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Dell XPS 13 (9300) InfinityEdge Laptop Hands-On Preview!

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) features their first-ever InfinityEdge display, with Gorilla Glass 6 protection!

Here is our hands-on preview of this magnificent ultra-light XPS 13 laptop!

 

Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Featuring The InfinityEdge Display

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) continues the evolution of the XPS 13 line, with an ultra-light chassis built from machined aluminium and woven glass fibre, with Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

With the first-ever InfinityEdge display, the XPS 13 (9300) offers a 13.4-inch display in an 11-inch form factor, that fits neatly on an airplane’s seat tray.

 

Unboxing The Dell XPS 13 (9300) Laptop

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) comes in a premium white cardboard box. Once you fully unbox it, you will find these items :

  • Dell XPS 13 (9300) laptop
  • Dell USB Type C to USB Type A dongle
  • 45 watt charger with integrated USB Type C cable
  • Power cord with localised plug
  • XPS 13 9300 Quick Start Guide + Safety and Regulatory Information

 

Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Hands-On Preview

This Dell XPS 13 (9300) is an eminently thin and light laptop. It offers a 13.4-inch display in an 11-inch form factor that weighs only 1.27 kg, and is less than 15 mm thick.

It easily fits into the smallest laptop bag, and even a large handbag. And when you can fly again, you will love how it fits onto the airplane’s seat tray!

13.4-inch Display In 11-Inch Form Factor

This Dell XPS 13 (9300) model comes with a 4K UHD+ touch display, with a resolution 3840 x 2400 pixels, colour gamut of 90% DCI-P3 and DisplayHDR 400 certification.

Dell also offers a Full HD+ display, with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and 100% sRGB colour gamut; in both touch and non-touch options.

All three display options are 25% brighter at 500 nits, and are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 against scratches and impact.

Cameras + Security

The thin bezel at the top conceals two cameras – a regular 720p webcam, and an infra-red camera for facial recognition.

So you can either unlock the XPS 13 using the IR camera and Windows Hello, or the fingerprint sensor, which integrated into the power button.

While its 720p webcam may be rather low in resolution, it uses a new 4-element lens for sharper image quality. It also supports temporal noise reduction to improve video quality in low-light conditions.

Performance

Our Dell XPS 13 (9300) is powered by the Intel Core i7-1065G7 – a 4-core, 8-thread processor with 8 MB of cache and built-in Iris Plus Graphics.

You can opt for a Core i5-1035G1 or the Core i3-1005G1, both of which come with integrated UHD Graphics.

A redesigned cooler keeps things cool, using a single heat pipe and evaporator design with dual condensers and GORE thermal insulation. The hot air is exhausted through the hinge at the back.

It also comes with 16 GB of dual-channel LPDDR4X memory running at 3733 MHz. The memory is soldered onto the motherboard and cannot be upgraded.

Our unit came with a 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD, but you can opt for a smaller 512 GB SSD, or a larger 2 TB SSD.

Ports

Due to its ultra-slim profile – 14.8 mm at its thickest point, the XPS 13 has very limited ports.

On the left side, you will find a microSD card reader; as well as a single Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type C) port, which supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort output

On the right side, you will find a 3.5 mm microphone and headphone combo port, with a second Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type C) port, which also supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort output.

You can plug the USB Type C charging cable into either Thunderbolt 3 port. But unless you are using it on-the-go, you really only have one free port to use.

The good news is Dell actually bundles the XPS 13 (9300) with a free USB Type C to USB Type A dongle, so you can use your USB Type A drives and devices (including cables) with it.

Keyboard + Touchpad

The Dell XPS (9300) comes an edge-to-edge keyboard, and a 17% larger touchpad for maximum working comfort.  The keyboard is backlit, and comes with larger key caps!

Connectivity

Our XPS 13 (9300) comes with the Killer AX1650 module, which offers Wi-Fi 6 connectivity with 2×2 antennas, and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity.

It is much too thin to support a LAN port, but you can add LAN connectivity using a USB-C dongle.

Audio

The two long stripes on both sides of the XPS 13 are not cooling vents, but ports for its 2.5 watt stereo speakers, which are tuned with Waves MaxxAudio Pro.

Its 3.5 mm microphone / headphone combo jack is also optimised with the 360-degree Waves NX 3D virtual surround sound with head tracking.

Finally, its dual microphone array is powered by Waves MaxxVoice Pro, which supports VOIP and is Cortana Farfield-capable.

Battery + Charging

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) comes with a 4-cell smart lithium-ion battery that is rated for 52 Whr.

Dell claims a battery life of up to 18 hours and 49 minutes with the Full HD+ display, and up to 12 hours and 13 minutes with the 4K UHD+ display.

 

Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Colour Options

Our unit comes in the Frost White colour with an Arctic White woven glass fibre palm rest.

Dell also offers the Platinum Silver colour option, with a Black carbon fiber palm rest.

 

Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Specifications + Options

Specifications XPS 13 9300
Display Size 13.4-inch
Display Options 4K touch screen (3840 x 2400)
Full HD touch screen (1920 x 1200)
Full HD non-touch (1920 x 1200)
Display Features WLED backlight
60 Hz refresh rate
500 nits max. brightness
35 ms response time
1200:1 contrast ratio
Colour Gamut 4K : 90% DCI-P3
Full HD : 100% sRGB
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
CPU + GPU Options Intel Core i7-1065G7 + Iris Plus Graphics
Intel Core i5-1035G1 + UHD Graphics
Intel Core i3-1005G1 + UHD Graphics
Memory Options LPDDR4X-3733 (8 / 16 / 32 GB)
LPDDR4-3733 (4 GB)
Storage Options PCIe NVMe SSD (512 GB / 1 TB / 2 TB)
Audio Realtek ALC3281-CG audio chip
2 x 2.5 watt speakers
Dual microphone array
3.5 mm audio jack
Wireless Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2×2)
Bluetooth 5.1
External Ports 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type C) ports
– with Power Delivery and DisplayPort
1 x 3.5 mm audio port
1 x microSD card slot
Camera HD webcam
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, capacitive 500 dpi sensor
Keyboard Backlit keyboard
19.05 x 18.05 mm key pitch
Touchpad 1300 x 722 pixel resolution
Battery 4-cell 52 Whr lithium-ion battery
Charger 45 watt USB Type C charger
Dimensions 296 mm wide
199 mm deep
14.8 mm thick
Weight 1.27 kg (touch screen)
1.20 kg (non-touch)

 

Acknowledgement

We would like to thank Dell for making us part of the #DellInsideCircle

 

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23 FREE Minecraft Items To Own, As Of 1 December 2020!

Here are 23 FREE Minecraft items to own and add to your account, as of 1 December 2020!

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23 FREE Minecraft Items To Own, As Of 1 December 2020!

Free Minecraft Item #1 : Fall Buddies

Where To Download : Get it here!

Fall is here and these group of friends are prepared with their scarves, sweaters and turkey hats! Here are five fall skins by The Lucky Petals!

Celebrate the coming of winter and the beauty of fall with these skins! The tree skin has a little surprise on the back of it, turn the skin around to see what’s behind!

Free Minecraft Item #2 : Way Of The Nether

Where To Download : Get it here!

Requires update 1.16 to download. A dimensional rift has appeared overnight in Poppy Isle & the mayor has gone missing! It’s up to you to venture into the Nether & figure out what happened.

  • Discover all the new Nether biomes
  • Study mobs & learn which are dangerous & which are useful
  • Mine & craft using the new mineral, Netherite
  • Research the Nether & save the mayor!

Free Minecraft Item #2 : Rockett Adventures 1 (Dinosaur City)

Where To Download : Get it here!

Meet the Rockett family! Mom’s time machine exploded and dinosaurs are all over the city.

Play as Jake or Nora and take on T-rexes, Velociraptors, Brachiosauruses, and more. Help mom put her time machine back together.

  • 2 free skins
  • 6 rideable dinosaurs
  • A fully-voiced adventure
  • Single-player
  • Many more episodes to come

Free Minecraft Item #4 : Lessons In Good Trouble

Where To Download : Get it here!

Good Trouble is a tour of social justice movements through history based on the life and teachings of Civil Rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis.

Created by educators from Lewis’ home district with support from Teaching Tolerance, this educational map shows the “good trouble” that various historic leaders catalyzed around the world in acting against injustice.

Free Minecraft Item #5 : Builders & Biomes

Where To Download : Get it here!

To celebrate the release of the new Minecraft Builders & Biomes: Farmer’s Market board game expansion, here is a fun skin pack to add some style to your homestead!

Live off the land and enjoy the simple life with these farm-tastic skins! Whether you aspire to be a skilled gardener or a busy builder, now you can look the part!

Free Minecraft Item #6 : Astronaut Training Center

Where To Download : Get it here!

Wondering what’s beyond our Earth or how to drive the Mars rover? Learn more about space and what it takes to be an astronaut!

Visit the Space Center and follow classes to teach you the basic principles of the universe and redstone. Feel like you know everything?

Test your knowledge with the tests! + Fun learning experience! + Over a dozen classes! + Includes 4 skins!

Free Minecraft Item #7 : Graduation Celebration

Where To Download : Get it here!

To help those holding virtual celebrations, we’ve created a custom Minecraft world that provides a fun way to gather together online to celebrate graduation when it is difficult to meet in person.

Instructions are provided within the game on how to run the experience.

Free Minecraft Item #8 : International Space Station

Where To Download : Get it here!

Did you know that humans have been living in space for almost 20 years? Minecraft is celebrating this historic milestone in partnership with NASA with a new International Space Station world for you to explore.

Researchers have conducted thousands of tests on board, and you’re next! Design a new module for the station and describe what experiments you’d like to run.

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Free Minecraft Item #9 : The Human Eye

Where To Download : Get it here!

Explore the inner workings of the human eye with this scientific model. Observe how light reflecting from objects and entering the eye allows objects to be seen.

Use this world as inspiration to think about how you might create other natural systems or parts of the human body to bring biology to life.

Free Minecraft Item #10 : Minecraft X Uniqlo Skin Pack

Where To Download : Get it here!

Let’s celebrate the new Minecraft x Uniqlo UT T-Shirt collection with this free Marketplace skin pack!

This skin pack features the 7 new t-shirt designs as well as some other fun surprises. Embark on your future adventures in UT style!

Free Minecraft Item #11 : 57Digital Christmas Skin Pack

Where To Download : Get it here!

Hello lovely Minecrafter! As a way of saying thanks for supporting us and all the talented Minecraft Marketplace teams… we’ve made an extra special skin pack for you!

Wear these six hand-crafted Christmas gift skins with pride and stay awesome. Merry Christmas!

Free Minecraft Item #12 : Safari World

Where To Download : Get it here!

Immerse yourself in a land of rare species with Safari World! Study animals in need of help and capture a moment in time with your very own camera.

Be careful though, don’t fall prey to the panther, lynx, or even the cheetah!

  • Discover 35 animals within their natural habitats
  • Find and listen to 30 unique audio files for each creature
  • Includes a safari bus and buggy

Free Minecraft Item #13 : Summer Beach Party

Where To Download : Get it here!

The best way to kick off summer is a party on the beach! These skins make chilling out on the sand well within your reach. Take to the surf and ride a wave or be the lifeguard and act really brave.

When the music starts, it’s time to dance, so don’t be shy, this is your chance. Now is the time to enjoy the sun, summer fun has just begun!

Free Minecraft Item #14 : Marine Biologist Roleplay

Where To Download : Get it here!

Dive into the exciting life of a marine biologist! Explore several ocean biomes while discovering amazing creatures.

  • Peaceful scavenger hunt based gameplay
  • 20 new aquatic animals
  • Drivable submarine
  • 16 hidden collectibles
  • Custom soundtrack
  • Detailed roleplay lab and aquarium

Free Minecraft Item #15 : The Traveling Trader

Where To Download : Get it here!

Trade us absolutely nothing, in return, we’ll give you a Traveling Trader adventure!

Explore multiple villages, meet a cast of delightful villagers, and learn terrific new trades. Do we have a deal?

  • The Pillager outpost has attacked – help the poor village it pillaged!
  • Save the kidnapped villager from the Pillager Stronghold!
  • Trade, trade, and trade some more.

Free Minecraft Item #16 : Classic Texture Pack

Where To Download : Get it here!

The classic Minecraft look you know and love! Why not try both packs and compare them yourself?

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Free Minecraft Item #17 : Lumen City Challenge

Where To Download : Get it here!

Design, build and manage your own entire city in Lumen City Challenge. Keep an eye on pollution levels whilst growing your city population to create the greatest city you can!

