Key Specifications Of Intel Core i9-8950HK CPU Leaked

Just a few days ago, we’ve written an article regarding the alleged release date of Intel Coffee Lake-H equipped notebooks. It seems that one of those processors, the Intel Core i9-8950K, has got some of its key specifications leaked recently. The leak first came from folks at VideoCardz who spotted a listing on 3DMark, which contains the Core i9-8950K on an unnamed MSI notebook.
According to the specifications listed on 3DMark’s database, the Intel Core i9-8950K will feature a base clock speed of 2.9GHz and a maximum Turbo clock speed of around 3.9GHz. In addition, this processor will come with six CPU cores and twelve threads. The TDP, while not stated on the 3DMark database, is expected to be around 45W and above.
Image: VideoCardz
Looking at the unnamed MSI notebook itself, VideoCardz have stated that the laptop will come with two GTX 1080 GPUs and it may utilise Intel’s HM370 chipset. Knowing this, it wouldn’t be surprising then to see the Core i9-8950K be used inside high-end, pricey gaming notebooks. Those aside, we do urge our dear readers to take this one with a grain of salt, at least until Intel makes its Coffee Lake-H CPU lineup official.
(Source: VideoCardz)
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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Android Oreo Update Roll Out Might Have Been Halted

As what you might have heard, owners of Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in several markets throughout including Malaysia have recently receive Android 8.0 Oreo update for their devices. However, reports have started to trickle in that Samsung might have halted the roll out.
According to the well-known Samsung enthusiast site Sammobile, the update has apparently been removed from Samsung’s server. Hence, the site which also maintain a depository of firmware for Samsung smartphones has also removed the said update which is labeled as G950/G955-FXXU1CRAP from its collection.

The reasons behind the halt is not yet known at the moment but at the same time, those who have already receive and implement the update on their device should not be worried as well. Sammobile has also stated that Samsung already working on a new firmware update for Galaxy S8 and S8+ to replace the version that it pulled out this week according to its sources.
So, those who have felt that their devices have been sidelined from receiving the Android Oreo update for the past few days can now rest easy knowing that is not exactly the case. That being said, this also means that the wait for proper Oreo update on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ continues further.
(Source: Sammobile)
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New Qualcomm X24 LTE Modem Can Achieve A Crazy 2Gbps in Download Speeds

Qualcomm has announced that it had began sampling its new X24 LTE modem. The new modem is its first announced Category 20 LTE modem, and can supports download speeds upwards of 2Gbps.
“As the world’s first announced Gigabit LTE modem to achieve speeds of up to 2Gbps, the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem sets a major mobile industry milestone, designed to provide enhanced mobile broadband and deliver an extremely important gigabit coverage layer for commercial 5G networks and mobile devices that are expected to start launching in 2019,” said Serge Willenegger, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G and Industrial IOT, Qualcomm Wireless GmbH.
The new modem is built on the new 7nm FinFET die lithography, and Qualcomm claims that it will feature the ‘most advanced cellular features’ of any commercially available 4G LTE modem to date.

To provide context, the download speeds of Qualcomm’s current X16 LTE modem (used in the company’s Snapdragon 835 processor) caps out at 1Gbps; half the speed of the new X24 LTE modem. It’s upcoming X20 LTE modem, which will be a part of the new Snapdragon 845, only has download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps. Those speeds aren’t slow by any measure, but it is exciting to know that there now is an LTE modem that is touching the 2Gbps territory.
If you’re heading down to MWC 2018, Qualcomm will be having a live demonstration at the event, alongside with partners that include Netgear, the Australian telco Telstra, and renowned Swedish networking and telecommunications company, Ericsson.
(Source: Qualcomm)
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Rumour: Sony Xperia XZ Pro To Feature 18:9 Display

New information about the Sony Xperia XZ Pro suggests that the device will feature a display with the 18:9 ratio. The information was spotted through a filing on HTML Benchmark, where the phone was being tested for its ability to render web content. The filing also shows that the phone was running on Android 8.1 when it was being tested.
The accuracy of the filing is somewhat suspect, as the document refers to the phone as the Xperia XZ2 Pro. It’s possible that the ‘2’ could be a typo, especially since the majority of leaks to date have referred to it as the Xperia XZ Pro.
Then there’s the display resolution that is listed as 424 x 848. While it’s very unlikely that this will be the actual resolution of the display, what is interesting to note is that the numbers reflects a 2:1 ratio, hinting again at the possible 18:9 ratio display. Again, this bit of news isn’t conclusive, so as always, we do ask our readers to take its with a heavy pinch of salt.

