Neffos X1 Lite Is Coming To Malaysia This Month

Since entering our market last year, Neffos which is the smartphone division of TP-Link has released quite a number of devices in Malaysia. Soon, it will be launching yet another smartphone for Malaysia in the form of X1 Lite according to a press invite that has landed in our inbox recently.
At a glance, X1 Lite looks quite identical to the X1 which was released in Malaysia around 7 months ago. In fact, the X1 Lite carries a 5-inch HD display, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB internal just like the X1. Not only that, the X1 Lite is also equipped with 13-megapixels PDAF rear camera and 5-megapixels front camera.
The previously released Neffos X1.
So, the main factor that actually differentiate both smartphones is their processor. Specifically, the X1 Lite is equipped with MediaTek MT6750 while X1 carries the high-end MediaTek Helio P10. Additionally, the X1 Lite also carries a slightly larger battery at 2550mAh.
At this moment, Neffos has yet to unveiled the pricing of X1 Lite in Malaysia. So, stay tuned for its launch event which is scheduled to take place on 25 July.
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Tune Talk Introduces New +Vibe Plans

Tune Talk recently introduced new +Vibe online exclusive data plans. The +Vibe plans starts from as low as RM15 for 2GB a month with +Vibe 15, all the way to RM50 a month for up to 13GB and unlimited on-net calls. These new plans are definitely more attractive compared to its existing Datatata plans that offer up to 8GB a month for RM48.
There are three +Vibe data plans from Tune Talk. The most affordable is +Vibe 15 that comes with 2GB of data a month and RM5 airtime credit all for only RM15 a month. The +Vibe 30 plan costs RM30 a month, and offers 4GB + 2GB of data each month, along with RM5 airtime credit. The most expensive option is +Vibe 50, which offers 8GB + 5GB of data, RM5 airtime credit, and unlimited calls to Tune Talk numbers for RM50 a month.

These plans are for all existing and new Tune Talk subscribers excluding Tone Excel and Felda Mobile subscribers. They are available for online purchases only, which means that you must log onto your Tune Talk account on www.tunetalk.com/+vibe and purchase it there. The new +Vibe plans will be auto renewed upon validity expiry, so if you wish to unsubscribe, you may do so by sending “DP15 STOP”, “DP30 STOP”, or “DP50 STOP” to 2222 depending on the plan you are subscribed to. To check the status, you may send “DP15 STATUS”, “DP30 STATUS”, or “DP50 STATUS” to 2222; Every SMS sent costs RM0.10.
Do note that you may only subscribe to one +Vibe plan at any one time. If you subscribe again, the new plan will supersede your current plan, and any unused quota will be forfeited. If you stop your subscription, your unused data will be forfeited too.
Check out Tune Talk now to find out more about its latest +Vibe Plans.
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Local Startup GetDoc Wants To Bring Electronic Payments To Clinics

GetDoc, a local startup specialising in the health industry, is looking to bring electronic payments to clinics. From this comes GetDocPay, an app that functions in a manner similar to AliPay or SamsungPay. The main difference is that it works even if the clinic doesn’t have a credit card terminal.
The app itself is vaguely familiar. Users link a credit or debit card for payment, and all transactions are handled from the app. There’s no NFC contactless payment here, since it appears to assume that clinics aren’t going to be in a hurry to upgrade their systems.
Behind the system is a rather reasonable premise. People who go to clinics are not likely to be in the right frame of mind, and may not have had time to head to an ATM to ensure they have enough money for the medication. On the other hand, they will probably have their smartphone on them.

