NewsBytes 2019 #1 – Waze tips for Thaipusam, new LG ThinQ AI TV, SalamWeb, Mastercard drops name, Top 10 Technology Trends in 2019 and more



What’s uppppp TechNaversss! NewBytes is again and it is gonna be our first 2019 version! It’s kind of late however we had a sluggish startup and now we’re choosing up some steam. There have been loads of issues occurring over the previous three weeks, probably the most notable one can be the #10YearsChallenge “conspiracy theory”, CES 2019 additionally occurred over the week earlier than, and many many smartphones have been launched similar to Huawei’s first Punch Fullview telephone – Nova four, the finances-pleasant HONOR 10 Lite and HONOR Band four collection, the magnetic slider Xiaomi Mi MIX three, the relatively late  Razer Telephone 2 and lastly, Samsung additionally introduced the upcoming Galaxy S10 launching date in San Francisco, California. 

Out of all the main bulletins talked about above, the one which I want to touch upon is the Razer Telephone 2. In all honesty, not that I’ve something towards the gaming model, however I simply thought that they got here a bit too late into the Malaysia market. I personally assume they’ve underestimated the Malaysian cellular players right here, as they did skip the primary Razer Telephone. This allowed ASUS Malaysia to shortly seize the hearts (together with mine <three) with the ROG Telephone. So regardless of the Razer Telephone 2 has, so does the ROG Telephone with higher gaming capabilities such because the AirTriggers, greater space for storing and gaming equipment availability. Positive, the Razer Telephone 2 has IP67 water-resistant grade however significantly, who video games close by the pool or seashore?

However I digress, there’s more information under so let’s simply get to it!


The Greatest & Worst Time to Drive in KL This Thaipusam

First up and in all probability crucial NewsBytes of this week – Thaipusam! Properly, more like supplying you with tips on when is the perfect and worst time to drive in Kuala Lumpur in the course of the vacation. Offered by Waze themselves, under are three steps to keep away from the dreaded visitors jam:

#1 Waze’s Prediction for Greatest and Worst Time to Drive in Kuala Lumpur

  • January 20th, 2019
    – Worst time: 10-11am
    – Greatest time: 7-11pm
  • January 21st, 2019
    – Worst time: four-5am
    – Greatest time: eight-9pm

#2 Plan Your Drive for Thaipusam
Waze customers can even keep forward of visitors through the use of the Deliberate Drive perform to inform them when to go away in order to succeed in Batu Caves – or their vacation spot of the day – on time. Deliberate Drive can even sync with a telephone’s calendar to assist coordinate the day in a stress-free trend.

#three Keep Alert with Stay Updates
When you are on the street, flip in your Waze app to get driving instructions, stay visitors studies and alerts about automotive accidents, street circumstances and hazards. You might also determine new and quicker routes with the assistance of the app. Activate the navigational voice so you possibly can keep alert and maintain your eyes on the street if you drive!

There you go, drive protected!


New LG ThinQ AI with second-era α9 Gen 2 clever processor debut at CES 2019

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In the course of the CES 2019 occasion, LG Electronics confirmed loads of merchandise and devices, however certainly one of them is a new flagship TV lineup – the ThinQ AI is powered with the newest and second-era α (Alpha) 9 Gen 2 clever processor with deep studying algorithm for a better degree of AI image and sound expertise high quality. Additionally because of the new algorithm, it is capable of improve and analyse the content material supply for one of the best viewing pleasure potential.

As well as, it is also capable of join with Amazon Alexa in addition to a constructed-in Google Assistant. This can permit customers to interact in a dialog with voice recognition with the Residence Dashboard, which that makes it attainable to regulate all kinds of sensible house units instantly from the TV. For more info, you possibly can take a look at at their web site proper right here. 


