Apple Investigating Reports Of Bursting iPhone 8

Apple is investigating reports of the iPhone 8 bursting open days after the device went on sale. At least two owners have reported that their devices have split open; one of which happened right out of the box.
The first iPhone 8 owner from Taiwan claimed that his phone began bursting at the seams as it was charging. Media reports indicate that he was using the official cable and power adapter; preventing any accusations that it could have been caused by poorly constructed third party peripherals.
One Japanese iPhone buyer reported that his phone arrived with the display already partially detached from the device. Posts on social media clearly showed the phone bulging in the middle with the screen being pushed out of position.

届いたiPhone8plus、開けたら既に膨らんでた pic.twitter.com/eX3XprSzqv
— まごころ (@Magokoro0511) September 24, 2017

Apple says that it is investigating the matter, and believes that the problem lies with the battery. The company thinks that something is causing the battery to swell. That said, it does not believe that there is any cause for concerns about personal safety.
It’s difficult to say if this is a sign of a wider problem. For now, the number of complaints has been minimal and it looks like there has more to do with a small handful of batteries that managed to get past QC checks. Lithium-Ion batteries are known to bulge under certain circumstances; which doesn’t make this behaviour too out of the ordinary.
[Source: The Independent, iFeng]
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Spotify Launches New Your Time Capsule Feature to Bring you Back to Yesteryear

Spotify recently launched a new personalised playlist feature called Your Time Capsule. As its name suggests, it is a collection of nostalgic tracks picked just for you, bringing you for a trip down memory lane.
Available for all Spotify users in 60 Spotify markets, Your Time Capsule is a playlist featuring 30 tracks from your teens and early twenties. It is available for Spotify on the web via timecapsule.spotify.com, as well as on Spotify mobile apps for iOS and Android.

There are plenty of music streaming services available out there, but what makes Spotify stand out is its personalised playlist features. From weekly tracks, to your Daily Mix, Summer Rewind, and a whole lot more, there are always different tracks to get you through the day. Your Time Capsule is a follow-up of the success of Your Summer Rewind playlist that wants to bring you back in time.
Your Time Capsule is only available for users of 16 years old and up, which makes sense, otherwise they wouldn’t have much tracks to throwback to. Time to listen to your favourite 90’s music and hope that it will sing away your Monday blues.
(Source: Spotify)
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Huawei Mate 10 Pro Design Leaked

A new photo shared by @evleaks gives us what could be the final design of the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 Pro. We know it is launching this October 16, and now we know how it will look like (mostly).
The most eye-catching design features are the new camera modules and the screen on the front. Huawei has separated the two camera modules for the first time, creating a very unusual look which is highlighted by the use of a colour strip. Curiously, the fingerprint scanner has moved to the back of the phone; creating a design that has quite a bit going on in the back.
A closeup of the camera module. Photo: @evleaks
The new FullView display is present on the front, with shockingly thin bezels on the top and bottom – necessitating the fingerprint scanner move to the rear of the device. The edge-to-edge display encompasses almost the entirety of the front, which makes us suspect the phone will have a screen-to body ratio of 85% or more. Following the Mate family design, we predict that the screen will be of the 6-inch variety on all models.
As with the previously leaked Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design, the phone will be powered by the new HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor, and may feature up to 6GB of RAM, and with a base capacity of 64GB, with larger storage models in tow. It is also rumoured to have IP67 protection rating, a 4000mAh battery and f/1.6 lenses for the rear camera module.
At last count, we should be seeing four global models from Huawei – the standard Huawei Mate 10, the Mate 10 Lite, the Mate 10 Pro and the Mate 10 Porsche Design. With expected prices starting from $643 (about RM2,700), the phone will be on the premium end of the market.
(Source: @evleaks, PhoneArena )
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Apple Releases Video to Show its New Portrait Lighting Feature on iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 Plus may seem like just an incremental update from the iPhone 7 Plus, but it does bring in some interesting new features, including the new Portrait Lighting mode on its camera. Portrait Lighting is an extension of the existing Portrait Mode, allowing users to apply studio lighting effects on their portrait shots.
But what exactly is Portrait Lightning, and how will it affect your images? There’s a video for that. Apple recently released a new video to show off its Portrait Lighting feature, demonstrating all the different Portrait Lightning effects like Natural Light, Studio Light, Contour Light, Stage Light, and Stage Light Mono.

