Samsung’s New And Improved Bixby 2.0 Is Coming On 18 October

Samsung’s very own digital assistant, Bixby, hasn’t exactly been well-received; it faced quite a number of delays and isn’t quite up to par to its competition. This, however, may change in the near future: Samsung is said to be releasing an upgraded version of Bixby dubbed Bixby 2.0.
Expected to be announced on 18th October 2017 in San Francisco at Samsung’s annual Developer Conference, Bixby 2.0 will allegedly expand to third-party services as well as integration beyond smartphones. Chances are, Samsung could be looking at some form of smart home integration.

Comparing to other existing virtual assistants such as Google Assistant and Siri, Bixby is not really performing up to par with its rivals. The lack of third-party support and sluggish voice commands makes it feel like an unfinished product; even Samsung admits that its own digital assistant still has room for improvement. Hopefully, these shortcomings will be addressed with the next version of Bixby.
More information on the upgraded Bixby will most likely be available after Samsung’s Developer Conference on 18th October. It will be interesting to see how Samsung will improve its own digital assistant, especially since it’s working closer with more third-party developers.
(Source: The Korea Herald)
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Seagate 12TB Hard Drives Are Coming To Malaysia: Price Starts At RM 2199

Seagate recently has announced that selected hard drives under its Guardian Series can now be obtained with up to 12TB of storage space. If you have been wondering whether these 12TB hard drives will be making their way into Malaysia soon, Seagate’s representatives that we met at serverDNA II Gamers Gathering event yesterday have a good news for you.
In case you not familiar with the Seagate Guardian Series hard drives, they are generally divided into three main groups. One of them is the BarraCuda series which houses the family’s titular name as well as BarraCuda Pro, and FireCuda.

Seagate BarraCuda hard drives are meant for general consumers while BarraCuda Pro and FireCuda drives are designed for high-performance users and content creators although products under FireCuda do offer added performance due to their solid state hybrid nature.
In addition to that, there is also the SkyHawk series which offers hard drives for surveillance purposes while IronWolf hard drives are made for network attached storages. For enterprise-level as well as creative professionals, they can opt for IronWolf Pro drives too.

However, the 12TB option is only available for BarraCuda Pro, IronWolf, and IronWolf Pro series at the moment. Priced at RM 2499, RM 2199, and RM 2599 respectively, customers can expect to see them in Malaysia by late October or early November.
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Rumour: Custom GTX 1070 Ti Graphics Cards May Not Be Overclockable

A new rumour has surfaced regarding a possible “feature” of upcoming custom GTX 1070 Ti graphics cards. According to multiple sources, all custom Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti cards will feature the same frequency speeds, because they won’t be overclockable.
An industry insider was quoted by Eteknix saying that all custom GTX 1070 Ti graphics cards will not be overclockable. This means that all custom cards will come with the same clock speeds, regardless of the brand. That said, these cards may still vary in terms of pricing because of their cooling system and design.

Contrary to this statement, folks at Experview mentioned that despite having the same core clock speeds, custom GTX 1070 Ti graphics cards may still be overclockable via third party software. That said, if Nvidia decides that it doesn’t want people fiddling with the GTX 1070 Ti, then the company may enable “restrictions” on the GPU, which will make it incompatible with most overclocking tools.
According to previous rumours, Nvidia’s GTX 1070 Ti may likely come at base and boost clock speeds of 1607MHz and 1683MHz respectively. One shouldn’t forget, however, that Nvidia Pascal GPUs are endowed with a feature called “GPU Boost 3.0.” With GPU boost, the Pascal GP104 GPU powering the GTX 1070 Ti will “automatically” increase its max clock speeds based on the type of cooling system used – possibly up to 2GHz.

Still, disabling manual overclocking on the GTX 1070 Ti may put off some consumers from getting one; which is bad business for Nvidia. But, looking at it from Nvidia’s perspective, enabling overclocking on the GTX 1070 Ti may make the GTX 1080 “obsolete” in the eyes of consumers. Regardless, do take this rumour with a grain of salt, at least until the official launch of the GTX 1070 Ti.
(Source: Eteknix, Expreview)
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Leak: Huawei Mate 10 Pro May Be Bundled With Smartpen, Made By Moleskine

