Audi’s Vision of Autonomous Driving

When it comes to autonomous cars, Audi has had a vision more than 13 years ago. If you can recall, a movie called iRobot starring Will Smith already featured an Audi which drove autonomously normally but still allowed a driver to override the system. In the movie, what transpired was that Will Smith totally screwed up because in a world of fully autonomous vehicles, you don’t really need a speed limit because the robots would probably control everything as quickly and efficient.
13 years later, Audi showcases the Aicon because in today’s age, the idea of autonomous cars are getting closer to reality. Not iRobot reality but something a little closer. We all need to start somewhere. Enter the Audi Aicon. It is Audi’s four-door design of an autonomous Audi and this time it doesn’t have a steering wheel or pedals. Take that Will Smith.

Indeed the future looks autonomous and electric and that is what Audi portrays with the Aicon. The Audi Aicon exploits every possibility offered by an autonomous luxury sedan of the future with unprecedented consistency. As a design study, the four-door 2+2 boldly leaps ahead to show the exterior and interior design of the next decades. The technology demonstrator combines innovations relating to the drivetrain, suspension, digitalization, and sustainability in a visionary manner.

If an interior that doesn’t have any steering wheel or pedals means completely control is given to the system. The benefits of that you get extra more space inside but the bad side of it, Audi thinks that the future is one where no one gets the joys and pleasure of driving anymore.
The Aicon is designed to be within the D segment and it is longer than the new Audi A8. Covered completely in glass, it gives passengers a sense of free space internally to feel at ease.

Conventional headlights and lighting units are absent from both the front and rear of this car. Instead there are fully digital display surfaces comprising hundreds of triangular pixel segments. They are three-dimensional recreations of the Audi AI symbol.

The Audi Aicon features opposed doors that open to the front and rear. There is no B-pillar. The entire breadth of the interior is thus exposed to the passengers as they get in the car. In the interior, the lines of the decorative surfaces and functional elements are markedly horizontal. Becoming lighter from bottom to top, the interior reinforces the impression of unique spaciousness, and the lack of a steering wheel and a classic dashboard creates a sense of openness and expanse.

There are multiple input modes available for engaging with the car. Besides the haptic-manual layer, there are also voice control and eye tracking, in which sensors in the front end of the interior track where the passenger is looking. The passenger locks his onto a control element in the area of the front main display to select it and performs fine adjustments using his hand or voice.

Powering the car are 4 electric motors producing 350hp and 550Nm of torque. Range is targeted to be 700-800km on a single battery charge. With 4 electric motors, the car has variable quattro all-wheel drive. This is Audi’s vision of a Level 5 autonomous car.

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A Reference To Webe Prepaid Plan Appears On The Telco’s Website

As mentioned yesterday, Webe is not going anywhere despite having its name being represented as Unifi starting from today onwards. Not only that its existing service will continue to run and be made available to consumers, it seems that Webe might be launching its own prepaid plan very soon.
This is because we have noticed a reference to Webe prepaid plan on the telco’s official website:

Originally, we noticed the reference through a Google search result. After some trial and error, we managed to trigger this error notice by trying to add the telco’s standard mobile SIM card together with its data-only broadband SIM card into the same shopping cart.
Meanwhile, it is not exactly a secret that Webe will be launching prepaid plans as it has been mentioned by its parent company TM during several occasions including during its Q1 2017 financial announcement earlier this year. Hence, it is only a matter of time before we see the roll out Webe prepaid plans into the market.
The question is…how soon? Guess we’ll find out in a not too distant future.
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Confirmed: Xiaomi Mi A1 Is Officially Priced At RM 1,099 In Malaysia

After much speculations, the official price for the new Xiaomi Mi A1 has finally been revealed. This revelation took place right at Xiaomi’s official store on Lazada Malaysia even though the price tag was originally supposed to be unveiled only at midnight.
Just like what many have expected and leaked by some retailers much earlier, the official price tag for Xiaomi Mi A1 in Malaysia is RM 1,099. In terms of color choices, customers in Malaysia will be able to obtain the new smartphone in black and gold colorway.

