Lowyat.NET https://www.lowyat.net Technology News Malaysia Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:34:12 +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 Apple Will Still Be Sourcing Modem Chips From Qualcomm in 2018 https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161429/apple-will-still-be-sourcing-modem-chips-from-qualcomm-in-2018/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161429/apple-will-still-be-sourcing-modem-chips-from-qualcomm-in-2018/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:34:12 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=161429 Despite bad blood between the two, it looks like Apple will still be needing Qualcomm’s modem chips for its 2018 batch of iPhones. According to Fast Company, the Cupertino company will still need Qualcomm’s help to provide 30% of its modem chips needs, while Intel will cover the majority 70%. The arrangement may seem a […]

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Despite bad blood between the two, it looks like Apple will still be needing Qualcomm’s modem chips for its 2018 batch of iPhones. According to Fast Company, the Cupertino company will still need Qualcomm’s help to provide 30% of its modem chips needs, while Intel will cover the majority 70%.

The arrangement may seem a bit odd to the passer-by, but there is a reason why Apple isn’t working exclusively with Intel just yet. As it stands, Intel is currently fabricating its own modem chips based on the 14nm die lithography. Before that, the company was heavily dependent on TSMC as its main provider wafer chips.

In this case, Apple is basically just playing the “wait and see” game with Intel; if the latter manages to fulfill the former’s orders of modem for this year, then it’s almost a certainty that Apple will go exclusive with Intel. Having said that, it should be pointed out that Intel yield rates aren’t currently what it expected; only half of the chips made so far are consumer-ready.

But, Intel has implied that it is aware of the issue and that it would be sorted out before they ramp up its production schedule come June or July this year. Until, it’s nice to see that both Apple and Qualcomm being pragmatic about the scenario.

(Source: Ubergizmo via Fast Company)

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Hi-Rez Studios Takes Paladins From Team FPS To Mobile MOBA https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161434/hi-rez-studios-takes-paladins-from-team-fps-to-mobile-moba/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161434/hi-rez-studios-takes-paladins-from-team-fps-to-mobile-moba/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:02:12 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=161434 Hi-Rez studios has launched Paladins Strike, a mobile MOBA version of its Paladins first person shooter. It’s not entirely unusual for developers to look towards the mobile space at this time; since other shooters like PUBG and Fornite have already done the same. Paladins Strike retains the same game modes as the PC version, albeit […]

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Hi-Rez studios has launched Paladins Strike, a mobile MOBA version of its Paladins first person shooter. It’s not entirely unusual for developers to look towards the mobile space at this time; since other shooters like PUBG and Fornite have already done the same.

Paladins Strike retains the same game modes as the PC version, albeit adapted for MOBA style gameplay. Aside from that, it shuffles the heroes and reimagines them for a more isometric viewing angle. Only 15 heroes appear to be available with Paladins Strike, but that doesn’t mean more couldn’t be added later.

The game is a free-to-play title; with in-app purchases. Like the PC version, players will have to use in-game currency to buy new heroes, customisation skins, and consumable items. Unlike the PC version, it doesn’t look like grinding for lootboxes is a viable option. This is, after all, a F2P mobile game.

It’s difficult to say why Paladins has take the MOBA route with its mobile game. Especially since other games are proving that the current flavour happens to be first- and third person shooters. Something that is even more puzzling since Paladins is already a FPS.

Paladins Strike is currently available for Android and iOS.

 

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AMD Begins Lab Testing 7nm Vega Radeon Instinct GPU https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161417/amd-begins-lab-testing-7nm-vega-radeon-instinct-gpu/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161417/amd-begins-lab-testing-7nm-vega-radeon-instinct-gpu/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 05:30:19 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=161417 AMD has begun testing its new 7nm Radeon Instinct GPU that is based on its Vega architecture. Unlike its game-specific Radeon RX cousins, Radeon Instinct GPUs and graphics accelerators designed for Deep Learning purposes. The announcement was made by Dr. Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, and on AMD’s official Twitter account as well. Dr. Su […]

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AMD has begun testing its new 7nm Radeon Instinct GPU that is based on its Vega architecture. Unlike its game-specific Radeon RX cousins, Radeon Instinct GPUs and graphics accelerators designed for Deep Learning purposes.

The announcement was made by Dr. Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, and on AMD’s official Twitter account as well. Dr. Su also went on to confirm that the company already had two partners – TSMC and GlobalFoundries – ready to help produce the new 7nm architecture needed for its AI accelerator GPUs.

