Samsung Trying To Recover 175 Tonnes Of Rare Metals From The Galaxy Note 7

Samsung is working on recycling units of the failed Galaxy Note 7 to reduce its environmental impact. Any unit that isn’t being refurbished for sale is being pulled apart for parts and then melted down for the precious metals contained within.
A statement from Samsung indicates that the company wants to use camera modules, chips, and displays as spare parts. Mostly as replacement parts for the Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition that may come in for repairs. It may also consider selling these components to third parties.
Whatever is left is being sent to be melted down for raw materials. Every smartphone contains trace amounts of precious metals like gold and copper; and Samsung hopes to recover some 175 tonnes from the recycling exercise.
It’s unclear if the reclaiming of components means that Samsung does not intend to sell the Galaxy Note 7 FE on a global level. There weren’t that many of the original Note 7 made before the recall, and it will certainly take several million of the units to make up for the amount of metals Samsung intends to reclaim.
[Source: Reuters]
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Tune Talk Introduces new +Vibe 200 Data Plan – RM200 a Year for 72GB

It looks like Tune Talk recently introduced a new +Vibe online exclusive data plan – the +Vibe 200. This is in addition to the existing +Vibe plans that was launched earlier this month. The new +Vibe 200 is a yearly data plan that offers a total of 72GB of data for you to use for the next 12 months.
With the new +Vibe 200 plan, there are a total of 4 +Vibe data plans. There’s a slight catch to the latest addition though, you get 72GB of data a year, limited to only 6GB a month (30 days).
Still, 6GB is a lot of data that should be enough for an average user. It also works out to be cheaper than the other +Vibe options – +Vibe 30 offers 6GB of data and RM5 airtime credit for RM30 a month. +Vibe 200 works out to less than RM17 a month for 6GB.

As with before, this is an online exclusive data plan from Tune Talk. You can only purchase it via the website at, and you must use a local Malaysian credit card or debit card. These plans will be auto renewed upon validity expiry by using a “pre-created token to authorise the payment for the respective plan”; you will receive a notification.
Should you finish the data quota before the expiry, Tune Talk will send you a notification via SMS. You can use the link within the SMS to purchase additional quota, and check remaining available data quota by dialling *134#.
To unsubscribe to the new +Vibe 200 plan, simply send “DP200 STOP” to 2222. To check the status, send “DP200 STATUS” to 2222. Each SMS costs RM0.10. You can only subscribe to one plan at a time, and if you subscribe to a new +Vibe plan on top of the existing one, the new plan will supersede the current plan, and any unused quota will be forfeited.
Check out Tune Talk now for more information about its +Vibe data plans.
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Google Glass Lives On As An Industrial Tool

Google Glass is not dead. It has just been too busy working to talk to the press. Now, X Labs is ready to remind us that the smart glasses project is still very much alive; even if it isn’t designed for regular consumers.
The smart glasses has been in testing with some 30 different partners, including DHL and Dignity Health. Each has been testing a different applications of Google Glass, allowing them increase the efficiency of their jobs.
According to the announcement on Medium, worker efficiency has been increased between eight and fifteen percent. This was done by allowing employees to keep notes and instructions in their field of vision at all times, reducing the number of times the task needs to be paused to refer to the instruction manual.
It’s been two years of closed door testing and development, and X is now ready to market Google Glass Enterprise Edition to more enterprise customers. Of course, there’s no announced price tag, with this being an enterprise solution.
Chances are that most of the public will never get their hands on the Google Glass from now on. It was clearly a device that would succeed in industrial applications, and it’s no surprise to see it move away from the consumer market.
[Source: Medium]
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Apple Granted Patent for iPhone Dock with Siri, Discreet 911 Calls, and More

Apple has recently been granted a handful of patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Some of the patents granted include a new iPhone dock with Siri support, a more discreet emergency calling method, new ways to determining when a driver has exited their vehicle, and more.
The first patent granted today is to a new iPhone dock with built-in Siri. Apple already has an iPhone dock, but it looks like a flimsy plastic dock that could break easily. The new patent shows that the new dock is not only sturdier looking, but also has built-in display, speaker, microphone, and voice recognition, presumably for use with Siri.

Another patent granted to the Cupertino company is the ability to determine when the driver has exited his or her vehicle. Done via sensors within an iPhone, this can be used in various situations like locating where the user has parked the car, changing navigation on Apple Maps from driving to walking mode, and such.
Apple has also been granted a patent that makes it more discreet to make an emergency call. iOS already allow users to easily make an emergency dial, but Apple thinks that this may not be practical if someone is watching. The patent allow users to use a certain combination of fingerprint readings or screen touches to activate an emergency call; users would have to determine the pattern during the device’s set up.

