Selangor Cyber Games Is Back: Now Focusing On Local Cyber Athletes

Returning for the fourth time in a row, the State Government of Selangor has officially announced that Selangor Cyber Games 2017 (SCG17) is scheduled to take place from 12 to 13 August at Paradigm Mall in Petaling Jaya. Organized with the help of Garena, Mineski Events Team, and Big Machinez, there are several factors that will make this year’s edition different from previous iteration of SCG.
As opposed to SCG16 which featured two international level competitions, SCG17 which is also made possible by its supporting partners such as Digi, Lenovo, Logitech, and Time is focusing on Malaysian gamers. Nevertheless, non-Malaysians are still welcomed to compete in event as long as it is allowed within terms and conditions for each competition in SCG17.
In terms of official titles, the main focus of SCG17 is League of Legends as the event will be hosting the finale of The Legends Circuit which is the highest level of competition for the game in Malaysia. Visitors to the event will be able to witness the top four LoL team in the country battling it out for RM 80,000 prize pool and a spot at the upcoming Garena Premier League Summer 2017 regional event in Thailand.

Meanwhile, Dota 2 will also be featured at SSG17 but with an interesting twist: it is open only to amateur players. With RM 50,000 worth of total cash prizes are up for grabs, this could be a major stepping stone for players and teams out there that are looking to break into the scene.
Not to forget, SCG17 also features FIFA Online 3 and Tekken 7 which are offering total cash prizes of RM 30,000 and RM 20,000 respectively. With the exception of LOL, do note that there will be no pre-event qualifying events for SCG17 which means that everyone will be competing right at Paradigm Mall this August.
Hence, you should register yourself if you are interested to participate in SCG17. To do that or to learn more about the event, head on to Selangor Cyber Games official website.
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Huawei Challenges Fitbit With The Huawei Band 2 And Band 2 Pro

Huawei has announced two new fitness bands to take the fight to Fitbit. The Huawei Band 2 and Band 2 Pro don’t bring anything new to smartband design, although they look like they will get the job done.
Functionally, the Huawei Band 2 is a regular fitness band. It packs the usual heartbeat sensor and three axis accelerometer. It also has sleeptracking capabilities.
As the “pro” version of the fitness tracker, the Huawei Band 2 Pro includes some new technologies from Huawei. It fits a VO2Max counter that measures oxygen intake, informing the wearer of their ability to transport oxygen to muscles during exercise. Huawei claims the tracker is 95 percent accurate, but we’re going to take that number with a grain of salt.

There’s also Huawei’s TruSleep tracker on the Band 2 Pro; which is apparently better than the regular sleep tracking on the Band 2. How this is different isn’t actually explained.
Finally, the Pro is fitted with its own GPS system. This allows it to more closely track runs and distance, but has quite an effect on the battery life. If we’re reading the specifications right it goes from 21 days down to 3.5 hours with the GPS turned on.
One thing that the Huawei Band 2 has over the Fitbits that it is trying to compete with is water resistance. These are rated for five atmospheres of pressure, which is more than enough to guard against splashes or count laps in a swimming pool.
There’s no release date or price for the Huawei Band 2 just yet.
[Source: Huawei]
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Samsung Boosts Production Of 8Gb HBM2 Memory

Samsung Electronics has announced that it has increased the volume production of its 8Gb HBM2 memory. For those who are unaware: HBM2 (high bandwidth memory) is a memory controller that will be used with future high-end graphics cards. According to Samsung, the boost in production of the memory controller is essential to meet the ever increasing demand from the PC market.
Samsung’s upcoming HBM2 memory controller will feature 8Gb of stacked memory capacity along with an expected bandwidth speeds of up to 256GBps. In comparison the older, widely used memory controller, GDDR5, has bandwidths speeds of merely 32GBps. Meanwhile, the newer GDDR5X memory has a bandwidth speed of around 56GBps. That said, GDDR5 and GDDR5X memory controllers are a lot “cheaper” to manufacture compared to HBM2.
Despite being highly anticipated by many PC gamers and enthusiasts, Samsung isn’t only supplying HBM2 for the general consumer market; the company is targeting users in the field of artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, enterprise, and advanced graphics as well. Samsung has also mentioned that the company “anticipates that its volume production of the 8GB HBM2 will cover more than 50 percent of its HBM2 production by the first half of next year.”
It should be noted, however, that Samsung isn’t the only HBM2 manufacturer in the market. South Korean memory semiconductor giant, SK Hynix, manufactures the memory controller as well. It’ll be interesting to see which company’s HBM2 memory controller will make it to upcoming high-end consumer graphics cards (Nvidia Volta and Radeon Vega) later this year.
(Source: Samsung)
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Intel Is Preparing Multiple Six-core Coffee Lake CPUs