According to prolific leaker Evan Blass, the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 Pro may be bundled together with a new accessory – a smartpen. A photo of the phone with the smartpen was published on his Twitter page.
The smartpen in the photo is the Moleskine Pen+, a connected pen that is designed for the company’s Paper Tablet planners to sketch content, and then upload it to connected smartphones. Part of Moleskine+ Smart Writing ecosystem, the pen connects to smartphones via Bluetooth for data uploads.
As the pen could be bundled together with the upcoming phone, Huawei is encroaching into the territory of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, with its S-Pen. That being said, S-Pen can be stored directly into Note 8 but on another hand, there are significant number of consumers out there that really love Moleskine planners and could be attracted to Pen+.
Do take this news with a grain of salt as nothing is confirmed as of right now. With the launch will be taking place only in few days time, we will see if this rumor is true or just a fancy wishful thinking.
(Source: @evleaks )
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Report: Apple to Ditch Touch ID in Favour of Face ID in All 2018 iPhones

The iPhone X, Apple’s first device to use its latest Face ID facial recognition technology, is not even out yet, but it looks like Apple already has plans for its 2018 iPhones. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, Apple would ditch its current Touch ID in favour of Face ID in all of its iPhone models scheduled for next year.
Kuo reports that 3D sensing will be a major selling point for all new iPhone models in 2018, adding that the Cupertino company plans to capitalise on its lead in 3D sensing technology.
We predict all new 2H18F iPhone models will likely abandon fingerprint recognition. We believe this change will allow all new models to realize a competitive advantage via differentiation, on the back of an integrated user experience of full-screen design and TrueDepth Camera/ Facial recognition/ Face ID/ AR applications.
This means that we can finally say goodbye to the similar iPhone design we’ve been seeing since the iPhone 6 in 2014. The analyst also predicts that all 2018 iPhones will have a full-screen design similar to the iPhone X. On top of bringing Face ID to all 2018 iPhones, Kuo previously reported that Apple will bring it to its next generation iPad Pro as well.

Of course, this is just a rumour for now. The iPhone X is not even out yet, so Apple does not know consumers’ reaction towards its latest iPhone that changes the experience people are all used to. Moreover, there are reports claiming that Apple is facing some production problems for the facial recognition sensor, which could delay the iPhone X launch schedule.
(Source: MacRumors)
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Leak: Huawei Mate 10 Pro May Be Bundled With Smartpen, Made By Moleskin

According to prolific leaker Evan Blass, the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 Pro may be bundled together with a new accessory – a smartpen. A photo of the phone with the smartpen was published on his Twitter page.
The smartpen in the photo is the Moleskin Pen+, a connected pen that is designed for the company’s Paper Tablet planners to sketch content, and then upload it to connected smartphones. Part of the Smart Writing Set ecosystem, the pen connects to smartphones via Bluetooth for data uploads.
As the pen could be bundled together with the upcoming phone, Huawei is encroaching into the territory of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, with its S-Pen. That being said, S-Pen can be stored directly into Note 8 but on another hand, there are significant number of consumers out there that really love Moleskin planners and could be attracted to Pen+.
Do take this news with a grain of salt as nothing is confirmed as of right now. With the launch will be taking place only in few days time, we will see if this rumor is true or just a fancy wishful thinking.
(Source: @evleaks )
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DJI Launches New Zenmuse X7 Super 35mm Camera For Inspire 2

Look out DJI Inspire 2 owners: this Zenmuse X7 Super 35mm module might be a good addition to your arsenal. The new camera from DJI boasts the world’s first Super 35 digital film camera optimized for professional aerial cinematography, thanks to the new DL-mount lens.
Recording modes for the X7 includes 6K CinemaDNG RAW or 5.2K Apple ProRes at up to 30 FPS, as well as 3.9K CinemaDNG RAW or 2.7K ProRes at up to 59.94 FPS. These two modes should gel well with most professional production workflow out there. Thanks to the new Super 35 sensor, it also features 14 stops of dynamic range for more details in low-light conditions.
The Zenmuse X7 mounted on the DJI Inspire 2
As for DL-mount lenses themselves, among options that users can obtained for X7 are 16 mm, 24 mm, 35 mm, and 50 mm lenses. Each lens has a maximum aperture of F/2.8 and is crafted out of carbon fiber making it light yet durable. The whole Zenmuse X7 gimbal system weighs just 631 grams with the 16 mm lens attached.

While we don’t have the Malaysian pricing at the moment, the Zenmuse X7 is priced at US$2,699 (about RM 11,384) in United States. The 16 mm, 24 mm and 35mm lenses will be available for US$1,299 (about RM 5,479) each while the 50mm lens is listed at US$1,199 (about RM 5,057).
For those who prefer to obtain all four lenses at one go, there is also a package deal for all four lenses at only US$4,299 (about RM 18,133). The X7 will be available from early November 2017 onwards.
(Source: DPreview )
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Here’s Where to Preorder the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in Malaysia Today

Preorder for the latest iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus has finally started in Malaysia. The latest smartphones from Apple will go on sale here starting from next Friday, 20 October 2017, but if you wish to secure yourself a unit, you may preorder from selected authorised Apple resellers, as well as from our local telcos.
Make your preorder online from authorised Apple resellers in Malaysia. For now, it looks like the preorder is only available from Machines and Switch. Other authorised resellers such as Mac City, MacStudio, Harvey Norman, SenHeng and senQ only lets you register your interest starting today.

