Here Is The HONOR View20 Launch Deal For Malaysia; Includes The HONOR Watch Magic

It’s confirmed. Come 26 January 2018, the HONOR View20 will officially be launching go on sale in Malaysia. In conjunction with its official launch, the smartphone brand will also be hosting a roadshow for the phone from 23 January until 27 January 2018.
The roadshow will be taking place at the 1 Utama Shopping Centre. From 26 to 27 January, visitors will be able to purchase the View20 in one of its two memory and storage variants – 6GB/128GB or 8GB/256GB. Additionally, roadshow visitors who purchase the View20 then will receive free gifts worth over RM700.
Specifically, the initial 200 customers who purchase the phone will receive one unit of the HONOR Watch Magic smartwatch, plus an HONOR backpack. After those set of customers, the following 800 customers after that will only be getting an HONOR Band 4, as well as the HONOR branded backpack.

Additionally, HONOR is partnering up with Maxis to make the View20 an option through a two-year plan, with a monthly payment of RM158. Signing up for the plan will cost RM1, and you’ll still be eligible for the free gifts. In this case, however, you will need to sign up for the plan at the Maxis Centre located within the New Wing of 1 Utama.
Apart from the View20, HONOR will also be selling its HONOR 10 Lite mid-range smartphone in an upgraded 3GB/64GB configuration from 26 to 27 January as well. The first 1000 customers to purchase the phone will also receive free gifts worth RM188. This includes one free unit of the HONOR Band 4 Running, an HONOR Water Bottle, and a free air purifier.

At the time of writing, there is still no local pricing for the HONOR View20. That bit of information will only be available after the phone’s official launch in Paris.
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Razer Phone 2 Is Available from U Mobile with Savings of Up To RM 1150

U Mobile was the first to break the news of the Razer Phone 2’s imminent arrival into Malaysia and subsequently, it is also one of the very few telcos that are offering the gaming phone to consumers here. For those who are interested to get their hands through the telco, they can do so through several options.
In general, there are two main ways that customers can choose in order to purchase Razer Phone 2 through U Mobile. One being the Unlimited Hero Phone Bundles in which customers are able to obtain the phone for less than its standard RRP of RM 3449. Specifically, up to RM 1150 of discounts based on this table:

On another hand, U Mobile customers can also choose to purchase the phone through the U Package monthly installment scheme which allows them to spread the payment over 24 months:

Of course, there are still more to these Razer Phone 2 plans from U Mobile than just the tables above. So, make sure to check out U Mobile’s official website to fully understand these options before making your decision.

If you wondering about the device itself, don’t forget to check out our hands-on experience with Razer Phone 2 right here.
(Source: U Mobile)
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unifi Basic Is Now Uncapped and Unlimited Until 15 February 2019

While we still on the subject of unifi Basic plan, it turns that quota is not exactly what subscribers of the plan need to be worried about. Well, that is at least until the middle of next month as TM has apparently provided unlimited quota to unifi Basic subscribers in conjunction with New Year and Chinese New Year.
Not only that, TM has also uncapped the speed for the unifi Basic plan although the actual ceiling limit was not stated by the company. Customers are able to enjoy their uncapped and unlimited unifi Basic plan until 15 February in which their Internet speed will then return to 30Mbps together with 60GB quota starting from 16 February onwards.

Just like the availability of unifi Basic’s add-on passes and new throttle speed, we actually stumbled upon this promotion earlier today purely by chance. Based on the posting date of the EDM above on the unifi Community forum though, it is likely that the promo has been in place since earlier this month.
(Source: unifi)
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Android Q Leaks Online; Suggests System-Wide Dark Mode And New Desktop Mode

While many of us lay-users are still content with what Android 9 Pie is providing our smart devices with, many enthusiasts and Android developers are already anticipating what the next Android Q update will bring. Thanks to a leak, as well as the good people at XDA, we now have some inkling over what to expect from the next big update.
According to the leak, one of the biggest changes to the operating system (visually, at least) seems to be a system-wide dark mode. To be precise, the feature won’t automatically be implemented, but there will apparently be an option for users to activate it via the settings. Bear in mind, this feature will apply to all Google-related apps, as well as third-party notifications.
XDA also seems to point out a slightly greater emphasis for security, and to that end, Android Q will reportedly have revamped Permissions. Specifically, Permissions will now provide users with an overview of permission access for apps. Along with a greater level of privacy and function of the app.

