Lowyat.NET https://www.lowyat.net Technology News Malaysia Sat, 23 Jun 2018 13:36:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 https://www.lowyat.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/cropped-ico-32x32.png Lowyat.NET https://www.lowyat.net 32 32 106951340 unifi TV Is Back To Normal After TM Performs Unannounced Upgrade For Few Hours https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164986/unifi-tv-is-facing-service-disruption/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164986/unifi-tv-is-facing-service-disruption/#respond Sat, 23 Jun 2018 05:12:57 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=164986 UPDATE – 900PM: unifi TV’s service is now back to normal. The company has also provided an explanation behind the disruption. Read further for more information. ORIGINAL STORY – 115PM: Reports have been coming in from users everywhere that there is a service disruption to TM’s unifi TV service at the moment. Based on reports posted on […]

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UPDATE – 900PM: unifi TV’s service is now back to normal. The company has also provided an explanation behind the disruption. Read further for more information.

ORIGINAL STORY – 115PM:

Reports have been coming in from users everywhere that there is a service disruption to TM’s unifi TV service at the moment. Based on reports posted on social networking site Twitter, the disruption started at around 1130am with many of  the users pointing out that even though the IPTV service is down, their unifi Internet connection was still working fine.

Some users also pointed out that the service’s channel 100 which users can use to browse all unifi TV channels in mosaic form still functions although once a users chooses a specific channel, they will not able to view the contents. Most users have restarted not only their unifi TV set top box but the whole set of unifi network equipment as well but the disruption still remains.

At time of writing, TM has yet to make any announcements regarding the service disruption through any of its communications channel including the official unifi TV Twitter account as well as unifi’s Twitter-based customer support. Our attempt to contact its customers service via Live Chat has not being fruitful at the moment as the Live Chat service seems to be down as well.

Do note that the disruption does not seems to affect unifi’s playTV mobile apps. We will keep you updated once we hear more.

(Source: Twitter – 1 / Lowyat.NET Forums. Image: shin017)


UPDATE – 900PM:

Starting from around 3PM, we have begin to noticed tweets from TM to its customers which stated that unifi TV service has since returned to normal. At the same time, the company has also recommended users to restart their unifi TV set top box so that they are able to access the service once again.

Interestingly though, TM claimed that the service disruption only took place from 1130am to 130pm in a post on Twitter at 534pm. As if that was not odd enough, the cause of the disruption was apparently due to an upgrade exercise.

It is indeed rather baffling that this so-called upgrade was not announced much earlier. This not only showed lapse of judgement by TM but ultimately, it might have interrupted the company’s own customers who might have been enjoying their Saturday by watching unifi TV.

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Canon Patents New Lens With Built-in LCD Screen https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164976/canon-new-lens-with-lcd-screen/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164976/canon-new-lens-with-lcd-screen/#respond Sat, 23 Jun 2018 04:33:39 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=164976 A new patent by Canon in Japan has appeared online for its standard 18-55mm lens. What makes this patent different however is the inclusion of a small LCD display right on the lens. This is not Canon’s first lens with a build-in LCD display; the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II already feature a similar display […]

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A new patent by Canon in Japan has appeared online for its standard 18-55mm lens. What makes this patent different however is the inclusion of a small LCD display right on the lens.

This is not Canon’s first lens with a build-in LCD display; the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II already feature a similar display for status display purposes. What is now however is the inclusion of said LCD lens in a standard kit lens, which may be heading to future DSLR models.

In the patent, the LCD display is referenced as a “lens information display” which suggests that it will show pertinent information such as focal length, aperture, and more.

While the appearance of the patent may indicate we will see a new standard kit lens for 2018, it doesn’t confirm any new DSLR sightings though. We will have to wait for Canon to release more information in the near future and that’s if the company is really going to bring this lens into the market.

(Source: CanonRumours)

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Samsung Android Go Phone Might Be Heading To Malaysia Soon https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164971/samsung-android-go-malaysia-soon/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164971/samsung-android-go-malaysia-soon/#respond Sat, 23 Jun 2018 03:32:40 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=164971 Samsung is reportedly in development of a new Android Go smartphone for selected markets. India will be the first market to receive a Samsung-branded Android Go device but Malaysia is apparently slated to receive one as well. Using the model number SM-J260G, the model may be parked under the J-series moniker when it is released […]

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Samsung is reportedly in development of a new Android Go smartphone for selected markets. India will be the first market to receive a Samsung-branded Android Go device but Malaysia is apparently slated to receive one as well.

