#LYTV: Unboxing The Samsung Galaxy Note 9

While the phone will only be rolled out to stores later this month, today marked the official launch of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in Malaysia. Alongside our first hands on experience of the Samsung’s latest Note device at its global unveiling event in New York City last week, we also had the opportunity to unbox one of the very first few Galaxy Note 9 unit in the market.
As you might already know early on, the new Galaxy Note 9 comes equipped with 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display and is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 processor for our market. The RAM for this phone correspond directly with its internal storage’s options as the 6GB RAM variant comes with 128GB storage while the beefier 8GB RAM model offers 512GB storage.

The IP68-certified phone also offers a dual rear camera setup that comes with a 12MP sensor that features a lens with dual f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture alongside another 12MP sensor with f/2.4 2x optical zoom lens. For selfies, the Galaxy Note 9 depends on its 8MP f/1.7 autofocus camera.
Together with a brand-new Bluetooth-based S Pen, the Galaxy Note 9 is also equipped with 4000mAh battery. Priced from RM 3699 onwards, don’t forget to check out our hands-on experience with the new phone right here.
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FBI Warns Of Potential Global Heist Via Unlimited ATM Cashout

Cybersecurity blog Krebs on Security reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) received a tip regarding a potential global attack. The attack will involve the hacking of payment card processors or banks, followed by the use of ATMs around the world to withdraw millions in a few hours.
According to the report, hackers will compromise payment card processors or banks with malware, gaining them access to bank users’ card numbers. They will also be able to alter ATM withdrawal limits and account balances, which in turn allows to essentially empty an ATM of all its cash.

Obtained card data will then be sent to accomplices who could then duplicate the card by imprinting them onto reusable magnetic strip cards. The accomplices will then coordinate their withdrawal around the world using these cloned cards.
The report states that the attack will likely be carried out on a weekend, just as banks start closing. The targets will also likely be smaller firms due to their assumed weaker cybersecurity measures.
The advisory also includes tips by the FBI on improving security, such as implementing two-factor authentication using a physical or digital token when possible, especially for account balance or withdrawal limit increases over a specified threshold.
(Source: Krebs on Security via The Verge // Photos: Heatheronhertravels.com and duncan c via Flickr, used under Creative Commons license)
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You Can Soon Trade Up Old Phones For Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Discounts of Up to RM 3200

Samsung Malaysia has revealed that it will be launching trade up programme for Samsung Galaxy Note 9. In its essence, this programme would allow you to swap your old phones in exchange for discount when you purchase the latest Note device to date from the company.
According to its official website, this trade up programme is available at all Samsung Experience Stores throughout Malaysia as well as participating Samsung Authorized Dealers and partners. In general, customers are able to receive discounts of up to RM 3200 for their old phone.

However, the trade up programme only accepts certain phones from selected brands such as Apple, Huawei, and OPPO aside from Samsung’s own line-up. In addition to that, the actual value of the trade up also depends on the condition of the phone.
For example, the RM 3200 discount that we mentioned earlier can be obtained by trading up an Apple iPhone X 256GB in a very good condition. On another hand, you would receive RM 1950 discount for swapping Galaxy Note 8 or Galaxy S9 Plus 128GB while the Galaxy S9 Plus 256GB would provide you a discount value of RM 2050 instead.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Trade Up Programme will kick off on 22 August and continue to be available until 30 September 2018. For more info, just head on to Samsung Malaysia’s official website and at the same time, don’t forget to check out our hands-on experience with Galaxy Note 9 right here.
(Source: Samsung Malaysia)
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This Is How To Tell If unifi Turbo Has Arrived At Your Home

According to the official announcement made by the company few weeks ago, TM will be rolling out the much anticipated unifi Turbo speed upgrade starting from tomorrow, 15 August. As the upgrade is being done by stages, some readers out there might be wondering how to tell if TM has actually applied the upgrade on their premise.
Well, check this out: a number of users have apparently received their unifi Turbo upgrade much earlier that what TM has announced. Some of them have since posted their speed test results online including on Lowyat.NET Forums:

Aside from the results by speed test applications, another sign that you have received unifi Turbo is through the status of your unifi account. This is something that you can check through unifi’s official website provided that your have registered yourself at that site.
Once you already registered which also simultaneously set you up to receive the e-Bill, you are also able to see your account status through the care@unifi mobile apps. Once unifi Turbo upgrade has been applied to your account, it status will change to a new name which includes the new speed and the “Turbo Upgrade 2018” label.

