Confirmed: iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Coming to Malaysia on 20 October 2017

For those of you who wish to get the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, your wait is not too far away. Apple has just updated its Malaysian website, stating that the iPhone 8 will be available starting from 20 October 2017. Sadly though, they did not provide any information on the price.
Apple officially announced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus about a month ago, and started selling the devices in selected countries starting from 22 September 2017. The second wave of availability started last Friday, 29 September 2017, and it looks like we do not have to wait too long to get our hands on the phones. On top of that, our local telcos have already listed these phones as coming soon.

As for the price, while Apple is yet to make an official announcement, local online retailer 11street have already opened their preorder for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. According to 11street, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus starts from RM3,649, and all preorders comes with additional freebies worth a total of RM201; check out our previous post for the full details.
Meanwhile, if you’re still on the fence deciding whether you should get the iPhone 8, or wait for the iPhone X, maybe our hands on with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus could help you make up your mind.
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Streaming services among those to be charged GST under new ammendments

Popular streaming services like Netflix and iFlix will be subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST) if proposed amendments to the GST Act are approved at the next Dewan Rakyat session.
Customs director-general Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy confirmed this at a press conference earlier today, citing the government has to take measures to tax online enterprises in the ever changing digital economy.
He said that this will be one of a number of amendments to the GST Act that will be tabled that will affect all businesses that operate online businesses, whether they are based locally or internationally.
While locally based streaming services like iFlix and Astro Go should have a straight forward GST implementation charges included in their monthly bills, we are not sure how the other global streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime will respond to the GST amendments.
Last month, we reported that payments to social advertising service providers like Facebook and Google will soon be subject to GST.
via The Malay Mail
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Johor Darul Ta’zim Football Club Unveils Its Own Power Bank

The newly crowned Malaysia Super League champion is at it once again: after launching its own smartphone earlier this year, Johor Darul Ta’zim Football Club (JDT) has released yet another IT product as part of its merchandise line-up. This time, it is a power bank.
Made by a company called iTouch, the limited-edition power bank features lithium polymer battery with capacity of 10,000mAh. It also comes with a small LCD display that indicate the amount of charge available (in percentage) inside the power bank.

With the ability to charge two devices at the same time via its dual 5V 2.1A output, JDT’s iTouch power bank also features an automatic shutdown system. Of course, let’s not forget the JDT logo that is prominently shown on the front area of the power bank.
All JDT fans as well as Malaysian football enthusiasts that are interested to get their hands on this power bank, they can do so through several methods including JDT’s own online store. Priced at RM 99, it should match nicely with JDT’s smartphone.
(Source: JDT Official Facebook Page)
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Report: Alibaba and JD.com Competing to Acquire 11street Malaysia

It appears Chinese companies are not yet content on securing a foothold in the Southeast Asian e-commerce space, and instead are looking to dominate it. Amid rumours of the two partners behind 11street Malaysia looking to exit, Alibaba and JD.com are said to be in talks to acquire the platform.
11street Malaysia is the country’s second-largest e-commerce platform, and is the product of a partnership between Celcom Axiata Berhad and SK Planet. Rumours began circulating recently that SK Planet was seeking to exit the region, before the company reiterated its commitment.
However, that hasn’t stopped the floodgates. A report on Deal Street Asia revealed that 11street is now in talks with both Alibaba and JD.com to sell the business. An acquisition by either party is becoming imminent, as the Chinese e-commerce behemoths have different motivations in gaining control of 11street Malaysia.

For Alibaba, it is a move that will cement its position as the top dog in the Malaysian e-commerce space. It already holds a massive 83% of Lazada Malaysia, the country’s top e-commerce platform. Owning 11street as well would mean only a minority market share for Tencent-backed outfit Shopee, and Qoo10, which is owned by eBay.
On the other hand, JD.com is the largest retailer in China by revenue, and is now aggressively looking to expand into Southeast Asia. It has identified Thailand as a regional hub, and securing 11street Malaysia would instantly make it the number two e-commerce platform in Malaysia, pitting it head on with Alibaba’s Lazada.
With Shopee and even Amazon scrambling for market share in Southeast Asia, the outcome for 11street Malaysia’s potential new owners are sure to be closely watched across the region.
(Source: Deal Street Asia)
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#LYTV: vivo V7+ Malaysia Launch Highlight

Just last week, the vivo V7+ officially landed in Malaysia, and it’s one of a few mid-range smartphones in Malaysia with an 18:9 display. Well, here’s a quick look at what went down at the official launch of the V7+.
The vivo V7+ features a 5.99-inch 720p FullView Display with an 84.4% screen-to-body ratio, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a 24MP front-facing shooter – ideal for those who love taking selfies – a 16MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus, and a 3,225mAh battery.
If you want to learn more about the vivo V7+, you can check out our extended hands on of the phone right here.
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Vainglory is hosting its World Championships In Singapore

Vainglory’s World Championship will be taking place at the Kallang Theatre in Singapore this year. Players from around the world will be competing against each other from 14 to 17 of December 2017 for their share of the prize pool of USD$140,000 (roughly RM594,090).
Among the 5000 teams that have competed across five regions in the world. Seven teams have qualified for the championships, this includes Singapore’s very own Team Impunity. They are joined by defending champion Rox Armada from Korea, North America’s Cloud 9, Korea’s ACE Gaming, Indonesia’s Elite8, Japan’s DetonatioN Gaming and China’s Hunters.
Remaining teams will then continue to compete in their respective regional qualifiers to fight for one of the remaining seats.

