TechNave NewsBytes 2021 #6 - Samsung, Xiaomi, realme, OPPO, ASUS, Lenovo, LG, Shopee and Special: The Future is Flexible: Tap into The Galaxy of Possibilities
Welcome back TechNavers and NewsByters, in this issue of TechNave NewsBytes 2021 #6 we have the following articles for you along with a Special article from Samsung entitled “The Future is Flexible: Tap into The Galaxy of Possibilities”:
- Samsung Electronics envisions a way to 'Copy and Paste' the Brain on Neuromorphic Chips
- Samsung Malaysia extends Celebration of Strength and Unity Promo until 31 October 2021
- Samsung SmartThings Find Hits New Milestone with 100 Million Find Nodes and New Device Location-Sharing Feature
- Samsung Expands Smart Monitor Lineup for Do-It-All Displays in 43-inch and 24-inch sizes
- Samsung Electronics is the Top Brand in Asia for 10th consecutive year
- Samsung Introduces Jet Bot AI+ Vacuum with AI-Based Sensors and Precise Navigation
- Voices of Galaxy: Meet the Samsung Developers Working for Open and Unique Galaxy Experiences
- realme Band 2 reaches achievement in first day of global sale
- realme Malaysia does well in 9.9 sales
- realme achieves new wearable awards in Malaysia
- Four market research firms affirmed Xiaomi's position as the World's No.2
- OPPO lists out 8 Ways To Shoot Portraits Like A Pro with whe OPPO Reno6 Series
- OPPO successes during 9.9 includes Reno6 Pro taking Top-Selling Position for Premium Android Smartphone Category
- ASUS Announces Motherboard Support for Windows 11
- LG Recognized As International Accreditation Body For Automotive Software Testing
- LG Q2 2021 financial results announced
- Lenovo introduces ThinkStation P350 Desktop Workstations for the Entry-Level
- More than 70,000 new local MSMEs benefitted from Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day
For our Miscellaneous announcements we have:
- Razer announces brand-new “Champions Start from Within” Wellness Program
- ZTE Corporation shares leading edge innovations and technologies for various Malaysian industries
- Nokia launches FP5, fifth generation routing silicon
- Intel Malaysia allocates additional RM2 Million towards COVID-19 relief efforts
- Kaspersky releases its first Transparency Report
- Boost introduces customizable Complete Car Insurance Coverage
- HONOR Malaysia appoints TM ONE as cloud service provider
- New AMD Radeon PRO W6000X Series GPUs Available for Mac Pro
- Canon and Employees Provide Food Aid to Families
- Google.org contributes USD7.5 Million in grants and other support to COVID-19 relief efforts in Malaysia and five Asian countries
- Sony PlayStation 5 sells 10 million units
- Up to 5,000 teachers to become Google Certified Educators
- MDEC brings back ‘Let’s Learn Digital’, kicking off with Facebook, Google and LinkedIn partnership
Samsung Electronics envisions a way to 'Copy and Paste' the Brain on Neuromorphic Chips
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has shared a new insight that takes the world a step closer to realizing neuromorphic chips that can better mimic the brain. Envisioned by the leading engineers and scholars from Samsung and Harvard University, the insight was published as a Perspective paper, titled ‘Neuromorphic electronics based on copying and pasting the brain’, by Nature Electronics. Donhee Ham, Fellow of Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Professor of Harvard University, Professor Hongkun Park of Harvard University, Sungwoo Hwang, President and CEO of Samsung SDS and former Head of SAIT, and Kinam Kim, Vice Chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics are the co-corresponding authors.
The essence of the vision put forward by the authors is best summed up by the two words, ‘copy’ and ‘paste’. The paper suggests a way to copy the brain’s neuronal connection map using a breakthrough nanoelectrode array developed by Dr. Ham and Dr. Park, and to paste this map onto a high-density three-dimensional network of solid-state memories, the technology for which Samsung has been a world leader. Through this copy and paste approach, the authors envision to create a memory chip that approximates the unique computing traits of the brain – low power, facile learning, adaptation to environment, and even autonomy and cognition – that have been beyond the reach of current technology.
Leveraging its leading experience in chip manufacturing, Samsung is planning to continue its research into neuromorphic engineering, in order to extend Samsung’s leadership in the field of next generation AI semiconductors.
Samsung Malaysia extends Celebration of Strength and Unity Promo until 31 October 2021
Due to the overwhelming response and to show their appreciation, Samsung Malaysia will be extending their ‘Stay Strong Malaysia’ promotion until 31 October 2021, even more so to uplift the spirit of Malaysians as our country continues on the road to recovery. Malaysians can continue to look forward to styling their home with our wide range of products such as TVs, monitors, and household solutions that come with exclusive free gifts Touch ’n Go eWallet credit, purchase with purchase (PWP) offers and savings worth up to RM6,597 when you purchase through any authorized Samsung stores or dealers.
