Samsung Joins Race To Buy Nokia Health

It would appear that Samsung has expressed interest in buying Nokia’s health division. This would put it in direct competition with Alphabet’s Nest and two other French companies.
News that Nokia is preparing to sell its health technology business appeared last week, with Nest being the primary contender to make the acquisition. However, the division, which was formerly French company Withings, may instead be sold to a local buyer due to political pressure.
The French government is still keen to promote homegrown artificial intelligence and technology efforts. And would likely rather keep the Withings patents and expertise within the country.
A fact that may put Samsung in the same boat as Nest. Both with money to offer, but having to consider the impact of politics over the matter. Chances are that both foreign companies will rethink their bids; although EU regulators may not be happy if the French government tries to interfere with a purely business deal.
[Source: Android Authority]
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Valve Buys Indie Studio Campo Santo; Might Actually Put Out A New Game Next Year

Valve has acquired indie game developer Santo Campo. The 12-man studio announced the acquisition over the weekend, and promised that it would still be continuing work on its next game.
Details of the acquisition are not available; seeing that neither company is publicly listed. Instead, it is understood that all 12 employees of Santo Campo will be joining Valve.

Santo Campo is responsible for the 2016 indie hit Firewatch. It’s said to be in the middle of development of In the Valley of the Gods; which will now be released as a Valve title in 2019. Meaning that Valve might actually get around to releasing a new game next year.
Valve itself has not actually developed a new game since Dota 2. It’s in the middle of testing a digital card game called Artifact; which has mechanics designed by legendary card game developer Richard Garfield. However, little has been said about the game since it was announced last year. Indicating that an actual release is a long way off.
[Source: Santo Campo]
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Twitter Bans Kaspersky Lab From Advertising On Its Platform

Twitter has banned Russian security company Kaspersky Lab from advertising on its platform. The ban covers all of Kaspersky’s official accounts, preventing them from boosting their reach.
Unsurprisingly, Kaspersky found and CEO Eugene Kasperky has found the move to be utter ridiculous; having posted his thoughts about the matter on a blog post. In it, he outlines the kind of content shared by his company, pointing out that it has done nothing that might be grounds for an advertising ban.
“However, the most important thing is the content we promote.
Posts about ransomware epidemics and recommendations on how to protect against them; helpful materials on kids’ cyber-safety for teachers; cybersecurity spending benchmarks. There are, of course, some purely marketing things there, but, well, why shouldn’t there be? We sell protection against cyberthreats and that’s it. No violations of Twitter advertising practices!”
Kaspersky also shared how much his company spends on Twitter promotion. Pointing out that it spent €75,000 (RM360,000), which isn’t really a large number to begin with.

Twitter’s ban is not necessary coming out of nowhere. Kaspersky has been accused of working with the Russian government to deploy and spread cyberweapons. Although the company has denied that it provides assistance to any government intelligence efforts.
Despite this, it could be the micro-blogging platform deciding to avoid taking chances and clamp down on anything that might even be remotely connected to Russia. The company has been drawing criticism for its lack of oversight in allowing Russian bots to influence the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election.
[Source: Kaspersky Lab]
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Xpax Postpaid Joins Easyphone Program: Offers iPhone For As Low As RM 29 Per Month

In conjunction with launch of the new Xpax Postpaid plans last week, Celcom has also officially announced that these new plans are also available under the Easyphone program. For those who are not familiar with it, the program basically allows users to purchase selected phone through a 24-months installment plan.
Depending on customers’ eligibility, they can choose to add Device Protection scheme to the phones that they obtained through the Easyphone program. Under the scheme, their devices will be protected against theft, damages, and airtime abuse.

At this moment, there are only two phones available to Xpax Postpaid customers under the Easyphone program and each of them is tied to specific plan. Specifically, the Xpax Postpaid 50 subscribers can get their hands on Huawei Nova 2i while the Apple iPhone 6 is only available for Xpax Postpaid 79 customers.
For the Nova 2i, it costs RM 45 per month regardless of whether customers opt for Device Protection or otherwise. On another hand, the iPhone 6 can be obtained for RM 44 per month inclusive of Device Protection coverage or RM 29 per month if they choose to forego the coverage.

However, do note that the Device Protection scheme is compulsory for certain customers. For further information regarding Easyphone program for Xpax Postpaid subscribers, head on to Celcom’s official website or visit your nearest Blue Cube and Celcom Certified Partner outlets.
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AMD Quietly Unveils Its Ryzen 3 2200GE And Ryzen 5 2400GE APUs

AMD has unveiled two new additions to its lineup of Zen-based APUs. To be more specific, the company has debuted the so-called “energy efficient” Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE. Both processors are, of course, based on the company’s refined Zen architecture (Ryzen 2000). These processors are apparently aimed at consumers who are somewhat conscious about efficiency rather than brute power.
First up is the AMD Ryzen 3 2200GE APU. According to AMD, this processor features four CPU cores and threads each. It’s capable of base and boost frequency speeds of 3.2GHz and 3,6Ghz respectively. Besides that, it’s also fitted with the Radeon Vega integrated graphics solution (eight GPU cores). The TDP rating of the Ryzen 3 2200GE is rated at a cool 35W.

