Huawei Reportedly Violated Iran Sanctions Based On Leaked Documents

The drama between the US and Huawei is not letting up anytime soon. Reuters had recently uncovered leaked internal documents which suggests that the Chinese company had allegedly violated US trade sanctions on Iran.
The documents stated that the Chinese tech giant had shipped computer equipment by Hewlett-Packard Co to an Iranian telecom carrier on December 2010. Other items in the packing list include software made by other US companies such as Microsoft, Symantec and Novell.
image: Reuters
Furthermore, the records mentioned another Chinese company, Panda International, was also involved in the trade. The company is said to have longstanding ties with Huawei, and was used as a proxy to supply Iran with US-made hardware and software.
“Due to ongoing legal proceedings, it is not appropriate for Huawei to comment at this time,” a spokesperson told Reuters. If proven to be true, these new findings could be solid evidence for the US govt’s Department of Justice in their multifaceted case against the Chinese tech giant.
(Source: Reuters.)

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#LYTV: A Quick Look At Huawei Mate Xs

In many ways, the new Huawei Mate Xs is more like a refreshed model over last year’s Mate X rather than an all-new device. For starters, the physical design and the way that Mate Xs folds are still identical to its predecessor.
The Mate Xs even features the same screen size and resolution as per Mate X, alongside the Leica-designed 40MP triple camera setup. That being said, Huawei did mention that the hinge and screen of Mate Xs are much more durable.

Furthermore, the Mate Xs is also equipped with the company’s latest processor, the Kirin 990 5G which helps increase its battery life up to 21%.
The price of the foldable phone in Malaysia is not yet known at the moment but you don’t have to wait long for it to arrive here though as Mate Xs will be on sale in our market starting from 20 March onwards. Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out our hands on experience with the new foldable right here to learn more about it.
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realme C3 Officially In Malaysia; Priced At RM499

After its launch in India, realme announced that it will be bringing the C3 to Malaysia. And today, the company officially launched the phone here on our shores.
To quickly recap, the realme C3 comes with a 6.5-inch HD+ display, a MediaTek Helio G70 chipset, and a 5000mAh battery. It runs the realme UI, which is based on Android 10. At the back of the phone, you’ll also see a fingerprint sensor. It looks like we’re only getting one RAM and storage variant of the phone, but more on that later.

For cameras, the realme C3 that made its way here is a little different. While the one we saw earlier had two cameras at the back, the Malaysian model has three. We’re looking at a 12MP main + 2MP macro + 2MP portrait camera combo. In the front, it has the familiar 5MP shooter.
What we gained in an extra camera, we lost in the form of RAM and storage configuration. The realme C3 comes only in its 3GB RAM and 32GB storage configuration in Malaysia, and it’s priced at RM499. It is available today starting 6PM on Shopee, but if you want to get it from a physical store, you’ll have to wait until 7 March 2020.
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MCMC To Implement Bidding System For Valuable Mobile Phone Numbers In Q3 2020

It is a well-known fact that certain mobile phone numbers hold more value than others due to various factors including being easy to remember, having certain patterns, or deemed as lucky numbers. Hence, they usually cost more or being traded around although there is no formal system that regulate their actual monetary value at the moment.
That is about to change soon as the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has recently revealed that it will implement a bidding system for these valuable numbers in which are officially referred to as the “Cherished Numbers”. This was confirmed in the Public Inquiry (PI) report for the implementation of Cherished Number framework that the regulator published last week.

However, the implementation will not involve end-users directly though. After considering the feedback from telco companies, MCMC has decided that Cherished Numbers will be assigned directly to service providers through a close bidding process.
MCMC is also planning to publish the range of these special numbers on its website which should allow consumers to identify whether they have really obtained a genuine Cherished Number or otherwise. The regulator has also noted that resale and trading of Cherished Numbers will also be legal among consumers.

