Resident Evil 3 Minimum PC Requirement Listed On Steam

Earlier this month, Sony gave the world its first glimpse at Capcom’s remake and upcoming sequel to the Resident Evil 2 remake, Resident Evil 3 (RE3). The good news is that the game is already listed on Steam and with it, its minimum system requirements.
For your PC to effectively play the RE3, your PC will need to be fitted with either an Intel Core i5-4460 or AMD FX-6300 CPU and have at least 8GB RAM. Further, you’re also going to need either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R7 260X graphics card. Your system will also require DirectX 11 on it; upon meeting the criteria, your system should be able to run the game at 30 fps on Full HD resolution.
Oddly enough, the page still doesn’t yet list down RE3’s recommended hardware, and simply states that a 64-bit processor and OS will be needed. However, considering that the game seems to be running on the same engine as the Resident Evil 2 remake that launched earlier this year, it’s possible that the recommended requirements could be identical.

For context, The RE2 remake required a either an Intel Core i7-3770 or AMD FX-9590 or better, 8GB RAM, and either a GeForce GTX 1060 or Radeon RX 480 in order for the game to run at 60 fps in Full HD resolution.
Resident Evil 3 will be officially available on Steam 3 April 2020. The game is also pre-purchasable for RM247.
(Source: Steam via Techspot)
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Rise of Skywalker is the Worst Reviewed Star Wars Movie Since Phantom Menace

With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, JJ Abrams had the monumental task of uniting a divided fanbase. Safe to say, he passed with flying colours. People who love The Last Jedi and hate it, all dislike The Rise of Skywalker. Jokes and hyperboles aside, it really is a terribly uninspiring and highly frustrating film.
To take an excerpt from my own review:
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a frustrating final chapter, one whose skeleton is feeble and made out of nothing but nostalgic candy, whose flesh is see-through, blood is thin and whose heart doesn’t pound like the drums at the back of Dragon boats but whimpers softly.
It looks like the larger critics circle feels the same way too. The Rise of Skywalker currently has a 58% rotten score on the popular aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes.
Check out the full list below. By order of release:

A New Hope – 93%
Empire Strikes Back – 94%
Return of the Jedi – 82%
The Phantom Menace – 53%
Attack of the Clones – 65%
Revenge of the Sith – 80%
The Force Awakens – 93%
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – 83%
The Last Jedi – 91%
Solo: A Star Wars Story – 70%
The Rise of Skywalker – 58%

There are a number of interesting takeaways from the scores above. But do keep in mind that we’re just talking about aggregated numbers. It’s not the be-all and end-all. The beauty of cinema is that it’s subjective.
Anyway, as divided as the core fanbase (on the internet) has been with many of these films, The Rise of Skywalker is only the second Star Wars film to receive a Rotten score, the first being 1999’s The Phantom Menace. There are four films that have received a score higher than 90%, including the divisive The Last Jedi and the ‘remix’ of A New Hope, The Force Awakens. The highest score is unsurprisingly attained by Empire Strikes Back, while the most harmless of the lot, Solo: A Star Wars Story gets a decent 70%.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is currently playing in Malaysian cinemas. May the Force be with you, always.
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Huawei Mate Xs To Be Showcased During MWC 2020

The Huawei Mate Xs was previously announced as awaiting a March 2020 release. It looks like the sequel to the company’s first foldable phone will be making another appearance MWC next year.
Frandroid reports that Huawei CEO Richard Yu confirmed the device’s appearance at MWC 2020. He also mentioned an improved hinge mechanism and a more resistant display on the foldable phone. This is in addition to the Kirin 990, the inclusion of which was announced previously.

Yu also mentioned a possible release in Europe, but did not specify an exact date. It is likely the Huawei Mate Xs will enter the Chinese market in March 2020 as initially announced, but its status elsewhere remains unknown. According to Frandroid, Yu said he would like to see a release in Q1 of 2020. Incidentally, the original Mate X has not reached other markets beyond China.
Further into the future, though, Yu has confirmed that Huawei is willing to make more foldable phones. He also said that we wants future devices to be lighter than the ones that are currently in the market. That said, the only other foldable phone that’s in the market right now is the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
(Source: Frandroid via TechRadar)
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Alleged Huawei P40 Smartphone Renders Leaked Online

Well, that didn’t take long. Shortly after its confirmed debut next year, alleged renders which showcases the design of the Huawei P40 series smartphone has been leaked online.
The alleged renders was uploaded by industry leakster OnLeaks on his Twitter account, as well as Indian tech website 91Mobiles. As usual of the leaker’s initial renders of a particular phone, the supposed Huawei P40 model is presented in a silhouette-like style which does not give out too much detail upon observation.

