Acer Predator Triton 700 Is Coming To Malaysia

In conjunction with the launch of Acer Day in Malaysia, the Taiwanese company today has unveiled several new products for our market for gaming, mainstream, and budget market together. However, its Predator Triton 700 didn’t join the list today but nevertheless, the beastly gaming laptop is on its way to Malaysia anyway.
This was confirmed by Chan Weng Hong, the General Manager for Products, Sales, and Marketing of Acer Malaysia on stage during the launch event. That being said, the specific release date for Predator Triton 700 in Malaysia was not revealed.

For those who are not familiar with the gaming laptop, the Predator Triton 700 promises high performance experience despite having a thickness of only 18.9mm. First revealed at Acer’s media event in New York few months ago, the gaming laptop is among the first to feature Max-Q version of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.
While its exact specifications are not known yet, the Triton 700 can be obtained with either Intel Core i5 or i7 and able to support up to two NVMe PCIe solid state drive as well as 32GB DDR4-2400 RAM. Not to forget, it also comes with 15.6-inch full HD IPS display, and RGB mechanical keyboard.

We’ll keep you updated once we heard more from Acer Malaysia regarding Triton 700’s arrival in our market. To learn more about the slim and powerful gaming beast, check out our hands-on experience with Predator Triton 700 right here.
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Apple’s Q3 2017 Report Sees First iPad Year-on-Year Sales Growth Since 2013

Apple has just released its financial results for its fiscal 2017 third quarter ended 1 July 2017, and it looks like the company has been doing pretty well, especially for iPad sales. Sales for iPad in this quarter has grown about 15% year-on-year, the first year-on-year growth since 2013.
In Q3, 2017, Apple sold a total of 11.42 million units of iPad, an impressive number compared to 8.9 million units the last quarter, and 9.95 million units in the same quarter last year; that is an increase of 28% and 15% respectively. While the number isn’t as impressive as its Q1 2017 financial report, which sold 13 million iPad, this is the best non-holiday quarter sales for the iPad. Earlier this year, Apple launched a new affordable 9.7” iPad starting from RM1,549, which probably helped contribute to the sales.

As for the iPhone, things isn’t going as well as the iPad. Apple sold about 41 million units of iPhone in Q3 2017, down by 19% compared to the last quarter. This isn’t a big surprise though, Apple is expected to announce new iPhone next month, including a 10th anniversary iPhone. Apple sold about 40.4 million units of iPhone in 3Q 2016.
Sales for Mac has been a bit flat as well. Apple sold about 4.3 million Mac, a slight increase of 2% compared to last quarter, and an increase of 1% compared to the same quarter last year. As for the sales of other Apple products such as Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, iPod and other Apple-branded accessories, which are all grouped into “Other Products”, Apple reported revenue of US$2.74 billion, a slight decline of 5% compared to last quarter, but an increase of 23% year on year.
Finally, Apple’s Q3 2017 financial report sets an all-time quarterly record for services revenue at US$7.27 billion. That is an increase of 3% compared to Q2 2017, and an increase of 22% year-on-year. Overall, Apple posted a quarterly revenue of US$45.4 billion, compared to a revenue of US$42.4 in the same quarter last year.
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“With revenue up 7 percent year-over-year, we’re happy to report our third consecutive quarter of accelerating growth and an all-time quarterly record for Services revenue. We hosted an incredibly successful Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and we’re very excited about the advances in iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS coming this fall.” – Tim Cook, CEO of Apple.
Check out Apple for its full financial report for Q3 2017.
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Bitcoin Splits In Two; Say Hello To Bitcoin Cash

