BMW i Vision Dynamics means more for less

Just about every other car manufacturer says that the future is electric. Some give us plans to halt production of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles and some create concept cars of what they think is the future. BMW is the latter and here is their BMW i Vision Dynamics. It is a 4-door Gran Coupe electric car which has a range of 600km and achieves the century sprint in just 4 seconds.

“At the BMW Group, the future of electric mobility has already arrived,” says Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG. “We have more electrified vehicles on the road than any established competitor and are committed to expanding our activities in the field of electric mobility as part of our NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. By 2025 we will be offering 25 models with an electrified drive system – of which 12 will be pure-electric. With the BMW i Vision Dynamics we are showcasing how we envisage future electric mobility between the i3 and i8: a dynamic and progressive, four-door Gran Coupe. We are therefore electrifying the heart of the BMW brand and, at the same time, elevating BMW i into a totally new dimension.”

BMW i is a byword for visionary vehicles and a new understanding of premium mobility focused squarely on sustainability. “BMW i is the innovation driver for the BMW Group,” explains Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management at BMW AG, Development. “Here, visionary solutions and future-ready concepts become reality for the first time. But BMW i also acts as a spearhead of innovation for our other brands. The BMW i Vision Dynamics allows us to show right now what another electric BMW might look like. And BMW has demonstrated its talent for turning visions into real life throughout its history.”

The inspirational design of BMW i models is particularly effective in both flagging up the brand’s pioneering role visually and making it something people can experience. “With the i3 and i8 we have designed a revolutionary city car and a revolutionary sports car,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “And now the BMW i Vision Dynamics is combining electric mobility with the core values of BMW: dynamism and elegance. We are therefore demonstrating how the product range and the design language of BMW i can be evolved further into other concepts.”

One of the iconic BMW “kidney” design which is prominent in the concept car now acts as an intelligent surface and the front end is laced with a modern freestanding LED light elements which provide not just lighting but incorporates the overall BMW design elements.

With all concept cars, this is one that is closer to reality since 4-door saloons are BMW’s top selling models.

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Sony RX10 IV Is Official with 24FPS Shooting Speed and 0.03 Second Autofocus Lock

The new Sony RX10 IV is the latest entry in the company’s 1-inch sensor compact camera line. The updated model now features a tiltable touchscreen, the same BIONZ X image processor as the Sony A9 and the claim of the world’s fastest Auto Focus (AF) acquisition time at just 0.03 seconds.
The sensor on the RX10 IV is the same 20.1-megapixel 1-inch sensor as in the RX 100 V. It also features the same 24-600mm equivalent lens as its predecessor. Plus, this is the first RX10 camera to include on-sensor phase detection, with 315 AF points covering 65% of the frame for better subject acquisition. This also contributes to the fast AF as well.
Talking about the lens, the 24-600mm lens is the Vario-Sonnar T* with a large maximum aperture of F2.4-F4.0. It is not the fastest lens around, but it is the longest lens in a body of its size.
Video is another pro for the RX 10 IV as it can record 4K footage, utilising the XAVC S codec, recording video at a high data rate of up to 100 Mbps depending on shooting mode. There is also super-slow-motion recording, with up to 960fps recording for that extra slo-mo footage.
Controlling the RX10 IV can be done using the buttons and dials on the body, or using the new 3.0-inch-type 1.44M dot tiltable LCD screen with Touch Focus and Touch Pad function. There is also a high-resolution 2.34 million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder for composition or when you do not want to use the rear screen.
NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are also on board for connectivity and file transfers.
The Sony RX10 IV will be shipping some time in October with a sticker price of $1,700 or about RM7,122.
(Source: DPReview )
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Samsung To Launch Device With Foldable Screen by 2018

A smartphone with a foldable display is inching towards fruition, says Samsung Smartphone Business Unit CEO Koh Dong-jin. The company is supposedly ready to release a foldable screen device sometime in 2018, rather than the expected 2019 time frame.
Koh also commented that the company has a clear roadmap for the Galaxy S and Note series, and yes, the foldable device is a part of those plans.
The concept foldable smartphone first envisioned in 2014 by Samsung
A curved display is nothing new for Samsung as the Edge series of phones features the said curved display, with the latest Galaxy S8 and Note 8 featuring the curved edge screens. Having a screen that can fold into itself however is still considered to be the Holy Grail, and represents a paradigm shift in display technology.