For more information on Samsung’s ‘Stay Strong Malaysia’ campaign, please visit their site.
Samsung SmartThings Find Hits New Milestone with 100 Million Find Nodes and New Device Location-Sharing Feature
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has revealed that the SmartThings Find service, which first launched in October 2020, continues to grow rapidly, now comprising more than 100 million find nodes. Powered by SmartThings, the premier technology enabling connected living, around 230,000 devices are located through this feature every day. The fast-growing SmartThings Find service enables users to pinpoint registered Galaxy smartphones, smartwatches, earbuds and even S Pen Pro, as well as personal belongings—like keys or wallets—that have a Galaxy SmartTag or SmartTag+ device attached. SmartThings Find, a standout feature of the SmartThings ecosystem, uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and ultra-wideband (UWB) technology to locate misplaced devices. Even if the device is offline, other Galaxy users can opt-in to enable their Galaxy smartphone or tablet to help others find nearby lost devices.
SmartThings Find is continuing to evolve with the addition of the newly launched SmartThings Find Members service, which now enables users to invite friends and family to become members of their SmartThings account, so they too can find and manage their devices. Users can now invite up to 19 other people to become members and locate up to 200 devices at once. Once someone has accepted your invitation to SmartThings Find Members, you can opt for them to be able to view your selected devices and locations for specific devices, all upon your consent.
SmartThings Find Members is particularly useful for families, as they try to keep up with pets or keep track of their car keys—even if they don't have their phone with them.
For more information about the SmartThings app and SmartThings Find service, visit their site.
Samsung Expands Smart Monitor Lineup for Do-It-All Displays in 43-inch and 24-inch sizes
Samsung Electronics recently announced the global availability of its newly expanded Smart Monitor lineup, providing more display sizes and design options, along with new and enhanced smart features. The lineup now includes a larger 43-inch M7 (UHD resolution) model, delivering enhanced productivity and an immersive entertainment experience. The M5 (FHD resolution) models are now available in 24-inch, 27-inch and 32-inch displays, featuring a sleek design and a stylish new white color option.
The Smart Monitor offers integrated media and productivity apps, versatile connectivity, built-in speakers and a solar cell-powered remote control. The latest additions to Samsung’s Smart Monitor series include, Smart Monitor M7 43” (Model: M70A), Smart Monitor M5 27” in White (Model: M50A) and Smart Monitor M5 24” (Model: M50A). For more information, please visit their site.
Samsung Electronics is the Top Brand in Asia for 10th consecutive year
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, has been named the number one brand in Campaign Asia-Pacific and NielsenIQ’s ‘Asia’s Top 1000 Brands 2021’ study. This is the 10th consecutive year in which Samsung has been voted by consumers in the region as their top brand in the annual research conducted across 14 markets in Asia-Pacific.
Notably, Samsung ranked high in 15 product categories in Asia’s Top 1000 Brands this year, up from 12 last year, and is the top brand in TV, cleaning appliances and smart home technology.
Samsung Introduces Jet Bot AI+ Vacuum with AI-Based Sensors and Precise Navigation
Samsung Malaysia Electronics recently launched its latest tech-savvy robot vacuums, the Samsung Jet Bot AI+ for effective and powerful cleaning on any type of floor at minimal effort. Samsung Jet Bot AI+ is the world’s first Intel AI-powered smart robot vacuum that uses 3D sensor and enhanced object recognition to navigate through the home with the same efficiency and care that many users do.
After cleaning, the Jet Bot AI+ will automatically head back to the Clean Station™, Samsung’s signature disposal system which removes dust using “Air Pulse” technology, and a multi-layered filtration system that traps 99.999% of fine dust and allergens . There, it empties the dirt, dust, and hair it has collected into a bag that only needs to be replaced once every two to three months. Samsung’s Jet Bot AI+ is now available at all Samsung outlets, retailers, and online shopping platforms with a RRP of RM4,999.
Check out their site for more details.