  • Single-player city building game!
  • Collect taxes and upgrade buildings
  • Choose your energy sources wisely!

Free Minecraft Item #18 : Minecraft Texture Update Beta

Where To Download : Get it here!

The extraordinary Minecraft Texture Update has been on the Java Edition in beta for quite a while and now It’s finally on Bedrock!

We’re renovating the old textures of Minecraft and polishing them up for a new beginning. Don’t panic! This won’t completely overhaul the look of Minecraft – these new textures just give it a much-needed update!

Free Minecraft Item #19 : Mount Olympus

Where To Download : Get it here!

Roleplay as your favorite Greek deity! Climb Mount Olympus, delve into the Underworld, or explore the docks.

Discover powerful enchanted weapons forged by the gods. Greek myths come to life in this multiplayer-friendly survival spawn!

  • 9 free skins and 100+ textures
  • Underworld dungeon
  • Fully furnished city with 50+ buildings

Free Minecraft Item #20 : Inspiration Island

Where To Download : Get it here!

Visit Inspiration Island, a floating theme park world filled with creative challenges.

Whether you are new to Creative Mode or just need a little extra inspiration, a visit here sets you on the path to craft your own groundbreaking worlds.

By the time you leave the island, you’ll be a true blue creator, armed with loads of skills to make awesome things!

Free Minecraft Item #21 : Norse Mythology Bonus Skins

Where To Download : Get it here!

Need a mini-horde of Vikings to get your midwinter festival started? Have these free Norse Mythology skins and party till Ragnarök. Skål!

Free Minecraft Item #22 : Legacy Skin Pack

Where To Download : Get it here!

Get cracking with these starter skins and old favorites brought over from Minecraft editions of yore. Widen your wardrobe, turn out in a tux, or rock it as a croc!

Free Minecraft Item #23 : Lumen Power Challenge

Where To Download : Get it here!

The town of Lumen is losing power! Learn all about energy as you solve the town’s problems in this fun, educational map.

Explore methods of power generation such as wind, solar and nuclear, then test your knowledge by taking the energy quiz!

 

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2020 Surface Laptop Go : Price + Availability In Malaysia!

Microsoft just announced the official price list and availability of the 2020 Surface Laptop Go in Malaysia! Check them out!

 

2020 Surface Laptop Go : What Is It?

The Surface Laptop Go is Microsoft’s lightest and most affordable laptop option for both business and home users.

The 2020 Surface Laptop Go boasts a 12.4-inch PixelSense touchscreen display, a large precision trackpad and a full-sized keyboard with 1.3 mm key travel.

It is built around the 10th Gen Intel Core i5 quad-core processor, and comes with up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of SSD storage.

They also come with a built-in 720p HD camera with Studio Microphones and Omnisonic Speakers with Dolby Audio support.

For a quick and secure sign-in, select 2020 Surface Laptop Go models have a Fingerprint Power Button with One Touch sign-in through Windows Hello.

They all have a long battery life of up to 13 hours, with Fast Charging capability, to let users keep working all day.

Finally, they all have both USB Type A and USB Type C ports, an 3.5 mm radio jack and the Surface connector.

 

2020 Surface Laptop Go : Price + Availability In Malaysia!

The 2020 Surface Laptop Go is available in Malaysia, starting 24 November 2020, at these price points :

2020 Surface Laptop Go Consumers Business
Core i5, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC RM 2,758
Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD RM 3,388 RM 3,780
Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD RM 4,288 RM 4,561
Core i5, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD RM 5,416

Here are some online purchase options :

Surface for Business devices provides specific experiences and features built especially for commercial customers including :

  • enterprise-grade security, and leading modern management with Autopilot,
  • Surface Enterprise Management Mode (SEMM) and Microsoft Intune.
  • Windows 10 Pro comes standard on Surface for Business devices
  • In addition to the standard hardware warranty, Surface for Business customers get free Advanced Exchange – a warranty service with expedited device replacement, at no additional cost.

 

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AMD RDNA 2 Architecture : Tech Highlights!

The success of the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards is entirely due to the new RDNA 2 architecture.

Take a look at what’s new in the AMD RDNA 2 architecture!

 

AMD RDNA 2 Architecture : Tech Highlights!

The AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards are built on the new AMD RDNA 2 architecture, which features an enhanced Compute Unit, a new visual pipeline with Ray Accelerators, and the new AMD Infinity Cache.

AMD Infinity Cache

The AMD Infinity Cache is a new and very large 128 MB data cache. Think of it as an L3 cache for the GPU.

AMD added it to dramatically increase memory bandwidth, which reducing memory latency and power consumption.

They claim it delivers up to 3.25X the bandwidth of the 256-bit GDDR6 memory, and up to 2.4X more effective bandwidth per watt.

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New Ray Accelerator

RDNA 2 introduces a new Ray Accelerator – one for each Compute Unit.

The Ray Accelerator is a fixed-function ray tracing acceleration engine to deliver real-time lighting, shadow and reflection realism through DirectX Raytracing (DXR).

It will calculate the intersections of the rays with the scene geometry as represented in a Bounding Volume Hierarchy, sort them, and return the information to the shaders for further scene traversal or result shading.

Each Ray Accelerator can calculate up to 4 rays per box intersections or 1 ray per triangle intersection per clock cycle.

Variable Rate Shading

Variable rate shading allows the GPU to better use its limited processing capability by focusing on the most important parts of the frame.

AMD RDNA 2 has variable rate shading built throughout the entire pixel pipeline, with 1 x 1, 2 x 1, 1 x 2 and 2x 2 shading rates.

RDNA 2 also allows for very fine granularity – a different shading rate can to be selected for every 8 x 8 pixels region.

Hardware Decoding + Encoding

RDNA. 2 also introduces support for hardware 8K and AV1 decoding, allowing you to stream and watch video with virtually no performance impact.

Codecs Decode Encode
VP9 4K @ 90 fps
8K @ 24 fps
H.264 1080p @ 600 fps
4K @ 150 fps
1080p @ 360 fps
4K @ 90 fps
H.265 1080p @ 360 fps
4K @ 90 fps
8K @ 24 fps
1080p @ 360 fps
4K @ 60 fps
AV1 8K @ 30 fps

 

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Samsung Cloud Termination : What You Need To Know!

The end is almost here – Samsung Cloud will soon be gone, replaced by Microsoft OneDrive!

Here is what you need to know about Samsung Cloud’s shutdown process, and what you need to do.

 

Samsung Cloud Termination : What You Need To Know!

It is official. Samsung Cloud will be replaced by Microsoft OneDrive, and it starts with the termination of its Gallery Sync and Drive services.

Samsung Cloud users have all been notified about this move, and if you haven’t seen the notice yet, check your email spam folder.

Shutdown Process Group 1 Group 2
– Gallery Sync + Drive stops working
– OneDrive migration available
– Data download available
5 October 2020 onwards 1 December 2020 onwards
– Gallery Sync and Drive no longer available
– OneDrive migration no longer available
– Premium storage subscription terminated
1 April – 29 June 2021 1 June – 30 August 2021
– Data download no longer available 30 June 2021 31 August 2021

Phase 1 : Limited Service

Depending on where you live, you will have until March 2021 (Group 1) or May 2021 (Group 2) to migrate your data to Microsoft OneDrive.

You can choose to download your data, or migrate to OneDrive.

  • If you choose to download your data, it will be completely deleted from Samsung Cloud 90 days after that.
  • If you select to migrate to OneDrive, your data stored in Samsung Cloud will be transferred to OneDrive, and deleted.

Phase 2 : Service Discontinued

From 1 April 2021 (Group 1) or 1 June 2021 (Group 2) onwards, Gallery Sync and Drive services will be disabled, and premium subscriptions automatically cancelled.

The OneDrive migration option will no longer be available, but you will still be allowed to download your data.

Phase 3 : Data Deleted

Samsung will give you until 29 June 2021 (Group 1) or 30 August 2021 (Group 2) to download your data, after which everything is deleted.

 

Samsung Cloud to Microsoft OneDrive Migration

You will receive a OneDrive integration notification in Gallery, My Files or the Samsung Cloud app, and opt to begin the process.

Alternatively, you can choose to begin the migration process through these apps :

  • Samsung Cloud app : More > Settings > Link with OneDrive
  • Gallery app : More > Settings > Cloud Sync or Switch to OneDrive
  • My Files app : More > Settings > Make the Switch to OneDrive

Once you start the process, follow these instructions :

  1. Tap Move to OneDrive
  2. Check “I agree to Samsung Cloud Service Changes”
  3. Tap Connect
  4. Tap Connect accounts and sign into your Microsoft OneDrive account
  5. Let the data sync finish and then tap Done

 

Download Data From Samsung Cloud

You can download your Samsung Cloud data through the Download my data menu :

  • Samsung Cloud app : Download my data
  • Gallery : More > Settings > Download content from cloud

Once you start the process, you will have 90 days before the data is deleted completely in Samsung Cloud :

  1. Tap Download my data
  2. Select the data you want to download
  3. Tap Download
  4. Let the download process complete

You can check the download process in the notification bar. But note that if you choose to cancel, it will cancel the entire download process, and you will have to start afresh.

 

Samsung Cloud Termination Process : Country Grouping

This is done automatically, based on your Samsung account information.

Group 1 : Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam

Group 2 : Afghanistan, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antarctica, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Christmas Island, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Isle of Man, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Republic of the Congo, Reunion, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Swaziland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, U.S. Virgin Islands, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican, Venezuela, Wallis and Futuna, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

 

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2020 HP ENVY Laptops : Be The Envy Of Creators Wherever You Go!

The new 2020 HP ENVY 13 and ENVY 15 laptops are each designed for a different purpose, but with a single mission – to help you bring your ideas to life no matter where you are.

Find out how the 2020 HP ENVY 13 and HP ENVY 15 laptops differ, and which is the best option for you!

 

HP ENVY 13 (2020) Laptop

Powerful and yet light and compact, the new HP ENVY 13 laptop is designed for creators on-the-go. Its long-lasting battery ensures you can work for a full day and then some, without worrying about running out of power.

And should you be on-the-road longer than expected, the HP Fast Charge feature lets you recharge 50% of its battery in just 30 minutes, so you can get right back to creating your content, after a short break!

Being light and compact, the new ENVY 13 is great for creators who need the flexibility to work wherever they are. But it does not compromise quality for mobility.

Despite weighing just 1.3 kg, the HP ENVY 13 provides the performance you need for designing and editing work, with its NVIDIA GeForce MX350 graphics and 10th Gen Intel Core processor.

When your workspace can be anywhere from your home to a busy café or a shooting location, security and privacy becomes a real concern. Thankfully, the new ENVY 13 comes with built-in security features like a physical camera shutter, and a microphone mute button, as well as a fingerprint reader.

When out and about, you can enjoy accurate, cinematic audio thanks to its dual speakers with HP Audio Boost, that have been custom-tuned by Bang & Olufsen.

On top of all that, the new ENVY 13 comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 worth RM529 for FREE, you can get straight to creating on your new laptop.

And you never have to worry about where you create your content, thanks to its 2-year Accidental Damage Protection coverage!

 

HP ENVY 15 (2020) Laptop

The HP ENVY 15 is not just a larger version of the ENVY 13. It is designed to be a content creation workhorse, with serious gaming chops.

It can be equipped with the latest 10th Generation Intel Core processors and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, and up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory.

To ensure the best possible performance while designing and editing high-resolution videos, or during strenuous gaming sessions, its CPU and GPU are kept cool by HP’s custom vapour chamber cooling, with dual 12V high-performance fans and an IR thermal sensor.

They all work together to keep the CPU and GPU cool, delivering 33% more processing power during intense workloads.

Its 15.6-inch touch display also offers a better experience while working on your creative project, with greater colour accuracy thanks to its Full High Definition micro-edge display with WLED backlight, IPS technology, 100% sRGB, and anti-glare coating.

Your creative journey is also enhanced by its two built-in speakers, which are not only custom-tuned by Bang & Olufsen, but also feature HP Audio Boost for a cinematic experience.

To keep your creations under wraps until you are ready to share it with the world, the new HP ENVY 15 comes with built-in security features, such as a fingerprint reader, physical camera shutter, and a dedicated microphone mute button, which are all easily accessible from the keyboard.

Just like the smaller ENVY 13, the new ENVY 15 comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 worth RM529 for FREE, as well as 2 years of Accidental Damage Protection coverage!

 

HP ENVY 13 vs HP ENVY 15 : Which Should You Choose?

