Waymo uses Intel to power self-driving cars

Waymo, or formerly known as Google is the company focusing on creating driverless cars or in this case, minivans. The company just announced that they have Intel inside after all. For a company that strives to go in-house for the core technologies for autonomous vehicles, Waymo has also tapped the behemoth that is Intel for chips that goes into the car’s onboard computer.
In Waymo’s latest line of Chrysler Minivans, Intel chips are used to compute almost everything, from sensor data to connectivity and Intel says that they are working with Waymo to achieve Level 4 and Level 5 of autonomous vehicles.

“Given the pace at which autonomous driving is coming to life, I fully expect my children’s children will never have to drive a car. That’s an astounding thought: Something almost 90 percent of Americans do every day will end within a generation. With so much life-saving potential, it’s a rapid transformation that Intel is excited to be at the forefront of along with other industry leaders like Waymo,” Intel CEO Brian Krzanich wrote in a blog post.

Specifically, Waymo’s minivans use Xeon processors, Arria FPGA chips for image analytics and Gigabit Ethernet and XM modems for connectivity and communications. That is a lot of items from Intel and it goes to show that Waymo has been relying on Intel for some key functionality in their overall system to bring self-driving cars to reality.

Surprisingly, Waymo chose Intel instead of NVidia who have been supplying the Drive PX driving computing platform to large players such as Toyota, Audi, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Tesla. Either way, Waymo is fast becoming the player where they want to own the core technology instead of leveraging it from third party suppliers.
[Source: Forbes & TechCrunch]
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Your D-Link UniFi and Time Internet Router Might Be At Risk (UPDATE: Fix Is On Its Way)

UPDATE – 19/09 106am: D-Link Malaysia will be releasing an update for its DIR-850L router soon. Read on this report for the full details.
UPDATE – 848pm: Several readers have pointed out that TIME Internet uses the same router too. More details below.
ORIGINAL STORY – 617pm: As part of its UniFi package, TM provides free routers to customers throughout the country including the cylindrical-shaped D-Link DIR-850L. If you are one such customer or even if you have purchased it separately, do note that there might be several critical security issues within your router.
This revelation was brought to light after security researcher Pierre Kim originally discovered it back in June, and published them online almost two weeks ago. There are plenty of issues according to the researcher, including unsecure firmware, backdoor access, weak files permission, credentials in cleartext, and many more.
In addition to that, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore and Infocomm Media Development Authority have recently released a joint security advisory on the same router. The statement also stated that three more D-Link DIR-800 series routers including DIR-885L, DIR-890L, and DIR-895L are vulnerable as well.

D-Link has responded to the issue by releasing a statement that the company is already working to solve the flaws within its DIR-850L routers and will be releasing a firmware update for them on 19 September. The company has also recommended several rudimentary steps to help users protect themselves. including restoring the router’s default factory setting, and disable the WAN remote admin feature.
Meanwhile, we have reached out to TM regarding this issue and are now waiting for further details from the company. We’ll keep you posted once we hear any updates from them.
(Source: Pierre Kim, SingCERT via Channel NewsAsia, D-Link. Images: Benlai, D-Link)

UPDATE – 848pm:
Several readers on our Facebook page have posted that TIME Internet has provided them with the same D-Link DIR-850L router too. In fact, it is clearly stated on the ISP’s official website that the router is given to customers as part of their 100Mbps and 300Mbps package.
Time Internet residential plan as of September 2017.
D-Link DIR850-L for Time Internet customers.
We have since reached out to Time Internet regarding this issue and will keep you updated once they get back to us.
(Image: Brandon Leow)
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CCleaner Hit By Security Breach: More Than 2 Million Users Might Have Been Affected

CCleaner is one of the most well-known tool when it comes to keeping your system clean. Despite the software’s legendary reputation though, its security has apparently been breached as its creator Piriform has revealed that two specific version of the CCleaner software were illegally modified without the company’s knowledge before they are released to public.
According to the company’s announcement, the specific software that were involved in the breach are the 32-bit version of CCleaner v5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191. While both version were released in August, Piriform and its parent company Avast only managed to identify the breach last week.
In general, the illegal codes were designed to collect and transmit data to a server located in US. Working together with US authorities, they have managed to shut down the server but investigations behind the security breach are still going on which showed how critical the situation was for Piriform.
Meanwhile, do make sure to update your copy of CCleaner and CCleaner Cloud to the latest version in order to make sure that you are able to continue using them safely.
(Source: Piriform – 1, 2)
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UniFi and Time Users, Take Note: D-Link DIR-850L Firmware Update To Arrive On 21 Sept