The world’s most popular cryptocurrency has split in two. Bitcoin Cash, a hard fork from normal Bitcoin, has been introduced to combat high transaction fees and manage problems with Bitcoin size limits.
What this means for more Bitcoin owners is that digital wallets will be supporting one of the two currencies. This presents a choice for owners to decide on whether they want to stick with that digital wallet or move their funds to a different service that supports their preferred cryptocurrency.
Bitcoin owners who hold their own private keys are free to adopt the new forked currency on their own.
The price of Bitcoin dipped by four percent after the fork and currently stands at $2754 (about RM11800). Bitcoin Cash, on the other hand, is currently priced at $436 (about RM1870).
All cryptocurrencies run the risk of this kind of fork as the size of each block rises. Some currencies have larger blocks to alleviate this problem, but it will come around at some point as more currency enters circulation. Bitcoin simply reached the limit first, although that may have something to do with the relatively small 1MB block size.
Chances are that this fork won’t affect Bitcoin that much, but it does muddle things by introducing yet another cryptocurrency into the market.
[Source: The Verge]
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Facebook Is Building A Tablet For Video Calls

Facebook is working on its first proper hardware and it happens to be a tablet centered on video calls. The device is being built at the company’s Building 8 lab, where it has been experimenting with the idea of putting out consumer hardware.
A report from Bloomberg believes that the tablet has a display about the size of the laptop. It’s meant to represent a new category of product, making it very different from anything else on the market today. That said, the description makes it sound very much like something science fiction writers dreamed up in the 1980s.
Facebook was also supposedly working on a smartspeaker, although the status of that plan is currently unknown. The intent was to be able to sell a low cost device that could undercut the competition. An explosion of similar devices onto the market has put Facebook’s product in limbo, and the company may ditch the device entirely.
In any case, Facebook has been hiring former Apple engineers to help build a Siri-like voice assistant. It’s uncertain as to how far along this is going, but Bloomberg has reported that prototypes of the video call tablet are already being tested in homes.
Hardware is not something new to Facebook. The company already owns Oculus, which sells the Rift VR headset. While the device wasn’t exactly built under Facebook’s supervision, it signaled a wider goal of building physical products to get people locked into the eco-system.
[Source: Bloomberg]
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Mac City Merdeka Promotion Offers iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus From RM2,999

In conjunction with the 60th Merdeka celebration this month, Mac City is offering the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with cash rebate of up to RM300. On top of that, they are also offering a complimentary powerbank worth RM99 as part of this Merdeka promotion.
This promotion is available right now at Mac City outlets and online store, and is available for Malaysians only. While Mac City did not specify any end date for the promotion, it is only available while stocks lasts, so if you are looking to get a brand new iPhone 7, you know where to go. Just in case you are wondering, yes, the promotion is also available for the latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (Product) RED versions.

The deal we shared last week is also part of Mac City’s Merdeka promotion. Get an iPad Pro from RM2,398, and iPad mini 3 at RM1,799, Apple Watch from RM1,399, iMac from RM4,399, or selected MacBook from as low as RM3,699.
If you wish to purchase any of these products, head on to Mac City’s online store and start shopping now. If you would rather purchase these devices in person, here’s a list of Mac City outlets.
Check out Mac City’s Facebook page for more information.
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Lenovo Legion Targets Gaming Community in Malaysia

Lenovo Malaysia is slowly but surely making its presence felt with the local gaming scene. Using its gaming sub-brand Legion, the company has begun making inroads with its brand presence in the local gaming community.
As esports gains greater momentum among youths, Lenovo is looking to tap not only into a potentially lucrative market – and an important space to showcase the performance of its products. Few may now remember Lenovo’s accidental popularity among budget-conscious gamers with the IdeaPad Y series from over half a decade ago, and the company aims to get the same appeal with a new generation of gamers with the Legion sub-brand.
For starters, the company already has several gaming laptops that strike a good balance between price and performance. The Legion Y520 and Y720 gaming laptops both feature mid-range Nvidia GPUs at prices that would not break a college student’s bank. They also come in various configurations, with additional RAM and the optional SSD storage, so those who want more out of the laptops can opt for these.

