Windows 10 Lean Revealed Through Insider Programme

Microsoft appears to have yet another version of Windows 10 in the works. This one being an even more cut down version of the operating system, being a whole 2GB smaller than other existing builds.
Windows 10 Lean, as it is currently known, trims its size by removing things like the desktop wallpaper and Registry Editor. Reports also say that it doesn’t allow Microsoft Office to be installed either; which is a bit of a puzzle. That, and Microsoft Edge appears to be extremely buggy by not showing download prompts.
The test build is also known as Windows 10 CloudE. Indicating that it may instead be destined for enterprise users. Which would make sense to remove things like wallpapers and restrict access to apps.
Despite this, the existence of Windows 10 Lean is a puzzle. There doesn’t seem to be a need for yet another slimmed down version of Windows. Not since Microsoft is currently working on releasing Windows 10 S.
Chances are that the two operating systems will exist alongside each other in a form of enterprise/home split. With Windows 10 S going to regular consumers, and the Lean version aimed at businesses. Although this is purely speculation at this point.
[Source: ZDnet]
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Google Introduces New Gmail Features; Including Snooze Mode, Self Destructing Emails

Google is rolling out new features for Gmail, introducing several new features designed to increase productivity. For the most part, these improvements are designed around quality of life for people who use email to communicate; including offering an option for extra confidentiality.
A redesigned interface makes it easier to interact with the emails, having moved the options bar next to each individual message thread. Saving the time needed to move back and forth between the toolbar at the top.

Also new to the toolbar is the ‘Snooze’ button, which allows people to put off looking at an email until later. Something that may end up being surprisingly useful. On the other hand, Gmail will also provide reminders to respond to emails that have been ignored for too long.

Self destructing emails make an appearance with the new Confidentiality Mode. This allows the sender to set an amount of time for the recipient to read the message before it gets deleted forever. If that isn’t enough, the sender can also opt to disable the option to forward, copy, download, or print emails as well.
The new features will be rolling out for users over the next few weeks.
[Source: Google Blog]
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US Department Of Justice Is Investigating Huawei For Violating Iran Sanctions

Huawei’s struggle against the US government seems to have taken yet another turn. The company is supposedly being investigated by the Department of Justice for violating sanctions against Iran; something that could lead to severe penalties and a possible ban.
The US has taken a recent stance against Huawei’s products. Somewhat fueled by the fact that the founder of the company once worked for the Chinese government. American intelligence chiefs have advised their government to avoid engaging with the company for contracts, and has even recommended that government employees avoid buying Huawei phones.
This suspicion of possible espionage has lead to the collapse of a deal that would being Huawei devices to US telcos. A move that is important as this is the avenue with which most Americans buy their smartphones.
On its part, Huawei says that it complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates. This includes any possible sanctions from the US, EU, and UN.

Huawei is not the first Chinese company to be investigated for violating Iran sanctions. ZTE is currently facing a seven year supply ban for selling its devices in the Middle Eastern country.
It’s somewhat uncertain as to whether Huawei has actually supplied anything to Iran. China doesn’t actually have any sanctions on the country, and shipping Chinese technology would not directly violate US sanctions. Although the US government could use it as evidence to launch further investigations into Huawei. It doesn’t help that the scope of the current probe is unclear, and nobody is sure what the DOJ is actually looking into.
[Source: Wall Street Journal]
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TSMC Announces Mass Production of 7nm Chips

TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) has announced that it has begun mass producing chips using its 7nm process technology. Dubbed the CLN7FF, TSMC’s newest process technology will apparently enable chip manufacturers to shrink their die sizes up to 70%, and improve power consumption efficiency by at least 60%.
TSMC mentioned that there will be more than 50 7nm CLN7FF products that will be made available by the end of this year. One notable product that may employ the 7nm process technology from TSMC is the Apple A12 mobile processor. If this were to be true, then consumers can expect future A12-based Apple products to not only come with better performance, but also improved battery life.

Of course, 7nm process technology will also be used for future CPUs and GPUs. Given the improvements that will come with 7nm process technology, it’ll be very likely that future processors and GPUs will be significantly more powerful than what they are today. That said, it remains to be seen whether they will be more affordable as well.
Those aside, moving forward, TSMC is apparently also preparing facilities sometime this year for manufacturing 5nm chips. In addition, the company is also planning to begin building a factory to facilitate manufacturing 3nm process technology chips in 2020.
(Source: AnandTech, AppleInsider)
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Save Over RM1,400 on the Microsoft Surface Laptop

Lazada’s 6th Birthday Festival offered some interesting discounts, but this is probably one of the most exciting offers yet. If you’re quick, you can save over RM1,400 on the Microsoft Surface Laptop.
Three variants of the Surface Laptop are currently on Flash Sale from 8PM to 10PM. The most affordable option is the Core i5 model with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. Usually retailing at RM5,849, Gloo Store is listing it for only RM4,699, saving you a whopping RM1,150.

