Last week, ASUS unveiled its highly anticipated Zenfone 4 smartphones in grand style topped with the appearance of ASUS’s Asian-Pacific brand ambassador, Gong Yoo.The family of smartphones – Zenfone 4, Zenfone 4 Pro, Zenfone 4 Selfie and Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro, Zenfone 4 Max and Zenfone 4 Max Pro – was launched at the “We Love Photo” Asia press event.Tapping on the dual camera trend, all the smartphones feature dual rear or dual front cameras.The goal is obvious, to capture the best photos in any scenario.However for Malaysians, only three of these smartphones will be made available in the market.Targeting the selfie lovers is of course the Zenfone 4 Selfie, model ZD553KL, which takes the dual camera function to the next level with a dual front facing 20MP camera and a single 16MP rear facing camera.
The financial report from Taiwan-based semiconductor firm MediaTek for the second quarter of 2017 shows the company's net profit declined over 60%.MediaTek's operating revenue in the second quarter of 2017 was NTD58.079 billion, which was about CNY12.912 billion and marked a year-on-year decrease of 19.9%.Its net profit was NTD2.21 billion, which was about CNY491 million and marked a year-on-year decrease of 66.5%.The company's performance reportedly hit a new quarterly low point since its listing.As a major IC designer focusing on smartphone chips, MediaTek's smartphone business operating revenue only accounted for 40% of the company's total operating revenue during the reporting period.With Qualcomm's enhancement in the middle- and low-end markets, MediaTek's former major clients Oppo and Vivo have reportedly turned to Qualcomm starting at the end of 2016.
Tokopedia, the leading e-commerce platform in Indonesia, announced that they have secured a new round financing of USD1.1 billion, which will be led by the Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba.Founded in 2009, Tokopedia is reportedly the largest e-commerce platform in Indonesia and it is also one of the most visited websites in the country.The investment in Tokopedia marks Alibaba's latest strategic expansion in Southeast Asia.Prior to this, Alibaba invested in Lazada and announced plans to increase its shareholding in Lazada to 83% in June 2017.William Tanuwijaya, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tokopedia, said that a core part of Tokopedia's culture is to "share sincerely as a teacher and learn curiously as a student".They always see Alibaba as a teacher and use them as a model.
Every Google-affiliated product and service, from Gmail to YouTube, and even Google Docs, have since been blocked.The absence of the US tech giant in the world’s second-largest economy presented an opportunity for competitors.RealNetworks, the Seattle-based firm that developed RealPlayer, one of the first media players capable of streaming audio and video that became popular in 90s, was willing to fill the gap.“Google has a complex relationship with the Chinese market, the fact that Google is one of our major competitors may have helped us a little bit in China, that’s hard to say,” said the company’s founder Rob Glaser in an interview in RealNetworks’s office in Beijing.CIBN is a venture between state-owned international radio broadcaster China Radio International and other private firms such as Youku-Tudou, which operates China’s most-watched video streaming service.What’s more, RealNetworks took an unusual step to build the next generation technology in its own research and development centre in Beijing three years ago, he said.
Philippe Stark, the legendary designer of the Xiaomi Mi Mix, has revealed images of what he whats the Mi Mix 2 to look like.Now before we all get too excited lets all look at this image for what it actually is, a concept.Although the Mi Mix 2 is scheduled to launch on 12th September, we don’t actually know what the phone will look like and we don’t even know if the designer of the original Mi Mix has had anything to do with the updated phone.However, if Philippe Stark has had anything to do with the Mi Mix 2, and why wouldn’t he after designing the successful Mi Mix, we do have a very clear idea what the flagship concept phone will look like.The device is very clearly a near bezel less phone with the screen making its way to the very edges of the top, left and right of the handset, while almost reaching right the way down to the very bottom of the front of the device.Stark revealed the Mi Mix 2 concept on Facebook via a video while shows the front of the handset, the slender sides but doesn’t reveal what’s going on around the back of the phone leading to speculation on if the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 will have a dual camera feature, or if it will have an under screen fingerprint scanner or traditional rear mounted option.
Action camera specialists, SJCAM, are rumoured to be working on an all new sports camera model with updated 4K features and dual displays.SJCAM has quickly become one of the go-to brands for anyone who is serious about recording high-quality video of their outdoor antics.The company has been in the game for years and knows how to make a quality and highly functional sports camera, and now with all their experience, they are working on something new.While we haven’t heard from SJCAM themselves about the SJ8 we have learned that the new camera is set to become official in October, and according to tech site Posh Gadgets the camera will come with features users have long been wishing for.According to the leaks, the SJCAM SJ8 will see a boost in video performance and will natively support 4K video recording at 60FPS!What’s more, the camera is said to come with dual touch screens (a rear 2.33in panel with a 0.96in panel on the front).
