Apple Launches New RM400 urBeats3 Wired Earphones, Available Later This Fall

On top of announcing new iPhone 8, iPhone X, Apple TV 4K and Apple Watch Series 3, Apple also launched new urBeats3 earphones. The Cupertino company also added some new colours to its existing line of headphones.
First up, the urBeats3 earphones look similar to the previous generation. However, the earpiece is now slightly tilted. Apple says that it gives an “optimal ergonomic fit that combines sleek style with iconic Beats sound for all-day wear”. Everything else looks pretty similar, you still get the Beats logo right behind the earpiece, and the inline call, music and volume control also looks similar.

Some of the highlights of the new urBeats3 wired earphones includes a fine-tuned acoustic design that offers you an exceptional listening experience, has a variety of eartip to provide individualised fit for noise isolation, magnetic earbuds, and more. There’s also RemoteTalk button that can activate Siri, take calls, and lets you control your music with just one push.
The new urBeats3 earphone is available in two options – one with a Lightning port for those of you who are using the current iPhone 7, or those who plan on getting the upcoming iPhone 8 or iPhone X. There’s also a traditional 3.5mm audio port option for use with any other devices that you may own. The new urBeats3 earphones is listed on Apple Malaysia’s online store for RM400, and will be available for purchase “this fall”.

On top of that, Apple also released new colour options for some of its existing music accessories including a new Silver and Matte Gold BeatsX headphone, and a new Lightning Dock in Gold.
(Source: Apple via: 9to5Mac)
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Celcom, Digi and U Mobile Teases iPhone 8 as Coming Soon

Well, that was quick. Apple officially took the curtains off its latest iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus less than two days ago, and it looks like local telcos are already teasing the devices. Celcom, Digi and U Mobile have all listed the iPhone 8 as coming soon on their respective websites.
Sadly though, no further information has been provided by the telcos. They simply have the latest iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus picture, along with text that says “Coming Soon”.

Apple officially launched the iPhone 8 about a day ago at its Steve Job Theater located in its brand new spaceship-like campus. It is an incremental update to the previous iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, with a similar design. However, Apple has replaced the back with glass, giving it a new wireless charging capability. Apple also upgraded the 4.7” iPhone 8 and 5.5” iPhone 8 Plus with True Tone technology similar to the iPad Pro.
As for the inside, they are powered by the new A11 Bionic processor that is much more powerful than the A10 Fushion chip found on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Other specs include an upgraded 12MP camera, new portrait Lighting modes, supports ARKit, fast charging, and more. Check out our previous post to find out more about the iPhone 8.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available for preorder in selected markets on 15 September 2017, and will go on sale starting from 22 September. Unlike previous iPhones, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will come in only two storage options – 64GB and 256GB.
Strangely though, According to Apple, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will first be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, the US, and US Virgin island.
Both iPhone 8 will be available in Andorra, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, India, Isle of Man, Isreal, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia and Slovenia beginning 29 September 2017.
In case you are lazy to go through the list, Malaysia is not listed on both launch dates. Hopefully, since our local telcos are teasing the iPhone 8, this means that the launch might be happening sooner than we thought – the third wave of the iPhone 8 launch perhaps?
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Confirmed: UberEATS Malaysia To Be Launched Soon, Trial Run Happening Right Now

Uber is more known as a ride hailing company but truth to be told, they do offer additional services in selected markets such as UberEATS which is essentially an on-demand meal delivery service. If you have been wishing to have this particular service in our market, guess what: it will indeed be launched in Malaysia really soon.
This was confirmed by Uber Malaysia itself through two separate postings on its Instagram page this week. In fact, the company has also revealed that UberEATS is doing trial run in Kuala Lumpur at the moment and users might be able to spot its riders on the streets.

However, it seems that the trial run is being done internally though as UberEATS app still showed coming soon status for Kuala Lumpur. Nevertheless, the map in the app did also seems to already display the coverage for UberEATS in the city:

Meanwhile, do head on to Google Play and Android App Store to download UberEATS app for your devices in case you want to get prepared ahead of UberEATS imminent launch in Malaysia.
(Source: Uber Malaysia – 1,2 // UberEATS Malaysia)
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BMW i Vision Dynamics means more for less

Just about every other car manufacturer says that the future is electric. Some give us plans to halt production of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles and some create concept cars of what they think is the future. BMW is the latter and here is their BMW i Vision Dynamics. It is a 4-door Gran Coupe electric car which has a range of 600km and achieves the century sprint in just 4 seconds.

