Tech Tech en Grand opening for Samsung Note8 in Malaysia
Lines began as early as 7am. The first 100 customers to purchase the brand new Galaxy Note8 at the Pavilion (Kuala Lumpur) roadshow received a free Clear View Standing Cover autographed by the star herself at the event.

Additionally, 22 of Song's fans at the event were given a chance to come up on stage and take a selfie with her.

Song Ji-Hyo made her debut in the horror movie Wishing Stairs in 2003. She is best known for her role as one of the regulars on the South Korean variety show, Running Man.

The first 1,000 visitors to purchase the Galaxy Note8 during the four-day event will also receive a free Samsung Gear VR worth RM499 and free Samsung Screen Protection worth RM149 which allows for a one-time cracked screen replacement (excluding Service Fee).

"People are consistently striving to do bigger things and their relentless passion and spirit to achieve more has inspired us to design the new Note to ultimately help people reach their goals and potentials," said KM Liew, Head of IT & Mobile Business, Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

If you are still on the fence about the Note8, come on over to the roadshow which is also happening at Gurney Plaza (Penang) and AEON Tebrau City (Johor Baru). There you could touch, feel, and experience the Note8 for yourself.

The first 500 customers who purchase a the Galaxy Note8 at these two locations will also receive a free Samsung Gear VR and Samsung Screen Protection.

The Galaxy Note8 is available in Malaysia from Sept 21, retailing at RM3,999. The phone is available in midnight Black, Orchid Grey, and Maple Gold.

Below is video of the scenes, at the launch of Samsung Note8, in Pavilion:

Tech Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:53:18 +0000 theSundaily 485102 at
Samsung Galaxy Note8 has arrived!
Grab the opportunity to experience the Note8 first-hand from today till Sunday at the Galaxy Note8 roadshows in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Gurney Plaza in Penang, and Aeon Tebrau City in Johor Baru.

For those who had not pre-ordered the phone earlier, now is the chance to get their hands on Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone and receive some awesome gifts as well.

The roadshow at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is expected to start at 11am today, followed by the official sale of the Galaxy Note8 at noon.

The roadshows in Penang and Johor Baru are expected to begin at 10am.

The first 1,000 buyers at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, and the first 500 buyers each at Gurney Plaza and Aeon Tebrau City, of the Galaxy Note8 during the four-day roadshows will receive a free Samsung Gear VR (top) worth RM499, and free Samsung Screen Protection worth RM149, which allows for a one-time cracked screen replacement (excluding service fee).

In addition, the first 100 customers to purchase the brandnew Galaxy Note8 at the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur roadshow today will get to meet Running Man star Song Ji-Hyo (below) in person on stage and receive a free Clear View Standing Cover autographed by the star herself.

Song is a South Korean actress who made her debut in 2003 in the horror movie Wishing Stairs.

For those who cannot make it to the roadshows, don’t despair. They can visit the nearest Samsung Experience Store to enjoy some exclusive promotions.

For every purchase of the Galaxy Note8 via Maybank 0% Ezy Pay Plan for a period of 12 and 24 months, they can enjoy not only 3x Maybank Treats Points but also receive a free Dual Port Car Charger worth RM89.

Additionally, New Galaxy Note8 owners can purchase either the Samsung Protection for RM88, or the Samsung Protection Plus for RM238.

Both come with a one-time cracked screen replacement, with the latter adding a one-year warranty extension on top of the standard warranty.

The Galaxy Note series championed large displays on a smartphone, and it is no surprise that the Note8 has the biggest screen on any Note device, at 6.3in across.

The panel used is a Quad HD+ Super Amoled Infinity Display with an 18.5:9 ratio, which is wider than the standard 16:9 display used by almost every other phone.

The Galaxy Note8 is also the first Samsung smartphone with two 12MP rear cameras with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) on both its wide-angle and telephoto lenses.

It features a Live Focus mode that lets you control the depth of field by allowing you to adjust the bokeh effect in preview mode and after you take the photo.

In Dual Capture mode, the Note8 can take two pictures simultaneously, using both of its rear cameras, and allow you to save one close-up shot from the telephoto lens, and one wide-angle shot at the same time.

Inside the Note8 is an octa-core 64-bit 10nm processor paired with 64GB of expandable storage and 6GB of memory, and a 3,300mAh battery.

The Galaxy Note8 is available in midnight black, orchid grey, and maple gold for RM3,999.