The announcement comes after references to a Vega 20 GPU was discovered in a Linux driver package by Videocardz. For context; the current Vega architecture is known as Vega 10, and it is what’s used to power up the Radeon RX Vega 56 and 64 graphics cards.

It’s also very likely that the new Vega architecture is the Vega 20 GPU, which we reported back in 2016. If true, we could be looking at GPUs carrying up to 32GB of HBM2 memory and capable of achieving bandwidth speeds of up to 1Tbps. Additionally, the cards could have a TDP of 150W, and could have support for the next-gen PCIe 4.0.

(Source: Hot Hardware via Twitter)

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Apple Officially Discontinues AirPort Router Line https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161428/apple-officially-discontinues-airport-router-line/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161428/apple-officially-discontinues-airport-router-line/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 04:31:10 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=161428 Apple has given up on the AirPort line of mesh routers. The company has announced that it is exiting the wireless router business, and is looking to sell off the remainder of its inventory. The AirPort has practically been a dead product for the last two years. Apple had disbanded its router development team in […]

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Apple has given up on the AirPort line of mesh routers. The company has announced that it is exiting the wireless router business, and is looking to sell off the remainder of its inventory.

The AirPort has practically been a dead product for the last two years. Apple had disbanded its router development team in 2016, although the end of the AirPort had not been officially announced at the time. What we have here is more of an official statement on the end of the product line, rather than any real change.

All remaining AirPort stocks are still being sold through Apple’s stores. Curiously, there is no markdown or discount on the products; despite them going out of production. Apple is unlikely to be in a rush to get rid of the AirPort, since it’s had the product on life support for the past two years.

There’s still no official reason for Apple to be ditching the router business, but we can’t say that we’re surprised at announcement.

[Source: Apple]

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Snapchat Doubles Down On Spectacles; Introduces Several Upgrades https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161410/snapchat-doubles-down-on-spectacles-introduces-several-upgrades/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161410/snapchat-doubles-down-on-spectacles-introduces-several-upgrades/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 04:10:50 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=161410 Snapchat hasn’t given up on trying to sell hardware, despite reports of a huge number of unsold Spectacles inventory that resulted in nearly $40 million. The company has announced a new version of the Spectacles that comes with several upgrades in what appears to be doubling down on wearables. The new Spectacles looks pretty much […]

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Snapchat hasn’t given up on trying to sell hardware, despite reports of a huge number of unsold Spectacles inventory that resulted in nearly $40 million. The company has announced a new version of the Spectacles that comes with several upgrades in what appears to be doubling down on wearables.

The new Spectacles looks pretty much the same as the previous version. Only this time smaller and more comfortable to wear. A welcome upgrade is a water-resistant feature that will let users can Snap stories using the Spectacles even when it’s raining or splashing around in a pool. Users can now capture better quality videos with the new Spectacles can now record 10, 20 or 30-second clips or capture images in HD resolution.

Snap has also improved the file transfer capabilities of the wearable. Transferring images via Wi-Fi are now three to four times faster than previous Spectacles. With all the added improvements and also the smaller size of the new Spectacles, it doesn’t affect much of the battery life. The Spectacles will last just as long as its predecessor which means that users can shoot and transfer about 70 videos on a single charge.

The company has reused part of its unsold inventories for the second generation Spectacles which is not exactly a bad idea considering how many were just sitting around in a warehouse. It is now selling the Spectacles exclusively via its website with a prescription and polarised options available online. Price-wise, the new Spectacles is a bit more expensive at $150 which is $20 more expensive than before. The US, Canada, UK and France will be the first countries to be able to buy the new Spectacles starting today.

(Source: The Verge via GSMArena)

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Free Version of iflix Is On Its Way; To Be Partially Supported By Ads https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161412/iflix-free-version-coming-soon/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161412/iflix-free-version-coming-soon/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 03:30:35 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=161412 A recent report stated that iflix is currently working on a new update for its on-demand and live video streaming service. This update which is dubbed as iflix 3.0 will apparently bring a new subscription tier to users. Specifically, the new subscription tier will allow users to enjoy the service for free. However, the free […]

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A recent report stated that iflix is currently working on a new update for its on-demand and live video streaming service. This update which is dubbed as iflix 3.0 will apparently bring a new subscription tier to users.

Specifically, the new subscription tier will allow users to enjoy the service for free. However, the free subscription will be partially supported by advertisement. Other than that, the iflix 3.0 will also feature a live hub that offers local free-to-air and pay-TV channels alongside live sporting events such as cricket, World Cup, Olympic Games, and NBA in addition to Malaysian football which is already in place starting from this season onwards.