I guess now it’s confirmed, as Google announced that the official unveiling of their next OS will be made tomorrow, during total solar eclipse day.The event is scheduled to take place in New York, it will be live-streamed at 2:40 PM EST (6:40PM GMT), along with the solar eclipse set to occur tomorrow.The company still calls it Android O and denies to reveal it’s name but we have some info what this O stands for.According to Evan Blass it will be called Android Oreo but if we’re to believe Senior Vice-President of Platforms and Ecosystems at Google, Hiroshi Lockheimer it could go for Oatmeal Cookie!In any case the update is expected to roll out to devices starting tomorrow, beginning with the Pixel and Pixel XL.Eligible Nexus devices will follow soon after, along with non-Google devices, some of them have been confirmed to get the update:
A new report has appeared online stating that a variant of the Xiaomi Mi 5X will be launched without MIUI.The phone, codenamed the Xiaomi A1, will supposedly be a cost-effective device running Stock Android as part of the Android One initiative.This means the device will get updates right from Google itself.For those who need a refresher, the Android One initiative is an effort by Google to team up with manufacturers to produce devices with software updates straight from Google.In a way, it’s a spiritual successor to the Nexus program, only with a much wider range of devices and companies involved.What’s fairly surprising to us however is that Xiaomi are teaming up with Google to release a Stock Android device.
Buying a new smartphone is practically an annual decision for many of us today, and it can be challenging financially to keep up with the best and latest on the market.The compact phone fits nicely in your hand, with an attractive curved design and a haptic engine in place of a clickable home button.BV8000 Pro is built to take a pounding, and shoot underwaterThe Mi 6 is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor for top-end performance, which is backed by a beefy 6GB of RAM that can run all the apps you need.MU-MIMO Wi-fi delivers improved wireless connectivity for users with newer 802.11ac Wi-fi routers being sold these days.A beefy 3,350 mAh battery and aggressive battery management delivers 24 hours of use, while support for Quick Charge 3.0 charging through its USB Type-C port is a welcome relief over brand-specific quick charging technology.
Backed by a torrent of venture capital, China has gone sharing mad with everything from treadmills to karaoke booths and napping capsules all up for short-term rent – and at the click of a smartphone.With the boom spawning some novel ideas but also warnings of a sharing “bubble” in the world’s second-largest economy, here’s a number of the services that have come (and gone) in China in the last 18 months.A company in the northeastern city of Shenyang is rolling out a first batch of royal blue BMWs for sharing.Like the bikes, users scan a QR code with their mobile phones – and bingo!A snazzy BMW 1 Series is yours for the rental fee of 1.5 yuan (HK$1.80) per kilometre, plus the 999 yuan deposit.Brightly coloured bicycles kicked off the sharing craze last year and have since threatened to take over pavements and streets.
Kingdee International Software Group, the biggest enterprise application and cloud services provider to small businesses in mainland China, is looking to target big corporations and state-owned enterprises by providing hybrid cloud services by the end of next year.“By 2020, we hope that 60 per cent of our revenue will come from cloud services,” said Robert Xu Shaochun, founder and chief executive of Hong Kong-listed Kingdee, in an interview.Now, many of our clients are also using our Kingdee Cloud to better manage their enterprise resources.”While Kingdee’s customer base is largely comprised of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in China, it is looking to include larger corporations in the mix.The company said 45 per cent of customers who use its cloud services were existing clients who were already using Kingdee’s business applications, with the remaining 55 per cent new clients.Kingdee currently provides public cloud services, but the company said the next-generation cloud services will be hybrid – a mix of public and private cloud – which can better cater to large companies.
Apple is gearing up to release a new Apple Watch that may not require tethering to an iPhone for key functions such as calls, making it a stand-alone device, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.The US tech giant will launch the next generation Apple Watch in September when it is also expected to take the wraps off three new iPhone models, says the source.Apple Watch has always been required to be linked to an iPhone in order to receive texts or make calls.But the next generation version will have cellular connectivity, likely through an embedded SIM rather than physical SIM card users will have to put in.Adding cellular connectivity will allow people to carry out tasks such as streaming music without the need for an iPhone.A September unveiling also makes sense because Apple has already announced plans to release watchOS 4 – its wearable operating system – in the autumn.
HOMTOM have just announced the HOMTOM S8, a big 5.7-inch phone with a 18:9 display aspect ratio and a dual camera setup on the back.The smartphone will also be powered by an octa-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.HOMTOM also released most of the specs, so let’s go through the smartphone’s highlights.Albeit big at 5.7-inch, the HOMTOM S8 is able to keep a smaller footprint by using the trendy 18:9 display aspect ratio, together with an edge-to-edge design which keeps the side bezels really thin.The S8 will be available in four colors: Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Arctic Silver and Maple Gold.The back cover will be using high-quality composite plate made by the Mitsubishi Electronics, which should make it shock proof and at the same time keep it bright and transparent with a glossy finish.