Other notable patents granted to Apple include a new earpiece design, a new iPad smart cover design, Bluetooth enhancements, data migration technology, and much more.
Do note that patents do not confirm any upcoming products from a company. It does however, give a good guideline to what the company has been working on.
(Source: Patently Apple, 9to5Mac)
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Selangor Cyber Games Is Back: Now Focusing On Local Cyber Athletes

Returning for the fourth time in a row, the State Government of Selangor has officially announced that Selangor Cyber Games 2017 (SCG17) is scheduled to take place from 12 to 13 August at Paradigm Mall in Petaling Jaya. Organized with the help of Garena, Mineski Events Team, and Big Machinez, there are several factors that will make this year’s edition different from previous iteration of SCG.
As opposed to SCG16 which featured two international level competitions, SCG17 which is also made possible by its supporting partners such as Digi, Lenovo, Logitech, and Time is focusing on Malaysian gamers. Nevertheless, non-Malaysians are still welcomed to compete in event as long as it is allowed within terms and conditions for each competition in SCG17.
In terms of official titles, the main focus of SCG17 is League of Legends as the event will be hosting the finale of The Legends Circuit which is the highest level of competition for the game in Malaysia. Visitors to the event will be able to witness the top four LoL team in the country battling it out for RM 80,000 prize pool and a spot at the upcoming Garena Premier League Summer 2017 regional event in Thailand.

Meanwhile, Dota 2 will also be featured at SSG17 but with an interesting twist: it is open only to amateur players. With RM 50,000 worth of total cash prizes are up for grabs, this could be a major stepping stone for players and teams out there that are looking to break into the scene.
Not to forget, SCG17 also features FIFA Online 3 and Tekken 7 which are offering total cash prizes of RM 30,000 and RM 20,000 respectively. With the exception of LOL, do note that there will be no pre-event qualifying events for SCG17 which means that everyone will be competing right at Paradigm Mall this August.
Hence, you should register yourself if you are interested to participate in SCG17. To do that or to learn more about the event, head on to Selangor Cyber Games official website.
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Huawei Challenges Fitbit With The Huawei Band 2 And Band 2 Pro

Huawei has announced two new fitness bands to take the fight to Fitbit. The Huawei Band 2 and Band 2 Pro don’t bring anything new to smartband design, although they look like they will get the job done.
Functionally, the Huawei Band 2 is a regular fitness band. It packs the usual heartbeat sensor and three axis accelerometer. It also has sleeptracking capabilities.
As the “pro” version of the fitness tracker, the Huawei Band 2 Pro includes some new technologies from Huawei. It fits a VO2Max counter that measures oxygen intake, informing the wearer of their ability to transport oxygen to muscles during exercise. Huawei claims the tracker is 95 percent accurate, but we’re going to take that number with a grain of salt.

There’s also Huawei’s TruSleep tracker on the Band 2 Pro; which is apparently better than the regular sleep tracking on the Band 2. How this is different isn’t actually explained.
Finally, the Pro is fitted with its own GPS system. This allows it to more closely track runs and distance, but has quite an effect on the battery life. If we’re reading the specifications right it goes from 21 days down to 3.5 hours with the GPS turned on.
One thing that the Huawei Band 2 has over the Fitbits that it is trying to compete with is water resistance. These are rated for five atmospheres of pressure, which is more than enough to guard against splashes or count laps in a swimming pool.
There’s no release date or price for the Huawei Band 2 just yet.
[Source: Huawei]
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Samsung Boosts Production Of 8Gb HBM2 Memory

Samsung Electronics has announced that it has increased the volume production of its 8Gb HBM2 memory. For those who are unaware: HBM2 (high bandwidth memory) is a memory controller that will be used with future high-end graphics cards. According to Samsung, the boost in production of the memory controller is essential to meet the ever increasing demand from the PC market.
Samsung’s upcoming HBM2 memory controller will feature 8Gb of stacked memory capacity along with an expected bandwidth speeds of up to 256GBps. In comparison the older, widely used memory controller, GDDR5, has bandwidths speeds of merely 32GBps. Meanwhile, the newer GDDR5X memory has a bandwidth speed of around 56GBps. That said, GDDR5 and GDDR5X memory controllers are a lot “cheaper” to manufacture compared to HBM2.
Despite being highly anticipated by many PC gamers and enthusiasts, Samsung isn’t only supplying HBM2 for the general consumer market; the company is targeting users in the field of artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, enterprise, and advanced graphics as well. Samsung has also mentioned that the company “anticipates that its volume production of the 8GB HBM2 will cover more than 50 percent of its HBM2 production by the first half of next year.”
It should be noted, however, that Samsung isn’t the only HBM2 manufacturer in the market. South Korean memory semiconductor giant, SK Hynix, manufactures the memory controller as well. It’ll be interesting to see which company’s HBM2 memory controller will make it to upcoming high-end consumer graphics cards (Nvidia Volta and Radeon Vega) later this year.
(Source: Samsung)
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Intel Is Preparing Multiple Six-core Coffee Lake CPUs

