Potential New Bezel-less Sony Flagship To Feature Snapdragon 835

Sony has apparently finalised the specifications of its 2018 flagship, and is rumoured to be announcing something during Mobile World Congress 2018. What is notable about this supposed leak is that Sony will be getting with the current trends and feature a phone with minimal bezels.
The shared image shows a phone with the model number H8541. It will feature 5.7-inch screen in 4K, Gorilla Glass 5 for protection and the usual Sony enhancements (X-Reality, TRILUMINOS display technology) on board. No mention of the screen aspect ratio thus far.

Underneath the skin is the Snapdragon 835 processor. This may be mind boggling seeing the Snapdragon 845 will be out next year, but the new phone looks like it will be announced before the official availability of the latest chip from Qualcomm. Plus, Samsung seems to been hoarding all the chips prior to its own Galaxy S9 launch.
Other notable features includes 4GBs of RAM, 64GB of onboard storage, NFC, USB Type-C connector with Qualcomm’s QC 3.0, and Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Unfortunately the leak did not list any camera specifications, so we do not know if the phone will inherit the Xperia XZ1 camera or a new sensor will be on board.
(Source: Sumahoinfo via GSMArena )
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Researchers Find That Pokemon Go Lead To Increase In Traffic Accidents

People should be used to the idea that Pokemon Go makes people drive dangerously in some place. However, there was no real evidence to support the notion. Two professors from Purdue University have changed that; conducted a study that found strong evidence that the release of the popular AR game resulted in an increase in traffic accidents.
The study, which has yet to be peer reviewed, focused on accident reports in Tippecanoe county, Indiana. Essentially, the researchers found that the release of Pokemon Go on 6 July 2016 (in the US at least) coincided with a 47% increase in car crashes across the county. More importantly, this increase largely happened in areas where Pokestops appeared.
Activity around Pokestops was also balanced against player activity at Pokemon gyms. This is notable because players are able to interact with Pokestops while driving, but are required to stop for a much longer period to interact with a gym. As expected, the increase in car crashes around gyms wasn’t as high as in the areas surrounding a Pokestop. Indicating that players grew distracted when driving by the location.

For the most part, the study focused on the amount of monetary damage that occurred as a result of these accidents. An amount that was higher by 22% due to the launch of Pokemon Go. On a much bleaker note, the study also attributed two car related deaths to the game.
This study may have been conducted in a place that lack similarities with Malaysia (Tippecanoe county is more of a university town). However, Pokemon player activity is very much the same. People slow down near Pokestops in order to spin them and collect valuable Pokeballs and potions; potentially creating driving hazards.
[Source: Death By Pokemon Go, via Ars Technica]
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A New Xiaomi Device Appears On SIRIM: Likely To Be Redmi 5 Plus

It has come to our attention that a new device from Xiaomi has passed SIRIM’s certification process earlier this week. Listed as MEG7, the new device might be the upcoming Redmi 5 Plus which will be launched in China next week.
This is based on the previous information that a Xiaomi device with similar model has received approval from Taiwanese certification body, NCC. As you might have heard from various online leaks, the Redmi 5 Plus will feature 5.9-inch 18:9 FHD+ display and powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor.
Xiaomi MEG7, as listed on SIRIM.
Other than that, the phone might be carrying up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. At the same time, the Redmi 5 Plus is expected to feature 12MP main camera and 5MP front camera as well as 4000mAh battery.
This is indeed an interesting development for the phone since by having it going through SIRIM certification, Xiaomi might have the intention to release Redmi 5 Plus into our market. However, this doesn’t mean that consumers in Malaysia will be able to see the phone at store immediately though. So, stay tuned.
(Thanks to KevinNgTK for the tips! Additional information: GizmoChina – 1, 2)
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Apple Releases Update to Fix Major Security Issue on macOS High Sierra

Well, that was fast. Not too long after a developer discovered a major flaw on the latest macOS High Sierra, allowing anyone to access a locked device without the need of a password, Apple has released a fix for it. The Cupertino company recently rolled out a Security Update 2017-001, and recommends for all users to install the update as soon as possible.
According to Apple, the update is available for macOS High Sierra 10.13.1. and does not impact those running on macOS Sierra 10.12.6 and earlier. It addresses an issue whereby attackers “may be able to bypass administrator authentication without supplying the administrator’s password”. When you install this update on your Mac, the build number of macOS will be 17B1002. For those of you who have disabled root user account on your Mac, you can re-enable it back and change the root user’s password after this update.

