Seagate Game Drive for PlayStation 4 Now In Malaysia For RM 449

Back in March, Sony has released the system software update 4.5 for PlayStation 4 which brings together plenty of new features including the support of external hard drive. This is pretty much the genesis to the creation of Seagate Game Drive for PS4.
First announced to the world back in June, the Game Drive comes with 2TB of storage space which apparently allows gamers to fit more than 50 games into the drive according to Seagate. Compatible with the original PlayStation 4 model as well as PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, the USB 3.0-based external drive can be instantly recognized by the console and apparently can be utilized by gamers in under 3 minutes of its initial setup.

Do note that the new drive is not identical to the existing Seagate Game Drive for PlayStation which was already available in the market since few years ago. The differences between them are actually obvious: Game Drive for PS4 is an external drive while the Game Drive for PlayStation is an internal solid-state hybrid drive.
Price-wise, the Seagate Game Drive for PS4 goes for RM 449 and can be obtained directly from Seagate Official Store on Lazada Malaysia. It also comes standard with a 3-year warranty from the company.
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Leak: AMD’s Unannounced Ryzen Threadripper 1920 CPU

Folks, it looks like AMD may have a fourth Ryzen Threadripper CPU up its sleeves. To date, the red company has announced three new HEDT CPUs: Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, Threadripper 1920X, and Threadripper 1900X. What wasn’t announced, however, is the Ryzen Threadripper 1920 CPU – which contains no “X” nomenclature.
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920 CPU listing was, oddly, found on multiple motherboard manufacturers’ websites; namely, Gigabyte, Asus, and ASRock. That aside, the Threadripper 1920 CPU does, interestingly, come with almost similar specifications as the Threadripper 1920X processor. The only major difference between the two would be their clock speeds, TDP rating, and XFR frequency support.
Gigabyte’s Ryzen Threadripper 1920 listing
Asus’ Ryzen Threadripper 1920 listing
ASRock’s Ryzen Threadripper 1920 listing
AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 1920 processor has base and boost clock speeds of 3.2GHz and 3.8GHz respectively. Besides that, this HEDT CPU comes with a TDP rating of 140W, which is 40W lower than other Threadripper processors. That said, this CPU still comes with quad-channel memory support and up to 64 PCIe lane support – but it may ship with no XFR support.
It seems rather odd, however, that AMD has decided not to announce this CPU with the rest of the its Threadripper X processors. Despite this, sources do expect the Ryzen Threadripper 1920 processor to come with a price tag higher than that of the Threadripper 1900X. Unfortunately, the release date of this HEDT processor remains unknown, for now.
(Source: Tweakers, VideoCardz)
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PicknGo Taxi Hailing App Officially Launches In Malaysia With 10,000 Cabbies

Taxi hailing app PicknGo has officially launched in Malaysia. It aims to level the playing field for local cabbies looking to compete with e-hailing services, and brings the same technology found in its rivals to the taxi industry. That said, there is significant financial clout behind the company; allowing it to include some new and exclusive features.
We’ve covered PicknGo before, when it was first spotted on the Google Play store. It’s largely unchanged from then. Although additional details about the payment services have been revealed. Unlike other e-hailing services, PicknGo will be supply cabbies with an additional payment system that will allow them to use physical credit and debit cards.
At the moment, PicknGo is partnering with a substantial number of companies to get going. These include, Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad, Mastercard, Mapking (M) Sdn Bhd, Sunway Velocity Mall, Antabax, and Naturel.

Executive Director Valerie Chan said that PicknGo is a commitment to better customer service levels for taxis. Every PicknGo driver is required to undergo a training course, while the vehicles are inspected before being approved for the service.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Hajah Nancy Shukri was also at the official launch to provide the government’s support for the company. The minister said that she is happy to see traditional transportation providers taking an active role in competing with new technologies.

According to Nancy, the government is looking forward to more independent cabbies who are not subject to the current taxi leasing system. As such, eligible cabbies are being provided with a grant of RM5,000 to go towards purchasing their own vehicle to use as a taxi. A move that is necessary due to SPAD looking to implement an age limit on both taxis and e-hailing cars.
PicknGo is currently available on both Android and iOS. Just try not to be confused by the Hong Kong based screenshots.
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Maxis Now Offering Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro and J7 Pro from RM1

Maxis is now offering the latest Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro and Galaxy J7 Pro with its device bundle. Sign up for a contract under MaxisONE postpaid plan, and get these latest entry-level and mid-range smartphones from Samsung from as low as RM1.
The Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro retails at RM659.43 (before 6% GST), but if you sign up for a MaxisONE plan 128 and above, you can get it for only RM1. Sign up for a MaxisONE plan 158 and above, and get the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro for only RM1. All MaxisONE postpaid plans comes with unlimited calls and SMS to all networks, along with up to 50GB of data in total.

The Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro and Galaxy J7 Pro were officially launched in Malaysia about a month ago. The J7 Pro is higher end option, featuring a 5.5” 1080p Super AMOLED display. It is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. Other specs include 13MP f/1.7 rear camera, 13MP f/1.9 front-facing camera, and has a 3,600mAh battery on board.
The entry-level Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro on the other hand has a smaller 5” 720p PLS TFT LCD display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. Other specs include 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, and a modest 2,400mAh battery.

Check out Maxis now for more information about its Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro and J7 Pro bundle.
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Asus Releases The ROG Rampage VI Apex X299 Motherboard

Asus has unveiled its latest motherboard called the ROG Rampage VI Apex. This motherboard is, of course, made to cater for Intel’s latest lineup of Core X-series of processors. According to Asus, this motherboard is aimed primarily at hardcore overclockers and PC enthusiasts who are looking to push their system’s performance to its absolute limit.
Asus’s Rampage VI Apex is an ATX motherboard, which is equipped with Intel’s LGA2066 CPU socket. One standout feature about this motherboard is that it comes with a rather unique PCB design. Instead of having a “standard” rectangular shape, the right side of the Rampage VI Apex motherboard showcases a somewhat “angular” design.

When it comes to specifications, the Asus Rampage VI Apex comes equipped with four DIMM DDRD4 RAM slots; four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots; one PCIe 3.0 x4 slot; six SATA 6Gbps ports; as well as four M.2 slots. Meanwhile, USB connectivity support include one USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel connector; one each of USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C ports; ten USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports; and six USB 2.0 ports.
Based on the listing at Geizhals, the Asus ROG Rampage VI Apex X299 comes with an eye opening price tag of €527 (about RM2,661). Unfortunately, local Malaysian pricing and date of availability was not mentioned by Asus, but do expect this motherboard to definitely put a dent in your wallet.
(Source: Asus)
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The Next Apple Watch May Finally Support LTE

The Apple Watch has always been considered as a “companion device” to the iPhone, but this may very well change in the next iteration of the smartwatch. According to Bloomberg and various other sources, the next Apple Watch will reportedly bring cellular support.
If this turns out to be accurate, the Apple Watch will be much less reliant on the iPhone. Currently, many of the Watch’s features – like receiving calls and notifications – require an iPhone to be within range, which may not be practical in every situation. On top of that, bringing cellular support to the Apple Watch will bring it up to par with other smartwatches in the market that are already offering the option.

HomePod firmware shows Apple Watch with LTE!
Found by @RealAntonioM pic.twitter.com/GvTbzdFbq7
— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) August 5, 2017

Of course, the biggest issue with bringing LTE support to the Apple Watch will be battery life. As it is, some – if not many – users are not satisfied with the Watch’s battery life; it’ll be interesting to see if Apple has come up with a solution.
Said to be available to consumers by the end of this year, the Apple Watch with LTE will likely be introduced alongside the three new iPhones in September next month. However, it’s worth noting that the official availability of the new Watch may see a delay; it won’t be the first time Apple postpone an LTE-capable Watch.
(Source: Bloomberg)
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OPPO R9s Green Edition Coming To Malaysia: Pre-Order Opens On 11 August

Despite being released in Malaysia back in January, OPPO is still hanging on to its R9s smartphone in our market. In fact, the smartphone can be obtained in the form of so many variants including the upcoming Green Edition.
Given its rather unique colorway, OPPO has stated there will be limited quantities of R9s Green Edition coming to Malaysia very soon. Nevertheless, do note that the phone still has the same specifications as per standard version of R9s in our market.

