Honda Sensing Technology Demonstrated on the 2017 Honda CR-V

It’s the next step in the evolution of the automobile, and from a Malaysian perspective, it takes adaptive cruise control to the next level. With the recent launch of the 2017 Honda CR-V in Malaysia, the company has released a video to showcase the Honda Sensing technology present in the car.
As a recap, normal cruise-control just keeps your car travelling at a certain pre-set speed without any intervention on your part except steering. Active cruise control takes it a step further by automatically keeping a safe distance between your car and the one in front, slowing and speeding up on its own.

Honda Sensing is Honda’s suite of advance safety technologies that assists drivers on the road. Active Cruise-Control with Low-Speed Follow (LSF) allows the CR-V to dynamically adjust its speed based on the traffic conditions in front of the car. It can even come to a complete stop and move off again on its own, without any intervention on the driver’s part. Meanwhile, Lane-Keep Assist System (LKAS) makes sure you stay within the lines too.
The company also invited some local automotive journalists to test the features out for themselves on the 2017 Honda CR-V. Here’s what they have to say:

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honor 8 Receives RM300 Price Cut in Malaysia

Quite a number of devices have been discounted over the past couple of months, and now, even the honor 8 is receiving a price cut. Launched back in September last year, the affordable flagship now retails from only RM1,399.
Compare this to the retail prices of the honor 8 at launch: the 32GB model was going for RM1,699, while the more practical 64GB variant retails at RM1,899. Now, the former variant is priced at RM1,399, while the 64GB model is currently listed at RM1,599. Naturally, these new prices are offered by none other than DirectD; they’re original units from Huawei Malaysia, of course.

For that kind of money, the honor 8 offers quite a bit of value for money. It features a 5.2-inch Full HD LTPS display, a HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor paired with 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of expandable storage, and a 3,000mAh battery. It also comes with a sleek “Aurora Glass” back and a rear fingerprint sensor.
In the camera department, the honor 8’s 12MP dual-camera system is very similar to the Huawei P9‘s. One of the two sensors is a conventional RGB one, while the other one is a monochrome sensor. The front-facing camera, on the other hand, is an 8MP shooter.

The honor 8 is now available from RM1,399 on DirectD’s online store. Alternatively, those who are interested can also purchase the honor 8 at these new prices from DirectD’s physical outlets.
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HP Introduces a RM14,000 Workstation VR Backpack with Quadro GPU

While other PC makers are focusing on VR backpacks targeted at gamers, HP is doing something a little different. Just recently, the company unveiled a workstation VR backpack: the Z VR Backpack. Naturally, it comes with hardware commercial users will appreciate.
For one, unlike the HP Omen X Compact Desktop‘s GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, the Z VR Backpack comes with an Nvidia Quadro P5200 GPU. According to HP, this GPU offers twice the frame buffer of the 1080, which will prove be useful for this VR backpack’s target users.

Aside from that, the Z VR Backpack also features an Intel Core i7-7820HQ processor paired with up to 32GB of RAM, storage options ranging from 256GB to 1TB, two USB 3.0 ports, and a dock that turns the backpack into a conventional workstation PC.
As far as design go, the Z VR Backpack is actually very similar to the Omen X Compact Desktop. The difference here, of course, is the fact that the former sports a much more professional solid black colour scheme. This is a stark contrast over the Omen’s more “gamer” black and red design elements.

The HP Z VR Backpack will start shipping to consumers sometime next month in September. As it’s an enterprise-level product, it’s not exactly an affordable VR backpack: the Z VR Backpack is set to retail from a whopping $3,299, which comes up to about RM14,130.
(Source: The Verge, AnandTech)
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Midnight Black Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Leaked [Update: Now With More Leaks]

Samsung is definitely gearing up to announced the Galaxy Note 8 later this month. As such, the mandatory leaked renders have already begun to appear. It should come as no surprise that this information comes from @evleak. Evan Blass is, after all, a favourite source for these unofficial announcements.
The Midnight Black version of the Galaxy Note 8 doesn’t exactly show anything new. We already expected the phone to be a bigger Galaxy S8.