From the looks of it, the phone features a curved display which is expected to be around 6.1 or 6.2-inches. Due to the phone’s vague presentation in the render, it’s not known if it will sport a notch or punch-hole housing for its selfie camera.

On its back, the supposed Huawei P40 appears to have a rectangular camera island but we can’t say for sure how many cameras are expected to be on it. Besides that, the volume rocker and lock button is located on its right side, while a speaker grille, USB-C port, and SIM tray can be seen on the phone’s bottom.
(Source: OnLeaks.)
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Acer Predator 43-Inch 4K HDR 144Hz Gaming Monitor Is Now On Its Way To Malaysia

Barely two weeks left before 2019 wraps up but that doesn’t mean there is no longer new products coming into the market. For example, Acer is prepping up to unleash a new Predator gaming monitor into Malaysia next week.
Originally revealed to the world during the next@acer event in New York earlier this year, calling the Predator CG437K P a monitor maybe a little bit too much for some folks out there. This is because the sheer size of its 43-inch VA display which also has native resolution of 4K and 120Hz refresh rate that can be boosted further to 144Hz.

In addition to being an NVIDIA G-Sync Compatible and VESA Certified DisplayHDR 1000 display, the Predator CG437K P also has a DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage of 90% and Delta E<2 rating. Not to forget, users can choose to install LED strips on the display and customized their output through the RGB Light Sense app.
As mentioned earlier, you can look forward to check out the new Predator CG437K P 4K HDR gaming monitor towards the end of this month at selected Acer dealers throughout the country. Priced at RM 4,699, you can also choose to order it directly from Acer Online Store on Lazada and Shopee.
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Review – A Frustrating End to the Saga

“Let the past die. Kill it if you have to.” Kylo Ren, The Last Jedi
Rian Johnson understood that for Star Wars to live, Star Wars must first die. That was his philosophy. That was the Gita in which he stood atop of while meticulously painting every frame. But killing the past didn’t mean denigrating it (many will argue otherwise), rather it meant delicately deconstructing and examining the legacy of Star Wars and the legends that reside in the galaxy — a galaxy that for years have oddly felt so small. It meant paying close attention to the lessons of the past without losing focus on the present, the new crop of characters, their psychology, their journey.
Johnson maintained the magical essence of Star Wars without conforming to the formula of Star Wars. He may have driven an unholy wedge through the fandom, but he also shattered the large, rusty shackles that were tightly clamped around the ankles of this franchise (I mean, The Force Awakens, as great as it is, is just a remix of A New Hope.) And for the first time, in a long time, Star Wars was free. Free to become whatever it wanted to be. The ground wasn’t just broken, it was obliterated. A new path was formed for the next director to journey on and craft a finale that is bold, that is brazen, that is new, that is respectful to the past without being beholden to it.
So what does JJ Abrams do?
He gets on his knees, picks up the pieces of the shattered iron, rebuilds the chains (at one point we see Kylo Ren rebuild his smashed mask), straps it around his ankles and enslaves himself. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a frustrating final chapter, one whose skeleton is feeble and made out of nothing but nostalgic candy, whose flesh and blood are see-through, whose heart doesn’t pound like the drums at the back of Dragon boats but whimpers softly…

