Freefly Movi Brings Cinematic Gimbal Experience To Consumers

Freefly Systems, a company that specialises in stabilisers for professional cinematographers, is getting into the smartphone business. The company is applying its niche skillset to build the Movi; a gimbal that stands out of the rest due to its shape and easy-to-use operations.
The Movi’s three-axis stabiliser features an L-shaped design, with the controls on a handle located to the right of the iPhone. This version only supports the iPhones, including larger models like the iPhone 8 Plus.
Several preset shooting modes will be included in the accompanying Movi app, like the standard stablization mode (called Majestic mode here) and the ability to lock the camera on a single subject Orbit mode. On this note, Freefly admits that the built in OIS on the iPhone may clash with the Movi’s own stabilisation. Which may cause artefacts while using the Majestic mode.
Freefly mentioned that it is working with Apple’s AR kit to further enhance the gimbal so that it can intelligently track subjects.

The Freefly Movi will be available starting from next year, with a sticker price of US$ 299 (RM 1,218).
(Source: Wired )
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Grab Receives Approval From Bank Negara Malaysia To Deliver e-Money Service In 2018

Grab today has announced that Bank Negara Malaysia has approved its application to offer GrabPay e-money service in our market. This service is not to be confused with the card payment option in the existing Grab app which is also called GrabPay.
Instead, the GrabPay e-money service allows users to utilize Grab as payment method outside of their Grab rides. Nevertheless, the features will still be made available within Grab app itself which means that users don’t have to download a separate app.
From what we know from its implementation in Singapore, GrabPay uses QR code as its main interface and users do need to top-up GrabPay Credits into their GrabPay wallet in order to utilize it for payment. As a security measure, Grab has implemented a six-digit PIN called GrabPay PIN as the second factor authentication for the service.
According to Grab, the GrabPay e-money service in Malaysia will be rolled out in stages within the first half of 2018.
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Facebook Releases its Year in Review 2017

Facebook recently released its Year in Review 2017 that highlights the top moments for this year. It’s been a pretty grim year (on Facebook at least) with many disasters happening across the world, but thankfully, Facebook saw how everyone around the world came together on its network to support one another.
On top of that, as with every year, the social networking company also released personalised Year in Review summary, compiling the top moments for every individual user.

According to Facebook, the top three moments that were discussed globally in 2017 were:

International Women’s Day: the number one most talked about moment of 2017.
Super Bowl 51: Facebook had more than 262 million views of Super Bowl-related videos on the platform.
Las Vegas Violence: This tragic incident had people talking about it around the world, with more than 3,300 people offering to help their community through Facebook’s Crisis Response tools.

The top three moments that saw people come to each other’s aid were:

Earthquake in Mexico: This incident saw the highest number of total interactions within Crisis Response on Facebook for the year, with millions of people marking themselves safe, and others offering to help their community or donating to the cause.
Hurricane Harvey: People all came together and raised over US$20 million, the biggest fundraising effort for a single crisis in 2017 on Facebook.
One Love Manchester: The most viewed video and live broadcast on Facebook in 2017, this benefit concert generated over 80 million views and raised more than $450,000 for those affected by the Manchester terror attack.

Finally, Facebook also highlighted the top events that saw people connecting in person by creating Events on Facebook were:

Total Solar Eclipse: Facebook brought the world together through more than 20,000 Facebook Events in more than 80 countries.
Women’s March on DC: This event, which happened early this year, saw over 500,000 people together through the largest Facebook event for a single cause in 2017.

All these seem to be heavily influenced by the U.S., so what about something you can relate to a little better? Check out Facebook’s personalised Year in Review page for your own Year in Review. It gathers the moments from the past year that you’ve shared or been tagged in, and compiles them into a short video. Do proceed with caution though, Facebook still isn’t very good at filtering out bad moments, so do edit your video before you share them.

(Source: Facebook)
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Nvidia Unleashes The Titan V; Its Most Powerful Titan Graphics Card

Nvidia has, rather surprisingly, unveiled its newest graphics card called the Titan V. As its name implies, Nvidia’s new flagship graphics card is based off of the company’s Volta architecture. Interestingly, we’ve actually seen this graphics card before thanks to a leak allegedly from an Nvidia intern in May.
That aside, when it comes to specifications, the Nvidia Titan V is equipped with the Volta-based GV100 GPU (12nm), which is even further enhanced with 12GB of HBM2 memory (first ever Titan graphics card to have this memory controller). In addition, this graphics card also features 5,120 CUDA Cores, 640 Tensor Cores, and a single-precision floating point compute performance of 15 TFLOPS. Meanwhile, clock speeds of the Nvidia Titan V is rated at 1200MHz (base) and 1455MHz (boost).