Check out Machines or Switch to make your preorder now. Both authorised Apple resellers are offering all variants of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, in 64GB or 256GB storage option, with your colour choice of either silver, gold, or space gray. As expected, the retail prices are as follows:

64GB iPhone 8 – RM3,649
256GB iPhone 8 – RM4,399
64GB iPhone 8 Plus – RM4,149
256GB iPhone 8 Plus – RM4,899

Do note that you will need to make full payment when you preorder from Machines or Switch.

If you do not wish to pay almost RM5,000 to get the latest iPhones, preorder from our local telcos and get the iPhone 8 at a subsidised price. All major telcos in Malaysia are now taking preorder for the iPhone 8 – get it from as low as RM1,970 from Maxis, from RM83/month with Celcom, from RM2,170 with Digi, or from RM2,140 with U Mobile.
Maxis

For preorder, Maxis is only offering the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus with a traditional contract. The telco is not offering the iPhone 8 with its Zerolution bundle for now. Preorder now from Maxis’ website.
Celcom
Celcom’s iPhone 8 bundle with a traditional contract
Celcom iPhone 8 EasyPhone
As for Celcom, you can purchase the iPhone 8 with a traditional 24-month contract, or with Celcom EasyPhone instalment plan. Check out Celcom’s website now to make your preorder.
Digi

As a Digi Store Online exclusive promotion, preorders will come with a free Muvit Crystal Bump Case, and a Panzer Tempered worth RM218. These freebies are only available on a first come first served basis.
Check out Digi to make your preorder now with the telco.
U Mobile

On top of the regular monthly data, free calls and free SMS, U Mobile also offers additional data catered for different usage. Enjoy unlimited Video-ONZ, unlimited Music-ONZ, as well as unlimited App-ONZ when you sign up for an i90 or i130 plan. This is applicable for both postpaid and prepaid however, it looks like the telco is only offering postpaid option for its iPhone 8 preorder.
Preorder with U Mobile now.
Preorder starts today, Friday 13 October 2017, and will run until 16 October 2017. They will officially go on sale starting from Friday, 20 October 2017.
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Kindle Oasis Is Amazon’s Water Resistant E-Book Reader

Despite the niche popularity of e-books, Amazon has launched another new Kindle model. The new Kindle Oasis is an update from the 2016 model – now with an all-metal body and waterproof build.
The Oasis has a tapered body, making holding the e-book reader more comfortable for longer periods of time. Thanks to the all-metal back, it has a more premium feel than previous models.
The biggest new feature on the Oasis is its IPX8 rating. This means that the new Oasis is waterproof. Yes, you can now read your favourite e-book at the pool or beach, without worrying about your Kindle getting damaged from splashes.
Another new feature with the Oasis is Audbile integration through a built-in app. There are no built-in speakers, but users can stream the audiobook through Bluetooth to wireless speakers or Bluetooth headsets.
Other features includes physical page-turn buttons, microUSB for charging and built-in LED backlight for low-light reading.
The Kindle Oasis will be shipping by end October from $250 (about RM1,055) for the 8GB ad-supported model to $350 (about RM1,475) for the 32GB cellular model.
(Source: Ars Technica)
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These Are The Official Prices For iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in Malaysia

Ever since the iPhone 8 and thePhone 8 Plus were revealed by Apple, their price tags in Malaysia have immediately become subjects of speculation. Well, you can stop guessing now because we finally have the official prices for both devices.
As revealed by two local Apple Premium Resellers, Machines and Switch), here they are:
iPhone 8 64GB: RM 3,649
iPhone 8 256GB: RM 4,399
iPhone 8 Plus 64GB: RM 4,149
iPhone 8 Plus 256GB: RM 4,899
All of the prices above are exactly identical to the listing that appeared on 11street two weeks ago, although the official release date turned out to be much earlier than what was stated at the e-commerce site.

Customers that want to secure their own iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus can do so at these resellers starting from today onwards. Alternatively, they can also pre-order through Celcom, Digi, Maxis, and U Mobile if they prefer to take advantage of the various plans that are provided by these telcos.
The new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be officially released in Malaysia on 20 October. In case you need extra opinion to help you decide whether to purchase either of these iPhones or otherwise, check out our hands-on experience with them.
(Source: Machines, Switch)
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