The HP ENVY 13 and HP ENVY 15 are not just different in their sizes – they are actually very different laptops.

The HP ENVY 13 is most suited for those who want the ability to create content for ultra-long hours on-the-go.

The HP ENVY 15 is best for those who want a powerful GPU for intense content creation or gaming no matter where they are.

To make it easier for you, this table gives you a quick comparison of their key advantages :

Why Buy The ENVY 13? Why Buy The ENVY 15?
Performance
– Latest Intel 10th Gen processors
– Intel Iris Plus Graphics / NVIDIA GeForce MX350
– Up to 19.5 hours battery life
– HP Fast Charge: Up to 50% in 30 mins
Performance
– Latest Intel 10th Gen processors
– Vapour Chamber Cooling with dual 12V fans
– Up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
– Up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory
– Up to 16.5 hours battery life
– HP Fast Charge : Up to 50% in 45 mins
Design
– 13.3-inch micro-edge WLED display
– 88% screen-to-body ratio
Design
– 15.6-inch micro-edge WLED touch display
– 100% sRGB colour gamut
Security
– unhackable physical camera shutter
– microphone mute button on keyboard
– fingerprint reader
Security
– unhackable physical camera shutter
– microphone mute button on keyboard
– fingerprint reader
– virtual private ExpressVPN (30 day trial)
Other Features
– free Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 (worth RM 529)
– 2-year accidental damage protection coverage

But no matter which HP ENVY laptop you choose, it will come with free pre-installed Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 (worth RM 529) as well as 2 Years of Accidental Damage Protection!

Find out more about the new HP ENVY 13 and HP ENVY 15 laptops here.

 

HP Accidental Damage Protection (ADP)

HP Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) is designed to protect your HP ENVY laptop against any accidental damage during your use.

It will cover drops, spills, power surges, including broken parts. Even damaged or broken displays!

Here are some examples of how useful it can be to protect your investment :

  • You accidentally knock your HP ENVY laptop off the desk, and crack its LCD display. The ADP coverage includes a free replacement of the damaged LCD screen!
  • You accidentally spill your drink on the keyboard, causing the laptop to stop operating. It will be repaired for free with ADP coverage!
  • A power surge during a lightning storm damages the laptop. It will be repaired for free with ADP coverage!

 

2020 HP ENVY 13 | HP ENVY 15 : Price + Availability

The 2020 HP ENVY laptops are available with immediate effect, with these starting prices :

  • HP ENVY 13 (2020) : RM 4,399
  • HP ENVY 15 (2020) : RM 5,799

Here are the online purchase options :

 

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2020 Acer Predator Helios 700 : What You Need To Know!

Acer just launched the 2020 Predator Helios 700, with the latest 10th Gen Intel processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics.

Here is what you need to know about the refreshed Acer Predator Helios 700 gaming laptop!

 

2020 Acer Predator Helios 700 : What You Need To Know!

The newly-refreshed 2020 Acer Predator Helios 700 is available in two variants, differing in their processor and graphics choices.

The base model comes with the Intel Core i7-10875H processor, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER graphics.

The top-of-the-line model, on the other hand, has the Intel Core i9-10980HK processor, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics.

They both come with a large 17.3-inch Full HD IPS display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, with NVIDIA G-SYNC support for tear-free gaming.

The Core i9 model comes with two 512 GB SSDs in RAID 0, while the Core i7 model comes a 512 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD.

They both come with Killer AX1650i for fast Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity, and Killer E3100G for Gigabit LAN connectivity with Killer DoubleShot Pro capability.

 

2020 Acer Predator Helios 700 : Specifications

For your convenience, we compare the two 2020 Predator Helios 700 variants in this table :

Specifications Predator Helios 700
(Intel Core i9)
Predator Helios 700
(Intel Core i7)
Model PH717-72-944E PH717-72-76GW
Display 17.3-inch G-SYNC IPS display (144 Hz)
– Full HD resolution
(1920 x 1080)
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Processor Intel Core i9-10980HK Intel Core i7-10875H
Memory 1 x 16 GB DDR4-2933 (upgradable to 64 GB)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce
RTX 2080 SUPER
NVIDIA GeForce
RTX 2070 SUPER
Storage 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD
(512 GB x 2 in RAID 0)
512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD
+ 1TB HDD (7.2K RPM)
Connectivity Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i
Killer Ethernet E3100G
Bluetooth 5.1
Card Reader NA
Ports 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2
1 x HDMI 2.0 with HDCP
1 x Display Port 1.4
1 x Microphone
1 x Headphone
1 x RJ-45 Ethernet
Audio DTS X Audio + Acer TrueHarmony
Webcam Acer Full HD Webcam (1920 x 1080)
Dimensions 430 mm wide
299 mm deep
41.7 mm thick
Weight 4.8 kg

 

2020 Acer Predator Helios 700 : Price + Deal

The 2020 Acer Predator Helios 700 is available for PRE-ORDER in August 2020, with the following recommended retail price in Malaysia :

  • Intel Core i9 : RM 17,999 (about US$4,246 / £3,244 / A$5,962 / S$5,828)
  • Intel Core i7 : RM 12,999 (about US$3,066 / £2,343 / A$4,305 / S$4,209)

If you pre-order them during Acer Day 2020 (2 – 4 August 2020), you will receive these free gifts :

  • Acer Predator RGB Mousepad / Redmi TV Soundbar
  • Acer Predator Gaming Chair
  • Acer Predator Gaming Utility Backpack

 

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2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 : What You Need To Know!

Acer just launched the 2020 Predator Helios 300, with the latest 10th Gen Intel processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics.

Here is what you need to know about the refreshed Acer Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop!

 

2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 : What You Need To Know!

The newly-refreshed 2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 is available in two variants, differing only in their processor choice.

The base model comes with a 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H processor, while the top-of-the-line model has a 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H processor.

They both come with a large 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, powered by NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics.

In addition to a large and fast 512 GB PCIe SSD, it comes with a spare SSD slot, and a spare HDD slot, for storage upgrades.

The 2020 Predator Helios 300 comes with Killer AX1650 for fast Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, and Killer E2500 for Gigabit LAN connectivity.

 

2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 : Specifications

For your convenience, we compare the two 2020 Predator Helios 300 variants in this table :

Specifications Predator Helios 300
(Intel Core i7)
Predator Helios 300
(Intel Core i5)
Model PH315-53-77CF PH315-53-5462
Display 15.6-inch IPS display (144 Hz)
– Full HD resolution
(1920 x 1080)
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Processor Intel Core i7-10750H Intel Core i5-10300H
Memory 1 x 8 GB DDR4-2933 (upgradable to 32 GB)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB)
Storage 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD
1 x SSD slot, 1 x HDD slot
Connectivity Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650
Killer Ethernet E2500
Bluetooth 5.0
Card Reader SD Card Reader
Ports 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x HDMI 2.0 with HDCP
1 x mini Display Port 1.4
Audio DTS X Audio
Webcam Acer HD Webcam (1280 x 720)
Dimensions 363.4 mm wide
255 mm deep
22.9 mm thick
Weight 2.2 kg

 

2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 : Price + Deal

The 2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 is available with in August 2020, with the following recommended retail price in Malaysia :

  • Intel Core i7 : RM 5,199 (about US$1,226 / £941 / A$1,724 / S$1,688)
  • Intel Core i5 : RM 4,599 (about US$1,085 / £833 / A$1,525 / S$1,493)

However, they are both available with a RM 100 discount during Acer Day 2020 (2 – 4 August 2020) :

  • Intel Core i7 : RM 5,099 (about US$1,203 / £924 / A$1,690 / S$1,656)
  • Intel Core i5 : RM 4,499 (about US$1,061 / £815 / A$1,488 / S$1,460)

In addition, you will receive these free gifts :

  • Acer Predator Mousepad (M)
  • Acer Predator Flask
  • Acer Predator Urban Gaming Backpack
  • Redmi Airdots Earbuds / Acer Slim Wireless Mouse / Predator Cestus 310 Mouse

 

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HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (2020) Review : Ultra-Light Beast!

The 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is a premium ultra-light laptop, targeted at the discerning business user and professional content creators.

While HUAWEI doesn’t come right out to say it, it seems squarely designed to offer a cheaper and better Windows 10 alternative to the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro.

Let’s take a close look at the new HUAWEI MateBook X Pro, and see how it bests the much-vaunted 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro!

 

2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro : Specifications

First, let’s take a look at the specifications of our review sample, which is the top-of-the-line model :

Specifications HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (2020)
Display 13.9-inch LTPS touchscreen display
– 3000 x 2000 pixels, 260 ppi
– 450 nits maximum brightness
– 100% sRGB, 1500:1 contrast ratio
– 10-point touch, anti-fingerprint coating
– Corning Gorilla Glass protection
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Processor Intel Core i7-10510U
– 4 cores, 8 threads
– 1.8 GHz base clock, 4.9 GHz boost clock
– 1 MB L2 cache, 8 MB L3 cache
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce MX250 (2 GB GDDR5)
Memory 16 GB LPDDR3-2133
Storage 1 TB PCIe SSD (Samsung MZVVLB1T0HBLR)
Connectivity Intel Wireless-AC 9560
– WiFi-AC (2×2 MIMO, 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
– Bluetooth 5.0
Camera 1 MP front camera (720p)
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, integrated into Power button
Ports 1 x 3.5 mm stereo jack
1 x USB-A port (USB 3.0, 10 W max)
1 x USB-C port (USB 3.1, 10 W max)
1 x USB-C port (15 W max)
Audio 4 x digital microphones
4 x speakers
Battery 56 Whr Lithium-polymer battery
Charger 65W HUAWEI USB-C power adaptor
Dimensions 304 mm wide
217 mm deep
14.6 mm thick
Weight 1.33 kg

 

2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro : Price + Deal!

HUAWEI is offering the 2020 MateBook X Pro in two colour options – Space Grey and Emerald Green.

Here in Malaysia, only one variant will be available for sale starting 16 May 2020 :

  • Core i7, MX250, 16GB, 1TB : RM 7,999 / ~US$1,845 / ~£1,495 / ~A$2,843 / ~S$2,615

Every purchase will come with these free gifts :

  • HUAWEI Sound X Bluetooth speaker
  • HUAWEI Bluetooth Mouse
  • HUAWEI Backpack
  • HUAWEI Band 4

Here are online purchase options in various countries :

 

2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro : Unboxing

The 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) came to us in a large brown box, but that’s just the shipping box. Inside is the actual white retail box, which is what you will find in a retail store.

Once you fully unbox it, this is what you will find inside :

  • HUAWEI MateBook X Pro laptop
  • HUAWEI MateDock 2 dongle
  • HUAWEI MateBook X Pro documents
  • HUAWEI USB-C Charger (65W) + USB-C power cable

 

2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro : Hands-On Experience!

The 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) is a compact, premium ultra-light laptop, that packs the very best that HUAWEI has to offer.

Display

Despite its larger 13.9-inch display – the 2020 MateBook X Pro is slightly smaller than the 13-inch MacBook Pro, thanks to its narrow bezels which gives it an incredible 91% screen-to-body ratio.

In addition, this is a 10-point touchscreen display, with a higher resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels, and 100% sRGB colour gamut.

The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, and an anti-fingerprint coating – helping to keep it scratch-free and smudge-free.

Build Quality

Thanks to its CNC-machined metal unibody, it is only 14.6 mm thick and weighs just 1.33 kg – making it thinner and lighter than the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

HUAWEI also gave it a sandblasted finish for that premium look and feel. We are also glad to note that the finish is smear-resistant.

Keyboard + Touchpad

The 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) comes with a full-size keyboard with back-lit chiclet keys that are 16 mm in size.

Its multi-touch touchpad is large for a Windows 10 laptop, measuring 12 cm x 7.7 cm (4.7″ x 3″) – almost as large as the Force Touch trackpad on the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Naturally, it doesn’t have a Touch Bar and that’s just fine because it gets hot at the strip above the keyboard. Precisely where the Touch Bar is on the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and precisely why that’s such a stupid idea.

Next Page > 2020 MateBook X Pro : A Closer Look!

 

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2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro : A Closer Look!

Available Ports

Like all ultra-thin laptops, the 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) lacks ports. On the left side, you will find a 3.5 mm audio jack, and two USB Type C ports.

The USB Type C port with the charging icon is a USB 3.1 port with a maximum power output of 10 watts. The other USB Type C port has a higher power output of 15 watts.

They both support 40 Mbps transfer rates, and DisplayPort output, and double as the MateBook X Pro’s charging port.

