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Analyst: iPhone 12 series may only get 60Hz displays, high refresh rate displays only expected on next year’s iPhone
iPhone fans will be disappointed to learn that the latest models may not come with high-refresh rate ProMotion displays.
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Digi leverages on TNB’s Allo fibre network to cover Melaka, Perak and Cyberjaya
Digi has announced a partnership with Allo Technology Sdn Bhd, a wholly subsidiary of Tenaga Nasional Berhad, to expand its fibre broadband footprint.
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Fi Life to Tap Kakitangan.com’s SME Base to Offer Insurance to 50,000 Employees
Fi Life will be offering direct life protection for users of the Kakitangan.com’s payroll and leave management web app which is said to serve more than 5,000 SMEs and 50,000 employees.
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Airbus Unveils Zero-Emission Commercial Aircraft Concept Designs
In conjunction with #ZeroEmissionsDay and to show support to the cause, Airbus has revealed three concept designs of its potential zero-emission commercial aircraft.
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HONOR 9S To Be Available In Malaysia On 28 September; Priced At RM359
The HONOR 9S will soon be making its way to our shores.
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Samsung Galaxy M51 To Be Available On 24 September; Retails For RM1599
Back in August, word got out that Samsung was planning on launching the Galaxy M51, a mid-range smartphone under the Galaxy M series that also comes with some relatively solid hardware.
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Digi Extends Its Deal With Allo To Help Expand Fibre Coverage In Melaka, Perak, and Cyberjaya
Digi today announced the extension of its collaboration with Allo Technology, a subsidiary of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) that is overseeing the commercialisation of fibre infrastructure that belonge...
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KKMM, MMU studying need for specific laws to combat cyberbullying
Cyberbullying and fake social media accounts came under the spotlight in the Dewan Negara today.
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US app maker Blix in letter to EU’s Vestager says Apple not playing fair
US app maker Blix on Sept 21 took its fight against Apple to Europe as it laid out its grievances against the iPhone maker to EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, saying that Apple is not playing fair.
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Rome’s micro-mobility boost leads to complaints of reckless eScooter users
They're a far cry from the ancient Roman chariots immortalised in the 1959 classic movie Ben-Hur, but critics say they can be just as dangerous in the wrong hands.
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Apple court triumph forces tough choice for EU’s tax crusade
Apple Inc’s July court triumph over a massive European Union back-tax order is forcing antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager to make a tough choice: Challenge a ruling that faulted the EU investigation or accept judges’ criticisms and re-examine a case started more than six years ago.
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Man ‘asleep’ in speeding self-driving car charged in Canada
A driver who allegedly set his car to autopilot and then took a nap as it broke the speed limit on a rural Canadian highway has been charged with dangerous driving, police said.
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7 features that make the Galaxy Note20 series a productivity monster
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Samsung Galaxy M51 Malaysia: Everything you need to know
The Samsung Galaxy M51 is officially announced for Malaysia and this is a new mid-range smartphone that comes with a massive 7,000mAh battery.
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Report: Google is working on an expensive answer to the Mi TV Stick
The emergence of streaming providers such as Netflix and Amazon has certainly changed the way we consume TV.
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Honor Malaysia’s new budget phone doesn’t come with Google Mobile Services
Honor has introduced the Honor 9S in Malaysia which is their latest budget smartphone offering.
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Unifi 500Mbps “Mistake” | ICYMI #411
On today’s episode of ICYMI, we have a few things that you might have missed for this weekend.  First up we are going to talk about the latest Apple Watch that you might be able to get on a Celcom ...
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Redefining Finance for Good: How CIMB Responded to the Pandemic
COVID-19 has been an important catalyst for digital transformation across all industries.
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ICAEW: South-East Asia’s GDP growth to contract by 4.2% in 2020
The Global Economic Outlook report from Oxford Economics, commissioned by chartered accountancy body ICAEW suggests that while economic activities are picking up again and growth is expected to eventu...
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Proficeo partners Everpeaks to give 100 micro SMEs year-end e-commerce sales boost
Proficeo Consultants Sdn Bhd (Proficeo) with Evrpks Consulting Sdn Bhd (Everpeaks®), a Malaysian based omni-channel e-commerce solutions provider today announced a strategic partnership to help Malay...
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Here’s What Malaysians Have Been Watching On YouTube During MCO
The COVID-19 pandemic and the Movement Control Order (MCO) that followed earlier in the year changed our video-watching habits on YouTube. And Google has shared what that change looks like with some Y...
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Gigabyte Accidentally Confirms Existence of GeForce RTX 3070 16GB, RTX 3080 20GB
NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 Series only very recently launched, with its GeForce RTX 3080 only having hit the global market less than a week ago.
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Air taxi firm Volocopter teams up with Schenker to deploy heavy-lift drones
German aviation startup Volocopter has teamed up with logistics group DB Schenker to deploy its heavy-lift drones, in a project that will gather vital practical flying experience before its air taxis enter service.
