Leak: Apple to Launch Apple TV 4K at Tonight’s Event, Powered by A10 Fusion Processor with 3GB RAM

Tonight, or 1am tomorrow morning to be precise, Apple will be hosting an event. The company is expected to announce the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, as well as the much talked about iPhone X. On top of that, thanks to a leaked tvOS 11 firmware, it looks like the company will be announcing its fifth generation Apple TV too, called the Apple TV 4K.
This is not a surprise of course, it was previously already reported that Apple would finally introduce a new Apple TV with 4K support. The tvOS firmware confirms that Apple will call the new set top box the Apple TV 4K, and it will be more powerful than before. Developer @stroughtonsmith says that the Apple TV 4K has three-core A10 Fusion chipset, and 3GB of RAM. That’s a huge jump from the existing Apple TV, which is powered by an A8 processor with 2GB of RAM.

AppleTV6,2, or 'Apple TV 4K' as it's officially called, has a three-core A10 Fusion CPU and 3GB RAM
— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) September 11, 2017

Other things leaked in the firmware include UHD images for the Top Shelf feature on Apple TV, support for HDR, Dolby Vision, AirPlay 2, and an updated Siri Remote.
Apple’s launch event will be happening at 1am on 13 September 2013, so stay tuned for the official announcement form the Cupertino company.
(Source: @stroughtonsmith, 9to5Mac)
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VIDEO: The Master of Mobility

Scientists predict by 2050 that Earth will be home to more than 9 billion people. As more and more will move and crowd around cities, transportation is key and the number of cars will evidently increase, some say to around 2 billion in total. In order to power those cars, it is going to take a lot of effort. Now, you might think, what about electric cars and all that zero emission spew? Guess what? What to electric power generators run on?
Today, 25 per cent of all the world’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the transport sector, and most of it pours out of the exhausts of the vehicles we drive. That is why many cities are looking at banning fossil-fuel-powered cars in order to curb air pollution. By 2050 our planet is expected to be home to more than nine billion people, three-quarters of whom will live in cities. As a result, the number of cars on our roads will double to more than two billion – and the amount of energy needed in the transport sector is forecast to increase by 70 per cent.

So how do we solve the world’s most important challenge of the modern age – how to meet global demand for significantly more energy, but at the same time achieve zero nett carbon emissions?
Enter the master of mobility – chief scientist for mobility and the recipient of the ‘Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize’, Dr Wolfgang Warnecke. His role as chief scientist covers all technology developments in transport and motorsport, such fuels, lubricants and mobility directions now and the future.
As Shell’s Chief Scientist, Dr Wolfgang contributes internationally recognised scientific expertise and nurtures innovative technology to help deliver supports in project development and business growth. Dr Wolfgang’s expertise in all forms of mobility, vehicle technology, fuels and lubricants sees him advising on technology strategy, championing science, R&D and innovation, enhancing Shell’s technical reputation in the fast-changing area of mobility and looking ahead to future solutions in transportation.
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Why the new Nissan LEAF is so important

Countries and cities are finding ways to stop fossil-fuel-powered cars from entering densely populated areas in the future. Car makers are making promises to move away from combustion engines in favour for electric drivetrains. Tesla has paved the way forward and all the way in the East, Nissan releases their latest all-electric Nissan LEAF.
Improving over the previous model, Nissan has improved the LEAF leaps and bounds. First is the increased range of 400km makes the LEAF extremely usable especially in both the cities and short travels. More and more electric charging points are slowly emerging making the LEAF quite an interesting car because of thanks to the new design, the car now has 150hp and 320Nm of electric torque.
On top of that, Nissan has opted to install a slew of technologies into the LEAF. Technologies such as ProPILOT which the ProPILOT autonomous drive technology and park technology to add icing to the cake.