Yesterday, developer Lemi Ergin discovered a bug on macOS High Sierra. It allowed users to access a locked Mac device by keying “root” as the user, and leaving the password field blank. The attacker would have full access to the device by using such method, allowing them to access all the files stored inside, and even make administrative changes to the Mac. If you are using a device running on macOS High Sierra, do head on to the Mac App Store and perform the update right now.
(Source: Apple via: The Verge)
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Corsair One Is Coming To Malaysia In 2018

Corsair is known as the company that build individual high-performance components, memory, storage and peripherals that help make one’s PC. However, the company is now also a full system manufacturer when it unveiled the Corsair One earlier this year and guess what: the gaming-oriented PC is coming to Malaysia.
This was revealed by the Sale Director for Corsair APAC, Tim Handley during a press briefing yesterday. While Tim stated that the company is planning to release Corsair One into our market in 2018, there is no exact release timeline at the moment.
In general, the company is still working on building the necessary foundation for the release of Corsair One in Malaysia. This include sourcing local partners that able to provide the customer support needed for the future owners of Corsair One in Malaysia.
At this moment, Corsair One is only available in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan. It is indeed interesting to see Malaysia being added into the list soon enough.
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Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus To Launch On 7 December

We recently have been hearing a lot about what seems to be a new phone from Xiaomi which is called Redmi Note 5. Said to carry 18:9 display, this particular phone still has not been officially confirmed by the company just yet but however, there are actually two other upcoming 18:9 devices that have been teased by Xiaomi today.
Called Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus, their 18:9 displays were clearly shown in the teaser (shown below) which features Chinese idol group SNH48 and was published on Xiaomi’s Weibo page few hours ago. Not only that, the teaser also stated that both devices will be officially launched on 7 December.

There are also another set of teasers (shown below) that have confirmed the phones’ 18:9 display. Other images within the set have also revealed two more features that will be equipped in Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus including soft selfie, and 4000mAh battery.
Other than these main traits, there are no other official details have been revealed regarding either devices. Nevertheless, previously leaked information suggested that the Redmi 5 will carry 5.7-inch HD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, 3GB RAM, 16/32GB internal storage, 12MP rear camera, and 5MP front camera.

As for Redmi 5 Plus, it is apparently will feature a 5.99-inch FHD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, and dual rear camera with 12MP and 5MP sensors. Given that its official launch date is only a week away, we shall know how accurate all this information will be very soon.
(Source: Xiaomi China – 1, 2 via Gizmochina)
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Huawei’s New Facial Recognition Technology Might Be Better Than Face ID

At the launch of the honor V10, honor and its parent company, Huawei, took the opportunity to share a new facial recognition technology suite. Essentially Huawei’s own take on Apple’s Face ID, the new sensor package comprises of an IR camera and a VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) unit.
What makes this technology better is the depth of data being scanned by the system. While Apple’s Face ID is secure enough to be used as biometric security, Huawei’s system gathers ten times more data points on the face than its Apple’s solution.
During the presentation, the company said that the system can generate 300,000 data points in 10 seconds of scanning. The system is also designed to be super fast, allowing users to unlock the phone within 0.4 seconds from initial scan.

Huawei/honor then showed a comparison between Apple’s Animoji and its own version. Given the extra data points, the Chinese company’s new system has the upper hand here, replicating more complex facial expressions, even when sticking out the tongue.
In the future, Huawei plans to add on LIDAR into the suite of sensors. This is so that users can scan objects and use it in virtual or augmented reality applications on the phone.
However, the company did not share any timeline on when this system will make its debut. It’ll likely make an appearance on a Huawei flagship first, before trickling to a honor flagship – though with no timeline in sight, a 2018 launch seems unlikely.
(Source: Winfuture, @rquandt)
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U Mobile Unlimited HERO P99 Postpaid Is The Superhero We All Need Today

We’ve all been there before. Those painful moments when something we depend upon fails us when we need it the most. When we have the best smartphones around, only for our mobile internet plan decides to desert us in the most inopportune of moments.
Thankfully, U Mobile is at it again. The telco has announced the new Unlimited HERO P99 Postpaid plan, the telco’s answer to data-hungry Malaysians. This time around, U Mobile isn’t messing around: this is the ultimate unlimitedpostpaid plan, offering unlimited calls and unlimited data – with no speed caps.
No Speed Caps