Why, I wonder, was Palpatine’s inclusion in the film shrouded in so much mystery and intrigue when his presence in the film itself is void of those elements. The opening crawl casually tells us — as if informing that it’s snowing in the Artic or that water is wet — that Emperor Palpatine is back and up to no good. Kylo Ren meets him in a very early scene (after a glorious action set piece) in which Palpatine offhandedly says he’s been the asshole behind everything all along — Snoke, The First Order, the Darth Jar Jar fan theories.
We move on swiftly.
A couple of scenes later, the protagonists learn of his return as well. Weirdly enough, they react almost nonchalantly. Weirder: Leia (RIP Carie Fisher) says something along the lines of, “Yeah, I’ve always known.” It was at this point when I raised my left eyebrow. A lot of what we learn in the first act comes in the form of bland exposition, sometimes simplistic, sometimes contrived, always lacking in tension and drama. Palpatine, who’s more powerful than he’s ever been, has been working in the shadows. He now has a Sith army. He wants the former Ben Solo to join him. The good guys must stop the evil megalomaniac and end the war once and for all.
The sequel trilogy did not need Palpatine. With Snoke dead and Kylo Ren over the edge (he murdered his father, contemplated killing his mother and indirectly caused the death of Luke Skywalker), the door was wide open for the unmasked, unhinged and unchained master of the Knights of Ren to become the primary antagonist and lead the First Order ruthlessly against the thinning band of Resistance. But this is a film that’s obsessed with what’s in its rearview mirror.
So, we get Palpatine.
But if we’re going to fight a battle that’s already been fought against a villain already once defeated, why not reintroduce said villain in a manner that’s poetic or prophetic akin to Voldemort in Goblet of Fire? Here, Palpatine’s integration into the narrative feels forced and — to use his terminology — unnatural. Worst of all, he’s generic. Written like a one-dimensional robot in a Michael Bay Transformers film, he’s sort of just there, cackling away, using big words like “destroy” and “new Empire” without the temperature and gravity to back em up. At one point, he even shoots a bolt of SUPER LIGHTNING into the sky while twisting his proverbial moustache.

Rey is another character who has been made a prisoner to the past. I can’t decide what’s more bothersome: The fact that the new element JJ Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio injects into her character dissolves a beautiful and thematically powerful story beat introduced in The Last Jedi or that it’s written and executed in such an inorganic and ineffective manner that had many of us going “oh well” instead of “oh wow!” Abrams genuinely is better at designing puzzles than piecing them together.
What becomes blatantly obvious as the film lumbered along, oftentimes choppily, is that JJ Abrams desperately wants to tell the story that he had in his mind while penning The Force Awakens. Whatever it takes. Even if the revelations aren’t going to make sense. Even if it means pushing characters around inorganically.
Take Kylo Ren, for instance, a gem of a character created by Abrams himself (and TFA co-writer Lawrence Kasdan). When we first meet him, he’s a total effing badass. He had a cool mask, a terrorizing voice and could stop a blaster shot mid-air. But what lied underneath the pizzazz and theatrics was a conflicted, temperamental, Vader-obsessed fanboy, whose fiery jagged laser sword matched his barbed-wire personality. Ingenious! This gift of a character was nurtured and allowed to bloom in a profound manner in The Last Jedi. He was laid bare on a surgical table, carefully dissected and examined. We understood him. Understood why he ventured into the dark side and became Kylo Ren. We felt his pain, his confusion, his anger. And the killing of Supreme Leader Snoke made him the most interesting villain in all of Star Wars.
In The Rise of Skywalker, he fixes his mask and puts it back on for one reason and one reason alone: This is more of a sequel to The Force Awakens (at least in spirit), than it is to The Last Jedi. He’s back to worshipping his grandfather’s mask too. Yes, the battle for his soul between the light side and the dark forms one of the central plots of the film, but it’s written so haphazardly by JJ Abrams and Chris Terrio, that almost none of it resonates emotionally. His journey — heck, everybody’s journey — feels less like an arc and more like fragmented pieces, tied together with exposition, lacking a sense of controlled gradual escalation that leads to a dramatically fulfilling moment.