However, you still not able to place their order through the Mi Store in Lazada Malaysia at the moment. Hence, you might want to come back to store at midnight or throughout the next few days to do just that.
At the same time, don’t forget to check out first impression on the new Xiaomi Mi A1 which is the company’s first ever Android One smartphone right here.
(Source: Mi Store @ Lazada Malaysia. Thanks to Shaun A. Pillai for the tips!)
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Xiaomi Mi A1 Price Is RM 1,099 According To A Major Retailer

Ever since the smartphone was launched in New Delhi last week, the pricing of Xiaomi Mi A1 for Malaysia has been subjected to speculation. While Xiaomi Malaysia has confirmed that the price of Mi A1 will only be officially revealed when the phone is made available for pre-order tonight, it doesn’t stop certain retailers from putting their own price tag online.
Since such listings have been popping up in a great number especially after Xiaomi Malaysia announced the pre-order program, it is hard to pinpoint which of them that actually have the correct price tag. However, when a major retailer such as Thunder Match put this sponsored listing on Facebook, it is hard to ignore anymore:

Thunder Match has also did similar engagement through Instagram:

This is certainly not the first time we saw such pricing for Xiaomi Mi A1 although the first listing with RM 1,099 price tag that we discovered on Lazada Malaysia was removed not long after our previous report was published.
Whether this price tag is real or not, we don’t think it matters anymore especially now that we are just few hours away before Xiaomi officially opens the Mi A1 pre-order in Malaysia. We are quite sure that you will be given ample amount of time to decide whether the official price tag for Mi A1 is worth your consideration or otherwise.
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Apple: Face ID Did Not Fail During The iPhone X Live Demo

Most of our beloved readers may have already known of the recent “incident” when Face ID failed to function properly during Apple’s September 2017 keynote. This so-called Face ID “failure” apparently led to a temporary decline in Apple’s market value and it sparked a wave of criticism from consumers and members of the media regarding the reliability of the “new” technology. Well, Apple has something to say about that.
According to Apple, the Face ID technology on the iPhone X worked as it should during the live demo. The reason why Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, wasn’t able to unlock the phone during the keynote was because of “mishandling” of the demo iPhone X device by Apple employees.

Craig Federighi, in an email to Mac Rumours, stated that the Face ID lockout mechanism was caused by “several interactions by other people.” Apple employees who were responsible for handling the demo iPhone X ahead of time didn’t realise that Face ID was trying to authenticate their face.
The only face that could’ve unlock the live demo iPhone X was Craig Federighi. Of course, after numerous failed attempts, Face ID did what it was supposed to do: initiate a lockout mechanism, which now requires a passcode to unlock the phone. Knowing this, it’s safe to say that the mishap during Apple’s iPhone X live demo wasn’t the fault of Face ID after all.

That aside, Craig Federighi also added that Face ID will work with most sunglasses as well. This is because the sensors responsible for Face ID authentication will be able to emit enough IR light through most sunglasses to be able to “see” one’s eyes – even when the glasses appear to be non-transparent.
Another important question was also raised by folks at Mac Rumours: what’s to stop a thief from stealing one’s iPhone X and unlocking it by pointing the phone at the owners face? Craig stated that Face ID comes with two safety mechanisms: it won’t unlock if you close your eyes and it will be temporarily disabled when one grips the buttons on both sides of the phone (before handing it over).

Regardless, it’s still way too early to tell whether Apple’s Face ID will work properly in the hands of actual consumers – since the iPhone X isn’t due for release until November. That said, no matter how you look at it, the Face ID live demo incident was – and will forever remain to be – an awkward situation for Apple nonetheless.
(Source: Mac Rumours)
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[Leak] GoPro Hero 6 Black Coming Soon; 4K 60FPS Video Recording In-Bound

A photo of the upcoming GoPro Hero 6 Black was recently leaked online and hints at something for high frame-rate junkies. The alleged packaging of the action cam states that the upcoming camera will have 4K 60fps recording at last.
Photos will still be shot with the 12-megapixel camera, while the GoPro Hero 5’s 10-metre diving limit without an underwater housing has also been retained. For now, the only difference that can be seen in the leak is the bump to 4K 60fps video recording. The current Hero 5 is already capable of 4K video, but only caps at 30fps.
This will not be the first action camera to record at 4K 60fps – that is the previously launched Yi 4K+ camera. For those who are in the GoPro ecosystem however, this sounds like a good upgrade for those looking to break into the vaunted 60fps mark. Despite most people still watching movies in 24fps for the “cinematic” experience.
There’s no telling how much the GoPro Hero 6 will be priced, especially since this is a very basic leak. GoPro itself has provided no indication about its plans for the upcoming action camera.
(Source: DPReview )
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Rumour: Nvidia May Debut GTX 1070 Ti This Year