Finally, some news regarding Intel’s upcoming “Coffee Lake” CPUs. According to a recent rumour, it looks like the company is currently preparing several six-core CPUs that are based on the new Coffee Lake architecture. Interestingly, Intel is also said to be readying at least one Core i5 CPU with six CPU cores.
The first wave of Intel Coffee Lake CPUs are expected to be launched within the next few months. For the high-end segment, Intel is expected to unveil the Core i7-7800K CPU, which may feature a base frequency of 3.7GHz. In addition, this CPU is also said to come with a TDP of 95W. A “non-K” variant of the Core i7-7800K is said to be in the works as well.

Next up is the Core i5-8600K, which, as mentioned earlier, may feature six CPU cores and 12 threads. According to sources, one major difference between this CPU and the Core i7-7800K is that the Core i5 may lack Hyperthreading. That aside, the clock speeds of the Core i5-8600K is said to be around 3.6GHz along with a TDP rating of 95W.
Intel is also rumoured to be introducing six-core processors for notebooks as well. That said, those processors will, of course, come with lower frequency speeds and TDP ratings compared to their desktop counterparts. Regardless, as with previous rumours, we do suggest our readers to take this one with a grain of salt – until Intel makes an official announcement.
(Source: Canard PC, VideoCardz, TechPowerUp)
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Xiaomi Teases the Mi 5X; To Debut with MIUI 9 on 26 July

It appears Xiaomi is gearing up to launch its latest smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi 5X. Based on its name, it’s possible that this is a variant of the Xiaomi Mi 5; the company’s 2016 flagship smartphone. Aside from that, Xiaomi will likely unveil MIUI 9 alongside the Mi 5X.
On its social media accounts, Xiaomi started teasing the announcement of a new smartphone. To be officially launched with Xiaomi’s new ambassador, Kris Wu, the Mi 5X seems to be sporting a dual-camera setup, an all-metal chassis, and a rear fingerprint sensor; it looks rather premium too.

Interestingly, MIUI 9 is also mentioned in the teaser. More likely than not, Xiaomi’s new Android ROM will debut alongside the Mi 5X, which is quite an interesting approach. After all, the Mi 5X isn’t exactly a high-end smartphone; if leaked specifications of the phone is to be believed, of course.
According to rumours, the Mi 5X will feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM, as well as the ability to do optical zoom, thanks to Mi 5X’s dual-camera system.

Of course, as these are still leaked information, take them with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, we can expect Xiaomi to announce the Mi 5X on 26 July; it’ll be interesting to see if the device will indeed retail at its rumoured price tag of 1,999 Chinese yuan – that comes up to about RM1,265.
(Source: Facebook (Mi))
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Meizu to Announce its Meizu Pro 7 on 26 July 2017

Looking forward to the Meizu Pro 7 that was leaked just last week? The Chinese company recently announced on its Weibo page that the device would be launched in China on 26 July 2017.
While Meizu did not provide any details about the Pro 7, according to the invitation sent by the company, it seems to confirm the secondary display located at the back of the phone. According to rumours, the secondary display is a fully functional colour LCD panel that can mirror what’s shown on the main display. It can also be used for games, as a viewfinder for selfies, and hopefully more.

Apart from that, the company is also rumoured to announce the Pro 7 Plus alongside the Pro 7 at the event. Both devices should be similar in terms of specifications, but as with other “plus” smartphones, the Pro 7 Plus should feature a larger display of 5.5” or 5.7”, compared to the 5.2” on the Pro 7 model.
The Pro 7 Plus is also reported to be powered by a Samsung Exynos 8895 chipset found on some versions of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. The Meizu Pro 7 on the other hand should be powered by a MediaTek Helip X30 chipset. Other rumoured specs include Full HD displays, 12MP dual-camera systems, 16MP selfie cameras, fingerprint sensor at the front, and USB Type-C port.
Leaked image of the Meizu Pro 7
Of course, these are just rumours for now, so take it with a pinch of salt, and wait for the official launch event to see the final details.
(Source: Meizu Weibo via: Android Authority)
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