The Sony Xperia XZ Pro is rumoured to be making its debut during MWC 2018 this year. It is reported that it will launch with a Snapdragon 845 processor, a 5.7-inch 4K OLED display, and a dual camera setup for its main camera array.
(Source: Gizmo China via Trusted Review, Tech Radar)
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Canon Will Finally Bless Its Mirrorless Cameras With 4K Video Capture

Canon’s M-series is about to get an upgrade. After numerous models launched under the M-series – Canon’s line up of mirrorless cameras, word is that it will finally put 4K video capture into the lineup for the first time.
PetaPixel is reporting that Canon is set to introduce its first mirrorless cameras with 4K video capture. This could be a huge milestone for Canon as it will be Canon’s first APS-C sensor camera to have 4K.
Second, this could be Canon’s first affordable 4K camera; mirrorless cameras from Canon are generally priced around RM5000. This could end up competing with Sony’s A6500.
Canon has been saving the 4K features of its cameras for the high-end model so far. The cheapest 4K equipped Canon camera you can get today is the 5D Mark IV. While the other models make do with Full HD video. This is a stark contrast to the other players in the market. Sony has enticed users by offering a more affordable 4K camera to the masses with the A6300.

The device is rumoured to be called as the EOS M50. It will reportedly be using the EF-M mount and will be released sometime this month before the CP+ event take place on 1 March.
(Source: Canon Rumors via PetaPixel)
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Panasonic Lumix ZS200 Offers 15x Zoom In A Travel-Friendly Form Factor

Panasonic Lumix ZS200 compact camera that packs a 1-inch sensor with a wide and long lens. All in a package that is barely bigger than your typical smartphone.
At the heart of the camera is a 1-inch sensor, similar to the sensor that is used in the Sony RX100 Mark V in size. It also has a 3-inch touch screen on the rear that is unfortunately fixed in place; however there is also a 2.3 million-dot EVF with 0.53x magnification for an alternate way to compose photos.
Not only that, the Lumix ZS200 can record 4K 30/24p videos, while the Panasonic 4K PHOTO mode includes nifty features such as Post Focus for after-capture refocusing and Sequence Composition where a series of action shots can be combined in-camera to create a composite image.
Panasonic opted to fit in a wider and longer lens into the Lumix ZS200, with a lens range of 24-360mm and aperture of f/3.3-6.4. It does not have the fastest lens but it is perfect as a compact travel camera. Other features include both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity for remote camera controls and image transfers to connected devices.

The Panasonic Lumix ZS200 will retail at US$799 (RM 3,106) when it goes on store shelves starting in March.
(Source: DPReview )
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Samsung Galaxy S9 Teaser Videos Show Slow-Mo Video, Low-light Performance And 3D Emoji

Samsung has begun to tease the release of the Galaxy S9 with a series of videos. The flagship phone, looks to incorporate some incremental changes; with most of the teasers drawing attention to its camera’s capabilities.
The first of the three videos show a base jumper jumps off a cliff and we see the video slows down to a crawl. Perhaps confirming reference to the previously reported 480fps recording capability of the new ISOCELL camera module.

The power of the new variable lens with f/1.5-2.4 aperture is clearly shown in the second video. The scene with the deer brightens up considerably even in the dark. This is thanks to the wider aperture that lets in more light into the lens, resulting in brighter images even in low-light situations.

Samsung seems to be following in the footsteps of Apple, as the last video clearly shows its take on Animojis. The model in the video goes through different facial expression, culminating in a 3D render of his face in the final frame.
That said, this more likely to show off the facial recognition capabilities of the Galaxy S9. The video still doesn’t shed much light on this new feature, with speculation centering on a combination of iris scanner and facial mapping being used for security purposes.