“At the BMW Group, the future of electric mobility has already arrived,” says Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG. “We have more electrified vehicles on the road than any established competitor and are committed to expanding our activities in the field of electric mobility as part of our NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. By 2025 we will be offering 25 models with an electrified drive system – of which 12 will be pure-electric. With the BMW i Vision Dynamics we are showcasing how we envisage future electric mobility between the i3 and i8: a dynamic and progressive, four-door Gran Coupe. We are therefore electrifying the heart of the BMW brand and, at the same time, elevating BMW i into a totally new dimension.”

BMW i is a byword for visionary vehicles and a new understanding of premium mobility focused squarely on sustainability. “BMW i is the innovation driver for the BMW Group,” explains Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management at BMW AG, Development. “Here, visionary solutions and future-ready concepts become reality for the first time. But BMW i also acts as a spearhead of innovation for our other brands. The BMW i Vision Dynamics allows us to show right now what another electric BMW might look like. And BMW has demonstrated its talent for turning visions into real life throughout its history.”

The inspirational design of BMW i models is particularly effective in both flagging up the brand’s pioneering role visually and making it something people can experience. “With the i3 and i8 we have designed a revolutionary city car and a revolutionary sports car,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “And now the BMW i Vision Dynamics is combining electric mobility with the core values of BMW: dynamism and elegance. We are therefore demonstrating how the product range and the design language of BMW i can be evolved further into other concepts.”

One of the iconic BMW “kidney” design which is prominent in the concept car now acts as an intelligent surface and the front end is laced with a modern freestanding LED light elements which provide not just lighting but incorporates the overall BMW design elements.

With all concept cars, this is one that is closer to reality since 4-door saloons are BMW’s top selling models.

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Sony RX10 IV Is Official with 24FPS Shooting Speed and 0.03 Second Autofocus Lock

The new Sony RX10 IV is the latest entry in the company’s 1-inch sensor compact camera line. The updated model now features a tiltable touchscreen, the same BIONZ X image processor as the Sony A9 and the claim of the world’s fastest Auto Focus (AF) acquisition time at just 0.03 seconds.
The sensor on the RX10 IV is the same 20.1-megapixel 1-inch sensor as in the RX 100 V. It also features the same 24-600mm equivalent lens as its predecessor. Plus, this is the first RX10 camera to include on-sensor phase detection, with 315 AF points covering 65% of the frame for better subject acquisition. This also contributes to the fast AF as well.
Talking about the lens, the 24-600mm lens is the Vario-Sonnar T* with a large maximum aperture of F2.4-F4.0. It is not the fastest lens around, but it is the longest lens in a body of its size.
Video is another pro for the RX 10 IV as it can record 4K footage, utilising the XAVC S codec, recording video at a high data rate of up to 100 Mbps depending on shooting mode. There is also super-slow-motion recording, with up to 960fps recording for that extra slo-mo footage.
Controlling the RX10 IV can be done using the buttons and dials on the body, or using the new 3.0-inch-type 1.44M dot tiltable LCD screen with Touch Focus and Touch Pad function. There is also a high-resolution 2.34 million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder for composition or when you do not want to use the rear screen.
NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are also on board for connectivity and file transfers.
The Sony RX10 IV will be shipping some time in October with a sticker price of $1,700 or about RM7,122.
(Source: DPReview )
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Samsung To Launch Device With Foldable Screen by 2018

A smartphone with a foldable display is inching towards fruition, says Samsung Smartphone Business Unit CEO Koh Dong-jin. The company is supposedly ready to release a foldable screen device sometime in 2018, rather than the expected 2019 time frame.
Koh also commented that the company has a clear roadmap for the Galaxy S and Note series, and yes, the foldable device is a part of those plans.
The concept foldable smartphone first envisioned in 2014 by Samsung
A curved display is nothing new for Samsung as the Edge series of phones features the said curved display, with the latest Galaxy S8 and Note 8 featuring the curved edge screens. Having a screen that can fold into itself however is still considered to be the Holy Grail, and represents a paradigm shift in display technology.

