Movie Contest: Baby Driver

Yes, his name is Baby and he’s a professional getaway driver. Ansel Elgort plays Baby in Baby Driver and we have 20 pairs of in-season passes for you to catch the movie at any TGV Cinemas nationwide. These in-season tickets allow you to redeem a pair of tickets to Baby Driver any time that is convenient for you. All you have to do to win is to answer our usual four questions and get those creative juices flowing for the tiebreaker.

Written and directed by Edgar Wright, Baby Driver is the story of a young and talented getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the business. Then, Baby meets the girl of his dreams and decides to leave the life of crime and turn over a new leaf. But, things aren’t going to be easy when a doomed heist threatens his life, love, and freedom.

Terms and Conditions
1) This contest will run from July 13 to 21 July 2017. Late entries will not be entertained.
2) This contest is open to all members of the public. Employees of Lowyat MSC and their immediate families are not eligible to participate in this contest.
3) Winners will be selected based on the most correct answers. In the event of a tie, the winners will be selected by the most creative response to the tie-breaker question.
4) Selection of winners will be based solely at Lowyat.NET’s discretion.
5) Winners will be contacted via email after the contest ends. There will be no winner’s announcement post.
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Samsung Cinema LED Screen Made Its World Debut In Korea: The First Of Its Kind

In case you are wondering whether the headline above referring to a new LED TV line-up, the answer is no. Instead, it is indeed a LED screen that is designed for actual cinemas which according to Samsung as the first of its kind in the world.
Introduced to the world back in March, the Cinema LED Screen that Samsung has installed at Lotte Cinema World Tower in South Korea is 10.3 meters wide. Additionally, the company also stated that the big screen is able to support 4K resolution, HDR contents, and has peak brightness levels of 146fL that apparently almost 10 times more than standard cinema projectors.

Samsung and Lotte Cinema have also choose to pair the LED screen with audio technologies from Samsung’s own subsidiary Harman which inclusive of JBL Sculpted Surround system.
Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether LED screen will be a norm at cinemas in the near future but nevertheless, Samsung is quite confident of its Cinema LED Screen and already looking to have it in 10% of cinemas throughout the world by 2020. Hence, we are certainly interested to see how the whole industry will react to the new approach in delivering contents to cinema-goers.
(Source: Samsung – 1, 2, 3)
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Webe Now Provides 10GB Mobile WiFi Quota Per Month

One of the biggest qualms among consumers regarding Webe is the need to purchase Mobile WiFi pass whenever they need to tether from their smartphones. The telco then addressed the issue few months ago by offering data-oriented Mobile WiFi passes alongside time-limited free 1GB tethering data per month. Now, Webe has increased the free tethering data even further.
Instead of 1GB, Webe customers are now able to tether up to 10GB of data from their smartphones per month. The new tethering quota is available to all Webe customers as long as they registered before 1 October 2017 regardless of whether they are on consumer or SME plans.

Webe’s customers are able to keep track their Mobile WiFi usages through the Self Care section of the telco’s official website (shown above) as well as its app. However, do note that the new 10GB WiFi quota will only be available till 31 December 2017.
While there is a possibility for the telco to extend the feature further given its previous behaviors, Webe didn’t reveal what will happened to the tethering data quota beyond 2017. Guess we shall find out about that in few months’ time.
(Source: Webe)
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HP Spectre x360 with HP Active Pen Now in Malaysia from RM5,299

HP just launched the new Spectre x360 convertible laptop in Malaysia. Even though it’s the very same Kaby Lake model launched on our shores late last year, the Spectre x360 now comes with the HP Active Pen as well; something we imagine creative professionals will appreciate.
That’s right: the only thing that differentiates the new Spectre x360 from the model we reviewed earlier this year is the bundled HP Active Pen. Beyond the Active Pen support, the convertible laptop still comes with an Intel Core i5-7200U or i7-7500U processor, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and a speedy 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD.

Rounding out the specifications of the new Spectre x360 are a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 display, Intel HD Graphics 620, a pair of USB Type-C ports, a USB 3.1 port, as well as up to 15 hours of battery life. Interestingly, this convertible also comes with HP Fast Charge, which HP says can charge up the Spectre x360 to 90% within 90 minutes of charging.

The new HP Spectre x360 is now available for purchase in Malaysia. The Core i5 model retails at RM5,299, while the Core i7 variant goes for RM6,099. Two colour options are available: Dark Ash Silver and Natural Silver.
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Gran Turismo Sport Finally Coming To Stores On 17 October

Knowns for realistic graphics and gameplay, another thing that is well associated with Gran Turismo series is delay. Throughout the series history, several iterations of Gran Turismo game have been delayed from their original release date. The upcoming Gran Turismo Sport suffered the same fate as well but don’t worry racing fans, the game’s actually release date has finally been confirmed.
Originally scheduled for release in November 2016, fans can now look forward to get their hands on the game starting from 17 October 2017. That includes Malaysia too, as confirmed by Sony Interactive Entertainment earlier today.

As you might have expected, Gran Turismo Sport will be released in Malaysia in several variants. The Standard Edition version of the game will be priced at RM 229 while the Limited Edition release which comes with an art book and 8 together with steelbook packaging is priced at RM 269.
Owners of LE version also receive GT Sport avatar for their PS4 profile as well as several in-game items including 1 million currency, livery sticker pack, and special chromed helmet. Hardcore Gran Turismo fan can opt for the RM 499 Collector’s Edition as well which also include a 1/43 scale die-case model of Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo on top of everything that the LE version comes with.