On the right side, you will find a single USB 3.0 Type A port. It would have been nice if HUAWEI added a third USB Type C port here, but we cannot underscore how important it is to have this Type A port.

Many of us still have many USB Type A devices – thumb drives, portable drives, mouse, etc. so having even a single USB Type A port would let you use them without resorting to a dongle.

Dongle

That brings us to the next point – . The lack of ports on ultra-light laptops virtually require you to purchase a USB Type C dongle.

Fortunately, HUAWEI includes their MateDock 2 dongle with the 2020 MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK), which offers these ports :

  • USB Type A : supports USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 drives
  • USB Type C : supports USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 drives
  • HDMI 2.0 : supports video resolution up to 3840 x 2160 (30 Hz) or 2160 x 1440 (60 Hz)
  • VGA : supports WUXGA resolution up to 1920 x 1200 (60 Hz)

Recommended : HUAWEI MateDock 2 : A Nifty Little USB-C Dongle!

Pop-Up Camera

HUAWEI was able to squeeze in the large 13.9-inch display into a form factor smaller than the 13-inch MacBook Pro because they used extremely thin bezels.

Unfortunately, this meant displacing the camera, which is usually hidden in the top bezel of the display.

They opted to hide the 720p camera and an LED light under a special camera key on the keyboard. It pops-up when you press on it, and pressing it again hides it.

This is a great security measure because the camera is physically blocked until you actually need to use it – no hacker will be able to surreptitiously use it to take your photos or videos!

There is only one problem with such a design – it takes photos and videos at an unflattering upward angle. You will also always appear to look upwards on video conferences, and videos that you record.

Fingerprint Sensor

It may not seem obvious, but the 2020 MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) comes with a Goodix fingerprint sensor built into the Power button, located on the upper right edge of the keyboard.

This is a useful feature for those on-the-go, because it lets you login without keying your password in public.

Quad Speakers + Microphones

The 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) comes with four speakers offering both tweeters for clear treble, and woofers for deep, resonant bass.

It also comes with quad microphones, which not only offer 360° sound reception up to 4 meters away, but also noise cancelling capabilities.

HUAWEI Share Multi-Screen Collaboration

The 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) supports HUAWEI Share for multi-screen collaboration.

It basically lets you connect your smartphone, and use it directly on the MateBook X Pro!

You can control the apps and files on your phone directly on the laptop, even drag and drop files!

The only downside? It is limited to HUAWEI and HONOR smartphones with NFC.

HUAWEI MeeTime

The 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) also supports HUAWEI MeeTime, which is their version of Apple FaceTime – a free, proprietary video call service.

It offers some advantages over its competitors – FaceTime, WhatsApp, etc. but can only be used by HUAWEI devices.

Recommended : MeeTime : Free Voice + Video Calls On HUAWEI Devices!

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2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro : Performance

Our 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) came powered by the 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10510U processor, which is a 4-core, 8-thread processor with a 1.8 GHz clock speed that ramps up to 4.9 GHz during intensive tasks.

The processor has Intel UHD Graphics built-in, but can switch to the NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics (with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory) for more strenuous graphics demands.

Our unit came with 16 GB of LPDDR3 memory, and a 1 TB Samsung PCIe SSD. Keeping all that powered is a large 56 Whr lithium-ion polymer battery.

Work Performance : PCMark 10

The Intel Core i7-10510U processor was powerful, delivering high scores in PCMark 10.

It is, frankly, overkill for basic work applications, but will be very helpful in tackling compute-intensive tasks, like rendering videos.

Gaming Performance : 3DMark Time Spy

The NVIDIA GeForce MX250 is entry-level mobile graphics, and it shows – it’s slightly slower than a desktop GeForce GT 130.

That means it will be good enough for esports gaming, at the lower 1080p resolution with lower quality settings.

Battery Life : YouTube + Modern Office

HUAWEI claimed 13 hours of video playback, albeit with the display set to 150 nits (⅓ of max brightness).

YouTube Screen-On Time

We locked the brightness at 50% and streamed YouTube videos in theatre mode using WiFi.

The 2020 MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) lasted 9 hours 11 minutes before its battery dropped to 10%.

PCMark 10 : Modern Office

With the brightness locked at 50%, we then ran PCMark 10’s Modern Office benchmark until it powered off.

The 2020 MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) lasted 7 hours 40 minutes before its battery dropped to 3%.

Battery : Recharging Speed

Its recharging time was even better, especially up to the 90% point. Here are the times it takes to recharge from 10% :

  • 25% : 12 minutes
  • 30% : 16 minutes
  • 50% : 31 minutes
  • 60% : 39 minutes
  • 75% : 52 minutes
  • 90% : 72 minutes
  • 95% : 84 minutes
  • 100% : 121 minutes

Its 65W fast charger takes about 35 minutes to hit mid-point, but 2 hours 1 minute to fully recharge its battery.

That gives it a battery life : recharging time ratio of 4.6:1 for video streaming, and 3.8:1 for office work.

As a rule of thumb, you will need to recharge its battery about 16 minutes for every hour of battery life.

 

2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro : Verdict + Award

Despite its innocuous looks, the 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) is truly an ultra-light beast.

It is smaller and lighter than the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and yet boasts a touchscreen display that is larger and offers a higher 3K resolution!

On top of that, it comes with a powerful quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, with NVIDIA GeForce MX250 mobile graphics, 16 GB LPDDR3 memory and a spacious 1TB PCIe SSD.

Its large 56 Whr battery lasts a phenomenal 9 hours 11 minutes in our test, and recharges in just 2 hours. That means you can really be on-the-go all-day with this ultra-light laptop.

That said, 2020 MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) is not a gaming machine. The GeForce MX250 will handle games like Civilizations VI and Dota 2 just fine, but don’t expect it to take on Red Dead Redemption 2!

And if you are expecting more ports, then it’s not for you. You have to learn to live with two USB Type C port – one of which you will need to use to recharge the laptop!

But the good news is unlike most ultra-light laptops, the MateBook X Pro comes with one USB Type A port, and a MateDock 2 dongle. That gives you great flexibility, right out of the box.

Now, the biggest impediment for many people would be its price. Like other premium ultra-light laptops, the 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) costs a pretty penny.

There are really no two ways about it. It is expensive to make super-thin, ultra-light laptop computers that are this powerful. Especially one with a large, 3K touchscreen.

The truth is – the 2020 MateBook X Pro offers great performance and features in a really light and compact form factor, and it is at least 20% cheaper than a comparable 13-inch MacBook Pro!

For those reasons, we believe the 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, HUAWEI!

 

2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro : Price + Deal!

HUAWEI is offering the 2020 MateBook X Pro in two colour options – Space Grey and Emerald Green.

Here in Malaysia, only one variant will be available for sale starting 16 May 2020 :

  • Core i7, MX250, 16GB, 1TB : RM 7,999 / ~US$1,845 / ~£1,495 / ~A$2,843 / ~S$2,615

Every purchase will come with these free gifts :

  • HUAWEI Sound X Bluetooth speaker
  • HUAWEI Bluetooth Mouse
  • HUAWEI Backpack
  • HUAWEI Band 4

Here are online purchase options in various countries :

 

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Minecraft Dungeons : Are You Ready To Dive Into It?

Mojang just launched Minecraft Dungeons – a new standalone Minecraft game, inspired by classic dungeon crawlers! Are you ready to dive into it?

 

Minecraft Dungeons : Are You Ready To Dive Into It?

Minecraft Dungeons is an action-adventure dungeon crawler game, set within the Minecraft universe.

Mojang promises that it will offer challenges and adventure for players of all skill sets and playing types.

On top of that, you will be able to play with your family and friends both online, and through local co-op play.

Take a look at the official Minecraft Dungeons game trailer…

Fight your way through an all-new action-adventure game, inspired by classic dungeon crawlers and set in the Minecraft universe! Up to four friends can play together, or you can brave the dungeons alone!

 

Minecraft Dungeons : Editions + Price

Minecraft Dungeons is available on Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, Windows PC, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

It is currently available in two editions at these price points :

  • Standard Edition : $19.99
  • Hero Edition : $29.99

The Standard Edition is the base game. The Hero Edition comes with a Hero Cape, two player skins, a chicken pet, and two DLCs which will be released later.

Don’t worry if you purchase the Standard Edition first. You can upgrade it with the Hero Pass, which upgrades it to the Hero Edition :

  • Hero Pass : $9.99

Here are some online purchase options :

Malaysia

Singapore

United States

United Kingdom

 

Minecraft Dungeons : Upcoming DLCs

According to Mojang, the first two DLC packs included in the Hero Edition / Hero Pass are already in production, adding more adventures and challenges.

They also revealed that the first DLC will be called Jungle Awakens with this tidbit :

Trek through new missions that will take you to the heart of the jungle where you’ll find new weapons, armor and artifacts. This journey is meant for the bravest of heroes, for all twisted vines and paths lead to the source of corruption: the Jungle Abomination.

 

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Dell EMC PowerStore 9000 | 5000 | 1000 : A Quick Primer!

Dell EMC just launched PowerStore – their new storage appliance, built around a unified data-centric architecture.

Here is a quick primer on the Dell EMC PowerStore 9000, PowerStore 5000 and PowerStore 1000 storage appliances!

 

Dell EMC PowerStore : What Is It?

Dell EMC PowerStore is a new mid-range storage appliance, with a flexible, container-based architecture, and end-to-end NVMe design.

It promises to offer 7X better performance with 3X lower latency than previous mid-range storage appliances, as well as the ability to scale up to 2.8 petabytes per appliance, and up to 11.3 petabytes per cluster.

 

Dell EMC PowerStore : Advantages

Dell EMC promises that PowerStore will offer these advantages to organisations looking to transform their data center operations :

Designed For Any Workload

Dell EMC PowerStore will support any workload, whether traditional or modern workloads.

Its PowerStoreOS container-based software architecture offers portability, standardisation, as well as rapid deployment.

It also supports AppsON, which allows organisations to run applications directly on the appliance.

High Performance, Massive Storage

Thanks to its end-to-end NVMe design, and support for dual-ported Intel Optane Storage Class Memory (SCM) SSDs, it is seven times faster with three times lower latency than its predecessor, Unity XT.

Each appliance can offer up to 898 TB of storage, which can be scaled up using expansion enclosures to 2.8 petabytes. It can also be scaled out to eight nodes, offering 11.3 petabytes of storage in the cluster.

It also automatically dedupes and compresses the data, offering a guaranteed 4:1 data reduction.

Autonomous Appliance

When scaled out, Dell EMC PowerStore are loosely coupled, allowing a machine learning engine to intelligently place data to rebalance storage volumes.

The machine learning engine is continuously and autonomously monitoring resources of each appliances and data requests, for maximum efficiency.

Cloud-Ready

Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services can directly connect PowerStore to all major public clouds. It can be deployed as a storage option within Dell EMC PowerOne autonomous infrastructure.

 

Dell EMC PowerStore : Models + Specifications

At launch, Dell EMC is offering three PowerStore appliances, with these specifications :

Specifications
Per Appliance
PowerStore
1000
PowerStore
5000
PowerStore
9000
Base Enclosure 2U, 2-node enclosure with twenty-five 2.5-inch NVMe drive slots
Expansion Enclosure 2U enclosure attached to PowerStore base enclosure
with twenty-five 2.5-inch SAS drive slots
Maximum 3 per appliance
Power Supplies 2 dedundant power suppliers per enclosure
Max Drives 96 96 96
NVRAM 2 4 4
RAID Options RAID 5 (4+1 or 8+1)
CPUs 4 x Intel CPUs
32 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x Intel CPUs
64 cores (2.1 GHz)
4 x Intel CPUs
112 cores (2.1 GHz)
System Memory + Cache 384 GB 1,152 GB 2,560 GB
Mezzanine Cards 2 2 2
IO Modules 4 4 4
Embedded SAS IO Ports 4 x 4 lane 12Gb/s SAS ports for back-end connection
Front End Ports 24 24 24
16/32Gb FC End Ports 16 16 16
10 Gbase-T / iSCSI Ports 24 24 24
10/25 GbE / iSCSI Ports 24 24 24
Max Raw Capacity 898.56 TB 898.56 TB 898.56 TB
Power Consumption 1597 W max 1758 W max 2047 W max
Heat Dissipation 5,449 Btu/hr 5,995 Btu/hr 6,985 Btu/hr

 

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Jabra Evolve2 40 : On-Ear Headset For The Workplace!

The Jabra Evolve2 40 is part of the new, redesigned Evolve2 family of business headphones. Here is a quick look at this new headset for the workplace!