Soon after the launch of their first smartphone in the international market — the Meiigoo M1, the company is currently on their next big hit, the Meiigoo S8+, which as you can assume from the name, will be very similar to Samsung’s device.Meiigoo are indeed working on creating a phone coated with a 3D glass, which would set it apart from other Chinese devices that claim to sport a curved display but only use 2.5D glass.In the image below you can see what they mean by that:So, just like the Samsung S8 / S8+, also the Meiigoo S8+ will feature a dual curved display for a more elegant look — although probably more fragile as well — and an easier to handle phone.We still aren’t aware if it’ll also come with Samsung’s 18.5:9 display aspect ratio but it’d be nice to.The Meiigoo S8+ should also come with relatively high-end hardware, we’re talking about an octa-core CPU and a whopping 8GB of RAM.
Gionee is aiming really high for the next year and to do this, they plan to rely on a previously succesful model.Meet Gionee M2018, the updated version of last year’s M2017 model that was equipped with a huge 7000 mAh battery and a sizzling hot price of approximately 1000$!Its successor was recently spotted on TENAA for the necessary certifications in order to become available in the Chinese region.The device packs a single main camera, a circular LED flash next to it and the same leather material used on its back to improve its build quality.The new model has a few differences when compared to its predecessor, mainly in the color of the antenna lines (white instead of black) and different placement of the volume rocker and the power button.The upcoming model has a fingerprint scanner placed in front (embedded inside the Home button) along with the same dual curved display we first adored on its predecessor and complete 4G/LTE support.
We may have several months left until the official launch of the most awaited Huawei Mate 10 (the company plans to unveil it on October 16) but still news keep coming our way.The Chinese OEM announced today that their upcoming flagship will be equipped with their (also new) HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset, and… we have the official specs to support it.So, according to a recent leak, the next gen SoC will have some really impressive specs such as:8-core (4x Cortex A73 and 4x Cortex A53) configurationClock speed of up to 2.8 GHzBut that’s not all we’ve got guys.
OK, as always we take what we read with a pinch of salt.These photos haven’t been verified for their authenticity nor we know the leakster of this rumor, however it seems consistent to what we know so far about the iPhone 8 model, and its two siblings.The images appeared earlier this week on Twitter from user mmddj_china, who insists that they show the wireless charging pads of the upcoming iPhone 8 model.We’ve known for quite sometime now that the upcoming iPhone 8 (and possibly the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus would be equipped with wireless charging technology, so they’re expected to have glass cover on their back in order for this to work.As we already told you the photos haven’t been verified but they seem to be legit, as most rumors insist that the new iPhone will finally support wireless charging technology – something that its rivals have been doing for years now.
But virtually everyone other than diehard Apple fans disagreed.The problem was that the iPad Pro, despite the large screen, fancy new keyboard cover and stylus, still ran iOS – a mobile software built for the iPhone.Not only is iOS not meant for multitasking, its lack of a traditional folder system meant basic computer functionality such as dragging and dropping a file from one folder to another is impossible.Now we’re getting both, as Apple unveiled in June a second generation iPad Pro (dubbed the iPad Pro 10.5, with the number signifying its new screen size) and new iOS (version 11) that drastically changes the way an iPad operates.We recently got our hands on it and a beta version of iOS 11 and it seems Apple’s product has finally caught up with the marketing hype.The front and rear cameras have been improved from the first-gen iPad Pro, particularly the selfie shooter, going from the measly 1.2-megapixel, 720p camera on the latter to a 7-megapixel lens that can shoot in 1080p.
Your car is driverless and your favourite barman may just be an android.“In 30 years the world will be very different,” he says, adding: “Things will be designed to meet your individual needs.”Work, as we know it, will be redundant, he says – visual and sensory advances in robotics will see smart factories make real time decisions requiring only human oversight rather than workers, while professions such as law, journalism, accounting and retail will be streamlined with AI doing the grunt work.Things will be designed to meet your individual needsHealth care is set for a revolution, with individuals holding all the data about their general health and AI able to diagnose ailments, he explains.Blondeau says: “If you have a doctor’s appointment, it will be perhaps for the comfort of talking things through with a human, or perhaps because regulation will dictate a human needs to dispense medicine.
President Donald Trump is boosting US Cyber Command’s status in the sprawling military hierarchy in a move intended to bolster its role defending against hacking attacks and in fighting Islamic State militants in cyberspace.Trump elevated Cyber Command to a “unified combatant command” on Friday and directed Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to recommend someone to lead the organisation.The new command will “strengthen our cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve our nation’s defence,” the president said in a statement.The step helps “streamline command and control of time-sensitive cyberspace operations by consolidating them under a single commander” with the requisite authority, Trump said.It also will ensure cyber operations are “adequately funded,” he said.Until now, Cyber Command, founded in 2009, was under US Strategic Command, which oversees nuclear weapons and space programmes.