For those who prefer to download the game into their PlayStation 4 instead, the digital standard edition costs RM 219 while the digital deluxe costs RM 249. You can take a closer look at the packaging and contents of each version over at Gran Turismo’s official website.
(Source: PlayStation Asia)
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Samsung Galaxy J Pro Series (2017) Lands in Malaysia; Retail from RM699

If you’re in the market for an Android smartphone that won’t put too much dent in your wallet, Samsung’s new Galaxy J Pro Series (2017) may be worth considering. Officially available in Malaysia right now, the series is made up of three devices: the J3 Pro, J5 Pro, and the highest-end J7 Pro.
Out of the three, the J7 Pro is the most well-equipped – and costly – phone. It features a 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 1.6GHz octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 13MP f/1.7 rear camera, a 13MP f/1.9 front-facing camera, and a rather generous 3,600mAh battery.

A tier down is the Galaxy J5 Pro, which was actually already available in Malaysia last week. Nonetheless, the J5 Pro shares many of the J7 Pro’s hardware, but it comes with a smaller and lower resolution 5.2-inch 720p Super AMOLED display along with a smaller 3,000mAh battery.
Last but definitely not least is the most affordable device in the series, the J3 Pro. It’s equipped with a 5-inch 720p PLS TFT LCD display, a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage – expandable with a microSD card up to 256GB – 13MP rear and 5MP front-facing cameras, as well as a modest 2,400mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro retails at RM1,299 in Malaysia, while the J5 Pro and J3 Pro go for RM1,149 and RM699 respectively. From now until 30 September 2017, every purchase of these three devices will come with a complimentary one-year extended warranty as well as a one-year screen crack protection. More information on this promotion can be found here.
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Illegear Troika Gaming Desktop Can Now Be Obtained With AMD Ryzen CPU

Three months ago, Illegear who is known for its custom high-performance laptop has stepped into the desktop world by unleashing Troika. Originally available with Intel Core processors, the company has now added AMD Ryzen option for the desktop system.
With a starting price of RM 5999, the default CPU option for Ryzen-based Troika is the AMD Ryzen 5 1400. Customers can choose to equip their system with up to AMD Ryzen 7 1800X for additional fee of RM 99 to RM 1,899 depending on their choice of Ryzen processor.

Regardless of customer’s CPU preferences, Troika comes standard with liquid cooling system for its CPU. In terms of graphics card, customers are able to choose from NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 to GTX 1080 Ti made by ASUS or ZOTAC.
To check out full list of components that are available for Troika gaming desktop, head on to Illegear’s official website.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition Teardown Concludes That It Is The Note 7

Samsung has begun selling the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition in South Korea, and the crew at iFixit has managed to get their hands on a unit to tear apart. Unsurprisingly, it shows that Samsung wasn’t kidding about reusing as much of the original device as possible.
Inside the new Galaxy Note 7 FE is the exact same device as the original, albeit with a slightly smaller battery. Impressively, Samsung hasn’t shrunk the capacity of the power source all that much. The new battery comes in at 12.32Wh compared to the original 13.48Wh. It’s less than a 10 percent reduction in capacity, but that is apparently all it takes to make the battery safe.

iFixit also confirmed that rumours of a different processor were completely unfounded. The group found Samsung’s Exynos 8890 processor where it’s supposed to be. Also there was the original components.
As expected, the repairability score of the Galaxy Note 7 FE remains the same as the Note 7. Considering that it really is the same device. Which is a good thing since we loved the Note 7 when it first appeared. Samsung has kept its side of the bargain and handled the entire fiasco very well. Now if only it would start selling this phone outside South Korea.
[Source: iFixit]
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WhatsApp Now Supports File Transfers Of Any Kind

WhatsApp is now allowing people to send any type of file, and update that expands on the previous file transfer system. There appears to be a limit on the file size at the moment, although WhatsApp itself hasn’t explicitly said so.
Users were originally limited to sending images and pdf documents over the chats. Something that worked out, and was likely all people needed to do. Still, this update expands on the type of files and supports anything up to 100MB in size. There are also unconfirmed reports that iOS users can send larger files.
The file transfer also works on the WhatsApp web and desktop clients. Allowing people to send work files through the system much faster than email can. Although the recipient may not be as enthusiastic about downloading such large files over their mobile data connection through an instant messaging app.
This update to WhatsApp has also introduced the option to send pictures directly from the built-in camera function. Swiping up from the preview creates a gallery, making it much more convenient to take multiple shots to send out.
[Source: WhatsApp]
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Vertu Discovers That People Can’t Afford Luxury Phone; Company Goes Into Liquidation

Luxury phone maker Vertu has called it quits and sent the company into liquidation. This will result in some 200 jobs being lost, although current owner Hakan Uzan is said to be retaining all intellectual property.
Vertu served the luxury market by selling hand made smartphones. These would be constructed using ridiculously expensive and exclusive materials like ostrich leather and diamonds. It was also said to be making some devices with Sapphire glass; a technology rejected by Apple for manufacturing problems.
All this translated into devices that would cost upwards of $30,000 (about RM128,000); although includes a concierge service and direct contact with the person assembling the smartphone.
Despite the price tag, Vertu devices were often underpowered and using technology from the last generation. Which could easily explain why it failed to keep up with less expensive devices.
A report from the the Financial Times indicates that not all is lost for Vertu. Uzan is said to have plans to resurrect the brand at some time in the future. Nothing is known about this plan, but the luxury brand has developed a habit of coming back to life since being sold multiple times.
[Source: BBC]
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