A lot of it boils down to the writing. In The Force Awakens, Abrams had Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) by his side. The narrative was clean and the characters were fleshed out with wonderfully shaped arcs. Terrio, on the other hand, penned Batman V Superman, another rhythmless, choppy film packed with bland expository lines, head-scratching character motivations and an incredibly crappy bad guy.
It doesn’t help that the film is drenched with fan-service. Nostalgia, when done right, like in the case of Avengers: Endgame has the power to evoke a deep emotional response, especially from those of us who have journeyed along with the characters throughout the years. In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, though, a lot of these moments feel augmented, as if made in a factory and shoved into the film at random spots throughout, without a care in the world for story or structure, so much so that it dilutes some of the more significant callbacks (i.e. Lando showing up). There is a scene with Leia (which I won’t spoil, of course) that’s so out of place and unnecessary, I’m shocked it made it out of the editing chamber unscathed.
Look, I don’t mean for this review to sound like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the most bitchin movie of the year. Because it’s not. Continuing the trend of the sequel trilogy, TROS is beautiful. A lot of the frames (JJ Abrams’ frequent collaborator Dan Mindel is back handling the camera) look like paintings that belong on the walls of pipe-smoking art collectors, though, admittedly, they won’t leave as lasting an impression as some of the stunning images from TFA and TLJ.
The action sequences are always glorious to behold, whether in space (there’s a scene where Poe does something with the Falcon called Lightspeed skipping that’s genuinely one of the best moments of pure visual ecstasies all year) or on the ground (the lightsaber battle between Kylo Ren and Rey is pretty awesome — I love how JJ Abrams doesn’t infuse it with an epic John Williams score, but uses silence to convey a sense of tension and peril). Speaking of, John Williams is once again furnace hot with his tracks, even if most of the great ones you hear in this film are from blasts from the past.
Almost every scene where Rey and Kylo Ren connect through the Force and communicate across space is fantastic, if not for the writing then for Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley’s irreplicable raw chemistry. Just be careful what you wish for with these two.
That sentiment stretches across all the other actors as well — from the old guard like Billy Dee Williams, the new bunch like Oscar Isaac and John Boyega to the newnew members like Keri Russell and Naomi Ackie — all of whom are charming and work very well together, making all their mini-adventures they embark on a delight to watch. (Keep an eye out for Isaac’s Poe and Russell’s Zorii. They’ve got a sexy couple of scenes.)

All of these elements come together stylishly to distract you from the grossly disappointing story and screenplay. To a certain extent, it works. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a fairly entertaining picture from start to finish (and for that reason it will be getting a positive rating from me).
But the best Star Wars films have the ability to do more than just keep you glued to your seat for two hours. They have the ability to reach into your soul, to captivate you, to move you emotionally, to leave you exhausted and elated. To leave your cheeks sticky with dried-up tears from three scenes ago. The best Star Wars films can inspire you. The Rise of Skywalker accomplishes none of that.
It just leaves you feeling kind of defeated.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is currently playing in Malaysian cinemas.
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iFixit Dismantles The New Apple Mac Pro; Gives It Almost Perfect Score For Repairability

Designed for professionals, you might have read our earlier report that the price of the new Apple Mac Pro in Malaysia starts at RM 25,999 and could go up to more than RM 230,000. Hence, the machine is not only out of reach for most user but even if you can afford one, you might not want to carelessly tinker around its internal parts given its price tag.
Then again, there’s the famed master of teardowns, iFixit, to show you how it is done like a champion. Just like tons of previously released Apple products that have went through their hands, the folks at iFixit have obtained the 2019 Mac Pro and duly dismantle it in order to rate the machine’s repairability factor.

Interesting enough, iFixit folks were really happy to see that plenty of parts within the Mac Pro can be easily swapped or replaced without special tools. Additionally, they also loved the fact that Apple has made the repair manuals and videos available for free.
However, iFixit pointed out that the modular solid state drive on the Mac Pro is still a custom-made part and users still need to obtain them from Apple if it need to be replaced. In the end, the teardown outfit gives the Mac Pro an almost perfect repairability score of 9 over 10 which is the highest score that iFixit has awarded to any Apple products.
(Source: iFixit.)
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DBKL Orders The Removal of SugarBook Advertisements at Bangsar and Bukit Kiara (UPDATED)

UPDATE (6:53 PM): The founder and CEO of SugarBook, Darren Chan has reached out and provided the company’s side of the story. We’ve also included a remark from Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. Read further for more details.
Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) has recently ordered the removal of advertisements by an app called SugarBook from LED billboards at Bangsar and Bukit Kiara. The directive was issued by DBKL after the advertisements went viral earlier this week.
According to the statement released by DBKL, the adverts which were deemed by many as lewd and suggestive didn’t receive authorization from the authority. In fact, even the owner of the billboard, Yayasan Wilayah Perseketuan (YWP), was not informed of the adverts by the billboard operator, Out of Home.