Earlier this month, it was revealed that several critical security issues have been discovered within D-Link DIR-850L router which is a model that TM and Time have distributed to their customers as part of their broadband packages. D-Link Malaysia has since announced that a firmware update will be made available to users later this week.
Scheduled for release on 21 September, the update apparently can be obtained through D-Link’s official website. It is not known if the update will be customized to either ISPs but based on this listing, D-Link has previously released firmware update that were meant only for units that it supplied to TM which subsequently made their ways to UniFi customers.
D-Link DIR850-L for Time Internet customers.
Furthermore, the release date that was specified by D-Link Malaysia is two days later than the date announced by D-Link Singapore even though Singapore’s website also contains previous update for TM’s router. Hence, don’t go all guns blazing on 21 September without making sure that the update is really made for your router.
Meanwhile, we recommend users to keep a note of their important and custom settings from existing firmware before performing the update even though the company has provided a guide on how to implement UniFi or Maxis Fibre settings on the router. We couldn’t find similar guide for Time Internet though but we are sure that the ISP’s customer service is likely able to help.
(Source: D-Link Malaysia via Lowyat.NET official Facebook page)
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PSA To UniFi and Time Customers: D-Link DIR-850L Firmware Update To Arrive On 21 Sept

Earlier this month, it was revealed that several critical security issues have been discovered within D-Link DIR-850L router which is a model that TM and Time have distributed to their customers as part of their broadband packages. D-Link Malaysia has since announced that a firmware update will be made available to users later this week.
Scheduled for release on 21 September, the update apparently can be obtained through D-Link’s official website. It is not known if the update will be customized to either ISPs but based on this listing, D-Link has previously released firmware update that were meant only for units that it supplied to TM which subsequently made their ways to UniFi customers.
D-Link DIR850-L for Time Internet customers.
Furthermore, the release date that was specified by D-Link Malaysia is two days later than the date announced by D-Link Singapore even though Singapore’s website also contains previous update for TM’s router. Hence, don’t go all guns blazing on 21 September without making sure that the update is really made for your router.
Meanwhile, we recommend users to keep a note of their important and custom settings from existing firmware before performing the update even though the company has provided a guide on how to implement UniFi or Maxis Fibre settings on the router. We couldn’t find similar guide for Time Internet though but we are sure that the ISP’s customer service is likely able to help.
(Source: D-Link Malaysia via Lowyat.NET official Facebook page)
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Your D-Link UniFi Router Might Be At Risk (UPDATE: Time Internet As Well)

UPDATE – 848pm: Several readers have pointed out that Time Internet uses the same router too. More details below.
ORIGINAL STORY – 617pm: As part of its UniFi package, TM has provided free routers to customers throughout the country including the cylindrical-shaped D-Link DIR-850L. If you one such customers or even if you have purchased it separately, do note that there might be several crictical security issues within your router.
They came into limelight after security researcher Pierre Kim who originally discovered it back in June, published them online almost two weeks ago. There are plenty of issues according to the researcher including unsecure firmware, backdoor access, weak files permission, credentials in cleartext, and many more.
In addition to that, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore and Infocomm Media Development Authority have recently released a joint security advisory on the same issue. The statement also stated that three more D-Link DIR-800 series routers including DIR-885L, DIR-890L, and DIR-895L are vulnerable as well.

D-Link has responded to the issue by releasing a statement that the company has already working to solve the flaws within its DIR-850L routers and will be releasing a firmware update for them on 19 September. The company also has recommended several rudimentary steps to help users protect themselves. including restoring the router’s default factory setting, and disable the WAN remote admin feature.
Meanwhile, we have reached out to TM regarding this issue and now waiting for further details from the company. We’ll keep you posted once we heard any updates from them.
(Source: Pierre Kim, SingCERT via Channel NewsAsia, D-Link. Images: Benlai, D-Link)

UPDATE – 848pm:
Several readers on our Facebook page have posted that Time Internet has provided them with the same D-Link DIR-850L router too. In fact, it is clearly stated on the ISP’s official website that the router is given to customers as part of their 100Mbps and 300Mbps package.
Time Internet residential plan as of September 2017.
D-Link DIR850-L for Time Internet customers.
We have since reached out to Time Internet regarding this issue and will keep you updated once they got back to us.
(Image: Brandon Leow)
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Your D-Link UniFi Router Might Be At Risk

As part of its UniFi package, TM has provided free routers to customers throughout the country including the cylindrical-shaped D-Link DIR-850L. If you one such customers or even if you have purchased it separately, do note that there might be several crictical security issues within your router.
They came into limelight after security researcher Pierre Kim who originally discovered it back in June, published them online almost two weeks ago. There are plenty of issues according to the researcher including unsecure firmware, backdoor access, weak files permission, credentials in cleartext, and many more.
In addition to that, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore and Infocomm Media Development Authority have recently released a joint security advisory on the same issue. The statement also stated that three more D-Link DIR-800 series routers including DIR-885L, DIR-890L, and DIR-895L are vulnerable as well.