U Mobile is aiming to eradicate the evil days when consumers constantly worry about data quotas as they reach the end of their billing cycle. With the new U Mobile Unlimited HERO P99 Postpaid plan, subscribers never need to even think about using their data even for the most minuscule of tasks.
For the first time, U Mobile is also offering an unlimited data plan with no speed caps. It is certainly a show of confidence from U Mobile, which has been investing heavily into its 4G network infrastructure aggressively in the last few years.
Unlimited Data, Unlimited Potential
With a true unlimited data plan, U Mobile Unlimited HERO P99 Postpaid subscribers can do anything online, even when on the move. Whether it is productivity related, such as online banking, emails, loading reports, or killing time during leisure hours on Facebook, Instagram, streaming Taylor Swift’s new album on Spotify, Joox, or Apple Music, to even streaming your favourite series or videos on YouTube. Subscribers can rest easy knowing that the Unlimited Hero P78 is looking out for their needs. They never have to fear about running out of data, ever.
Unlimited Calls, Unlimited Connections
On top of unlimited data, the U Mobile Unlimited HERO P99 Postpaid plan also lets you help others in need of internet access. Subscribers get 30GB of data for sharing via mobile hotspot, while the principal line can even add up to three supplementary lines for just RM20 per line with the Share 20 feature.
Plus, those who frequently travel will also enjoy Roam-ONZTM, which offers free data for roaming in 12 destinations such as Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and many more.

It is also easy to forget that not even 5 years ago, all Malaysians are still paying for calls on their mobile phones. Despite the rise of mobile internet, there are still a large amount of Malaysians still relying on voice calls.
Once again, the U Mobile Unlimited HERO P99 Postpaid plan comes to the rescue. The Call-ONZTM feature offers unlimited free voice calls to all networks, long-distance lovers and even older folk not used to current technology will never need to worry about racking up huge phone bills for all those outstation calls.
The Postpaid Plan Malaysians Deserve
The U Mobile Unlimited HERO P99 Postpaid plan is definitely the plan Malaysians deserve, and the one it needs right now. No other telco has offered a true unlimited everything plan so far, and U Mobile has once again thrown the gauntlet for others to follow.
Check out the official product page for more details.
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Biostar Unveils S150 Series Value SSD

Biostar has announced a new addition to its SSD family. Dubbed as S150 series SSDs, Biostar’s newest lineup of SSDs will not only bring better value for money, but also come with higher performance compared to their predecessors. Currently, S150 series SSD only contains one storage variant: 120GB.
According to sources, Biostar’s S150 series SSDs are introduced as a “replacement” for the company’s older S100 series SSDs. SSDs under the S150 family will, as expected, feature higher read and write speeds (sequential) along with a slimmer body (6.8mm). To be more specific, Biostar has claimed that its 120GB S150 SSD is capable of transfer speeds of up to 500MBps.

Speaking of which, when it comes to design, the Biostar 120GB S150 series SSD comes in an all black chassis… and that’s it really. Then again, it’s worth remembering that SSDs do, most of the time, feature rather uninspiring designs; which isn’t necessarily bad. That aside, other key details like the type of NAND flash used and 4K random transfer speeds were not mentioned by Biostar.
Likewise, local pricing and date of availability was not stated either. It’s not known whether Biostar will be bringing its S150 SSDs to Malaysia.
(Source: TechPowerUp)
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Gigabyte Debuts Radeon RX Vega WindForce 2X Graphics Card

Remember a few months ago when Gigabyte said that it’s not planning to release any custom RX Vega graphics cards? Well, it looks like the company changed its mind. Just recently, Gigabyte has debuted its custom RX Vega 64 WindForce 2X and RX Vega 56 WindForce 2X graphics cards.
When it comes to design, both the RX Vega 64 WindForce 2X and RX Vega 56 WindForce 2X are identical to one another. They come with an all black cooler shroud, which has a few hints of “Gigabyte orange” accents. In addition, the cooler shroud is also home to two 100mm open-air cooling fans. Being high-end graphics cards, both of Gigabyte’s newest custom RX Vega cards are also fitted with a backplate.
When it comes to specifications, both the RX Vega 64 WindForce 2X and RX Vega 56 WindForce 2X come with overclocked frequencies out of the box (slightly higher than Radeon’s stock clock speeds). That said, memory clock speeds of both graphics cards are kept standard. Those aside, these graphics cards are also equipped with three DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 port each.
Gigabyte has, unfortunately, not mentioned the local date of availability and pricing of both the RX Vega 64 WindForce 2X and RX Vega 56 WindForce 2X graphics cards. That said, we do expect Gigabyte to announce the aforementioned details soon – if the company decides to bring these graphics cards to Malaysia that is.
(Source: TechPowerUp)
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