Acer Predator Triton 700 Lands In Malaysia: Available with GTX 1080 Max-Q and GTX 1060

The arrival of this beast has been confirmed earlier this year and the launch has finally takes place today. Originally revealed at the company’s media event in New York few months ago, the new Acer Predator Triton 700 is now in Malaysia.
Interestingly, Acer has decided to release the laptop in two different variants in Malaysia. The first variant offers the same specs that we saw in New York which features NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q graphics while the other variant is equipped with the standard NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060.

Available immediately through Acer retailers nationwide as well as online, the GTX 1080-based Predator Triton 700 is priced at RM 13,999 while the GTX 1060 variant can be obtained for RM 9,999. If you wondering what the gaming laptop is all about, check out our initial experience with Predator Triton 700 right here.
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Facebook Now Supports Higher Resolution Images on Facebook Messenger

Facebook is currently updating its Messenger service, allowing users to send higher resolution images on Facebook Messenger. Chatting with your friends and family is no longer limited by text, send higher quality pictures of your recent family vacation, a party you attended, or even your lunch with your friends and family, and bring your conversations to life.
With the update, you can send and receive photos in Messenger at 4K resolution, or up to 4,096 x 4,096 pixels per image – the highest quality supported by many smartphones. Previously, Facebook Messenger only supported 2K photos. So, what difference does a 2K and 4K photo make? Not much, if you are looking from a small screen, but if you zoom in, it makes all the differences.

The update will be available for Messenger app on iPhone and Android to people in the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. Facebook says that they are planning to roll out support for 4K images in Messenger to additional countries “in the coming weeks”, so let’s hope Malaysia is part of the list.
If you are currently in one of those countries listed, head on to the Play Store or App Store to update your Messenger app to the latest version. Once done, open a conversation, tap on the camera roll icon, select a photo, and send the image to your friend. They will be able to receive the high resolution photo.
(Source: Facebook)
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Illegear Launches Its Own Gaming Mouse, Alongside External GPU Enclosure

Illegear might have begun its journey with customizable high-performance laptop but earlier this year, the company has also started to offer gaming desktop. Now, it has another brand-new product into its portfolio: gaming mouse.
Called Fang, the new mouse is equipped with Pixart PMW3325 optical sensor which has a maximum resolution of 10,000DPI. In addition to having 1000Hz polling rate and 7 programmable buttons, it also features Omron switches which are known for their durability.

Covered in matte black colorway, the mouse’s side grips are made from textured rubber. Not to forget, Fang also comes with customizable RGB lights on its logo, scroll wheel areas, and sides.
Meanwhile, users can also now obtain Thunderbolt 3-based external GPU enclosure from Illegear. this is not exactly a new product as it was originally released as an add-on option for the company’s U3 laptop series.

Comes standard with a built-in 400W PSU and 120mm fan, the enclosure is able to support full-length graphics card easily. For customers that want to obtain the enclosure together with a graphics card, Illegear provides a number of option including NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, GTX 1070, GTX 1070 Ti, GTX 1080, and GTX 1080 Ti from ZOTAC as well as another GeForce GTX 1060 card by MSI.
In terms of availability, the new Illegear Fang gaming mouse will be available on 10 December for RM 189 while the external GPU enclosure can be purchased immediately for RM 1,399. To learn more about these new products from Illegear, head on to the company’s official website.
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Google Updates Gboard with Built-In Stickers and 40 Additional Languages

Google recently updated its Gboard app, bringing built-in sticker pack right into the keyboard app, as well as support for 40 new languages including Japanese. This brings a total of over 120 languages supported on Google’s very own keyboard app.
Google has always supported Japanese on Gboard. However, users would have to go through some additional setup to see the language on the keyboard. With the update, you can just add Japanese as one of the languages you use. To do so, just open up Gboard, tap “Languages”, select “Add keyboard”, and look for Japanese. You can opt for a 12-key or QWERTY layout.

The update also brings built-in sticker packs to Gboard. Stickers have been available for a while now, but you must have Google Allo installed and use the sticker packs from the chat app. With this update, you get four default sticker packs in Gboard, with the ability to download more from the Play Store.
The latest Gboard update should be available for download right now from the Play Store.
(Source: Android Authority)
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Malaysians Buy The Most Games In Southeast Asia