 

Jabra Evolve2 40 : On-Ear Headset For The Workplace!

The Jabra Evolve2 40 is corded variant of the Evolve2 65, offering the same audio features, just without Bluetooth connectivity.

Six Variants

The Jabra Evolve2 40 is available in six variants, allowing you to select the best variant for your requirements :

  • Speakers : Mono or Stereo
  • Connectivity : USB-A or USB-C
  • Optimisation : Microsoft Teams or Unified Communication

Improved Passive Noise Cancellation

The Jabra Evolve2 40 features improved passive noise cancellation, through a new angled ear cup design, and engineered oval memory foam ear cushions.

More Powerful 40 mm Speakers

It comes with more powerful leak-tolerant 40 mm speakers, paired with their most advanced digital chipset.

Multiple Microphones

The Jabra Evolve2 40 comes with not one, or two, but three microphones for 25% better audio transmission!

Even if you do not extend the microphone in the boom arm, two other microphones in the right ear cup will pick up your voice.

Busylight + Microsoft Teams Integration

The signature Jabra Busylight helps alert your colleagues when you are busy, and should not be disturbed.

In addition, the Microsoft Teams variant comes with a dedicated button with a special status indicator LED to signal different issues – missing a call or a meeting, for example.

 

Jabra Evolve2 40 : Price + Availability

The Jabra Evolve2 40 headset will be available for purchase in June 2020, at these price points :

  • Mono (all variants) : US$129 / RM 759 / ~£105 / ~A$198 / ~S$183
  • Stereo (all variants) : US$139 / RM 799 / ~£113 / ~A$213 / ~S$197

 

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Maze : Subject 360 for PC is FREE for a Limited Time!

Maze : Subject 360 for PC – a creepy adventure game – is FREE for a limited time!

Find out how to get it FREE, and make sure you tell your friends!

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Maze : Subject 360 for PC : A Quick Primer!

Once you awaken locked in a strange room, you struggle to remember what happened to you or how did you end up there.

But in no time at all, a strange voice welcomes you to a mysterious and dangerous place called the Maze. You feel the fear rising inside of you.

Knowing the price of failure is incredibly high, you summon all your strength.

You are determined to find a way out of it and learn the truth behind the Maze and a small town of Haven that lies outside of it. You don’t know that a dark, terrifying entity connects all of them.

  • View the story from a whole new perspective in the bonus chapter.
  • Find swirls and morphing objects hidden throughout.
  • Includes achievements and a comprehensive Strategy Guide.
  • Special jigsaw puzzle to complete.
  • Wallpapers, soundtrack, artwork, making-of video and more

 

Maze : Subject 360 for PC : How To Get It FREE!

Maze : Subject 360 for PC is FREE to download and keep, if you get it by 1 September 2020.

  1. Log into your Microsoft account.
  2. Go to the Maze : Subject 360 for PC page in the Microsoft Store.
  3. Click on the blue Get button on the right.

That’s it! You will be able to install and play Maze : Subject 360 for PC on up to ten Windows 10 devices using your Microsoft account!

 

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Omega Rally Championship for PC / Xbox One : Get It FREE!

Omega Rally Championship – an arcade racing game – is FREE for a limited time!

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Omega Rally Championship : A Quick Primer!

Omega Rally Championship features a new style of arcade racing control that anyone can pick up and play! Just point your car in the direction where you want to go and floor the pedal!

Check out the Worldwide and Friends Leaderboards to see who’s fastest!

With 3 lengthy race stages taking place on logging roads in the deep forest, and 3 car classes to ramp up the difficulty… Omega Rally Championship will satisfy a competitive itch among new gamers and veteran racing fans!

  • New style of racing controls that is welcoming to new gamers and satisfying for racing veterans.
  • Three lengthy stages (that take at least 4-6 minutes to complete) taking place on logging roads in the deep forest.
  • Three car classes that range from “welcoming to new gamers” to “testing the skill of racing veterans”. Can you tame the Class A car?
  • Worldwide leaderboards for each track allow you to compare yourself to the world’s best, as well as your friends!

 

Omega Rally Championship : How To Get It FREE!

Omega Rally Championship is FREE to download and keep, if you get it by 1 September 2020.

  1. Log into your Microsoft account.
  2. Go to the Omega Rally Championship page in the Microsoft Store.
  3. Click on the blue Get button on the right.

That’s it! You will be able to install and play Omega Rally Championship on up to ten Windows 10 devices using your Microsoft account!

 

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AMD GPU Source Code Hack : What’s Going On?

In case you missed it, AMD suffered a massive cybersecurity breach, losing the source codes to their Navi 10, Navi 21 and Arden GPUs in a hack!

Here is a summary of how the hack went down, and what this could mean for AMD and their partners…

 

AMD GPU Source Code Hack : A Quick Summary

A hacker managed to get her hands on AMD source codes for current and future graphics products, and has apparently tried to blackmail AMD.

After that failed, she leaked some of the source codes on Github, and threatened to release everything if she does not find a buyer.

The hacker recently leaked some of the source codes on Github, which was quickly removed after AMD issued a DMCA notice.

She has treated to release all of the stolen source codes, if she does not find a buyer for them,.

 

AMD GPU Source Code Hack : The Timeline

November 2019

A hacker called Palesa hacked into an unprotected computer / server, where she found and downloaded AMD source codes, which were determined to be for :

  • the current Navi 10 GPU (based on RDNA)
  • the upcoming Navi 21 GPU (based on RDNA 2), as well as
  • the Arden SoC for the Microsoft Xbox Series X console.

The source code was unexpectedly achieved from an unprotected computer / server through some exploits.

I later found out about the files inside it. They weren’t even protected properly or even encrypted with anything which is just sad.

Palesa told TorrentFreak that she valued the source codes at $100 million, but did not reveal how she came to that mind-blowing valuation.

Credit : WCCFTech

December 2019

Palesa contacted AMD, allegedly to blackmail them into paying for the return of the source codes.

Mid-March 2020

Rumours started circulating that a hacker obtained the source codes for Navi 10, Navi 21 and Arden.

24 March 2020

AMD discovered that some of the source codes were uploaded to the new xxXsoullessXxx repository on Github, as the project called AMD-navi-GPU-HARDWARE-SOURCE.

They issued a DCMA notice, notifying Github that, “This repository contains intellectual property owned by and stolen from AMD.” and that “The original IP is held privately and was stolen from AMD.

Github took down that repository, as well as four other repositories that AMD later identified as forks :

25 March 2020

When contacted by TorrentFreak, Palesa said that she will leak all of the stolen source codes if she does not get a buyer for them :

If I get no buyer I will just leak everything.

AMD issued this statement on the theft of their graphics IP :

At AMD, data security and the protection of our intellectual property are a priority. In December 2019, we were contacted by someone who claimed to have test files related to a subset of our current and future graphics products, some of which were recently posted online, but have since been taken down.

While we are aware the perpetrator has additional files that have not been made public, we believe the stolen graphics IP is not core to the competitiveness or security of our graphics products. We are not aware of the perpetrator possessing any other AMD IP.

We are working closely with law enforcement officials and other experts as a part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

 

AMD GPU Source Code Hack : What Was Leaked So Far?

According to WCCFTech who spoke to people who have vast experience with Verilog, and viewed those source codes, this was what was leaked so far :

  • Partial Verilog files that are typically used in the construction of processors.
  • The Verilog files in question represent a single and isolated function(s) on the GPU – NOT the whole/actual GPU blueprint.
  • Based on the leaker’s screenshots, the files not yet leaked are more of the same and also nowhere close to being a complete “source code”.
  • These Verilog files are built on a proprietary schematic that is only compatible with AMD’s internal design language (in other words, these are going to be close to useless to a third party).

 

AMD GPU Source Code Hack : The Implications

From what those experts told WCCFTech, the leaked source codes :

  • cannot be used to design or reverse engineer any of the three GPUs.
  • cannot be used to easily determine product specifications
  • cannot be used to bypass security features on AMD GPUs, although they may reveal vulnerabilities that can be exploited
  • does not contain any “crown jewel” IP

That said, their opinions are based on what was leaked so far. It is possible that Palesa may have at lot more that she has not revealed.

But considering the fact that she took the step of leaking some source code, they are likely not useful or important enough to be worth the trouble, especially now that a criminal investigation is underway.

What this leak has likely achieved is put a target on Palesa’s back, cause some embarrassment to AMD, and force them to relook at their cybersecurity measures and protocols.

 

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Samsung Link To Windows Guide : Work From Home Easier!

If you own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, its Link To Windows feature is a really great way to get more work done at home during the COVID-19 crisis!

In this guide, we will show you how to set-up Link To Windows, and use it to make your work-from-home life a LOT easier! 😀

 

Samsung Link To Windows : What Is It?

Link To Windows is a Microsoft feature that allows Samsung Galaxy smartphones to be directly linked to a Windows 10 computer – whether it’s a desktop or laptop.

Once you link your Samsung Galaxy smartphone, you can directly access its data on your Windows 10 computer :

  • access up to 2,000 of the most recent photos,
  • view notifications,
  • send and receive text messages,
  • make calls from your computer,
  • copy and paste text and images, and
  • control your phone using your mouse!

Link To Windows is one of the features Samsung is promoting as part of their Stay Apart By Stay Together With Galaxy campaign to help users tackle the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Samsung Link To Windows : What Do You Need?

Samsung Link To Windows only requires you to have a Windows 10 computer, and one of these Samsung Galaxy smartphone models

 

Samsung Link To Windows : How To Set It Up

Your Windows 10 computer should already have the Microsoft Your Phone app installed as part of the October 2018 Update. But on the off-chance you can’t find it, you can download it for FREE.

On Your Windows 10 PC

  1. Open the Your Phone app (type Your Phone in the taskbar search box, and select it)
  2. Select Android, and click Continue.
  3. Click Sign in with Microsoft, and log in using your Microsoft account. You will be asked to provide your smartphone number, so Microsoft can send a text message to authenticate it.
  4. Once you are done, you will see a screen saying “Please open Your Phone Companion – Link to Windows“.

On Your Samsung Galaxy Smartphone

  1. Swipe downwards from the top of the display to reveal the Quick Panel.
    Alternatively, go to Settings > Connections or Advanced features
    If you can’t find it, you can download and install Your Phone Companion app from Google Play.
  2. Tap Link to Windows.
  3. In the welcome screen, tap the Sign in with Microsoft button.
  4. Accept the app permissions.
  5. When you see the screen “Set up the Your Phone app on your PC”, tap My PC is ready.
  6. You will see the Link to Windows settings open up on your Galaxy smartphone.

Congratulations! Your Samsung Galaxy smartphone is now connected to your Windows 10 PC!

 

Samsung Link To Windows : How To Use

Reading + Sending Messages

  1. Click on the Messages tab
  2. You will see all of the text messages on your phone
  3. Select a recipient to send your text message to
  4. Type your message, and hit Send

Making Calls

  1. You must first pair your PC and phone using Bluetooth
  2. Turn on Bluetooth on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone (if it’s not already enabled)
  3. In Windows 10, go to Settings > Bluetooth and other devices
  4. Click Add Bluetooth or other device.
  5. Select your Samsung Galaxy smartphone
  6. Click on the Calls tab
  7. You will see a log of your recent calls, as well as a bar to search your phone’s contacts
  8. Select a contact to make your call

Using Phone Screen

  1. Click on the Phone screen tab
  2. You will be prompted to make sure your Galaxy smartphone and Windows 10 PC are on the same Wi-Fi network, if they are not already.
  3. Once connected, you will be able to see your phone’s screen on your PC display and interact with it using your mouse or touchpad.

Copy + Paste

  1. In Windows 10, go to Settings > Cross-device copy and paste
  2. Make sure the toggle is On for Allow this app to access and transfer content I copy and paste between my phone and PC
  3. You can now use the same shortcuts you normally use to copy and paste on both your Galaxy smartphone, and your Windows 10 PC.

 

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AMD PC & Console Gaming In 2020 & Beyond (Rick Bergman)

AMD Executive VP Rick Bergman just shared AMD’s outlook of the PC and console gaming market in 2020 and beyond. Check it out!

 

Rick Bergman : Executive VP, AMD Computing and Graphics Business Group

Rick Bergman is AMD executive vice president of Computing and Graphics with responsibility for the company’s high-performance PC, gaming and semi-custom businesses.

Previously, Bergman was president and CEO for Synaptics, a leading developer of human interface solutions including touch, display, IoT and biometrics solutions, from October 2011 to March 2019.