Even though MCMC has pretty much confirmed the implementation of the bidding system, it will provide more information on the actual process to service providers within the second quarter of this year while the first bidding session is expected to take place in the third quarter.
Despite the new system, we don’t expect things to change much though as Cherished Numbers have been sold and traded among consumers for so long. Furthermore, consumers will not be able to bid for those numbers directly but nevertheless, we still welcome the ability for users to see if their numbers are part of the Cherished Numbers group.
(Source: MCMC.)
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NVIDIA Switching GTC 2020 To Livestream Event Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

As the Coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, major events like GDC 2020 and MWC 2020 that were supposed to have happened are cancelled, postponed, or simply switched to livestreaming their event. In NVIDIA’s case, the GPU maker has decided to go with the latter option for its GTC 2020 that is happening at the end of the month.
NVIDIA announced earlier today its change in the format through a statement on its official GTC 2020 page. Confirming that the event was still happening in a digital capacity. The statement goes on to say that, Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA’s CEO, will still deliver the event’s keynote, but that the company was still in talks with speakers who were supposed to speak at the event that week.
The change in format is unlikely to hinder NVIDIA’s plan on hosting its annual conference, and to be honest, livestreaming from a safe and sterile environment is still a better choice than cancelling it altogether.
Additionally, there’s an air of excitement over this year’s GTC 2020, primarily because online chatter are suspecting that the GPU maker will reveal its next-generation Ampere GPU architecture. That, in turn, could lead to the successor to its current GeForce RTX 20 series GPU, with improved features and beefier specs. In any case, we’ll just have to wait and see.
For those of you who have purchased your conference pass, rest assured NVIDIA will be contacting each of you about a full refund.
(Source: NVIDIA // Image: PC World)
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You Can Now Buy Fresh Poultry, Seafood And Vegetables On Shopee

Shopee is one of the many e-commerce platform options we have in Malaysia. But it was never one where you can get fresh produce, fish or meat like you would in a market. Until now that is, as the e-commerce platform has announced that is now has perishable goods on sale now.
That said, this will first be available only in major cities and towns within the Klang Valley as part of a pilot program. Shopee did not specify a date for a nationwide rollout just yet. What the company did mention are the two partners it is working with to make this happen.

One is the Fish Club, which offers a wide variety of seafood, from local catches to imported salmon. It is currently offering a flat RM20 shipping fee, which is waived is you spend RM300 or more. Then there’s FreshTap, which offers a mix of poultry, seafood and greens, for a flat delivery fee of RM12.
Shopee says that if you buy your fresh produce from either of these sellers, you can expect your order to arrive in 1 to 3 days. As part of the launch of this pilot program, certain items are getting a 50% price cut on 3 and 4 March 2020. If you want to take advantage of these, check out both the Fish Club and FreshTap on Shopee, linked below.
(Source: Shopee [1], [2])
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Death Stranding PC Will Launch On 2 June

Kojima Productions last year announced that the PC port of Death Stranding will be coming to Epic Games Store and Steam in summer 2020. The company has recently revealed on Twitter that the game will be launched on 2 June this year.

Formerly released as a timed exclusive for the PS4, Death Stranding on PC is a collaborative effort from the studio and 505 Games. Kojima Productions adds that the PC version will feature a new photo mode, and support for higher frame rates and ultra-wide monitors. With modding being more accessible on the platform, perhaps we could see a slew of wacky mods for the game as well.

Kojima Productions’ #DeathStranding launches on Steam & Epic Games Store on June 2, 2020.
The PC edition features Photo Mode, high frame rate, ultra-wide monitor support & content from Valve’s Half-Life!
Pre-purchase for in-game items & HD wallpapers:
— 505 Games (@505_Games) March 2, 2020

Death Stranding, on Steam at least, will also feature Half-Life’s iconic head crab as a accessory for protagonist Sam Bridges. Seeing that this is a Hideo Kojima game, there’s a chance that it may also include additional Easter eggs in the PC port. Yes, we’re very much hoping to see Gabe Newell as one of the many preppers Sam could encounter in-game.
Gamers can pre-order Death Stranding PC on Steam and Epic Game Store priced at RM239. Pre-purchasing the game will reward players with exclusive in-game items as well as a digital copy of its original soundtrack.
(Source: 505 Games.)

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Artemis Fowl Trailer: Did Disney Just Butcher the Character?

Disney has released the trailer for Artemis Fowl, a film that has been ridden with production issues for a while now. The film which is now set for a May 28 release was pushed back a couple of times due to rewrites and reshoots. One would hope that these reshoots would result in a better product (after all, the entire third act of Rogue One was reshot and re-written and it turned out to be absolutely brilliant). However, judging by its trailer, it looks like Artemis Fowl just might end up being a highly forgettable fantasy-action-adventure.
Check out the trailer below:

First of all, it looks like Disney has completely butchered the source material. The Eoin Colfer book is about a 12-year-old criminal mastermind, who at one point ruthlessly kidnaps Holly Short. But in the trailer, we see Holly Short teaming up with Artemis Fowl. You may say it’s unfair of me to criticise a trailer just because it appears to have crapped all over the source material. You’re right. After all, just because it veers away from the novel, doesn’t mean it’s not going to be a good movie in its own right. That said, even putting the story aside, the trailer in and of itself is bland. It lacks a genuine sense of wonder and discovery. It comes off as generic. Here’s to hoping that the movie makes me eat my words.
Disney’s Artemis Fowl official synopsis:
Disney’s Artemis Fowl, based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, is a fantastical, spellbinding adventure that follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared. With the help of his loyal protector Butler, Artemis sets out to find him, and in doing so uncovers an ancient, underground civilization—the amazingly advanced world of fairies. Deducing that his father’s disappearance is somehow connected to the secretive, reclusive fairy world, cunning Artemis concocts a dangerous plan—so dangerous that he ultimately finds himself in a perilous war of wits with the all-powerful fairies.
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Game Devs Not Getting Good Enough Incentive To Put Their Games On Google Stadia

Google Stadia has not made its way here yet, and it looks like it’s already on shaky ground. A new report indicates that a number of game developers, particularly indie devs, are reluctant to have their games on the game streaming platform.
Business Insider spoke to a number of indie devs, as well as two publishing executives. And the common sentiment among them is that Google wasn’t offering enough incentive to have their games on Stadia. And part of that is on the financial front.
One indie dev said that a major consideration is if they will get enough to make what they want, or if they get an exclusivity deal for security. As for the publishers, the money being offered was “so low that it wasn’t even part of the conversation”.

In addition to monetary incentive, devs are not having their game on Stadia simply because of the number of users on the platform. Another indie dev cited examples like Steam and the Nintendo Switch. Both of these have a large customer base which can help devs sell their games. And it’s one thing Google Stadia doesn’t have.
And finally, there’s the concern that Google will abandon Stadia like it did its many previous projects. Business Insider says that every dev the outlet spoke to brought this possibility up without being asked about it.
From the looks or it, none of them have brought up the issue of the actual performance of games on Google Stadia. This is undoubtedly a crippling issue for competitive multiplayer titles. Of course, your mileage may vary when it comes to its severity with singleplayer experiences.
(Source: Business Insider)
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The Invisible Man Review: A Terrifying Tale of Domestic Abuse

More often than not when we watch a movie, it takes a while to be fully immersed in the goings-on. Our minds tend to drift, maybe just for a fraction of a second, maybe longer, as we process the information that’s being fed to us, in an effort to forge a connection with its characters and the world in which they reside in. Every now and again, though, we get a film with an opening scene so immaculately directed that we’re immediately slapped unconscious and transported into its reality. The opening scenes of The Godfather, The Dark Knight and The Social Network come to mind. The opening of The Invisible Man may not turn out to be as iconic as the ones in those films, but it sure as hell is transfixing.
For the lack of a better word, we open in a bedroom. Elizabeth Moss is in bed with a man much like in season 3 episode 7 of Mad Men. But unlike the episode, Moss’ character isn’t in a state of deep sleep after a good night of passionate lovemaking. Her hand doesn’t fall to her side and out of bed. It’s late into the night but her eyes are wide open. She takes the hand that’s wrapped around her waist and slowly pushes it aside, careful not to make a sound. You think, perhaps it’s because she wants to take a leak or get some fresh air without waking up her man. But as she leaves the room, she starts to move with purpose and intent. She’s composed, but her eyes tell a different story, one marked with desperation and fear. You can’t hear it, but you can feel the loud thumps of her heart. The tension escalates. Your heart rate starts to elevate too.
She’s also prepared. She proceeds to a large room filled with computers and other gadgets and begins switching off all the security cameras in the house. You get the feeling that she’s been meticulously planning for this night for ages. On the monitor, you see the man, still fast asleep. As she walks around the house gathering her essentials that’s stashed in a vent, the camera follows her quietly. You worry that she’s being followed. Her pace quickens. The tension escalates some more. You start to get desperate too. It’s like you’ve run your lungs out for 19.5 kilometres and now the string that’s tied across the finish line is in sight. All you have to do is sprint towards it and it’ll be all over. As she walks towards the garage and towards the exit, the silence is smashed by the sound of a dog barking. My heart wasn’t racing anymore — it just stopped beating altogether. She pats the dog to quiet it down before running through a forest and on to the side of the Benjamin Wallfisch’s music suddenly and fiercely penetrates the silence and roars through the speakers. She’s about to get into the car that has just arrived and we see a man sprinting towards her. He punches the window of the car but the car speeds away…