A major concern facing the production of foldable screens will be app support. Unless there is full compatibility with apps currently available on the Google Play Store, the usability of a large screen will be limited to certain applications. Commercialising the product is also another concern as this will be untested waters for Samsung.
Samsung has been talking about this technology for the past few years, and this news indicates that it is on track to deliver the technology to the masses pretty soon.
(Source: Korea Herald )
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Yes, Your iPhone 7 Cases Will Work on the iPhone 8

This needs to be said: if you own cases for the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, you can use them when if you upgrade to the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus. Their designs are similar, ports and camera placements are unchanged, and really, it’s amazing how Apple retained the dimensions to be virtually identical.
A quick check at Apple’s official product pages for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 reveals that despite the new glass back and internal hardware, there is – at most – only a 0.2mm difference in dimensions between the two models (and their respective Plus variants). In the case of the iPhone 7 and 8’s length, it’s just 0.1mm.

In fact, the Apple online store has been updated to reflect the new iPhone. All iPhone 7 cases – as well as the new colours for existing cases – will mention either “iPhone 7/iPhone 8” or “iPhone 7 Plus/iPhone 8 Plus” in its product name.
Besides that, the same applies to the Apple Watch as well. The proprietary straps (in both 38mm and 42mm sizes) are interchangeable across the series, which means the strap from Series 1 can be used on Series 3.
With Apple usually retaining the same design iPhone for two generations, it isn’t really a surprise to see Apple doing the same for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8; the 8 is essentially a 7S model anyway. On top of that, there’s the massive, massive market for iPhone accessories as well – changing designs every year means consumers would have to pay more to replace their obsolete cases and covers.
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Apple Quietly Discontinues The Apple Watch Series 2

Apple appears to have discontinued the Apple Watch Series 2 without telling anyone. The wearable that was announced last year is no longer available on the online store, having been replaced by the new Apple Watch Series 3.
It looks like Apple will be using the original Apple Watch (retroactively called the Series 1) as an entry level wearable for its portfolio. This should leave space for annual updates for the premium level Apple Watch.
That said, this is rather different from how it handles other products. For the most part, Apple is content to provide a price drop on past year devices and use those for the mid-range and entry level markets. This is evident from how it handles the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook lines.
Removing a device this early in its life cycle makes for an interesting precedent. We’ve reached out to Apple for a comment on this change, but have not yet heard back from the company.

For now, it looks like the Apple Watch Series 2 is no longer being sold; and people will just have to embrace to newer and better Apple Watch Series 3. That said, the Series 3 is not yet available in Malaysia. So any prospective customers will simply have to wait until the new watch arrives in Malaysia.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Launching In Malaysia On 21 September

The wait for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is almost at an end. Samsung Malaysia has informed us that the launch event is set to take place on 21 September, which is the only piece of information we didn’t already know.
Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8 three weeks ago, at least for a global audience. The device looks to have banished Samsung’s demons from last year, and should prove to be a return to form for the company.
Pre-orders for Samsung’s latest flagship have already closed; despite customers having no idea when the phone would be launched. The price has also been confirmed at RM3,999, with those on the pre-order picking it up for RM3,678 plus additional bonus gifts.
There’s still over a week to go before the official launch in Malaysia, so why not check out our review of the Galaxy Note 8 before deciding to pick it up.
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Xiaomi Malaysia To Announce Mi A1 This Week: Retailers List Its Price At Up To RM 1200

Ahead of its release in our market which is scheduled to take place towards end of September, Xiaomi Malaysia today has revealed that it will be announcing the brand-new Mi A1 this week. However, the exact nature and date of the announcement is not yet known at the moment.
Specifically, we have no idea what will Xiaomi Malaysia will unveil during that announcement or even when exactly it will take place. At this moment, it could be anything: pre-order period, pre-order freebies, release date, price, and many other possible information.

Speaking about pricing though, we have noticed a small number of retailers have begun to take pre-order for the new Android One smartphone. For example, this retailer in Kluang, Johor is accepting orders from customers for RM 1,199.
However, it then decided to remove the original announcement for unknown reason. We also found a listing on Lazada Malaysia which looks quite legit but with a lower pricing of RM 1,099.
Meanwhile, the well-known retailer DirectD which is usually in the forefront of pre-order didn’t reveal its Mi A1’s pricing even though it will be taking pre-order for the smartphone very soon. Satu Gadget also didn’t reveal its Mi A1’s price tag as well but already accepting pre-orders with deposit of RM 100.

With all the signs above, it is almost certain that the Mi A1 will arrive in Malaysia within this month just like what Xiaomi has promised during its launch in New Delhi last week. For the meantime, don’t forget to check out our first impression of Xiaomi Mi A1 which is the company’s first ever Android One smartphone right here.
(Source: Xiaomi Malaysia, Xiaomi Keluang via KLGadgetGuy, Lazada Malaysia, DirectD, Satu Gadget)
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