Portrait Lighting is only available on the iPhone 8 Plus for now, and of course, will be coming to the iPhone X too. Using the new powerful A11 Bionic chipset, and new ISP, it uses facial detection and depth maps to separate the subject from the background. Apple then use machine learning to create facial landmarks and add lightning effects over the contours of the face.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were officially announced by Apple just last month. It is already available for purchase in selected countries. While Apple has yet to make an announcement for its Malaysian launch, online retailer, 11street, has already opened its preorder for these latest smartphones from the Cupertino Company. The retailer is offering the iPhone 8 from RM3,649, with RM200 worth of freebies. Check out our previous post for more information about the pricing.
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YouTube Now Limiting External Link Cards To Its Partner Programme

YouTube has removed the ability to add external link cards to videos from a majority of content creators. This follows a change in policy that now only allows those who are part of the YouTube Partner Programme to include links in their videos; a move that may have a detrimental effect on smaller creators and channels.
Links to external sites are important as they allow content creators to link to affiliate sites and Patreon accounts. Both of which are valuable sources of income. Particularly for creators that have been hit hard by YouTube’s new monetisation policy that only allows an increasingly narrow range of videos to collect money from ads.

WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT https://t.co/waNEqnAFb3
— Ian Danskeleton (@InnuendoStudios) September 28, 2017

YouTube, on its part, did not make an announcement about the change. Instead, it only offered the following statement after content creators began to notice the new policy.
“In order to use externally-linking end cards in videos, creators are being asked to join the YouTube Partner program, so that we can evaluate the validity of the channel, as well as determine whether the channel is following our community guidelines and advertiser policies. This update is meant to curb abuse and does not affect current YouTube partners or existing end cards. Additionally channels do not have to actually monetize any videos as part of this requirement.”
On the surface, it looks like this new policy is designed to prevent content creators from abusing external links. The YouTube Partner Programme puts an additional level of scrutiny on the videos, allowing the company to keep an eye on what’s going up on its streaming service. That said, there’s still the problem of having to apply and get into the programme. Something that may be more trouble than some creators are willing to do.
[Source: The Next Web]
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Limkokwing University To Introduce Drone Courses Soon

Drone enthusiasts – put in Cyberjaya in your sights. Limkokwing University has just announced that it will be rolling out a new programme specifically for drones. Called the Applied Unmanned Technology Qualification (AUTQ), the two-week drone course will be open to the anyone who wants to be qualified to fly an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV); or commonly known as drones.
The university signed an agreement with Strat Aero PLC, a commercial drone training provider from the United Kingdom to offer the course as part of a global strategic partnership.

“The courses are accredited by the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority. The graduates will be taught to understand UAVs, fly safely, deliver professional results through industry designed modules.
“Among the modules are air law, airmanship, airspace classfication and aviation charts, commercial factors, meteorology, navigation and Global Positioning System (GPS),” commented the vice-president of Corporate Relations, Datuk Fajura Juffa Mohd Mustafa Kamal.
The course will be open for registration in November, and interested parties can head on to Limkokwing University’s website by then to register.
For new Limkokwing University students, the varsity will also be offering the subject as electives for four degree courses – Architecture & Building Environment; Design Innovation; Information Communication Technology; and Multimedia Creativity – to enhance their skill sets once they step out to the working world.
(Source: The New Strait Times )
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New Colours And Camera Design For Upcoming Huawei Mate 10 Pro