Malaysians spent more on games than any other country in Southeast Asia this year. Gamers generated some US$589.4 million (about RM2.45 billion) over the past 10 months, with mobile gaming accounting for half of that.
Some Research firm Newzoo noted that 35% of the gaming revenue came from boxed and downloaded PC games, while console games were the smallest segment at 14%. Consultant Tom Wijman says that this difference in spending is due to PC gaming being seen as a core activity for gamers.
What is considerable is the amount of revenue generated by mobile games, which is often seen as the lesser form of gaming. In practice, it would appear that parents looking for quick entertainment for their kids have been driving the sales of such apps, and the trend does not appear to be slowing down.
Newzoo is forecasting some $51.2 billion (about RM212 billion) in revenue from games in the Asia Pacific region this year. Accounting for a 9.2% year-on-year increase. It also represents about 47% of the expect global revenue.
China is currently the country that spends the most on games, having already spent $27.5 billion. Mostly on mobile gaming, which has exploded with the introduction of easily affordable smartphones in the country. The US, as expected, spent the second most amount in the world this year.
[Source: The Malaysian Reserve]
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Intel’s First 5G Modem Is Now Under Development For Commercial Use

Intel is one of the many compnies hard at work in developing the next generation of telecommunication networks, which will universally known as 5G. The company has announced new 5G modem chips in development, which are expected to roll out in the next two years.
The Intel XMM 8060 is the first of the new Intel XMM 8000 series of modems. It has support for a wide range of bands, ranging from full non-standalone and standalone New Radio (NR) 5G, all the way to legacy 2G bands. The series will enable a range of devices to connect to 5G networks – from PCs and phones to fixed wireless consumer premise equipment (CPE) and even vehicles.

At the same time, Intel also announced the XMM 7560, its next generation modem for 4G networks. It can support OTA speeds of up to 1.6 gigabits per second. The LTE chip also supports multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO), carrier aggregation and a broad range of bands.
Both chips will be shipping by 2019, though Intel did not share when specifically this will happen.
(Source: Intel)
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Intel To Increase Supply Of Coffee Lake Processors

It looks like previous rumours regarding Intel’s Coffee Lake CPUs being hampered with low stock availability wasn’t entirely true after all. Reports are now saying that Intel is planning to introduce additional facilities to increase the production of its recently released Coffee Lake lineup of processors. Four processors will be affected by Intel’s newest production efforts: Core i5-8400, Core i5-8600K, Core i7-8700, and Core i7-8700K.
Intel’s new facility to boost its production of Coffee Lake processors is located at Chengdu, China. This fab, according to sources, have been certified under Intel’s Copy Exactly! program. When Intel’s new facility in China is fully running, consumers can expect more Intel Coffee Lake processors to be made available in the market. In addition, prices of these CPUs may also be affected, but may not be very significant.

For those who are not aware, Intel mainly uses its assembly plant in Malaysia (Penang) for its processors. That aside, reports suggest that Intel’s China fab will be operational starting from 15 December 2017. Knowing this, consumers can expect Coffee Lake processor outputs to improve by early 2018. Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see whether Intel will also use this facility to produce new processors which will compete against AMD’s offerings next year.
(Source: TechPowerUp)
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The RM 2 Spotify Premium Offer Is Here Once Again

For those who love music, streaming service such as Spotify is likely one of the most amazing thing that they might have encountered. While this is not the first time the company has provide this offer, Spotify Premium can now be obtained at a very interesting price.
Instead of its standard monthly fee of RM 14.90 per month, users can now obtain it for only RM 2 for 3-months. Of course, a good offer such as this one definitely has a clause behind it: the deal is only available to new Spotify users or existing Spotify Free users that have not taken advantage of the service’s trial offers.

Meanwhile, the service also has another offer on its hand but it is meant for former Spotify Premium customers that didn’t reactivate their subscription as of 21 October 2017. Such customers can now obtain three months of Spotify Premium for the price of one month which is RM 14.90.
Do take note that once the three months subscription is over, Spotify will then begin to impose the standard RM 14.90 monthly fee. There is no need to rush though as there are still time to think through since both of the offers above are available to eligible users until 31 December 2017.
(Source: Spotify)
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Lenovo IdeaPad 320 & 320S Now in Malaysia with 8th Gen Processors & MX150 GPUs; Retail from RM2,749

Lenovo’s range of affordable IdeaPad laptops just got even better. The Chinese company’s entry-level laptops, the IdeaPad 320 and 320S, are now in Malaysia, and they come with Intel’s latest 8th generation processors as well as Nvidia’s surprisingly capable GeForce MX150 GPU.
We spotted the new IdeaPad 320 and 320S on Tech Hypermart’s online store. Chances are, these two laptops were silently launched on our shores, and they’re packing quite respectable hardware.
The Lenovo IdeaPad 320.
The IdeaPad 320 is the larger laptop of the two. It offers a 15.6-inch Full HD display, an Intel Core i5-8250U processor paired with 4GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB SATA HDD, and of course, an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. It has rather generous connectivity options too, which include two USB 3.0 ports, one USB Type-C port, as well as an SD card reader.
And then we have the IdeaPad 320S, which will appeal to those who are looking for a more portable Windows laptop. For the most part, the 320S shares similar hardware as the larger 15.6-inch IdeaPad 320, but it swaps out the 1TB HDD for a faster – albeit smaller capacity – 256GB SSD. It also comes with a smaller 13.3-inch Full HD IPS display with minimal bezels.