A major concern facing the production of foldable screens will be app support. Unless there is full compatibility with apps currently available on the Google Play Store, the usability of a large screen will be limited to certain applications. Commercialising the product is also another concern as this will be untested waters for Samsung.
Samsung has been talking about this technology for the past few years, and this news indicates that it is on track to deliver the technology to the masses pretty soon.
(Source: Korea Herald )
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Yes, Your iPhone 7 Cases Will Work on the iPhone 8

This needs to be said: if you own cases for the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, you can use them when if you upgrade to the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus. Their designs are similar, ports and camera placements are unchanged, and really, it’s amazing how Apple retained the dimensions to be virtually identical.
A quick check at Apple’s official product pages for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 reveals that despite the new glass back and internal hardware, there is – at most – only a 0.2mm difference in dimensions between the two models (and their respective Plus variants). In the case of the iPhone 7 and 8’s length, it’s just 0.1mm.

In fact, the Apple online store has been updated to reflect the new iPhone. All iPhone 7 cases – as well as the new colours for existing cases – will mention either “iPhone 7/iPhone 8” or “iPhone 7 Plus/iPhone 8 Plus” in its product name.
Besides that, the same applies to the Apple Watch as well. The proprietary straps (in both 38mm and 42mm sizes) are interchangeable across the series, which means the strap from Series 1 can be used on Series 3.
With Apple usually retaining the same design iPhone for two generations, it isn’t really a surprise to see Apple doing the same for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8; the 8 is essentially a 7S model anyway. On top of that, there’s the massive, massive market for iPhone accessories as well – changing designs every year means consumers would have to pay more to replace their obsolete cases and covers.
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Apple Quietly Discontinues The Apple Watch Series 2

Apple appears to have discontinued the Apple Watch Series 2 without telling anyone. The wearable that was announced last year is no longer available on the online store, having been replaced by the new Apple Watch Series 3.
It looks like Apple will be using the original Apple Watch (retroactively called the Series 1) as an entry level wearable for its portfolio. This should leave space for annual updates for the premium level Apple Watch.
That said, this is rather different from how it handles other products. For the most part, Apple is content to provide a price drop on past year devices and use those for the mid-range and entry level markets. This is evident from how it handles the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook lines.
Removing a device this early in its life cycle makes for an interesting precedent. We’ve reached out to Apple for a comment on this change, but have not yet heard back from the company.

For now, it looks like the Apple Watch Series 2 is no longer being sold; and people will just have to embrace to newer and better Apple Watch Series 3. That said, the Series 3 is not yet available in Malaysia. So any prospective customers will simply have to wait until the new watch arrives in Malaysia.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Launching In Malaysia On 21 September

The wait for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is almost at an end. Samsung Malaysia has informed us that the launch event is set to take place on 21 September, which is the only piece of information we didn’t already know.
Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8 three weeks ago, at least for a global audience. The device looks to have banished Samsung’s demons from last year, and should prove to be a return to form for the company.
Pre-orders for Samsung’s latest flagship have already closed; despite customers having no idea when the phone would be launched. The price has also been confirmed at RM3,999, with those on the pre-order picking it up for RM3,678 plus additional bonus gifts.
There’s still over a week to go before the official launch in Malaysia, so why not check out our review of the Galaxy Note 8 before deciding to pick it up.
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Xiaomi Malaysia To Announce Mi A1 This Week: Retailers List Its Price At Up To RM 1200

Ahead of its release in our market which is scheduled to take place towards end of September, Xiaomi Malaysia today has revealed that it will be announcing the brand-new Mi A1 this week. However, the exact nature and date of the announcement is not yet known at the moment.
Specifically, we have no idea what will Xiaomi Malaysia will unveil during that announcement or even when exactly it will take place. At this moment, it could be anything: pre-order period, pre-order freebies, release date, price, and many other possible information.