Prior to that, he served in a series of senior executive positions at AMD, where he was responsible for delivering microprocessors and graphics chips to AMD customers across server, client, embedded and game consoles, and for driving the technology that put a graphics chip and processor on a single piece of silicon.

 

AMD PC & Console Gaming In 2020 & Beyond (Rick Bergman)

During AMD Financial Analyst Day 2020, Rick Bergman shared AMD’s outlook of the PC and console gaming market in 2020 and beyond in his presentation – Driving Growth Across PCs and Gaming.

Here are the key points from Rick Bergman’s presentation :

Computing Market Updates

  • Since 2017, AMD has nearly doubled both client unit shipments and market share, built off a broad portfolio of performance-leading desktop, high-end desktop (HEDT) and notebook processors.
  • AMD expects to grow its performance leadership with the ramp of its 7nm Zen 2-based 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen processors designed specifically for desktops and notebooks across the consumer and commercial segments

  • AMD is on track to bring increased performance to the gaming, content creation and productivity markets when it delivers the first Zen 3-based AMD Ryzen product in 2020.

Graphics Market Updates

  • AMD partners with world-class brands to bring AMD Radeon graphics to more than 500 million gamers on the most popular devices, with the opportunity to address 2.5 billion gamers worldwide.
  • AMD plans to deliver a full stack of high-performance, AMD RDNA architecture-powered graphics products to further expand the AMD Radeon install base.
  • AMD RDNA 2-based Navi 2X GPUs on 7nm will bring uncompromised 4K gaming by the end of 2020.
  • The Navi 2X GPUs will boast hardware-based ray tracing, variable-rate shading, and a significant performance uplift.

Console Market Updates

  • AMD partnered with Microsoft and Sony to bring AMD Radeon graphics to more than 150 million consoles, becoming the number one silicon provider for game consoles.
  • The next-generation Xbox and PlayStation 5 featuring AMD Radeon graphics is on track to be launched in time for holiday 2020.

 

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Flight Unlimited Las Vegas : FREE For A Limited Time!

Flight Unlimited Las Vegas – a flight simulation game – is FREE for a limited time!

Find out how to get it FREE, and make sure you tell your friends!

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Flight Unlimited Las Vegas : A Quick Primer!

Enjoy flying over the city of Las Vegas in one of 9 unique aircraft. Explore the city or embark on a campaign of missions for the Las Vegas Mob Boss.

The famous Las Vegas strip includes over 50 hotels that are modeled with photo realism.

Fly past the Luxor, buzz the New York New York, or attempt a landing on top of the Bellagio. Over 130 sq miles of the city of Las Vegas are modeled in incredible detail. This level of detail hasn’t been seen in any flight simulator on any platform.

This is without a doubt, the most graphically advanced flight simulator in the app store. Weeks after flying you’ll notice meticulous graphical details for the first time.

Tires smoke as the plane hits the ground, aircraft metal deforms in a crash, the Bellagio fountains spring to life, sun glare blinds your view, and more.

 

Flight Unlimited Las Vegas : How To Get It FREE!

Flight Unlimited Las Vegas is FREE to download and keep, if you get it by 30 March 2020.

  1. Log into your Microsoft account.
  2. Go to the Flight Unlimited Las Vegas page in the Microsoft Store.
  3. Click on the blue Get button on the right.

That’s it! You will be able to install and play Flight Unlimited Las Vegas on up to ten Windows 10 devices using your Microsoft account!

 

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Flowers For Mommy 3D : FREE For A Limited Time!

Flowers For Mommy 3D – a flower-based game – is FREE for a limited time!

Find out how to get it FREE, and make sure you tell your friends!

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Flowers For Mommy 3D : A Quick Primer!

Everyone loves his or her mother because she is the dearest person in life of every person. Mother always takes care of a child and usually we take it for granted… Just pay attention to your mommy, give her a bouquet of flowers!

But it is not so simple, did you know? Making bouquets is as much art as it is painting and music. Rose, gerbera, tulip, daisy… Each flower has its own signification and some of them cannot be mixed together

The Flowers For Mommy 3D app will help you to know everything about flowers! Just chose a flower in the shop window and learn very useful information!

Download the amazing Flowers For Mommy 3D app, and create the most beautiful bouquet of flowers on up to ten Windows 10 devices!

 

Flowers For Mommy 3D : How To Get It FREE!

Flowers For Mommy 3D is FREE to download and keep, if you get it by 5 March 2020.

  1. Go to the Flowers For Mommy 3D page in the Microsoft Store.
  2. Click on the blue Get button on the right.

That’s it! You will be able to install and play Flowers for Mommy 3D on up to ten Windows 10 devices using your Microsoft account!

 

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Microsoft : Cybersecurity Trends + How To Stay Safe In 2020!

As part of Safer Internet Day (SID), Antony Cook from Microsoft shared the key cybersecurity trends in 2020, and how we can stay safe against those dangers.

Even if we are experienced techies, it is enlightening to find out what Microsoft believes are the cybersecurity threats that we should be looking out for in 2020.

 

Microsoft : Key Cybersecurity Trends In 2020!

Cybersecurity Trend #1 : Less Ransomware But More Attacks

Ransomware has declined in recent years, dropping more than 60% from its peak. But Microsoft sees a rise in other types of cyberattacks.

Attackers have learned that ransomware attracts too much attention from law enforcement, and organisations have gotten better at backing up their data.

So hackers are moving onto other activities like cryptocurrency malware and phishing, where they can more easily profit with less attention.

Cybersecurity Trend #2 : Mining Malware Will Be Big!

Attackers are often acting for financial benefit, so they will make big bets on cryptocurrency, especially in Bitcoin.

They will focus more on mining malware that lets them use your computer to mine cryptocurrency coins without being detected.

Coin mining software is easily available, and cybercriminals have put malware into many widely-shared and used software. They are also trying to inject these malware through websites illegally streaming copyrighted content like the latest movies.

Cybersecurity Trend #3 : Embedded Threats

Attackers are now more sophisticated, targeting legitimate and trusted software supply points to deliver malware. There have been many examples of this attack vector :

  • a routine update for a tax accounting application,
  • popular freeware tools which have backdoors forcibly installed,
  • a server management software package,
  • an internet browser extension or site plugin,
  • malicious images which active scripts when clicked,
  • peer-to-peer applications

In those cases, attackers were able to change the code of legitimate software that people trust and install without hesitation, allowing them to “hitch a ride”.

This attack vector is very dangerous and frustrating, because it takes advantage of the trust that consumers and IT departments already have for legitimate software.

Cybersecurity Trend #4 : Phishing Scams

Phishing continues to be one of the most effective ways to compromise systems, because it targets human decisions and judgment.

Microsoft noted that the percentage of inbound emails that were detected as phishing messages increased 250% throughout 2018, and they expect the final figures for 2019 to show the same trend.

 

Microsoft : How To Stay Safe In 2020!

Here is a summary of what Microsoft believes we should do to stay safe online against cybersecurity threats in 2020 :

Cybersecurity Tip #1 : Practice Good Security Hygiene

  1. Keep your operating system and software updated.
  2. Turn on email and browser protections.
  3. Apply the cybersecurity configurations that your hardware and software vendors recommend.
  4. Stay away from any unfamiliar software or websites.
  5. Use only legitimate software, and not just your key applications.

Cybersecurity Tip #2 : Implement More Access Controls

System administrators should implement more access controls, using Zero Trust or at least privilege models.

This will limit hackers that successfully break into your network from accessing more than a segment.

Cybersecurity Tip #3 : 3-2-1 Backup!

Make sure you create and keep backups, and the cloud is a great tool for this.

Microsoft recommends adhering to the 3-2-1 rule – keep three backups of your data on two different storage types, with at least one backup offsite.

Cybersecurity Tip #4 : Keep Vigilant!

Even if we implement strong cybersecurity measures, we must remain vigilant, and keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

Not just system administrators, but users as well. If you see anything suspicious – report it to your IT department immediately.

It can be anything from a sudden slowdown in your computer’s performance, to strange web pages and images appearing.

 

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2020 Microsoft Digital Civility Index : Some Surprises!

The 2020 Microsoft Digital Civility Index was just released in conjunction with Safer Internet Day, their fourth report on the state of online civility worldwide.

Here is a quick summary of what Microsoft revealed in their 2020 Digital Civility Index, including some surprises!

 

2020 Microsoft Digital Civility Index : What Is It?

The 2020 Microsoft Digital Civility Index is a survey of 12,520 adults and teenagers across 25 countries around the world.

  • There were approximately 500 participants per country.
  • The interviews were conducted through a 14-minute online survey.
  • The adults were between 18 and 74 years of age.
  • The teenagers were between 13 and 17 years of age.

 

2020 Microsoft Digital Civility Index : Key Findings

Top 5 + Bottom 5 Countries

First, let’s start with the Top 5 and Bottom 5 countries ranked by the 2020 Microsoft Digital Civility Index.

Top 5 Countries : United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, Malaysia, USA

Bottom 5 Countries : Vietnam, Russia, Colombia, Peru, South Africa

Not bad! Malaysia is in the top 5! What a nice surprise!

But it is sobering to see that even in the “most digitally civil” country – the United Kingdom, more than half reported uncivil online behaviour.

The Most Common Risks

The most common uncivil behaviour encountered online were :

  • Unwanted sexting : 25%
  • Online harassment : 24%
  • Hoaxes, scams and fraud : 20%
  • Trolling : 19%
  • Hate speech : 18%

The 5 Most Painful Online Risks

There were some significant year-on-year changes on the 5 most painful online risks they faced in 2019 :

  • Damage to personal reputation : 95% (up 14%)
  • Misogyny : 91% (up 16%)
  • Sexual solicitation : 87% (up 32%)
  • Cyberbullying : 86% (up 21%)
  • Damage to professional reputation : 85% (up 10%)

Other Interesting Findings Summarised

Here is a quick summary of other interesting findings from the 2020 Microsoft Digital Civility Index report :

  • Topics that drive uncivil behaviour : Religion (45%), Politics (39%), Sexual Orientation (37%), Race (37%)
  • Most common place for uncivil behaviour : Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • 49% have had contact with the perpetrator in real life
  • Risks and consequences are significantly higher if the perpetrator has had contact with the victim in real life
  • Millennials (66%) and Boomers (62%) are the most at-risk adult groups

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro X Price + Availability In Malaysia!

The Microsoft Surface Pro X – which runs on the Microsoft SQ1 platform co-developed with Qualcomm – is now available in Malaysia!

Here is the official Microsoft Surface Pro X price list and availability in Malaysia!

 

Microsoft Surface Pro X

Announced on 2 October 2019, the Surface Pro X is Microsoft’s thinnest, lightest and always-connected 2-in-1 laptop.

The Microsoft Surface Pro X is just 7.3 mm thick and weighs 774 g, and that’s with a 13-inch PixelSense display, in what would be a traditional 12-inch form factor.

It is powered by the custom Microsoft SQ1 SoC (system-on-a-chip) developed in partnership with Qualcomm. This gives it exceptional performance and battery life – Microsoft says it will last up to 13 hours!

The Microsoft Surface Pro X can be paired with an assortment of new accessories :

  • Microsoft Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard
  • Microsoft Surface Slim Pen
  • Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse

The Microsoft Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard, in particular, is not only covered in Alcantara fabric, it lets you recharge and securely store the Surface Slim Pen, and features backlit keys and a large multi-touch glass trackpad.

 

Surface For Business

Enterprises can adopt the Surface Pro X through the Surface for Business programme, for streamlined deployment, modern device management, and built-in, cloud-powered security.

They can also enjoy additional protection through Advanced Exchange – a warranty service with expedited device replacement, at no additional cost!

 

Microsoft Surface Pro X Price + Availability In Malaysia

Starting 9 January 2020, the Microsoft Surface Pro X will be available for pre-order via Microsoft authorised resellers.

Retail sale and availability of the 256 GB model will begin from 17 January 2020 onwards. The 128 GB model will be available from 21 February 2020 onwards.

Model SRP
Microsoft Surface Pro X
(8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD)
RM 4,599
Microsoft Surface Pro X
(8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD)
RM 5,799 | RM 5,799
Microsoft Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard + Slim Pen RM 1,219 | RM 1,219
Microsoft Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard RM 639 | RM 639
Microsoft Surface Pro X Slim Pen RM 639 | RM 639

Here are some online purchase options for the US, UK, Australia and Singapore!

