UniFi and Time Users, Take Note: D-Link DIR-850L Firmware Update To Arrive On 21 Sept

Earlier this month, it was revealed that several critical security issues have been discovered within D-Link DIR-850L router which is a model that TM and Time have distributed to their customers as part of their broadband packages. D-Link Malaysia has since announced that a firmware update will be made available to users later this week.
Scheduled for release on 21 September, the update apparently can be obtained through D-Link’s official website. It is not known if the update will be customized to either ISPs but based on this listing, D-Link has previously released firmware update that were meant only for units that it supplied to TM which subsequently made their ways to UniFi customers.
D-Link DIR850-L for Time Internet customers.
Furthermore, the release date that was specified by D-Link Malaysia is two days later than the date announced by D-Link Singapore even though Singapore’s website also contains previous update for TM’s router. Hence, don’t go all guns blazing on 21 September without making sure that the update is really made for your router.
Meanwhile, we recommend users to keep a note of their important and custom settings from existing firmware before performing the update even though the company has provided a guide on how to implement UniFi or Maxis Fibre settings on the router. We couldn’t find similar guide for Time Internet though but we are sure that the ISP’s customer service is likely able to help.
(Source: D-Link Malaysia via Lowyat.NET official Facebook page)
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PSA To UniFi and Time Customers: D-Link DIR-850L Firmware Update To Arrive On 21 Sept

Earlier this month, it was revealed that several critical security issues have been discovered within D-Link DIR-850L router which is a model that TM and Time have distributed to their customers as part of their broadband packages. D-Link Malaysia has since announced that a firmware update will be made available to users later this week.
Scheduled for release on 21 September, the update apparently can be obtained through D-Link’s official website. It is not known if the update will be customized to either ISPs but based on this listing, D-Link has previously released firmware update that were meant only for units that it supplied to TM which subsequently made their ways to UniFi customers.
D-Link DIR850-L for Time Internet customers.
Furthermore, the release date that was specified by D-Link Malaysia is two days later than the date announced by D-Link Singapore even though Singapore’s website also contains previous update for TM’s router. Hence, don’t go all guns blazing on 21 September without making sure that the update is really made for your router.
Meanwhile, we recommend users to keep a note of their important and custom settings from existing firmware before performing the update even though the company has provided a guide on how to implement UniFi or Maxis Fibre settings on the router. We couldn’t find similar guide for Time Internet though but we are sure that the ISP’s customer service is likely able to help.
(Source: D-Link Malaysia via Lowyat.NET official Facebook page)
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Your D-Link UniFi Router Might Be At Risk (UPDATE: Time Internet As Well)

UPDATE – 848pm: Several readers have pointed out that Time Internet uses the same router too. More details below.
ORIGINAL STORY – 617pm: As part of its UniFi package, TM has provided free routers to customers throughout the country including the cylindrical-shaped D-Link DIR-850L. If you one such customers or even if you have purchased it separately, do note that there might be several crictical security issues within your router.
They came into limelight after security researcher Pierre Kim who originally discovered it back in June, published them online almost two weeks ago. There are plenty of issues according to the researcher including unsecure firmware, backdoor access, weak files permission, credentials in cleartext, and many more.
In addition to that, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore and Infocomm Media Development Authority have recently released a joint security advisory on the same issue. The statement also stated that three more D-Link DIR-800 series routers including DIR-885L, DIR-890L, and DIR-895L are vulnerable as well.

D-Link has responded to the issue by releasing a statement that the company has already working to solve the flaws within its DIR-850L routers and will be releasing a firmware update for them on 19 September. The company also has recommended several rudimentary steps to help users protect themselves. including restoring the router’s default factory setting, and disable the WAN remote admin feature.
Meanwhile, we have reached out to TM regarding this issue and now waiting for further details from the company. We’ll keep you posted once we heard any updates from them.
(Source: Pierre Kim, SingCERT via Channel NewsAsia, D-Link. Images: Benlai, D-Link)

UPDATE – 848pm:
Several readers on our Facebook page have posted that Time Internet has provided them with the same D-Link DIR-850L router too. In fact, it is clearly stated on the ISP’s official website that the router is given to customers as part of their 100Mbps and 300Mbps package.
Time Internet residential plan as of September 2017.
D-Link DIR850-L for Time Internet customers.
We have since reached out to Time Internet regarding this issue and will keep you updated once they got back to us.
(Image: Brandon Leow)
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Your D-Link UniFi Router Might Be At Risk

As part of its UniFi package, TM has provided free routers to customers throughout the country including the cylindrical-shaped D-Link DIR-850L. If you one such customers or even if you have purchased it separately, do note that there might be several crictical security issues within your router.
They came into limelight after security researcher Pierre Kim who originally discovered it back in June, published them online almost two weeks ago. There are plenty of issues according to the researcher including unsecure firmware, backdoor access, weak files permission, credentials in cleartext, and many more.
In addition to that, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore and Infocomm Media Development Authority have recently released a joint security advisory on the same issue. The statement also stated that three more D-Link DIR-800 series routers including DIR-885L, DIR-890L, and DIR-895L are vulnerable as well.