Using the model number SM-J260G, the model may be parked under the J-series moniker when it is released here in Malaysia. We already saw the benchmark listed on Geekbench a couple of months ago, but now we have some hints that it is heading to our market.

The model will be part of a global release, with different countries getting different market-specific models. This includes SM-J260F for the United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Caucasus Countries, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, France and Poland; SM-J260M will be heading to Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Peru, Panada and Paraguay while the aforementioned SM-J260G should pop up in Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

As the first Samsung model with a stock-like experience, the phone should be an interesting experiment for the company. Using the J-series branding also markets it as a low-cost device which indicates that Samsung sees potential of using Android Go as a low-cost bait for customers to enter the greater Samsung ecosystem.

(Source: SamMobile via GSMArena)

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You Can Now Purchase the Nubia Red Magic Phone in Malaysia For RM2499 https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164966/you-can-now-purchase-the-nubia-red-magic-phone-in-malaysia-for-rm2499/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164966/you-can-now-purchase-the-nubia-red-magic-phone-in-malaysia-for-rm2499/#respond Sat, 23 Jun 2018 01:30:04 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=164966 Remember Nubia’s Red Magic phone? The company first unveiled its gaming smartphone during MWC 2018, and then officially launched the phone in April this year. We can also tell you that the phone is now available for purchase via the DirectD. The online store is currently selling the phone for RM2499, and will come with […]

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Remember Nubia’s Red Magic phone? The company first unveiled its gaming smartphone during MWC 2018, and then officially launched the phone in April this year.

We can also tell you that the phone is now available for purchase via the DirectD. The online store is currently selling the phone for RM2499, and will come with a 12-months warranty provided by DirectD itself.

Additionally, the phone is also being sold for the same price on both Lazada and 11Street. However, it should be noted that both e-commerce sites were originally selling the phone for RM2999, which is 17% more than the phone’s current retail price.

Having said that, we should point out that RM2499 isn’t its official price tag, as the official way to get the phone at this moment is Indiegogo or through Nubia China. To date, the company has yet to announce if and when it will be officially bringing the phone to Malaysia.

As a gaming smartphone, the Nubia Red Magic phone sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, and a UFS 2.1 internal storage capacity of 128GB.

It has a 5.99-inch 18:9 Full HD+ display, as well as a 3800mAh battery which Nubia says is rated for seven hours of non-stop gaming on Arena of Valor. Other specifications of the phone include a 24MP f/1.7 rear camera, an RGB strip on the back, and its unique convection air cooling system.

(Source: Red Magic, DirectD, Lazada, 11Street)

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Minister To Meet Astro To Discuss Complaints From Consumers https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164961/minister-astro-meeting-discuss-customers/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164961/minister-astro-meeting-discuss-customers/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:52:11 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=164961 The Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Deo has revealed that it will be meeting representatives from Astro very soon. The meeting which has been set to take place next week will be involving discussions with regards to a number of issue that have been raised by consumers. The plan for the meeting was […]

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The Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Deo has revealed that it will be meeting representatives from Astro very soon. The meeting which has been set to take place next week will be involving discussions with regards to a number of issue that have been raised by consumers.

The plan for the meeting was revealed by the minister on his official Twitter account:

While Gobind didn’t specify the issues that he will discuss with Astro representative at the upcoming meeting, we believe some of them have been hinted on his Twitter account. This is based on the tweets from users that he has reposted over there.

Among them is the complaint on the excessive amount of repeated contents that have been showed by Astro. There is also the issue regarding too much advertisement on Astro despite it being a subscription-based service while another retweet also pointed to unsatisfactory experience with Astro’s customer service.

It is indeed interesting to see how the meeting will unfold next week. All in all though, we do hope that it will bring positive impact on the quality of service from Astro as well as the company itself.

