Fossil Q Control Features a Touch-sensitive Bezel

Fossil’s range of Q smartwatches just received a new addition today. Dubbed the Fossil Q Control, this Android Wear device sports a rather interesting hardware – a touch-sensitive bezel.
Much like how the rotatable bezels of the Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S3 work, users can use the Q Control’s touch-sensitive bezel to navigate through the watch’s interface. It may not be quite as satisfying to use as Samsung’s clicky rotatable bezel, but we reckon it’s a pretty intuitive navigation method.
Aside from the touchscreen bezel, the Q Control is also rated at 5 ATM: it is essentially water-resistant up to 50m. According to Fossil, the Q Control is “swimproof,” and users can use the MySwimPro app to track your swimming routines.

Other specifications of the Q Control include a 45mm circular case, a 20mm silicone strap – it can be swapped with standard 20mm straps – a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor paired with 768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, as well as Android Wear 2.0 out of the box.
The Fossil Q Control smartwatch is currently available for purchase in the US for $275 – that comes up to about RM1,150. It remains to be seen if the Q Control will be sold officially in Malaysia.
(Source: Fossil via GSMArena)
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Xpax Opens Preorder for Huawei Mate 10 Pro for RM199 a Month

For those of you who wish to get your hands on the latest Huawei Mate 10 Pro, you may now preorder it with Xpax. The prepaid telco has opened its preorder for the device, for only RM199 a month with Xpax EasyPhone. As with Huawei’s very own preorder, Xpax will also offer additional freebies for those who preorder the device starting today.
The preorder from Xpax is available starting from today, 16 November till 23 November 2017. The telco is offering the Huawei Mate 10 Pro for RM199 a month for 24 months on Xpax EasyPhone. The fee is inclusive of RM30 prepaid credit, which will be added to your account every month for 24 months. You can also opt in for device protection plan for an additional RM23 a month.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro retails at RM3,099, but if you preorder it, you will receive freebies including a Huawei Body Scale, a Huawei Colour Band A2, and a VIP service card that offers one-to-one replacement for screen damage within the first three months of ownership, as well as warranty door-to-door delivery service. These are worth a total of RM999.
EasyPhone is an instalment plan from Celcom that lets you own a brand new smartphone with no credit card, and zero upfront payment. Check out Xpax now to find out more about its Huawei Mate 10 Pro preorder, or to apply online now. You can also read our review for an in-depth look at the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.
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Google Introduces a New Look for Google Maps

Google recently announced that they are rolling out a new look for Google Maps, bringing to you a “new look that better reflects your world, right now”. The new look will make it easier for you to identify places of interest on the map, and show you more relevant information depending on your travel methods.
First up, you will be able to easily identify different places with a new colour scheme on Google Maps. Places such as café, museum, hospital, or places of worship will have a designated colour and icon, so you can quickly find what you are looking for at just a glance. For example, if you are in a neighbourhood you are not familiar with, and wish to find a coffee shop, just open the map and find the nearest orange icon, which is the colour for Food & Drink spots. Blue represent shopping spots, green for outdoor, and more as shown below:

The update will also push to you more relevant information as you are travelling. Google will only show you gas stations if you are navigating, and train stations for transit; why would you need to know where the nearest petrol station is when you are sitting in the LRT? This will also make Google Maps look less cluttered.
The changes will be rolled out over the next few weeks in all Google products that uses Google Maps. This includes Assistant, Search, Earth, and Android Auto. The new style will also appear in apps, website, and experiences offered by companies that uses Google Maps APIs as well, so you can have a consistent experience.
(Source: Google)
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Data Breach Victims Find Themselves Signed Up For Phone Numbers They Don’t Own

The Malaysian telco data breach is like a horrible gift that just keeps giving. Concerned citizens who checked the status of their data through Keith Rozario’s SayaKenaHack site have discovered themselves signed up for telephone numbers for which they don’t actually own.
Daily newspaper The Star spoken with several individuals who had discovered these extra phone numbers. According to one engineer, only two of the three phone numbers listed on the database belong to him. Another company secretary found that her information was used to sign up for an additional telco line.
Malaysian Communications and Multi­media Commission (MCMC) network security and enforcement sector chief officer Zulkar­nain Mohd Yassin believes that the case is likely to be the result of identity theft. Which would indicate that the personal data of these individuals was stolen long before the recent incident.
Zulkarnain urges those who have found themselves registered with additional numbers to contact the relevant telcos to confirm the information. There is still a chance that the database was not properly sanitised and the informatio presented is merely incorrect.
[Source: The Star]
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vivo Inks $4 Billion Deal With Qualcomm

vivo has signed an agreement with Qualcomm to supply $4 billion in components with the Chinese smartphone company, as part of a series of deals signed between Chinese and US businesses worth a massive $253 billion. The deals were signed during US President Donald Trump’s recent visit to China, where he witnessed the signings alongside his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
With over 200 million users around the world, the deal naturally benefits Qualcomm just as much as is advantageous to vivo. The two companies have previously worked together prior to the $4 billion deal in various fields of smartphone development, such as artificial intelligence, photography, gaming experience, and power saving.

Many readers would remember the recent collaboration between vivo and Qualcomm in the field of biometrics back at MWC Shanghai 2017, where the company announced the Under Display Fingerprint Scanning solution, which is based on Qualcomm technology. The two companies will continue to work together, striving for further breakthroughs in 3D face recognition, palm print recognition, and iris recognition.
vivo is also working with Qualcomm in the development of new 5G-ready technologies. The two companies are developing a new 5G chipset based on years of consumer behaviour studies and experiences shared by both firms.
As one of the top five smartphone brands in the world, vivo sees this partnership as a great way to penetrate larger markets. The Chinese company has strong plans to expand into the European and Middle Eastern markets.
On top of that, vivo is also looking at this deal as a means to forge better long-term partnerships with industry partners. The vivo-Qualcomm partnership also includes patent sharing deals between the two companies.