This is in line with Lenovo’s recent change in internal philosophy, from a product-centric approach to a customer-centric one. It means the company will focus into what the consumer would want to have in a product, which naturally results in greater user satisfaction.
Beyond that, Lenovo Malaysia is also taking big strides to associate itself with the local esports community. It was the Platinum Sponsor of ESL One Genting back in January this year, and the company also announced that it will be a Gold Sponsor of the upcoming Garena TLC 2017 as part of the Selangor Cyber Games. Legion gaming laptops and desktops will feature prominently at this event, with both players and attendees able to get up close and personal with the devices.

Lastly, the company is also looking to sponsor a professional gaming team for even more brand exposure. But perhaps the most exciting thing would be the fact that Lenovo will use the upcoming Gamescom 2017 conference to announce brand new Legion products to the world.
With so many companies duking it out in the gaming scene, it leaves Malaysians spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing their weapons of choice. And, budding talents in the country also stand to benefit greatly from the amateur tournaments which are supported by brands such as Lenovo.
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Social Media Marketing Agency PersonEdge Announces Expansion into Vietnam

PersonEDGE, one of Malaysia’s leading players in social media marketing, has announced that the company has been granted a license for its planned expansion into Vietnam. The company expects to be operational as early as September 2017.
Pioneered and focused on strategic planning, managing and executing highly effective social media marketing plans for international and local brands, PersonEDGE has successfully made its presence known as one of the top social marketing agencies in Malaysia with major clients to boast such as SK II, Asus, Nivea, Dior, and other well-known global brands.
Choo Mei Sze, founder of PersonEDGE, said that expanding their network to Vietnam is a highly strategic move, as the market in Vietnam is seen as one of the emerging markets in Asia with a rapidly increasing mobile penetration rate for the past 5 years.
“Our expansion into Vietnam marks a milestone moment in the growth of PersonEDGE, as we introduce our sophisticated services to new audiences,” said Choo Mei Sze, founder of PersonEDGE.
“With digital media growing at a significant rate in the country, and the increasing use of mobile devices particularly among the younger generation, expanding to Vietnam is a sound decision as the focus now is more on digital-driven campaigns, combining both online and social media formats,” she added.
PersonEDGE’s expansion will be led by strategist Shirley Wong, to manage the Vietnam office including the hiring of more than 10 new positions in account servicing, content, business development, and corporate partnership roles. The company strongly believes that by expanding to Vietnam, Malaysian or international brands (currently collaborating with Malaysian businesses) can further build their network presence and penetrate the growing market in Vietnam.
“As an independent and fast-growing company, we are committed to grow alongside our customers and partners to help them gain a strong footing in an ever-changing and competitive landscape,” Mei Sze concluded.
For more information on PersonEdge, visit http://www.personedge.com/
Lowyat MSC is a strategic partner of PersonEDGE.
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Lyft Partners With Disney to provide Minnie Vans in Disney World

Lyft, the ride-sharing technology company which is also a fierce rival to Uber in the US has partnered with Disney in a collaboration which will bring ride-sharing services to guests of Walt Disney World Resorts. Guests at selected resorts can now open the Lyft app to get a fast ride service called the Minnie Van within the resort.
If you wondering why the service is called Minnie Van, this is due to the Chevrolet vehicles that it uses which have been done up to look like the iconic red polka dot design on Minnie Mouse’s dress. Each of these new Minnie Vans are able to accommodate up to 6 guests at a time.

Lyft also noted that Minnie Van will be driven by Disney cast members within these resorts although we are not sure whether they are general staff or performers since both type of personnel in Disney’s parks are being called using the same terminology.Meanwhile, Minnie Van is still in the pilot stage though and will be offered to guests of Disney’s BoardWalk Resort as well as Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts.

