Hackers Turn The Nintendo Switch Into A Fully-functioning Linux Tablet

Ever wanted your Nintendo Switch to be able to run on another OS? Well, one group of hackers did, so much so that they decided to exploit a bug within the portable console’s security and transform it into a fully-functioning Linux tablet.
The hacker collective, which goes by the name fail0verflow, first showed off its attempt of it on Twitter in a picture back in 6 February 2017. Less than two weeks after that photo, the collective then tweeted a minute-long video of the successful hack.
The gaming console is shown running the full Linux OS with full touchscreen support, a fully-functioning web browser, as well as a demonstration of the tablet’s GPU prowess.

Code execution is all the rage these days, but can your Switch do *this*? #switchnix pic.twitter.com/NMnBq61tOM
— fail0verflow (@fail0verflow) February 17, 2018

fail0verflow has pointed out (in its replies on Twitter) that they managed to exploit the bug on the Nintendo Switch, simply because it cannot be patched on currently released hardware, and also didn’t require the use of a modchip.
Nintendo first launched the Switch back in March 2017 last year, and was generally a bare bones tablet without support for even the most popular apps. From the very start, Nintendo wanted its new portable console to be a ‘strictly come gaming’ device first, rather than a typical, generic tablet that one could just get off the shelf.
That said, the group’s success at hacking the console seems to have spurred other hackers in the community, with some saying that they’re already working on their own exploitation of the machine.
(Source: USGamer, The Verge, Twitter)
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Apple Releases iOS 11.2.6 Update To Fix Indian Language Crash Bug

Apple has released the iOS 11.2.6 update to fix a critical crashing bug on its devices. It turns out that displaying a very specific character from the Telugu language causes the system to get stuck in a loop; completely locking people out of the app.
The bug seems to affect any Apple-based app that displays text, and doesn’t just stop at iOS. Users have noted that it somehow also applies to the macOS versions of Safari and Messages. Which has only encouraged the troublemakers to send it out to people they know as a joke.
Fortunately, Apple has gotten ahead of the game and managed to release a patch within a week of discovering the problem. The company had promised to resolve the issue before the public release of iOS 11.3. It has also released updates for watchOS, tvOS, and macOS to prevent the bug from affecting those platforms as well.

Apple has had a history of specific character strings causing problems on the iPhone. In 2015, a string of text could disable iMessage, and in 2016 a video caused iPhones to crash – as did character strings in December 2017 and January 2018.
[Source: The Verge]
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Intel Announces Development Of Discrete GPU Prototype

Folks, it looks like a new player is about the enter the discrete GPU market in the near future. Reports have emerged regarding Intel’s announcement of its discrete GPU prototype. The announcement was made at the IEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Fransisco recently.
According to the details announced by Intel, it seems that the company’s prototype discrete GPU is based off of the 14nm process technology. In addition, the discrete GPU apparently features two primary chips as well. The first chips is equipped with the actual GPU and a system agent; while the second chip contains a field programmable gate array (FPGA).
Besides that, the prototype chip from Intel also contains 1.542 billion transistors. It’s worth noting that no performance numbers were released by Intel during its announcement; the discrete GPU prototype shown was, as described by sources, merely a proof of concept.
There are, of course, several other details mentioned by Intel, but they’re simply far too complex for general consumers to comprehend. That said, what one can at least derive from all this is the fact that Intel is indeed planning to enter the discrete GPU market once again – hopefully this time with better success compared to its previous attempt. It seems that the appointment of Raja Koduri (formerly from Radeon) is starting to be fruitful for Intel.
(Source: PC Watch)
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Microsoft Documents Limits Of Windows 10 Running On ARM Devices

Microsoft has finally gotten around to documenting the limitation of running Windows 10 on an ARM powered device. We’ve always known that there would be compatibility issues with the range of devices set to be released later this year, but the details of which were kept under wraps until now.
The information, which appears on the Microsoft Windows Dev Centre, provides a full detailed list of what can be expected to happen when running on the ARM architecture. A list that we’ve compiled below.

x64 applications will not run. The architecture currently only supports 32-bit x86 applications, although Microsoft has said that it will release an update for 64-bit support at some point in the future.
x86 drivers will not work either. This essentially means that developers will have to create specific ARM64 drivers for their applications. It also means that any app that require x64 or x86 drivers will not work until a patch is released.
Utilities that modify the Windows interface will not work. This refers to applications like cloud storage, assistive technologies (usually for the sight impaired), input method editors, and shell extensions. All of which will need to be rebuilt to run on an ARM system.
OpenGL 1.2 and later will not work, nor will any application that requires hardware-accelerated OpenGL. Windows 10 on ARM supports DirectX 9 through 12, but that’s about it. Games that require older versions of DirectX will similarly not work.
Windows Hyper Visor will not work. This is not entirely surprising, since the target market for ARM-based laptops are unlikely to require this feature. That said, it puts an end to the assumption that Hyper-V will work on every Windows system.