D-Link has responded to the issue by releasing a statement that the company has already working to solve the flaws within its DIR-850L routers and will be releasing a firmware update for them on 19 September. The company also has recommended several rudimentary steps to help users protect themselves. including restoring the router’s default factory setting, and disable the WAN remote admin feature.
Meanwhile, we have reached out to TM regarding this issue and now waiting for further details from the company. We’ll keep you posted once we heard any updates from them.
(Source: Pierre Kim, SingCERT via Channel NewsAsia, D-Link. Images: Benlai, D-Link)
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Acer Malaysia Introduces AMD Powered Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop

Acer will put a new AMD powered version of the Nitro 5 on sale at the end of the month. This represents a budget spin on the already entry level gaming laptop, offering an alternative for the more casual crowd.
Replacing the Intel chip on this variant is an AMD FX 9830P clocked at 3.0 GHz (with Turbo CORE Technology that pumps it up to 3.7 GHz). We’re a little disappointed that this doesn’t feature a newer Ryzen processor; but it’s likely there to keep the final price down.
The GPU takes a similar route, replacing the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with an AMD Radeon RX550 with 4GB GDDR5 RAM. The two graphics cards are not necessarily comparable, but it should serve the intended audience of the Nitro 5 well enough.

Acer has left the rest of the Nitro 5 untouched. It’s still a 15.6-inch laptop with a Full HD resolution display. Memory starts at 4GB RAM, and can be upgraded to 16GB; at an unspecified cost. Storage options were not shared in the official notice, but we expect it to be the same 1TB HDD from the lower end Nitro 5. Since there is a distinct amount of price saving happening on this unit.
The AMD powered Acer Nitro 5 is set to go on sale in Malaysia by the end of September for an impressive RM2,999. The first 200 customers to pick up a Nitro 5 will also receive a Predator branded gaming mouse as part of the release promotion.
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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Is the Most Played Game on Steam with 1.35 Million Concurrent Players

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – more commonly referred to as PUBG – is a ridiculously successful game, and it’s not even out of Steam’s Early Access yet. Earlier this month, 10 million copies of the game were already sold on Steam, and just recently, it beat Dota 2 to be the most played game on Steam with 1.35 million concurrent players.
More specifically, PUBG had as many as 1,342,857 players online at the same time, beating Dota 2’s all-time peak of 1,295,114 players. Not only is this an impressive feat, it’s worth noting that PUBG isn’t even a free to play game like Dota 2.

Highest peak player count on @steam_games! A sincere thank you to all our players & the amazing @PUBATTLEGROUNDS team I get to work with! GG pic.twitter.com/z8V2rdmQmm
— PLAYERUNKNOWN (@PLAYERUNKNOWN) September 16, 2017

In essence, PUBG is a Battle Royale-style game; 100 players parachute onto an island where they’ll fight until only one player is left. Weapons and ammunition are limited, and there are various ways to survive until the end. Some players take the “stealth approach” and camp until only a few players are left, while some spend the majority of the game looting for the best weapons and armors.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is expected to be released on Xbox One sometime this fall; we imagine the game’s playerbase will grow even more once that happens. As for PC players, Bluehole is targeting for PUBG to be out of Early Access by the end of this year.
(Source: Twitter (PLAYERUNKNOWN) via The Verge)
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Roadshow Offers Free Gear VR and Screen Crack Protection

In line with the official launch of the Galaxy Note 8 later this week, Samsung is holding a nationwide roadshow in three locations, where customers who purchase the Note 8 there will receive exclusive freebies and – in the KL roadshow – a chance to meet Running Man star Song Ji-Hyo.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 roadshow will take place from 21-24 September 2017 in three separate locations: Pavilion (Kuala Lumpur), Gurney Plaza (Penang), and AEON Tebrau City (Johor Bahru). While the roadshows in Penang and Johor will start from 10am onwards, the one in KL will start from 11am with sales of the Note 8 to begin from 12pm.
For those who missed out on the pre-order, Samsung has another deal for those who purchases the Galaxy Note 8 during the roadshow. During this four-day period, customers who purchase the Note 8 at any of the three locations will receive a free Samsung Gear VR (2017) worth RM499, as well as free Samsung Screen Protection worth RM149, which allows for a one-time cracked screen replacement (excluding service fee).