Finally, some news regarding Intel’s upcoming “Coffee Lake” CPUs. According to a recent rumour, it looks like the company is currently preparing several six-core CPUs that are based on the new Coffee Lake architecture. Interestingly, Intel is also said to be readying at least one Core i5 CPU with six CPU cores.
The first wave of Intel Coffee Lake CPUs are expected to be launched within the next few months. For the high-end segment, Intel is expected to unveil the Core i7-7800K CPU, which may feature a base frequency of 3.7GHz. In addition, this CPU is also said to come with a TDP of 95W. A “non-K” variant of the Core i7-7800K is said to be in the works as well.

Next up is the Core i5-8600K, which, as mentioned earlier, may feature six CPU cores and 12 threads. According to sources, one major difference between this CPU and the Core i7-7800K is that the Core i5 may lack Hyperthreading. That aside, the clock speeds of the Core i5-8600K is said to be around 3.6GHz along with a TDP rating of 95W.
Intel is also rumoured to be introducing six-core processors for notebooks as well. That said, those processors will, of course, come with lower frequency speeds and TDP ratings compared to their desktop counterparts. Regardless, as with previous rumours, we do suggest our readers to take this one with a grain of salt – until Intel makes an official announcement.
(Source: Canard PC, VideoCardz, TechPowerUp)
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Xiaomi Teases the Mi 5X; To Debut with MIUI 9 on 26 July

It appears Xiaomi is gearing up to launch its latest smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi 5X. Based on its name, it’s possible that this is a variant of the Xiaomi Mi 5; the company’s 2016 flagship smartphone. Aside from that, Xiaomi will likely unveil MIUI 9 alongside the Mi 5X.
On its social media accounts, Xiaomi started teasing the announcement of a new smartphone. To be officially launched with Xiaomi’s new ambassador, Kris Wu, the Mi 5X seems to be sporting a dual-camera setup, an all-metal chassis, and a rear fingerprint sensor; it looks rather premium too.

Interestingly, MIUI 9 is also mentioned in the teaser. More likely than not, Xiaomi’s new Android ROM will debut alongside the Mi 5X, which is quite an interesting approach. After all, the Mi 5X isn’t exactly a high-end smartphone; if leaked specifications of the phone is to be believed, of course.
According to rumours, the Mi 5X will feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM, as well as the ability to do optical zoom, thanks to Mi 5X’s dual-camera system.

Of course, as these are still leaked information, take them with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, we can expect Xiaomi to announce the Mi 5X on 26 July; it’ll be interesting to see if the device will indeed retail at its rumoured price tag of 1,999 Chinese yuan – that comes up to about RM1,265.
(Source: Facebook (Mi))
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Meizu to Announce its Meizu Pro 7 on 26 July 2017

Looking forward to the Meizu Pro 7 that was leaked just last week? The Chinese company recently announced on its Weibo page that the device would be launched in China on 26 July 2017.
While Meizu did not provide any details about the Pro 7, according to the invitation sent by the company, it seems to confirm the secondary display located at the back of the phone. According to rumours, the secondary display is a fully functional colour LCD panel that can mirror what’s shown on the main display. It can also be used for games, as a viewfinder for selfies, and hopefully more.

Apart from that, the company is also rumoured to announce the Pro 7 Plus alongside the Pro 7 at the event. Both devices should be similar in terms of specifications, but as with other “plus” smartphones, the Pro 7 Plus should feature a larger display of 5.5” or 5.7”, compared to the 5.2” on the Pro 7 model.
The Pro 7 Plus is also reported to be powered by a Samsung Exynos 8895 chipset found on some versions of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. The Meizu Pro 7 on the other hand should be powered by a MediaTek Helip X30 chipset. Other rumoured specs include Full HD displays, 12MP dual-camera systems, 16MP selfie cameras, fingerprint sensor at the front, and USB Type-C port.
Leaked image of the Meizu Pro 7
Of course, these are just rumours for now, so take it with a pinch of salt, and wait for the official launch event to see the final details.
(Source: Meizu Weibo via: Android Authority)
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Samsung Pay Partners With PayPal