Lyft has been growing their user base as their competitor, Uber, faces trouble in the US and throughout the world. Recently, Lyft has partnered with Taco Bell as well to allow users to add a stop at a Taco Bell between their pickup point and destination as well. Not a bad feature to have, indeed.
(Source: Lyft)
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You Can Now Report LRT, MRT and Monorail Vandalism Through WhatsApp

Rapid KL has announced that users are now able to report directly to the company regarding their experiences when using any of its rail services including LRT, MRT, and KL Monorail. This can done through WhatsApp as the company has set aside a specific number for the popular instant messaging platform.
By experiences, Rapid KL is pretty much looking for all kind of feedbacks regardless of positive or negative which will be used to help the company improve its services. In fact, Rapid KL even encourages users to include photos whenever they send feedbacks to the company.

At the same time, users can even utilize WhatsApp to report any misconduct and vandalism that happened to any of its rail services. This comes as no surprise given how it was widely reported that the second phase of MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang line has been vandalized barely a week after it was opened to users.
Meanwhile, the company has also planned to include Rapid KL buses if its WhatsApp-based feedback channel receives good response from users. All in all, it is clear that Rapid KL is putting some effort into improving its services and willing to work with members of the public towards its objective.
(Source: Rapid KL)
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Ex-Google Exec Claims Android is “a Few Years Behind” the iPhone Camera

Smartphone photography is fast becoming a warzone for fanboys. While most enthusiasts have long fought hard in the Canon vs Nikon vs Sony space, the advancements in mobile photography is giving rise to the debate whether the iPhone still has the best camera.
An ex-Google SVP for engineering, Vic Gundotra, poked the hornet’s nest again via a post on his Facebook page. Gundotra, who was in Google for seven years and is widely believed to be the man behind Google+, posted two photos shot with the iPhone 7 Plus, praising the camera’s computational photography and hailing “the end of the DSLR”.

It didn’t take long for the comments to flood in. Responding to comments claiming that Android phones like the Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8 is capable of better performance, Gundotra replies:
Here is the problem: It’s Android. Android is an open source (mostly) operating system that has to be neutral to all parties. This sounds good until you get into the details. Ever wonder why a Samsung phone has a confused and bewildering array of photo options? Should I use the Samsung Camera? Or the Android Camera? Samsung gallery or Google Photos?
It’s because when Samsung innovates with the underlying hardware (like a better camera) they have to convince Google to allow that innovation to be surfaced to other applications via the appropriate API. That can take YEARS.
Also the greatest innovation isn’t even happening at the hardware level – it’s happening at the computational photography level. (Google was crushing this 5 years ago – they had had “auto awesome” that used AI techniques to automatically remove wrinkles, whiten teeth, add vignetting, etc… but recently Google has fallen back).
Apple doesn’t have all these constraints. They innovate in the underlying hardware, and just simply update the software with their latest innovations (like portrait mode) and ship it.
Bottom line: If you truly care about great photography, you own an iPhone. If you don’t mind being a few years behind, buy an Android.
Some parts of his comment are inaccurate. For example, all Android smartphones ship with only one camera app (even if there may be Google Photos on top of a dedicated Gallery app – though that in no way affects image quality). And, as mentioned by Extreme Tech, all Android OEMs manage their own image processing algorithms (for obvious reasons – the smartphone camera is a key differentiating factor for Android devices).
In addition, Google’s computational photography efforts are clearly seen in the Pixel smartphone’s HDR+ mode, which has been positively reviewed globally. Gundotra is right that innovation is taking place via software – but a good camera sensor is just as important.

On the other hand, Gundotra does have a point. Apple’s tight vertical integration of its hardware and software means there is less hassle to ship a new feature than an Android OEM.
That said, innovations in computational photography on all major smartphone makers are yielding greater smartphone cameras, Android or not. Both Samsung and Google have improved dramatically over the years, and Apple’s position as the best smartphone camera no longer holds true – the truth is, there isn’t any single “best” smartphone camera right now.
(Source: Vic Gundotra (Facebook) via 9to5Mac)
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