James McAvoy Discusses the Brilliance of Michael Fassbender in X-Men

The X-Men film franchise has been hit and miss from the very beginning. For every X2: X-Men United there is a The Last Stand, for every X-Men: Days of Future Past, comes an Apocalypse. It’s a shame, considering how consistent the performances have been throughout the saga. The standout is, of course, Michael Fassbender’s Magneto.
In a brilliant bit of casting by Matthew Vaughn, Fassbender and McAvoy were brought in to play young Magneto and Professor X in First Class. Fassbender took the ball and ran with it, adding a whole new dimension to the popular comic book character previously embodied by Ian McKellen. He certainly has gotten the approval of not just fans and critics, but his equally talented co-star as well. In a recent chat with Rotten Tomatoes, James McAvoy praised Fassbender’s performance throughout the franchise, most notably his work in First Class.
“My favourite performance of his is definitely First Class. It was a great film balancing an ensemble, giving everybody an arc and stuff, but in terms of who that film is really about, that was the origin story for Magneto. And just getting to see him rock this, not just mutant leader figure, which he wasn’t yet, but actually imbue it with a sort of James Bond, espionage, spy-like quality as well. Like that was just a wicked thing to do with your character.”

The ever so humble Fassbender was quick to extend the praise to First Class helmer Matthew Vaughn, who co-penned the screenplay with Jane Goldman, Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller. “A lot of that was Matthew as well, gotta say.”
While McAvoy agreed with Fassbender’s statement (after all, it was Vaughn and his co-writers who wrote the character in an organic way), he went on to say that it was Fassbender’s performance which transformed the character.
“Yeah, but you had the style, the chops, and the gear and the silhouette to carry that shit off beautifully. That was a tall order, you know what I mean? You don’t expect that with an X-Men movie, and you really subverted what it was to be in an X-Men movie.”

While Fassbender has been the clear standout of the First Class-and-beyond era of Fox’s X-Men saga, praise should also be given to James McAvoy’s work as Professor X. After all, who can forget drugged out Charles Xavier in Days of Future Past? Heck, even Sophie Turner proved to be pretty damn stellar in Dark Phoenix, taking an averagely written character and elevating it to the sky.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is currently playing in Malaysian cinemas.
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Windows 10 Updates Will Cause Some Bluetooth Connections To Fail

Microsoft has been doing a lot with the Windows 10 updates this year. The latest round patches a number of security holes as usual, but with a certain caveat. Depending on the Bluetooth device, it may not work with Windows 10 anymore after the latest update.
On the Windows support page, Microsoft says that this will be the case with updates from 11 June and later. It cites CVE-2019-2102, which essentially allows Bluetooth low Energy connections to be hijacked, and used to remotely inject keystrokes. The vulnerability was also initially reported as an Android vulnerability.

It doesn’t look like there’s any way to tell if your Bluetooth devices will be affected though. The only way to tell is to actually update and see what happens. If your Bluetooth device stops working, then you’ll have to check with with the company that makes your Bluetooth device and see if there’s an update that can fix this.
While it’s unfortunate for anyone who’s affected, it’s a security hole that Microsoft needed to plug. You can delay your update for 35 days, if you are worried and need extra time to get an update for your affected devices.
(Source: Microsoft, CVE via SlashGear)
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Details Leak Online; Will Have Two Variants, LPDDR5X RAM

Qualcomm’s current flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 855 SoC, is blazing its way through this year’s premium smartphone list. Of course, this hasn’t curtailed the semiconductor maker from working on their follow-up flagship, the Snapdragon 865.
New details regarding the Qualcomm 865 SoC recently popped up online via the Twitter account of leakster and WinFuture writer, Roland Quandt (@rquandt). According to Quandt, the company’s next-generation premium chipset will be codenamed the SM8250, and will be split into two variants: Kona and Huracan.
Quandt continues on with the supposed specifications of the unreleased high-end chipsets, stating that both of them will support a new LPDDR5X memory standard, and the faster UFS 3.0 storage medium. Further, Quandt speculates that of the two, one of the Snapdragon 865 variants be integrated with 5G modem. Specifically, Qualcomm’s SDX55 modem.

