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Following America’s shocking election results, thousands of Americans flooded to Canada’s immigration website, causing it to crash.

Canadian authorities confirmed that over 200,000 Americans had visited the website during election night. About 100,000 of the visitors were curious about migrating over to Canada; this dwarfs the 17,000 people that visited the website one week prior.

The conclusion of the election saw Donald Trump being elected as America’s new president, leading the country into uncharted political territory. During the run-up to the election, Trump had promised a number of controversial topics which include, deporting illegal immigrants, building a country wide wall against Mexico, sweeping away womens’ rights and imposing a mandatory registration of Muslim Americans.

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Reports indicate that Amazon is eyeing the Southeast Asia market and will launch its services in this region early next year beginning with Singapore.

Singapore will be an ideal entry-point as it is a lot smaller than other countries in this region, which makes it easier for Amazon to acclimatize from an operational standpoint. Furthermore, its has a much higher level of consumer spend than its neighbors; plus, its consumer culture is more similar to that of developed markets. Reports also say that Amazon is quietly acquiring assets like refrigerated trucks and are ramping up new hires in Singapore.

Amazon is likely to offer its Prime and AmazonFresh delivery services here in Singapore, and that the current plan is to launch in the first quarter of 2017. However, it is believed that Amazon’s grand target is Indonesia, which is the fourth most populous country in the world, and also the largest economy in this region.

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Google wants to be in your home, “to be there when you always need it to be” as Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO puts it. At least thats the plan for Google’s new Wi-Fi connected speaker/virtual assistant/smarthome controller, Google Home.

Google Home is a small Wi-Fi connected speaker with a built-in voice-activated assistant that will let you control connected home devices. At launch it will be compatible with any device from Nest, SmartThings, Philips or IFTTT.

You’ll also be able to use it control other Google devices such as a Chromecast. For example, with a Chromecast connected to your TV, you can say, “OK, Google. watch Stranger Things on my TV” and it will launch Netflix and start streaming the show. You can ask it to play YouTube videos too.

Since it has a built-in speaker, Google is also promoting the Home’s music playing abilities. It will stream music from YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tunein and iHeart Radio. The device is powered by Google’s OK Google algorithms, so its smart enough to find music even if you don’t know the actual name of the song. On stage, Google demonstrated this by asking Home to play “that Shakira song from Zootopia.”

If you connect Google Home to your Google Account, it will also access your calender and schedule and inform you about any important events before you leave in the morning, as well as the weather conditions, and traffic status.

 

 

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.