Voices of Galaxy: Meet the Samsung Developers Working for Open and Unique Galaxy Experiences
Voices of Galaxy spotlights people who use their passion, creativity, and determination along with technology to make a positive impact on their own lives and their communities. One of the most exciting parts of owning a mobile device is being able to customize it and make it your own – which is why Samsung developed Good Lock, a unique personalization tool for Galaxy users. When it came to creating an app that they are truly proud of, Samsung developers didn’t simply try to create features that are right for everyone: instead, they worked to give users the freedom to create the experiences that are right for them. Creating an open and personalized experience across devices, platforms, and people, Good Lock’s developers are set on providing an app that turns each device into “my Galaxy.” Hear from the developers on what the journey was like and what Good Lock means to them.
realme Band 2 reaches achievement in first day of global sale
realme has recently launched its realme Band 2 in Malaysia with the device being the first to be available globally. realme Malaysia also announced their achievement as the realme Band 2 became the most sold smart band in a single day during its first global sale on Lazada (below RM139).
realme Malaysia does well in 9.9 sales
During the realme 9.9 Kaw Kaw Deals that held on Lazada and Shopee, realme Malaysia has offered a variety of first-rate deals on smartphone and AloT products on both platforms. realme Malaysia has successfully obtained four achievements on Lazada 9.9 with the recent launch of the realme GT Master Edition being the best-selling new launch smartphone, alongside other achievements from their realme 7 5G, realme Watch 2 and realme Smart Cam 360° including:
- No.1 Best Selling Smartphone Launched on Lazada 9.9 Sale (realme GT Master Edition)
- No.1 Fastest Selling Smartphone on Lazada 9.9 Sale - Sold Out in 1 minute (realme 7 5G)
- Top 1 Best Selling Smartwatch on Lazada LazMall 9.9 Sale (realme Watch 2)
- Top 1 Best Selling Security Camera on Lazada 9.9 Sale (realme Smart Cam 360°)
Apart from that, realme Malaysia is proud to share another achievement thanks to the support from Malaysian fans on both realme GT Master Edition and realme 7 5G where realme was recognised as Top 3 Best Selling Smartphone Brand on Lazada 9.9 Sale. realme Malaysia has also achieved an overall increased sales growth of 326% compared to last year. Throughout the entire Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day campaign, realme Watch 2 was crowned as the Top 1 Best-selling Smartwatch on Shopee Mall.
realme achieves new wearable awards in Malaysia
realme has successfully achieved two results according to Canalys Q2 2021 Report as the Top 1 Basic Watch Vendor and Top 2 TWS Vendor in Malaysia. This achievement shows the results of realme’s effort in bringing more advanced AIoT devices to Malaysians, expanding the realme TechLife ecological platform, and providing a smarter lifestyle to all fans.
realme is recognized as the Top 1 Basic Watch Vendor in the Canalys Report of Top Basic Watch Vendors in Q2 2021, commanding a 35% of market share in the Malaysian market. A 1,616% annual growth rate was achieved as seen from the report with realme being ahead of Huami, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Garmin. Some of the realme Basic Watches released this year are realme Watch 2, realme Watch 2 Pro, realme Watch S Pro, and realme Watch S Master Edition.
Furthermore, realme Malaysia also placed at Top 2 TWS Vendors in Canalys Report of Top TWS Vendors in Q2 2021, with an annual growth rate of 115% compared to Q2 2020 and achieved 12% unit share in the local market. Prior to this year, realme has launched realme Buds Air 2, realme Buds Q2, realme Buds Air 2 Neo, realme Buds Wireless 2, realme Buds Wireless 2 Neo, realme Pocket Bluetooth Speaker and realme Cobble Bluetooth Speaker in Malaysia.
Four market research firms affirmed Xiaomi's position as the World's No.2
We are pleased to share with you that the data reports of IDC, Canalys, Strategy Analytics and Counterpoint, top four global market research companies, have indicated and affirmed that Xiaomi surpassed Apple in terms of global smartphone shipments in Q2 2021 and became the world's No.2 for the first time!
According to Strategy Analytics: Xiaomi jumped into the top 2 list for the first time ever. It shipped 52.8 million units of smartphones worldwide in Q2 2021 and took 16.8% market share. Among all top 5 vendors, Xiaomi registered the highest annual growth rate (+85.3% YoY). According to Counterpoint: Xiaomi eclipses 50 million smartphones, becoming the world’s second-largest smartphone brand for the first time ever.
OPPO lists out 8 Ways To Shoot Portraits Like A Pro with whe OPPO Reno6 Series
Some people think that you need a collection of expensive lenses, professional lights, and a home studio just to take good portrait photos and videos. In reality, all you need to up your game is the right phone with the right cameras! Forget about heavy, costly equipment. Powered by AI, the OPPO Reno6 Series will arm any photography enthusiast with the ability to take stunning, cinematic and professional-looking portrait photos and videos.
Here are eight features on the OPPO Reno6 Series that you can use to shoot portraits like a pro!