One tier up is the Core i7 Surface Laptop with the same RAM and SSD configuration, which is now going for RM6,399 instead of RM7,199. And then we have the highest-end model – which is also receiving the biggest discount – which has double the RAM and storage for RM8,599 now. This model usually retails at RM10,029.
Do note that these prices are only valid until 10PM tonight. Check out our hands on of the Microsoft Surface Laptop if you’d like to learn more.
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OnePlus 6 Is Set To Launch On 17 May

OnePlus has set a launch date for the OnePlus 6. The next smartphone from the company will be formally introduced to the world next month; with the event also open to the public.
Information regarding the event has been made public via OnePlus’ Chinese website. Fans who are interested in attending the launch have been invited to purchase tickets, which are available from 27 April. Price of the ticket is CNY 99 which is equivalent to RM60.

Rumoured specs for the OnePlus 6 is that it will come with a 6.2-inch display that includes a notch at the top of the screen. It will use the high-end Snapdragon 845 coupled with 8GB of RAM. The back will have a 16MP+20MP dual camera and also a fingerprint sensor. On top of that, leaked image of the OnePlus 6 shows that it will have a new design. A waterproof feature was also hinted to be coming on the OnePlus 6.
In any case, the OnePlus 6 is shaping up to be a very interesting phone. We shall wait for 17 May to get some official information about the device.
(Source: OnePlus via GSMArena)
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Samsung 970 PRO and 970 EVO NVMe m.2 SSD Unveiled; Super High Speed Data Transfer Included

Samsung has announced its third generation of NVMe-based SSD. The Samsung 970 PRO and 970 EVO continues the company’s push to deliver high speed data transfers for gamers and enthusiasts alike in their systems.
The new Samsung 970 PRO and 970 EVO receives upgrades from their predecessor in terms of transfer speeds – both for read and write. The 970 PRO now features sequential read speed of up to 3,500 MB/s and sequential write of up to 2,700MB/s, which is up from the 960 Pro read/write speeds of 3100MB/s and 1,900MB/s respectively.
Similar read/write speeds on the 970 EVO (3,500MB/s read and 2,700MB/s write) coupled with a large buffer size of up to 78GB for the Intelligent TurboWrite technology means it can last longer and write more consistently. Both SSDs use Samsung’s newest V-NAND technology and Phoenix controller that has been redesigned to deliver top-tier performance.
Consumers can look forward to the new Samsung 970 Pro and 970 EVO on store shelves starting from May 7. Samsung will be offering both SSDs in multiple capacities: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB for the EVO, 512GB and 1TB capacities for the PRO. Prices will start from US$329.99 (RM 1290) for the EVO and US$ 119.99 (RM 459) for the PRO.
(Source: Samsung)

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Active Alleged Specs Revealed Online

A leaked screenshot with the alleged specifications of the unannounced Samsung Galaxy S9 Active has appeared online. Carrying the model number SM-G893, we expect it to follow the trend of putting flagship level performance in a more rugged chassis.
The alleged spec sheet shows the phone to share similarities with the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S9. This includes the Qualcomm Snapdraon 845, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, the same dual-camera with physical aperture and a 5.8-inch screen with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels.
The alleged specs of the S9 Active
What differentiates the S9 Active with the standard S9 is the battery. For one, the S9 Active is said to receive a 4,000mAh battery instead of the 3,000mAh on the standard model.
No dates have been shared for the expected launch period; but as the previous S8 Active was launched sometime in the fourth quarter, we may see a similar launch timeframe. Sadly, we may not see this model come to Malaysia as traditionally the Active line is limited to US telcos.
(Source: GSMArena, Ready Tricks)
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Huawei P20 Listed at Only RM2,299 Now; P20 Pro for RM3,149

The Huawei P20 phones are very impressive flagship devices, and if you’ve been eyeing to get either one of them, good news: they’re discounted pretty heavily for Lazada’s 6th Birthday Festival.
Out of the two phones, the P20 received the highest amount of discount. Originally going for RM2,599, it is now listed at only RM2,299 – that’s RM300 off. This is especially enticing for a phone that was launched merely three weeks ago.

The P20 Pro, on the other hand, isn’t discounted as much: the very same seller is listing the phone for RM3,149, saving you RM150. While I-Nation Store is a new retailer, we were told by Lazada itself the company is a genuine, trusted seller. Basically, you can place your order without worry.
If you’d like to know more about the Huawei P20 Pro, check out our comprehensive review.
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New Renders Of The LG G7 ThinQ Arrive Ahead Of Launch

LG is preparing to officially announce the G7 ThinQ, and the traditional pre-launch leaks have also arrived. Evan Blass, as is the usual, has shared final renders of the device. Including a clearer look at the inclusion of an audiojack at the bottom.
There’s little that is still a secret about the LG G7 ThinQ. We are already relatively certain that it will pack the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage.
A solitary button on the right side of the phone is rumoured to be a direct connection to the Google Assistant. Similar to Samsung’s dedicated Bixy button that appeared on the Galaxy S8. While this may be the most likely explanation for the button, LG could still have something up its sleeve.

G7 ThinQ, redux
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 23, 2018

LG is set to announce the LG G7 ThinQ in the US on 2 May, followed by a South Korean event the day after. Unfortunately, the company still seems to consider Southeast Asia a low priority, and we are unlikely to see the device for several months after the actual release.
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