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Seoul city to install Hanok-style, high-tech bus stops
The Seoul city government said on Sept 21 it has decided to adopt the design of hanok, or traditional Korean houses, for high-tech bus stops in the capital, Yonhap news agency reported.
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China’s Didi, BYD to launch co-designed ride-hailing EV, sources say
China’s ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing and electric vehicle maker BYD plan to launch this year a test batch of a vehicle they have designed for ride-hailing services, a person familiar with the matter said.
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Tencent says WeChat will struggle to attract new US users while White House, courts spar over ban
Chinese social media leader Tencent Holdings Ltd has said its WeChat may not be able to win new users in the United States while the White House challenges a court ruling preventing a ban on the messaging app.
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Polio vaccine in the crossfire of misinformation
As scientists around the world rush to find a vaccine to stem the spread of Covid-19, another deadly disease, polio, has become the latest target of misinformation campaigns online.
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ByteDance asserts control of TikTok and contests US$5bil fee
ByteDance Ltd emphasised it will remain in control of a hived-off TikTok Global business, appearing to contradict US President Donald Trump’s statements about how the new entity will be directed by Americans and pay an unusual US$5bil (RM20.56bil) fee to the US government.
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Selena Gomez asks Facebook executives to stop the spread of misinformation
On Sept 18, Selena Gomez asked Facebook executives to take action against the spread of misinformation and racism on its social media platforms.
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Trump celebrates TikTok deal that falls short of his key demands
The TikTok video-sharing app was already under US scrutiny when users pranked President Donald Trump’s campaign by pretending to reserve thousands of tickets to a June re-election rally in Oklahoma.
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Is Malaysia ready for full implementation of virtual learning?
If not for the incident that went viral involving Universiti Malaysia Sabah student Veveonah Mosibin, who was forced to climb a tree to get an Internet connection to sit for an online examination, most people would have remained blissfully unaware that not all Malaysians enjoy high-speed Internet access.
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TikTok avoids U.S. ban, inks new deal with Orcale and Walmart
TikTok has narrowly avoided being banned in the U.S. thanks to a new deal between the video-sharing platform and two American companies: Oracle and Walmart.
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TM: Users that switched to 500Mbps Unifi plan can revert to previous plan without penalty
TM has announced yesterday that it will allow new 500Mbps Unifi subscribers to terminate their subscription without any penalty charges.
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Confirmed: The OnePlus 8T is “coming soon”
OnePlus look like they’re flooding the market with new smartphones, don’t they?
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Maybank can approve SME loans within 10 minutes on Maybank2U and Maybank2U Biz
Malaysia’s largest bank has introduced its new Maybank SME Digital Financing solution for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) that it says only takes 10 minutes to approve loans.
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Lego will make sustainable packaging for their bricks by 2025
The Lego Group announces plans to invest up to USD 400 million to focus on a “range of social and environmentally focused actions”.
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Rentokil Initial Malaysia Takes Digitalisation A Step Further With This Payment Solution
You probably have seen Rentokil Initial Malaysia’s vans around the city centre before and would easily recognise it as a pest control business and hygiene service provider.
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This M’sian Travelled Across The Country During RMCO To Hand A Laptop To A Client
The Monday of August 3, 2020 would’ve been any other regular workday for most of us.But as for June Wee, a Senior Community Manager at Colony, a luxury coworking space in Malaysia, her Monday mornin...
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How A Global Economic Crash Made Karex Bhd The World’s Largest Condom Manufacturer
Malaysia is known for its rich rubber plantations because of its ideal climate, soil for rubber, and land space.
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US Homeland Security Issues Warning For Zerologon Security Flaw On Windows
The US’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a security warning to all government agencies regarding a security exploit found within Microsoft’s Window OS.
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PlayStation 5 Games Are As Huge As The Console Itself
We’ve seen the measurements of the actual PlayStation 5 console, and it’s a massive piece of tech.
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GALAX GeForce RTX 3080 SG Arriving October; Retails For RM3399
GALAX, the experts famed for producing and launching graphics cards with higher than average clock speeds, recently announced that its GeForce RTX 3080 SG graphics card will be the first product of NV...
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TikTok Successfully Avoids US Banhammer Through Oracle And Walmart Deal
After a long fight against the United States government, ByteDance can now finally take a breather as TikTok has been allowed to continue its operations in the US.
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PDRM closely monitoring ‘Dark Side’ accounts on social media
A ‘Dark Side’ or DS account is where the owner of a social media account is free to display their dark side, especially sexual desires and fantasy.
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During pandemic, more workers being replaced by robots, new study finds
The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating the trend of robots replacing humans in the workplace, which could result in a recovery from recession that nonetheless costs jobs, according to a new report.
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Chinese AI technology shows people age fastest in their 40s
Researchers used 3D images to determine how much younger or older people look compared to their actual age. System based on images and health information about 5,000 Beijing residents.
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Report: Hackers aimed at manufacturing firms during pandemic
Companies in as many as 27 different industries fell victim to the hackers, nearly double the number of industries that were targeted in all of 2019, CrowdStrike said in a report.