Samsung will be launching the new Samsung Galaxy S9 at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona on 25 February. Stay tuned for more coverage on the new Samsung models.

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US Intelligence Chiefs Warn Against Using Huawei And ZTE Phones

Heads of US intelligence agencies have expressed their distrust of products from Huawei and ZTE. The chiefs of the CIA, FBI, NSA, and director of national intelligence said that they would not advise Americans to buy smartphones from Chinese based companies for reasons of national security and privacy.
“We’re deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don’t share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks,” FBI Director Chris Wray told the US Senate Intelligence Committee.
Chinese electronics companies current stand accused of sharing user data with the Chinese government. Leading to not only privacy concerns, but also the fear that foreign spies could be listening in to sensitive government communications.

Huawei, on its part, believes that this is part of a national move from the US government to prevent it from entering the US market. CEO Richard Yu went off script during the company’s CES presentation to rant against the protectionist measures taken by the American government. Especially after lawmakers pressured AT&T to pull out of a deal at the last minute.
A statement from Huawei said: “Huawei is aware of a range of U.S. government activities seemingly aimed at inhibiting Huawei’s business in the U.S. market. Huawei is trusted by governments and customers in 170 countries worldwide and poses no greater cybersecurity risk than any ICT vendor, sharing as we do common global supply chains and production capabilities.”
It’s unclear why the American government is concerned about companies like Huawei and ZTE, as none of the chiefs went on to explain the source of their comments. While it’s almost certain that there is some level of Chinese government intervention in this matter, there is not nearly enough evidence to go as far as calling it espionage.
[Source: CNBC]
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U Mobile Sends Out Cheeky Valentine’s Day Greetings To Celcom, Digi, and Maxis

As compared to certain markets like United States, the majority of brands in Malaysia don’t really take a jab at each other openly. But from time to time, someone would be brave enough to do it anyway and among the recent example is U Mobile which published Valentine’s Day greetings dedicated for its three major competitors.
In fact, the telco is not hiding the names of the intended recipient of each message. It is clearly stated on them, as shown below:

We have no idea if the telco actually prints these out and snail mail them to its respective competitor. They should do that anyway because it would make things even more hilarious.
This is not the first time that U Mobile has trolled its fellow competitors. Back in 2016, the company came out with a set of videos called Telcolympics which depicts all four telcos in a sports competition. It then repeat the same theme in 2017 through Sukan Telco videos.

Meanwhile, Celcom, Digi, and Maxis have not published any reaction to the Valentine Day’s message from U Mobile at the moment. We doubt that they would but who knows, maybe they eventually decide to have a little bit of fun with U Mobile’s cheeky greetings later on.
(Source: U Mobile – 1, 2, 3)
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Vainglory 5v5 Mode Is Finally Here

As promised, The Vainglory Update 3.0 has officially made 5v5 available to every player globally. The game’s creator, Super Evil Megacorp, launched the update today, and has said that it is designed from the ground up to support all devices that currently run the current 3v3 format.
The new game mode, powered by the company’s proprietary E.V.I.L game engine, renders more than three million polygons, along with more than 200 animated moving actors rendered at 120fps. Not surprising, if you want to play the game at this frame rate, one of the only few phones with a display that supports 120fps is the Razer Phone.

Additionally, the new 5v5 update will also feature a new score composed by renowned video game composer Joris de Man, who is best known for his work on both the Killzone franchise and Horizon Zero Dawn. Super Evil Megacorp explained that the new 5v5 features an “adaptive music system that unveils the score based on how you play,” and that it changes depending on the player’s situation.
In-game itself, the new mode will come with new challenging features, such as true line-of-sight Fog of War, completely free player camera controls, wave control, and last hitting, to name a few. And to celebrate the launch of the new update, Super Evil Megacorp will be kicking off a special Lunar New Year event that will run from 15 to 22 February, where players will have a chance to win some in-game skins and extra bonuses from playing with new year-themed skins.

The new Vainglory update is already available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. To learn more about the new 5v5 mode, you can read our in-depth article for a better understanding of the game here.
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