All of the specifications stated above are, of course, higher compared to the older Pascal-based Titan Xp graphics card; the only exception being slower clock speeds on the new Titan V. Due to the use of HBM2, the Nvidia’s newest graphics card now boasts a memory bandwidth speed of 653GBps – 106GBps higher than the Titan Xp. One “new” feature that comes with the Titan V that is absent on the Titan Xp is Tensor Performance for deep learning (110 TFLOPS).
Design-wise, the Titan V graphics card seem to come with the same cooler shroud and cooling system as the Titan Xp. That said, the cooler shroud on the Titan V does come in flamboyant gold – probably to reflect its insane horsepower. Speaking of insanity, Nvidia has mentioned that the Titan V will come at a ludicrous price of US$2,999 (about RM12,222). At this price point, it seems rather obvious that this graphics card isn’t aimed towards PC gamers at all.
(Source: Nvidia)
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Bezel-less Sony Xperia Photos Leak Online

Photos of next year’s Sony Xperia smartphone have appeared online, showing two different designs that Sony could be using for its supposedly bezel-less flagship smartphone.
One picture shows a curvier design than modern Sony smartphones. It has similarities to other major manufacturers’ current designs, and is unlike Sony’s tried and tested look. This design looks like it ends up ditching the side-mounted power button-fingerprint scanner combo.
The other look has a more classic Sony Xperia design, but in a taller arrangement. It looks like the new 18:9 aspect ratio that everyone is going for, and somehow maintains the monolithic black aesthetic for which the Xperia is known. On the back, there is a combination glossy and matte surfaces, and along with what could be the fingerprint scanner.

Both designs are said to feature 5.7-inch 4K displays and dual cameras. One will be arranging the lenses arranged in a style similar to the LG V30, while the other adopts something closer to the iPhone 8.
Of course take these design with a grain of salt, as these samples may just be engineering prototypes. Still, we are cautiously happy that Sony is finally leaving the Xperia Z design and embracing a new look for their 2018 flagship. Look forward to more reveals during MWC 2018.
(Source: My Drivers, GSMArena)
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Maybank QR Pay To Be Launched Very Soon: Features Direct Integration With Maybank2U

There are several QR-based payment solutions have started to make their appearance in Malaysia as of late. Soon, the scene will be joined by Maybank as the bank is apparently working to launch its own take on the solution according to the initial information that we’ve received from industry sources.
Called Maybank QR Pay, the new solution will be integrated directly into Maybank2U app. At the same time, users will then be able to utilize the funds in their Maybank account to make payment.
MaybankPay: the company’s current cashless payment solution.
Hence, there is no need for users to top-up credit into a dedicated payment account as per some of the digital wallet implementation out there. Our sources have informed us that the public roll out for Maybank QR Pay has been planned to take place in January 2018.
This is indeed an interesting development from Maybank who only recently has just added facial and voice recognition feature into Maybank2U app. Additionally, the roll out of Maybank QR Pay could be the catalyst to accelerate cashless payment system in the country given Maybank status as the biggest bank in the country.
(Mock-Up Image: Amanz)
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Huawei Nova 2S Official with 18:9 FHD+ Display, Kirin 960, & Four Cameras for 2,699 Yuan

We’ve seen the leak, and now, Huawei has officially taken the wraps off its newest addition to the Nova series, the Huawei Nova 2S. As expected, it’s yet another 18:9 smartphone, and it comes with pretty respectable hardware, including dual-camera systems on the front and back.
Looking at its list of specifications, the Nova 2S is the most well-equipped device in the Nova series. It comes with a HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor – the very same chipset powering the Huawei P10 and honor 8 Pro – paired with up to 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, and a 3,340mAh battery.
Of course, there’s also the Nova 2S’ 6-inch 2160 x 1060 FullView Display with very minimal bezels. Much like the Huawei Mate 10, it also sports a fingerprint sensor on the bottom of the display – it’s quite impressive how Huawei managed to fit the sensor in such a small area.

And then we have the Nova 2S’ four camera configuration. The rear cameras consist of 16MP RGB and 20MP monochrome shooters with f/1.8 apertures, while the primary front-facing camera is a 20MP sensor paired with a 2MP shooter. We reckon the secondary selfie camera is there to enable bokeh effects. Interestingly, the 2S comes with face unlock as well.