A new photo shared by @evleaks gives us what could be the final design of the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 Pro. We know it is launching this October 16, and now we know how it will look like (mostly).
The most eye-catching design features are the new camera modules and the screen on the front. Huawei has separated the two camera modules for the first time, creating a very unusual look which is highlighted by the use of a colour strip. Curiously, the fingerprint scanner has moved to the back of the phone; creating a design that has quite a bit going on in the back.
A closeup of the camera module. Photo: @evleaks
The new FullView display is present on the front, with shockingly thin bezels on the top and bottom – necessitating the fingerprint scanner move to the rear of the device. The edge-to-edge display encompasses almost the entirety of the front, which makes us suspect the phone will have a screen-to body ratio of 85% or more. Following the Mate family design, we predict that the screen will be of the 6-inch variety on all models.
As with the previously leaked Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design, the phone will be powered by the new HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor, and may feature up to 6GB of RAM, and with a base capacity of 64GB, with larger storage models in tow. It is also rumoured to have IP67 protection rating, a 4000mAh battery and f/1.6 lenses for the rear camera module.
At last count, we should be seeing four global models from Huawei – the standard Huawei Mate 10, the Mate 10 Lite, the Mate 10 Pro and the Mate 10 Porsche Design. With expected prices starting from $643 (about RM2,700), the phone will be on the premium end of the market.
(Source: @evleaks, PhoneArena )
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What Would Cars Of The Future Look Like?

For the most part, car design hasn’t quite changed much over the last couple of decades. It’s still more or less a metal box with four wheels, and nothing like the futuristic madness that we’re treated to with concept cars. Will this continue to be the case ten, twenty years down the line? Would the car of the future look basically like what we see on the roads today?
I spoke to Simon Ng, Head of Design & Manufacturing Industry, Autodesk Southeast Asia, about where automotive design is going. The conversation, interestingly, quickly shifted in the direction of electric engines and driverless vehicles – after all, both are the current trends expected to be the driving forces behind the automotive industry in the future.
Current Car Design Challenges
(Image: adrian3.com)
The issue with car design stagnating to what it is today has several explanations. For one, according to Ng, there’s the technological limitations prohibiting production models ever looking like their concepts.
“The concept models always look so much better than the real thing. There’s always a difference between the concept designer and the mechanical engineer. The concept designer could design anything, (even) like a Flintstones car. But it might not be manufacturable, or practical, or pass any safety checks. So they (the engineers) will dial it down,” says Ng.
In other words, designers are only limited by their creativity, while engineers are bound by something a lot more finite: current technology.
Then, there is the issue of cost. The resources it takes to create a radical new car design could be better spent on developing technology that increases work and production efficiency. After all, the faster a car reaches production, the quicker it begins generating revenue (instead of being stuck in the drawing boards).

Ng explains the situation: “Big car companies have an existing customer base to take care of, and have this paradigm where they cannot cross the Rubicon. They have a whole ecosystem of dealers and suppliers… There are a lot of people who have invested billions of dollars worldwide. This commercial aspect must be taken care of.”
It certainly sounds like the men in suits spoiling the fun, but at the end of the day, it also means sustaining the business.
Sometimes, the limiting factor may not be down to technology or cost, but rather traditional mindsets. The major stumbling block for the adoption of hybrid and electric vehicles was not just due to cost, but the fact that a lot of consumers are actually afraid of embracing new technologies (especially when it comes to hybrid or electric powertrains). Who wouldn’t, when the subject in question is a purchase that takes years to pay for?
For older drivers, this dash display can be confusing and downright daunting (Image: greenbuildingadvisor.com)
Companies like Nissan, Honda, and Ford have helped the cause by introducing new technology to their portfolios from the bottom, starting with their affordable models. This is unlike the usual practice of putting the newest and best technologies on the most expensive models first, before trickling them down. The idea is to make new technologies approachable for the masses, and not something for customers to be constantly worried about.