Samsung has announced a partnership with PayPal to bring the electronic wallet to Samsung Pay. Users of Samsung Pay will soon be able to add their PayPal accounts and use it for transactions.
PayPal is one of the most widely used online wallets and it’s no surprise that Samsung has partnered with the company. Most online and e-commerce vendors accept and prefer PayPal transactions, although Samsung Pay will bring it to the real world. Allowing people to use their PayPal accounts for purchases at the counter.
As usual, the feature is being rolled out in the US first. However, the announcement from Samsung indicates that it will be looking to expand it to all 18 territories in which Samsung Pay is available (including Malaysia).
It’s not yet clear how this will work with multiple currencies. PayPal charges a substantial fee for converting currency, and most people tend to prefer to maintain US dollars in their accounts. Which is great for online shopping, and not necessarily useful for more local purchases.
Still, a PayPal option for Samsung Pay is the natural progression for both the companies. There is already a partnership with the Google Wallet; although that isn’t quite available in Malaysia just yet.
[Source: Samsung]
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Apple Previews its New Emoji Coming to iOS and macOS Later This Year

It’s “World Emoji Day”, and Apple is celebrating the occasion by previewing new emoji that will be coming to Apple devices later this year. Say hello to the mind-blowing emoji, a coconut, T-Rex, and even a breastfeeding mum. In conjunction with World Emoji Day, Apple is also having a little fun in its iTunes Movies, using emoji to replace selected movie titles.
Some of the new emoji coming to Apple include Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person, Sandwich, Star-Struck, Zebra, and Elf. These new emoji from Apple will be coming to iOS, macOS and watchOS later this year.

That’s not all, if you head on to iTunes Movies, you will see that the Cupertino company has replaced its usual featured movies section with emoji. Try to guess what movie the list emoji represents, no cheating.
If you think some of these emoji looks familiar, it’s because earlier this year, the Unicode Consortium showed off a list of 69 new emoji coming to Unicode 10 later this year. Unicode is usually the one who decide what emoji will be coming, and it’s good to know that Apple will be embracing them into their products.
While the Cupertino company did not unveil the exact release date of these new emoji, it is believed that it should be coming to the latest iOS 11, and macOS High Sierra updates scheduled for later this year.
(Source: Apple via: The Verge)
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Huawei Nova 2 Is Coming To Malaysia

First unveiled in China few months ago, it appears that Huawei Nova 2 is on its way to Malaysia. This was revealed by Huawei Malaysia through a media release that has just arrived in our inbox.
While the media release didn’t mention any specific name, it did include explanation of word “nova” which apparently the Latin word for “new”. Furthermore, Huawei Malaysia point out that the upcoming device is the company’s first ever smartphone to include 20-megapixels front camera. All in all, these statements clearly pointing to Nova 2.
That being said, there is no clear hint in whether we’ll be seeing just Nova 2 alone or together with its bigger brother, the Nova 2 Plus. Even though both devices are equipped with the same Kirin 659 processor, 4GB RAM, dual rear camera system, and full HD panels, Nova 2 has a smaller 5-inch display as opposed to Nova 2 Plus 5.5-inch display.
Additionally, Nova 2 comes with 64GB internal storage as compared to Nova 2 Plus 128GB storage. Not surprisingly, they also have different battery capacities whereby Nova 2 is equipped with 2,950mAh battery while Nova 2 Plus has a bigger 3,340mAh battery.

Given the timing of the media release, we expect Huawei to launch Nova 2 smartphone series in Malaysia really soon. To learn more about the device, check out our previous report on Nova 2 right here.
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Jide Decides To Leave Consumer Space; Drops Remix OS

Jide Technology, the company behind Remix OS, has announced that it is no longer working on consumer focused devices. Instead, it is pivoting towards enterprise customers. As a result, it is cancelling all products in its pipeline – including those funded by Kickstarter.
Remix OS is an Android based operating system with an overlay that made it vaguely resemble Windows. We reviewed the Remix Ultra Tablet, which borrowed heavily from the Microsoft Surface. It was a good effort for a 2015 Android based PC. Although not necessarily anything ground breaking.
In more current development were two more devices, the Remix IO and Remix IO+. These were meant to be a combination of Android PC and Android TV, and were funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign. Jide has promised to refund its backers and those who later bought the device through pre-order.

“Full refunds will be issued to ALL BACKERS via Kickstarter for both Remix IO and Remix IO+. In addition any purchases made via our online store that has remained unfulfilled will also be fully refunded,” said the company through its Facebook page.
Jide didn’t make much of a splash in the computing world for the most part. Android based PCs are still something of a niche product; and no company has managed to find a good angle for them.
[Source: Jide (Facebook)]
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