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In California, WiFi minivans help disadvantaged students
A minivan with a WiFi router attached to the dashboard and a satellite antenna on the roof is helping 200 disadvantaged students in Santa Ana, close to Los Angeles, cope with the rigors of distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Judge temporarily halts US govt ban on WeChat
NEW YORK: A judge has approved a request from a group of US WeChat users to delay looming federal government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use.
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This US startup pushes technology into schools with paper and pen
Millions of kids in the US headed back to school this month and most of them will be spending at least part of their class time remotely, relying on computers, tablets and fast broadband to connect with teachers.
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‘TikTok is the language they use’: Teens rally around popular app amid criticism
TikTok – a video sharing app for a generation that keeps little to itself – is inspiring ardent loyalty from users who say its dance videos and candid expressions of teen reality help them feel connected during the socially limiting coronavirus pandemic.
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Kre8tif! 2020: A conversation with Pixar’s Dylan Sissons on animation technology
It’s not often that we discuss technology when talking about animation, but both are aspects that evolve hand-in-hand.
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Kids dodge online teachers with fake glitch
Kids are cueing up a video that plays the sound of a garbled Zoom call so it seems like they tried to answer when a teacher calls on them during online lessons.
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As Trump holds back, tech firms step in on US election security
WASHINGTON: Adam Schiff was in the audience at the 2018 Aspen Security Forum when a Microsoft executive mentioned an attempted hacking of three politicians up for reelection.
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Misinformation and disturbing content spreading like wildfire on social media
Social media platforms are in the spotlight again, as they struggle to contain the spread of disturbing content on their network.
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Working or studying from home? Here’s how to take care of your computer
Getting a good personal computer – even a second-hand model – and maintaining it well are paramount for staying productive in the pandemic age.
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US judge blocks order to remove WeChat from Apple App Store and Google Play Store
A US judge early today blocked the Commerce Department from requiring Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to remove Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat for downloads by late today.
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Galaxy S20 Fan Edition: Samsung confirms 4 fan favourite features
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is launching this coming Wednesday, 23rd September at 10PM Malaysian time.
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You can now Setel at Petronas directly from your credit card, no Wallet top up required
Setel has introduced CardTerus, a new feature which allows you to pay for petrol directly from your payment cards without the need of topping up the Setel Wallet.
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Customer Claims Lenovo AIO PC Was Wiped Remotely, Following Bizarre Shutdown Error and Warranty Dispute
A recent purchase of a Lenovo Ideacentre All-in-One PC turns out to be a nightmare experience for a local customer.
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PS5 Photos Show The Size Of Sony’s Largest Console
Back when Sony first revealed the PlayStation 5, we pretty much expected it to be a very large console.
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Sony WF-SP800N review: I grew to love them
When I first came across Sony’s sports-focused WF-SP800N headphones, I was a little sceptical.
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Why TM’s Unifi Upload Speed Fiasco could be an honest mistake
Early Friday, a report on SoyaCincau highlighted that a customer in Parit Buntar, Perak had experienced disparity when he tried to sign up for a 500Mbps unifi plan from TM.
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Facebook is making Ray-Ban smart glasses, launching in 2021
Facebook said it is planning to make a new line of Ray-Ban branded smart glasses that will connect with phones.
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Celcom to offer the Apple Watch Series 6 in Malaysia very soon
The latest Apple Watch Series 6 which was revealed on Malaysia Day is coming to our market very soon.
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MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio And Ventus 3X Cards Now Available; Starts From RM3390
Like other NVIDIA partner brands, MSI’s line of custom-cooled GeForce RTX 3080 is finally available on the market.
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Electric scooter braking tips: Stand back and use the rear brake
Whether it's your own or just a rental, riding and braking on an electric scooter can be tricky – but the following tips should make it safer and easier to use.
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WiFi on wheels: How to turn your car into a hotspot
There are plenty of reasons to be connected to the Internet while in the car, even if it's just to stream movies and music while on the go. But what's the best way to make it happen?
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iOS 14 highlights: The top five new features arriving on your iPhone
After almost two months of beta testing, Apple has released iOS 14 for all users. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you may have already received a notification asking if you want to update.
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Climate-friendly streaming: How to reduce emissions while you binge
Pick up your litter, cycle to work and stream in lower definition: The list of things you can do to slow climate change now also includes being wary of how you watch content online.
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Cortana is always running on Windows 10 – here's how to turn it off
Whether you want it or not, Microsoft's assistant is always running in the background in Windows 10.
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YouTube Blocks Picture-In-Picture On iOS 14; Reserved Only To Premium Subscribers
The recently released iOS 14 update for iPhones introduced a variety of new features, such as Back Tap and Picture-in-Picture (PIP). As for the latter, you may want to forget about utilising the featu...
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US to ban TikTok and WeChat on Sunday
The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from US app stores starting tomorrow night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over con...
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Google Drive Will Soon Empty The Trash Can In 30 Days
If you make use of Google Drive to, say, transfer lots of files from one machine to another, you probably delete files from there quite frequently too.