Next is the slightly more powerful Ryzen 5 2400GE processor. This APU features four CPU cores and eight threads; and it’s capable of clock speeds of 3.2GHz (base) and 3.8GHz (boost). Like the Ryzen 3 2200GE, AMD’s Ryzen 5 2400GE is also equipped with a Radeon Vega integrated graphics solution, but with 11 GPU cores instead of eight. Similarly, this processor also has a TDP rating of 35W.
Pricing and date of availability was not announced by AMD at the time of writing. That said, we’ll be sure to keep you posted should there be any official announcements by AMD Malaysia in the coming weeks.
(Source: AMD 1, 2)
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OPPO F7 128GB Now Available For Pre-Order In Malaysia

After launching the standard version of OPPO F7 into Malaysia last week, now it is time for the second F7 variant to make its way into our market. Armed with more RAM and larger internal storage, this particular model is available for pre-order starting from today.
Aside from its 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, the rest of the specifications for the F7 128GB are identical to the standard F7 model. You are still looking at 6.23-inch full HD+ display, MediaTek Helio P60 processor octa-core processor running at 2.0GHz, and pre-installed with ColorOS 5.0 which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system.

This applies to its photography gears as well which include the 25MP f/2.0 selfie camera One of the phone’s most touted feature, the camera is also armed with hardware-based HDR capability and the latest version of OPPO’s AI Beauty Technology. The F7 128GB also features a 16MP f/1.8 rear camera with AI Scene Recognition capability.
Available in Red and Diamond Black colorways, the OPPO F7 128GB model goes for RM 1699 which is RM 300 more than the standard F7. You are able to pre-order the new phone until 27 April through OPPO Malaysia’s own online store as well as the company’s official stores on Lazada, 11street, and Shopee.

Alternatively, the OPPO F7128GB can also pre-ordered through OPPO Concept Stores and authorized dealers nationwide.
(Main Image: OPPO Malaysia)
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Apple Launches Battery Replacement Program For 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar

Late last week, Apple has kicked off a battery replacement program for the 13-inch MacBook Pro variant that does not come with Touch Bar. It seems that the issue is affecting Apple customers throughout the world since customers in Malaysia are included in the program as well.
Even though Apple stated that this program is not due to safety reason, affected units which were manufactured between October 2016 to October 2017 contain a component that could fail and caused their built-in battery to expend. Fret not though, the company will be replacing those batteries for free.

In order to find out if your non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro is affected or otherwise, just enter the serial number of your unit on the official website that Apple has set up for the program. If you unit is eligible for battery exchange, you will have to bring it to Apple Authorized Service Provider in order to get the battery replaced.
Do plan ahead though as Apple has noted that the service might take around 3 to 5 days to be completed. For further information, head on to Apple’s official website right here.
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Canon IVY Photo Printer Prints Photos Wirelessly On The Go

Canon is adding on to its wireless photo printer family with the new IVY Photo Printer. The compact printer uses a recharegable battery and Zero-Ink printing technology from ZINK to create a 2 x 3-inch photo printout.
The IVY uses Bluetooth to connect to the Canon Mini Print App on a smartphone. Users can then crop, place frames, apply filters and even “draw” on the image throught the app to personalise the final image to be printed.

The printer uses ZINK print paper, which does not use any ink cartridges on the printer itself. The Canon app also gives users an option to split an image into tiles to be printed in a 2×2 or 3×3 grid to create a larger print.
Availability for the Canon IVY Photo Printer is expected to start soon in the US, with Malaysian availability to be determined in the near future. The printer is available in Rose Gold, Mint Green and Slate Gray for US$130 (RM 506) and the accompanying Canon Mini Print App is available for both iOS and Android devices.
(Source: DPReview)
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Tim Cook Says Apple Will Not Merge iOS And macOS

Contrary to the belief in the industry, Apple is not merging the kernels of iOS and macOS anytime soon according to CEO Tim Cook. According to him, the merger would force the company “to make trade-offs and compromises” on both operating systems.
In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Tim Cook was quoted saying that both operating systems are incredible in their own right, and merging the two will not be beneficial to the customers in the long run. Having two separate operating systems also means that the company will be able to push performance better from each of them individually.
Tim Cook was also quoted saying, “So maybe the company would be more efficient at the end of the day. But that’s not what it’s about. You know it’s about giving people things that they can then use to help them change the world or express their passion or express their creativity. So this merger thing that some folks are fixated on, I don’t think that’s what users want.”
While this doesn’t rule out the integration of the two OS completely, it does set the tone of Apple maintaining two separate OS for its mobile and PC line. While the latter is stealing ideas from the former in terms of efficiency and implementation of certain features such as apps and battery saving technologies, we may never see a 2-in-1 from Apple in the near future. Which is a shame as designers and artists would be first in line to get a tablet macOS device for their work flow.
(Source: Sydney Morning Herald via PhoneArena)
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4Fingers x God of War Campaign Offers Fans Chance to Win Paid Trip to E3 & PS4 Pro

Here’s something for God of War and crispy chicken fans. Organised by 4Fingers Crispy Chicken and supported by Sony Interactive Entertainment Hong Kong Singapore Branch (SIES), the 4Fingers x God of War campaign gives diners a chance to win some pretty attractive prizes – the grand prize is a paid trip to Los Angeles to attend E3.
That’s right, it’s a collaboration between 4Fingers and SIES, as odd as it sounds. Aside from the paid trip to E3, there are other interesting prizes too. These include copies of the new God of War game, limited edition God of War PlayStation 4 Pro consoles, and other exclusive merchandises.

To have a chance at winning the prizes, all you have to do is purchase 4Fingers’ “Wings of Power” combo meal. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be eligible to enter the “Treasure Chest” lucky dip. If you’re wondering, the combo meal has 12 pieces of chicken wings, two small fries, and two sodas – it costs RM37.50.
Available at 17 4Fingers outlets in both Malaysia and Singapore, certain stores even has a demo of the game. While it’s not clear which outlets offer this, we were told that at least the Sunway Pyramid branch has the game on display.

The 4Fingers x God of War campaign is currently ongoing, and it will end on 20 May 2018. Check out our hands on of the game if you’d like to learn more about Santa Monica Studio’s latest title.
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