Rumour has it that folks at Nvidia is planning to release a “new” graphics card this year. Several sources have mentioned that the graphics card may likely be a refresh to Nvidia’s GTX 1070 – and that it may be called the GTX 1070 Ti. Prior to this, the green company had released improved versions of its GTX 1080 and GTX 1060 graphics cards earlier this year.
An image was apparently leaked online, by a Baidu forum user, regarding the existence of the Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti graphics card. The leaked picture includes a component list of an unspecified PC which is equipped with an Asus GTX 1070 Ti Strix O8G graphics card. This leak is rather interesting because it’s rare that we get to see custom graphics card being manufactured earlier than a reference Nvidia graphics card.

Then again, the GTX 1070 Ti is – allegedly – a refresh after all, so it makes sense for Nvidia to allow its AIB partners to come out with custom designs first. Speaking of which, the existence of the GTX 1070 Ti graphics card may seem like a logical step from Nvidia. This is because the GTX 1070 is currently being matched / beaten by the Radeon RX Vega 56, so it put pressure on Nvidia to come up with a product to compete with Radeon to boost its dominance at this market segment.
It has to be said, however, that rumours similar to this actually came out a few years ago too, regarding the GTX 970 Ti. That graphics card did not materialise, of course. Knowing this, we do advice our beloved readers to take this rumour with a pinch of salt – at least until Nvidia makes an official announcement.
(Source: Baidu via VideoCardz, TechPowerUp)
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Huawei nova 2i Launch To Take Place On 26 Sept: The Smartphone With Four Cameras

Huawei has announced that the company will be launching its upcoming nova2i smartphone very soon in Malaysia. This was done through a media invite that it has just sent to members of the media moments ago.
Scheduled to take place on 26 September, the media invite also confirmed that the smartphone will indeed comes with four cameras. Specifically, it will feature two camera on the front and another on the back.
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Moto X4 Likely Making Its Way Into Malaysia

Unveiled just a couple of weeks ago at IFA 2017, the Moto X4 is a rather interesting mid-range smartphone from Motorola. Not only does it mark the revival of the company’s Moto X lineup, it boasts several neat features too.
While going through SIRIM’s database, we notice that Lenovo registered a device with the model number “XT1900-2” on 8 September. A quick search on Google revealed that this is in fact the new Moto X4.

Unlike Motorola’s flagship Z2 smartphones, the Moto X4 comes with an IP68-rated body, giving it dust and water resistance. Aside from that, the Moto X4 also features a pretty sleek-looking glass and metal design; we’re quite a fan of the phone’s shimmery glass back.
Other specifications of the Moto X4, on the other hand, are decidedly mid-range. It has a 5.2-inch 1080p LTPS IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 3,000mAh battery, as well as Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.
In the camera department, the Moto X4 packs a dual-camera system on the back: the 12MP primary camera is paired with an 8MP wide-angle shooter, which isn’t too different from the dual-camera systems of the LG G6 and LG V30. The front-facing camera, on the other hand, is a 16MP snapper.

At the moment, we have yet to receive any official information from Motorola Malaysia on the local availability of the Moto X4. Seeing how the device have already been registered with SIRIM, we imagine it’s only a matter of time before the X4 is launched here.
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Nokia 2 Leaked Online; 4000mAh Battery And Snapdragon 212 Headlines Spec Sheet

A new Nokia Android smartphone is in the works, at least that’s the case if the rumours are true. The Nokia 2 is set to be a new entry-level smartphone featuring a large 4000mAh battery for long use times.
Based on a photo shared by @evleaks, the Nokia 2 will not have soft-keys on the body. Instead it will be relying on on-screen keys instead. It will share similar design ideas with the previously released Nokia 3, and with similar plastic build as well.
What sets this model apart from the rest is the rumoured battery capacity. With 4000mAh on tap, the phone should be able to last a long period of time in between charges. The Nokia 2 is expected to have a 5-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 212 processor; hardware that will likely go towards saving on battery usages as well.
There’s no hint what-so-ever for the camera on the front and the back – we may see it share the same 8-megapixel camera from the Nokia 3 as a cost-saving measure.
It will be coming in either black or white, but no release timetable has been shared thus far by HMD. Pricing wise the phone could be cheaper than the Nokia 3, which retails for RM 599 locally – we will have to wait and see if this rings true.
(Source: @eveleaks via PhoneArena)

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