And then, there are the startups like Tesla who are seen as pushing the boundaries of car technology, making them cool and less daunting in the process. “Newer companies don’t have legacy. They don’t have a customer base and can go all out to capture market share. They have nothing to lose because they are usually funded by venture capitalists or some sort of Kickstarter-like thing,” Ng concludes.
Indeed, where automotive design is concerned, companies are focused less on design per se, but more into industrial design.
Disrupting an Old Industry with New Technologies

A big reason behind this is due to how quickly car makers are able to design and prototype new models. Autodesk provides a wide range of tools for 3D modelling, including a cloud service that does all the number crunching for engineers. However, at the core of this new design technology framework are 3D printing and virtual reality.
“Most car companies used to make clay models to show themselves finished product to decided if they should go ahead. Because it might be a billion dollar decision,” says Ng. Today, 3D modelling and printing cuts both the expenses and time to create prototypes.
“You make fewer mock ups. You used to make ten mock ups, each taking nine months to make. Now you make one mock up for the final decisions, and (then) something that can be displayed at car shows,” he adds.

On the other hand, Ford’s Immersive Vehicle Environment (FIVE) uses VR technology to allow design teams to better visualise their creations. Being able to look at a car console in a virtual environment goes a long way to getting a feel for its proportions and layout – especially if it can be done before having to put together a mockup or prototype. We actually visited Ford’s Immersion Labs in Silicon Valley in 2015, where the company was already actively taking advantage of VR, 3D printing, and other new technologies.
This information doesn’t come as a surprise to those who have been following the development of 3D printing and VR – it’s been talked about for years. The difference here is that we now have had enough time to observe the actual impact of the technology on the industry.
Proton, for instance, has been using Autodesk Alias since 1995. It’s been used in the development of cars like the Suprima S, Preve, Exora, Saga FLX, Persona, R3 Satria Neo, and Iriz. According to the company, the switch to digital design and prototyping has resulted in the company reducing time spent in the design phase by 20 percent.
Designing New Lighter, Stronger Components
An example of a lattice structure created using generative design
There’s more to digital design than simply making something aesthetically pleasing. Autodesk’s cloud computing is also capable of providing engineers with recommended structural specifications based on a set of parameters. Essentially allowing people to simply tell a computer what they want a component to do, and then receive ideas on how to go about this.
HackRod, an independent car maker, has been using this technology to reduce the weight of its hot rods without surrendering any structural integrity. This was done using something engineers are calling ‘generative design’. Basically, the computer receives input from the designers and builds components based on the parameters.
In HackRod’s case, it resulted in a lattice framework for the hot rod chassis. This almost web-like design removes all unnecessary material from the vehicle walls, allowing it to be as light as possible. Tubular struts are used to maintain maximum strength and stability.

Airbus has also adopted this same generative design to build bulkheads for its passenger aircraft. Weight is a big deal for planes, seeing that heavier planes require more fuel to keep in the air. Thanks to generative design, Airbus not only spends less on fuel, it is also leaving a smaller carbon footprint per flight.

Autonomous vehicles: the taxis of tomorrow?
Whilst design is where Autodesk does most of its work, autonomous vehicles are where most technology companies are looking. Ng isn’t very impressed by driverless cars. He’s been in the industry long enough to see multiple technology fads pass by. However, he cannot deny that they represent a serious change in the automotive landscape.
“It’s not just electric cars. This links to autonomous systems that every car company today is looking into. Even Apple and Google is doing it,” says Ng.

“This technology is not actually new. Active cruise control or smart cruise control has lane guidance, self parking has been around. Connect all of this together and you get an autonomous car.”
The idea is not so much that people will own these driverless cars, but rather that the technology will be combined with ride-sharing services. Several companies are already running live trials, with Singapore already testing them since last year.

Locally, Malaysian company Reka Studios has been developing a system that will allow any car to operate without a driver. For now, it’s more of a proof of concept than anything else, seeing that the setup involves a Reka’s own driving algorithm (which requires it to learn a set driving route) combined with a Logitech webcam.
That said, it has already ran some field tests on real roads, even ordering a McDonald’s takeaway and shocking the folks at the counter in the process.