Both the Lenovo IdeaPad 320 and IdeaPad 320S are now available for purchase from Tech Hypermart. The IdeaPad 320 retails at RM2,749, while the IdeaPad 320S goes for RM3,399. For the time being, Tech Hypermart is offering both laptops at discounted prices too.
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Data breach fallout – time to review the Malaysian MyKad number

Its now over a month since we first reported of the massive Malaysian data breach that involved almost every Malaysian who owned a mobile phone number up to 2014.
Since then we have spent countless hours sharing our findings with the authorities, and haven’t been able to comment much on the issue to avoid being prejudicial to the investigations.
Rest assured we will disclose all our findings when the official investigations are completed.
Why is it taking so long?
Yes, the question almost everyone is asking, and i personally get asked at least half a dozen times a day. We asked ourselves the same question at one point in time, but when you look at the bigger picture, you will understand why its taking so long.
A data breach of this magnitude is not something anybody anywhere is prepared for. The fact that almost 95% of the entire population is affected is a staggering statistic in itself.
If that’s not a challenge enough, throw in a dozen or so Telecommunication Companies, half a dozen Government Agencies and an undisclosed number of independent contractors who had access to the data into the mix, and you end up with a concoction that will knock you out senseless.

Just for comparisons sake, Equifax a US credit score rating agency suffered a massive data breach earlier this year that went on for 3 months before being discovered. Even after they discovered it, they took almost 3 months, and over 8 weeks worth of investigation before disclosing it to the public. That is just one company – which had to deal with only one possible source of the data breach.
As we mentioned earlier, a data breach of this magnitude is not something anybody anywhere is prepared for. There is no set precedent to refer to, no standard operating procedure to adhere to and with no prior training in dealing with a data breach – everybody involved is doing their best to get to the bottom of this.
The Malaysian National Registration Identity Card
Unlike a lot of other data breaches in the past, the Malaysian data breach closely resembles the Equifax breach because it involves personal identification numbers that are unique to each person.
Unlike the Yahoo or eBay breach which involved email addresses, which can be easily changed, the same can’t be said for the Malaysian data breach. Unique MyKad numbers, phone numbers as well as addresses were also leaked out, and herein lies a very big problem for every Malaysian concerned.
The Malaysian MyKad is a permanent number attached to every individual, and the numbering format is utilizes is severely flawed.
MyKad Numbers from the 1990’s
While the chip-based MyKAD that was introduced in 2001 is still one of the best identification cards around, the numbering format that it utilizes isn’t.
The MyKad numbering format that is currently used was introduced back in 1990. Yes, 1990 when mobile phones looked like a construction brick , computers took 10 minutes to boot and when the world wide web as we know it today didn’t even exist.
Back then, it was perfectly understandable to have so much information included in the MyKad number, in plain text. Databases was an alien language, and data breaches was as far away as Mars.
In today’s data driven world however, not only does it not serve its original purpose, it also reveals way too much information about a person, just from the number.

In the case of the recent data breach, aside from the leaked data which includes the name, MyKad, address and phone number, the MyKad number will also reveal the birthdate of the individual, age, place of birth as well as gender. That’s a whole lot of information that can be easily abused.
Put a whole bunch of Malaysian MyKad numbers in an excel sheet, and you will be able to easily sort the owners out either by gender, date of birth, age and place of birth. Fantastic if you’re a marketer targeting an age group, or gender, or location of a potential customer.
Some banks and financial institutions still use date of birth as a security question.
There are only 3 random numbers in the MyKad, which in itself doesn’t actually hold any kind of checksum. According to the National Registration Department (JPN), these numbers are generated automatically by their computer systems.
The case for new MyKad numbers
The massive data breach could be a blessing in disguise. Everybody could use a new updated MyKad number – with a new more secure number format. Not only will the new MyKad number contain less information and ensure better privacy, it will also put a massive dent in anybody who tries to take advantage of the leaked data obtained from the data breach.
A checksum based alpha-numeric number will go a long way in protecting user privacy, and at the same time ensuring the validity of MyKad numbers. We don’t have to go far to see a similar system to generate unique NRIC numbers based on a checksum algorithm as it is already being used in Singapore.

While the Singapore checksum algorithm has been reverse engineered, it is not entirely impossible to come up with an even better algorithm for Malaysian MyKad numbers. If required, the date of birth as well as place of birth and even gender can be retrieved from the actual MyKad number based on a secret algorithm that is shared only with agencies authorized to handle the data.
The chip-based MyKad will still remain the same, just the numbers will be changed. The MyKad that every Malaysian currently owns only has a lifespan of 10 years, and a data retention life of 20 years – so you will eventually need to change it at some point or another.
Share your thoughts with us in the comments boxes below, and we will update the article with any ideas which we feel could further strengthen our call for new updated MyKad numbers.

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