For more, visit the Samsung Malaysia website.]]>
Tech Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:36:10 +0000 Azizul Rahman Ismail 484800 at
eSports battle for a knockout at Tokyo game show
Scantily clad women hawking games and virtual reality operators will also compete for the attention of some 250,000 mostly male visitors expected to turn up at the four-day Tokyo Game Show, which kicked off Thursday.

But eSports – multiplayer computer games played in front of spectators – took centre stage for the first time at the annual event, as the best of the best faced off in games like Street Fighter V and on virtual battlegrounds.

They may not have household names like Ronaldo or Beckham quite yet, but eSport champions are winning superstar status these days with hundreds of millions of people around the world jumping into the action.

Top players can make millions in prize money alone from tournaments played at packed stadiums in front of up to 50,000 spectators.

They'll be a full medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games in China, while the newly minted Asian eSports Federation president Kenneth Fok is shooting for a spot at the Olympics.

Despite their soaring popularity in North America and parts of Asia, eSports are only now taking off in Japan, home to videogame heavyweights Sony and Nintendo.

Operating restrictions on public gaming and prize money limits have held back growth in the videogame-crazy nation, but top billing at the Tokyo show could punt eSports to the next level, industry insiders said.

"I hope Japanese people will eventually see that winning prize money and making a living out of this as a pro is just as great as being a tennis player like (Kei) Nishikori or other professionals," said Taichi Shibuki, chairman of game company JPPVR.

"Not many people here even know the word eSports. But this (show) could drastically change things."

Unlike traditional separations for gender and physical disabilities, eSports can be played under "equal conditions", he added.

"It doesn't matter if you are a man, a woman, young or old, or if you're physically disabled," Shibuki said.

"It's a field where everyone can compete with an equal shot."

The Tokyo show will host more than 600 exhibitors with everything from virtual romance and digital puzzles to shoot-em-up games and role-playing adventures on offer. — AFP]]>
Tech Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:16:40 +0000 theSundaily 484961 at
Google to acquire HTC's Pixel smartphone division in US$1.1b deal (Updated)
Google has sought to beef up its hardware capability with deals and product launches, and last year hired Rick Osterloh, a former Motorola executive, to run its hardware division.

"For Google, this agreement further reinforces its commitment to smartphones and overall investment in its emerging hardware business," the search giant said in a statement.

Under the deal, Google will also receive a non-exclusive license for HTC's intellectual property. The Taiwanese firm will continue to run its remaining smartphone business.

HTC is a long-time partner of Google and some analysts estimate that Pixel smartphones account for 20% of HTC's smartphone shipments.

But the Taiwanese firm, which once sold one in 10 smartphones globally, has seen its market share dwindle sharply due to competition from Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics Co and Chinese rivals.

Its sharp decline had some analysts questioning the wisdom of the deal.

"HTC is past its prime in terms of being a leading hardware design house, mainly because of how much it has had to scale back over the years as because of declining revenues," said Ryan Reith, an analyst at research firm IDC.

"Unless Google really wants to control hardware for its other businesses like Home and Chromebooks in addition to smartphones, then I don’t see this as being a bet that pays off."

The deal marks Google's second major foray into smartphone manufacturing. It purchased Motorola Mobility for US$12.5 billion in 2012 and sold it off to China's Lenovo Group Ltd for less than US$3 billion two years later.

"It’s still early days for Google’s hardware business," Osterloh said in a blog post, adding it is focused on bringing together the best of Google software and hardware for a suite of its core products.

Other hardware initiatives include its acquisition of thermostats maker Nest for US$3.2 billion in 2014, while product launches include voice-controlled speaker Google Home and virtual-reality device Daydream View.

Google's strategy of licensing Android for free and profiting from embedded services such as search and maps has made Android the dominant mobile operating system with some 89% of the global market, according to IDC.

But it has long been frustrated by the emergence of many variations of Android and the inconsistent experience that has produced. Pushing its own hardware will likely complicate its relationship with Android licensees, analysts said.

HTC shares were on a trading halt on Thursday. The stock has suffered steep declines over the past couple of years. It has fallen 12% so far this year and the company is worth around US$1.9 billion.

HTC's worldwide smartphone market share declined to 0.9% last year from a peak of 8.8% in 2011, according to IDC. Google's Pixel had less than 1% market share since it was launched a year ago, with an estimated 2.8 million shipments, IDC estimates.

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close by early 2018.

Evercore served as financial advisor to HTC and Lazard served as financial advisor to Google. — Reuters]]>
Tech Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:06:49 +0000 theSundaily 484772 at
Apple shares slip on smartwatch reviews
Apple Watch Series 3 set to hit the market on Friday boasts the ability to connect directly to telecommunications networks to let users remain connected without a smartphone for phone calls, music, and other functions.