All this technology is still very much in its infancy (even if Ng makes it sound very simple). Technology companies may be making massive strides in getting it out the door, but it will take a whole lot more to convince the general public to buy into the idea.
Electric cars are easy enough to sell because the driver is still in charge. Asking people to surrender their transportation to a machine is a whole other story. A survey by research firm Gartner revealed that 55 % of people from the US and Germany would not set foot in an autonomous vehicle. A number that may dent the aspirations of driverless taxis in the world.
Exciting times ahead

For Ng, the future of automotive design lies in the industrial space. True innovation and development is going to come from tools that make it easier for engineers to bring their creations to life. Everything else, from autonomous systems, to augmented reality, to future gadgets, is nothing more than a feature to sell the car.
It just so happens that these cars may or may not require a human to drive it.
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Jobsifu.com shuts down facebook page amidst criticism of Northern Region Career Fair

Popular local job portal Jobsifu.com has taken down their facebook page today after throngs of job seekers to their Northern Region Career Fair came out in force to criticise their handling of the event earlier today.
Based on the massive amounts of promotion accorded to the event across their facebook page – which in itself boast over 200,000 followers, as well as many other facebook pages across the country, its quite surprising to see the number of disgruntled job seekers venting out their frustrations on their page – before they took it down.

The fair which was supposed to run over this weekend till 1st of October at the Grand Ballroom of the TH Hotel in Alor Setar, ran into issues from the get go. With quotes such as
“This is not your TYPICAL and AVERAGE career fair where tou just drop your resume and out…This is the place where you can get hired immediately.READY FOR LIVE INTERVIEW”
and
Make a point to drop by at the largest career fair northern region this 30/9/17 and 1/10/17 at TH Hotel Alor Setar..be prepare for LIVE INTERVIEW and more than 5000 job vacancies are there…be prepare to GET HIRED on that day.
the Job and Career Fair attracted lots of interest from not those only from the nothern region, but also some as far away as Kuala Lumpur and Melaka. Lots of big company names were mentioned on their Facebook page as well.

Unfortunately, the reality of it was nothing even close to what was posted on their page. While it is quite common for Job and Recruitment Companies to oversell Career Fairs, what irked off the job seekers was that there was not a single actual job available and neither was a proper interview conducted at the Fair for the many job seekers who had to queue for hours just to get inside.
Based on the many postings on Facebook, visitors to the job fair were required to buy application forms that will be sent out to the advertised companies. These forms cost RM10, and they were required to buy at least 5 forms.
Further to that, the interviews were conducted by the organizers representatives – who were not exactly recruitment specialist. A leaked copy of the instructions given to the representatives has also found its way onto Facebook – which caused even more uproar over the job seekers who attended the event.

We have reached out to Jobsifu.com for a comment, but have yet to get their side of the story. As their facebook page is now completely taken down, we are not sure if the Job and Career Fair will continue tomorrow or not after this massive online backlash.
Source via Lowyat Forum, JobSifu.com Facebook (no longer accessible, google cache here), Facebook Ain Suraya, Facebook Syakir Uzair, Facebook Aimi Shahira.
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Commodore 64 Mini Joins The Tiny Console Race For RM 260

Joining the previously released Nintendo NES and SNES is the Commodore64, in the guise of the C64 Mini. This tiny console is created by Retro Games with an expected shipping date in 2018 for a small price of US$ 70 (approx. RM 260).
Launched in 1982, the original Commodore64 was a hit among early computer users for its usability and (back then) affordable price for a home computer. It is also technically one of the first all-in-one computer as the device lives in the keyboard rather than an external box.
The included wired joystick shown with the C64 Mini
The console will be physically half the size of the original unit. Unfortunately, the keyboard is non-functional due to the size. It does come with USB ports to connect any external keyboard and the included joystick accessory. Other accessories in the box include a charger and HDMI cable.
For purists, the C64 Mini will have filtering options for CRT, pixel-perfect mode as well as scanline emulation. There will be 64 games installed in the C64 Mini, including:

California Games
Speedball 2
Brutal Deluxe
Paradroid

Through the USB port, users can upgrade their C64 Mini’s firmware in the future. The C64 Mini is expected to ship sometime in 2018, with an estimated retail price of US$ 70 (or about RM 260).
(Source: Engadget )
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