The most interesting point of the leak though, is the discovery of a supposed “Forced Desktop Mode” found by the developer site. XDA says that the description reads as a “force experimental desktop mode on secondary displays”, but if one were to break it down, it sounds as though Google is working on a function similar to Samsung’s DeX or Huawei’s EMUI Easy Projection feature.
There are other updates included in the leak, but so far, the aforementioned features seem to be the key – if not major updates that are worth the mention. When Android Q will be made available for the general public is as good as anybody’s guess.

However, it’s likely that we could hear more about it later in the year, probably during Google’s annual I/O conference.
(Source: XDA via The Verge, 9to5Google, BGR // Image: The Verge)
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Rumour: Next Generation Gaming Consoles To Be Announced During E3 2020

With the Sony PlayStation 3’s (PS3) life cycle of seven years, many think that the same will apply to the PlayStation 4 (PS4). This means that the PlayStation 5 (PS5) is predicted to be announced this year, and be made available in 2020. But IDC analyst Lewis Ward thinks otherwise, and predicts that both Sony and Microsoft will announce their next generation consoles next year, and start selling them in 2021.
Speaking to GamingBolt, Ward also expects that both companies will announce “modest hardware refreshes” instead of downright successors. This means that there will be a third iteration for the PS4 that’s more powerful than the PS4 Pro. The same for Microsoft’s Xbox One, with the fourth Xbox One to be better than the Xbox One X.

Ward continues to say “If the plan is to give this assumed hardware refresh two years of runway before the next-gen systems arrive, then 2020’s E3 is when Sony and Microsoft will be unveiling their new systems.”
And finally, Ward says the two companies will not mimic the portable hybrid design of the Nintendo Switch. “I’m thinking PS5 and the next-gen Xbox won’t have built-in screens and will have disc drives.”
(Source: GamingBolt)
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TM Increases unifi Basic Throttle Speed to 512kbps; 60GB Quota Is Now Expandable via Add-On Passes

Originally launched in August last year for the B40 household before it became available to all customers just one month later, unifi Basic offers speed of up to 30Mbps. While it is the most affordable option out of the two unifi Home plans at the moment with a monthly fee of RM 79, it does come with a 60GB quota per month in which users’ Internet speed would be throttled once they hit that limit.
Interestingly though, it seems that TM has recently increased the throttle speed. At launch, the throttle speed was set to 128kbps but in the unifi Basic’s FAQ document that is dated 9 January 2019, the throttled speed is now 512kbps which definitely much more bearable.

That’s not all though; it seems that unifi Basic customers now no longer need to wait until their quota to be refreshed in order to continue using their Internet. All they need to do is to purchase any of these unifi Basic add-on passes which have finally been made available to them despite being mentioned back in the July 2018’s announcement:

The accompanying FAQ document also pointed out that while users are free to purchase these passes at almost any time, they are only valid within one billing cycle. In other words, we would recommend unifi Basic customers out there to purchase these passes only when they really need them.
(Source: unifi – 1 [pdf], 2 [pdf], 3)
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NVIDIA: GeForce GTX 10 Series Graphics Cards To Be Cleared Over The Next Several Weeks

Three years after the launch of the GeForce GTX 10 series graphics cards, and it looks like NVIDIA is just about done with clearing out the Pascal-powered cards. If the confirmation by the GPU company’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, is to be believed.
Huang’s statement about the status of his company’s last-generation GeForce graphics cards was given during a Q&A session with VentureBeat. During the interview, VentureBeat queried about the excess inventory of the GeForce GTX 10 Series that was brought forth by the boom in the cryptocurrency mining last year.
Huang noted that all of NVIDIA’s high-end GeForce GTX 10 series cards were already sold out. Including the GTX 1080 Ti, GTX 1080, GTX 1070 Ti, and GTX 1070. At this point, he noted that it’ll only be “several more weeks” before the all the remaining GTX 1060 graphics cards will be cleared from NVIDIA’s stockpile. Thus bringing a close to the Pascal generation of cards.