During a live demonstration at a media event earlier this month, an Apple executive on a stand-up paddle board in the middle of a lake chatted via the smartwatch with a colleague on stage in San Francisco.

But, reviews posted on Wednesday expressed problems with Apple Watch Series 3 connecting to mobile networks and cited the company as saying it is working on a fix for the trouble.

Lauren Goode of tech news website The Verge wrote that while trying out the new Apple Watch she experience "notable connectivity issues," with the device trying to link with unknown WiFi hot-spots instead of a telecommunications network.

Several US media outlets cited Apple as releasing a statement saying the company "discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular."

Apple was looking into fixing the problem in a software update, according to the cited statement.

Reports also surfaced Wednesday that some analysts saw iPhone 8 pre-orders lagging behind those of the prior generation, possibly because people are more interested in a 10th-anniversary iPhone X model due out later in the year.

The iPhone X was one of three new iPhone models unveiled at the first event at Apple's new "spaceship" campus.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook called the iPhone X "the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone."

Apple shares ended the formal Nasdaq exchange trading day down 1.68% to US$156.07 (RM654.80). — AFP]]>
Tech Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:23:21 +0000 theSundaily 484703 at
With new operating system, Apple revamps its money-making App Store
The system, called iOS 11, is being released on Tuesday ahead of its two newest phone handsets, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, set to start shipping to customers on Friday and Nov 3, respectively.

The most visible changes will come to App Store. The App Store is the backbone of Apple's services segment, which brought in US$21.5 billion in revenue in the past nine months, a 19% increase over the previous year and a bright spot as overall sales grew only 5%.

The store has been redesigned to give app developers more space for images and text to describe their software. Developers have long grumbled that their software is hard to find in Apple's store unless users type in the precise name of the app or follow a link to it.

"The redesign make it much cleaner and speaks to the pain point of the store: You had so many apps that if you didn't know exactly what you were looking for, it was really hard to find anything," said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst with Creative Strategies.

The new store also gives prominent display to games. Games are expected to make up 75% of all revenue for Apple's App Store, according to App Annie, which collects and analyzes market data on mobile apps.

Most of that revenue comes in the form of so-called in-app purchases, where gamers make purchases of tokens, gems and other digital items to unlock new parts of the game. “It’s really the gift that keep on giving from the developer perspective," Milanesi said.

But perhaps the biggest change in iOS 11 will the debut of augmented reality apps, or AR, in which digital images float over the real word. Apple has made much of those a capabilities, but an ostensibly minor feature may help AR apps spread: Screen recording.

In testing, Adam Debreczeni, maker of an app that lets users see a three-dimensional map of a fitness activity like a bicycle ride or run they've gone on, was surprised at how enthusiastically users took to sharing screen recordings of AR apps like his.

"I think that's going to help AR games go viral and get better distribution," he said. — Reuters]]>
Tech Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:03:51 +0000 theSundaily 484767 at
Google likely to buy stake in Taiwan smartphone maker HTC: Report
The deal for HTC's smartphone design unit would give the US tech giant more control of its mobile handset hardware as it seeks to bolster its challenge to market leaders including Apple and Samsung.

Google did not respond to an AFP query on the report, which said an announcement could come later in the day.

HTC is already a partner of the California giant and has produced the Google-branded Pixel smartphone, an upgrade of which is set to be released next month.

But the tie-up could give Google greater ability to integrate smartphone hardware and its Android operating software in the same manner as Apple, a feature which is seen as helping the iPhone.

HTC shares have fallen sharply over the past few years as its smartphone market share has dropped. Trading in HTC was suspended pending an announcement.

It would not be the first foray into hardware for Google, which in 2012 acquired handset maker Motorola for US$12.5 billion (RM52.5 billion), only to sell it two years later for less than US$3 billion. — AFP]]>
Tech Thu, 21 Sep 2017 03:07:06 +0000 theSundaily 484838 at
Hackers used Avast's CCleaner breach to attack technology companies
That suggests the breach, disclosed on Monday, was far more serious than initially described by Piriform, maker of the infected CCleaner utility and now a part of Prague-based Avast Software.

Piriform and more recently Avast said in blog posts this week that no damage had been detected, although more than 2 million people had installed tainted versions of CCleaner.

Even though those versions allowed for remote communication with websites controlled by the hackers, Avast said alarm was unwarranted because the company cooperated with researchers and law enforcement and took control of the command sites early on.

