Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Teased By Designer

Remember when Lei Jun, the CEO of Xiaomi said that the Mi Mix successor is in the works? Well, the designer of the original phone, Philip Stark, just posted a video of the Mi Mix 2 on his Facebook account. It looks like there are more curves incorporated into the second generation phone.

The French-based designer posted a video on his official Facebook Page, with the title “Mi Mix 2 Conceptual Product Design WIP”. It may be a work in progress, but it shares a tantalising glimpse into the design of the upcoming Mi Mix 2.
The screen to body ratio of the Mi Mix is enhanced even further, as the video shows an impossibly large screen on the front of the phone. The minimal bezel is even thinner this time around, even at the bottom of the phone. Even so, Xiaomi managed to fit in a front-facing camera, just like on the original Mi Mix.
Imagine a phone with a larger screen than this!
Specs of the phone are rumoured to be as follows: Snapdragon 835 chipset, 6GB of RAM, an AMOLED screen (which we suspect will be in the region of 6.2-inches) and a 19MP rear camera. A 4500mAh battery will run the show, and some form of scratch-resistant glass from Corning will cover the front and the back of the phone.
The report also says that the phone is set to be launched sometime mid-September, with an expected price of around CNY 4,999 (or about RM3,218)
(Source: GSMArena ,Philip Starck (FB))
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Tesla cars get updated via over-the-air

We have gotten used to receiving updates on our devices over-the-air, whether it may be an app update for our iOS or Android device or critical operating system security patch for Mac OS and Windows. Tesla, the electric auto maker has also started using the same technology to push out updates their customer’s vehicles and the most recent one is to provide an update for automatic high beam for their Model S and Model X vehicles with Autopilot.
Tesla’s 2017.32 over-the-air software update also gave a number of Model S and Model X continuous updates of its autopilot software where Tesla is continuing to improve it. Tesla’s autopilot system is a semi-autonomous system which assists the driver.
A Tesla Model 3 screen in the middle of the dash which is the only control panel for the car
Automatic high beams is a technology in which the car will turn on the high beam when it can detect that there is no oncoming traffic. This way, the driver gets to see further and clearer in front without annoying other drivers as well. The technology isn’t new as other car makers have it in place.
“We’ve added a new setting, Auto High Beam, that makes using high-beam headlights more convenient by automatically switching to low beams to avoid shining too much light at other drivers. When you enable this setting and turn your high beams on, Model S temporarily switches to low-beam headlights if traffic is detected in front of the vehicle,” as described by Tesla according to a report by Electrek.
What is key to note is the way how Tesla is using the internet to push out updates for their vehicles as this keeps the technology and software of the vehicle constantly up to date. Other manufacturers usually perform these sort of updates when the vehicles are brought back to the service centers. The over-the-air update is the future and the beauty of it is that car manufacturers can constantly fine tune the software and receive direct feedback as well before releasing more updates.
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Full Render Of The LG V30 Appears Online

With IFA 2017 a couple of weeks away, more information leaks of upcoming smartphones are starting to appear. LG is no exception, as a full render of the LG V30 has been shared online by the well-known account @evleaks. The full render shows how the phone will look like, ahead of its official announcement this 31 August.
Evan Blass (@evleaks) shared the full render onto his twitter account, leaving nothing to the imagination. Overall, the design of the phone looks like an evolution of the LG V20, rather than a revolution.
The phone looks to have similar screen design as the V20. The panel will be larger though; 6-inches rather than 5.7 inch in the previous model. The screen still sports an 18:9 ratio, which LG calls FullVision. The LG V30 also looks to feature a curved edge, ala Samsung Galaxy S8 (or perhaps a 2.5D screen instead).
A screenshot of the post on @evleaks’s Twitter account.
A dual camera module sits at the back, with the main 16MP f/1.6 module paired with a wide-angle 13MP module. There is a separate flash unit, bucking the tradition of LG smartphone cameras.
Other features includes the USB Type-C port at the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top of the phone. The fingerprint scanner is still located at the back of the unit and is positioned at an optimal level with your forefinger.
As previously reported, LG’s UX 6.0+ will be the skin of choice for the phone, and the Floating Bar will replace the secondary display from the V20. Other goodies include Face Recognition, Voice Recognition and an updated Always-on Display.
We can expect more information to come in the coming weeks (like the battery capacity) as we near the launch date on August 31.
(Source : Evleaks )
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More Details On The Upcoming Kirin 970 Revealed

A screenshot of alleged specifications of a new Kirin 970 processor has appeared online, and it looks to be a bump in specs when set against the Kirin 960. Among the information shared includes eight cores in two clusters – one quad-core cluster with Cortex A73 cores while the second quad-core cluster will have Cortex A53 cores.
Huawei has elected to use LPDDR4 memory, with a maximum frequency of 1866MHz, and the GPU for the System on a Chip (SoC) will be the Mali-G72 MP8. The memory is like the Kirin 960 in the Huawei P10, but the GPU is new. It comes with an expected 1.4 times performance bump against the predecessor.
One of the features that is touted in this chip is VR support, so we may see phones with the Kirin 970 be Google Daydream-ready.