Once these cards finally sold out, NVIDIA will then be free to properly focus on its current Turing-based graphics cards, as well as all future GPU iterations under the GeForce branding. At this stage, it wouldn’t surprise us if NVIDIA were to divert their attention towards creating another mid-range, if not entry-level GeForce RTX graphics card that’s a step below the recently released RTX 2060 for the masses.
(Source: Techspot)
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Real Life Pinkerton Agency Demands Royalties For Depiction In Red Dead Redemption 2

If I were to make a list of games that you must play before you die, then Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) will definitely be in it. Fictitious location aside, the game does feature period-accurate depictions of the American Wild West, including the Pinkerton Detective Agency. But it seems that the current day Pinkertons want royalties from Take-Two Interactive for their appearance in the game.
The Verge reports that the Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations delivered a cease-and-desist order in December to Take-Two. The order also demands that Take-Two pay either a lump sum or ongoing royalties for the continued depiction of Pinkerton agents in the game.

Take-Two responded with a lawsuit declaring fair use and that the depiction is protected by the First Amendment of the US. The company also notes that the Pinkertons “cannot use trademark law to own the past.”
In turn, Pinkerton President Jack Zahran responded that the depiction of the detectives in RDR2 were baseless and inaccurate. The game does portray them as villains, and pretty trigger-happy ones by the end of the fifth chapter of the game.
(Source: The Verge)
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Google Pixel 3 Lite Appears Online; Features Snapdragon 670 SoC And Plastic Body

Less than a day after we reported on the possibility of the Google Pixel 3 XL Lite being a possibility, new information regarding a Google Pixel 3 Lite has emerged. Specifically, in the form of a video showing off what appears to be a pre-production unit of the phone in question.
The video comes by way of a Ukranian tech blog Andro News, which explains the Cyrillic text that you see on the phone. At a glance, the phone definitely looks a lot like its bigger brothers, albeit for a several difference.
Specs-wise, Andro News says that the phone is fitted with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC, 4GB RAM, and a internal storage capacity of 32GB. In terms of its camera, the pre-production Pixel 3 Lite sports a similar 12.2MP main camera, but apparently lacks an additional autofocus sensor.

There’s also the all-plastic body of the Pixel 3 Lite, which is in contrast to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL’s glass and metal bodies. Surprisingly, the phone actually sports a 3.5mm headphone jack; a port that Google chose to forego with the premium Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL models. Besides that, other specs of the phone include a 2915mAh battery, a 5.56-inch 18:9 Full HD+ display, and Android 9 Pie running straight out of the box.
Andro News says that the Google Pixel 3 Lite is expected to hit shelves in the US sometime in the spring this year, and “just after Google I/O”. Alas, just as it is with all Google Pixel smartphones, it’s unlikely that Google Malaysia will even be bringing this mid-range Pixel, let alone the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
(Source: Andro News via Android Police)
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Government Will Increase The Effort To Achieve Faster Internet At Lower Prices in 2019

The Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Deo has stated that the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) will increase its effort this year to achieve faster Internet speed at lower prices. The remark was made during his address to KKMM staff earlier today.
In his speech, Gobind has also pointed out that the minister will be looking into several aspects regarding Internet in Malaysia including issues that are being faced by telecommunication companies. At the same time, it is also planning to implement some change to the existing Communications and Multimedia Act.
Among the changes that KKMM is currently considering include a higher amount of penalty that would be imposed on license holders that didn’t adhere to the instructions from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
The speed test result at the NFCP pilot project site in Jasin, Melaka.
All in all, it is good to hear that the government is still committed to the cause. However, the minister has yet to reveal the exact target for the price reduction and speed increment that the industry has to achieve in 2019.
Furthermore, there are still many users out there that have been waiting for so long for their issues to be addressed especially when it comes to the pricing of Streamyx which have yet to be revised. It might only be the first month of 2019 but since the commitment has been made, we hope that actions will follow through diligently as well.
(Source: KKMM – at 54min 49sec mark. Image: KKMM – 1, 2.)
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