Citing insider information, Lowyat.NET Forumers nikrizal also pointed out that users might receive an SMS once the upgrade is ready for their account. In the SMS, they will be asked to restart their network equipment for 10 minutes in order for the upgrade to take place.
Despite the signs above, we do recommend you to manage your expectation for the upcoming unifi Turbo upgrade though. Given the scale and amount of unifi customers that TM have, it might take quite a while before the company is able to complete the roll out for unifi Turbo which apparently will last until the middle of 2019.
(Source: Lowyat.NET Forums – ongch72, legendswt, nikrizal // Muhd via Amanz)
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Samsung Galaxy S10 May Feature Triple Camera At The Back

More juicy tidbits of Samsung’s 2019 flagship has been unearthed. This time around, it was being claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S10 may feature a triple camera set-up, which includes a standard lens, a telephoto lens and for the first time, a super wide-angle lens.
While the setup might sounds similar to Huawei P20 Pro, but the ultra-wide angle camera is the main differentiator between the two of them. Specifically, the camera offers a 123-degree lens with a 12MP image sensor behind it.

Alongside that camera will be the 16MP main camera and another 12MP camera with 3x zoom lens. On the same report, it is mentioned that Samsung may feature the triple-camera sensor in two Galaxy S10 models that are set to be unveiled next year.
While there may be differences in terms of features and resolution, this may indicate that Samsung is possibly looking to spread the tech around. As interesting as this rumor might sounded like, let’s not get ahead of ourselves for the time being.
(Source: ET News(in Korean) via GSMArena)
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GIGABYTE Aorus B450 Motherboards For AMD Ryzen Now In Malaysia: Prices Start From RM429

All things considered, the leak about GIGABYTE Aorus’ B450 motherboards last month were pretty accurate. Furthermore, those AMD B450-based boards – the B450 Aorus M and B450 Aorus Pro – are now actually available in Malaysia.
True to the leak, the B450 Aorus Pro does come with two M.2 slots and six SATA 3.0 6Gbps ports. However, the motherboard actually comes with just one PCIe x16 3.0 slot instead of two PCIe x16 3.0 slots as per original report; alongside two PCIe x16 2.0 slots.

Being a microATX motherboard, it is rather natural that the B450 Aorus M features less amount of slots than its ATX sibling. For example, it is equipped with just one M.2 slot as well as a PCIe x16 3.0 and a PCIe x16 2.0 slot each although the motherboard still comes with six SATA 3.0 6Gbps ports.
Despite the difference in sizes and price (more on that later), both motherboards do share a number of features together. Among them are the Hybrid Digital Power Design and M.2 Thermal Guard alongside RGB Fusion lighting, support for digital LEDs, and Hybrid Fan Pin Headers.
Price-wise, the B450 Aorus M is priced at RM429, while the B450 Aorus Pro has a RM509 price tag. These boards are also available now throughout Malaysia as well as through on GIGABYTE’s LazMall Flagship Store on Lazada.
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TM Will No Longer Provide Paper Bills Starting This September

TM has advised users to update their account details in order to help the company deliver e-Bill to them. While TM has actually implemented paperless billing for the past few years, the move will be permanent this time around.
Specifically, TM will stop providing paper bills starting from September 2018 onwards. In fact, the company will not send them over via mail and users also would not even able to obtain printed bills from TMpoint branches although staff members will be on standby to show users on how they can view or download e-Bill.
The care@unifi app.
For those who are not familiar with TM e-Bill, it is usually delivered to users via e-mail in PDF format. Additionally, TM also sent a summary of the bill to users via SMS notification. Not to forget, users can also view their e-Bill on unifi’s official website or through the newly launched care@unifi app.
While all TM customers will be automatically converted to e-Bill, they still need to provide their particular to the company. They can do so by registering themselves at unifi’s website and care@unifi app or through the assistance of unifi’s customer service staff on Facebook and Twitter.
(More info: unifi Official Website – [pdf] )
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TM Reportedly Has Appeal To Delay The Reduction of Broadband Price

A recent report has recently emerged claiming that TM has appealed to government to delay the implementation of Mandatory Standard on Access Pricing (MASP) which would force the largest telecommunication company in the country to reduce the price for its broadband services. However, this is not the first time that TM has applied for such delay though.
MASP was supposed to be in effect starting from 1 January 2018 onwards but it was delayed after an appeal made by TM earlier this year. According to the report which cited an insider source, TM has once again appeal to the government and this time around the company apparently asking to halt the implementation as lower broadband price would hurt their earnings.