It was at this point where I thought to myself, holy sh*t! This is going to be awesome. In a few short minutes, director Leigh Whannell (Insidious: Chapter 3, Upgrade) crafts suspense, makes us care deeply for the protagonist and feel genuinely afraid for her safety. He does so without jump scares, loud screechy music nor exposition. The best part is, the man — the element of horror — was sound asleep and out of frame for the most of it.
Through precise placement and deliberate movement of the camera, Whannell slowly inches us towards the edge of our seats, as we sit there helpless, anxiously wondering if she’s going to make it. Wondering if the man is following her. With a magnificently staged opening act, Whannell turns the woman into a survivor, the man into a cruel beast without explaining anything with words. It’s a fantastic piece of atmospheric horror filmmaking. One that extends throughout the film.
A while later, Cecilia (Moss), who’s now living together with a family friend and his daughter learns that her abusive ex, Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) has committed suicide. Cecilia even inherits $US 5 million. Everything seems okay for a while until Cecilia realises that she’s being stalked by her ex possibly. Except nobody can see him, not even her. He’s an invisible man.
The Invisible Man is thrilling from start to finish. Whannell understands that merely suggesting that someone/something could be there watching and stalking can strike more fear in you than just blatantly showing you a CGI monster in a mirror. A lot of the times, Whannell would pan towards an empty chair or a hollow hallway and you begin to wonder if the invisible man is there. Look at the way he captures three happy people celebrating in a kitchen — from behind a wall, Cecilia, her friend and his daughter slightly out of focus. We don’t know if Adrian is there, but we wear Cecilia’s shoes and start to always look over our shoulders too. We’re defenceless and afraid. Whannell shows enormous restraint. So much so that when there is a jumpscare, it’s effective. It’s still a sudden jolt, it’s still shocking, but here the shock carries weight. You’re enveloped by fear. You care for Ceilia, root for her and desperately want her to survive.

The best horror films aren’t roller coaster rides. They’re earnest and about something real. They get under your skin. Most adaptations of The Invisible Man are told from the perspective of the hunter. Leigh Whannell’s version is about a victim of domestic abuse whose mind is shackled and f**ked with by a man who’s influential and rich. What happens when you know you’re being stalked but there’s no evidence to suggest so and so nobody believes you? Your good friends support and understand you, but they don’t believe you. Cecilia is alone and suffocating. She knows she’s not crazy, but there are moments where she wonders if she is. How can she not, when the whole world seems to suggest so?
But it’s also more than that. The invisible man is a symbol of how encompassing domestic abuse can be. Even when the victim moves away, she can’t move on. Going outside to collect the mail is difficult. Taking a shower isn’t as peaceful and meditative as you remembered it to be. You close your eyes but you’re never truly asleep. Because you’re afraid that your ex just might be lurking outside your window or inside your bedroom. The Invisible Man is haunting because you feel empathy for Cecilia. This empathy is felt because of good writing and direction. It’s also felt because Elizabeth Moss is terrific as Cecilia. Whannell lingers on Cecilia in a closeup shot and Moss brings you into her soul. But Moss doesn’t just bring vulnerability to her character but also resilience and resolve.

The film isn’t perfect. At times it asks you to leap over logic with it. There’s a scene that takes place in a fine-dining restaurant (no spoilers) in which something ghastly happens and the drama intensifies. Cecilia, who was on the verge of victory suddenly feels the weight of the entire world collapse over her. Everything becomes a blur. But all of it could’ve been prevented if just one person in the restaurant was paying attention to Cecilia’s table or… if someone bothered to check the security cameras. Here’s the thing though, I didn’t think of that while watching the movie, only after. I was so enraptured by the proceedings, so involved in the protagonist’s trajectory that the emotional logic of it trumped the logical logic. In the moment, all I felt was hopelessness and anger.
I wasn’t a big fan of Leigh Whannell’s Insidious: Chapter 3. But even there, Whannell showed great promise. I am, however, a fan of his second feature, Upgrade. But The Invisible Man is easily his best film to date. Its thrills are palpable. It doesn’t make you jump out of your seat a lot (perhaps only once), but it sure as hell will keep you make you look over your shoulders when you’re walking to the bathroom at night, when you’re carrying your groceries to the car, when you take a shower, for a very long time.
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