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Digerati50: A hand at cyber-securing Malaysia
Digital News Asia (DNA) continues its series that profiles 50 influencers who are helping shape Malaysia’s Digital Economy, from Digerati50 2020-2021 (Vol 4), a special biennial print publication re...
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Official Cyberpunk 2077 PC Hardware Requirements And Recommended Specs Revealed
If you’re one of several gamers looking forward to playing CD Projekt Red’s (CDPR) upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 on the PC, you’ve probably been wondering if your current rig is capable of running the...
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Video games, candy, Lego … How children spent their allowances during lockdown
One study looked at how British and American children have spent their pocket money since the beginning of the pandemic.
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Could PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X be swan song for consoles?
The upcoming release of a ninth generation of games consoles by Sony and Microsoft is set to be a sales slam dunk with consumers seeking entertainment during pandemic confinement, but could it also be their swan song as the habits of gamers change?
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Google restores top India payment app after one-day suspension
Alphabet Inc’s Google restored Paytm, the dominant financial services app run by India’s most valuable startup, to its Play Store after suspending it for a day for violating gambling policies.
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US to ban TikTok downloads, block WeChat use
The United States on Sept 18 ordered a ban on downloads of popular the video app TikTok and effectively block the use of the Chinese super-app WeChat on US national security grounds, escalating a fight with Beijing over digital technology.
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The GoPro Hero 9 Black, NOW available in Malaysia! | ICYMI #410
How much is the new Apple Watch?
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Sony Announces DualShock 4 EA Sports FIFA 21 Voucher Bundle; Available On 9 October
Sony Interactive Entertainment Singapore has announced an interesting bundle that it is making available next month.
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Apple’s Shazam App Comes With New Features After iOS 14 Update
The Apple owned music recognition app, Shazam has now been added with a new picture-in-picture support and the ability to launch it via Back Tap feature.
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Six giant Tesla batteries used to keep lights on in Britain
A project using giant Tesla Inc batteries was used to help balance supply and demand in Britain’s electricity market for the first time this week.
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Latest fuel price: RON97 drops to 1.93/litre, RON95 priced at RM1.63/litre
Fuel prices in Malaysia continue to fall for the third consecutive week.
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Sony PlayStation 5: Here are 5 games to look forward to
Sony has recently revealed the pricing and availability of its next-generation PlayStation 5 (PS5). The highly anticipated is set for a global launch on 19 November with the PlayStation 5 priced at US...
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Study: Electromagnetic radiation from your smartphone may be killing insects
We’ve all heard the myth that you shouldn’t charge your smartphone by your bedside—and yes, you shouldn’t charge your phone under the covers, but charging on a bedside table should be fine.
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Is this the Oppo Find X2 League of Legends World Championship Special Edition smartphone?
One of the biggest eSports tournaments of the year will be taking place in one week.
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Zotac Announces GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity; Retails For RM3439
Just like ASUS and Gigabyte, Zotac Malaysia recently announced its own 3rd party GeForce RTX 30 series card and that it will be launching in Malaysia.
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Hacker Turns LEGO Super Mario Into A Controller
The LEGO Super Mario is one of the surprisingly high-tech toys featuring the Italian plumber.
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Samsung Galaxy A01 Core Now In Malaysia; Priced At RM329
Earlier in the year, Samsung brought the Galaxy A01 into the Malaysian market.
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Sony Xperia 5 II To Be Available In Malaysia Starting December 2020
In what can only be described as a fortuitous turn of events, Sony Malaysia has announced that it will be bringing the Xperia 5 II into the country.
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Watch Dogs 2 And Football Manager 2020 Currently Free On Epic Games Store
Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs 2 is one of the three games on Epic Games Store (EGS) that is currently available for free until 24 September 2020.
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Tech savvy, flexible workers boost Covid-hit Nordic economies
Well-developed digital infrastructure has helped the Nordic economies weather the pandemic better than most of Europe.
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Google removes Paytm mobile app from store over policy violations
Alphabet Inc's Google on Sept 18 removed the mobile app of SoftBank and Alibaba-backed Indian fintech firm Paytm from its Android store over violations of its gambling policy.
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China’s Tencent rebrands WeChat work app ahead of Trump ban
Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings has changed the name of its WeChat Work office collaboration app to WeCom, setting it up as a potential alternative to its messaging app WeChat ahead of a US ban.
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US startups race to develop tech that can clear workplaces of Covid
Smithfield Foods Inc thought it was doing great. In the first quarter of this year, its earnings were up 190% over the same period in 2019. Then the pandemic hit, and the close quarters of meatpacking plants made them ideal places for the coronavirus to spread.
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The most popular games on Twitch this week
What has inspired the curiosity of gamers on Twitch this week? Here are the latest figures for the last seven days on the streaming platform.
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Opinion: TikTok and Instagram face off for luxury influencers
Since short-form video took the world by storm, ByteDance Inc’s TikTok has begun nibbling away at Instagram’s dominance.