But researchers at Cisco, one of the companies that had warned Avast of the attack, said Wednesday that a control server seized by U.S. law enforcement showed that the hackers had installed additional malicious software on a selected group of at least 20 machines.

It is unclear which companies housed those computers, but the data showed that the hackers had gone after networks at major technology companies. The list included Samsung, Sony, Akamai and Cisco itself.

"It's like the bad guys cast a net and caught all the fish, but only wanted to infect the machines that were most interesting," said researcher Craig Williams of Cisco's Talos unit.

The attackers could have been using the foothold provided by CCleaner installations to steal technology secrets from those companies, Williams said.

More troubling, they could have been looking to get malicious code inside those companies' products, which are used by high-value targets in government and business around the world.

Avast Chief Technology Officer Ondrej Vlcek confirmed that "a very small minority of the endpoints" had received subsequent infections. He said the company had been contacting affected firms quietly.

"We don't believe in going public with any of this stuff while investigation is still ongoing," he said. "We know that this is also the preference of the law enforcement personnel."

Security firm Kaspersky Lab, Cisco and others said the attack reused code previously seen in hacks connected to Chinese authorities. But the code could have been stolen, so the CCleaner hackers might not be from that country.

Vlcek said consumer CCleaner users still did not need to restore their computers from backups. — Reuters]]>
Tech Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:42:28 +0000 theSundaily 484748 at
Uber revs up food delivery service
This smartphone app (available for iOS and Android) will help Malaysians order their food from selected restaurants which will then be delivered to their doorsteps within 35 minutes.

Payment can be done via credit or debit card. There is no minimum order, however a RM5 delivery fee will be charged.

Additionally UberEATS Malaysia is working closely with Jakim to ensure delivery methods address halal concerns.

During the press conference to announce the launch, Shri Chakravarthy Gopalakrishnan, general manager, Malaysia & Singapore, UberEATS showed the media the two different delivery bags that are used to deliver halal and non-halal food.

There are currently 200 restaurant partners available.

UberEATS will begin serving Kuala Lumpur's central business district, Bangsar and Damansara Heights from 9am to midnight, seven days a week, with plans to expand in the near future.

Just download the app from Google Play or the App Store, or head to Tell them where to deliver, browse the local restaurant list, pay and then track your order.

"At Uber we are looking for ways to bring Malaysians more choices," said Shri.

"This time, we are bringing consumers, restaurant-partners, and delivery-partners together in a digital marketplace celebrating Malaysia's great cuisine and love for food.

"Using the power of Uber's technology, we are going to help Malaysians enjoy the food we want, right now - all at the touch of a button."

UberEATS is also offering job opportunities for Malaysians who would like to earn additional revenue, and also provide restaurant owners the tools to improve their business, with analytics and insights to make better data-driven decisions.

UberEATS is presently available in 27 countries and over 100 cities globally.

Just download the UberEATS app and enter the promo code KLTASTY to enjoy free delivery on your first three orders. This offer is valid until Oct 21.]]>
Tech Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:32:30 +0000 theSundaily 484540 at
Samsung invites you to the Galaxy Note8 roadshow
The event will be held from the Sept 21 to 24 at Pavilion (Kuala Lumpur), Gurney Plaza (Penang) and AEON Tebrau City (Johor Baru).

A queue to purchase the Galaxy Note8 will start at 11am onwards at Pavilion, while the sales of the Galaxy Note8 will officially begin at 12pm. The roadshows at Penang and Johor Baru will begin at 10am.

Those who purchase the Galaxy Note8 during the 4-day celebration will receive a free Samsung Gear VR worth RM499, and free Samsung Screen Protection worth RM149, which allows for a one-time cracked screen replacement (excluding Service Fee).

The first 100 customers to purchase the brand new Galaxy Note8 at the Pavilion (Kuala Lumpur) roadshow will also receive the opportunity to meet Running Man star Song Ji-Hyo on stage and in person to collect a free Clear View Standing Cover autographed by the star herself.

For those who cannot make it to the roadshow, just head on over to the nearest Samsung Experience Stores to enjoy exclusive bank promotion, such as 3x Maybank Treats Points, and receive a free Dual Port Car Charger worth RM89 for every purchase of the Galaxy Note8 via Maybank 0% Ezy Pay Plan for a period of 12 and 24 months.

Additionally, New Galaxy Note8 could also purchase either the Samsung Protection for RM88; or the Samsung Protection Plus for RM238.

Both come with a one-time cracked screen replacement with the latter adding 1-year warranty extension on top of the standard warranty.]]>
Tech Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:58:56 +0000 theSundaily 483988 at