- Capture the best you, in portrait, with Bokeh Flare Portrait Photo ~ Pro tip: Try Bokeh Flare Portrait Photo at night in town or during festivals where there are beautiful background lights.
- Create cinematic videos like a Hollywood director with Bokeh Flare Portrait Video ~ Protip: Try Bokeh Flare Portrait Video at night with urban landscapes like streets, tunnels or skylines as the background. Just tap, and OPPO Reno6 Series’ AI will make you look like a movie star in a snap.
- Look on fleek every day of the week with Portrait Beautification Video ~ Protip: Portrait Beautification Video comes with a slider, just in case you want to turn its effects up or tone it down.
- Highlight you, in the right light — all day, all night with AI Highlight Video ~ Protip: You can use this mode at night too! Ultra Night Video on AI Highlight Video automatically raises brightness in low light, allowing you to capture all the details in the dark. No switching modes required!
- Capture clear portraits of life in motion with Focus Tracking ~ Protip: Want to focus on a specific subject? Double-tap on it to manually lock focus, and Focus Tracking takes care of the rest.
- Get razor-sharp photos with Flash Snapshot ~ Pro tip: Flash Snapshot is very helpful when taking photos of fast-moving pets, kids or cars.
- Borrow a bit of star power with AI Palette ~ Pro tip: Try it with your favourite Instagram celebrity's posts to borrow a little bit of that star magic.
- Make your subjects truly pop with AI Color Portrait ~ Pro tip: This mode is excellent for street photography and comes with a video mode too.
For more details check out their site.
OPPO successes during 9.9 includes Reno6 Pro taking Top-Selling Position for Premium Android Smartphone Category
Launched in Malaysia less than a month ago, the OPPO Reno6 Pro was recently announced as Lazada’s top-selling smartphone in the RM2,500 – RM3,500 range for the month of August. Now, it continues to break records as it is crowned the most-sold smartphone from 9 – 11 September in the premium Android smartphone category (RM 2,500 and above).
That’s not all, in just one hour during 9.9 this year, OPPO has surpassed the total sale of 30 days during September last year on the brand’s official store on Lazada. On top of that, OPPO also ranked no.1 in terms of mobile accessories, and no.2 in the smartphone category across Southeast Asia, via its official store on Shopee.
Check out their site for more details
ASUS Announces Motherboard Support for Windows 11
ASUS recently announced that the latest Windows 11 Insider Preview build can now be installed on many existing ASUS motherboard models. Installation can be achieved after applying the latest UEFI BIOS update from the relevant ASUS support page, or by manually enabling the required function in the existing UEFI BIOS.
A diverse range of ASUS motherboards are engineered to allow the installation and operation of Windows 11 Insider Preview. Owners or users of these models can download and apply the latest UEFI BIOS update or manually enable the required function in the current UEFI BIOS to allow the new operating system to be installed. For full details on updating the UEFI BIOS for Windows 11 installation or upgrade, please visit the ASUS support page.
LG Recognized As International Accreditation Body For Automotive Software Testing
LG Electronics’ (LG) Software Testing Center has officially been recognized as an ISO 26262-certified lab to conduct functional safety tests on software designed for autonomous vehicles. As South Korea’s first facility certified to test such software, the results issued by LG’s Software Testing Center will have international credibility in over 70 countries and regions, including the United States, Europe and Japan.*
The accreditation was issued by the Korea Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (KOLAS), an internationally recognized agency charged with the establishment of national standard systems and operation of industrial standardizations in matters related to safety and quality. LG’s Software Testing Center was previously recognized by KOLAS as an internationally accredited testing institution in software quality measurement (ISO/IEC 25023) and industrial functional safety (IED 61508-3) of electronic products and technologies including smart appliances, TVs, robots, AI, cloud and energy.
LG Q2 2021 financial results announced
LG Electronics Inc. (LG) announced its highest quarterly revenues ever as the company continued to expand its market share for premium home appliances and consumer electronics outside of South Korea. Worldwide consolidated revenues of KRW 17.11 trillion (USD 15.26 billion) rose 48.4 percent from the second quarter a year ago. Second-quarter 2021 operating profit increased 65.5 percent from last year to KRW 1.11 trillion (USD 992.08 million).
Lenovo introduces ThinkStation P350 Desktop Workstations for the Entry-Level
Lenovo recently announced the next generation of its family of entry-level desktop workstations - the ThinkStation P350 Tower, Small Form Factor (SFF) and Tiny. This trio of workstations hosts a technology upgrade - each one is equipped with support for PCIe Gen 4 for faster access to cutting-edge storage technologies, as well as enhanced professional graphics support.