In China, the Huawei Nova 2S is available in three variants: 64GB + 4GB for 2,699 Chinese yuan (about RM1,660), 64GB + 6GB for 2,999 yuan (RM1,845), and 128GB + 6GB for 3,499 yuan (RM2,155). At the time of writing, it remains to be seen if the Nova 2S will be launched in Malaysia.
(Source: GSMArena, Vmall)
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Sony Sold Half Of All VR Headsets In Q3 2017

Sony Interactive Entertainment appears to be doing just fine when it comes to virtual reality. The company has accounted for half of all VR headsets sold in the third quarter of 2017; leaving pioneers like Oculus and HTC scrapping to keep up.
Market analytics firm Canalys noted that the VR headset market has sold more than one million units in a quarter for the first time ever. Sony accounted for 49% of those sales, with Oculus being the nearest competition at 21%. HTC contributed some 16% of the total market during this time.
Sony’s strong position seems to come from the lower price point of its PS VR set; despite it being sold in bundles or requiring additional purchases. This budget friendly starting position seems to have spurred Oculus to cut prices to match the competition. A move that seems to have worked out as it outsold the rival HTC Vive.

That said, the market numbers don’t account for “simple viewers” like the Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream. Which may have skewed the numbers in Sony’s favour this time around. However, the impact of less capable VR viewers is difficult to guess; considering that neither Samsung nor Google reveal sales numbers for the headsets.
The VR headset market is set to become more competitive from next year. Microsoft is pushing its budget AR concept, and has partnered with multiple OEMs to introduce cheaper VR headsets into the market. It’s difficult to say how much impact this will have at this time.
Sony, for the most part, may be secure in its position. Largely because it doesn’t share the same platform as the other VR headsets. All it really needs now is a hit game that sells the full potential of virtual reality.
[Source: Canalys]
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Corsair HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset To Be Available In Malaysia This Month

Alongside its plan to release Corsair One systems in Malaysia next year, Corsair will also be releasing its HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset into our market Malaysia. For this particular product, users don’t have to wait too long to get their hands on it though since it will be made available in the market within December.
First announced to the world in mid-November, the HS50 is an interesting release from the company since it is not only designed for PC gamers which have been Corsair’s main audience for so long but also for console gamers. Hence, that is why the headset can obtain with green, blue, or black trims (sorry, no RGB lights here, people) on the housing of its drivers which represent Xbox, PlayStation, and PC gamers respectively.

Designed to deliver comfort during long hours of usages, the HS50 features metal frame that is covered with synthetic leather. Equipped with a pair of 50mm neodymium drivers alongside memory foam earcups, the headset also features a Discord Certified unidirectional noise canceling microphone that can removed when not in use.
Since the headset uses 4-pole 3.5mm jack, this means HS50 can be used directly with mobile phones or consoles. Nevertheless, Corsair has included a y-splitter for PC gamers to utilize on systems that have separate audio and microphone ports.

As for the pricing, the new Corsair HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset will be made available for RM 209. For its actual availability at stores, get in touch with your favorite game retailers.
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Nicehash Cryptocurrency Mining Sevice Hacked; RM330 Million Worth Of Bitcoin Stolen

Nicehash, a service that “rents” computing power for Bitcoin mining, has suffered a massive security breach. Resulting in some 4,736.4281 BTC stolen from users; worth some RM333,958,515.
Nicehash worked on the idea that people would want to own Bitcoin without having to invest in the hardware necessary for cryptocurrency mining. It also allowed people with spare mining capacity to sell their processing power for a little extra income. As a result, the service received quite a bit of attention for being the easiest way to invest in Bitcoin.
However, the service confirmed that a security breach occurred on its servers; and ended with all available Bitcoin wallets completely cleaned out. Nicehash, for its part, posted a response to the incident on Reddit, saying, “unfortunately, there has been a security breach involving NiceHash website. We are currently investigating the nature of the incident and, as a result, we are stopping all operations for the next 24 hours. Importantly, our payment system was compromised and the contents of the NiceHash Bitcoin wallet have been stolen. We are working to verify the precise number of BTC taken.”
There is likely no recourse for those who have made a loss as a result of this security breach. The anonymous nature of cryptocurrency prevents it from being tracked to a single person, and it is extremely easy to route funds into multiple wallets in order to hide where they came from.
[Source: Reddit]
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