D-Link has responded to the issue by releasing a statement that the company has already working to solve the flaws within its DIR-850L routers and will be releasing a firmware update for them on 19 September. The company also has recommended several rudimentary steps to help users protect themselves. including restoring the router’s default factory setting, and disable the WAN remote admin feature.
Meanwhile, we have reached out to TM regarding this issue and now waiting for further details from the company. We’ll keep you posted once we heard any updates from them.
(Source: Pierre Kim, SingCERT via Channel NewsAsia, D-Link. Images: Benlai, D-Link)
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Acer Malaysia Introduces AMD Powered Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop

Acer will put a new AMD powered version of the Nitro 5 on sale at the end of the month. This represents a budget spin on the already entry level gaming laptop, offering an alternative for the more casual crowd.
Replacing the Intel chip on this variant is an AMD FX 9830P clocked at 3.0 GHz (with Turbo CORE Technology that pumps it up to 3.7 GHz). We’re a little disappointed that this doesn’t feature a newer Ryzen processor; but it’s likely there to keep the final price down.
The GPU takes a similar route, replacing the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with an AMD Radeon RX550 with 4GB GDDR5 RAM. The two graphics cards are not necessarily comparable, but it should serve the intended audience of the Nitro 5 well enough.

Acer has left the rest of the Nitro 5 untouched. It’s still a 15.6-inch laptop with a Full HD resolution display. Memory starts at 4GB RAM, and can be upgraded to 16GB; at an unspecified cost. Storage options were not shared in the official notice, but we expect it to be the same 1TB HDD from the lower end Nitro 5. Since there is a distinct amount of price saving happening on this unit.
The AMD powered Acer Nitro 5 is set to go on sale in Malaysia by the end of September for an impressive RM2,999. The first 200 customers to pick up a Nitro 5 will also receive a Predator branded gaming mouse as part of the release promotion.
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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Is the Most Played Game on Steam with 1.35 Million Concurrent Players

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – more commonly referred to as PUBG – is a ridiculously successful game, and it’s not even out of Steam’s Early Access yet. Earlier this month, 10 million copies of the game were already sold on Steam, and just recently, it beat Dota 2 to be the most played game on Steam with 1.35 million concurrent players.
More specifically, PUBG had as many as 1,342,857 players online at the same time, beating Dota 2’s all-time peak of 1,295,114 players. Not only is this an impressive feat, it’s worth noting that PUBG isn’t even a free to play game like Dota 2.

Highest peak player count on @steam_games! A sincere thank you to all our players & the amazing @PUBATTLEGROUNDS team I get to work with! GG pic.twitter.com/z8V2rdmQmm
— PLAYERUNKNOWN (@PLAYERUNKNOWN) September 16, 2017

In essence, PUBG is a Battle Royale-style game; 100 players parachute onto an island where they’ll fight until only one player is left. Weapons and ammunition are limited, and there are various ways to survive until the end. Some players take the “stealth approach” and camp until only a few players are left, while some spend the majority of the game looting for the best weapons and armors.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is expected to be released on Xbox One sometime this fall; we imagine the game’s playerbase will grow even more once that happens. As for PC players, Bluehole is targeting for PUBG to be out of Early Access by the end of this year.
(Source: Twitter (PLAYERUNKNOWN) via The Verge)
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Roadshow Offers Free Gear VR and Screen Crack Protection

In line with the official launch of the Galaxy Note 8 later this week, Samsung is holding a nationwide roadshow in three locations, where customers who purchase the Note 8 there will receive exclusive freebies and – in the KL roadshow – a chance to meet Running Man star Song Ji-Hyo.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 roadshow will take place from 21-24 September 2017 in three separate locations: Pavilion (Kuala Lumpur), Gurney Plaza (Penang), and AEON Tebrau City (Johor Bahru). While the roadshows in Penang and Johor will start from 10am onwards, the one in KL will start from 11am with sales of the Note 8 to begin from 12pm.
For those who missed out on the pre-order, Samsung has another deal for those who purchases the Galaxy Note 8 during the roadshow. During this four-day period, customers who purchase the Note 8 at any of the three locations will receive a free Samsung Gear VR (2017) worth RM499, as well as free Samsung Screen Protection worth RM149, which allows for a one-time cracked screen replacement (excluding service fee).

As a bonus for early bird customers who purchases the Note 8 roadshow in Pavilion KL, the first 100 customers to buy the Note 8 will have the opportunity to meet Song Ji-Hyo in person, and collect a free Clear View Standing Cover autographed by the star herself.
Besides that, Samsung is also holding an in-store promotion for the Galaxy Note 8. All Note 8 purchases at Samsung Experience Stores using Maybank 0% EzyPay plan for 12 or 24 months will receive 3x Maybank Treats Points as well as a free Dual Port Car Charger worth RM89.
In addition, new Note 8 owners can also purchase additional protection via Samsung Smart Care for the Note 8 at lower prices. The promotions include Samsung Protection (RRP: RM149, promotion price: RM88), which consists of a one-time screen crack replacement within the standard warranty period, or the Samsung Protection Plus (RRP: 298, promotion price: RM238), which adds an additional 1-year warranty extension on top of the standard warranty and a one-time cracked screenreplacement.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 retails at RM3,999. Still unsure if you should take the plunge? Our comprehensive review may help.
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