The Lenovo ThinkStation P350 Tower, Small Form Factor, and Tiny workstations are now available for pre-order in Malaysia and tentatively will arrive in September 2021. The recommended retail price starts from RM4,999.
More than 70,000 new local MSMEs benefitted from Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day
Shopee Malaysia saw a robust start to the year-end shopping season and its continuous push for digitalisation paying off this 9.9 Super Shopping Day. It reported that its flagship shopping festival had successfully benefitted over 70,000 new local micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) who participated in the sale for the first time ever.
Meanwhile, the top 50 local MSMEs across the platform — based on single-day revenue performance — recorded an average sale of about RM350,000 each as Malaysians adopted a “shop local first” approach. Sellers also saw a spike in sales during the 12AM - 2AM Midnight Madness Sale as user traffic surged 3 times as compared to an average day in the first two hours of 9 September.
Razer announces brand-new “Champions Start from Within” Wellness Program
Razer™, recently launched the “Champions Start from Within” esports wellness program, which seeks to promote healthy and sustainable gaming habits in the highly demanding and intense competitive gaming industry. Razer will collaborate with psychologists, physical therapists, nutritionists and other experts to provide resources in the form of videos, articles, contacts and events. Esports athletes, both professionals and amateurs, can refer to these easily accessible resources and level up their game through physical and mental wellness.
With a focus on four key verticals – physical activity, mental health, sleep, and nutrition, Razer has brought together esports wellness experts, professional athletes, thought leaders and leading esports teams to support this program. Together with the community, Razer has lined up multiple talks, events, and activations to educate aspiring athletes and ease them into the rigors of gaming, which will be provided in the web portal.
ZTE Corporation shares leading edge innovations and technologies for various Malaysian industries
ZTE Corporation Malaysia recently organised a half day teleconference that highlighted the need for Malaysian industries and telecommunication operators to be open and receptive to the many opportunities that will manifest in the global post-pandemic era. This includes the implementation of efficient network modernisation and 5G evolution to support the growth of the country’s digital economy, promote industry reform and enhance socioeconomic values.
Featuring several of its top local and global executives, this virtual event, titled Empowering Digital Transformation, included key highlights such as the application of ZTE’s cutting-edge solutions and latest 5G innovations to address network transformation for 5G commercialization and deployment in the ecosystems including Urban, Extreme Data Venues and Data-Intensive Indoor.
Nokia launches FP5, fifth generation routing silicon
Nokia recently announced the launch of FP5, its fifth generation of high-performance IP routing silicon. As the new heart of Nokia’s IP service routing platforms, FP5 will enable service providers to address today’s unrelenting requirements to efficiently scale network capacity, enable new higher speed IP services, and provide unmatched protection against escalating network security threats. Building upon four generations of industry-leading network processors, Nokia is raising the bar by adding support for high density 800GE routing interfaces, a 75% reduction in power consumption and new embedded line rate, flow-based encryption capabilities.
With the introduction of Nokia’s fifth generation FP5 network processing silicon, Nokia brings a new suite of IP routing solutions to market to help service providers transform mission critical IP networks to address these new and evolving requirements. With FP5, Nokia brings a generational leap in router network capacity to market. Nokia service router platforms are the first to support high-density 800GE and 1.6 Tb/s clear channel routing interfaces for applications including mobile transport, IP core, peering, BNG and provider edge. New FP5-based line cards will support 14.4 Tb/s (19.2 Tb/s with Nokia’s intelligent aggregation capability.) A new series of fixed form factor 7750 Service Router-1 platforms enable the benefits of FP5 to also be realized in smaller network locations. Nokia FP5-based platforms will be available starting in the first half of 2022.\
Intel Malaysia allocates additional RM2 Million towards COVID-19 relief efforts
Intel Malaysia, has committed an additional RM2 Million to assist in the battle against COVID-19 in the country. This is in addition to RM3.2 Million already contributed since the onset of the pandemic last year, making the total contribution over RM5 Million so far.
These donations are being administered and managed by the Penang Science Cluster to ensure the donations reach the institutions and individuals who need them in a timely manner. Intel Malaysia’s latest donations build on a variety of major donations and initiatives that the company has already undertaken since the start of the pandemic. These include an initial RM3.2 Million contribution towards medical equipment (i.e. PPEs, test kits, ventilators, patient monitors and air purifiers) for general hospitals in Penang, Kedah, Perak, Selangor and Sabah, care packages for medical and security front-liners and food essentials to NGOs and underserved communities, as well as remote learning initiatives through technology such as the Penang Science Cluster Project Lit Up, Laptop-on-Loan Program and the Penang State E-Learning initiative.
