Hot Gadgets Offers Free Smartphone For Selected AKG, JBL, and Harman Kardon Products

It is common to see smartphone manufacturers offer free headphones or audio products to customers but not the other way around. However, that is exactly what Hot Gadgets Distribution is doing right now by offering free smartphones for selected AKG, JBL, and Harman Kardon audio products.
There is one big catch though: the offer is only available at the company’s on-going roadshow in Mid Valley Megamall that will end on this coming Sunday, 16 July. Nevertheless, here is the list of products that are involved in the promo:
– AKG Y55: free BLU Grand M– Harman Kardon Soho BT: free BLU Energy Diamond– Harman Kardon Esquire Mini: free BLU Diamond M or Vivo 5 Mini– JBL Everest V300 BT: free BLU Grand M– JBL Everest V3000NXT: free BLU Vivo XL 2– JBL Everest V700NXT: free BLU Vivo 5R.
Not to forget, Hot Gadgets is also offering free Casio LRW 200H watch for customers that purchased AKG Y40, N20, or N20U at the its roadshow. Additionally, we were also informed by the company that it will be announcing more deals during the official launch of JBL Extraordinary Sound Experiences Fun Run also at its roadshow’s venue tomorrow.
The exact location of Hot Gadgets Distribution’s on-going roadshow at Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur.
Alternatively, customers are also able their hands on free BLU Grand M smartphone by pre-ordering JBL Flip 4 portable Bluetooth speaker at Thunder Match outlets. Given how Hot Gadgets is the distributor for AKG, JBL, Harman Kardon, and BLU smartphones in Malaysia, it is not surprising that the company is able to deliver all the offers above.
Meanwhile, do head on to the Facebook page of Hot Gadgets Distribution and Thunder Match if you require more information.
(Source: Hot Gadgets, Thunder Match)
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AMD Says Its CPUs Are Also Efficient For Monero Cryptocurrency Mining

AMD’s Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors are apparently quite efficient when it comes to digital currency mining – according to AMD. But hold your horses fellow miners: AMD isn’t talking about mining for Ethereum and Bitcoin; the red company is instead, talking about mining Moreno (XMR).
For those who aren’t aware: Moreno (XMR) a form of cryptocurrency that is based off of the CryptoNote protocol. Some of the advantages of Moreno is the fact that it comes with no ASIC design and it’s highly optimised to be used with both CPUs and GPUs. Moreno is currently valued at about US$37 (around RM158) for one XMR.

That aside, AMD has provided a graph that highlights its Ryzen CPU performance when it comes to mining for Moreno. The company’s Radeon RX 470 graphics card is capable of achieving 699H/sec. In comparison, the high-end Ryzen 7 1800X was able to obtain 549H/sec, which is not far off compared to the GPU. Do keep in mind that Ryzen CPUs feature lower TDP ratings compared to Radeon GPUs.
Separately, AMD has also mentioned that its latest Crimson 17.5.2 driver now features support for a six GPU configuration and higher. Do head on over to AMD’s official website to get the latest graphics driver.
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Oppo R11 & R11 Plus Hands On: Sleek, Solid Smartphones

Despite not having any new flagship-tier smartphone in its catalogue for quite some time now, Oppo is a pretty big player here in Malaysia. Unlike most companies, Oppo focuses quite a bit on the mid-range segment, which is a pretty unique approach. Evidently, Oppo is doing something right with its range of mid-range smartphones.
Back when we were at MWC Shanghai 2017, we managed to spend some time with the new Oppo R11 and R11 Plus. Although these two smartphones are “merely” mid-range offerings, they feel very much like flagship devices; especially in terms of refinement.

First, specifications. Aside from display size, RAM and battery capacities, the R11 and R11 Plus are identical. Both devices come with Full HD displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipsets, 64GB of expandable storage, 20MP + 16MP rear cameras – similar to the ones found on the OnePlus 5 – 20MP front-facing shooters, as well as metal builds.
As for the differences between the two devices, the R11 comes with a 5.5-inch display, while the R11 Plus packs a bigger 6-inch display. In addition to that, the R11 comes with 4GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery too. The R11 Plus, on the other hand, features more RAM at 6GB and a bigger 4,000mAh cell.

Now that we’ve got specifications out of the way, let’s get to the design of the R11 and R11 Plus. Of course, we have to address the elephant in the room: these two devices look a lot like the iPhone 7 Plus. In fact, their back design is very similar to the OnePlus 5 too. However, despite these similarities, there are subtle differences – take the antenna lines’ design, for one.
In terms of ergonomics, the curved backs of the R11 and R11 Plus make them pretty comfortable devices to use for long periods of time, but the latter is definitely much more pleasant to hold. See, as the R11 Plus is larger, its sides aren’t as thin as the R11, which makes for a more ergonomically-sound device. Really, the R11’s tapered sides just feel too thin to hold comfortably.