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Top DRAM Manufacturers Face Chinese Lawsuit For Price Fixing https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164949/top-dram-manufacturers-face-chinese-lawsuit-for-price-fixing/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164949/top-dram-manufacturers-face-chinese-lawsuit-for-price-fixing/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:00:00 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=164949 The world’s top three DRAM manufacturers – Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Micron Technology – are all facing fines from Chinese antitrust regulators. The trio have allegedly conspired to fix prices of DRAM, and could be fined up to $8 billion (RM32 billion). Regulators had visited Micron in May 2018, looking into the sudden surge in […]

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The world’s top three DRAM manufacturers – Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Micron Technology – are all facing fines from Chinese antitrust regulators. The trio have allegedly conspired to fix prices of DRAM, and could be fined up to $8 billion (RM32 billion).

Regulators had visited Micron in May 2018, looking into the sudden surge in DRAM pricing. The result of that visit lead to further investigations into both Samsung and SK Hynix. Collectively, the three companies hold some 90% of the market share.

If found to be guilty of breaching antitrust laws, the companies face fines between $800 million and $8 billion. Although this number is calculated based on the price of DRAM sales in China between 2016 and 2017. There may also be a chance that it is higher if regulators attempt to make an example of them.

China is not the first country to investigate DRAM companies for price fixing. The US fined the three vendors, along with Infineon and Elpida Memory for the same conspiracy in 2002. Although since then Infineon and Elpida have ceased to exist as independent entities.

That said, China is not happy to simply rely on regulations to control the DRAM market. Plans have been made to support homegrown businesses, allowing new Chinese companies to supply the country’s needs.

[Source: Digitimes]

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Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro Launching on 25 June; Comes with Notched Display https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164950/xiaomi-redmi-6-pro-launching-on-25-june-comes-with-notched-display/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164950/xiaomi-redmi-6-pro-launching-on-25-june-comes-with-notched-display/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:30:53 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=164950 After launching the Xiaomi Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A, it appears the Chinese company is gearing up to launch yet another budget-focused smartphone next week. As its name suggests, the Redmi 6 Pro will likely be the highest-end device in the series – complete with a notched display. If you don’t quite like the notched […]

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After launching the Xiaomi Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A, it appears the Chinese company is gearing up to launch yet another budget-focused smartphone next week. As its name suggests, the Redmi 6 Pro will likely be the highest-end device in the series – complete with a notched display.

If you don’t quite like the notched display, worry not – Xiaomi confirmed in a recent teaser that the Redmi 6 Pro’s notch can be easily “removed” with a software trick. In fact, it’s similar to Huawei’s implementation with the Huawei P20 Pro by simply darkening the area around the notch.

Aside from that, other rumoured specifications of the Redmi 6 Pro include a 19:9 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset paired with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM, up to 32GB of internal storage, a 12MP + 5MP dual-camera system, a 5MP front-facing shooter, as well as a generous 4,000mAh battery.

Looking at leaked images of the phone, the Redmi 6 Pro does appear to be a more premium offering. It looks to be sporting a metal chassis, as well as a rear fingerprint sensor.

The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is expected to be unveiled next week on 25 June. Interestingly, Xiaomi also confirmed that it will be introducing a new tablet at the launch event, and it will even come with an AI-powered face recognition technology.

(Source: GSMArena)

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The Steam Summer Sale Has Begun; Comes With A Mini-Game This Year https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164943/the-steam-summer-sale-has-begun-comes-with-a-mini-game-this-year/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164943/the-steam-summer-sale-has-begun-comes-with-a-mini-game-this-year/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:00:19 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=164943 Steam’s annual Summer Sale has begun. This year, besides giving heavy discounts for specific game titles, Steam is also including a special event in the form of a browser game called Saliens. Saliens might just seem like a random mini-game, but conquering any of the five planets will give you the chance to win one […]

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Steam’s annual Summer Sale has begun. This year, besides giving heavy discounts for specific game titles, Steam is also including a special event in the form of a browser game called Saliens.

Saliens might just seem like a random mini-game, but conquering any of the five planets will give you the chance to win one of game titles offered. The basic rules of thumb is that the longer you spend on a planet, the higher your chances are at conquering it and winning the games that come with it.

The premise of the game is simple; you are a Salien, and your task is to defend your base from your enemy, the Duldrumz. The Duldrumz are out to steal your games and “hide them on distant alien worlds”, and it is up to you to hold them off in battle across five different planets. These planets are Behind The Screen, Mind-Melters, Fine Art, Surreal Wanderlust, and Dark Humor.

