Samsung Malaysia Announces CHG90 Curved Gaming Monitor At RM6,499

Samsung Malaysia has announced the arrival of the CHG90 Curved Gaming monitor. This monitor combines technologies like HDR, Quantom Dot composition, and high refresh rates to provide what Samsung believes will be the ultimate gaming experience.
The monitor is basically a 49-inch screen set in a 32:9 aspect ratio, with a 178-degree viewing angle. The massive size allows it to have an unusual 3840 x 1080 resolution; which is effectively two full HD displays stacked on each other (and called double full HD in this case). Then again, this isn’t quite 4K resolution yet.

As far as performance goes, the CHG90 brings with it a 144Hz refresh rate, allowing gamers to get the most from their gaming rigs. Especially when combined with AMD’s Free Sync to prevent screen tearing. It also ships with 1ms response time; reducing the amount of input lag during games.

In the event that the user would rather have two monitors, the CHG90 can engage Picture-in-Picture mode. Allowing it to function as two independent displays, each with a separate input. Even if those two inputs come from different devices.
All this doesn’t come cheap, as the Samsung CHG90 Ultra-wide Gaming Monitor sells for RM6,499. It’s set to appear in stores on 15 December 2017; just in time for some last minute shopping.
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Gemini Wants To Bring The Personal Digital Assistant Back

UK-based Planet Computers is creating a small and compact productivity device inspired by a classic personal digital assistant, or PDA. The Gemini is a throwback device that lies somewhere between a laptop and a tablet.
A 5.7-inch QHD touch screen dominates the front of the device, sporting the popular 18:9 aspect ratio. Underneath the metal build is a deca-core processor from MediaTek with a removable 4220mAh battery that should last the device through the whole day. Rounding out the specifications are 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
Like the PDAs of old, the Gemini has a full QWERTY keyboard set in landscape mode; allowing for two-handed use, as well as touch-typing on a flat surface. Planet Computers also built an ingenious hinge that props up the whole device, giving it a more comfortable angle when using on a table or plane tray-table.

Gemini will be made available in two models – 4G LTE and WiFi-only. The former will support voice calls and mobile broadband connectivity. What’s more, there are two USB Type-C ports with support for video out and USB OTG, so you can connect this to a large screen for presentations or multimedia playback.
Planet Computers is currently running an Indiegogo campaign to fund the production of the Gemini with pledges starting from US$ 299 (RM 1,219). Notable, the company has already raised close to $1 million in funding; so there’s no danger of this particular product failing to meet its original $200,000 goal.
(Source: Indiegogo )
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Maybank Kicks Off Open Test for Maybank QRPay Cashless Payments

Right after integrating the feature into its Maybank2U app yesterday, Maybank didn’t waste any time to put the new Maybank QRPay cashless payments to work. While the feature will only receive its official launch in January 2018, members of the public are able to participate in the QRpay open trial that takes place starting from today onwards.
That being said, it can be used at only one location in the country at the moment. Not surprisingly, that location is the Menara Maybank in Kuala Lumpur which is the headquarters of the bank.

Specifically, customers are able to utilize Maybank QRPay when they make payments at Laman Menara Maybank which is the food court located within the building’s compound. Alternatively, they can also utilize the feature for purchases at the bazaar area of Menara Maybank’s lobby.
Available during weekdays, the Maybank QRPay trial at Menara Maybank will continue until 5 January 2018. As mentioned before, the feature is available with the latest update for Maybank2U app on both Android and iOS platform.
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Meizu M6 & M6 Note Arrive in Malaysia; Priced from RM599

Meizu Malaysia has just launched two new smartphones on our shores, the Meizu M6 and Meizu M6 Note. Retailing from RM599, these two mid-range phones are on the more affordable side of things.
Let’s start with the higher-end offering of the two, the M6 Note. It features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a generous 4,000mAh battery. It also has a metal chassis and a front fingerprint sensor.
In the camera department, the M6 Note features a dual-camera system made up of 12MP and 5MP sensors. The front-facing shooter, on the other hand, is a 16MP camera.

The Meizu M6 Note (top) and Meizu M6.
The more affordable M6, on the other hand, sports a more modest set of hardware. It comes with a 5.2-inch 720p display, a MediaTek MT6750 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, as well as a 3,070mAh battery. It also sports 13MP rear and 8MP front-facing cameras.

The Meizu M6 and M6 Note will be available for purchase in Malaysia before Christmas; they will be sold on Lazada as well as Shopee. The M6 will retail at RM599, while the M6 Note carries a RM899 price tag. According to the company, the 64GB + 4GB M6 Note will be coming to Malaysia in the future too.
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Meizu Pro 7 Plus Receives Price Drop To RM2,399

Meizu has announced that the larger of its two 2017 flagship smartphones – the Meizu Pro 7 Plus – is receiving a price cut. This comes shortly after we reported that the smaller Meizu 7 Pro had seen its price slashed by RM400.
The Pro 7 Plus sports a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, accompanied by 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Powering it is an impressive Helio X30 processor; drawing electricity from the 3500mAh battery.
Meizu had only released the Pro 7 Plus in Malaysia back in September; making the latest rounds of price reductions rather surprising. That said, few are going to argue about getting these specifications for a more reasonable RM2399; some RM400 less than the original retail price.