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Dissent at heart of telecom industry undermines France’s 5G push
A quarrel has emerged inside France’s biggest phone company over whether to build a new generation of wireless networks, days before the industry is due to commit billions of euros to their deployment in the country.
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Cathay Pacific and Prenetics to launch London-Hong Kong digital health passport in October in bid to ease travel
Pilot project, which starts on the Hong Kong-London route, will allow travellers to show their negative Covid-19 test results on a mobile app before boarding.
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Here’s what the Adidas lego ZX 8000 sneakers look like at all angles
Collaborations between a sports brand and other iconic brands can sometimes be a big miss.
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Fujifilm Instax SQUARE SQ1 Now Official; Priced At USD120
Fujifilm has officially announced the Instax SQUARE SQ1 camera, and is slated to be released next month.
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Tesla wins case against former employee accused of hacking, transferring data
US electric carmaker Tesla Inc won its case against a former employee, who was fired for hacking and transferring company data to third parties, according to court documents filed on Sept 17.
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Arm rival SiFive says Nvidia deal spurs interest in its technology
The newly appointed chief executive of SiFive Inc says Nvidia Corp's US$40bil (RM165.1bil) agreement to acquire Arm has sparked fresh interest from customers about deepening ties with the young firm.
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Nintendo reveals new Monster Hunter games for Switch
Nintendo Co announced a series of new games for its popular Switch console on Sept 17, including two titles from Capcom Co’s blockbuster Monster Hunter franchise that could further boost sales momentum for the hybrid hand-held.
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Paying cyber-ransoms should be outlawed, UK ex-security boss says
Ciaran Martin, who stepped down as head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre this month, will call on Boris Johnson’s government to make it illegal for companies to pay cyber hackers a ransom.
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YouTube outlines cases where it allows videos with nudity, hate speech, violence and bullying
YouTube generally bans content with hate speech, bullying and nudity, among other categories that violate its community guidelines. However, it makes some exceptions – allowing such otherwise prohibited content if YouTube deems the videos to have “educational, documentary, scientific or artistic” merit.
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German hospital hacked, patient taken to another city dies
German authorities said on Sept 17 that an apparently misdirected ransomware attack caused the failure of IT systems at a major hospital in Duesseldorf, and a woman who needed urgent admission died after she had to be taken to another city for treatment.
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Bezos, other billionaires urged to step up to help world’s starving
UN food chief David Beasley called on the world’s billionaires on Sept 17 to step up to help save some 30 million people he said are at risk of dying if they don’t receive help from the World Food Programme.
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Facebook accused of watching Instagram users through cameras
Facebook Inc is again being sued for allegedly spying on Instagram users, this time through the unauthorised use of their mobile phone cameras.
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Facebook moves to cool hot talk on worker message board
Facebook on Sept 17 said it is updating workplace policy to prevent clashes over politics, racial justice or the pandemic on its internal employee message board.
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Twitter tightens security for politicians and journalists
Twitter on Sept 17 said it is tightening security of high-profile politicians, campaigns and journalists as a "critical preventative step" ahead of the US presidential election.
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Instagram down: Users experience brief outages, technical problems
Instagram was evidently hit by widespread technical problems on Sept 17, with users reporting issues including the inability to log in or access their feed. The issues appeared to be mostly resolved in under an hour, with Facebook blaming an errant network-configuration change.
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US court to hear legal challenge against Donald Trump’s WeChat ban
A group of users of the messaging app say the president’s executive order is unconstitutional and discriminates against Chinese-Americans. US Department of Justice says WeChat users will not face civil or criminal penalties.
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Apple to begin online sales in India ahead of holiday season
Apple Inc will this month begin direct sales online in India, more than 20 years after the world’s most valuable tech company first began operating in the South Asian country that’s one of world’s fastest-growing smartphone markets.
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Vincent Tan disputes claims linking Berjaya Group to SEA Gamer Mall
Tan’s statement came following media reports linking Berjaya, and his daughters, to SEA Gamer Mall which is headquartered in Sitiawan, Perak.
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Trevo, P2P car-sharing platform, to offer RM200 financial aid to new hosts
Trevo, a peer-to-peer car-sharing platform by Socar Mobility Malaysia, announced that it is offering RM2 million in financial aid to 10,000 new hosts in the Klang Valley, Penang and Kota Kinabalu.
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Report: Cyberattack on German hospital inadvertently causes patient’s death
In the past, leading cybersecurity experts have warned against cyber threats that hospitals may face during the COVID-19 pandemic, pointing to cases of vulnerabilities being exposed by malicious parti...
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Xperia 5 II: Sony’s new phone boasts a 240Hz refresh rate experience for blur-free gaming
Sony has announced its Xperia 5 II (pronounced as Mark Two) and it’s coming to Malaysia at the end of the year.
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At 63, This Retired M’sian Auditor Created A Zero-Waste Fix For The Global Trash Problem
When Roland Tee retired as an auditor in 2009, he realised from reading newspapers that there needed to be a more environmentally friendly way to dispose of our country’s waste.
