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It’s not often that you see a ready-made desktop system come with speakers built into the design, let alone one with 360-degree sound. Samsung has one such thing, and it’s called the ArtPC Pulse.

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Very aptly named too, in our opinion. It’s a cylindrical desktop system with a 10.7 inches (approx. 272mm) tall full metal body with circular lighting. Sitting near the top of it all is the 360-degree omni-directional Harman Kardon speakers. It would fit nicely alongside any of your other modern art-inspired décor, especially if you have a matching monitor or TV.

But what about innards? There are two versions, an Intel Core i5 one and the other with an Intel Core i7. The former comes with an AMD Radeon RX460 2GB (which puts it just below the minimum VR requirements), a 256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, a single USB Type-C, and a HDMI port each. The i7 version keeps most of the specs, but comes with 16GB of RAM instead and an additional 1TB HDD.

Both models are now available for pre-order on Amazon, for US$1,200 (approx. RM4,981)and US$1,600 (approx. RM6,642) for the i5 and i7 versions, respectively. If you’re looking to get one, this is your only way for now as there’s no word on if Samsung will be bringing this into Malaysia officially.

 

 

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Google’s Chrome is the world’s most popular web browser, and for good reason. Chrome is mostly quick, and it features lots of extensions and add-ons that users can download to customize their browser and web browsing experience.

However, Chrome also has a nasty reputation for being a resource hog. This problem is particularly acute on Macs, where Chrome consumes significantly more memory and power as compared to Safari.

Fortunately, Google claims that the upcoming version of Chrome (Chrome 55) will have much better performance. According to reports, Chrome 55 will have a much more memory efficient Javascript engine that will reduce heap memory usage by 50 percent and zone memory usage by 40 percent.

In addition, the team is working on optimizing Chrome on entry-level devices that have less h than 1GB of RAM.

Chrome 55 is expected to be released in early December, but users who want to try it out now can download it through Google’s beta program.

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There’s no need for you to break the bank in order to afford a decent gaming mouse. Take the Logitech G102 Prodigy Gaming Mouse, for example, which is slated to be available in Malaysia next month for a very appealing price tag of RM98.

Don’t for one second think that you’ll be getting a substandard gaming mouse because of its affordable price, though, because the G102 actually has some very respectable specifications going for it.

Its optical sensor, which has a sensitivity range of 200 to 6,000 DPI, was actually designed in the United States, and manufactured in Switzerland. The G102 even has RGB lighting, six programmable buttons, a DPI adjustment button for on-the-fly DPI switching, and an “advanced button tensioning system” that reduces the amount of force needed to actuate its primary left and right mouse buttons.

 

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If you’ve noticed a sudden increase in the number people using the Oppo F1s in and around the city, that’s probably because of Oppo’s tenacity in pushing their phone into the Malaysian market.

According to Oppo’s sales figures, the company from China has already sold more than 100,000 units of their midrange selfie-centric smartphone. Additionally, those sales figures have helped the company seize more than 50 percent of the midrange market in just two months, making it the company’s star performer for this year.

The Oppo F1s launched back in August this year with the appeal of the phone being its 16MP f/2.0 front-facing camera.

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To access the feature, simply open the Camera app and swipe to ‘Portrait’ mode (in between Photo and Square modes).

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Using both 12MP camera sensors on the iPhone 7 Plus and advanced machine learning, Portrait mode applies a depth-of-field effect that blurs the background while keeping the foreground sharp.

The iOS 10.1 update also brings other fixes, including a number of connectivity and syncing issues, new animations in Messages, and new Apple Watch features.

To download the new software, simply open up: Settings > General > Software Update.

 

Still happily onboard the Pokémon GO bandwagon despite its popularity taking a nosedive? Your unwavering loyalty won’t be going unnoticed, as Niantic will be organizing a special in-game Halloween event that kicks off tomorrow, Wednesday, October 26, 2016 and ends next Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Halloween event without candy, right? That’s why players who catch, hatch, and transfer Pokémon will automatically be entitled to double the amount of candy that they would usually receive. This means instead of receiving three candies for each Pokémon that you catch, you will be receiving six of them.

The Pokémon Buddy system, which was introduced last month, will likewise be getting a candy boost as well. Each time your Buddy levels up, he will hand you four candies instead of one.

On top of that, there will also be a higher possibility for players to bump into ‘spooky’ Pokémon like Drowzee, Hypno, Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, Zubat, and Golbat. So if you don’t already have them in your Pokédex, there’s really no better time than the coming few days to catch them all.