As a bonus for early bird customers who purchases the Note 8 roadshow in Pavilion KL, the first 100 customers to buy the Note 8 will have the opportunity to meet Song Ji-Hyo in person, and collect a free Clear View Standing Cover autographed by the star herself.
Besides that, Samsung is also holding an in-store promotion for the Galaxy Note 8. All Note 8 purchases at Samsung Experience Stores using Maybank 0% EzyPay plan for 12 or 24 months will receive 3x Maybank Treats Points as well as a free Dual Port Car Charger worth RM89.
In addition, new Note 8 owners can also purchase additional protection via Samsung Smart Care for the Note 8 at lower prices. The promotions include Samsung Protection (RRP: RM149, promotion price: RM88), which consists of a one-time screen crack replacement within the standard warranty period, or the Samsung Protection Plus (RRP: 298, promotion price: RM238), which adds an additional 1-year warranty extension on top of the standard warranty and a one-time cracked screenreplacement.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 retails at RM3,999. Still unsure if you should take the plunge? Our comprehensive review may help.
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The iPhone X Costs Only RM1,725 to Manufacture

The iPhone X is Apple’s most expensive smartphone yet, and not surprisingly, it’s also the costliest to manufacture. However, just how much exactly does it cost to build one? Well, as it turns out, the iPhone X costs only $412.75 (about RM1,725) to manufacture; it’s the 256GB variant to boot.
This bit of information comes from Chinese tech industry publication ichunt, which managed to get its hands on the iPhone X’s bill of materials (BOM). Basically, the BOM details exactly how much each individual part of the phone costs, including the display, chipset, and the iPhone X’s stainless steel frame.

Out of all of the iPhone X’s parts, the 5.8-inch OLED display is the costliest at $80 (around RM335). The phone’s 256GB NAND memory, on the other hand, goes for $45 – that’s about RM190. Surprisingly enough, the iPhone X’s chassis is the second most expensive part. This include the stainless steel frame and “glass hyperbolae,” which cost $53 (about RM220) together.

Considering the fact that the 256GB iPhone X retails at a whopping $1,149 (that’s approximately RM4,805), that’s quite a large price gap. However, note that this is only the cost to manufacture the iPhone X. Other miscellaneous costs like R&D, marketing, and even taxes, are not taken into account yet.
(Source: ichunt via GSMArena)
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Upcoming HTC Vive Focus To Be Powered By Snapdragon 835

HTC is set to bring its mobile VR headset, announced back in July, to the world market. Set to be re-named HTC Vive Focus, this VR self-contained headset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, rather than a gaming PC.
New trademark filings were spotted on the USPTO and the European Union Intellectual Property Office from HTC, reserving the right to use the brand Vive Focus for an upcoming device. Since there are no rumours of HTC working on a new Vive, this points towards a rebrand of the standalone Vive that’s being sold on China Joy.
The VR headset was originally named as HTC Vive Standalone when it was released in China, and there is a website with teasers of its capabilities and functionalities for the users. This headset is said to have inside-out positional tracking rather than just the rotational tracking. Interestingly, the US product page indicates that this product also happens to be a Google Daydream ready product.

HTC is set to share the stage with Google at its Pixel 2 announcement on 4 October, where it will presumably be featuring the Vive Focus. The headset design is also based on a new reference design by Google, according to a report.
(Source: PhoneArena )
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Hackers Discover NES Golf Hidden In Nintendo Switch Firmware

Nintendo has a reputation for putting hidden easter eggs in its consoles, and it turns out that the Switch is no different. SwitchBrew, which hosts files for potential hacks on the console, shared a curious post that appeared to show the classic 1984 NES Golf running on the Switch.
The post refers to a system entry called flog, with the accompanying text pointing towards it being an NES emulator. This emulator is capable of running the sole game on the system, which happens to be NES Golf (‘flog’ happens to be ‘golf’ spelled backwards). Extraordinarily, the post also claims that this version of the game supports the new JoyCons; including motion controls.
There’s no real verification of the information yet, but SwitchBrew poster “yellows8” claims to have accessed the game and played it. However, this required “unofficial” methods. Yellows8 also claims that the emulator has been available on the Switch since firmware 1.0; showing that his was always hidden on the console.

Chances are that Nintendo has been working on an emulator for the Switch and is only waiting for the right time to reveal it. Emulating old games is not exactly anything new for the company, since it already has a history of republishing titles for use through console based emulators.
That said, the addition of support for modern style controls is something new. Nintendo hasn’t updated the control scheme for any of its older games. Then again, the company is willing to try a lot of new things on the Switch. So maybe this isn’t so far fetched and makes sense.
[Source: SwitchBrew]
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