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Futurise-National Sports Institute of Malaysia ink MOU to strengthen regulatory framework in Sports Technology Development
Technology has changed the business of sports through various innovations.
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Monster Hunter Rise For Nintendo Switch To Release On 26 March 2021
Capcom has announced the next Monster Hunter game, called Monster Hunter Rise, for the Nintendo Switch.
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How to create your own avatar in Facebook and join the rest of your timeline
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 — By now, your Facebook timeline should be looking like a Disney movie.
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The GoPro Hero 9 Black is now available in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 — The GoPro Hero 9 Black has just been launched, along with a couple of significant upgrades over its predecessor: 5K video recording, a front-facing display, and a new HyperS...
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Facebook to curb private groups spreading hate, misinformation
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 18 — Facebook yesterday said it is cracking down on private groups where hate or misinformation is shared among members.
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This robot mops floors, walls and windows
SEOUL, Sept 18 — When it comes to new home appliances, Samsung’s recently unveiled JetBot Mop really stands out from the rest.
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Facebook plans Ray-Ban smart glasses as it eyes AR
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 18 — Facebook on Wednesday announced it would launch its own smart glasses next year which connect to smartphones as part of an alliance with eyewear titan EssilorLuxottica. The ...
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TikTok’s owner is gaining confidence Beijing will okay US deal
TikTok-owner ByteDance Ltd is getting more confident its envisioned alliance with Oracle Corp will pass muster with China’s regulators, a critical step in the political clash over the popular video app, people familiar with the matter said.TikTok-owner ByteDance Ltd is getting more confident its envisioned alliance with Oracle Corp will pass muster with China’s regulators, a critical step in the political clash over the popular video app, people familiar with the matter said.
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How the pandemic might be hurting your eyes
The combination of 30 million Americans out of work and tens of millions more working from home exploded the number of hours people have been glued to a screen.
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Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich top index of world’s smartest cities
Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich are the world’s smartest cities, according to an index published on Sept 17 amid a growing debate on the future of urban design for a post-Covid era.
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Digital rights legal fund targets Covid-19 violations with grants
As governments embrace tracing apps to stem the spread of Covid-19, a Dutch-based organisation announced grants this week to fight alleged violations of digital rights during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Robots driving forklifts score venture capital, create jobs
Silicon Valley investors are increasing bets on a Pittsburgh company that turns a venerable machine of the past century of industrialisation – the forklift – into a driver of the e-commerce boom.
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Tencent’s gaming stakes draw US National Security scrutiny
The Trump administration has asked gaming companies to provide information about their data-security protocols involving Chinese technology giant Tencent Holdings Ltd, people familiar with the matter said.
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Alibaba deepens push into enterprise services with cloud-enabled mini computer
Cloud computing was Alibaba’s second-biggest revenue contributor last quarter, with sales growing 59% to US$1.8bil. The computer packs enough power to cut the rendering time of one frame of high resolution animation from 90 minutes down to 10 minutes.
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Card finally trumps cash in Germany as virus prompts change
Card payments will surpass cash transactions for the first time in Germany in 2020 as the pandemic changes shoppers’ behaviour, a study said on Sept 17.
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Malaysia 5.0 – Digital Transformation for Malaysian Businesses
The aspirations for the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is to firmly establish Malaysia as the Heart of Digital ASEAN, a regional digital powerhouse and industry trailblazer.
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Accenture Cloud First Launches with US$3 bil Investment to Accelerate Clients’ Move to Cloud and Digital Transformation
Accenture announced, yesterday, the formation of Accenture Cloud First with a US$3 billion (RM12.4 billion) investment over three years to help clients across all industries rapidly become “cloud fi...
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The Apple One subscription is a deal hard to resist
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 — While the new Apple Watch and iPads look good, Apple’s latest subscription package could prove far more tempting.
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Nordic malls creating online shop to solve ‘last mile’ dilemma
Bringing shopping malls online could be the answer to a problem that’s gnawed at e-commerce for years, namely how to slash delivery costs for the “last mile” before a product reaches its buyer, according to the chief executive of Citycon Oyj.
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Apple Pay tech likely to be open to rivals in rules mulled by EU
The European Union is considering new rules that would likely require Apple Inc to give competitors access to payments technology inside its iPhones.
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Price, launch dates, games... PlayStation 5 duels Xbox
Targeting system supremacy, gaming behemoths Sony and Microsoft are about to go head to head with their latest offerings – PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
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Submarine cable capacity between West and East Malaysia to be tripled in 3 years
Internet connectivity in Sabah is getting a huge boost as the government will triple the bandwidth capacity of the Sistem Kabel Rakyat Malaysia (SKRM) submarine cable linking West and East Malaysia.
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New AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Graphics Card Images Leak; Shows Off Dual And Triple Fan Designs
AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 Series “Big Navi” graphics cards are set to launch on 28 October, but as these things usually go on the internet, there are some impatient individuals who just can’t help ...
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Chrome App Enables Separate Tabs To Work On Dual Display Phones
Google seems to have introduced a new feature that will separate tabs to be displayed on devices that are equipped with dual displays.