Snapdragon 865 is what Qualcomm employees call the next gen high-end SoC (SM8250). There are two variants: Kona + Huracan. Both with support for LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 3.0. One likely with, one without integrated 5G modem (SDX55) – I guess. Also no clue which is the one w/ 5G in it.
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) June 14, 2019

Considering that the current Snapdragon 855 SoC already uses the lightning fast LPDDR4X memory, we can’t imagine how much faster the new LPDDR5X memory would be. Adding to the rumour basket is the possibility of Samsung helping the company manufacturer the 7nm process node it would be based on.
At the time of writing, it is unclear when Qualcomm intends to launch or announce the Snapdragon 865 SoC. Considering its on-going development trend, it’s likely that we could see the chipset making its way into the hearts of high-end flagship device as early as 2020.
(Source: Twitter via Hot Hardware)
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U Mobile Reveals More Details Behind GoPayz Universal E-Wallet and Fintech Ecosystem

U Mobile today has revealed information behind its upcoming e-wallet, GoPayz. Interestingly, the Chief Marketing Officer, Jasmine Lee has been referring GoPayz and its business-oriented counterpart, GoBiz as a financial technology ecosystem rather than just a simple e-wallet.
This is due to the fact that GoPayz has more to offer than just a way for users to pay from their mobile devices. According to Jasmine, U Mobile believe that Malaysians are looking for e-wallet that can be used throughout the world which is why consumers can choose to obtain physical MasterCard, UnionPay, and Visa card for GoPayz that will be made available as optional.

Other than that, customers can also obtain plenty of financial services through GoPayz such as life insurance, online currency exchange delivery service, and wealth unit trusts. Jasmine pointed out that these services will be offered at an affordable rate since it is one of the main objectives for GoPayz.

There is also a loyalty reward element within GoPayz through its GoPointz system. However, the in-depth details regarding GoPayz will be revealed further as we get close to its official rollout date which is expected to take place in July.
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NVIDIA Supposedly Working On A New SHIELD TV; Could Feature Refined Tegra X1 SoC

NVIDIA’s SHIELD TV was first released in 2015 followed by a refresh in 2017 and till this day, it’s the GPU maker’s most powerful Android TV box cum game streaming machine. Now, thanks to some diligent individuals over at XDA, it appears that NVIDIA could actually be working on a new SHIELD TV device.
The discovered device goes by the codename “mdarcy” – the current SHIELD TV’s codename is “darcy” – was found under the Google Play Developer Console’s Device Catalog. At a glance of the spec sheet, the new device doesn’t look that much different from its predecessor. Upon closer inspection, though, you’ll notice that the new “mdarcy” device has been certified to run Android 9 Pie.
On top of that, the Tegra X1 SoC listed on the spec sheet of “mdarcy” seems to be a slightly more power efficient variant of the original Tegra X1, and features a higher GPU clockspeed as well. Further, there’s also the new SHIELD controller that NVIDIA has also working on, so it’s likely that this new console will ship out with completely new gear too.

Beyond that, there isn’t a whole lot of details being divulged on the site. Of course, NVIDIA has yet to acknowledge the existence of this device, so it would be best to maintain a level of scepticism about this until it does.
(Source: XDA, Techspot)
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Cellebrite Claims It Can Extract Data From Devices Running iOS Version 7 Onwards

Israeli mobile device forensics company called Cellebrite has claimed that it can break into any device running iOS version 7 to iOS 12.3. The company previously made it possible to crack open any device running iOS 11, but the range of devices the company can break into has expanded exponentially.
The company claims that its Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED) can determine passcodes and perform unlocks, and then perform a full system extraction. It’s still a process that requires phyiscal access to the target device, but the UFED can be sent to law enforcement agencies, rather than having them send target device to Cellebrite instead.

On that note, the company says that similar results can be achieved on Samsung’s Android devices. The UFED goes a step further here, being able to extract unallocated data to essentially extract deleted files.
If you’re thinking that the name Cellebrite rings a bell, that’s because it’s the company that helped the FBI crack the iPhone 5c of the San Bernardino shooter. Unfortunately, AppleInsider reports that the company’s UFED was spotted earlier this year being sold on eBay for as low as US$100 (~RM418).
(Source: Cellebrite via AppleInsider)
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Men in Black: International Destroyed at the Box Office; Dark Phoenix Downward Trend Continues

Men in Black: International was released in theatres last weekend to extremely poor reviews. While I found some enjoyment in the overall above average film, it only managed to score 24% on Rotten Tomatoes (with an average rating of 4.5/10). And while the poor reviews certainly didn’t help the film, it certainly appears as if the higher-ups at Sony Pictures may have overestimated people’s interest in another Men in Black movie especially one that doesn’t centre around Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.
The Men in Black spinoff starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson fell flat at the box office over the weekend, only raking in approximately $US 28 million in North America. That my friend is less than what the original Men in Black amassed in its opening weekend 22 years ago — $US 51 million. Which proves that the movie-going masses aren’t remotely interested in this franchise anymore.

