OPPO R15 & R15 Plus Teaser Hints At Full Screen Display and iPhone X-Like Notch

Regardless of your opinion of the notch on Apple iPhone X, it seems that more and more upcoming smartphones have adopted the design. Among them is OPPO R15 and R15 Plus based on a new teaser that have been published by the well-known Chinese phone manufacturer.
As shown below, OPPO is not even trying to hide that its upcoming R15 and R15 Plus will feature a notch on their display. At the same time, it also seems that the company is trying to highlight full screen display as another design feature of the device.

Apart from these features, the teaser didn’t provide any hints that might be related to other features within these new devices. While the notch might be closely associated with iPhone X, this is not the first time that it has appeared on Android phones though.
For example, the previously released Essential Phone and Sharp Aquos S2 already featured such design but it seems like the design might be a new norm soon. In addition to OPPO’s upcoming offerings, we have seen the notch on many new devices at MWC 2018 such as ASUS ZenFone 5/ZenFone 5F, and Wiko View 2.
OPPO R9s and R9s Plus were the last R-series devices that OPPO released in Malaysia.
Meanwhile, it has been a while since OPPO released its R-series devices in Malaysia. Will the company revive the series in our market through its new R15 and R15 Plus? Well, we shall know soon enough.
(Source: OPPO China)
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Benchmarks Of Intel Hades Canyon NUC With Core i7-8809G Appear Online

Benchmarks of the Intel Hades Canyon NUC (Next Unit of Computing) have appeared online. The numbers appear to come from an engineering sample, but the numbers should be close enough to the real thing to give us an idea of how well it performs.
The benchmarks were conducted by Korean tech site Playwares. Further reading also shows that the NUC in question housed a Core i7-8809G along with 4GB of HMB2 graphics memory that comes from embedded Radeon RX Vega M GPU.

Moving forward; Playwares listed down two sets of benchmarks on its site: system performance and gaming performance. Suffice to say, the numbers produced by the NUC are actually pretty impressive.

At its default settings, the NUC is able to run the majority of its triple A titles at their highest graphics preset, and on the Full HD resolution; although more demanding games kept it from reaching 60fps. Rise of the Tomb Raider garnered an average of 52.5 fps, while the Assassin’s Creed: Origins ran at an average of 32 fps at Ultra High graphics, and at Full HD.

To recap, Intel and AMD entered into a partnership last year, in an effort to create new Intel processors that used AMD’s Radeon GPUs as the engine of its integrated graphics portion. Ultimately, the end result of that marriage led to the creation of the new Intel G-Series processors.
As usual, Intel has yet to announce the availability of its Hades Canyon NUC to the market, both locally and globally.
(Source: Playwares, TweakTown)
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First Benchmark For The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Appears Online

We have just seen the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, but Samsung isn’t stopping there. Another hotly anticipated device is the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and a benchmark has popped up on the internet showing a very respectable HTML5 compliant browser.
Thanks to the benchmark on HTML5Test, we know that Samsung will be keeping the 18.5:9 aspect ratio screen, The device identifier on the benchmark page shows the model tested has the model number SM-960U. As the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is model number SM-950, it can be assumed that this is the upcoming Galaxy Note 9. The U suffix indicates that the model tested is the unlocked model.

The phone was running Android 8.0 with the Samsung Internet 8.0 browser running on board. The score of 522 points is also very good as Galaxy Note 8 with Samsung Internet 5.2 only scored 488 points out of 555 points. While this score is not indicative of the overall performance of the phone, we can expect an excellent internet experience using Samsung’s own browser on the phone.
We are still months away from the official launch. With Android P expected to be launched sometime middle of the year, we do hope that the Note 9 will be shipping with Android 9.0 rather than Android Oreo out of the box. We look forward to seeing more leaked benchmark of the stylus-wielding smartphone from Samsung.
(Source: HTML5Test, PhoneArena )

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Gigabyte H370 Aorus Gaming 3 WiFi Motherboard Leaked

