Sony’s New Aibo Robot Dog Is Adorable & Expensive

Sony’s iconic Aibo robot dog is making a return, and naturally, it is better than ever. Not only is it much more lifelike now, the new Aibo is also connected to the cloud, which allows it to learn from other Aibo units – among other things.
Among the new hardware that let Aibo move and act like a real pet dog are “ultra-compact actuators” that let its body move on 22 axes (it can even wag its tail!). Its eyes, on the other hand, are essentially OLED displays. As for battery life, Aibo is said to last around two hours on a single charge; it needs to be plugged in for three hours for a full charge.
Beyond these hardware, Sony claims that Aibo uses deep learning technology. Its behaviour is adaptable, it seek out its owners – Aibo can even learn how to make them happy – and its various sensors can also analyse sounds and images.

Interestingly, there’s also an app for Aibo dubbed My Aibo. Through the app, users can access photos taken with Aibo’s camera, download tricks from the online store, and of course, view its settings. On top of that, Aibo also requires a subscription, which costs 2,980 Japanese yen (about RM110) a month; this subscription has to be maintained for at least three years.
There’s also this Aibone accessory, which retails at 2,980 yen too.
These costs, added on top of Aibo’s hefty 198,000 yen (approximately RM7,350) price tag, make for a very costly “pet” to maintain. But hey, it’s an adorable robot dog, and it is currently available for pre-order in Japan. Aibo will officially go on sale in the country on 11 January 2018.
(Source: The Verge)
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JobStreet Confirms Data Breach Is Real: No Accounts Beyond 2012 Are Affected

It has come to our attention that JobStreet has sent a newsletter to its customers in order to address the recent data leak that has affected the company. In the email, the popular job portal has generally confirmed that the leak was indeed real.
According to the newsletter which we have included at the end of this article, the company have learned through its own internal investigations that the data breach involved accounts that were created before July 2012. This is something that generally in line to what we have previously discovered as well.

JobStreet further added that it didn’t find any signs of data breach for accounts that were registered after 2012. Nevertheless, the company stated that it continuously working to strengthen JobStreet’s security and user’s accounts should be quite secure especially since that it has embarked on password reset exercise in January 2017.
That being said, you still might want to check whether your JobStreet account is involved in the data breach or otherwise. You can do it quickly via a handy online tool called Have I Been Pwned? which was featured in our report yesterday.

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iPhone X’s Face ID Can Be Tricked By Identical Twins

Apple crammed quite a number of new hardware and features into the iPhone X, and one of the most discussed features is definitely Face ID. Now that some folks have gotten their hands on the iPhone X, Face ID can finally be put to the test, and it does have some limitations.
In The Wall Street Journal’s rather extensive testing of Face ID, it works as advertised – for the most part. The iPhone X can still recognise the reviewer’s face even when she was wearing glasses, sunglasses, and a hat, but the device doesn’t unlock once she puts on…a mustache. Not the most realistic testing scenario, but interesting nonetheless.
However, the most intriguing test was when WSJ brought in identical triplets to the test, and surprise surprise, all three triplets could trick Face ID without much difficulty.

Mashable also did its own test of Face ID, and in their testing, both sets of identical twins managed to fool the facial recognition technology. In Business Insider’s test, however, the iPhone X did not unlock for the twin that didn’t register his face with the phone.
So what’s the verdict? If you have an identical twin, chances are he or she will be able to unlock your device, which isn’t all that surprising. As Phil Schiller of Apple puts it, “if you happen to have an evil twin, you really need to protect your sensitive data with a passcode.”
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Business Insider)
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iPhone X Unboxing Videos Are Here

A number of reviewers have gotten their hands on the iPhone X, and naturally, unboxing videos of Apple’s latest – and arguably greatest – iPhone yet are now here. Finally, we can see what consumers get in the box of Apple’s most expensive iPhone yet.
Not surprisingly, the packaging of the iPhone X…is very similar to what you get inside the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus – you can see that in our unboxing video of the former two here. What’s different here, of course, is the device itself, and it’s one sleek phone.