Much like Dark Phoenix last week, the film did slightly better outside of North America, but even then, it’s nothing to really scream about. It approximately grossed a mere $US 73 million, putting its global opening weekend number at $US 102 million, with a $US 110 million budget. At this rate, it’s all but guaranteed that at the end of its run Men in Black: International will be the lowest grossing film in the MIB franchise — Men in Black ($US 589.3 million), Men in Black II ($US 441.8 million), MIB 3 ($US 624 million).
Speaking of Dark Phoenix, the final chapter of the Fox X-Men film series, continues to plummet at the box office. In North America, the film only grossed $US 9 million in its second weekend (which is roughly what Endgame made in its 6th weekend), putting its North American total at $US 51 million. If this trend continues — and believe me, it will — Dark Phoenix would probably end its run with a mere $60 million or so.

The film isn’t performing that well outside of North America either, only grossing $US 152 million in two weekends, putting its two week global total at $US 204 million. As of right now, Dark Phoenix is the lowest grossing X-Men film worldwide of all time. Even the first X-Men movie which came out in the year 2000, sits one place above Dark Phoenix having collected $US 296 million by the end of its run.
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HONOR 20 To Be Available in Malaysia On 21 June

This particular phone was officially launched in Malaysia weeks ago, but it is only today that we finally know its actual rollout date. So, for everyone that has been waiting for HONOR 20, the wait is almost over.
HONOR Malaysia just moments ago has announced that HONOR 20 will be available in stores throughout Malaysia starting from 21 June onwards. The release of the new flagship phone in Malaysia is also just in time to kick start HONOR’s 5th anniversary celebration.

While the company was forced to halt HONOR 20’s pre-order program due to an unknown logistic issue, the freebies that HONOR Malaysia has offered for the program will be made available for those who purchase the phone early enough. In case you missed the original announcement, the freebie set consisted of the new HONOR SoundStone alongside an HONOR Band 4 fitness tracker and a backpack.
Available in Midnight Black, and Sapphire Blue, the HONOR 20 can be obtained for RM 1,699. Meanwhile, you can learn more about the new phone through our hands-on experience right here.
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Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes Exhibition Is Coming To Malaysia This Month

While the Avengers: Endgame hype might be winding down as we speak, there is still something in the horizon that could spark another round of excitements among Marvel fans in Malaysia. Of course, there is the Spider-Man: Far From Home which will be shown in Malaysia starting from 3 July but we actually mean here is the Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes Exhibition.
After making a stop in Singapore last year, the exhibition will be landing in Malaysia later this month. To take place at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Marvel fans can get ready to visit the Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes Exhibition starting from 28 June onwards.

Based on what was shown in Singapore, seems like there are plenty of things to see at the interactive exhibition. Among them including the stories behind many of the characters that were part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside up and close experience with armours and weapons from MCU including Iron Man suit, Thor’s Mjolnir, and Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet.
At this moment, Disney and Marvel have yet to reveal specific details regarding the exhibition such as opening times and ticket price. With that, do look out for further updates on Disney Malaysia’s official website or Marvel Malaysia’s official Facebook page.
(Source: Disney / Marvel via Hype MY.)
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Steam Overhauls Steam Link; Renames It As Remote Play

Back in March this year, Valve announced and released a beta version of game streaming service for Steam called Steam Link, first on Android and then iOS a little down the road. Now, the digital game distributor has rebranded the service as “Steam Remote Play”, and has made it available to the masses on an “experimental” basis.
According to the service’s recent post, Remote Play will now allow clients to stream their games from outside their homes, directly to their PC or mobile device, wherever they are. Also, provided they have a decent enough internet connection and are close enough to a Steam datacenter.
This in itself is a milestone; prior to this, Steam Link was limited in that only allowed clients to stream their games from Steam to their mobile devices, but only if said devices and the primary gaming system were on the same network.
(Image source: Techspot)
Once again, the feature is still in its experimental phase, despite having already been taken out of beta. There are also additional changes on the way, lest we forget about Valve’s upcoming revamp of the Steam Library, which should also become available in the coming weeks.
(Source: Steam via Techspot, KitGuru)
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