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GoPro Hero9 Black Available In Malaysia Starting Today; Priced At RM2099
GoPro Malaysia has officially launched the Hero9 Black in Malaysia today and revealed that the new action camera is available locally starting today.
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COVID-19: New cases drop to 21 today, new Selamat cluster identified in Semporna
Malaysia has recorded 21 new COVID-19 cases today which brings the total number of infections to 10,052.
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The iPad Air is the iPad you should buy in 2020. Here’s why
In recent years, Apple has resurrected the iPad Air tablet range with releases that combine features from the iPad Pro series with a more affordable price tag.
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Merchantrade Acquires Valyou From Telenor Group
Merchantrade, a digital money services business operator and e-money issuer, has acquired a 100% stake in Valyou from the Norwegian Telenor Group following a competitive bidding exercise.
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WhatsApp Web May Soon Use Fingerprint Authentication
Right now, all you need to access WhatsApp Web is to scan a QR code with the phone you’re running WhatsApp with.
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Intel Xe DG2 GPU To Feature 8GB GDDR6 Memory; Heading For Tiger Lake-H CPUs
Earlier this month, Intel launched its 11th generation Tiger Lake CPU lineup, that also featured its new Iris Xe integrated graphics GPU.
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Failure to maintain network resilience tops telco risk radar, says EY
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 — Pressure to maintain infrastructure resilience and expand reach has emerged as the most pressing challenges for telecommunications companies (telcos), although they have larg...
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Facebook chief scientist says ‘true AR glasses’ at least five years away
Facebook Inc is about five to 10 years away from being able to bring to market "true" augmented reality glasses, its chief scientist told Reuters, as the company released plans to launch a first generation product next year.
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Alibaba launches logistics robot for last-mile deliveries to lower costs and as pandemic pushes automation
The robot can deliver as many as 500 packages a day to one designated community or campus
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International arrivals to Abu Dhabi must wear Covid-19 tracking device
International passengers arriving at Abu Dhabi airport will now have to wear a tracking device while they complete a mandatory 14-day home quarantine due to Covid-19, according to state-owned Etihad Airways.
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Uber Hong Kong driver numbers surge during Covid-19 crisis, as demand rises for trips, deliveries
Hard-up residents turn to the service, looking to cash in on demand for trips increasing by nearly a third among app users. Number of Uber Eats drivers doubled during Hong Kong’s second wave of infections, which forced tough social-distancing curbs on the city.
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As some US college students party, others blow the whistle on social media
Some US college students are doing the once-improbable: blowing the whistle on classmates who break rules aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus.
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Oracle would get access to TikTok code in proposed deal
Oracle Corp will get full access to review TikTok’s source code and updates to make sure there are no back doors used by the company’s Chinese parent to gather data on the video-sharing app’s 100 million American users, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Whatever happened to China’s giant piles of abandoned bicycles?
Remember those colourful mountains of metal in China after its bike-sharing boom went bust in 2017?
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Spotify steps up antitrust war over Apple One bundling
Sweden’s global number one music streamer Spotify is urging EU competition authorities to probe Apple’s One bundled subscription services as it steps up its antitrust criticisms of the US tech titan.
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I watched the controversial ‘Cuties’ movie on Netflix. Here’s why I’m not mad at it
I’ve noticed a scattering of opinions on social media regarding the film “Cuties” on Netflix.
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Vivo announces “Vision+” initiative to promote culture of mobile photography
Vivo has announced its new Vision+ global initiative that is said to reaffirm the brand’s long-term commitment to user-centric design and leadership in mobile photography technology.
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The GoPro Hero 9 Black is now available in Malaysia
The GoPro Hero 9 Black has just been launched, along with a couple of significant upgrades over its predecessor: 5K video recording, a front-facing display, and a new HyperSmooth 3.0 stabilisation fea...
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This M’sian-Made Fridge That Uses No Electricity Won The National James Dyson Award 2020
Every year, the James Dyson Award (JDA), an international design award, rounds up young innovators (consisting of current and recent design engineering students) from 27 countries and regions to find...
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Nintendo Stops Production Of The 3DS
The Nintendo 3DS first launched back in 2011, and has plenty of different variants throughout its lifetime.
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Sony Xperia 5 II Now Official; Features 6.1-Inch Full HD+ HDR OLED Display With 120Hz Refresh Rate
Sony has just dropped lifted the veil from the Xperia 5 II, officially announcing the phone via its livestream on its official YouTube channel.
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Honor Hunter V700 Gaming Laptop Launched In China; Price Starts from CNY7499
Honor has introduced the Hunter V700, its first ever gaming laptop.
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GoPro Hero9 Black Now Official; Offers 5K Video Recording And More
GoPro has officially unveiled the latest entry to its action camera line with the Hero9 Black.
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Final Fantasy XVI Will Be A Timed Exclusive For PS5
As part of the PlayStation 5 announcement earlier, Square Enix unveiled Final Fantasy XVI.