That’s not an entirely crippling list of limitations, and getting it out there will help prevent surprises from dampening the user experience. That said, it sure looks like there’s still a lot of work that needs to be put in to get Windows 10 on ARM working as seamlessly as it does on x86 machines.
[Source: Microsoft]
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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Leaked Video Shows iPhone X-Like Features

A video of the forthcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s has leaked online. Showing that Xiaomi’s Bezel-less phone is getting similar features to that of Apple’s iPhone X – namely the multitasking gesture and also facial recognition.
The video shows how the multitasking gesture will be implemented on the phone. The gesture seems to be similar to the way you multitask on the iPhone X, by swiping up from the bottom of the phone.
Xiaomi’s latest take on the front facing camera is probably the least obtrusive we’ve seen so far on a bezel-less phone. Instead of having a notch similar to the iPhone X, or having the camera below the screen like it did on the Mi Mix, the new phone has a discreet camera at the top right corner of the phone.

A leaked teaser image of the phone also lists down some information that we can expect. By the looks of it, the Mi Mix 2s will have an even slimmer bezel than before. The banner also describes the design as “Full-Screen design 3.0”. According to GSMArena, the phone will have an on-screen fingerprint sensor with a pair of 12MP rear cameras. Other specifications include a 5.99-inch screen, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM and a whopping 256GB of internal storage.

If the rumours are to be true, this seems to be a pretty worthy successor to the Mi Mix 2. With that in mind, there has been no word on when the new phone will be launched.
(Source: GSMArena)
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Digi Up Postpaid Plan Allows Customers To Change Phone Every Year But With A Big Catch

This particular plan has not been highlighted on its official website just yet but as it turns out, Digi has apparently cooked up a new postpaid plan under its wings which is called Digi Up. In many ways, the new Digi Up is similar to the Digi Easy Up plan that the telco launched in 2016.
This is because one of Digi Up’s main attraction is the ability for customers to change their device every year although this is subjected to an upgrade fee of up to RM 700. Alternatively, they can keep using it until their initial 24-months contract is up in order to move on to a new device without additional fee.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro is one of the first devices being offered through Digi Up postpaid plan.
Customers also have the option to wait up to 6 additional months in case they feel like opting for other devices that are only available after their 24-months contract period is over. Unlike the previous Digi Easy Up plan though whereby customers are able to keep their device at the end of their 24-month contract tenure (although they would then lose their annual update benefit), the same concept doesn’t apply to customers under the new Digi Up plan though.
According to the plan’s Terms and Conditions, the device does not belong to customers even though they still responsible for its safety and well-being since there is a damage or theft fee involved if anything happened to it. Furthermore, customers need to fork out a payoff fee of RM 800 if they decided to keep the device at the end of their 24-months contract or not able to return it back to Digi for any reasons.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is another device that is available through Digi Up postpaid plan.
While there is not upfront device payment needed under this plan, the new Digi Up plan perpetually keeps customers locked to the telco as the 24-month contract cycle will begin once again each time they obtain a new device either on the month 13, 24 or 30 of their contract tenure. That is to our understanding, at the very least.
In terms of monthly fee, it is ultimately depending on the device that customers choose. According to the plan’s TnC document, a portion of Digi Up’s monthly fee consisted of the device payment fee which starts at RM 80 and inclusive of Digi Shield protection program.
The monthly fee for the first three devices that are being offered under Digi Up plan.
At the same time, the Digi Up plan also incorporated the Digi Postpaid 110 plan which provides customers with a total of 50GB internet data alongside unlimited calls and 1000 SMS to all networks. In general, this means that the total fee that Digi Up’s customers need to pay starts at RM 190 per month.
Given the complexity of the plan, we are not surprised that Digi is not offering the plan to any random customers. At this moment, customers need to meet the requirements stated at Digi’s website in order to be eligible for the Digi Up plan although the telco has plan to offer it to port-in and new customers later on.
All in all, the idea behind the new Digi Up plan might sounds simple but sure enough, you have to make sure that you read and understand its underlying terms and conditions before making the commitment. That is if you are eligible to sign up for the program, in the first place.
(Source: Digi – 1, 2. Thanks for the tips, David Lee!)
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Acer Swift 3 and Lenovo Ideapad 720S with AMD Ryzen Mobile Coming Soon To Malaysia