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10 billion minutes of contents were streamed on iflix by the end of 2017.

Additionally, the company will also be adding other types of live events such as concerts and competitions into its roster soon as well. Not to forget, there will also be premium short-form contents with many of them to be produced by iflix’s newly launched in-house production company Studio 2:15.

As interesting as this news might be, iflix didn’t reveal any launch timeline for the new update. We’ll keep you posted once we heard more from the company.

(Source: Variety)

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Lazada Launches ‘Build Your Own PC’ Promotion; Will Assemble A Gaming Rig For You https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161411/lazada-launches-build-your-own-pc-promotion-will-assemble-a-gaming-rig-for-you/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161411/lazada-launches-build-your-own-pc-promotion-will-assemble-a-gaming-rig-for-you/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 03:05:45 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=161411 Lazada has launched a promotion to help buyers build their own home gaming rig from scratch. The online retailer is not only offering discounts on PC components, but also offering to help users choose the best parts that suits their budgets. The ‘Build Your Monster Machine‘ promotion leads customers by the hand on the process […]

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Lazada has launched a promotion to help buyers build their own home gaming rig from scratch. The online retailer is not only offering discounts on PC components, but also offering to help users choose the best parts that suits their budgets.

The ‘Build Your Monster Machine‘ promotion leads customers by the hand on the process of building a gaming rig. It starts with the selection of a motherboard, and the proceeds to fill out the necessary parts one at a time. The components come from either Brightstar or HLK Gaming, who are also providing their expertise through Lazada’s new chat function (which is only available in the app).

Lazada’s retailers will also build the system once the sale has been confirmed. Leaving practically no effort on the part of the customer.

A couple of pre-built systems are also being offered for those who find the process of selecting parts overwhelming. It won’t actually be cheaper than carefully selecting components; but it may be a lot faster.

One thing to keep in mind is that PC components are still experiencing relatively high prices, especially for graphics cards and RAM. This is due to a combination of high demand of GPU from cryptocurrency miners and supply issues with memory manufacturers.

Still, the Lazada Build Your Monster Machine promotion runs from today until 15 May.

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uCloudlink Announces GlocalMe Inside Initiative, Alongside Two World Phones https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161398/ucloudlink-glocalme-inside-world-phone-launch/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161398/ucloudlink-glocalme-inside-world-phone-launch/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:16:24 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=161398 uCloudlink today has announced its new initiative called GlocalMe Inside which aims to help manufacturers deliver smartphones that can seamlessly stay connected in more than 100 countries throughout the world. Prior to this, the Hong Kong-based company made a mark in the industry through its GlocalMe portable Wi-Fi service which is designed for travelers to […]

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uCloudlink today has announced its new initiative called GlocalMe Inside which aims to help manufacturers deliver smartphones that can seamlessly stay connected in more than 100 countries throughout the world. Prior to this, the Hong Kong-based company made a mark in the industry through its GlocalMe portable Wi-Fi service which is designed for travelers to stay connected abroad.

Tapping into uCloudlink’s own CloudSIM technology, the GlocalMe Inside global data solution would allow third party manufacturer integrate the tech directly into their phones. While this idea might sound rather straight forward, there is one major technical requirement that manufacturers must meet before they implement GlocalMe Inside.

uCloudlink GlocalMe Inside World Phone Launch

Specifically, the phones must be able to support a large group of frequency bands across multiple cellular standards including FDD-LTE, TDD-LTE, GSM, and WCDMA according to uCloudlink’s co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Simon Tan. This requirement is quite a challenge by itself since Simon pointed out that only a handful of chipset from Qualcomm and Spreadtrum are able to deliver the required multi-band capability.

Phones with GlocalMe Inside integration will come pre-installed with GlocalMe Connect app which allows users  to manage and monitor their data usages on such phones. Users can also utilize the app to purchase additional data which is said to be as competitive as local data charges or even faster connection speed if the need arises.

uCloudlink GlocalMe Connect App

Even though the company is pitching the integration to third party manufacturers, uCloudlink itself has also launched two new phones that feature the GlocalMe Inside integration. Manufactured by Elitek, one of them is called the World Phone S1 which is essentially a mid-range smartphone.

Built with a 5.5-inch full HD display, the S1 also comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. The phone also features 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, and NFC capability as well as 2950mAh battery with the support for 9V/2A fast charger.

uCloudlink GlocalMe World Phone S1

The other GlocalMe Inside phone that uCloudlink has launched today is a feature phone called World Phone P1. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 205, this particular device also comes standard with a 2.4-inch QVGA display, 2MP autofocus rear camera, 2MP fixed focus front camera, and 2950mAh battery.

