Meizu Pro 7 Leaks Show Unique Rear Secondary Display; Confirmed to Feature Helio X30

Meizu’s next flagship series is shaping up to be quite an interesting one. While many phone makers have implemented secondary displays on their devices, the Meizu Pro 7 phones will have a rather unique one: it’s a fully-functional colour LCD panel placed at the back of the devices right below the dual-camera system.
This isn’t the first time a display is placed on the back of a phone; the YotaPhone comes to mind here. However, it’s quite unusual to see a full colour LCD panel. Leaked images of the device show that the minuscule display can emulate what’s shown on the main display too.

Aside from the rear secondary display, there will supposedly be two models of the Meizu Pro 7: a standard 5.2-inch variant, and a bigger 5.5-inch or 5.7-inch Pro 7 Plus. Aside from the bigger display – and most likely different battery capacities – these two devices have similar hardware.
According to leaked information and rumors, the Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus will feature MediaTek’s new Helio X30 processor – it’s been confirmed by MediaTek itself – Full HD displays, 12MP dual-camera systems, and 16MP selfie shooters.

At the time of writing, it still remains to be seen just when the Meizu Pro 7 series will be officially unveiled. Considering the fact that the devices have been leaked extensively, we imagine it won’t be long now.
(Source: GSMArena)
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Steam Sale Ends With 40,000 Players Receiving VAC Bans

Valve deployed a massive banwave against cheaters the day after ending the Steam Summer Sale. Over 40,000 players lost access to Steam servers thanks to the VAC ban, while 5,000 individuals received complete game bans.
This is an unprecedented number, considering that VAC normally hands out between 3,000 and 5,000 bans per day. On 6 July 2017, Valve opened the floodgates and clamped down on 40,445 cheaters. Presumably to prevent people who had already been banned from taking advantage of low game prices and playing again.
VAC bans don’t actually prevent players from playing their games. Rather, they are prevented from connecting to Steam servers; blocking them from using their skins and cosmetics. It also prevents them from selling the skins and cashing out after the ban has been handed down.
Forty thousand bans doesn’t actually sound as high as we would have expected from Steam; considering the number of players on Dota 2 and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Valve is likely to be erring on the side of caution in this event, since it’s already dealing with such a large number of players.
[Source: Steamdb]
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Riot Games Sues Mobile Legends For Copyright Infringement

League of Legends developer has taken legal action against three mobile games for copyright infringement; and everyone can see why. The three games in question – Mobile Legends: 5V5 MOBA, Mobile Legends: Bang bang, and Magic Rush: Heroes – clearly use LoL assets and don’t even try to hide the fact.
Riot isn’t suddenly taking action against the games either. The company has tried, unsuccessfully, to get the games removed from both the Google Play and Apple App stores. Mobile Legends: 5v5 MOBA was taken down for a short while, but later reappeared as Mobile Legends: Bang bang.
Mobile Legends is somewhat more of an offender in this case than Magic Rush. Ripping off the entire Summoners Rift and even the fonts of the game title.

The lawsuit claims that the offending games have made hundreds of thousands – and potentially millions – of dollars by copying LoL. And it’s impossible to see how the court could see this as anything other than a clear cut case of copyright infringement. Although that probably won’t stop mobile games from continuing to copy Riot’s work for their own profit.
[Source: Dot esports]
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MSI P106-100 Mining Card Appears In Malaysia

With the surge of interest in cryptocurrency recently, so does the attention on graphics cards which have now become hot commodities not only among gamers but also coin-miners. Hence, it is not surprising that certain manufacturers have come out with mining-focused graphics card such as this particular P106-100 card from MSI.
Unlike its competitors who publicly announced their mining cards to the world, the release of MSI P106-100 which is based on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 happens rather quietly. To our understanding, the card is meant only for China but that doesn’t stop MSI P106-100 from making its way to Malaysia.
The MSI P106-100 doesn’t have any output ports because you don’t need them for cryptocurrency mining.
Nevertheless, you still have to do some searching if you want to get your hands on it though. For now, we have learned that two retailers – Asashi Gaming in Wangsa Maju and GTech Solutions in Penang – have begun to offer MSI P106-100 to their customers.
Both retailers are pricing the card at RM 1,299 although neither of them have provided warranty information about these cards. Hence, we do advice you to purchase MSI P106-100 at your own risk due to the card’s illusive status.
(Source: GTech Solutions, Asashi Gaming)
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NVIDIA GeForce Day Is Set To Take Place In Penang This Month