Model US UK AU SG
Microsoft Surface Pro X
(8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD)
$999.00 £999.99 A$1,874.60
Microsoft Surface Pro X
(8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD)
$1,246.99 A$2,278.36 S$1,928
Microsoft Surface Pro X
(16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD)
$1,499.00
Microsoft Surface Pro X
(16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD)
$1,799.99 A$3,000.39
Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard + Slim Pen $211.48
Microsoft Surface Pro X Keyboard $107.99 A$175.24 S$219
Microsoft Surface Pro Slim Pen $133.63 £120.98 S$219

 

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Minecraft Gets FREE Way of the Bee Map!

Mojang just announced that they’re giving away a free Minecraft map – Way of the Bee! Go download this free map and have a buzzy time this holiday season!

 

Minecraft Gets FREE Way of the Bee Map!

For this holiday season, Mojang is giving away a free Minecraft map called Way of the Bee, created by the Razzleberries team.

Mojang’s Tom Stone asked their studio lead, Mariana Graham for some information on the old timer dressed as a bee in the map :

Mariana said, “Some say he’s not touched the ground in over a decade, and that his tongue is three feet long. All we know is he’s called the bee scientist!

The bee scientist took his love of bees to extremes by choosing to live among his favourite flower-feeders instead of other humans, learning their ways, tending their hives and eating their honey.

He’s far from happy about the state of Poppy Isle, where bees have all but died out, and thus is ecstatic to see someone from there taking an interest in bees and trying to re-introduce them!”

To meet the bee scientist, go to the Minecraft Marketplace on your platform of choice, and help yourself to the Way of the Bee map!

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Minecraft Way of the Bee Map : How To Get It

As of today, you can download the free Way of the Bee map for all versions of Minecraft with a Minecraft Marketplace :

  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Windows 10
  • Apple iOS
  • Android
  • PlayStation 4 (it’s called store, instead of Minecraft Marketplace)

 

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Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme : Light + Tough!

Dell just released the new Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme tablet that’s designed to take on desert sandstorms and even the harshest Arctic conditions!

Let’s take a look at this new 12-inch tablet, and find out just how tough it is!

 

Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme : Light + Tough!

The Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme is a light and powerful 12-inch tablet designed for those who have to work in challenging conditions.

It now comes with an ultra-bright 1000 nits Full HD display, with anti-glare coatings to use in harsh sunlight. This display is also glove-responsive, and multi-touch capable.

High Performance In A Small Package

The Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core processor, with vPro Core i7 and Core i5 options.

It comes with a PCIe NVMe SSD, with storage capacities from 128 GB all the way to 2 TB, with self-encryption options for those who work with sensitive data.

Toughened For Extreme Environments

The Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme is built to withstand the worst environments you can get into. It is IP65-rated against dust and water ingress, and is both MIL-STD-810G/H and Class 1 Div 2 certified.

It has also been drop-tested from a height of 1.2 metres at the Dell Latitude Rugged Lab, and tested to withstand a wide temperature range of -29 to 64 Celsius.

Hot Swappable Batteries!

It has an optional built-in hot-swappable battery design, which gives you the ability to continue working without interruptions.

Mission Critical Connectivity

The Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme comes with a plethora of connectivity options to ensure that you can stay connected, wherever you are – 802.11ax Wi-Fi, global 4G LTE broadband, and even a GPS module.

Compatibility With Existing Docks

The Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme is compatible with most existing Latitude Rugged Extreme tablet vehicle and desk docks, as well as previous-generation accessories.

 

Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme Specifications

Specifications Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (64-bit)
Display 11.6-inch Full HD touchscreen display
– 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1000 nits
– Anti-Glare, Anti-Smudge, Polariser, Glove-Capable
Processor Options Intel Core i7-8665U (4 cores, 8 MB cache, vPro)
Intel Core i5-8365U (4 cores, 6 MB cache, vPro)
Intel Core i3-8145U (2 cores, 5 MB cache)
Memory Options 8 GB / 16 GB LPDDR3 (2133 MHz)
Graphics Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
Storage Options 128 GB PCIe NVMe SSD (Class 35)
256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB / 2 TB PCIe NVMe SSD (Class 40)
256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD (Class 40, self-encrypting)
Front Camera 5 MP RGB + IR FHD webcam, with privacy shutter
Rear Camera 8 MP camera with LED flash
Connectivity Options Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (Wi-Fi AC + BT 5.0)
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (Wi-Fi AX + BT 5.0)
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (Wi-Fi AX only)
Snapdragon X20 4G LTE card
NEO-M8 GPS card
Sensors Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Digital Compass, Gyro, Lid, SAR
Audio Combo headphone and mic jack
Stereo speakers
2 x non-array microphones
Ports 1 x USB 3.1 Type A (with Power Delivery)
1 x USB 3.0 Type C (PowerShare / DisplayPort(
1 x combo microphone / headphone jack
Optional mini serial RS-232 port
1 x docking Pogo connector
Optional Backpack Pogo connector
Slots Micro SD and SIM card slot
Kensington lock slot
Battery 34 Whr, 2-Cell ExpressCharge primary battery
34 Whr, 2-Cell secondary battery
Charger Options 45 W / 45 W Type C / 90 W
Dimensions 203.0 mm wide
312.2 mm tall
24.4 mm thick
Weight 1.33 kg

 

Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme Price + Availability

The Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme will be available for purchase in early December 2019, with local pricing to be announced later.

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 7 : Everything You Need To Know!

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 boasts a number of improvements, including new Intel processors and a USB Type C port!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – its key features, specifications, price and availability!

 

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

The Surface Pro 7 is Microsoft’s response to the Apple iPad Pro. Like its rival, it promises a powerful computing experience in a tablet form factor, with a phenomenal battery life.

New Intel Processors

The Surface Pro 7 comes with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors, which gives it a significant performance boost over its predecessor.

Faster Connectivity

It also comes with support for faster Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity.

With USB-C Port

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 now comes with both a Type A USB port, as well as a Type C USB port. This gives you more flexibility connecting it to an external display, docking stations or USB accessories.

Improved Microphones

Your conference calls and voice dictation will be much clearer with the enhanced dual far-field Studio microphones.

10.5 Hour Battery Life

The cost of having much faster processor and graphics is battery life – it’s down to 10.5 hours.

 

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Specifications

Here are the key specifications for the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (without the Type Cover) :

Specifications Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Display 12.3-inch PixelSense Display
Display Resolution 2736 x 1824 pixels (267 ppi)
Multi-Touch Capability 10 point multi-touch
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Processor Options Intel Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i3-1005G1
Intel Core i7-8650U
Intel Core i5-8250U
Graphics Processor Intel Iris Plus Graphics (i7, i5)
Intel UHD Graphics (i3)
Intel UHD Graphics
Memory 4 GB / 8 GB / 16 GB LPDDR4X 8 GB / 16 GB DDR4
Storage 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB SSD
Wireless Capabilities Wi-Fi 6 : 802.11ax
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 5 : 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.1
Camera Windows Hello face authentication camera
5 MP front camera (1080p video recording)
8 MP rear camera (1080p video recording)
Audio Dual far-field Studio mics
1.6 W stereo speakers
Dolby Audio Premium
Dual microphones
1.6 W stereo speakers
Dolby Audio Premium
Connectivity Options 1 x USB Type C
1 x USB Type A
1 x Surface Connect Port
1 x Surface Type Connect port
1 x 3.5 mm headphone jack
MicroSDXC card reader
1 x mini Display Port
1 x USB Type A
1 x Surface Connect Port
1 x Surface Type Connect port
1 x 3.5 mm headphone jack
MicroSDXC card reader
Sensors Ambient Light
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer

Ambient Light
Accelerometer
Gyroscope

Battery Life Up to 10.5 hours Up to 13.5 hours
Dimensions 292 mm wide / 201 mm deep / 8.5 mm thick
Weight Core i7 : 790 g
Core i5 / i3 : 775 g
Core i7 : 784 g
Core i5 : 770 g
Colour Options Platinum, Matte Black Platinum

 

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Price + Availability

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is available for pre-order now, with general availability beginning 9 December 2019, and retail sales starting in January 2020.

Here are the prices for the first models and accessories :

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 MY SG US UK AU
Core i3, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD $748 £797.90 A$1,349.98
Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD S$1,637 $980 £899 A$1,581.98
Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD RM 5,499 S$2,037 $1,165.49 £1,169 A$2,045.98
Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD RM 6,799 S$2,437 $1,472.49 £1,387.47 A$2,470.95
Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD RM 8,299 $1,899 £1,827.01 A$3,135.95
Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD $2,299 A$3,706.95

Accessories

Model MY SG US UK AU
Surface Arc Mouse RM 339 S$118 $69.99 £59 A$101.96
Surface Pen RM 399 S$148 $64.99 £68.50 A$122.99
Signature Type Cover RM 639 S$249 $114.95 £134.99 A$230.95

 

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 : Everything You Need To Know!

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 boasts a number of improvements, including new AMD Ryzen processors and a 11.5 hour battery life!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – key features, specifications, price and availability!

 

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

The Surface Laptop 3 is Microsoft’s response to the Apple MacBook Pro. Like its rival, it promises a powerful computing experience in a thin and light form factor, with a phenomenal battery life.

Two Form Factors

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 comes in 13.5-inch and 15-inch form factors, with weights of just under 1.3 kg and just over 1.5 kg respectively.

New AMD + Intel Processors

The 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 comes with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors, while the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 is powered by the AMD Ryzen Microsoft Surface Edition processors!

With USB-C Port

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 now comes with both a Type A USB port, as well as a Type C USB port. This gives you more flexibility connecting it to an external display, docking stations or USB accessories.

Larger Trackpad + Two Palm Rest Options

The glass trackpad is now 20% larger, and you can opt for a metal palm rest, or have it covered in Alcantara fabric.

 

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Specifications

To make it easier for you to compare both the 13.5-inch and 15-inch models, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
(13.5-inch)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
(15-inch)
Display 13.5-inch PixelSense Display 15-inch PixelSense Display
Display Resolution 2256 x 1504 pixels (201 ppi) 2496 x 1664 pixels (201 ppi)
Multi-Touch Capability 10 point multi-touch
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Processor Options Intel Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
AMD Ryzen 7 3780U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
Graphics Processor Intel Iris Plus Graphics AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
AMD Radeon Vega 9
Memory 8 GB / 16 GB LPDDR4X 8 GB / 16 GB DDR4
Storage Removable solid state drive
(128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB)
Wireless Capabilities Wi-Fi 6 : 802.11ax
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 5 : 802.11ac
Bluetooth 5.0
Camera Windows Hello face authentication camera
720p HD front camera (f/2.0)
Audio Dual far-field Studio microphones
Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Connectivity Options 1 x USB Type C
1 x USB Type A
1 x Surface Connect Port
1 x 3.5 mm headphone jack
Battery Life Up to 11.5 hours
Dimensions 308 mm wide
223 mm deep
14.5 mm thick
339.5 mm wide
244 mm deep
14.69 mm thick
Weight Matte Black : 1.288 kg
Platinum : 1.265 kg
1.542 kg
Colour Options Matte Black (Metal Palm Rest)
Platinum (Alcantara Palm Rest)
Matte Black (Metal Palm Rest)
Platinum (Metal Palm Rest)

 

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Price + Availability

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is available for pre-order now, with general availability beginning 9 December 2019, and retail sales starting in January 2020.

Here are the prices for the first models and accessories :

13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3

Specifications MY SG US UK AU
Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD RM 4,499 S$1,488 $978.48 £999 A$1,815.98
Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD RM 5,699 S$1,888 $1,249.99 £1,269 A$2,140.78
Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD RM 7,099 S$2,288 $1,572.49 £1,549 A$2,660.95
Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD $1,993 £1,949 A$3,278.95
Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD $2,372.49

15-inch Surface Laptop 3

Specifications MY SG US UK AU
Ryzen 5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD $1,199 £1,199 A$2,221.98
Ryzen 5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD RM 6,799 * S$2,188 $1,813.99 £1,269 A$2,569.98
Ryzen 5, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD $1,619 £1,699 A$2,818.95
Ryzen 7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD $2,028.49 £2,049 A$3,433.95

* Available only in Harvey Norman stores for the first 2 months

Accessories

Model MY SG US UK AU
Surface Arc Mouse RM 339 S$118 $69.99 £59 A$101.96
Surface Pen RM 399 S$148 $64.99 £68.50 A$122.99

 

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition : Get It Now!

Bandai Namco and Square Enix just announced the immediate availability of Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition!

 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition gives you the chance to experience the final chapter of Lara Croft’s origin story with every challenge tomb, downloadable weapon, outfit and skill!