During a press conference few months ago, the Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Deo has announced that the pricing of broadband services would be reduced by at least 25% by the end of 2018. Of course, the ultimate objective is to have double the speed of internet at half of the price.
While TM might have launched the more affordable unifi Basic plan for household with monthly income of under RM 4500 as well as the unifi Turbo and Streamyx speed upgrade, consumers in general are still pressuring TM to lower down the price of its internet services. Well then, let’s see how this will play out very soon.
(Source: The Malaysian Reserve)
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Tencent Forced To Halt The Sale Of Monster Hunter: World In China

Monster Hunter: World is Capcom’s best-selling game. So, just imagine the kind of money a gaming platform stands to make by selling it. We say this, because Tencent, will not be making that kind of money – WeGame, the Chinese equivalent of Steam owned by the company, has been ordered by the Chinese Government to pull the title from its online store.
According to the Financial Times, Chinese regulators have called for the the game to be pulled yesterday due to a “large number of complaints.” Tencent did not specify the nature of the complaints.
As a result of this, Tencent will have to refund over one million pre-orders for the game, and the company says it will do so “without conditions,” assuming the request for refund is made by 20 August. Those who choose not to refund the game can still continue to play, but Tencent says it cannot guarentee updates, DLC and even multiplayer servers to be available beyond that date.

A title like Monster Hunter: World would have been key to helping WeGame grow in the face of the US competition, what with Steam having plans to officially launch in China despite already being used unofficially by many. But with the platform being ordered to pull the title during its PC launch month, it doesn’t look like the strategy will work anymore.
An unnamed source close to WeGame has told the Financial Times that despite the official statement, the removal of the title has more to do with bureaucratic infighting than actual censorhip. Since March, China has had a new media regulator, and as a result approvals of new mobile games have experienced a months-long freeze.
Meanwhile, we couldn’t find any confirmation whether the ban affects the console version of the game. From that, we’d assume that console gamers in China are unaffected by this move.
Source: Financial Times,
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NVIDIA Announces New Turing GPU Architecture And Quadro RTX Series GPUs

Earlier today at the Siggraph 2018, NVIDIA officiallly announced its new Quadro RTX professional GPUs. More to the point, the new Quadro RTX series are also the first set of graphics cards to be powered by its new Turing GPU die architecture.
Riding on the wave of its push for the advancement of ray-tracing technology, the Turing GPU is fitted with what Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, describes as ray-tracing (RT) cores. The new cores even come with a unit measurement: Giga Rays. And on that note, the Turing GPU embedded within the new Quadro RTX cards are capable of outputting ray-tracing computations at a speed of up to 10 Giga Rays per second.

For context; ray-tracing is a graphical technique that traces (naturally) the path of light in a simulated environment. If and when the technique is applied properly, ray-tracing is capable of providing a very high degree of realism, be it in a static image or a scenario with lots of lights and movements.
The Turing GPU is also equipped with Tensor cores for AI applications. Statistically, these cores allow the new cards to perform computations of up to 125 TFLOPS in FP16, 250 TOPS (Tensor Operations Per Second) in INT8, and double that in INT16 calculations.

Getting into the specs; the new Quadro RTX series run on the new GDDR6 graphic memory interface. NVIDIA also announced three models for the series: the Quadro RTX 5000, the RTX 6000, and the top-of-the-line RTX 8000. The RTX 5000 will come with 16GB of GDDR6 memory; the RTX 6000 with 24GB, and the RTX 8000 will carry a whopping 48GB of GDDR6 memory inside of it.

As one would expect of Quadro GPUs, these new GPUs don’t come cheap. Those of you looking to upgrade your workstation GPU with one of these cards will set you back US$2300 (~RM9421) for the entry-level RTX 5000, and a maximum of US$10000 (~RM41000) for the more premium-grade RTX 8000 GPU.
Before we forget; the new Quadro RTX series cards can also be paired with a secondary card, but it won’t be through an typical SLI bridge. To do this, NVIDIA created a new NV Link Bridge that enables a total of two Turing-powered GPUs to be paired together.
Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, with the new NV Link hanging from his jacket pocket.
At the time of writing, NVIDIA did not give a specific launch date for its Quadro RTX series GPU. It also didn’t give any indication if the new Turing GPU architecture and its technology will somehow trickle down into the company’s next GeForce GTX series GPUs, or if it will have a totally different GPU architecture and name.

In any case, with Gamescom 2018 set to take place next week, we’ll definitely be getting our answer over the matter then.
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