Pokémon GO players from around the globe will be able to participate in the week-long Halloween event. Whether it would be sufficient enough to help the game earn back its charm remains to be seen. Perhaps we could be looking at more events like these in the months to come. Christmas, maybe?

 

Source: Pokémon GO via TechCrunch

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Apple is known to use different components with comparable performance for its devices as a means to diversify its supply chain. Last year, Chipworks discovered that there were two different sized A9 chipsets in the iPhone 6s with the TSMC-made chipset performing better. With the iPhone 7, Apple is once again revealed to be using two different suppliers for the modems.

Phone testing firm Cellular Insights revealed that there are two different modems found in the iPhone 7 models; one uses the Qualcomm modem while the other is using the Intel modem. The firm ran a series of tests to determine which modem would deliver better performance.

Across the board, the iPhone 7 with the Qualcomm modem had stronger connections to the mobile network and outperformed its Intel counterpart by 30 percent. If placed under real world usage conditions, this could mean faster download speeds and stronger connections in more places.

So how do you know if your iPhone 7 model has the Qualcomm or Intel modem? There are two ways to find out. Only iPhone 7 models sold in the U.S, China and Japan come with the Qualcomm modems. iPhone 7 units with model numbers A1778 and A1784 have the Intel modems. You can check for these model numbers on the back of your iPhone 7.

At the time of publication, Apple, Intel and Qualcomm declined to comment on the findings.

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While many of us would not bother with changes in privacy policies of many apps, this is one that you may want to pay special attention to. WhatsApp just updated its privacy policy where it states that it will begin sharing user information with Facebook. The user information includes the phone number and the last time the service is being used.

 

By doing so, WhatsApp claims that it can more accurately count unique users, better fight spam and abuse, and help Facebook offer better friend suggestions and deliver more relevant ads. To allay fears of privacy intrusion, WhatsApp stresses that nothing users share on its instant messaging service (e.g. messages, photos, account information) will be shared on Facebook or any Facebook family of apps for others to see.

 

WhatsApp – “But by coordinating more with Facebook, we’ll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on WhatsApp. And by connecting your phone number with Facebook’s systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them. For example, you might see an ad from a company you already work with, rather than one from someone you’ve never heard of. You can learn more, including how to control the use of your data, here.”

 

With more than one billion active users to date, that’s a lot of user information which WhatsApp is sharing with Facebook and we reckon some users will certainly feel uneasy about it.

 

 

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Tan Nyat Chuan, Director of the Payment System Policy Department at Bank Negara Malaysia said that credit card holders will be given six months, starting January 2017, to familiarize themselves with the new system before it is implemented on July 2017.

“The targeted completion of the infrastructure rollout and card replacement is expected by Dec 31, 2016,” said Tan.

With the new pin and pay system, PIN enabled cards allows users to make a purchase without a signature. Instead, it uses a six-digit PIN. This new payment method is said to be more secure and safer than the current system.

Tan said that 44.3 million cardholders would be able to enjoy the new system, and added that by January 2018, cardholders will be able to pay for low-value transactions via a ‘tap-and-go’ system.

He said this at a roadshow jointly organized by Bank Negara, the Association of Banks in Malaysia, and the Association of Islamic Banking Institutions, in Miri Sarawak.

 

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You’ve probably already heard many things about webe – the telco company that was formerly known as P1 – over the past couple of months, especially the juicy details regarding its mobile plan that seemed too good to be true.

Well, we can assure you that it isn’t. webe has officially been launched earlier today, and the single mobile plan that they have to offer will indeed only cost from as low as RM79 (or RM83.74 including GST), and it will grant you unlimited data, texts and calls.

Notice the ‘from as low as’ catch? You’ll only be entitled to the very attractive RM79 monthly price if you are an existing TM customer or webe member, and if you have a webe certified phone. If you don’t meet both the criteria, you’ll unfortunately have to cough up RM199 per month. Meet either one of them, and you’ll be paying RM139 a month instead.

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Before you go rushing to be a webe subscriber, we should probably mention that registration is still on an invite-only basis, and only selected TM and P1 customers will be eligible to receive the invite. During the post-event press conference, Azizi A. Hadi, Chief Executive Officer of webe digital Sdn Bhd, mentioned that registration will be open to everyone “in early Q4.” Although you can, however, register your interest here.