We should point out that the games offered as rewards for liberating the planets are set. However, it appears that which game players win is decided through a random process. Also, if a player already owns all the games that are listed for that planet, then that player will not be given an additional copy of the game.

Again, if you don’t want to try your hand at winning a free game, you can still purchase some of the more sought after titles at discounted prices. To that end, we’ve provided a short list of titles that we believe should be added to your list (if you don’t already own them).

  • Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition – 78% off
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – 60% off
  • Hollow Knight  – 34% off
  • Fallout 4 GOTY Edition – 50% off
  • Doom – 50% off
  • Nino Kuni II Revenant Kingdom – 40% off

The Steam Summer Sale starts begins today and will conclude on 5 July 2018 (6 July 2018 for us).

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TM To Announce Its Take On Affordable Broadband At Higher Speed Within The Next Quarter https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164944/tm-affordable-broadband-higher-speed-next-quarter/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164944/tm-affordable-broadband-higher-speed-next-quarter/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:34:15 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=164944 The company’s silence on this matter was rather deafening but the country’s main broadband service provider, Telekom Malaysia has finally provided a statement regarding the reduction of broadband price later this year. While the statement is rather short, it showed that TM will be cooperating with the government to comply with the directive. Delivered to […]

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The company’s silence on this matter was rather deafening but the country’s main broadband service provider, Telekom Malaysia has finally provided a statement regarding the reduction of broadband price later this year. While the statement is rather short, it showed that TM will be cooperating with the government to comply with the directive.

Delivered to media late last night before it was published on the company’s official website earlier today, here is the statement:

“We wish to inform that Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) has had several engagements in an ongoing dialogue with the Ministry of Communications & Multimedia Malaysia and the Malaysian Communications & Multimedia Commission (MCMC), to reiterate its support of the Government’s aspiration regarding affordable broadband services at higher speed for the nation to increase its competitiveness; and on TM’s proposed initiatives to implement the same.

Further details on the initiatives will be announced by TM within the next quarter.”

In general, this is in line with what the Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Deo has informed media earlier this week. According to the minister, the price reduction for broadband services in Malaysia is expected to take place by year-end which is made possible by the implementation of Mandatory Standard on Access Pricing by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

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It will be interesting to see what kind of initiatives that TM will reveal soon as this is not the first time that the company has encountered such request from the government. Back in 2017, TM has embarked on speed upgrade exercise for its customers as the result of the announcement made by previous Prime Minister, Najib Razak during the tabling of Budget 2017.

So, let’s see how TM going to thread the water this time around. Hopefully, it is not yet another “bawang” campaign.

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Samsung NF1 NVMe SSD Features 8TB Of Storage In A Small Form Factor https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164929/samsung-nf1-nvme-ssd-features-8tb-of-storage-in-a-small-form-factor/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/164929/samsung-nf1-nvme-ssd-features-8tb-of-storage-in-a-small-form-factor/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:45:02 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=164929 Samsung officially launched the new NF1 SSD, its new NVMe SSD that packs a whopping 8TB of storage into a small form factor. Specifically, it features 16 512GB NAND packages that are stacked in 16-layers of 256-Gigabit (GB) 3-bit V-NAND chips into circuit board measuring just 110mm x 30.5mm. That’s twice the capacity of the […]

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Samsung officially launched the new NF1 SSD, its new NVMe SSD that packs a whopping 8TB of storage into a small form factor. Specifically, it features 16 512GB NAND packages that are stacked in 16-layers of 256-Gigabit (GB) 3-bit V-NAND chips into circuit board measuring just 110mm x 30.5mm.

That’s twice the capacity of the typical M.2 NVMe SSDs currently used in hyper-scale server systems, and more than that in ultra-portable notebooks. In terms of performance, the NF1 features a brand new controller design capable of delivering sequential read and write speeds of up 3100MB/s and 2000MB/s, respectively.

It also has impressive random read and write speeds of 500000 IOPS and 50000 IOPS, respectively. To sweeten the pot even further, the NF1 is also fitted with 12GB of LPDDR4 RAM to help maintain those speeds.

At current, Samsung has no plans of releasing the NF1 to the general consumer, and is instead targeting companies that own data centers and enterprise server systems. At the time of writing, Samsung had already began mass production of the NF1, but did not say when it would be available or for how much.

(Source: Samsung via AnandTech)

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