In terms of hardware, the iPhone X comes with a gorgeous 5.8-inch 2436 x 1125 True Tone almost bezel-less display – with a notch at the top – Apple’s very capable A11 Bionic chip, 3GB of RAM, 64GB or 256GB of non-expandable storage, as well as a 2,716mAh battery. Of course, the iPhone X also comes with Face ID in lieu of Touch ID, a dual-camera system (12MP wide-angle + 12MP telephoto) and a 7MP front-facing shooter.
It still remains to be seen just when the iPhone X will be available in Malaysia, but we do know how much the phone costs here – it retails from a whopping RM5,149. If you’re planning to get it (or you already pre-ordered one), you may want to be extra careful with the iPhone X.
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HTC U11 Plus And U11 Life Will Have Edge Sense, Translucent Colour Option

Two days before the official launch event, HTC has dropped another hint on its upcoming HTC U11 Plus. Thanks to a new video teaser on its official Twitter account, it is virtually confirmed that the U11 Plus will feature Edge Sense.
HTC’s unique pressure-sensitive side, which debuted in the U11, looks set to appear on the The squeeze-sensitive sensors along the phone’s edge adds extra controls to the smartphone, and was a feature that Google found unique enough to introduce on its Pixel 2 devices.
The latest video teaser is the third it has shared on the upcoming smartphone; it earlier teased a minimal bezel display, and what appears to be wireless charging.
However, an interesting tweet from @evleaks shared some interesting developments in the colour options for the U11 Plus. He said that the phones will come in three colours: Black, Silver, and Translucent. If this is true, this will be the first time a translucent colour option is officially offered by a brand – and also offer another explanation to the wireless charging teaser.

A new squeeze is coming. 11.02.2017 #BrilliantU
— HTC (@htc) October 31, 2017

At the same time, the HTC U11 Life support page temporarily went online on T-Mobile’s support site, revealing some key hardware details of the device. The specs sheet show a mid-range device with a Snapdragon 630 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage. It also appears to have Edge Sense, making it the first mid-range HTC smartphone with this feature.

With one day to go before HTC unveils its final two smartphones of 2017, it won’t be long till the Taiwanese company attempts to show the world it still has key talent in the smartphone industry.
(Source: HTC (Twitter), evleaks, Android Police)
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New Neffos Flagship Smartphone Leaks with Snapdragon 835, 18:9 Display & Dual Camera

Neffos is better known for its affordable smartphones here in Malaysia, but a leaked render shows that the company may be stepping into the high-end market with some style.
Not much is yet known about the device, with the initial source coming from a Ukrainian website. The Neffos flagship smartphone looks to feature an edge-to-edge screen a la the Samsung Galaxy S8. Granted, the front render looks a little too similar to the S8 (making this potentially nothing more than a fan-made render or concept), but the rear looks to be a unique design.
The rumoured specs list also reads like most 2017 flagships, including a Snapdragon 835, a 18:9 ratio display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080, and a high screen-to-body ratio. The Neffos phone may also ship with 6GB of RAM, and may have internal storage of up to 256GB on board.
Like many flagships right now, the Neffos phone will have a dual-camera setup at the rear. It supposedly comprises of a 16MP wide-angle lens paired with a 20MP unit with 2x optical zoom. Underneath the two cameras is the fingerprint scanner – a standard fare for Neffos. Selfies meanwhile will be handled by a 16MP sensor on the front.
For now, it is still early days with no confirmed dates for this Neffos phone. Plus, as it is better known for its affordable entry- and mid-range lineup, this will mark as a major shift in strategy. After all, its last “premium” smartphone was the Neffos X1, which was released back in IFA 2016 – well over a year ago.
(Source: via GSMarena)

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Microsoft Announces Surface Pro with LTE Advanced: Supports 20 LTE Bands Globally

Months after it was first revealed to the world, the LTE Advanced version of Microsoft Surface Pro finally has a release date. This information was revealed by the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Devices, Panos Panay at the company’s Future Decoded event in London.
This particular variant of Surface Pro is apparently equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 modem. According to Microsoft, the new variant able to support 20 cellular bands throughout the world.

At the same time, it also able to support download speed of up to 450Mbps. Powered by Intel Core i5, it can be obtained with 4GB of RAM and 128GB solid state drive or 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage.
Priced at USD 1149 (about RM 4865) and USD 1449 (about RM 6135) respectively, the Surface Pro with LTE Advanced will be initially offered to business customers starting from 1 December onwards. No actual release date has been announced for consumers while its availability in Malaysia is not known as well.
(Source: Microsoft Devices Blog // Microsoft Surface US // The Verge)
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Eight Most Noteworthy Trailers from PlayStation’s Paris Games Week 2017 Keynote

At Paris Games Week 2017, PlayStation showed off a slew of new trailers for a range of upcoming titles. Out of the many different trailers, here are some which we think are the most noteworthy ones.
Last of Us Part II

This is only the second trailer released for the upcoming sequel to The Last of Us, and it sheds light on several brand new characters. It’s worth noting that the trailer above is an in-game cutscene running on a PlayStation 4 Pro, which looks very impressive. The Last of Us Part II is expected to be released sometime in 2018.
Ghost of Tsushima