ProPILOT Autonomous drive technology
Once activated, it can automatically control the distance to the vehicle in front, using a speed preset by the driver (between about 30 km/h and 100 km/h). It can also help the driver steer and keep the vehicle centred in its lane. If the car in front stops, the ProPILOT system will automatically apply the brakes to bring the vehicle to a full stop if necessary. After coming to a full stop, the vehicle can remain in place even if the driver’s foot is off the brake. If traffic restarts, the car will resume driving when the driver touches the switch again or lightly presses the accelerator to activate ProPILOT. All these functions can significantly reduce stress when driving on the highway in both heavy and flowing traffic.

ProPILOT Park Technology
ProPILOT Park is a fully fledged system that helps drivers park by automaticallycontrolling acceleration, brakes, handling, shift changing and parking brakes to guide the car into a parking spot. By combining advanced image processing technology using four high-resolution cameras and information from 12 ultrasonic sensors around the car, ProPILOT Park guides the car into space safely and accurately. All steering, braking and throttle inputs for various parking manoeuvres, such as parallel parking, are automated. The system can automatically identify a parking space around the car so that the driver doesn’t need to set a target parking position. Requiring only three easy steps for activation, this technology liberates drivers from one of the most tedious, and at times the most challenging, tasks of driving.

Using NissanConnect, a key part of Nissan Intelligent Integration, the driver can searchfor continuously updated information such as the location and operating hours of freecharging stations and charging station availability. Owners can also access theirsmartphone to check the car’s battery status.
In terms of looks, the Nissan LEAF’s new sharp and sleek look really does make it a more modern over its predecessor. I really wouldn’t mind considering one when Tan Chong Motor plans to launch it next year in 2018. The looks are inspired by the IDS Concept which Nissan showcased in 2015.

On the interior, everything looks pretty standard. You get a 7″ centre display with Apple CarPlay and a combination of an analogue speedometer and a multi-information display. Energy-efficient air-conditioning and heating systems provide elevated comfort inside the cabin for all occupants. A smartphone app provides convenience features such as remote preconditioning of the vehicle’s interior temperature and wireless remote charging.

While the energy capacity of the lithium-ion battery pack has been significantly increased, the dimensions remain essentially unchanged, so that the cabin comfortably accommodates five people. What’s more, the rear cargo area has been redesigned to provide increased luggage space, offering 435 litres.

More so, the future is definitely electric and I like the way where Nissan is heading towards. Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM), the sole distributor of NISSAN vehicles in Malaysia, confirms that the LEAF will be here in 2018. Pricewise, no news on that yet but hopefully there will be better incentives for electric cars in 2018’s budget.
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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Hands On: Of Refinement & Practicality

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 has just been announced here in Beijing, and although it really shouldn’t come as a surprise, it’s much more refined – and practical – than its predecessor. Despite the fact that there are already quite a number of smartphones with very minimal bezels in the market now, the Mi Mix 2 is still quite an impressive smartphone.
And the best part is, the Mi Mix 2 is priced very, very competitively. Then again, its affordable price tag also comes with a few caveats.

Unlike the original Xiaomi Mi Mix, the Mi Mix 2 is a much more practical smartphone. The piezoelectric speaker – while technologically impressive – has been replaced with a conventional one. The reasoning? It’s so that people nearby the device won’t be able to hear your phone calls – that’s one of the inherent disadvantages of the piezoelectric speaker.
The Mi Mix 2 is much more compact than its predecessor.
Aside from that (and this is a big one), the Mi Mix 2 is now much, much more compact than the first Mi Mix. Not only is the former sporting a smaller 5.99-inch display, it’s also a taller 18:9 panel not unlike the ones found on the LG G6 and LG V30. Thanks to the taller aspect ratio, the width of the Mi Mix 2 isn’t all that different from, say, a conventional 5.5-inch smartphone.

Beyond these practical improvements, the Mi Mix 2 naturally comes with hardware you’d expect from a 2017 flagship smartphone. These include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM, up to a whopping 256GB storage, a 3,400mAh battery, a 12MP IMX386 rear camera – the same primary sensor used on the Xiaomi Mi 6 – and a 5MP front-facing shooter.
Well-built, and theoretically more durable.
Xiaomi’s Mi devices are generally very well-built, and the same goes for the Mi Mix 2. It has a nice heft to it (this phone weighs 185g), the ceramic back feels very premium, and the rounded aluminium frame is ergonomically-sound. Seeing how the Mi Mix 2 doesn’t have the brittle ceramic frame of its predecessor, it should theoretically be more durable too.