At the moment, GetDoc has partnered with 100 clinics across the Klang Valley to deploy the system. There should be a notice that GetDocPay is accepted in these participating clinics, and people should be on the lookout for them.
It’s easy to see the value proposition that GetDocPay brings to the table. It’s a convenient way of ensuring that the public always has enough money available to pay for treatment. However, people don’t fall sick all that often and the app may end up forgotten between clinic visits. We suppose it would be useful for parents with kids. Seeing that children fall sick a lot.
The GetDoc app is available on both Android and iOS.
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The New Surface Pro Now Available For Pre-Order In Malaysia: Starts At RM 3,699

It has come to our attention that Microsoft has officially opens the pre-order for its new Surface Pro in Malaysia. This took place two months after the tablet made its world debut and subsequently appeared on Microsoft Malaysia’s website.
Available through the company’s official online store on Lazada Malaysia, the price for the tablet starts at RM 3,699 for a stand-alone unit while Signature Type Cover bundle starts at RM 4,368. At the same time, Microsoft Malaysia is also taking pre-order for stand-alone Signature Type Cover as well as the equally new Surface Pen and Surface Arc Mouse.

Here is the break-down of the pricing as listed by Lazada Malaysia:
2017 Surface Pro with Core m3, 128GB, 4GB RAM: RM 3,699 (stand-alone) // RM 4,368 (Type Cover bundle)2017 Surface Pro with Core i5, 128GB, 4GB RAM: RM 4,499 // RM 5,1682017 Surface Pro with Core i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM: RM 5,899 // RM 6,5682017 Surface Pro with Core i7, 256GB, 8GB RAM: RM 7,199 // RM 7,8682017 Surface Pro with Core i7, 512GB, 16GB RAM: RM 9,999 // RM 10,668
2017 Surface Pro Signature Type Cover: RM 6692017 Surface Pen: RM 299
The listings on Lazada Malaysia also stated the new Surface Pro as well as its related accessories will be shipped to customers starting from 17 August 2017. At this moment, Microsoft has yet to make any official announcement regarding the listings above but given that they appeared on it official Lazada store, we are not doubting their authenticity.
(Source: Lazada Malaysia)
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Kingdom Hearts III Now Includes Toy Story; Heading For A 2018 Release

Disney released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III at the D23 conference over the weekend. Fans will be able to look forward to a Toy Story world to adventure in when the game exits purgatory; which is apparently next year.
The release of Kingdom Hearts III has been as much of a joke as Half Life 3, seeing that the game was teased back in 2013. Development supposedly began as far back as 2006, shortly after the release of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix.
In the mean time, fans have been treated to releases like Kingdom Hearts 1.5, Kingdom Hearts 2.5, and Kingdom Hearts 2.8.
Of course, having a new trailer is no guarantee that the game will meet its 2018 deadline. After all, it hasn’t seen the light of day despite having multiple trailers. As far as we can tell, Square Enix is taking the Blizzard route with the franchise and the game will be done when it’s done.
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Indonesia Bans Telegram Due To Security Concerns

Telegram users should take note that Indonesia has banned the instant messaging service. The Indonesian government said that it was concerned that the app was being used to spread “radical and terrorist propaganda” in the country.
It’s no secret that Telegram is preferred messaging apps among muslim extremists. Security officials have said that they believe Telegram was used to plan several terrorist attacks in Indonesia, including two suicide bombing attacks on a bus station in May.
“This has to be done because there are many channels on this service that are full of radical and terrorist propaganda, hatred, ways to make bombs, how to carry out attacks, disturbing images, which are all in conflict with Indonesian law,” the communications ministry said in a statement on its website.
The secure nature of Telegram’s encryption provides extremists with the opportunity to communicate and coordinate without being monitored. Despite this, Telegram has been known to cooperate with law enforcement to shut down lines of communication that have been suspected of spreading terrorist propaganda.
Indonesia is not the first country to block selected instant messaging apps. China has a blanket ban on most instant messaging that it doesn’t control, while Turkey has been implementing temporary bans on all social media for the last year or so.
[Source: Kompas]
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Facebook Quietly Rolls out New GIF Option to its In-App Camera

Facebook has just made it even easier for you to post GIFs on its network. The social networking company recently rolled out a new GIF feature onto its in-app camera, allowing you to quickly make a GIF of your own. Once done, you may be share as a Facebook Story, or as a regular post for your profile.
As with posting other images and videos via Facebook’s in-app camera, you can apply effects, frames, text, and doodle onto the GIF file. The feature should be available right now, for iOS devices at least. When you get the update, simply swipe right on your Facebook app to activate the camera. You will see a new GIF option at the top. To take a GIF, just tap and hold the shutter button.

