Black Friday Deal: Save Over RM800 on the 2017 MacBook Air

MacBook laptops are not exactly affordable machines, but Lazada’s Black Friday deals on two variants of the 13-inch MacBook Air make it easier to own one. Now, you can save up to RM800 on Apple’s entry-level MacBook.
This Black Friday deal is very similar to Lazada’s 11/11 offer, although the discounts aren’t quite on the same level. Nonetheless, the 128GB 13-inch MacBook Air is listed at RM3,599 now instead of RM4,199 – that’s RM600 worth of savings right there.
If you want even more storage, good news: the 256GB model’s discount is higher. Originally retailing at RM4,999, the more practical MacBook Air is now going for RM810 less at RM4,189.

While the 13-inch MacBook Air hasn’t received any major update in recent times, it’s still Apple’s most affordable MacBook offering. If you’re planning to get yourself a MacBook, these deals should be right up your alley.
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Gigabyte Unveils The X299 Aorus Gaming 7 Pro Motherboard

Gigabyte has launched its newest motherboard called the X299 Aorus Gaming 7 Pro. Interestingly, unlike the company’s previous X299 motherboard (Aorus X299 Gaming), the X299 Aorus Gaming 7 Pro supports both Intel’s Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X family of processors. In addition, this motherboard is also optimised to harness the power of Intel’s beastly Core i9-7980XE CPU.
When it comes to design, the Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming 7 Pro features an all black PCB. Besides that, this motherboard also has a plethora of LED-lit areas (RGB) just in case you’d want it to double as a Christmas tree. Specifications-wise, this motherboard is, as most may have already known, fitted with the Intel LGA2066 socket, which is compatible with Core-X processors.
The X299 Aorus Gaming 7 Pro motherboard also comes with eight DDR4 DIMM RAM slots; two PCIe x16 slots running at x16; one PCIe x16 slot running at x8; two PCIe x16 slots running at x4; eight SATA 6Gbps connectors; along with several USB3.1 Type-C, USB 3.1 Type-A, and USB 2.0 ports.
Regardless, head on over to Gigabyte’s official website to know more about the flamboyant X299 Aorus Gaming 7 Pro motherboard. Unfortunately, local pricing and date of availability of this motherboard was not mentioned by Gigabyte. If the company decides to make the X299 Aorus Gaming 7 Pro available in Malaysia, then consumers can expect an announcement to come soon.
(Source: TechPowerUp)
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Black Friday Deal: Score the Huawei P10 at Its Lowest Price Yet

Previously, the Huawei P10 went for as low as RM1,649 during 11/11. Now, for Black Friday, the flagship phone is even more affordable. Currently retailing at RM870 off, this is the lowest listed price we’ve seen for the P10.
Only one retailer is offering the P10 at this price point at the time of writing. G Store – Mobile2Go’s Lazada store – is listing the flagship phone at only RM1,629. To put things into context, the P10 was going for RM2,499 at launch – that’s a really steep discount. However, G Store only has the Prestige Gold model listed at this price.

Nonetheless, RM1,629 is one of the best offers we’ve seen for the Huawei P10. If you’re thinking whether to get the device or not at this price, our in-depth review of the P10 should help.
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Bank Negara Expected To Appoint Official Cryptocurrency Exchange

Bank Negara Malaysia is looking to place cryptocurrency under more regulation next year. In addition to requiring people to report transactions converting cryptocurrency to cash, it is also said to be looking into appointing a official exchange for control over the digital currency.
BNM Governor, Tan Sri Muhammad Ibrahim, said that the new regulations are to prevent the abuse of the currency for criminal or unlawful means. As such all conversions of cryptocurrency (such as Bitcoin) to real money must be reported under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 from January 2018. Allowing the central bank to monitor the flow of cash for any potential red flags.
At the same time, the Malaysian Reserve has reported that BNM is in talks with Luno, one of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. The governing body is looking to appoint Luno as the sole official exchange in Malaysia. Providing a single point for transactions to be made.
Should this happen, there is a chance that the government will impose the Goods and Services Tax on cryptocurrency transactions. Considering Bitcoin was trading a 1BTC to RM33567.12 at the time of this story, it could quickly become a very expensive prospect for cryptocurrency investors.
[Source: The Malaysian Reserve]
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Facebook Tests Snapchat’s Streak Feature on Messenger

It’s not a surprise that Facebook loves Snapchat, or love to copy them at least. The social networking company has been taking an idea or two from Snapchat’s book like Stories, face filters, certain camera features, and such. Now, Facebook is testing another Snapchat-inspired feature to its Messenger app – Snapchat streaks.
The feature was first pointed out by Case Sandberg on Twitter. Facebook has confirmed to Mashable that they are indeed testing streaks out. Just like all tests, not everything will work out, and if the response isn’t good, Facebook may not launch it to the public at all.

Messenger is testing out streak counts… Streak counts really bug me. pic.twitter.com/leDRemkSR3
— case (@CaseSandberg) November 22, 2017

Just like Snapchat streak, Facebook Messenger streak is sort of a game that encourages people to send messages to each other for consecutive days. Keep the streak up and you will be awarded with an emoji status for the person you are currently in a streak with.
As seen in the example above, just message someone for three days in a row, and the user will be rewarded with a lightning bolt. There is also a counter to indicate how many consecutive days you’ve been chatting.
Snapchat streak is very popular on Snapchat, especially among younger audiences. It award emoji for consecutive streaks, and warns them if their streak are going to expire soon, encouraging them to keep sending snaps.
(Source: Mashable, The Verge)
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Black Friday Deal: iPhone 8 & 8 Plus Receive up to RM400 Discount

Here’s yet another Black Friday deal that may interest you: the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are now listed at up to RM400 less. Essentially, you can get your hands on an iPhone 8 for only RM3,249 now.
That’s right, the 64GB variant of the iPhone 8 is currently listed at only RM,3249; RM400 less than the original asking price. The 256GB model, on the other hand, is also going for RM400 less at RM3,999.