In addition to the RM5 Million COVID-19 relief fund commitment, Intel also set up the Intel Malaysia COVID-19 Immunization Program (IMCIP) to protect as many people as possible from COVID-19 through vaccinations and also keep its workforce safe. As part of the IMCIP, an on-site vaccination center or Pusat Pemberian Vaksin (PPV) has been set up at Intel’s Penang campus to vaccinate not just Intel employees, but also those from 115 neighboring companies and their respective supplier companies. Through IMCIP, over 12,000 Intel employees and contingent workers, and over 5400 employees from neighboring companies in Penang have been fully vaccinated.
Kaspersky releases its first Transparency Report
Kaspersky has publicly shared information on requests received from government and law enforcement agencies, and users for data and technical expertise in 2020 and H1 2021.
Thanks to the growing importance of technology in modern life, demand for greater transparency of the software we use is also growing, including security solutions. To address this demand, Kaspersky has issued its first transparency report, Law enforcement and government requests report, to help its users understand how the company responds to such requests and its approach to users’ data security and privacy.
As the number of cyberattacks increases every year, threatening the proper development and use of digital technologies, there is a rising need for collaboration among the IT community. To fight transnational cybercrime successfully and make sure its users are safe, protected and confident in the cyberworld, Kaspersky has been working with law enforcement agencies (LEAs) across the globe. Check out their site for the full report.
Boost introduces customizable Complete Car Insurance Coverage
eWallet Boost recently announced it has expanded its insurance offerings with the launch of CarProtect, a car insurance with comprehensive coverage for private cars. CarProtect offers customers protection in your pocket, alongside a seamless and convenient way to customise their car insurance plan best suited to their needs. Additionally, customers can also renew their road tax at the same time and have it conveniently delivered to their doorstep.
As an added safety feature, Boost built in an Emergency Button for CarProtect customers that gives them 24/7 access to car assistance. The Emergency Button is a fast and convenient way that directs users to the emergency contacts including insurance claims, panel of workshops as well as Boost’s roadside assistance partners in the event of an accident or breakdown. CarProtect offers a one-year coverage for damage to the car insured due to accident, theft or accidental fire, as well as liabilities to third parties including bodily injuries, death, property loss or damage. Additionally, it also features customizable add-on coverages for windscreen, flood & special perils as well as a waiver of compulsory excess (inclusive of additional drivers). This insurance plan is underwritten by Great Eastern General Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad.
From now until 31 December 2021, the first 5,000 users to purchase their car insurance with Boost will receive RM100 cashback in the Boost Partner Wallet, whereas subsequent users will receive RM50 cashback. The cashback in the Boost Partner Wallet can be used to pay for any Boost transaction. Check out their site for more details.
HONOR Malaysia appoints TM ONE as cloud service provider
Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), via its enterprise and public sector business solutions arm TM ONE, recently join forces with HONOR Technology (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, one of the leading global providers of smart devices, to provide Cloud services not only for HONOR Malaysia’s customers but also across three (3) continents – namely, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
This strategic alliance signals a major expansion of TM ONE α Edge regionally. The end-to-end comprehensive Cloud services were chosen by HONOR Malaysia to host the eCommerce platform and digital solutions, in its ongoing efforts to expand its presence in the premium market segment.
Currently, HONOR has 3,000+ service centers, 2,000+ call center representatives and close to 8,000 employees globally to provide premium and efficient services to consumers in over 100 markets. The TM ONE α Edge is equipped to deliver the required flexibility to scale effectively for any unprecedented demands in traffic or business challenges.
New AMD Radeon PRO W6000X Series GPUs Available for Mac Pro
Recently, AMD announced availability of new AMD Radeon PRO W6000X series GPUs for Mac Pro, including Radeon PRO W6800X and Radeon PRO W6900X GPUs, as well as the Radeon PRO W6800X Duo graphics card, a dual-GPU configuration that leverages high-speed AMD Infinity Fabric interconnect technology to deliver up to 30.2 (FP32) teraflops of compute performance.
Key capabilities and features of AMD Radeon PRO W6000X series GPUs include:
- High-speed GDDR6 memory – Up to 64GB of GDDR6 memory with up to 512 GB/s bandwidth provides ultra-fast transfer speeds to power data-intensive professional applications.
- AMD Infinity Cache – Up to 256MB (total) of last-level data cache integrated on the GPU die is designed to reduce latency and power consumption.
- AMD Infinity Fabric – Provides a high-bandwidth, low latency, direct connection between the local AMD GPUs, enabling high speed GPU-to-GPU communications designed to satisfy today’s creative workloads.
Check out their site for more details.