Speaking about pricing though, we have noticed a small number of retailers have begun to take pre-order for the new Android One smartphone. For example, this retailer in Kluang, Johor is accepting orders from customers for RM 1,199.
However, it then decided to remove the original announcement for unknown reason. We also found a listing on Lazada Malaysia which looks quite legit but with a lower pricing of RM 1,099.
Meanwhile, the well-known retailer DirectD which is usually in the forefront of pre-order didn’t reveal its Mi A1’s pricing even though it will be taking pre-order for the smartphone very soon. Satu Gadget also didn’t reveal its Mi A1’s price tag as well but already accepting pre-orders with deposit of RM 100.

With all the signs above, it is almost certain that the Mi A1 will arrive in Malaysia within this month just like what Xiaomi has promised during its launch in New Delhi last week. For the meantime, don’t forget to check out our first impression of Xiaomi Mi A1 which is the company’s first ever Android One smartphone right here.
(Source: Xiaomi Malaysia, Xiaomi Keluang via KLGadgetGuy, Lazada Malaysia, DirectD, Satu Gadget)
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Apple Announces Official macOS High Sierra Release Date

Apple has finally announced the official release date of its macOS Sierra operating system. According to the company, the final version of the Mac-oriented operating system will be made available for the masses starting from 25 September 2017, which is only a few weeks away from now. Apple first announced macOS High Sierra in June this year, at WWDC.
Like Apple’s previous operating systems, macOS High Sierra will be made available to consumers for free. The Cupertino-based company stated that its newest iteration of macOS will be compatible with almost all MacBooks and iMacs that are manufactured from 2009 onwards. That said, the operating system may cause older apps to not function normally – make sure to check on that before updating.
That aside, notable features that’ll come with macOS High Sierra include improvements done to its “core” apps like Photos, Mail, Siri, and etc. In addition, macOS High Sierra will also be endowed with under-the-hood upgrades like the Apple APFS filesystem, new HEVC encoder and best of all, support for virtual reality and external GPU enclosures.
Regardless, do head on over to Apple’s official website to know more about the final release of macOS High Sierra. Be sure to check out other major announcements that were made during Apple’s recent September 2017 keynote as well.
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Apple Removes App Store From Desktop iTunes

Apple has been very busy of late, and it would appear that the company has not had time to inform everyone of the changes coming to iTunes. The 12.7 update dropped out of nowhere and has managed to remove the App Store from Mac and Windows machines. As usual, this is being sold as a feature.
According to the update, the new iTunes “focuses on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks. Apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are now exclusively available in the new App Store for iOS. And the new App Store makes it easy to get, update, and redownload apps—all without a Mac or PC.”
What is means is that Apple users will have to manage their apps on their iPhones and iPads. Like every other smartphone user has done since the devices were introduced.
A couple of categories have also been rearranged, with Internet Radio being folded into Music and iTunes U shifted to the podcast section. Syncing for iOS 11 has been added with the update, along with the new Apple Music feature that allows users to follow friends and see what they are listening to.
[Source: Apple Support]
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You’ll Need a Compatible Charger to Enable Fast Charge on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X

The new iPhone 8 and iPhone X may support fast charging, but it does not do so out of the box. That’s because the bundled charger in every new iPhone cannot do fast charging.
As per our report this morning, the Tech Specs pages for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X both reveal fast charging support – but only mentioned in the fine print that this is only possible with the 29W, 61W, and 87W USB Type C chargers from the MacBook range. Apple is bundling the bog-standard 5W 1A charger with every new iPhone, which really is a very odd decision – most Android smartphones today ship with at least a 5W 2A charger.

The main reason behind this is purely technical: the new MacBook and MacBook Pro charge using USB Type C, which supports up to 100W power delivery, which the 5W and 12W iPhone and iPad chargers cannot handle. The new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and (surprise, surprise) the iPad Pro all have an USB-C Power Delivery chip to handle the additional current – it just needs a compatible charger.
As such, if you own a MacBook or MacBook Pro, you can use the power bricks to charge your iPhone 8 or iPhone X…but you’ll still need to purchase a cable for it.

While the MacBook power cables use a USB Type C on both ends, the iPhones naturally use Lightning, so you’ll need a USB Type C to Lightning cable, which costs RM119 for 1m and RM169 for the 2m option. The power bricks cost RM229 (29W), RM299 (61W), and RM349 (87W).
In all, that means you will need to spend an additional RM348 – at least – to use fast charging on the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
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