Disclosure: This article was sponsored by vivo.
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Intel Z390 Motherboard Spotted Along With An Unreleased CPU

Several months ago, we wrote an article regarding a leak that says Intel’s Z390 motherboards will be made available sometime in second half of 2018. Well, this time round, folks at VideoCardz have discovered a Z390 motherboard being listed on SiSoftware’s database, which may confirm its existence. The motherboard containing the unreleased Intel chipset was made by SuperMicro (C7390-PGW).
It has to be noted, however, that aside from the existence of a SuperMicro Z390 motherboard on SiSoftware’s database, not much else is known regarding the chipset. Despite this, based on previous leaks, consumers can expect motherboards equipped with this high-end chipset to support Intel’s soon to be released 8-core mainstream Coffee Lake-S processors.
Image: VideoCardz
Interestingly, the SuperMicro Z390 motherboard was paired with an unnamed, unreleased Intel processor. According to details posted on SiSoftware’s database, this processor features six CPU cores and twelve threads. Besides that, the CPU also boasts clock speeds of 3.32GHz (base) and 3.64GHz (boost) respectively.
Those aside, it’ll be interesting to see what Intel has to offer with its upcoming lineup of Coffee Lake-S processors and Z390 chipset – both of which will most probably be competing against AMD’s upcoming Ryzen offerings (Ryzen 2000?). Either way, as mentioned earlier, consumers can expect both Coffee Lake-S CPUs and Z390-based motherboards to be made available sometime in 2018.
(Source: VideoCardz)
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Microsoft Releases Minecraft Support For Hour Of Code; Invites Malaysians To Participate

Microsoft has announced a new Minecraft based activity for the Hour of Code campaign. The Hero’s Journey, the tutorial introduces a new character in the form of The Agent; who happens to resemble a miniature iron golem.
Hour of Code is an initiative from that aims to encourage students around the world to learn coding. Microsoft itself has been supporting the campaign for the past three years, and is introducing 10 new challenges this year. This is also the first year where the entire hour-long tutorial can be imported to Minecraft Education Edition.

This year, the Hour of Code is scheduled to take place between 4 and 10 December. It technically only takes an hour to complete any of the tutorials, with activities provided by partners like Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, and Google.

Malaysian students are not being left out of the Hour of Code, as Microsoft has already partnered with several schools in the country to deploy Minecraft as a teaching aid. The results of this were already seen with students from MRSM Tun Mohammad Fuad Stephens, Sandakan. These – mostly – underprivileged students quickly adapted to the new teaching tools and have been contributing their work to the Climate Action Project; an online movement to raise awareness on climate change.
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Asia Optical Develops 5X Optical Zoom Lens For Smartphones

Taiwan-based Asia Optical has developed a true optical 5x zoom designed for use in smartphones, and it could be making it available as soon as next year. The zoom lens consists of an aspherical glass piece and four plastic components; and will be heading for certification by the end of 2017.
The lens was developed in collaboration with software developer Corephotonics, who recently got into a row with Apple over camera technology. Asia Optical chairman Richard Lai has said that production for mass shipments to Chinese smartphone brands will commence sometime in third quarter of 2018; products should be appearing on store shelves following the shipment.
This is not the first time an optical zoom technology for smartphones has been demonstrated – OPPO did it first during a demo at MWC 2017. Interestingly enough the zoom technology also uses five lenses, and developed by Corephotonics.
(Source: Digitimes )
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The New Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Gains Dust & Water Resistance; Retails at RM549

After releasing the Cynosa Chroma a couple of weeks ago, Razer is introducing yet another keyboard, and it’s a refresh of the BlackWidow Ultimate this time around. On the surface, not much has changed, aside from the fact that the BlackWidow is now dust- and water-resistant.
Carrying an IP54 rating, the new BlackWidow Ultimate should be able to withstand accidental water spills and food crumbs – a nice little reassurance for those who often snack while they’re in front of the computer. In retrospect, this is actually Razer’s first dust- and water-resistant keyboard.

Its IP54 rating aside, the BlackWidow Ultimate also comes with Razer’s green mechanical switches; they’re both tactile and clicky, much like Cherry MX Blue switches. They’re rated at 80 million keystrokes too, on top of 10-key rollover and anti-ghosting.
As this is an Ultimate keyboard, there’s no RGB Chroma lighting, but the keys are individually lit with Razer’s range of lighting effects. Other specifications of the BlackWidow Ultimate include progammable keys with on-the-fly macro recording, a gaming mode, as well as 1000Hz ultrapolling.

The new Razer BlackWidow Ultimate is now available for purchase on Razer’s Malaysia online store for RM549. More information on the mechanical keyboard can be found here.
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#LYTV: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Unboxing

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is here, and as its name suggests, it’s a more powerful GPU than the GTX 1070. Of course, it doesn’t offer quite as much power as the GTX 1080, but it’s certainly an impressive graphics card.
In comparison to the GTX 1070, the GTX 1070 Ti offers 2432 cores instead of the former’s 1920 cores; the 1070 Ti also comes with higher base clock speed of 1607MHz compared to the 1070’s 1507MHz. With a higher TDP rating of 180W, the 1070 Ti offers more headroom for overclocking too.
We’ll definitely be taking a closer look at the GTX 1070 Ti’s performance in a full review. Until then, enjoy our unboxing video!
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