Sadly though, the GIF file taken with Facebook’s in-app camera will only save as videos, and can’t be shared to other platforms through Facebook. If you would like to post it to Instagram, you may do so by manually saving the video to your device, and sharing it onto other platforms as a video file.
Facebook has definitely been working hard on bringing GIF support onto its platform. Just weeks ago, they started rolling out GIFs in Facebook comments feature to everyone.
(Source: TheNextWeb via: Engadget)
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LG V20 Finally Made Its Way Into Malaysia: Priced At RM 1,999

This particular smartphone was originally unveiled in September 2016 and it was even spotted in SIRIM towards the end of last year. However, it is only now that the official unit of the illusive smartphone – LG V20 – is finally available in Malaysia.
In case you wondering what has LG packed into V20, the smartphone is equipped with 5.7-inch QHD IPS display alongside another 2.1-inch 1040 x 160 display that is located on the top part of the phone. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, the Malaysian unit also carries 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage.

The LG V20 also features a dual camera system on its rear which is equipped with 16-megapixels and 8-megapixels sensors. To further enhance these cameras, LG has also implemented optical image stabilization, PDAF, and laser autofocus into them. There is also another 5-megapixels camera on V20’s front.
Not to forget, it also carries a removable 3,200mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 charger. Of course, audiophiles might love the fact that V20 is equipped with 32-bit hi-fi quad DAC and it is also accompanied by a pair of B&O Play headphones.

Protected by 12-month of official warranty from LG Malaysia, the LG V20 is currently available in silver and titanium at DirectD outlets as well as the LG-oriented Celstar Mobile in Sunway Pyramid for RM 1,999. We expect more stores will carry V20 very soon too, so keep a look around.
(Source: DirectD – 1, 2 / Celstar Mobile)
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Movie Contest: Baby Driver

Yes, his name is Baby and he’s a professional getaway driver. Ansel Elgort plays Baby in Baby Driver and we have 20 pairs of in-season passes for you to catch the movie at any TGV Cinemas nationwide. These in-season tickets allow you to redeem a pair of tickets to Baby Driver any time that is convenient for you. All you have to do to win is to answer our usual four questions and get those creative juices flowing for the tiebreaker.

Written and directed by Edgar Wright, Baby Driver is the story of a young and talented getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the business. Then, Baby meets the girl of his dreams and decides to leave the life of crime and turn over a new leaf. But, things aren’t going to be easy when a doomed heist threatens his life, love, and freedom.

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Samsung Cinema LED Screen Made Its World Debut In Korea: The First Of Its Kind

In case you are wondering whether the headline above referring to a new LED TV line-up, the answer is no. Instead, it is indeed a LED screen that is designed for actual cinemas which according to Samsung as the first of its kind in the world.
Introduced to the world back in March, the Cinema LED Screen that Samsung has installed at Lotte Cinema World Tower in South Korea is 10.3 meters wide. Additionally, the company also stated that the big screen is able to support 4K resolution, HDR contents, and has peak brightness levels of 146fL that apparently almost 10 times more than standard cinema projectors.

Samsung and Lotte Cinema have also choose to pair the LED screen with audio technologies from Samsung’s own subsidiary Harman which inclusive of JBL Sculpted Surround system.
Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether LED screen will be a norm at cinemas in the near future but nevertheless, Samsung is quite confident of its Cinema LED Screen and already looking to have it in 10% of cinemas throughout the world by 2020. Hence, we are certainly interested to see how the whole industry will react to the new approach in delivering contents to cinema-goers.
(Source: Samsung – 1, 2, 3)
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