Hence, the R9s Green Edition still carries a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display and running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor alongside 4GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage, and, 3010mAh battery. It is also equipped with 16-megapixels f/1.7 rear camera that is powered by Sony IMX398 sensor as well as another 16-megapixels front camera.
Available for pre-order starting from 11 August at OPPO Malaysia’s online store as well as OPPO Concept Stores through the country, the OPPO R9s Green Edition is priced at RM 1,798 – similar to existing Gold, Rose Gold, and Black variants. Customers who purchase the phone at the newly opened OPPO Flagship Store in Suria KLCC will receive a bonus though in the form of free laser engraving service.
To learn more about OPPO R9s, check out our hands-on experience with the phone right here.
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Latest iPhone 7s Plus Leak Shows Glass Back & Possible Support for Wireless Charging

Apple is expected to announce its range of new iPhones next month, and a new leak of the iPhone 7s Plus suggests that the upcoming device will come with a glass back. Thanks to this, many believe that wireless charging won’t be exclusive to the iPhone 8: the “lower-end” iPhone 7s and 7s Plus will also incorporate the feature.
This leak comes from Sonny Dickson, a well-known tipster, who has shared a couple of photos with 9to5Mac allegedly showing a dummy unit of the iPhone 7s Plus. Aside from the fact that it looks almost identical to the iPhone 7 Plus – it’s an incremental update, after all – the yet to be released iPhone is seen sporting a glass back.

With the introduction of a glass back, plastic antenna lines are no longer needed on the iPhone 7s Plus; this makes for a more clean and aesthetically pleasing design. More importantly, a glass back also enables inductive charging: a feature that was never available on any iteration of the iPhone to date.
Glass back designs and wireless charging are not exactly new in the mobile space, but it’s certainly great to see that upcoming iPhones will possibly come with these features. After all, Android devices have long incorporated these elements.

While this latest leak does reveal some rather interesting details on the upcoming iPhone 7s devices, it’s worth noting that an earlier leak claim that the 7s models will stick with aluminium unibody designs. Nonetheless, we’ll find out soon enough once Apple officially unveil its latest iterations of the iPhone.
(Source: 9to5Mac via The Verge)
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Uber’s search for a CEO has hit a wall

Uber, the world largest ride hailing technology company has been in the spotlight way too long. From lawsuits by Waymo to sexual harassment claims and founder, CEO, Travis Kalanick resigning, it hasn’t been a smooth ride for Uber so far. Heck, it even posted a loss of $2.8 billion for 2016. Uber has been trying to find a woman CEO to fill the shoes left by Mr Kalanick as well as make it a point to show that the tech firm wants to rid itself of its shadows mired by sexual harassment culture within the workplace.
There have been rumours that Meg Whitman, the chief executive at Hewlett Packet Enterprise was one of the favourites of the board to lead Uber but she recently turned down the offer by posting on Twitter. Meg Whitman was known to be the board’s most favoured candidate and believed that she would be able to lead the tech companies out of its current troubles.

Other candidates include Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Susan Wojcicki, chief of YouTube, Mary Barra from General Motors and Easyjet CEO, Carolyn McCall. All were reported to have been approached by the board but all of them seem to have turned the offer down. So far none of them has revealed their intentions for turning down the role.
On another note, there are also rumours floating that Travis Kalanick is making a comeback. He intends to find a way back to a seat at Uber via Softbank (who recently invested in Grab) to make another investment into Uber to dilute the shares whilst Kalanick buys and obtains more shares from employees thus giving him more power.
Now that all of the CEO candidates have turned the offer down, Uber has shortlisted 3 men who might likely take up the role of CEO at Uber. Nothing has been cast in stone yet and the search continues.
[Source: Washington Post, The New York Times]
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Apple’s HomePod Firmware Confirms Existence of 4K AppleTV

It looks like Apple’s HomePod firmware has just given away yet another clue to an upcoming Apple product. Developer Guilherme Rambo recently found a string of code in the firmware, confirming the existence of a 4K AppleTV. According to the code, the rumoured set-top box from Apple also has high dynamic range support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision.
This is not the first time we’re seeing rumours about a 4K AppleTV. Earlier this year, Bloomberg reported that Apple would launch a 4K AppleTV later this year, featuring more vivid colours. Now that the product is being included in HomePod’s firmware, it looks like this rumour might be true after all.

4K HDR Apple TV? CONFIRMED! pic.twitter.com/nBKg022A4B
— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 5, 2017

Back in September 2015, Apple unveiled its latest AppleTV that is more than just a set-top box that shows you movies. Powered by a 64-bit A8 dual-core chipset, it runs on tvOS, and lets you install apps and games. It has a Siri Remote with Siri integration, and acts as a game controller too. Sadly, while its competitors like the Google ChromeCast, Android TV, and such already have 4K support, the latest AppleTV only supports resolutions of up to 1080p.
Hopefully, Apple will announce its 4K AppleTV at its iPhone 8 launch event, which is rumoured to be scheduled for September 2017.
(Source: Guilherme Rambo via: 9to5Mac)
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