On the connectivity side, the processor will have a built-in LTE modem with Cat.12 protocol support, with a theoretical download speeds of up to 600Mbps. It will also have the usual connectivity options – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.2 on board. This chip will also be built on the 10-nanometre process technology by TSMC, which promises some considerable power savings.
We can expect the new SoC to be featured in Huawei’s upcoming Mate 10, which is set to be revealed in October. Some of the highlights of the smartphone includes a 6.1-inch edge-to-edge display with a tall 18:9 ratio display, fast charging capabilities, and of course, a Leica-certified camera.
(Source: GSMArena )

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More Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Details Revealed in Leaked Brochure

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be made official very, very soon, but leaks surrounding the device just keep on coming. This latest one is pretty interesting: it’s an alleged brochure of the Note 8, and it details the device’s feature set quite a bit.
Turns out, the folks over at Ausdroid managed to get a hold of the Galaxy Note 8’s brochure, so naturally, several key specifications of the upcoming device are detailed in it. These include a 6.3-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display – complete with S Pen support, of course – an iris scanner, wireless charging, and IP68 water and dust resistance.

On top of that, the dual-camera configuration of the Galaxy Note 8 is detailed too. Not only is Samsung retaining the excellent dual-pixel camera on the Note 8, it will supposedly come with f/1.7 lenses, optical image stabilisation, and 2x optical zoom. Chances are, the Note 8’s dual-camera system will be quite similar to the iPhone 7 Plus’.
These are definitely interesting details on the Galaxy Note 8, but they’re not exactly new: the brochure essentially confirm previous leaks of the Note 8’s feature set. While this brochure doesn’t give us any new info on the device, it does add credibility to what we already know.
Previous leak of the Galaxy Note 8.
Samsung will take the wraps off the Galaxy Note 8 next week on 23 August. Set to be the most refined Note device yet, the Note 8 may just be another winner for the Korean company.
(Source: Ausdroid via SamMobile)
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New Satellite TV Service Emerges, Ending Astro’s Monopoly

The days of Astro as the only satellite TV provider are coming to an end. A new company, Ansa Broadcast, will be starting its own satellite TV network soon. This is great news for Malaysians looking for an alternative to the big boy from Measat.
Previously known as U-Television, Ansa Broadcast is a cable TV operator which is part of Tan Sri Vincent Tan’s Berjaya Group. This is an opportune time as Astro’s exclusivity clause ended in February 2017.
No concrete details have emerged from the announcement from Hong Leong Investment Bank (HLIB) but the company is said in the process of weighing in broadcast technologies. Ansa is current considering between leasing satellite bandwidth from other providers or may just launch its own satellite for the service.
We have seen other players in the market before – ABNXcess, MiTV, MegaTV – but they all succumbed to the pressure of the market and fizzled out. Ansa Broadcast may not be an overnight success, but it will disrupt the market by giving users option for home entertainment.
Of course, at the same time, there are other companies that delivers over the top (OTT) services like HyppTV from TM, or even on-demand content providers like iFlix and Netflix. These three services differ from Astro as they are mainly IP-based, thus the only thing that the services need is a stable internet connection.
Nevertheless, it is great to see more option presented to the consumers, and the eventual winner will be the said consumers in the end. There is no expected date of commencement for Ansa Broadcast, but we eagerly await the roll-out from the company in Malaysia soon.
(Source : The Star Online)
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Huawei Confirms Mate 10 Launch for 16 October

Huawei just sent out invites to its next flagship smartphone launch. Set to take place on 16 October in Munich, Germany, we have very good reason to believe that the Chinese company will be unveiling the Mate 10 on that day.
Although Huawei did not explicitly mention what phone it’s launching in October, it will very likely be the Mate 10. After all, the invitation itself has the number 10 prominently shown in the background.