SalamWeb, World’s First Shariah Compliant Web Suite of Providers


Then in Malaysia, apparently there’s a new net browser referred to as SalamWeb Browser launched by SalamWeb Applied sciences MY Sdn. Bhd. and because the identify implies, it is a net browser for Muslims across the globe to find, join, and contribute in a free, protected on-line surroundings. In addition to that, there’s additionally SalamNews, SalamChat and SalamSadaqah.

Endorsed by Amanie Shariah Supervisory Board, in conformity with Malaysia Digital Financial system Company’s (MDEC’s) Islamic Digital Financial system Mi’yar, SalamWeb’s merchandise have been thoughtfully designed to optimize the Islamic lifestyle. For example, SalamWeb Browser has some inbuilt options referred to as Qibla compass, prayer timings and a customized information feed aggregated from verified information sources. And there is even SalamProtect, a complicated content material filter. A lot wow.

For those who’re curious to know more, you possibly can go to their web site proper right here to seek out out more.


Mastercard evolves its model mark by…dropping its identify?


So what does dropping its identify imply? What’s occurring right here? Properly, principally it is simply because the title says – the identify “Mastercard” will not seem on its recognizable Mastercard Image. However why? Based on Raja Rajamannar, Chief Advertising and Communication Officer at Mastercard, it is simply for trendy simplicity sake.

“And with more than 80 percent of people spontaneously recognizing the Mastercard Symbol without the word ‘mastercard,’ we felt ready to take this next step in our brand evolution. We are proud of our rich brand heritage and are excited to see the iconic circles standing on their own.”

He then continued: “We live in a time where, increasingly, we communicate not through words but through icons and symbols. Mastercard has had the great fortune of being represented by two interlocking circles, one red, one yellow, since its founding in 1966, said Michael Bierut, partner at Pentagram. Now, by allowing this symbol to shine on its own, Mastercard enters an elite cadre of brands that are represented not by name, but by symbol: an apple, a target, a swoosh. Mastercard’s two interlocking circles have always represented their commitment to connecting people. Now, that commitment is given greater presence by Mastercard’s status as a symbol brand.”

Fair enough, good point and cool story bro.


Alibaba predicts Top 10 Technology Trends in 2019

Meanwhile, Alibaba’s DAMO Academy, which is a global research program published their own Top 10 Technology Trends in 2019. Interestingly, the O cut-out display is not one of them but I guess it’s not really part of technology, but more to aesthetic design. Anyway, check out the list below:

Trend 1: Real-time urban simulation becomes possible
More resources will be allocated to technologies powering an intelligent “city brain” and its purposes, whereas a metropolis simulation mannequin reflecting the actual-time impulses and actions of a bodily metropolis could be constructed to facilitate the optimization of metropolis governance. More cities in China are anticipated to have a “city brain” in 2019.

Development 2: Speech AI in sure areas to Cross Turing Check
As speech intelligence know-how advances, actual-time textual content-to-speech on cellular units can be virtually similar to human speech, even passing the Turing check in sure conversations, reminiscent of ones utilizing a robotic voice to alert about supply standing. Guidelines and laws have to be established to manage the business, to keep away from misusing the know-how in ads, harassing telephone calls and fraud.

Development three: Specialised AI Chips on the Rise
Reminiscence-centric AI chip structure based mostly on the newest-era of 3D-stacked reminiscence know-how will turn into mainstream. As well as, mind-impressed neuromorphic computing chips will achieve momentum, whereas researchers search killer purposes. Specialised AI chips might problem the dominant place of GPUs for AI coaching in knowledge centres.

Development four: Tremendous-giant graph neural networks (GNNs) will equip machines with widespread sense
GNNs that mix with deep studying can hyperlink finish-to-finish studying and inductive reasoning collectively, which could have the ability to tackle points, corresponding to relational reasoning and explainability that couldn’t be tackled by deep studying earlier than. Strong GNNs can perform like a human mind that consists of neurons, equipping machines with widespread sense, comprehension and cognitive capabilities.