DBKL in principal agreed with the majority of public consensus that the SugarBook advertisements were not suitable for Malaysia. Hence, the removal order was issued to both YWP and Out of Home which shouldn’t be much problem as they were shown on electronic billboard.
In case you wondering what is the SugarBook is all about, it is a dating platform that focused on mutually beneficial relationship which has also been referred to as “Sugar Daddy arrangement” by the company. The platform was created right here in Malaysia by local techprenuer, Darren Chan.
(Source: Khalid Samad, SugarBook, Malay Mail.)

UPDATE (6:53 PM):
The founder and CEO of SugarBook, Darren Chan have e-mailed us this statement in regards to its controversial advertorials:
We’re a small startup focused on tech and applications.
In regards to the approval of billboard – The advise given to us by our ad publishing company was that our ads were approved, so we went with it. We were led to believe that this approval, is the only approval needed to proceed.
As such, it is clear that we were wrongly advised.
Darren has also provided us with scanned copies of the said approvals which came from Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP):

Meanwhile, the Director-General of DBP, Abang Sallehuddin Abg. Shokeran has also commented on this issue, according to a report by Malaysiakini:
It’s correct that we inspected (the ad copy), we approved ‘di sinilah bertemunya yang cantik dan yang berjaya’ (Here is where the beautiful and successful meet).
We approved it based on the (Bahasa Malaysia) language. We did not approve the English text. We also do not know the context, we do not know if it is an ad, or a book.
Based on the statements above, there seemed to be some miscommunications going on. While we are not familiar with DBKL’s billboard policy, it seems like SugarBook’s adverts have bypassed DBKL which is rather odd to us as logically, shouldn’t the local authority have a look first before approving any billboard adverts?
On a side note though, regardless of your opinion regarding SugarBook’s modus operandi, this incident has certainly provided a lot of attention to the dating platform. Their adverts might have been taken down but surely, SugarBook still managed to gain something our of this incident.
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WhatsApp Bug Causes Crashing Loop; Wipes Out Group Chat Histories

If you’re one of the over one billion people that uses WhatsApp, you probably want to make sure that you’re using the latest version of the messaging app. According to a report by Bleeping Computer, security researchers at Check Point recently discovered a bug that sends the app into a crashing loop.
The bug was originally discovered back in August of this year, when the Check Point researchers created a tool called “WhatsApp Manipulation Tool”. The tool basically modified certain parameters of the app that allowed them to gain access of encryption and decryption keys. Generated whenever a user logs into his or her WhatsApp account.
Once access was gained, the researchers could then initiate the crash by simply changing the phone number of a user to an alphabet or symbol, which would then cause the aforementioned crash that affects group chats. For the affected, the only workaround for them is to uninstall and reinstall the app, and then proceeding to delete the affected group chat. Ultimately, the crashing will cease, but any and all chat history of that group will be lost.

The good news is that WhatsApp has since issued a fix for the bug with version 2.19.58, which is already available via both Google Play and the Apple App Store. On a related note, Check Point says that the bug had not, mercifully, yet been exploited by hackers.
(Source: Bleeping Computer via Hot Hardware // Image source: Bleeping Computer)
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Opensignal: Celcom Delivers The Highest Rate of 4G Availability In Malaysia, Including Rural Areas

Back in October, Opensignal has released a report that discussed the availability of 4G connection to users in Malaysia according to the population density. According to the report, users in less populated areas are only able to connect to 4G connection 44% of the time.
The company earlier today has published a follow-up report which still focused on the same subject but using telcos as its anchor. Interesting enough, the new report pointed out that Celcom is on the top of the chart by delivering 4G availability rate of 90.7% in highly populated area.

Even in thinly populated rural areas, Celcom users apparently still able to connect to 4G around 74% of the time. As you can see from the chart above, U Mobile is ranked last in the list with around 74% in highly populated and down to 40% in rural areas.
Meanwhile, Opensignal has also stated that users in Malaysia are able to connect to their mobile network more than 90% of the time when 3G and 4G statistics are combined, regardless of their telcos. That is with the exception of U Mobile in less populated rural areas though, as its availability level is said to be much lower at 86%.

From the way we looked at it, the new report by Opensignal could be used as an additional reference point to check the progress as well as effectiveness of the on-going National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP). This is because 4G connectivity in underserved areas are the main focus of NFCP 1 and NFCP 2 infrastructure packages that will be deployed next year.
Hence, we expect to see some noticeable improvements in the next round of the 4G availability report by Opensignal next year.
(Source: Opensignal.)
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