Available for sale starting from 15 May onwards, the GlocalMe Inside World Phone S1 can be obtained for USD 339.99 (about RM 1331) and is accompanied by 20GB of data quota that can be used throughout the world for 1 year. The release date for the GlocalMe Inside World Phone P1 is not yet known at the moment but it will be priced at USD 239.99 (about RM 940) and also features the same 20GB global data quota with 1-year validity.

uCloudlink GlocalMe World Phone P1

These World Phones will be made available through GlocalMe’s official website at first before making their way to Amazon in the near future. uCloudlink has also started to look for suitable local partners that would help the company release these World Phones throughout the world.

For those who are interested to get their hands on the GlocalMe Inside World Phone S1, they can register their interest on the company’s website right here.

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Intel Coffee Lake-X and Cannon Lake-X CPUs Will Run On New X399 Chipset https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161389/intel-coffee-lake-x-and-cannon-lake-x-cpus-will-run-on-new-x399-chipset/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161389/intel-coffee-lake-x-and-cannon-lake-x-cpus-will-run-on-new-x399-chipset/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:16:54 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=161389 A leaked document posted on Twitter has confirmed that Intel will be releasing a new X399 chipset. Not to be confused with AMD’s X399 chipset for Threadripper, Intel’s own X399 chipset will support its upcoming Coffee Lake-X and Cannon Lake-X High-end Desktop (HEDT) CPUs. The image shows a cropped portion from a document taken from […]

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A leaked document posted on Twitter has confirmed that Intel will be releasing a new X399 chipset. Not to be confused with AMD’s X399 chipset for Threadripper, Intel’s own X399 chipset will support its upcoming Coffee Lake-X and Cannon Lake-X High-end Desktop (HEDT) CPUs.

The image shows a cropped portion from a document taken from Intel’s website. Posted by Twitter user @momomo_us, the unannounced chipset for both Coffee Lake and Cannon Lake-based HEDT CPUs are listed down in the fourth column of the table.

It’s clear that Intel intends to make the X399 chipset support the new CPUs, just as they did with Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X on its current X299 HEDT chipset. Unfortunately, the table doesn’t seem say if the new chipset will retain the same LGA 2066 layout or if it will be using an entirely new array.

Having said that, it’s very unlikely that Intel would actually change the number of pins on the X399 chipset, especially since it’s only been about a year since the company first launched the X299 chipset.

(Source: Hot Hardware via Twitter)

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Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 May Be In Development; Rumoured With Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161378/xiaomi-mi-pad-4-may-be-in-development-rumoured-with-qualcomm-snapdragon-660/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/161378/xiaomi-mi-pad-4-may-be-in-development-rumoured-with-qualcomm-snapdragon-660/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:33:56 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=161378 Xiaomi might be readying a new Mi Pad tablet. Firmware files pointing to a yet unrevealed tablet from the Chinese manufacturer, although the data is still inconclusive as to whether it really is a new device. The code examined by XDA Developers shows a tablet that is poised to be another mid-range tablet, much like […]

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Xiaomi might be readying a new Mi Pad tablet. Firmware files pointing to a yet unrevealed tablet from the Chinese manufacturer, although the data is still inconclusive as to whether it really is a new device.

The code examined by XDA Developers shows a tablet that is poised to be another mid-range tablet, much like Xiaomi’s previous tablets. Based on the firmware files, the upcoming tablet looks to be packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset with Android 8.1 plus Xiaomi’s customised MIUI 9 on top.

Though it is hard to confirm these type of leaks, XDA Developers does suggest a couple of interesting points to convince that the leak is legit. Firstly, that there are a couple of terms used in the firmware files that mention the word “pad” and also “tablet”.  The firmware states that the tablet’s pixel density is at 320 DPI which suits a budget tablet. Next, the battery is rated at 6000mAh which is too big for a smartphone to have.

Files from the tablet’s camera configuration show that Xiaomi has put in a single 13MP OmniVision OV13855 sensor with a f/2.0 aperture on the back while the selfie camera will have a single 5MP Samsung S5K5E8 sensor with a f/2.0 aperture. Don’t expect any 4K video recording on the tablet but there will be a Portrait mode on the camera.

Back in October, a Xiaomi executive mentioned that it is working on a new tablet but there hasn’t been any update ever since. Currently, it has been about a year since the Mi Pad 3 was launched. So, it’s about time for Xiaomi to update its tablet offering.

(Source: Gizmo China via XDA Developer)

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