The Oppo R11 (top) and R11 Plus.
Build quality is also one of the most impressive aspects of the R11 and R11 Plus. It feels solid, well-built, and quite premium. If Oppo had put in a Snapdragon 835 chipset into these two devices – not that the Snapdragon 660 SoC powering them is inadequate by any means – the R11 and R11 Plus can easily pass off as flagship smartphones.
Speaking of chipsets, performance isn’t an issue at all with the R11 devices. They feel fast and zippy, apps open quickly, and there’s no noticeable lag or stuttering. This doesn’t come at a surprise, of course: the Snapdragon 660 chipset is a very capable SoC.

The R11 and R11 Plus’ most flaunted feature is definitely their camera performance, and based on my brief time with the two devices, they certainly deliver. The camera app is very responsive with very little to no shutter delay between shots – something many phone makers struggle with – and the 2x optical zoom enables interesting shooting options like Portrait Mode à la the iPhone 7 Plus.
Then again, it still remains to be seen just how good – or bad – the R11 and R11 Plus’ cameras are. Their low light performance, for example, has yet to be tested. After all, most smartphone cameras struggle with shooting in less ideal situations.

Without a doubt the Oppo R11 and R11 Plus are very refined mid-range smartphones, and it’ll be interesting to see much how they will be priced at once it’s available here in Malaysia. Personally, I’m hoping Oppo Malaysia will bring in the Heat Red R11: it’s a very eye-catching device.
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Uber Malaysia Signs MOU To Allow Taxi Drivers On Its Service

Uber Malaysia has announced the creation of UberTaxi, a pilot programme that will see taxi drivers join the service using their own vehicles. The ridesharing service is collaborating with GABUNGAN to implement the scheme, and is deploying some 500 drivers in the first phase.
Taxi drivers joining UberTaxi will still have to meet Uber’s driver and vehicle requirements; meaning that the taxis themselves cannot be more than five years old. The drivers will similarly be subjected to the same background check as Uber’s regular ridesharing drivers.
Fares will be based on UberX structure, including dynamic fares for periods of high demand. However, UberTaxi drivers will be allowed to stop for passengers as normal cabs as well.
GABUNGAN claims to represent 90 percent of all corporate taxi permit holders in Malaysia. Accounting for over 28,000 taxis on the road. It’s unknown how many of these vehicles will be able to meet Uber’s somewhat stricter requirements; or if the taxi companies will have to spring for new cars.

Warren Tseng, General Manager for Uber in Malaysia and Singapore said, “Uber believes this partnership will provide a tangible demonstration of how giving more people the power of choice at the touch of a button makes things better for all – driver-partners, riders, and the city. We support the Government’s intention to improve the overall public transportation landscape and will do our part to ensure a quality experience for all riders and driver-partners. Since launching three years ago, Uber has continually worked to empower give Malaysian riders, driver-partners and cities the power of choice at the touch of a button.”
Uber isn’t technically the first ridesharing company to partner with cab drivers. Rivals Grab began operations as MyTeksi back in 2012; and currently still includes many taxi drivers within its service.
Still, it’s rather unusual to see the partnership between Uber and taxi driver associations. Especially considering that cabbies have spent the better part of two years protesting against ridesharing services. At this point, it looks like a case of “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”
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Rumour: Intel May Reduce Pentium G4560 CPU Production To Increase Core i3 Sales

A new rumour has surfaced regarding Intel’s “devious” plans to reduce the production of its highly successful Pentium G4560 processor to boost sales for the Core i3. If you didn’t know, Intel’s Pentium G4560 is a Kaby Lake-based processor launched earlier this year that includes HyperThreading – a feature absent on Core i3 processors.
Because of the reasons stated above, Intel’s Pentium G4560 CPU, unsurprisingly, became a favourite amongst budget-oriented PC gamers. Well, it looks like Intel is, allegedly, about to put and end to this nonsense – probably because the current Core i3 sales are not living up to the blue company’s expectations.

Folks from DigiWorthy mentioned that the availability of the G4560 processor may be limited throughout summer 2017. By creating an “artificial shortage” Intel hopes that the Pentium processor’s price will be closer to the Core i3 CPUs. Do bear in mind that the G4560 CPU does not come with support for AVX2 support (handy for video editing tasks); Core i3 processor has this feature; which means opting for G4560 is only really beneficial for gamers.
Of course, as with any other rumours that we’ve posted in the past, we do suggest our beloved readers to take this one with a grain of salt, especially since the rumour only came from one source.
(Source: DigiWorthy)
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AMD Says Its CPUs Are Also Efficient For Moreno Cryptocurrency Mining

AMD’s Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors are apparently quite efficient when it comes to digital currency mining – according to AMD. But hold your horses fellow miners: AMD isn’t talking about mining for Ethereum and Bitcoin; the red company is instead, talking about mining Moreno (XMR).
For those who aren’t aware: Moreno (XMR) a form of cryptocurrency that is based off of the CryptoNote protocol. Some of the advantages of Moreno is the fact that it comes with no ASIC design and it’s highly optimised to be used with both CPUs and GPUs. Moreno is currently valued at about US$37 (around RM158) for one XMR.