Canon and Employees Provide Food Aid to Families
To help affected Malaysians continue to have access to food during these trying times, Canon Marketing Malaysia (“Canon”) stepped up their effort with a joint contribution from its employees amounting to RM48,000 that would supply about 500 food-insecure households with essential food items across 6 states.
This initiative is a united effort of the Canon employees and local non-profit organisations (NGOs).1 The fundraising and food gathering efforts were driven by Canon and its staff from the headquarters and 5 branch offices nationwide. Through the partnership of seven NGOs, food packages were distributed to struggling families in Selangor, Sabah, Sarawak, Pahang, Johor and Penang.
Google.org contributes USD7.5 Million in grants and other support to COVID-19 relief efforts in Malaysia and five Asian countries
With Malaysia and other neighbouring countries currently grappling with a surge in COVID-19 cases, Google has announced a commitment of USD$7.5 million in new grant funding and other support to help alleviate the current pandemic crisis. As part of this new commitment, Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, is providing a USD$1.5 million grant to UNICEF to support urgent COVID-19 response needs across five countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Pakistan. UNICEF will also continue to support governments and communities to control the spread of the virus and minimize morbidity and mortality, including by enhancing preparedness for possible future waves of COVID-19.
Beyond this grant to UNICEF, Google.org will also provide an additional USD$1 million to International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to address the urgent need of oxygen supplies and medical equipment in Indonesia. In addition, Google.org will provide USD$5 million worth of Ad Grants to local government agencies and organizations across Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, to run public health information campaigns for free. Since last year, Google has provided over USD$27 million in Ad Grants to support local governments including the World Health Organization who served over 343 million public service announcements (PSAs) to reach audiences with messages on how to stay safe and facts about vaccines.
Sony PlayStation 5 sells 10 million units
Sony Interactive Entertainment recently announced that its newest generation game console, PlayStation®5 (PS5™), has sold through more than 10 million units* globally since first launching on November 12, 2020. The PS5 is the fastest-selling console in the company’s history and continues to outpace sales of its predecessor, PlayStation®4 (PS4™).
SIE also achieved additional milestones across its portfolio of PlayStation Studios games, including:
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales from Insomniac Games has sold more than 6.5 million copies* since releasing on November 12, 2020
- MLB® The Show™ 21 from San Diego Studio is the fastest-selling title in franchise history with more than 2 million copies* sold across all platforms. The game has reached more than 4 million players since releasing on April 16, 2021
- Returnal from Housemarque, a new IP that launched to critical acclaim, has sold more than 560,000 copies* since releasing on April 30, 2021
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart from Insomniac Games has sold more than 1.1 million copies* since releasing on June 11, 2021
Up to 5,000 teachers to become Google Certified Educators
The Ministry of Education and Google Malaysia are teaming up to train up to 5,000 public school teachers to become Google Certified Educators, as part of the DELIMA Certification Program. The Google Certified Educator program offers educators mastery in using Google products and tools that support strong classroom experiences and student outcomes. This program is intended to reach teachers who may not have had training opportunities and to support educators in this era of digital learning and virtual classrooms.
Teachers who are interested in applying for the Google for Education certification program can visit https://bit.ly/googledcp using their ‘moe-dl.edu.my’ ID for more details.
MDEC brings back ‘Let’s Learn Digital’, kicking off with Facebook, Google and LinkedIn partnership
The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), is launching the second edition of its Let’s Learn Digital programme. Launched under MDEC’s #mydigitalworkforce initiative, the programme aims to upskill Malaysians in the workforce to be equipped for an increasingly digitally-dependent workforce.
The year’s programme will kick-off with free-of-charge Digital Marketing courses and certification offered by LinkedIn, Facebook and Google in collaboration with MDEC. The courses will be offered free until October 31, 2021 and is open to all Malaysians. Registration for the Let’s Learn Digital campaign is available at their site.
The Future is Flexible: Tap into The Galaxy of Possibilities
Since its debut, the all-new Galaxy Z Series has unfolded a new chapter of mobile innovation that celebrates flexibility and encourages users to discover new ways of connecting, working, playing, and capturing everyday moments. From a revolutionary expanded screen to the versatility of seamless multitasking at any angle, the Galaxy Z Series completely reinvents the smartphone experience for all.
Dr. Fazril Razif, 34, Senior Lecturer and Fitness Instructor, Kuala Lumpur
Loyal Samsung Galaxy user, Dr. Fazril Razif believes that practicality is the key. In the Galaxy Z Series and Galaxy Watch4, he finds exactly that and so much more. “I’m not the most tech-savvy person, but I do love keeping up to date with the latest mobile releases, and honestly, they have come a long way. To me, Samsung has always been about practicality and innovation. They don’t hold back and continue to push the boundaries compared to other brands in the market.”
Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Dr. Fazril completed his Ph.D. in Synthetic Biology and is now a senior lecturer at a renowned public university. On a regular workday, he would go through his emails, coordinate meetings, and holds discussions with his students and colleagues about ongoing research projects. It can get hectic, and he finds that having the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G with him does wonders to his productivity.
“I absolutely love the phone. The feel of the phone in my palms is just indescribable. It feels like I’m holding the future. The chassis is sturdy and solid. I love the fact that I can have three apps open at the same time with the App Split View, and it proves to be handy when I need to edit my documents on the phone than having to turn on my laptop, thanks to its large 7.6–inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. Getting most of my work done on the phone feels like a walk in the park.” Dr. Fazril added that the large display is indeed a game-changer. Scrolling through social media, messaging apps, and gaming on the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G have been a breeze for him, and he can now unwind and watch videos on the go on a larger screen, be it alone or even in the presence of family and friends.
When creativity strikes, Dr. Fazril enjoys taking pictures with the Galaxy Z Series. He would fiddle around with the settings to capture the perfect photo of the moment. “I make it a personal challenge to outdo the previous photos I’ve taken, and mobile photography is essential nowadays. So far, the Galaxy Z Series hit the marks.” On the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G, he can enjoy various photography settings such as Night Portrait, Single Take (Dynamic Video), Director’s View, and AI face restoration. He also finds joy in quick selfies using the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G’s Quick Shot feature on the 1.9-inch Cover Screen, and the compact phone serves as a charming addition to his daily outfit. He can place the phones anywhere on a flat surface, and with the help of the advanced Flex mode , capturing studio-quality selfies hands-free is effortless.
Outside of academia, he is a part-time Les Mills BODYPUMP and PWRHOUSE spin instructor. Keeping an active lifestyle helps alleviate his daily work stress and doing so allows him to share his passion for fitness. “The large display on Galaxy Z Fold3 5G is amazing because I can comfortably practice my workout routines at home via on-demand videos without having to squint my eyes trying to watch and follow the choreography.”
The Galaxy Watch4 is another Galaxy device of his choice to accompany him on his fitness journey. “It’s a huge help when I need to instruct classes or go to the gym. I love tracking my workouts using the Galaxy Watch4, and I’m impressed by its array of features. Not only can it track my vitals across various exercises, but it can also provide me information on my heart health and Body Composition. It fits my active lifestyle perfectly,” he added.
Tracking sleeping patterns through Galaxy Watch4 helps Dr. Fazril improve his sleep quality through enhanced Sleep Scores, Snoring Detection, and Blood Oxygen monitoring. Before he calls it a day, Dr. Fazril gets to see his fitness progress and unwind by listening to Spotify using the Galaxy Watch4. It is made possible through the Galaxy ecosystem and seamless integration with a multitude of popular third-party apps.
For those who need the ultimate device to fuel their productivity to the fullest and shatter the boundaries of what a flagship device should be, the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G is there to help you seize the day. It holds power, efficiency, and an impeccably immersive viewing experience for those who wish to see the bigger picture. The Galaxy Z Flip3 5G allows you to express yourself unapologetically with its compact size, new iconic design, and improved features. When paired with other devices under the Galaxy ecosystem, such as the Galaxy Watch4 Series and Galaxy Buds2, they can propel users into a world of vast possibilities so that you stay on top of the game and never miss a beat.
The most comforting thought is knowing that the Galaxy Z Series by Samsung is the world’s first foldable devices to earn an IPX8 water-resistance rating . Coupled with the sturdy combo of Armor Aluminum frames and Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™, they’re made to handle just about any situation- at home, at work, or outside at the gym. Come rain or shine, or post-workout sweat, you know that your Galaxy Z Series and Galaxy Watch4 Series can handle the splash.
“The Galaxy Z Series and the Galaxy Watch4 gives me everything I want and need every day in my daily drivers. The phones still fit comfortably in my pocket, and the Galaxy Watch4 looks beautiful, sleek, and classy on my wrist- it feels odd going through a day without them now. I look forward to everything that life has to offer now that I have the best Galaxy devices with me,” he smiles.
From 22 September to 31 October 2021, purchase the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G to receive a RM500 e-voucher and a one year plan of Samsung Care+ worth RM799 4. Consumers who purchase the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G within the same promotional period will receive a RM350 e-voucher and a one year plan of Samsung Care+ worth RM699 . Until 30th November 2021, purchase either the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G or Galaxy Z Flip3 5G and be entitled to receive 30% OFF the recommended retail price of up to three selected accessories!
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