It basically combines the base game, as well as all seven DLCs :

  • The Forge
  • The Pillar
  • The Nightmare
  • The Price of Survival
  • The Serpent’s Heart
  • The Grand Caiman
  • The Path Home

In addition, it comes with a special Croft Fitness costume, as well as all the outfits, weapons and tombs that were released in the Season Pass.

Fix Lara up in a full range of outfits and weapons to take on the seven challenge tomb missions in locations like the Amazon and Cozumel!

 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition Price + Availability

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One X and Windows PC at these price points :

If you already own the base game and Season Pass, you can download the Definitive Edition DLC outfit for FREE!

 

What About Croft Manor, The 8th DLC?

The rumoured 8th DLC called Croft Manor has been cancelled, and is thus, NOT part of Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition.

However, this video of the Polish and English audio from that DLC was leaked, giving us a glimpse of what could have been the 8th DLC for Shadow of the Tomb Raider

 

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How AMD CPUs Work In A Secured-core PC Device!

Microsoft just announced their partnership with AMD, Intel and Qualcomm to protect the PC’s firmware and operating system through the Secured-core PC initiative.

With help from Akash Malhotra, AMD Director of Security Product Management, here is everything you need to know about how AMD CPUs work in a Secured-core PC device!

 

What Is A Secured-core PC Device?

Secured-core PC is a new Microsoft initiative that they just announced. In partnership with their hardware partners, they aim to create a specific set of requirements for devices that are meant for secure use.

These requirements will apply the best practices in data security – isolation and minimal trust in the firmware layer and the device core that underpins the Windows operating system.

Secured-core PC devices are targeted at industries like financial services, government and healthcare, and anyone who work with valuable IP, customer or personal data. They would also be useful for persons of interest, who would be high-value targets for hackers and nation-state attackers.

Recommended : The Microsoft Secured-core PC Initiative Explained!

 

What Security Features Are Already In AMD CPUs?

Before we look at how AMD CPUs work in a Secured-core PC device, let’s take a look at what security features they ship with :

SKINIT: The SKINIT instruction helps create a “root of trust” starting with an initially untrusted operating mode. SKINIT reinitializes the processor to establish a secure execution environment for a software component called the secure loader (SL) and starts execution of the SL in a way to help prevent tampering SKINIT extends the hardware-based root of trust to the secure loader.

Secure Loader (SL): The AMD Secure Loader (SL) is responsible for validating the platform configuration by interrogating the hardware and requesting configuration information from the DRTM Service.

AMD Secure Processor (ASP): AMD Secure Processor is dedicated hardware available in each SOC which helps enable secure boot up from BIOS level into the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). Trusted applications can leverage industry-standard APIs to take advantage of the TEE’s secure execution environment.

AMD-V with GMET: AMD-V is set of hardware extensions to enable virtualization on AMD platforms. Guest Mode Execute Trap (GMET) is a silicon performance acceleration feature added in next gen Ryzen which enables hypervisor to efficiently handle code integrity check and help protect against malware.

 

How AMD CPUs Work In A Secured-core PC Device

In a Secured-core PC powered by an AMD CPU, the firmware and bootloader will initialise, and shortly after, the system will transition into a trusted state with the hardware forcing the firmware down a well-known and measured code path.

That means the firmware is authenticated and measured by the security block in the AMD CPU, and that measurement is stored securely in TPM for verification and attestation by the operating system.

At any point after that, the operating system can request that the AMD security block remeasure and compare the firmware against the old values, before executing further operations. This way, the operating system can help verify the integrity of the system over time.

In AMD processors, the firmware protection is handled by the AMD Dynamic Root of Trust Measurement (DRTM) Service Block that is made up of SKINIT CPU instruction, ASP and the AMD Secure Loader (SL).

This block is responsible for creating and maintain a chain of trust between components by performing these functions:

  • Measure and authenticate firmware and bootloader
  • Gather the following system configuration for the OS, which will in turn validate them against its security requirements and store information for future verification.
    • Physical memory map
    • PCI configuration space location
    • Local APIC configuration
    • I/O APIC configuration
    • IOMMU configuration / TMR Configuration
    • Power management configuration

 

AMD SMM Supervisor

Although the method above protects the firmware, AMD points out that the System Management Mode (SMM) also needs to be protected.

SMM is a special-purpose x86 CPU mode that handles power management, hardware configuration, thermal monitoring, etc. Because SMM code executes in the highest privilege level and is invisible to the operating system, it is an attractive target for attackers.

To help isolate SMM, AMD introduced a security module called AMD SMM Supervisor that will :

  • Block SMM from being able to modify Hypervisor or OS memory. An exception is a small coordinate communication buffer between the two.
  • Prevent SMM from introducing new SMM code at run time
  • Block SMM from accessing DMA, I/O, or registers that can compromise the Hypervisor or OS

 

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The Microsoft Secured-core PC Initiative Explained!

Microsoft and their hardware partners just announced the Secured-core PC initiative to combat threats that target the PC’s firmware and operating system.

With help from David Weston, Partner Director of Microsoft OS Security, here is everything you need to know about the Secured-core PC initiative!

 

What Is The Secured-core PC Initiative?

Secured-core PC is a new Microsoft initiative that they just announced. In partnership with their hardware partners, they aim to create a specific set of requirements for devices that are meant for secure use.

These requirements will apply the best practices in data security – isolation and minimal trust in the firmware layer and the device core that underpins the Windows operating system.

Secured-core PC devices will be targeted at industries like financial services, government and healthcare, and anyone who work with valuable IP, customer or personal data. They would also be useful for persons of interest, who would be high-value targets for hackers and nation-state attackers.

 

Is There A Need For Secured-core PC?

As more protection is built into the operating system and connected services, attackers are exploring other methods with firmware emerging as a top target.

The NIST’s National Vulnerability Database shows a near 5X increase in the number of firmware vulnerabilities in the last 3 years :

In late 2018, security researchers discovered that the hacking group Strontium targeted systems in the wild with malware that made use of firmware vulnerabilities.

Because it targeted firmware, the malicious code was hard to detect, and difficult to remove. It even persists after the operating system is reinstalled, or the storage drive replaced!

 

Why Is Firmware The New Target?

Firmware is used to initialise the hardware and software when a device is started up. It therefore has a higher level of access and privileges than the hypervisor and operating system kernel.

This means firmware attacks that succeed can undermine protective mechanisms like Secure Boot that the hypervisor or operating system use to protect against malware.

Firmware attacks can more easily evade endpoint protection and detection solutions, because the latter run under the operating system layer, and therefore have limited visibility of the firmware layer.

 

What Is A Secured-core PC Made Up Of?

Secured-core PCs will combine multiple layers of protection – identity, virtualisation, operating system, hardware and firmware – to prevent attacks, rather than simply detecting them.

They all ensure that the device will boot securely and is protected against firmware vulnerabilities, shielding the operating system from attacks and preventing unauthorised access to the device and data.

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System Guard Secure Launch

Microsoft is now implementing System Guard Secure Launch in Windows 10 as a key Secured-core PC requirement.

System Guard uses the Dynamic Root of Trust for Measurement (DRTM) capabilities built into the latest processors from AMD, Intel and Qualcomm, to protect the boot process from firmware attacks.

The firmware is used to start the hardware, and then shortly after, re-initialise the system into a trusted state. This helps to limit the trust assigned to the firmware, greatly mitigating against firmware attacks.

This method also helps protect the integrity of the Virtualisation-Based Security (VBS) feature in the hypervisor against firmware vulnerabilities. This is critical because VBS is used for important OS security functions like Windows Defender Credential Guard and Hypervisor-protected Code Integrity (HVCI).

Trusted Platform Module 2.0

Microsoft is also implementing Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM) as a device requirement for Secured-core PCs.

It is used to measure the components that are used during the secure launch process, allowing for zero trust networks using System Guard runtime attestation.

 

Secured-core PC Availability

Secured-core PC devices are available from Dell, Dynabook, HP, Lenovo, Panasonic and Microsoft’s own Surface brand.

 

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Key NVIDIA EGX Announcements @ MWC Los Angeles 2019!

At MWC Los Angeles 2019, NVIDIA announced major partnerships on their EGX edge computing platform with Microsoft, Ericsson and Red Hat to accelerate AI, IoT and 5G at the Edge.

Catch the official NVIDIA EGX briefing on these new updates, and find out what it means for edge computing!

 

The Official NVIDIA EGX Briefing @ MWC Los Angeles 2019

Before the official announcement, NVIDIA gave us an exclusive briefing on their EGX edge computing platform. We are sharing it with you, so you can hear it directly from Justin Boitano, General Manager of NVIDIA’s Enterprise & Edge Computing division.

Here is a summary of what NVIDIA unveiled at MWC Los Angeles 2019 :

NVIDIA EGX Early Adopters

NVIDIA actually announced EGX at Computex Taipei in June 2019 – a combination of the NVIDIA CUDA-X software and NVIDIA-certified GPU servers and devices.

Now, they are announcing that Walmart, BMW, Proctor & Gamble, Samsung Electronics and ETT East have adopted the EGX platform, and so have the cities of San Francisco and Las Vegas.

  • Samsung Electronics — The Korean electronics giant is using AI at the edge for highly complex semiconductor design and manufacturing processes.
  • BMW — The German automaker is using intelligent video analytics in its South Carolina manufacturing facility to automate inspection. With EGX gathering data from multiple cameras and other sensors in inspection lines, BMW is helping ensure only the highest quality automobiles leave the factory floor.
  • NTT East — The Japanese telecom services giant is using EGX in its data centers to develop new AI-powered services in remote areas through its broadband access network. Using the EGX platform, NTT East will provide remote populations the computing power and connectivity required to build and deploy a wide range of AI applications at the edge.
  • Procter & Gamble — The world’s leading consumer goods company is working with NVIDIA to develop AI-enabled applications on top of the EGX platform for the inspection of products and packaging to help ensure they meet the highest safety and quality standards. P&G is using NVIDIA EGX to analyze thousands of hours of footage from inspection lines and immediately flag imperfections.
  • Las Vegas — The city is using EGX to capture vehicle and pedestrian data to ensure safer streets and expand economic opportunity. Las Vegas plans to use the data to autonomously manage signal timing and other operational capabilities.
  • San Francisco — The city’s Union Square Business Improvement District is using EGX to capture real-time pedestrian counts for local retailers, providing them a powerful business intelligence tool for engaging with their customers more effectively.

NVIDIA EGX Case Study : Walmart

Walmart is a pioneer user of EGX, deploying it in its Levittown, New York, Intelligent Retail Lab — a fully-operational grocery store where it’s exploring the ways AI can further improve in-store shopping experiences.

Using EGX’s advanced AI and edge capabilities, Walmart is able to compute in real time more than 1.6 terabytes of data generated each second, and can use AI to :

  • automatically alert associates to restock shelves,
  • open up new checkout lanes,
  • retrieve shopping carts, and
  • ensure product freshness in meat and produce departments.

NVIDIA EGX Partnership With Microsoft

NVIDIA announced a collaboration with Microsoft to enable the closer integration between Microsoft Azure and the NVIDIA EGX platform, to advance edge-to-cloud AI computing capabilities for their clients.

The NVIDIA Metropolis video analytics application framework, which runs on EGX, has been optimized to work with Microsoft’s Azure IoT Edge, Azure Machine Learning solutions and a new form factor of the Azure Data Box Edge appliance powered by NVIDIA T4 GPUs.

In addition, NVIDIA-certified off-the-shelf servers — optimised to run Azure IoT Edge and ML services — are now available from more than a dozen leading OEMs, including Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Lenovo.

NVIDIA EGX Partnership With Ericsson

NVIDIA also announced that they are collaborating with Ericsson on developing virtualised RAN technologies.

Their ultimate goal is to commercialise those virtualised RAN technologies to deliver 5G networks with flexibility and shorter time-to-market for new services like augmented reality, virtual reality and gaming.

NVIDIA EGX Partnership With Red Hat

Finally, NVIDIA announced a collaboration with Red Hat to deliver software-defined 5G wireless infrastructure running on Red Hat OpenShift to the telecom industry.

Their customers will be able to use NVIDIA EGX and Red Hat OpenShift to deploy NVIDIA GPUs to accelerate AI, data science and machine learning at the edge.

The critical element enabling 5G providers to move to cloud-native infrastructure is NVIDIA Aerial. This software developer kit, also announced today, allows providers to build and deliver high-performance, software-defined 5G wireless RAN by delivering two essential advancements.

They are a low-latency data path directly from Mellanox network interface cards to GPU memory, and a 5G physical layer signal-processing engine that keeps all data within the GPU’s high-performance memory.

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NVIDIA EGX Presentation Slides From MWC Los Angeles 2019!

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