It looks like Gigabyte’s upcoming motherboard, the H370 Aorus Gaming 3 WiFi, has been leaked. Interestingly, this motherboard is apparently one of the very first to be equipped with the Intel H370 chipset to be spotted. Rumour has it that H370, B360 and H310 motherboards will most likely be released officially in April.
When it comes to design, the H370 Aorus Gaming 3 motherboard comes in a dark brown PCB and is further endowed with Gigabyte’s signature orange accents all around. Of course, being a 2018 motherboard means that the H370 Aorus Gaming 3 do feature LED lighting. That aside, as its name suggests, the H370 Aorus Gaming 3 WiFi does come with an onboard WiFi and adapter.
Image: HardwareLuxx
Specifications-wise, the H370 Aorus Gaming 3 is equipped with two PCIe x16 and four PCIe x1 slots. This means that consumers will be able to slot in up to six graphics cards on the motherboard. In addition, H370 Aorus Gaming 3 also comes with two M.2 slots and six SATA 6Gbps ports as well.
Unfortunately, the release date and pricing for the Gigabyte H370 Aorus Gaming 3 WiFi was not mentioned in the leak. That said, given how H370, B360 and H310 mainboards may be released in April, we expect Gigabyte to release the H370 Aorus Gaming 3 WiFi around the same time as well.
(Source: HardwareLuxx via VideoCardz)
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Spotify files for IPO amidst RM5.9 Billion Losses

Spotify has finally filed for an initial public offering after months of rumours and speculation. While this move, allows the company to to raise a large amount of capital, it isn’t necessarily targeting that with the IPO filing.
Spotify is seeking a direct listing that would enable its shares to be traded sooner compared to the conventional IPO. Currently, Spotify is valued at $19 billion according to Reuters.

The IPO listing also gives some updates about the company’s performance. The total user base for the music streaming platform. As of 2017, the platform has amounted to 159 million monthly active users. With 71 million of them being Premium subscribers. This translates to an increase of 46% for active paying subscriber and 29% increase in total active users. With that numbers, Spotify has set itself as the biggest music streaming platform in the world, far outpacing the number of users of its competitors like Apple, Google and Amazon.
Despite the healthy grows of subscribers, Spotify generates revenue nearly $5 billion last year with a net loss of around $1.5 billion. The Verge reports that Spotify’s struggle to make a profit is heavily due to the small margins of the business, given that most of the company’s revenue will be paid for the licensing fees to music companies.
It’s not clear on how bright Spotify’s future will be. However, with the large user base under its belt, it certainly have something going for it.
(Source: The Verge)
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Uber co-founder Garrett Camp unhappy with current cryptocurrencies, creates his own

Just when you thought that we have enough cryptocurrencies, a new player emerges. Uber co-founder and Expa founder Garrett Camp revealed that he has been busying himself with a brand-new cryptocurrency, which is called Eco.

Introducing https://t.co/hojcQhgW5E https://t.co/7hSRgEHgSf // @eco
— Garrett Camp (@gc) March 1, 2018

His latest endeavour is a result of his own experience with purchasing cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and Ethereum, last year. Camp told Fortune that he hopes to address the issues he found with these projects, while providing what digital currency was meant to be: instant, affordable and borderless.
If you’re also wondering why it’s called Eco, Camp further revealed that the name is not only short and easy to pronounce in a wide range of languages, it also reminds consumers of concepts like ‘ecosystem’, ‘economics’ and ‘e-Commerce’.
Having said that, we couldn’t help but wonder if this was something he had meant to kickstart earlier as Eco’s Twitter account indicated that it had been set-up in September 2016.

Eco is currently in its early stages, and the company has released a whitepaper outlining its design proposal. It seeks to address three issues within digital currencies: verification of network nodes; usability of applications; and efficiency of transactions.The whitepaper also highlights that Eco will attempt to make significant improvements by: forming a verified network, where universities run nodes; increasing overall token supply and creating simple web and mobile apps; and designing a system with more energy-efficient and coordinated token generation, to reduce overall power consumption.
While users can sign up now to claim their free Eco, the company is planning to get a test net running by the end of the year. There will be one trillion tokens offered initially, where Eco plans to distribute 50% of the token supply to the first one billion unique, verified human users on the platform.
Another 20% will be allocated to verified nodes (partner universities) and its network of researchers and developers. The remainder will be held by the Eco Foundation to fund operations and community grants; active contributors and advisors; and strategic partners worldwide.
[Source: TechCrunch, Fortune]
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Next EA Battlefield Title Will Take Players Back To World War II