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Sony PS5 to launch in November, price starts from under RM2,000
PETALING JAYA, Sept 17 — Sony has finally announced the launch date and price for the PlayStation 5 (PS5). This follows months of drip-feeding gamers details on the console’s features and various ...
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Singapore bets on the Apple Watch to power nationwide health initiative
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 — Singapore earned a spot on Apple's recent September keynote with an interesting collaboration.
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Apple touts all the good deeds it did for Epic before breakup
Before they had a falling out, Apple spent a fortune helping support and market Fortnite, and now – in a series of legal filings – it wants the world to remember that.
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Monkey see, monkey do: Malaysian primate poses on pilfered phone
A Malaysian student whose cellphone was stolen while he was sleeping has tracked down the culprit: a monkey who took photo and video selfies with the device before abandoning it.
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Facebook says Quest 2 VR headset is ‘lighter, faster and cheaper’
Facebook Inc is upgrading its Oculus Quest all-in-one virtual reality headset with a faster processor for improved gaming, higher-resolution screens and a lighter design as it looks to fend off rivals in the growing VR space.
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Alibaba to ramp up digital transformation in China’s US$4 trillion manufacturing sector
The e-commerce giant’s New Manufacturing pilot, Xunxi Digital Factory, is powered by technologies such as process and cost planning, automated in-house logistics and its own manufacturing operating system. Xunxi, which means fast rhino, has initially offered its cloud-based manufacturing supply chain to small firms in China’s apparel industry.
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‘It’s their call’: Australia regulator dares Facebook to block news content
Facebook Inc will be “weakened” if it stops Australians from sharing news so the company can avoid paying for content under proposed laws, Australia's top antitrust regulator said on Thursday.
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ByteDance’s bid to keep most of TikTok faces major hurdles
China’s ByteDance faces an uphill struggle to convince the White House to allow it to keep majority ownership of its popular short video app TikTok in the United States, according to former national security officials and regulatory lawyers.
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The future is cyborg: Kaspersky study finds support for human augmentation
Nearly two thirds of people in leading Western European countries would consider augmenting the human body with technology to improve their lives, mostly to improve health, according to research commissioned by Kaspersky.
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Study: 49% of Malaysians watching content online no longer using pirate websites
An AVIA study finds Malaysian viewers now less likely to use pirated streaming or torrent sites, thanks to Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry's efforts in blocking pirate sites.
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ByteDance continues aggressive push into gaming with plans for 1,000 new hires
An advertisement released Monday shows ByteDance wants to fill 700 business-related positions and 200 technical positions in gaming. The social media company has been slowly building up its gaming clout, emulating Tencent’s rise in the industry.
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The Musk Method: Learn from partners then go it alone
Elon Musk is hailed as an innovator and disruptor who went from knowing next to nothing about building cars to running the world's most valuable automaker in the space of 16 years.
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Perak-based SEA Gamer Mall’s CEO and CPO charged by US over hacking (updated)
They have been charged with 23 counts of racketeering, conspiracy, identity theft, aggravated identity theft, access device fraud, money laundering, violations of the CFAA, and falsely registering domain names.
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Analysts: Tencent to mitigate setbacks in US, India with new regional hub in Singapore
Internet giant Tencent’s move to Singapore follows that of TikTok owner ByteDance, which plans to invest billions of dollars in the city state. Tencent expects to meet demand for Internet-based services in Singapore and across South-East Asia.
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Facebook failing to stop political manipulation, says fired employee
Facebook has fallen woefully short in stopping political manipulation of the platform by governments around the world, according to a data scientist fired this month by the social network.
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Facebook plans Ray-Ban smart glasses as it eyes AR
Facebook on Sept 16 announced it would launch its own smart glasses next year which connect to smartphones as part of an alliance with eyewear titan EssilorLuxottica.
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Sony’s new US$500 PlayStation 5 will launch Nov 12
Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 5 video game console will cost US$500 (RM2,065) and launch Nov 12, the company said on Sept 16, setting up a holiday battle with Microsoft’s Xbox Series X over whose new console will turn up under more Christmas trees this year.
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Youth and Sports Minister: Plans to license bicycles will be a burden to sports activities
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican has panned a proposal to license bicycles as a vehicle on public roads.
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The new dual-screen GoPro Hero 9 Black now does 5K recording
GoPro has announced a new flagship action camera: the GoPro Hero 9 Black.
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Facebook: How to create your own avatar and join the rest of your timeline
By now, your Facebook timeline should be looking like a Disney movie.
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Waze finally rolls out Lane Guidance to help navigate confusing intersections
Waze has officially announced its lane guidance feature which will guide drivers better at confusing intersections.
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Sony PS5 to launch in November, price starts from under RM2,000
Sony has finally announced the launch date and price for the PlayStation 5 (PS5). This follows months of drip-feeding gamers details on the console’s features and various launch games.
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Sceptics Say Cosmo Dr.’s Free Electrotherapy Exploits Old M’sians. What Really Happens There?
Some of you may have come across their pop-up showrooms around locations in Selangor.
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