Other teams from the Southeast Asia region will be competing for the remaining Wildcard slot to qualify for the Championship, fans from Southeast Asia can watch teams in their region competing for the remaining Wildcard slot on Vainglory’s Facebook and YouTube channel.
Super Evil Megacorp will also be unveiling the new Vainglory 5v5 mode in a show match live on stage. Giving the game a new life and possibly attracting new players by expanding from the current 3v3 format.
Fans in Singapore are able to register for free tickets to watch the event live from Vaingloryworlds2017.peatix.com. For fans that are unable to attend the World Championship, Vainglory Worlds will be streamed live on Vainglory’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

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Tuneprotect.com also affected by coinhive cryptocurrency mining breach

It looks like Airasia’s Bigprepaid.com is not the only website affected by a hidden cryptocurrency mining breach today.
Tuneprotect.com, which is run under the Tune Group banner is also similarly infected by a similar breach.
Digging through the source code of both sites, we have managed to locate some of the offending script embedded via an encrypted javascript call to https://coin-hive.com/lib/coinhive.min.js.

At time of writing, the site remains up and running.
Developing story…
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AirAsia’s BIG Prepaid Site Down After It Was Found Stealing CPU Power For Cryptocurrency Mining [Updated]

AirAsia BIG Prepaid’s site appears to have been taken down after it was discovered to be hosting a Coinhive script. Coinhive is a script that allows sites to “borrow” CPU power from visiting computers to mine Monero cryptocurrency; and was first brought into the limelight after a trial on The Pirate Bay torrent tracker.
The issue was first noticed when anti-virus systems began flagging the site for distributing Coinhive scripts. It’s unknown how long this has been going on, but it is unlikely to have gone on for long. Coinhive draws a lot of CPU cycles and slows performance; as we noted when we attempted to load the AirAsia page without the protection of anti-virus systems or an Adblocker.
Coinhive touts itself as an alternative to serving advertisements, allowing sites to earn income without having deal with clients. It goes without saying that this is usually targeted at sites that deal with content that most advertisers would rather not be associated with.
Still, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Users on The Pirate Bay were largely supportive of the trial run when it was first discovered. Those that were upset pointed out that it had more to do with the fact that it was done without informing visitors of the situation.
Mining Monero is also seen as a beneficial. Unlike Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency can actually be bought offline for cash. Allowing targeted customers to become more liquid in their funding.
AirAsia is not the only legitimate service to have been discovered serving Coinhive scripts. American broadcaster CBS was found to be doing the same thing through its Showtime website last week.
Giving credit where it is due, AirAsia shut down its BIG Prepaid site within two hours of being alerted to the situation. It’s currently unknown how the script managed to be uploaded to the site. The company has not made an official statement on the matter either, but we don’t expect anything this soon.
Update: AirAsia has tweeted that the site appears to have been compromised. The company has a team trying to correct the problem, but details about what happened are currently non-existent.

We’ve learned that there has been some concerns regarding our group partner’s compromised website. Rest assured that a team is fixing it.
— AirAsia BIG (@airasiabig) October 3, 2017

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AMD Adds Free NVMe RAID Support For Threadripper CPUs

It’s finally here, folks: AMD has delivered on its promise to provide Ryzen Threadripper CPUs / X399 chipset with free NVMe RAID support. This new addition comes in the form of a driver update called RAIDXpert2. Do keep in mind however, that the driver is still in the beta phase, which means that it may still contain bugs and other “abnormalities.”
According to AMD, Ryzen Threadripper processors now come with three RAID level support: RAID0, RAID1, and RAID 10 – the latter requires four or six NVMe drives. For those who aren’t aware, NVMe SSDs are connected to one’s system via PCIe slots. This, of course, allows for more efficient and faster transfer speeds between the CPU and SSDs.

When it comes to performance, AMD claims that based on the company’s internal testing, its system was able to obtain “a monstrous 21.2GB/s from six disks in RAID0!” In addition, the company mentioned that scaling-wise, it was able to produce read and write scaling rates of 6.00X and 5.38X respectively.
Those aside, it’s worth noting that one will have to first make sure that their X3990-based motherboards are updated with the latest BIOS (subject to availability from respective manufacturers). Once this is done, one can then start to configure their RAID configuration using AMD’s RAIDXpert2 driver. More detailed instructions can be found here.
(Source: AMD)
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Report: Samsung will Earn US$110 for Every iPhone X Sold

It doesn’t matter if you buy a Samsung Galaxy S8 or the upcoming iPhone X, it looks like Samsung will still be a winner. According to research, Samsung will earn about US$110 for every iPhone X sold, and will earn more in revenue from making parts for the iPhone X than from its very own Galaxy S8.
So, why will Samsung earn so much from iPhone X sales? According to a research from Counterpoint Technology Market Research conducted for the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is the only manufacturer for the new OLED screen on the iPhone X, the most expensive part of the phone. On top of that, the company also makes batteries and capacitors for the iPhone X.

The report also predicts that Apple will sell 130 million iPhone X units through the summer of 2019, giving Samsung about US$4 billion more in revenue for making parts for the iPhone X than the Galaxy S8.
Counterpoint expects Apple will sell 130 million iPhone X units, earning Samsung $110 on each through the summer of 2019, while Galaxy S8’s global sales are expected to be 50 million, earning Samsung $202 each from components such as displays and chips in its first 20 months of sales.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal via: 9to5Mac)
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