And then we have the iPhone 8 Plus. Although it’s not as heavily discounted as the smaller iPhone 8, it’s still a pretty good deal: the 64GB 8 Plus can now be purchased for RM3,988 instead of RM4,149. The 256GB model is discounted slightly more too: it‘s now listed at RM4,599 – that’s RM300 off.
It’s worth noting that these deals don’t quite match up to 11/11’s more generous discounts, but they are still pretty good deals. If you’d like to learn more about the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, our hands on with these two phones should help.
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Black Friday Deal: Grab the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for RM650 Off

It’s Black Friday, so expect deals to keep coming. This time, it’s the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Originally retailing at RM3,999, Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone can now be purchased for RM650 less.
This pretty neat deal is currently offered by seller White Shadow on Lazada – the very same retailer that sold the Galaxy Note 8 for only RM3,279 during 11/11. For Black Friday, it is listing the Orchid Grey and Midnight Black Note 8 for slightly more at RM3,349.

Considering the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has only been in the Malaysian market for a couple of months, a RM650 discount is definitely a good deal. To learn more about the Note 8, our full comprehensive review of the device can be found here.
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Machines Protection Plan Helps You Avoid Paying RM 1799 For New iPhone X Screen

Each iPhone X comes with 1-year warranty but it doesn’t cover two of the most common damages that could happen to the phone: accidental drops and liquid spills. Fortunately, users can obtain absolute peace of mind against these damages by opting for Machines Protection Plan (MPP) alongside their iPhone X.
Priced at RM 899, MPP is available exclusively to customers that purchased iPhone X at Machines outlets and supported by AON Malaysia as its insurance broker. In addition to the damages that we mentioned above, MPP also extends the warranty coverage to two years.

Now, let’s jump into the specifics. The RM 899 fee that we mentioned above is technically the upfront fee for the plan that covers parts and labor costs. Hence, users still need to pay the service fees to repair their iPhone X although at much lowered price.
For example, shall the repair job required users to completely replace their iPhone X, they will be charged RM 499. That is way lower than paying for the full price for a brand-new iPhone X when you consider the calculations below:
New iPhone X
= RM 5,149 or RM 5,899
MPP Full Device Replacement for iPhone X
= MPP Upfront Price + Device Replacement Service Fee
= RM 899 + RM 499
= RM 1,398
Battery replacement is also part of MPP which has a service fee of RM 49. While Machine didn’t reveal the standard price for iPhone X’s battery, but we expect it to be quite high anyway since the company stated that the battery price for iPhone 8/8Plus is RM 399.

Interestingly though, there is no service fee for screen replacement which is a big deal since the standard price for an iPhone X’s screen is RM 1,799. This might be the biggest reason to sign up for MPP although the idea of paying additional RM 899 after forking out almost RM 6,000 for the iPhone X seems to be rather painful.
Nevertheless, it is certainly a good alternative to AppleCare+ extended warranty plan which is not offered for iPhone X (or any other iPhone before it) in Malaysia. Meanwhile, do note that MPP is also available for iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 8/8 Plus, and Apple Watch with a starting price of RM 299.
(Source: Machines)
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Apple Files Patent For A Foldable Smartphone

Apple has filed a patent application with the US Patent & Trademark office for a foldable display that can be used in future devices. The patent describes a device that can be ‘opened and closed like a book’.
In the filing, Apple states that the foldable display will be have a flexible region where the display can bend along an axis to allow it to fold without breaking the display. It also lists possible display technologies – LCD, OLED and microLEDs. MicroLED displays are rather similar to existing LEDs based screens; albeit with smaller diodes.
Other interesting items of note in the patent includes using liquid metal as a support structure for the display in either open or closed forms. The use of liquid metal is quite rare in smartphones, with the Turing phone being the last mention of the material in recent times.
The foldable phone by Apple is said to be a collaboration between it and LG, as reports online states that Apple may be investing in an LG display factory to enable production of the foldable display. LG is Apple’s main supplier for the iPhone X, which is an OLED screen.
With Samsung, Oppo and now Apple in the foldable smartphone race, we may see more coming from other manufacturers in the near future.
(Source: Patently Apple via 9to5Mac )
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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018) May Feature An Infinity Display

Samsung’s next iteration of the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018) looks like it will inherit some high-end features; including the Infinity Display from the Galaxy S8. Case maker Alixar shared a render of the upcoming smartphone, claiming to show what it may end up looking like.
The Infinity Display trickling down to the mid-tier market, translates to several design changes over this year’s Galaxy A5. As there is not enough space on the front, the fingerprint scanner will now relocate to the back of the phone, just under the camera sensor.
There also looks to be a Bixby button, suggesting the A-series will have the Samsung personal helper AI on-board out of the box.
Specification are still unknown, but if year’s model is any indication it should be a 1080p display, measuring between 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch. An Exynos chip may be the beating heart of the phone, with the Exynos 7880 a possible choice. We may see the A-series upgraded to feature 4GB of RAM as standard, with 64GB of on-board storage a possibility following the trend of tech advancements.
(Source: Sammobile )
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