That aside, AMD has provided a graph that highlights its Ryzen CPU performance when it comes to mining for Moreno. The company’s Radeon RX 470 graphics card is capable of achieving 699H/sec. In comparison, the high-end Ryzen 7 1800X was able to obtain 549H/sec, which is not far off compared to the GPU. Do keep in mind that Ryzen CPUs feature lower TDP ratings compared to Radeon GPUs.
Separately, AMD has also mentioned that its latest Crimson 17.5.2 driver now features support for a six GPU configuration and higher. Do head on over to AMD’s official website to get the latest graphics driver.
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honor 8 Pro Arrives in Malaysia for RM1,999

Although we already know its retail price, honor has just launched the honor 8 Pro in Malaysia. Retailing at RM1,999, the Chinese company’s latest flagship smartphone to arrive on our shores is actually pretty interesting.
As its name suggests, the honor 8 Pro is an incremental upgrade over the honor 8. For one, the 8 Pro’s dual-camera system is identical to its predecessor: it’s made up of a 12MP monochrome sensor and a 12MP RGB sensor. The front-facing camera, on the other hand, is an 8MP shooter.

Unlike the honor 8, however, the honor 8 Pro comes with a faster HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor – the very same one found in the Huawei P10 and Mate 9 devices. Aside from that, the 8 Pro no longer has a glass back either; it features a more durable metal build instead.
Rounding out the specifications of the honor 8 Pro are a 5.7-inch 1440p display, a generous 6GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a sizeable 4,000mAh battery, and EMUI 5.1 based on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Interestingly, those who purchase the honor 8 Pro will also receive an exclusive skin for Mobile Legends.

The honor 8 Pro is now available on Vmall.my, and it will be available on Lazada as well as 11street at a later date. Looking at phone’s RM1,999 price tag and its feature set, the honor 8 Pro actually offers pretty good value for money.
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Samsung Offering Special Edition Galaxy S8 With EXO Casing At KL Roadshow

Samsung Malaysia will be offering an EXO themed Galaxy S8 phone case at a Kuala Lumpur roadshow this week. There are only 500 of these cases available, and they will be handed out on a first come first served basis. The catch is that customers cannot just buy the case alone.
Customers must buy a brand new Galaxy S8 for RM3299 in order to obtain the limited edition Samsung Galaxy Friends x EXO phone case. Which sounds like a tall order for anyone who isn’t a massive kpop fan. There is no version of the case for the Galaxy S8+ either.
The roadshow will be running from 13 to 16 July at Mid Valley Megamall.
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Chinese Umbrella Sharing Startup Unsurprisingly Loses Its Products

Chine loves the idea of the sharing economy, from cars to homes to bicycles. Which is why Sharing E Umbrella thought it would be a good idea to rent umbrellas for people to use. It’s no surprise that almost all of its 300,000 umbrellas have already gone missing.
Despite the loss, founder Zhao Shuping has not been discouraged. The umbrellas are deployed at a cost of 60 yuan (about RM38) per unit, and he still intended to get at least 30 million of them onto the streets by the end of the year.
Each of these umbrellas is rented for a deposit of 19 yuan (about RM12) and a fee of 0.50 yuan (about RM0.30) per half hour.
The problem is that people have been taking the umbrellas home and not bothering with returning them. We suspect most people would have forgotten the things; as one is wont to do with brollies.
Sharing E Umbrella was inspired by the bicycle sharing economy that has hit China over the past few months. The idea is to allow people to rent bicycles to get around the cities, similar to what some Universities do for students. The idea has even reached Malaysia with Obike leading the way.
Except that China has also exposed the problem with bicycle sharing. People tend to steal bicycles. One Chinese company had to close because it had managed to lose all its its bikes. Although it is unclear if people were stealing them with intent or had simply not bothered to return them.
It’s difficult to say if umbrella-sharing will catch on. After all, it’s ridiculously easy to forget where you leave the things, even if you did intend to return them to the company.
[Source: SCMP]
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LG Brings G6’s FullVision Display To Mid-Range Q6 Smartphones

Thanks to minimized bezels and unconventional 18:9 aspect ratio, LG G6’s FullVision display is one of its most noticeable feature. Now, the same idea has been implemented on the company’s new mid-range smartphone series, the Q6.
Consisted of three devices called Q6+, Q6, and Q6α, all of them are equipped with 5.5-inch full HD+ (2160 x 1080) Full Vision display. Comes standard with Android 7.1.1 Nougat alongside the company’s own UX 6.0 interface, these smartphones also run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor. Not only that, they also carry 13-megapixels rear camera, 5-megapixels front camera, and 3000mAh battery.

So, what actually separates them apart?
Two things: RAM capacity and internal storage space. Specifically, the Q6+ is equipped with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage while Q6 comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Focusing on affordability, Q6α offers 2GB RAM and 16GB storage.
That being said, LG didn’t reveal the actual price tag for each Q6 smartphones though. The company has stated that these smartphones will be made available in Asia starting from this August but no specific release date for Malaysia has been announced at the moment.
(Source: LG)
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