The studio behind the Infamous franchise, Sucker Punch, is back with a new title. Set in feudal era Japan, Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world game, and it does look pretty promising. No release date has been revealed yet.
God of War

While we already know God of War is releasing sometime in early 2018, this new trailer shows off a different part of the game and how Kratos can work together with his son – Atreus – in combat.
Monster Hunter World

One of the most anticipated Monster Hunter games to date gets another new trailer, and there’s a surprise for fans of Horizon Zero Dawn: Aloy is a playable character in Monster Hunter World. Of course, this is exclusively available on the PlayStation 4 version of the game, and there’s even a Palico armor based on Horizon Zero Dawn’s Watcher.
Monster Hunter World will arrive on 26 January 2018.
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds

Speaking of which, Horizon Zero Dawn’s new DLC – The Frozen Wilds – gets a new trailer too, and it showcases what players can expect to see in the new expansion. The Frozen Wilds will drop on 7 November next week.
Shadow of the Colossus

Shadow of the Colossus has been remade – and remastered – several times, but this time around, it’s a proper remake for the PlayStation 4, and it looks really, really good. Those who play on the PlayStation 4 Pro will also have a nice perk: the game will run at 60 frames per second. The remake is set to launch on 6 February 2018.
Detroit: Become Human

Quantic Dream’s great storytelling is one of the studio’s main strengths, and the latest trailer for Detroit: Become Human really shows this. Much like previous trailers of the game, there are many ways any particular scenario can play out, and the player’s actions lead up to different conclusions.
Detroit: Become Human will be releasing sometime in 2018.
Marvel’s Spider-Man

Last but not least is Marvel’s Spider-Man. The last trailer revealed that Miles Morales will be a part of the game, but it wasn’t certain just how big of a role he would play in this PlayStation 4 exclusive title. Now, however, we do know he is involved with Peter Parker to some extent.
Marvel’s Spider-Man is set to arrive sometime in 2018.
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WorldKoins Allows Travelers to Exchange Their Small Change to Credits

For those who are always travelling out of Malaysia, this new service may be right up your alley. WorldKoins, in collaboration with AirAsia, allows travelers to exchange their leftover Malaysian Ringgit into online credits.
Simply put, WorldKoins makes it easier to exchange leftover Ringgit – especially in small amounts – into Koins credit. These can then be converted to gift vouchers, transferred to a user’s PayPal account, or even donated to charity organisations.
Currently, this service is also offered on selected AirAsia AK flights as part of a six-month pilot programme. Those who are on board certain AK flights out of Kuala Lumpur “can exchange their Ringgit denominated leftover monies into credits directly through on board smartphones,” said Martijn Langhout, the co-founder of WorldKoins.

While this service will definitely make it more accessible to use WorldKoins’ service, note that a 15% admin fee is charged for using the service on these AirAsia flights. However, WorldKoins uses interbank exchange rates without any hidden fees: transactions are first converted to USD before they’re exchanged to Koins credit.
In terms of value, 100 Koins equal to 1 USD, which can be used to redeem vouchers from various merchants including the Google Play Store, iTunes, Facebook, Lazada, Grab, and even Skype. If you’d like to learn more about this service, you can do so here and here.
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Dota 2 Dueling Fates Update Brings 2 New Heroes, Better Matchmaking & Turbo Mode

Dota 2’s next big update is arriving soon, and it brings with it a slew of big changes. On top of the introduction of two new heroes – Pangolier and Dark Willow – Valve will be reworking quite a number of the game’s various aspects (including the matchmaking system) as well as a new Turbo game mode.
Let’s start with the two new heroes. Pangolier is described as a core hero, while Dark Willow is a support hero with several lockdown skills. To celebrate the introduction of these two heroes, Valve is releasing an “Emblems of the Dueling Fates” bundle, which contains an Immortal item and taunt for each hero, a ward set, as well as a courier.

And then we have the new game mode dubbed Dota Turbo. Essentially, it’s a faster-paced All Pick game with more gold and experience to heroes, weaker defensive towers, and reduced respawn time. In fact, there’s even a “buy-anywhere shop system” in this mode.
Another noteworthy change the 7.07 update brings is a reworked matchmaking system. Once the update is live, both ranked and unranked matches will feature a six-month seasonal system. At the start of every season, players will have their MMR recalibrated based on their previous season’s MMR.

These are just some of the most notable changes the Dueling Fates update brings to Dota 2. If you’d like to see the full list of changes, you can do so here.
(Source: Dota 2)
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