Design, of course, is also one of the Mi Mix 2’s most noteworthy aspects. Much like the Essential Phone, the Mi Mix 2 has very little top bezel; only the bottom bezel is slightly thicker, and that’s where the front-facing camera is placed too. Yes, it’s the same awkward position, and I’ll have to turn the phone upside down to take a selfie.
In the performance department, the Mi Mix 2’s Snapdragon 835 chipset should be more than capable at delivering a pleasant user experience. Switching between different apps is fast, there’s no noticeable lag or stutter while navigating through the phone’s user interface, and apps launch quickly too.

But in the camera department, the Mi Mix 2 is…slightly underwhelming. Although it has the same 12MP primary sensor found on the Mi 6, it lacks the latter’s secondary telephoto lens. Basically, there’s no 2x optical zoom or Portrait Mode on the Mi Mix 2.
That being said, the Mi Mix 2 does appear to be a decent shooter. If it’s anything like the Mi 6’s camera, this phone should be able to take great-looking shots. It’ll be interesting to see how the Mi Mix 2’s camera performs in low-light conditions; the Mi 6 didn’t fare very well in less than ideal lighting.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, in a lot of ways, is a more practical take on the original Mi Mix. It’s more compact, it’s more affordable, and most of all, it’s a more refined and focused smartphone. However, it has several diadvantages too: it lacks quite a number of features found on other flagship devices.
For one, there’s no form of dust or water resistance. To top it off, the Mi Mix 2 forgoes the 3.5mm headphone jack too. Oh, it only comes with a 2160 x 1080 LCD display as well; no AMOLED or 1440p display here.
Lacks several key features, but competitively priced.
However, the lack of these features – well, except for the 3.5mm headphone jack – makes sense once we take into account the Mi Mix 2’s competitive price tag: the base model with 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM retails at only 3299 Chinese yuan (about RM2,120). At that price point, there’s really no denying the Mi Mix 2’s sheer value for money.

At the moment, it still remains to be seen if the Mi Mix 2 will ever be brought into Malaysia officially. Then again, considering the fact that the device supports 43 different bands, we reckon the Mi Mix 2 won’t just be a China-only product. Hopefully, the Mi Mix 2 will be officially sold in Malaysia in the near future; if priced right, it may be a winner for Xiaomi.
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Fly Away To Tokyo Game Show with Dell Malaysia

Any respectful gamers would know what Tokyo Game Show (TGS) is all about, given its reputation as one of the biggest gaming event in the world. For this year’s edition, Dell Malaysia is looking to send over one of its fans to the event.
Taking place later this month, the winner will receive a 4 days 3 nights trip to TGS which include accommodation as well as entrance tickets to the expo itself. Not to forget, the winner can actually choose to bring his or her best gaming mate over to Tokyo since the prize also include round flight tickets for two persons.

In order to win the prize, all participants need to do is let Dell Malaysia know why they want to attend show as well as convince the company that they really deserved to go to TGS 2017. This can be done through a short, 30-second video which have to be posted on the comment section of this very specific Facebook post.
Do note that this contest will end at 1159pm on 13 September, so better get going. To learn more, just heard on to Dell Malaysia’s official Facebook page.
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HP Pavilion 14 with 8th Gen Intel Core Processors Is Now In Malaysia

The release of 8th Gen Intel Core laptops under HP in Malaysia begin with HP Envy 13 last week and as you might have expected, that’s not only the new HP laptop that carries the equally new family of processors. We have recently noticed that they are also available with HP Pavilion 14 which is now available from HP Malaysia’s official website.
Even though Pavilion 14 generally has a 13-inch chassis, HP manages to squeeze a 14-inch full HD IPS display into the laptop. It also features a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 4GB GDDR5 graphics as standard.