Electronic Art’s (EA) upcoming Battlefield title, dubbed Battlefield V, will reportedly be bringing players back to backdrop of World War II.
According to GamesBeat, EA’s decision comes after the overwhelming success of last year’s Battlefield 1, the first Battlefield title to take players into the trenches and artillery-riddled landscapes of World War I. Also, it should be noted that Battlefield 1 is the only title in the series to ever use the Great War as a setting.
EA and its Battlefield developer, DICE said that both parties have wanted to “get away from the modern and near-future settings for a while” and revisit the World War II theatre, but didn’t do so for fear that of a genre fatigue.
Battlefield 1 was a major success for EA.
One of the many appealing points of Battlefield 1 (besides the obvious combat system) is Frostbite, the company’s proprietary engine. To date, there have been three iterations of the Frostbite engine, with Frostbite 3 being the latest. It has been praised by many gamers in the industry, mainly for its ability to render very nearly photo-realistic, in-game visuals.
Unfortunately, besides the leaked image of the game’s title at the start of this article, EA has been keeping any further news about the next installment very close to the chest. That said, there’s a chance that the publisher might just give a sneak peek of it during this year’s E3.
(Source: VentureBeat)
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Acer Malaysia Introduces Three New Monitors For Immersive Gaming and Viewing Experience

Alongside the new Aspire S24, Acer recently has also released three new monitors in Malaysia. One of them is the 27-inch XF270HA (shown above) which has been positioned as an entry-level gaming monitor.
Featuring a full HD TN panel with 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms GTG response time, the XF270HA also comes with the support for AMD FreeSync technology. Other than that, it is also equipped with HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI ports alongside a USB 3.0 hub and built-in stereo speakers.
The Acer ED242QRA curved monitor.
Other than that, there is also the ED242QRA curved monitor which is again targeted at gamers as well as users that are looking for entry-level curved monitor. Featuring a 23.6-inch full HD VA panel with 1800R curvature, 144Hz refresh rate, and 4ms response time, it also able to support AMD FreeSync technology.
For consumers that looking for a larger monitor, Acer has something from them as well in the form of EB321HQUB monitor. Built with a 31.5-inch IPS panel, its refresh rate might be limited to 60Hz but it does offer not only the biggest screen size of all three but also the largest resolution at 2560 x 1440.
The 31-inch Acer EB321HQUB IPS monitor.
Price-wise, the Acer XF270HA can be obtained at RM 1499 while the Acer ED242QRA and EB321HQUB are listed at RM 799 and RM 1099 respectively. All three monitors are readily available from Acer retailers throughout Malaysia.
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Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI Flash Calculate The Light Bounce For You

Canon has revealed the Speedlite 470EX-AI Flash. The AI in the name is not for ‘artificial intelligence’; the one-of-a-kind flash incorporates the brand’s proprietary Auto Intelligent (AI) Bounce technology.
Indeed, the new flash system is designed with entry-level and enthusiast photographers in mind. Through its AI Bounce technology, the flash can automatically and intelligently determine an appropriate bounce angle when used by measuring the distance between the camera and the ceiling, and the distance between the camera and the shooting subject.
While the technology may not yet be perfect, the Speedlite 470EX-AI undeniably kicks off a new wave of intelligent flash systems.
The Speedlite 470EX-AI Flash, on the other hand, is priced at US$399.99. It is slated to be available in the US in April 2018.Thus far, there has been no mention of any worldwide launches.
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Switch Malaysia Stops Warehouse Sale After Massive Crowd Threatens Security

The Switch warehouse sale has closed after crowds threatened to overwhelm the location. The sale was scheduled to begin at 10.30am today, but staff at the MyTown branch of the Apple reseller were forced to close up citing “security concerns”.
Switch Malaysia announced on its official Facebook page that it – along with the MyTown management – had no choice but to shutter its operations after all of its products listed in its clearance sale had sold out.

(Image source: Wahidi AG via Facebook).
Limited quantities of Apple products were set to be on sale today, with prices ranging from as low as RM200 for an iPhone 5s, all the way to a 2012 MacBook Pro Retina going for RM2,800.
Despite the limited number of items, Switch soon found thousands of customers waiting at its doorstep. In fact, the crowd was so big that the entire floor where the Switch outlet was situated was completely blocked. On top of that, the line even extended to the outdoor section of the mall.
However, from the announcement, it would seem that quite a few early birds managed to get some shopping in before the the closure.
(Image source: Shan Malik via Facebook)
At one point, Switch even stopped distributing queue numbers and had to call in the police for assistance to deal with the queue, and also because some of its staff were ‘compromised’ by some unruly customers.
(Source: Switch Malaysia [Facebook link])

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