It has been a while since NVIDIA last organized a community event in Malaysia but fret not, the company will be having one such gathering very soon. Interestingly, the event which is called NVIDIA GeForce Day will take place outside of Klang Valley for once.
Set to happen on 29 July at Hin Bus Depot in Penang, it seems that the company is still finalizing its plan for the event but gamers can at least expect to enjoy these activities at the NVIDIA GeForce Day 2017:

Lucky draws, partner activities and treasure hunt
Updates on Pascal-based GeForce 10 Series
Meet-and-greet with professional gamers
Performances

As pointed above, NVIDIA didn’t forget to rope in some of its partners for the event. Even though the company has yet to provide the full list of partners that will appear at NVIDIA GeForce Day in Penang, this particular promo page showed that ASUS, Galax, GIGABYTE, MSI, and ZOTAC are involved with it in some way or another.

Speaking about the promo page, gamers that purchased a GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards or higher from now till 21 July are able to redeem NVIDIA Gamer’s Pack as well as the chance to win free trip (flight and accommodation are covered) to the NVIDIA GeForce Day. For more information, get in touch with NVIDIA through NVIDIA GeForce Malaysia’s official Facebook page.
(Source: NVIDIA GeForce Malaysia – 1, 2)
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MCMC Has Taken Action Against 1500 Fake Social Media Accounts This Year

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission has taken against against close to 1500 fake social media accounts this year. Communications and Multimedia Minister Dr Salleh Said Keruak said that these account were reported for negative online behaviour; such as spreading fake news and information.
“The false information includes political issues and about politicians in this country,” he told reporters. Most of the fake accounts were on popular social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Salleh advises the public to report social media accounts that they suspect of spreading fake news.
The Communications and Multimedia ministry is also still looking into the possibility of getting online media to register with the government. This would be for the purpose of monitoring the publications for the spread of fake news. Discussions on the matter have been going on for two years now, and it doesn’t look like the government is going to alter the status quo yet.
Fake news has been a problem for the MCMC over the last couple of years. The commission has been doing its best to combat the problem by shutting down blogs and making official reports to social media sites (based on reports from the public). It has also gone as far as to set up its own debunking site; similar to that of Snopes.com.
[Source: The Star]
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First Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Leak Reveals Full Spec List, Mi 6-Like Design

As we reach one year into the Redmi Note 4’s launch, the first round of rumours of its successor, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, has begun. Supposed leaked promotional material for the upcoming device has revealed virtually everything about the latest Redmi Note device.
The Redmi Note 4 remains the standard bearer for mid-range smartphones, and it appears the Redmi Note 5 will be more of the same. For starters, the upcoming device may be packing either one of the two new mid-range SoCs from Qualcomm: the Snapdragon 630 and Snapdragon 660.
Like the current Redmi Note 4, the upcoming Redmi Note 5 may also come in different memory and storage configurations: 3GB and 4GB of RAM, as well as 32GB or 64GB of storage.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will also be almost 1mm thinner at 7.5mm, but it will come at a cost: the battery capacity will be marginally smaller at 3,790mAh compared to the Redmi Note 4’s 4,100mAh unit. But, it will use USB Type C, which is great, and support for Quick Charge 3.0 is present, too.
In the camera department, the Redmi Note 5 may feature a single 16MP Sony IMX 234 sensor with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection auto focus, and a fast focus lock of 0.3 seconds. In front, the device might pack a 13MP shooter.