As mentioned in our report earlier today, AMD Malaysia has recently published a post that teases the upcoming arrival of Ryzen Mobile-based laptops in our market. True enough, two Ryzen Mobile-based laptops will be made available in Malaysia very soon.
Based on a media invite that we’ve just received from AMD, the company is planning to introduce the new chip in Malaysia later this week. There will be two Ryzen Mobile-based laptops to be introduced at the said event: the Acer Swift 3 and Lenovo Ideapad 720S.
Part of Ryzen Mobile’s initial launch line-up last year, the detailed specs for the Malaysian variants of both laptops were not mentioned inside the invite. Nevertheless, here are their general specifications as shown inside one of AMD’s presentation during CES 2018:

For the meantime, stay tuned for further information regarding both laptops from the Malaysian launch event for AMD Ryzen Mobile which is scheduled to take place on this Friday, 23 February.
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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Leaked Video Shows iPhone X-Like Features.

A video of the forthcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s has leaked online. Showing that Xiaomi’s Bezel-less phone is getting similar features to that of Apple’s iPhone X – namely the multitasking gesture and also facial recognition.
The video shows how the multitasking gesture will be implemented on the phone. The gesture seems to be similar to the way you multitask on the iPhone X, by swiping up from the bottom of the phone.
Xiaomi’s latest take on the front facing camera is probably the least obtrusive we’ve seen so far on a bezel-less phone. Instead of having a notch similar to the iPhone X, or having the camera below the screen like it did on the Mi Mix, the new phone has a discreet camera at the top right corner of the phone.

A leaked teaser image of the phone also lists down some information that we can expect. By the looks of it, the Mi Mix 2s will have an even slimmer bezel than before. The banner also describes the design as “Full-Screen design 3.0”. According to GSMArena, the phone will have an on-screen fingerprint sensor with a pair of 12MP rear cameras. Other specifications include a 5.99-inch screen, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM and a whopping 256GB of internal storage.

If the rumours are to be true, this seems to be a pretty worthy successor to the Mi Mix 2. With that in mind, there has been no word on when the new phone will be launched.
(Source: GSMArena)
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Apple Employees Keep Walking Into Glass Walls In The New HQ

The Apple Park campus is primarily made up of glass walls and panels. Not surprising then, that several Apple employees ended up becoming injured because they failed to notice these transparent barriers and walked right into them.
Apparently, and according to The Verge, as many as seven Apple employees had walked straight into the campus’ glass doors, and that was only during the opening of the Apple Park campus. MarketWatch reports that at least two people have have injuries severe enough to require medical attention.

This isn’t the first time Apple has been under the spotlight for its fatalistic, yet awe-inspiring architectural designs. Back in 2012, the company was sued by an 83 year old woman who broke her nose when she walked into a transparent glass door at one an Apple store.
None of the injured needed to be hospitalised, mercifully, but some were actually treated for minor cuts to the head. Since then, the staff at the Apple Park campus have taken to using Post-its as markers on the wall, but sadly, Apple wanted the notes removed, on the grounds that “they detracted from the building’s design.” This blind adherence, however, could legally become a violation of a California state law, which states that employees be ”protected against the hazard of walking through glass by barriers or by conspicuous durable markings.”
(Source: The Verge)
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Helicopter Hailing App Coming To Malaysia Soon

Heli Outpost Sdn Bhd has an interesting proposal for Malaysians; a helicopter chartering app that will allow people to book rides from anywhere. This isn’t exactly going to help regular people beat the traffic, but it might open a lot of options for people who need to be somewhere fast.
On the whole, Heli Outpost runs regular chartered flights and tours around Malaysia. It owns and operates 11 helicopters (six Robinson 44 and five Robinson 66 models), all of which are currently in use.
These are the same helicopters that will be used when people book flights through the app. In this case, the service is said to want to provide two types of transportation. The first being a “Helicopter Tour” of Langkawi; which is rather self explanatory.
Secondly, it will include a “Helicopter Taxi” service to ferry users between cities. This is unlikely to be worth the effort of flying people around a smaller location, and is instead aimed at medium ranged trips.

Heli Outpost has been in operation since 2009, where it has been offering these same services. Essentially, the app is meant to make it easier for the public to make inquiries and bookings for helicopter rides; and doesn’t quite introduce anything new to its business. That said, the app itself is only now being developed and will only be launched in about three months.
The idea of app based helicopter services is not something particularly new. Uber has experimented with the idea by introducing UberChopper in Dubai, and UberCopter during the 2015 Cannes Film festival.
[Source: Amanz]
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