Additionally, it also carries 3-cell 41Whr Li-ion battery that provides it with battery life of up to 10 hours. In terms of processors options, consumers are able to obtain the laptop with either Intel Core i5-8250U or Intel Core i7-8550U chip.
In terms of pricing, the new HP Pavilion 14 with 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of DDR4 RAM is listed at RM 3,199. As for the Core i7 variant, it depends on the amount of RAM as the 4GB model goes for RM 3,899 while 8GB would costs just slightly more at RM 3,999.
(Source: HP Malaysia)
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Motorola Moto X4 Launched; Android One Edition Coming Soon

Motorola announced the Moto X4 and, with it, a leak showing an Android One version is also on the way to market.
The Motorola Moto X4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 mobile platform, paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, and a 3000mAh battery that supports fast charging – which is a plus for everyone. It even features IP68 certification – this means it is both water and dust resistant.

The dual camera at the rear of the Moto X4 is a 12MP f/2.0 standard view sensor paired with a wide angle 8MP f/2.2 sensor. Among the features it supports includes phase-detect autofocus and 4K recording.

Another cool feature with the Moto X4 is the support of multiple Bluetooth devices for simultaneous streaming – up to 4 devices at the same time. Thanks to Tempow from France, the Moto X4 can be connected to speakers/headset and stream music to the devices without needing to un-pair and re-pair the devices.
Photo: @evleaks
Recently leaked on twitter by @evleaks is the Moto X4 Android One edition. The model seems to be similar to the standard Moto X4 with the exception of Android One which delivers a pure Android experience without owning a Nexus device.
Motorola’s Android skin has always been light, so we can just imagine how speedy the Moto X4 with stock Android on board. No news as of yet for Malaysian availability, but we hope Motorola will be bringing it here to join the Xiaomi Mi A1 soon.
(Source: @evleaks , GSMArena )
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Spec Sheet: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 & Mi Note 3 vs 2017 Flagships

Xiaomi has just launched its second-generation “concept smartphone”, the Mi Mix 2, and as expected it is one beast of a smartphone. The bezel-free display isn’t the only outstanding feature – its specs rival the very best Android flagship smartphones released this year.
While the overall look of the Mi Mix 2 is still similar to its predecessor, Xiaomi has done a lot of work underneath to fixed the quirks of the original Mi Mix. The chin is now 12% smaller due to a combination of new technologies: there’s a smaller front camera module, a chip-on-film (COF) display driver, and a new antenna design. The piezoelectric earpiece has been removed as well, with Xiaomi going for a more traditional earpiece with speaker.

On the other hand, there’s also the Mi Note 3, which Xiaomi has claimed to be a larger version of the Mi 6. Interestingly, Xiaomi swapped the processor from a Snapdragon 835 on the Mi 6 to a Snapdragon 660 on the Mi Note 3. The company claimed that this was due to a shortage of supply for the Snapdragon 835, and the new Snapdragon 660 processor is also more power-efficient.
But how does the Mi Mix 2 and Mi Note 3 compare with the rest of the Android flagships released this year? These tables should help.
First, we compared the specs between the Mi Mix and the Mi Mix 2, and then the Mi Note 3 with the Mi Note 2 as well as the Mi 6.

From the table, it is clear that the Mi Mix 2 is an incremental upgrade in every department – except for the battery. Because the Mi Mix 2 has a significantly smaller footprint compared to the original Mi Mix, the smaller battery is somewhat justifiable. While the camera has a smaller megapixel count, it is actually a higher quality one – it’s the same Sony IMX 368 sensor used in the primary camera on the Mi 6.
Meanwhile, the Mi Note 3 does indeed resemble the Mi 6 more than its predecessor, the Mi Note 2. Aside from the difference in processor, the Mi Note 3 is highly identical to the Mi 6; the slightly larger battery is a given considering the larger chassis.
Let’s go back to the Mi Mix 2. This is a flagship Android through and through, so how does it compare to 2017’s finest Android smartphones?

