB of RAM and 4TB of SSD storage. It also comes with a 10Gb Ethernet port and four USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports.

In order to cool down all these powerful hardware, Apple has implemented a new thermal system that is able to provide up to 80% more cooling capacity than a standard iMac. Let’s not forget that the chassis remains the same silhouette as the standard iMac, with 5mm thin edges.
The base iMac Pro with 8-core Intel Xeon W processor, 32GB ECC 2666MHz RAM, 1TB SSD, and a Radeon Pro Vega 56 GPU will retail at RM20,999, which isn’t too far off the $4,999 (about RM20,390) price tag in the US. Users can configure the CPU, RAM, GPU, storage, and even accessories as well as software. Maxing all of this out will yield an iMac Pro that costs a staggering RM61,816.80 – that’s more than five times the most expensive iMac with Retina 5K display. Nobody said cutting-edge technology comes cheap.

Check out the official iMac Pro product page here, and here to configure the hardware options.
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PayNet Malaysia QR Code Standard To Be Adopted By Local Banks and Payment Providers

Based on the signs we’ve seen, QR-based cashless payments could likely be a new norm in Malaysia starting from 2018 onwards. But with so many banks and companies working on their own QR payment solution, there is a need to have certain factors that able to link them together. So, this is where the QR code standard by PayNet Malaysia comes into the picture.
For those who not familiar with PayNet, it is the entity that responsible for the central infrastructure that are being used by the financial markets in Malaysia as well as one of the country’s main payment network, MEPS. PayNet itself is mainly owned by Bank Negara Malaysia together with eleven local banks as its joint shareholders.

Hence, it is not surprising that PayNet’s QR standard will be used by all banks and payment providers in our market to help provide a unified experience to all users. Maybank is one of the earliest banks that already adopted the standard which it has subsequently implemented it for the newly launched Maybank QRPay.
While it is not clear whether the QR standard is part of the Interoperable Credit Transfer Framework that was announced by Bank Negara Malaysia earlier this year, having a common standard that everyone can work on is definitely the way to go. Else, the market will be saturated with too many different solutions that might stop users from embracing the QR-based cashless payment system.
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Razer Vainglory 2017 World Championship Kicks Off Today in Singapore

Vainglory returns to its “home country” today as the Razer 2017 Vainglory World Championships kicks off in Singapore. From the early days of the open beta released to Singaporeans in 2014 to the finals taking place in Kallang Theatre, the MOBA mobile game has certainly come a long way.
The four-day tournament consists of the top 12 teams from around the world, who have conquered many others on their way to be the select dozen in Singapore. This tournament is also unique in the sense that the winners of this tournament will be the last title holder of the Vainglory World Championship.

That’s because on Sunday, before the grand finals, the company will finally reveal the game’s future to the world: a highly anticipated 5v5 game mode, which developers Super Evil Megacorp has been teasing for quite some time now.’
As such, this year’s tournament brings greater significance to the 12 teams, all hoping to get their names etched in history. Local fans will be rooting for all-Singaporean team Team Impunity, as well as Indonesian neighbours Team Elite8, as they take on prestigious esports franchises such as Cloud9, Team SoloMid, and G2 Esports to take home the world champion title and a prize pool of over $140,000 (about RM572,000).

Those who wish to check out the action need not travel all the way down to Singapore, as Super Evil Megacorp has partnered with various broadcast platforms to catch the tournament live. You can watch the tournament progress on Vainglory’s Twitch and YouTube channels, as well as on Astro’s eGG Network.
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