Samsung Galaxy Note8 (in Midnight Black)
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 31, 2017

Visible in the render is the Infinity design display, stretching across a much larger chassis. There’s also the three physical buttons on the side; the Bixby button is presumably standing alone on the right.
We’ll know more when the Galaxy Note 8 is launched on 23 August. For now, just enjoy another early look at what the phone will look like.

Update: Evan Blass has leaked a full render of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. This time it includes two colours and renders of the new S Pen. The leak also clearly shows the rumoured dual rear cameras on the Note 8.

When it rains etc.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 1, 2017

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LG Launches the “Wallpaper” Signature 4K OLED W7 TV in Malaysia; Retails at RM44,999

LG’s very impressive Signature 4K OLED W7 TV has finally been launched in Malaysia. Initially showcased at CES 2017 earlier this year, this extremely thin TV is now available for pre-order locally. As expected, however, the OLED W7 TV is not affordable.
The Signature 4K OLED W7 features what LG dubs “picture-on-wall” design, which is a reference to the wallpaper-like appearance of the TV. After all, the W in its model name really stands for wallpaper, and you can’t put this TV on a stand: it has to be mounted on a wall, and it’s done so with a magnetic mounting system.

LG managed to cut down on the thickness of the OLED W7 thanks to the inherent property of OLED technology. As OLED panels don’t require the same backlighting of conventional LCD TVs, the display can be as thin as possible – in this case, it’s only 3.8mm thin. On top of that, LG also moved the guts of the TV to its Dolby Atmos soundbar; it connects to the TV via a proprietary cable.
Aside from its very sleek design, other specifications of the OLED W7 are also impressive. It supports all four main HDR standards – HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, and Technicolor’s Advanced HDR – offers a 65-inch 4K resolution display, and runs on LG’s WebOS 3.5 smart TV software.

Without a doubt the 65-inch LG Signature 4K OLED W7 TV is very impressive, and it has a price tag to match: it retails at a whopping RM44,999. However, the 4K TV can now be pre-ordered at LG’s ongoing roadshow at Pavilion KL until 6 August for RM39,999, but this is only limited to 10 units. Every pre-order will also come with a complimentary travel voucher worth RM2,000.
Unfortunately, LG currently has no plans to bring in the 77-inch model into Malaysia, although the company mention that it may do so next year. The OLED W7 will start shipping to consumers by the end of this month, and it will also be available for purchase at Harvey Normal outlets then.
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Pos Malaysia Issues Notice Banning Li-Ion Batteries From Air Mail

Pos Malaysia has issued a notice banning Lithium-Ion batteries from all airmail and express mail services (EMS). The ban goes into effect immediately, although it seems a little redundant seeing that batteries have been banned from mail leaving Peninsula Malaysia since 2014.
The notice says that Pos Malaysia is “unable to handle dangerous items in airmail, air parcel, or EMS” due to provisions in the Dangerous Good Regulations set out by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
As such, any device containing lithium based batteries (power banks have been singled out in this instance) will be rejected from the services. All offending items will be returned to the sender.
Some people will likely be affected by this after trying to buy electronics and power banks from overseas. In this case, it is up to the customer to deal with the vendor on the best way to deal with the problem.

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Xiaomi Redmi 4A Gets Price Cut, Now Retails for RM469

Xiaomi Malaysia has announced a minor price cut for its entry-level model, the Redmi 4A. Effective immediately, the device will now retail at RM469 – though a quick search will yield slightly better offers from other retailers.
Launched in Malaysia in mid-March this year, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A features pretty competitive hardware for its price. It has a 5-inch HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot (supports cards up to 128GB), 13MP rear and 5MP front-facing cameras, as well as a 3,120mAh battery.
The new RRP of RM469 represents only a RM40 price drop (though it is still almost a 10% discount), but a quick check on the product on Lazada reveals some other better deals.