From the leaked slides, the Redmi Note 5 may also sport a new design that’s more in line with the recent Mi 5 and Mi 6 smartphones. There looks to be a physical home button (likely with integrated fingerprint scanner), and the rear camera is located at the upper left side.
Lastly, there’s the prices: the Redmi Note 5 may come in three configurations: 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, 3GB RAM + 64GB storage, and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. Prices for the three models are stated as 1,199 Yuan (about RM760), 1,399 Yuan (about RM885), and 1499 Yuan (about RM950), respectively.
No release date has been revealed yet, but as a comparison, the Redmi Note 4 was announced in China in August 2016.
(Source: GSMArena)
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EVGA Gaming Laptop Might Be Coming To Malaysia Soon

EVGA is well-known name among PC enthusiasts throughout especially when it comes to graphics card but some consumers in Malaysia might not be aware that the company also has laptops under its wings. Well, heads up – you might be able to spot the EVGA laptop in our market soon.
While nothing is officially confirmed at the moment but our sources have stated that EVGA SC15 will be making its way into Malaysia this coming August. As for EVGA SC17, its release status in Malaysia is not yet known but since it carries 6th generation Intel Core processors, we don’t expect it to be released here.

Equipped with a 15.6-inch full HD IPS display by AUO, SC15’s display also has a refresh rate of 120Hz and supports NVIDIA G-Sync tech natively. It also carries Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics card, 16GB DDR4-2400 by G.Skill, 256GB M.2 NVMe solid state drive, Seagate’s 1TB 5400rpm hard drive, and full RGB keyboard as standard.
Our sources didn’t provide us with the expecting pricing for SC15 in Malaysia but as a comparison, the EVGA SC15 gaming laptop is priced at USD 1,899.99 in United States which equals to about RM 8,167. We’ll keep you updated once we receive more information regarding the laptop’s arrival in our market.
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Google Funds AI News Writers In The UK And Ireland

Google has given the Press Association, the national news agency for the UK and Ireland, a grant of €706,000 (about RM3.5 million) to fund AI news writers. The project is being developed with Urbs Media, a new startup specialising in data-driven news.
The new service is set to be called RADAR – Reporters And Data And Robots – and will put out some 30,000 stories a month. That said, it’s not all computers behind the service. Five journalists are still engaged to identify stories from national databases from which the news will be drawn from. These individuals will also be responsible for creating the templates from which the news will be published.
Computer written news is not exactly something new. The New York Times has been using a computer to write earthquake related news since 2014. In this case, the algorithm simply pulls data from national resources and inputs it into the relevant sentences in the report.
RADAR’s reports will presumably work in much the same way. With the journalists also checking the output so that it meets editorial standards.
AI reporters will not completely replace humans in the workplace, but it will allow more information to be reported. Data driven news is relatively easier to report on, as there is little else publish other hand the information provided. For example, things like sports results and stock prices. Humans are, of course, still required for later commentary and analysis.
We are not at all worried about robots coming for ours jobs either.
[Source: Press Association]
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Huawei Nova Plus Receives Massive Price Cut in Malaysia

The Huawei Nova Plus smartphone has just gotten a pretty significant price cut in Malaysia. Originally priced at RM1,499, the mid-range device is now retailing at RM999 at popular retailer DirectD.
In terms of hardware, the Huawei Nova Plus is fairly similar to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. It features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 3,340mAh battery.
In the camera department, the Nova Plus has 16MP rear and 8MP front-facing cameras; the rear shooter also comes with optical image stabilisation – a rare feature at this price point.

Given that the Huawei Nova Plus was released in Malaysia back in October 2016, a price cut is of course, quite expected. But at RM999, Huawei Malaysia has slashed the retail price by a huge 30% from the original RM1,499 RRP – making it a solid alternative to the Redmi Note 4.
That said, the Redmi Note 4 is still more affordable at RM799. Still, if you’re looking for a decent mid-range device besides Xiaomi’s offering, the Huawei Nova Plus is worth a look.
(Source: DirectD)
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