Development 5: Restructuring of computing structure
The heterogeneous computing structure with FPGA, GPU and ASIC, together with rising reminiscence units, are driving the evolution of conventional computing structure. Within the foreseeable future, the elemental modifications to computing structure, underscored by the transition from CPU-centered basic computing to Area-particular computing pushed by purposes and know-how, will speed up the arrival of AI and the quantum-computing period.

Development 6: 5G networks will allow new purposes
The fifth era of wi-fi know-how (5G) will see a big improve in wi-fi bandwidth, enhancing the height velocity of the 4G community almost 100 occasions. It will velocity the event of 4k/8k extremely-excessive-definition movies and immersive interplay based mostly on AR/VR. Moreover, with options like excessive reliability, low latency and giant capability, 5G networks will allow the event of new areas, reminiscent of car-infrastructure cooperative techniques and the Industrial Web.

Development 7: Digital id will develop into your second ID Card
Biometric and liveness detection/anti-spoofing know-how is reshaping individuals’s identification and verification. From telephone unlock door entry management to eating at eating places, testing at supermarkets, getting into practice stations, passing an airport safety verify and seeing docs in hospitals, biometric know-how are enjoying an more and more essential position in making belief easier and our day by day life higher.

Development eight: More-prudent developments in autonomous
The advance of auto-infrastructure cooperative techniques will foster the event of autonomous driving. Within the subsequent two to 3 years, new technological progress ought to be seen in sure business areas, reminiscent of logistics and transportation, with fastened-route public transport and unmanned supply for business buildings and campuses.

Development 9: Deployment of blockchain purposes rushing up
Individuals are more rational concerning the prospects of the blockchain, which was as soon as a lot overhyped. The deployment of blockchain purposes with sustainable business worth is predicted to hurry up. More and more blockchain purposes can be seen in our every day life, reminiscent of cross-border remittances, provide-chain financing, digital invoices and tamper-proof judicial data.

Development 10: Knowledge-safety applied sciences will thrive
Governments around the globe intend to enact/implement more stringent insurance policies and laws on knowledge safety. Corporates might want to make investments more in defending particular person knowledge privateness. Traceability applied sciences throughout methods, akin to watermark, and knowledge-asset safety know-how, together with superior anti-crawlers towards robust cyber assaults, can be more broadly adopted.


New 3DMark Android replace

For the gadget testers, the 3DMark bench check app now has a new replace. Catered to the Sling Shot Excessive benchmark, the replace modifies the Vulkan model of the Sling Shot Excessive check to allow a fairer comparability with scores from the OpenGL ES three.1 model. With this, Vulkan scores will enhance on many units and it is advisable that the Vulkan scores from earlier variations ought to not be used to match units.

Aside from that, this replace additionally fixes an unrelated situation that would trigger the API Overhead function check to fail on newer units. To know more concerning the new replace, you’ll be able to take a look at this web page proper right here.


TikTok Celebrated 2018

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A bit outdated however TikTok closed its success in 2018 with fashion. Just some weeks again in the past, they celebrated a TikTok Yr-Finish Get together in Malaysia with their followers and creators from everywhere in the world together with Malaysia, Indonesia and Korea. For Malaysians, they have been gathered at APW Bangsar with particular friends together with in style Malaysian creators together with the extremely-gifted Pong siblings, Jeii and Gaston, Findy Yong (#1 TikTok creator in Malaysia), Ai Wahida (1 Million Audition winner) and Nurul Nurizzati or popularly often known as Rose Nicotine (artist and comic).

In the meantime, international creators similar to Elina Karimova and An Eunwoo from South Korea, together with Dinda Cassanova and Tiara Adhelya from Indonesia additionally lent their star energy to this occasion, which was attended by native celebrities resembling Aiman Tino, Kaka Azraff, Izzue Islam, Diana Danielle, Fasha Sandha, Kamal Adli, and Farhan Kapor.


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