One very interesting aspect that can be seen from these tables: the Mi Mix 2 is smaller than virtually every smartphone in its class. The huge screen-to-body ratio means that the 5.99-inch display fits into a chassis that’s roughly the same size as the 5.5-inch OnePlus 5. It appears Xiaomi has thankfully struck the right balance – the phone has a generously large screen, but not to the point where it is unwieldy.
As a company known for pushing the limits, it was only right that Xiaomi offered an 8GB variant of the Mi Mix 2. It’s reserved for the Special Edition model with a ceramic unibody only, though. 256GB of internal storage also matches the highest amount fitted into a smartphone today.

That said, it is disappointing to see only a single 12MP rear camera when dual-camera options are the way forward. It is very likely due to space constraints on the device, making it virtually impossible to fit a dual-camera module into the Mi Mix 2 chassis, but this is a “smartphone of the future” type of product. Perhaps we’ll see this in the Mi Mix 3.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is definitely one of the finest smartphones the Chinese company has produced thus far, and as far as pushing the limits go, the use of new technologies and a sharper display make for a solid smartphone today.
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Huawei Mate 10 ‘Alps’ and ‘Blanc’ to Join ‘Marcel’ at Oct 16 Launch

It would appear that Huawei has not one, not two, but three phones set to sport the Mate 10 badge at its launch in October. Codenamed ‘Alps’, ‘Blanc’, and ‘Marcel’, the three models represent the three tiers of specs for the Mate series.
‘Marcel’ seems to be the standard model for the Mate 10, with an expected 6-inch screen with an edge-to-edge display, possibly the new Kirin 970 processor, and up to 6GB of RAM on board. We may see a 64GB version or even a larger model at launch.
On the other hand, ‘Blanc’ seems to be the code name for Huawei Mate 10 Pro, as leaked by @evleaks. It should sport a 5.99-inch screen with Quad HD display in an 18:9 aspect ratio, dual camera setup with a 20MP/12MP sensor combo from Leica, IP68 rating and LTE Cat.16 connectivity. All of this will be powered by a 4000mAh battery and the same processor as the Mate 10.
Pictured: Huawei mate 9 Pro
‘Alps’ meanwhile is said to be the Huawei Mate 10 Lite, which shares similar specs as the other two Mate 10 models, but with an LTE Cat.12 connectivity instead. It will also ship with a maximum of 4GB RAM on-board.
We have to wait for 16 October to see if all three models will be confirmed, but this diversification may be a good thing for Huawei if the pricing can be within the affordable range rather than the premium range.
(Source: @evleaks via PhoneArena )
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Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Goes Official: A Bigger Mi 6 With Mid-Range Processor

True to what we have heard before, Xiaomi has unveiled not only one but three new devices in Beijing earlier today. Since we have discussed about Mi Notebook Pro and Mi Mix 2, it is now time to meet the Mi Note 3.
During the phone’s introduction today, Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun pointed out that Mi Note 3 was made to cater users who love Mi 6’s design but also want to have it with a bigger display. This is the reason why both smartphones looked identical to each other although Mi Note 3 does come with a bigger 5.5-inch full HD display.

Xiaomi has also carried over the dual 12MP rear camera setup with 4-axis optical image stabilization, and 2x optical zoom from Mi 6 to Mi Note 3. Not only that, the phone also features 16MP front camera with AI-enhanced beautification mode alongside 6GB RAM and up to 128GB internal storage.
Given the bigger display, it’s not surprising to see that Xiaomi has also choose to equip Mi Note 3 with a bigger 3500mAh battery. However, the Mi Note 3 runs on a lower-end processor in the form of Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 instead of Mi 6’s high-end Snapdragon 835 SoC.

Price-wise, the black-colored 64GB model goes for CNY 2,499 (about RM 1,611) while the 128GB version is priced at CNY 2,899 (about RM 1,868). For those who prefer Mi Note 3 in blue, it is only available with 128GB internal storage for CNY 2,999 (about RM 1,933). All three models will be made available for consumers in China starting from tomorrow’s evening.
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