According to the press statement, the price reduction has come as a result of positive feedback from Malaysian customers, and is meant to “repay the love from their customers”. In any case, the new should be welcome during this holiday shopping period.

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MSI Debuts Radeon RX Vega 64 Air Boost Graphics Card

MSI has unveiled its latest custom graphics card called the Radeon RX Vega 64 Air Boost. Interestingly, this graphics card is only the first custom RX Vega 64 card that the company has made so far. This has probably got to do with the “issue” regarding the difficulty of designing a custom cooling solution for Vega GPUs – which come in varying sizes.
That aside, when it comes to design, the MSI RX Vega 64 Air Boost looks almost like the reference Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card. It comes with an all black cooler shroud, a blower-style cooling fan, and a backplate. That said, what makes this card different compared to the reference Radeon graphics card is that it comes with a custom cooling solution designed by MSI.
Performance-wise, the MSI RX Vega 64 Air Boost features slightly overclocked clock speeds of 1272MHz (base) and 1575MHz (boost). It should be noted that this graphics card draws power via two 8-pin power connectors. Video outputs on the RX Vega 64 Air Boost include: three DisplayPort 1.4 ports and one HDMI 2.0 port.
Unfortunately, local pricing and date of release of the RX Vega 64 Air Boost was not mentioned by MSI. That said, we do expect the company to announce these details soon should MSI decide to bring this graphics card into Malaysia.
(Source: TechPowerUp)
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Apple Releases iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1 Updates that Restores HomeKit Sharing

Apple’s latest iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1 updates are now available for download. The updates address an issue that could disable remote access to shared users of the Home app.
To update, head on over to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, tap on General and select Software Update. As for Apple TV users, go to Settings and under System, select Software Update.

Last week, 9to5Mac reported a vulnerability in iOS HomeKit, which allowed for unauthorised control of HomeKit-connected accessories such as smart locks and smart lights. The news outlet reported that the issue was not from smart home products individually, but targets Apple’s HomeKit framework that connects products from various companies.
Apple quickly addressed the issue by rolling out an update on its server side, however, it disabled remote access to share users. The latest iOS and tvOS updates today will fix the issues.
Both iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1 should be available via an over the air update right now, so head on to the settings app to update your devices.
(Source: 9to5Mac)
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Score the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 for Only RM1,870 Now

Just last month, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 was launched in Malaysia. Fast forward to today, you can already get Xiaomi’s sleek flagship smartphone at a discount – it’s now going for less than RM2,000.
This is not an official price drop from Xiaomi Malaysia, of course. Rather, it’s how much the Mi Mix 2 is currently going for from a particular retailer. G Store – Mobile2Go’s Lazada store – is listing the Mi Mix 2 for only RM1,870 now; that saves you exactly RM329.

For RM1,870, what is already a competitively priced flagship smartphone is even more compelling now. If you’d like to learn more about the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, you can read our comprehensive review of the phone.
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Google Assistant Heading To Older Smartphones And Tablets

Google Assistant is officially heading to older devices. Google has announced that it is bringing the AI assistant to devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop; with the update already rolling out in some regions.

Smartphones with languages set to English in the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada, and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the US, Mexico, and Spain will receive an invisible update to activate the feature. Users then can just opt-in and the phrase “Hey Google” will be part and parcel their mobile experience.
Meanwhile, tablets will also receive the Google Assistant update. This only applies to devices to the US at the moment, and then only for those set to run in English. There’s no news about other languages or locations just yet.
(Source: Google)
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Intel Cutting Funds For “Intel Inside” Marketing; PC Price Hike Looms On The Horizon

Intel is reducing the amount it spends on “Intel Inside” marketing. The campaign, which has been in place since 1991, has long been an additional source of revenue for OEMs and this change could potentially lead to more expensive computers.
Spending on the Intel Inside programme is being reduced by between 40% and 60%; according to CRN. If true, this is expected to hit OEMs hard. Which could possibly lead to the revenue loss being passed on to consumers to make up the difference. CRN quoted an unnamed CEO who stated that it is very likely that this will result in higher prices for everyone.
Intel Inside has been one of the longest running marketing campaigns in the world, and has been responsible for keeping the company at the forefront of consumer consciousness. That said, Intel has been undergoing some extreme restructuring as of late. Including promising to reduce the workforce by 12,000 personnel.

That Intel is looking to scale back its most successful marketing message does not bode well for the PC business. Sales have been circling the drain for years now, with no end to the decline in sight. Although, the industry appears to have at least managed to survive the predicted onslaught of lightweight tablets.
It’s not that computers will ever completely go away, but it looks like tough times are ahead for everyone. Especially for consumers who are staring at more possible price hikes.
[Source: CRN]
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