For example, this listing for RM449 comes with a 5,000mAh Mi Power Bank, and the same seller also lists the phone only for RM433. Both listings are for local Malaysia sets with 1 year Xiaomi warranty.
In any case, if you prefer to buy from the official Mi Store in Lazada, you can get them in Gold and Grey colourways.
(Source: Xiaomi Malaysia (Facebook))
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Spec your BMW i3 or i8 using Augmented Reality

BMW Asia and ASUS has announced the BMW i Augmented Reality (AR) Visualiser. As the name suggests, this is a mobile app which enables you to spec up BMW i cars in Singapore showrooms using augmented reality.
The application which will be available for download on the Google Play store in Singapore in conjunction with the official launch of the ASUS ZenFone AR later this week. Powered by Tango, Google’s smartphone augmented reality technology which is up against Apple ARKit, BMW customers can explore and pre-configure their choice of the BMW i3 and the i8 anywhere.

The collaboration between BMW and ASUS means that you can download the new app on ASUS’s new ZenFone AR where customers looking to purchase an i car from the premium marque can utilise the latest technology to spec and choose which accessories would suit their taste. Those of you familiar with AR will know that you can create a 3-D image which can be explored interactively via the smart phone. This means you can view the car outside as well as inside in order to take a closer look. From an external visual aspect, you can choose colours and a variety of rims to suit your own taste.
“Our customers are extremely tech savvy and it’s important we transform the way we interact with them, even before they enter our showroom,” said Preeti Gupta, Director of Corporate Affairs, BMW Group Asia. “With the BMW i Visualiser, customers can explore our products in a truly interactive and fun way, making the online-offline experience more compelling. Our vehicles are emotional products and to get that emotional feeling, you really need to experience them.”
“Google’s Tango AR platform demonstrates the exciting visual accuracy and power of Augmented Reality to transform the way we shop in the very near future. The BMW i Visualiser running on powerful smartphones like the ASUS ZenFone AR are a great demonstration of what that future will look like,” said Andrew Chan, Senior PR Manager, ASUS Global.

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ASUS Zenfone 4 To Be Launched On 17 August: To Feature Dual Camera

Even though it was revealed in a rather subtle way, it has come to our attention that ASUS will be unveiling its Zenfone 4 smartphone line-up on 17 August in Taipei. This was confirmed as the company revealed that the famed Korean actor Gong Yoo will become the Zenfone 4’s ambassador in APAC region.
Prior to this confirmation, most reports online stated that the launch event will be taking place on 19 August in Philippines. Hence, it seems that the launch in Philippines might be a local launch event rather than a global press conference.

At the same time, the announcement has also offered the first look at Zenfone 4 as the smartphone is being hold by the company’s new ambassador. While the smartphone’s dual camera system is clearly being shown in the photo, it is likely that this is not ZenFone 4 Max – which was unveiled in Russia recently – given the difference in their designs.
Since the launch event in Taipei will take place in just few short weeks away, we expect more information regarding ZenFone 4 will pop up as we closer to the event. So, stay tuned.
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Google Updates GBoard for iOS with Maps and YouTube Integration

Google has just made it easier for iOS users to share locations and YouTube videos with your friends. The company recently updated its Gboard for iOS keyboard, bringing Maps and YouTube integration.
With the latest version of Gboard for iOS, you no longer have to go through the hassle of copying and pasting links to your conversations. Just tap on the “G” button on the keyboard, and you can get access to both Maps and YouTube, making it easier than ever to share locations and videos in any messaging app.
The next time you plan an outing, or wish to share your location, just tap the G button, then “Maps”. You can either pick your current location, or point to a local address, like the Pokémon Gym for your next legendary raid gathering. If you wish to share a YouTube video, just select YouTube within the G button, and search for the video you want right from your Gboard keyboard.

Finally, the latest Gboard update also brings a new Ink feature, allowing you to doodle and share your creations right from your keyboard. Just tap the emoji button, and select the pen icon to access the new Ink feature.
The update is available right now for free from the App Store.
(Source: Google)
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