“Meet the device worth waiting for” seems to be what Huawei is foreshadowing with the Mate 10, and if leaks and rumours are to be believed, the upcoming device does in fact show a lot of promises. The most prominent rumour, of course, is the 18:9 EntireView Display of the Mate 10; it should look very similar to the LG G6 or Samsung Galaxy S8‘s display.
Not too long ago, we’ve spoken with the vice president of Huawei’s Handset Business, Bruce Lee. In the interview, he revealed that the Mate 10 will be powered by the company’s new HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor, but he did not give us any further detail beyond this confirmation. Rumours, however, are suggesting that the Kirin 970 will be built on the 10nm process.
The Huawei Mate 9 Pro.
The Huawei Mate 10 is certainly one of the most anticipated smartphones from the Chinese company, especially so if leaks and rumours surrounding the device are legitimate. Nonetheless, we’ll just have to wait and see what Huawei has in store for us come 16 October 2017.
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Digi Now Offering vivo V5s for RM0 with 1GB Extra Internet

Not too long ago, vivo announced its partnership with Digi. Naturally, the telco company now offers a number of vivo smartphones with its range of telco plans. The most interesting of the bunch is definitely the vivo V5s: those who sign up for Digi’s Postpaid 138 plan can get the device free of charge.
Of course, the vivo V5s is also available at a discounted price for those who sign up for Digi’s other plans. If you opt for the Digi Postpaid 108 plan, you’ll only have to pay RM289 for the device. Digi Postpaid 78 subscribers, on the other hand, can get the V5s for RM569. To sweeten the deal, the V5s also comes with 1GB extra internet for a year.

As far as specifications go, the vivo V5s is comfortably a mid-range smartphone. It comes with a 5.5-inch 720p display, a MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a 3,000mAh battery, and an AK4376 DAC.
What makes the V5s particularly unique is the fact that it comes with a 20MP Sony IMX376 selfie camera complete with a front-facing flash. We took it for a spin not too long ago, and we’re pleasantly surprised with its feature set. The rear camera, on the other hand, is a 13MP shooter with phase detection autofocus.

If you’re keen to get the vivo V5s from Digi, you can do so at all Digi outlets nationwide or online right here. Alternatively, Digi is also offering the vivo Y66 and vivo Y53; note that you will be tied down to a 24-month contract to enjoy this offer.
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Uber Asia Pacific gets a new Chief Business Officer

Whilst Uber gets pounded in the US, over here in Asia Pacific, they are definitely not letting their eyes off the prize. With fierce rivals from Grab, Uber definitely needs to buck up their game to stay relevant and remain as a value creator for both passengers and drivers. In order to achieve that, they needed someone at the helm to build up partnerships and to continue business development in a large region. Enter Brooks Entwistle, the new Chief Business Officer at Uber Asia Pacific.
Mr. Entwistle comes with an amazing resume, he joined Uber from The Everstone Group, a private equity firm, where he was the CEO. Before that, he was the Chairman of Goldman Sachs Southeast Asia as well as stints in the United Nations, McKinsey, and other firms. He has lived and worked in Asia for the past 20 years.
His appointment to Uber shows that the ride hailing technology firm is definitely serious about the region and wants to write a new chapter in the region, as they explore new opportunities to invest and grow Uber’s presence through strategic partnerships and investment opportunities.
Commenting on his appointment, Brooks said: “Uber is one of the most exciting, innovative and mission-driven companies in Asia, and I’m thrilled to be getting aboard as it steps up its efforts to unlock the benefits of ridesharing for riders, drivers, and cities,” he said. “After twenty years working in Asia, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity of shaping how the region moves over the next twenty.”
Brooks is definitely not one to shy away from challenges as he had recently just summited Mount Everest. With a new leader at the helm, we can definitely see Uber making a strong decisive move within the region. Let us see how they will fare against the onslaught brought by our local regional players such as Grab and GoJek.
[Source: Uber]
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Intel’s Upcoming Mid-range Motherboard Chipset Will Be Called “B360”

As many of our beloved readers may have already known: Intel is set to debut its Coffee Lake family of processors less than a week from now. Interestingly, new information has come to light regarding the naming convention of the company’s mid-range chipset for Coffee Lake CPUs. The new chipset will be called “B360.”
Previously, the company had debuted the B250 motherboard chipset to accompany its Kaby Lake family of processors. Knowing this, you’d think that the logical name for its next chipset would be B350. Not quite it would seem. Apparently, some “small” hardware company obtained the “B350” naming rights before Intel did.

That aside, sources have also claimed that Coffee Lake processors will indeed be equipped with the same socket as existing Kaby Lake CPUs (LGA1151). Unfortunately, despite having the same socket, Coffee Lake CPUs won’t be compatible with existing Intel 100 and 200-series motherboards – something that ASRock has “accidentally” confirmed a few weeks ago.
MyDrivers stated that this is due to the fact that Intel has allegedly changed the alignment of the chipset design. Regardless, consumers shouldn’t expect Intel’s B360 motherboards to arrive anytime soon. The chipset that’ll be initially launched with Coffee Lake processors will most probably be “Z370.”
(Source: MyDrivers via VideoCardz)
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